Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Ch-Ch-Ch-Cherry Flavor News

A very exciting new video clip from FC Dallas "featuring Bobby Rhine (as Juan Toja) and co-starring Carlos Ruiz (as Juan Toja), Chase Wileman (as Juan Toja), Sandy Gbandi (as Juan Toja), Dario Sala (as Juan Toja), Anthony Wallace (as Juan Toja), Chris Gbandi (as Juan Toja), Steve Morrow (as Juan Toja), and of course, Juan Toja (as himself)."

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Some are saying that we may hear official news on Seattle's bid to join MLS this week.


MLS
Matches & scores:
-Thu Oct 11
Dallas v Chivas - 8pm central on ESPN2
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Dallas forward Abe Thompson was named MLS Player Of The Week.
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Nick Firchau of Chicago's Daily Southtown on the Fire's match v Cruz Azul tonight, and v DC United on Saturday.
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Luis Arroyave on the Red Card blog says Chicago defender Wilman Conde has a bum foot.
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Arroyave for the Chicago Tribune with various Fire team notes.
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James Edward of the Deseret Morning News on Eddie Pope's final goodbye's to Real Salt Lake, MLS, USA and his soccer career.
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Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle with the latest in Dynamo, MLS and other soccer news bites.
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Morgan Campbell of the Toronto Star says just because TFC's original season is almost over, it's still hard work for everyone on the team in training sessions.
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The US Soccer Players Assoc has a Q & A with Kansas City attacker Davy Arnaud.
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Martin Rogers of Yahoo Sports on the high quality of New England and their manager Steve Nicol.
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Billy Witz of the Daily Breeze says that B******'s injury has kept the LA Galaxy from having to play in my hometown of Minneapolis tonight, pity, and several other meaningless matches that they booked at the wrong time of year.
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Mark Ziegler of the San Diego Union Tribune ponders what the LA Galaxy will do if B****** gets healthy before the season ends.
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Andrea Canales at the US Soccer Players Assoc writes about Chris Armas' & Cobi Jones' possible about-face on their announced retirements.
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Metrofanatic gaze into their crystal ball, go backward to the year 2000, pick up a nice piece of wood, and give Steve Shak another beating.
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Ryan Hunt of Sports Illustrated with his MLS p/review Free Kicks.
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Want to ask a question of MLS Commish Don Garber? Jonah Freedman of Sports Illustrated will be doing an interview with the big guy and he wants your input.
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The Oregonian with word today from MLS that because Seattle is a front runner for an expansion team it will not elimidate Portland from potentially joining the league some day as well. We need Seattle & Portland in the same league for rivalry purposes. They go together like liver and onions. I will let you figure out which is which.
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Grahame Jones of the LA Times with his news & notes of the week: Corner Kicks.
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Steven Goff of the Washington Post says the case has finally been settled out of court on the young player who had his leg broken 3 years ago by the DC United player Hristo Stoichkov.
-More on the story on Goff's blog Soccer Insider.
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Copa Sudamericana
Quarterfinals
First Leg Matches & Scores:
-Wed Oct 10
America v Vasco da Gama
Sao Paulo v Millonarios
Arsenal v Chivas Guadalajara
-Thu Oct 25
Defensor Sporting v River Plate
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Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated with a great in-depth look at USA & Heerenveen midfielder Michael Bradley.
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Goal.com pick their Team USA lineup for the Switzerland match.
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Andrew Wiebe of the Daily Kansan likes the "future team" approach of this USA roster.
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The USA team blog.
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Larry Millson of the Toronto Globe & Mail writes about TFC prize youngster Maurice Edu getting called up for the USA this week.
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Luis Bueno at Sports Illustrated tells us about Edgar Castillo. Who is he? He is an American kid who got a shot with Santos Laguna in Mexico, is tearing it up for his club, and has now been called in to the national team camp of MEXICO. What? Not good. Do you get that sick feeling in your stomach when you hear about stuff like this? I sure do.
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The 30 nominees for the 2007 FIFA Player Of The Year award:
Gianluigi Buffon
Fabio Cannavaro
Petr Cech
Cristiano Ronaldo
Deco
Didier Drogba
Michael Essien
Samuel Eto'o
Gennaro Gattuso
Steven Gerrard
Thierry Henry
Juninho Pernambucano
Rikki Kaka
Miroslav Klose
Philipp Lahm
Frank Lampard
Rafael Marquez
Lionel Messi
Alessandro Nesta
Andrea Pirlo
Franck Ribery
Juan Roman Riquelme
Ronaldinho
Wayne Rooney
John Terry
Carlos Tevez
Lilian Thuram
Fernando Torres
Ruud van Nistelrooy
Patrick Vieira
-Again as it is every year, this list is pathetic. The number of amazing players not on this list is staggering. And the number of past-their-sell-by-date bums on this list is numbing. Typical FIFA, day late, and a dollar short (for us, cuz of course they lined their pockets).
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Jack Bell of the New York Times writes about the young German player (of Iranian descent) who refuses to play a match in Israel. (I was considering omitting his name here because I find guys like this irrelevant to the rest of the humans on earth, but then I realized that everyone should know this idiots name - Ashkan Dejagah, and his club team is Wolfsburg.)
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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune looks at Club v Country.
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Greg Seltzer at Soccer365 with his top 10 Euro clubs.
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You ever seen this, The Real Football Factories (video), a show where a guy goes around the world with the most notorious football fans. Here's Argentina. Insane. (thanks to Daniele for tipping us off on this one)
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Paraguay will not have their top forward Roque Santa Cruz for the World Cup Qualifiers due to severe tendinitis in his knee. He could be out over a month.

7 Comments:

Blogger Matth: said...

Re: Real Football Factories

Holy shit! As a Section 8 faithful, I definitely dream of more boisterous fans, but the Barras Bravas are like the Mob on crack.

6:59 PM  
Blogger mamacita chilena said...

The Argentina fans are even imposing when they aren't at their home stadium. When they play here in Chile because of the proximity to the country they are never lacking in fans...and they definitely make their presence felt.

11:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ashkan Dejagah is an idiot.
Worse than that---he's a hater.

12:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

from soccerblog.com

Some examples of how Israel continues to humiliate the Palestinians. In 2005, the Israelis prevented the Palestinians competing on the world stage by detaining players in Gaza during a world cup qualifier. They also prevented the entire team leaving Gaza for an Asian Cup qualifier against Singapore in 2006 and barred the team from re-entering Gaza for over a month after they competed in Jordan in June of this year.

Kev

8:46 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

thanks kev
israel and palestine and iran and many others in the middle east spread too much hate for people to claim to be so in touch with god
the rest of the world too
but that zone is particularly cruel

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know its not right and I congratulate Mr. Castillo's for the success he is having in Mexico but when I read the part, "And while Castillo has slammed the door on the U.S. national team, he said he'd be open to playing in MLS because he is an American, after all."

I couldn't helping saying to myself, "Not if you play for Mexican national team."

smatthew

12:20 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

smatthew
i was thinking more along the lines of "not unless you want to get booed and taunted endlessly"

2:47 PM  

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