Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Travel So High News

Il Copa America:

USA 1-3 Paraguay - USA goal by Ricardo Clark. Para goals by Edgar Barreto, Oscar Cardozo & Salvador Cabanas.
Match report from US Soccer.
Match report by Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America.
Match report from American Soccer News.
Match report and player ratings by Jeff Carlisle of Soccernet.
Post-game analysis by Bill Urban of the US Soccer Players Assoc.
Post-game notes by Jen Chang of Soccernet.
Post-game quote sheet from US Soccer.
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du Nord Three Stars Of The Game
3. Aldo Bobadilla - When the backup keeper comes in it can be a nightmare for a team - he is cold, he is out of synch, the defenders panic, etc. But he held the line against the USA onslaught and made some key saves. No GREAT saves per se, but the fact the back up came in and held the fort is fantastic.
2. Drew Moor - First game wearing the USA shirt and although he did not have to do a lot of defending he helped out when needed and was error free doing it. His big contribution was to the offense. He sent in at least a half dozen really good crosses for his teammates to use. Unfortunately they only made the most of it once.
1. Ricardo Clark - The power on his two big shots on goal was fantastic. One found net, the other forced the save of the game. He regained that forward moving confidence that was gone against Argentina too.
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Official USA v Paraguay game photos.
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Official Team USA blog.
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My notes from the game:
-I think it's fairly safe to say that our boys threw that game away. They had it. Right there. Palm of the hand type stuff. It's not so much they choked, as they just said, "Here, you have it" to Paraguay. Sad.
-But at least they attacked all out for 90 minutes. You gotta like that.
-Actually it was more like 80 minutes, which is really worrisome. Several games now, Panama, Canada, Argentina & Paraguay, where the team as a whole has seemed to run out of gas and lost concentration giving up goals and control of a game late. Not a good sign at all. Does this mean they are not in good enough condition physically?
-Eddie Johnson has so many physical tools to work with, I just wish he had more killer instinct and outward desire. He has the wrong kind of ego. His is vain not energy.
-Bornstein's back pass that was intercepted and turned into a goal was inexcusable.
-17 new players have gotten caps under Bradley this year.
-Both Bornstein & Feilhaber got their 10th cap in their debut year making them the first USA players to do that since Claudio Reyna back in the 60's.
-There is more and more talk that Kasey Keller may retire in the next month.
-Again I am surprised to find myself not upset by the loss.
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George Tanner of the Rocky Mountain News on the FC Rocky Blog looks at the two USA results from the vantage point of Colorado players on the roster - Kyle Beckerman & Herculez Gomez.
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Andrea Canales of LA Soccer News with an overview of the USA so far at Copa America.
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Glenn Davis of the Houston Chronicle has a Mexico-USA Copa America comparison on his blog.
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Jack Bell of the New York Times gives us a preview of Colombia. He looks the influence of Libertadores semifinalist club Cucuta Deportivo has on the national side.
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Marcela Mora y Araujo of the Guardian looks at Argentina's start to La Copa.
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Argentine forward Hernan Crespo could miss the rest of the tournament with a muscle strain in his thigh. In a purely selfish way I ask, "Why couldn't this of happened BEFORE he scored 2 against the USA?"
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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 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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Mid-Week MLS games:
-Wed Jul 4
KC v DC - 12 noon central on Direct Kick
Dallas v Chivas - 5:30 central on HD Net & Direct Kick
Colorado v Columbus - 8:30 central on Direct Kick
Salt Lake v Toronto - 9 central on Direct Kick
LA v Chicago - 9:30 central on Direct Kick
-Thu Jul 5
Houston v New York - 7 central on ESPN2
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Nick Firchau of Chicago's Daily Southtown with more background on the potential new owners for the Chicago Fire.
-And Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune with some other info on the situation.
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LA has shipped out another player, this time it's forward Nate Jaqua going to Houston for defender/midfielder Kelly Gray. Don't mean much to me.
-Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle with more on the story, and other Houston Dynamo notes.
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Nicholas Addlery, forward for DC United, has been named MLS Player Of The Week. He didn't even start the game v Colorado last Thursday. Guy Kpene started the match but pulled up lame in the 12th minute. So Addlery came on and tore it up.
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Pablo Mastroeni will miss at least Colorado's game on Wednesday with a groin strain.
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Michael Lewis at Big Apple Soccer talks to Red Bulls midfielder Claudio Reyna about his teams recent slump.
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Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger with an article on NYRB's new acquisition - Santino Quaranta.
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Ives Galarcep of the North Jersey Herald writes about Matt Kassel who is likely to be the first player from an MLS youth development program to graduate to the senior side, for the New York Red Bulls.
-Galarcep has more details on the good and bad aspects of the official MLS youth development policies on his blog.
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Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe on the outstanding play of rookie forward Adam Cristman for New England.
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Pete Gratoff of the KC Star with an article on Kansas City's Matt Groenwald who is out for the season due to a rare blood disease. The article also talks about an unrelated serious illness his mother is dealing with right now too.
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Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune on his Red Card blog recounts a hilariously brutal interview he tried to do with Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng at the Fire game last Sunday.
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James Edwards of the Deseret Morning News with an article on Salt Lake defender Ritchie Kotschau and his return to the league after a broken leg.
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Nick Green of the LA Daily News with an article on the hair antics of Galaxy players Beckham & Xavier.
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Soccer America's Soccer Business Insider looks at the Beckham impact on MLS finances.
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Soccer 365 has an interview with Wilmer Cabrera who is in charge of outreach & discovering Latin American talent for MLS.
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Philadelphia Weekly looks at what it will take to bring MLS to their city.
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USL First Division matches & scores this weekend:
Tue Jul 3
Rochester v Seattle
Carolina v Vancouver
Wed Jul 4
Atlanta v Charleston
California v Miami
Fri Jul 6
Rochester v Carolina
Sat Jul 7
Charleston v Puerto Rico
Atlanta v Vancouver
California v Portland
Sun Jul 8
Montreal v Carolina
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Soccer 365 with a story on Fulham's American striker Brian McBride and his feelings on the upcoming Premiership season. Training for many teams begins next week already!
-The article also mentions that "McBride is currently in Hong Kong to play for a FIFA World Select XI against China in an event to mark the 10th anniversary of the former British colony's reunification with the country."
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The U20 World Cup - USA group stage games are:
(All games live on ESPNU)
USA 1-1 South Korea
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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Soccernet with a preview of USA v Poland today.
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Andrea Canales of LA Soccer News looks at two of the USA strikers who did not see action in match 1 - Gabe Ferrari & Preston Zimmerman.
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Luis Bueno at the Press Enterprise checks in with Freddy Adu on the U20WC.
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FC Dallas Updates with an email on the USA team from their player Dax McCarty.
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USA U20 team blog.
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FIFA's U20 World Cup details.
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Sports Illustrated with an article on one of Mexico's young hopefuls - Carlos Vela. He led them to the U17 World Cup Championship, and plans to do the same with the U20's.
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The Toronto Star looks at what the U20 World Cup is doing for the city of Toronto.
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Fabled club Al Ahli beat Zamalek 4-3 in extra time to win the Egypt Cup.
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A funny/mean article from the Times of London on fans running into famous soccer players out in the general public.
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I really like in those David Beckham - Reggie Bush - Adidas commercials where Beckham says "Am I being punked?" Later Bush says, "I got a new found respect for soccer now. You guys make it look real easy."


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