Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Going Faster News

Los Angeles coach Frank Yallop will be the guest on Fox Football Fone-In tonight, Tuesday Oct 2 at 7pm central on FSC.


I forgot to mention this yesterday, but both Toronto & Salt Lake have been officially eliminated from MLS playoff contention.


Attention all MLS teams - Juventus is saying that Alessandro Del Piero may leave the team in January because they have not been able to come to an agreement on a new contract!

Copa Sudamericana Quarterfinal Second Leg Tonight
Guadalajara Chivas v DC United - DC leads 2-1 from the first leg.
-Shown delayed at 10pm central on Fox Soccer Channel.
Match preview by Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post.
Match preview by John Haydon of the Washington Times.
Pre-game notes & player/coach quotes from Steinberg on the Soccer Insider blog.
Couple more quotes from Steinberg.
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Matches & scores:
-Thu Oct 4
Toronto v New York - 6pm central on ESPN2
-Fri Oct 5
Kansas City v DC - 7pm central on Direct Kick
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DC United midfielder Fred has been named Player Of The Week.
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Dave Lifton, host of the Screaming Eagles podcast, does a Q & A with Toronto defender Tyrone Marshall for the US Soccer Players Assoc.
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New York captain Claudio Reyna has a sprained toe on his left foot. He may miss a game. Shocker.
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Ives Galarcep of the North Jersey Herald News looks at the Red Bulls struggling defense.
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Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle ways Dynamo keeper Pat Onstad deserves serious consideration for the MLS Goalkeeper Of The Year award. Tough to argue with him. Fallas also tells us who he is voting for in other post-season league award categories.
-Fallas with more Dynamo & general soccer notes.
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Nick Green at the LA Daily News says the long odds of Los Angeles making the playoffs has history on its side.
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The Winchester Star newspaper in Virginia has a great article on hometown boy Devon McTavish of DC United. (stolen from the Soccer Insider)
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Luis Arroyave on his Red Card blog lists his reasons why Chicago might not make the playoffs.
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Metrofanatic looks back to the year 2000 and Clint Mathis's big splash in New York. It changed a lot of things.
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Even though his brother is head honcho, Greg Lalas at Sports Illustrated really hopes that LA does not miraculously make the playoffs.
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The Wall Street Journal looks at the financial ramifications for MLS of B******'s injury.
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Interesting breakdown of MLS attendance statistics by Big Soccer poster Andy B.
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Race for the MLS Golden Boot:
20 Luci Emilio
17 Juan Pablo Angel
15 Eddie Johnson
14 Taylor Twellman
12 Maykel Galindo
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Pat Walsh at Goal.com looks at how many new roster spots will open up for American players with the continued MLS expansion.
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After this MLS season concludes there will be an expansion draft held to start stocking the new San Jose Earthquakes roster. Each MLS team can protect only 10 players on their current senior roster (developmental roster players can't be picked), and each team can only lose 1 player.
-The CBC chimes in with who they think are the 10 that Toronto FC should protect.
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US Open Cup Final
-Wed Oct 3
FC Dallas v New England Revolution
Live from Pizza Hut Park in Frisco Texas at 7pm central. See it live on Fox Soccer Channel.
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Dallas coach Steve Morrow & forward Carlos Ruiz and New England coach Steve Nicol & defender Jay Heaps talked to the press on a conference call about the Open Cup final.
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Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe says that New England is hoping to go to Dallas and finally come home with a cup. They lost the last two MLS Cup there.
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Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald looks at the impact of the loss of New England engine Shalrie Joseph (Red Carded in semis) on the final.
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Luis Bueno of the Press Enterprise previews the Open Cup final.
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Jeff Carlisle at Soccernet previews the final.
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Don Cuddy of Soccer 365 with his preview.
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Copa Sudamericana
Second Leg Matches & Scores (with first leg scores included):
-Tue Oct 2
Guadalajara Chivas v DC United (1-2) - delayed at 10pm central on Fox Soccer Channel.
-Wed Oct 3
America v Pachuca (4-1)
-Thu Oct 4
El Nacional v Defensor Sporting (0-3)
Colo Colo v Millonarios (1-1)
-The following teams have already advanced to the semifinals: Vasco de Gama, Sao Paulo, Arsenal (who awaits the winner of DC v Chivas) & River Plate. 4 more to go now.
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Lars Lifrak at Soccer 365 does a Q & A with First Division champ Seattle Sounders' league MVP Sebastian Le Toux.
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An American in Europe on Monday night:
-Charlie Davies - Hammarby - came on as a 39th minute sub, but could not help stop the bleeding in a 3-0 loss at Goteborg.
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Yanks Abroad has American & Odd Grenland defender Nat Borchers answer 11 questions from readers.
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Champions League - Matchday 2
Matches & Scores"
-Tue Oct 2
Lyon v Rangers
Stuttgart v Barcelona
Manchester United v Roma
Dynamo Kyiv v Sporting
CSKA Moskva v Fenerbahce
Inter v PSV
Steaua v Arsenal
Sevilla v Slavia
-Wed Oct 3
Liverpool v Marseille
Besiktas v Porto
Valencia v Chelsea
Rosenborg v Schalke
Lazio v Real Madrid
Bremen v Olympiacos
Celtic v Milan
Benfica v Shakhtar
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The top 5 teams in each of the worlds top 4 leagues:
19 Arsenal
17 Manchester United
16 Manchester City
15 Liverpool
13 Everton
-La Liga
16 Real Madrid
15 Villareal
15 Valencia
14 Barcelona
11 Atletico Madrid
-Serie A
14 Inter Milan
13 Juventus
12 Fiorentina
11 Roma
10 Napoli
20 Bayern Muninch
16 Schalke
15 Karlsruhe
14 Bayer Leverkusen
14 Werder Bremen
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Chelsea defender is going to wear a face mask to protect his broken cheek bone, suffered in a collision with Clint Dempsey's arm last Saturday v Fulham.
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The big creepy looking Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov dude, has finally admitted that his plan is to buy Arsenal. Let's see, he buys a little more stock every few weeks, gee, I wonder if he wants to buy the team?
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Paolo Bandini of the Guardian looks at the 1-4 beatdown Inter put on Roma last weekend in Serie A. They were tied for first place. Not no more. And other Italian calcio news.
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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune looks at what the Champions League does negatively to some teams in their regular league competition.


Anonymous Sasha said...

Wow, Billy Walsh's little brother actually writes for a soccer website? I remember when he was a cyber-pimply teenage troll in the early stages of BigSoccer.

And you know what? he actually writes a sensible article. I'll take him one further though:

abolish foreign player limits altogether! It's time. MLS has fulfilled it's original mission of spurring the development of the American player, Sam Yank can stand on his own two feet now. No more protection needed. Mission accomplished.

Now MLS needs to take the next logical step in progression as a league and make its' mission be fostering its clubs to be competitive in international tournaments. To help accomplish this, the limits to the player pool sources should be abolished.

p.s., Bruce, did you get my wedding invitation?

4:43 PM  
Blogger James said...

del piero to the galaxy!

11:38 PM  

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