Monday, November 06, 2006

Oversleeping News

Boston Herald: The New England supporters may have been seated in the rafters of RFK Stadium, but the traveling fans made themselves known with a banner that paid tribute to Rev's keeper Matt Reis. “On the 8th day, Reis created God”!

Results from the MLS Cup Semifinals yesterday:
DC United 0-1 New England Revolution - The old story of Pat Noonan feeding Taylor Twellman for a New England goal unfolded perfectly in the 4th minute and that was that. DC tried and tried and tried but never really had that last pass to make a difference. Once or twice they got close to New England keeper Matt Reis but he was more than ready to turn em away. DC coach Peter Nowak mysteriously subbed out his best attacking player, Freddy Adu, way too early, then watched both Alecko Eskandarian & Christian Gomez go out with severe leg cramps leaving his team with almost no punch (and no other options) when they really needed it at the end. Nowak blew it, like Pekerman for Argentina v Germany at the World Cup. Bad coaching (but I am not gonna blame the loss on that).
-Match Reports:
Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe
Andrew Hush from the Boston Herald
Steven Goff of the Washington Post
Ives Galarcep of Soccernet
Ian Plenderleith at the Mid Atlantic Soccer Report
Houston Dynamo 3-1 Colorado Rapids - Colorado actually scored first on a PK by Jovan Kirovski in the 4th minute, after a hand ball was called against Adrian Serioux in the box. This just seemed to cause Houston to fire up the big rockets and quickly pound home two great goals by Paul Dalglish in the next 20 minutes. Both goals came after fantastic passing sequences. The third Houston goal was the prettiest of them all coming in the 71st minute. Alejandro Moreno came down the left sideline, turned the corner and used his right foot to curl a pass across and away from the goal mouth to a charging Brian Mullan who smashed home the clincher. Mullan probably played his best game of the year at the right time.
-Match Reports:
Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle
Brian Forbes of the Denver Post
Jeff Carlisle of Soccernet
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We had a great crew of people at the Sweetwater in St Paul to watch both games. It was a pleasure to see all of you.
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You can see the MLS Cup final next Sunday, November 12 at 2:30pm central on ABC, live from Pizza Hut Park in the Dallas, Texas suburb of Frisco.
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After Taylor Twellman scored for New England, TV commentator Bruce Arena said to fellow commentator Eric Wynalda, "Eric, you should have told me that Twellman was someone we should have considered for the World Cup." Ahhhh, the sweet nectar of irony.
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The Boston Globe talked to New England's Taylor Twellman about his awesome game winning goal.
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Soccer New England with quotes from the Rev's locker room post game.
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The Houston Chronicle talks about the fantastic game played by midfielder Dwayne De Rosario, while visiting the wild scene in the Houston locker room after the game.
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Mike Wise of the Washington Post praises New England striker Taylor Twellman.
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Andrea Canales at LA Soccer News says things are changing in Galaxy-land.
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Grahame Jones of the LA Times talks to Chivas USA co-owner and team President Antonio Cue about his teams present and future.
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MLS will have an expansion draft on Friday November 17 where the new team from Toronto can pick players up that other teams in the league leave unprotected. The rules are long and complicated, but the general gist is that each team can protect a specified number of players, and can only lose 1 to Toronto. I am not sure how many Toronto can pick up, but obviously the most would be 12, one from each current team.
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A writer called Tigereye on says he has info about the Houston Dynamo building a new stadium in downtown Houston.
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US Soccer has a Q & A with USA & Standard defender Oguchi Onyewu.
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Yanks Abroad talks to USA & Fulham defender Carlos Bocanegra about both club and country.
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The Guardian SportsBlog on Juergen Klinsmann: As American as apple strudel
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A brutal time for our keepers: Let's check in on our favorite Americans in Europe and see how their weekend matches went:
-DaMarcus Beasley - Manchester City - Started again, but was subbed out in the 50th minute in a 1-0 loss to Charlton. Presumably injured.
-Carlos Bocanegra - Fulham - Started and went the distance again, in a 1-0 win over Everton.
-Michael Bradley - Heerenveen - Beat Sparta Rotterdam 2-0. Michael dressed but did not play.
-Danny Califf - Aalborg - Drew 1-1 with Nordsjaelland featuring another American Heath Pearce. Both of our boys played the full 90.
-Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - Had a rough day, only playing the first 45 minutes in a 0-2 loss to Bochum.
-Bobby Convey - Reading - He did not dress for a 2-0 loss to Liverpool. Back to the knee injury again.
-Jay DeMerit - Watford - Had a strong game in his teams first win in the Premiership, 2-0 over Middlesbrough! Went the full 90 in defense.
-Benny Feilhaber - Hamburg - Again played the entire game, but lost 1-0 at Wolfsburg. Is the coach close to the firing squad?
-Brad Friedel - Blackburn - As always in goal, yet suffering a 2-0 loss to Aston Villa.
-Marcus Hahnemann - Reading - Played the whole game in goal, but lost 2-0 to Liverpool. After starting strong they have lost 4 in a row to Chelsea, Arsenal, Portsmouth and now the Liverpeople. Rough business.
-Tim Howard - Everton - Played the whole match in goal, but lost 1-0 to Fulham on a deflected shot that he could not get to. Otherwise played great.
-Kasey Keller - Monchengladbach - Lost for the 3rd game in a row, 1-0 to Frankfurt. Kasey played the whole game in goal.
-Eddie Lewis - Leeds - Again playing at left back, but also losing again, 3-2 to Barnsley in the English Championship division.
-Brian McBride - Fulham - Started, then was subbed out in the 89th minute of a 1-0 win over Everton.
-Oguchi Onyewu - Standard - Played the whole match at center back as usual, in a 0-0 draw with Anderlecht.
-Claudio Reyna - Manchester City - Started and went the full 90 in a 1-0 loss to Charlton.
-Jonathan Spector - West Ham - Started and played the whole match in a huge win over the Arse. Jonathan got away with a big foul in the box that went uncalled that caused Arsenal main man Arsene Wenger to melt down.
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Cruz Azul became the first of ten teams to qualify for the Mexican Apertura playoffs. The other spots will all be decided next weekend in the last round. Then the real games will begin.
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Big Euro matches this weekend (all were on Sunday):
Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea - a big big upset.
West Ham 1-0 Arsenal - and the other London derby ends with an upset too.
Schalke 2-2 Bayern Munich - leaves them at #4 & #3 in the table.
Roma 3-1 Fiorentina- Roma still rolling.
Real Zaragoza 3-1 Getafe - Zara move into 3rd place with the win.
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It wasn't bad enough that Milan lost 2-0 to Atalanta this weekend, they also lost midfielder Gennaro Gattuso to sprained knee ligaments for at least a month. Inter and Palermo remained tied at the top with 24 points, 4 ahead of third place Roma.
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In Spain, by virtue of Barca being held to a 1-1 draw at Deportivo La Coruna, Sevilla leapt into first place after beating Osasuna 2-0! Real Madrid lost too, 1-2 at home to Celta Vigo.
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The German Bundelsiga's top 3 teams, Bremen (still #1), Bayern (now #3) & Schalke (now #4) all drew. #4 Stuttgart won moving them up to #2!
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Lyon lost in France for the first time all season, 1-0 at Rennes. Lyon star Juninho was red carded too.
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In England, #1 Man United won while Chelsea lost dropping them 3 points back to #2!
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Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of Manchester United, marks his 20th anniversary in charge of the team today. Congrats you red nosed warrior.
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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune looks at the changing face of football in Germany's capital city: A choice for Berlin - Old world or new?
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Phil Ball on the Barcelona stumbling & other La Liga insights for Soccernet: Camp Nou Crisis


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't seen either game from the weekend yet, but after the first game of the playoffs I was guessing Houston & New England in the final. Good to see I'm right about something.

And I have no idea who's going to win the thing, but it looks to be a good game. Have fun in Dallas!


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