Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Delightfully Braying News

Michael Adubato of Yanks Abroad lives in Belgium and has been closely following the plight of Oguchi Onyewu for a couple of years now. He tries his best to answer the question of why OO is going to play for Newcastle.
-The Newcastle web site says Onyewu has been called in for the USA match v Mexico next week! Hooray Gooch! Hooray Toon! Hooray Beer!
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BBC Radio is reporting young American U20 & Bolton striker Johan Smith has joined Carlisle United of English League One (the third division). The Bolton homepage confirms it is a loan deal.
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Jack Bell at the New York Times talks to Claudio Reyna about coming home to the Red Bulls.
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Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle with a blog report from Houston Dynamo training camp.
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Soccer By Ives is reporting that Red Bulls forward Mike Magee needs knee surgery and will be out of action for about 4-5 months.
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Dallas has re-signed veteran right back Bobby Rhine.
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The Toronto Globe & Mail talks to TFC coach Mo Johnston as his team gets ready to hit the field for the first time.
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Andrea Canales at Soccernet says MLS still has some large hurdles to overcome before the league is looked upon in good light from other countries.
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Yanks Abroad is reporting that Italian team Siena want to sign Colorado draft pick Greg Dalby.
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Another option (a resurrected old one even) for a stadium in Salt Lake City proper. From The SL Tribune.
-To add pressure to the situation, RSL owner Dave "boy oh boy am I ever mad" Checketts has been given permission by MLS to sell the team. Also from the SL Trib.
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Here's the podcast of Glenn Davis's interview with Mark Cuban that I wrote about yesterday.
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Jeff Bradley at MLSnet with his latest installment of First XI: MLS' Mexican influence
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The Lamar Hunt tribute match that I mentioned yesterday, pitting two teams he owned Columbus v Dallas, is to be called The Pioneer Cup. All money raised will go to an organization called Dallas Scores which is an inner-city soccer program in Dallas. The plan is to raise enough money to cover the annual costs of running that organizations soccer league. They will also rename their league the Pioneer League. Admission to the game will be a "name your own price" deal. Minimum being $5 on the end-line & $10 everywhere else. But you cheap bastards damn well better pay more than that when its a fund raiser. Even if you are not in Dallas you can contribute to the cause by purchasing tickets that will be distributed around the city in your name. Tickets can be purchased by calling the club at 888-323-4625 (Thanks to our friends at FC Dallas for the quotes and details.) Here's the official press release.
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Americans in action in the Premiership & Bundesliga today:
-Chelsea v Blackburn
-Man United v Watford
-Newcastle v Aston Villa - Onyewu will not play tonight, but should be in uniform this weekend v Fulham
-Hamburg v Cottbus
-Hannover v Hertha
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Let's check on our favorite Americans in Europe and see how their matches went last night:
-Sheffield United 2-0 Fulham - Brian McBride started and went the distance, while Clint Dempsey came on in the 82nd minute. Carlos Bocanegra got the day off. All for naught as they were never in it.
-West Ham 1-2 Liverpeople - Jonny Spector played 90 minutes in a losing effort. West Ham are in the relegation zone.
-Reading 3-2 Wigan - Marcus Hahnemann went the distance in goal, while Bobby Convey did not play and was not on the bench. Reading sit in 7th and are the "Wigan" of this season, having just been promoted and doing great. Let's hope they are not next seasons "Wigan" as well, seeing as Wigna have now lost 8 in a row and only sit 2 points above relegation.
-Gladbach 0-0 Nurnberg - Captain Kasey Keller got a rare clean sheet for his struggling team. Good job man. But after the game the Gladbach coach Juup Heynckes resigned.
-Wolfsburg 2-2 Eintracht - Kamani Hill came on in the 74th minute as his team tried for the win, but settled for a draw.
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The Modesto Bee with a feature on their hometown boy, USA & Nordsjaelland defender Heath Pearce.
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LA Soccer News has a Q & A with American keeper Brad Friedel of Blackburn.
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Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union Tribune says Hugo Sanchez's successful reign as Mexican coach just might rest on his results v the USA.
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Copa Libertadores qualifying action:
Last nights scores:
Deportivo Tachira 1-2 Deportes Tolima - first leg
Velez Sarsfield 3-0 Danubio - first leg
Today's games:
Sporting Cristal v Club America - second leg (0-5 first leg score)
Blooming v Santos - first leg
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After failing to get a win again last night (0-0 at home with Bochum) Bayern Munich fired coach Felix Magath. Their loss. Someone else will get a great coach. Maybe Monchengladbach?
-Bayern has turned right around and re-hired Ottmar Hitzfeld to take over the team immediately. Hitzfeld was fired not even 2 years ago and Magath was given the job then. It's got a bit of a George Steinbrenner-Billy Martin feel to it.
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The Guardian with the fascinating story of Bayern midfielder Hasan Salihamidzic who barely escaped the ugly Balkan conflict when he lived in Sarajevo. Great story.
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Barcelona striker Samuel Etoo is ready to start light training with the team and hopes to be on the field in 3-4 weeks.
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In Kaka's latest diary page for he says hello to his old friend Ronaldo, and has words of advice for former teammate Shevchenko.
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If you remember back a few days I linked to the story of very sick young Canadian girl who got a phone call from her idol David Beckham. Her dream was to be healthy enough to see him play when he joined LA later this year. Sadly she will not get her dream as she passed away on Monday. Damn. From the Toronto Star.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You correctly spelled, "Hasan Salihamidzic."

Well done.

2:14 PM  
Blogger Zathras said...

Yes Bruce, well done on correctly spelling 95% of the things you talk about on your blog which contains. Why can't you be fucking perfect? I mean, is that so much to ask on top of having a real job, and running the most extensive US Soccer News Blog in the internets?

Why do I suddenly get the urge to spell every word of this reply incorrectly?


8:25 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

[takes a bow]

[and farts while bent over]

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Who has told Mike Adubato that he knows anything about football? He complains that Oguchi Onyewu has made a mistake going to Newcastle United, a defender unproven in top class club football. The majestic top flight football in Belgium seems very close to his heart and he should perhaps keep his comments to this obvious arena of talent. Newcastle is a huge club with some of the best support in the world. Its huge fan base stems from a long history of participation to the highest level in the top flight of English football, currently the most competitive, richest and highest achieving of any other domestic league. Even though their form of late needs improvement, the club still registers as the 13th richest in the game, internationally. If this player wants to progress in the game, he couldn't have done much better than moving to Newcastle United.

7:39 AM  

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