Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Old Wine Stain Removal News

Ives Galarcep on his Soccer By Ives blog is saying that Columbus midfielder Danny Szetelz is headed to Roma!


Greg Seltzer at American Soccer Daily says Derby County is very near to acquiring American midfielder Benny Feilhaber from Hamburg.


Mexico has scheduled two more friendly's here in the USA this year. Sep 12 v Brazil at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, and Oct 17 v China at the Coliseum in Los Angeles.

US Open Cup - Tonight & tomorrow! You can see all 3 of tonight's games free on line from USL!
Fourth Round matches:
-Tue Aug 7:
Carolina Railhawks v Richmond Kickers
Match preview from Richmond Times Dispatch.
Charleston Battery v FC Dallas
Match preview from the Charleston Post & Courier.
Match preview by Gabriel Cabarrouy of the Dallas Morning News.
Seattle Sounders v Colorado Rapids
Match preview from the Seattle Times.
Match preview from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
-Wed Aug 8:
New England Revolution v Harrisburg City Islanders
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Luis Bueno at the Press Enterprise previews the 4 Open Cup matches.
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Matches & scores:
-Thu Aug 9
DC v LA - 6pm central on ESPN2
-Sat Aug 11
Dallas v Columbus - 7:30pm central on FSC & FSE
Colorado v Houston - 8pm central on HDNet
-Sun Aug 12
New York v Toronto - 4pm central on Direct Kick
New England v LA - 6pm central on Galavision
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Are you like me and been wondering what ever happened to Chicago goal scorer Damani Ralph. We haven't seen him in MLS in nearly 4 years. He hiked off to Russia for some cash but hasn't played in nearly 2 years due to a knee injury and two surgeries that didn't fix the problem. The Jamaica Gleaner with the story.
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The Thursday night DC v LA game is SOLD OUT at RFK Stadium. Yes, Sold Out! And I would bet that Beckman won't play.
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England coach Steve McClaren will be in Washington DC on Thursday night to check up on his man Beckman.
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Sports Authority has announced that the LA Galaxy David Beckman shirts are their #1 seller right now. More than any other sport.
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Ives Galarcep also reported today that several New York Red Bull players would be in Central Park today to take on Steve Nash's amateur team! That would be awesome to see.
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Galarcep at the North Jersey Herald takes a hard look at what the Red Bulls have to do to make it into and then succeed in the playoffs.
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Nick Green at the Daily Breeze is saying it's basically now or never for the LA Galaxy to get it in gear.
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Greg Seltzer at American Soccer Daily is reporting that Swiss international Raphael Wicky is in LA talking to Chivas USA. He is a defensive midfielder (of which Chivas USA already has 3). He played last season at Hamburg.
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Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger writes about what he calls the "downside" to the Beckman hype.
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Morgan Campbell of the Toronto Star with an article on the incredible pile of TFC players currently out of action.
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John Ellinger is going to walk away from Real Salt Lake finally. He was their head coach until mid-May when they fired him, then asked him to become the teams "Technical Director". I would assume they gave him this job cuz they were going to have to pay him anyway. But I have no idea how he stayed working there. I know I couldn't have done it. It's like getting dumped by a girlfriend then agreeing to still "be friends". I have no idea how people do that.
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The New York Red Bulls have announced that they will soon begin construction on a new practice facility in Hanover New Jersey. Here is an image. (I wonder who's bitchin car that is in the parking lot? My guess is that it belong to Agoos.)
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The Houston Chronicle returns their usually very good Week In Review.
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FC Dallas Updates gives us a video tour of the pad of the teams young midfielder Anthony Wallce. He's 18!
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This week's episode of the Major League Soccer Talk Podcast features an interview with "the ever charming Sean Wheelock. Sean discusses a bevy load of US-soccer related topics including how MLS compares with leagues overseas, his memories of his early days as a commentator for Kansas City and his thoughts on the whole Beckham mania phenomenon."
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MLS Golden Boot Chase:
12 Eddie Johnson
12 Luciano Emilio
9 Juan Pablo Angel
8 Taylor Twellman
7 Maykel Galindo
7 Andy Dorman
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The always excellent blog Climbing The Ladder has some very interesting statistics captured from a recent survey. There are some good things to glean from this.
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There is a pretty good website going down in Phoenix run by people who very much would like to see MLS in their city. They are planning a road trip to LA for a Chivas USA game.
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Yanks Abroad has young American Preston Zimmerman from the Hamburg reserve team answer questions from fans.
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I see where New York Red Bulls forward Jozy Altidore and Club America goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa joined Ronaldinho on the cover of the new FIFA 08 video game.
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Paul Gardner at the New York Sun writes about young players like Freddy Adu going to Europe to make their name.
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UEFA Champions League - The 2nd Qualifying Round - Second legs Aug 7/8 (with first leg scores included):
-Tue Aug 7
Zeta v Rangers (0-2)
Beitar Jerusalem v Kobenhavn (0-1)
Levski Sofia v Tampere United (0-1)
Dinamo Zagreb v Domzale (2-1)
-Wed Aug 8
Shakhtar Donetsk v Pyunick (2-0)
Elfsborg v Debrecin (1-0)
Steau Bucuresti v Zaglebie Lubin (1-0)
Sarajevo v Genk (2-1)
Sheriff v Besiktas (0-1)
Salzburg v Ventspils (3-0)
Rosenborg v Astana (3-1)
BATE Borisov v Hafnarfjordur (3-1)
Levadia Tallinn v Crvena Zvezda (0-1)
Slavia Praha v Zilina (0-0)
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Got a great note from Bart in Malina about his life as a soccer fan and thought I should share it with all of you: I was in Hong Kong last week (Friday 27 July) to see the last pair of matches in the Barclay's Asia Trophy mini-competition. Fulham v. South China (Hong Kong FA Cup winners) and Liverpool v. Portsmouth. The Hong Kongers are absolutely nuts about the Reds and the sold-out (40k) stadium was a sea of red, even during the first match of the double-header involving 'the American' team (Boca and 2nd half sub McBride scored in the 4-1 Cottagers victory; Dempsey was nowhere in sight). On Saturday I visited one of the local markets where they have knock-off jerseys. There were strips for all the major national sides and 20 or so clubs. Only one from the MLS: the Galaxy, albeit the old yellow one. It's only a matter of time that Becks' jerseys start to be seen all over SE Asia. My 4 year old son already has one. As an aside, a buddy who lives in Manila but was visiting Bangkok in July spotted a Thai driver wearing a Real Salt Lake jersey. Seems the fellow has a friend working for Adidas and got the jersey from him.
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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune looks at the new Thai owned and Swedish coached Manchester City.
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The Gaffer at EPL Talk has audio interviews with exec's from both Fox Soccer & Setanta about upcoming Premiership programming for this season.
-And they are debuting Serie A Talk as well, with an audio podcast to preview the Italian Season.


Blogger David said...

I definitely was wondering about Damani Ralph. I remember him being an excellent player and perfect for a PSV type team. I had no idea he went to Russia, nor that he blew out his knee.

I wish him the best and hope he can return to form. At 26, he's still got plenty of time to rehab - I hope he realizes that and comes back strong.

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Red Bulls stadium image looks like a glorified farm shed.

12:40 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

the red bull practice facility image looks almost exactly like the community park building on my street

and of course being in minnesota that makes it a double use facility as park and farm shed

2:05 PM  
Blogger roundball said...

Thanks for the Phoenix shout out. I don't know if you noticed but in our links section we have your blog. I read it everyday. GO SIOUX!

4:25 PM  
Blogger mamacita chilena said...

I wish the US would play friendlies against teams like Brazil. Is Catalonia even a real team? I know the Catalan region has been fighting for independence from Spain for forever, but I haven't heard any news about new countries being formed lately...

4:34 AM  

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