Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Romance Plus News

Congrats go out to 3rd Degree on their 10th Anniversary. They cover FC Dallas better than the two local papers. Excellent job! And an inspiration to the rest of us.

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DaMarcus Beasley had a huge day in the Champions League, as Rangers went to Lyon and won 0-3. See details & articles below.

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From Grahame Jones of the LA Times: David Beckham has returned to Los Angeles from England to resume rehabilitation work on his right knee and hopes to play for the Galaxy again before the end of the Major League Soccer season.


US Open Cup Final
Tonight!
FC Dallas v New England Revolution
-Live from Pizza Hut Park in Frisco Texas at 7pm central. See it live on Fox Soccer Channel.
Match preview by Gabriel Cabarrouy of the Dallas Morning News.
Minimal match preview by Tobias Xavier Lopez of the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Match preview by Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe.
Match preview by Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald.
Match preview by Mike Biglin of the MetroWest Daily News.
Match preview from Soccer New England.
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US Soccer has a podcast of the pre-match press conference featuring coach Steve Nicol & defender Jay Heaps of New England, and coach Steve Morrow & forward Carlos Ruiz of Dallas. Download or listen here.
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Our pal DJ Walker is back with his Stream Of Consciousness, this time pre-final.
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Frankencooper! A big bonus for Dallas could be Kenny Cooper. He has been out since spring with a broken leg, but he is fit and ready to rumble. He played last week in the Reserve League game. If the game goes late and Dallas needs a goal I think we just might see the beast get in there.
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Copa Sudamericana Quarterfinal
Guadalajara Chivas 1-0 DC United - series tied 2-2, with Guada advancing on the away goals rule. Goal scored by Ramon Morales.
Match report by Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post.
Post-game notes and quotes by Steinberg on the Soccer Insider blog.
Post-game quotes by Luis Bueno on the Sideline Views blog.
Post-match analysis by Jonah Freedman of Sports Illustrated on his Throw-Ins blog.
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Fred did not play for DC due to a groin muscle strain he suffered last weekend. And new sensation Marc Burch was out do to suspension from the first leg.
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This loss by DC leaves MLS still seeking its first win on Mexican soil.
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MLS
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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Andrea Canales at the US Soccer Players Assoc has a great article on Blanco and the huge impact he has had in Chicago.
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Steve Davis at Soccernet looks at the ugly performances of Dallas's Denilson, so far. Davis calls him awful. I cannot disagree. And it appears to be hurting the team.
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James Edward of the Deseret Morning News writes about Salt Lake forward Chris Brown. With a President Bush spoof headline.
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Buzz Carrick of 3rd Degree with this weeks thoughts after his visit to a Dallas practice.
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Jack Bell of the New York Times on the retirement of Salt Lake defender Eddie Pope. Plus other MLS and world soccer notes.
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George Tanner of FC Rocky from the Rocky Mountain News with his weekly MLS and soccer notes, in which he calls out the Colorado Rapids for a completely idiotic press release they sent out. Fools.
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Larry Millson of the Toronto Globe & Mail says TFC coach Mo Johnston wants to try and put together a preseason tournament for his team with the First Division teams from Vancouver & Montreal. Cool.
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Morgan Campbell of the Toronto Star says that despite rumors, a Canadian Football team is NOT moving in to BMO Field, and they are not looking to increase the seating capacity either.
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Copa Sudamericana
Second Leg Matches & Scores (with first leg scores included):
-Tue Oct 2
Guadalajara Chivas 1-0 DC United -series tied 2-2, but Chivas advances on the away goals rule.
-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 advanced to the semifinals: Vasco de Gama, Sao Paulo, Arsenal, River Plate & Guadalajara. 3 more to go now.
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The young American kid from St Louis, Brandon Manzonelli, who has been at Villareal in Spain for a year now, tries to complete some sort of UEFA soccer skills challenge. See the video on the UEFA website. (thanks to Ethan for this one)
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Fulham plan to rebuild one of their stands and increase capacity by 4000 after this current season.
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Champions League - Matchday 2
Matches & Scores:
-Tue Oct 2
Lyon 0-3 Rangers - goals by Lee McCulloch, Daniel Cousin & DaMarcus Beasley.
Stuttgart 0-2 Barcelona - goals by Carles Puyol & Lionel Messi.
Manchester United 1-0 Roma - goal by Wayne Rooney.
Dynamo Kyiv 1-2 Sporting - - Dyn goal by Vladyslav Vaschuk. Sport goals by Tonel & Anderson Polga.
CSKA Moskva 2-2 Fenerbahce - CSKA goals by Milos Krasic & Vagner Love. Fen goals by Alex & Deivid.
Inter 2-0 PSV - both goals by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, one via PK.
Steaua 0-1 Arsenal - goal by Robin Van Persie.
Sevilla 4-2 Slavia - Sev goals by Fredric Kanoute, Luis Fabiano, Julien Escude & Arouna Kone. Sla goals by Daniel Pudil & David Kalivoda.
-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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Here is a very glowing pro-Rangers match report by Hugh MacDonald of the Glasgow Herald. They call DaMarcus Beasley's goal spectacular.
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The Glasgow Evening Standard talks to our man DMB.
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In the next CL Matchday, Beasley and the Rangers will play Barcelona at home. How great would it be to attend that match! (Tue Oct 23)
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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune reviews last nights CL action with the focus being on Rangers great match.
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Mexican dipshit Rafa Marquez tore a leg muscle in Barcelona's Champions League game yesterday and will be out at least a month.
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AP has a story in which the Mexican club Puebla has been accused of match fixing. An investigation is underway. That would be disastrous.
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Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian with an article on the interesting dude who runs Dinamo Zagreb.
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The Guardian also has a story about a businessman who finagled his way into a deal with a small team and then sold the property to developers where the stadium stood. The fans are fighting back.
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Reuters with an article on Man U star Cristiano Ronaldo who says he is glad he stayed at the club after his incident with teammate Wayne Rooney at the 06 World Cup.
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FIFA has Part 1 of a preview of the South American qualifiers for the World Cup in 2010. The games start in 10 days.
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How can you even watch the game when this is going on in the stands. (thanks to Joe for this gem)

1 Comments:

Blogger mamacita chilena said...

I'm so excited for the qualifiers to start in South America. I actually have hope for Chile which is more than I can say for previous years. Unfortunately with Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal out from injuries (and they are two of Chile's biggest upcoming stars) I don't think we have much hope against the opener against Messi and company.

And alas, I won't be going to the stadium when they play at home. Ticket prices have soared for the national stadium here. The federation says it's to pay for Bielsa, he's too costly. But, I smell corruption and greedy higher ups wanting to make money for their own pockets. Big surprise, corruption is rampant here in sports more than anywhere else. Prices for the worst seats in the house are $15. That may not seem like much to anybody from the U.S. but in a country where a large percentage of the population makes $180 a month, the minimum wage is $275, and only 2% of Chilean families of 4 make more than $1800 a month, $15 is a significant chunk of change. Ticket prices in Chile are now the highest in South America. Sad for the fans in the working class, because for them their national team is one of their biggest sources of pride and happiness. Heck, my husband and I fall into that 2% and we still won't be buying tickets because of their prices.

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