Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Brothers Sisters News

In case you hadn't heard, ABC is showing the Euro final on Sunday. But right before that they are showing the DC v LA showdown live from RFK! Awesome!


US Open Cup

Lots of 2nd Round games coming on Tuesday night!
Matches & Scores:
Carolina Railhawks v Real Maryland Monarchs
Richmond Kickers v Western Mass Pioneers
Minnesota Thunder v Cleveland City Stars
Pittsburgh Riverhounds v Rochester Rhinos
Atlanta Silverbacks v Miami FC Blues
Charlotte Eagles v Charleston Battery
Crystal Palace Baltimore v Harrisburg City Islanders
Seattle Sounders v Hollywood United
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Brian Quarstad at Blue Sky Soccer has audio of interviews with both coaches from tonight’s Open Cup match:
-Amos Magee of the Thunder
-Martin Rennie of the Cleveland City Stars
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MLS News

CHICAGO FIRE

Vote today for the Chicago Fire All-Decade team. (stolen from the Red Card)
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CD CHIVAS USA

Marc Connolly of Goal.com has a Q & A with defender Jonathan Bornstein.
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Ivan Orozco of the San Diego Times Union with an article on a youth team player determined to break through at Chivas USA.
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COLORADO RAPIDS

George Tanner of FC Rocky on those DSG field sprinklers going off during halftime. Plus some other goodies.
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DC UNITED

Ridge Mahoney at Soccer America's blog MLS Confidential has Part 1 of a great Q & A with Santino Quaranta. It follows up on the interview he did with Steven Goff of the Washington Post last week, where Quaranta admitted his long time drug abuse.
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HOUSTON DYNAMO

Bernardo Fallas of the Chronicle looks at some key injuries that could slow the Dynamo down.
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KANSAS CITY WIZARDS

Kristain Dyer of Soccernet with an article on the first year and a half of Curt Onalfo's coaching reign and a lifelong battle with Hodgkin’s.
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RED BULL NEW YORK

The team plays a friendly this Wednesday night in Arizona against Guadalajara Chivas. It will be broadcast list at 10pm central time on TeleFutura.
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Michael Lewis of Big Apple looks at the teams upcoming schedule and pretty much says it's brutal.
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REAL SALT LAKE

The Deseret News gets a private tour of the nearly finished new stadium.
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TORONTO FC

Nigel Reed of the CBC on coach John Carver's lineup decision making process.
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Morgan Campbell of the Toronto Star with his post game notes from last Saturday. I missed em yesterday, and they are quite good. So read this.
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GENERAL

Landon Donovan was named Player Of The Week by the Leauge.
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Steve Davis at MLSnet with his always fantastic notes from the past week in MLS.
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Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger with his weekly notes from around the league, the country and the world of soccer.
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Pete Grathoff of the KC Star with notes from around the league.
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Kyle McCarthy of Goal.com with his weekly MLS review.
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Soccernet with their newest power rankings.
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USL First Division News

Robert Caggiano at the Orlando Sentinel with his thoughts on the resurrection of the Rowdies.
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Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe on the money men behind this new Tampa team.
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USL 1 & 2 Teams Of The Week.
-Ricardo Sanchez of my Thunder makes the list after another spectacular long range goal.
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USA Olympic Team

Steven Goff of the Washington Post on his blog Soccer Insider reports that the team will play in a warm up tournament in Hong Kong beginning on Jul 25. The first Olympic group stage match is Aug 7.
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Soccer In America

Jack Bell at the New York Times blog Goal tells us about a little street pick up game Steve Nash is organizing for WEDNESDAY night [CORRECTED]. Who is on his team? No one really, just Thierry Henry.
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Americans In Europe

Yanks Abroad talks to Eddie Johnson about avoiding relegation, this summer and next season.
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CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying News

FIFA.com with a preview of the three Semifinal Round groups.
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The Trinidad Express with several articles on their teams advancement to the Semifinals:
-Congrats from the Government.
-First stop Cuba, and then the rest of Group A.
-High praise for coach Francisco Maturana.
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South American News

Marcela Mora y Araujo of the Guardian with an article on the best young coach to emerge from South America in years - Diego Simeone, who just lead his second different team to the league title in 3 years. You can't argue with the fact that most opposition teams and fans thought he was a dirty cheater as a player, he won a lot of titles with several different teams, and he has wracked up this new success while only coaching 3 teams in 4 years!
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FIFA.com does a Q & A with great Argentine defender Roberto Ayala, who is nearing the end of a long career.
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Copa Libertadores

Final 1st Leg Match & Score:
-Wed Jun 25
Liga Deportivo Universitaria de Quito Ecuador v Fluminese Football Club of Rio de Janeiro Brasil
-Wed Jul 2
Fluminese v LDU Quito
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Soccernet talks to the coach of surprise finalist LDUQ of Ecuador.
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England News

Tom Dunmore of Pitch Invasion looks at the social significance of the hiring of Paul Ince as manager at Blackburn.
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European News

Is Luis Figo really in line to take over the head coaches spot for Portugal? I hope not. Brazilian Zico's name has also come up.
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2008 UEFA European Championship News

Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian on this new Russian style of play.
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The Earth Times talks to legendary Liberian striker George Weah and asks his opinion on the tournament.
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Martin Rogers of Yahoo Sports on Turkey's new status in world football hierarchy.
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Turkey has 4 starting players that will miss this huge game due to suspension: Arda Turan, Emre Asik, Tuncay Sanli & Volkan Demirel .
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While Germany will miss out on no one.
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Jeffrey Marcus of the New York Times blog Goal writes about ZiZou taking in some Euro 08 games.
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Luis Bueno of the Press Enterprise on the luck of the Spanish.
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Glenn Davis of the Houston Chronicle on Russia's driving force - Andrei Arshavin.
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Peter Berlin of the International Herald Tribune has Germany as the favorites now.
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Reuters soccer blog points out just how awful the diving and faking is these days. I see the only remedy is post match video review to hand out punishment in the form of suspension will stop this.
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Gazetta dello Sports grades the individual Italians players performance in the tournament. Take note though, these ratings are seen through azur tinted glasses, they gave Materazzi their lowest score - a 5. And we all know with that game he had against Holland he doesn't deserve more than a 1 or 2. He was awful.
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2008 UEFA European Championship Schedule

Semifinal Matches & Scores:
-Wed Jun 25
Germany v Turkey - 1:30pm central time on ESPN
-Thu Jun 26
Russian v Spain - 1:30pm central time on ESPN2
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World News

Simon Kuper at Channel 4 has been slowly releasing his list of the Top 11 Political footballers. Here is the latest - Lillian Thuram.
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African World Cup Qualifying

Have a look at the latest Round 2 standings. Only Nigeria has advanced so far.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Demko said...

why is south Africa in world cup qualifying? don't they get an automatic bid?

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

from wiki: Although South Africa are automatically qualified for 2010 as hosts, they will compete in the CAF qualifiers, becoming the first hosts to compete in World Cup qualifying since 1934. This is because the Confederation of African Football is using its 2010 World Cup qualifiers as the qualifying phase for the 2010 African Cup of Nations, a tournament for which South Africa must qualify separately.

--joe

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

......DP?......

The suspense is killing me. Only a few more days of June left.

6:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mucho-importanto for those wanting to see the Steve Nash game, it's TOMORROW, 25 June, according to his website.

9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kind of a general question after reading the RSL article - anyone know what kind of grass is commonly used in soccer stadiums that don't use the hated turf? I would imagine fescue so it would be green year round. Is there some kind of super resilient grass they use?

Sleepy LaBeef

1:46 PM  

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