Friday, January 05, 2007

Now That's Ewwww News

The first stories are coming in from the USA training camp in Carson California. Yesterday was day one:
-US Soccer: article
-US Soccer: official camp weblog
-US Soccer: video from day one
-US Soccer: quotes from coaches and players
-US Soccer: podcast of interviews with coaches and players
-LA Soccer News: Andrea Canales article
-Sideline Views: Three little blurbs and pictures from Canales's weblog - ONE - TWO - THREE
-LA Times: Grahame Jones article
-Associated Press: article
-Big Soccer: A poster called Scotty has uploaded some photos - ONE - TWO - THREE - and a FOURTH from DiegoRedD.
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DC United has announced that they will introduce the teams new owners on Monday morning. It's long been rumored to be John Hendricks the head of Discovery Channel and the team of Brian Davis & Christian Laettner former Duke basketball legends. Steve Goff at the Washington Post confirms all this and adds a few more little things.
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The Toronto MLS FC blog is reporting that Houston midfielder Dwayne De Rosario was on local radio in Toronto saying he has some opportunities to explore in Europe and his chances of returning to MLS for next season are currently "a toss up".
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Soccer Times is reporting that Germany's Kicker magazine is reporting that USA & Columbus defender Frankie Hejduk might be headed to FC Koln of the Bundesliga 2nd division on a free transfer.
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A big fan favorite wherever he has played, Steve Jolley has announced his retirement from the New York Red Bulls. I met him at the last MLS Cup final in Dallas and we talked for 15 minutes or so. He was fantastic, smart and cool. It was a pleasure to meet him, and I wish him the best. Metrofanatic with the story, including a nice letter from Steve himself.
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Craig Waibel's Got A Blog! Craig Waibel's Got A Blog! Craig Waibel's Got A Blog! Holy Crap! Houston defender Craig Waibel,the second ugliest man in MLS, has a blog - it's a branch off from Glenn Davis's The Soccer Hour blog, so technically it's a sub blog! But it's Craig Waibel's sub-blog!
-Chris Gbandi, defender from Dallas, has a sub-blog too from The Soccer Hour.
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The US Players Assoc with does a Q & A with Houston defender Kelly Gray.
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As reported here a couple of weeks ago, just-retired Chris Henderson has joined the Kansas City coaching staff.
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Chivas USA midfielder Jesse Marsch is currently enrolled in the class trying to earn his USSF "A" coaching license.
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One time great PSV goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus is supposedly going to sign with the New York Red Bulls any day now. He is currently with AZ Alkmaar in Holland.
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Buzz Carrick of 3rd Degree gives his final MLS Superdraft position-by-position player break down for Soccernet: The forwards.
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Greg Dalby of Notre Dame is taking part in the MLS combine and is writing a diary for Top Drawer Soccer (who will have, as always, the best coverage of the proceedings).
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A ridiculous post from the great dudes at The Far Post - it's their YouTube salute to the outgoing DC United players and coach. Fantastic!
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LA Soccer News says there are 3 candidates for the Chivas USA coaches job - Fernando Quirarte, Paco Ramirez, and Preki. Read the details here.
-Miguel Melendez of the Orange County Register says the new coach should be named next week.
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A column in the San Antonio Express News says that the city needs to get its act together and invest in development programs for youth soccer players.
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Former Kansas City GM Curt Johnson has been hired by the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL as their Director of Marketing.
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The Mexican InterLiga tournament kicked off last Wednesday.
-The tournament is split up into 2 groups of 4 teams who will play a round robin with the top two teams advancing from each.
-The winner gets a spot in the upcoming Copa Libertadores.
-Games in Houston:
Wednesday scores - Group A:
Monterrey 0-2 UANL
Cruz Azul 3-2 Necaxa
Thursday scores - Group B:
Chiapas 2-1 Morelia - Jaguares scored first on a goal by Juan Hernandez, Fernando Arce tied it for Morelia on a freekick, but Walter Fretes won it for Chiapas in the second half playing with only 10 men.
America 1-1 UAG - Hugo Droguett scored first for UAG Tecos, but the villain Cuauhtemoc Blanco tied it with a freekick and his team poured it on for the winner but were denied.
-Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle with a match report on both games.
-Games in Dallas
Saturday Jan 6 matches - Group A:
UANL v Cruz Azul
Necaxa v Monterrey
Sunday Jan 7 matches - Group B:
Morelia v America
UAG v Chiapas
-The teams then move to the final group stage games next Tue & Wed in LA at Home Depot Center.
-You can see all the games on Fox Sports en Espanol.
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Fulham coach Chris Coleman talks about Clint Dempsey, Oguchi Onyewu, Vincenzo Montella and other relevant topics at the teams website.
-Fulham continues to change things up by now selling midfielder Luis Boa Morte to West Ham. Hmmmmm.
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The last of a three part series from The Times of London focusing on the lack of talent being produced from England's famed youth football academies. This article looks at the way academies strive for "score line results" rather than stick to the goal of producing vast amounts of talent for the future. Many people say this is the biggest problem with youth development in America too.
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The Times also has a great article where the referees are taking credit for getting Cristiano Ronaldo (and to a lesser extent Didier Drogba) to re-think his constant diving tactics.
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Speaking of England, the great blog EPL Talk has a new podcast featuring an interview with long time, highly regarded, journalist Patrick Barclay of the Sunday Telegraph. Great interview. Great website.
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The big thing this weekend in England will be the 3rd round of the FA Cup. Here is the full list of games. I will be down at The Local on Saturday at 11am to see Liverpool v Arsenal.
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I was sent the latest issue of Minnesota Soccer Times, and thought I would link you to the cover story on former Newcastle great John Tudor who is now the coaching director at Tonka United in the Twin Cities western suburbs. For all you Toon-ers. Thanks to BQ for sending me this.
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Spains La Liga kicks in again this weekend, and there will be a great high octane game on TV Saturday - Zaragoza v Sevilla at 3pm central time on GolTV.
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The nightly news show on Fox Soccer Channel called the Fox Sports World Report has changed its name to the Fox Soccer Report.
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Maybe now the Luis Figo story has been put to bed. says he will stay at Inter until next summer and then join Saudi team Al Ittihad in the NEXT transfer window. Amen. Here is a classic picture.


Anonymous Ken said...

Remind me again: Who is the ugliest man in MLS?

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are you so animated by what players look like ?
You're constantly making mentions of hairstyles, and who is ugly, etc...

8:53 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

the ugliest?
preston burpo

my mother beat me

9:51 PM  
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