Thursday, September 04, 2008

Louder Than You'll Ever Know News

Congrats to DC United - 2008 US Open Cup Champions!


US Open Cup

Final
Match & Score:
-Wed Sep 3
DC United 2-1 Charleston Battery - DCU goals by Luciano Emilio & Fred. CG goal by Ian Fuller.
Attendance: 8,212
Venue: RFK Stadium, Washington DC
Match report from the Washington Post.
Match report by John Haydon of the Washington Times.
Match report by Chris Webb of United Mania.
Match report from the Charleston Post & Courier.
Post game analysis by Steve Davis at Soccernet.
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Both Luciano Emilio and Joe Video from DC left the game in the first half with muscle injuries.
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The win gives DCU a spot in next years Champions League.
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CONCACAF Champions League News

Official CCL website.
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The 8 winners move on to the group stage which begins on Sep 16.
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2nd Leg Matches & Scores (1st leg scores included):
-Tue Sep 2
New England 0-4 Joe Public - JP destroys NER 6-1 on aggregate. - JP goals by Gregory Richardson(3) & Roen Nelson.
Chivas USA 1-1 Tauro (0-2) - Tauro advance 3-1 on aggregate. - CUSA goal by Roberto Nurse. Tau goal by Luis Moreno.
Real Esteli 0-0 Montreal (0-1) - MI adv 1-0 on agg.
-Wed Sep 3
Puerto Rico 2-1 Alajuelense - PRI adv 3-2 on agg.
Hankook Verdes 0-6 Cruz Azul - CA adv 12-0 on agg.
Marathon 2-1 Isidro Metapan - Mara adv 4-3 on agg.
-Thu Sep 4
San Francisco v Jalapa (0-1)
UNAM Pumas v Harbour View (0-0)
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Puerto Rico, Cruz Azul, Marathon, Joe Public, Tauro & Montreal advanced to the group stage. Those games start on Sep 16.
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After losing 6-0 in both legs, Hankook Verdes of Belize proved that they did not deserve a spot in this tournament. There must be 100 teams better. But hopefuly HV took care of our man Jack for getting them in.
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In DC at the Open Cup final there was a large banner hanging that read "Thank You Joe Public". I believe this was a shot at New England.
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Kyle McCarthy at Goal.com says "Enough" with the excuses from the 2 MLS teams that got eliminated. Here Here!
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MLS Scoreboard

Week 24
Matches & Scores:
-Thu Sep 4
Dallas v Colorado - 7:30pm central on ESPN2
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League Standings
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MLS News

CHICAGO FIRE

Luis Arroyave of the Tribune on his blog The Red Card updates us on John Thorrington's badly broken nose.
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COLORADO RAPIDS

Brian Forbes of the Denver Post on the sale of forward Herculez Gomez to KC.
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COLUMBUS CREW

Shawn Mitchell of the Dispatch with an article on the Crew's next opponent - shorthanded New England.
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Chris De Ville of Columbus Alive makes his list of the 15 best Crew players of all time.
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FC DALLAS

Buzz Carrick at 3rd Degree gives us feedback from his weekly FCD Practice Observations.
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Diego Aparicio of the Dallas Morning News says midfielder Andre Rocha is still not happy with his cut in minutes lately. I thought this was settled? Apparently not.
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Tobias Xavier Lopez of the Fort Worth Star Telegram introduces us to new FCD midfielder Bruno Guarda.
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KANSAS CITY WIZARDS

Bob Luder of the Star with an article on new forward acquisition Herculez Gomez.
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SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES

Midfielder Kelly Gray writes for Goal.com about the teams great improvement as they season has gone on.
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Center Line Soccer reports that both assistant coaches Ian Russell & Ronnie Ekelund played for the Equakes in Tuesday's friendly against Seattle.
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TORONTO FC

TFC has given forward Chad Barrett a new 4 year contract.
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Nigel Reed of the CBC on his blog Extra Time ponders that age old question - Can Carlos Ruiz fit in at this club (TFC)?
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GENERAL

Shaka Hislop at the Guardian rips the league for small rosters and overextended schedules, as New England get embarrassed by Joe Public.
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Grahame Jones of the LA Times joins the conversation on national team callups killing MLS rosters on game day. The English journalist from LA is supposedly very learned in the soccer ways, but time and again he comes into these topics late, and with nothing new to offer the soccer world in his articles.
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Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger beats on that same subject, then adds several more topics to his weekly notebook.
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Beau Dure of the USA Today on his blog The Netminder looks at the elimination of New England & Chivas USA from the Champions League, and calls it Black Tuesday. Find out why.
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MLS Exhibition Matches

-Wed Sep 3
Salt Lake 1-0 UANL Tigres (Mexico)
Match report by Michael Black of the Deseret News.
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MLS Manager Of The Year

Here are the top 4 as du Nord see's them today:
1 Sigi Schmid - the best team in the league. Boy, did I get this one wrong. I picked them to finish last in the East in my preseason picks!
2 Frank Yallop - Nothing short of a miracle for an expansion team. You almost forget about his 1 1/2 year long nightmare in LA.
3 Steve Nicol - Never stops making it happen at a high level. Won the SuperLiga too.
4 Dominic Kinnear - You cannot have a list without the Houston coach. They are just too good consistently, and who would pick against them to win a third league title in a row.
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USL First Division News

The official league Team Of The Week has been announced. Two Thunder players make the 11 - Jonathan Greenfield and Nate Knox.
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USL First Division Scoreboard

Matches & Scores:
-Thu Sep 4
Portland v Miami
-Fri Sep 5
Montreal v Minnesota - 7pm central on FSC
Puerto Rico v Vancouver
-Sat Sep 6
Carolina v Charleston
Rochester v Portland
Seattle v Miami
-Sun Sep 7
Vancouver v Minnesota
-Mon Sep 8
Montreal v Portland
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USL First Division Standings

Points - Team - Games played of 30 (goal difference):
46 Puerto Rico (26) (GD +17)
46 Vancouver (26) (GD +5)
37 Charleston (26) (GD +4)
37 Rochester (26) (GD +4)
36 Seattle (26)
34 Montreal (24)
32 Atlanta (27)
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31 Minnesota (26)
28 Miami (26) (GD -1)
28 Portland (25) (GD -5)
27 Carolina (26)
(The top 7 teams advance to the playoffs.)
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Team USA

Matches & Scores:
-Sat Sep 6
Cuba v USA - live at 7pm central on ESPN Classic - Join me to watch it at the Sweetwater in St Paul.
-Wed Sep 10
USA v Trinidad & Tobago - live at 7pm cetnral on ESPN2 - join me in the stands in Chicago.
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Mike Woitalla from Soccer America reports from Cuba that most people in Havana don't even know the game is happening on Saturday. Great stuff.
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Steven Goff of the Washington Post with an article on the upwardly mobile Maurice Edu.
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Michelle Kaufman of the Miami Herald with an article on goalkeeper Tim Howard. Many of you have read this story a dozen times already, its about Tim-May's battle with Tourette's.
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Doug McIntyre of Soccernet gets the Cuban team perspective on this match.
-The stadium holds 18,000. They expect it to be full. And tickets are free!
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Goal.com's Starting XI column features semi-snarky bits on the USA trip to Cuba.
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Official team blog.
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CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Schedule

Matches & Scores:
-Sat Sep 6
Trinidad & Tobago v Guatemala
Cuba v USA
Mexico v Jamaica
Canada v Honduras
Haiti v El Salvador
Costa Rica v Surinam
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Mexico & FMF News

Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune with an article on the only non-Mexican to ever suit up for Chivas de Guadalajara. He is Jesus Padilla, he is American, and he had to lie about where he was born to get on the team.
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England News

OK, now its officially over between coach Kevin Keegan and Newcastle.
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Marina Hyde of the Guardian says the Manchester City purchase by sheik's from UAE is about geopolitics as much it is about football.
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Kevin McCarra of the Guardian looks at the situation brewing in the Premiership with a few teams have a glut of money, and everyone else trying to convince a coach that they can produce with much less cash than the others. Who would want to coach at West Ham and Newcastle in these circumstances?
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European News

GERMANY

Bild on the Oliver Kahn "good-bye" match.
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Raphael Honigstein at the Guardian reviews the weekend in the Bundesliga, where a new gambling ring was uncovered.
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ITALY

The banning of traveling fans has extended to a third club, at least for this week, as Fiorentina faithful will not be allowed into Napoli. Milan and Napoli fans have also been given travel bans.
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Palermo has played one game so far this season, a 3-1 loss at Udinese, and have already fired their coach.
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Gazzetta talks to Fabio Cannavaro about fan violence in his home city of Naples.
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Gazzetta also talks to Pavel Nedved of Juventus about the teams return to the Champions League after 2 years banished away.
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The Road To World Cup 2010 - South Africa News

From now on FIFA will allow the current World Cup holder to wear a special badge on their uniforms. Here is a picture of the Italian one.

4 Comments:

Blogger chad said...

i think jason kreis deserves some consideration. he shouldn't win, but to take rsl from where they were to where they are is certainly something.

10:11 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

Think if you had placed a bet on Kevin Keegan being the first manager to exit the job. How mad would you be? If not for the ongoing saga, he would have been the first to go.

8:23 AM  
Blogger Moroco Topo said...

Brucio,

Padilla is mexican. I dont expect you to ever read the mexican constitution but know this: any children of mexican parent(s) born anywhere in the world is mexican. Not naturalized, Mexican.

8:23 AM  
Anonymous andrewk said...

that WC winner's badge rules!

9:21 AM  

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