Monday, April 21, 2008

Boom-E-Rang News

American defender Oguchi Onyewu & his team Standard Liege have clinched the Belgian league championship! See details in the Big Euro Club Matches This Weekend section below

MLS Scoreboard

Week 4 Matches & Scores:
-Thu Apr 17
DC 1-2 Columbus - DC goal by Brian Namoff. Colu goals by Alejandro Moreno & Gonzalo Peralta(OG).
Attendance: 13329
(see match reports last Friday)
-Sat Apr 19
Toronto 1-0 Salt Lake - Tor goal by Laurent Robert.
Attendance: 20219
Match report by Larry Millson of the Globe & Mail.
New York 1-1 New England - NY goal by Jozy Altidore. NE goal by Jeff Larentowicz.
Attendance: 12,047
Match report by Stefan Bondy of the Herald News.
Colorado 0-2 San Jose - SJ goals by Ronnie O'Brien & Kei Kamara.
Attendance: 14,919
Match report by Brian Forbes of the Denver Post.
Los Angeles 2-2 Houston - LA goals both by Landon Donovan. Hou goals by Brad Davis & Franco Caraccio.
Attendance: 23,401
Match report by Phil Collin of the LA Daily News.
-Sun Apr 20
Chicago 0-1 Kansas City - KC goal by Jack Jewsbury.
Attendance: 17,121
Match report by Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun Times.
Chivas USA 0-2 Dallas - Dal goals by Kenny Cooper & Abe Thompson.
Attendance: 10,237
Match report by Jaime Cardenas of the LA Times.
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Red Card Suspensions:
-Mauricio Castro - New England - Red Card for kicking New York player.
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MLS News


Midfielder Lider Marmol who has been training with New York but who's rights are held by Chicago is finally heading to the Windy City to see if he wants to play there or not. If the answer is yes, then they need to work out a deal.
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The 3 Cuban defectors who had been on trial with Los Angeles were not offered contracts, and will now begin tryouts with the City of Angels fake Mexican team.
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Colorado will host German club Borussia Monchengladbach during their preseason training - July 13-23. Gladbach will play games against MLS teams too.
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Warning to rest of league: Do Not Piss Off Landon Donovan! After Houston defender Patrick Ianni sent LC flying with a hip check, it was almost as if Donovan wanted to score a dozen goals and rub them all in Ianni's face. He did the first one on a diving header, then stood over the prone Ianni screaming at him! Wow. Now let's see him get that kind of determination every week. And the exquisite service doesn't hurt either.
-Pic of Landy in yelling action, stolen from the official LA Galaxy team blog.
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Andrea Canales at Soccernet on the Bunkham-Donovan show.
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Looks like the Rev's decided enough is enough with Joe Franchino and there shipped him off to LA on Friday for a low round draft pick. I hope JF can get his life together. But after the incident last weekend New England's patience has run out.
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I ran the text "Claudio Reyna" through the Babelfish Language Translator, and no matter which language I picked the translation always came up the same: "Injured Again".
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2 wins in a row has got to feel pretty great right now!
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Steve Davis at Soccernet with a Week 4 round up.
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MLS Conference Standings

Eastern Conference
10 Kansas City
9 Columbus
7 Chicago
7 New England
6 Toronto
4 New York
3 DC
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Western Conference
8 Dallas
6 Colorado
4 Salt Lake
4 Chivas USA
4 Los Angeles
3 San Jose
3 Houston
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MLS Golden Boot

5 Landon Donovan - Los Angeles
4 Kenny Cooper - Dallas
3 Alejandro Moreno - Columbus
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USL First Division News

Matches & Scores:
-Sat Apr 19
Charleston 1-1 Seattle
Miami 1-2 Montreal
Atlanta 1-1 Carolina
-Thu Apr 24
Portland v Minnesota
-Fri Apr 25
Puerto Rico v Miami
Atlanta v Montreal
-Sat Apr 26
Carolina v Charleston
Portland v Seattle
Vancouver v Minnesota
-Sun Apr 27
Puerto Rico v Miami
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USA Olympic Team

The USA was drawn into Group B (of 4 groups) for the opening rounds of the Olympics. Here is there game schedule:
Group B
-Tue Aug 7
USA v Japan
Netherlands v Nigeria
-Sun Aug 10
Nigeria v Japan
USA v Netherlands
-Wed Aug 13
Netherlands v Japan
USA v Nigeria
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US Soccer has quotes about the draw from USA coach Petr Nowak, and players Maurice Edu, Chris Seitz & Jozy Altidore.
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And here are the other 3 groups:

Group A
Serbia & Montenegro
Cote D'Ivoire

Group C
New Zealand

Group D
South Korea
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USA U20 News

In Beja, Portugal for the Campos Verdes International Tournament this week.

Matches & Scores:
-Tue Apr 15
USA 1-3 Cape Verde Islands - USA goal by Brek Shea.
-Wed Apr 16
USA 3-0 Northern Ireland - USA goals by Vincenzo Bernardo, Peri Marosevic & Ellis McLoughlin.
-Fri Apr 18
USA 0-4 Portugal
Match report from US Soccer.
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Not such a hot trip for Coach Tom & the Boyz. A loss to some complete unknowns, whooping a small country, and then getting polished off by the hosts. Ugh.
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Soccer In America

Associated Press has an article on the growth of soccer academies in America. Via Soccernet.
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Americans In Europe

How'd their weekend matches go:
-Freddy Adu - Benfica - was not dress for a 2-0 loss at Porto.
-Bryan Arguez - Hertha Berlin - no games for the league this weekend.
-Gregg Berhalter - 1860 Munich - no games for the league this weekend.
-Carlos Bocanegra - Fulham - dressed but did not play as they lost at home 0-2 to Liverpool.
-Michael Bradley - Heerenveen - played all 90 minutes of a 5-0 win over Excelsior. The win leaves them in 5th place of the league, and a spot in the Champions League playoffs where they take on Ajax in the first stage (2 legs).
-Adin Brown - Aalesunds - in goal as usual and beat HamKam 5-0 at home.
-Colin Burns - Ljungskile - did not touch the field but the team won 1-2 on the road at Trelleborgs.
-Dan Califf - Aalborg - started and went the distance, tying at Esbjerg 1-1.
-Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - no games for the league this weekend.
-Bobby Convey - Reading - back in the starting line up, played all 90 but lost 2-0 at Arsenal.
-Charlie Davies - Hammarby - started and lasted the full match but lost on the road 0-1 to Kalmar.
-Clint Dempsey - Fulham - started and went 90 but lost 0-2 at home to Liverpool.
-Jay DeMerit - Watford - warmed the bench in a 0-2 home loss to Crystal Palace.
-Joe Enochs - Osnabruck -no games for the league this weekend.
-Benny Feilhaber - Derby County - on the bench but did not play as they lost 2-1 at West Ham.
-Gabriel Ferrari - Sampdoria - did not dress for a nice 3-0 win over Udinese.
-Brad Friedel - Blackburn - starred for all 90 minutes as always but could only tie Manchester United 1-1 at home.
-Cory Gibbs - Charlton - did not dress and the team lost 1-0 at QPR.
-Clarence Goodson - Start - played all 90 and they won 2-0 at home over Alta.
-Joshua Grenier - Koblenz - no games for the league this weekend.
-Marcus Hahnemann - Reading - went all 90 but could not stop Arsenal, losing 2-0 on the road.
-Tally Hall - Esbjerg - did not play in a 1-1 home tie against Aalborg.
-Tim Howard - Everton - team did not play this weekend.
-Nate Jaqua - Rheindorf Altach - played all 90 but lost 3-0 at Rapid Vienna.
-Will John - Randers - did not play as the team beat Copenhagen 2-1 at home.
-Eddie Johnson - Fulham - was not in the game day roster as they lost 0-2 at home to Liverpool.
-Kasey Keller - Fulham - went the full 90 but lost 0-2 to Liverpool. Did not have a very good game either.
-Joseph Lapira - Nybergsund - started and went the full 90 but lost 3-1 at Haugesund.
-Eddie Lewis - Derby County - played the whole match but lost 2-1 at West Ham.
-Clint Mathis - Ergotolis - did not play as they got 3 much needed points from a 2-0 win over Xanthi. They have again moved out of the relegation zone.
-Brian McBride - Fulham - started and went 81 minutes in a losing effort, 0-2 at to the Liverpeople.
-Jay Needham - Alta - played all 90 but lost 2-0 at Start.
-Lee Nguyen - Randers - started and played the full match as they got a nice 2-1 home win over Copenhagen.
-Pat Noonan - Aalesunds - came on as a 61st minute sub as they beat HamKam 5-0 at home.
-Oguchi Onyewu - Standard - went all 90 winning 2-0 over , and winning the league too!
-Heath Pearce - Hansa Rostock - no games for the league this weekend.
-Matt Pickens - Queens Park Rangers - not even on the bench as they win 1-0 at home over Charlton.
-Troy Perkins - Valerenga - started and played the entire match as they tied with Rosenborg at home 1-1.
-Luis Robles - Kaiserslautern - no games for the league this weekend.
-Frank Simek - Sheffield Wednesday - still injured, and the team lost at Blackpool 2-1.
-Jonathan Spector - West Ham - did not dress for the teams 2-1 home win over Derby County.
-Neven Subotic - Mainz - no games for the league this weekend.
-Danny Szetela - Brescia - lost at Chievo Verona 3-0.
-Etchu Tabe - Ljungskile - did not suit up for a 1-2 win at Trelleborgs.
-Brian Waltrip - Molde - came on as a 71st minute sub and the team got a point on the road 1-1 at Lillestrom.
-Cam Weaver - Haugesund - started, played all 90, scored his teams first goal, and won 3-1 at home over Nybergsund.
-Brian West - Fredrikstad - beat Bodo Glimt at home 2-0.
-Quentin Westberg - Troyes - on the bench but saw no action as the team tied at Niort 0-0.
-Jeremiah White - Aarhus - went the whole 90 and got his teams 3rd goal winning 3-1 at home over Lyngby.
-Josh Wolff - 1860 Munich - no games for the league this weekend.
-Sal Zizzo - Hannover - no games for the league this weekend.
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American Soccer Daily is reporting that Dan Califf has agreed to a contract for next season with his current clubs (Aalborg) rivals Midtjylland.
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Andrew Hush at Soccernet with an article on Charlie Davies and his Swedish club Hammarby.
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Copa Libertadores

Tuesday & Wednesday this week are the end of the Group Stage. The 2 legged knock out phase begins next week!
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Group Stage Matches & Scores:
-Apr 22
Colo Colo v Atlas
Boca Juniors v Maracaibo
-Apr 23
Sportivo Luqueno v Audax Italiano
Sao Paulo v Atletico Nacional
Flamengo v Coronel Bolognesi
Nacional v Cienciano
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River Plate & America join Santos, San Lorenzo, Estudiantes, Lanus, Cucuta Deportivo, Atlas, Cruzeiro, Fluminense & LDU Quito in securing 11 of the 16 spots in the knock out rounds.
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Group Stage Standings
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England News

Goalkeeper David James writing for the Observer tells us what a relegation battle does to your nerves and guts.
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Paul Wilson in the Observer looks at the Other 16 of the Premiership, and other topics.
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The Independent looks at the Chelsea v Liverpool Champions League matchup - will it be great or terrible to watch? I figure it will be a little of both.
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European News

Guillem Balague of The Times with an article on Barcelona's quietly fantastic midfielder Xavi Hernandez.
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Duncan Castle of the Observer looks at Barcelona - the crumbling of a greatly talented team.
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The Telegraph on the magic of Barcelona's stadium Camp Nou.
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Simon Kuper of the Financial Times shares his knowledge of the Nou Camp with us.
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Sid Lowe of the Guardian writes about Valencia - they just won the Copa del Rey, so why is their coach Ronald Koeman about to be fired?
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Francesco Totti's season is over for Roma as he blew out his knee this weekend in the teams 1-1 draw with Livorno.
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Football Italia with a round up of Week 34 in Serie A.
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Phil Ball at Soccernet goes to Santander's infamous "Sardine Can" stadium to see Real Madrid step closer to another title. This is the stadium where the USA will take on Spain in early June.
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UEFA Champions League

Semifinal 1st Leg Matches & Scores:
-Tue Apr 22
Liverpool v Chelsea - live at 1:30pm central on ESPN2
-Wed Apr 23
Barcelona v Manchester United - live at 1:30pm central on ESPN2
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Euro League Cup Competitions

Bayern Munchen win the 2008 DFB Pokal Final!!
-Sat Apr 19
Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Bayern Munchen - in extra time - Dort goal by Mladen Petric. Bay goals both by Luca Toni.
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Big Euro Club Matches This Weekend

-Sat Apr 19
Barcelona 0-0 Espanyol - a dead even draw at the Barcelona derby leaves Barca 11 points off the pace and back to 3rd place a point behind Villarreal.
-Sun Apr 20
Aston Villa 5-1 Birmingham - a serious thumping in the Birmingham derby.
Porto 2-0 Benfica - two of the big old clubs in Portugal did battle, but little was on the line, and it showed in Benfica's case.
Standard Liege 2-0 Anderlecht - #1 beats #2 in Belgium and secures the league title with 3 matches still to play (the lead is an insurmountable 10 points). This is Standard's first title in 25 years!
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Standard wins the Belgian league title!
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The season went down to the final game in Holland and PSV & Ajax both won leaving the title to PSV who were already leading by 3 points.
-Sun Apr 20
Vitesse Arnhem 0-1 PSV Eindhoven
Ajax Amsterdam 5-1 Heracles Almelo
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PSV wins the Netherlands Eredivisie league title!
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The Eredivisie does not give their #2 team an automatic Champions League spot - teams 2-5 playoff for it. Here is that schedule:
CL Qualifier Semifinal 1st Leg Matches & Scores:
-Thu May 1
Heerenveen v Ajax
Twente v NAC Breda
CL Qualifier Semifinal 2nd Leg Matches & Scores:
NAC Breda v Twente
Ajax v Heerenveen
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African News

As predicted last week, South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Pareirra has quit the team.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What nothing on the African Champions League?


8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish you had more MLS news and less of the rest I scroll past a lot of the time. But i still come here every day

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm surprise of the amount of information you post each day! can't please all fans, but thanks.

1:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey maaaaan,

keep it coming as is

6:52 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

So Brucio, who is bigger American influence in Belgium right now, Gooch or the band Citizen Dick?

8:34 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

Touch me I'm Gooch!

8:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of the 6 goals LA has scored this year 5 have been by Donovan and 1 by Beckham. 3 of Donovan's goal were off assists from Beckham and Beckham's goal was an assist from Donovan.

LA is probably the only team in MLS that only two players can single-handidly keep their team in games. The rest of their team is horrid and the drop off in talent if painfully obvious. Alan Gordon is also the worst forward I've ever seen.

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brucio, killer info as always.

Keep it up like it is, man.

12:09 PM  

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