Thursday, June 21, 2007

Flower Of Life News

We should know the USA roster for Copa America very late tonight or first thing tomorrow morning. The USA will not submit their list to CONMEBOL until after tonight's game v Canada.


Copa Libertadores - Finals - Boca Juniors are the 2007 Libertadores Champions!
Gremio 0-2 Boca Juniors - Boca win 5-0 on aggregate. Juan Roman Riquelme was the hero scoring both goals in the away leg.
-Match report from the AP via Sports Illustrated.
-The Guardian with a report on the Riquelme led victory.
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Solid Gold Cup Action:

Matches & Scores:
-Semifinals Tonight:
Thu Jun 21 - Soldier Field in Chicago-
USA v Canada - 6pm central on FSC & TeleFutura
Mexico v Guadeloupe - 9pm central on TeleFutura
-Final:
Sun Jun 24 - Soldier Field in Chicago - 2pm central on FSC & Univision
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US Soccer with an audio interview of coach Bob Bradley and players Landon Donovan & Carlos Bocanegra, pre-Canada match. Download or listen here.
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US Soccer has tons of notes, stats and little known facts ahead of tonight's big game.
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Official Team USA blog.
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Tobias Xavier Lopez of the Fort Worth Star Telegram talks to Bocanegra about wearing that USA captains armband.
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Glenn Davis of the Houston Chronicle looks at the 2 Americans & 2 Canadians from the Houston Dynamo that will square off tonight.
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Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger with a really good article on USA keeper Tim Howard. Includes an anecdote from Howard's high school basketball days.
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Ives Galarcep of the North Jersey Herald says both the USA & Canada are ready to rumble.
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Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe looks at today's GC semifinal match-ups.
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Dell'apa writing for Soccernet says its no secret that the CONCACAF brass want a USA v Mexico final.
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Grahame Jones of the LA Times previews.
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Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America with his preview.
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Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune previews the semi's.
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Ian Plenderleith & J Hutcherson at the US Soccer Players Assoc dissect tonight's field.
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The New York Times on Canada's quickly rising tide.
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Larry Millson of the Toronto Globe & Mail previews tonight's USA v Canada, and calls the USA "unsuspecting" of what Canada will bring. Doubtful Larry, highly doubtful.
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Morgan Campbell of the Toronto Star previews the match as well.
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The Canadian Press talks to LA & Canada left back Ante Jazic about facing his club teammate Landon Donovan tonight.
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The New York Times with an article on the 4th team tonight - Guadaloupe.
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Next Thursday at this time we will be immersed in Copa America and getting ready to watch USA v Argentina in the first game. The Argies released their roster today - Holy smokes are we in trouble:
G:
Roberto Abbondanzieri - Getafe
Juan Pablo Carrizo - River Plate
Agustin Orion - San Lorenzo
D:
Roberto Ayala - Valencia
Javier Zanetti - Inter
Nicolas Burdisso - Inter
Hugo Ibarra - Boca Juniors
Daniel Diaz - Boca Juniors
Gabriel Milito - Zaragoza
Gabriel Heinze - Man United
M:
Luis Gonzalez - Porto
Javier Mascherano - Liverpool
Esteban Cambiasso - Inter
Fernando Gago - Real Madrid
Pablo Aimar - Zaragoza
Juan Sebastian Veron - Estudiantes
Juan Roman Riquelme - Boca Juniors
F:
Lionel Messi - Barcelona
Hernan Crespo - Inter
Diego Milito - Zaragoza
Carlos Tevez - West Ham
Rodrigo Palacio - Boca Juniors
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MLS matches & scores this week:
Wed Jun 20
-Columbus 2-1 Kansas City - Colu goals by Eddie Gaven & Stefani Miglioranzi. KC goal by Jack Jewsbury.
Match report by Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch.
Match report from MLSnet.
Thu Jun 21
-Houston v Chivas USA - 8pm central on ESPN2
Sat Jun 23
-New England v Toronto - 6:30pm central on Direct Kick
-Colorado v Dallas - 8pm central on Direct Kick
-Salt Lake v DC - 8:30pm central on FSC & FSE
-Columbus v Los Angeles - 9:30pm central on HDNet & Direct Kick
Sun Jun 24
-Kansas City v Houston - 4pm central on TeleFutura
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Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chroncile previews the Dynamo for tonight's match.
-A few other pre-game notes from Fallas.
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The best up-close info on the firing of Chicago coach Dave Sarachan comes from the blog of Kenn Tomasch. Full pictures and notes and transcripts of remarks from team Pres John Guppy and players CJ Brown & Chris Armas.
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The Chicago newspapers with their take on the Sarachan coup:
-Tribune - Luis Arroyave
-Sun Times - Lacy Banks
-Daily Southtown - Nick Firchau
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The next Chicago game is a friendly v Cracovia Krakow of Poland on Friday in Bridgeview.
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Ives Galarcep on his Soccer By Ives blog reported that Real Salt Lake has shipped right midfielder Chris Klein to Los Angeles in exchange for young fast striker Robbie Findley, and very talented young midfielder-defender Nathan Sturgis. But the rumors of Sturgis going to Europe soon are running strong. Was this a good deal for either of them? (thanks to Ethan for the heads up)
-James Edwards of the Deseret Morning News with word from Salt Lake on the trade.
-Andrea Canales at LA Soccer News with quotes from LA's Alexi Lalas, and the traded player Chris Klein.
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Here he is, Carlos Pavon, the newest forward on the LA Galaxy. From Andrea Canales on her Sideline Views blog.
-Canales with a few quotes from the big stringy-haired forward at LA Soccer News.
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Billy Witz of the Daily Breeze says the LA Galaxy are doing the salary cap shuffle. Ian Russell was released & Santino Quaranta took a pay cut. He also debunks the Landon Donovan trade rumors.
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M, from down KC way, fills in some blanks for us and says the Argentine player Kansas City is interested in is forward Eloy Colombano from the team Defense & Justice. Wow, what a team name.
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The reason for New England's Joe Franchino being put on the season ending injury list did not have anything to do with his earlier "personal problems". He is going to have surgery on an ankle tendon.
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Gabriel Cabarrouy of the Dallas Morning News with a story on the return to the Dallas line up of Senor Pescado, Carlos Ruiz, who is dying to get back on a scoring streak for his club.
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Stephen Brunt of the Toronto Globe & Mail likes the way the pieces are coming together in the Canadian soccer big picture.
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Soccernet with an article on another European superstar who came to play in LA. Johan Cruyff. Albeit 30 years ago, in another era, and to another league. The best part of the article is a fond remembrance of a bygone time. (thanks to BQ for this one.)
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Nick Frichau of the Chicago Daily Southtown on the explosion of soccer at the highest level in Chicago this summer.
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Did you enjoy the article yesterday from the Houston Chronicle about how cool it is when soccer players take pride in playing for their country? I did. It was uplifting. And as it turns out Adam Spangler at This Is American Soccer liked it a lot too. So much so that he sought out the author, who is not a "soccer guy", and asked him some excellent questions. The answers are as good as I had hoped they would be.
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Dylan Butler at the Queens Times Ledger writes about the possibility of the New York Mets baseball team getting into business with MLS and having a soccer team too.
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USL First Division matches & scores this weekend:
Thu Jun 21
Portland v Montreal
Fri Jun 22
Rochester v California
Charleston v Atlanta - live at 7pm central on FSC
Miami v Vancouver
Sat Jun 23
Carolina v Charleston
Seattle v Montreal
Sun Jun 24
Puerto Rico v Vancouver
Minnesota v California
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USL 1D Standings:
23 Rochester
21 Vancouver
19 Seattle
16 Montreal
15 Charleston
14 Portland
14 Miami
14 Puerto Rico
14 Carolina
13 Atlanta
8 Minnesota
7 California
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Jesse Erdmann of Blue Sky Soccer with this weeks First Division Power Rankings.
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Yanks Abroad talks to American forward Jeremiah White who helped lead Arhus to promotion back into the top league in Denmark for next season.
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The Times of London on the new Dutch sensations causing hearts to flutter at the UEFA U21 championship. The best ones name is Drenthe. He plays his club ball for Feyenoord. Remember his name.
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Lastly, here is a picture of Inter President Massimo Moratti. Nothing significant about him, but when you look at the image the question you you have to ask is, "Why does his daughter have her finger in the ear of the old guy sitting in front of her?"

4 Comments:

Anonymous jamesey said...

does anyone else start obsessively refreshing dunord for the update around 2:30 PST

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Nick said...

Bobby Boswell and Brain Namoff vs. Tevez, Riquelme, Messi, and Crespo. I looooove our odds!

6:07 PM  
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