Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Wait For So Long News

The draw for the first CONCACAF Champions League will be tomorrow, Wednesday.


New multi-millionaire Jozy Altidore gives Rhapsody his current playlist for us to listen to. You too can now groove like a young hipster. This mix will fulfill your entire daily nourishment requirements of hip hop. Thanks for SF for this.

US Open Cup

First Round Matches & Scores:
-Tue Jun 10
Carolina Railhawks v Brooklyn Knights
Real Maryland Monarchs v NY Pancyprian Freedoms
Richmond Kickers v Fredricksburg Gunners
Western Mass Pioneers v Boston Olympiakos
Minnesota Thunder v St Louis Lions
Michigan Bucks v Cleveland City Stars
AAC Eagles v Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Rochester Rhinos v RWB Adria
Austin Aztex v Atlanta Silverbacks
Miami FC Blues v Bradenton Academics
Charlotte Eagles v Clearwater Galactics
Charleston Battery v ASC New Stars
Crystal Palace Baltimore v Los Angeles Legends
Harrisburg City Islanders v Yakima Reds
Arizona Sahuaros v Seattle Sounders
Portland Timbers v Hollywood United
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Team USA

World Cup qualifying is finally here!
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It all starts this Sunday June 15. With the first game of a home and away series, before the first of two group stages.
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USA v Barbados - 4pm central time on ESPN2 & Galavision from Home Depot Center in Carson California.
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This game is NOT sold out. It would be embarrassing to have empty seats.
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I will see all you Twin Citians at the Sweetwater for viewing.
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Nick Green of the Daily Breeze with the first of many previews we will see this week.
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Associated Press with an article on the lack of goal scoring chances much less goals in the three friendlies just ended.
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The return leg is the following Sunday, but we still have no TV details on that game. Could it even be remotely possible in the year 2008 that we will not get to see a qualifier on TV? I really hope not.
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The official team blog.
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US Soccer's Studio 90 video show with an episode on preparations for the qualifiers ahead.
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Give a special listen to Dave's Soccer Podcast this week (really, you should be listening every week) as host Dave Denholm explodes on USA coach Bob Bradley, his tactics and the handling of Freddy Adu. A little later Dave goes off on youth development in America. It's always great stuff from double D.
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I will have the game schedule for all the other CONCACAF qualifiers posted in a day or two.
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MLS Scoreboard

Week 12
Matches & Scores:
-Thu Jun 12
Houston v New England - 8pm central on ESPN2
-Sat Jun 13
Toronto v Colorado - 6pm central on Direct Kick
DC v New York - 6:30pm central on HDNet
Kansas City v Columbus - 7pm central on Direct Kick
San Jose v Los Angeles - 9pm central on FSC
Chivas USA v Salt Lake - 9:30pm central on Direct Kick
-Sun Jun 15
Dallas v Chicago - 2pm central on TeleFutura
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MLS Standings

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


Steve Davis at MLSnet tells us that Preki is doing an even better job coaching this season than he did last. And hear I was, saying he is on the hot seat a couple weeks back.
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What were they doing last weekend wearing those burgundy/brown shirts with navy shorts - really frickin ugly.
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3rd Degree is reporting that FCD will play a friendly against the mighty Chivas of Guadalajara at home on Sun Jun 29.
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After a really slow start to the season, suddenly Brian Ching has 5 goals and Dwayne De Rosario has 4 and Houston are tied at the top of the West. Not too surprising
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Yahoo has an article from the PA Sports Ticker about what it's like to be Landon Donovan today.
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You wanna know why teams keep giving Edson Buddle a chance? Cuz he has scored 58 times in the league. Not many can say that.
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They have to be excited to get defender Ante Jazic back healthy. This is not saying a whole lot, but he instantly becomes the teams best defender.
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Steve Davis at Soccernet gives us a round up of Week 11 games. He does it better than anyone else.
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This has nothing to do with soccer, but the Wall Street Journal has an article on AEG (LA Galaxy) owner Phillip Anschutz and a battle he is in with the IRS. They say he owes them $143 Million from a style of deal he likes to make. I linked to this to show you just how wealthy this guy is.
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USL First Division Scoreboard

Matches & Scores:
-Thu Jun 12
Puerto Rico v Carolina
Portland v Atlanta
-Fri Jun 13
Montreal v Charleston
Rochester v Vancouver
-Sat Jun 14
Miami v Carolina
Minnesota v Atlanta
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USL First Division Standings

22 Vancouver (10)
20 Charleston (10)
17 Portland (13)
17 Seattle (11)
14 Minnesota (10)
13 Carolina (8)
12 Atlanta (9)
11 Miami (13)
8 Montreal (10)
7 Rochester (9)
6 Puerto Rico (7)
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Soccer In America

Adam Spangler of This Is American Soccer has a great interview with the one and only Ray Hudson. The former player and coach is now a near maniacal announcer on GolTV.
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Mexico & FMF News

One minute Mexican keeper Oswaldo Sanchez is mocking our main man Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune, and the next thing we know Oswaldo ends up in jail - Unrelated? Maybe LA has that kinda power. Do not mess with him. From the Red Card blog.
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After you read that, imagine the uproar if an American player mocked the accent of a Mexican journalist in Mexico. He would be branded a racist and more. Again Sanchez bitch-assed punk attitude goes unpunished. (Remember when he tried to take out Eddie Johnson after LD had scored sealing yet another USA win over Mexico.)
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More tidbits of info are coming out about Oswaldo's arrest. The cops used pepper spray on him when he wouldn't cooperate. That shit hurts, bad. So, you know, it couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
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European News


Some reports are saying that Barcelona has signed Brazilian right back Daniel Alves from Sevilla. But there has been no official word from either team.
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After leading Fenerbahce to a great season coach Zico has not been able to agree on the terms of a new contract with the club so he will leave. Damn, he must have been asking for the world.
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2008 UEFA European Championship News

Did you all enjoy Wesley Sneijder's goal for Holland against Italy as much as I did? What a brilliant team effort. And an end to end burner too. One minute Gio is clearing a ball of his own goal line, and the next Sneijder is smashing home a shot 120 yards away!
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Leading Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta with the story on yesterday's game. And words from head coach Donadoni.
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Turkish captain Emre will miss at least the next game and possibly the rest of the tournament after suffering a torn thigh muscle.
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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 v Russia - 10:50am - ESPN2
Greece v Sweden - 1:30pm - ESPN2
-Wed Jun 11
Czech Republic v Portugal - 10:50am - ESPN2
Switzerland v Turkey - 1:30pm - ESPN2
-Thu Jun 12
Croatia v Germany - 10:50am - ESPN2
Austria v Poland - 1:30pm - ESPN2
-Fri Jun 13
Italy v Romania - 10:50am - ESPN2
Netherlands v France - 1:30pm - ESPN2
-Sat Jun 14
Sweden v Spain - 10:50am - ESPN2
Greece v Russia - 1:30pm - ESPN2
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Group Standings
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Jack Warner/FIFA Scandal News

Legendary soccer journalist Brian Glanville of World Soccer joins the growing voice asking a lot of questions about the antics of Jack Warner.
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World News

The Analouge blog with an article on the recent evolution in design of the ball. Very cool. Thanks to Gary for this one.


Anonymous jamesey said...

colorado had those ugly shorts because they lost their usual shorts on the flight out. They borrowed some chivas usa training shorts.

4:54 PM  

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