Monday, August 13, 2007

Questionsable News

Sorry about this, but I don't have time to go real deep today like I would prefer to do. So here is the most obvious stuff. Lot's more tomorrow. I promise.

SuperLiga is back this week with Semifinals on Tuesday & Wednesday. Champions League 3rd Round Qualifiers start too. And next week we get the U17 World Cup & the Sweden v USA game!

Matches & scores:
-Thu Aug 9
DC 1-0 LA - Goal by Luciano Emilio
-Sat Aug 11
Dallas 3-2 Columbus - Dal goals by Arturo Alvarez, Carlos Ruiz & Clarence Goodson. Col goals by Marcos Gonzalez & Andy Herron(PK).
Match report by Tobias Xavier Lopez of the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Match report by Gabriel Cabarrouy of the Dallas Morning News.
Colorado 1-0 Houston - Goal by Dwayne De Rosario(Own Goal).
Match report from the Denver Post.
Match report from the Houston Chronicle.
Post-game notes by George Tanner of FC Rocky from the Rocky Mountain News.
-Sun Aug 12
New York 3-0 Toronto - Goals by Juan Pablo Angel & Jozy Altidore(2).
Match report by Ives Galarcep of the North Jersey Herald.
Match report by Dylan Butler of Big Apple Soccer.
Match report by Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger
Match report by Larry Millson of the Toronto Globe & Mail.
New England 1-0 LA - Goal by Taylor Twellman.
Match report by Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe.
Match report by John Connolly of the Boston Herald.
Match report by Grahame Jones of the LA Times.
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The Boston Globe had several articles surrounding the New England v Los Angeles match yesterday, from pre-game to post-game. Most were about Beckman, but not all of 'em.
-Nicol's message: Give it a rest
-Revolution, LA status conscious
-New World man
-Rules of engagement
-Not just like old times
-Football seasoned
-For fans, something was amiss
-Beckham won't buzz off
The Boston Herald with several stories as well:
-Ex-rivals reinforce Revolution
-Spend it like Beckham: British star brings his currency -- if not ‘A’ game -- to America
-Fans kick back, enjoy game without star
And The MetroWest Daily News with a couple more:
-Not everyone thinks Beckham can popularize soccer
-Donovan plays second fiddle
-Bench it like Beckham
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Gabriel Cabarrouy of the Dallas Morning News writes about Columbus's natural born leader take the team up the table - Guische - Guillermo Barros Schelotto. (posted before Saturdays match)
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Tobias Xavier Lopez of the Fort Worth Star Telegram says that Dallas is looking for their captain Carlos Ruiz to step up and lead them to the big time. (posted before Saturdays match)
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My newest podcast obsession comes from AYL Soccer. It's a bunch of great fans blabbing on & on about their team - Real Salt Lake. Hosted by (from what I can tell) people named Chris, Scott, Jeremy, Eric, Kali & maybe some others who are giving it their all.
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SuperLiga - MLS v FMF - The Semi's pit 3 MLS v 1 FMF.
-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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USL First Division
Matches & Scores:
-Thu Aug 9
Portland 0-0 Minnesota
-Fri Aug 10
Montreal 0-0 Miami
Rochester 2-0 Carolina
Atlanta 3-0 Puerto Rico
-Sat Aug 11
Charleston 1-0 California
Portland 0-0 Vancouver
Seattle 2-2 Minnesota
-Sun Aug 12
Rochester 2-0 Puerto Rico
Miami 1-3 Atlanta
Vancouver 1-1 Minnesota
-Tue Aug 14
Charleston v Carolina
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Right now my team, the Minnesota Thunder, are 11 points out of the last playoff spot. The have 7 games left to play (5 home & 2 away) or 21 points still up for grabs. They have drawn the last 4 games in a row, including three games on the road. Some would say its 4 points, but sadly I see it as 8 points lost.
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First Division Standings:
40 Portland
39 Seattle
36 Rochester
35 Atlanta
35 Montreal
31 Vancouver
30 Puerto Rico
29 Charleston
--Playoffs End Here--
28 Miami
22 Carolina
19 California
19 Minnesota
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Michigan 0-0 Laredo - Laredo win it 4-3 on PK's. Congrats to the Heat.
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Let's check in with our favorite Americans in Europe and see how their weekend matches went:
-Freddy Adu - Benfica - first game with his new team is tomorrow in the Champions League (see schedule below) and the first league game of the season is Aug 18 at Leixoes.
-DaMarcus Beasley - Rangers - played 90 minutes on the left side of midfield as his team beat St Mirren 2-0.
-Gregg Berhalter - 1860 Munich - went the full 90 at centerback in a big 2-6 win at Augsburg.
-Carlos Bocanegra - Fulham - played 90 at center back and was called for a penalty that equalized the game in a 2-1 loss at Arsenal.
-Nat Borchers - Odd Grenland - started and went the distance in a losing effort, 2-1 at Aalesunds.
-Michael Bradley - Heerenveen - first game is Aug 17 v Willem II
-Danny Califf - Aalborg - played 90 minutes in the center of defense as his team beat Aarhus 2-0.
-Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - started as usual at right back and went 90 minutes in a losing effort 0-1 at home to Hamburg.
-Bobby Convey - Reading - did not dress for his teams 0-0 draw at Manchester United.
-Charlie Davies - Hammarby - play at Djurgardens today.
-Jay DeMerit - Watford - went the full 90 at center back as his teamed opened their season back in the Championship Division with a 1-2 win at Wolverhampton.
-Clint Dempsey - Fulham - came on at half time as his team lost it 2-1 late after carrying an early lead at Arsenal.
-Benny Feilhaber - Derby County - did not dress for the match as his team opened their season back in the Premiership with a 2-2 draw at Portsmouth.
-Brad Friedel - Blackburn - went the whole match in goal as usual & the team won 1-2 over Middlesbrough.
-Cory Gibbs - Charlton - did not dress for his teams 1-1 draw with Scunthorpe.
-Marcus Hahnemann - Reading - was healthy enough to return to the line up and star in his teams 0-0 draw at Manchester United.
-Kamani Hill - Wolfsburg - did not dress as his team lost 1-3 at home to Arminia Bielefeld.
-Tim Howard - Everton - started the season in goal as always and won 2-1 over Wigan.
-Ian Joy - St Pauli - dressed but did not play as his team got beat 0-2 at home by Cologne.
-Eddie Lewis - Leeds - went the full 90 as his teamed opened their League One season with a win at Tranmere 1-2.
-Brian McBride - Fulham - played 90 minutes in a 2-1 loss at Arsenal.
-Oguchi Onyewu - Standard - started at center back and played 90 minutes as his team beat Brussels 4-1 at home.
-Heath Pearce - Hansa Rostock - played the full 90 at left back but got beat 3-0 at Bayern Munich.
-Frank Simek - Sheffield Wednesday - played 90 minutes at centerback but his team got smoked by Ipswich 4-1.
-Neven Subotic - Mainz - played 90 minutes in defense as his team won 4-1 over Koblenz.
-Jonathan Spector - West Ham - went the full 90 at right back but his team lost their opener 0-2 to Manchester City.
-Brian West - Fredrikstad - came on in the 80th minute of his teams 2-2 draw at Viking.
-Josh Wolff - 1860 Munich - went the distance at forward and set up two teammates for goals in a stomping 2-6 win at Augsburg.
-Sal Zizzo - Hannover - just arriving at his new team and starting to train.
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News sources say that Oguchi Onyewu needs thumb surgery, but will not miss any matches.
-Rumors from England also say that Reading will make a bid for Onyewu before the transfer window closes.
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Real Madrid has signed Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder from Ajax.
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Wayne Rooney. Another broken foot. What are we gonna do with ya. At least your team has Modern Man to lead them now.


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