Monday, June 16, 2008

Oh Christmas Tree News

Now this is a scoreline even a hardass cynic like me can be satisfied with: USA 8-0 Barbados. Before the game kicked off, I loudly pronounced at the Sweetwater that our boys must win by at least 8-0 or I would be upset with them. Mission accomplished. Now they go to the island for leg 2 knowing only a 9-0 loss (or some equivalent there of) will knock them out. So let's see Coach Bradley give some other guys a chance to shine this time. How about an entirely different starting 11. There are a lot of guys us fans would love to see in a USA shirt, and this is the time to do it.


Turkey! Gobble! Turkey! Gobble! Turkey! Gobble! Turkey! Gobble! Turkey! Gobble! Holy smokes! What a come back. Wow. I am still stunned 18 hours later. Down 0-2 in the 72nd minute to a team with quality like the Czechs! And then to win it before were even get to stoppage time? Simply incredible.


MLSnet is still crashing Firefox [CORRECTED]. I had heard from someone at MLS that they had fixed it. I guess not. I made a move that I hate to do, but I then opened the league site in the wretched Internet Explorer, and after a few minutes I got a warning pop up saying that IE was having a conflict with a plug in on the website, and would need to close to fix it. So I guess IE is not the leagues browser of choice either. Maybe I have to be using Safari?


Two wild scores to report from South America: Paraguay stunned Brazil 2-0 at home in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying, playing the last 43 minutes with 10 men. And Argentina were held 1-1 at home by Ecuador.

Team USA

-Sun Jun 15
USA 8-0 Barbados - USA goals by Clint Dempsey(2), Michael Bradley, Brian Ching(2), Landon Donovan, Eddie Johnson & Daryl Ferguson(OG).
Match report from US Soccer.
Match report by Luis Bueno of the Press Enterprise.
Match report by Ivan Orozco of the San Diego Union Tribune.
Match report by Grahame Jones of the Los Angeles Times.
Match report by Scott Wolf of the LA Daily News.
Match report - and - USA player ratings by Mike Woitalla of Soccer America.
Match report and USA player ratings by Jeff Carlisle of Soccernet.
Match report from The Nation in Barbados - headline: "Bajans Mauled"
Post game quotes by USA coach & players from US Soccer.
Game photos from US Soccer.
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My notes from the game:
-I find it very frustrating that the USA plays at home against a very weak opponent and they still line up with 2 defensive midfielders. We should be in an all out attack formation for a game like this.
-I also hate it when Landon Donovan is played out on the wing. Half of his game is taken away when he does not a have a free role to move around in the attack and become unpredictable. I really hate this about Bradley’s coaching.
-Pablo Mastroeni fired in a long distance shot that Brian Ching deflected in for the 3rd goal, but a few minutes later Mastro pulled up with a gluteus maximus injury and had to be subbed out. Freddy Adu replaced him in the 26th minute.
-The referee was none other than His Royal Highness El Vampiro - Marco Antonio Rodriguez of Mexico. He is a fairly lousy ref, but he sure looks cool!
-Tim Howard did not play after hurting his back in training on Friday.
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The official team blog.
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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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MLS Scoreboard

Week 12
Matches & Scores:
-Thu Jun 12
Houston 0-2 New England - NER goals by Steve Ralston & Kheli Dube.
attendance: 14,655
-Sat Jun 13
Toronto 3-1 Colorado - TFC goals by Danny Dichio & Rohan Ricketts(2). CR goal by Christian Gomez.
attendance: 20,135
DC 4-1 New York - DCU goals by Luciano Emilio(3) & Clyde Simms. RBNY goal by Dave Van Den Bergh.
attendance: 18,622
Kansas City 0-3 Columbus - CC goal by Chad Marshall & Alejandro Moreno(2).
attendance: 10,385
San Jose 0-3 Los Angeles - LAG goals all by Edson Buddle.
attendance: 39,872
Chivas USA 0-1 Salt Lake - RSL goal by Robbie Findley.
attendance: 10,573
-Sun Jun 15
Dallas 1-0 Chicago - FCD goal by Kenny Cooper.
attendance: 14,738
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After 7, yes 7, Red Cards last week, we had 0, yes 0, this week. Amazing. It must have been a full moon, or Friday the 13th brought everyone good luck.
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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 Golden Boot

9 Landon Donovan - Los Angeles
8 Edson Buddle - Los Angeles
7 Kenny Cooper - Dallas
7 Luciano Emilio - DC
6 Alejandro Moreno - Columbus
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MLS Stadium Talk

We all know that in the long run Chivas USA is going to have to find their own home outside the Home Depot Center. Both the LA Times and the Orange County Register have new stories on the team looking at building a new youth facility in Santa Ana. Could this also be a future sight for their own stadium? (thanks to JJ for this)
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USL First Division Scoreboard

Matches & Scores:
-Fri Jun 13
Montreal 1-0 Charleston
Rochester 3-0 Vancouver
-Sat Jun 14
Miami 2-0 Carolina
Minnesota 1-1 Atlanta
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USL First Division Standings

22 Vancouver (11)
20 Charleston (11)
18 Portland (14)
17 Seattle (11)
15 Minnesota (11)
14 Atlanta (11)
14 Miami (14)
13 Carolina (10)
11 Montreal (11)
10 Rochester (10)
9 Puerto Rico (8)
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Honduras became the first team to advance to the first group stage with a 2-2 draw in Puerto Rico giving them a 6-2 aggregate win. In the first leg games the USA, Jamaica & Guatemala dismantled their opponents by 8, 7 and 6 to nothing scores, while Mexico got a PK in the 90+ minute mark to seal a 0-2 win over little Belize. But the big news is Bermuda beating Trinidad & Tobago 2-1 in Port Au Prince, and Grenada holding Costa Rica 2-2. All other games went according to plan.
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Carlos Ruiz scored 4 goals for Guatemala. 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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CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying News

2nd Round 1st Leg Matches & Scores:
-Wed Jun 4
Honduras 4-0 Puerto Rico - Hon goals by Julio Cesar De Leon, Wilson Palacios & David Suazo(2).
-Sat Jun 14
Suriname 1-0 Guyana
Grenada 2-2 Costa Rica
Guatemala 6-0 St Lucia
-Sun Jun 15
USA 8-0 Barbados
St Vincent & Grenadines 0-3 Canada
Haiti 0-0 Netherlands Antilles
Belize 0-2 Mexico
Panama 1-0 El Salvador
Trinidad & Tobago 1-2 Bermuda
Jamaica 7-0 Bahamas
-Tue Jun 17
Antigua & Barbuda v Cuba
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2nd Leg Matches & Scores (with 1st leg scores included):
-Sat Jun 14
Puerto Rico 2-2 Honduras - Hond advance 6-2 on aggregate.
-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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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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Mexico & FMF News

Kartik Krishnaiyer of the American Soccer Spot looks at what the hiring of Sven Goren Erickson really means to Mexican soccer.
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World News

Jen Chang at Soccernet with his Monday morning notes on soccer around the world.
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European News has a Q & A with long time Dutch midfielder Edgar Davids.
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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 v Croatia - 1:30pm - ESPN Classic
Austria v Germany - 1:30pm - ESPN
-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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