Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Is It Love Again News

I just want to thank all you awesome readers, especially those who post comments and send me email. Yesterday was the biggest day yet at du Nord. I am grateful for you.


The USA women begin Olympic qualifying on Thursday in Ciudad Juarez Mexico. Here is their official home page so you can follow the action.


Who is Ben Olsen kissing in that new Dick's Sporting Goods ad? And who is the kid?

CONCACAF Champions Cup

Semifinals - 1st Leg Matches & Scores:
-Tue Apr 1
Pachuca v DC - live at 9pm on FSC
-Wed Apr 2
Houston v Suprissa - live at 9pm on FSC
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Previews of DC's trip south of the border from Steven Goff of the Washington Post, John Haydon of the Washington Times and Craig Stouffer of the Washington Examiner.
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Jeff Carlisle of Soccernet previews both MLS teams.
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Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle on his Soccer y Futbol blog was at Houston practice today and has these notes. The team has some real injury issues.
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UEFA Champions League

Quarterfinals - 1st Leg Matches & Scores:
-Tue Apr 1
Roma v Manchester United - live at 1:30pm on ESPN2
Schalke v Barcelona - live at 1:30pm on Setanta & delayed at 4pm central on ESPN Classic
-Wed Apr 2
Arsenal v Liverpool - live at 1:30pm on ESPN2
Fenerbahce v Chelsea - live at 1:30pm on Setanta & delayed at 4pm central on ESPN Classic
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The Telegraph with an article on the excellent chaos around Fenerbahce, and their colorful Brazilian coach Zico.
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The Independent asks a very important question for Barcelona - Where is Ronaldinho?
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FIFA.com has a preview of Schalke, and a Q & A with their Brazilian midfielder Rafinha.
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MLS News


MLSnet with an article on Fire owner Andrew Hauptman.
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Luis Arroyave on the Red Card blog with a Fire injury & team captaincy update.
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Long passionate in-depth description of opening day for the Crew by fan Steve Sirk, from the teams website. High Quality.
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Missed yesterday: Diego Aparicio of the Dallas Morning News with a match report from Dallas v C-USA.
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SF at The Offside Rules does a Q & A with goalkeeper Zach Wells, who lives in Ben Olsen's basement.
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Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle with several notes on the Dynamo. Including a little stadium talk.
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Glenn Davis also of the Chron with an article on what Houston does off the field that has just as big an impact around the city as winning Championships does.
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Good one from Big Soccer - a first timers visit to a KC game, and the person stood in the supporters section. (I have to apologize, but I stole this from someone and for the life of me I can't remember where it came from - I appreciate your hard work in digging this up.)
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Kristian Dyer at Soccernet does a Q & A with LA exec Alexi Lalas.
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The official LA Galaxy blog tipped us off to a radio interview Landon Donovan did this morning in San Diego. Listen or download here.
-They also have a nice shot of El D sticking up for El Pescadito after Ciaran O'Brien's hard foul last Saturday.
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Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe says Taylor Twellman is down for the count. TT is going to need some minor (at least) knee surgery to get a look at what happened to him last week at practice. Also more on Sainey Nyassi who had a great starting debut.
-Nyassi was knocked out cold for a brief moment on Saturday after getting kicked in the head by Cory Ashe. Wow.
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Adam Smartschan of the Cape Cod Times reports on the Sports Buzz blog that the teams new forward signing from Costa Rica, Argenis Fernandez, will arrive in Boston today.
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Smartschan also wrote an A to Z guide for the 2008 MLS season.
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The Glasgow Herald goes all slobbery wild on their native son Rev's coach Steve Nicol.
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Jim Dow at RevsNet with his thoughts after game 1 and also a Q & A with NE asst coach Paul Mariner.
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Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer writes about all the questions the Red Bulls have going into the new season.
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Jack Bell of the New York Times sees a future in Europe for Jozy Altidore that is not far away.
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The New York Times also has an article on the teams marketing efforts for this season.
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Brian Lewis of the New York Post with some interesting scuttlebutt on potential new signings for the Bulls.
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Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger sees more of the same old same old from the New York team this season.
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Andrew Rogers at Soccer 365 has a Q & A with San Jose coach Frank Yallop.
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The Toronto Sun talks to forward Danny Dichio who says he understands not being in the starting 11.
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Ben Knight of the Toronto Globe & Mail blog On Soccer gives us Part 2 of his travelogue with the TFC thousands in Columbus.
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Pete Grathoff of the KC Star talks to former USA head coach, former Kansas City head coach & former Toronto assistant coach Bob Gansler. What is he up to?
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The Soccer Reporters of North America have named Terry Cooke of Colorado as their MLS Player Of The Week.
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Adam Spangler of This Is American Soccer rounds up week one of the new season.
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Kartik Krishnaiyer of the American Soccer Show with his wrap-up and thoughts on week 1.
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Steve Davis at MLSnet with a round-up of week 1.
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MLS Scoreboard

Week 2 Matches & Scores:
-Thu Apr 3
Chicago v New England - 7pm central on ESPN2
Los Angeles v San Jose - 9:30pm central on ESPN2
-Sat Apr 5
Kansas City v Colorado - 4pm central on Direct Kick (Note time change!)
New York v Columbus - 6:30pm central on FSC
DC v Toronto - 6:30pm central on Direct Kick
Chivas USA v Salt Lake - 9:30pm central on HDNet
Sun Apr 6
Houston v Dallas - 2pm central on TeleFutura
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MLS Rumor City - Don't Tease Me Bro!

Jack Bell of the New York Times reports that the list of teams chasing after Michael Bradley is now up to 4: Everton, Sampdoria, Stuttgart & Werder Bremen.
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Tired old Laurent Robert is expected to be in Toronto this week so the two sides can eye each other up for a possible roster spot. This is a guy who can't get on the field for awful Derby County in England. TFC fans should hope this does not happen.
-Larry Millson of the Globe & Mail with details on this and more.
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MLS Stadium Talk

Forbes has a story on new stadium building around the world, and a nice slide show to go with it. Both Red Bull Park and the Real Salt Lake stadium are included, along with a few of the big new Euro football stadiums. And how about the Olympic stadium in Beijing - that thing is insane looking!
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USL First Division & PDL News

Brian Quarstad at Blue Sky Soccer has audio of an interview with Minnesota Thunder coach Amos Magee as the team begins preseason training in earnest.
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Americans In Europe

The Fulham website has an article on Eddie Johnson. (thanks to Brian for this)
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Former college All-American Joseph Lapira has signed with Norwegian 2nd Division team Nybergsund.
-Greg Seltzer of American Soccer Daily with some more details.
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Monday performances:
-Colin Burns - Ljungskile - did not leave the bench in a 0-1 home loss to Hammarby.
-Charlie Davies - Hammarby - started and went 83 minutes, scoring the game winner of a 0-1 road victory at Ljungskile.
-Joe Enochs - Osnabruck - came on as a 79th minute sub and the team were 2-0 winners at home against Kaiserslautern.
-Luis Robles - Kaiserslautern - did not play as the team lost 2-0 at Osnabruck.
-Robbie Russell - Viborg - did not play in a 2-3 home loss to Copenhagen.
-Etchu Tabe - Ljungskile - came on in the 82nd minute for his debut but lost at home 0-1 to Hammarby.
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Mexico & FMF News

Reuters on the end of the road for Hugo Sanchez as the top boss in Mexico.
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Luis Bueno at Sports Illustrated on the exit of Sanchez.
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South American News

Tim Vickery at Sports Illustrated makes the case for the good side of Argentine fandom, calling it top notch.
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Copa Libertadores

Group Stage Matches & Scores:
-Apr 1
Santos v San Jose
Universidad Catolica v Dep Univ San Martin
Bamin Real Potosi v Caracas
-Apr 2
America v River Plate
Fluminense v Libertad
Sao Paulo v Sportivo Luqueno
Lanus v Estudiantes
-Apr 3
Atletico Nacional v Audax Italiano
Nacional v Coronel Bolognesi
Cruzeiro v San Lorenzo
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Group Stage Standings
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England News

The Guardian with an article on the superiority of English club football. A writer in Italy and in Spain both have their say on that subject.
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The Guardian says Cristiano Ronaldo really needs to turn it up a notch away from Old Trafford if he wants to be the best.
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European News

Football Italia has a profile of the top 15 star players associated with Italian Calcio in the modern era. Great list.
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Catania has hired none other than Walter Zenga as their new manager. Story from La Gazzetta.
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Phil Ball at Soccernet does some globe trotting and then applies what he has seen to the current state of La Liga.
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Fans of Inter have put coach Roberto Mancini up for sale on EBay. Sadly for them, no takers.
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The Independent has an article showing just how ugly these corruption proceedings involving Fabio Capello could get. This Moggi guy from Juve is a real piece of work. He even looks like Mr Burns.
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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune with his view on corruption scandals all over football, and oh how they like to linger on and on and on.
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Top Goal 5 Scorers In Some Of Europe’s Big Leagues

-La Liga-
22 Luis Fabiano - Sevilla
18 Raul Gonzalez - Real Madrid
17 Daniel Guiza - Mallorca
16 Kahveci Nihat - Villarreal
15 Diego Milito - Zaragoza
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16 Luca Toni - Bayern Munich
16 Mario Gomez - Stuttgart
13 Marko Pantelic - Hertha Berlin
13 Mladen Petric - Borussia Dortmund
12 Diego - Werder Bremen
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-Serie A-
20 David Trezeguet - Juventus
18 Marco Borriello - Genoa
17 Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Inter Milan
16 Adrian Mutu - Fiorentina
15 Antonio Di Natale - Udinese
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30 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar - Ajax
21 Blaise N'Kufo - Twente
16 Robin Nelisse - Utrecht
16 Michael Bradley - Heerenveen
15 Luis Suarez - Ajax
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26 Cristiano Ronaldo - Manchester United
21 Fernando Torres - Liverpool
19 Emmanuel Adebayor - Arsenal
14 Robbie Keane - Tottenham
14 Roque Santa Cruz - Blackburn
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-Ligue Un-
17 Karim Benzema - Lyon
13 Mamadou Niang - Marseille
12 Tulio De Melo - Le Mans
12 Fernando Cavenaghi - Bordeaux
10 Daniel Niculae - Auxerre
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World News

FIFA.com has a Q & A with Samir Zaher, President of the Egyptian Football Assoc.
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The Guardian with an article on Chinese football which kicks off a new season still surrounded by feelings of corruption.


Blogger dj (David Jones) said...

Well, the know-it-all critics that think Ronaldo needs to turn it up 'away from Old Trafford' to be considered great must have been served notice today. Best player in the world right now. By a country mile.

7:34 PM  
Anonymous Matt L said...

Hey Bruce -- THANK YOU! You deserve it. Thanks for your dedication to the website. Where will you take it next?

8:47 PM  
Anonymous tps said...

The woman in the Dick's commercial is Ben Olsen's wife, but that's not their kid because they don't have any that old yet.

10:44 AM  

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