Friday, June 20, 2008

Slack Lined News

Carlos Bocanegra to Rennes in France? Sporting Life reports that L'equipe of France says so.

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Germany are the first team to advance to the Semifinals of Euro 2008. See details in the Euro section below.


MLS Scoreboard

Week 13
Matches & Scores:
-Wed Jun 18
New England 1-1 New York - NER goal by Steve Ralston. NYRB goal by Seth Stammler.
Salt Lake 0-0 San Jose
-Thu Jun 19
Chivas USA 2-0 Chicago - CUSA goals by Sacha Kljestan & Justin Braun.
Match report by Luis Bueno of the Press Enterprise.
Match report by Grahame Jones of the LA Times.
Match report by Scott Wolf of the LA Daily News.
Match report from the Associated Press at the Chicago Tribune.
Post game notes by Nick Green of the Daily Breeze on his blog 100 Percent Soccer.
-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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Ejections:
Jason Hernandez - San Jose - 2 Yellow Cards
Paolo Nagamura - Chivas USA - 2 Yellow Cards
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MLS Standings

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

CHICAGO FIRE

Brian Lewis of the NY Post calls the Chicago Fire hypocrites for the way they are dealing for Brian McBride compared to how they dealt with Wilman Conde and Lider Marmol with New York.
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COLORADO RAPIDS

The Denver Post with a story on fast growing forward Omar Cummings.
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The Post also has an article on an assistant coach shake up, and a bit on local boy Brian Mullan who has been a strong regular for Houston.
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COLUMBUS CREW

Shawn Mitchell of the Dispatch writes about the Crew's new secret weapon.
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DC UNITED

The Express with a look at defensive midfielder Clyde Simms.
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KANSAS CITY WIZARDS

The KC Star says forward Eloy Colombano requested to be released by the team so he could return to his native Argentina, and they acquiesced.
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The Star also looks at the teams faltering offense.
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RED BULL NEW YORK

Brian Lewis of the NY Post with several NYRB team notes on things like Paul Dickov and Johnny X.
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TORONTO FC

Dean McNulty of the Sun and Morgan Campbell of the Star both with articles on the teams new youngster Abdusalam Ibrahim of my city Minneapolis. And it may not be long before he sees the field either.
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The Globe and Mail with a story on computer programs used by TFC to break down games. The story gives the impression that they are the only team using this in MLS. That is completely wrong, as every team in the league uses similar software.
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GENERAL

Shaka Hislop at the Guardian chastises MLS for playing through international dates.
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MLS Stadium Talk

The Toronto Globe & Mail with an article on possible expansion of seating at BMO Field. Maybe they can ditch the frickin fake turf while they are at it.
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MLS Expansion News

The Atlanta Journal Constitution says that the owner of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons is still very interested in bringing MLS to town.
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USL First Division Scoreboard

Matches & Scores:
-Fri Jun 20
Rochester v Carolina
Charleston v Minnesota - live on FSC at 7pm central time
Seattle v Miami
-Sat Jun 21
Atlanta v Puerto Rico
-Sun Jun 22
Montreal v Carolina
Vancouver v Miami
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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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Team USA

2nd Round 2nd leg CONCACAF World Cup qualifying Match & Score (includes score from first leg):
-Sun Jun 22
Barbados v USA (0-8)
Kensington Oval in Bridgetown Barbados
TV - 2pm central on ESPN Classic
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Tim Howard has been dropped from the roster for this weekend so his back can heal up.
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Eddie Johnson has been dropped from the roster as well, due to "illness".
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Brad Guzan and Sacha Kljestan of Chivas USA jet off to the islands today to join Team USA.
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USA Roster:
G:
Dominic Cervi
Brad Guzan
Chris Seitz
D
Carlos Bocanegra
Dan Califf
Jay DeMerit
Drew Moor
Oguchi Onyewu
Heath Pearce
M:
DaMarcus Beasley
Michael Bradley
Sacha Kljestan
Eddie Lewis
Danny Szetela
John Thorrington
F:
Freddy Adu
Chad Barrett
Chris Rolfe
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The official team blog.
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US Soccer gives us video of an intense shooting drill at training yesterday. And another day in photos.
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Michelle Kaufman of the Miami Herald with a profile of Eddie Johnson.
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Kaufman also writes about the Team USA preparation for Sunday.
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Jeff Carlisle of Soccernet preview Barbados v USA.
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Americans In Europe

The Fort Wayne News Sentinel reports the DaMarcus Beasley is set to open his own soccer academy in his home town! Fantastic!!!
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CONCACAF News

FIFA.com previews this weekends match ups.
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CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying News

2nd Leg Matches & Scores (with 1st leg scores included):
-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 (4-3)
El Salvador v Panama (0-1)
Netherlands Antilles v Haiti (0-0)
Bermuda v Trinidad & Tobago (2-1)
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Panama & Honduras have advanced to the first of 2 group stages.
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Canada & CSA News

Canada host St Vincent & Grenadines tonight in Montreal for the 2nd leg of their qualifying series. The home team holds a 3-0 advantage.
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A writer for the Dundas Star News in Canada describes his love of the game, and hopes for Canada's World Cup chances.
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The Canadian Press looks at the rising quality of Team Canada.
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The Montreal Gazette says the national team wants Saputo Stadium, not BMO Field to be their permanent home.
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South American News

World Cup qualifier:
-Thu Jun 19
Venezuela 2-3 Chile
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With the win Chile moves into 4th place above Brazil!
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Here are the regions standings after 6 games.
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Gregory Sica of Sports Illustrated on the unimpressive Argentina-Brazil scoreless draw.
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England News

The Independent reports that Colorado Rapids owner Stan Kroenke is now perfectly aligned to buy Arsenal.
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The Times tells us about a new "blueprint" being used to make Newcastle a winner, finally.
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ITV.com reports that Liverpool's owners Hicks & Gillet are trying to kiss and make-up.
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2008 UEFA European Championship News

Now that Portugal has been eliminated forward Cristiano Ronaldo is going to have surgery to fix "a small problem on his right foot".
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Jeffrey Marcus of the New York Times blog Goal with an article on Croatian manager Slaven Bilic. He is becoming the media darling of the tournament.
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Thomas Rongen, USA U20 coach, writing for Sports Illustrated tells us which players will make a difference down the stretch.
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From the pages of the Guardian:
-Jonathan Wilson on Guus and his Russians.
-Duncan Castles tells us how the Germans did it again.
-Harry Pearson wonders if Luca Toni can turn on the goal spicket for Italy.
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2008 UEFA European Championship Schedule

The Quarterfinals begin on Thursday.
Matches & Scores:
-Thu Jun 19
Portugal 2-3 Germany - Port goals by Nuno Gomes & Helder Postiga. Germ goals by Bastian Schweinsteiger, Miroslav Klose & Michael Ballack.
-Fri Jun 20
Croatia v Turkey - 1:30pm - ESPN
-Sat Jun 21
Netherlands v Russia - 1:30pm - ABC
-Sun Jun 22
Spain v Italy - 1:30pm - ESPN
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Asian World Cup Qualifying

I just realized this - China has already been eliminated from World Cup qualifying. OUT! ALREADY!

3 Comments:

Blogger Graham said...

In the KC camp, there is probably more behind Eloy's leaving than homesickness, earlier quotes talk about how Eloy is the happiest person on the team and now he's leaving because he's not. Some kind of falling out happened.

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Demko said...

hooray for ibrahim. Hope it works out for him in Toronto. I wonder if the Thunder discussed a loan with dallas. Would have seemed like an obvious option.

8:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grahm,
Eloy was just married this last offseason and became a father for the first time a few weeks ago. The family lives in Argentina not here. There's pressures there that didn't exist before especially if he could earn a living there at home vs halfway across the planet sitting on the bench. The Wizards gave him a raise in the offseason but continued to start/sub behind an asstacular player like Ryan Pore instead. What's the point in staying? The Wizards agreed. He never got a fair shake. Really no contraversy here.

9:02 AM  

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