Thursday, August 02, 2007

Frankly It's Odd News

I don't know if any of you saw the flag that Chivas Guadalajara fans unrolled at the Coliseum last Saturday, but I stole this pic of it from Luis Bueno. It's pretty frickin amazing.

SuperLiga - MLS v FMF - The Semi's pit 3 MLS v 1 FMF.
-See all the matches En Vivo on TeleFutura. You can also see all the matches live online at the website linked above. (thanks to everyone who gave me the heads up on that one)
-The Superliga website also has video highlights from every game.
-Round 1 matches & scores:
FC Dallas 1-1 Chivas Guadalajara - Dal goal by Arturo Alvarez. Guad goal by Antonio Olvera.
Los Angeles Galaxy 2-1 Pachuca - LA goals by Alan Gordon & Landon Donovan. Pach goal by Rafael Marquez.
DC United 1-1 Morelia Monarchas - DC goal by Christian Gomez. Mor goal by Diego Martinez.
Houston 1-0 Club America - Hou goal by Nate Jaqua.
-Round 2 matches:
FC Dallas 1-1 Pachuca - Dal goal by Carlos Ruiz. Pach goal by Christian Gimenez(PK).
Los Angeles Galaxy 1-2 Chivas Guadalajara - LA goal by Landon Donovan. Guad goals by Francisco Rodriguez & Omar Bravo.
DC United 1-0 Club America - Goal by Rod Dyachenko.
Houston Dynamo 1-1 Monarcas Morelia - Hou goal by Joseph Ngwenya. Mor goal by Marcio Batista.
-Round 3 matches
Tue Jul 31
FC Dallas 5-6 Los Angeles Galaxy - LA goals by Alan Gordon(2), Chris Klein, Kevin Harmse, Landon Donovan & Carlos Pavon. FCD goals by Arturo Alvarez(2), Juan Toja, Carlos Ruiz & Abe Thompson.
Chivas Guadalajara 0-1 Pachuca - Goal by Rafa Marquez Lugo.
Wed Aug 1
Houston Dynamo 1-0 DC United - Goal by Brian Ching.
Match report from the Houston Chronicle.
Match report from the Washington Post.
Post-game notes from the Chronicle.
Club America 3-2 Monarcas Morelia - Amer goals by Juan Carlos Mosqueda, Salvador Cabanas(PK) & Federico Insua. Mor goals by Ricardo Martinez & Oscar Carrasco.
Final Standings:
Group A
6-Los Angeles Galaxy
4-Chivas Guadalajara - eliminated
2-FC Dallas - eliminated
Group B
7-Houston Dynamo
4-DC United
0-Club America - eliminated
2-Morelia Monarcas - eliminated
-Tue Aug 14
Houston Dynamo v Pachuca Tuzos - at Robertson Stadium at 9pm central
-Wed Aug 15
Los Angeles Galaxy v DC United - at HOme Depot Center at 9pm central
-Final Wed Aug 29.
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DJ Walker's Stream Of Consciousness - FC Dallas v Los Angeles Galaxy.
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Matches & scores this week:
-Thu Aug 3
New England v Kansas City - 6pm central on ESPN2
Match preview from the Boston Herald.
-Sat Aug 4
Chicago v Columbus - 7:30pm central on HDNet
Dallas v Colorado - 7:30pm central on FSC & FSE
Salt Lake v Houston - 8pm central on Direct Kick
-Sun Aug 5
New England v DC - 3pm central on Direct Kick
Toronto v LA - 6:30pm central on Direct Kick & CBC
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Bill Urban at the US Soccer Players Assoc writes about the impact Joseph Ngwenya has had on the Houston Dynamo, and other midseason players trades in MLS this year.
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The Kansas City Star with an article on Wizards keeper Kevin Hartman, who is one of the improvements for the team this year.
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Several players will miss games this weekend due to suspension; Mehdi Ballouchy of the Colorado Rapids (corrected) for Violent Conduct, Andy Williams of Real Salt Lake for a Red Card, Fred of DC United for a Red Card, and Dwayne De Rosario of Houston Dynamo for accumulation of 5 Yellow Cards.
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I was beginning to wonder what happened with all the talk about Mexican forward Daniel Osorno coming to MLS. Several teams were reported to be chasing him, then nothing. But now today comes word that he is signing with Colorado. He played last season for Atlas.
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Buzz Carrick at 3rd Degree with his weekly article after attending FC Dallas practice sessions.
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Columbus Crew midfielder Guillermo Barros Schelotto was named MLS Player of the Month for July.
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Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune on how Temo Blanco is fitting in with his new team.
-Arroyave also gets the lowdown, at his Red Card blog, from the Fire's CJ Brown on the work ethic expected by new manager Juan Carlos Osorio
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Glenn Davis of the Houston Chronicle has been critical of Temo Blanco as a teammate, and was worried about how he would fit in at Chicago. Davis says, so far so good.
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Sulaiman Folarin of Soccernet has a Q & A with former USA defensive standout & current Salt Lake captain Eddie Pope.
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Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe with an article on New England forward Pat Noonan's return to his old self after over a years struggle with various injuries.
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Remember the Canadian guy I mentioned yesterday that was gonna leave his Euro club and sign with Toronto. Well, forget that guy. They got this guy instead, on loan. Kenny Stamatopoulos, he's Canadian too, and comes from Tromso in Norway. Larry Millson of the Toronto Globe & Mail with details.
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Jeff Bradley's newest First XI at MLSnet focuses on those hot and lazy Dog Days Of Summer.
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Ryan Hunt of Sports Illustrated with this weeks MLS Free Kicks column.
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International TV company Viasat have bought the rights to show MLS games in Scandinavia, the Baltic region (corrected: Latvia, Lithuania & Estonia) and the CIS (many of the former Soviet countries besides Russia).
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A small suburban Boston Newspaper called the Somerville Journal with some news on a potential New England Revolution stadium.
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Bloomberg News with a story on the current financial upswing and the possibilities of MLS in the Beckman Era.
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Oh, before I forget to care, Luis Figo is back on the "headed to MLS" rumor boat.
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USL First Division
Matches & scores this week:
-Wed Aug 1
Montreal 4-1 Carolina
Seattle 2-0 Portland
-Thu Aug 2
Vancouver v Puerto Rico
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Our American heroes at Reading, Marcus Hahnemann & Bob Convey, hit the golf course and talked to the media (video link fixed) about health and the season ahead. (thanks to Todd for sending me this)
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Grant Wahl at Sports Illustrated talks to Freddy Adu about his new home at Benfica, and leaving MLS.
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The USA has named their U17 World Cup team. The tournament starts later this month is South Korea. Like the U20 World Cup last month, all the games will be shown on ESPNU. Here is the squad:
Josh Lambo (Middleton, Wis.)
Zac MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Larry Jackson (East Palo Alto, Calif.)
Sheanon Williams (Boston, Mass.)
Mykell Bates (Roseville, Calif.)
Tommy Meyer (St. Louis, Mo.)
Chris Klute (Grand Prairie, Texas)
Kofi Sarkodie (Huber Heights, Ohio)
Brandon Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.)
Daniel Wenzel (Federal Way, Wash.)
Jared Jeffrey (Dallas, Texas)
Kirk Urso (Lombard, Ill.)
Dane Shea (College Station, Texas)
Greg Garza (Grapevine, Texas)
Brendan King (Naperville, Ill.)
Alex Nimo (Portland, Ore.)
Ellis McLoughlin (Seattle, Wash.)
Bryan Dominguez (Atlanta, Ga.)
Abdusalam Ibrahim (FC Dallas.)
Billy Schuler (Allentown, N.J.)
Daniel Cruz (Glendale, Ariz.)
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FMF Primera
The Mexican Apertura kicks off tomorrow. Here's this weekends games:
-Fri Aug 3
UAG v Pachuca
-Sat Aug 4
UANL v San Luis
Morelia v Veracruz
Atlas v Toluca
Chiapas v Atlante
-Sun Aug 5
UNAM v Guadalajara
Necaxa v Monterrey
Santos Laguna v Cruz Azul
Puebla v America
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I need to make a correction about Mexican midfielder Andres Guardado. He did not sign with PSV as I had written. Instead he went to Deportivo La Coruna in Spain.
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UEFA Champions League - The 2nd Qualifying Round
-The return leg will be played on Aug 7/8
Tue Jul 31
Rangers 2-0 Zeta
Kobenhavn 1-0 Beitar Jerusalem
Tampere United 1-0 Levski Sofia
Pyunick 0-2 Shakhtar Donetsk
Debrecin 0-1 Elfsborg
Zaglebie Lubin 0-1 Steau Bucuresti
Genk 1-2 Sarajevo
Astana 3-1 Rosenborg
Wed Aug 1
Domzale 1-2 Dinamo Zagreb
Besiktas 1-0 Sheriff
Ventspils 0-3 Salzburg
Hafnarfjordur 1-3 BATE Borisov
Crvena Zvezda 1-0 Levadia Tallinn
Zilina 0-0 Slavia Praha
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France & Lyon goalkeeper Gregory Coupet will be out until the 1st of 2008 after tearing a ligament in his knee while training.
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Paul Doyle of the Guardian writes about the upcoming French Ligue 1 season. Kicks off Saturday.


Anonymous ari said...

that is a big ass flag.

ps. their was a problem with the link for the reading golfing trip. if you have time could you repost it, i would love to see it. im a big reading fan. no worrys if you dont

i love the work you do. there is no price to what you give the soccer community

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


"International TV company Viasat have bought the rights to show MLS games in Scandinavia, the Baltic region (formerly Yugoslavia) and the CIS (many of the former Soviet countries besides Russia)."

May be a bit fuzzy with my recent Eastern European History, but I don't recall Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, the countries usually designated as the "Baltics" (as they are located on the Baltic Sea--Poland, Russia, and Scandinavia also touch the Baltic), being part of Yugoslavia. Now, if you said the Balkan region, which includes where the former Yugoslavia was, that'd make more sense.

So are we going to see MLS supporters clubs showing up in the Baltics, or the Balkans?

7:44 PM  
Blogger Graham said...

I giggle every time you write beckman

9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo Bruce:
Mehdi Ballouchy no longer plays for Real Salt Lake...

10:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That flag was actually from Legion 1908 Chivas USA supporters who joined the Chivas Guadalajara supporters. You can see that it has been used by LegĂ­on 1908 at the HDC before in this picture here:

By the way the commentators on Telefutura noted the Chivas USA supporters when they showed in this video:

4:45 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

thanks to everyone for all the corrections
it was not a good day yesterday, so i appreciate your help

9:18 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

everything is fixed now, especially link to reading video

you know whats funny about my writing mehdi balloucy being at real salt lake, i just copied that straight off the mls discipline page
but when i went to check this morning they had corrected it

baltic yes
balkans no

beckman - its what my mother calls him

9:28 AM  
Blogger mamacita chilena said...

Bruce, care to comment on this...

no 8 year old soccer game I have ever seen in the US looks like this! holy crap!

7:58 PM  
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