Monday, April 14, 2008

Grinning Fool Gringo News

This is not good - for the 8 MLS matches played this past week here are # of bodies in the stands: 8096, 20038, 8309, 9627, 6733, 11564, 13193, & 20426. An average of 12,248. Really poor.


Chicago has relieved team President John Guppy and shown him the door. I am never excited when anyone gets fired from a job. Its painful. But I think hardcore Fire fans will be very happy to see Guppy go. It's been a bit of a circus around there lately. And not in a good fun way.


After his ugly performance in goal on Saturday, I have dubbed DC back up keeper Jose Carvallo as Tony Caig Jr. (And in all honesty, after his performance in Columbus, Brad Guzan could be named Caig III.)

MLS Scoreboard

Week 3 Matches & Scores:
Kansas City 1-3 New England - KC goal by Jack Jewsbury(PK). NE goals by Jack Jewsbury(OG), Sainey Nyassi & Kenny Mansally.
-Attendance: 8,096
(see last Thursday for match reports etc)
San Jose 0-1 Chicago - Chic goal by Chad Barrett.
-Attendance: 20,038
Match report by Elliot Almond of the San Jose Mercury News.
Pre-In-Post game notes from Arroyave on his Red Card blog.
Post game analysis by Ann Killion of the Mercury News.
New England 0-1 Colorado - Colo goal by Nick LaBrocca.
-Attendance: 8,309
Match report by Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe.
Match report by Kyle McCarthy of the Boston Herald.
Post game notes from Dell'apa.
Post game notes from the Rocky Mountain News blog FC Rocky.
Kansas City 0-0 Houston
-Attendance: 9,627
Match report by Bob Luder of the Kansas City Star.
Match report from the Houston Chronicle.
Post game notes from Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle on his Soccer y Futbol blog.
Post game notes from the Chronicle.
Post game notes by Luder.
Columbus 4-3 Chivas USA - Colu goals by Guillermo Barros Schelotto(PK), Alejandro Moreno & Robbie Rogers(2). Chiv goals by Sacha Kljestan, Jesse Marsch & Paulo Nagamura.
-Attendance: 6733
Match report by Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch.
Post game review from the Dispatch. Really good read.
Post game notes from Mitchell on his Covering the Crew blog.
Game wrap-up from the Dispatch.
Dallas 2-0 New York - Dal goals by Artura Alvarez & Kenny Cooper.
-Attendance: 11,564
Match report by Tobias Xavier Lopez of the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Match report by Diego Aparicio of the Dallas Morning News.
Match report from 3rd Degree.
Match report from Big Apple Soccer.
Post game analysis by Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer.
Player ratings for NYRB by Jack Bell on the New York Times Goal blog.
Post game notes & video from FC Dallas Updates.
Post game notes & audio from the Red Bulls Reader - the teams official blog.
Salt Lake 4-0 DC - RSL goals by Kyle Beckerman(2), Fabian Espindola & Robbie Findley.
-Attendance: 13,193
Match report by James Edward of the Deseret Morning News.
>Match report from the Daily Utah Chronicle.
Match report by Michael C Lewis of the Salt Lake Tribune.
Match report by Steven Goff of the Washington Post.
Player ratings for RSL by Edwards on the Deseret News Real Salt Lake blog.
Post game notes by Lewis.
Post game notes & DC player ratings by Goff on his Soccer Insider blog.
Los Angeles 2-3 Toronto - LA goals both by Landon Donovan(one via PK). Tor goals by Danny Dichio, Jarrod Smith & Jeff Cunningham.
-Attendance: 20,426
Match report by Graham Jones of the LA Times.
Match report by Scott Wolf of the LA Daily News.
Match report by Morgan Campbell of the Toronto Star.
Post game notes by Nick Green of the LA Daily News on his 100 Percent Soccer blog.
Post game notes by Ben Knight on the Toronto Globe & Mail blog On soccer.
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Red Card Perps:
Francesco Mendoza - Chivas USA - 2 Yellow Cards
Sacha Kljestan - Chivas USA - straight Red Card for a harsh foul
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MLS News


Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune with lots of info on the dismisal of Fire team President John Guppy late Friday.
-And the initial word on the firing from Arroyave's Red Card blog.
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Nick Firchau of the Southtown Star on Guppy's firing, and a story about the possibility of conversations between team owner Andrew Hauptman and former team President Peter Wilt.
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Len Ziehm with his Guppy ouster story.
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Steven Goff of the Washington Post on his blog the Soccer Insider with a scoop on a potential new GM candidate, the kind that only Goff can deliver. Cuz he is just that good.
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Arroyave says that disgruntled defender Wilman Conde may be coming around to the idea that Chicago are not going to let him walk away, and is trying to make up for lost time with his teammates. He played well on Saturday in San Jose, not great, but well.
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The biggest surprise team so far this season. Two very good wins, one at home 4-0 over LA and the other on the road 1-0 at New England, and a road loss at KC in which they played very well and were unlucky not to get a point.
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Andrew Wiebe at the American Soccer Daily with a story on the strong youth movement in Colorado. They have won the last [FIXED] two reserve league titles.
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Don't call him Will Hesmer. It's William Hesmer.
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Dallas is 162 wins, 162 losses & 47 ties all time in MLS play.
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Wade Barrett played in his 200th consecutive match this weekend.
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Midfielder Davy Arnuad made his season debut in the 65th minute. He had been out since having surgery to repair a micro-fracture in his knee. Lot's of basketball players miss a whole year due to this injury.
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You can easily lay blame for all 3 Toronto goals at the feet of defender Greg Vanney. He was bad in positioning and really slow in covering.
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Andrea Canales at Soccernet says Becklyn was not happy about losing to Toronto.
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The yo-yo opening to the season continues - big opening day home thrashing of the champs Houston, brutal loss in Chicago, great win at hot KC, and a stumble bum home loss to Colorado.
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Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe on the depth of the Rev's roster being used to its fullest already this season.
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Here is a nice picture of Kenny Mansally asking Adam Cristman to "marry me". Stolen from MLSnet.
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New Costa Rican signing Argenis Fernandez made his debut in the midfield in the second half.
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Stefan Bondy of the Herald News looks at the NYRB defense and sees trouble. The odds of the team signing Gretna defender Chris Innes just went way up.
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James Edward of the Deseret Morning News with a story on Dema Kovalenko and what he has brought to RSL.
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Edward also has a story on Kyle Beckerman's big match and role on the team.
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The Deseret Morning News also has a story on the good start to the season for RSL (despite the 1-1-1 record, they look good).
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So who is the big sexy name Toronto is bringing in this week to be an assistant coach? My guess? Ian Kilmister.
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Jack Bell of the New York Times Goal blog writes about watching games on high definition television. He is knocked out by HDNet.
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Steven Goff of the Washington Post with a nice new feature on his Soccer Insider blog - a weekend match recap called The Good, The Bad, The Coyote Ugly.
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USL First Division News

Matches & Scores:
-Sat Apr 12
Miami 2-2 Charleston
Vancouver 1-0 Montreal
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USA U20 News

In Beja, Portugal for the Campos Verdes International Tournament this week.
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US Soccer has an audio interview with the coach of this team, Thomas Rongen. Download or listen here.
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Matches & Scores:
-Tue Apr 15
USA v Northern Ireland
-Wed Apr 16
USA v Cape Verde Islands
-Fri Apr 18
USA v Portugal
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Soccer In America

Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe with news on a Boston area kid who has joined the legendary Sao Paolo club in Brazil.
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Americans In Europe

How'd their weekend matches go:
-Freddy Adu - Benfica - did not make the bench as the team won 3-0 at home against Coimbra.
-Bryan Arguez - Hertha Berlin - on the subs bench but saw no action in a 1-1 tie game at Bochum.
-Gregg Berhalter - 1860 Munich - lost 2-0 at Kickers Offenbach
-Carlos Bocanegra - Fulham - came on in the 85th minute of a big 0-2 road win at Reading.
-Michael Bradley - Heerenveen - played the whole match and set up his teams first got, but they lost 4-2 at Sparta Rotterdam.
-Adin Brown - Aalesunds - went the distance but lost 2-1 at Viking.
-Colin Burns - Ljungskile - at Sundsvall on Monday.
-Dan Califf - Aalborg - started and went the full 90 in a losing effort, 2-0 at Midtjylland.
-Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - went the distance in a 2-1 home win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
-Bobby Convey - Reading - did not dress for their 0-2 home loss to Fulham.
-Charlie Davies - Hammarby - take on AIK Monday.
-Clint Dempsey - Fulham - started and went 85 minutes winning 0-2 at Reading
-Jay DeMerit - Watford - was not on the game day roster as the team drew 1-1 at West Bromich.
-Joe Enochs - Osnabruck - won at home 2-0 over Koblenz
-Benny Feilhaber - Derby County - on the bench but did not play as they lost badly, 0-6 at home against Aston Villa.
-Gabriel Ferrari - Sampdoria - not on the bench for a 1-0 loss at Reggina.
-Brad Friedel - Blackburn - in goal for a 3-1 loss at Liverpool.
-Cory Gibbs - Charlton - not dressed for a 1-1 home tied against Southampton.
-Clarence Goodson - Start - played the whole game and scored a goal in his teams 3-3 draw at Honefoss.
-Joshua Grenier - Koblenz - lost 2-0 at Osnabruck
-Marcus Hahnemann - Reading - went the distance in a losing effort, 0-2 at home to Fulham.
-Tally Hall - Esbjerg - on the bench for a 2-1 loss at Brondby.
-Tim Howard - Everton - played the entire match as always, but could only get a 1-1 draw at Birmingham.
-Nate Jaqua - Rheindorf Altach - went all 90 in a bad losing effort 0-4 at home to Magna.
-Will John - Randers - did not suit up as the team drew 0-0 at Lyngby.
-Eddie Johnson - Fulham - did not dress for the teams 0-2 road win at Reading.
-Kasey Keller - Fulham - started as always now and finally won on the road, 0-2 at Reading.
-Joseph Lapira - Nybergsund - won 4-0 over Bryne at home.
-Eddie Lewis - Derby County - played all 90 merciless minutes of a 0-6 drubbing at home from Aston Villa.
-Clint Mathis - Ergotolis - did not play again this week, and they lost 3-2 at Larissa, falling back into the relegation zone.
-Brian McBride - Fulham - started and went all 90, scoring the winning goal in a huge 0-2 road win at Reading.
-Jay Needham - Alta - ouch, they got beat 3-7 at home by Odd Grenland.
-Lee Nguyen - Randers - played the full match in drawing 0-0 at Lyngby.
-Pat Noonan - Aalesunds - made his debut coming on as a 62nd minute sub but they lost 2-1 at Viking.
-Oguchi Onyewu - Standard - played the whole game, but drew 0-0 at Lokeren.
-Heath Pearce - Hansa Rostock - a 74th minute sub who helped his team come back to win 1-2 on the road at Karlsruhe. Those are big points as they are only 2 above the drop.
-Matt Pickens - Queens Park Rangers - still riding the pine, and the team drew 1-1 at Hull.
-Troy Perkins - Valerenga - got the start in goal and won 0-4 at Lillestrom.
-Luis Robles - Kaiserslautern - 0-0 at Erzgebirge Aue.
-Frank Simek - Sheffield Wednesday - host Plymouth on Monday.
-Jonathan Spector - West Ham - went the full 90 but lost 1-0 at Bolton.
-Neven Subotic - Mainz - lost 2-1 at Augsburg.
-Danny Szetela - Brescia - won 2-3 at Albinoleffe.
-Etchu Tabe - Ljungskile - at Sundsvall on Monday.
-Brian Waltrip - Molde - did not dress for the teams 0-0 draw at Tromso.
-Cam Weaver - Haugesund - started and played all 90, but lost at home to Sogndal 0-1. He also got a Yellow Card.
-Brian West - Fredrikstad - did not suit up as the team beat Rosenborg 1-2 on the road.
-Quentin Westberg - Troyes - on the bench for a 2-2 home tie against Gueugnon.
-Jeremiah White - Aarhus - came on as a 71st minute sub and scored 10 minutes later, but they lost 3-2 at Nordsjaelland.
-Josh Wolff - 1860 Munich - lost 2-0 at Kickers Offenbach
-Sal Zizzo - Hannover - did not dress for a 2-1 home win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
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Tuesday games to watch for:
-Joe Enochs - Osnabruck - away to Koln
-Oguchi Onyewu - Standard - second leg Belgian Cup Semifinal match at Gent
-Luis Robles - Kaiserslautern - home against Augsburg
-Heath Pearce - Hansa Rostock - at home against Werder Bremen
-Neven Subotic - Mainz - home to Paderhorn
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Wednesday games to watch for:
-Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - at Borussia Dortmund
-Joshua Grenier - Koblenz - at home versus Freiburg
-Sal Zizzo - Hannover - at Borussia Dortmund
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Thursday games to watch for:
-Gregg Berhalter - 1860 Munich - at home against Wehen
-Tim Howard - Everton - at home to Chelsea
-Josh Wolff - 1860 Munich - at home against Wehen
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With their 3rd coach of season Freddy Adu & Benfica have fallen apart and now dropped to 4th place after sitting in 2nd almost the entire season. They need to get their act together just to make UEFA Cup much less Champions League.
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And speaking of Freddy, where has he gone? When was the last time he saw the field? It's like he vanished from his club after the Olympic qualifiers. There hasn't even been anything on his blog since then.
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Fulham won for the first time in their last 34 road games. That goes back to August 06. It's about frickin time. But is it all too late?
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The Norwegian's have taken to calling Clarence Goodson by the nickname "Clay"!!!
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There are 3 Americans in Sweden this season, and American Soccer Daily gives us a preview of their teams.
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Americans in Mexico

Luis Bueno at the Sideline Views gives us the recap of all the Americans playing last weekend south of the border.
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Mexico & FMF News

El Clasico!!
-Sat Apr 12
Chivas 3-2 America
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Chivas coasted to a 3-0 lead that could have been worse, then gained a man advantage, and then almost blew it by giving up two late goals that had America pushing hard for the draw until the last second.
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Copa Libertadores

Group Stage Matches & Scores:
-Tue Apr 15
Danubio v Lanus
Estudiantes v Deportivo Cuenca
-Wed Apr 16
Bamin Real Potosi v Cruzeiro
San Lorenzo v Caracas
San Jose v Guadalajara Chivas
Santos v Cucuta Deportivo
Libertad v Arsenal
-Thu Apr 17
Universidad Catolica v America
River Plate v Univ San Martin
Fluminense v LDU Quito
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Cucuta Deportivo join Atlas, Cruzeiro, Fluminense & LDU Quito in securing 5 of the 16 spots in the knock out rounds.
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Group Stage Standings
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European News

Sid Lowe of the Guardian on the disastrous season for Zaragoza in Spain.
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Paolo Bandini of the Guardian on Inter's new man-child Mario Balotelli.
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Football Italia with a recap of the weekend in Serie A.
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Big Euro Club Matches This Weekend

Scores & Matches:
-Sat Apr 12
Juventus 3-2 Milan - Juve now all but assured of 3rd place and a Champions League spot for next season.
Werder Bremen 5-1 Schalke - Bremen leap back to the #2 spot with a massively blow to Schalke who had a bad week.
-Sun Apr 13
Manchester United 2-1 Arsenal - Man U stay #1 and Arsenal are all but out of the title fight.
Inter 2-0 Fiorentina - #1 Inter maintain a 4 point lead over Roma, while #4 Fiore keep the last Champions League spot because Milan lost too.
Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 Stuttgart - Leverkusen held strong while last years champs continued to be foolish with points.
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By only drawing 1-1 at home against Twente, PSV blew their first chance to win with Dutch league. Ajax play on Wednesday and again next Sunday with 6 points to make up. However Ajax hold a 44 to 40 goal differential tied breaker lead. Like last year it could go down to the last day, and a tie breaker. PSV won it last year in that fashion, so I have no doubt that Ajax would love revenge of the same kind.


Blogger digchros said...

So is Caio Canedo Correa an American citizen?

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Toronto FC 3, LA Galaxy 2.

So much for LA Times reporter Old Man Grahame Jones' snobby prediction that Toronto FC would just "roll over" for the Galaxy.

2:59 PM  
Anonymous tps said...

Brucio, you wrote "Colorado ... (has) won the first two reserve league titles." That would be accurate if you changed "first" to "last." This is the fourth year; DC United won the first reserve title. (

4:16 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

hey tps
thanks as always for bailing me out
i meant to write last, but, well, you know, me and grammar and proof reading and all that don't really live on the same street

5:41 PM  
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