Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Going Back To My Old House News

Crystal Palace Baltimore, Charleston Battery & Seattle Sounders upset New York Red Bulls, Houston Dynamo & CD Chivas USA respectively in the 3rd round of the Open Cup last night. Huge wins for those 3 teams!!


Toronto lost their first home game of the season in all competitions last night, dropping 0-1 to Vancouver in the Canadian CONCACAF Champions League qualifying tournament. See details in the Canada section below.


The Kansas City Wizards owners & management are named as defendants of a Sexual Harassment lawsuit brought against them by a former employee. See details in Kansas City Wizards section.


From a Chicago's Daily Herald with a story on former Fire star player, now coach, Chris Armas: "He was to the Fire what Ben Olsen is to D.C. United, Steve Ralston to New England and, tellingly, nobody has been in New York or Dallas." See details in Chicago Fire section.

US Open Cup

3rd Round Matches & Scores:
-Tue Jul 1
Crystal Palace Baltimore 2-0 New York Red Bulls - CPB goals by Andrew Marshall & Gary Brooks.
Match report from the Baltimore Sun.
Match report from the Annapolis Capital.
Match report from Big Apple Soccer.
Match report from the Herald News.
Match report from Metrofanatic. Basically one word.
Post game analysis by Ives Galarcep at Soccer By Ives.
New England Revolution 3-0 Richmond Kickers - NER goals by Sam Brill, Joe Germanese & Taylor Twellman.
Match report by Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe.
Match report by Kyle McCarthy of the Boston Herald.
Chicago Fire 4-1 Cleveland City Stars - CF goals by Mike Banner(2), Calen Carr & Chad Barrett. CCS goal by Kiel McClung.
Match report by Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune.
Match report by Nick Firchau of Chicago's Southtown Star & the Sun Times.
Match report by Orrin Schwarz of Chicago's Daily Herald.
Match report from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Post game notes by Arroyave on his blog The Red Card.
DC United 2-0 Rochester Rhinos - DCU goals both by Marc Burch.
Match report from the Washington Examiner.
Match report by Steven Goff of the Washington Post.
Match report from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.
Post game notes from Goff on his blog Soccer Insider.
FC Dallas 2-1 Miami FC Blues - FCD goals both by Abe Thompson. MFCB goal by Alex Afonso.
Match report by Diego Aparicio of the Dallas Morning News.
Match report by Tobias Lopez of the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Post game video interview with Abe Thompson from FC Dallas Updates.
Charleston Battery 1-1 Houston Dynamo - CB advance on Penalty Kicks 4-3. - CB goal by Marco Reda. HD goal by Stephen Wondolowski.
Match report from the Charleston Post & Courier.
Match report from the Houston Chronicle.
Post game notes by Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle on his blog Soccer y Futbol.
Carolina Railhawks 2-4 Kansas City Wizards - Car goals by Santiago Fusilier & Matthew Watson. KC goals by Ivan Trujillo(2), Claudio Lopez(PK) & Ryan Pore(PK).
Match report from the Raleigh News & Observer.
Match report from the Kansas City Star.
Seattle Sounders 2-0 CD Chivas USA - Sea goals by Taylor Graham & Sebastien Le Toux.
Match report from the Seattle Times.
Match report by Matthew Gaschk of the Seattle Post Intelligencer.
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And here I thought it was embarrassing last weekend when my team Minnesota Thunder got knocked out by Cleveland City Stars. But the Red Bulls really should be feeling guilty! Holy Canole! Losing to CP Baltimore. Say it Shep: Wooow!
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The Tournament continues next week, then takes a month off for SuperLiga.
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4th Round/Quarterfinal Matches & Scores:
-Tue Jul 8
New England Revolution v Crystal Palace Baltimore
DC United v Chicago Fire
FC Dallas v Charleston Battery
Kansas City Wizards v Seattle Sounders
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MLS Scoreboard

Week 15
Matches & Scores:
-Thu Jul 3
Salt Lake v Houston - 9pm central on ESPN2 & ESPN Deportes
-Fri Jul 4
Dallas v Kansas City - 6pm central on HDNet
Colorado v New York - 8:30pm central on Direct Kick
Los Angeles v New England - 9:30pm central on Direct Kick
-Sat Jul 5
Columbus v Chicago - 7pm central on FSC & FSE
Chivas USA v San Jose - 9:30pm central on FSC & FSE
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Toronto & DC have the week off.
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MLS Standings

Eastern Conference
30 New England
26 Columbus
22 DC
21 Toronto
20 Chicago (GD +9)
20 New York (GD -3)
16 Kansas City
Western Conference
21 Los Angeles
19 Salt Lake (GD -1)
19 Houston (GD -2)
18 Chivas
17 Dallas
16 Colorado
12 San Jose
(Goal Differential is the first tie breaker)
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MLS News


Orrin Schwarz of the Daily Herald talks to former team star Chris Armas about his new role wearing an assistant coaches shirt.
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Defender Lider Marmol made his debut for the Fire in the Open Cup last night.
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One player who saw dramatic improvement last season was defender Lawson Vaughn, and many of us were hoping to see him really break out in '08. But a string of injuries, beginning with preseason surgery on his left ankle, have limited him to only 4 games so far this year. I asked the Chivas USA Communications Dept about his status, and Coordinator David Lindholm told us this:
"Lawson is slowly getting back to fitness. The injuries to his face (from De Rosario’s attempted bicycle kick) knocked him out for a while and he is still carrying a pretty serious scar across his right cheek and onto the bridge of his nose. (Ed. note: He had 32 stitches.) When he trains in scrimmages and such he wears a facemask, like the one Rip Hamilton of the Pistons wears. It’s see-through but still affects heading the ball and is a bit cumbersome. I know he’s hoping not to have to wear it in games eventually but for the time being he has to wear it.
Last week he went down due to tendonitis in his left ankle, and has been working since then on rehab. He did not travel with the team to Seattle for tonight’s Open Cup game and is listed as questionable for Saturday’s game against San Jose. Our athletic trainer is wary of giving exact timeframes for recovery, but if he doesn’t play on Saturday against the Earthquakes I would think he could be available the following week."
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Shawn Mitchell of the Dispatch on his blog Covering The Crew tells us about the teams interest in Carlos Ruiz, more on the Pat Noonan episode and some other stuff.
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Midfielder Emanuel Ekpo is expected to be named to Nigeria's Olympic team.
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Did you know: CC is playing a friendly against Argentine legends Independiente on Wed Jul 9 at Crew Stadium. Very cool.
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It was good to see the team get their new coach his first W.
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The KC Star with an article on a former employee of the team filing a Sexual Harassment lawsuit.
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Beau Dure of USA Today writes that the more things change in New England, the more they stay the same. And some other stuff too.
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The word from Brookline MA is that Shalrie Joseph is the technical director for local youth setup Valeo Futbol Club. Very cool. He says he is preparing for life off the field when he gets too old to run.
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The team now has a 2nd summer signing. He is Argentine defender Juan Pietravallo. After 7 seasons in his native land, he played last season at Veria in Greece who were relegated at the end.
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The Deseret News uses the player ratings they hand out after each game to give us an average rating per player for the first half of the season. Interesting.
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James Edward of the Deseret looks at the teams trend of blowing games in the late minutes.
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The team has parted company with Argentine midfielder Matias Cordoba. Since signing last spring he has played very little and never seemed to get himself into physical shape enough to make a consistent impact.
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Midfielder Dema Kovalenko crossed the magic line and will be suspended for this Thursday's game against Houston due to too many Yellow Cards accumulated.
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Some pictures of the RSL stadium with the grass field laid down! It's awesome! Love the team name and logo imbedded in the seats using different colors. (thanks to Eric for the link)
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DC forward Luciano Emilio was named the League's Player Of The Month for June.
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Ives Galarcep at Soccer By Ives tries to fill us in on the MLS rule where players kept on contract after July 1 have there deal guaranteed for the rest of the season etc. And that is why guys like Columbano, Niell, Niko, Cordoba etc have been cut in the past week or so. Oh, and of course it's not nearly as simple as I described it.
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Andrew Hush at Soccernet gives us some Steve Nicol insight, laughs at LA's defense and other notes of the week.
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The 6 nominees for the 2008 ESPY Award for Best MLS Player: Juan Pablo Angel, David Beckham, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Landon Donovan, Luciano Emilio & Matt Reis.
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MLS Coaching Hot Seat

Fernando Clavijo of Colorado has got to be getting red cheeks right about now.
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MLS Rumor City - Don't Tease Me Bro!

Glenn Davis reports on his blog that Houston wants Nate Jaqua but Jaqua wants to go to Seattle. So the Dynamo want to sign him now and trade him at seasons end for next year when Seattle are in MLS.
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US Soccer News

Andrew Rogers of Soccer 365 does a Q & A with USMNT assistant coach & US Academy technical director John Hackworth.
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USA Olympic Team

Luis Bueno at Sideline Views points us to an article by Paul Oberjurege on whether or not Landon Donovan will play for the Olympic team. Great stuff.
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Americans In Europe

Clint Mathis is not going back to Greek club Ergotelis this summer, but he does want to play in Europe, not MLS. He is just training with the Galaxy cuz he lives in LA.
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So how are our 3 American boys doing in this seasons top Swedish league as it kicks back into action:
-Charlie Davies scored the goal today to give Hammarby a road point. Not bad me lad.

Matches & Scores:
-Tue Jul 1
IFK Gothenburg 0-2 Trelleborg
-Wed Jul 2
Gefle 1-5 Kalmar
Halmstad 1-1 Hammarby
Norrkoeping 0-2 GIF Sundsvall
Djurgarden 0-2 Elfsborg Boras
-Thu Jul 3
Malmo v Ljungskile
Orebro v AIK Stockholm
Helsingborg v GAIS Gothenborg

28 Kalmar
25 Elfsborg Boras
21 AIK Stockholm
19 IFK Gothenburg
18 Helsingborg
18 Hammarby - Charlie Davies
17 Malmo
17 Djurgarden
15 Halmstad
15 GAIS Gothenborg
12 Trelleborg
10 Ljungskile - Colin Burns & Etchu Tabe
9 Orebro
8 Gefle
8 GIF Sundsvall
7 IFK Norrkoeping
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CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying News

Looks like Trinidad & Tobago will be with out their promising striker Kenwyne Jones for this next round of qualifiers. He badly blew out a knee in the friendly against England in early June. He has had surgery but will probably on the shelf for 9 to 12 months.
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Canada & CSA News

The fourth of six games between Toronto, Vancouver & Montreal to determine their countries entrant in the CONCACAF Champions League takes place this week:
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Matches & Scores:
-Jul 1
Toronto FC 0-1 Vancouver Whitecaps - VW goal by Martin Nash(PK).
Match report by Peter Mallet of the Toronto Globe & Mail.
Match report by Morgan Campbell.
Match report by Dean McNulty of the Toronto Sun.
Match report from the Vancouver Sun.

Standings (games played):
6 Montreal (3)
3 Toronto (2)
3 Vancouver (2)
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Next Match:
-Jul 9
Vancouver V Toronto
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The National Post reports that a fan was tossed out of BMO Field last night for haranguing TFC coach John Carver. But Carver is not pleased with security and says the fan had the right to complain about the team. Carver wants to meet with the fan. Excellent! I hate security idiots - and other power hungry freaks!
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Copa Libertadores

Final 2nd Leg Match & Score (with 1st leg score included):
-Wed Jul 2
Fluminense v LDU Quito (2-4)
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Marcela Mora y Araujo of the Guardian tells us all about Liga's veteran striker Agustin Delgado.
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Beau Dure of USA Today has a link on his blog The Netminder to an article on the terrific TV ratings Fox Sport Espanyol is getting for this seasons Libertadores. They set a record for the first leg of the finals.
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England News

The Telegraph looks at the reign of Chelsea owner Roman Abramowitz as he begins his 5th year at the wheel of the company truck.
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Manchester City has signed young lanky Brazilian striker Jo from Russian club CSKA Moscow.
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European News


Sid Lowe of the Guardian with the full story on how Spain pulled it off.
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Reuters with a story on Juergen Klinsmann's new mission in life - make Bayern Munich huge again.
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World News

Jonathan Wilson of the Observer writes about a time in the very near future when teams might start lining up without actual forwards in their lineup, a 4-6-0 if you will. Ugh. Sorry but this one is several weeks old now. (thanks to BQ for unearthing it)
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The Chicago Tribune with an article on the controversy at FIFA over playing at high altitude in places like Bolivia.


Blogger kj said...

"The Tournament continues next week, then takes a month off for SuperLiga."

Have I mentioned how much I hate SuperLiga? Hate it. Hate hate hate hate hate.

5:14 PM  
Anonymous Charlie N. said...

props to Carver, a great attitude to have.

6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brucio wrote;
"I hate security idiots - and other power hungry freaks!"

Yeah, right, and next week or next month when some jerk fan injures another fan or throws something onto the field, you'll flip-flop and say, "What's the matter with security ! Why did they allow that to happen !? They're not being vigilant enough !"

2:34 AM  
Blogger Richard Whittall said...

So what exactly is Carver planning to say to this guy? Sorry? Can you suggest my next first team so we can win next time? Being an insecure person, I hate security more than the next guy, but meeting with the man, your head coach, you don't have to explain anything except to your paymasters.

9:51 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

hey anonymous
when did i say i didn't like security

i said security idiots and other other power hungry freaks

read the whole sentence, not select words that make you feel superior

and the only thing i hate more than security idiots is anonymous complainers

3:12 PM  

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