Wednesday, September 12, 2007

All Caught Up News

US Soccer has finally officially announced the Nov 17 match in South Africa. It will be a tribute match for Nelson Mandela.

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The Spanish Football Federation has upheld their opposition to the Catalonia v USA game on Oct 17. So the game is off, and US Soccer is out looking for a new opponent.


MLS
Matches & Scores:
-Wed Sep 12
DC v Salt Lake - 6:30pm central on Direct Kick
Match preview by James Edward of the Deseret Morning News.
Match preview from the Daily Utah Chronicle.
Match preview by Michael C Lewis of the Salt Lake Tribune.
Pre-match jibber jabber by Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post on the Soccer Insider.
-Thu Sep 13
Chivas v Los Angeles - 10pm central on ESPN2
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Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post writes about DC United forward Luciano Emilio who has lived up to his reputation for bagging the goals in large handfuls.
-Some quotes that got left out of this article by Steinberg on the Soccer Insider.
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John Haydon of the Washington Post writes about Emilio too.
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David Beckman will be one of the commentators in the booth for ESPN on Thursday night at the Super Classico.
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Jeff Carlisle at Soccernet previews Chiv v LA.
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I was really surprised to see DC United midfielder Josh Gros back on the field last weekend. There had been talk that Gros was going to miss the rest of this season due to multiple concussions. But he is back out there. I just hope he is OK.
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Jaime Cardenas of the LA Times talks to new Chivas USA honcho Shawn Hunter about his huge project - filling the stadium every game.
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Billy Witz of the LA Daily News on Chivas's Hunter too.
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Andrew Wiebe of the Daily Kansan writes about the growing number of impressive South American players in MLS.
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Larry Millson of the Toronto Globe & Mail says TFC coach Mo Johnston will definitely be back with the team next season. And the team has more new faces training with them.
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Have you watched a game at Toronto's BMO Field and noticed the constant buzzing of seagulls in the air. I found it kinda funny, but ultimately annoying. Well, it turns out that TFC wasn't down with it either. The Toronto Globe and Mail with a story on how the team has brought in a Harris Hawk to patrol the grounds and scare away the winged sea loving rats. I smell a new team nickname coming.
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Edwards of the Deseret with an update on the Real Salt Lake stadium construction. The projected completion date is one year from today! Wow.
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Tom Timmermann of the St Louis Post Dispatch with more on the stadium & expansion progress in St Louis.
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Women's World Cup
Round 1 of Group Stage Matches & Scores:
-Mon Sep 10
Germany 11-0 Argentina
-Tue Sep 11
Japan 2-2 England
USA 2-2 N Korea
Nigeria 1-1 Sweden
-Wed Sep 12
Ghana 1-4 Australia
Norway 2-1 Canada
New Zealand 0-5 Brazil
China 3-2 Denmark
-Fri Sep 14
Argentina v Japan
England v Germany
Sweden v USA
N Korea v Nigeria
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Ives Galarcep on his Soccer By Ives blog talks to USA & Everton keeper Tim Howard about the criticism being given to USA centerbacks Oguchi Onyewu and Carlos Bocanegra. Tim-may is not down with it.
-Ives also gives us a link to an article by former England keeper Nigel Martyn on Howard's injury. From IC Liverpool.
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Clint Dempsey was named the Fulham Player of the Month!! (thanks to BQ for this one)
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Adam Spangler of This Is American Soccer with another excellent interview. This time he talks to Danny Karbassiyoon a former American soccer prodigy who went to Arsenal but sadly had injuries that have taken him off the field. The good part is that he has a job with Arsenal now, scouting players in the USA for the London club.
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Jack Bell of the New York Times writes about a young kid named Leo Krupni, who was born in Ukraine, raised in California and now plays for Bnei Sakhnin in Israel.
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The next USA U17 residency class has settled in for the fall semester in Bradenton Florida. 48 players in all, including 14 year old Charles Renken from St Louis who is the youngest. Read all about em from US Soccer.
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CONCACAF & CONMEBOL Friendly's
-Wed Sep 12
Mexico v Brazil - in Boston
Venezuela v Panama
Honduras v Ecuador
Peru v Bolivia
South Africa v Uruguay
Colombia v Paraguay
Canada v Costa Rica
-Thu Sep 13
Guatemala v Trinidad & Tobago
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Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe previews Mexico v Brazil tonight.
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Guadalajara Chivas owner Jorge Vergara is said to be starting a Chivas team in China!!!
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Turns out that Sir Alex Ferguson was not "kicked in the shins", but rather he was cracked in the "nether regions". Oof. (thanks to BQ for the update)
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The Times of London has a soccer podcast hosted by Gabriele Marcotti and Guillem Balague. Thanks to Vladimir for suggesting this one. I will be checking it out.
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Speaking of Gabriele Marcotti, he has an article in the Times on the quickly descending career of Brazilian forward Adriano.
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Simon Kuper of the Financial Times reports on the state of the Northern Ireland football team, and of course the politics of the nation. Some of it will surprise you. Some won't.
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Pachuca keeper Miguel Calero has the same blood clot problem that American Brian McBride had several years back. It is very serious and could kill you if its not taken care of with surgery right away. Calero will be out for the rest of this season. I wish him the best. Too bad we won't get to see him at the World Club Championsips in December. Good luck to Pachuca in finding a replacement.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Nick said...

How many more shitty ass anglos does Mo Johnston need to bring in to learn that Peter Canero does not win championships in MLS? There is a country called Argentina, perhaps Mo has heard of it? He should check it out.

10:34 PM  

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