Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Cadair Hamag Eemaliwan News

The first ESPN2 Thursday night MLS game of the season is this week - Los Angeles v Dallas - live at 9:30pm central time.
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Jimmy Conrad of the Kansas City Wizards is getting his own radio show. It will be on the air in KC, and on the web for everyone else. We can only hope that it will be podcast as well. This guy is my hero.
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Today the rumor machine has New York chasing after Brazilian Edmundo. He is 36, has played for about 15 teams in 6 different countries, caused a ton of trouble everywhere he has been and scored about 6000 goals. Sounds like Clint Mathis could be getting a mentor to me.
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Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer talks to NYRB forward Mike Magee who has been out of action for quite a while now due to a knee injury that was misdiagnosed.
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Andrew Winner at Soccernet with his look at the chances of Clint Mathis finding his old form with his old team in New York.
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Andrea Canales of LA Soccer News talks to Galaxy coach Frank Yallop about his team's first game performance, especially the new and young players.
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Steve Sirk at the Hunt Park Insider logs his latest long-rambling, wide-ranging column concerning everything Columbus Crew. It's a lot to read, but it's fun and at times crazed. Excellent.
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Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch with the latest news on The Crew's chase for Boca Juniors midfielder Guillermo Barros Schelotto.
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Here is a new pic of Chris Armas with hair and one hell of a contusion around his eye. Avery John from New England is who caught him with an elbow. He needed 9 stitches to close it up immediately. Of course he was right back on the pitch within minutes. It's been since his first days in the league that I remember seeing Armas with this much hair. (thanks to the Shandy Sisters for the photo)
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So Freddy Adu says he wanted out of DC United cuz he couldn't get the spot he treasured in the center of the midfield held down by Christian Gomez. Then he gets traded to Real Salt Lake where he starts game 1 of the 07 season at what position? Yes that's right, left midfield. He was beat out for the center spot by Mehdi Balouchy. And he wants to play for Real Madrid. Oh Freddy, Freddy, Freddy. What are we gonna do with ya? You looked good on the left my man. Ridge Mahoney at Soccer America checks out the RSL lineup.
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Josh Gros has recovered from his recent concussion and is back at practice with DC United.
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Oh Lord Yeah! 5 DCU rookies are sharing a house. Let the hi-jinx ensue. From the Sports Bog.
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Marc Connolly at the US Players Assoc does a Q & A with Dallas right back Bobby Rhine.
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My pal Demko has a new feature in the Balls section of the City Pages website. He calls it "The Bottom Six", which means he ranks the 6 worst teams in MLS! Excellent cynicism and upsidedownity. I get a shout-out too, cuz Demko and I have a season long wager to work on. Read all about it.
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LA Soccer News conducts a Q & A session with Toronto midfielder Richard Mulrooney. They did address his supposed unhappiness with playing for Toronto - and he says he is happy! (Corrected)
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Andrew Hush at Soccer New England says the Revolution are working on their finishing this week in training.
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The Bermuda Sun with a story on their native son, New England midfielder Khano Smith.
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Jack Bell at the New York Times took in MLS opening day from the Dick in Denver.
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Jeff Bradley's new episode of First XI: First Day Of School - yes, its about week 1.
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Allen Hopkins, on his Soccernet video report says the MLS bonus pay is a paltry $3000 per team per win. That is simply not enough.
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Kevin McGeehan at the US Players Assoc tries to assess the relative depth of MLS team rosters. Obviously they are thin.
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Jen Chang of Soccernet does a Q & A with American Grid Iron Football star Chad Johnson of the Cincinnati Bengals, who claims to be a huge futbol fan. Video clip included. How much you wanna bet Johnson has never even heard of his local Second Division team the Cincinnati Kings?
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Andrea Canales at Soccer365 says MLS is forcing all players to put their LAST name on the back of their shirts from now on. They want uniformity. Like the NFL I guess. Lame-asses! Have some fun. Let Herculez Gomez be Herculez! Come on. Lighten up.
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Grahame Jones of the LA Times has a new and fairly decent weekly round up of soccer news, from local stuff to global blab. Nice.
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The City of Los Angeles is hoping that David Beckham will contribute to tourism from England the way baseball pitcher Dice-K, Daisuke Matsuzaka, has contributed to Boston tourism from Japan, among others. From the LA Times.
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Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union Tribune says that ESPN suspending Eric Wynalda from their broadcast team last weekend for saying nasty stuff about Jim Rome has turned Wynalda into a cult hero among the hard core fans.
-Andrea Canales on her Sideline Views blog says the writer who did the original interview with Wynalda was out of line with his actions and deceitful in his intentions.
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The USA U17 1991 team just returned from a tournament in France where they drew with England, lost to Ireland, then beat Cameroon on PK's, and beat Mexico 3-0! Our local Twin Cities prodigy Abdusalam Ibrahim scored against Ireland and Mexico. Hooray Abdus!
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Copa Libertadores - here are the week's matches:
Apr 10
Cerro Porteno 1-0 Deportes Tolima
Real Potosi 3-1 Parana
Emelec 1-2 Internacional
-Match reports via Sports Illustrated.
Apr 11
Cucuta Deportivo - Gremio
Libertad - America
Audax Italiano - Necaxa
Apr 12
Bolivar - Toluca
Nacional - Velez Sarsfield
-Flamengo, Santos, Colo Colo & Caracas have already qualified for the next round with all teams still having at least one more round of the group stage to play and some others have two.
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Champions League quarterfinal second legs - Matchday 10 - this week (with first leg scores included):
Tuesday-
Manchester United 7-1 Roma - Man U wins 8-3 on aggregate. What a night for England as Man U stomped the crap outta the Romans. Roma goal by Daniele de Rossi, and the MU goals by Michael Carrick (2), Cristiano Ronaldo (2), Alan Smith, Wayne Rooney, & Patrice Evra.
Valencia 1-2 Chelsea - Chelsea advance 3-2 on agg with the winning goal coming in added time. Valencia goal by Fernando Morientes. Chelsea goals by Andriy Shevchenko & Michael Essien.
Wednesday-
Bayern v Milan (2-2)
Liverpool v PSV (3-0)
-The Semifinals, Matchday 11 & 12, will be April 24/25 & May 1/2.
-Man U will next play the Bayern-Milan winner & Chelsea will play the Liverpool PSV winner.
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Did ya see Man U coach Alex Ferguson signing autographs for fans while yesterdays game WAS STILL GOING ON? Imagine if one of his players did that. I bet he would destroy them. I found it a little odd.
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After the beat down at the hands of Man U, Roma captain Francesco Totti said, “This is the saddest evening of my entire career.” I have to say that I am really glad he seems to have ditched his tired old whining, diving and cheap shoting ways. It's refreshing to see, and I can appreciate & respect his talents a lot more now.
-Italian press called the game "The Seventh Circle Of Hell" for Roma.
-Paolo Bandini of the Guardian scours the Italian press for other death howls.
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FIFA.com with a feature story on Valencia's superb midfielder David Silva.
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American soccer fans will be bummed to hear that Fulham has fired coach Chris Coleman after a long terrible string of games that has seen them win only 1 time in 2007. They are now just 4 points away from the relegation zone. They have replaced him with Lawrie Sanchez who has been leading the newly confident Northern Ireland.
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England's first game at the new Wembley Stadium will be on June 1 v Brazil. Not a bad start.
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The mystery American(s) that are talking to Manchester City about a buy-out of the team visited the club last weekend. And they remain a mystery.
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The Guardian also has two articles (ONE - and - TWO) on American Stan Kroenke who owns the Colorado Rapids and has recently bought into Arsenal.
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The country of Colombia has pulled out of the bidding for World Cup 2014 leaving Brazil as the only candidate.
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Maradona has been released from the hospital in Argentina.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to see Eric Wynalda pop Jim Rome.

It wouldn't even be a fair fight, as little Jimmy is all of four feet eleven.

8:37 PM  
Anonymous Siva said...

Completely agree with you about the Herculez thing. What a bunch of stuck-ups. I hope the next time he meets Crystal or Thiffault, Preki insists that he be addressed "Mr. Radosavljević", complete with the correct Serbian pronounciation.

I disagree with you about Adu's position/role though: as has been mentioned several times, he plays "left forward", not "left midfield" -- this is "Ronaldinho's usual position" with Barca, and involves significantly less (read: little, if any) defensive responsibilities. Adu has chafed quite a bit about being asked to improve his defensive responsibilities. I am impressed, though, that Ellinger plays a 4-3-3, with that backline and with only Ballouchy in the center of the park.

12:40 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

ok fine
so freddy plays left forward
he still demanded out of dc so he could play in the center of midfield
the irony is thick
and yes he is defensive
he should bec

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopkins as lead commentator? May you burn in hell for even suggesting it. The pompous buffoon makes Dave O'Brien look like the fount oh wisdom with when he opens his mouth to commentate. Hopkins says one idiotic and innaccurate thing after another.

9:54 PM  

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