Monday, October 08, 2007

Ding Ding Ding (Ascending Notes) News

FC Dallas has become the 5th MLS team to clinch a spot in the post-season playoffs for the MLS Cup.


Very interesting note from Allen Hopkins of ESPN on the new field being laid down right now at DC United's RFK Stadium: The new field to be installed is a combination of real grass and synthetic field-turf similar to the surface at Denver's Invesco Mile High Stadium -- considered one of the best playing surfaces anywhere in the country.


Finally a new essay from KC & USA defender Jimmy Conrad at Soccernet. I don't know what Jimmy has been doing, he did not play for the last week or two due to a Red Card. There has not been a new episode of his radio show in nearly 2 months, and this is the first time we have seen his words at Soccernet since just after the Gold Cup. What gives Jimbo?

Matches & scores:
-Sat Oct 6
Columbus 1-3 Dallas - Colu goal by Eddie Gaven. Dal goals by Arturo Alvarez & 2 by Abe Thompson.
Match report by Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch.
Match report from the Dallas Morning News.
Chicago 2-1 New England - Chic goals by Chris Rolfe & Chad Barrett. NE goal by Jeff Larentowicz.
Match report by Lacy Banks of the Chicago Sun Times.
Match report by Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune.
Match report by Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe.
Match report from the Boston Herald.
Post-game notes by Arroyave on his Red Card blog.
Post-game notes by Dell'apa of the Globe.
Salt Lake 2-3 Chivas USA - RSL goals by Chris Brown & Robbie Findley. Chiv goals 2 by John Cunliffe & Paulo Nagamura.
Match report from the Salt Lake Tribune.
Post-game notes from the Deseret Morning News.
-Sun Oct 7
Houston 1-2 Los Angeles - Hou goal by Nate Jaqua. LA goals by Carlos Pavon & Gavin Glinton.
Match report by Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle.
Match report by Grahame Jones of the LA Times.
Post-game notes by Fallas at the Chron.
Post-game notes by Glenn Davis on The Soccer Hour blog.
Colorado 1-0 Toronto - goal by Jovan Kirovski.
Match report by John Meyer of the Denver Post.
Match report from the Rocky Mountain News.
Post-game notes by George Tanner at the FC Rocky blog.
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Colorado had Mehdi Ballouchy sent off with a Red Card on a bad tackle, and Pablo Mastroeni sent off with 2 Yellows. They were the only 2 players sent off on Sat & Sun in MLS matches.
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Steve Davis at MLSnet reviews the matches from the weekend past.
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Kyle McCarthy at with his MLS weekend match roundup.
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Steven Goff of the Washington Post with DC United post-game notes (Friday night in KC) on the Soccer Insider blog.
-The scary news is that Josh Gros is showing post concussion syndrome signs again.
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Boston Globe Sunday Magazine with a nice little story on New England's Steve Ralston.
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Glenn Davis of the Houston Chronicle with an article on the friendship between Houston coach Dom Kinnear and LA coach Frank Yallop.
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John Haydon of the Washington Times writes about Jaime Moreno, the humble DC United forward who happens to be the all time leading goal scorer in MLS.
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Nick Webster of Fox Soccer Channel wants to know why you all hate Landon Donovan so much.
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Andrea Canales at Soccernet says there is no doubt the Donovan is the best player in America.
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Billy Witz of the Daily Breeze looks at the youth system being put together by Chivas USA, and says its impressive. Nice.
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Chicago Sun Times reporter Lacy Banks says the Fire's Cuauhtemoc Blanco is the best he has ever seen. (from before Saturday's game)
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A Q & A with the coach of a small college in Arizona called Yavapai that has produced Avery John of New England and Mike Randolph & Alan Gordon of Los Angeles.
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Morgan Campbell of the Toronto Star says TFC is going to be playing more youngsters in their final games, but I wonder why they haven't been doing more of this all along as terrible as they have been.
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Pete Grathoff of the KC Star with his weekly MLS notes column.
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du Nord's MLS Rookie Of The Year Watch has dwindled to the final two. And how to differentiate I don't know. Maurice Edu has been a staple for Toronto, the most consistent player from day 1, at a position that the league is full of, but his team is terrible. Dane Richards has been a surprise for New York, pick to be a back up, thrust into the line up due to an injury, but too good to replace once others got healthy. Last week the two teams went head to head and I thought it might help answer the question. But no. Edu scored early giving him the edge. Richards scored late bringing him right back to level. Who do you pick?
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The Colorado Rapids Reserves have won the MLS Reserve Division for the 2nd year in a row, after beating Toronto 3-0 on Saturday night. And as the old saying goes, that and a nickel will get you a red hot cup of jack squat. Indeed.
-George Tanner of the Rocky Mountain News soccer blog FC Rocky with post-game notes.
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St Paul Pioneer Press sports/gossip columnist Charlie Waters, who likes to call himself Shooter, says that "(Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi) Wilf is interested in bringing a Major League Soccer team to the Twin Cities. The New England Patriots own a MLS team, the Revolution, which has average attendance of nearly 15,000 a game." Sure Charlie, we will all hold our breath for that one.
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The Press of Atlantic City looks at the possibilities of MLS in Philadelphia.
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Andrew Dixon of Gol Noir writes for the US Soccer Players Assoc about the value of the US Open Cup.
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The Seattle Post Intelligencer confirms that former Microsoft exec and multi-billionaire Paul Allen will be part of the ownership group for the Seattle Sounders when they join MLS.
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Miami of the First Division has named former Brazilian World Cup player Zinho as their new head coach. He has been a player on their team the past 2 seasons.
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Americans in Europe - how'd their recent matches go:
-Freddy Adu - Benfica - on the bench but did not play in a 1-2 win at Uniao Leiria.
-DaMarcus Beasley - Rangers - did not dress for his teams 0-1 home loss to Hibernian. Maybe he shoulda played, huh coach?
-Gregg Berhalter - 1860 Munich - started and went 90 minutes as usual, and the team won 0-2 at Carl Zeiss Jena.
-Carlos Bocanegra - Fulham - played all 90 in a 0-2 home loss to Portsmouth.
-Nat Borchers - Odd Grenland - did not play in his teams 4-1 loss at Rosenborg.
-Michael Bradley - Heerenveen - started and was subbed out in the 72nd minute of a 9-0 win over Heracles Almelo. I am not kidding, 9-0, with 7 goals scored by Brazilian Afonso Alves (and he is not even that good)!
-Danny Califf - Aalborg - take on Aarhus today.
-Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - played the full 90 as the team won 0-2 at Stuttgart. They are in 6th place.
-Bobby Convey - Reading - out injured as the team wins 1-0 over Derby.
-Charlie Davies - Hammarby - play Helsingborg today.
-Jay DeMerit - Watford - played the whole match and won 1-3 at Scunthorpe.
-Clint Dempsey - Fulham - played all 90 in a 0-2 home loss to Portsmouth.
-Benny Feilhaber - Derby County - got his very first start and went 65 minutes in a 1-0 loss at Reading. Replaced by Eddie Lewis of all people.
-Brad Friedel - Blackburn - goes the distance in a 2-1 win over Birmingham.
-Marcus Hahnemann - Reading - starts and finally gets a clean sheet again, winning 1-0 over terrible Derby County.
-Tim Howard - Everton - back in goal, but beaten 3-2 at Newcastle.
-Ian Joy - St Pauli - beat Paderborn 2-1.
-Kasey Keller - Fulham - played all 90 in a 0-2 home loss to Portsmouth.
-Eddie Lewis - Derby County - replaces fellow American Benny Feilhaber in the 65th minute of a 1-0 loss at Reading.
-Oguchi Onyewu - Standard - went the full match in the center of defense for a 3-1 win over Beerschot (one of the great names of all time).
-Heath Pearce - Hansa Rostock - on the bench but did not play in a 1-0 loss at Wolfsburg.
-Frank Simek - Sheffield Wednesday - did not dress due to an ankle injury for his teams 0-2 home loss to Leicester.
-Jonathan Spector - West Ham - was not on the bench for a 1-0 loss at Aston Villa.
-Neven Subotic - Mainz - beat Erzgebirge Aue 4-1.
-Brian West - Fredrikstad - lost to Start 3-1.
-Josh Wolff - 1860 Munich - still out injured but the team won 0-2 at Carl Zeiss Jena.
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Kristian Dyer at Soccernet with a great article on young American forward Johann Smith, who plays for Bolton in England. He sadly missed the U20 World Cup due to a sprained ankle.
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Coach Thomas Rongen will take a USA U18 team to France later this month to play in a tournament called Limoges. They will play France, Turkey & Scotland. Here is the roster for the USA team. Several players were recently members of the USA U17 World Cup team.
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Club America lost to Toluca this weekend, and today fired coach Luis Fernando Tena. He was the 6th coach fired in the Mexican league THIS SEASON. That is insanity.
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FIFA has a Q & A with Mexico and Deportivo La Coruna midfielder Andres Guardado.
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Big Eurocentric scores this weekend:
-Schalke 0-2 Karlsruhe - #2 v #3, and only a few points back of first place Bayern. A big surprise winner no doubt, and the winners now take second place after just being promoted. Impressive.
-Barcelona 3-0 Atletico Madrid - Messi v Aguero, the battle of the amazing Argentine youngsters. No contest, as the teams overwhelmed the individuals.
-Fiorentina 1-1 Juventus - old old old rivals clash, and currently #3 v #2. Nothing solved, but Fiore does drop to #4.
-Bordeaux 1-3 Lyon - #3 (coached by Laurent Blanc) v #1 with only a point separating them. The six time consecutive champs are really starting to roll now, and only a late goal saved Bordeaux from complete humiliation.
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Phil Ball at Soccernet tackles the weekend of La Liga - including Levante winning the Cup (from 1937 that was never awarded). They seem to have won another cup already this season too. Which Cup? The First To Fire Their Manager Cup, of course. They have 1 point from 7 games.
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England's Daily Mail with a transcript of a conversation between England old timer Bobby Robson and current England coach Steve McClaren.
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The Telegraph of England with an article on Argentina & Manchester United forward Carlos Tevez who is starting to hit his stride for his new club - look out everyone else. Tevez, aka Modern Man, is a huge favorite here at du Nord.
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The Guardian has an article by Portsmouth keeper David James writes about his teams insane 7-4 win over Reading two weeks ago.
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After leading Spanish club Celta de Vigo to relegation at the end of last season, Hristo Stoichkov was given a chance to bring them back to La Liga this season, but that only last 7 games and he has been fired. His coaching career is going very poorly. Two jobs, both over within 6 months.
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El Hadji Diouf has retired from the Senegal national team. Do you believe him? I don't either.
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Zesco United has won the league championship in Zambia.
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The Times of London with the story of the Alonso brothers, Xabi & Mikel who left Spanish football for English.
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The Times also sits down and speaks with Grinsi, Jurgen Klinsmann, the coach everyone wants, and no one can seem to have.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Nick Webster piece on Donovan is kind of stupid. He bases his reasoning that folks don't like Landon on the messages left on his blog? Whatever. It's human nature to take the time to complain/criticize. Most folks don't take the time to praise someone. Hence, more folks register to throw off on Donovan than those who think he's great. Truth is, there are tons of folks out here that like Donovan, like his game and appreciate him.

Also, can't believe Webster voted for Dempsey. Sorry, more often than not, Demps was a no-show for the Nats this year - his Brazil goal (created by LD with a great pass to Dolo) notwithstanding.

5:22 PM  
Blogger mamacita chilena said...

I too think more people like Donovan than hate him. I'm on the fence. I really liked him, but after his last World Cup showing I was dissapointed. I understand everybody has bad games or even bad entire tournaments. That wasn't what made me mad. What gutted me was watching him play without passion. That's what it looked like from my t.v. screen, like his heart wasn't in what he was doing.

And I, like many people really, strongly desire him to go to Europe. I don't hold that against him though. His life, his decision...I just can't help but wonder how much he really would grow as a player in a different environment. But hey, to each his own.

Good call on Tevez, DuNord. He's awesome. I'm a big fan of lots of Argentine players but he's at the top of the list.

12:04 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

right now messi is at the top of my list, not just of argentines, but of all players
best in the world, hands down
but tevez is my fave

8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

messi is also at the top of my list- too bad he didn't get much time on the field during the 06 world cup.
modern man is a blast to watch, but like donovan, he sometimes disappears during games.

bruce, thanks again for this great site,

11:00 AM  
Blogger digchros said...

How many times are they going to let Shooter pull stuff out of his ass like that before they get rid of him?

11:56 AM  

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