Friday, September 01, 2006

Vicious Vicious Vicious News

Three Stories from the Kansas City Star regarding the sale of the Wizards yesterday:
-Wizards Sold To KC Investors
-Players greet long-awaited sale as good news
-New owners also new fans - Meet The New Owners
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MLS Weekend matches:
Columbus v New England - 6:30pm on Direct Kick
Dallas v Houston - 7:30pm on HDNet
Salt Lake v Colorado - 8pm central on FSC
Los Angeles v Kansas City - 9:30pm on Direct Kick
Chicago v New York - 6pm on Direct Kick
Chivas v DC - 6pm on Direct Kick
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MLS Single Table:
47 DC United
42 FC Dallas
36 Houston Dynamo
34 Chivas USA
32 Chicago Fire
32 Real Salt Lake
32 Colorado Rapids
31 New England Revolution
30 Kansas City Wizards
29 New York Red Bulls
29 Los Angeles Galaxy
23 Columbus Crew
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MLS Goal Scoring Leaders:
15 Jeff Cunningham
14 Ante Razov
10 Jamie Moreno
10 Brian Ching
9 Dwayne DeRosario
9 Taylor Twellman
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I believe that DC can be guaranteed a spot in the playoffs this weekend if any one of following scenarios occur:
1. Win v Chivas
2. KC ties or loses to LA
-In other words, they may have already qualified for the playoffs before they take the field on Sunday.
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New England midfielder Daniel Hernandez has finally been cleared by doctors to resume playing. He has not been on the field since early May due to bone chips in his ankle.
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Columbus midfielder Danny Szetela ripped up his right knee during practice and will have to undergo surgery to repair it. He was just returning to form after breaking his foot early in the season. Bummer.
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Soccernet takes a look at Sigi Schmid's motley looking team in Columbus.
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Ridge Mahoney at Soccer America looks at the progress MLS has made and what their mission should be going forward.
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ADDITION: Two stories from Soccernet - Kristian Dyer looks at the success of Chivas USA & coach Bob Bradley - AND - Ives Galarcep looks at the non-transfer window action of MLS.
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Big Apple Soccer talks to new Toronto coach Mo Johnston about some of his first potential moves at the new club, and some of his last moves when he coached New York this spring.
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Luis Bueno of LA Soccer News talks to Chivas USA new signing Johnny Garcia.
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USL First Division matches this weekend (starting tonight) - many of these matches are huge seeing as we are down to the last two weeks of the regular season:
Last night
Portland 0-1 Montreal - with the win and Vancouver draw, Montreal secures at least 2nd place and a bye in the first round of the league playoffs.
Vancouver 1-1 Charleston
Rochester v Virginia Beach
Miami v Minnesota
Seattle v Charleston
Atlanta v Rochester
Puerto Rico v Minnesota
Toronto v Virginia Beach
Portland v Charleston
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Luis Bueno at Sports Illustrated updates us on the Mexican League so far this season.
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With the addition of Argentine stars Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano, West Ham have greatly improved their standing in the English Premier League. Coach Alan Pardew gives the team website his thoughts.
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Paul Kelso's blog at The Guardian says there could be more to the story behind the Argentines surprise landing at West Ham.
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And word comes out this morning that an unknown group is making an attempt to buy West Ham. it is speculated to be the same people who were behind the mysterious workings of the big transfer.
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Rob Hughes of International Herald Tribune looks at the insane ending to the summer transfer period: Clubs in trading frenzy as deadline nears
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Juventus have officially dropped their civil court appeal attempting to reduce their match fixing punishment. I would fully expect to hear that they have been given a reduced sentence to end the legal proceedings. FIFA had threatened the entire Italian federation with severe punishment if Juve didn't end this by today.
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Eurocentric Transfer News (with the summer deadline today you can expect quite a lot of action):
-Arsenal received Brazlian forward Julio Baptista from Real Madrid as part of the exchange for Jose Antonio Reyes going the other way.
-Wigan signed Irish (correction - thanks PK) midfielder Kevin Kilbane from Everton.
-Santos signed Brazilian midfielder Ze Roberto from Bayern Munich.
-Chelsea finally got their man in Ashley Cole the English midfielder from Aresenal. Besides the cash, in return Arsenal also receive French defender William Gallas.
-Crvena Zvezda (Red Star Belgrade) signed Brazilian striker Ailton from Hamburg.
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Sunday on GolTV - International Friendly
Brazil v Argentina - 10am central
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Tons of Euro 2008 qualifying matches Saturday:
Group A
Serbia v Azerbaijan
Poland v Finland
Group B
Scotland v Faroe Islands
Georgia v France
Italy v Lithuania
Group C
Moldova v Greece
Malta v Bosnia-Herzegovina
Hungary v Norway - same day delayed at 3pm central on FSC
Group D
Czech Republic v Wales
Slovakia v Cyprus
Germany v Ireland
Group E
Estonia v Israel
England v Andorra - delayed at 10pm Tues Sept 5 on FSC
Group F
Spain v Liechtenstein
Northern Ireland v Iceland
Latvia v Sweden
Group G
Romania v Bulgaria - live at 1pm central on FSC
Belarus v Albania
Luxembourg v Netherlands
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du Nord has been accused of letting coverage of the Angolan league slack. So here is an update on the round of 16 in the Angola League Finals. (Thanks to Demko)


Anonymous Sasha said...

Bruce, providing a link to the Angolan standings isn't enough.

You need full reports on the progress of players like Loco, Figuerido, Jamba, and Love...

4:55 PM  
Anonymous PK said...

Kevin Kilbane is from Ireland, not Scotland. Love the site though - I keep coming back for more every day.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Reel Fanatic said...

Hola Bruce! .. Mostly wanted to just say hey, but also can't help but wonder what the hell was Arsenal thinking? I know they get a boatload of cash, but giving him to Chelsea? Unforgivable .. hope everything is going well in the land of lakes


9:31 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

hey pk
thanks for the correction
my first instinct said ireland, but for some dumb reason i let my brain get in the way, and its usually quite wrong

hey keith - rock on amigo! the arse and chelski both make me puke!

and hello san diego!

1:22 PM  

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