Thursday, May 24, 2007

We Want To Inflict Plain News

Bloomberg is reporting today that Lew Wolff who owns the rights to the San Jose Earthquakes franchise wants to start the team now and play next season, rather than wait for a new stadium to be built!

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US Soccer has announced the USA roster for the Gold Cup in June.
-A press conference with coach Bob Bradley for you to download or listen to.


MLS games this week (all times central):
-Thur May 24
New York v Chicago - 6pm on ESPN2
-Sat May 26
New England v Kansas City - 5:30pm on Direct Kick
Columbus v Toronto - 6:30 on Direct Kick
DC v Houston - 6:30 on HDNet
Colorado v Los Angeles - 7:30 on Direct Kick
Chivas v Dallas - 9:30 on FSC
-Sun May 27
Chicago v Salt Lake - 4pm on Telefutura
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Jeff Carlisle at Soccernet previews tonight's NY v Chic game.
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Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun Times with a match preview for tonight.
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Red Bulls midfielder Claudio Reyna will miss another game tonight. That makes it 4 missed league games out of the 8 his team has played.
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Beau Dure makes a rare appearance for USA Today with an article on the Red Bulls organization.
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Ives Galarcep of the North Jersey Herald has words with NYRB attacker Clint Mathis about his good looking season so far.
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Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer with a story on NYRB midfielder nutjobfanfave Dema Kovalenko.
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Dylan Butler also of Big Apple with a story on NYRB first year winger Dane Richards. I believe he is currently the front runner for Rookie Of The Year.
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Grass has been laid down in New England's Gillette Stadium to cover the fake stuff for the upcoming Gold Cup matches.
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Sahar Milani of the US Soccer Players Assoc does a Q & A with Colorado midfielder Kyle Beckerman.
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Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch with an article on the Crew's wretched goal scoring record.
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X-rays have revealed that RSL defensive midfielder Carey Talley has a fractured bone in his right leg (calf area), and will miss several weeks. Just what they didn't need.
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Steven Goff with notes from today's DC United practice session at the Soccer Insider.
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Soccernet says TFC's Ronnie O'Brien took a pass on being called in for Ireland's recent international games. He passed on it? Wow.
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Another convert to the beautiful game. From the LA Daily News.
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US Open Cup - MLS qualifier, score from last night:
Colorado 2-1 Salt Lake - both Colo goals from Jacob Peterson. RSL goal by Chris Klein.
-The second Peterson goal came late in second half stoppage time.
Match report from Colo team website.
Match report from the Rocky Mountain News.
Match report by James Edwards of the Deseret Morning News.
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We will know all the other teams in the field for this year's Open Cup by the end of this coming weekend.
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2 MLS teams in international friendly's last night:
-Toronto 0-0 Benfica
Match report by Morgan Campbell of the Toronto Star.
-Los Angeles 0-1 Rangers - goal by Kris Boyd.
Match report from Scotland's Evening Standard.
Match report by Luis Bueno at the Press Enterprise.
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USL 1D team California Victory are so desperate and clueless for help that they just signed defender Ryan Suarez.
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The USA U20 team will take 16 players to Canada next week to play 2 matches against the host country as they prepare for the World Cup (June 30 to July 22). The one game will be played in Ottawa where Team USA will play group stage games & the team will visit Montreal the home of another group stage match.
-US Soccer also has an interview (download or listen online) with coach Thomas Rongen about these two games. In the interview he reveals that both Dax McCarty & Michael Bradley will be on the 21 players roster for the World Cup, even though they are not playing in these games.
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Monday night on Glenn Davis's radio show he talked to USA & Reading keeper Marcus Hahnemann who said that it took 2 steel plates and 16 screws to secure the broken bones in his hand.
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Reuters has a report that says Venezuela is behind in finishing construction and updates on stadiums for the Copa America that begins just over a month from now.
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Mexican Clausura Final:
Fri May 25 first leg
-America v Pachuca - live at 8:30pm central on Telefutura
Sun May 27 second leg
-Pachuca v America - live at 8pm central on Azteca
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There is an interesting match going on Monday May 28 in Houston at Robertston Stadium. El Reto Final Nissan - an international friendly between legends of Mexico & Argentina. See the game live at 8pm central on FSC.
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Copa Libertadores - Quarterfinals scores and matches - Second leg matches:
-Tue May 22
Nacional 2-2 Cucuta Deportivo - Cucuta wins 4-2 on aggregate
-Wed May 23
Gremio 2-0 Defensor Sporting - tied of aggregate after extra time, with Gremio winning 4-2 on PK's.
Santos 2-1 America -Santos win 2-1 on aggregate.
-Match report via Sports Illustrated.
-Thur May 24
Libertad v Boca Juniors (1-1)
-Who has advanced to the Semifinals: Cucuta, Gremio & Santos.
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Champions League Final:
AC Milan 2-1 Liverpool FC - Both Milan goals by Pippo Inzaghi. And the Liverpeople goal by Dirk Kuyt.
-Not the most entertaining game I have ever seen. More like a typical Milan game. They used their usual amazing defense to control the game. Then got a lucky break right before half time to steal a goal. The second Milan goal & the Liver goal were both really great, but came at the very end, and only added a touch of flair to a pretty dull event.
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The two goals scored by Super Pippo were the 37th & 38th of his Champions League career.
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Many replays seem to clearly show that Pippo used his left arm to aid the ball into the next for goal #1.
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Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated with some CL post-game notes.
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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune with his story on the game.
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Check Culpepper of the LA Times from Athens, on the fans.
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The top 3 all-time winners of European Championships: Real Madrid has won 9, Milan 7 and Liverpool 5.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Demko said...

Ryan Suarez! wasn't he promising to retire with Chivas? or the metrostars? Or the Galaxy? Which first division forward will he maim first?

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Bill Urban said...

Bruce:

Wasn't Dema playing on the right side in back? Sure I saw him surging into attack on runs past the admirable Richards...

8:03 PM  

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