Thursday, August 23, 2007

Mega-Bio-Riffic News

Jaime Moreno scores goal #109 of his MLS career, setting a new record in the league. He was tied at 108 with recently retired Jason Kreis. Great feat by Jaime, one of the leagues true all time great, not to mention that he has won 4 MLS Cups!


USA midfielder DaMarcus Beasley: I hate losing.

Sweden 1-0 USA goal by Kim Kallstrom in the 56th minute.
Match report from US Soccer.
Post-game quotes from USA players and coach.
Game video highlights & inside the locker room type stuff - always excellent quality. Also from US Soccer.
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du Nord Three Stars Of The Game
3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic - the big Swede did not score but he was insanely dangerous on at least 3 different occasions.
2. Tim Howard - he had some huge huge huge saves to keep the USA within sight of their hosts.
1. Kim Kallstrom - that goal he hit was an absolute screamer.
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The USA have now lost 4 games in a row for the first time in 10 years. Not good.
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Team USA blog.
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Matches & scores:
-Wed Aug 22
DC 3-1 New York - DC goals by Ben Olsen, Christian Gomez & Jaime Moreno. NY goal by Juan Pablo Angel.
Match report by Steven Goff at the Washington Post.
Match report by John Haydon of the Washington Times.
Match report by Ives Galarcep at the North Jersey Herald News.
Post-game notes & player ratings by Goff at Soccer Insider.
Kansas City 3-2 Chicago - KC goals by Sasha Victorine, Scott Sealy & Jose Burciaga. Chic goals by Chad Barrett & Dasan Robinson.
Match report by Bob Luder of the KC Star.
Post-game notes from the Star.
-Thu Aug 23
Los Angeles v Chivas - 9pm central on ESPN2
-Sat Aug 25
Toronto v DC - 6:30pm central on FSC, FSE & CBC
New England v New York - 6:30pm central on Direct Kick
Houston v Columbus - 7:30pm central on Direct Kick
Chicago v Kansas City - 7:30pm central on HDNet
-Sun Aug 26
Colorado v Los Angeles - 6pm central on Galavision
Chivas v Salt Lake - 8pm central on Direct Kick
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Defender Gonzalo Seagares of Chicago got a Red Card v KC from 2 yellows. KC scored 2 of their 3 goals after he was sent off.
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KC had over 12,000 in the stands, thanks to Chicago's Blanco. That number is sadly high for KC this year. I just don't get it.
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Even though Jaime Moreno has just set the MLS goal scoring record at 109, and he will add to that total, I fully expect Ante Razov to catch & pass him in the very near future. Not nessicarily this season, but in the next couple for sure.
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USL First Division
Matches & Scores:
-wed Aug 22
Seattle 3-0 Atlanta
-Thu Aug 23
Portland v Charleston
-Fri Aug 24
Rochester v Montreal
-Sat Aug 25
Miami v Portland
Minnesota v Atlanta
Vancouver v Charleston
-Sun Aug 26
Puerto Rico v Portland
Carolina v Montreal
Seattle v Charleston
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First Division Standings:
45 Seattle
41 Portland
41 Montreal
39 Rochester
36 Atlanta
36 Puerto Rico
31 Vancouver
29 Charleston
--Playoffs End Here--
28 Miami
26 Carolina
20 Minnesota
19 California
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USL Second Division - League Championship:
-Sat Aug 25
Harrisburg v Richmond
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U17 World Cup
Starts in South Korea on Saturday - running Aug 18 to Sep 9.
-You can see all the games on ESPNU.
-The USA plays in Group E, and here are their first 3 matches:
Matches & Scores:
USA 3-4 Tajikistan - USA goals by Mykell Bates, Greg Garza & Billy Schuler. Taj goals by Farkhod Vasiev, Samad Shohzukhurov, Nuriddin Davronov & Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev.
USA 1-3 Tunisia - USA goal by Jared Jeffrey(PK). Tun goals by Nour Hadhria(2- both PK's) & Rafik Dkhil.
USA v Belgium - Sun Aug 26 in Cheonan 1:30am central time on ESPNU
-Team USA site
-USA U17 blog.
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3 of the 4 goals in the USA-Tunisia game came on PK's.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ has an interview with USA U17 player Alex Nimo.
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The last two big leagues in Europe to start finally do so this weekend (and we get the Madrid derby in week 1!).
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La Liga
-Sat Aug 25
Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid
Sevilla v Getafe
-Sun Aug 26
Athletic Bilbao v Osasuna
Deportivo La Coruna v Almeria
Mallorca v Levante
Murcia v Zaragoza
Huelva v Betis
Valencia v Villareal
Racing Santander v Barcelona
Espanyol v Valladolid
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Serie A
-Sat Aug 25
Lazio v Torino
Juventus v Livorno
-Sun Aug 26
Fiorentina v Empoli
Genoa v Milan
Inter v Udinese
Napoli v Cagliari
Parma v Catania
Reggina v Atalanta
Siena v Sampdoria
Palermo v Roma
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James Richardson of the Guardian previews Serie A.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ has a Q & A with Iraqi team captain and Asian Cup star Younis Mahmoud.
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Chelsea has signed Brazilian Juliano Belletti from Barcelona. He plays on the right side of defense.
-This almost assuredly means that Chelsea is done chasing another Brazilian right back - Daniel Alves from Sevilla. Personally I am happy to hear that because he would have been stifled in Chelsea's rigid formation. He plays all over the field for Sevilla, which is what makes him so dangerous.
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Yet another young Brazilian defender, left back Cicinho has left Real Madrid to sign with Roma.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you watched Chelsea yet this campaign? Not nearly the same locked-down style of Mourinho's first three seasons: they've had Shawn Wright-Phillips playing right wing, for heaven's sakes! I'm not sure they're done chasing Alves, but he would be quite at home in a side that's playing more openly than they have in a half-dozen years.

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Matt L said...

Why can't KC draw fans? I don't know that region of the country, but are there reasons to believe that if the MLS were to expand in St. Louis that it will be any different?

Why not move the KC team to SL?

4:51 PM  
Blogger mamacita chilena said...

Man, from the highlights that US game looked exciting! Tim Howard made some HUGE saves! Of course, any team can be made to look exciting in highlights, but still, it seemed the US had some very legit chances on goal. And I loved that shot that Feilhaber took from way out, it's good to see somebody taking chances and really having that fire to try and let's just hope those chances start going in!

5:33 PM  
Blogger kj said...

The US didn't deserve to win that game, and Sweden definitely outplayed our boys, but it shouldn't have happened how it did. There was clearly a foul leading to that goal.

6:58 PM  

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