Monday, October 29, 2007

Run Around It News

Buzz Carrick at 3rd Degree says the FC Dallas players are working on playoff beards. Nice.

MLS Playoffs
First Round First Leg Matches & Scores:
-Thu Oct 25
Chicago 1-0 DC - goal by Chris Rolfe.
-Sat Oct 27
New York 0-0 New England
Match report by Ives Galarcep of the North Jersey Herald News.
Match report by Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer.
Match report by Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger.
Match report by Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe.
Match report by Kyle McCarthy at the Boston Herald.
Post-game notes from Dell'apa.
Post-game notes from Big Apple Soccer.
Dallas 1-0 Houston - goal by Clarence Goodson.
Match report by Tobias Xavier Lopez of the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Match report by Gabriel Cabarrouy of the Dallas Morning News.
Match report by Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle.
Kansas City 1-0 Chivas - goal by Davy Arnaud.
Match report by Bob Luder of the KC Star.
Match report by Jaime Cardenas of the LA Times.
Match report from the LA Daily News.
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Forward Maykel Galindo did not play for Chivas USA due to a strained abdominal muscle.
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Steve Davis at Soccernet reviews the first leg of games.
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Kyle McCarthy at the Boston Herald says New England's questionable defense stepped up Saturday night when they had to.
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McCarthy also writing for wraps up the weekends first leg playoff series'.
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Dylan Butler at Big Apple Soccer talks to Red Bulls forward Jozy Altidore about leg 2 at New England.
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Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle looks to next weeks second leg between the Dynamo and Dallas.
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Greg Lalas at Sports Illustrated on Blanco-amour in MLS.
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Martin Rogers of Yahoo Sports reports that New York coach Bruce Arena was hard on his forward Juan Pablo Angel after their 0-0 home playoff game with New England. Angel is their go to guy. Arena has a right to get on him. Its do or die.
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The Toronto Globe & Mail on the amazing debut season for Toronto FC, even though they stunk on the field.
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Luis Bueno on his Sideline Views blog pointed me to a story by Jim Alexander who along with Bueno writes for the Southern California newspaper the Press Enterprise, and has a Q & A with new Chivas USA exec Shawn Hunter.
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Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch with a review of the Crew season.
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Ivan Orozco of the LA Daily News with a story on the daily life of Chivas USA Mexican midfielder Francisco Mendoza.
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Allen Hopkins of ESPN with his MLS Best 11.
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Ives Galarcep at Soccernet looks at the future of the 5 MLS coaches whose teams did not make the playoffs.
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Jeff Carlisle of Soccernet rewinds Daniel Beckman's first MLS season and sees how it went.
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The Manchester Evening News talks to a Texas Rangers baseball player (CJ Wilson) about soccer in America. Interesting. He knows his stuff.
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North American Friendlies
Portland Timbers 4-1 Toronto FC - Por goals by Bryan Jordan(2), Miguel Guante & Lawrence Olum. Tor goal by Chris Pozniak.
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The Oregonian with a story on the Portland v Toronto exhibition and how it fits in with possible MLS expansion.
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Copa Sudamericana
Second Leg Matches & Scores with first leg scores included:
-Tue Oct 30
River Plate v Defensor Sporting (2-2)
-America, Millonarios & Arsenal have advance to the semifinals. America will take on the Arsenal, and Millonarios will play the Defensor v River winner.
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Clemente Lisi at the US Soccer Players Assoc says the hiring of Wilmer Cabrera by US Soccer to run the U17 school and team is a brilliant move.
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Americans in Europe - how'd their recent matches go:
-Freddy Adu - Benfica - came on as a sub in the 80th minute and 7 minutes later scored the game winner in a 2-1 victory over Maritimo!
-DaMarcus Beasley - Rangers - started and went the distance by lost 2-1 at Dundee.
-Gregg Berhalter - 1860 Munich - went the distance in a 3-0 win over Kickers Offenbach.
-Carlos Bocanegra - Fulham - played all 90 of a miserable 1-1 draw at Sunderland. They gave up the equalizer in the last minutes of the game.
-Nat Borchers - Odd Grenland - dressed but did not play in his teams 0-2 win at Sandefjord.
-Michael Bradley - Heerenveen - started and came off in the 65th minute of an overpowering 0-4 win at Venlo.
-Danny Califf - Aalborg - play at home to Esbjerg today.
-Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - played all 90 minutes as usual in a 0-0 road tie with Eintracht.
-Bobby Convey - Reading - was on the bench but did not play in his teams 2-1 home win over Newcastle.
-Charlie Davies - Hammarby - started and went 90 scoring 3, yes 3 goals to end his fruitless streak in high style, as the team beat Goteborg AIS 4-0 at home in the final game of the fall season.
-Jay DeMerit - Watford - go to Crystal Palace today.
-Clint Dempsey - Fulham - played all 90 of a miserable 1-1 draw at Sunderland.
-Benny Feilhaber - Derby County - did not dress for his teams 0-2 loss at home to Everton.
-Brad Friedel - Blackburn - started as always and got a 2-1 win at Tottenham.
-Marcus Hahnemann - Reading - went the full 90 and got a 2-1 home win over Newcastle.
-Tim Howard - Everton - started and grabbed another clean sheet in a 2-0 win over Derby County.
-Ian Joy - St Pauli - dressed but did not play in his teams 1-1 home draw with Wehen.
-Kasey Keller - Fulham - out injured.
-Eddie Lewis - Derby County - started and played the first 57 minutes of a 0-2 home loss to Everton.
-Oguchi Onyewu - Standard - played the whole match but could only draw 2-2 at home v Mechelen.
-Heath Pearce - Hansa Rostock - dressed but did not play in his teams 0-0 match with Karlsruhe.
-Steve Purdy - 1860 - was on the bench (for the first time every) but did not play in his teams 3-0 win over Offenbach.
-Frank Simek - Sheffield Wednesday - back from injury and playing the entirety of a 2-1 win over Blackpool.
-Jonathan Spector - West Ham - came on in the 78th minute to help preserve a 0-0 draw at Portsmouth.
-Neven Subotic - Mainz - went the distance in a 1-1 tie home game with Augsburg.
-Brian West - Fredrikstad - did not dress for his teams 1-1 tied at home with Stromsgodset.
-Josh Wolff - 1860 Munich - started and played the first half of his teams 3-0 win over Offenbach Kickers.
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Former San Jose midfielder Ramiro Corrales plays in Norway these days with Brann, and after a bought last spring with a visa problem, things are now amazing for him as the team clinched the league title yesterday beating Viking 5-2 to win it all. Congrats to him. He played the first 84 minutes of the match.
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Big Euro games played this past weekend:
Napoli 3-1 Juventus - a real whooping for the Old Lady who are pretending to chase the title this season. They have no chance to win it.
Milan 0-1 Roma - another pretender falls at home again to a real contender Roma.
Zaragoza 4-1 Villareal - it was only a goalfest for one team. The other continued their yo-yo.
Sevilla 3-0 Valencia - have Sev put their personal sorrow behind them? Val fired coach Quique Sanchez Flores after the game!
Paris St Germaine 2-3 Lyon - Lyon, having taken the league lead a couple weeks back, now open a 4 point gap at the top.
Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal - Liv scored very early but you could just feel the Arse were gonna get at least a draw.
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-Sun Oct 28 - El Superclasico
America 2-1 Chivas Amer goals both by Juan Carlos Silva. Chiv goal by Omar Bravo.
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Soccernet's The Insider watched Chelsea destroy 3rd place Manchester City 6-0 on Saturday. Jose who?
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Long time Dutch defender Jaap Stam, who always frightened me with his prisoner-of-war camp guard look, retired from the game. Sir Alex Ferguson will not miss him.
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Phil Ball at Soccernet ponders the now former Sevilla coach Juande Ramos' chance of success at Tottenham.
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Sid Lowe of the Guardian rounds up a weekend in La Liga.
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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune looks at the high stakes Russian poker that is Chelsea football club.
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Singapore was set to play Palestine in a World Cup qualifier this weekend in Asia but the Palestinians were a no show. And they didn't even call to say they were not coming. Palestine later said that 18 of their players and coaches were stuck in Gaza under a strict Israeli no travel policy. What a mess this world can be. Treating each other like animals. Great problem solvers.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This might be something cool to note. Michael Silver, Yahoo! Sports NFL writer went to London last weekend for the NFL game. Silver, also a soccer fan, wrote a couple paragraphs about attending Reading vs. Newcastle and how it was more exciting than Wembley's NFL game:;_ylt=Aie31mhVDs_wskzbssonKWBDubYF?slug=ms-morningrush102907&prov=yhoo&type=lgns (scroll down a bit)

6:03 PM  
Blogger Idle said...

I know this is a bit nitpicky, but if you're gonna give Kasey Keller an "Out Injured" listing, how come Brian McBride doesn't make the list?

9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, Brucio, but an exhibition soccer game is just not as important as Israel's right to defend itself against the lethal rockets which have been raining down on its civilians recently.

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hate to turn your comment board into a political discourse, but ignorant comments like anonymous' one above are ridiculous. Your comment about treating each other like animals was spot on Bruce. And anonymous can check out the numerous documented human rights abuses by Israel in occupied land of the Palestinians. Here's an example: Soccer games are the least of their worries, too bad they weren't even allowed to leave to play them.


12:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bruce Arena has only himself to blame for the poor performance NY showed in Saturday's playoff game... Yup, himself and NE's ugly yet effective style of play.


7:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The way I see it, Israel certainly is no angel here, but neither are the Palestinians. Their collective problems are greater than soccer and will never be resolved. Palestinians kill Israelis, Israelis kill Palestinians. There's enough blood and blame on both sides, let's not pretend otherwise.


11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Quakes fan is happy to see Ramiro doing well in Norway. His club, SK Brann is still playing in the UEFA Cup. Thanks for the update.

2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"DaMarcus Beasley - Rangers - started and went the distance by lost 2-1 at Dundee"

Dundee United. Dundee is not in the SPL.

I think "by" is supposed to be "but".

3:04 AM  

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