Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Hot Spaghetti Eating News

Earlier this week the founder of MLS Alan Rothenberg was inducted into the US Soccer Hall of Fame. He was completely overshadowed by arguably the two biggest names in the history of the game in our country - Mia Hamm & Julie Foudy. Billy Smith who played for the New York Cosmos was all inducted.

Don't forget - Today!
-Final - Wed Aug 29
Los Angeles Galaxy v Pachuca Tuzos - at the Home Depot Center time TBD.
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Landon Donovan is expected to play for LA tonight. The word on that other guy is unknown.
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LA midfielder Kelly Gray writes a column for before tonight’s game. Very cool.
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Jeff Carlisle of Soccernet says Pachuca is heavily favored tonight. I will agree with that 100%.
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Billy Witz of the Daily Breeze previews tonight’s game.
-Witz also writes about the Klinsmann rumors, Beckham's health and other LA insanity (inanity?).
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Grahame Jones of the LA Times previews.
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Luis Bueno of The Press Enterprise previews too.
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Matches & scores:
-Wed Aug 29
Salt Lake v Kansas City - 8pm central on Direct Kick
-KC midfielder Davy Arnaud will miss this game due to Yellow Card accumulation suspension.
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James Edward of the Deseret Morning News previews tonight’s RSL game.
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The Salt Lake Tribune with an article on one of Real Salt Lake's few shining moments - goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
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Bob Luder of the KC Star with a fine article on Wizards striker Scott Sealy who has finally returned from a long injury layoff, and a preview of tonight's game.
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Steven Goff on his Soccer Insider blog has a concise interview with DC defender Bobby Boswell who has not been seeing the field as of late.
-Here's Goff's usual excellent notes on DC United. No one else even remotely covers a team as good as Goff does.
-And some other more general soccer notes from Goff.
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MetroFanatic with a great article on the latest goalkeeper saga in New York. What's happening this year? Of Cabbages And Keepers.
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Chivas USA defender Alex Zotinca got an additional 3 game suspension for a head butt he delivered to LA's Kevin Harmse last week in a mass scramble of players after a hard tackle. But Harmes started the attack with a punch to Zotinca's midsection - and Harmes only got the 1 game suspension from the Red Card, but no more. WTF??
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Jeff Bradley at MLSnet with his First XI: Welcome to MLS Denilson.
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FC Dallas Updates gives us the video tour of El Pescadito's house! Hell yes.
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Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe says LA needs Klinsi.
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BigSoccer posters scoop the Philadelphia journalists on news about MLS & stadium building in Philly. Not surprising. From the Philadelphia Daily News.
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Jack Bell of the New York Times talks to San Jose owner Lew Wolff about his new team for next year. Plus other MLS & soccer notes.
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Martin Rogers of Yahoo Sports on the pluses & minuses when attempting to lure a Designated Player to Colorado.
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Another non-soccer writer, this one from the Daily Breeze uses many many words to tell the public that the Galaxy stink.
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Gary Singh of Metro Active does his best to de-bunk all those American arguments against soccer. He is pretty good at it too.
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The University Daily Kansan pimps New York's 17 year old forward Jozy Altidore as the successor to Brian McBride for Team USA.
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Mike Biglin of MetroWest Daily News writes about Duke forward Michael Videria who is one of the best college to pro prospects for this upcoming season.
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U17 World Cup from South Korea.
-All games on ESPNU.
-USA U17 blog.
Knock Out Round Matches & Scores:
-Wed Aug 29
Tunisia v France
Spain v North Korea
Peru v Tajikistan
Ghana v Brazil
-Thu Aug 30
Argentina v Costa Rica
Nigeria v Colombia
USA v Germany - 5:45am central on ESPNU
England v Syria
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USA & Rangers midfielder DaMarcus Beasley came on in the 78th minute to help hold the lead in the Champions League yesterday. The game ended 0-0 with Rangers moving on 1-0 on aggregate.
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Former Argentine World Cup winning coach Cesar Luis Menotti has been named the new coach at UAG Tecos in Mexico.
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The Toronto Star has an interview with just-resigned Canadian Soccer Pres. Colin Linford who really rips into the Association. He really let's them have it.
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UEFA Champions League
Third 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 v Valencia (0-3)
Kobenhavn v Benfica (1-2)
Besiktas v Zurich (1-1)
Steaua Bucuresti v BATE Borisov (2-2)
Rosenborg v Tampere United (3-0)
Celtic v Spartak Moskva (1-1)
Dinamo Zagreb v Werder Bremen (1-2)
Shakhtar Donetsk v Salzburg (0-1)
Slavia Praha v Ajax (1-0)
Dynamo Kyiv v Sarajevo (1-0)
Anderlecht v Fenerbahce (0-1)
Arsenal v Sparta Praha (2-0)
-Mon Sep 3
AEK Athens v Sevilla (0-2)
-Lazio, Liverpool & Rangers have advanced so far. 12 more will advance today, with the final team advancing next Monday.
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England's Carling 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 v Northampton
Newcastle v Barnsley
Bristol City v Manchester City
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Several Americans saw their teams take part in that League Cup action:
-Carlos Bocanegra - Fulham - played the whole match -Bobby Convey - Reading - started and played 100 minutes of match that went 120. -Jay DeMerit - Watford - did not dress
-Clint Dempsey - Fulham - played the whole match
-Benny Feilhaber - Derby County - did not dress but his work visa has finally been completed so he should be set to play now. -Cory Gibbs - Charlton - did not dress, still out due to long term knee injury, but back at training now.
-Marcus Hahnemann - Reading - did not dress -Kasey Keller - Fulham - did not dress
-Eddie Lewis - Derby County - did not dress -Frank Simek - Sheffield Wednesday - played the full 90 in defense. -Jonathan Spector - West Ham - did not dress
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Coppa Italia
-3rd round Matches & Scores:
Ascoli v Atalanta
Cagliari v Siena
Napolis v Livorno
Parma v Juventus
Reggina v Piacenza
Torino v Rimini
Triestina v Catania
Udinese v Bari
-These winners will meet up with other teams who have already been slotted into the next round.
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They brought it to a boil, and a little spilled over, but it did not explode - Anderlecht v Fenerbahce in the Champions League - the fans from both sides went nuts, and the racist bullshit flew too. From Reuters.
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Jack Bell at the New York Times Goal blog writes about the sad days in Sevilla with the death on the pitch of Antonio Puerta. He also recounts other infamous health moments in recent soccer history.
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I think its pretty wild that legendary Danish goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel's son Kasper is in the nets for Man City. It seems like dad just retired. From Soccernet.
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Sid Lowe at the Telegraph in England writes about Chelsea courting Ronaldinho. Is this serious or just another way for the Guacho to get even more money out of Barca.
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Kevin McCarra of the Guardian looks at UEFA President Michael Platini's plans to change the Champions League.
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The Sanchez Brothers are off on another adventure for Nike. This time they visit Germany & Werder Bremen midfielder Torsten Frings. (thanks to BQ for this)
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The big rumor is Spain today is that Juan Roman Riquelme has signed with Atletico Madrid.


Anonymous Matt L said...

Feilhaber played in the Derby-Spurs reserves match today. Playing in a reserves match typically portends that a player will not be in the line-up over the weekend.

I don't know the timing of the reserves match and the work visa. I hope Benny settles in at Derby and gets some first team playing time.

SuperLiga prediction: 3-2 Pachuca. The Galaxy hit on a counter attack and a freekick, but have to play a man down for the final 15 minutes.


7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that torsten frings clip is stupid!

3:03 AM  

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