Thursday, July 17, 2008

What You Gonna Do News

Take note that the MLS game tonight, Columbus v Kansas City, is on ESPN, not ESPN2!


You have to be impressed by both Guadalajara Chivas and New England Revolution in this SuperLiga, but Guada has played both games on the road making them the strongest team so far. Round 3 coming up this weekend!


Official match reports and video highlights etc.
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Matchday 2 Group Stage Matches & Scores:
-Tue Jul 15
DC 2-3 Atlante - DCU goals by Grandpa Doe & Luciano Emilio. Atl goals by Luis Gabriel Rey(2) & Christian Bermudez.
Venue: RFK Stadium, Washington DC
Attendance: 12,122
Houston 0-1 Guadalajara - Guad goal by Omar Arellano.
Venue: Robertson Stadium, Houston TX
Attendance: 28,723
-Wed Jul 16
New England 1-0 Pachuca - NER goal by Khano Smith(PK).
Venue: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough MA
Attendance: 9,614
Match report by Monique Walker of the Boston Globe.
Match report by Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald.
Match report from the Worcester Telegram & News.
Chivas USA 1-0 Santos Laguna - CUSA goal by Ante Razov.
Venue: Home Depot Center, Carson CA
Attendance: 16,343
Match report by Phil Collin of the LA Daily News.
Match report from the LA Times.
Post game notes of the highest quality from Luis Bueno & Andrea Canales on the Sideline Views blog.
Post game notes, plus quotes from players and coach by Nick Green of the Daily Breeze on his blog 100 Percent Soccer.
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My notes from the games last night:
Revs v Tuzos
-Apparently Pachuca goal scoring machine Bruno Marioni had an injury and that is why we did not see him play last night.
-New England midfielder Pat Phelan was knocked out cold when he collided heads with teammate Sainey Nyassi going for a header. I looked really bad watching on TV as he was stretchered off the field in a neck brace, but he is going to be OK, suffering a concussion.
-Is Pachuca midfielder/forward Damian Alvarez good or what? I would take that guy on my team in a second.
-Old Sven Goren Erickson was in Gillette again last night watching his potential charges for Pachuca.
-Youngster Chris Tierney was thrown into the fire last night, getting the start at left fullback for the Rev's. He did a fine job. As did Amaechi Igwe starting at right fullback.
Goats USA v Guerreros
-When was the last time you were this impressed with the play of Carey Talley? Wow. The start of this season he really struggled in Salt Lake, but the past few weeks he has been fantastic.
-I was amazed at how young and inexperienced a team Chivas USA put on the field against Santos. But they held it together long enough for Chivas to sub in the veterans and snag the winner.
-Sacha Kljestan was great last night. He was everywhere, running, passing, defending. He lead that team with style. And his cross for Ante Razov to glance to the back post and score the games only goal was golden.
-Surprising to see Roberto Nurse in the first 11 for CUSA. They signed him Tuesday when the window opened, and he makes his debut a day later. Didn't show much, but he tried hard.
-Still trying to figure out how Santos didn't get at least one goal. They had what seemed like handfuls of chances.
-Jonathan Bornstein & Paulo Nagamura will miss the 3rd game due to Yellow Card accumulation.
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Matchday 3
-Sat Jul 19
DC v Houston
Venue: RFK Stadium, Washington DC
Atlante v Guadalajara
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara CA
-Sun Jul 20
Chivas USA v New England
Venue: Titan Stadium, Fullerton CA
Santos Laguna v Pachuca
Venue: Pizza Hut Park, Frisco TX
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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 v Kansas City - 7pm central on ESPN & ESPN Deportes
Match preview by Jeff Carlisle of Soccernet.
Match preview from the Columbus Dispatch.
-Sat Jul 19
Toronto v San Jose - 2pm central on HDNet
New York v Los Angeles - 5:30pm central on FSC & FSE
Dallas v Colorado - 7:30pm central on Direct Kick
Chicago v Salt Lake - 7:30pm central on Direct Kick
-Tue Jul 22
DC v Houston - 6:30pm central on Direct Kick
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League Standings
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MLS 2008 All Star Game News

The surreal just got weirder as more three players were added to this the All Star team. (Spots opened up when the USA Olympic roster was announced.) Steve Ralston we expected. But the other two almost don't even make sense - Jonathan Bornstein & Juan Toja. Are you kidding me. Does Toja even still play in the league? Still no Luciano Emilio or Javier Morales. It's borderline criminal now.
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Some pinhead who "writes" for the Toronto Sun complains about the All Star games by claiming that "MLS was tossing out blockbuster dance partners: Barcelona and Liverpool...". I challenge this dude to produce one quote or press release or anything at all where MLS claimed those teams were gonna be the All Star team opponent. OK, they may have been speculated on in the press, but that is a whole different can of worms, one in which he couldn't complain about because he is a member of the press. What a joke this guy is.
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(Why do I care about this game???????????? Actually I don't care about this game. What winds me up is that the wrong players are being recognized and rewarded. I like it when people get credit for their efforts, not for their brand name.)
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MLS News


The Orange County Register has a really good article on Sacha Kljestan, and his family's immigration to America.
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Maykel Galindo got his Green Card, so he is no longer listed as an international player.
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Little used veteran Swiss midfielder Raphael Wicky is most likely done for the season after undergoing ankle surgery. They say he will need 3 months to recover which puts him into mid October.
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Shawn Mitchell of the Dispatch on the unflattering reality of attendance at Crew home games.
-Here are the numbers game by game.
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The team has signed defensive midfielder Joe Vide who was released by San Jose a couple weeks back. He played quite a few minutes last season for the NYRBs.
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Bob Luder of the Star has an article on the team's newest forward Josh Wolff.
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With the sale of forward Scott Sealy you have to imagine that the team is setting itself up to sign a foreign player. I wonder who, and for what position. They sure could use some more goals.
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The team has announced that their September 13 against the Los Angeles Galaxy will be played at Arrowhead Stadium instead of the small Community American Ballpark.
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Kristian Dyer at Soccernet with an article on LA's Beckham-money-making-machine.
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Brian Lewis on the New York Post blog Extra Times brings us up to the minute on the revolving door of Bulls players.
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Ives Galarcep at Soccernet writing about the end of the road for Claudio Reyna.
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Carl Robinson's latest for his home country - Traveling fans, a heartbreaking loss and All Star picks.
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Cristiano Ronaldo is quoted as saying me might play in MLS someday - " the future, who knows?" We'll hold a spot for ya somewhere buddy. Until then, carry on.
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Brian Lewis on the New York Post blog Extra Times has quotes from league commish Donald J Garber on the Brian McBride contract situation, and the players cut of SuperLiga winnings.
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USL First Division News

Minnesota Thunder

A Burnley fan who goes by Oshkoshclaret posted this picture from the Minnesota v Burnley game on Tuesday night. The shot is from the top of the Southwest corner of the stands and gives you a great view of what our teams new home looks like! (I hope they don't mind that I stole it. Thanks to Brian for showing it to me.)
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USA Olympic Team

Here is the roster for our team:
Brad Guzan - Chivas USA
Chris Seitz - Real Salt Lake
Patrick Ianni - Houston Dynamo
Michael Orozco - San Luis/Mexico
Michael Parkhurst - New England Revolution
Nathan Sturgis - Real Salt Lake
Marvell Wynne - Toronto FC
Freddy Adu - Benfica
Michael Bradley - Heerenveen
Maurice Edu - Toronto
Benny Feilhaber - Derby County
Stuart Holden - Houston Dynamo
Sacha Kljestan - Chivas USA
Danny Szetela - Brescia
Jozy Altidore - Villarreal
Charlie Davies - Hammarby
Brian McBride - out of contract
Robbie Rogers - Columbus Crew
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Andrea Canales at the Sideline Views blog was kind enough to list the alternates:
Dominic Cervi - Out of Contract
Frankie Hejduk - Columbus Crew
Dax McCarty - FC Dallas
Robbie Findley - Real Salt Lake
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US Soccer has audio interviews with both Brian McBride and Michael Bradley about being named to the USA Olympic Team.
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Ives Galarcep of Soccer By Ives looks at the rosters of the USA's other Group B opponents; Holland, Japan & Nigeria.
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US Soccer Youth Development Academy

The first ever U18 & U16 national finals for the new Development Academy will be take place starting tomorrow, Sat Jul 12, and ending on Sat Jul 19.
All matches will be played at the Home Depot Center complex in Carson, CA.
The tournament is set up in two groups per age level and a round-robin tournament will determine #1-#4 in each group. Then those teams will then play the corresponding team in the other group for 1st, 3rd, 5th & 7th place trophies.
The last days U18 games will all be broadcast live on ESPNU, with the Championship (1 v 1) being shown live on ESPN2 at 10pm central on Fri Jul 18.
All 4 U16 final day games will be shown Sat Jul 19 on ESPNU.
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Here is the official website for all the details.
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U18 Matches & Scores:
-Sat Jul 12
Chicago Fire 1-4 Baltimore Bays
Colorado Rush 1-1 FC Westchester
CASL 0-2 Columbus Crew
Concorde Fire 0-6 LAFC
-Mon Jul 14
Chicago Fire 0-4 Colorado Rush
Baltimore Bays 3-0 FC Westchester
CASL 1-4 Concorde Fire
Columbus Crew 1-1 LAFC
-Wed Jul 16
Chicago Fire 2-0 FC Westchester
Baltimore Bays 2-1 Colorado Rush
Columbus Crew 2-1 Concorde Fire
-Fri Jul 18
FC Westchester v CASL - for 7th & 8th place - at 2:30pm central on ESPNU
Chicago Fire v Concorde Fire - for 5th & 6th place - at 5pm central on ESPNU
Colorado Rush v Columbus Crew - for 3rd & 4th place - at 7:30pm central on ESPNU
Baltimore Bays v LAFC - for 1st & 2nd place - at 10pm central on ESPN2
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U16 Matches & Scores:
-Sun Jul 13
Albertson 3-4 LAFC
Carmel United 2-1 Schulz Academy
Chicago Magic 1-1 CASL
Real Colorado 0-1 PDA
-Tue Jul 15
Albertson 1-4 Carmel United
LAFC 0-1 Schulz Academy
Chicago Magic 1-1 Real Colorado
-Thu Jul 17
Albertson v Schulz Academy
LAFC v Carmel United
Chicago Magic v PDA
CASL v Real Colorado
-Sat Jul 19
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A U18 - 3 Played
9 Baltimore Bays (GD +7)
4 Colorado Rush (GD +3)
3 Chicago Fire (GD -5)
1 FC Westchester (GD -5)
B U18 - 3 Played
7 LAFC (GD +9)
7 Columbus Crew (GD +3)
5 Concorde Fire (GD -4)
0 CASL (GD -8)
C U16 - 2 Played
6 Carmel United (GD +4)
3 LAFC (GD 0)
3 Schulz Academy (GD 0)
0 Albertson (GD -4)
D U16 - 2 Played
6 PDA (GD +3)
2 Chicago Magic (GD 0)
1 Real Colorado (GD -1)
1 CASL (GD -2)
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Americans In Europe

The Times with an article on Aston Villa's signing of Brad Guzan.
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Young defender Steve Purdy who has been with the reserves at 1860 Munich looks to be moving on as he is currently getting a try out at legendary club Dynamo Dresden. (thanks to GS for the heads up)
-Dynamo Dresden has quite the past. At one time they were the Soviet & Stasi run team that was supposed to show the people pride and strength. After the wall came down they shed themselves of the drek and had great success, but this decade has killed them and they are currently in the 3rd division.
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Yanks Abroad reports that "Hamburg SV striker Preston Zimmerman is currently on trial with K.V.C. Westerlo of the Belgian Jupiler League."
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Canada & CSA News

Nigel Reed on his blog at the CBC raves about the inaugural Canadian Champions series between Toronto, Vancouver & Montreal.
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Mexico & FMF News

Last night I was watching the Mexican sports report and they showed new national team coach Sven Goren Erickson at Pumas training. But I knew he was in the USA watching SuperLiga games. What was going on? Turns out it was an impersonator pulling a fast one. He even had two babes with him in full evening wear. I doubt the Mexican authorities are amused.
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England News

The Guardian cracks me up running this picture of Dimitar Berbatov.
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Rob Smyth of the Guardian looks back at Leeds league championship season of 1991-92.
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European News


The Bundesliga will kick off the new season on Fri Aug 15 with Bayern Munchen v Hamburger.
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Reuters reports that the announcement of Ronaldinho's signing has exploded ticket sales at AC Milan.
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Gazzetta calls it Ronaldinho-mania.
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Another young Argentine is starting to make his mark in Europe as Mauro Zarate has signed with Lazio. He played a little bit with Birmingham. He can light it up. Remember the name. It doesn't mean much, but he scored 5 in a friendly against an amateur team on Tuesday.
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Benfica has signed Argentine midfielder Pablo Aimar from Real Zaragoza.
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Petr Rada has been named the national team coach of the Czech Republic. He was the coach at Teplice.
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World News

Jack Bell of the New York Times blog Goal does a great Q & A with Cameroon & Barcelona(?) star Samuel Eto'o who is in the USA right now doing some charity work and vacationing.
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Reuters reports on all the robber barons and speculators that are investing heavily in football world wide. There is no way this is good for the game.
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African News

The brother of Everton player Joseph Yobo was released by kidnappers in their native Nigeria. It is assumed a ransom was paid.
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Middle Eastern News

Oman has hired Claude Le Roy as their national team coach. He was the coach of Ghana at the last African Cup of Nations.
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Asian News

Englishman Peter Reid has been hired as coach of Thailand.


Anonymous Dan said...

Thank you for the two best pictures i've seen in a long time. The pic of the NSC is awesome, mostly because i can see myself. And Berbatov looks like such a badass.

3:33 PM  

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