Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Flappin In The Freakin Wind News

Hey! Once In A Lifetime is on ESPN again tonight. 7pm central time. Tune in.

The always juicy Logan's Revenge says Lamar Hunt is looking to sell one of the two teams he owns: Columbus or Dallas.
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Adidas is trying to team MLS up with hip new music. October 21st will see the debut of a new website called MLS Mash Ups. Ad's are running all over the web for it. I am not so sure it's any good, but I will say it is one of the hipper looking things MLS has ever done. But being a total music snob, I will rest my real judgement until I hear it.
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Steven Goff of the Washington Post says DC United striker Alecko Eskandarian is ready to go for the playoffs. They will need him if they are to get back on their bigfastpowerfulhorse and ride to glory.
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NYNJ Soccer has Part 2 of their interview with New York coach Bruce Arena. By Jason Endres.
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Brad Rock of the Deseret Morning News reviews the Real Salt Lake season and says they are a "Big League" team - and that is not necessarily a good thing.
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Frank Dell'apa at Soccernet is joining the call for a new MLS playoff system.
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Jeff Carlisle also from Soccernet, previews the Western Conference playoffs.
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Bill Urban from Matchknight wonders if DC United has Petered Out.
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Brian Straus from the US Players Assoc says some players don't like the current playoff system either. Options anyone?
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The gossip columnist from the KC Star, Hearn Christopher (I knew this dude when he was a local concert promoter - man oh man, the stories I could tell!), says that Tony Meola is a candidate to become the next Kansas City Wizards general manager. That would shock me.
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Before next MLS seasons training camps open there will be an "Expansion" draft to help seed the new team in Toronto with players. Word has leaked out on how that will work: Since Toronto FC will begin play as the 13th franchise in MLS next spring, the league will host an expansion draft later this year. There will be 10 rounds, in which Toronto will select players from existing teams. Each club is allowed to protect 12 players; developmental players are not available for selection. Only one player classified as a senior international can be left unprotected. No more than three players can be taken from any one team. Once a player has been claimed from a team's non-protected roster, that same team may move an additional player to its protected roster. Canadian players will count as domestic players for Toronto FC, and the team will be allowed to carry three American players plus four senior internationals.
-The Toronto Globe & Mail has some more info & confirmations on the draft, these coming from MLS Commish Don Garber.
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Mark Zeigler from the San Diego Union Times on Chivas USA midfielder Juan Pablo Garcia. Plus his usual addendum's Sidelines, Red Cards and Trophies.
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Jack Bell at the New York Times turns his weekly column on Chivas USA rookie sensation Jonathan Bornstein.
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MSNBC looks at the next year for Freddy Adu. Will he stay in MLS, or will he be sold abroad? We will know for sure by the transfer window next August. How much money will it take? $10 million?
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Brown University's Daily Herald with a feature story on New England midfielder (and Brown alum) Jeff Larentowicz.
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Turns out that USA & Reading midfielder Bobby Convey has one of those distinctly British injuries (like deadleg) that kept him out of last weekends match v Chelsea. According to Yanks Abroad he has a "knee nag". Sounds serious. They hope he is ready this week for the match v Arsenal.
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Yanks Abroad talks to USA & Heerenveen midfielder Michael Bradley.
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Champions League Matchday 3 this week:
Yesterday's scores-
Dynamo Kyiv 0-3 Lyon - Juninho Pernambucano, Kim Kallstrom & Flourent Malouda with the Lyon goals.
Steaua 1-4 Real Madrid - Sergio Ramos, Raul, Robinho & Ruud Van Nistelrooy for RM, Valentin Badea for Steaua.
Celtic 3-0 Benfica - Two Celtic goals for Kenny Miller and the third by Stephen Pearson.
Man United 3-0 Kobenhavn - Paul Scholes, John O'Shea & Kieran Richardson with the Man U goals.
CSKA Moskva 1-0 Arsenal - Daniel Carvalho with the winner for CSKA.
Porto 4-1 Hamburg - 2 goals by Lisandro Lopez, 1 by Lucho Gonzalez and the last by Helder Postiga for Porto. Hamburg's goal by Piotr Trochowski.
Lille 3-1 AEK - Lille goals by Mathieu Robail, Daniel Gygax & Jean Makoun. AEK's lone strike by Vladimir Ivic.
Anderlecht 0-1 Milan - Rikki Kaka with the games only goal for Milano.
Today matches-
Chelsea v Barcelona
Bremen v Levski
Inter v Spartak Moskva
Sporting v Bayern
Bordeaux v Liverpool
Galatasaray v PSV
Valencia v Shakhtar
Olympiacos v Roma
-Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune recaps yesterday's matches.
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A showing sign of the seriousness of Chelsea keeper Petr Cech's injury is that he has had two metal plates inserted in his skull.
-Frenchman Fabien Barthez who retired from the game last month has made himself available to Chelsea if they need another keeper. Do you think he would do this if they were a poor team with no spot light shining on them? Not a chance. It's all about ego.
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Steven Gerard will not play for Liverpool in the Champions League today due to a hamstring injury.


Anonymous hartley said...

Tony Meola as GM? I don't think that would be a good choice. Not everyone in KC loves him you know.

How about this lineup for KC: GM - Peter Wilt; Head Coach - Preki; GK Coach - Tony Meola. That way, Tony could even be the backup, emergency keeper.

Oh, and I was surprised to see Colorado's new badge and kits don't use Green. The Rapids have always looked good in green. Why not Maroon and Green? I don't get it.

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Sasha said...

That RSL - Big League article was hilarious. Well done to that writer...

7:20 PM  
Anonymous JB said...

It will be interesting to see what MLS tries to sell Freddy for and when...I am sure they will go for a big number based on the expected upside of potential and marketability, however based on actual performance and in fact real potential, Freddy shouldn't cost any more than my opinion...

6:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My option to change the format and playoff system for MLS is to do exactly what USL-1 does. Single table with an unbalanced schedule and allowing only the top 6 teams into the playoffs. The top two spots would get first round byes with the lower seeds facing off against eachother in a home/home series. You could have a home/home series in the next round if you want to or you could really reward the top two seeds by having them host just one match to determine who makes the final.

Will it make it better? I don't know. Will it mean more teams will be out of the playoff hunt eariler? Well the USL-1 went into the last weekend of matches this year with only 2 teams eliminated from playoff contention.

thats my option


Also I watched Once in a Liftetime again last night and I have to say I hope the Cosmos never return. Not because I don't want star players playing in the US. Rather I think any attempt to resurrect them would never come close to what that team was and did.

7:48 AM  
Anonymous Demko said...

i like the six team playoff format as well. there are six legit contenders in mls this year. It strikes a decent balance between making the regular season meaningful and keeping teams in contention (and therefore fans interested) until late in the season. colorado and ny don't have any business being in the post season.

9:43 AM  

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