Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Crumpled Sheets News

FC Dallas has hired long long long time SMU coach Schellas Hyndman as their new head coach. He has been at the top of the teams list every time they have gone looking for a manager. This time they finally got him.


Watching the peacock send both the German & Austrian coaches to the stands during the game yesterday was a very embarrassing moment for all referees around the world. That guy calling the game was waaaaaaaay over the top. Pathetic.

Team USA

The following players will NOT be joining the team in Barbados this weekend:
Steve Cherundolo
Brian Ching
Clint Dempsey
Landon Donovan
Maurice Edu
Brad Guzan
Frankie Hejduk
Sacha Kljestan
Pablo Mastroeni
Matt Reis

So if I did my maths correctly, here is who is left:
Dominic Cervi
Tim Howard
Carlos Bocanegra
Dan Califf
Jay DeMerit
Oguchi Onyewu
Heath Pearce
Freddy Adu
DaMarcus Beasley
Michael Bradley
Eddie Lewis
Eddie Johnson

So who gets added?

Expect a full roster announcement with replacements any day now.
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Next Up:
2nd leg
-Sun Jun 22
Barbados v USA (0-8)
Kensington Oval in Bridgetown Barbados
2pm central on ESPN Classic
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Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe on the scoring ups and downs of Team USA.
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Steve Davis at Soccernet and the always troublesome left fullback spot for the USA.
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The official team blog.
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MLS Scoreboard

Week 13
Matches & Scores:
-Wed Jun 18
New England v New York - 6:30pm on Direct Kick
Salt Lake v San Jose - 8pm on Direct Kick
-Thu Jun 19
Chivas USA v Chicago - 9:30pm on ESPN2
-Sat Jun 21
Toronto v Kansas City - 2:30pm on Direct Kick
New York v Dallas - 6:30pm on FSC
Colorado v Houston - 8:30pm on HDNet
Salt Lake v New England - 8:30pm on Direct Kick
Los Angeles v Columbus - 9:30pm on Direct Kick
-Sun Jun 22
DC v San Jose - 2pm on TeleFutura
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MLS Standings

Eastern Conference
26 New England (13)
22 Columbus (12)
20 Toronto (12)
19 Chicago (11)
16 DC (13)
15 New York (11)
12 Kansas City (11)
Western Conference
20 Los Angeles (12)
17 Houston (13)
16 Dallas (13)
15 Colorado (12)
15 Salt Lake (12)
14 Chivas (12)
10 San Jose (11)
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MLS News


James Edward of the Deseret News with a story on former RSL and current CUSA midfielder Carey Talley.
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Class VI has a Q & A with coach Fernando Clavijo.
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Columbus has had to put promising midfielder Adam Moffat on the season ending injured list. He started off so great and then injured his left knee. He just had surgery, and then begin that grueling rehab for next season. Damn.
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And Eddie Gaven could miss up to a month with a bad ankle sprain.
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The local press all have the hiring of new coach Schellas Hyndman covered:
Tobias Xavier Lopez of the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Buzz Carrick of 3rd Degree.
Diego Aparicio of the Dallas Morning News
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Former Real Salt Lake head coach John Ellinger has been hired as an assistant coach, and interim coach Marco Feruzzi has been retained.
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Young Twin Cities midfielder Abdusalam Ibrahim has been traded from Dallas to Toronto for a future draft pick. FC Dallas Updates with some details.
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Steven Goff of the Washington Post sits down with DC midfielder Santino Quaranta to talk about a drug addiction that very nearly destroyed his life.
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Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post with an article (from Sunday) on La Barra Brava, La Norte and the Screaming Eagles.
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The Times of London has an interview with The Beckman.
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Carlos Ruiz scored 4 goals for Guatemala last weekend. The rest of MLS will be terrified if he can find that kind of form to go with Landon Donovan, David Beckham, Edson Buddle and the LA Galaxy's offense bulldozer.
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Big Apple Soccer with the teams injury report.
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Jeff Carlisle of Center Line Soccer with a story on Kelly Gray who is very happy to be back playing in San Jose.
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Midfielder Carl Robinson with his latest column for his hometown Welsh newspaper The County Times.
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Edson Buddle was named Player of the Week by the League.
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Steven Goff of the Washington Post rounds up the past weekend of games on his blog Soccer Insider - The Good, The Bad and the Coyote Ugly.
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Kyle McCarthy of Goal.com looks at the week in MLS, and focuses on how Chicago goes about acquiring Brian McBride.
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Pat Walsh also at Goal.com tells us who he thinks should be on the MLS All Star team.
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MLS Stadium Talk

Mike at Down The Byline with a little Kansas City stadium update.
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MLS Expansion News

The Vancouver Columbian (of Washington state) has a Q & A with Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson who wants "IN" on MLS.
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The National Post of Canada talks to Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Martin Nash who says his brother, NBA star Steve Nash, very much wants to invest in MLS. And Vancouver, their home, is the place to do it.
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College News

The Dallas Morning News looks at who might replace Hyndman at SMU. He has been there 24 years.
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Americans In Europe

Is Freddy Adu headed to Genoa on loan from Benfica?
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Arizona Daily Star with an article on Luis Robles who will start the next season as the #2 keeper for Kaiserslautern.
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Yanks Abroad reports that Jared Jeffrey has now turned 18 and signed a professional contract with Club Brugge in Belgium. He has been training there as an amateur.
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CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying News

2nd Round 1st Leg Matches & Scores:
-Tue Jun 17
Antigua & Barbuda v Cuba
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2nd Round 2nd Leg Matches & Scores (with 1st leg scores included):
-Wed Jun 18
Bahamas v Jamaica (0-7)
-Fri Jun 20
Canada v St Vincent & Grenadines (3-0)
-Sat Jun 21
St Lucia v Guatemala (0-6)
Costa Rica v Grenada (2-2)
Mexico v Belize (2-0)
-Sun Jun 22
Barbados v USA (0-8)
Guyana v Suriname (0-1)
Cuba v Antigua & Barbuda (-)
El Salvador v Panama (0-1)
Netherlands Antilles v Haiti (0-0)
Bermuda v Trinidad & Tobago (2-1)
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CONCACAF Champions League News

The 4 groups and the game schedule have been announced for the CCL!
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Group A
Cruz Azul v Hankook Verdes winner
Metapan v Olimpia/Marathon winner

Group B
Luis Angel Firpo
Jalapa/Municipal v San Francisco winner
Harbour View v UNAM Pumas winner

Group C
Olimpia or Marathon
Joe Public v New England winner
CAN1 v NCA1 winner

Group D
Santos Laguna
Municipal or Jalapa
Alajuelense v Puerto Rico winner
Chivas USA v Tauro winner
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Canada & CSA News

The second of six games between Toronto, Vancouver & Montreal to determine their countries entrant in the CONCACAF Champions League takes place this week:
-Jun 17
Montreal v Vancouver
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Standings (games played):
3 Toronto (1)
0 Vancouver (0)
0 Montreal (1)
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South American News

Glenn Davis of the Houston Chronicle on Messi v Maradona.
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European News


BBC is reporting that the new Barcelona coach is going to sell Ronaldinho, Deco & Samuel Eto'o. Are you serious? All three? Now that is house cleaning.
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Lyon has shown their coach Alain Perrin the door and will announce Claude Puel of Lille as their new man in charge. They will go for their 8th consecutive league title next year.
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Sao Paolo has ended Adriano's loan from Inter. He scored several key goals for them, but also caused a lot of distractions. Now Adriano has to impress the new boss Jose Mourinho.
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Since Mourinho was named Inter coach season ticket sales are up 30% and a big increase in sponsorship money.
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UEFA Champions League

A few weeks ago Porto was disqualified from next years Champions League after being found guilty of bribing referees 4 years ago. But today UEFA overturned that and will allow them in next years tournament.
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2008 UEFA European Championship News

A writer for Toronto's Globe & Mail with a story on his great night out in Salzberg! This is what it's all about.
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George Vecsey of the New York Times gives us his view of the big tournament.
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Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated raves about the glory of the tournament so far.
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The tournament gave us another great goal yesterday with Michael Ballack's insane piledriver free kick. I loved it. Reminded me of myself!
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Simon Kuper of the Financial Times tells us about the elder statesmen of the Euro Championships coaches.
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Der Spiegel of Germany looks at the phenomenon of naturalizing citizens just so they can play on your national team.
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The Independent with a story on the Italians who say Romania and Holland have fixed their match to knock Italy and France out. Well, the Italians are the one group who we know they know what a fixed match looks like, that’s for sure.
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Martin Rogers of Yahoo Sports calls the Romanian coach an evil genius.
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Several from the Guardian:
-Barry Glendenning on the end of the road for Austria.
-Steven Wells on football and fascism, but mostly about watching the tournament on TV in America. But it all really comes down to is how often we fail to stand up to hatred.
-Barney Ronay says the Austrians never really took to the tournament anyway.
-Paul Doyle on the Dutch leader Marco Van Basten.
-Michael Henderson tells us why we should support the Orange.
-Kevin McCarra on the Italy v France battle.
-Paul Wilson on the power of German captain Michael Ballack.
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2008 UEFA European Championship Schedule

Group Stage Matches & Scores:
(all times are central)
-Sat Jun 7
Switzerland 0-1 Czech Republic - CR goal by Vaclav Sverkos.
Portugal 2-0 Turkey - 1:30pm - Port goals by Pepe & Raul Meireles.
-Sun Jun 8
Austria 0-1 Croatia - Croa goal by Luka Modric(PK).
Germany 2-0 Poland - Germ goals both by Lukas Podolski.
-Mon Jun 9
Romania 0-0 France
Netherlands v Italy - Neth goals by Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Wesley Sneijder & Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
-Tue Jun 10
Spain 4-1 Russia - Spa goals by David Villa(3) & Cesc Fabregas. Russ goal by Roman Pavlyuchenko.
Greece 0-2 Sweden - Swe goals by Zlatan Imbrahimovic & Petter Hansson.
-Wed Jun 11
Czech Republic 1-3 Portugal - CR goal by Libor Sionko. Port goals by Deco, Cristiano Ronaldo & Ricardo Quaresma.
Switzerland 1-2 Turkey - Swis goal by Hakan Yakin. Turk goals by Semih Senturk & Ardan Turan.
-Thu Jun 12
Croatia 2-1 Germany - Cro goals by Dario Srna & Ivica Olic. Germ goal by Lukas Podolski.
Austria 1-1 Poland - Aust goal by Ivica Vastic(PK). Pol goal by Roger Guerreiro.
-Fri Jun 13
Italy 1-1 Romania - Ita goal by Christian Panucci. Rom goal by Adrian Mutu.
Netherlands 4-1 France - Neth goals by Dirk Kuyt, Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben & Wesley Sneijder. Fra goal by Thierry Henry.
-Sat Jun 14
Sweden 1-2 Spain - Swed goal by Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Spai goals Fernando Torres & David Villa.
Greece 0-1 Russia - Rus goal by Konstantin Zyryanov.
-Sun Jun 15
Switzerland 2-0 Portugal - Swis goals both by Hakan Yakin.
Turkey 3-2 Czech Republic - Turk goals by Arda Turan & Nihat Kahveci(2). Cze goals by Jan Koller & Jaroslav Plasil.
-Mon Jun 16
Poland 0-1 Croatia - 1:30pm - Cro goal by Ivan Klasnic.
Austria 0-1 Germany - 1:30pm - Germ goal by Michael Ballack.
-Tue Jun 17
Netherlands v Romania - 1:30pm - ESPN Classic
France v Italy - 1:30pm - ESPN
-Wed Jun 18
Greece v Spain - 1:30pm - ESPN
Russia v Sweden - 1:30pm - ESPN2
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Group Standings
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The Quarterfinals begin on Thursday.
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World News

The Observer with a story from Austria about the mysterious death of a star player nearly 70 years ago.
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Pitch Invasion with the story of a journalist who got a "Dream Job" that turned out to be horrible.
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African News

Reuters with a story on Gambian players accusing Algerian players of making terroristic threats.


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