Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Black Bat News

The BBC talks to Sir Alex Ferguson about the chances of USA & on-loan Everton keeper Tim Howard coming back to play at Man U.
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English website Clubcall says Fulham has agreed on a fee for New England midfielder Clint Dempsey, now they just have to get the details straight on getting him a UK work permit.
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Andrew Rogers at Soccer 365 says Freddy Adu is about to hop ship from Manchester United and head for Madrid to talk turkey with Real!
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Luis Arroyave at The Red Card is reporting that Chicago's Toyota Park will NOT be hosting MLS Cup 2007.
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Luis Bueno at LA Soccer News says Chivas USA is going to decide the fate of almost-always-injured John O'Brien at their club this week.
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According to Yanks Abroad, former Chicago Fire forward Nate Jaqua is in Europe talking to several clubs right now.
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I think it is pretty much set in stone that former USA & KC manager Bob Gansler will be a big part of Mo Johnston's Toronto coaching staff. That way Bob can step in quickly when Mo chokes.
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Michael Lewis at Big Apple Soccer talks to Amado Guevara about his new team in LA - Chivas.
-Matt Zimmerman of the Long Beach Press-Telegram talks to both Guevara and Chivas USA manager Bob Bradley.
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The Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy cleared another political hurdle to allow Real Salt Lake to begin building their stadium.
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Paul Gardner has written a conspiracy piece for Soccer America claiming that Bruce Arena is nothing more than an empty suit who is being told who to sign by Red Bull drink company upper management. Hahahahahaha.
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The Dallas Morning News says there is now a short list of candidates for the open FC Dallas manager's job. Here is their list of 4:
-SMU head coach Schellas Hyndman
-FC Dallas assistant coach Steve Morrow
-NYRB Technical Director Jeff Agoos
-DC United assistant coach Tom Soehn
-And 3rd Degree verifies this list.
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Jeff Bradley's latest First XI from MLSnet: Making a list
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The initial list of players for the winter '07 MLS combine has been released. (More players will be added to this list as we get closer to the Jan 5 date.) The combine is held each year to give selected young players an audition for coaches from all MLS teams. This years combine will take place at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale FL.
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USA U20 coach Thomas Rongen and USA U17 coach John Hackworth both talk to US Soccer about their draws for their respective World Championship qualifying tournaments. Via podcasts.
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NCAA Semifinals. Single elimidation. Here are the match-ups for Friday in St Louis:
UCLA v Virginia - 5pm central - shown live on ESPN2
UC Santa Barbara v Wake Forest - 7:30pm central - shown delayed at 1am central Saturday morning on ESPNU.
-The final, also played in St Louis, on Sun Dec 3, will be shown live Sunday the 3rd at 2pm central on ESPN2.
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The Mexican Apertura semifinals round (2 legs):
Wed Nov 29-
Pachuca v Toluca - live at 7pm central on Azteca America
Thur Nov 30-
Guadalajara v America - live at 9pm central on TeleFutura
Sun Dec 3-
Toluca v Pachuca - live at noon central on Univision
America v Guadalajara - live at 8pm central on Univision
-Luis Bueno from the Press-Enterprise looks at the intense rivalry between playoff opponents America & Guadalajara.
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If you are like me, and thought the winners of the World Cup Golden Ball and France Football Ballon D'or were bogus, then get a load of the FIFA World Player Of The Year finalists: Zinedine Zidane, Fabio Cannavaro & Ronaldinho. One out of three isn't bad I guess.
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Sports Illustrated with two looks at the Shevchenko-Chelsea Blues. One from Greg Lalas - AND - the other from Gabriel Marcotti.
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Jack Bell of the New York Times with an article on Arsenal's young Ivory Coast defender Emmanuel Eboue.
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Another New York Times writer, Elaine Sciolino, looks at the incident in Paris last week where a PSG fan was shot and killed by a cop after a racial melee. The article has details on that story, and further thoughts on racism all over French and European football.
-Reuters is reporting that until further notice the Paris police have closed the end of the Parc de Princes stadium where the ultra's sit.
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West Ham let the players dole out punishment to teammate Carlos Tevez for leaving the stadium after being subbed out last weekend. The fine his pals chose? Wear a Brazil shirt during training for two weeks!!!!
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The Guardian's Marcela Mora y Araujo reports on a different kind of star rising in Argentina. Meaning, he is not being called the new Maradona, or even the new Batistuta for that matter.
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John Berwin at Soccernet talks to the already legendary Ronaldinho about his past, present and future!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on dude, we want more information on this country called, "Haiti & Panama."

By the way, isn't there a canal that runs thru there ?

1:44 AM  
Anonymous Ken said...

Hey Anonymous:

the canal seems to be running straight out of you piehole and it resembles a Superfund site to me. Give it a rest, asshole.

7:22 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

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carry on

8:19 AM  
Blogger kebmodee said...

i used to play against the schellas hyndman coached smu teams more than 10 years ago. his teams will out work you, be more fit, defend well, etc but when push comes to shove, they lack the tactics necessary to win it all. they are always in the top 20 or higher but he loses in the playoffs every year. maybe they got to the semis one time. so, my point being schellas is a bad choice for FC Dallas. Agoos is a local boy who i hope, if they pick him, will be a better coach than he was a player.

11:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That sucks Chicago won't be hosting 07 MLS Cup.


1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't read it, but let me guess: Gardner says Arena being an empty suit is why they're not signing Hispanic players and in fact traded away Guevara, who is a Hispanic player. He then works in his usual "Hispanics good! Anglos bad!"

9:53 PM  

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