Thursday, August 30, 2007

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If you didn't see the RSL v KC match or the SuperLiga finale last night, then you missed out on two pretty fantastic matches. The quality of the goals in the RSL-KC game was outstanding (especially Andy Williams 50 yard bomb). And the energy, passion & all-out attack between LA & Pachuca was almost too much to take. Wow, what a finish. Fantastic night to be a soccer fan in America.


Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated writing after the SuperLiga final: (LA keeper Joe) Cannon would call it the most devastating loss he has ever suffered as a professional.


In watching the video tour of El Pescadito's house (linked to yesterday) I noticed he had a copy of Mike Judges latest movie Idiocracy! Hooray Fish. We also learn that he loves Homer Simpson. Hooray Beer.


This Is American Soccer, the amazing blog from Adam Spangler is 2 years old today! Happy B-day amigo!

SuperLiga Campeon Pachuca!!
Los Angeles Galaxy 1-1 Pachuca Tuzos - Los Tuzos win it 5-4 on Penalty Kicks. LA goal by Chris Klein. Pach goal by Peter Vagenas(Own Goal).
Video Highlights - sadly these highlights are massively lacking in showing the energy, wild chances and great saves that occurred in this match.
Match report by Grahame Jones of the LA Times.
Match report by Billy Witz of the Daily Breeze.
Match report by Luis Bueno of the Press Enterprise.
Match report by Jeff Carlisle of Soccernet.
Pre-In-Post-game notes from Luis & Andrea at Sideline Views.
Post-game press conference audio recorded by Bueno of LA coach Frank Yallop. The coach gets pretty worked up here. I have never heard him like this. Wow. Also from Sideline Views.
Post-game analysis by Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated.
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My notes from the SuperLiga final:
-What a game, what a game!
-Pachuca owned the first half. And LA owned the second half. Although both teams had several excellent goal scoring chances in each half.
-Honestly this game was there for both teams to take many times over in regulation. I don't know the last time I saw so many close calls!
-If LA didn't have so many crappy players on the field they could have won the thing. But when you are handicapped with Peter Vagenas, Alan Gordon (feet of concrete) and Chris Klein you are in trouble.
-Now I have just ripped Klein, but his Chilena to tie the match in 2nd half stoppage time was INSANE! Wow.
-LD took a terrible Penalty Kick that was justly saved by Calero.
-Abel Xavier couldn't even put his PK on frame. Game over.
-Congrats to Pachuca! They have won everything they could in the last 12 months. Now let's hope they do us proud at Club World Championship in December.
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They say Beckman sprained his knee and could be out 4-6 weeks. Here is what DB said: "Maybe it's time for me to just say, 'I need the rest,' and get it right and don't come back until its right."
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Christine Daniels of the LA Times shows how last nights game is the Galaxy's season in a microcosm. It’s not a very pleasant article. I think Daniels is one of those people who kinda likes soccer, but thinks the American game is vastly inferior and will never great, so why not slag it off. I think she secretly loves it even more anytime something goes wrong in the game here in America. It makes her giddy, she can scream "SEE, SEE, I TOLD YOU SO!". Then her hands sweat until she can sit down at the keyboard and slice the game apart. The she throws her head back and laughs with sweet release.
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Matches & scores:
-Wed Aug 29
Salt Lake 3-1 Kansas City - RSL goals by Mathias Mantilla, Fabian Espindola & Andy Williams. KC goal by Eddie Johnson.
Video Highlights.
Match report by James Edward of the Deseret Morning News.
Match report from the Kansas City Star.
Match report by Michael C Lewis of the Salt Lake Tribune.
-Sat Sep 1
New York v Chicago - 6:30pm central on Direct Kick
DC v New York - 6:30pm central on Direct Kick
Dallas v DC - 7:30pm central on Direct Kick
Houston v Kansas City - 7:30pm central on FSC & FSE
Los Angeles v Salt Lake - 9:30pm central on HDNet
-Sun Sep 2
Columbus v Colorado - 2pm central on TeleFutura
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Post-game articles from the Deseret Mornings News on the impact of Andy Williams and Mathias Mantilla at Real Salt Lake.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ has a Q & A with Houston defender Craig Waibel.
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Toronto has transferred midfielder Andy Welsh to Blackpool in the English Championship division. Adios dude. We hardly knew ya. But you didn't look to good, so better luck at the next stop.
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Gabriel Cabarrouy of the Dallas Morning News says Juan Toja is back to training with FC Dallas. And a few other FCD notes.
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Beau Dure of USA Today writes about the final stretch runs in the careers of Eddie Pope and Cobi Jones. Two MLS originals in their last seasons and not likely to be seen in the playoffs.
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Glenn Davis of the Houston Chronicle sings the praises of local Houstonian & KC Wiz midfielder Davy Arnaud. Davis calls him "elite". I can't do that, cuz he has waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to many chances on goal that he does not finish. He could be deadly, instead he is merely pesky.
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The Hunt Park Insider talks to Columbus Crew midfielder Duncan Oughton who goes down his teams roster and fills us in on "the new guys". Pretty funny stuff.
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Bill Urban of the US Soccer Players Assoc writes about one of the most improved players in all of MLS this season - Dallas defender Clarence Goodson.
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Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune talks to former Fire and now Colorado defender Tony Sanneh who unloads a lot of angst on his old team.
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Martin Rogers (who looks 15 in his photo) gets soccer-hate mail from NFL fans. Yes those people who are so damn dumb that they don't even know their sport stole the and from a completely different game that the whole world plays. Viewer Mail time.
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PR Newswire with facts and figures on traffic for
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USL First Division
Matches & Scores:
-Thur Aug 30
Vancouver v Minnesota
-Fri Aug 31
Montreal v Rochester
Seattle v Minnesota
-Sat Sep 1
Carolina v Portland
Atlanta v Puerto Rico
-Sun Sep 2
Miami v Charleston
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Lars Lifrak of Soccer365 did a Q & A with Seattle's Danny Jackson about the US Open Cup semifinals next Tuesday v Dallas.
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Freddy Adu was on the bench for Benfica yesterday, but did not play in their Champions League match that saw them advance to the group stage where they will play 6 games between September and December.
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Yanks Abroad has some words from Adu.
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USA & Watford defender Jay DeMerit writing for Soccernet takes us a back a couple of months and gives us his perspective on winning the Gold Cup.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ with an article on our DaMarcus Beasley. (somehow missed it last week)
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The latest news from Fulham on Brian McBride’s knee-cap surgery. The doctor they mention is Burt Mandelbaum.
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U17 World Cup from South Korea.
The USA is out.
USA 1-2 Germany - Ger goals both by Richard Sukuta-Pasu. USA goal by Mykell Bates.
Match report from US Soccer.
Match report from FIFA.
Post-game quotes from USA coaches & players.
Post-game & post-tournament analysis by Ken Pendleton of the US Soccer Players Assoc.
-USA U17 blog.
Knock Out Round Matches & Scores:
-Wed Aug 29
Tunisia 1-3 France
Spain 3-0 North Korea
Peru 1-1 Tajikistan - Peru advance 5-4 on PK's
Ghana 1-0 Brazil
-Thu Aug 30
Argentina 2-0 Costa Rica
Nigeria 2-1 Colombia
USA 1-2 Germany
England 3-1 Syria
-Quarterfinal schedule:
-Sat Sep 1
France v Spain
Ghana v Peru
-Sun Sep 2
Argentina v Nigeria
England v Germany
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Andrew Rogers of Soccer365 looks at the USA Youth Development system now that the U17's have been eliminated from the World Cup.
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UEFA Champions League
3rd Qualifying Round matches - Second leg matches (first leg scores included)
-Tue Aug 28
Dinamo Bucuresti 1-3 Lazio - Lazio advance 4-2 on aggregate.
Liverpool 4-0 Toulouse - Liverpeople advance 5-0 on agg.
Crvena Zvezda 0-0 Rangers - Rangers advance 1-0 on agg.
-Wed Aug 29
Elfsborg 1-2 Valencia (0-3) - Valencia advance 5-1 on aggregate.
Kobenhavn 0-1 Benfica (1-2) - Benfica adv 3-1 on agg.
Besiktas 2-0 Zurich (1-1) - Beskitas adv 3-1 on agg.
Steaua Bucuresti 2-0 BATE Borisov (2-2) - Steaua adv 4-2 on agg.
Rosenborg 2-0 Tampere United (3-0) - Rosen adv 5-0 on agg.
Celtic 1-1 Spartak Moskva (1-1) - tied 2-2 on agg, Celtic adv 4-3 on PK's.
Dinamo Zagreb 2-3 Werder Bremen (1-2) - Werder adv 5-3 on agg.
Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 Salzburg (0-1) - Shakhtar adv 3-2 on agg.
Slavia Praha 2-1 Ajax (1-0) - Salvia adv 3-1 on agg.
Dynamo Kyiv 3-0 Sarajevo (1-0) - Dynamo adv 4-0 on agg.
Anderlecht 0-2 Fenerbahce (0-1) - Fenerbahce adv 3-0 on agg.
Arsenal 3-0 Sparta Praha (2-0) - Arse adv 5-0 on agg.
-Mon Sep 3
AEK Athens v Sevilla (0-2)
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2007-08 UEFA Champions League Group Stage draw:
-Group A
-Group B
-Group C
Real Madrid
Werder Bremen
-Group D
Shakhtar Donetsk
-Group E
-Group F
Manchester United
Sporting Portugal
Dynamo Kyiv
-Group G
CSKA Moskva
-Group H
Sevilla/AEK winner
Steaua Bucuresti
Slavia Praha
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The guys behind the counter at the Fenerbahce Mart in St Paul must be ecstatic that their team has advanced to the CL Group Stage.
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England's Carling League Cup
2nd round Matches & Scores:
-Tue Aug 28
Plymouth Argyle 2-0 Doncaster
Southend 2-0 Watford
Nottingham Forest v Leicester - game postponed
Wigan 0-1 Hull
Birmingham 2-1 Hereford
Carlisle 0-2 Coventry
Bristol Rovers 1-2 West Ham
Derby County 2-2 Blackpool - Derby win 7-6 on PK's
Rochdale 1-1 Norwich City - Norwich win 4-3 on PK's
Portsmouth 3-0 Leeds
Cardiff 1-0 Leyton Orient
MK Dons 2-3 Sheffield Utd
Burnley 3-0 Oldham
Swansea 0-1 Reading
Peterborough 0-2 West Brom
Shrewsbury 0-1 Fulham
Wolves 1-3 Morecambe
Sheffield Wed 2-1 Hartlepool
Luton 3-0 Sunderland
Wrexham 0-5 Aston Villa
Charlton 4-3 Stockport
-Wed Aug 29
Middlesbrough 2-0 Northampton
Newcastle 2-0 Barnsley
Bristol City 1-2 Manchester City
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Coppa Italia
3rd round Matches & Scores:
Ascoli 2-1 Atalanta
Cagliari 2-1 Siena
Napolis 1-1 Livorno - Napoli advance 4-3 on PK's.
Parma 1-3 Juventus
Reggina 3-2 Piacenza
Torino 3-2 Rimini
Triestina 0-0 Catania - Catania adv 4-2 on PK's.
Udinese 3-0 Bari
-These winners will meet up with other teams who have already been slotted into the next round: Roma, Sampdoria, Palermo, Milan, Lazio, Fiorentina, Empoli & Inter.
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One time highly sought after Dutch forward Patrick Kluivert has signed with Lille. He was with PSV last season.
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Cameroon & Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o has torn a tendon in his thigh and will miss about 2 months. Wow. What a drag. I love the Eto'o!
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Former Arsenal board member David Dein, who was kicked off the board after being seen to be helping Colorado Rapids owner Stan Kroenke buy the team, is now connected to an Iranian/Russian companies desire to buy the team. This may spur on Kroenke to make a serious move.
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Sevilla has signed Ivory Coast striker Arouna Kone from PSV.
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Tonight's UEFA SuperCup match between AC Milan and Sevilla with be a tribute to Antonio Puerta.
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I hate when I have to write this kinda thing, but another players has died on the training field. It so damn sad. Chaswe Nsofwa of Zambia collapsed during training with Hapoel Beersheva in Israel. Cause of death is not yet known.
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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune reflects on soccer player deaths on the field of play.


Anonymous Matt L said...

1. The Offside Rules has a picture of a cool Red Bulls ad featuring JPA:

2. David at Culture of Soccer has made the first of a couple posts as he embarks on his American Soccer Road Trip


3. I need a SuperLiga video

Open Letter to SuperLiga

Dear SuperLiga Executives -
Congratulations on having concluded a massively entertaining and highly passionate tournament. The event surpasses my wildest expectations and I look forward to seeing how it will evolve in the futures. For the sake of publicity, momentum and posterity please make a high quality highlight show of the inaugural SuperLiga.

There were some tremendous games played with exciting highlights, interesting storylines and passionate fans that should be memorialized and used as a foundation
on which this event can be built upon. In the run-up to next year's tournament, this video could be used as publicity. Alternatively, if a grassroots/viral marketing effort were preferred it could be distributed via YouTube and sent to various blogs (please contact me if you would like a suggested list of blogs).

I suggest it should be edited as follows:
1. Overview of basis for tournament, its founding and format. (2-5 mins)
2. Quick overview of teams involved. (2 mins)
3. Group 1 recap. Show highlights from each game. Show bracket with points at end. (10-12 mins)
4. Group 2 recap. Show highlights from each game. Show bracket with points at end. (10-12 mins)
5. Show both brackets and tell which teams made it to knock-out round. (1 min)
6. Highlights from semi-final games (10 mins)
7. Highlights from final, celebration, presser (5-10 mins)

We're looking at 48-50 mins of running time. Add commercials for TV viewing to get to an hour or add some post-game interviews for a behind-the-scenes look and feel.

I will name Beckham's next 3 sons Pride, Honor, and Victory if you fulfill this request.


5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christine Daniels used to have a penis. And no, this is not a joke or a putdown. It's true.

5:58 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

attn matt l - get yer own damn blog
thanks for all the great stuff amigo

and to Anonymous said...
"Christine Daniels used to have a penis."

whats your point?
i read the la times every day
i know who mike penner is
i know who christine daniels is
is it relevant?
not a chane!

10:51 PM  
Anonymous Matt L said...

Bruce - I was thinking about starting a blog. Advice?


3:11 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

"Matt L said...

Bruce - I was thinking about starting a blog. Advice?"

go to
and start one
its free

9:00 AM  
Anonymous leper said...

Nice shout out to the guys at the Fenerbache mart. I'm sure they read the blog daily and appreciate all the extra business you're no doubt throwing their way!

9:51 AM  

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