Thursday, January 25, 2007

Ga Ba Ba Boom News

How come neither ESPN or The New York Times had any mention of Claudio Reyna signing with the New York Red Bulls yesterday or today? Pathetic!

I got a coupla DVD's in the mail the other day from Dave Brett down in Texas. He has a fantastic website Historic Soccer Videotapes! He has been collecting mainly NASL tapes, along with other very cool older games, and I got some of my beloved Minnesota Kicks! One is a game I attended where our boys played Pele and the Cosmos. So very frickin cool to re-live. You have to go to the site now! And if you are sitting on a stash of old game tapes then you need to get them to Dave so this collection can continue to build.
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The story going around says Claudio Reyna's salary from New York is $1 million per year. Not bad. He is gonna wear the #10 shirt. You can watch and read all about his introduction yesterday, at the Red Bulls website.
-Dylan Butler of Big Apple Soccer talks about Reyna's string of injuries, and Reyna is pretty forthcoming with answers.
-Ives Galarcep of the North Jersey Herald on Reyna's desire to succeed in New York.
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Metrofanatic asks a very important question: Just exactly how did MLS let NYRB youth player Gabriel Ferrari go and sign with Sampdoria instead of staying in the home league?
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Do you realize that DC United starts preseason training camp on Monday?!?!?!?! YEEEEEESSS! Let the season begin now! I am ready baby!
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Los Angeles Galaxy general manager Alexi Lalas made his way onto former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones's radio show in LA to talk about David Beckham, but first he had to tease us with some of his brilliant music. Here is some video of the event. (Thanks to James from the Giant Blog sending it our way.) James and I agree that one word sums up Lalas these days: Blowhard.
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Adam at This Is American Soccer had a great column yesterday featuring a letter he received from a soccer fan in Scotland. It says a lot about the game in America today. Excellent.
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Soccer America's always great MLS Confidential column tries to figure out who the next American playing in Europe will be that chooses to head home. And other tidbits.
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LA defender Ante Jazic talks to the Toronto Sun about the arrival of Becks at his team.
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Today in Denver the Colorado Rapids officially announced that they will host the 2007 MLS All Star Game v Celtic. The date is set for Thursday July 19, and will be the game of the week on ESPN2.
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Pat Noonan of New England has a knee injury that was discovered while training with Team USA for the Denmark match. He will have further examinations before they determine if he needs surgery or not. He has had a rather rough 12 months of injuries.
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Dallas will play a home-and-away preseason series this year v Atletico Paranaense of Brazil. The two teams will play for the prestigious (cough) USA-Brazil Challenge Cup! The first leg game will be in Brazil on Wed Mar 7th, and the return match Sat Mar 31st.
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26 MLS players were called in by coach Bob Bradley in preparation for next Wednesday's USA match v Mexico. He has requested 8 more unnamed European based players be released from their clubs to join up with the national team early next week. We shall have to wait and see who gets released. Everyone else hooks up in LA at the Home Depot Center today for training. In the end I would expect about 6 Euro players and 12-14 MLS players to make the game day roster. Here is the list of players so far:
G:
Joe Cannon
Matt Pickens
Troy Perkins
Matt Reis
D:
Chris Albright
Bobby Boswell
Jonathan Bornstein
Jimmy Conrad
Todd Dunivant
Bryan Namoff
Michael Parkhurst
Dasan Robinson
Eddie Robinson
M:
Kyle Beckerman
Brian Carroll
Ricardo Clark
Joshua Gros
Sacha Kljestan
Justin Mapp
Pablo Mastroeni
F:
Kenny Cooper
Landon Donovan
Eddie Johnson
Nate Jaqua
Chris Rolfe
Taylor Twellman
-We can speculate who those European based players will and won't be:
Will-
Tim Howard
Carlos Bocanegra
Steve Cherundolo
Jay DeMerit
DaMarcus Beasley
Marcus Hahnemann
Jonathan Spector
Heath Pearce
Won't-
Josh Wolff
Clint Dempsey
Oguchi Onyewu
Bobby Convey
Kasey Keller
Eddie Lewis
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The USA win over Denmark was lessened a little last night when El Salvador beat the Danes 1-0. Former DC United player Eliseo Quintanilla got the goal.
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The English papers have added Newcastle to the list of clubs chasing Oguchi Onyewu!
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LA Soccer News quotes Mexican coach Hugo Sanchez saying that soccer in America is really improving.
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Slams Sports of Canada with a story on Real Salt Lake's California born defender Jack Stewart who is going to play for Canada via citizenship through his parents.
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The 2007 schedule for my Minnesota Thunder was released today. Make your travel plans to come and hang out with me today! I have spare rooms.
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English FA Cup 4th Round is this weekend. Here are all the matches. Below are the two biggest games on the docket - both games will only be shown in the USA on home pay-per-view for $16 or closed circuit for $10 per person, check your local haunts for availability:
Sat-
Manchester United v Portsmouth
Sun-
Arsenal v Bolton
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In Copa Libertadores qualifying last night Club America pulverized Peru's Sporting Cristal 5-0 in the first leg. Salvador Cabanas hit for 3, while Oscar Rojas & Cuauhtemoc Blanco had the other 2 goals for the Eagles.
-There are 5 other sets of qualifying going on in the next two weeks as well, then the group stages launch in mid Feb.
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Looks like Real Madrid has sold Ronaldo to Milan for 7.5 million euros. That is a lot for Ronny. I love that guy, but........
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The Bundesliga resumes this weekend after their "winter" break. Right now it's a 4 horse race between Bremen & Schalke with 36 points each, Bayern at 33 and Stuttgart at 32. Here is a full schedule of games on deck, and here are the current standings.
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FIFA.com talks to excellent striker Miroslav Klose about the future of Germany and his club Werder Bremen.
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Jonah Freedman is back from South America with his World Power Rankings at Sports Illustrated. And Chelsea is off the list for the first time in 3 years!

6 Comments:

Anonymous Ken said...

hee-hee. Even the Scot called it "the MLS" in his letter. Whatever...

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Chuck said...

ESPN had an MLS announcement running all day yesturday about Claudio signing with NYRB, unless youre wondering why they didnt announce it on ESPN that is

5:12 PM  
Blogger Mr. Fish said...

FWIW, the Times did run the AP version of Reyna story in the print edition. It was teeny-tiny. The Times' coverage of the Red Bulls has been spotty at best over the last two years.

7:59 PM  
Anonymous Chuck said...

By ESPN I meant Sports Center the second time

10:14 PM  
Blogger Rodrigo said...

In the spirit of the letter posted on This Is American Soccer, I grew up playing soccer as a kid in Africa, then moved to basketball when I came to the U.S. (which I played through the beginning of college). As my wife and I are "converted soccer fanatics", we caught a bit of a basketball game last night, just as a player stole the ball and dunked it. We looked at each other and my wife said, "What an emotionless game."

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