Friday, February 02, 2007

JJ News

Get ready to git yer ass to the Minnesota Thunder home opener in early May! Created by ADSL. Awesome.

Here's who we will have on our squad to face Mexico… Bob Bradley has officially announced a 20 player roster for the game next Wednesday. Only 4 non-MLS players, all from England. But NO Oguchi. Who will stare down Borgetti this time? I predict Boswell & Conrad both! They have taken on Didier Drogba successfully, and he is twice the player Borgetti is at this point in his career. Here are your USA boys:
Joe Cannon
Tim Howard
Chris Albright
Carlos Bocanegra
Jonathan Bornstein
Bobby Boswell
Jimmy Conrad
Bryan Namoff
Eddie Robinson
Brian Carroll
Ricardo Clark
Bobby Convey
Clint Dempsey
Landon Donovan
Josh Gros
Justin Mapp
Pablo Mastroeni
Eddie Johnson
Chris Rolfe
Taylor Twellman
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I was wrong about not being able to see Fulham v Newcastle on TV this Saturday. It will be shown delayed on Setanta at 11am central time. I will be watching. We could be seeing 4 Americans on the field at the same time!
-Fulham manager Chris Coleman raves about American forward Brian McBride. From Football365.
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As you can tell by going to the Colorado Rapids website, the new colors are for real. But that name change is still mystery meat. If they are really going to use the name Arsenal, you should know its not completely out of left field like Real Salt Lake. The land where the teams new stadium is built is part of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. So why don't they have that as a name. Rocky Mountain Arsenal! At least it has real meaning. Won't ever happen though. Sad. Really.
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Here's the full transcript of the Claudio Reyna interview done by Jack Bell at the New York Times, for the article published this past Wednesday.
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The latest edition of Tino Palace's The Clean Sheet from MLSnet: Offseason? What Offseason?
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Dwayne De Rosario tells the Toronto Star that he will one day wear the Toronto FC shirt.
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Dallas kicks off their preseason training. From MLSnet.
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Here's the basic preseason schedule for all the MLS teams.
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A heads up for all you Dallas fans - the team has their own web log that is actually quite good. I hope it lasts. FC Dallas Updates.
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Kristian Dyer & Jeff Bradley of Soccernet decide to debate Beckham in MLS - Style v Substance
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Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle with the news that Dynamo midfielder Dwayne De Rosario has been named Canadian Player Of The Year, for the second year in a row. Congrats to DDR! He is a great one.
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Steven Goff of the Washington Post, via his blog, with the Rod Dyachencko "I can't get into Canada, so boy am I glad to be back in DC" saga.
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Sahar Milani at the US Players Assoc does a Q & A with USA & Dallas forward Kenny Cooper.
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The Doors song The End cannot be cued up in Salt Lake City just yet. Since city and county officials couldn't seem to get a deal done to help Real Salt Lake build a stadium, the state politicians are going to jump in, and they "promise" to make it happen. From the Deseret Morning News.
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The KC Star talks to Kansas City Wizards president Robb Heineman who makes it official that the team will be back playing their games at Arrowhead stadium for another year. I don't know what changed. The stadium was to undergo an overhaul during the summer. But obviously this will not be a factor.
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Toronto released defender Ritche Kotschau who they had taken in the expansion draft. Do they have ANY of those guys left. Jesse at TFC MLS tells me that Paulo Nagamura could be out as well. That would only leave Jose Cancela. Go read all the other bits of news TFC MLS has for us.
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Here is the link to buy tickets or donate tickets to the Pioneer Cup - the Lamar Hunt tribute game in Dallas on March 11. The game will be a preseason match up featuring two teams owned by Hunt - Dallas v Columbus.
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Team USA gets ready for Mexico next Wednesday
-Pablo Mastroeni does an interview with US Soccer. You can listen to it via podcast, or read it at the team site. I prefer the listening method myself.
-New training camp photos.
-Read the Team USA blog.
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Greg Seltzer at Yanks Abroad looks at the how the winter transfer window affected Americans in Europe.
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Soccer America has profiles of the 8 new youngsters just selected for the USA Residency program in Bradenton Florida. This is for high school aged boys.
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Young Americans Benny Feilhaber & Preston Zimmerman of Hamburg have a new coach today - He is Dutchman Huub Stevens, current coach of Roda JC Kerkrade in Holland.
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Copa Libertadores qualifying action. Last nights scores:
Tacuary 1-1 Liga Deportivo Universitaria - first leg
Cobreloa 0-2 Parana - first leg
-More second game legs next week.
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The Coppa Italia final is set. Inter beat Sampdoria 3-0 on aggregate, and Roma beat Milan 5-3 on aggregate, to advance and meet each other in the title game for the third straight year. 3 in a row! Amazing. Inter has won the previous two. The two legged championship series will be played April 18 & May 9.
-American striker Gabriel Ferrari came off the bench in the 82nd minute for his Samp debut, to no effect.
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Big Euro matches this weekend:
-Liverpool v Everton - the always heavy Liverpool derby
-PSV v Alkmaar - two league table toppers go at it, PSV are pulling away from the rest of em though.
-Inter v Roma - #1 v #2 in Serie A
-Werder Bremen v Schalke - #1 v #2 in die Bundesliga
-Ajax v Feyenoord - the old classic Dutch derby
~ ~ ~ ~ with a story on the pride, magic and expectations of wearing the #10 shirt.
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Now here's a great character - Fulham midfielder Moritz Volz will have a new Monday column in the Times of London starting next week. Can't wait for that. That paper has an interview with him today. (Thanks to BQ for this gem.)
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Man City maddog Joey Barton has gotten his first call up for England. They play Spain next Wednesday in a friendly.
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Luis Figo tells Football Italia that he is not happy sitting on the bench at Inter. Then why the hell didn't he have the Saudi team buy out his contract instead of waiting for it to expire next summer. Stop complaining and do something about it.
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Deutsche Welle with a story on the realities of being gay in German football.
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The purchase of Liverpool by two Americans is nearly done. From the Liverpool Echo: Red Barons


Anonymous Anonymous said...

did you see that the only openly gay man in german football is the president of (drum roll please).......fc st. pauli who, for a lower division club,appear regularly in du nord!!! big ups to you bruce for the link. dang

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tino palace actually gets paid???

6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like it!! We just need everyone to start calling them Rocky Mountain Arsenal, maybe it will stick.

7:13 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

tino gets paid in fruit roll ups and duct tape

9:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the Rapids:

Thanks for your email.

There have been some erroneous reports in the local media recently; rest
assured that the Colorado Rapids have not announced any name changes to
our club, and any reports out there are fictitious and unsupported by
any valid sources.

I encourage you to stay tuned to over the next
few days as we reveal the Rapids' new identity for 2007, I think it will
help clear up any confusion and that our fans will be very excited by
the announcements we have to make.


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