Friday, December 15, 2006

Beef Burrito, With Extra Beef, Hold The Tortilla News

Chelsea striker extraordinaire Didier Drogba to Jack Bell of the New York Times: I like this team D.C. United. They are good and strong.

We have lost yet another American soccer groundbreaker. Atlantic Records President Ahmet Ertegun, who founded the New York Cosmos (along with his brother Nesuhi and Warner Bros. Pres Steve Ross) died yesterday at 83. Michael Lewis at Big Apple Soccer with more.
-I met Ahmet one time in the early 90's, (I worked in the music biz for a long time at Warner Bros.), and thanked him for the Cosmos. He was very gracious, but seemed surprised that someone at a music biz event in America remembered.
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Kevin Hartman's agent Ron Waxman confirmed with Andrea Canales of the Los Angeles Soccer News that the keeper has been sent to Kansas City. No other details were available.
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Yanks Abroad talks to USA & Charlton defender Cory Gibbs about his long recovery from knee surgery.
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GolTV is reporting that the California Victory of the USL First Division have hired former USA & NASL midfielder Hugo Perez as their first head coach.
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Boston College star striker Charlie Davies is going to sign with Hammarby of Sweden.
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Steve Goff of the Washington Post on the official MLS announcement that the 2007 MLS Cup final will be held at RFK in DC.
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Colorado has acquired defender Brandon Prideaux from DC United for a couple of 3rd round draft picks.
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Luis Bueno of LA Soccer News talks to Chivas USA young sensational midfielder Sacha Kljestan about the departure of his coach Bob Bradley.
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And Andrea Canales at LASN talks to Galaxy honcho Alexi Lalas (and other team exec's) about what additional moves the team is making to improve them on the field for next year.
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Jen Chang of Soccernet looks at the current crop of USA U17's - How good are can they be?
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A Seton Hall student is already on his way to becoming a player agent. I love his go-for-it attitude. Cool story. I hope there are hundreds more out there with this kind of gumption and dreams.
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Jack Bell at the New York Times does the Q & A dance with Chelsea & Cote d'Ivoire striker Didier Drogba.
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The Toronto Globe and Mail is reporting a completely crazy scheduling mess-from-hell - The Grand Prix of Toronto AND a U20 World Cup match are planned for the same day at Toronto's Exhibition Place. Both sides have set TV schedules and sold tickets without the other knowing about it, and say they can't change the date now. Technically, the soccer stadium is inside the race area! Let's see how they fix this one.
~ ~ ~ ~ says English tabloids have tagged Man U asst coach Carlos Queiroz as the top choice for the USA managers job.
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The draw was held this morning for the UEFA Champions League first knock out round. Here are the match ups
Feb 20 - return leg Mar 7
PSV v Arsenal
Lille v Man United
Real Madrid v Bayern
Celtic v Milan
Feb 21 - return leg Mar 6
Roma v Lyon
Barcelona v Liverpeople
Inter v Valencia
Porto v Chelsea
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Big Euro matches this weekend:
Arsenal v Portsmouth - should be a shootout between two great offenses.
Real Zaragoza v Valencia - two more offensive powerhouses who are red hot. Do not miss.
Fiorentina v Milan - two big clubs, two awful seasons.
Roma v Palermo - #2 v #3 in Italy.
Lens v Lyon - on paper it's #2 v #1, but there are 14 points between them right now.
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The FIFA World Club Championship from Japan. Here is the schedule/scores:
Sun Dec 10
Auckland City 0-2 Al Ahly - goals by Flavio & Mohamed Aboutrika.
Mon Dec 11
Jeonbuk 0-1 America - the lone tally by Ricardo Rojas.
Wed Dec 13
Al Ahly 1-2 Internacional - Internacional sensation Pato scored first only to have Ahly tie it on a goal by Flavio. Super-sub Luiz Adriano won it for the South American champs. By the way, Pato is all the rage at this tournament. He is a 17 year old that every big club is chasing. His name means The Duck. Get used to hearing it.
Thur Dec 14
America 0-4 Barcelona - a complete pasting by the UEFA champs. Goals by Eidur Gudjohnsen, Rafa Marquez, Ronaldinho & Deco.
Fri Dec 15
Auckland City 0-3 Jeonbuk Motors - 5th place game - goals by Lee Hyun Seung, Kim Hyeung Bum & Ze Carlo(PK).
Sat Dec 16
Al Ahly v America - 3rd place game -
Sun Dec 17
Internacional v Barcelona - championship game
-See all the matches on Fox Soccer Channel
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Simon Kuper of the Financial Times says he knows it's time to hang up his football boots.
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Manchester United have signed their keeper Edwin Van Der Sar to a new one year contract extension, making the return of Tim Howard from a loan to Everton all the more remote.
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The FIFA World Player Of The Year award will be handed out on Monday. The three finalists are Fabio Cannavaro, Ronaldinho & Zinedine Zidane.
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I want to end the week by sending a special hello and welcome to our readers today from 38 states and 4 Canadian provinces, and our international readers today from Medellin, Barcelona, Zagreb, Dublin, Brisbane, Verona, London, Seoul, Chalai, Lyon, Waterloo, Blonay, Stoke and Milan.


Anonymous Jason said...

Hugo Perez will be the assistant for California Victory.

3:29 PM  
Blogger Zathras said...

I really hope that Hugo Perez travels with the Victory when they come to Saint Paul. He was always one of those guys I wanted to be like when I was a kid.

4:04 PM  
Anonymous bdr said...

Drogba? As a DCU fan, if we HAD to take him, I guess we'd manage.

4:13 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

jason - thanks for the correction - who will be the head coach then?

4:29 PM  
Blogger mpalumsa said...

Hey, you forgot about me. I read your blog everyday from Rome (Italy). Franco
PS: you do a great job. Thanks.

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They say that deaths always occur in 3's.

First Lamar Hunt, then Ahmet Ertugun.
Who will be next ?

I'm predicting it will be the elderly actress who played the grandmother in the Rodney Dangerfield soccer flick from many years ago, titled, "Ladybugs."

9:23 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

No love for the UEFA cup draw?

12:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

here is the usl link to the Victory coaching announcement.

Their head coach will be Glenn Van Strattum

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Ken said...

I beg to differ on your assessment of the Fiorentina season. It has only been awful because of the -15 point penalty imposed due to the match fixing scandal. Beyond that they have been playing well and would be in 4th place in Serie A if not for the penalty. I saw the Fiorentina/Milan game on Saturday and La Viola outplayed them most of the game, and looked at times like a world class team, with the exception of giving up the late goal in the 90th minute for a 2-2 draw.

Prandelli is a master coach and if he can continue to mold the team as he has been doing he will bring them greatness in years to come. One other thing: I have read how the match-fixing scandal has been hurting attendance in the Serie A this season. Yet I looked at the highlights from the Lazio match played in Florence 2 weeks ago and the stadium was packed to the gills. Same for the Milan match this past Saturday. The team has the full support of its fans and I believe they will be repaid handsomely in years to come.

12:22 PM  

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