Friday, August 29, 2008

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MLS Scoreboard

Week 23
Matches & Scores:
-Fri Aug 29
Salt Lake v Colorado - 8pm central on Direct Kick
-Sat Aug 30
New England v Los Angeles - 6:30pm central on HDNet & Direct Kick
DC v New York - 6:30pm central on FSC
Dallas v Columbus - 8pm central on Direct Kick
San Jose v Kansas City - 9pm central on Direct Kick
Chivas v Toronto - 9:30pm central on Direct Kick
-Sun Aug 31
Houston v Chicago - 6pm central on Direct Kick
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League Standings
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MLS News


Glenn Davis of the Houston Chronicle on how wrong most people, himself included, were on the contributions Cuauhtemoc Blanco would have on the Fire and the league.
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Defender Shavar Thomas will not play this weekend at home against Toronto due to Yellow Card accumulation suspension.
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Do you think the Raps could have a few more injuries for tonight's game?
Mehdi Ballouchy - concussion
Terry Cooke - hamstring
Greg Dalby - ankle
Pablo Mastroeni - hamstring
Ugo Ihemelu - concussion
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Defender Danny O’Rourke will not play this weekend at Dallas due to Yellow Card accumulation suspension.
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Midfielder Pablo Richetti will not play this weekend at home against Columbus due to a Red Card suspension for Yellow Card infractions last weekend.
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Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer with an article on a return to some promising talent for forward Mike Magee. He has been injured far too often in his career to find out if he can pull off what many once thought he could.
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Metrofanatic has words from MLS deputy dawg Ivan A Gazidis who denies the league blocked any deal for the Red Bulls to buy striker Macaoumba Kandji from Atlanta. Gazidis also takes a cheap shot at blogs, and makes about as much sense as when MLS operates on the same pay principles as Major League Baseball. Please don't throw stones sir.
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Defender Gabriel Cichero will not play this weekend at DC due to a Red Card suspension (2 games) for an infraction two weekends ago.
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Brian Lewis of the NY Post on his blog Extra Times has photographic proof that they are actually building Red Bull Arena in Harrison NJ. Hooray Beer. Boo East Rutherford turf.
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REAL SALT LAKE with an article on midfielder Kyle Beckerman.
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The Salt Lake Tribune says every game is huge for RSL from here on out if they want to taste post season action for the first time.
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CONCACAF Champions League News

Official CONCACAF website.
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The Preliminary Round - 1st Leg
Matches & Scores:
-Tue Aug 26
Joe Public (T&T) 2-1 New England Revolution - JP goals by Gregory Richardson & Jamal Gay. NER goal by Mauricio Castro(PK).
Tauro (Panama) 2-0 Chivas USA - Tau goals both by Edwin Aguilar.
Cruz Azul 6-0 Hankook Verdes (Belize) - Cruz goals by Javier Orozco(3), Edgar Andrade(2) & Gerardo Torrado.
-Wed Aug 27
Montreal Impact 1-0 Real Esteli (Nicaragua) - Mon goal by Joey Gjersten.
Alajuelense (Costa Rico) 1-1 Puerto Rico Islanders - Ala goal by Argenis Fernandez. PRI goal by Osei Telesford.
Isidro Metapan (El Salvador) 2-2 Marathon (Honduras) - IM goals by Mario Aguilar & William Reyes. Mara goals by Jose Alvarado(OG) & Mariano Acevedo.
-Thu Aug 28
Jalapa (Guatemala) 1-0 San Francisco (Panama) - Jala goal by Juan Castillo.
-Fri Aug 29
Game Postponed due to bad weather: Harbour View (Jamaica) v UNAM Pumas - 7pm central on FSC
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2nd Leg Matches & Scores (1st leg scores included):
-Tue Sep 2
New England v Joe Public (1-2)
Chivas USA v Tauro (0-2)
Real Esteli v Montreal (0-1)
-Wed Sep 3
Puerto Rico v Alajuelense (1-1)
Hankook Verdes v Cruz Azul (0-6)
Marathon v Isidro Metapan (2-2)
-Thu Sep 4
San Francisco v Jalapa (0-1)
UNAM Pumas v Harbour View (-)
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USL First Division Scoreboard

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Aug 27
Vancouver 2-0 Atlanta
-Fri Aug 29
Miami v Minnesota
Charleston v Puerto Rico
-Sat Aug 30
Carolina v Montreal
Atlanta v Rochester
-Sun Aug 31
Puerto Rico v Vancouver
Miami v Minnesota
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USL First Division Standings

Standings (games played) (goal difference):
45 Vancouver (25)
44 Puerto Rico (24)
36 Charleston (25) (GD +4)
36 Seattle (26) (GD 0)
34 Rochester (25)
32 Atlanta (26)
31 Montreal (23)
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28 Portland (25)
27 Miami (24) (GD 0)
27 Minnesota (24) (GD -5)
27 Carolina (25) (GD -11)
(The top 7 teams advance to the playoffs.)
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US Soccer News

Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune on his blog The Red Card shows a little lesson to remember in life. Thanks Luis. And thank your editor from us fans!
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Team USA

2 changes and 2 additions were made to the roster for the 2 upcoming qualifiers. The changes from the Guatemala game are Dan Califf for Jay DeMerit, and Rico Clark for Pablo Mastroeni. And then the additions of Marvell Wynne and Michael Orozco.
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Andrew Hush at Soccernet feels the roster is very short on firepower. And other soccer notes.
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Ever wonder what it's like to go on the road to Guatemala with our team? US Soccer gives us the insiders video. Great stuff as always! (Thanks to BQ for the link)
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Americans In Europe

The Independent talks to DaMarcus Beasley about his wrongly disallowed goal last weekend.
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Heads Up: So many players are injured at Villarreal that there is a decent chance Jozy Altidore could see the field in his very first game at the club. They play at Osasuna on Sunday.
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With the Euro transfer deadline quickly approaching, where will all the Americans end up? These are the names thought to be in play:
-Oguchi Onyewu - by Greg Seltzer at Soccer 365
-Heath Pearce - by Greg Seltzer at Soccer 365
-Michael Bradley
-Marvell Wynne
-Sacha Kljestan - by Ives Galarcep at Soccer by Ives
-Kamani Hill - by Greg Seltzer at Soccer 365
-Preston Zimmerman - by Greg Seltzer at Soccer 365
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Greg Seltzer will be keeping his ears, eyes & nose on the case all weekend long, so watch for up to the minute updates at his blog No Short Corners.
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Who did the Americans draw in the First Round proper of the UEFA Cup:
-Bryan Arguez - Hertha Berlin v Saint Patrick's Athletic
-Vincezno Bernardo - Napoli v Benfica
-Carlos Bocanegra - Rennes v Twente
-Michael Bradley - Vitoria v Heerenveen
-Brad Friedel - Litex Lovech v Aston Villa
-Ryan Guy - Hertha Berlin v Saint Patrick's Athletic
-Brad Guzan - Litex Lovech v Aston Villa
-Kamani Hill - Wolfsburg v Rapid Bucuresti
-Tim Howard - Everton v Standard Liege
-Jared Jeffrey - Young Boys v Club Brugge
-Oguchi Onyewu - Everton v Standard Liege
-Neven Subotic - Borussia Dortmund v Udinese
-Preston Zimmerman - Hamburg v Unirea Urziceni
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CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying News takes a look at T&T and their semifinal qualifying group stage with the USA.
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T&T named their roster for Sep 6 v Guatemala, and Sep 10 at the USA:
Marvin Phillips - W Connection
Jan Michael Williams – Ferencvaros
Aklie Edwards- Defence Force
Cyd Gray – San Juan Jabloteh
Makan Hislop - United Petrotrin
Julius James - Toronto
Avery John - Miami
Dennis Lawrence – Swansea City
Osei Telesford – Puerto Rico
Keyeno Thomas- Joe Public
Kerry Baptiste - Joe Public
Keon Daniel - United Petrotrin
Carlos Edwards - Sunderland
Akeil Guevera – North East Stars
Khaleem Hyland- no club
Clyde Leon - W Connection
Densill Theobald – Caledonia
Dwight Yorke - Sunderland
Cornell Glen – no club
Jason Scotland – Swansea City
Andre Toussaint – W Connection
Anthony Wolfe – North East Stars
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Mexico & FMF News

Luis Bueno at Sports Illustrated thinks Sven Goren Erickson is off to a good start with Mexico. He also writes about stumbling Pachuca, and answers viewer mail.
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Mexico play at Jamaica on Sep 6, and at home v Canada on Sep 10.
Here is their roster:
Jesus Corona - UAdG Tecos
Guillermo Ochoa - America
Oswaldo Sanchez - Santos Laguna
Aaron Galindo - Eintracht Frankfurt
Jonny Magallon - Guadalajara
Rafael Marquez - Barcelona
Ricardo Osorio - Stuttgart
Fausto Pinto - Pachuca
Francisco Rodriguez - PSV
Carlos Salcido - PSV
Fernando Arce - Santos Laguna
Leandro Augusto - UNAM Pumas
Andres Guardado - Deportivo la Coruna
Luis Perez - Monterrey
Pavel Pardo - Stuttgart
Gerardo Torrado - Cruz Azul
Francisco Torres - Santos Laguna
Cuauhtemoc Blanco - Chicago Fire
Omar Bravo - Deportivo la Coruna
Carlos Ochoa - Monterrey
Giovani dos Santos - Tottenham
Carlos Vela - Arsenal
Matias Vuoso - Santos Laguna
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England News

Sport Magazine does a Q & A with one of the great interviews in the game today - David James.
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Kevin McCarra of the Guardian on the brutal starts for both the Arse and the Liverpeople.
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European News


Reuters says that while the locals are thrilled, not everyone in Germany is happy about the new money and new success for little Hoffenheim. But this rise didn’t' happen in one year like a Chelsea, this has been over 15 years in the making.
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Feel Football has a video interview with Jose Mourinho where he looks back a little to Chelsea, and knows that he will end up back there playing with another club someday. (There is also some unintentionally funny stuff on this site about Ruud Gullit and his sexy football in LA. Ah, hindsight. It's perfect.)
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The Football Italia blog feels that even though Inter has hired Mourinho as their new coach, their run as Serie A champions is over. What they fail to do is tell us who will win it then.
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Here is how the main Scudetto contenders will kick off the new season:
-Sat Aug 30
Sampdoria v Inter
-Sun Aug 31
Milan v Bologna
Roma v Napoli
Fiorentina v Juventus - what a great way to kick off the season!
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Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian tells us all about Zenit. He calls their play erratic this season.
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Sid Lowe of the Guardian looks at the complete lack of forward movement at Real Madrid this offseason.
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Here is how the main La Liga contenders will kick off the new season:
-Sun Aug 31
Numancia v Barcelona
Osasuna v Villarreal
Racing Santander v Sevilla
Atletico Madrid v Malaga
Deportivo La Coruna v Real Madrid
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The Guardian on the struggle at Hibernian in Edinburgh Scotland.
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Big Euro Club Matches This Week

UEFA Super Cup
-Fri Aug 29
Manchester United v Zenit St Petersburg - the Champions League winner v the UEFA Cup winner in Monaco. Live at 1:45pm central on FSC
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-Sun Aug 31
Celtic v Rangers - the Old Firm derby
Chelsea v Tottenham - yet another London derby
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Ives Galarcep at Soccer by Ives gives us a great rundown of all the good matches this weekend.
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Here are this seasons First Round matchups.
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World News does a Q & A with Tunisian defender Karim Haggui about his country and his club, Bayer Leverkusen.
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African World Cup Qualifying

Ethiopia are all but eliminated now from the World Cup after FIFA canceled their upcoming qualifier due to being suspended from international football. The country's football federation is in disarray and was suspended from FIFA until they get it sorted out. That has not happened yet, so the next game is off, and the rest of qualifying could well be in jeopardy too.
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Asian News

Pitch Invasion with a pretty great article on Japanese football fan culture.
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The Road To World Cup 2010 - South Africa News

Business Day with an article showing that mental hurdles may be even bigger than the physical ones for South Africa to pull of a successful World Cup.
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This Is The End

A photo left over from Beijing, showing that even egomaniacs can let down their guard and show respect to others who they usually call the enemy. From the Reuters Soccer blog.


Blogger Greg Seltzer said...

My nose???

You kill me, Brucio.

9:14 AM  

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