Monday, June 04, 2007

Time To Get Organizized News

Why don't we let Jimmy Conrad lead us off today! The Kansas City defender joins up with the USA Gold Cup team and gives us the newest Conrad's Corner: Interrogating The Wizards


USA 4-1 China - USA goals by DaMarcus Beasley, Benny Feilhaber, Clint Dempsey & Oguchi Onyewu. China goal by Zhang Yaokun.
Match report from US Soccer.
Match report by Dan Giesin of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Match report by Dylan Hernandez of the San Jose Mercury News.
Match report by Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America.
Match report from the AP.
Match report from Yanks Abroad.
Match Report focusing on Bocanegra & Dempsey from Fulham's website. (thanks to BQ for this)
Post-game quote sheet from US Soccer.
Post-game analysis by Ann Killion of the San Jose Mercury News.
Player reviews by Bill Schmidt of American Soccer News.
Player ratings by Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America.
Player ratings and post game analysis by Robert Wagman of the Soccer Times.
Post-game notes from Jen Chang of Soccernet.
Post-game notes from George Tanner from the Rocky Mountain News at the FC Rocky blog.
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Audio & Video from US Soccer:
-Post-game audio press conference with USA coach Bob Bradley. Download or listen here.
-Post-game audio press conference with USA player Benny Feilhaber. Download or listen here.
-Three news video clips of training in San Jose, the game highlights, and behind the scenes of the game. Excellent stuff.
-And a little late, but Feilhaber & Kljestan had pre-game audio comments. Download or listen here.
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Photos from US Soccer.
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Official USA team blog.
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The LA Soccer News has a Q & A with USA & Fulham defender Carlos Bocanegra.
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Tomorrow Drew Carey will make a big push to raise money for the Mooch Myernick Memorial Fund. Carey has put up $100,000 of his own money and will take on USA players in a FIFA07 X-Box tournament. More here.
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My notes on the USA game:
-How about that Berlin Leather Bar facial hair look that Benny Feilhaber is sporting?!?! He needs to tighten it up a bit to reach perfection.
-After Feilhaber scored, was that a "Dead heads in Golden Gate Park" dance that he and Sacha Kljestan were doing?
-When you look at this picture, you realize that the USA has a tall team these days.
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MLS scores from this past weekend:
Toronto 2-1 Colorado - TO goals by Danny Dichio & Andrew Boyens. Colo goal by Herculez Gomez.
Match report by Larry Millson of the Toronto Globe & Mail.
Match report by Dean McNulty of the Toronto Sun.
Match report by Morgan Campbell of the Toronto Star.
Post-game notes from George Tanner from the Rocky Mountain News at the FC Rocky blog.
New England 0-0 Salt Lake
Match report by Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe.
Match report from the Boston Herald.
Match report from the Salt Lake Tribune.
Kansas City 3-2 New York - KC goals by Eddie Johnson (3). NY goals by Juan Pablo Angel & Dema Kovalenko.
Match report from the Kansas City Star.
Match report by Ives Galarcep of the North Jersey Herald.
Post-game notes from the KC Star.
Los Angeles 0-0 DC
Match report by Grahame Jones of the LA Times.
Match report by Luis Bueno of the Press Enterprise.
Match report by Phil Collin of the LA Daily News.
Match report by Steven Goff of the Washington Post.
Post-game notes and player ratings from Goff at his Soccer Insider blog.
Houston 2-1 Dallas - Hou goals by Ricardo Clark & Joseph Ngwenya. Dallas goal by Abe Thompson.
Match report by Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle.
Match report by Tobias Xavier Lopez of the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Match report from the Dallas Morning News.
Post-game notes from Fallas.
Chicago 3-2 Columbus - Chic goals by Jeff Curtain, William Oliveira & Chad Barrett. Colu goals by Duncan Oughton & Chad Marshall.
Match report by Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune.
Match report by Lacy Banks of the Chicago Sun Times.
Match report by Nick Firchau of Chicago's Daily Southtown.
Post-game notes from Arroyave on his Red Card blog.
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The list of Warthogs, Wonks, Wally's & Wankers is growing long who are slagging MLS to bits, and saying David Beckham is too good for the league. I will not even get into listing who they are or linking to their comments anymore. Leave it to reason though, that they are not followers of the league. (I am not saying it is the greatest, but be a regular watcher, then criticize.) Never mind that they said nothing when he signed with LA back in January. Only now are the geniuses crawling out of the mud ponds to spout off on their again-fave-son DB. Kiss my white ass.
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Steve Davis at Soccernet with his weekend MLS match roundup.
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Soccernet's MLS Power Rankings.
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Adam Spangler of This Is American Soccer has an interview with friend of du Nord, Jack Bell of the New York Times.
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Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe with a story on New England midfielder Andy Dorman. (Story ran before Saturday's game.)
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Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle with a story on Dynamo midfielder Richard Mulrooney. (Story ran before Sunday's game.)
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Bob Luder of the Kansas City star with a story on new KC coach Curt Onalfo, who battled his old boss & mentor Bruce Arena, now coach of the New York Red Bulls. (Story ran before Saturday's game.)
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Mike Wise of the Washington Post with a story on DC United coach Tom Soehn. (Story ran before Saturday's game.)
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So, who is rumored to be coming to MLS today?
-Claude Makalele - Hah! A guy who makes Eleventy Billion for Chelsea coming to MLS? Git outta here.
-Colin Hendry - the long time Scotland defender is looking for managerial positions. Better than playing ones. This could happen. At least at some level in the USA. Start with AYSO.
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USA U20's play 2 friendly's v Canada:
-Sun June 3 in Ottawa
Canada 1-4 USA - Canada goal by Nana Attakora-Gyan. USA goals by Andre Akpan, Preston Zimmerman, Sal Zizzo & Johann Smith.
Match report from US Soccer.
Match report from the Ottawa Citizen.
Match report from Top Drawer Soccer.
-Next up - the same two teams play again on Wed June 6 in Kingston Ontario.
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USL First Division scores from this past weekend:
Montreal 0-0 Vancouver
Miami 0-1 Rochester
Atlanta 1-2 Miami
Minnesota 1-2 Charleston
Puerto Rico 1-1 Rochester
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Three home games, and three losses by a 1-2 scoreline for my Minnesota Thunder. It's been dreadful. This past weekend v Charleston was the worst of the bunch. And I am still trying to figure out why they are playing this ugly defensive style line up when they are at home. Do we really need 2 defensive midfielders on that little pitch? Really?
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USL 1D Standings:
18 Vancouver
16 Rochester
15 Montreal
13 Carolina
12 Miami
12 Charleston
12 Seattle
11 Portland
11 Atlanta
10 Puerto Rico
5 Minnesota
2 California
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Copa Libertadores - Semifinals second leg matches (with first leg scores included):
-Wed June 6
Santos v Gremio (0-2)
-Thur June 7
Boca Juniors v Cucuta (1-3)
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International Friendly's:
-Tuesday
Mexico v Paraguay
Brazil v Turkey in Dortmund
Jamaica v Chile
Algeria v Argentina in Barcelona
Kuwait v Portugal
Thailand v Netherlands
Ecuador v Peru in Barcelona
Indonesia v Ukbekistan
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FIFA.com has a Q & A with Milan & Netherlands midfielder Clarence Seedorf after winning the Champions League!
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In a surprising move Claudio Ranieri has been named new manager at Juventus.
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The big news from this weekend's international matches - friendly's, Euro & Africa qualifiers:
-An awful scene went down in Zambia on Saturday after the home side beat Congo 3-0 in an African Nations Cup qualifier. For some reason hundreds of fans tried to get IN to the stadium AFTER the match ended which led to a stampede that killed 12 people and injured 46 more. What the fuck? An investigation is under way. A local newspaper called the Zambia Post who claims to be "The Paper That Digs Deeper" only has a small article on the event, and its basically a comment from the coach saying how sad he is. That's it? The Times Of Zambia with a few gruesome details. The worst details says there was only one gate open in the whole place.
-Sweden took an amazing 0-3 half time lead at Denmark, in a Euro qualifiers. But the Danes roared back to tie it at 3's in the 75th minute. Then all hell broke loose 13 minutes later as the referee called a red card and penalty for Sweden when a Dane punched a Swede in the penalty box. Yes punched. Search YouTube, its there. After that a fan got on the field and tried to punch the referee. The match was then abandon as two more goons ran on the pitch, and will be investigated by UEFA. Sweden could be given a forfeit victory. Danish players did a great job of keeping the fan from hitting the referee and then wrestling the idiot away. One Danish newspaper called the guy, "a fool without self control." That is putting it mildly. Reuters has quotes from "the most hated man in Denmark." The dude says he drank at least 15 beers.
-Gabriel Badilla & Bryan Ruiz scored for Costa Rica as they beat Chile 2-0 in San Jose CR in a Gold Cup warm up match.
-Mexico destroyed Iran 4-0 in their first of two Gold Cup previews. Jared Borgetti, Jaime Lozano, Francisco Fonseca & Gerardo Torrado all scored.
-Pippo Inzaghi stayed smokin hot and scored 2 more, this time for Italy as they squeaked past the Faroe Islands 1-2 on the road.
-David Beckham returns for England and sets up a goal, but Brazil equalizes in stoppage time.
-Dwayne De Rosario scored for Canada in a 2-2 tie down in Venezuela.
-New coach Carlos Alberto Parreira led South Africa to a 4-0 African Nations Cup qualifier over Chad. Maybe they can rebuild this team to be respectable for the World Cup.
-The little known German striker with the Hispanic name, Mario Gomez, scored 2 for his country as they pummeled San Marino 6-0. The score was only 1-0 at half time.
-Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw v Switzerland. Carlos Tevez scored for the Argies.
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The Argentine Clausura season - going down to the wire?
-Just 2 games to play, and San Lorenzo has a 4 point lead.
-The Standings:
39 San Lorenzo
35 Boca Juniors
33 Estudiantes
-The Schedule:
San Lorenzo - Jun 10 v Arsenal de Sarandi (4th place), Jun 17 at Quilmes (20th place)
Boca Juniors - Jun 10 v Belgrano de Cordoba (19th place), Jun 17 at Lanus (6th place)
Estudiantes - Jun 10 v Argentinos Juniors (7th place), Jun 17 at Arsenal de Sarandi (4th place)
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Xan Rice of the Observer checks in with the South African football authorities to report on the progress for 2010. Very good indepth look from a countryman.
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This weeks EPL Talk podcast is an interview with Andrew Jennings. He is the journalist who uncovered the bribes between English soccer clubs and agents of players, and before the Olympic Committee bribes. He is currently chasing after FIFA and especially vice president Jack Warner for underhanded dealings. Let's hope Jennings wins.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Nick said...

15 beers? Somewhere Garth Lagerway is like "Negro Pleeeeeeaasse..."

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Ken said...

My take on Feilhaber's goal celebration dance was that it was done in tribute to Frankie Hejduk. Looked a lot like the way FH used to celebrate. But I have no evidence to back that up (the *tribute* claim).

5:18 PM  
Anonymous bq said...

The Jimmy Conrad interviews, "Interrogating The Wizards" was classic. It took me 15 min. to read through it all but worth every minute.

Again, thanks Bruce for all the terrific links. I've been reading stuff for an hour now and am quite happy being an introvert and soaking up hours of soccer on the net.

6:51 PM  

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