Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Non Plus News

Time to give tribute where real tribute is due: Chicago Fire fan Dan Parry walked the walk when it came to caring about his fellow humans, but was sadly killed in a hit & run car accident on Monday morning. From the Chicago Tribune.
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Yanks Abroad says Chicago goalkeeper Matt Pickens has been added to the upcoming Team USA training camp, replacing Brad Guzan who hurt his back with the MLS select team in England a couple weeks ago.
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US Soccer awarded their Players and Young Players Of The Year yesterday. The winners:
-Player Of The Year:
Oguchi Onyewu
Kristine Lilly
-Young Player Of The Year:
Jozy Altidore
Danesha Adams
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Steven Goff at the Washington Post says a deal by DC United to sign Boca Juniors star striker Martin Palermo is "unlikely to occur." Damn. I was hoping for that one.
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Andrea Canales at Soccernet says the signs all say Beckham is on his way to MLS.
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Canales also talks to LA Galaxy midfielder/defender Nathan Sturgis about his busy upcoming year with his club and the USA U20's. For LA Soccer News
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Rumors are now linking Chivas USA striker Paco Palencia with UNAM Pumas in Mexico.
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New England have signed their defensive midfielder Daniel Hernandez to a new contract.
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Los Angeles have re-signed forward Santino Quaranta.
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Carlos Mendes of New York had hernia surgery. That is probably why he did not get invited to Team USA camp.
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Houston has given coach Dom Kinnear a new two year contract.
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Pete Gratoff of the Kansas City Star does a Q & A with former KC coach and now Toronto assistant Bob Gansler. (From last week.)
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New Colorado striker Herculez Gomez talks to the Las Vegas Sun about his new home.
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Ives Galarcep at Soccernet makes his MLS Eastern and Western Conference wish lists this Christmas.
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MLS players and coaches tell MLSnet about the worst Christmas gifts they have ever received!
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The New York Times with a story on advertising on the front of MLS shirts, by Jack Bell.
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Real Salt Lake has hooked up with a local club in Tampa Florida as a part of their youth development system. From the Business Journal. Thanks to Ethan for tipping me off to this story.
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Big Apple Soccer is reporting a Portuguese story that says Luis Figo is going to sign with Saudi club Al Ittihad as opposed to a possible MLS team.
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Greg Lalas at Sports Illustrated looks at the high standard Brian McBride is setting for future Americans in Europe.
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Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune with his year end wrap up.
-The story is continued on his weblog Red Card, with a great tale of a between cities trip he took during the World Cup last summer.
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Arroyave also talks to Chicago striker Chad Barrett about his recent trip to England with the young MLS select team.
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Luis Bueno of the Press Enterprise reviews US Soccer in 2006.
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Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union Tribune hands out his 2006 soccer awards.
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USA U20 team hopefuls Tim Ward and Danny Szetela talk to US Soccer in an interview you can hear via podcast.
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Let's check in with our favorite Americans in Europe and see how their weekend matches went:
-DaMarcus Beasley - Manchester City - an unused sub in Saturdays 2-0 loss at Bolton, and did not dress for Tuesdays 1-0 win over Sheff U.
-Carlos Bocanegra - Fulham - Played the whole game in a 0-0 draw with West Ham on Saturday. Started against Charlton today and he smashed a header off the bar which McBride slammed home for the first goal in a 2-2 draw. Got burned for Charlton's first goal though.
-Michael Bradley - Heerenveen - With his family watching from the statnds he went the full 90 and laid off passes that led to both his teams goals in a 2-0 win over Excelsior of Rotterdam.
-Jay DeMerit - Watford - Played as usual but saw his team blanked on Saturday 2-0 at the Liverpeople. Then played their asses off but lost 1-2 v Arsenal on Boxing Day. Jay got torched by Robin Van Persie for the winning goal. Note to Jay: He only goes left! (I know, I know, I should try it sometime - It aint so easy.)
-Brad Friedel - Blackburn - got completely fried 6-2 by Arsenal on Saturday, but came back very very strong to shut out Liverpeople 0-1 on Boxing Day.
-Cory Gibbs - Charlton - Is still not in the gameday line ups, but could possibly see action in the next week, with yet another new manager, Alan Pardew, and two more games coming up.
-Marcus Hahnemann - Reading - Lost to Everton 0-2 on Saturday, and drew 2-2 with Chelsea on Boxing Day.
-Tim Howard - Everton - Beat Reading 0-2 Saturday. Got another clean sheet 0-0 against Middlesbrough on Boxing Day.
-Eddie Lewis - Leeds - Drew 0-0 with Hull City with Eddie playing left back. Lost 2-0 at Sunderland on Boxing Day.
-Brian McBride - Fulham - Played the whole game in a 0-0 draw with West Ham on Saturday. Started against Charlton today and slammed home the first goal after Bocanegra smashed a header off the bar, in a 2-2 draw.
-Claudio Reyna - Manchester City - did not dress for either Saturdays 2-0 loss at Bolton, or Tuesdays 1-0 win over Sheff U. Hamstring injury they say.
-Jonathan Spector - West Ham - Played the whole game in a 0-0 draw with Fulham on Saturday. Started on Boxing Day but was subbed out in the 69th minute of a 1-2 loss to Portsmouth.
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I missed this last week during my illness, but Jay DeMerit has a new article for Soccernet: It's lonely at the bottom
-On another DeMerit note, I was out yesterday watching Arsenal v Watford and someone later told that me that some of DeMerit's friends and relatives where there watching with us. Cheers.
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USA & Reading midfielder Bobby Convey talks to Yanks Abroad about his recovery progress after knee surgery, or lack thereof.
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YA also talks to Danny Califf about his excitement at being called into the Team USA January camp.
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The always excellent Brian at the False 45th has a friend who is the Team USA equipment manager and has some cool soccer related "end of 06" remembrances.
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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune with a story (from 10 days ago) on the role of "youth" in today's world soccer spectrum.
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Hughes also writes about Inter's Brazlian striker Adriano who until last Saturday had not scored a goal in 9 months! Yes you read that right, 9 months. And they pay him how much?
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Charlton have fired coach Les Reed after about 8 games and hired Alan Pardew, who was fired last week by cross town rivals West Ham.
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Ricardo Lavolpe will now get his Marlboro Money from Velez Sarsfield. Last week Lavolpe lead Boca Juniors to a humiliating stumble from a big lead late in the season into a second place finish in the Argentine Apertura and was forced to resign his job. The team then turned to Miguel Angel Russo who had been coach of Sarsfield. Now Lavolpe has that mans old job. Next year Ricardo will be weighting tables at a Chi Chi's in Booneville Missouri for cartons of Kent Extra Longs.
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Mexican keeper Oswaldo Sanchez has split from league champions Chivas de Guadalajara to sign with last place Santos Laguna. It's all about the Pesos for Oswaldo.
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Kikin Fonseca is back in Mexico with Tigres after a disastrous 4 months in Portugal at Benfica. He never really saw the field in that time.
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Luis Bueno at Sports Illustrated writes about the next 4 stars of Mexican soccer.
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Kevin Palmer of Soccernet calls Samuel Etoo the lost spirit of Barcelona.
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The Guardian/Observer with an indepth look at and interview with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
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Eduardo Da Silva was named Croatian Player Of The Year. He has such a nice old fashion Croatian name doesn't he?
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The draw was held last week for the 07 Copa Libertadores. Games begin Jan 24.
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Cucuta Deportivo of Colombia won their first ever league title. They were founded in 1924!
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Colo Colo have won their 25th Chilean championship.
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Cienciano won the Peru championship.
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Lastly, BQ sent me this link from Insane Soccer to a video of the top 3 goals of the first half of the season from each of the big Euro leagues. Enjoy it.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i met dan parry at the fire/revs playoff match at bridgeview...he was part of an anti-racist crew that stopped nazi skinheads from sitting in section 8 as well as anti-mexican chanting by some members of sec. 8...he gave me a cool "fire" button of his crew "inner city firm"...seemed like a super nice guy and it's a tragedy for sure.dang

6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad Danny Califf has been invited to train with the national team---he's always had cool hair.

11:32 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

hey dan g
i had wondered if he was one of the guys you were talking about
damn that sucks

8:26 AM  
Anonymous Ken said...

I too expected Dan would know Mr. Parry. Tragedies are always difficult but when it means losing someone who makes a difference in the world, it's even harder to comprehend and digest. Damn shame...

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan was a passionate Fire and Celtic fan. He was very much on the frontline of the Nazi expulsions at Fire games late last season. He will be missed for sure.
Please, everyone, send this man e-mail about removing Dan's name from his website

http://www.ojjpac.org/memorial.asp

It is sad enough that we lost a good friend and activist; let's not let his death be used as anti-immigrant propaganda.

Dan was avidly against this sort of thing, and his name should not be associated with it.

His email is:
Salvi@ojjpac.org

No matter your personal political views, imagine your name being accosiated with that you would not support.
Removing Dan's name from this site doesn't mean you are agreeing with his beliefs, it means you are supporting Dan after death to remain true to the life he lived and loved.
The site claims to retract errors within 24 hours of notification of the error. I will commit to emailing this man every 24 hours that Dan's name remains on the website, please see it do do the same.

Thank you.

12:39 AM  

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