Monday, October 02, 2006

Sea Rations News

Houston Dynamo striker Brian Ching on his awe-inspiring bicycle kick goal v DC: "That was the best goal I have ever scored and it felt great!"

MLS matches from last Saturday:
New England 3-1 Colorado - Should all the other teams be terrified of New England coming to life at the end of the season? They should be. Steve Ralston bagged a PK (Jay Heaps got booted in the forehead going up for a corner kick - a bloody mess), Jose Manuel Abundis got his first MLS goal in his first MLS start on a diving header(!), and Clint Dempsey with a cocky chip of Joe Cannon scored again for NE, while Kyle Beckerman got a PK back for Colorado in the dying moments of stoppage time. Complete and utter has-been Clint Mathis got a straight red card in the 65th hurting Colorado as much as the goals against did. The win gave New England a spot in the playoffs.
Houston 1-0 DC United - Like the opening says, Brian Ching scored the only goal on a magnificent bicycle kick - a chileno, if you will - in a game where both teams attacked, but Houston was simply better at it. The win gave Houston a spot in the playoffs.
Kansas City 3-3 Salt Lake - The shootout! Josh Wolff opened the scoring for KC in the 6th minute with a rocket. Unlikely hero Atiba Harris answered with 2 goals before half time for RSL, and as much as I despise him, I have to tip my hat to Harris for a couple of really nice goals. Scott Sealy and Jose Burciaga tied and retook the lead for KC, but a classic strike from Jason Kreis (career goal #108) tied up the final score for RSL.
Los Angeles 3-0 Chivas USA - Oooooof. So much for the new Chivas strength in the LA derby. Pete Vagenas, Landon Donovan, and Alan Gordon all sucker punched the Goats. Chivas was without its top 3 offensive threats, Paco Palencia, Ante Razov & Juan Pablo Garcia - all due to injury.
New York 1-0 Chicago - Jozy to the rescue again. The kid got his 3rd goal in only his 5th game! That's pretty awesome. Marvell Wynne of the Red Bulls got his second yellow card of the game and was ejected in the 81st minute. This was the first red card of Wynne's career. But he sure is looking impressive out there on that right side.
Columbus 3-1 Dallas - Joseph Ngwenya, Jacob Thomas and yet another one from Jason Garey made it 3-0 before El Pescadito scored his 12th of the season but not until second half stoppage time. Brandon Moss of the Crew got his second yellow card of the game and was ejected in the 81st minute. Despite the win Lumbus becomes the first team chopped from the playoffs. Poor Sigmund.
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Even with their loss DC United clinched the Supporters Shield, with the most points in the regular season! Cheers Zach! Hooray DC! Boo creepy foot doctor.
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MLS Standings:
-Columbumbumbus is the first team elmidated from the playoff chase.
-KC & NY will battle for the last spot in the East and just so happen to play each other on the last day in New Jersey. Lets hope they each get the same result next week to set up a donnybrook!
-Teams 3-6 are contending for spots 3 & 4 in the West - no one is out yet.
-5 teams are fully in the playoffs.
-If the season ended today you can see the 4 teams that would be out below.
55 DC - IN
44 Chicago - IN
42 New England - IN
35 New York
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35 Kansas City
30 Columbus - OUT
49 Dallas - IN
44 Houston - IN
42 Chivas
39 Colorado
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37 Salt Lake
36 Los Angeles
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Dylan Butler of Big Apple Soccer talks to New York's Marvell Wynne about speed - "Samuel Eto'o...He's slow."
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And Michael Lewis of Big Apple on the emergence of goal scoring prodigy Jozy Altidore.
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(You want more Jozy? You got it!) Las Lifrak Q & A's with New York & USA soccer fans Flavor Of The Month - Jozy Altidore!
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The LA Riot Squad scored with the best banner of the weekend: Crazy Bob's Discount Goat Meat
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Graham Jones of the Los Angeles Times with a feature on Chivas USA rookie sensation Jonathan Bornstein.
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New York generalisimo Bruce Arena loves the youth of his team, from MLSnet.
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The MLS Reserve Division is going to go right down to the last match to find the Champion. Colorado leads Kansas City by one point. Here is the standing, and final weeks schedule:
24 Colorado
23 Kansas City
21 Houston
19 DC
17 Dallas
16 New York
15 Salt Lake
14 Chicago
12 Chivas
11 Los Angeles
7 Columbus
4 New England
-Oct 8 matches:
Chic v Colu
KC v Chiv
Colo v NY
SL v Hou
Oct 16 match:
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USL First Division Championship
Rochester 0-3 Vancouver - It's not often the road team wins the title (and why this isn't a two legged final I have no idea). Vanc got an own goal in the first half, and goals by Tony Donatelli & Sita-Taty Matondo in the second to win their first USL First Division crown.
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Bill Urban's look at the US Open Cup for Square Football is worth a read.
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The USA Honda Player of the Year award will be handed out tomorrow in Los Angeles. The three finalists are:
-Clint Dempsey of New England
-Kasey Keller of Borussia Monchengladbach
-Brian McBride of Fulham
-du Nord casts it's vote for The Deuce.
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Yanks Abroad chats with USA & Liege massive defender Oguchi Onyewu.
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Glenn Davis of the Houston Chronicle gives his run down on who should be the next Team USA coach.
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In more endorsements, du Nord officially backs Peter Nowak to become the next coach of the US of A.
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Here is a very interesting development in American youth soccer. Red Bull is sponsoring a new league featuring the top U17 club teams from coast to coast.
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Another youth story, this one from the Maryland Gazette on USA U17 Residency member Israel Sesay.
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Coincidentally, Soccer America has 4 really good stories on youth development in America:
-MLS - MLS Dangles Development Carrot
-College - Freddy's Bros
-Team USA - U.S. Soccer Youth Development
-Editorial - Do we want Robinhos or Robots?
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How did our favorite Americans do over the weekend?
-Kasey Keller and Gladbach got smoked at Werder Bremen 3-0.
-Steve Cherundolo and Hannover drew 2-2 with Dortmund. He played the full 90.
-Jonathan Spector finally made his debut for West Ham, coming back from shoulder surgery last spring. He played the entire game but his team lost 1-0 at home to Reading.
-Marcus Hahnemann & Bobby Convey started as usual for Reading and got a road shutout beating West Ham 1-0. Just like in last weeks draw with Man Utd, Reading held on for dear life after getting their goal. But with even better results this week.
-Claudio Reyna & DaMarcus Beasley both came on as second half subs for Manchester City in their 1-1 draw at Everton.
-Tim Howard could not keep another clean sheet for Everton as they drew 1-1 with Man City giving up a goal in the 90th minute.
-Brad Friedel started in goal as usual for Blackburn, but was replaced at half time after suffering some sorta groin injury. The Rovers still won 2-1 over Wigan. The replacement keeper stopped a PK! But with a 2 week break for international matches, Brad is not expected to miss another match.
-(Are there others you would like to see me cover?)
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According to the best soccer magazine on the planet, People, David Beckham is going to sign with the New York Red Bulls in January!
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Phil Ball of Soccernet says sometimes they even have time for football in Bilbao: The Honest Lawyer
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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune writes about the deep team Frank Rijkaard has at his disposal: Barca displays strength in depth
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A whole new batch of Euro 2008 qualifiers are next Saturday and the following Wednesday.
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Dida has retired from the Brazilian national team. No word on Dudu or Kaka.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best way to avoid mis-spelling people's names, is to copy the spelling given in the link you are providing.

Cranky, fat, old 'Graham'Jones of the LA Times spells his first name G-r-a-h-a-m-e, and that is evident in the by line provided in the Times story about Bornstein which you allude to.

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Josh said...


You ended your last sentence with a preposition. Don't be a pedant.

12:07 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

i couldn't care less about misspellings, if i catch them i do, if i don't i don't, so what

now fuck off back to your cave

12:09 PM  
Anonymous bq said...

You tell em boys!

Come on anon. The guys spends hours everyday providing these great links free of charge, just because he loves the game. It is one of the most read soccer blogs on the net. Back off man.

1:26 PM  

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