Wednesday, November 22, 2006

No Sleep 'til Hammersmith News

Over 400,000 people were in attendance at last nights 8 UEFA Champions League games! That's over 50,000 per game on average.

This, my friends, is what the whole world need a lot more of: Lincoln England U10 team sponsored by Motorhead!!!! The only thing you need is the Ace of Spades! (Thanks to Sean for this great story.)
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American defender Cory Gibbs played the first 45 minutes of a reserve match for Charlton last night. It's his first field action since knee surgery to repair damage he sustained in USA pre-World Cup training. From Yanks Abroad with quotes.
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Colorado waived former Minnesota Thunder striker Melvin Tarley. This is the second year in a row that the Thunder sold Tarley to an MLS team only to see him cut at seasons end. (Last year was Salt Lake's turn.) Let's hope he get's another shot with someone, maybe even back here.
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New York waived 4 big names from their roster: Peter Canero, Steve Jolley, Chris Henderson & Tony Meola. None was a surprise though.
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The Toronto Globe & Mail says TFC has traded defender Tim Regan (they call him Tom), just acquired last week from Chivas USA in the expansion draft, to NYRB for forward Edson Buddle. I have not seen a word of this anywhere official yet.
-Oh, wait...... the US Players Assoc confirms the trade.
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LA GM Alexi Lalas can't seem to keep his mouth shut. He talks to the BBC about Freddy Adu.
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MLSnet hosted an online chat session with Houston President Oliver Luck.
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Jeff Bradley's First XI: A time to give thanks (Including a very very happenin' shout out to du Nord! You are welcome Senor Bradley!)
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Colorado coach Fernando Clavijo joins US Soccer Pres Sunil Gulati in refuting that Jose Pekerman has been hired as the next USA coach. Clavijo was rumored to be the assistant to the Peker Man. Clavijo also tells Soccer America that he is headed out on a South American scouting trip. Others might see this as a trip to meet up with Pekerman.
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DC defender David Stokes is on trial at St Pauli in Germany. I know St Pauli have fallen in quality over the past few years, but if they sign Stokes then they are in much worse shape than I thought.
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Ives Galarcep with an article on the recent success of New York Red Bull's youth teams. For the North Jersey Herald.
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American Jay DeMerit of Watford has his second posting about life at a Premiership club, for Soccernet.
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The Reading Evening Post talks to American keeper Marcus Hahnemann about his countryman and Reading trialist Eddie Johnson.
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The latest from Paul Gardner at the New York Sun: NCAA Soccer a Dead End for MLS Talent
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Jack Bell's weekly New York Times column focuses on Notre Dame soccer.
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Andrew Hush of Soccer New England says young American striker Charlie Davies has several European offers to mull over. He is currently on trial with Ajax in the Netherlands.
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NCAA quarterfinals this weekend. Single elimidation. Here are the matches:
Fri 24th
Virginia v Notre Dame
Wake Forest v Santa Clara
Sat 25th
Northwestern v Santa Barbara
Sun 26th
Duke v UCLA
-The Semifinals & Finals will be played Dec 1 & 3 in St Louis.
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Champions League Matchday 5 is Tuesday Nov 21 & Wednesday Nov 22. Here is the schedule:
Tue Nov 21 Scores:
AEK Athens 1-0 AC Milan - Oooooooh hoooooo! The Greeks win on a Julio Cesar free kick goal.
Celtic 1-0 Manchester United - Shunsuke Nakamura with a killer free kick and the win for the Catholics of Scotland. Louis Saha missed a PK for Man U. Outside of Man U fans, I think the rest of the world loves watching them lose.
CSKA Moskva 0-2 Porto - Ricardo Quaresma & Lucho Gonzalez with the goals in the big road win.
Arsenal 3-1 Hamburg - Rafael van der Vaart scored very early for struggling Hamburg, but the Arse opened a can of whoop-ass with second half goals by Robin van Persie, Emmanuel Eboue, and Julio Baptista. are slobbering all over Arsenal dream-teen Theo Walcott after he came on and ignited the Gunners to victory.
Real Madrid 2-2 Lyon - Lyon went up early on two easy goals by John Carew & Florent Malouda, but this is not the same old Real Madrid and they fought back to tie on goals by Mahamadou Diarra & Ruud Van Nistelrooy. RVN did miss a penalty kick though that would have given his club the win.
Benfica 3-1 Kobenhavn - Three crushing goals by Leo & Fabrizio Miccoli (he got 2), before Marcus Allback got a very late conselation goal for the Danish team.
Steaua 1-1 Dynamo Kyiv - Florin Cernat scored first for Kyiv, but Nicolae Dica tied it up.
Lille 2-2 Anderlecht - Twice the French team led on goals by Peter Odemwingie & Nicolas Fauvergue, but each time Ander responded with goals by Mbo Mpenza.
-The results gave Celtic & Milan births into the round of 16. They become the 7th & 8th to qualify so far, joining Bayern, Liverpool, Lyon, Real Madrid, PSV & Valencia.
-Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune reviews last nights matches.
Wed Nov 22 games & TV sched:
-No games - there is a conflict with some kind of low level college basketball tournament that will supersede showing a real sporting event.
ESPN Classic
-Levski Sofia v Barcelona - delayed at 4pm
ESPN Deportes
-Spartak Moskva v Bayern Munich - live at 11:25am
-Levski Sofia v Barcelona - live at 1:30pm
-Inter Milan v Sporting - delayed at 10pm
-Liverpeople v PSV Eindhoven - live at 1pm & delayed at 8pm
-Valencia v Olympiacos - delayed at 4pm & delayed at 10pm
-Levski Sofia v Barcelona - delayed at 6pm
Thur Nov 23 - more delayed games from Wed
-Werder Bremen v Chelsea - delayed at 12:30am
ESPN Deportes
-Werder Bremen v Chelsea - delayed at 1am
-Liverpeople v PSV Eindhoven - delayed at 11am
-Benfica v Kobenhavn - delayed at 1pm
-Valencia v Olympiacos - delayed at 3pm
Fri Nov 24
-Highlights Show - 9am
-You can see the full schedule and standings here.
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Two Americans will play in the UEFA Cup today as Brad Friedel and Blackburn go to Feyenoord, and Michael Bradley and Heerenveen travel to Parma.
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The Mexican Apertura playoffs, quarterfinals round (2 legs):
First Legs-
Wed 22nd
Guadalajara v Cruz Azul
Thur 23rd
Monterrey v Toluca
Atlas v America
Fri 24th
Pachuca v UNAM
Second Legs-
Sat 25th
Cruz Azul v Guadalajara
Sun 26th
UNAM v Pachuca
America v Atlas
Toluca v Monterrey
-Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune previews the Mexican playoffs.
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In an odd twist of the fate, Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated has voted for Zinedine Zindane as the Sportsman Of The Year. To find out why, read on.


Anonymous thundergunner said...

Good to get more feet-on info from the players. Jimmy C does a great job for MLS and US nats and Jay is coming along.
No offense Jay D, but that was about as clear-cut a penalty as there can be. He might have been offsides, but you definitely pulled him down. Just shows that no matter what, a defender (or any Chelsea player) always think they are innocent.

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