Thursday, October 25, 2007

Feel Around Inside News

I am going on the record before the playoffs start with my prediction to win MLS Cup: Houston Dynamo.


Chicago Fire midfielder Cuauhtemoc Blanco to Chicago Tribune reporter John "the Janitor" Kass: "It's difficult. Before I came, I thought the MLS was easy. It's not." (see full story below)


Vote here for the MLS Goal Of The Year.


Tottenham have fired coach Martin Jol and brought in Sevilla coach Juande Ramos.

MLS Playoffs
First Round First Leg Matches & Scores:
-Thu Oct 25
Chicago v DC - 7:30pm central on ESPN2
Match preview by Steven Goff of the Washington Post.
Match preview by John Haydon of the Washington Times.
Match preview by Nick Firchau of Chicago's Daily Southtown.
Match preview by Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune.
Match preview from the Washington Examiner.
Match preview by Pat Walsh at
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Luis Arroyave on his Red Card blog says that Fire midfielder Ivan Guerrero is most likely done for the season.
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A Chicago Tribune column on what Cuauhtemoc Blanco has done for Chicago.
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Chicago's Daily Herald says the Fire Captain Chris Armas is ready for the playoffs.
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Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe talks to New England forward Taylor Twellman about how important these post-season playoffs are to him and the team.
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Gabriel Cabarrouy of the Dallas Morning News ponders the meeting between Carlos Ruiz and the Houston Dynamo. It has all the makings of a huge gunpowder explosion.
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Ives Galarcep on his Soccer By Ives blog took in New York practice today, and gives us some notes.
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Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer talks to Red Bulls coach Bruce Arena about the format of the MLS playoffs.
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Billy Witz of the Daily Breeze says the LA Galaxy's next order of business is to decide the fate of coach Frank Yallop.
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Bob Luder of the KC Star says Kansas City coach Curt Onalfo has a very positive attitude heading into the playoffs.
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George Tanner of FC Rocky looks at the Colorado Rapids sad-sack goal scoring prowess this season.
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Jeff Bradley with his First XI from MLSnet: Best Opening Matches.
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Michael Lewis previews the first round of the Eastern Conf for MLSnet.
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Steve Davis previews the first round of the Western Conf for MLSnet.
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Luis Bueno at Sports Illustrated previews the playoffs.
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Steven Goff of the Washington Post previews the playoffs.
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Grahame Jones of the LA Times gives us his MLS playoff preview.
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Jeff Carlisle gives us 5 players and 5 things to watch for in the playoffs.
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Martin Rogers of Yahoo Sports predicts 2 first round upsets in his preview.
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Metrofanatic looks back at the last 4 playoff appearances by their beloved New York team.
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Ives Galarcep of the North Jersey Herald Tribune says the playoffs don't need B******. I disagree, cuz he would bring 10 times more media coverage than anyone else. On the other hand you and I certainly don't need Golden Balls to know how great these games are gonna be.
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Beau Dure of USA Today looks at the great job Preki has done in his first season as a head coach.
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Marc Connolly at does a Q & A with Kansas City midfielder Davy Arnaud.
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Buzz Carrick hands out the 3rd Degree awards - to FC Dallas players, and league players.
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The staff at American Soccer Daily pick there All-MLS Team.
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The cast and crew of Soccer New England make playoff predictions.
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The Columbus Crew named Guillermo Barros Schelotto the teams Most Valuable Player for this season.
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The Houston Dynamo named Pat Onstad & Brian Mullan co-MVPs.
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The Stanford Daily with an article on the growth and potential of MLS.
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The Vancouver Province with a story on the USL First Division Vancouver Whitecaps adventures in building a new stadium.
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Copa Sudamericana
First Leg Matches & Scores:
-Thu Oct 25
Defensor Sporting v River Plate
Second Leg Matches & Scores with first leg scores included:
-Wed Oct 24
Vasco da Gama 1-0 America - America advance 2-1 on aggregate.
Millonarios 2-0 Sao Paulo - Millonarios adv 3-0 on agg.
-Thu Oct 25
Chivas Guadalajara v Arsenal (0-0)
-Tue Oct 30
River Plate v Defensor Sporting
-America & Millonarios are the first two teams to advance to the semifinals. Amer will take on the Arsenal v Chivas winner, and Mill will play the Defensor v River winner.)
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Romario takes a loss in his first game in charge of Vasco de Gama. Better luck next time.
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The USA U17 team has a new head coach. He is Colombian Wilmer Cabrera. This job over see’s the US Soccer Residency program in south Florida.
-US Soccer has also renewed the contract of U20 coach Thomas Rongen.
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The Daily Californian talks to young American (cue Bowie) Steve Purdy who just spent time training with the US national team in Switzerland. His club team is the same one as fellow Americans (cue Nixon) Gregg Berhalter & Josh Wolff.
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UEFA Champions League Matchday 3
Group Stage Matches & Scores:
-Tue Oct 23
Stuttgart 0-2 Lyon - goals by Fabio Santos & Karim Benzema.
Rangers 0-0 Barcelona
Dynamo Kyiv 2-4 Man United - Kyiv goals by Diogo Rincon & Ismael Bangoura. Man U goals by Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney & 2 from Cristiano Ronaldo.
Roma 2-1 Sporting - Roma goals by Juan & Mirko Vucinic. Spor goal by Liedson.
CSKA 1-2 Inter - CSKA goal by Jo. Inter goals by Hernan Crespo & Walter Samuel.
PSV 0-0 Fenerbahce
Sevilla 2-1 Steau - Sev goals by Fredric Kanoute & Luis Fabiano. Stea goal by Ovidiu Petre.
Arsenal 7-0 Slavia - goals by Cesc Farbregas(2), David Hubacek(OG), Theo Walcott(2), Aleksandr Hleb & Niklas Bendtner.
-Wed Oct 24
Besiktas 2-1 Liverpool - Bes goals by Sami Hyypia(OG) & Bobo. Liver goal by Steven Gerrard.
Marseille 1-1 Porto - Mars goal by Mamadou Niang. Por goal by Lucho Gonzalez(PK).
Rosenborg 2-0 Valencia - goals by Yssouf Kone & Vidar Riseth.
Chelsea 2-0 Schalke - goals by Florent Malouda & Didier Drogba.
Bremen 2-1 Lazio - Brem goals by Boubacar Sanogo & Hugo Almeida. Laz goal by Christian Manfredini.
Real Madrid 4-2 Olympiakos - Real goals by Raul, Robinho(2) & Javier Angel Balboa. Oly goals by Luciano Galletti & Julio Cesar.
Benfica 1-0 Celtic - goal by Oscar Cardozo.
Milan 4-1 Shakhtar - Mil goals by Alberto Gilardino(2) & Clarence Seedorf(2). Shak goal by Cristiano Lucarelli.
-Here are the current group standings.
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Freddy Adu took the field in the 62nd minute yesterday for Benfica in the Champions League, and he was part of the passing sequence that gave the game its only goal. Fantastic.
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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune wraps up Wednesdays Champions League matches.
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Even though Rosenborg beat Valencia handily yesterday, the team still fired their coach Knut Toerum today, because they sit in 6th place in their own league.
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The Times of London says Lionel Messi of Barcelona called Rangers tactics Tuesday night in the Champions League "anti-football". I would not disagree, but it was not dull, it was more like Ali Rope-a-dope. But he is to young to know about that.
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The first round of the group stage for the UEFA Cup is today.
Matches & Scores:
Zenit St Petersburg 1-1 AZ Alkmaar
Everton 3-1 Larissa
Panathanikos 3-0 Aberdeen
Lokomotiv Moscow - 3-3 Atletico Madrid
Elfsborg 1-1 AEK Athens
Villareal 0-1 Fiorentina
Brann 0-1 Hamburg
Basel 1-0 Rennes
Sparta Praha 1-2 Zurich
Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Toulousse
Bolton 0-0 Braga
Red Star Belgrade 1-1 Bayern Munich
Tottenham 1-1 Getafe
Anderlecht 2-0 Haifa Tel Aviv
Helsingborg 1-1 Panionios
Bordeaux 2-1 Galatasaray
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American's in the UEFA Cup:
-Dan Califf - Aalborg - his team had a bye this round.
-Ramiro Corrales - Brann - was on the bench but not used in a 0-1 home loss to Hamburg.
-Tim Howard - Everton - started and went the distance in his teams 3-1 win over Larissa of Greece.
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Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian looks at the history between Bayern Munich and their UEFA Cup opponent Red Star Belgrade aka Crvena Zvezda.
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The Kraft family who own the New England Revolution are once again rumored to be looking to buy an English team.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have read your site for a long time and enjoy it. But seriously not typing Beckhams name is pretty bush league.

If you dont like the guy thats fine but not typing his just silly.

6:53 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

how many times do i have to say this
its a joke
ok, so you dont get it, or you think its run its course, or you dont like it, of you think its bush league
thats your right
but i get to tell the joke here
and i say when they are done
and i hate critics who wont sign their fucking name
THAT is bush league

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, Brucio probably shouldnt get so testy, but here's why I like his "B******" label for ol' goldenballs: 1. The league & media-hype around Becks was so crazy and disproportianate to his actual contribution that it put him outside of being a MLS player. When, hopefully, Beckham can be come an incredible MLS midfielder, instead of "DAVID BECKHAM" hollywood celebrity, than I'm sure Du Nord will treat him with the respect he earns on the pitch. 2. By refusing to type out the name Brucio shows he's not desperate for Googlers to discover his site. The kind of quirky principal I associate with futbol faniticos. 3. It's a joke.
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