Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Now Is Not The Time News

The New York Red Bulls have also clinched a spot in the MLS playoffs. For some reason the league itself has not confirmed this, but take it from Dan at Metrofanatic, they are in.

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Some real big surprises on this USA roster for the match next Wednesday in Switzerland:
-G:
Marcus Hahnemann (Reading FC)
Tally Hall (Esbjerg)
Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake)
-D:
Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC)
Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96)
Dan Califf (Aalborg BK)
Jay Demerit (Watford FC)
Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege)
Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock)
Steve Purdy (1860 Munich)
-M:
Freddy Adu (SL Benfica)
DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers)
Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen)
Maurice Edu (Toronto FC)
Benny Feilhaber (
Derby County) CORRECTED
Eddie Lewis (Derby County)
Danny Szetela (Racing Santander)
-F:
Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC)
Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)
Preston Zimmerman (Hamburger SV)
Sal Zizzo (Hannover 96)


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FIFA is going to have goalmouth referees at the Club World Championship in Japan in December. From Reuters.


MLS
Matches & scores:
-Thu Oct 11
Dallas v Chivas - 8pm central on ESPN2
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Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe looks at the size of MLS team rosters, and says there should be more players on each team.
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Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch watches the Crew playoff hopes fade, again.
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Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune was at a press conference today for Mexican team Cruz Azul who are in town to play Chicago on Wednesday night. Here are a few items from that, on the Red Card blog. And yes, Jared Borgetti confirms that he is still a complete moron.
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Nick Green at the Daily Breeze on the top notch talent of Landon Donovan.
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Billy Witz also of the Breeze with a look at LA's improbable run toward the playoffs.
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Our man Luis Bueno at the Press Enterprise sings the praises of Landon Donovan too.
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Ives Galarcep of the North Jersey Herald News says that a revived LA Galaxy is good for MLS.
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Andrea Canales of Soccer 365 says David B****** is having to learn about patience.
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USA Today with a story on the success of Blanco in Chicago.
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Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle with his weekly Dynamo notes column.
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The Washington Post with more on DC United player Josh Gros's possible serious concussion problems.
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Emlyn Lewis of Soccer New England calls the Revolution Jekyll & Hyde.
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Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger on the Red Bull’s backing into the playoffs.
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Jeff Bradley at MLSnet give us the best games left this season - First XI: Big-Time MLS Games Remain.
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Goal.com sorts out their view on how the MLS playoffs are gonna look.
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The Washington Post with the latest on political ugliness behind a possible DC United stadium.
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Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union Tribune remembers the 1987 San Diego State team that was on board a plane that had engine trouble and made an emergency landing. Eric Wynalda was one of the guys on that plane. (from last week)
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Just a ton of International matches coming up in the next 2 weeks-
Matches & Scores:
AFC World Cup Qualifier
-Thu Oct 11
Cambodia v Turkmenistan
-Sat Oct 13
Uzbekistan v Chinese Taipei
-Sun Oct 14
Madagascar v Comoros
Macau v Thailand
-Wed Oct 17
Kyrgyzstan v Jordan

CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifier
-Sat Oct 13
Uruguay v Bolivia
Argentina v Chile
Ecuador v Venezuela
Peru v Paraguay
-Sun Oct 14
Colombia v Brazil
-Tue Oct 16
Venezuela v Argentina
-Wed Oct 17
Bolivia v Colombia
Paraguay v Uruguay
Brazil v Ecuador
Chile v Peru

African Nations Cup Qualifier
-Fri Oct 12
Togo v Mali
Sierra Leone v Benin
-Sat Oct 13
Mauritania v Burundi
Egypt v Botswana
Sierra Leone v Guinea-Bissau

Oceania World Cup Qualifier
-Sat Oct 13
New Zealand v Fiji
-Wed Oct 17
Fiji v New Zealand

Euro 2008 Qualifier
-Sat Oct 13
Poland v Kazakhstan
Belgium v Finland
Azerbaijan v Portugal
Armenia v Serbia
Italy v Georgia
Faroe Islands v France
Moldova v Turkey
Hungary v Malta
Slovakia v San Marino
Croatia v Israel
Iceland v Latvia
Slovenia v Albania
Romania v Netherlands
Scotland v Ukraine
England v Estonia
Belarus v Luxembourg
Liechtenstein v Sweden
Cyprus v Wales
Ireland Republic v Germany
Denmark v Spain
Greece v Bosnia-Herzegovina
-Wed Oct 17
Kazakhstan v Portugal
Belgium v Armenia
Azerbaijan v Serbia
Ukraine v Faroe Islands
Georgia v Scotland
Turkey v Greece
Malta v Moldova
Bosnia-Herzegovina v Norway
Macedonia FYR v Andorra
Russia v England
Ireland Republic v Cyprus
Liechtenstein v Iceland
Denmark v Latvia
San Marino v Wales
Luxembourg v Romania
Sweden v Northern Ireland
Netherlands v Slovenia
Germany v Czech Republic
Albania v Bulgaria
France v Lithuania

International Friendlies
-Sat Oct 13
El Salvador v Costa Rica
Switzerland v Austria
-Sun Oct 14
Mexico v Nigeria
Honduras v Panama
Senegal v Guinea
-Tue Oct 16
Qatar v Iraq
-Wed Oct 17
Mexico v Guatemala
Finland v Spain
El Salvador v Trinidad & Tobago
Estonia v Montenegro
Morocco v Namibia
Poland v Hungary
Japan v Egypt
Costa Rica v Haiti
Austria v Cote d'Ivoire
Switzerland v USA
Italy v South Africa
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Russian Premier League
-Standings after 26 rounds (of 30):
49 Spartak Moscow
49 Zenit St Petersburg
46 FC Moscow
41 CSKA Moscow
41 Saturn Moscow
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Jonathan Wilson at the Guardian with the story of Dynamo Kiev and their struggles since the glory days of the 60's.
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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune - From Chelsea to Cambodia, the differences in the life of a soccer player is more than light years apart.
-Here is the original article on Cambodian football by Ek Madra of Reuters that Hughes sites in his story.
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The groups have been drawn for the next stage of the UEFA Cup competition.
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