Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Whooptie Crusade News

So Ronaldinho is now a member of Milan. Will it help them? Will it help him? Beware the three-headed Brazilian attack: Pato, Kaka & Ron.


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
Match report by Steven Goff of the Washington Post.
Houston 0-1 Guadalajara - Guad goal by Omar Arellano.
Venue: Robertson Stadium, Houston TX
Attendance: 28,723
Match report by Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle.
-Wed Jul 16
New England v Pachuca - 7pm central
Venue: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough MA
Match preview by Monique Walker of the Boston Globe.
Match preview by Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald.
Chivas USA v Santos Laguna - 9pm central
Venue: Home Depot Center, Carson CA
Match preview by Phil Collin of the LA Daily News.
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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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Pat Walsh of is starting to have reservations about this whole tournament. You all know I love this thing called SuperLiga, but I can't argue with Walsh or anyone else who is not down with it. For some reason I just like it.
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Thanks to Neal for suggesting I list the venues for each game.
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MLS Scoreboard

Week 17
Matches & Scores:
-Thu Jul 17
Columbus v Kansas City - 7pm central on ESPN2 & ESPN Deportes
-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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MLS Standings
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MLS 2008 All Star Game News

Unless a DC player is added to the team due to injury or national team call up it will be the first time they have not had a player on the All Star team. And Luciano Emilio deserves to be on that team. He is having a better season then 2/3's of the players already named.
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MLS News


Luis Arroyave of the Tribune says goalkeeper Jon Busch is not happy about being left off the MLS All Star team. And it's not a personal thing either, its a team thing.
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Both John Thorrington & Gonzalo Segares have to sit out this weekends game against Salt Lake due to Yellow Card accumulation.
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Chivas USA has signed Mexican forward Roberto Nurse from 2nd division team Queretaro, where he has scored 17 goals in the past 2 seasons. Interesting signing.
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Steven Goff on his blog Soccer Insider reports that both Marcelo Gallardo & Gonzalo Peralta have gone to Germany for possible hernia surgery.
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The University Wisconsin Badger newspaper has an article on their alum, defender Aaron Hohlbein, who has become a KC regular this season.
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Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger on Reyna's retirement.
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Andrea Canales on her blog Sideline Views has a very interesting take on Claudio Reyna's retirement - the one from Team USA 2 summers ago.
-Andrea also looks at the chances of Reyna getting himself healthy and then un-retiring.
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Guess who suited up for the RSL reserves last night in a game at BYU? Clint Mathis. He is NOT mentioned in this match report from BYU. (thanks to my main man Eric at AYL Soccer for the heads up)
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MLS Friendlies

Matches & Scores:
-Tue Jul 15
Toronto 1-0 Independiente (Argentina)
Match report by Morgan Campbell of the Toronto Star.
Match report by Dean McNulty of the Toronto Sun.
Match report by Peter Mallet of the Toronto Globe & Mail.
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MLS Rumor City - Don't Tease Me Bro!

Steven Goff of the Washington Post reports that Argentine midfielder Emiliano Diaz from the club San Lorenzo is coming in to DC for a try out.
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Is former Newcastle standout, Peruvian Norberto Solano, most recently with West Ham, the man LA is looking for to fill the middle of their midfield. Let's hope they can find someone a little less long in the tooth than him.
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USL First Division News

Minnesota Thunder

Friendly Match & Score:
Minnesota 0-2 Burnley
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It was a fun night at my teams new home against the English competition. Its a great place to watch a game thats for sure. But neither team took this game seriously, and instead of wide open attack, we got dull defense and slow builds out of the back. Oh well.
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After the game there was a nice party in downtown Minneapolis, and I was introduced to Ethan Zohn. He was in town promoting his project Grassroot Soccer. And he is working on some very cool stuff that I will write about in the next few days. He is one of the good guys.
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US Soccer Youth Development Academy

The first ever U18 & U16 national finals for the new Development Academy are happening right now.
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 are the 8 regional winners and their groups.
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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 v FC Westchester
Baltimore Bays v Colorado Rush
Columbus Crew v Concorde Fire
-Fri Jul 18
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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 - 2 Played
6 Baltimore Bays (GD +6)
4 Colorado Rush (GD +4)
1 FC Westchester (GD -3)
0 Chicago Fire (GD -7)
B U18 - 2 Played
4 LAFC (GD +6)
4 Columbus Crew (GD +2)
5 Concorde Fire (GD -3)
0 CASL (GD -5)
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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Soccer In America has a nice article on world soccer and an ok primer on the best books, magazines, DVD’s out there for your reading pleasure. Sure eggheads like us don't need this and they missed some essentials, but this is pretty cool for an American library website.
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Americans In Europe

ESPN has a video interview with Jozy Altidore, done by Shaka Hislop. Very cool idea. Of course I can't get the sound to work though, so better luck to you.
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Clint Dempsey is being enshrined in his college, Furman's Hall of Fame. Good for him.
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Canada & CSA News

The Toronto Sun rips Steve Nash for playing in his charity soccer game a couple weeks ago, but not playing for Canada's Olympic basketball team this summer, cuz he is too tired.
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South American News

Time magazine somehow decides to chime in on the supposed "struggles" of the Brazilian national team. The proposal is to bring more stars back home. The sky is falling apparently.
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European News


Milan has bought midfielder Ronaldinho from Barcelona.
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Barcelona has signed midfielder Alexander Hleb from Arsenal.
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Arsenal's Brazilian midfielder Gilberto Silva has signed with Panathinaikos in Greece.


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