Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Oh You Pretty Things News

What is up with John O'Brien? No one seems to know.

The New York Times Play Magazine with a huge in-depth feature on the New York Red Bulls owner, energy drink-magnate Dietrich Mateschitz.
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New York keeper Tony Meola tells Big Apple Soccer's Michael Lewis that the only way he will return to the team next year is if he is the starter. What old guy gets that guarantee? Not many.
-Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger with more on the story.
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Lewis also talks to Red Bulls coach Bruce Arena and Claudio Reyna about the possibility of Captain America returning home to play.
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Ives Galarcep of the North Jersey Herald says the Red Bulls will not overhaul the team as much as we might think for next season.
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Frank Dell'apa at the Boston Globe looks at the dinged up New England Rev's. Will they be healed in time?
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Here is list of just how banged up New England is, 5 days before the semifinals:
Clint Dempsey (right ankle sprain)
Steve Ralston (calf)
Andy Dorman (hamstring strain)
Joe Franchino (hamstring strain)
Daniel Hernandez (ankle)
and beyond that, Jose Manuel Abundis's wife gave birth Sunday, so he will miss most of this weeks practice sessions.
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Jack Bell at the New York Times talks to New England's Pat Noonan, in his weekly column.
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Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune looks at what the Fire will need to do this offseason to improve the team.
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And Arroyave has some good insider Chicago Fire news on his blog - The Red Card.
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Andrea Canales at Soccernet is wondering if this is the end for LA's Cobi Jones.
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Steven Goff of the Washington Post looks at DC United's currently awful looking defense. More than one person said left back Facundo Erpen played one of the worst matches they have ever seen against New York last Sunday.
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Andrew Rogers of Soccer 365 has a Q & A with LA Galaxy President Alexi Lalas.
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Jeff Bradley's First XI for MLSnet - the best conference finals.
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Ridge Mahoney at Soccer America lists his best performers from the first round of MLS playoffs.
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MLS Cup Semifinals - Sun Nov 5:
DC United v New England Revolution - at 3pm central on ESPN2
Houston Dynamo v Colorado Rapids - at 6pm central on FSC & HDNet
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Ken Pendleton of the US Players Assoc thinks now could be the perfect time for US Soccer to move away from the Northern European soccer model.
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Fulham plan to offer Brian McBride an extension to his current contract which ends next May.
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Eddie Lewis played another 90 minutes at left back for Leeds in the Championship Division last night, but they got smoked 4-1 by Preston.
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The bi-annual CONCACAF Gold Cup has in the past featured guest teams from other regions. No more! Starting with next summer's edition it will only be CONCACAF teams involved. Great idea, that way it can be taken more seriously as the regions true championship.
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My school Rochester Lourdes got blasted 5-2 by Benilde yesterday in the state semifinals. They play Totino Grace today for the third place trophy. Benilde will play Mankato West for all the chips tomorrow.
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UEFA Champions League Matchday 4 scores from yesterday:
Roma 1-1 Olympiacos - Roma goal by the golden boy Totti, and the Oly goal by Julio Cesar. Totti also missed a PK.
Bayern 0-0 Sporting - An awful game to watch.
Liverpool 3-0 Bordeaux - Two goals by Luis Garthia and one by Steven Gerrard for the Liverpeople. Fernando Menegazzo was red carded for Bordeaux.
Spartak 0-1 Inter - Julio Cruz scored about 50 seconds into the match and it was all over. There wasn't even a yellow card handed out. What? Did anyone have a heart?
-Spartak's bus got stuck in a traffic jam on the way to the match and the whole team had to take the subway to the stadium. Insanity!
Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea - Deco & Eidur Gudjohnsen scored for Barca, and Frank Lampard & Didier Drogba scored for Chelsea. The Drogba goal came in the 3rd minute of stoppage time to tie it up.
-Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune with a match report: Hard-edged Chelsea pushes Barcelona to the limit
-This match also had a ton of side shows that could bring consequences.
Shakhtar 2-2 Valencia - Jadson Rodriguez & Fernandinho scored for Shaktar, with Fernando Morientes & Roberto Ayala answering for Valencia.
PSV 2-0 Galatasaray - Timmy Simons & Arouna Kone with the goals. Stjepan Tomas was red carded for Galatasaray.
Levski 0-3 Werder Bremen - Lev's Nikolay Mihaylov with an own goal, Frank Baumann & Torsten Frings with the other two for Bremen.
-By virtue of yesterdays result, Bayern, Liverpool, PSV & Valencia have all qualified for the round of 16 with 2 matches left in group play.
Wednesday's games (with TV info included)-
Arsenal v CSKA - ESPN2 live at 130pm central
Kobenhaven v Man United - Setanta live at 1:30pm central
Real Madrid v Steaua - ESPN Deportes live at 1:30pm central & ESPN Classic delayed at 4pm central
Hamburg v Porto - Setanta delayed at 4pm central
Milan v Anderlecht - Setanta delayed at 5:45pm central & ESPN Deportes delayed at 10pm central
Lyon v Dynamo Kyiv
Benfica v Celtic
AEK v Lille
~ ~ ~ ~ with a story on another new Brazilian wonderkid, Diego of Werder Bremen.
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Nigeria is the latest team to chase after the vastly overrated Sven Goren Erickson.


Blogger D said...

JOB's got a bad knee, right? I mean, he's going to need surgery to get that thing really up and running.

4:06 PM  

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