Friday, July 06, 2007

Lake Street Taco Stand News

TA DA! The New LA Galaxy kit has been leaked. Here it is. And here is a shot of the back of the second shirt. This image is of the Adidas design scheme. The primary colors have been reported for many months as Midnight Blue and White, with Gold trim. And if you see the Galaxy on TV the Riot Squad has had a large Midnight Blue and White striped flag for at least a month or two.


Un Copa America:

USA 0-1 Colombia
Match report from US Soccer.
Match report by Jeff Carlisle of Soccernet.
Match report by Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America.
Players ratings by Mahoney.
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du Nord Three Stars of the Game - USA v Colombia
3. Jaime Castrillon - nice strong header for the games only goal.
2. Brad Guzan - started the game looking shaky & could do nothing about saving the one goal, but he settled down and did an awesome job saving the penalty!
1. Robinson Zapata - did one of the most masterfully idiotic jobs of time wasting I have ever been privileged to witness. Have you ever seen someone get TWO yellows for time wasting? Holy moly. And after the second one he must have stayed on the field at least another 5 minutes and wasted all that time too. Magnificent performance. Did he make a save? I don't remember. One other thing - that's a pretty good name he has.
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A couple of my quick notes from the game:
-Colombia got the games only goal in the 14th minute on a header by Jaime Castrillon. The USA defense was helpless to stop it.
-Ooooof. That was one butt ugly game, wasn't it? Let's just quickly forget about it and move on.
-Herculez Gomez was really awful. Heath Pearce looked only slightly better.
-I think we all would have liked to see more of Lee Nguyen & Charlie Davies.
-Colombia are not very good, and an even slightly better USA team would have beaten them and Paraguay. Damn.
-Next USA game is on August 22 in Sweden.
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Jack Bell of the New York Times with some very thorough post-tournament notes. He urges some of you to come in off the ledge.
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Steven Goff of the Washington Post with his post-tournament thoughts too.
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Tim Vickery of Sports Illustrated comes up with his argument on why this was not a waste of time for the USA, in his Copa group stage wrap up. (The last two paragraphs of the article.)
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Official game photos from US Soccer.
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Team USA blog.
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Group stage match schedule - all matches shown live on GolTV & TeleFutura:
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 5-0 Colombia
-Argentina 4-1 USA
Sat Jun 30
-Bolivia 0-1 Uruguay
-Venezuela 2-0 Peru
Sun Jul 1
-Brazil 3-0 Chile
-Mexico 2-1 Ecuador
Mon Jul 2
-USA 1-3 Paraguay
-Argentina 4-2 Colombia
Tue Jul 3
-Peru 2-2 Bolivia
-Venezuela 0-0 Uruguay
Wed Jul 4
-Mexico 0-0 Chile
-Brazil 1-0 Ecuador
Thu Jul 5
-Colombia 1-0 USA
-Argentina 1-0 Paraguay
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Final Group Stage Standings:
A
5 Venezuela - ADVANCE
4 Peru - ADVANCE
4 Uruguay - ADVANCE
2 Bolivia - OUT
B
7 Mexico - ADVANCE
6 Brazil - ADVANCE
4 Chile - ADVANCE
0 Ecuador - OUT
C
9 Argentina - ADVANCE
6 Paraguay - ADVANCE
3 Colombia - OUT
0 USA - OUT
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Marcela Mora y Araujo of the Guardian gets ready for the quarterfinals.
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Luis Bueno at Sports Illustrated on Mexico as they get ready for the next round.
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Quaterfinal Matches:
Jul 7
Venezuela v Uruguay
Brazil v Chile
Jul 8
Argentina v Peru
Mexico v Paraguay
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This weeks MLS games:
-Thu Jul 5
Houston 4-0 New York - Hou goals by Joseph Ngwenya(2), Brian Ching & Stuart Holden.
Match report from MLSnet.
Match report by Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle.
Match report from Big Apple Soccer.
Post-game notes by Fallas.
-Sat Jul 7
Columbus v Salt Lake - 6:30 central on Direct Kick
New England v Chivas - 6:30 central on HDNet & Direct Kick
Chicago v Toronto - 7:30 central on FSC & FSE
LA v KC - 9:30 central on Direct Kick
-Sun Jul 8
Columbus v New York - 7:00 central on Direct Kick
Houston v DC - 7:30 central on Direct Kick
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The Chicago Fire have a new coach today and he is Colombian Juan Carlos Osorio. This past season he coached Millonarios of Bogota in his native country. He has been in MLS before as a strength & conditioning coach for the old MetroStars. He then went to Manchester City with the same job.
-Ives Galarcep on his Soccer By Ives blog, talked to Osorio last night.
-Luis Arroyave on his Red Card blog with a few more tidbits of the deal.
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Simon Kuper of the Financial Times looks at Beckham's chances of really cracking mainstream America.
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CNN Money looks at Beckham's potential commercial impact.
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Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America tries to sort out who the other 7 players should be on the MLS All Star Team.
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For the second month in a row New York forward Juan Pablo Angel has been named MLS Player Of The Month.
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Steve Davis at MLSnet does a wrap up of the MLS games from this mid-week.
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Ian Plenderleith of the US Soccer Players Assoc looks at the two soft PK's given to LA's Kyle Martino on Wednesday and wonders if this kind of behavior (Martino taking possible dives in the box) is really what we want to reward.
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Mike Biglin of the Metro West Daily News with an article on New England's first year defensive midfielder Gary Flood, who has tried to fill in when Shalrie Joseph has been out injured.
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LA Soccer News has a Q & A with New England keeper Matt Reis.
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Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch asks if the Crew can be a playoff team.
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Then Mitchell gives a midseason report card on the Crew. In this article he even mentions that there is a possibility that the Crew could GET A NEW STADIUM! Huh? What is that all about?
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Columbus Alive has a Q & A with hometown boy Danny O'Rourke.
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Gabriel Cabarrouy of the Dallas Morning News with an article on FC Dallas's All Star Juan Toja.
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The Toronto Globe & Mail with an article on TFC's goalkeeper mess. They have starter Greg Sutton out injured, a backup they don't trust at all, and a third keeper who came in and played magnificently last week now injured as well. A pickle if there ever was one.
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USL First Division matches & scores this weekend:
-Fri Jul 6
Rochester v Carolina - Live on FSC at 7pm central.
-Sat Jul 7
Charleston v Puerto Rico
Atlanta v Vancouver
California v Portland
-Sun Jul 8
Montreal v Carolina
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USL 1D Standings:
27 Vancouver
25 Seattle
24 Rochester
23 Montreal
21 Portland
19 Charleston
19 Atlanta
18 Carolina
17 Miami
15 Puerto Rico
11 Minnesota
11 California
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Jesse Erdmann at Blue Sky Soccer with this week's USL First Division Power Rankings.
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American Greg Dalby is on the verge of signing to play for Preston North End in England's Championship Division. He is awaiting word on a work permit.
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The U20 World Cup - USA group stage games are:
(All games live on ESPNU)
-USA 1-1 South Korea
-USA 6-1 Poland
-Fri Jul 6 v Brazil - 6:30pm central at Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa - also live on ESPN.
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I have no idea if the USA can play at the level they did against Poland on a consistent level, but it would be nice to see them not lay an egg again like they did against South Korea.
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Game preview from US Soccer.
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Larry Millson of the Toronto Globe & Mail states the fact that the USA's Group D is the Group of Death.
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Soccernet calls Michael Bradley the backbone of the USA team.
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Andrea Canales of LA Soccer News examines the quality of the USA squad.
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Canales also talks to Quavas Kirk who was left off this USA team, about their chances. And few words on who to watch out for from Brazil.
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Jack Bell of the New York Times with notes on the USA for tonight's game.
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USA U20 team blog.
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FIFA U20 World Cup details.
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Canada lost again at the U20WC, this time to Austria 1-0. They have not officially been eliminated yet, but their odds of survival to the next round are remote.
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Chile & Mexico have now both qualified for the next round joining Japan & Nigeria.
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The Asian Cup kicks off on Saturday. Here is the first day of matches:
Jul 7
Thailand v Iraq
Australia v Oman
Vietnam v UAE
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FIFA.com has a Q & A with S Korea's Dutch coach Jo Bonfrere on the eve of the Asian Cup.
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Sven Goren Eriksson has officially become the manager at Manchester City.
-This means that former Thailand Premier Thaksin Shinawatra has bought the club.
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The most famous referee of the modern game, Pierluigi Collina, and hairless dude, has been put in charge of all referees in Italy. Will this help? Who knows? I suppose it will depend on how much money the clubs offer in bribes.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm really not a fan of the new Galaxy kit at all. They went from having a totally unique color scheme and uniform design to a basic and plain design.

I always thought the original Galaxy kit was a good image for MLS, it looked cool and Beckham would have looked good in it. I guess this way they can sell more shirts though, yawn.

Chrös

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