Tuesday, September 12, 2006

No Snoop & Pharrell News

LA & USA forward Landon Donovan: Well, it seems like he’s (Jurgen Klinsmann) going to get it, but the more we hear, the more it’s someone different. So who knows what goes on behind the scenes. But it’s going to be new, it’s going to be different and maybe the change will be good and maybe the competition now will be good. Someone comes in new and guys that have been there in the past aren’t guaranteed a spot. So, it will be different, definitely.

Today we finally get back to the most exciting club action on earth.
Champions League Match Day 1, Group Stage:
Chelsea v Bremen - Live at 1:30pm central on Setanta
Barcelona v Levski - Live at 1:30pm central on ESPN Deportes
Sporting v Inter - Same Day Delayed at 3:45pm central on ESPN Deportes
Bayern v Spartak Moskva
Galatasaray v Bordeaux - Same Day Delayed at 8pm central on Setanta
PSV v Liverpool - Live at 1:30pm central on ESPN2
Olympiacos v Valencia - Live at 1:30pm central on Setanta Closed Circuit
Roma v Shakhtar
Dynamo Kyiv v Steaua Bucharesti
Lyon v Real Madrid - Live at 1:30pm central on ESPN Deportes
Manchester United v Celtic - Live at 1:30pm central on ESPN2
Kobenhavn v Benfica - Live at 1:30pm central on Setanta Closed Circuit
Porto v CSKA Moskva - Same Day Delayed at 6pm central on Setanta
Hamburg v Arsenal - Live at 1:30pm central on Setanta
Anderlecht v Lille
Milan v AEK - Same Day Delayed at 3:45pm central on ESPN Deportes
-And ALL-NEW in America this season: Champions League Highlight Show on ESPN2 - Friday at 1pm central
-Matchday 2 is Sept 26 & 27
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So Barcelona are finally going to allow a company to put their name on the front of the legendary shirt - for the first time ever. Yet it's not a sign of the coming apocalypse. No one is paying Barca for the right. As a matter of fact Barca is actually paying the company to put the name on their shirts. You read that right. The company is UNICEF and Barca has set up a 5 year deal to promote the non-profit organization and make yearly contributions. Pretty cool. Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune comments on the idea.
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Marcus Hahnemann & Bobby Convey at Reading beat Claudio Reyna & DaMarcus Beasley (who was out with injury) 1-0 in the English Premier League yesterday. Convey curled in a free kick that was headed home for the games only goal. Yanks Abroad with a match report.
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It looks like the crooked Jack Warner may not be off the hook after all. The Associated Press is reporting that the FIFA vice president and leader of the Trinidad and Tobago Federation is under investigation for selling $1million in tickets to the World Cup illegally. The only problem with this is that FIFA itself will investigate this, and that usually means nothing will happen. But we all know they are crooks who line their own pockets. Someday they will get theirs.
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Here are all the MLS playoff possibilities. Everyone is still in the hunt.
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The MLS roster move deadline is this Friday - Sept 15.
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Kansas City midfielder Davy Arnaud has been named MLS Player Of The Week.
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Ives Galarcep of the North Jersey Herald hypothesizes that "missing the playoffs" is exactly what the Red Bulls need to get off on the right foot NEXT season.
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Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger with his weekly column looks at the Red Bulls goalkeeper situation.
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Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe looks at the brutal scoring drought of New England striker Taylor Twellman and his team as a whole.
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Jeff Bradley's weekly column for MLSnet - First XI: First XI: Barroom brawl
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Goal.com talked to LA forward Landon Donovan about club and country.
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Houston Chronicle's Week In Review.
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Scott French with his weekly column for the LA Daily News: Yallop gives Galaxy new life
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Luis Bueno of the LA Soccer News talks about the Galaxy's playoff hopes - are they fading? Yes they are. I say, blame Sampson.
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The Denver Post with a story on Colorado's Basque defender Aitor Karanka.
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Former DC United captain and current Blackburn defender Ryan Nelsen will miss the rest of 2006 after having surgery to repair a torn hamstring. The plan is for him to return in the new year.
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Dan Loney with his regular column for American Soccer News: Managers without skins
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MLS Midweek games - Wednesday, September 13:
New England v DC - 630pm on Direct Kick
Dallas v Chivas - 730pm on Direct Kick
Colorado v Chicago - no TV
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Here are the match-ups for the First Division Championship Playoffs:
Fri Sept 15-
Charleston v Puerto Rico
Vancouver v Miami
Sun Sept 17-
Puerto Rico v Charleston
Miami v Vancouver
Fri Sept 22 & Sun Sept 24-
Montreal v Vancouver/Miami winner
Rochester v Charleston/Puerto Rico winner
Weekend of Sept 29 - time and place to be determined
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Seattle's Cam Weaver & Miami's Romario are co-winners of this years First Division scoring title - both had 18 goals.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is SO COOL about Barca and UNICEF. It warms my heart to know that at least one club cares not for money (or has enough of it they need not care for shirt sponsors) and would pay to PROMOTE a group such as UNICEF. Couple that with Ronaldinho, an antiracism spokesman for the game, and Barca may very well be my new favorite team (or number 2 behind Spurs). This is phenomenal.

1:22 PM  
Anonymous SoccerSpot said...

It is absolutely phenomenal that Barcelona have done this with UNICEF, but it also highlights the fact that in order to break even most clubs have to accept a sponsorship deal -- that Bareclona do not is indicative of why they are such a successful club: they are supporter based and those supporters are rabid.

Regardless, I hope Barcelona win the CL and La Liga again this year. (I'm all for Spurs, by the way, to crack big 4 in the EPL)

2:55 PM  
Anonymous bq said...

Makes me want to go out and buy a Barca jersey when they become available.

5:44 PM  
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