Friday, October 13, 2006

Adults Push Kids On Bike News

An Italian arrest warrant was issued for Giorgio Chinaglia (and 8 others) in connection to a fraud investigation of people connected to the Lazio football club who were supposedly trying to manipulate the price of the teams stock!

Soccer America had two hot pieces of gossip: 1) Claudio Reyna and his family have bought an apartment in New York and he will be headed to play for the Red Bulls sooner rather than later.( I have written it here before that I fully expect him to leave Man City in the January transfer window.) And 2) Fulham coach Chris Coleman was in DC last weekend to watch New England's Clint Dempsey play.
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This coming weekend will see the final regular season games. Columbus and LA have been elmidated. While DC and Dallas have clinched home field in the East and West respectively. DC winning the supporters shield. 2 spots are still open and 4 teams can claim them.
New England v Columbus - 6:30pm Direct Kick
*New York v Kansas City - 6:30pm Direct Kick
*Houston v Colorado - 7:30pm HDNet
Los Angeles v Dallas - 9:30pm Fox Soccer Channel
DC v Chicago - 4pm ESPN2
*Chivas v Salt Lake - 6pm Fox Soccer Channel
-*involves team(s) still trying to get into the playoffs
-Winner of NY v KC gets in, if tied then KC gets in
-Colorado gets in with win or tie v Houston
-Salt Lake needs Colorado to lose, then SL have to win to get in
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Jeff Carlisle of Soccernet previews this weekend's do or die matches.
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Ives Galarcaep does the same for the same site. But he uses different words.
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Soccer America talks to Los Angeles defender Chris Albright about being on the first LA team to not make the playoffs. (Made especially harsh after winning the MLS & US Open Cup's last year).
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Andrea Canales of LA Soccer News talks to Los Angeles coach Frank Yallop about the muddled season, and what comes next.
~ ~ ~ ~ has a front page chat with New England star Clint Dempsey.
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The US Players Assoc has a Q & A with Chicago midfielder Justin Mapp.
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Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer with a feature story on New York keeper Jon Conway, who appears to have permanently taken over the job from Tony Meola.
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Sports Illustrated's Jonah Freedman has an adios Q & A session with New York's Youri Djorkaeff, who will be playing his last game Saturday if his team loses.
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And Grant Wahl, also of Sports Illustrated, urges MLS to go get David Beckham now, dammit!
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MLSnet with a profile on Dallas forward Kenny Cooper, who has had a really good season so far.
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The Dallas Morning News with a story on Kenny too, but from their headline you might get the impression that he works in a massage parlor: FCD's Cooper provides happy endings
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Several new pictures from Colorado Rapids stadium posted this week.
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Jamaican club Harbor View claim they are chasing after a MLS striker, believed to be Jeff Cunningham! From the Gleaner.
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The Jewish Journal with a feature story on Chivas USA youngster Jonathan Bornstein.
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Dan Loney of American Soccer News with his latest column: LA Bites The Dust
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Brian McBride says he has not been himself since the current EPL season started. Turns out he has been suffering from an infection, caused a decaying tooth, that has been surging thru his body. Finally diagnosed properly he is all set to get back on track. Wild story from the BBC.
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Tobias Xavier Lopez of the Fort Worth Star Telegram says US Soccer Pres Sunil Gulati needs to resign his post of New England Revolution honcho to avoid conflicts of interest.
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The USA U17's play Argentina this afternoon in San Luis, Argentina. Video match highlights and an audio podcast of post game interviews from their Tuesday match v Peru (a 1-0 victory) are available at US Soccer.
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Let's check out the games this weekend for some of our Americans in Europe:
DaMarcus Beasley - Manchester City v Sheffield United
Carlos Bocanegra - Fulham v Charlton
Michael Bradley - Heracles Almelo v Heerenveen
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover v Eintracht Frankfurt
Bobby Convey - Reading v Chelsea
Jay DeMerit - Arsenal v Watford
Benny Feilhaber - Hamburg v Schalke
Brad Friedel - Liverpool v Blackburn
Marcus Hahnemann - Reading v Chelsea
Tim Howard - Middlesbrough v Everton
Kasey Keller - Monchengladbach v Wolfsburg
Eddie Lewis - Leeds v Stoke
Brian McBride - Fulham v Charlton
Oguchi Onyewu - Standard v Roeselare
Claudio Reyna - Manchester City v Sheffield United
Jonathan Spector - Portsmouth v West Ham
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Hoooooooooooooooooooooowl. Did you see the own goal by England last Wednesday in Croatia. It's a major blunder. Gary Neville passes back to Paul Robinson who simply swings and misses as the ball takes a weird bounce. My favorite part of the clip is seeing the advertising boards pimping for the movie Borat circling the field as the melt down happens! Ali G could not have scripted it better. This picture in particular is brilliantly framed.
~ ~ ~ ~ has profiles on two players who have really been shining lately: Germany & Bayern Munich's Bastien Schweinsteiger (aka the Pig Farmer) - and - Spain & Valencia's Fernando Morientes.
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Big Euro games this weekend:
Barcelona v Sevilla
Bayern Munich v Herta Berlin
Hamburg v Schalke
Lyon v St Etienne
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Soccernet Press Pass talks to Lyon coach Gerard Houllier about his magic run with the club.
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German football players have voted Werder Bremen striker Miroslav Klose as their Player Of The Year.
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Don't forget - we are back to Champions League action next week, Matchday 3, with the biggest match being Chelsea v Barcelona on Wednesday!


Anonymous Matt said...

Don't forget, Deportivo Alaves announced the new USL team in San Francisco.

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Sasha said...

That Borat advertisement was hysterical. I bet Paul Robinson lost his concentration when that thing started flashing like a Japanese cartoon.

4:32 AM  

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