Monday, June 25, 2007

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"I knew when I hit it that it was going to go in." - Benny Feilhaber, on his game winner v Mexico!


"They deserve to be the number 1 team in CONCACAF." - Cuahutemoc Blanco after (suffering from an apparent seizure) in the post Gold Cup final press room.

Gold Cup Finale:
USA 2-1 Mexico - USA goals by Landon Donovan(PK) & Benny Feilhaber, Mex goal by Andres Guardado.
Match report from CONCACAF.
Match report by Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune.
Match report by Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun Times.
Match report by Nick Firchau of Chicago's Daily Southtown.
Match report by Steven Goff of the Washington Post.
Match report by Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union Tribune.
Match report by Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe.
Match report by Grahame Jones of the LA Times.
Match report by Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America.
Match report by Luis Bueno for Sports Illustrated.
Match report by Ives Galarcep of the North Jersey Herald.
Match report from Yanks Abroad.
Match report and player ratings by Jeff Carlisle at Soccernet.
Match report and player ratings from the New York Times.
Players ratings by Mahoney of Soccer America.
Post-game notes, players ratings, and extra Bob Bradley quotes from Goff.
Post-game analysis by John Lopez of the Houston Chronicle.
Post-game analysis by Jen Chang of Soccernet.
Post-game analysis by Glenn Davis on his blog.
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The Chicago Sun Times with a look at the fans in the stands.
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Big article in the Sunday Chicago Tribune on DaMarcus Beasley. Many topics covered including the World Cup and his fued with coach Bruce Arena, and where DMB is playing next season. He knows, but he's not telling.
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du Nord Three (5) Stars Of The Game
3. Tim Howard/Ricardo Clark - Howard save of Bofo shot & Rico's 2nd half energy injection were huge keys to keeping the USA in charge.
2. Nery Castillo/Andres Guardado - What more can you say about these two exciting youngsters. Combined for Mexico's goal and tortured USA defenders all game long. You gotta love their game for future showdowns with our boys.
1. Benny Feilhaber - Many parts of his game were not pretty. But man oh man did he do it right when it counted most. Holy Moly Sweet Little Baby Jesus did he smack that shot to win the game or what. And against Mexico it's just that much sweeter.
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US Soccer with post-game audio & video interviews. Download audio here and video here.
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Official Team USA blog.
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US Soccer photos.
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Official post-game quotes from USA players and coaches.
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Only two Americans made the tournament All-Gold Cup team:
Franck Grandel - Guadeloupe
Felipe Baloy Panama
Richard Hastings - Canada
Frankie Hejduk - USA
Carlos Salcido - Mexico
Walter Centeno - Costa Rica
Julian DeGuzman - CAN - Golden Ball winner
Pablo Mastroeni - USA
Pavel Pardo - Mexico
Carlos Pavon - Honduras - Golden Boot winner
Blas Perez - Panama
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My game notes from USA v Mexico:
-I really hope Mexican left winger Andres Guardado is OK. He and Spector cracked heads, yet Mexico left him on the field. After the game he collapsed and was removed from the field with his neck in a brace. It was really scary looking. From what I have been able to gather, he was taken to the hospital but later released to travel with the team to Venezuela.
-Carlos Bocanegra captained the team again.
-It was cool to see Ricardo Clark come in after half time and have such a great positive influence on the game.
-Right before LD buried his PK the camera got a great shot of Mexikeeper Oswaldo Sanchez blowing kisses to Landy. LD had no reaction for the Mexican trash talker. Take that Oswaldo!
-The goal by Donovan was his 34th international goal. Tying him for the all time USA lead with Eric Wynalda. You can expect him to break that record this fall.
-After scoring the PK Donovan ran toward the corner flag and did an exaggerated swipe of the forehead with his arm to say "Whew, did we need that one or what!"
-After Donovan missed that sitter v Canada on Thurs Beasley made fun of him, only for Beasley to miss an even easier sitter in this game that could have sealed it. LD & DMB were in alone on Sanchez, LD drew out the keeper and passed to DMB who put his shot off the cross bar from 6 yards. He could have walked it into the open net. Damn. DMB said the ball bounced and hit him on the shin.
-That shot of Feilhaber's to win was 1000 X sweeter coming against the Mexicans.
-Of course the Mexican team swarmed the referee after the game complaining of everything under the sun. It's never their fault when they lose, always someone else's.
-Rumor has it that Carlos Salcido walked over to Landon Donovan after the game and asked to exchange shirts. Bravo!
-I met the excellent baseball writer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, La Velle E. Neal III (I always thought that was a pretty kick ass name too) at the Sweetwater. What a passionate soccer dude. I had no idea he was a fan of the beautiful game.
-As the medals and trophies were being handed out post game we got to see the honorary Jack Warner on the podium helping with the ceremony's. He was seen pulling the medals out of a big box and handing them to his greasy buddy Sepp Blatter to drape around the players necks. As Jack pulled the medals out he was seen doing the old, "One for you. One for me" routine. Nice.
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The AP with an article on Kasey Keller and where he might play next season. He got an offer from a team in Iran!
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Three Mexican players have pulled out of the Copa America saying they need a rest before heading back to Europe for pre-season: Ricardo Osorio, Carlos Salcido & Pavel Pardo. Good move on their part. I would assume that Jared Borgetti will not be on the team as well having suffered that hyper-extended knee in the Gold Cup final.
-Here is the the Mexican roster:
Oswaldo Sanchez - Santos Laguna
Guillermo Ochoa - America
Johnny Magallon - Guadalajara
Fausto Pinto - Pachuca
Rafael Marquez - Barcelona
Israel Castro - Pumas
Gonzalo Pineda - Guadalajara
Jose Antonio Castro - America
Francisco Rodriguez - Guadalajara
Gerardo Torrado - Cruz Azul
Jaime Correa - Pachuca
Ramon Morales - Guadalajara
Jaime Lozano - Tigres
Andres Guardado - Atlas
Fernando Arce - Morelia
Alberto Medina - Guadalajara
Jared Borgetti - Cruz Azul
Cuauhtemoc Blanco - America
Juan Carlos Cacho - Pachuca
Adolfo Bautista - Chiapas
Omar Bravo - Guadalajara
Nery Castillo - Olympiakos
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MLS matches & scores this week:
-New England 3-0 Toronto - NE goals by Andy Dorman (2) & Pat Noonan.
Match report from MLSnet.
Match report from the Boston Globe.
-Colorado 0-1 Dallas - Dal goal by Juan Toja.
Match report from MLSnet.
Match report from the Denver Post.
Post-game notes from George Tanner at FC Rockly from the Rocky Mountain News.
-Salt Lake 2-1 DC - RSL both goals by Robbie Findley. DC goal by Luciano Emilio.
Match report from MLSnet.
Match report by James Edwards of the Deseret Morning News.
Match report from the Salt Lake Tribune.
Match report by Steven Goff of the Washington Post.
-Los Angeles 2-3 Columbus - LA goals by Gavin Glinton & Edson Buddle. Colu goals by Chad Marshall, Ned Grabavoy & Alejandro Moreno.
Match report from MLSnet.
Match report from the LA Times.
-Kansas City 0-1 Houston - Hou goal by Patrick Ianni.
Match report from MLSnet.
Match report by Bob Luder of the Kansas City Star.
Match report from the Houston Chronicle.
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2 PK's were saved in the LA v Columbus game. Both in the first half! Will Hesmer saved from Kyle Martino, and Joe Cannon saved from Ned Grabavoy. They were both taken quite weakly.
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New England assistant coach Paul Mariner is said to be a top candidate for the open coaching job in Chicago.
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The rumor on the street is that LA has sent struggling midfielder Santino Quaranta to Kansas City in exchange for a draft pick next year. Wow his stock fell a long way didn't it.
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The KC Star with an article on the brand new training facility for the Kansas City Wizards.
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Chicago won their friendly over Polish club MKS Cracovia 1-0 on Friday night. William Oliveira got the goal.
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USL First Division matches & scores this weekend:
Portland 1-1 Montreal
Rochester 1-1 California
Charleston 2-1 Atlanta
Miami 0-1 Vancouver
Carolina 2-0 Charleston
Seattle 0-1 Montreal
Puerto Rico 0-0 Vancouver
Minnesota 1-0 California
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USL 1D Standings:
25 Vancouver
24 Rochester
20 Montreal
19 Seattle
18 Charleston
17 Carolina
15 Portland
15 Puerto Rico
14 Miami
13 Atlanta
11 Minnesota
8 California
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The Second Round of the US Open Cup happens Tuesday:
-Harrisburg City Islanders v Ocean City Barons
-Rochester Raging Rhinos v Western Mass Pioneers
-Richmond Kickers v Cleveland City Stars
-Carolina RailHawks v Bavarian SC
-Atlanta Silverbacks v Charlotte Eagles
-Charleston Battery v El Paso Patriots
-Minnesota Thunder v California Victory
-Seattle Sounder v Portland Timbers
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USA U20's beat Chile 2-1 in their final warm up before the World Cup starts for them on Saturday.
-USA goals by Freddy Adu 34 & Robbie Rogers 77. Chile goal by Alexis Sanchez(PK) 80.
-Post-game quotes from USA players and coaches.
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Jamaica got beat again on their Asian tour. This time it was 3-0 to Vietnam. Are you kidding me? What is Bora doing with these guys.
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Spanish Kings Cup Final
Sevilla 1-0 Getafe goal by Frederic Kanoute, of course.
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UEFA announced a new World Cup qualifying system for 2010: There will be 8 groups of six teams & 1 group of five. The 9 group winners are in. The best 8 runners up will play home & away matches for the remaining 4 spots. That makes 13 total teams from Europe.
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The David Suazo soap opera appears to be over, and Inter have won his services over rivals AC Milan.
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Thierry Henry has departed Arsenal for the Catalan lands of Barcelona. Here are his words to fans on the Arse website.


Blogger kj said...

UEFA - Doesn't that make 13 (9+4), same as last year?

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't the US Open Cup a knock-out competition? Didn't the Thunder beat El Paso? Why is El Paso still playing?


11:21 PM  
Blogger Zathras said...

The Thunder beat the El Paso Indios USA of the USASA. The El Paso Patriots are a different team altogether.

7:52 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

kj - i was using the old math, you are using the proper new math
thank you

8:43 AM  

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