Thursday, August 09, 2007

Recycled Crazed Crapper News

Dallas and MLS's newest star player Juan Toja is out of action with an ankle sprain suffered in the Open Cup win at Charleston on Tuesday night. Damn. Get back soon Senor Toja!


Benny Feilhaber has received his English work permit and his transfer from Hamburg to Derby County is complete!


Beckman is giving Shogun a tick.


US Open Cup - Ending Last night!
Fourth Round matches:
-Tue Aug 7:
Carolina Railhawks 1-0 Richmond Kickers Goal by Connally Edozien.
Charleston Battery 1-2 FC Dallas - in extra time - Char goal by Stephen Armstrong. Dall goals by Clarence Goodson & Arturo Alvarez.
Seattle Sounders 5-0 Colorado Rapids Goals by Taylor Graham, Zach Scott, Ugo Ihemelu(Own Goal), Josh Gardner & Sebastien Le Toux.
-Wed Aug 8:
New England Revolution 2-1 Harrisburg City Islanders - NE goals by Andy Dorman & Taylor Twellman. Har goal by Matt Tanzini.
Match report by Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe.
Match report by John Connolly of the Boston Herald.
Match report from the Harrisburg Patriot News.
Tue Sep 4
Seattle Sounders v FC Dallas
New England Revolution v Carolina Railhawks
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Matches & scores:
-Thu Aug 9
DC v LA - 6pm central on ESPN2
Match preview by Steven Goff of Washington Post.
Match preview & Precious Ankle Update by Grahame Jones of the LA Times.
Match preview by Andrea Canales at Soccernet.
Match preview from the Washington Post.
Match preview by Ian Plenderleith of the US Soccer Players Assoc.
Another Precious Ankle Update by Goff.
-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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Earlier today Steven Goff of the Washington Post conducted his regular on-line chat session with us the fans. Check it out now.
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Ives Galarcep of the North Jersey Herald says young Red Bulls striker Jozy Altidore has begun to seriously consider a move to a team in Europe. He turns 18 on Nov 6.
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The Red Bulls have released a video presentation of their new practice facility. Includes some finger poppin' music. Here's a layout of the grounds too.
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Beau Dure of USA Today writes about the fantastic season being delivered by striker Luciano Emilio at DC United.
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Lars Lifrak at Soccer365 has a Q & A with Colorado captain and one of MLS's great villains Pablo Mastroeni.
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George Tanner at FC Rocky needs another day to lament the beatdown Colorado was handed by Seattle in the Open Cup on Tuesday night, not to mention the all around pathetic nature of the Rapid.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ with a feature on the Chicago Fire.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ with 11 things we didn't know about ESPN commentator Rob Stone.
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CNET has a Q & A with New York forward Jozy Altidore about being on the cover of the new FIFA 08 game.
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Scroll down this screen at ESPN's Page 2 to find a little profile of a guy named Trevor Moawad who is the sports psychologist we sometimes hear referred to by Freddy Adu and Eddie Johnson.
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Ah yes, an old chestnut unearthed. Mr & Mrs Beckman interviewed by Ali G. (thanks to the Soccer Training Info site for the link up)
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The AP has a recap of sorts on the possible birth of MLS in Seattle.
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Even the insider Hotel website Hotel Chatter is getting in on the Beckman news. They are all atwitter about where he has been staying on the road with the Galaxy. Lunacy.
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Glenn Davis of the Houston Chronicle with his thoughts on the SuperLiga so far.
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Bill Urban of the US Soccer Players Assoc wants to figure out a way to make the MLS posted standings more realistic when so many teams have played such different numbers of games. I can't get too worked up about this kinda thing. It all works out in the end.
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USL First Division
Matches & Scores:
-Thu Aug 9
Portland v Minnesota
-Fri Aug 10
Montreal v Miami
Rochester v Carolina
Atlanta v Puerto Rico
-Sat Aug 11
Charleston v California
Portland v Vancouver
Seattle v Minnesota
-Sun Aug 12
Rochester v Puerto Rico
Miami v Atlanta
Vancouver v Minnesota
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Jesse Erdmann at Blue Sky Soccer with this weeks USL First Division Power Rankings.
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Several of my pals are headed west this for 3 Minnesota Thunder matches in the great northwest. If you see them at the games in Portland (Thur), Seattle (Sat) & Vancouver(Sun) please say hi and tell 'em I sent you!
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First Division Standings:
38 Seattle
38 Portland
34 Montreal
30 Puerto Rico
30 Rochester
29 Atlanta
29 Vancouver
27 Miami
26 Charleston
22 Carolina
19 California
16 Minnesota
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The New York Times Goal blog has a Q & A with a UEFA executive following the racial abuse suffered by American DaMarcus Beasley and a Rangers teammate in Montenegro this week. I gotta say though, this guy barely answers for anything in this interview and comes off a kinda ignorant at times. First off he makes generalizations about "Eastern European" countries like they are just out of the caves. They are not all bad. As a matter of fact most are great. Then he holds France up as an example where racism has been stomped down, completely ignoring that just last year some fans of the big club Paris Saint Germain were launching some of the worst fascist garbage of them all. Sad to see a man with such an important role in soccer brush this off so lightly.
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The Derby Evening Telegraph talks to former Derby Country American John Harkes about the team possibly signing fellow American Benny Feilhaber.
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Yanks Abroad talks to American goalkeeper Quentin Westberg who is giving it his all to try and win the #1 spot at Troyes in France.
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The US Soccer Players Assoc looks at the 14 or 15 Americans in this season various German soccer divisions.
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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 0-1 Rangers - Rangers advance 3-0 on aggregate.
Beitar Jerusalem 1-1 Kobenhavn - Koben adv 2-1 on agg.
Levski Sofia 1-0 Tampere United - Tampere of Finland adv 2-0 on agg.
Dinamo Zagreb 3-1 Domzale - Dinamo adv 5-2 on agg.
-Wed Aug 8
Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 Pyunick - Shakhtar adv 4-1 on agg.
Elfsborg 0-0 Debrecin - Elfsborg adv 1-0 on agg.
Steaua Bucuresti 2-1 Zaglebie Lubin - Steaua adv 3-1 on agg.
Sarajevo 0-1 Genk - Sarajevo adv on away goal advantage after ending 2-2 on agg.
Sheriff 0-3 Besiktas - Besiktas adv 4-0 on agg.
Salzburg 4-0 Ventspils -Salzbuerg adv 7-0 on agg.
Rosenborg 7-1 Astana - Rosenborg adv 10-2 on agg.
BATE Borisov 1-1 Hafnarfjordur - BATE adv 4-2 on agg.
Levadia Tallinn 2-1 Crvena Zvezda - Crvena adv on away goal advantage after ending 2-2 on agg.
Slavia Praha 0-0 Zilina - Slavia adv 4-3 on PK's after ending 0-0 on agg.
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Here are the UEFA CL 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
-Wed Aug 15
BATE Borisov v Steaua Bucuresti & return leg on Wed Aug 29
Tampere United v Rosenborg & return leg on Wed Aug 29
Spartak Moskva v Celtic & return leg on Wed Aug 29
Werder Bremen v Dinamo Zagreb & return leg on Wed Aug 29
Salzburg v Shakhtar Donetsk & return leg on Wed Aug 29
Ajax v Slavia Praha & return leg on Wed Aug 29
Sarajevo v Dynamo Kyiv & return leg on Wed Aug 29
Fenerbahce v Anderlecht & return leg on Wed Aug 29
Toulouse v Liverpool & return leg on Tue Aug 28
Sparta Praha v Arsenal & return leg on Wed Aug 29
Sevilla v AEK Athens & return leg on Tue Aug 28
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Jonah Freedman of Sports Illustrated returns after a couple months off with his World Club Soccer Power Rankings. He gives Champions League winners Milan the benefit of the doubt and puts them at #1.
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World Soccer via Sports Illustrated has a Q & A with German legend Franz Beckenbauer. He talks about nearly everything, cuz he is the ultimate Continental Gentleman.
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I think the date of this entry is a bit out of whack, but Fulham defender Moritz Volz has a new diary entry. Some excellent non-football stuff as always.
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Real Madrid has signed talented young Dutch left back Royston Drenthe from Feyenoord.
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Not only were Leeds demoted to the third level of English football for this season, but they have lost an appeal and will be deducted 15 points to start this season as well. They lost the points when they filed for bankruptcy last season. They had thought that buy declaring before last season was over that the point penalty would be applied last season, but the league said no to that.
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Valencia has added to their impressive list of strikers by signing giant Serbian Nikola Zigic from Racing Santander.
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William Gallas, not Gilberto Silva, has been named as team captain for Arsenal.
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This Saturday in Spain we will get the Super Cup - last years league winners Real Madrid take on Copa Del Rey winners Sevilla.
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Lastly, could this be the straw that breaks Jack Warner's back? He slags off England in an interview with the BBC World Service about who should host World Cup 2018. He wants it to be played in a CONCACAF country, which is fine. But then he attacks England saying "Nobody in Europe likes England. England invented the sport but has never made any impact on world football." Read and listen. This is one massively ignorant dude. Needless to say, the English Football Association are not pleased, and have written a letter to Warner asking him to explain himself.


Blogger Matth: said...

That Becks and Posh interview is rich. Favorite moments:

Victoria's (and Scary's) bout with mingin'-gitis.

Becomes fashion, i.e. the England jersey: clothes that is well embarrassing and make you look like a laughing-stock.

As for soccer, is Feilhaber's move to Derby really a good one? Wasn't he at Hamburg? It just seems that going from a top club in Germany to the bottom club in England can't possibly be a good move, even if he will have more playing time. Then again, I have a strong bias against the EPL, so that may be coloring my judgment just a bit.

5:16 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

On the UEFA goof, par for the course with Gaillard. He's the twat who said Liverpool fans were "the worst in Europe" after Athens.

8:42 PM  
Blogger mamacita chilena said...

Haha, the UEFA guy comes off as a LITTLE ignorant? He says that the problem of racism has been solved in France...please, France still has huge problems with racism in and out of the soccer stadiums.

He's also ignorant when he says, "We’ve been more busier than we were 10 to 15 years ago." I'm hoping for his sake the his translator messed up or that he's not a native speaker of English.

3:48 AM  
Blogger Jonny said...

Should there be a Salary Cap in Football?
Personally I think there should be! It’s just getting to be stupid money in football at the top of the premiership!
It’s always the same teams at the top proving that football success is based purely on money which ruins the idea of it being a sport! They’ve done it in rugby, basketball, hockey and American football and it makes the sports more competitive and better to watch!
I do a little Spread Betting from time to time and most matches don’t hold much surprise who is going to win, its boring! I want to see a team at the bottom pulling off an amazing season beating last seasons winners in a close fought battle!
Make things fair! It shouldn’t be about money!
All there is all that money in the premiership and barely any of it stays in the UK so it’s not even helping the economy!
From my Spread Betting, if I ever win big (which is never, I’m unlucky) it’s still nothing compared to the average premiership players weekly wage!
This Rant was brought to you by Spread Betting Spike.

3:59 AM  

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