Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Snifflin' The Night Away News

FIFA has officially named Brazil as hosts of the 2014 World Cup. See ya there.

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In 7 previous playoff matches, Chicago has beaten DC United 6 times and tied 1, while not allowing a single goal. The score in the all times series is 11-0. Does the streak continue, or is it time to be broken?

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Jose Mourinho to coach Valencia? That is the rumor.


According to the MLS discipline page, anyone who gets booked in both legs of the first round playoff series will be suspended from the semifinals. Ouch.
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Pete Grathoff of the KC Star with MLS playoff notes etc.
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Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe advocates for the "away goals" rule in MLS playoffs. And a few other soccer notes.
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Nick Green at the Daily Breeze feels that Chivas USA could be in big trouble this weekend. And an update on Frank Yallop's status with the Galaxy.
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Greg Lalas at Sports Illustrated wants to know if Chicago are the trendy pick to win it all?
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Steven Goff on his Soccer Insider blog with the latest from DC coach Tom Soehn.
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Goff says that over 30,000 tickets have already been sold for MLS Cup. Excellent news. I bought 13. How many did you buy?
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Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle with the latest Dynamo notes as they prepare for a Friday night showdown with Dallas.
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The mayor of Houston declared today Houston Dynamo Day in the city. Why not Friday, when the game is?
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Emlyn Lewis of Soccer New England wants to know where the "home field advantage" is in the first round of the MLS playoffs.
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Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger thinks New York can still do it in New England on Saturday.
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Jeff Bradley at MLSnet with his First XI looking at what we learned from the first leg playoff matches.
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DJ Walker at 3rd Degree gives us his Stream of Consciousness game report on Dallas v Houston from last Saturday.
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Luis Bueno of the Press Enterprise thinks the MLS playoffs need more tinkering.
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Ives Galarcep of the North Jersey Herald News feels that the New York Red Bulls are in desperate need of a play making midfielder. Hey, I got an idea. How about Amado Guevara?
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Pat Walsh of Goal.com thinks NY coach Bruce Arena has lost his shine.
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The Chicago Sun Times with a story on Chicago Fire owner Andrew Hauptman and his Hollywood connection.
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Jack Bell of the New York Times on recent FIFA rulings and other local & world soccer notes.
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MLS has released their list of 2007 season awards nominees, and the dates those awards will be handed out.
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Copa Sudamericana
Quarterfinals
Second Leg Matches & Scores with first leg scores included:
-Tue Oct 30
River Plate v Defensor Sporting (2-2)
-Semifinals: America v Arsenal and Millonarios v winner of Defensor/River.
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FIFA with a nice update on Central American club qualifiers for next springs CONCACAF Championship Cup.
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Here are the 8 teams that will play in the Interliga tournament next January:
Group A - America, Atlas, Toluca & Morelia
Group B - Cruz Azul, Pumas, Monterrey & San Luis
-The top 2 finishers qualify for next years Copa Libertadores.
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Fulhamfc.com with an update on Brian McBride's injury recovery. (thanks to BQ for sending this one)
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Greg Seltzer at American Soccer Daily talks to Gregg Berhalter about life at 1860, and the teams attempt to get back into the top league.
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American Soccer Daily also talks to young American defender Neven Subotic at Mainz. Subotic also confirms that he has options to play of at least one other country rather than the USA. That is not to say he has ruled out the USA. He just has options.
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Americans in Europe - how'd their recent matches go:
-Dan Califf - Aalborg - started, played all 90 minutes and his team won 2-0 at home over Esbjerg yesterday.
-Jay DeMerit - Watford - went the distance and got himself a yellow card in a 0-2 road win at Crystal Palace on Monday.
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Thomas Rongen has a USA U18 team in France this week for the Limoges tournament where they will face the hosts, Turkey & Scotland. Most of the players on the team will be fighting for spots on the 2009 U20 World Cup team.
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The Fourth round of the English League Cup is this mid-week.
-Tue Oct 30
Coventry v West Ham
-Wed Oct 31
Bolton v Manchester City
Chelsea v Leicester
Liverpool v Cardiff
Luton v Everton
Portsmouth v Blackburn
Sheffield United v Arsenal
Tottenham v Blackpool
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Russian Premier League
-Standings after 28 rounds (of 30):
55 Zenit St Petersburg
53 Spartak Moscow
49 FC Moscow
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In a New York Times story on Phoenix Suns NBA star (and noted soccer fan) Steve Nash he says he was going to London to meet with Tottenham officials about his desire to become an owner.
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Its a fact that hate will never end, but the Observer says Tottenham & others still get the Jewish hate all too often.
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4 good ones from the Guardian today:
-How Lyon beat down their former coaches new team.
-Queens Park Rangers are the latest club in England about to get the big foreign money makeover.
-The second chance at stardom for Adrian Mutu at Fiorentina.
-Is new Tottenham boss Juande Ramos the next Jose Mourinho.
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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune on the latest edicts from FIFA.
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Another player on a small team in Italy has been given a 2 game suspension for diving. This is fantastic to see, but the big question still remains, Will the league do the same if a big name player on a big name team is caught diving?
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Egypt's Al Ahli looks to have the edge for the African Champions League crown after a 0-0 tie game at Etoile Sahel of Tunisia. The second and deciding leg is at Al Ahli on Nov 9.
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IFK Goteborg have won the Swedish championship. Congrats boyos.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Bob said...

Regarding Serie A: Adriano was suspended two games for diving last season for Inter Milan. He might not have big player skills he used to, but he is big around the waistline and he does play for a big club.

3:03 PM  
Anonymous jamesey said...

How is Gavin Glinton not nominated for comeback player of the year? He retired for 2 years, then came back to be a super sub for the Galaxy.

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After reading Luis Bueno's article about the MLS playoffs needing tinkering a question popped into my head. How can there be Conference finals when there is interconference play in the playoffs? Wouldn't it be a bit weird if Kansas City became Western Conference Champs after not even playing in that conference in the regular season?

smatthew

9:01 AM  
Anonymous RobbyRevsFan said...

Incidentally, that Napoli player's diving ban was rescinded after they found video evidence that contact with a defender helped bring him down.

9:18 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

thank you bob, point well made
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robbyrebsfan, i am writing about that for wednesday, thanks for the update

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