Thursday, October 04, 2007

Chow Fun News

Some very interesting US Soccer news via Luis Bueno at the Sideline Views: Bradley said here at the soccer symposium that the US will have a January camp at HDC and that they will play Sweden here three weeks into camp. Also he said that they will keep trying to talk to Guiseppe Rossi.

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Huge congrats go out to the New England Revolution for winning the 2007 US Open Cup!

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The Columbus Crew have announced that Glidden will be their first ever "Front of shirt" sponsor.

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I don't know who sent this to me, but it's really funny.

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Mark your calendars for October 11 - its Juan Toja wig night in Dallas!!!! Yes! (thanks to Alex for this one)

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New San Jose shirt. (from Soccer Silicon Valley)


US Open Cup Final
FC Dallas 2-3 New England Revolution - Dal goals by Arturo Alvarez & Abe Thompson. NE goals by Pat Noonan, Taylor Twellman & Wells Thompson.
Match report by Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe.
Match report by Kyle McCarthy at the Boston Herald.
Match report by Tobias Xavier Lopez of the Fort Worth Star Telegram
Match report by Gabriel Cabarrouy of the Dallas Morning News.
Match report from US Soccer.
Match report by Steve Davis of Soccernet.
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Martin Rogers of Yahoo Sports give his overall analysis of the US Open Cup tournament.
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Dallas midfielder Juan Toja seems to have lost that sparkle he had in the first half of the season. He was injured for several weeks with an ankle sprain, so I wonder if he is still playing injured.
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Dallas had to replace midfielder Pablo Richetti at half time due to a groin muscle strain, but Alex Yi who came on for him only played a short time until a powerful shot by Khano Smith hit Yi in the head and gave him a concussion. Both are more than likely to be out of action this weekend.
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What can you say about Arturo Alvarez's goal! Watch it now.
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MLS
Matches & scores:
-Thu Oct 4
Toronto v New York - 6pm central on ESPN2
Match preview by Morgan Campbell of the Toronto Star.
Match preview by Larry Millson of the Toronto Globe & Mail.
Match preview by Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer.
Match preview by Ives Galarcep of the North Jersey Herald News.
Match preview by Jane Havsy of the Daily Record.
Match preview by Beau Dure of USA Today.
-Fri Oct 5
Kansas City v DC - 7pm central on Direct Kick
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New York can clinch a playoff spot with a win tonight.
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Claudio Reyna looks pretty certain to miss tonight's game for New York.
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The Colorado supporters group Class VI did a very succinct Q & A with Rapids Managing Director Jeff Plush. Really excellent stuff here. (stolen from FC Rocky)
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KC players Davy Arnaud & Jimmy Conrad will both miss their teams match on Friday v DC due to Red Card suspensions.
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DC United forward Luciano Emilio has been named MLS Player Of The Month for September.
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Glenn Davis of the Houston Chronicle says that with Dynamo midfielder Ricardo Clarke possibly suspended for the rest of the season, the teams signing of Richard Mulrooney could look like a brilliant move. Not that Mulrooney hasn't been really good already this season, but he can slide right into Clark's spot without hesitation and give the team a really good player at that position - waaaaaaaaaay better than most "backups".
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A couple of really good notes from Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune on his Red Card blog: First, the Fire did have some interest in signing Mexican striker Jared Borgetti at one point, and, second, Fire coach Jaun Carlos Osorio talks about being sent off at the end of the game v Chivas USA last weekend. There are a couple other real gems in there too that I will not spoil for you.
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Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch has a story on Crew midfielder Duncan Oughton who is going to miss some very crucial games to go to New Zealand and play in World Cup qualifiers.
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Guillermo Barros Schelotto should be ready to play for Columbus this weekend. They need him badly.
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Bob Luder of the KC Star writes about two Wizards young players who first started playing together 10 years ago - Eddie Johnson & Kurt Morsink.
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Billy Witz of the Daily Breeze on B******'s return to the Galaxy training sessions.
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Greg Lalas's column for Goal.com - The 3-5-2: Choking Down the Stretch. Lotsa good stuff here.
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Jeff Bradley at MLSnet with his best goal scoring seasons - First XI: Men Of Influence.
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I missed this one from last week, Tobias Xavier Lopez writes about Real Salt Lake's young striker Kyle Brown who is getting some minutes and goals with the first team lately. He is from Dallas.
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Soccernet's MLS Power Rankings.
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The San Jose Mercury News has an article announcing that the newly re-birthed San Jose Earthquakes have named former player and assistant coach John Doyle as their new General Manager. Doyle also spent time with the touring version of the Beach Boys alongside John Stamos.
-San Jose is also showing off their new kit.
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Andrew Wiebe of the Daily Kansan says that MLS teams playing in non-league competitions is the gateway to Hispanic fans, especially when they play in tournaments like Copa Americana.
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Looks like Toronto is going to go play a friendly in Portland in mid to late October. (thanks Brian)
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The Washington Post with a feature story on DC United owner Victor MacFarlane. Very good reading.
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Copa Sudamericana
Second Leg Matches & Scores (with first leg scores included):
-Tue Oct 2
Guadalajara Chivas 1-0 DC United -series tied 2-2, but Chivas advances on the away goals rule.
-Wed Oct 3
America 0-2 Pachuca - America advance 4-3 on aggregate.
-Thu Oct 4
El Nacional v Defensor Sporting (0-3)
Colo Colo v Millonarios (1-1)
-The following teams have advanced to the semifinals: Vasco de Gama, Sao Paulo, Arsenal, River Plate, Guadalajara & America. 2 more to go now.
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Mike Woitalla at the New York Sun checks in to see how our Americans are doing so far this season in Europe.
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Young American midfielder Freddy Adu seems to be moving up the depth chart under the new coach at Benfica. He was on the bench, but unfortunately not used in their 0-1 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk.
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Two Americans battled in England Championship Division on Wednesday:
-Jay DeMerit - Watford - played the whole shebang and won 2-1 over Sheff Wed.
-Frank Simek - Sheffield Wednesday - started but was pulled in the 54th minute for another attacker, yet still lost 2-1 at Watford.
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Champions League - Matchday 2
Matches & Scores:
-Wed Oct 3
Liverpool 0-1 Marseille - goal by Mathieu Valbuena.
Besiktas 0-1 Porto - goal by Ricardo Quaresma.
Valencia 1-2 Chelsea - Val goal by David Villa. Chel goes by Emiliano Moretti (Own goal) & Didier Drogba.
Rosenborg 0-2 Schalke - goals by Jermaine Jones & Kevin Kuranyi.
Lazio 2-2 Real Madrid - Laz goals both by Goran Pandev. Real goals both by Ruud Van Nistelrooy.
Bremen 1-3 Olympiacos - Brem goal by Hugo Almeida. Oly goals by Ieroklis Stoltidis, Christos Patsatzoglou & Darko Kovacevic.
Celtic 2-1 Milan - Cel goals by Stephen McManus & Scott McDonald. Milan goal by Rikki Kaka(PK).
Benfica 0-1 Shakhtar - goal by Jadson.
-Here are the group standings about 2 of 6 rounds.
-The next Matchday is October 23 & 24.
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Scott Murray of the Guardian writes about the huge Champions League success of the two Glasgow giants this week.
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Paul Doyle of the Guardian writes about one of those unfashionable players who never gets written about - Kevin Kilbane - the Irishman who plays for Wigan.
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Some idiot in Glasgow ran onto the field during the Celtic-Milan match and went after Dida in Milan’s goal. The guy did touch Dida, who being an honorary Italian went down like he was shot by a sniper. Dida pretended to be hurt, even using an ice back on his poor little cheek, while the idiot got arrested and has now been banned for life from Celtic games. How do they do this banned for life thing anyway? Ok, so they have your name and picture. Can't you just put on a wig or grow a big mustache or something like that?
-The Football Italia blog rips Dida a new one.
-Here is video of the pathetic flop.
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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune rounds up yesterdays CL matches.
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UEFA Cup
-Here are all the matches & scores for today's second legs.
-Several Americans are in action: Oguchi Onyewu - Standard Liege, Tim Howard - Everton, Michael Bradley - Heerenveen, Danny Califf - Aalborg, Charlie Davies - Hammarby & Brad Friedel - Blackburn.
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Portugal coach Big Phil Scolari has been given a 3 game suspension by UEFA for hitting a Serbian player after a match last month.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bruce,
Not sure if you do this on purpose, but listing a game as Home Team vs. Away Team is European style. It might just be me, but since this is an American blog primarily about American teams it might be a little more clear if you listed the home team second.

It's not a big deal, obviously, but sometimes the venue does make a difference (ie any game in Kansas City is just hard to watch), so just my two cents on how to make it a little more clear.

Thanks for all you do!

6:29 PM  
Anonymous TPS said...

I'd say listing the home team first is soccer style, not European style. I prefer it.

Let me add my thanks to the Brucio!

7:47 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

i guess i do it cuz that is how every sports league in the whole world list home team first, except for our lovely american leagues
unreal

8:33 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

and you are very welcome
and i appreciate your nice words

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