Monday, September 17, 2007

Drip Drip Drop News

American midfielder Benny Feilhaber made his debut for Derby County today, coming on as an 80th minute sub for game winning goal scorer Kenny Miller in Derby's 1-0 win over Newcastle for their first Premiership win of the season.


Ives Galaracep on his Soccer By Ives blog says DC United is very close to signing Argentinean midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron for next season. So what does this do to their current roster? Christian Gomez plays that same spot. So does Fred who has been playing out of position on the wing.


The New York Times Goal blog has a new post from New York forward Jozy Altidore where he expresses his feelings about fans heaping pressure on young players. Interesting timing Jozy, what with all the freaks posting on boards saying you should be called into the national team for the match v Brazil, and that you will be the new hero/savior. I love it.


I have been hearing a lot about fights in the stands and parking lots after last Thursdays Chivas USA v LA Galaxy game, but little had been written in the press. Billy Witz of the LA Daily News has some of the story. I was also told that Chivas fans were allowed to enter the stadium without the usual security checks leading to the massive amounts of smoke bombs that got set off, and some thrown on the field. They also let the Chivas fans gather in the lot that has always been the home to Galaxy fan pre-match tailgating. How this stuff happens I will never know. I love fans getting wild, but I HATE it when anything is thrown on the field. And I also HATE it that Toronto fans are allowed to plaster opposing fans with streamers when they take corner kicks. Tossing them at the nets is one thing, but directly at specific players is out of line, for that you Toronto fans get an F in my book.

Matches & Scores:
-Sat Sep 15
Toronto 0-0 Salt Lake
Match report by Dean McNulty of the Toronto Sun.
Match report by Larry Millson of the Toronto Globe & Mail.
Match report by Morgan Campbell of the Toronto Star.
Match report from the Deseret Morning News.
Match report from the Salt Lake Tribune.
Match report from the Daily Utah Chronicle.
New England 4-2 Dallas - NE goals by Pat Noonan(2), Steve Ralston & Khano Smith. Dal goals both by Carlos Ruiz.
Match report by Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe.
Match report by Mike Biglin of the Metro West Daily News.
Match report from the Boston Herald.
Match report from the Dallas Morning News.
Match report from the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Post-game notes from Dell'apa.
Kansas City 3-2 Columbus - KC goals by Scott Sealy(2) & Eddie Johnson. Colu goals by Ale Moreno & Andy Herron.
Match report by Bob Luder of the Kansas City Star. (I have to say that for a game with such an incredible ending, this is one lame match report. And then it ends up being the only report written for any newspaper. Ugh.)
Chicago 2-2 New York - Chic goals by Cuauhtemoc Blanco(PK) & Gonzalo Seagares. NY goals by Dave Van Den Bergh & Juan Pablo Angel(PK).
Match report by Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune.
Match report from the Chicago Sun Times.
Match report from the Daily Southtown.
Match report from Big Apple Soccer.
Post-game notes from Arroyave.
-Sun Sep 16
Colorado 1-1 Chivas - Colo goal by Colin Clark. Chiv goal by Sacha Kljestan(PK).
Match report by John Meyer of the Denver Post.
Match report from the Rocky Mountain News.
Los Angeles 1-3 Houston - LA goal by Alan Gordon. Hou goals by Ryan Cochran, Dwayne De Rosario(PK) & Rico Clark.
Match report by Grahame Jones of the LA Times.
Match report by Luis Bueno of the Press Enterprise.
Match report by Billy Witz of the Daily Breeze.
Match report by Damian Calhoun of the Orange County Register.
Match report from the Houston Chronicle.
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Scott Sealy of Kansas City has been named MLS Player Of The Week.
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Steve Davis writes the best MLS weekly match recap for the leagues home page. For me it is must reading on Monday's.
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DC clinched their spot in the playoffs last Thursday, and after wins this weekend both New England and Houston has joined them in the post season. That leaves 5 more spots for fight for.
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Wow! Kansas City was trailing Columbus 1-2 after 90 minutes plus two minutes of stoppage time. But in the 3rd added minute the Crew was called for a PK that Eddie Johnson converted to tie the game, and then to put a dagger in their heart, just seconds later KC forward Scott Sealy added the game winner on a diving header. Holy smokes! Will Columbus recover from this one??? Not likely.
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Jeff Cunningham promised that he would score a goal within 5 minutes of coming on v his old team Real Salt Lake. He did not come through for his teammates.
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And that leaves Toronto goalless in a whopping 822 minutes. I think they have already topped the old futility record by more than 300 minutes. Not much more and it will be 10 games without scoring. Brutal.
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Morgan Campbell of the Toronto Star says TFC fans may have had the last straw this season with their awful team.
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Logan Pause wore the captain's armband for Chicago. Who saw that coming?
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Salt Lake acquired forward Yura Movsisyan from Kansas City on Friday before the seasons roster freeze.
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Colorado forward Herculez Gomez blew out the ligament and meniscus in the right knee last week and is done for the season.
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USA U20 midfielder Anthony Wallace made his debut for Dallas on Saturday in New England.
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Cobi Jones next appearance for Los Angeles will be #300 in MLS.
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Former Minnesota Thunder forward Francis Doe made his first start up top for New York on Saturday in Chicago. Don't forget, his nickname is Grandpa. Seriously.
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Ives Galarcep is reporting that two New York players suffered bad knee injuries in the teams Reserve League game on Sunday v Chicago - Kevin Goldthwaite & Mike Magee. No other details yet.
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Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle says Dynamo forward Paul Dalglish is finally healthy again too. He injured his ankle very early in the season and has seen little to no action on the field since. If he can get in game shape, and the team can keep Brian Ching healthy, then they are set up top. Now they just need their two effect left wingers to get healthy - Stuart Holden and Brad Davis. Get all those guys rolling together and you have one hell of a team coming up at the right time - PLAYOFFS.
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Andrea Canales at the US Soccer Players Assoc talks to new Chivas USA team President Shawn Hunter.
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Steve Davis at Soccernet looks at the success of 4 new coaches in MLS this season.
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Soccernet's latest MLS Power Rankings.
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Chicago resigned midfielder John Thorrington. JT had once been a very promising American youth player and went to Europe where he gained in stature with some big clubs. But injuries have all but ended his career. It's great to see him get another shot.
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Paul Demko at City Pages Ball's blog with an excellent MLS current-state-check-up, brilliantly entitled: Alexi Lalas is an incompetent ass (and other MLS notes)
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New England have given first year forward Adam Cristman a new contract, adding him to their senior roster.
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Ann Killion of the San Jose Mercury News on the return of the San Jose Earthquakes. She makes a good plug for the potential inclusion of some talented people - Frank Yallop, Billy Beane and Brandi Chastain - to be part of the new team management.
-Killion also believes the new team will play at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara next season, but the place holds less than 7000. Is that for real? Sounds awful to me. Oakland Coliseum is also rumored to host bigger matches.
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Which players have been the biggest surprises to you this season in MLS? Here are 7 from me:
-Arturo Alvarez - Dallas
-Mark Burch - DC
-Clarence Goodson - Dallas
-Stuart Holden - Houston
-Jeff Larentowitz - New England
-Jesse Marsch - Chivas
-Joseph Ngwenya - Houston
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From the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer (front page, not just sports section) is another article on the supporters group in Philly for a non-existent team. The Sons of Ben.
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USL First Division
First Round of Playoffs Schedule (all times central):
-Fri Sep 14 - 1st leg
Atlanta 2-1 Rochester
Carolina 0-2 Seattle
Montreal 3-2 Puerto Rico
Vancouver 1-0 Portland
-Sun Sep 16 - 2nd leg
Rochester 1-1 Atlanta - Atlanta advances 3-2 on aggregate.
Seattle 1-0 Carolina - Seattle adv 3-0 on agg.
Puerto Rico 3-0 Montreal - Puerto Rico adv 5-3 on agg.
Portland 3-0 Vancouver - Portland adv 3-1 on agg.
Semifinal schedule:
-Fri Sep 21
Atlanta v Portland
Puerto Rico v Seattle
-Sun Sep 23
Seattle v Puerto Rico
Portland v Atlanta
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My friend Demko also wrote up what little info we know so far about new owners for my Minnesota Thunder. It's all kind of vague, but its positive news, and that is huge after 3 losing seasons in a row.
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Women's World Cup
Matches & Scores:
Round 1 of Group Stage-
-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
Round 2 of Group Stage-
-Fri Sep 14
Argentina 0-1 Japan
England 0-0 Germany
Sweden 2-0 USA
N Korea 2-0 Nigeria
-Sat Sep 15
Canada 4-0 Ghana
Australia 1-1 Norway
Denmark 2-0 New Zealand
Brazil 4-0 China
Round 3 of Group Stage-
-Mon Sep 17
Germany 2-0 Japan
England 6-1 Argentina
-Tue Sep 18
Nigeria v USA
N Korea v Sweden
-Wed Sep 19
Norway v Ghana
Australia v Canada
China v New Zealand
Brazil v Denmark
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England & Portsmouth keeper David James writes for the Guardian about how much he digs the England Women's World Cup team.
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Americans in Europe - how'd their recent matches go:
-DaMarcus Beasley - Rangers - started and scored in the second half but lost 4-2 at Hearts.
-Gregg Berhalter - 1860 Munich - went the distance in the back of a 0-0 draw at Alemania Aachen.
-Carlos Bocanegra - Fulham - played the full 90 of a 1-1 draw at Wigan.
-Nat Borchers - Odd Grenland - lost at home to Stabaek 1-5. Ouch.
-Michael Bradley - Heerenveen - started and went the distance, not to mention scored a goal in a 2-5 win at Excelsior.
-Danny Califf - Aalborg - played all 90 of a 3-0 win over rivals Brondby.
-Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - went the distance as usual as they drew 2-2 at Nurmburg.
-Bobby Convey - Reading - came on in the 78th minute of a 2-1 loss at Sunderland.
-Charlie Davies - Hammarby - came on in the 85th minute as they beat Gefle 4-3.
-Jay DeMerit - Watford - went the distance in a 3-2 win over Southampton.
-Clint Dempsey - Fulham - started, played the full match, and bagged another goal. But he also missed a sitter and his team drew 1-1 at Wigan.
-Benny Feilhaber - Derby County - made his debut as an 80th minute sub and beat Newcastle 1-0 today for first EPL win.
-Brad Friedel - Blackburn - in goal as always and held Chelsea to a 0-0 draw on the road.
-Marcus Hahnemann - Reading - started as usual but suffered a 2-1 loss at Sunderland, of all teams.
-Tim Howard - Everton - did not dress due to the dislocated finger he suffered v Brazil. His team lost 0-1 to Manchester United.
-Ian Joy - St Pauli - dressed but did not play in a 3-1 win over Kickers Offenbach.
-Kasey Keller - Fulham - on the bench for a 1-1 draw at Wigan.
-Eddie Lewis - Derby County - started and played 87 minutes as they beat Newcastle 1-0 today for first EPL win.
-Oguchi Onyewu - Standard - went the distance but drew 1-1 at Gent, dropping their first points of the season.
-Heath Pearce - Hansa Rostock - played the whole match at left back in a 4-2 loss at Arminia Bielefeld.
-Frank Simek - Sheffield Wednesday - played 90 but lost 1-0 at Preston.
-Jonathan Spector - West Ham - did not dress for his teams 3-0 win over Middlesbrough.
-Neven Subotic - Mainz - started and finished a 1-1 home draw with Freiburg.
-Brian West - Fredrikstad - lost to Brann 0-4 at home. Oof.
-Josh Wolff - 1860 Munich - went the distance up top in a 0-0 draw at Alemania Aachen.
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In a stunning move Mexico is going to ditch their traditional green shirts. They will wear white from now on, and red as an alternate. The reason given was from coach Hugo Sanchez: "In my opinion, our green is confusing with the pitch - as grass is green. It looks like there are less players on the field."
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Italian forward Antonio Di Natale who scored twice for his country last week, scored the games only goal as his Udinese went to Juventus and came home with a big upset win. Not a bad week. The best week ever?
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All we have heard is bad news about Brazilian Adriano at Inter Milan. Well he started this weekend, went the full 90 and his team won 2-0 over Catania. All is not lost.
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So, uh, for my next lie I will...... This is nuts. Stephen Ireland lied to his country, Ireland (natch), about why he couldn't play for them last week. The real story itself is sad and the reason he left the team is very heavy, so why lie about it? From Soccernet. (thanks to BQ for this)
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Former Norway manager Egil Olsen has been hired to run the Iraqi national team.
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Ex Lyon & Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has been hired as the new Technical Director for the France Football Federation.
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Have you ever read Tim Park's book A Season With Verona? You want to know where Verona sit right now, just a few weeks into the new Italian season? Bottom of Serie C1A. That is ugly.
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Simon Kuper of the Financial Times writes about young Dutch striker Ryan Babel and his first season at Liverpool.
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Phil Ball of Soccernet calls Barcelona players prima-donna's. Ouch.
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Lastly, Tom Wille a Soccernet correspondent who covers English team Fulham talks to Rich Allen one of the authors about the re-publication of a book looking back Fulham's 2006-07 season - The Fulham Review. I am privileged to have contributed an essay to that book! (see link at top right to purchase)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gotta disagree with you on the issue of TFC fans and streamers

it's our pitch and the opposition is going to have to suffer our wrath.

I have a feeling MLS likes it. if not, we'd be stopped. It creates a real home field advantage.

11:39 PM  
Anonymous thundergunner said...

Man, I love this quote from Ryan Babel: "I understand from Robin van Persie at Arsenal that Julio Baptista isn't strong at all, even though he's a massive guy."

Ha! I can't remember how many times last year I thought "how can someone so big get knocked off the ball so easily?" Looks like I wasn't the only one who noticed that!

I bet our Brucio wouldn't be such a pushover!

11:39 PM  
Anonymous Steve said...

Oh Bruce, you always love to hate on us up North. It's a good thing the TV didn't show the poor athletic trainer getting hit with a hot dog and a beer for refreshment.

12:01 AM  
Blogger mamacita chilena said...

Veron is top notch. Sure he's old, but he is fantastic! I hope the rumor is true, I'd love to see him MLS.

12:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heart Hugo Sanchez.


8:47 AM  
Blogger Dave DuJour said...

I was at the Galaxy vs Chivas game sitting in the Riot Squad. It felt to me like some (not all or even many) of those Chivas fans were looking for a fight. One did break out in the stands about the 80th minute or so behind me. I didn't look at the scoreboard, I just heard a bit scuffle behind me, turned around, and saw something going on. The security was pretty sad, not stopping that fight very quickly. There was some more pushing & shoving going on shortly after the initial fight got cleared up, but security was very reluctant to go up the stairs. I saw several (3-4 at least, including one supervisor) just standing at the railing watching it.

I didn't hear about the fight in the parking lot until I got home Friday night.

I will say I came in the NE entrance to the stadium and saw everyone being searched just like normal, but I doubt many of the people in that section were sitting in the smoke bomb area. They seemed more like families.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Kristopher said...

"In a stunning move Mexico is going to ditch their traditional green shirts. They will wear white from now on, and red as an alternate."

HA! Now those d-bags from Sam's Army will be wearing Mexico colors. Genius.

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Dave said...

First of all, young man, don't even lie - we all know YOU are the real player in the new Thunder ownership group.

Second, how can anyone be out of patience with TFC? They haven't even completed an entire season, and they've been snake-bit by injuries. Sheesh, people, have some patience. There are teams in England haven't won anything since our Grandads were young men that still have intensely loyal followings. Lighten up Morgan Campbell.

10:18 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

i love fans in the stands having the time of their lives
i do every time i go to a game
but i really think throwing anything on the field is waaaaaaaaaay out of line
i dont care what country the game is played in

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I agree with you that Chivas USA's uncivilized fans ought not be throwing streamers at players on the field.
But they ought not be throwing streamers PERIOD.

Somehow, you think throwing them at the nets is permissable---but just not at players.

That's silly, Brucio.
Saying its ok to throw streamers at the nets but not at the players is like giving your teenage son the keys to the car, a keg of beer, and a box of condoms, yet saying, "Don't get into any trouble, son."

12:34 PM  

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