Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Grubby Lil Grubworm News

How did American defender Jay DeMerit of Watford spend his New Year's Eve?: I spent New Year's Eve by myself in a hotel room watching "Children of Men" with Clive Owen. I looked at the clock at 12:01 and thought, "Oh, no. Well, Happy New Year to myself."

Correction: Team USA training camp officially opens Thursday, not yesterday.
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I think it's all just English tabloid transfer window hype but the big rumors of the day involve USA & Liege defender Oguchi Onyewu. His Belgian team has started training in Portugal for the second half of their league season, but he is not with them. One report, from Sky Sports, has him headed to Fulham in England! Yes, Fulham - the new USA team of Europe. Another says he is in Italy to meet with Milan. There has been no further word about a move to Real Madrid. I am having a really hard time buying this Fulham story. Another source, the Daily Mail, claims his price tag is only 1 million Pounds. I just don't believe it.
ADDITION: Yanks Abroad has now spoken to both Oguchi Onyewu and his team Standard Liege. They both say that if Fulham or any other club want to buy him then they will have to come up with a lot more than 1 million pounds. Onyewu will head to Portugal tomorrow to join up with his current team's training camp!
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Another story closer to home for me has Steven Goff of the Washington Post reporting that MLS has signed Twin Cities boy Abdusalam Ibrahim to a Generation Adidas contract. The striker is currently at the US Residency program in Florida! He is on the official list of those invited to the MLS combine this week too.
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Football Italia says Luis Figo is going NOWHERE. Inter Milan owner Mossimo Moratti say he is not going to Saudi Arabia, but is staying right there with them! Wow! What is going on?
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AAAAAGGGGHHH! The sheer fucking horror of this story could make me go blind: Glenn Davis at the Soccer Hour is reporting that Steve Sampson has met with Chivas USA about their open coaching position!!!! Maybe Pat Robertson was right?!?!
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Jack Bell at the New York Times talks to Real Salt Lake owner Dave Checketts about obtaining Freddy Adu, and how they plan to keep him.
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Jonathan Bornstein of Chivas USA writes a "diary" of his off-season activities. From Even Is On.
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Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune writes about Brian McBride - Will he stay in England or come home to America?
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Andrea Canales at Soccer365 looks at the currently developing USA U20 team.
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Canales also looks at the decline in the number of Latinos at the top of the player heap in US Soccer. From Soccernet.
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A reminder that the MLS combine starts on Friday (full roster & schedule included) in Fort Lauderdale Florida. This is the big try-out camp for MLS Superdraft hopefuls. The draft itself happens a week later on Jan 12 from Indianapolis. The past few years you could see the draft on FSC, but I believe this year it will be broadcast on some version of ESPN. I would bet you will see Alan Hopkins at the helm for the network.
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I missed this one a couple of weeks back - A Toronto Star reporter was one of several hundred people who took part in the open try outs for Toronto FC. He writes about his experience.
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According to a report from KMBC TV in Kansas City, the Wizards & their friends spent over $1 million lobbying for a new stadium in last Novembers elections. Their opponents spent only $18,000 and still won by a 2-1 margin. Yeah, now that was money well spent!!!
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Luis Bueno of the Press Enterprise looks at the soap operaesque plot lines ahead in 07 for the USA & Mexico.
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Former Real Salt Lake & Chivas USA midfielder, Costa Rican Douglas Sequeira, has signed with Tromso of Norway.
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Did I list this already?: Paco Palencia has signed with UNAM Pumas.
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The Mexican InterLiga tournament kicks off today in Houston at Robertson Stadium. All 8 teams play over the next two days in a pair of double headers.
-You can see all the games on Fox Sports en Espanol.
-The tournament is split up into 2 groups of 4 teams who will play a round robin with top two teams advancing.
Wednesday - Group A:
Monterrey v UANL
Cruz Azul v Necaxa
Thursday - Group B:
Chiapas v Morelia
America v UAG
-The teams then move to Dallas's Pizza Hut Park for two more double headers on Sat & Sun, before moving to the final group stage games next Tue & Wed in LA at Home Depot Center.
-The top 2 teams from each group will play off at HDC for the title on Sun Jan 13.
-The winner gets a spot in the upcoming Copa Libertadores.
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The Times of London starts a three day series on some peoples growing concern over the lack of young talent being produced by England's football academies. Part One today.
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Reading's Korean right midfielder Seol Ki-Hyeon talks to Daniel Cho at Soccernet.
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I am getting a good laugh hearing Jose Mourinho whine about the high cost of quality players in the transfer window. He says every team is shaking him down for over-top-fees. What is he bitching about? Chelsea set the new table with all their wild spending the past three seasons. Not sit down, shut up, and eat what is served, or get out! I think we've all heard quite enough outta you buddy!
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Let's end with a hot picture of Zidane.


Anonymous bq said...

I saw that photo about a week ago and that's all I could think was that it was protection for head-butting. Not even funny anymore but how can you not think of that when you see that goofy thing on his head.

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Susan said...

Geez, how long will FIFA make ZZ travel around the world with that thing on his head? The head butt was six months ago!

5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats great news to read about Abdus. I wish him all the luck in the world. And I thank you wolf for finding all the news that you have on the kid.


7:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay DeMerit claims on the one hand that he spent New Year's alone, then, he says that Clive Owen was in the room with him.

Which is it ?

9:02 PM  
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