Friday, November 10, 2006

Good Luck News

Logan's Revenge with one of those brilliant posts that happens right on top of MLS Cup weekend. Plus it's beautifully minimal: Two Words!

Jason La Canfora on his Washington Post blog claims to have some deep insider scoop on the USA coaching job and a hang up over hiring Grinsi Klinsi (at the end of the post).
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To no one's surprise DC United midfielder Christian Gomez has been named the 2006 MLS Most Valuable Player.
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MLS officially announces their youth development program.
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MLS Cup Final - Sunday November 12 - 2:30pm central time - See it live on ABC.
Houston Dynamo v New England Revolution
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The mayors of Houston and Boston have made a friendly wager on the MLS Cup final! Houston is putting up 10 pecan pies vs Boston's 10 Boston cream pies. Winner take all. Nice bet fellas, even if it is a little folksy. Does anyone get to throw any of the pies?
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Grant Wahl at Sports Illustrated previews the final.
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The Boston Globe with a big in-depth profile of New England's muscle - Shalrie Joseph.
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The BBC with a profile on Houston's Scotsman Paul Dalgish (pronounced dog leash!).
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Bill Nichols of the Dallas Morning News previews Houston.
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Marc Connolly of the US Players Assoc has a Q & A with New England's great center back Michael Parkhurst.
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The staff at the Players Assoc pick Houston to win the Cup.
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Jonah Freedman of Sports Illustrated looks at the San Jose fans that were left behind when their team fled to Houston.
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Andrew Rogers at Soccer365 says Clint Dempsey will play for New England.
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We also hear word that Daniel Hernandez is training with New England and could play.
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Other word we hear is that Brian Ching's bicycle kick goal v DC United (described by DC TV guy Garth Lagerway as "Sweet Creamery Butter"!) will win the MLS goal of the year. I personally voted for Dwayne De Rosario's half field shot v Zach Thornton & Chicago.
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Andrew Hush at Soccer New England talks to the Rev's Andy Dorman.
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Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle on the Dynamo keeper Pat Onstad.
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Tino Palace's latest edition of the Clean Sheet.
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The Wanted Outlaw Speaks: Goal.com has another one of those insanely priceless Giorgio Chinaglia interviews. He, of course, is smarter than everyone else, and rips MLS up one side and down the other. Along with other Giorgio gems.
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Logan's Revenge is suggesting some Mexican coaches might be in the hopper for a shot at the FC Dallas job.
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The Columbus Crew were the first MLS team with their own stadium, and they are now planning their own state of the art training facility. From the Columbus Dispatch.
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GolTV is running with a rumor that Dallas star striker El Pescadito Ruiz wants to go on loan this winter to his old club Municipal in Guatemala. There is no way I can see this happening. No chance.
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The Denver Post talks to Colorado Rapids owner Stan Kroenke about the naming-rights deal for his new stadium - Dicks Sporting Goods Park.
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Now that Lew Wolff has secured a deal to build a stadium for his Oakland A's baseball team, he will turn his attention full time to his chances of building a soccer stadium and returning the San Jose Earthquakes name to MLS. From the San Jose Mercury News.
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The 6th edition of the Carnival of American Soccer is now on the net. The Kin Of Fish is hosting this one. The topic: Marketing Soccer In America.
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Gavin Newsham of the Guardian Sports Blog with his thoughts on Beckham to LA.
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Big Euro matches coming up this weekend:
Saturday-
Milan v Roma - the city of Milano v the city of Rome is never nice
Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern Munich - the popularity contest
Sunday-
Barcelona v Real Zaragoza - the slumping #2 v the surprising #3
Arsenal v Liverpool - battle of the old boys
Ajax v PSV - the battle for Dutch supremacy
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Simon Kuper of the Financial Times talks to the forever-Mr-Burnsish Sven Goran Erickson.
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Adriano will play for the Inter reserves this weekend.
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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh. I know most of you are sick or never liked Brazil's Ronaldo, but he has been a huge favorite of mine for over 10 years now, and I cringe every time I see that he is injured yet again. - He will now miss approximately a month with an injury to his left knee. Damn.

5 Comments:

Blogger kj said...

Saint Louis! Saint Louis?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!?!?!? TELL ME!!!

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Klinsmann is really getting under my skin. I haven't been sold on him as a coach and have serious questions about his ability. He may be a good coach, but his stint with a homestanding Germany hardly justifies the amount of foofrah being poured upon him by fan and Federation alike.

Now this crap about not wanting to coach until 2008. If he wants the job, then take the damned job and get to work. If not then cut the hemming and hawing and get somebody in there who's serious and willing to do the neccessary dirty work. For the kind of money rumored to be dangled in his grinning grill, the bastard ought to be on the field yesterday.

What the hell is going to happen if Sigi takes the team to some kind of 10-2 record with a semi-final appearance in the Copa and a Gold Cup win and a few friendly victories? Think he and the players are going to welcome Klinsi as savior? And why the hell would Sigi take the job as a one-year-off lame duck if Klinsi is just going to come in and repaint the walls and sell it as renovation? Does Klinsi think he's going to forge a team without showing up for the first year or so? Honduras has to be salivating at the prospect...

This ain't Germany with the Bundesliga as a talent pool. The US system is a mess and finding 23 bodies in its labyrinthine bowels is surely more taxing than just showing up at the begining of Confed play and saying "Ich einn est here. Play ball." He's also going to have to deal with qualification for the first time, and while US-Grenada might not test even a simpleton like Eric Wynalda's futbol acumen, getting a point in Azteca would surely get Klinsi's Bavarian panties bunched tight right quick. It ain't Netherlands-Belgium, but it's a damned sight harder than being a host team getting drawn into a group of simps like Germany fell into.

I fear Gulati's got a case of "Staying the course" on bringing Klinsmann in to coach: Too infatuated with the glitter and too stubborn to listen to the voice of reason in his own head which should be shouting right about now "Who does this Teutonic twit think he is? Beckenbauer?"

Kelly

9:56 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

thanks for writing that kelly
it was awesome!

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Ken said...

I have to agree. Fantastic post - I put it in the top 10 of all posts on DuNord!

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gentlemen, I thank you.

And if I can ever get calmed down, I would like to write something about a second team in NY and the NASL Redux Rule - The Designated/Beckham Scam...

However I'm still slight incoherent. And at work...

Kelly

6:28 PM  

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