Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Ones And Zeros News

Can you believe that it's only 10 days till the USA plays a match for the first time under new coach Bob Bradley? And it's only 7 days till the USA U20's try to qualify for next summers World Youth Championship?

Andrew Hush at Soccer New England broke the story this morning that Clint Dempsey got his English work permit approved, giving him clearance to finish up his deal and sign with Fulham in the EPL.
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Yanks Abroad follows up with news that Fulham are still chasing American defender Oguchi Onyewu and have made a second bid for him. They are also reporting that the other teams chasing Gooch are Milan, Lazio and Olympique Marseille.
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This story really bums me out - Cory Gibbs, defender for the USA & Charlton, has had to have yet another surgery on his injured knee! Damn it all! He will not play this season for Charlton. We wish Gibbs all the best in recover. He is a big du Nord favorite.
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The same team, Al Ittihad, that paid big money for Luis Figo is now bidding for Ronaldo as well.
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Shawn Mitchell at the Columbus Dispatch says the Crew are chasing Brian McBride hard to return to the club. I am not much into this idea. I would love to see him in MLS again, but he needs to wear a new shirt.
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Andrew Rogers at Soccer365 talks to Kansas City technical director Peter Vermes about striker Eddie Johnson.
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Ives Galarcep at the North Jersey Herald talks to New York manager Bruce Arena about the latest team developments. One note that interested me the most was that Espanyol playmaker Ivan De La Pena is NOT anywhere near the Red Bulls radar screen.
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Buzz Carrick at 3rd Degree is reporting that former FC Dallas coach Colin Clarke has been hired to coach USL First Division club Virginia Beach. The Dark Clouds are prepared to give him a special First Division welcome!
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Mark Connolly at the US Players Assoc talks to Colorado assistant coach John Murphy about the upcoming draft and the '07 season.
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Another Colorado assistant coach, and former player, Steve Trittschuh has left the team to run a local youth soccer club.
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Jack Bell at the New York Times looks at the minnows of England's FA Cup and Carling Cup. Plus other news.
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Metrofanatic is running a report from the Dutch team AZ Alkmaar's website saying goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus has signed with New York.
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A little more background on the stadium ideas in suburban St Louis.
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The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that a portion of the land set aside as a site for the soccer stadium is polluted. Now they're just piling on.
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The SLT has another article in which RSL owner Checketts fires back at those who say his stadium deal is "dead", with his own proclamation that the "deal is 90% done." Ok then.
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US Soccer's Team USA weblog from the January training camp.
-Landy Donovan takes to the practice field for the first time with his new Honeymoon Legs. Check out the pic.
-Lots of excellent stuff in two-for-one fashion from Sideline Views as both Andrea and Luis cover Team USA & Interliga at the Home Depot Center this week. Fantastic little insider tidbits that us geeks just love!
-Larry Morgan at the LA Daily News talks to Jimmy Conrad about Team USA.
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Don't forget Thursday nights 2 hour live show from the National Soccer Coaches convention by Fox Soccer Channel called Center Circle. It will feature an interview with MLS commish Don Garber, and others. Live on FSC at 7pm central time.
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The MLS Superdraft will be live on ESPN2 starting at 11am central time this Friday. Hosted by Allen Hopkins, along with Rob Stone & Eric Wynalda.
-Hopkins did an online chat session with fans yesterday at MLSnet. Here's the transcript.
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More MLS pre-draft stuff from Soccernet:
-Jeff Carlisle examines what each teams needs are.
-Buzz Carrick lists the top 25 prospects after the combine. Buzz says our local star Abdusalam Ibrahim is a good one, at #14 on the list. Midfielder Maurice Edu is his top player.
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Jeff Bradley at MLSnet uses his 20/20 hindsight in his latest First XI: A look back at the draft
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The US Players Assoc has a list of the 8 youngsters who have signed with MLS via their Generation Adidas program and will be available for the draft:
-Bryan Arguez, midfielder (US Under-20 National Team)
-Nico Colaluca, midfielder (University of Virginia)
-Maurice Edu, midfielder (University of Maryland)
-Abdus Ibrahim, forward (US Under-17 National Team)
-Amaechi Igwe, defender (Santa Clara)
-Chris Seitz, goalkeeper (University of Maryland)
-Bakary Soumare, defender (University of Virginia)
-Anthony Wallace, defender/midfielder (University of South Florida)
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The USA game on Mar 28 v Guatemala is on an official international date so you can expect players from Europe to join in. The previous Saturday, the 25th is also an official date so we will most likely see that date confirmed as well.
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Andre Akpan was probably the biggest surprise name to make the USA U20 Qualifying team. He is a Harvard student and the schools newspaper writes about him.
-By the way, the U20 team gathers in Florida today to do their last preperations for next Wednesdays big game in Panama.
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USA midfielder Bobby Convey must be a sore but happy guy today as he started and went the full 90 for Reading in a 3-2 FA Cup win over Burnley last night. It was his first game in several months after a knee injury and subsequent surgery. Fellow American, goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann got a rare night off as Reading fielded pretty much the second team. The team also has to be excited cuz striker Dave Kitson made his return as well coming back from an injury that occurred in the first game of the season. With the return of these two players Reading have a good chance to be better in the second half of their first EPL campaign then they were in the first half.
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After the return of the brilliant Thierry Henry last Saturday in Arsenals easy 1-3 win at Liverpeople in the FA Cup, the Arse did one better last night and destroyed the Liverpeople at Anfield again 3-6 in the Carling Cup. Julio Baptista hit for 4!!! Yes 4 goals, and even managed to miss a PK in the process. Wow.
-Even worse news for the Liverpeople last night was the blown out ACL injury suffered by Luis Garcia. He will not be back until the beginning of the 07/08 season.
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The Mexican InterLiga tournament kicked off last Wednesday in Houston. All 8 teams play 3 times during 6 sets of double headers. The tournament is split up into 2 groups of 4 teams who will play a round robin with the top two teams from each advancing.
-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.
-Games in Houston:
Group A:
Monterrey 0-2 UANL
Cruz Azul 3-2 Necaxa
Group B:
Chiapas 2-1 Morelia
America 1-1 UAG
-Games in Dallas
Saturday scores - Group A:
UANL 2-2 Cruz Azul
Necaxa 3-2 Monterrey
Sunday scores - Group B:
Morelia 0-2 America
UAG 2-2 Chiapas
-Games in LA this week
Tuesday Jan 9 scores - Group A:
Necaxa 1-0 UANL - Necaxa finished first in Group A and will play for the title and Libertadores spot.
Monterrey 1-0 Cruz Azul
Wednesday Jan 10 matches - Group B:
Morelia v UAG
America v Chiapas
-You can see all the games on Fox Sports en Espanol.
-The LA Daily News on the return to the Mexican league for Borgetti.
-Bernardo Fallas at the Houston Chronicle says Mexican coaches are not "down" with the Interliga.
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Walter Smith has quit as co-coach of Scotland to become the new coach of Rangers. Rumors abound that the Scottish Football Association will sue Smith & Rangers for leaving without permission while under contract.
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Soccernet's Press Pass has a Q & A with Newcastle & Nigeria striker Obafemi Martins.
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Glenn Moore of the Independent in England looks at the 100 year history & success of England's Professional Footballers Association union.
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FIFA.com takes a look at the state of the local game in the African countries of Zambia, Malawi and Zanzibar.
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FIFA also has a feature on Newcastle and Canada U20 star-in-the-making David Edgar.
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Chelsea & Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech will have a medical exam this week and could be cleared to return to full training! He suffered that awful skull fracture three months ago in a collision with Reading winger Stephen Hunt. I really hope the best for Cech. He is a great one.

2 Comments:

Anonymous leper said...

I saw that item about Colin Clarke heading to VB on soccernet today and my first thought was pretty much the same as yours - What kind of chants are we going to come up with to "welcome" him (back) to the USL.

Also, I have to imagine that Grant Wahl must be pretty excited these days - not only was he praised in du nord yesterday, but then last night during the Wisconsin/Ohio State game, Dick Vitale mentioned him by name and talked about how great one of his college basketball articles in SI was. Praise from Dicky V and the wolf in the same day. It's enough to give a person a big head.

3:45 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

grant already has a kinda big head as it is, so he has to be doubly careful

4:06 PM  

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