Thursday, June 07, 2007

Eew, That's Icky News

Team USA will come out tonight in White shirts, Blue shorts & White socks. Plus shoe color of each individuals choice.

Gold Cup Action (all times central):
Wed Jun 6 scores-
-Two big upsets launched this years Gold Cup off right the bat. With Canada beating Costa Rica & Guadeloupe drawing with Haiti.
-Costa Rica 1-2 Canada - CR goal by Walter Centeno. Can goals both by Julian de Guzman.
Match report from CONCACAF.
Match report by Michelle Kaufman of the Miami Herald.
-Guadaloupe 1-1 Haiti - Guad goal by Cedrick Fiston. Hai goal by Mones Cherry (PK).
Match report from CONCACAF.
Match report from the AP.
Thu Jun 7 matches-
-USA v Guatemala - 8pm on FSC
-El Salvador v Trinidad & Tobago - 10pm on TeleFutura
Fri Jun 8 matches-
-Panama v Honduras - 6pm on Galavision
-Mexico v Cuba - 8pm on Univision
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A ton of little notes from US Soccer before game 1.
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Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle on his Soccer y Futbol blog has a Q & A with former USA star and current TV broadcaster Eric Wynalda. They talk USA, Gold Cup & MLS. Good stuff.
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Marc Connolly of the US Soccer Players Assoc with his Team USA preview. Another good one.
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The New York Times with a Team USA preview. The author, Austin Kelley, says Bob Bradley has faced "some criticism that he picked too many has-beens for the Gold Cup side." Huh? First of all, who criticized? I read every damn thing that is out there and I have seen nothing of the sort. And beyond that, if there was such criticism, who are these "has-beens" on the roster? Did this idiot just make this up to have something to write about? I challenge this writer to produce one piece of criticism of the roster! They also spelled DaMarcus Beasley's first name wrong: "DeMarcus". Who is in charge of the sports section of this esteemed newspaper?
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Tobias Xavier Lopez of the Fort Worth Star with that old Jay DeMerit rags to riches story for the 1000th time.
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Bob Holtzman of the LA Daily News with an article on the start of the Bob Bradley Era for US Soccer.
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Grahame Jones of the LA Times on the possible USA v Mexico showdown in the Gold Cup final.
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Two new videos from US Soccer. The naming of Mooch Myernick field at the Home Depot Center, and a Gold Cup training preview.
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Read the official USA team blog.
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Soccer America previews three more Gold Cup participants:
-El Salvador
-Trinidad & Tobago
(You can expect the last 4 team previews tomorrow from SA.)
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The Trinidad & Tobago Express with a preview of Team T&T.
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Frank Dell'apa at the Boston Globe reports on New England defender Avery John who was one of the many top players suspended from the T&T squad for demanding his bonus pay promised by the federation after the World Cup. Why doesn't FIFA step in? Hahahaha.
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This morning I asked myself, "How screwed up is Jamaican football that they couldn't even qualify for this tournament?"
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MLS games & scores this week(end):
(all times central)
Wed Jun 6
-Toronto 1-2 New York - TO goal by Jeff Cunningham. NY goals by Juan Pablo Angel (both).
Match report by Larry Millson of the Toronto Globe & Mail.
Match report by Morgan Campbell of the Toronto Star.
Match report from the Toronto Sun.
Match report by Ives Galarcep of the North Jersey Herald.
Match report by Dylan Butler of Big Apple Soccer.
Thu Jun 7
-Houston v Colorado - 8:00 on ESPN2 - Warning: game will be starting about 15 minutes late due to the beginning of the NBA finals.
Sat Jun 9
-Chicago v Chivas - 7:30 on FSC & FSE
-Dallas v Los Angeles - 7:30 on HDNet & Direct Kick
Sun Jun 10
-DC v New York - 12 Noon on TeleFutura
-Columbus v Houston - 4:00 on Direct Kick
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Jeff Carlisle of Soccernet with a preview of the Houston v Colorado match.
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Beau Dure at USA Today with an article on the reigning champs from Houston.
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Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle previews tonight's match from a Dynamo perspective.
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Bob Luder of the KC Star with an article on Kansas City's great start to the season.
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Buzz Carrick at 3rd Degree with a report on FC Dallas forward Roberto Mina's knee problems, and a possible replacement player from Brazil. Plus Carrick has a full report from yesterdays FCD training session.
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The Deseret Morning News with a story on Salt Lake's friendly game v China tonight.
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Today's MLS foreign player rumor is back to Luis Figo. LA is said to be in the mix, but Figo told the Italian press that he was backing out of his move to Saudi Arabia so he could re-sign with Inter Milan, or retire.
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Ian Plenderleith of the US Soccer Players Assoc has a Q & A with former USA star defender Marcelo Balboa. Let me just say that he was one hell of a player, but one boring ass TV commentator, dull dull dull.
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U20 friendly in Kingston Ontario last night:
-Canada 4-0 USA - Can goals from Tousaint Ricketts (3!) & Jonathon Beaulieu-Bourgault
-Some sweet Canadian revenge for last weeks 4-1 USA win in Ottawa.
Match report from US Soccer.
Match report from Canada Soccer Assoc.
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USA & Charlton defender Cory Gibbs has been out of action for over a year now with a knee injury. He is currently living in Boston and training with the New England Revolution to get himself in shape for Charlton's preseason.
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USL First Division games this week(end):
Tue June 5
-Montreal 1-1 Minnesota
Thur June 7
-Charleston v Seattle
-Miami v Peurto Rico
-California v Vancouver
Fri June 8
-Carolina v Rochester
-Montreal v Portland - live at 7pm central on FSC.
Sat June 9
-Rochester v Portland
-Atlanta v Seattle
-Miami v Puerto Rico
-California v Minnesota
Sun June 10
-Vancouver v Minnesota
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One month ago Minnesota defender Alfredo Esteves blew out his knee, and last week had the surgery to repair the damage. He has a blog tracking his progress. Hello Alfredo, get back soon.
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Jesse Erdmann of Blue Sky Soccer with the USL First Division Week 9 Power Rankings.
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USL 1D Standings:
18 Vancouver
16 Rochester
16 Montreal
13 Carolina
12 Miami
12 Charleston
12 Seattle
11 Portland
11 Atlanta
10 Puerto Rico
6 Minnesota
2 California
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Copa Libertadores - Semifinals second leg Scores & matches (with first leg scores included):
Wed June 6
Santos 3-1 Gremio - the series ends tied 3-3 on aggregate, but the away goal sends Gremio to the finals.
-Match report from Sports Illustrated.
Thur June 7
Boca Juniors v Cucuta (1-3)
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International Friendly scores from last night:
Thailand 1-3 Netherlands
Ecuador 2-0 Peru in Barcelona
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Euro 08 qualifier scores from last night:
Faroe Islands 0-2 Scotland
Andorra 0-2 Israel
Kazakhstan 1-1 Azerbaijan
Norway 4-0 Hungary
Bulgaria 2-1 Belarus
Finland 2-0 Belgium
Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 Malta
Sweden 5-0 Iceland
Luxembourg 0-3 Albania
Armenia 1-0 Poland
Germany 2-1 Slovakia
Croatia 0-0 Russia
Liechtenstein 0-2 Spain
France 1-0 Georgia
Romania 2-0 Slovenia
Greece 2-1 Moldova
Estonia 0-3 England
Latvia 0-2 Denmark
Lithuania 0-2 Italy
-We have now passed the midway point for most teams in Euro 2008 qualifying, and here are the group standings.
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Bayern Munich has signed France World Cup hero midfielder Franck Ribery from Olympique Marseille.
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Lastly, they had a very special guest at last nights Finland v Belgium game. It delayed the proceedings for a few minutes. Not as exciting as the Arsenal squirrels last year, but quite possibly cooler. (thanks to the Keeper for sending me this)


Anonymous bq said...

Bruce said: "Team USA will come out tonight in White shirts, Blue shorts & White socks. Plus shoe color of each individuals choice."

Yea, but what color hair will they be sporting?

I love the owl. It's classic. Especially when the thing is swooping the players and staff and their all ducking.

5:34 PM  
Anonymous nick said...

I'll name one has-been Bradley has (rightly) been criticized for picking--Frankie Hejduk. Oops, I guess he's more of a never was. Nevermind...

6:06 PM  
Blogger Luke said...

Amazing how Frankie's back, isn't it? He'll win you over, yet. How many world-class wingbacks can you name, actually?

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