Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Advice For Attending Meetings News

Former USA player & LA Galaxy midfielder Cobi Jones on his encounter with Mexico's Rafael Marquez at the 2002 World Cup: “His red card on me when he tried to stud me in the side and then head butt me on the side of the head? That one? Yeah, I definitely remember that even though I shouldn’t because of the head butt. Marquez, Mr. Barcelona, lost his head. Couldn’t take it. Couldn’t take a little frustration, I guess. Sore loser. What do you expect? There’s that FIFA sportsmanship, right? It’s frustration. They were upset. They were losing to us 2-0 in the World Cup. It was difficult for them. They just got knocked out from the biggest tournament in the world in front of probably all of CONCACAF – because everybody was watching that one – against their hated rivals. It was the biggest game. We beat them 2-0.”

The 2007 MLS Schedule has been released.
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Team USA gets ready for Mexico on Wednesday night.
-Out friend Demko from the Live Nude Weblog! was on the conference call with USA coach Bob Bradley. Here is a run down of what BB had to say.
-A podcast from US Soccer of Bradley's full conference call with the press.
-There are also photos from the Phoenix training session.
-Ives Galarcep is in Phoenix for the game and had this post on his blog from Day 1 (yesterday).
-Andrea Canales on her blog has guesses as to why some European players are in Arizona today and others are not.
-FIFA.com has a Q & A with USA coach Bradley.
-The Arizona Republic talks to Colorado midfielder Pablo Mastroeni about his team being the "away" side in Arizona, Pablo's home state.
-Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle talks to Dynamo defender Eddie Robinson about facing Mexico.
-Yanks Abroad gets comments from coach Bradley on his two Fulham players, Carlos Bocanegra & Clint Dempsey.
-Luis Bueno of the Press-Enterprise talks to Lando Donovan about respect between USA & Mexico. Luis also lists his top 10 USA v Mex matches.
-Frank Dell'apa at Soccernet writes about Taylor Twellman's push for national team stardom. (He would settle for a regular shot.)
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It's official now, Colorado have signed Panama striker Roberto Brown from Uruguayan team Tacuarembo.
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Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer talks to NYRB coach Bruce Arena who says no big names are lined up to join the team any time soon.
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With Houston playing in 4 competitions this year they will need all the depth they can muster. From Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle.
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Frank Dell'apa says Jay Heaps of New England is still thinking a lot about missing his PK in the MLS Cup final last fall. From the Boston Globe.
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Andrew Hush at Soccer New England talks to Revs players and coaches about the start of a new year.
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Toronto FC started practice yesterday - Indoors due to the cold weather. From the Toronto Star.
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The Salt Lake Tribune says RSL is focused on the field.
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It's been way too long since we heard from the Mad Brit at the Soccer Times. He is back with his thoughts on, what else, David Beckham.
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Do you realize that the CONCACAF Champions Cup starts next week?! W Connection v Guadalajara, first leg on the 13th. Then a week later we get Olimpia v DC United & Puntarenas v Houston on the 21st. With Pachuca v Deportivo Marquense on the 22nd.
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Soccernet has a story out of Middlesbrough that says Basque midfielder Gaizka Mendieta could be leaving Boro to play for a team in MLS. No other real details on hand. He made his name about 6 years ago with Valencia. (Thanks to Mike for this one.)
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A rich dude in Arizona is showing some interest in bringing MLS to Phoenix. From the Arizona Republic.
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Brian Straus at the US Players Assoc with another good opinion piece on the ideas that continue to hold back the growth of the game in America. He writes about the great things going on too.
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I think USA & Reading goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann is pretty happy with the way this season has gone for his club.
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Sarah Dewitt of Yanks Abroad, a life long Everton fan, says American Tim Howard is NOT the answer for her team in goal. She even apologizes for saying it.
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YA also talks to Benny Feilhaber at Hamburg about life with a new coach.
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Gregg Berhalter & Josh Wolff both played 90 minutes for 1860 in their 5-1 win over Wacker (great name) yesterday in Germany's Bundesliga 2. Wolff assisted on one goal, and got a yellow card.
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The last of the Copa Libertadores qualifying matches are this week:
Tue Feb 6
-Danubio v Velez Sarsfield - second leg - Velez leads 3-0
-Liga Dep. Universitaria v Tacuary - second leg - tied 1-1
Wed Feb 7
-Santos v Blooming - second leg - Santos leads 1-0
-Parana v Cobreloa - second leg - Parana leads 2-0
Thur Feb 8
-Deportes Tolima v Deportivo Tachira - second leg - Tolima leads 2-1
-The group stage starts Feb 13!
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Phil Ball of Soccernet rounds up Spain this week by saying its all going wrong in Madrid: Of Buckets and the Bernabeu
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Paul Gardner of the New York Sun with his thoughts on the rotten scene in Italian football.
-Maria De Cristofaro and Chuck Culpepper of the LA Times with their version of the story.
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Mexico, Uruguay & Greece have all been battling for the chance to have Nery Castillo pull on their national team shirt. Mexico won. From Mark Zeigler at the San Diego Union Tribune.
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Americans George Gillett & Tom Hicks are all set to take over Liverpool Football Club today. From the Liverpool Echo.
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FIFA.com also has a Q & A with Ireland manager Steve Staunton.
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Ken Pendleton of the US Players Assoc gives us a very damning review of FIFA's new World Cup 06 film The Grand Finale. Ugh. I won't be seeing this one I guess.
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Tomas Rosicky has been named the Czech Player Of The Year. Why do all the English announcers insist on calling him "Rah-zid-ski"? Isn't it "Row-sik-ee"?
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Word from Italy today says that Serie A will resume play this weekend. But only stadiums with up to snuff security will be allowed to have fans in the seats. Very few stadiums are up to code. There are 4 ready to go: Olimpico in Rome, Barbera in Palermo, Franchi in Siena & Olimpico in Turin. 6 more are close to being ready and could be given clearance. Everyone else will not have people in the stands. Last weeks postponed games will be played in late April, and the regular schedule will resume as previously set this weekend. I really hope there is more to this story though. That seems like they did almost nothing.
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Lastly, Ethan sent me a note about Thierry Henry who says he likes to stay up real late and watch Tiger Woods play golf. But he always falls asleep. Seems that golf just isn't physical enough for Thierry and he hopes his kids never take up the game.


Anonymous Carlee said...

Bruce--- my husband and I are big fans of your blog... and finally, we can transfer information in the other direction for once...


It drove us crazy too!

6:00 PM  
Blogger wilablog said...

Just to echo Carlee's comment. This drove me nuts for a long time until I found out that I was potentially the ignorant one. Big fan of your site, thanks for the hard work you put into it.

6:15 PM  
Anonymous homeinkabul said...

I'd like to add my thanks. I've missed keeping up on American soccer and am very pleased to have found your website. Keep it up. :)

7:45 PM  
Blogger kebmodee said...

re pronouciation of rosicky, seems that Rah-zid-ski is correct.


more here at the bottom of the page:


8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those Eastern European pronunciation make no sense whatsoever. Zywiec beer, from Poland, for instance, is properly pronounced Zhivyets. Just be glad you didn't grow up on Chicago with all the Polish last names.

10:40 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

see, see, i just knew that someone would have an answer
and i am glad you all are reading and helping out a big dumb midwestern dope like me
thank you very much
tomas rah-zid-ski it is!

10:56 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

you are all very welcome
i have a blast doing this
and enjoy the back and forth banter

10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bummer that KC won't be hosting a match on the opening weekend. Now when am I gonna get my chance to enjoy MadDog 20/20 and Arthur Bryant pickle spears?


7:43 AM  
Anonymous Demko said...

Yes, serious bummer smatthew. Looks like the first weekend home game is may 5th. Which conflicts with the thunder home opener.

8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, arizona media (well, tucson, but still) is actually on top of this game ...


11:02 AM  
Blogger Eric said...


the c is pronounced "ts"

11:13 AM  

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