Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Good Golly Jeepers Mister News

Just announced - USA v Brazil - Sun Sep 9 in Chicago.
-Mark Ziegler of the San Diego Union Tribune says the reason Mexico v USA was canceled was because of a dispute between Telemundo & Univision over Spanish language TV rights in America. Really!

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Comcast is going to offer their customers a free 9 day preview of Fox Soccer Channel - Fri Aug 17 to Sun Aug 26.

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My favorite player in Spain last season, Brazilian right back Daniel Alves is about to sign with Chelsea. I am bummed. I wish he was signing for a team that would give him the freedom to take over games, not a team desperately in need of a very disciplined right back.

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Here is the USA roster for next Tuesdays match in Sweden. (see Swedish roster below)
G:
Marcus Hahnemann
Tim Howard
D:
Carlos Bocanegra
Jonathan Bornstein
Steve Cherundolo
Jay DeMerit
Oguchi Onyewu
Jonathan Spector
M:
DaMarcus Beasley
Michael Bradley
Bobby Convey
Clint Dempsey
Benny Feilhaber
Pablo Mastroeni
F:
Landon Donovan
Charlie Davies
Kamani Hill
Josh Wolff
Sal Zizzo


SuperLiga - MLS v FMF
-Semifinals - 3 MLS v 1 FMF
-Tue Aug 14
Houston Dynamo v Pachuca Tuzos - at Robertson Stadium at 9pm central
Match preview by Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle.
Dynamo injury report by Fallas.
-Wed Aug 15
Los Angeles Galaxy v DC United - at Home Depot Center at 9pm central
-Final Wed Aug 29.
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Steve Davis of Soccernet previews both SuperLiga semi's.
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MLSnet with an article on how Houston supersoccercheerleader Glenn Davis is persuading youth teams and leagues in the Houston area to reschedule games so they can take in Dynamo matches. It's starting to work!
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Did you know? My fave Mexican team Pachuca has an American on the team? Jose Francisco Torres of Texas!!! And he played last Sunday v Morelia too.
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MLS
Matches & scores:
-Thu Aug 16
Colorado v New England - 8pm central on Direct Kick
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New York Red Bulls forward Juan Pablo Angel was named MLS Player Of The Week.
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Chicago Fire forward Chris Rolfe sits in as guest blogger for Luis Arroyave at the Red Card.
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Grant Wahl the main man at Sports Illustrated answers viewer mail.
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Goal.com with a pretty cool article on MLS and African players.
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Grahame Jones of the LA Times asks if someone is to blame for the P.A. Beckman hype mess. (P.A. = Precious Ankle)
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Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe wonders why when the New England Revolution stunk they drew decent crowds and now that they have been good for 5 years the overall attendance was dropping. Luckily it is up this year though, so let's hope it keeps growing stronger!
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Mike Biglin of the MetroWest Daily News says that New England has shown they are tops and looking real good for the stretch run.
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Larry Millson of the Toronto Globe & Mail with the latest update on the humongous TFC injury list.
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Soccernet's new MLS Power Rankings has a new #1 team.
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Dylan Butler at Big Apple Soccer writes about NYRB forward Mike Magee who was on the sidelines for a year with a knee injury. He finally got back on the field Sunday v Toronto.
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Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger talks to Toronto coach Mo Johnston about his last days in New York and new home in Canada.
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I missed this one last week - NYRB signed former Minnesota Thunder forward Francis "Grandpa" Doe of Liberia.
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Ives Galarcep of the Herald News writes about the player coming to the Meadowlands this weekend - Beckman - who else.
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Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle talks to Dynamo striker Paul Dalglish who has missed most of the season with a bum ankle, and may need surgery. Plus other team notes.
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Did you see Dallas's Arturo Alvarez on Sunday morning's Republica Deportivo show & later that night on Galavision during the NE v LA game? FC Dallas Updates has a behind the scenes look. (video)
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du Nord's MLS Coaching Hot Seat -A smaller list. I am not sure how FC still has his job. Cheap owner, I guess, who doesn't want to pay a new coach and a fired coach. Fools.
1. Fernando Clavijo - Colorado
2. Frank Yallop/Alexi Lalas - LA
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14 images from a potential soccer stadium in St Louis. Really well done.
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The St Louis Dispatch with an article on the proposal given yesterday by potential MLS owners for a stadium in the suburbs.
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Luis Bueno writing for MLSnet with an article on the kid, Jorge Flores, who won the reality TV show and got a contract with Chivas USA. Flores just might be the real deal!
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The Toronto Town Crier talks to Canadian U20 defender Nana Attakora-Gyan, who is on the TFC reserve squad, about his MLS dreams.
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Leg shaving advocate Tony Meola has signed to play with new indoor league team New Jersey Ironmen of the MISL.
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US Soccer with 2 good new videos of the USA U17 team as they get ready for the World Cup next week in South Korea.
-USS has a Q & A with the teams forward Danny Cruz.
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This USA U17 team only has 1 professional player on it (Minneapolis's own Abdusalam Ibrahim). It will be interesting to see how long it will be before teams like this in America are all pro's. We have already seen where nearly every player on the USA U20 team is now a pro, and what a huge difference it makes.
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The U17's have a blog too.
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Americans in Europe - how'd their weekend matches go:
-Charlie Davies - Hammarby - he came on in the 52nd minute Monday night in a 1-0 loss at Djurgardens.
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Both DaMarcus Beasley & Freddy Adu are in Champions League action today - neither game is on TV though. Damn. We wish em luck.
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Luis Bueno at the Press Enterprise looks at the big summer moves in Europe including Beasley & Adu.
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Tim Howard & Everton are in Premiership mode today at Spurs.
-Tomorrow (Wed) in England we get Americans too:
Liverpool v West Ham
Man City v Derby
Blackburn v Villa
Fulham v Bolton
Reading v Chelsea
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UEFA Champions League
Third Qualifying Round matches - First leg Aug 14/15 - Second leg Aug 28/29
-Tue Aug 14
Lazio v Dinamo Bucuresti & return leg on Tue Aug 28
Zurich v Besiktas & return leg on Wed Aug 29
Valencia v Elfsborg & return leg on Wed Aug 29
Rangers v Crvena Zvezda & return leg on Wed Aug 29
Benfica v Kobenhavn & return leg on Wed Aug 29
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Canada goes to Iceland next Tuesday for a friendly. Here is their roster:
G:
Asmir Begovic
Lars Hirschfeld
D:
Andrew Hainault
Richard Hastings
Mike Klukowski
Paul Stalteri
M:
Patrice Bernier
Julian De Guzman
Atiba Hutchinson
Nik Ledgerwood
Issey Nakajima-Farran
F:
Rob Friend
Ali Gerba
Iain Hume
Olivier Occean
Tomasz Radzinski
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Russian Premier League
-Standings after 20 rounds (of 30):
39 Spartak Moscow
34 Zenit St Petersburg
33 FC Moscow
30 Dinamo Moscow
30 CSKA Moscow
27 Lokomotiv Moscow
27 Amkar Perm
27 Saturn Moscow
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Dick Advocaat has decided to leave his coaching job at Zenit when the current season ends and take over the top spot for Australia.
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Jen Chang at Soccernet looks back at the opening weekend in the Premiership, looks ahead to the U17 World Cup and comments on USA v Brazil.
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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune writes about Carlos Tevez being rushed into action at Man U with Rooney suddenly out to pasture.
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Here's a story from the Times of London on an English kid who wants to play for the big boys and wants to be great, but has no interest in just doing it for the money. Genius or fool? (thanks to Daniele for this one)
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The Times also has the latest from Moritz Volz. He is the Fulham defender who is a true human, ie. he has interests outside the game. This week he writes about picking his fantasy league team. (I know, that makes him look like a ultra-geek, but trust me, he is the man.)
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Hey Hey Wadda Ya Say Mr Freddy Kanoute! He just signed a new contract with Sevilla to keep him there until 2010.
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Lyon have lost their top defender Cris for up to 6 months after suffering a knee injury.
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So how will Antonio Cassano do at Sampdoria now that a loan deal has been done to let him leave Real Madrid? It's been a near disaster at his two previous stops. Will he get it together? He has the talent. Now he needs the mind.
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What is wrong with these people? Two fans of Dimnamo Bucharesti were stabbed in Rome before their teams Champions League game v Lazio!
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Paul Gardner of the New York Sun writes about his least favorite thing in all of soccer - Goalkeepers.
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Here's a real genius for ya - Sports Illustrated has an AP article from Brazil where a judge has said that if you are gay you have to play soccer in your own league with other gay people, not in the regular leagues. Ah, the backwards life. Needless to say, this idiot is now on a leave of absence from the bench and hopefully on the run.
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Sweden's roster for match next Tueday in Goteborg v Team USA:
G:
Rami Shaaban
Johan Wiland
D:
Matias Concha
Erik Edman
Petter Hansson
Daniel Majstorovic
Olof Mellberg
Mikael Nilsson
M:
Niclas Alexandersson
Daniel Andersson
Kennedy Bakircioglu
Dusan Djuric
Samuel Holmen
Kim Kallstrom
Tobias Linderoth
Fredrik Ljungberg
Christian Wilhelmsson
F:
Marcus Allback
Johan Elmander
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Rade Prica
Markus Rosenberg

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has Torres been capped? Also where can I find out more about the free FSC deal?

7:09 PM  
Blogger Manton said...

How long before Altidore--probably our best forward, period--is on the senior team? I'm tired of seeing Taylor LOLman blowing goals in this child Large kit

1:35 AM  
Blogger mamacita chilena said...

AWESOME, I am so happy to hear about USA v. Brazil!!! I'll take them over Mexico any day. With Mexico we know we can win, but with Brazil it's a whole different kind of mental game, and one that USA'ian players need to learn to win.

btw, "leg shaving advocate," where do you come up with this stuff Bruce?

4:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Waahoo Free FSC

smatthew

7:29 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

Anonymous wrote: "Also where can I find out more about the free FSC deal?"


uuuuum, Comcast maybe? i told you every thing i know

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