Thursday, November 16, 2006

Industrial Due Date News

New England Coach Steve Nicol on losing in the MLS Cup final for the 3rd time in 5 years: "I can't tell you how bad it feels."
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Houston midfielder Dwayne De Rosario on his immediate plans after winning his 3rd MLS crown, and first in Houston: "I'm gonna go get drunk, get wasted, and that's about it."

Breaking News: Mexico has named Hugo Sanchez to coach their national team.
And 2 other new CONCACAF coaches to announce:
-Bora! Bora! Bora! Bora Milutinovic has been named the new coach of the Jamaican Reggae Boyz.
-Alexandre Guimaraes who coached Costa Rica to the last two World Cups has taken over the same job with Panama.
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The entire Houston Dynamo organization has taken a vacation in Las Vegas this week. Party on dudes!
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KC striker Eddie Johnson is headed to Reading for a trial next week.
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Glenn Davis of the Houston Chronicle writes about Dynamo youngster Stuart Holden who made a huge PK in the final.
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MLSnet hosted an internet radio show all last week leading up to the Cup final, featuring Sean Wheelock and Jimmy Conrad. And what you really need to listen to is the final games post match show that those fellas did. It's really excellent! And I'm not kidding. Lots of guests and interviews, all very fresh from the match. And with this show not on traditional TV and radio, everyone loosened up a little bit morethan normal. Guests included Don Garber, Eric Wynalda, a really unhappy Taylor Twellman, a really excited Kenny Dalglish, my buddy Craig Waibel, Greg Lalas, Glenn Davis, and Sunil Gulati. They even talked to Liverpeople legend Kenny Dalglish who's son started the match for the champs of Houston. If you want a taste of what the show is all about, Jimmy Conrad described Brian Ching's goal as a "kick in the nuts" to New England.
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Jeff Bradley's MLS season ending report - First XI: Another season in the books
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New England's Taylor Twellman will head to Germany tomorrow to undergo hernia surgery for the second straight year.
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4 Soccernet stories, from MLS Cup, to the aftermath, and the look ahead:
-Jeff Carlisle reviews the Cup final and Houston's big win.
-Frank Dell'apa searches for answers on what New England does now.
-Steve Davis looks at MLS's new Designated Player Rule, and the role of the new team owners in the league that pushed this idea forward.
-Jen Chang, then asks the obvious question.... Will David Beckham sign?
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Fox Soccer Channel is going to significantly upgrade their MLS broadcasts for the 2007 season.
-The biggest step will be adding live pre-game & post-game shows to their Saturday night matches! As a fan I am ecstatic, and say "It's about frickin' time! Thank you FSC!
-A great move they made this year and will continue next season is that their commentators will be live at the venues, not calling them via a monitor back in LA.
-As was also the case this year, Max Bretos & Christopher Sullivan will be the game commentators. I know many don't dig Max, but I think he is pretty great, even though he can "drift" a little. I love his genuine passion for the game. I think Sullivan is an amazing if odd resource of player and cultural knowledge who does a great job too.
-Bobby McMahon at Fox Soccer Report will also host 3 new weekly segments: A weekend game preview (on a night yet to be determined), a Sunday night weekend match recap, and a Wednesday night highlights, news and notes show called Pulse.
All fantastic news.
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Colorado's new home is starting to look very close to being ready for action.
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Grant Wahl at Sports Illustrated talks to Freddy Adu about the next moves in his life.
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Ian Plenderleith writing for the Guardian tries to tell anticipating Manchester United fans whether or not Freddy Adu is any good.
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Celtic have publicly stated that they will try again in January to sign New England midfielder Shalrie Joseph after having their bid turned down back in the August transfer window. They offered just under $2 million for him then, but will have to come up with more.
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Marc Connolly of the US Players Assoc talks to NASL era player, and former USA international Winston DuBose.
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The USA U20's beat Guatemala 2-1 in Boca Raton, FL last night on come from behind goals by Freddy Adu and Anthony Wallace.
-Two USA U20 players from European clubs have podcast interviews at the US Soccer site - Forward Johann Smith of Bolton, - and - Defender Neven Subotic of Mainz.
-The site also has video highlights of recent USA U17 (including a great pivot and shoot by Abdusalam Ibrahim from the Twin Cities) & U20 games.
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Three big upsets last night in the NCAA tournament as seeded teams lost to unseeded teams - #6 West Virginia lost 1-2 to UNC Greensboro, #14 North Carolina lost 0-1 to Old Dominion, and the biggest of all, #3 SMU lost 1-3 to Santa Barbara. The next round of games will be played this coming Saturday & Sunday, with Notre Dame v Maryland being the biggest.
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Jonah Freedman's all new World Soccer Power Rankings, from Sports Illustrated.
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One of du Nord's favorite players, Seba Deisler of Bayern Munich, is finally ready to re-take the field after his knee injury almost 9 months ago. He could play this weekend against first place Stuttgart. Many pundits have wondered who would be the player to step up an replace Michael Ballack, and I think this could be that guy.
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In a Euro 2008 qualifying stunner Cyprus drew 1-1 with Germany!
-Here are the scores from all 7 qualifiers yesterday.
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Patrick Vieira got his 100th cap for France last night in a 1-0 friendly win over Greece.
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I know you are all very excited for the next month's World Club Championship. The 6 featured teams are:
Barcelona of Spain - UEFA
Club America of Mexico - CONCACAF
Internacional of Brazil - CONMEBOL
Auckland City of New Zealand - Oceania
Cheonbuk Motors of South Korea - AFC
Al Ahli of Egypt - Africa
-Tournament details to follow. Maybe.
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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune writes about the Israeli star at West Ham, Yossi Benayoun, and what that role carries with it in the wider world.
-Hughes also reviews Portugal's Euro 2008 qualifying win: An Evening Of Light And Shadow
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Since the two Reading players, Ibrahima Sonko & Stephen Hunt, collided with two Chelsea goalkeepers, Petr Cech & Claudio Cudicini, a couple of weeks back, causing serious injuries for the 2 keepers, both Reading players been receiving death threats. Aren't the English fans just great? Don't ya just love their "passion" for the game. Sad.
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Another insane story from England has Sheffield United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny going out on the town, getting in a fight, and GETTING HIS EYEBROW BITTEN OFF!!!!! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!
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Extremely wealthy American George Gillett, who also owns the Montreal Canadiens NHL team, is the latest person linked to a possible purchase of the Liverpeople.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andres Frisk knows all about the passion Chelsea fans have for the game.


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