Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Doesn't Stay For A Minute News

New York Red Bulls Managing Director Marc de Grandpre has resigned today. See New York Red Bulls section below for details.

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The Argentine press has re-opened the Juan Roman Riquelme to MLS rumor factory. And they appear to be operating with three full shifts. the dollar amount being flashed around is $15 million. Listen, I love this guy, but he isn't going to sell a lot of tickets. The reason Borglyn's deal has worked so well has been cuz he puts butts in seats. Henry will do the same. Ronaldinho will do the same. Riquelme will not. His addition will bring credibility, not cash flow.


CONCACAF Champions Cup

CONCACAF Champions Cup
Semifinals - 2nd Leg Matches & Scores (with 1st leg scores included):
-Wed Apr 9
DC v Pachuca (0-2)
Suprissa v Houston (0-0)

NOTE: There is no away-goals tie breaker used in this tournament.
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4 Houston first team players did not make the trip to Costa Rica due to injuries & suspension: midfielder Stuart Holden - ankle, goalkeeper Pat Onstad - shoulder, centerback Eddie Robinson - knee, and centerback Bobby Boswell - Yellow Card accumulation.
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Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle with a Dynamo preview.
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Fallas with a couple of quick notes about tonight's game.
-Saprissa's top goal scorer Alejandro Alpizar is still out injured.
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Fallas also reports on his Soccer y Futbol blog that due to recent security problems at Saprissa's stadium, they have installed "27 cameras to watch the fans' every move..."
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Steven Goff of the Washington Post with a DC preview.
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John Haydon of the Washington Times with a DC preview.
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Craig Stouffer of the Washington Examiner with a DC preview focusing on goalkeeper Zach Wells.
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Pat Walsh of Goal.com previews tonight's semifinal finales.
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Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America previews both games.
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UEFA Champions League

Quarterfinal 2nd Leg Matches & Scores (with first leg scores included):
-Tue Apr 8
Liverpool 4-2 Arsenal - the Liverpeople advance 4-3 on aggregate. - Liv goals by Sami Hyypia, Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard(PK) & Ryan Babel. Ars goals by Abou Diaby & Emmanuel Adebayor.
Chelsea 2-0 Fenerbahce - Chel adv 3-2 on agg. Chel goals by Michael Ballack & Frank Lampard.
-Wed Apr 9
Manchester United v Roma (2-0) - live at 1:30pm on ESPN2
Barcelona v Schalke (1-0) - live at 1:30pm on Setanta
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MLS Scoreboard

Week 3 Matches & Scores:
-Wed Apr 9
Kansas City v New England - 7pm central on Direct Kick
-Sat Apr 12
San Jose v Chicago - 3:30pm central on FSC
Columbus v Chivas USA - 6:30pm central on Direct Kick
New England v Colorado - 6:30pm central on Direct Kick
Kansas City v Houston - 7pm central on HDNet
Dallas v New York - 7:30pm central on Direct Kick
Salt Lake v DC - 8pm central on Direct Kick
Sun Apr 13
Los Angeles v Toronto - 2pm central on TeleFutura
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MLS News

CHICAGO FIRE

Orrin Schwarz of Chicago's Daily Herald with another article on Fire owner Andrew Hauptman.
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FC DALLAS

The teams official blog - FC Dallas Updates - reports that defender Alex Yi has decided to retire immediately.
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HOUSTON DYNAMO

The Lodi News Sentinel in California with an article on their native son, Houston defender and Olympic hopeful Patrick Ianni.
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KANSAS CITY WIZARDS

Bob Luder of the Kansas City Star looks at the Wizards open attacking style.
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NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION

The Boston Herald says Revs coach Steve Nicol is not going to sweat the injury problems.
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Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe on New England's over all team depth.
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RED BULL NEW YORK

American Soccer News reports that the teams Managing Director Marc de Grandpre has resigned. Will this team ever get any consistency in the front office or will it just spin round n round.
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Soccer By Ives with the latest on players being pursued by NYRB.
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REAL SALT LAKE

James Edward of the Deseret Morning News breaks down the salaries of Salt Lake players.
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SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES

Beau Dure of USA Today writes about MLS's Earthquakes Mk. II, which in reality is Equakes Mk. III.
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TORONTO FC

Larry Millson of the Globe & Mail and Morgan Campbell of the Star both with updates on TFC's potential signings and players getting tryouts.
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Dean McNulty of the Sun on Amado Guevara.
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GENERAL

Pete Grathoff of the Kansas City Star with his weekly soccer notes, and including the American obsession with stats talk.
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Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union Tribune with his weekly notes: Trophies, Red Cards & Sidelines.
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Grahame Jones of the LA Times with various notes.
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MLS Friendlies

-Tue Apr 8
San Luis (FMF) v Chicago in Mexcali, Mexico at Estadio Casas GEO
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USL First Division News

The First Division season kicks off this Saturday night in Miami and Vancouver! I will have the schedule tomorrow.
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Our main man Paul Demko on City Pages sports blog Balls, has a pre-preview of the Minnesota Thunder season. The team is currently ensconced in a southern climate for preseason training.
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Americans In Europe

Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union Tribune looks at the Euro teams with Americans on the roster that are in deep relegation trouble.
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Tuesday match results:
-Frank Simek - Sheffield Wednesday - did not play due to his ankle injury, and they tied in their big derby match 2-2 at Sheffield United.
-Jonathan Spector - West Ham - played all 90 minutes of a 0-1 home loss to Portsmouth.
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Wednesday matches coming up:
-Jay DeMerit - Watford - at home v Barnsley on Wednesday.
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Copa Libertadores

Group Stage Matches & Scores:
-Tue Apr 8
Atlas 3-1 Boca Juniors - Atl goals by Gerardo Flores & Bruno Marioni(2). BJ goal by Sebastian Battaglia.
San Jose 2-4 Cucuta Deportivo - SJ goals by Luis Cerutti & Enrique Parada. Cuc goals by Matias Urbano(3) & Macnelly Torres.
Libertad 3-1 Liga Universitaria Quito - Lib goals by Dante Lopez, Juan Manuel Olivera & Nelson Cuevas. LDUQ goal by Alfonso Obregon.
-Wed Apr 9
Arsenal v Fluminense
Chivas Guadalajara v Santos
Cienciano v Flamengo
-Thu Apr 10
Colo Colo v Maracaibo
Sportivo Luqueno v Atletico Nacional
Audax Italiano v Sao Paulo
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Atlas joins Cruzeiro, Fluminense & LDU Quito in securing the first 4 of the 16 spots in the knock out rounds.
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Group Stage Standings
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England News

Are you living in America and have a deep abiding love of all things Manchester United? Then I think you need to get your news from the most insider of all sources - The Manchester United Supporters Club of America. Read the news at Red Views. Everyone else is just fakin' it.
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UEFA Cup

Quarterfinal 2nd Leg Matches & Scores (with first leg scores included):
-Thu Apr 10
Zenit v Leverkusen (4-1)
Sporting v Rangers (0-0)
Getafe v Bayern (1-1)
PSV v Fiorentina (1-1)
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World News

Grahame Jones of the LA Times with his weekly world soccer notes - Corner Kicks.

7 Comments:

Anonymous tps said...

I live in America and I have a deep and abiding hate of Manchester United that developed during the three years I lived in England during the early '90s (on U.S. Air Force duty). I don't have a favorite Premier League team (I prefer leagues with real competition for the title), just an unfavorite team.

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

which leagues, in any sport, have real competition for the title?

kevvo

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Juan Roman, but Bruce, I agree. Cred=yes, seats=no...

6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kevvo, the NHL (thats the national hockey league) has real competition for the title. Mainly because what it takes to be competitive during the course of the regular season is different than what it takes to be competitive in their crazy playoff format. Actually, the playoffs start tonight...so tune in i guess

6:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard another rumor that MLS is gonna be paying $23 mil to JRR for a 5 year contract, after which 2 of it he'll be sick of it and return to argentina

Reid

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Doug said...

MLS will gain credibility when it brings in high-profile players to make teams better, not to bring in cash flow.

3:20 PM  
Blogger Colin Lago said...

I hate Manure with a passion....
C'mon Wolves!!!

4:00 PM  

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