Monday, October 23, 2006

Good Time News

Here's an important message from our pal Evan in Dallas who works for FCD: As you know we are hosting MLS Cup November 12th. I can provide priority seating for this huge event. I can be reached directly at 214-705-6752 or Book yer flight, get to Dallas, have a blast, and call Evan NOW! You won't regret it.

MLS playoffs first round first legs are history! Here are scores:
New York 0-1 DC - Christian Gomez executed a perfect give and go with Jamie Moreno and then chipped Jon Conway for the goal. 8630 in attendance.
Colorado 1-2 Dallas - El Pescadito scored first for Dallas with his 14th goal in 14 playoff games! Terry Cooke got a rebound of a Thiago Martins shot and tied it up for Colorado. But Abe Thompson took a long cross from Ronnie O'Brien and bagged the winner for FCD. Thiago Martins was red carded late in the game and will miss the second leg. Sadly, only 4176 in attendance in Denver.
Chicago 1-0 New England - Justin Mapp hit a brilliant free kick from the right side of the penalty area late in the first half for the games only goal. Clint Dempsey slowly walked off the field apparently injured around the 80th minute. Chicago keeper Greasy Pickens stopped NE's best chance on a great Twellman header. 10,217 in attendance.
Chivas 2-1 Houston - Ante Razov scored right at half time for the home side, and Paco Palencia made it 2 shortly after the 2nd half re-start. Brian Ching got one back for Houston in the 75th. But Chivas keeper Brad Guzan saved the win by stopping a Dwayne De Rosario PK in the 85th minute. 15,110 in attendance.
-Second legs will be played Oct 28 & 29.
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MLS is launching their own online radio show starting tomorrow at 1pm central time. It will kick off with host Jimmy Conrad! Interesting choice. Connect to it via
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Soccer New England has quotes from the Revs dressing room after the loss in Chicago.
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Dan Steinberg from the Washington Post went with the supporters groups on their busses up to NY for the DC United victory. His story is awesome.
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Luis Bueno on Chivas keeper Brad Guzan's huge game v Houston. For LA Soccer News.
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Ives Galarcep reviews the 2 Eastern Conference games for Soccernet.
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While his co-hort Jeff Carlisle reviews the 2 Western Conference games.
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A dude who writes a column for a small newspaper in the Northwestern suburbs of Chicago went to his first game at Toyota Park on Sunday. He gave his views. And I even gave him a little feedback of my own.
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New England coach Steve Nicol profiled at the BBC site.
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Jim Dow from RevsNet has his usual quality New England Revolution insights, plus an interview with the team's great midfielder Steve Ralston.
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Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger talks to Youri Djorkaeff about his last ever game at Giants Stadium.
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Steve Davis at Soccernet with a big feature story on Dallas forward Carlos El Pescadito Ruiz, who Davis calls "reformed".
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Columbus will play a friendly on Nov 8 at home against Carlos Ruiz's old club Municipal of Guatemala.
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The New York Times had a feature story the other day on young immigrants to America who are finding their feet (all pun intended) via soccer.
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Big Euro bouts this weekend:
-Werder Bremen 3-1 Bayern Munich - Things are getting juicy in Germany with Bremen now tied at the top with just Schalke (who beat Hannover 2-1) - Diego & Wome scored for Werder, while Makaay scored for Bayern, and a Lucio own goal gave WB their 3rd.
-Manchester United 2-0 Liverpool - Paul Scholes scored in the 1st half, and Rio Ferdinand scored in the 2nd half for a dominant Man U victory. Manchester is still tied for the top spot in the Premiership with Chelsea.
-Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona - Barca suffers again, and RM gets some revenge for last years 0-3 home ass kicking. Raul scored after just 3 minutes, and Ruud van Nistelrooy made it 2 early in the second half. Barca stays #1 in Spain but are now tied with Valencia, while RM are only 2 points back in 4th.
-Feyenoord 0-4 Ajax - Oh how the mighty have fallen. Feyenoord lose bad at home as Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scores 2 more for Ajax. I think we can expect to see KJH on a much bigger team come January. Ajax are tops in Holland.
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Phil Ball on La Liga's El Clasico: A Classic
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Let's check in with our favorite Americans in Europe and see how their weekend matches went:
-DaMarcus Beasley - Manchester City - Did not dress for his team as they lost 4-0 to Wigan.
-Carlos Bocanegra - Fulham - Started again at D-Mid and played the entire game in a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.
-Michael Bradley - Heerenveen - Started again and played the full 90 in a big 4-2 over Groningen. Teammate Afonso Alves scored a hat trick, and Bradley got the assist on this 2nd & 3rd. Bradley also cleared a shot off his own goal line.
-Danny Califf - Aalborg - Started and went the distance in central defense but were embarrassed 0-4 at home by Randers. Ouch dude, that's gotta hurt.
-Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - Played the whole game as usual, but lost 2-1 at league leaders Schalke.
-Bobby Convey - Reading - Still out with the ankle injury and did not dress for his teams 0-4 home loss to Arsenal. Probably better he sat this one out.
-Jay DeMerit - Watford - Jay went the full 90 in a 0-0 draw at Charlton. Watford are still searching for their first Premiership win.
-Benny Feilhaber - Hamburg - Benny got his first start, went the full 90, and his team got their first Bundesliga win of the season, 1-2 at Leverkusen! Oh Yeah! And US Soccer has a brand new interview with Feilhaber that you can listen to via podcast.
-Brad Friedel - Blackburn - Went the full 90 in goal, but lost 0-1 at home to Bolton, as not 1 but 2 of his teammates missed PK's.
-Marcus Hahnemann - Reading - Hooooooooooo. Yes, Hahnemann played as always in goal, but this one was ugly. They got whipped 0-4 at home by the Arse. Don't play with fire, boys.
-Tim Howard - Everton - Another clean sheet for Tim-may, this one a 2-0 win over Sheffield United.
-Kasey Keller - Monchengladbach - Of course he was the keeper, but lost 2-1 at Herta.
-Eddie Lewis - Leeds - Was subbed in at the 71st minute, as Leeds continued their long fall in a 5-1 drubbing by Luton. Not good for Eddie. Is he headed to MLS in January? Could be.
-Brian McBride - Fulham - Started, but was subbed out in the 72nd minute of a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.
-Oguchi Onyewu - Standard - no game this weekend.
-Claudio Reyna - Manchester City - Did not dress for his team as they lost 4-0 to Wigan.
-Jonathan Spector - West Ham - Did not dress for anther loss by the Hammers, 1-0 at Tottenham.
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Will Man City coach Stuart Pearce last out the week after another drubbing? How about West Ham's Alan Pardew?
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Jermain Defoe of Tottenham bit, yes bit, West Ham's Javier Mascherano in the arm after a hard tackle. What the fuck is that?????? Defoe giggled and called it "mischievous"! While the Tot's manager Martin Jol called it a "comical nibble"! Are they both insane?!?!?! The other dude now has to get rabies shots ferchrisakes.
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The drama goes to a whole new level..... In a clear sign that Brazil & Inter forward Adriano has hit bottom, the club has sent him to Rio de Janeiro to recuperate and start a new training regimen. He will be there until at least the new year. I would expect to see him change teams in January.
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Italian World Cup winning coach Marcello Lippi says he will consider coaching again after the first of the year.


Anonymous Ken said...

Loved the comment from "Todd" on the NWHerald article who said:

"10,217 was right in line with the hype that was built-up from the ignorant chicago media. Oh, wait, there was'nt any. "

4:56 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

on sunday morning one of the dudes traveling with me bought a chicago tribune
he scoured the paper looking for coverage
then finally he found their coverage
it was a very tiny preview done in one corner
about 75 words long, stuck in the section where they tell you what the days sporting schedule looks like
they gave more coverage to simulcast horse racing then the fire
they should be shot
the gent who wrote the article for the nwherald mocked the small crowd, but did his paper have a game preview....
um, no

8:37 AM  
Anonymous Ken said...

Yea, being a soccer fan is kind of like being a Zappa fan - good luck trying to find a review in the next days newspaper about the awesome show you just attended.

Probably for the best though - don't want the ignorant giving their opinions on things they know nothing about...

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Susan said...

The Trib has become a little better in its coverage this year, believe it or not. One Trib columnist, Rick Morissey, would use every other column to bash soccer. That's when I gave up reading the Trib sports page. With soccernet and FSC, who needs it anyway? And your site as well.

I left a comment for that Kevin guy who wrote for the little paper giving my take on the low attendance. Most club-level kids' soccer matches around here are played on Sundays. Usually there are a lot more kids & their families at Fire matches. It was just bad timing for that playoff game.

5:56 PM  
Anonymous Susan said...

As you no doubt noticed the logical inconsistency in my previous comment, I will say that I only know that the Trib coverage has improved because my husband is a faithful reader. I read it if he points out a decent article, which he just did this morning.

Soccer coverage in my local paper, the Naperville Sun, is often better than the Trib's. They had an entire page, with a picture, about goalies & Petr Cech last week.

And you were right about Toyota Park's location being much better than Soldier Field. It couldn't have been that hard for Kevin to get there.

6:02 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

i am gonna go check out the naperville sun right now
thanks for the tip susan

i will say this in defense of the chicago trib:
the guy they have doing soccer coverage now - luis arroyave - is really good, and he has a good blog called red card (linked on the right side of du nord)

my problem was the fact that it was the sunday paper - game day - and they had what amounted to a dog turd for coverage

11:50 AM  

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