Thursday, June 28, 2007

Gold & Golder Shades Of Gold News

One of du Nord's favorite soccer writers is Andrea Canales. She had what sounds like an awful run in with a player last weekend. Marcos Gonzalez of Columbus was the culprit. Gonzalez later spoke to the Columbus Dispatch about what happened. I just want to go on record fully supporting Canales and hoping women get more and more chances to shine in sports and journalism, cuz it helps us all. And if I ever come across Gonzalez I will make sure to let him know I think he was out of line.


Ze Copa America:

It's been all action so far. Not a single dull game of the four. And Mexico beating Brazil, what can you say. The two Mexi goals were stunning. But we will always wonder how the game would have turned out if the Brazilian goal in the 7th minute had counted instead of wrongly being called offside. We will never know. Sometimes you gotta be good AND lucky to win. And also, Brazil were terrible. Just terrible.
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Luis Bueno at Sports Illustrated on Mexico's "tremendous" victory.
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In his press conference on Tuesday USA coach Bob Bradley was asked who would be playing at right back against Argentina and he basically said it would be one of the two right backs on the roster - Marvell Wynne or Drew Moor. One of them is in for a serious debut tonight.
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Game preview from US Soccer.
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More official photos from US Soccer in Venezuela.
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And a new video at Studio 90 from today (click on June 28).
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Grahame Jones of the LA Times talks to USA keeper Kasey Keller about where he is headed next in his club career. I have a feeling Keller is gonna have to stand on his head and give a Brazil 97 performance to the USA tonight.
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The official FC Dallas blog has an email from their defender Drew Moor down in Argentina.
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Frank Dell'apa at Soccernet previews USA v Argentina - which goes down tonight.
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Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune with a story on Chicago & USA midfielder Justin Mapp.
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Pete Gratoff of the KC Star with a story on Kansas City & USA defender Jimmy Conrad.
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The LA Soccer News does a Q & A with Colorado & USA striker Herculez Gomez about the Copa.
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Luis Bueno at LASN talks to Landon Donovan about how he thinks the USA will handle Copa America.
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Bueno also talks to the 3 Chivas USA players on the USA Copa roster - Brad Guzan, Sacha Kljesten & Jonathan Bornstein. From MLSnet.
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Glenn Davis of the Houston Chronicle previews Team USA.
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Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union Tribune with his Copa preview.
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Former USA coach Bruce Arena tells the Sports Ticker that he is not down with the Copa America.
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US Soccer has a podcast from players Sacha Kljesten & Benny Feilhaber, the clown princes of Team USA.
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Official Team USA blog.
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The New York Times with a blog covering Copa America - Goal.
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Group stage match schedule - all matches shown live on GolTV:
Tue Jun 26
-Uruguay 0-3 Peru
-Venezuela 2-2 Bolivia
Wed Jun 27
-Ecuador 2-3 Chile
-Brazil 0-2 Mexico
Thu Jun 28
-Paraguay v Colombia
-Argentina v USA
Sat Jun 30
-Bolivia v Uruguay
-Venezuela v Peru
Sun Jul 1
-Brazil v Chile
-Mexico V Ecuador
Mon Jul 2
-USA v Paraguay
-Argentina v Colombia
Tue Jul 3
-Peru v Bolivia
-Venezuela v Uruguay
Wed Jul 4
-Mexico v Chile
-Brazil v Ecuador
Thu Jul 5
-Colombia v USA
-Argentina v Paraguay
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MLS matches & scores this week:
Thu Jun 28
-DC v Colorado - 6pm central on ESPN2
Sat Jun 30
-Dallas v Houston - 5pm central on FSC
-Columbus v New York - 7pm central on HDNet & Direct Kick
-Chivas v New England - 9:30pm central on Direct Kick
Sun Jul 1
-Chicago v Colorado - 6pm central on Direct Kick
-Kansas City v Toronto - 7pm central on Direct Kick
-LA & Salt Lake are off this week.
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Jeff Carlisle at Soccernet previews tonight's DC v Colo match.
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Beau Dure of USA Today with a couple of articles on the Colorado Rapids - ONE and TWO.
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The Rocky Mountain News previews the Rapids for tonight's game.
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Steven Goff of the Washington Post tries to figure out who is available to play for DCU tonight.
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The Washington Times with a story on DCU forward Luciano Emilio and how he is settling into American life.
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Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe says New England right midfielder Steve Ralston has returned to the club from the Gold Cup ready for action.
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The Massachusetts Republican with an article on New England defender Jay Heaps.
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The Salt Lake Tribune with a story on new RSL forward Robbie Findley who bagged 2 goals in his debut.
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Chicago has released French midfielder Pascal Bedrossian. He just never got on a roll.
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USA coach Bob Bradley will be inducted in to the Chicago Fire's honorary Ring Of Fire on Aug 4.
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The New York Red Bulls appear to be revamping a large part of their defense. That cannot be an easy one to pull off midseason. The traded away Todd Dunivant, and have released Taylor Graham & Tim Reagan.
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Those two Cubans who defected during the Gold Cup are in LA to try out with Chivas USA. From the Daily Breeze.
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James Edwards at the Deseret Morning News talks to Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis about the nature of trades.
-The paper also has a list of all 22 trades the team has pulled off since they started in the spring of 05.
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Jeff Bradley at MLSnet uses his First XI column to reveal his votes for the MLS All Stars.
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Ryan Hunt at Sports Illustrated with his weekly MLS Free Kicks.
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Steven Goff on his Soccer Insider blog says Agent Zero might train with DCU!
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Remember a few months back when the sports business world got all excited that Dave Checketts company SCP was gonna buy GolTV. Not gonna happen. Deal over. Next.
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US Open Cup - 2nd Round scores:
-Harrisburg City Islanders 2-1 Ocean City Barons
-Rochester Raging Rhinos 2-1 Western Mass Pioneers
-Richmond Kickers 2-1 Cleveland City Stars
-Carolina RailHawks 4-0 Bavarian SC
-Atlanta Silverbacks 1-0 Charlotte Eagles
-Charleston Battery 1-0 El Paso Patriots
-Minnesota Thunder 0-1 California Victory
-Seattle Sounder 2-1 Portland Timbers
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Sadly my Thunder was eliminated from the Open Cup, and was also the only home team to lose in this round. Just awful.
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Paul Gardner at the New York Sun says the USA has to build on Bruce Arena's platform and the latest Gold Cup success.
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Soccer365 says more and more clubs are calling Benny Feilhaber's agent right now.
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Scotland's Daily Record has some great quotes from our man DaMarcus Beasley as he lands at Rangers.
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The U20 World Cup kicks off this weekend - Here are the 3 USA group stage games:
(All games live on ESPNU)
Sat Jun 30 v South Korea - 3:45pm central at Olympic Stadium in Montreal
Tue Jul 3 v Poland - 3:45pm central at Olympic Stadium in Montreal
Fri Jul 6 v Brazil - 6:30pm central at Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa
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FIFA is expecting a sellout of 55,000 for Saturday's doubleheader in Montreal at Olympic Stadium featuring USA v South Korea & Brazil v Poland.
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-USA U20 team blog.
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FIFA U20 World Cup details.
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Jen Chang at Soccernet with a list of 12 players to watch for.
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Dylan Butler at the Queens Times Ledger with a story on USA forward Gabriel Ferrari.
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Morgan Campbell of the Toronto Star with an article on Freddy Adu.
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Andrew Rogers at Soccer365 has a Q & A with USA coach Thomas Rongen.
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Canadian Press with a story on Canada's young midfielder Will Johnson who they hope will drive the offense at the World Cup. He like Michael Bradley plays for Heerenveen.
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FIFA has an interview with player Mexico hopes leads them to U20 glory, Giovani dos Santos.
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The Toronto Star has a special section full of U20 World Cup stories - 24 Teams, One Goal
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Mexico is going to play a friendly v Colombia on Wed Aug 22 in Denver at the Big Dick.
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Barcelona defender Giovanni Van Bronckhorst and Bayern Munich forward Roy Makaay have left their clubs and signed with Feyenoord in their native Holland.
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You wanna know what kind of a soap opera factory they run at Real Madrid? After 4 years of winning nothing, they hire Fabio Capello who drags them up from the depths of embarrassment, and then they fire him cuz he won the league. There you go. They fired the last guy to win the Spanish league and the Champions League with them too, Del Bosque.
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Ex-Fulham coach and American lover Chris Cookie Coleman has landed himself a new gig. He is now the coach of recently relegated Spanish club Real Sociedad.
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Jamaica have finally won a game on their far east tour, beating Malaysia 0-2.
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The Benelux nations have thrown their hat into the ring for the 2018 World Cup, adding them to the now long list including the USA and England.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had never heard of the term "Benelux" and was figuring it was gonna be a cluster of islands in the S.Pacific. But now that I know who they are I'm hoping they'll get the Cup if the US doesn't.

smatthew

5:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bruce Arena is such a prick.

"That's my team."

Whatever.

He never would've inserted Clark at halftime.

He wouldn't have given Feilhaber a chance yet. Nor Bornstein. Probably not Bradley.

Eh. Go away.

7:35 PM  
Anonymous thundergunner said...

I think that it is also telling that Arena is against participation in the Copa America. How can it possibly hurt to play in the Copa? Sure they got spanked 4-1 in the first game, but won't the young players come away the better for it? Won't Eddie Johnson feel more comfortable the next time he faces world-class defenders? Sure the squad isn't built to compete at the highest level, but that doesn't make it a worthless endeavour.

While I enjoy Arena's bluntness, I agree with anonymous, it is time for Arena to coach the Red Bulls (which he is doing quite well) and forget about the job that he wishes that he still had.

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Nordy said...

Canales certainly didn't deserve what happened to her in the Crew locker room....but is she really one of your favorite soccer writers? C'mon dude, her work is full of errors stemming from poor understanding of the game. For example, she will say "Landon had a great game in midfield" when he was clearly playing up front. And let's not forget the slime job she ran on Clint Dempsey, calling him gutless because he didn't take a PK in the MLS Cup. I think she's one of the worst writers we have in the US (alongside Jen Chang).

Again, I still feel sorry for her for what took place in Columbus. Gonzalez is a douche.

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Gold Coins said...

Thanks foe writing about this.

3:40 AM  

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