Thursday, October 05, 2006

Frankenstein Dating Service News

France goalkeeper Fabien Barthez: "I quit the French team, I quit club football."

Steven Goff of the Washington Post was on-line again yesterday to chat with soccer fans. It's always good reading. There are a few really big rumors, whispers and other good information here.
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So dear old Cleetus, aka Clint Mathis, of Colorado got a red card last weekend in their match v New England, and now the league has tagged an extra game suspension on it and fined him. Cleetus felt he was fouled by NE defender Avery John but no call was made, so Cleetus became a vigilante and charged at John like a drunken rhino, then threw a nice hearty body check and a wicked elbow to wipe John off his feet. Out comes the red card, and off you go sunny. Mathis's teammate Mike Petke got a yellow card on the play for arguing with the referee, presumably about the non-call against John a few seconds earlier. After Cleetus left the field (all the while hurling his special banter at the referee) he stood on the sidelines "discussing" the matter with the 4th official. Charming. Remember when he made a positive impact on the game. That was a while ago now wasn't it. Sad.
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The Salt Lake Tribune with a feature on RSL's human wrecking ball Atiba Harris, who I once again must give credit to for having a terrific game last Saturday in KC.
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Luis Bueno at the excellent LA Soccer News looks at what ails the LA Galaxy: WEST COAST BIAS - A Galactic wake-up call
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Glenn Davis of the Houston Chronicle on the beauty of Brian Ching's "bicycle kick" goal last weekend. Davis also take a harsh shot at Youri Djorkaeff, who deserves it for heading off to promote good will or some shit in Armenia. Maybe that's where his sick mother moved to. Or is there a French Euro 2008 qualifier he needs to see.
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Last week I ran an aerial photo of Colorado's new stadium and said that the surroundings looked really bleak. Well my pal Sasha sent this note to me in reply:
I stayed a night in Denver and drove by the stadium on my trip from Mpls to San Diego.
Quebec Street is actually quite urban in character, and surprisingly dense in some parts. It's just that the Rapids Stadium is setback too far from the street for it to be seen in any of those overhead pictures you posted (I think because it will include a field complex). There are homes and businesses right across the street from the stadium property, including a po-dunk looking taco stand.
I've also read that Commerce City is something like 50% Mexican in population too. It is quite a poor area, there are a few a social problems, and I observed the houses are small and run-down. Nevertheless, it's an interesting area.
You bring up the surroundings as bleaker than Frisco, but actually I think the project will come off resembling Carson more so than Frisco, in the context of its location, character, and in the way I predict the stadium will integrate into the surrounding area.

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Ives Galarcep of the North Jersey Herald says all the "Beckham to Red Bulls" talk is bunk.
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Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer talks to New York coach Bruce Arena about these last two critical games in attempting to make the playoffs.
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The US Players Assoc has a Q & A with injured USA & Charlton defender Cory Gibbs to update us on his injury recovery status.
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Steve Davis, formerly of the Dallas Morning News (I think he actually got downsized - big mistake) writes about the proliferation of whining babies in MLS. For Soccernet.
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Ridge Mahoney at Soccer America looks at the long uphill climb its been for Real Salt Lake since the season began. Will they make it to the top, or at least the water station before the playoffs?
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Dallas midfielder Ramon Nunez has begun to live up to his potential as a great attacker, and his homeland Honduras have recognized this and called him up for a potential debut in two matches v Guatemala. They will face off twice, Saturday in Miami, and next Tuesday in Atlanta. Good luck Ramon.
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US Soccer President Sunil Gulati talks to Andrea Canales of LA Soccer News about recent criticism that has been leveled at the so-called US Soccer training headquarters - Home Depot Center.
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The USA U20 team will convene Sunday for a couple days training and then a match on Wed Oct 11 v Haiti U23 in Sunrise, FL. 16 players have been named to the team. Here they are:
Brian Perk - UCLA
Joe Willis - Denver
Nick Cardenas - San Diego State
Amaechi Igwe - Santa Clara
Nathan Sturgis - Los Angeles Galaxy
Tim Ward - Columbus Crew
Freddy Adu - DC United
Michael Bradley - Heerenveen
Miguel Gonzalez - New England Revolution
Rodrigo Lopez - Chivas USA
Stephen McCarthy - Santa Clara
Danny Szetela - Columbus Crew
Rodrigo Hidalgo - USF
Quavas Kirk - Los Angeles Galaxy
Robbie Rogers - Heerenveen
Johann Smith - Bolton
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Two great articles from the Orlando Sentinel today. It's like a Point - Counterpoint type deal. Well actually it's not "like" a point-counterpoint thing, it IS a point-counterpoint deal. It's excellent!
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Ian Plenderleith's latest column for Matchnight: Marvin Andrews - Proof Of The Power of Prayer
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The Seton Hall newspaper with a story on their alum Sacha Klejsten, the outstanding rookie midfielder for Chivas USA.
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I recently stumbled across an excellent soccer blog that was started back in February called From College To The Pros. They look at player development here in the USA. A great example of the blogs quality is a series on the original 1999 USA Residency Program class. They do a "Where are they now?" on each of the players. You can read Part 1 - and - Part 2, so far. Great website!
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The Boston Globe with a story on Boston College young goal scoring sensation Charlie Davies.
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Coming up on MLS Soccer Saturday:
DC v New England - 6:30pm central on Direct Kick
Dallas v Los Angeles - 7:30pm central on HDNet
Kansas City v Chivas USA 7:30pm central on Direct Kick
Chicago v Columbus -7:30pm central on Fox Soccer Channel
Colorado v New York - 8pm central on Direct Kick
Salt Lake v Houston - no TV
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Reading & USA keeper Marcus Hahnemann talks to Yanks Abroad about the fact that he is playing on only a 1 year contract. He also talks about his habit of throwing his shirt to a fan in the stands after every game. What a cool dude, too bad about the questionable taste in music.
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All the European leagues are on break this week and next while national teams play qualifiers for Euro 2008.
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One of Brazil's rising young stars, Ricardo Oliveira of AC Milan, has had his sister kidnapped in Sao Paulo. This is very similar to what happened to Real Madrid's Brazilian star Robinho whose mother was kidnapped. What ugliness.
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Jonah Freedman of Sports Illustrated has a new #1 in the World Soccer Power Rankings! Barca fall to #2! Let the controversy begin.
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He's had enough. The always risky, and none-too-handsome-in-a-fur-coat Fab Barthez has called it a day. He has retired from France and was without a club. He helped France win the 98 World Cup, and was in the nets again during their miracle run this summer in Germany. He always made the games interesting with some of his goal keeping choices.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't think Fabien Barthez is good looking ?
You should compile a Top 10 list of the best looking players.
That would be cool !

7:02 PM  
Blogger Lukacs said...

Hahnemann is a redneck, you need to get over it.

12:17 AM  
Anonymous West Ham Are ... Actually I Should Stop Saying They're Magic Because They Really Aren't This Year said...

The Rapids' stadium is also just up the road from the old Stapleton Airport, which is being turned into a MASSIVE housing development built along New Urbanist lines. That is: sidewalks, densely packed housing, a playground and a block or two of retail in every neighborhood. The kind of place that will attract lots of pointy-headed types like me who can't park their bicycles straight and have been playing soccer all our lives.

10:34 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

get over what?

12:24 PM  
Anonymous hartley said...

Hey, thanks for the link to the Corey Gibbs article. Good stuff. I can't wait 'til he gets in there for the Addicks.

We really need him in central defense as soon as he can get there. Charlton will start building and climbing the ladder as the injuries get healed and Dowie instills not only more confidence but better play in the team.

Go Addicks!

3:41 PM  
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