Friday, February 29, 2008

Let Me Out News

I don't like this: Richard Groff, who is tied in to the new Philadelphia team in some way, was being interviewed on Marcelo Balboa's radio show From The Pitch on Tuesday night and insinuated that the new Philly stadium will NOT have grass, but rather an artificial surface. Boooooooooooo


Happy 7th Birthday to Taylor Twellman - born in the great city of Minneapolis!


FIFA has recognized a disputed USA goal by Landon Donovan as official, so now its written in stone that he is the all-time goal scoring leader at 35 and counting. He is 25 years old. The man in second place Eric Wynalda played for Team USA into his 30's. Donovan could double his current total before he is through.


Coverage of the official announcement of the new team from local newspapers:
-Philadelphia Inquirer-
MLS announces Philadelphia expansion team
Major League Soccer celebrates in Chester
How will Chester play to MLS fans?
Soccer community welcomes new team

-Philadelphia Daily News-
With MLS expansion, curtain opens on revival of soccer, Chester
Philly scores big goal with MLS expansion

-The Delco Times-
Score a goal for Chester
That's one giant leap for Chester
Sakiewicz’s blueprint gives soccer a chance
Stadium’s fiscal height may give taxpayers vertigo
New soccer team brings hope
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MLSnet recognizes supporters group Sons Of Ben as being instrumental in getting their new team.
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Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America on the Philly expansion. via Sports Illustrated.
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Here is an aerial view map of exactly where the stadium will be built. Right on the Delaware River, in that vacant area next to the Commodore Bridge.
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You can get season tickets at 1-877-MLS-2010.
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The new teams home on the web.
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MLS News

Tom Timmerman of the St Louis Post Dispatch talks to MLS commish Donald Garber who says: "We'd like St. Louis to be our next team."
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OK, So if St Louis is looking to try and be #17, then who will get that precious 18th team?
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Both John Haydon of the Washington Times and Steven Goff of the Washington Post have stories on former prodigy Santino Quaranta who is without a team, but training with and trying to become a member of DC United again.
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John Connolly of the Boston Herald catches up with New England veteran midfielder Steve Ralston.
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Salt Lake GM Garth Lagerway had a Q & A with fans last night. Audio of the conversation is available at AYL Soccer. And a poster on Big Soccer called neophyte had a very nice recap of things that were said. Some are quite interesting.
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Dan Steinberg the creator of the DC Sports Bog has several new posts on DC United. All with that great off-beat wit. (It's been a long winter without Steinberg's DCU updates.)
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Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle on the introduction of new Dynamo part-owner Oscar De La Hoya.
-Fallas on his Soccer y Futbol blog has some interesting insights into AEG's continued role in Houston.
-Glenn Davis also of the Chron, writing on his The Soccer Hour blog, with more words on De La Hoya.
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The Chronicle has a Q & A with De La Hoya.
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MLS Preseason Friendlies

Matches & Scores:
-Fri Feb 29
Chivas USA v UC Riverside at HDC
-Sat Mar 1
FC Seoul (S Korea) v Los Angeles at World Cup Stadium in Seoul South Korea
Chivas USA v Fresno Fuego at TBD
Red Bull Salzburg Juniors v New York in Salzburg as part of a double header with the senior Salzburg teams regular home league match.
San Jose State U v San Jose
-Mon Mar 3
Paranaense Reserves (Brazil) v Dallas at CAPTC in Curtiba Brazil
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USL First Division & PDL

An article in the Kitsap Sun says that one of the owners of the Seattle Sounders who will NOT be a part of the MLS team wants to keep the team alive and find a new home for them in the region. (thanks to Goal Seattle for us toward this one)
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Americans In Europe

Great post at the Craven Cottage Newsround about Eddie Johnson starting for Fulham this weekend. (thanks to BQ for this one)
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The Daily Mail with an article on the return to action for Brian McBride at Fulham.
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American Soccer Daily talks to Dan Califf about his future at Danish club Aalborg.
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Copa Libertadores

Group Stage Matches & Scores:
-Feb 26
Dep Univ San Martin 0-1 Universidad Catolica - goal by Dario Botinelli.
Estudiantes 0-0 Lanus
Caracas 2-1 Bamin Real Potosi - Car goals by Emilio Renteria & Ronald Vargas. Bam goal by Gonzal Galindo.
-Feb 27
Atletico Nacional 1-1 Sao Paulo - Nac goal by David cordoba. SP goal by Miranda.
River Plate 2-1 America - RP goal by Radamel Falcao Garcia. Amer goal by Salvador Cabanas.
Flamengo 2-1 Cienciano - Flam goal by Suazo & Marcinho. Cien goal by Gustavo Vasallo.
-Feb 28
Cucuta Deportivo 0-0 San Jose
Maracaibo 1-3 Colo Colo - Mara goal by Heiber Diaz. Colo goals by Gonzalo Fierro, Gustavo Biscayzacu & an Own Goal by Gregory Lancken.
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Group Stage Standings
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European News

Liverpool and midfielder Javier Mascerano have confirmed that they reached a new contract. He is now no longer on load to them.
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Big Euro Club Matches This Weekend

Scores & Matches:
-Sat Mar 1
West Ham v Chelsea - another of the many London derbies. This is an oldie.
Boavista v Porto - the Porto derby, with the namesake team sitting at #1 in the league. Oh how Boa would love to knock them down.
-Sun Mar 2
Sporting Lisbon v Benfica - aaahhhhh, the Lisbon derby. Should be a fun one.
Besiktas v Galatasaray - #3 hosts #1 in Turkey.
AEK Athens v Panathinaikos - and #3 hosts #1 in Greece too.
Juventus v Fiorentina - battling it for that last Champions League spot.
Schalke v Bayern Munich - last years champs currently sit in 5th place and desperately want to rejoin the top tier. Bayern are numero uno by 4 points.


Blogger Mike said...

Wizards have a preseason game Monday too, against Defensa y Justicia

10:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sons of Ben - please lobby against turf, you are a strong voice in that community, it would be a shame to play on turf. MLS should step in and do something about this. You can't become even with the rest of the world if you play on a cheaper playing field.

- Reid

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Tlingit said...

Philadelphia are stoopid if they use artificial turf. Come on. That is the most disappointing thing I have heard all day.

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Team #18 will be Montreal.

Their SSS is done and can easily be expanded to 18K + TFC's Canadian exclusivity deal will have expired.

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yo, that Best XI MVP list is a complete joke. Eddie Gaven, Kyle Beckerman, and Ricardo Clark on there but no Shalrie Joseph. Makes no sense.

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Donovan could double [Wynalda's] current [U.S. goal] total before he is through." Sure -- if we schedule enough cream-puff friendlies for him to play in! When things get serious and the level of play is high, Donovan goes MIA every time, as sure as death and taxes. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, "Never in the field of soccer conflict have so many praised a player so much over so little."

The fact that such a hollow man is American soccer's big stud speaks uncomplimentary volumes about how far we still have to go to. The day the rest of the world honestly respects American soccer is the day mediocre pretenders like Donovan can't even earn a seat on the U.S. national team's bench, much less become its all-time scoring leader.

11:47 AM  

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