Friday, March 30, 2007

Party All The Time News

I gotta admit, I did not ever think that Cleetus would be back playing in New York:
-Brian Forbes at the Denver Post with a few more details on the Clint Mathis to New York trade story. Looks like Salt Lake is still on the hook for most of Mathis's salary though. Wow, RSL has made a lot of bad deals. This is a great deal for Colorado, cuz they are getting rid of dead weight. I have no idea how this will benefit New York.
-Ives Galarcep of the North Jersey Herald with the deal from the Red Bulls perspective.
-Metrofanatic obviously has an opinion on this topic.
-Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer, how did he react to the news: "You've got to be kidding me!"
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There is real, actual, genuine news from Portland about future MLS possibilities. Very cool to see. They better get serious and buy the Timbers and make that their team in MLS or they are making a huge mistake. From the Oregonian. Thanks to Ethan for sending me this.
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FC Dallas plays Brazilian club Atletico Paranaense on Saturday at Pizza Hut Park in the return leg of the "USA-Brazil Challenge". Paranaense leads 3-1.
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Dallas has now officially signed Argentine midfielder Pablo Richetti, but have to wait for his visa to come through before he can play. It's doubtful that will happen before the season opener. Dallas keeper Dairo Sala is the one who lured Richetti from Argentina. From the Dallas Morning News.
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Real Salt Lake let their reserves play BYU last night in St George in southern Utah. 6000 people turned out for the game. That's more than at many Colorado Rapids home games last year. The local promoter probably told people Freddy Adu was gonna be there. Hahaha. Still, nice turn out. From the Deseret Morning News.
-Here's the report from the Spectrum paper in St George.
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A reader called Wilablog was at the New England v New Orleans match the other night and did a little report & took some good photos. Check it out now.
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Andrew Hush of Soccer New England looks at where the Rev's stand as their preseason comes to a close.
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Toronto FC has signed 6 fresh faces to their developmental roster. From The Globe & Mail.
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The Globe & Mail also talk to TFC keeper Greg Sutton about the art of stopping PK's.
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The Toronto Star talks to Houston midfielder Dwayne De Rosario about someday playing for his hometown team in Toronto.
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Chicago has announced that they signed young Trinidad & Tobago defender Osei Teleford.
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The potential owners of the reborn San Jose Earthquakes want to appeal to Latino fans. Who doesn't? From the Mercury News.
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Possible stadium news in Houston from the Chronicle.
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Carolina Challenge Cup
-Saturday's scores:
Houston 2-0 Toronto
Charleston 0-1 New York
-Wednesday scores:
Toronto 2-1 New York
Houston 1-1 Charleston
-Saturday matches:
Houston v New York
Charleston v Toronto
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Adam Spangler of This Is American Soccer with his analysis of USA 0-0 Guatemala.
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Here is a very interesting stat break down from Soccer America. There were 8 international friendly's played on US soil in the past week. Here are the attendance numbers and locations for those games:
-47,416 Mexico 4 Ecuador 2 (March 28 in Oakland, Calif.)
-31,547 USA 3 Ecuador 1 (March 25 in Tampa, Fla.)
-17,075 Honduras 2 El Salvador 0 (March 24 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
-15,000 Colombia 3 Switzerland 1 (March 25 in Miami, Fla.)
-12,000 Haiti 3 Panama 0 (March 24 in Miami)
-10,932 USA 0 Guatemala 0 (March 28 in Frisco, Texas)
-8,365 Honduras 2 El Salvador 0 (March 27 in Cary, N.C.)
-3,254 Switzerland 2 Jamaica 0 (March 22 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

That's a total of: 145, 589
-How come 3 of those games outdrew USA v Guatemala? That is a big problem.
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Luis Bueno at Sports Illustrated looks at the strength and depth of the Guadalajara team that DC will face next week in the CONCACAF Champions Cup. Luis also takes a beating from letter writers, and dishes it straight back at em.
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Santiago Alfonso at SI does a Q & A with Mexico & PSV defender Carlos Salcido.
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Copa Libertadores - here are the week's matches:
Mar 27
Audax Italiano 1-0 Alianza Lima
Gremio 1-0 Deportes Tolima
Mar 28
Bolivar 2-3 Cienciano
Defensor Sporting 3-0 Deportivo Pasto
Internacional 0-0 Velez Sarsfield
Mar 29
River Plate 0-0 LDU Quito
-Match reports via Sports Illustrated.
Mar 30
Colo Colo - Caracas
-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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Yer gonna get a kick outta this one - Rangers striker Dado Prso says his right knee is so bad that he is going to have to quit the team at the end of this season. BUUUUUUT, he would like to play in MLS or the Far East after that. What a moron. Another dude so deluded he thinks someone will pay him to do nothing. Not a chance buddy.
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Did you know that Christian Ziege had been hired as director of football at Kasey Keller's club Monchengladbach? I guess it happened about 3 weeks ago. I never heard that. I always liked him. Good luck Herr Ziege.
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A record 204 countries have registered to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, up from 199 for 2002. The first matches will be played in Oceania in August of this year.
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The Greek government has stopped play in all professional team sports throughout the country, including the football league, for at least 2 weeks, after a fan was killed in a riot at a volleyball match.
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As Leeds sit in last place and are on the verge of being relegated out of England's Championship or 2nd Division, Rick Broadbent of the Times of London tries to figure out who destroyed the once mighty club. A reader leaves a comment at the end of this article that simply says, "The Enron of football." Damn.
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Soccer America had a note today saying that the World Cup coverage by ABC has been nominated for an Emmy Award in the sports category. I hope it wasn't for Dave O'Brien and Marcello Balboa's insight.
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The Guardian has a story on Dutchman Leo Beenhakker who took Trinidad & Tobago to the last World Cup, and is now the coach in charge of resurgent Poland.
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Big Euro Matches this weekend:
Sat Mar 31
Roma v Milan
Liverpool v Arsenal
Bayern Munich v Schalke

Eredivisie top goal scorers:
25 Afonso Alves - Heerenveen
19 Blaise N'Kufo - Twente Enschede
19 Danny Koevermans - AZ Alkmaar
17 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar - Ajax Amsterdam
17 Danko Lazovic - Vitesse Arnhem

Bundesliga top goal scorers:
13 Theofanis Gekas - Bochum
13 Mario Gomez - Stuttgart
12 Roy Makaay - Bayern Munich
11 Alexander Frei - Borussia Dortmund
11 Kevin Kuranyi - Schalke
11 Miroslav Klose - Werder Bremen
11 Marko Pantelic - Hertha Berlin

La Liga top goal scorers:
19 Frederic Kanoute - Sevilla
18 Diego Milito - Real Zaragoza
17 Ronaldinho - Barcelona
14 Ruud van Nistelrooy - Real Madrid
11 Fernando Morientes - Valencia

Serie A top goal scorers:
18 Francesco Totti - Roma
15 Rolando Bianchi - Reggina
15 Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Inter
15 Luca Toni - Fiorentina
13 Tommaso Rocchi - Lazio
13 Adrian Mutu - Fiorentina

Premiership top goal scorers:
18 Didier Drogba - Chelsea
16 Cristiano Ronaldo - Man Utd
12 Wayne Rooney - Man Utd
12 Yakubu - Middlesbrough
12 Bennie McCarthy - Blackburn

Ligue 1 top goal scorers:
13 Steve Savidan - Valenciennes
11 Aruna Dindane - Lens
10 Fred - Lyon
10 Ismael Bangoura - Le Mans
10 Pauleta - PSG


Anonymous leper said...

I still have that Eddie Murphy 45 somewhere.

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They have to keep the Timbers name alive.

5:23 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Dude! You totally left out the Benfica-Porto match that takes place this afternoon! Benfica, in second place, trail first place Porto by a single point!

10:50 AM  

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