Monday, July 21, 2008

The Infection Must Not Spread News

Rev's to the rescue - 3 members of the teams management staff subdued a disturbed passenger on a flight from Boston to LA this weekend. Read more in the New England Revolution section.


SuperLiga

Official match reports and video highlights etc.
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Matchday 3
Matches & Scores:
-Sat Jul 19
DC 1-3 Houston - DCU goal by Francis Doe. HD goals by Ricardo Clark, Bobby Boswell & Stuart Holden.
Venue: RFK Stadium, Washington DC
Attendance: 12,893
Match report by Steven Goff of the Washington Post.
Match report by Dave Lifton for the Houston Chronicle.
Post game notes and Houston player ratings by Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle on his blog Soccer y Futbol.
Atlante 2-0 Guadalajara - Atl goals by Luis Gabriel Rey & Gerardo Espinoza.
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara CA
Attendance: 10,373
Match report by Elliot Almond of the San Jose Mercury News.
-Sun Jul 20
Chivas USA 1-1 New England - CUSA goal by Ante Razov. NER goal by Shalrie Joseph.
Venue: Titan Stadium, Fullerton CA
Attendance: 4738
Match report from the LA Times.
Match report by Phil Collin of the LA Daily News.
Match report from the Boston Herald.
Post game notes and player & coach quotes by Nick Green of the Daily Breeze on his blog 100 Percent Soccer.
Post & during game notes and player & coach audio & video from Luis Bueno at Sideline Views.
Santos Laguna 1-1 Pachuca - SL goal by Christian Benitez. Pach goal by Damian Alvarez.
Venue: Pizza Hut Park, Frisco TX
Attendance: 6157
Match report by Diego Aparicio of the Dallas Morning News.
Match report by Tobias Lopez of the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
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I see where SUM, who run this tournament, have skimped on another field and again look cheap & minor league. This time it was the field at Titan Stadium in Fullerton CA that had virtually no grass on it. Just awful. Between the extremely dry & thin pitches at Houston's Robertson Field and LA's Home Depot Center, this one in Fullerton gets the first booby prize for worst condition. They should be embarrassed.
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Luis Bueno has an article for Sports Illustrated about some Mexican players and coaches growing respect for MLS. SuperLiga really helps to enforce this. Some great quotes here.
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Semifinals
Matches & Scores:
-Tue Jul 29
Houston v Pachuca
Venue: Robertson Stadium, Houston TX
-Wed Jul 30
New England v Atlante
Venue: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough MA
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All games can be seen live on TeleFutura.
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MLS Scoreboard

Week 17
Matches & Scores:
-Thu Jul 17
Columbus 3-3 Kansas City - CC goals by Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Alejandro Moreno & Chad Marshall. KCW goals by Frankie Hejduk(OG), Roger Espinoza & Josh Wolff.
Venue: Crew Stadium, Columbus OH
Attendance: 16,117
-Sat Jul 19
Toronto 0-0 San Jose
Venue: BMO Field, Toronto ON
Attendance: 20,264
Match report by Morgan Campbell of the Toronto Star.
Match report by Larry Millson of the Toronto Globe & Star
Match report from the San Jose Mercury News.
Post game analysis by Ben Knight of the Toronto Globe & Mail blog On Soccer.
Post game notes by Campbell on the Star's TFC blog.
New York 2-2 Los Angeles - NYRB goals by Dave van den Bergh & Juan Pablo Angel. LAG goals by Carlos Ruiz & Landon Donovan.
Venue: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford NJ
Attendance: 46,754
Match report by Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger.
Match report by Brian Lewis of the New York Post.
Match report by Ives Galarcep at Soccernet.
Match report by Stefan Bondy of the Herald News.
Post game analysis of Red Bulls new midfielder Jorge Rojas by Brian Lewis on his blog Extra Time.
Dallas 2-2 Colorado - FCD goals by Kenny Cooper(PK) & Juan Toja. CR goals by Herculez Gomez & Conor Casey.
Venue: Pizza Hut Park, Frisco TX
Attendance: 12,289
Match report by Diego Aparicio of the Dallas Morning News.
Match report by Tobias Lopez of the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Match report by Brian Forbes of the Denver Post.
Post game notes by George Tanner of the Rocky Mountain News blog FC Rocky.
Chicago 0-0 Salt Lake
Venue: Toyota Park, Bridgeview IL
Attendance: 19,578
Match report Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune.
Match report by Nick Firchau of the Chicago Sun Times.
Match report from the Deseret News.
Match report from the Salt Lake Tribune.
Post game analysis by Arroyave on his blog The Red Card.
Player ratings for RSL by James Edward of the Deseret News.
-Tue Jul 22
DC v Houston - 6:30pm central on Direct Kick
Venue: RFK Stadium, Washington DC
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Ejections:
CJ Brown - Chicago Fire - Red Card, while not even on the field!
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League Standings
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MLS News

CHICAGO FIRE

The loan deal for Municipal midfielder Marco Pappa is all set. He is already in Chicago. Now he just needs a work visa.
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COLORADO RAPIDS

John DiRaimando - pronounced DEE-ruh-MAHN-doh
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COLUMBUS CREW

Shawn Mitchell of the Dispatch reports on a fracas between Crew & West Ham fans at half time of the friendly on Sunday evening. Supposedly the West Ham fans decided to test the mettle of the Crew fans and some pushing, shoving and punching took place before the cops stopped it.
-I have read some fan reports on the fight that say a Crew supporter was tasered by the cops but he just pulled the thing out of his back and ran away.
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The West Ham website talks to Crew forward Jason Garey about the exhibition game which West Ham won 1-3 on Sunday.
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HOUSTON DYNAMO

Houston has stayed on in DC and will play a make up game against United on Tuesday night. The original game was called after torrential rains swamped the field and left it unplayable.
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Ricardo Clark will miss the game in DC due to Yellow Car accumulation.
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LOS ANGELES GALAXY

George Vecsey and Billy Witz, both of the New York Times with stories on the Beckman.
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Grahame Jones of the LA Times looks at where MLS is one year into Beckhamania.
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Yes folks, the Abel Xavier era at the Galaxy is over. He was released by the team at the end of last week. The AX is dead. Long live the AX.
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NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION

The Oklahoma News with a story on 3 members of the Rev's staff who subdued a passenger who was acting erratically (took all his clothes off) and tried to open the emergency exit door in mid-flight from Boston to LA. General Manager Craig Tornberg, Player Personnel Director Mike Burns & Assistant Coach Gwynne Williams tackled the guy and held him down while he was secured. The plane landed in Oklahoma City and the man was removed from the flight. The man was clearly disturbed mentally. What a horrible situation.
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Kyle McCarthy and Dave Wedge of the Boston Herald get some more details on the story.
-Who was the guy?
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A bit of good news in all this is that Mike Burns didn't let the guy slip between himself and the post he was covering.
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RED BULL NEW YORK

The teams new attacking midfielder Jorge Rojas set up both goals this weekend against LA. Not a bad start.
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Soccer By Ives is reporting that "Red Bulls midfielder Dane Richards will miss four to six weeks after being diagnosed with a hip flexor strain."
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REAL SALT LAKE

The wife of midfielder Andy Williams has been diagnosed with Leukemia. Damn.
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The team has allowed only 2 goals scored against then in the past 8 matches. That is very impressive. But if they are going to be a serious threat they will have to put a lot more into the opponents goal, and soon.
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SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES

All 3 of the teams new signings started in Toronto on Saturday - Darren Huckerby, Francisco Lima & Scott Sealy. But the team still couldn't score a goal.
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TORONTO FC

ESPN has a video feature on TFC fans and GM Mo Johnston. (thanks to BQ for these)
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Amado Guevara could have won the game for Toronto on Saturday. A Penalty was called after Abdusalam Ibrahim was taken down in the box by San Jose defender James Riley, but Guevara had his PK attempt stuffed by San Jose keeper Joe Cannon.
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GENERAL

Steven Goff the Washington Post on his blog Soccer Insider with his great weekly notes - The Good, The Bad and The Coyote Ugly.
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The Herald News in northern New Jersey looks at MLS and says they still have a lot to prove to some people.
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MLS Friendlies

Matches & Scores:
-Sun Jul 20
Columbus v West Ham (England)
Match report by Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch.
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MLS Golden Boot

12 Landon Donovan
11 Edson Buddle
10 Luciano Emilio
9 Kenny Cooper
7 Alejandro Moreno
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MLS Rumor City - Don't Tease Me Bro!

Diego Aparicio of the Dallas Morning News reports that FC Dallas is chasing after long time Argentine & River Plate star attacking midfielder Ariel Ortega.
-Ortega and River officials deny there is anything going on. Isn't that what they all say?
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Are the Red Bulls interested in Argentine forward Franco Caraccio who was just released by Houston?
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USL First Division News

Minnesota Thunder

The loss this weekend takes my team back to the bottom. We have been in this general area way too much in the last 3 or 4 years. A lot of people are getting sick and tired of it. The players and the venue change, but the results do not. Damn.
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USL First Division Scoreboard

Matches & Scores:
-Fri Jul 18
Montreal 3-1 Miami
Carolina 0-2 Puerto Rico
Atlanta 1-1 Portland
Seattle 1-3 Rochester
-Sat Jul 19
Charleston 2-0 Portland
-Sun Jul 20
Minnesota 0-1 Rochester
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USL First Division Standings

Standings (games played):
30 Charleston (16)
27 Puerto Rico (16)
24 Rochester (17) (GD +3)
24 Vancouver (14) (GD +1)
23 Seattle (18)
22 Portland (19)
21 Atlanta (15)
20 Miami (19) (GD -4)
20 Carolina (17) (GD -7)
18 Montreal (16)
17 Minnesota (17)
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USA Olympic Team

The team schedule:
-Training camp opens on Sunday in San Jose.
-Go to Hong Kong for the ING Cup where they take on Cote d'Ivoire Wed Jul 30 and Cameroon Sat Aug 2.
-Their first match at the Olympics is Thu Aug 7 v Japan.
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US Soccer Youth Development Academy

Baltimore Bays & Carmel United have won the U18 & 16 national Championships!
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2008 U18 Finals
Matches & Scores:
-Fri Jul 18
Baltimore Bays 4-2 LAFC - 1st & 2nd place
Match report from US Soccer.
Colorado Rush 0-4 Columbus Crew - 3rd & 4th place
Chicago Fire 2-3 Concorde Fire - 5th & 6th place
FC Westchester 1-1 CASL - FCW wins 5-4 Penalty Kicks - 7th & 8th place
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2008 U16 Finals
Matches & Scores:
-Sat Jul 19
Carmel United 1-0 PDA - 1st & 2nd place
Match report from US Soccer.
Schulz Academy 2-0 Real Colorado - 3rd & 4th place
LAFC 0-0 Chicago Magic - CM wins 4-2 on Penalty Kicks - 5th & 6th place
Albertson 2-0 CASL - 7th & 8th place
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US Soccer with a full tournament recap.
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Jaime Cardenas of the LA Times with a story on the very talented Chris Argorsor who lead Baltimore to the U18 title.
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Soccer In America

Greg Lalas at Sports Illustrated this week gives us the American Soccer Fan's Bill of RESPONSIBILITIES.
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Americans In Europe

Jozy Altidore checks in on the NY Times blog Goal for the first time since he transferred to Villarreal in Spain.
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The Columbus Dispatch with an article on Jonathan Spector.
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Canada & CSA News

Round-robin games between Toronto, Vancouver & Montreal determine their countries entrant in the CONCACAF Champions League this fall.
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Matches & Scores:
-Tue Jul 22
Montreal v Toronto
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The Toronto Sun calls this the biggest game in TFC's short history. I guess they are right.
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Standings (games played):
6 Montreal (3)
4 Toronto (3)
4 Vancouver (4) - has been eliminated
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Mexico & FMF News

Guadalajara goalkeeper Luis Michel broke his left arm during the teams SuperLiga loss to Atlante on Saturday, and will miss the entire upcoming Mexican Apertura season.
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FC Dallas Updates has a photo of Mexicoach Sven Goren Erickson taking in Sunday's Santos v Pachuca game at Pizza Hut Park.
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South American News

The New York Times with an article on the Brazilian company Traffic, who buy young player contracts and then trade them like commodities. Good or bad? The future or slavery? This is the stuff Sepp Blatter should be looking at. Traffic owns Miami FC in the USL First Division.
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England News

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has signed a contract extension through the 2012/13 season.
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European News

FRANCE

Paris St Germain has signed French midfielder Claude Makelele from Chelsea.

3 Comments:

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