Friday, November 09, 2007

Mr. Martha Von Creepy News

New England has done it again. Huge congrats to them! Their 4th MLS Cup game in 6 years. That is amazing. But I have to say this - they better come to win, and they better come to entertain, cuz if its like the last two years, I am gonna be pissed off. You hear me Nicol? Pissed off.


Cobi Jones has been hired by Ruud Gullit has his first assistant coach in LA.


Taylor Twellman of New England scored the only goal of that game on an unforgettable Chileno, but after the game he moronically referred to the soft goal he scored last week this way: “Last week, I scored with my purse.” Tell that to my grandmother when she brains you with her purse, fool.

MLS Semifinals
-Thu Nov 8
New England 1-0 Chicago - goal by Taylor Twellman.
Match report by Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe.
Match report by John Connolly of the Boston Herald.
Match report by Kyle McCarthy of the Boston Herald.
Match report by Mike Biglin of the MetroWest Daily News.
Match report by Lacy J Banks of the Chicago Sun Times.
Match report by Nick Firchau of Chicago's Daily Southtown.
Match report by Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune.
Post-game notes by Arroyave on the Red Card blog.
Post-game analysis by John Powers of the Boston Globe.
Post-game analysis by Dell'apa for the Globe.
-Sat Nov 10
Houston v Kansas City - 7:30pm central on FSC, FSE & HDNet
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Michael Lewis at MLSnet on Twellman's miraculous goal.
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Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle writes about . Several of their key players, Dwayne De Rosario, Richard Mulrooney, Pat Onstad & Eddie Robinson, are sitting on a Yellow and if they pick another up tomorrow night they will miss the final.
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Fallas at the Chron also has some random HD v KCW notes.
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Luis Bueno at Sports Illustrated calls the KC playoff run "unlikely". Agreed.
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Pete Grathoff of the KC Star on Kansas City's more patient approach to trying to get a stadium built, the second time around.
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It's now official - Dutchman Ruud Gullit is at the helm of the LA Galaxy.
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Andrea Canales of Soccernet on why LA chose Gullit.
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The ever-wise Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union Tribune on the hiring of Gullit.
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LA midfielder Daniel Beckman has been called in to the English national team for their Euro 08 qualifier v Croatia at home on Nov 21.
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DC's Jaime Moreno has been called into the Bolivian national team again for the next 2 World Cup qualifiers in South America.
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North American Club Friendlies
-Sun Nov 11
Minnesota Thunder v Los Angeles Galaxy
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Brian Quardstad & Paul Demko at Blue Sky Soccer have some audio of interviews with Thunder players, and a game preview.
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Copa Sudamericana - Semifinals
First Leg Matches & Scores:
-Wed Nov 7
Millonarios 2-3 America - Mill goals by Gerardo Bedoya & Johnathan Estrada. Amer goals by Salvador Cabanas(2) & German Villa.
-Thur Nov 8
Arsenal 0-0 River Plate
Second Leg Matches & Scores (with first leg scores included):
-Tue Nov 13
America v Millonarios (3-2)
-Wed Nov 14
River Plate v Arsenal (0-0)
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Three Americans are playing matches today in the UEFA Cup:
-Dan Califf - Aalborg 1-1 Anderlecht - started and went the full 90 but could only manage the draw at home.
-Ramiro Corrales - Brann 1-1 at Rennes - was on the bench for the road draw.
-Tim Howard - Everton 0-2 at Nurnberg - started in the goal as usual and got the clean sheet in Germany.
And here are the rest of the matches today:
Larissa 2-3 Zenit
Kobenhavn 0-1 Panathinaikos
Aberdeen 1-1 Lokomotiv Moskva
Mlada Boleslav 1-2 Villarreal
Fiorentina 6-1 Elfsborg
Dinamo Zagreb 0-0 Basel
Spartak Moskva 2-1 Leverkusen
Toulouse 2-3 Sparta
Bayern 2-2 Bolton
Aris 3-0 Crvena Zvezda
Hapoel Tel-Aviv 0-2 Tottenham
Galatasaray 2-3 Helsingborg
Austria Wien 1-2 Bordeaux
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Big Euro club matches to see this weekend:
-Sat Nov 10
Schalke v Hamburg - the seemingly only 2 contenders to Bayern for the crown.
Stuttgart v Bayern Munich - last years champs, who look like this years chumps, try to reign in the perennial power.
Werder Bremen v Karlsruhe - #3 v #4
-Sun Nov 11
Villarreal v Sevilla - two pretenders to the Spanish thrown trying to prove their worthiness.
Feyenoord v Ajax - old old rivals always play good matches against each other.
PSV v AZ Alkmaar - the top dogs v a challenger for the past few years.
Panathinaikos v AEK - a big match every year in Greece.
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Just a couple of days after World Soccer ran a big story on coach Bora Milutinovic, he has been fired by Jamaica. The reason given for the firing was breach of contract. But no one seems to know what happened.
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Man United striker Wayne Rooney injured his ankle at practice today is expected to miss a month of action. This will mean no Euro 08 qualifiers for England either. Oof.
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Tunisian club Etoile Sahel pulled off a huge upset in beating Egyptian legends Al Ahli 1-3 and winning the African Champions League title.
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Simon Kuper of the Financial Times was at the FIFA offices in Zurich the other day and had two interesting conversations. The first was with a very shady character named Peter Hargitay who is a "special adviser" to Mr Sepp Blatter. Hargitay insinuated that he could have very big influence as a lobbyist in awarding the next World Cup. Why didn't he just say the winner would be the highest briber to him and the FIFA exec's who make the call. Come on buddy, learn some subtlety. And secondly Kuper talked to Chelsea Chairman Peter Kenyon about the state of the club.
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My guy, Super Pippo Inzaghi of AC Milan now has 62 goals in Euro club cup competitions! Truly incredible for such a limited talent player.


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