Thursday, July 24, 2008

Touching Plastic Together News

OK, so ..... a very short entry today and sadly none tomorrow, as I have to go out of town on short notice for some family business. Just read the other Designated Players sites for all the updates. See ya next week.


FC Dallas has sold midfielder Juan Toja to Steaua Bucharest in Romania (of course) [CORRECTED]. But word came to me later that this deal did not happen, and there is confusion over it happening at all now. Stay tuned. Thanks to everyone who sent me info on this.


MLS Scoreboard

Week 18
Matches & Scores:
-Tue Jul 22
DC 0-2 Houston - HD goals by Brian Mullan & Brian Ching.
Attendance: 14,660 (before rain), 174 (after rain)
Venue: RFK Stadium, Washington DC
Match report by Steven Goff of the Washington Post.
Match report by John Haydon of the Washington Times.
Match report by Dave Lifton for the Houston Chronicle.
Post game notes & DCU player ratings by Goff on his blog Soccer Insider.
-Sun Jul 27
San Jose v New York - 2pm central on TeleFutura
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara CA
Dallas v Los Angeles - 6pm central on Direct Kick
Venue: Pizza Hut Park, Frisco TX
Kansas City v Chicago - 7pm central on Direct Kick
Venue: Community America Ballpark, Kansas City KS
Colorado v Columbus - 8:30pm central on Direct Kick
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City CO
-Mon Jul 28
Salt Lake v Toronto - 8pm central on Direct Kick
Venue: Rice Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City UT
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League Standings
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MLS 2008 All Star Game News

-Thu Jul 24
MLS All Stars v West Ham United - live at 6pm central on ESPN & TeleFutura
Venue: BMO Field, Toronto Canada
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Craig Stouffer of the Washington Examiner on his blog The Pitch gives us some notes from a state of MLS type speech that league Commissioner Donald K Garber gave to reporters yesterday in Toronto.
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Here is video of the Commissioners full speech from MLSnet.
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Steve Davis at MLSnet gives us a look at the possible key player match ups in tonight's game.
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MLS News

HOUSTON DYNAMO

Defender Eddie Robinson left last nights game with yet another injury, this time a left hamstring strain. No word on how severe.
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REAL SALT LAKE

Signed American midfielder Robbie Russell from Viborg in Denmark. Russell have spent the past 7 seasons in Europe.
-Michael C Lewis of the Salt Lake Tribune with details on the signing.
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GENERAL

Seattle has sold 16,000 season tickets for next season. Philadelphia already has 5000 for 2010. Amazing.
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MLS Friendlies

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Jul 23
Real Salt Lake 1-2 Saprissa (Costa Rica) - RSL goal by Chris Wingert. Sap goals by Ronald Gomez & Armando Alonso.
Match report by James Edward of the Deseret News.
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MLS Rookie Of The Year

Here is our list of the top candidates:
1 Kheli Dube - New England Revolution
2 Sean Franklin - Los Angeles Galaxy
3 Anthony Beltran - Real Salt Lake
4 Julius James - Toronto FC
5 Geoff Cameron - Houston Dynamo
6 Roger Espinoza - Kansas City Wizards
7 Bobby Burling - Chivas USA
8 Luke Sassano - New York Red Bulls
9 Justin Braun - Chivas USA
10 Ely Allen - Los Angeles Galaxy

others:
-Erik Avila - FC Dallas
-Danleigh Borman - New York Red Bulls
-Stephen King - Chicago Fire
-Jon Leathers - Kansas City Wizards
-Brandon MacDonald - Los Angeles Galaxy
-Chance Myers - Kansas City Wizards
-Pat Phelan - New England Revolution
-Shea Salinas - San Jose Earthquakes
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USL First Division News

Minnesota Thunder

The Minneapolis Star Tribune has a cool story on my crew of fellow Thunder supporters - the Dark Clouds. Thanks.
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Brian Quarstad at Blue Sky Soccer has audio of an interview with Thunder President Manuel Lagos on the release of coach Amos Magee and the immediate future of the team.
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USL First Division Scoreboard

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Jul 23
Vancouver 1-1 Charleston
-Thu Jul 24
Minnesota v Seattle
Portland v Carolina
-Fri Jul 25
Rochester v Montreal
-Sat Jul 26
Vancouver v Carolina
Seattle v Charleston
-Sun Jul 27
Montreal v Rochester
Miami v Atlanta
Minnesota v Puerto Rico
-Tue Jul 29
Miami v Vancouver
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USL First Division Standings

Standings (games played):
31 Charleston (17)
27 Puerto Rico (16)
25 Vancouver (15)
24 Rochester (17)
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

Official team blog.
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USA U20 News

Milk Cup tournament in Northern Ireland.
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Matches & Scores:
-Mon Jul 28
USA v Northern Ireland
-Wed Jul 30
USA v Wales
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Belgium, Chile & Israel make up the other group.
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The final will be played on Fri Aug 1.
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Mexico & FMF News

With the Mexican Primera division almost ready to launch their Apertura season, Luis Bueno on his blog the Sideline Views previews our boys playing south of the border.
Player Previews:
NEW - Michael Orozco - San Luis
NEW - Jesus Padilla - Guadalajara on loan to Tapatio
-Marco Antonio Vidal - Indios de Ciudad Juarez
-Edgar Castillo - Santos Laguna
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European News

Craig Stouffer of the Washington Examiner on his blog The Pitch has a review of a book by LA Times reporter Chuck Culpepper on his past year as a fan of Portsmouth.

12 Comments:

Blogger dallen said...

Steaua Bucharest is in Bucharest, Romania; not Hungary.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

budapest/bucharest, easy mistake

12:48 PM  
Blogger dallen said...

Fo sho.

1:45 PM  
Anonymous T. Basescu said...

Steaua Bucharest is owned by a corrupt politician who is a complete and utter ass. Poor Toja.

1:53 PM  
Anonymous jamesey said...

Sean Franklin is the new Eddie Pope, except he's coming in at a higher level and ability than Pope did.

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Dan said...

nice bit about the dark clouds that was. and i got in the photo. awesome.

9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am no MLS apologist, but is it really better careerwise to move to Hungary or Norway to play? I suppose the money must be better, but other than that?

10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steaua Bucharest has played in the Champions League group stages the past two editions, so yes, it is better.

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently too excited. lol.

"The West Ham website talks to player Lucas Neill about the game. He is excited for it."

2:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bruce,
Everywhere I read about Amos stepping down. Why do you keep saying he was fired? Do you know something we don't?

5:20 PM  
Blogger digchros said...

I kind of got the impression with Amos was that it was one of those, You can step down or else we'll have to let you go type of deals. Wasn't the story that he and Manny had a long talk and mutually decided to call it quits?

3:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as I know and I had heard, Amos decided to step down, and Manny let him.

12:42 PM  

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