Wednesday, August 27, 2008

To Take A Fall News

To start today off all wrong - Some bad news for us Dish Network users:

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Now, on with the show....

Two MLS teams started their CONCACAF Champions League pursuit in dreadful fashion last night. Yeah I'm talking about you Revs & Goats. See CCL News section for details.


Wales Online with a story on Eddie Johnson's debut for Cardiff City: "Indeed it is a long way from the razzmatazz of America’s MLS, but here it was that Eddie Johnson was handed his debut for Cardiff City". Yes they used razzmatazz and MLS in the same sentence. A first. You can't make that stuff up. See the full story in the Americans In Europe section.

CONCACAF Champions League News

Official tournament 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).
Match report by Kyle McCarthy of the Boston Herald.
Tauro (Panama) 2-0 Chivas USA - Tau goals both by Edwin Aguilar.
Post game notes from the Chivas USA official blog.
Post game notes by Nick Green of the Daily Breeze on his blog 100 Percent Soccer.
Cruz Azul v Hankook Verdes (Belize) - 12 midnight central on FSC
-Wed Aug 27
Montreal Impact v Real Esteli (Nicaragua) - 7pm central on FSC
Match preview from the CBC.
Match preview from the Montreal Gazette.a36f-bb7a367602b7
Alajuelense (Costa Rico) v Puerto Rico Islanders - 9pm central on FSC
Isidro Metapan (El Salvador) v Marathon (Honduras)
-Thu Aug 28
Harbour View (Jamaica) v UNAM Pumas - 7pm central on FSC
Match preview from the Jamaica Observer.
Jalapa (Guatemala) v San Francisco (Panama)
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Whew! Those two MLS team really stunk it up last night. (Like Skynyrd said, "Ooh ooh that smell. The smell of death surrounds you.") I was amazed at how bad they both were. New England were lucky to get a goal back, and even luckier to not give up a couple more. I know home field is a huge advantage, but that was nuts. And speaking of home fields, were there more than 11 people at either of those games. Let's try to guess the attendance in New England for the return leg. Do you think they will break 5000. I don't, although the actual number may be higher, but definitely under 10,000 reported. Chivas got drilled too, run off the field is more like it, and like New England, the damage could have been much worse. Expect them to draw 9 people, 3 with wrestling masks, in their home leg. The Mexican team, Cruz Azul showed us how you get it done at home - 6-0 over Hankook Verdes. This is what I hope to see out of the two MLS teams in their home legs. Come on guys, you can get this done right!
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Luis Bueno at Sideline views with post game notes and video highlights from all three games last night.
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Special note: Tauro play in Rod Carew Stadium! When I was a kid he was one of the truly great baseball players right here with my Minnesota Twins. He did things no one has done since, including: An All-Star 18 times! Lifetime batting average of .328! And most amazingly he stole home 17 times in his career! My fondest memory is of him getting on first base, and then stealing the next three to score a run! I would like to see someone try that today! The last time someone stole home successfully in the Major Leagues was in 1996. So how did he do it 17 times?
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MLS News


Some fascinating nuggets to be found out in blogland today about the teams new President Dave Greeley. Way bettter reading than a regular old newspaper article (no offense Luis, whattaya really gonna do with that story) where everyone proclaims that love is in the air, yadda yadda yadda. You MUST read the stories from one time Fire exec Steve Pastorino and former team president Peter Wilt about their encounters with the new boss, several years ago. Wow! They hired this guy??
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Steven Goff of the Washington Post on his blog Soccer Insider reports that the team has offered Cuauhtemoc Blanco another 2 year contract. Will he stay or will he go? He has obviously been just great for the Fire, but everyday I ask myself if he has run out of gas yet.
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Goalkeeper Zach Thornton was acquired in early August, and in the 6 games he has played he has given up 12 goals. Do you think this was a good pick up. I sure don't.
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Shawn Mitchell of the Dispatch on the man leading the charge for the Crew's great season - Guillermo Barros Schelotto.
-Mitchell with a few other Schelotto & Crew notes on his blog Covering the Crew.
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Steve Goff of the Washington Post has an article on new DCU midfielder Joe Vide. He has stepped into an injured team and contributed immediately.
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The Barrie Examiner on the growth boost of soccer in Canada, and the role TFC has played in that.
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Setanta has a list of 11 MLS players that they think could move to the English Premiership.
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Ridge Mahoney of Soccernet looks into the race for those 8 playoffs spots. Via Sports Illustrated.
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Andrew Hush at Soccernet with his weekly league notes.
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MLS Stadium Talk

John Smallwood of the Philadelphia Daily News is getting pretty fired up for the new stadium they are building for 2010 in suburban Philly. I agree. I think the people in Seattle are going to be cheated of a great experience by not having a small intimate home field.
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MLS Expansion News

Ben Knight of the Toronto Globe & Mail on the On Soccer blog looks at possible new teams in Vancouver and/or Montreal, and wonders what needs to improve in Canada for this to work. More quality domestic players, more TV revenue, more journalists.....
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USL First Division News

First Division Team of the Week.
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Minnesota Thunder

Today the team signed former centerback, and current 2nd Division Defender Of The Year, Mark Schulte for the rest of this season. They also sold forward Alen Marcina (who I always thought showed a lot of promise) to Rochester.
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USL First Division Scoreboard

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Aug 27
Vancouver v 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):
44 Puerto Rico (24)
42 Vancouver (24)
36 Charleston (25) (GD +4)
36 Seattle (26) (GD 0)
34 Rochester (25)
32 Atlanta (25)
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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Team USA

Robert Wagman of Soccer Times examines the win in Guatemala and gives us the good new and bad news.
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Soccer In America

Our friend and rabid reader Brian in Portland works at the Portland Institue of Contemporary Arts, and has helped organize a screening of the artistic film about France football star Zinedine Zidane - Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait. (WARNING TO NEOPHITES: This is not a strict soccer movie. This is a very artistically made documentary of sorts about a human & artist who happened to play football.)
Also of interest to some of you, the sound of the film is intense and was mixed by none other than Kevin Shields, and old friend of mine, of My Bloody Valentine fame.
The film will be shown 5 times during the run, and if it's anything like when it was shown here in Minneapolis you can count on those all being sold out or close to it.
So if you live in or anywhere near Portland you need to go to the PICA site for all the details on how to get your tickets.
Great job Brian!
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Last night I went to the Minnesota State Fair and as I was leaving I saw former Minnesota Kicks goalkeeper Tino Lateri. (He stayed in this area after retiring and has run Italian restaurants ever since.) He had a booth selling food. I went over, said hi, and shook his hand. He didn't seem too impressed to meet me. Ha! My brother said Tino would have been more excited if I had bought something. Fare/Fair enough.
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Americans In Europe

Wales Online with a bit on Eddie Johnson's debut for Cardiff.
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TRANSFER RUMORS reports that Michael Bradley is still being chased by Middlesbrough, but a very high price tag may see him stranded in Holland and going nowhere during this tranfer window.
-Hamburg & Monaco are the other two most frequently rumors suitors.
-But Bradley's shot at Monaco may be gone because they are reported to have bought midfielders Alvaro Recoba & Tiago Mendes. This has not been announced by the team, so....
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UEFA Champions League:
-Oguchi Onyewu - Standard Liege - went the whole match at centerback but lost the 2nd leg on the road at Liverpool 1-0 on a goal that came in the 118th minute. Just 2 minutes before it would have gone to Penalty Kicks. What a heartbreaker! They were elimidated by that same aggregate score.
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-Brian Arguez - Hertha Berlin - take on NK Ljubljana of Slovenia
-Vincezno Bernardo - Napoli - take on Vllaznia of Albania
-Carlos Bocanegra - Stade Rennais - take on Stabaek of Norway
-Dan Califf - Midtjylland - take on Manchester City of England
-Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek - take on Stade Rennais of France
-Brad Friedel - Aston Villa - take on Hafnarfjordur of Iceland
-Ryan Guy - St Patricks Athletic - take on Elfsborg of Sweden
-Brad Guzan - Aston Villa - take on Hafnarfjordur of Iceland
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English Carling Cup:
-Wed Aug 27
Clint Dempsey - Fulham v Leicester City
Jonathan Spector - West Ham v Macclesfield Town
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English Carling Cup:
-Tue Aug 26
Bobby Convey - Reading 5-1 Luton Town - on the bench but did not play.
Jay DeMerit - Watford 2-1 Darlington - did not suit up.
Marcus Hahnemann - Reading 5-1 Luton Town - was not on the game day roster.
Eddie Johnson - Cardiff City 1-2 Milton Keynes - made his debut and went the distance.
Jemal Johnson - Cardiff City 1-2 Milton Keynes - played all 90.
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Canada & CSA News

Dale Mitchell, head coach of Canada, says he hopes his team never has to play on that turf in BMO Field again. He hated it.
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Mexico & FMF News

Graciela Resendiz at ESPN Deportes with the latest news from La Primera.
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South American News

Fernando Duarte at the Guardian (He Rocks!) says the Brazilian people want national team coach Dunga OUT NOW.
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England News

The Guardian ponders what happens at Chelsea if Shevchenko goes back to Milan and starts firing in the goals again.
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European News


Francesco Totti has an ankle injury and will miss the season opener for Roma.
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Football Italia previews all 10 opening weekend matches.
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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
-I made a promise that if Zenit wins this one then my friend the crazy faux Russian Sean gets to guest edit du Nord for one day. Let's pray to any deity you believe in that this does not happen. Hahahahahaha.
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UEFA Champions League

Third Qualifying Round - 2nd leg
Matches & Scores (including 1st leg score):
-Tue Aug 26
Panathinaikos 1-0 Sparta Praha - Pana advance 3-1 on aggregate.
Artmedia 1-1 Juventus - Juve adv 5-1 on agg.
-Wed Aug 27
Slavia Praha 0-0 Fiorentina (0-2) - Fior adv 2-0 on agg.
Dynamo Kyiv 4-1 Spartak Moskva (4-1) - Kyiv adv 8-2 on agg.
BATE 1-1 Levski Sofia - BATE advance 2-1 on agg.
Dinamo Zagreb 1-3 Shakhtar Donetsk Shak adv 5-1 on agg.
Olympiacos 1-0 Anorthosis Famagusta - Anth adv 3-1 on agg.
Kaunas 0-2 AaB - AaB adv 4-0 on agg.
Steaua Buchuresti 1-0 Galatasaray (2-2) - Steaua adv 3-2 on agg.
Olympique Marseille 2-1 Brann - OM adv 3-1 on agg.
Atletico Madrid 4-0 Schalke - AM adv 4-1 on agg.
Arsenal 4-0 Twente - Arse adv 6-0 on agg.
Fenerbahce 2-1 Partizan Belgrade - Fen adv 4-3 on agg.
Liverpool 1-0 Standard Liege Liv adv 1-0 on agg.
Basel 2-1 Guimaraes Vitoria - Bas adv 2-1 on agg.
Wisla Krakow 1-0 Barcelona - Barca adv 4-1 on agg.
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Second Qualifying Round - 2nd leg matches on Aug 28. Matches & Scores.
-Several Americans in action. See Americans In Europe section above for details.


Blogger GS-1 said...

I don't feel 'cheated' in the least. Neither do the 17,000 other season ticket holders who are happy to spend a soccer night in the heart of our beautiful downtown in a great stadium.

10:54 PM  
Blogger Super said...

To bad the field at Rod Carew stadium looked worse than the '93 Twins bullpen.

10:55 PM  
Anonymous WonsanUnited said...

If I'm not mistaken, it was Mogwai who did the soundtrack for the Zidane movie. And Kevin Shields doing the mastering? Damn, I have to buy that soundtrack.

11:03 PM  
Anonymous Demko said...

how is shalrie joseph not on that setanta list?

12:42 AM  
Anonymous joe j said...

A 50 lb sack of popcorn is a better goalkeeper than Zach Thornton.

1:41 AM  
Blogger Adam Spangler said...

Rod Carew is the best ever. player, person, patriot. what a man. the world could use a few more of him!!!

7:35 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

"WonsanUnited said... If I'm not mistaken, it was Mogwai who did the soundtrack for the Zidane movie. And Kevin Shields doing the mastering? Damn, I have to buy that soundtrack."

i dont know about shields doing any "mastering", but he mixed the sound for the movie, which is quite an amazing part of the film - he nailed it

11:59 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

17,000 in a 70,000 seat stadium is sad to say the least

and add that hideous fake turf on top if it and you have a brutal launch to what could be a great new mls city

i dont care if you get 30,000 per game, that will still leave the place over half empty - ugh!

12:01 PM  
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