Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Outer Limits Of Sanitation News

The Wolstein Sports Group who are behind the push to get an MLS team in the Cleveland-Akron area have launched an impressive website: NEO Pro Soccer (North East Ohio Pro Soccer)
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The hot rumor flinging around today is of the Red Bulls of New York chasing after Costa Rican international striker Paulo Wanchope. I will admit that he has been a very exciting player and prolific scorer wherever he has gone, but he is at that age (30) where a forward can start to look old. He is currently on the roster of Rosario Central in Argentina. He has 4 goals on the season.
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Kansas City striker Josh Wolff has finally made the move to Europe, signing with Munich club 1860, who currently reside in the German Bundesliga 2. The team is also home to American defender Gregg Berhalter. Wolff has signed a short term contract only through the end of the 06/07 season. So unless things go amazingly well we could see him back in MLS & KC by mid-season. The excellent Yanks Abroad has more details.
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Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America looks at the trade that has brought Joe Cannon to LA.
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Columubus Coach Sigi Schmid is out searching for his teams first Designated Players.
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Former MLS forward Chris Carrieri has signed with the new Carolina Railhawks of the USL First Division.
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Crystal Palace is searching for a place that their new American academy can call home. The are seriously considering Annapolis Maryland.
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Richard Jolly of Soccernet chimes in on the Freddy Adu at Man U story.
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A Young MLS Select-Team is playing a series of exhibition games throughout England this week. Here is the game schedule:
-MLS 2-0 QPR Reserves - Colorado's Jacob Peterson & New York's David Arvizu got the goals.
-MLS 0-1 Coventry City Reserves - Soccer New England with a small review of both games so far.
-Dec 7 v Watford Reserves
-Dec 8 v Chelsea Reserves
-Luis Bueno at LA Soccer News talks to Chivas USA midfielder Sacha Kljestan, who is a part of the team, about the opportunity this brings.
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The USA U23 team (aka the Olympic team) is slated to play in next summers Pan-Am games (July 13 - July 29) in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. This will take even more players away from MLS!!! WTF?
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Jack Bell of the New York Times talks to talented young American defender Jonathan Spector, currently playing in England at West Ham, and entrenched into the starting line-up at only 20 years old.
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Brad Friedel & Blackburn lost 1-0 at Charlton last night.
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There will be a minor change to the next round of World Cup qualifying. The 4th place CONCACAF team will still get a chance to make it to the finals, but the road got harder as they will have play home and away against the 5th place team from South America, not Asia. The 5th Asian team will playoff against the winner of Oceania, who had played against South America in the past. Not cool in my book.
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UEFA CL M6 Games yesterday and today (The last round of the group stages.):
Tuesday scores-
Barcelona* 2-0 Bremen - Ronaldinho & Eidur Gudjohnsen scored the two goals before the game was even 20 minutes old.
Chelsea* 2-0 Levski - Andriy Shevchenko & Shaun Wright Phillips with the Chelski goals.
Sporting 1-3 Spartak Moskva - Roman Pavlyuchenko & Maxym Kalynychenko scored first for Spartak. Sporting tried to make a game of it on a goal by Carlos Bueno, but a third Spartak goal by Denis Boyarintsev sealed the win. Vladimir Bystrov assisted on all three Spartak goals.
Bayern* 1-1 Inter* - Roy Makaay gave the home team the lead after 1 hour, but Patrick Viera tied it in stoppage time. Bayern still wins the group. Inter's streak without a loss is up to 36 games now, in all competitions.
Galatasaray 3-2 Liverpool* - Robbie Fowler scored the first and last goals of the game for the Liver People, but in between those Gala got three from Necati Ates, Okan Buruk & Sasa Ilic for a win.
PSV* 1-3 Bordeaux - Julien Faubert, Stephane Dalmat & Jean Claude Darcheville piled on three goals for the French before Alex got a late home back for the home team.
Olympiacos 1-1 Shakhtar - Shak got on the board first with a goal by Matuzalem, but Nery Alberto Castillo tied it for Oly.
Roma* 1-0 Valencia* - Christian Panucci with the winner
-Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune on the Barca win.
Wednesday games-
Dynamo Kyiv v Real Madrid*
Lyon* v Steaua
Man United v Benfica
Kobenhavn v Celtic*
Porto v Arsenal
Hamburg v CSKA Moskva
Anderlecht v AEK
Milan* v Lille
-Teams with an * have qualified for the knockout stage.
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Mexican Apertura Finals are now set:
1st Leg Thurs Dec 7th-
Guadalajara v Toluca - live at 8:30pm central on TeleFutura.
2nd Leg Sun Dec 10th-
Toluca v Guadalajara - live at 3pm central on Univision.
-Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle previews the finale.
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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune remarks on FIFA Pres Sepp Blatter's dream to move the world club football schedule to a Northern Hemisphere summer time frame.
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They did it! Joe Public have won the Trinidad & Tobago Pro League! Hooray Joe! Hooray Public!
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So the story goes like this: Last weekend Pavel Nedved got a red card in Juve's Serie B match. He didn't care for it and got in the referee's grill, stepping on the ref's foot in the process. The ref says he did it on purpose and now Nedved, who still gets his hair cut by his mother using a bowl, has been suspended for 5 games. Pavel is angry about this, and has threatened to retire if the suspension is not wiped out.
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FIFA has closed the book on their investigation of Vice Pres Jack Warner's World Cup ticket scam with only the slightest of hand slaps. (Aren't ya just shocked to hear that news?!?!) What did you expect from an organization that is all about kick-backs and personal profiteering (as long as the Org gets their taste too). Michael Corleone would be proud. The FIFA verdict says big Jack's son sold the tickets, not Jack. Come on people, this is a decent family man we are talking about. So back off!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had read that Charlton had beat Blacburn 1-0 but I turned on the match late last night to see Friedal's performance. At 75 minutes it was 0-0 and it stayed that way till the end of 90 minutes and well past the 2 minutes of extra time. Once again, I was convinced, I got it wrong and Blackburn would get a point. And, then, in the last play of the match, a good 30 seconds past when it should have all been over, a goal! The wall didn't do it and Friedal didn't even move. Not good.

As to the MLS youngsters loss against the Coventry City Reserves, twas to be expected given that CC is (really) the best team in England.


5:44 PM  
Blogger kj said...

A shame that Joe Public is owned by Jack Warner (according to Wikipedia, where I went to check if your item was for real or if you were kidding).

6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think I would have compared a FIFA scandal to Michael Corleone & the mob, rather, I would have compared it to Kofi Annan & the U.N.'s oil-for-food scandal.

7:47 PM  
Anonymous john said...

I think you got the length of Wolff's contract mixed up, it is until June 2008?

8:45 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

thanks for the correction john
much appreciated

note to anonymous - get your own damn blog then you can compare anything you want anytime you want, i will do the same
good luck

11:32 AM  

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