Monday, May 21, 2007

Don't You Run News

A nice acid flashback in today's Minneapolis Star Tribune: Tuesday August 15, 1978: Minnesota Kicks 9-2 New York Cosmos! (Despite the Kicks talk of winning this series, they actually lost it the next night. Can you believe that though? They flew to NY and played the very next night!)


MLS scores from weekend matches:
-Toronto 1-2 DC - Tor goal by Alecko Eskandarian. DC goals, Own Goal by Kevin Goldthwaite & PK by Jaime Moreno.
Match report by Morgan Campbell of the Toronto Star.
Match report by Larry Millson of the Toronto Globe & Mail.
Match report by Steven Goff of the Washington Post.
-New York 4-0 Columbus - NY goals by John Wolyniec, Clint Mathis, Juan Pablo Angel & Sal Caccavale.
Match report by Ives Galarcep of the North Jersey Herald.
Match report by Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger.
Match report by Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer.
-Houston 0-1 New England - NE goal by Shalrie Joseph.
Match report by Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle.
Match report by Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe.
Match report from the Boston Globe.
-Colorado 1-1 Kansas City - Colo goal a PK by Jovan Kirovski. KC goal by Davy Arnaud.
Match report from the Denver Post.
Match report from the Kansas City Star.
Post-game notes by George Tanner of the Rocky Mountain News blog FC Rocky.
-Chivas 1-1 LA - Chiv goal by Maykel Galindo. LA goal by Landon Donovan.
Match report by Grahame Jones of the LA Times.
Match report by Luis Bueno of the Press Enterprise.
Match report by Joel Aceves of LA Soccer News.
Match report by Bob Holtzman of the LA Daily News.
Match report by Miguel Melendez of the Orange Country Register.
Post-game notes from the Orange County Register.
Post-game story on Landon Donovan's impact on the game from the Daily Breeze.
-Dallas 2-1 Salt Lake - Dal goals by Arturo Alvarez & Chris Gbandi. RSL goal a PK by Freddy Adu.
Match report by Tobias Xavier Lopez of the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Match report by Gabriel Cabarrouy of the Dallas Morning News.
Match report by James Edwards of the Deseret Morning News.
Post-game notes from the Deseret.
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Good find on this stat from Frank Dell'apa at the Boston Globe: Since 2005 the Revolution have the best record in the league at 34-16-22. Houston is second at 31-16-24.
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Andrea Canales has a picture of the Galaxy's new practice gear on her Sideline Views blog. I think this all but confirms the Galaxy's new team color will be midnight blue.
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You ever wonder what Colorado owner Stan Kroenke looks like? The phrase "goofy lookin dude" comes to mind.
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John Henderson of the Denver Post with an article on Kroenke's plans for Arsenal etc.
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Soccernet talks to Real Salt Lake's young keeper Chris Seitz about his decision to leave Maryland last fall and turn pro.
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Steven Goff of the Washington Post, on his Soccer Insider blog, with several great quotes from former DC forward Alecko Eskansarian, now with Toronto FC.
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Morgan Campbell of the Toronto Star with a story on Eskandarian and his first Toronto goal.
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Stephen Brunt of the Toronto Globe & Mail tries to figure out where the hearty support for TFC is coming from.
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Bernardo Fallas at the Houston Chronicle writes about a silent protest carried about by Dynamo fans who say they were mistreated by security during the previous home match.
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John Lopez of the Houston Chronicle with the latest news on Houston stadium talk.
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New England has signed first year defender Kyle Helton.
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Michael Lewis at Big Apple Soccer reports that construction at Red Bull Park is already behind schedule, and the team has sent a letter to season ticket holders telling them that the teams new home may not be ready next season as planned.
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Looks like DCU has lost forward Jamil Walker for the season. He tore his achilles in a reserve league game.
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Steve Davis at Soccernet with a MLS weekend match wrap up.
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New Soccernet MLS Power Rankings.
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Ian Plenderleith of the US Soccer Players Association with his weekend match wrap up.
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Bob Luder of the KC Star with a story on Kansas City midfielder Davy Arnaud, a big favorite of du Nord. (from last Friday)
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TFC plays an international friendly on Wednesday night at BMO v Benfica of Portugal.
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And LA plays an international friendly that same night v Rangers of Glasgow.
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EPL Talk has a podcasted interview with American soccer TV announcer JP Dellacamera. I love JP. He and Shep Messing do a great job on the NYRB games. Not to mention JP's games on ESPN. I wish he was doing the USA men's games.
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USL First Division games:
Miami 1-0 Minnesota
Puerto Rico 2-3 Atlanta
Seattle 1-1 Rochester
Carolina 1-0 Charleston
California 1-3 Vancouver
Montreal 2-0 Seattle
Puerto Rico 1-2 Minnesota
Miami 2-1 Atlanta
Vancouver 3-1 Rochester
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Thankfully my Thunderboys have finally won a game this season. On the road, second game in three nights, in the heat and humidity of Puerto Rico, down a goal, a man sent off in the 44th minute! How bout them odds? A 1-2 victory! Congrats. It's big.
-Next weekend Puerto Rico comes here, so the team has to make sure they don't turn right around and give the 3 points back. We need all 6.
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The Portland Timbers are going to play a friendly v Preston North End on July 28 at PGE Park. Preston is the former home of two Americans, Eddie Lewis & Brian McBride. Rumor has Lewis headed back there for next season. So he could be making an appearance in Portland! (thanks to Brian for this info)
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USL 1D Standings:
17 Vancouver
11 Montreal
11 Atlanta
9 Miami
9 Carolina
9 Rochester
7 Portland
6 Puerto Rico
6 Seattle
5 Charleston
5 Minnesota
1 California
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Let's check in with our favorite Americans in Europe and see how their weekend matches went:
-Gregg Berhalter - 1860 Munich - played the whole 90 at center back in a 2-2 draw at Erzgebirge Aue. The season is now over.
-Danny Califf - Aalborg - sat out a 2-0 win over Esbjerg, due to suspension.
-Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - went the distance at right back in a 0-3 loss to Nurmberg. The season is now over.
-Charlie Davies - Hammarby - started up top and played 60 minutes of a 1-0 loss at Gelfe.
-Kamani Hill - Wolfsburg - came on as a sub in the 74th minute of a 0-2 loss to Werder Bremen. The season is now over.
-Heath Pearce - Nordsjaelland - played the whole of a 1-1 draw at Silkeborg.
-Brian West - Fredrikstad - did not dress for his teams 5-0 win over Lisleby.
-Josh Wolff - 1860 Munich - did not play again due to thigh injury. The season is now over. What is his future at the team?
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Yanks Abroad reported that American defender Neven Subotic made his debut for Mainz in a 5-2 loss at Bayern Munich. Mainz has been relegated for next season. Which, oddly enough, could be good news for Subotic, cuz he might see lots of playing time.
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Mexican Clausura Semifinals:
-Guadalajara 0-1 America - America win 2-0 on aggregate.
-Pachuca v Cruz Azul - match canceled, Pachuca win due to Cruz using an illegal player in the first leg. Salvador Carmona tested positive for steroids (for the 2nd time) and was banned for life, while his team was kicked out of the playoffs.
Final:
Fri May 25
-America v Pachuca
Sun May 27
-Pachuca v America
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Mexico has announced their preliminary roster for the Gold Cup. They are going to try again to secure Nery Castillo as a Mexican. How many times will they try and he slaps them down? We also keep hearing that Rafa Marquez will not play in the Gold Cup, yet he is on this list.
G:
Jesus Corona - UAG Tecos
Luis Michel - Guadalajara
Guillermo Ochoa - America
Oswaldo Sanchez - Santos
D:
Jose Antonio Castro - America
Israel Castro - UNAM Pumas
Jaime Lozano - UANL Tigres
Jonny Magallon - Guadalajara
Rafael Marquez - Barcelona
Ramon Morales - Guadalajara
Ricardo Osorio - Stuttgart
Fausto Pinto - Pachuca
Francisco Rodriguez - Guadalajara
Carlos Salcido - PSV
M:
Fernando Arce - Morelia
Jaime Correa - Pachuca
Andres Guardado - Atlas
Alberto Medina - Guadalajara
Pavel Pardo - Stuttgart
Gonzalo Pineda - Guadalajara
Gerardo Torrado - Cruz Azul
F:
Adolfo Bautista - Guadalajara
Cuauhtemoc Blanco - America
Jared Borgetti - Cruz Azul
Omar Bravo - Guadalajara
Juan Carlos Cacho - Pachuca
Nery Castillo - Olympiakos
Francisco Fonseca - UANL Tigres
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Copa Libertadores - Quarterfinals scores and matches - Second leg matches:
Tue May 22
Nacional v Cucuta Deportivo (0-2)
Wed May 23
Gremio v Defensor Sporting (0-2)
Santos v America (0-0)
Thur May 24
Libertad v Boca Juniors (1-1)
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One big Euro league race was decided, while another remains tight, and a third features an epic relegation battle. Here are the weekend's matches and standings:
-Bundesliga-
Concluded:
Stuttgart are the Champions!
Matches:
Stuttgart 2-1 Energie Cottbus
Schalke 2-1 Arminia Bielefeld
-Champions League spots for 07/08:
Stuttgart
Schalke
Werder Bremen
-UEFA Cup spots for 07/08:
Bayern Munich
Bayer Leverkusen
-Relegated for 07/08:
Mainz
Alemania Aachen
Borussia Monchengladbach
-La Liga-
(3 left to play in Spain)
Matches:
Recreativo Huelva 2-3 Real Madrid
Athletico Madrid 0-6 Barcelona
Deportivo La Coruna 1-2 Sevilla
Mallorca 0-1 Valenica
Zaragoza 4-3 Athletic Bilbao
Standings:
69 Real Madrid
69 Barcelona
67 Sevilla
65 Valencia
58 Zaragoza
-Serie A-
(1 left to play in Italy)
-8 teams fighting over 1 relegation spot
40 Cagliari -10 goal differential, 3-2 Roma, at Ascoli
40 Livorno -15 gd, 0-0 Torino, v Atalanta
40 Torino -17 gd, 0-0 Livorno, at Inter
39 Chievo -8 gd, 1-0 Ascoli, at Catania
39 Parma -17 gd, 0-0 Lazio, v Empoli
38 Catania -24 gd, 0-1 Sampdoria, v Chievo
37 Reginna 0 gd, 3-3 Empoli, v Milan
37 Siena -11 gd, 1-2 Palermo, v Lazio
-Already relegated: Messina & Ascoli
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The English FA Cup Final - Chelsea win the Cup.
Manchester United 0-1 Chelsea - Didier Drogba ran a perfect give & go with Frank Lampard who chipped the ball over the Man U defense so DD could tap the ball into the net deep into extra time.
-Where was superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in this game? Maybe he had a 120 minute tea break.
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Soccernet's Premiership Team Of The Season.
-Again, a list has gone soft in the brain and put someone in the 11 at a position they do not regularly play. They have Michael Essien at right back. I call foul, and red card!
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FC Porto has won the Portuguese championship.
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Levski Sofia has won the Bulgarian championship.
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Zilina has won the Slovakian championship.
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Juventus has secured promotion to Italy's Serie A next season.
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UEFA.com interviews two stars of Milan on the cusp of the Champions League Final - Paolo Maldini - and - Rikki Kaka.
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FIFA.com also have a Q & A with Kaka.
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Phil Ball of Soccernet looks at the yearly whisperings of "late season cash incentives" in Spain La Liga.
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Simon Kuper of the Financial Times on the man who may be most responsible for leading Milan to the Champions League final - Clarence Seedorf.
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Lastly, are you ready for Wednesday's Champions League Final from Athens:
AC Milan v Liverpool FC
-See it live in America at 1:30pm central time on ESPN2.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Tlingit said...

I think Nery Castillo accepted Mexico's offer for the Gold Cup and Copa America.

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do you think the Galaxy are going blue? Aren't those tops grey and black?

7:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brucio,

Wow, it's really classy of you to say that Stan Kroenke is "a goofy looking guy."

12:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stan Kroenke kinda reminds me of the Cabbage head guy and the boss who had a piece of food in his mustache from The Kids in the Hall.

smatthew

7:39 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

three things:
1. i never said he was a "guy", i said he was a "dude"
2. i never have even pretended to be "classy"
3. i just wrote what we were all thinking anyway

11:39 AM  
Blogger Matth: said...

I notice Juan Pablo Garcia's move to UANL Tigres didn't help him break through to the national team. Poor guy.

2:25 PM  
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