Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Knocked Out Cold News

Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello referring to Ronaldo: "If a player isn't in good shape, he won't play. Everyone thinks they look good in the mirror in the morning, but I watch how they perform."

My pal Demko and I did a long interview with Minnesota Thunder coach Amos Magee last week. It is available for your reading pleasure now at Blue Sky Soccer.
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Part 2 (of 5) from Jimmy Conrad's tribute to Mooch Myernick, from Soccernet.
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Soccer America names their 35 most important people in American soccer.
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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
-Drop me a line if you are going, cuz I would love to meet up with people there. It will be a blast!
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The US Players Assoc has an article from former player Jeff Agoos on what it's like to be on a team preparing for the Cup final.
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Don't know if you caught this or not, but because of yellow card accumulation, Houston midfielder Ricardo Clarke will not suit up for the final.
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Andrew Hush of Soccer New England examines the two coaches for the MLS Cup contenders - Steve Nicol & Dom Kinnear. Did you know that both were both in Scotland? I didn't know that about Kinnear.
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New England midfielders Clint Dempsey & Steve Ralston are getting regular treatment for their injuries and may be able to go on Sunday. But that is getting ahead of ourselves.
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Frank Dell'apa of Soccernet profiles New England coach Nicol.
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Houston coach Dominic Kinnear & forward Brian Ching, along with New England coach Steve Nicol & goalkeeper Matt Reis were on a joint press conference call yesterday talking about the big game.
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Andrea Canales of LA Soccer News asks Chivas USA & LA Galaxy players who they think will win the Cup.
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Canales also uses her rearview mirror to say that DC's downfall was predictable. For Soccer365.
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Tobias Xavier Lopez of the Fort Worth Star Telegram looks at why Dallas coach Colin Clarke got the boot.
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Steve Morrow, the FC Dallas assistant coach over the past 2 years has been named Interim Head Coach while the search goes on for a permanent replacement. I would have to think that Morrow is a top candidate for the job.
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The Columubus Dispatch with an update from the Columbus Crew on the future of their coach Sigi Schmid and some of his players.
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The latest step in the Kansas City Stadium saga hit a wicked pot-hole in yesterday's elections. A bond issue to fund a youth soccer complex that would sit beside a pro stadium was struck down 64% to 36% by voters. Ouch. This does not put any dent in the actual buidling of the stadium, just changes directions in how cool it can be. Now on to Plan A1.
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The Denver Business Journal is reporting that Dick's Sporting Goods will become the name-sponsor of the new Colorado Rapids stadium in suburban Denver. The stadium will be known as Big Dick's Place, and they will pay around $2 million a year for the naming rights.
-Officially the stadium will be called Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
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The Rocky Mountain News talked to LA Galaxy original Cobi Jones who was in Denver recently raising money and equipment for soccer in Iraq.
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Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America lists his best 11 from last weekends MLS semifinals, and his best players of the 2006 season.
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Business magazine Bloomberg talks to MLS Commissioner Don Garber about David Beckham.
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The USA U20's will play a friendly v Guatemala as they get ready for World Championship qualifying which takes place in December. This match will take place on November 15 in Sunrise Florida. The USA roster looks like this:
G:
Zac MacMath (Clearwater Chargers)
Nicholas Skverer (NEC Nijmegen)
D:
Kris Banghart (NC Wesleyan)
Kyle Davies (Ballistic United)
Quavas Kirk (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Nathan Sturgis (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Neven Subotic (Mainz 05)
Anthony Wallace (U South Florida)
Tim Ward (Columbus Crew)
M:
Freddy Adu (DC United)
Bryan Arguez (West Kendal Optimists)
Miguel Gonzalez (New England Revolution)
Dax McCarty (FC Dallas)
Nico Mosquera (U Central Florida)
Danny Szetela (Columbus Crew)
F:
Josmer Altidore (New York Red Bulls)
David Arvizu (New York Red Bulls)
Ellis McLoughlin (Crossfire James)
Johann Smith (Bolton FC)
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According to Ives Galarcep of the North Jersey Herald, Jozy Altidore will not be on that U20 team next week, as he is having surgery on a broken thumb. He will be ready for the following U20 camp in December.
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Ives also writes about the ever increasing number of American soccer playing kids who are going directly from high school to the pros.
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Jack Bell's weekly column in the New York Times looks at the sorry state of the Canadian national team.
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Twin Cities native Leo Cullen has been hired as a soccer player agent by the Wasserman Media Group. The soccer division at WMG is run by Dan Segal & Richard Motzkin, the two most prominent soccer agents in America. Cullen's heyday as a player came with the New England Revolution.
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I just love it when we can combine history lessons with our soccer... The Guardian SportsBlog with a good tale from Russia on the first Brit to every play behind their. We need more like this, to go along with the great stuff Phil Ball writes at Soccernet every week. Thanks to AM for sending me this one.
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Reuters with a look at Dutchman Dick Advocaat now running Zenit in St Petersburg Russia. Advocaat is a big favorite of du Nord. We wish he could get the job coaching Team USA some day.
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Manchester United were beaten in the English League Cup, NOT THE FA CUP, by a team I have never heard of, Southend, by the score of 1-0. Now that's funny. Unless of course yer a Man U fan, then it's brutal.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Demko said...

Just when you thought Pizza Hut Park couldn't be topped. how are those "meat lovers" t-shirts coming along?

3:10 PM  
Blogger Eric PZ said...

How could you have never heard of the Shrimpers from Southend. Great small club from a coastal town in Essex. They had a good in the 1st (now championship) a few years ago and now they are back...though Tuesdays win will probably be the highlight of the season as League 1 beckons.

5:39 AM  

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