Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Didn't I Just Meet You About Five Minutes Ago News

As if the shirt in this picture isn't cool enough, that is a very young Didier Drogba in the background! Thanks to Ari for this amazing find.

US Soccer - friendly v Guatemala:
-Yanks Abroad has confirmation of a vague Heath Pearce injury. Sore foot, is the medical diagnosis. Like the English favorite - dead leg. More details to come I presume. Or maybe not.
-US Soccer with video highlights and locker room talk from USA 3-1 Ecuador.
-There are rumors swirling that ticket sales for the game are less than stellar. Sad. There has also been a lot of rain in the Dallas area.
-Looks like Brian Ching may not play after getting kicked in the face v Ecuador. He was attempting to head a shot on goal when a defender wheeled and smacked him square in the nose. There was a lot of blood, but no breaks. He came back on to set up Donovan's second goal a few minutes later.
-The team blog. Still not updated since Saturday evening.
-The USA U20 team will be taking on Haiti in Dallas tomorrow night just prior to the senior side match.
-You will be able to see that U20 game streaming live on the internets via US Soccer at 5pm central on Wednesday. They will also broadcast the men's practice session from Frisco today at 5:15pm central.
-Steve Davis at Soccernet writes about the top individual performances of all time for Team USA. Where does Donovan's Sunday hat trick rank? (I can proudly say that I witnessed #1 on this list with my own 2 eyes, and it was all that and more!)
-Davis also looks at the other newcomers who might get a shot on the field in tomorrow nights game. Also for Soccernet.
-Andrea Canales at LA Soccer News talks to USA U17 coach John Hackworth about what he see's today in former U17 star Landon Donovan.
-Paul Gardner of the New York Sun with a rave about Landon Donovan's game on Sunday, and a tip of the hat to debutant Benny Feilhaber.
-Ives Galarcep at the North Jersey Herald also heaps the praise on Donovan, and analyzes the performances of a few others too.
-My friend Joel was another of the many very unsatisfied customers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Sunday. He posted his tale of the ticketing debacle on Big Soccer.
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Word from CONCACAF says Gold Cup tickets go on sale Thursday. Of course there has been nothing from US Soccer about this. WTF?
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ESPN reports that it is 95 percent sold out of it's advertising for the MLS season, and completely sold out for the first quarter of the season.
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Frank Dell'apa at the Boston Globe writing on the New England Rev's preseason trip to New Orleans - it's turned into more than playing a couple matches. A great article.
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Was there more to the story last week when Rev's midfielder Joe Franchio made the Boston gossip columns following a run in with local cops over expired license plates, in which he supposedly "beached" his car? Andrew Hush at Soccer New England is reporting that Franchino has been given an indefinite leave of absence by the team to deal with personal matters. I really hope he can work things out, whatever it might be. Sad.
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Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer talks to Tony Meola who is pissed off about the way the Red Bulls treated him and finally showed him the door last fall. He puts it all on Bruce Arena.
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LA Soccer News has a Q & A with 12 season Galaxy midfielder Cobi Jones.
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FIFA.com has a Q & A with Claudio Reyna about his new journey in his homeland.
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Andrea Canales at Sideline Views translates some quotes from DC United star Christian "Danger" Gomez that he gave to Mexican magazine Medio Tiempo.
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The Chicago Tribune has a story on AEG's assistance to the city of Los Angeles in their bid for the 2016 Olympics. Part of the plan is a big upgrade on all the Home Depot Center facilities.
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Ian Plenderleith of the US Players Assoc looks at the problem that should be sitting at #1 of MLS's list of things to work very hard on: How to make the games better.
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As part of this years Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan, there will be a brand new segment called the Sports Film Festival. Here are some details.
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CONCACAF friendly matches and scores this week and next:
Thur Mar 22
Jamaica 0-2 Switzerland - Marco Streller & Goekhan Inler with the Swiss goals.
Sat Mar 24
Costa Rica 4-0 New Zealand - Alvaro Saborio with 2 goals, Alonso Solis & Bryan Ruiz with the other 2 for CR.
Panama 0-3 Haiti - goals by Eliphene Cadet, Fecien Brunel & Pierre-Roland Saint-Jean
Guadeloupe 2-2 Trinidad & Tobago - both Guade goals by Xavier Bematol, T & T goals by Christian Baptiste & Andre Toussaint.
Honduras 2-0 El Salvador - both Hondu goals by Carlos Olivia
Sun Mar 25
Bermuda 0-3 Canada - goals by Attiba Huchinson, Tomasz Radzinski & Paul Stalteri.
Mexico 2-1 Paraguay - both Mexi goals by Jared Borgetti, Para goal by Roque Santa Cruz
Barbados 0-0 Guatemala
USA 3-1 Ecuador - 3 USA goals by Landon Donovan, Ecu goal by Felipe Caicedo.
Mon Mar 26
Jamaica 1-1 Panama - Luton Shelton scored for Jamaica & Jose Luis Garces for Panama.
Tue Mar 27
El Salvador v Honduras
Wed Mar 28
Chile v Costa Rica
Mexico v Ecuador
USA v Guatemala
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Montreal (yes, the First Division team) played Honduras to a 1-1 draw in Ft Lauderdale on Sunday.
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Copa Libertadores - here are the week's matches:
Mar 27
Colo Colo - Caracas
Gremio - Deportes Tolima
Mar 28
Bolivar - Cienciano
Defensor Sporting - Deportivo Pasto
Internacional - Velez Sarsfield
Mar 29
Audax Italiano - Alianza Lima
River Plate - LDU Quito
-With 2 rounds of the group stage still to be played both Santos & Flamengo have already qualified for the knock out stages.
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Rob Hughes at the International Herald Tribune with a look at new UEFA president and former French star Michel Platini.
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Luis Bueno at the Press Enterprise surveys the landscape of who's hot and who's not in international futbol right now.
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The William Morris Agency wants to spearhead a movie project on the life of Pele. He is also one of their clients.
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And a Diego Maradona movie is being released Friday in Italy. Not surprisingly it's called La Mano di Dio - The Hand of God. From the AFP.


Anonymous Demko said...

I'm pretty certain that I read somewhere today that Ching has been sent back to the dynamo to prep for next week's game with pachuca. But I can't remember where I saw that.

5:13 PM  
Anonymous leper said...

Brucio said:
I can proudly say that I witnessed #1 on this list with my own 2 eyes, and it was all that and more!

I was not there, although I fondly remember that game. I was amazed to find, though, that I was at 5 of the 10 games he mentioned in that article. It's definitely skewed toward recent years, as my first US match was in 2001.

6:05 PM  
Anonymous ari said...

hey thanks for the love bruce. that picture find wasn't actually mine though, i found it on bigsoccer. and i knew you would like it

6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if gazidis wants to make the games better, may i suggest fewer teams in the playoffs? you can't have better games when they are largely meaningless.

7:26 PM  
Blogger Matth said...

Uh-oh. If Montreal drew with Honduras, what does that say about the Fire losing to them?

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ticketing at Raymond James was so horrible. Your friends account is nearly identical to mine. We were in line from 11:20 until 1pm and missed the entire first half. I've been to alot of sporing events and have never seen one so poorly run, it was an embarrassment to US Soccer and to the Raymond James stadium people, who have NFL games 8 weeks a year but can't get ready for 31,000 soccer fans? It was bush league all around.

6:21 AM  
Anonymous Cdin said...

It is a complete shocker that Meolo is upset with the way he was booted from the Red Bulls. He always handled it so professionally before.

All joking aside. If the same problem keeps happening with different people or organizations, maybe your the problem and they are not.

3:58 PM  

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