Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Green As Old Orange News

Corey Ashe cracked his Penalty Kick off the crossbar and New England went nuts for the SuperLiga title. The game ended 1-1 after 90 minutes, and then both teams scored in 30 minutes of extra time to end 2-2. Houston scored first both times, but it was not enough in 120 minutes. So we went to Penalty Kicks and the Revs took it 6-5 in eight rounds. Details in the SuperLiga section.


SuperLiga

Official website
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Final
Match & Score:
-Tue Aug 5
New England 2-2 Houston - New England wins it 6-5 on Penalty Kicks after extra time - NER goals by Steve Ralston & Shalrie Joseph. HD goals by Nate Jaqua & Kei Kamara.
Attendance: 9,242
Venue: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough MA
Match report by Monique Walker of the Boston Globe.
Match report by Kyle McCarthy of the Boston Herald.
Match report from the Houston Chronicle.
Match report from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
Match report from the Cape Cod Times.
Match report from the Attleboro Sun Chronicle.
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Frank Dell'apa at Soccernet calls the Rev's win a statement.
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My notes from the game:
-A fantastic game!
-What is it going to take for New England to draw fans? Real ones, on a consistent basis. The SuperLiga final and some revenge against Houston sure didn't do it. Just over 9000. Pathetic. We could have drawn that many here in the Twin Cities for this match.
-Revs defender Amaechi Igwe made a horrible mistake that lead to the first goal by Jaqua, and moments later made another mistake that almost cost another when Ching could only hit the post. But after that he got his act together and played pretty well.
-Incredible that Houston signs two forwards in the last 2 weeks and they score the goals.
-Sainey Nyassi had a fairly poor game (touch was off, passes went nowhere, head down too much when dribbling and bad marking on defense) for New England and he still wreaked havoc on Houston.
-DDR had a rocket go off the post in the opening minutes of the game that could have changed everything.
-It was crazy how many scrambles there were in the box on free kicks and corners on both ends of the field all game long. Chaos!
-A bald English dude refereed the game.
-My Man of the Match was Steve Ralston. He was everywhere for his teammates to lay a ball off to, his passing was effortless, he defended really well for all 120 minutes, his goal was superb, his free kick for the second goal was spot on, and his PK was taken like a true pro. What else do you want.
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USA Men's Olympic Team

Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated with an article on Brian McBride's return to the international stage after a 2 year hiatus.
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FIFA.com has a Q & A with McBride. Did you know that he is the oldest player in the soccer tournament?
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US Soccer has quotes on facing Japan from players & staff.
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Michael Parkhurst with a post on the Boston Globe Corner Kicks blog.
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Andrew Hush at Soccernet with notes from Beijing.
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Sulaiman Folarin of Soccernet does a Q & A with Brad Guzan.
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Official team blog
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NBC Olympic soccer website
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USA Group Stage Matches & Scores:
-Thu Aug 7
Japan v USA - 4am central on MSNBC
-Sun Aug 10
Netherlands v USA - 6:45am central on USA Network
-Wed Aug 13
Nigeria v USA - 4am central on USA Network
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See all the group stage matches below in the Olympic Schedule section.
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Group Standings
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MLS News

COLUMBUS CREW

Looks like the Crew landed Pat Noonan after all. He resigned with the league this week, with New England holding his rights. So the Crew sent cash and their 09 first round draft pick in exchange for him. Welcome back Pat.
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DC UNITED

Steven Goff of the Washington Post hosted a live online chat today, and answered all your viewer mail.
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New midfielder Ivan Guerrero of Honduras has been named to the roster for his national teams game at Mexico on Aug 20.
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NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION

Monique Walker of the Globe on Shalrie Joseph's new found presence on set pieces. It is absolutely paying off. And somehow he just got even better then he already was. Plus other Rev's notes.
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REAL SALT LAKE

Goal.com has a Q & A with head coach Jason Kreis.
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The Deseret News says all systems are go for RSL to play their final 2 home games of the regular season at their new stadium in the Salt Lake suburb of Sandy..
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TORONTO FC

CBC gives us an update on Danny Dichio's concussion problems.
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Maurice Edu will be on the cover of the FIFA Soccer 09 game.
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MLS Friendlies

-Wed Aug 6
New York v Barcelona (Spain) - 6pm central on ESPN2
-Be forewarned - Barca will be without Lionel Messi who is at the Olympics.
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MLS Expansion News

THE PNW News with an article on Seattle keeper Chris Eyelander who wants to star in MLS next season.
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Former MLS Player News

Steaua Bucuresti introduces Juan Toja.
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Team USA

The FIFA rankings may have dropped the USA to 31st, and shockingly Mexico dropped to 33rd, but the much more believable Elo rankings still have Mexico at 10 and the USA at 19. We know that’s not true either, but at least its more in the reality ballpark.
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Soccer In America

The Deseret News takes a look at the history of soccer in Utah.
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Olympic Soccer News

FIFA's Olympic News Site
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Olympic Soccer Scoreboard

Men's Olympic Group Stage Matches & Scores:
-Thu Aug 7
Australia v Serbia
Argentina v Cote d'Ivoire
Japan v USA - 4am central on MSNBC
Netherlands v Nigeria
Belgium v Brazil
China v New Zealand
Honduras v Italy
Cameroon v South Korea
-Sun Aug 10
Argentina v Australia
Cote d'Ivoire v Serbia
Japan v Nigeria
Netherlands v USA - 6:45am central on USA Network
Brazil v New Zealand
Belgium v China
Cameroon v Honduras
Italy v South Korea
-Wed Aug 13
Argentina v Serbia
Australia v Cote d'Ivoire
Nigeria v USA - 4am central on USA Network
Japan v Netherlands
Brazil v China
Belgium v New Zealand
Honduras v South Korea
Cameroon v Italy
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Men's Group Standings
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Women's Olympic Group Stage Matches & Scores:
-Wed Aug 6
Argentina v Canada
China 2-1 Sweden
Germany 0-0 Brazil
N Korea 1-0 Nigeria
Japan 2-2 New Zealand
Norway 2-0 USA
-Sat Aug 9
Sweden v Argentina
Canada v China
Nigeria v Germany
Brazil v N Korea
USA v Japan
New Zealand v Norway
-Tue Aug 12
China v Argentina
Sweden v Canada
N Korea v Germany
Nigeria v Brazil
Norway v Japan
USA v New Zealand
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Women's Group Standings
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England News

The Guardian begin their Premiership team previews:
-Arsenal
-Aston Villa
-Blackburn
-Bolton
NEW-Chelsea [CORRECTED]
NEW-Everton
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West Ham has released Freddie Ljungberg. Where will he go now? I think he will go to his native Sweden and play.
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European News

GERMANY

Kicker magazine has named Bayern Munchen midfielder Franck Ribery as their Player of the Year.
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UEFA Champions League

Second Qualifying Round
Matches & Scores:
-Tue Aug 5
Ventspils (Latvia) 2-1 Brann (Bergen, Norway) - ends 2-2 on aggregate, but Brann advance with the Away Goals tie breaker.
Kaunas (Lithuania) 2-1 Rangers (Glasgow Scotland) - Kaunas pulls the big upset and advance 2-1 after a 0-0 first leg.
-Wed Aug 6
Partizan (Belgrade, Serbia) 2-0 Inter Baku (Azerbaijan) - Partizan adv 3-1 on agg.
Dynamo Kyiv (Kiev, Ukraine) 2-2 Drogheda (Ireland) - Dynamo Kyiv adv 4-3 on agg.
Artmedia (Bratislava, Slovakia) 4-2 Tampere United (Finland) - Artmedia adv 7-3 pm agg.
Sparta Praha (Czech Republic) 2-0 Sheriff (Tiraspol, Moldova) - Sparta adv 3-0 on agg.
Modrica Maxima (Bosnia-Herzegovina) 1-2 AaB (Aalborg, Denmark) - AaB adv 7-1 on agg.
Wisla Krakow (Poland) 5-0 Beitar Jerusalem (Israel) - Wisla adv 6-2 on agg.
MTK Hungaria (Budapest, Hungary) 0-5 Fenerbahce (Istanbul, Turkey) - Fener adv 7-0 on agg.
Basel (Switzerland) 4-2 IFK Goteborg (Sweden) - Basel adv 5-3 on agg.
BATE (Borisov, Belarus) 2-2 Anderlecht (Montignies-sur-Sambre, Belgium) - BATE adv 4-3 on agg.
Rapid Wien (Vienna, Austria) 3-1 Anorthosis Famagusta (Larnaca, Cyprus) - Anorthosis adv 4-3 on agg.
Dinamo Tbilisi (Georgia) 0-0 Panathinaikos (Athens, Greece) - Panathinaikos adv 3-0 on agg.
Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) 3-2 Domzale (Slovenia) - Dinamo adv 6-2 on agg.
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Brann, Kaunas, Dynamo Kyiv, BATE, Panathinaikos, Partizan, Artmedia, Sparta Praha, AaB, Wisla Krakow, Fenerbahce, Basel, Anorthosis Famagusta and Dinamo Zagreb all advance to the Third and final round of qualifying. 1st leg matches Aug 12/13. 2nd leg matches 26/27.
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UEFA Cup

Second Qualifying Round 1st leg matches Aug 14, and 2nd leg matches on Aug 28. Here are the match-ups.
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World News

Ravi Ubha of the Seattle Post Intelligencer with his weekly news notes.

5 Comments:

Blogger prairie said...

What is it going to take for New England to draw fans? Real ones, on a consistent basis.

A stadium closer to the city that's accessible by public transit.

9:40 AM  
Anonymous KirkBhoy said...

Bolton -> Chelsea

9:44 AM  
Anonymous brownthrasher said...

I was at the game, and it was one of the more enthusiastic crowds I've seen at Gillette, even if a bit small. Having it on a weeknight (and not even the usual Wednesday) probably contributed to the low turnout.

10:03 AM  
Blogger digchros said...

When is MLS going to put some pressure on New England to build a stadium? Boston is one of the most important markets in the U.S., and is known as one of the countries top sports cities. I don't understand why Garber is sending letters to Houston when at least they are playing in a decent sized stadium with lots of fans. Either New England or New York must step up and counter the Galaxy's presence, because both have the potential to be huge, but right now are just failing.

11:59 AM  
Blogger prairie said...

When is MLS going to put some pressure on New England to build a stadium?

They are, it just hasn't been as pressing as it has in cities where the team and stadium are under different ownership and the team has to pay to rent the park. There are strong indications Kraft is scoping out locations for a stadium closer to town, but knowing the way he does business, it probably won't be officially announced until they're striping the field and putting up nameplates in the locker room.

Until that day comes, however, you're going to see undersized weeknight crowds for Revs games. At least it was exactly like brownthrasher said above--the people who were there on Tuesday night (including about a dozen Houston fans) really wanted to be there.

2:08 PM  

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