Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Pumpkin Headed Monster News

I want to send out a big thanks to you the readers of du Nord. Yesterday was the biggest day ever for traffic with over 2500 of you fellow fussball fans coming to visit. It feels awesome to be so loved.

Copa America:

Tue Jul 10
Brazil v Uruguay - live at 7:30 central on GolTV & Univision.
Wed Jul 11
Mexico v Argentina - live at 7:30 central on GolTV & Univision.
-The Final will be live on Sun Jul 15 at 4:00 central on GolTV & Univision.
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FIFA.com has an interview with Mexico coach Hugo Sanchez. Of course he still has excuses as to why the team was not at their best in the Gold Cup - the condition of the fields! What a jackass.
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The New York Times Goal blog looks at the long history behind tonight's Brazil v Uruguay Copa match.
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Seven more players were added to the roster of the MLS All-Stars that will take on Celtic a week from Thursday in Denver. The teams coach, Steve Nicol from New England, chose Brian Ching, Landon Donovan, Ronnie O'Brien, Kevin Hartman & Pablo Mastroeni. While league commissioner Don Garber chose two long time veterans who are retiring at years end - Cobi Jones & Eddie Pope.
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Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger talks to new Red Bulls forward Santinto Quaranta who just came from the Galaxy and says that Alexi Lalas turned the team into chaos. He goes on to say (As he did last week right after the trade) that Lalas and manager Frank Yallop are not on "the same page".
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Allen Hopkins of Soccernet does a Q & A with recently canned Chicago Fire coach Dave Sarachan.
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Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch has a Q & A with Columbus Crew General Manager Mark McCullers about the teams facilities and stadium. There are issues.
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The US Soccer Players Assoc has a Q & A with Columbus Crew midfielder Stefani Miglioranzi.
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All of the Chicago papers chime in with stories on new Chicago Fire manager Juan Carlos Osorio who officially took the helm yesterday:
Len Ziehm of the Sun Times.
Luis Arroyave of the Tribune.
More notes from Arroyave on his Red Card blog.
Nick Firchau of the Daily Southtown.
The Northwest Herald with an article on Osorio and the "new energy" he brings to the team.
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Marc Connolly writing for Goal.com says Chicago hired the right man for the job.
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Luis Arroyave reports on his Red Card blog that the Chicago Fire are expecting Cuauhtemoc Blanco to make his debut with the team on Sun Jul 22 in their friendly v Celtic.
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du Nord's MLS Coaching Hot Seat - who is the next coach to go?
1. Fernando Clavijo - Colorado - rumored to be gone any day, but the geniuses who run the Colorado team don't want to pay him and new coach. So they rot.
2. Frank Yallop - LA - his team stinks, and the rumors of chaos in LA get louder all the time.
3. Jason Kries - Salt Lake - absolutely nothing has changed since he took over except they got rid of one of the best goal scorers ever in MLS. Yes, Kries is green, but I believe he has no chance of turning this thing around. Could it be the Checketts curse? Maybe we should look up the New York Knicks record while he ran that team. I bet it's sorry and only got worse over time, not better.
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Ives Galarcep at the North Jersey Herald News has mid-season grades for the players and coaches of the New York Red Bulls.
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Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle with and article on the new contract just signed by the Dynamo star midfielder Dwayne De Rosario.
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James Edwards of the Deseret Morning News wonders how many more excuses Real Salt Lake can have for not winning.
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Ridge Mahoney at Soccer America with an article on the recent bout of PK-mania that is sweeping MLS.
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Reuters has a story on how some Latino soccer fans in LA are reacting to the arrival of David Beckham.
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Nick Green at the Long Beach Press Telegram on the eve of the Beckham era in LA
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I know this is kinda geeky stuff, but this is an article on computer software the LA Galaxy is using to track ticket inventory and sales patterns.
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Time magazine gives the Beckham story a twirl.
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Completely un-soccer related news (but it is analogous): The website The Situationist looks at the decline in the coverage of the NHL by ESPN and the direct correlation to its over all decline in America hockey popularity. On the other hand, this is chicken and egg stuff here.
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US Open Cup Third Round matches this week!
-Mon Jul 9
FC Dallas 1-1 Atlanta Silverbacks - FCD win 4-3 on PK's after extra time. Atl goal by Dan Antoniuk. Dal goal by Carlos Ruiz.
Match report by Tobias Xavier Lopez of the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Match report by Gabriel Cabarrouy of the Dallas Morning News.
-Tue Jul 10
Rochester Raging Rhinos v New England Revolution
Richmond Kickers v Los Angeles Galaxy
Charleston Battery v Houston Dynamo
Colorado Rapids v California Victory
-Wed Jul 11
Harrisburg City Islanders v DC United
-Sun Jul 15
Carolina Railhawks v Chicago Fire
-Wed Jul 18
Seattle Sounders v CD Chivas USA
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The Charleston Post & Courier previews tonight's Charleston v Houston match.
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Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle says the Dynamo are bringing a lot of reserve players for tonight's Open Cup game. And they have no real choice. Last week they played Thursday and Sunday, then turn around and do the same again this week. Add in this Tuesday game and it's one insane schedule for Houston.
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The Richmond Times Dispatch with a preview of tonight's Richmond v Los Angeles match.
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The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle previews tonight's Rochester v New England match.
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Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe previews the Roch v NE match too.
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USL First Division matches & scores this weekend:
-Thu Jul 12
Seattle v Vancouver
-Fri Jul 13
Carolina v Montreal
Puerto Rico v Charleston
Portland v California
-Sat Jul 14
Atlanta v Rochester
Vancouver v Miami
-Sun Jul 15
Puerto Rico v Charleston
Minnesota v Montreal
Portland v California
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USL 1D Standings:
27 Vancouver
27 Rochester
25 Seattle
24 Portland
24 Montreal
22 Atlanta
20 Charleston
19 Carolina
17 Miami
16 Puerto Rico
11 Minnesota
11 California
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Even smaller city newspapers are starting to glom on to the big ole USA team. And they are all commenting on the Copa America:
-The Lincoln (Nebraska) Journal Star gives the USA Copa America team a good kicking. (thanks to Joe for this one)
-The Merced (California) Sun Star loves the direction Bob Bradley is taking the team.
-The San Antonio Express on the roller coaster of summer activity for the USA teams.
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Luis Bueno of the Press Enterprise digs deeper when trying to compare/contrast USA & Mexico.
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The U20 World Cup - USA
-Group stage scores:
USA 1-1 South Korea
USA 6-1 Poland
USA 2-1 Brazil
Knock out round matches:
-Round of 16
Wed Jul 11 v Uruguay - live at 6:45 central on ESPNU & Galavision.
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Soccernet has a USA v Uruguay match preview.
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US Soccer has a Q & A with USA & Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Chris Seitz.
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And US Soccer has a series of photographs from the USA group stage matches.
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Jack Bell of the New York Times previews the USA v Uruguay match ay the Times Goal blog.
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Paul Gardner at the New York Sun compares the USA team from Copa America to Freddy Adu and the USA U20's at the World Cup.
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My good pal Demko on City Pages Ball blog runs the flag up the mast for Freddy & Co too.
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You think things have been ugly in the USA after the Copa America flop, you should take a look at Canada after the U20 flop. The Toronto Star with the article.
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Here is the full bracket for the knock out rounds.
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USA U20 team blog.
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Official FIFA U20 World Cup site.
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The Mexican Fall (Apertura) season begins Aug 3 with UAG Tecos taking on the champs Pachuca.
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The Asian Cup - Here are the group stage matches:
Sat Jul 7
Thailand 1-1 Iraq
Sun Jul 8
Australia 1-1 Oman
Vietnam 2-0 UAE
Mon Jul 9
Japan 1-1 Qatar
Tue Jul 10
Indonesia 2-1 Bahrain
Malaysia 1-5 China
Wed Jul 11
Iran v Uzbekistan
S Korea v Saudi Arabia
Thu Jul 12
Oman v Thailand
Qatar v Vietnam
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West Ham has signed one of the games great idiots, Craig Bellamy, from Liverpool.
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Chelsea has signed Lyon midfielder Florent Malouda. They really needed more midfielders?
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Real Madrid has announced two signings today - forward Javier Saviola who was not resigned by Barcelona, and defender Pepe from Porto in Portugal.
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Reuters with an article from Italy where 37 people have been indicted over match fixing. Here we go again, but at least this time it looks as though the clubs are not being charged, just individuals.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I want to send out a big thanks to you the readers of du Nord. Yesterday was the biggest day ever for traffic with over 2500 of you fellow fussball fans coming to visit. It feels awesome to be so loved."

Sorry, my fault. Browser kept crashing so I had to re-log back on to get to all the news.



7:31 PM  
Blogger Sergio A. Calderon said...

You said Hugol was a Jack ass, I admit he is a big one, but you have to admit that the soccer fields were not the best.
(still is a lame excuse for a poor performance and I am a big Mexican fan)

7:48 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

hey sergio
good note
i agree the fields were not perfect
but both teams played on the same pitch in those games
and hugo keeps blaming the USA when it was CONCACAF who runs the tournament
he just wants to badger the USA and stoke his own misguided ego at the same time
and i haaaaaaaaaaaate excuses
shut up and play is my motto
and show some respect to those who beat you, by the way
i love mexico, but i cant stand the mexican team!

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your wednesday title incorrectly states 'Paraguay' as the U-20's opponent...any reason for this?

Bob T.

1:05 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

its just my dope talkin bob

4:01 PM  

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