Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Love You More News

Last night I had the pleasure of joining host Kartik Krishnaiyer and 2 other fine fellow freaks for a roundtable discussion of the MLS playoffs and beyond, for Major League Soccer Talk. Listen or download here.


Thanks to Grant Wahl at Sports Illustrated for giving us a link to what might be the best new blog I have seen in ages: Hudsonia, The Wisdom of Ray Hudson. Awesome!


On Wednesday (tomorrow) I will be announcing the 2007 du Nord MLS Best 11.

MLS Playoffs
First Round First Leg Matches & Scores:
-Thu Oct 25
Chicago v DC - 7:30pm central on ESPN2
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Peter Welpton of 3rd Degree gives us his end of the regular season analysis of FC Dallas.
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Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe looks at the first round playoff matchups.
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Grant Wahl at Sports Illustrated answers all your viewer mail on the current state of the game in our country.
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Steve Goff of the Washington Post looks at DC United's injuries and question marks as the playoffs arrive.
-Notes from Goff's Soccer Insider blog on DC post-season awards, and some team injury updates & player quotes.
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Jeff Carlisle of Soccernet previews the Western Conference playoff match-ups.
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Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle unveils who got his votes for MLS awards, plus Dynamo notes including a Wade Barrett injury.
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Fallas also grades the Dynamo on their regular season, position by position.
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Pete Grathoff of the KC Star with his weekly MLS notes.
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Ives Galarcep of the North Jersey Herald News looks back at past New York bumblings.
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Jack Bell of the New York Times previews the MLS playoffs, with a focus on New York's Juan Pablo Angel.
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Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune tells us that Fire midfielder Cuauhtemoc Blanco is getting his own radio show. It's gonna be called "Directo Al Blanco" aka Blanco Direct. The one hour weekly show starts this Tuesday on WRTO (1200AM). The first show will feature a guest appearance by Chicago Bears lineman Roberto Garza & Club America coach Daniel Brailovsky. (thanks to Paul for this one)
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Arroyave also writes about what drives Fire keeper Matt Pickens.
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Chris Rolfe of the Fire has a Nike spot airing for Dicks Sporting Goods. Check it out. (thanks to Bryan for this)
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Not surprisingly Blanco was named the Chicago Fire Most Valuable Player.
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Here's a great picture, from the Chi Trib, of the fans and John Thorrington celebrating his game winning goal for the Fire on Sunday.
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Ian Plenderleith of the US Soccer Players Assoc with Part One of his MLS post-season statistical reviews.
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Plenderleith also uses last weeks snubbing of MLS Goomba Don Garber by a Portland radio host, to address the real question of public subsidizing of professional sports facilities.
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The Colorado Rapids have announced their team awards for 07:
-Rookie of the Year - Omar Cummings
-Defender of the Year - Bouna Coundoul
-Most Valuable Player - Pablo Mastroeni
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The Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News have different artists renderings of the proposed new stadium in suburban Chester, accompanying articles about public funding. (thanks to CD for this)
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Are you from San Jose and been long suffering from a lack of your own soccer team? You could have Futbolitis. What was the fake disease that Adidas used in their commercials for the 2002 World Cup? (thanks to Guy for this one)
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I didn't see this link at the end of last week, so from US Soccer here is some Behind The Scenes video from the USA win in Switzerland.
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Yanks Abroad talks to USA & Standard defender Oguchi Onyewu about the young players that were on the USA roster for the Switzerland game.
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FIFA.com talks to USA coach Bob Bradley about his team and his son Michael.
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Steven Goff of the Soccer Insider blog confirms that John Hackworth has been released as USA U17 coach. Notes on his staff too, and a possible surprise replacement. Stay tuned.
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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 inlcuded:
-Wed Oct 24
Vasco da Gama v America (0-2)
Millonarios v Sao Paulo (1-0)
-Thu Oct 25
Chivas Guadalajara v Arsenal (0-0)
-Tue Oct 30
River Plate v Defensor Sporting
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UEFA Champions League Match Day 3
Group Stage Matches & Scores:
-Tue Oct 23
Stuttgart v Lyon
Rangers v Barcelona
Dynamo Kyiv v Man United
Roma v Sporting
CSKA v Inter
PSV v Fenerbahce
Sevilla v Steau
Arsenal v Slavia
-Wed Oct 24
Besiktas v Liverpool
Marseille v Porto
Rosenborg v Valencia
Chelsea v Schalke
Bremen v Lazio
Real Madrid v Olympiakos
Benfica v Celtic
Milan v Shakhtar
-Here are the current standings going into this round.
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Part 3 of Nike's world travels with the idiotic Sanchez brothers. This time they visit Italian Rino Gattuso. (thanks to Ethan F for this)
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More corruption allegations have been made toward CONCACAF Pres & FIFA Vice-Pres Jack Warner. This time a former Scottish official says Warner asked that the fee for Trinidad & Tobago to play in a friendly in Scotland in 2004 be put directly into his personal bank account. A shocker.
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Romario has been appointed interim coach at Vasco de Gama after the current coach resigned.
-Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune writes about this seeming improbability.


Anonymous Guy Gayle said...

Thanks for the link!

Futbolitis Patient Zero

3:52 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Just a note about the name of Blanco's radio show. It's a play on words. In Spanish, a definition for "blanco" is "target". So "Directo al Blanco" also means "directly on target" or more loosely "right on target".

6:22 PM  
Blogger The Third Half said...

Was a pleasure being on the show with you Monday Night.

Have added your site to the list of sites on the blog.

Johnathan Starling

11:38 PM  
Blogger Toddzilla said...

Hey Bruce,

I looked at the link you posted with Bernd Shuster's comments, and they actually weren't about the Valencia owner (though the article is); he was directing his comments at the media. I copied this from it...

Before the match, Madrid manager Bernd Schuster told journalists he would "love a job like yours where you get paid for insulting people, despite not having a clue what you're talking about." Well, what else do you expect from a Romanian tosspot?

4:44 PM  

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