Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Getting Back To Basic Plus News

In the first hour of Glenn Davis's Houston Dynamo Power Hour radio show last night, Glenn did an interview with new team financial partner Oscar De La Hoya. Listen here. Fantastic!

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Did Toronto really send Ronnie O'Brien to San Jose in exchange for Chris Pozniak? See Rumor section below for more

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After a great deal of fan disgruntlement and finally some bad publicity to push them to act, MLS has found a new online company to run their MLS Gear store. Let's all hope we have a 1000% increase in satisfaction. Here is info on the company that is taking over.

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A conversation between former French national team stars Christophe Dugarry and some guy called ZiZou: "Apart from me, was Ronaldo the best player you ever played with?" asked Dugarry. "Apart from you, he was the best," dead-panned Zidane.


MLS News

Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle gives us today's update on the sale of the Houston Dynamo to Oscar De La Hoya & Co.
-The Chronicle with a stadium update as well.
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Fallas also writes about any possible fallout from Houston's asskicking at the hands of Gamba over the weekend.
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Jack Bell of the New York Times talks to Chivas USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan about his failed transfer to Aston Villa in January. Plus other soccer news.
More from Bell on Guzan at the NY Times Goal blog.
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Nick Green of the Daily Breeze with an article on Chivas USA forward & Cuban defector Maykel Galindo.
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Luis Bueno at MLSnet talks to Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein about his offseason "excursion" to Tel Aviv.
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Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe gives us some info on New England's training sessions in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico that are going on right now. And a few other team notes.
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Kyle McCarthy of Goal.com checks in on the Kansas City preseason team upgrades.
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Pat Walsh also of Goal.com looks at 4 big changes in the league during the offseason.
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Steven Goff of the Washington Post with an article on one of two new goalkeepers DC United acquired over the offseason - Jose Carvallo of Peru. How did the team find him? His mother contacted them!!!
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Ives Galarcep at the Herald News with a look at what New York is still in need of on their roster.
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I had a couple of observation on the LA Galaxy from the two games in Hawaii: 1. Goalkeeper Steve Cronin is not ready to be a full time starter. And 2. That big Brazilian midfielder could be something. What was his nickname? Was it El Buffalo?
-Check out this picture of Abel Xavier jogging with Israel Sesay. Just a slight difference in size. And Xavier's hair appears wilder than ever.
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Most MLS teams have their 2008 shirts ready for pre-order. No giant drastic changes for anyone, but two are interestingly different: Columbus, and Dallas's 2nd shirt.
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MLS Preseason Friendlies

Matches & Scores:
-Mon Feb 25
Ventura County Fusion 0-1 Columbus at Buena High in Ventura
-Tue Feb 26
Dallas v SMU
-Wed Feb 27
Dorados (Mexico) v Chicago in Sinaloa
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Columbus lost to a PDL team last night, ugh.
-The Ventura County Star has a match report from the Ventura v Columbus game.
-The VCR with even more following the match.
-Columbus lined up three trialists on the opposition team, to get them some game action.
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Pan-Pacific Championship

Our main man Dave Brett Wassar was in Hawaii and filed blog posts for the New York Times Goal: Lessons From Hawaii
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Luis Bueno of the Press Enterprise reviews the Pan Pacific Cup - Prognosis Negative.
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Glenn Davis of the Houston Chronicle takes a critical look at the Pan Pacific tournament.
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The Honolulu Advertiser looks at the possible future of the Pan Pacific Championship. Has quotes from MLS goomba Donald Garber.
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Here is video of Houston & Sydney players doing some "paddle surfing" in Hawaii. funny thing is, I have never even heard of the 2 guys they have from Houston! Then Ching gets into the action. OK.
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MLS Rumors - Don't Tease Me Bro

I know Ronnie O'Brien has never been called the ultimate teammate, and he has had some bad knee injury problems, but the story going around is that Toronto has shipped him off to San Jose in exchange for Chris Pozniak. Huh? TFC got rid of Pozniak the expansion draft. Are you kidding me? When ROB played last year TFC were at their best, by a mile. Who are TFC taking roster-move lessons from? John Ellinger? Oh, right, it's Mo Johnston. Somehow worse than Ellinger. What is going on?
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Big Apple Soccer reports that the Red Bulls have included 2 trialists in their trip to train in Austria: Mexican midfielder Jose De Jesus Mendoza and Rochester leftback Scott Palguta.
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Luis Arroyave on his Red Card blog gives us a little taste of Blanco-mania that is going down in Culiacan as Chicago begins training in Mexico. Let's hope we get to read a lot more about this stuff.
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Goal.com says Real Salt Lake has extended the try out of Singapore striker Indra Sahdan for another 2 weeks.
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Soccer By Ives is reporting, not too surprisingly, that Diego Serna will not be offered a contract with the New York Red Bulls.
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Sporting Life is reporting that a Scottish forward from Gretna named Kenny Deuchar is transferring to Real Salt Lake. The man is also a doctor, just in case that makes a difference.
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USA Olympic Team

The Olympic qualifying roster was supposed to be announced on Monday but has been pushed back.
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Jack Bell of the New York Times reports that forward Jozy Altidore did not go with his club New York Red Bulls to train in Austria meaning that he will instead join the Olympic team.
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Americans In Europe

The Fulham team website has a Q & A with Eddie Johnson.
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How'd their Monday matches go:
-Joshua Grenier - Koblenz - came on as a last seconds sub as they won 2-3 at Kaiserslautern.
-Tim Howard - Everton - played all 90 as usual and won big, 2-0 at Manchester City.
-Luis Robles - Kaiserslautern - did not play, and they lost at home 2-3 to Koblenz.
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After nabbing 2 goals in 2 games for his new team Rheindorf Altach, Nate Jaqua has been called "a penalty-area cobra with a lion's heart" by a local paper. Their league must be awful, cuz he just isn't that good. But it's fantastic for Jaqua!
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FMF

Top teams after 7 Rounds of the 08 Clausura:
15 Guadalajara
14 Toluca
12 Santos Laguna
11 Cruz Azul
10 Puebla
10 Monterrey
10 Necaxa
10 San Luis
-Others of note: Previous league winner Atlante sits with 9 points as does the hot team of the past few seasons Pachuca and perennial champs America have 7.
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Top FMF Goal Scorers:
6 Omar Bravo - Guadalajara
6 Humberto Suazo - Monterrey
5 Giancarlo Maldanado - Atlante
4 Alfredo Moreno - San Luis
4 Sergio Santana - Guadalajara
4 Nicolas Olivera - Puebla
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Copa Libertadores

Group Stage Matches & Scores:
-Feb 26
Dep Univ San Martin v Universidad Catolica
Estudiantes LP v Lanus
Caracas v Bamin Real Potosi
-Feb 27
Atletico Nacional v Sao Paulo
River Plate v America
Flamengo v Cienciano
-Feb 28
Cucuta Deportivo v San Jose
Maracaibo v Colo Colo
Cruzeiro v Caracas
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Group Stage Standings
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European News

I missed this one a few weeks back - the Observer Sports Monthly does an interview (which in England seems to mean a long story with a couple of quotes) with Argentina & Barcelona star forward Lionel Messi. At just 20 years old I think he might be the best player in the world right now.
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Real Madrid have now lost 3 league games in a row, 6 games in all competitions in 2008, and their 11 point La Liga lead over Barcelona is down to 2 points. Not to mention that Barca are now on a serious roll.
-The Reuters blog wonders, what is going on?
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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune writes about Real Madrid's mental melt down v Getafe last weekend. It was a doozy.
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Reuters Soccer Blog has an article on Lyon forward Kazim Benzema, and think he could become the most expensive player even sold.
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Reuters also have a story of 2 really bad displays of racism at matches in France over the weekend. At one game players tossed Anti-Racism shirts into the crowd only to have one section tear them up, throw them back and then give the Nazi salute. Damn.
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Phil Ball at Soccernet reports on this week in La Liga, and Valencia's court case with one of their own players.
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Former Manchester United goal scoring machine Andy Cole has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife.
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The Glasgow Daily Herald with a feature story on Rangers coach Walter Smith.
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The Guardian has a look at French club Le Mans who are making an attempt to get back into the top-of-the-table battle.
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Inter's top goal scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been playing on an injured knee lately, and the team is finally going to shelve him to get him better. Is it too late for the Champions League?
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The Italian Serie A will play a full slate of games midweek, with the biggie of biggie being #1 Inter hosting #2 Roma.
-Another big Serie A game on tap TODAY is the Turin derby - Juventus v Torino.
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Euro League Cup Competitions

French Coupe de la Ligue
Semifinal Matches & Scores:
-Tue Feb 26
Paris Saint Germain v Auxerre
-Wed Feb 27
Le Mans v Lens
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Top Goal Scorers In Europe’s Big Leagues

-La Liga-
19 Luis Fabiano - Sevilla
14 Diego Milito - Zaragoza
13 Raul Gonzalez - Real Madrid
13 Kahveci Nihat - Villarreal
12 Ruud van Nistelrooy - Real Madrid
12 Joseba Llorente - Valladolid

-Bundesliga-
13 Luca Toni - Bayern Munich
12 Mario Gomez - Stuttgart
11 Marko Pantelic - Hertha
11 Mladen Petric - Borussia Dortmund
10 Rafael Van der Vaart - Hamburg
10 Diego - Werder Bremen
10 Ivan Olic - Hamburg

-Serie A-
15 David Trezeguet - Juventus
15 Marco Borriello - Genoa
14 Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Inter Milan
14 Adrian Mutu - Fiorentina
11 Alessandro Del Pierro - Juventus
11 Francesco Tavano - Livorno
11 Antonio Di Natale - Udinese

-Eredivisie-
23 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar - Ajax
18 Blaise N'Kufo - Twente
13 Robin Nelisse - Utrecht
13 Roy Makaay - Feyenoord
13 Michael Bradley - Heerenveen
12 Danny Koevermans - PSV

-Premiership-
21 Cristiano Ronaldo - Manchester United
19 Emmanuel Adebayor - Arsenal
15 Fernando Torres - Liverpool
13 Benjani Mwaruwari - Manchester City
12 Robbie Keane - Tottenham

-Ligue Un-
16 Karim Benzema - Lyon
12 Mamadou Niang - Marseille
11 David Bellion - Bordeaux
11 Tulio De Melo - Le Mans
10 Johan Elmander - Toulouse
10 Bafetimbi Gomis - St Etienne
10 Daniel Niculae - Auxerre

-Portuguese Liga-
13 Lisandro Lopez - Porto
9 Roland Linz - Braga
8 Joao Paulo - Uniao Leiria
7 Ariza Makukula - Maritimo
7 Oscar Cardozo - Benfica

2008 UEFA European Championship

Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian wonders where Eduardo's broken leg leaves Croatia for the tournament.
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World News

FIFA .com talks to Jay Jay Okocha as Nigeria gets ready to find a successor to fired coach Berti Vogts.
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The Guardian takes a look at the current state of Brazilian club Santos.

3 Comments:

Anonymous joe said...

love those houston ad promos on the intro.

10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Reuters also have a story of 2 really bad displays of racism at matches in France over the weekend. At one game players tossed Anti-Racism shirts into the crowd only to have one section tear them up, throw them back and then give the Nazi salute. Damn."
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I know that allegedly sophisticated, "cultured" far left-wing people who are involved in the arts/education such as yourself just think that the French are the most wonderful people on the face of the earth, but keep in mind that when the real Nazis invaded their country 60-some years ago, they didn't put up much of a fight.
There was a lot of sympathy for the Nazis in France...still is.
Anti-Semitism is a huge problem in France.

In fact, when discussing WW2, we refer to the French "Resistance" movement as a separate entity---you know, as opposed to the French who didn't resist the Nazis.

You never hear of the English "Resistance" movement---that's because all of England resisted the Nazis.

1:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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8:10 AM  

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