Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Move Around To The Side Of It News

A terribly embarrassing night for MLS in the CONCACAF Champions League. New England was assaulted 0-4 at home by Joe Public, and Chivas USA was held 1-1 at home by Tauro. It was really ugly, especially at Foxborough. There will be a lot of excuses flying today. And they all fall short of those scorelines.


Mystery Solved - the unknown goalkeeper I made mention of yesterday that was in a photo from Team USA training is Sam Reynolds, formerly of the Portland Timbers and now a keeper with Miami FC. Thanks to Jeremy for the knowledge.

US Open Cup

Match & Score:
-Wed Sep 3
DC United v Charleston Battery - 6:30pm central on Fox Soccer Channel
Venue: RFK Stadium, Washington DC
Match preview by Steve Davis at Soccernet.
Match preview from the Charleston Post & Courier.
Match preview by Steven Goff of the Washington Post.
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US Soccer has audio interviews with both teams coaches: Mike Anhaeuser of Charleston - and - Tom Soehn of DC.
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CONCACAF Champions League News

Official CONCACAF website.
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The 8 winners moving on to the group stage which begins on Sep 16.
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The first leg match between Harbour View (Jamaica) & UNAM Pumas was canceled due to damage in Jamaica from Hurricane Gustav, leaving leg 2 (played at the regularly scheduled time and venue) as the only game they will play, hence the decider.
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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.
Match report by Kyle McCarthy of the Boston Herald.
Match report by Monique Walker of the Boston Globe.
Chivas USA 1-1 Tauro (0-2) - Tauro advance 3-1 on aggregate. - CUSA goal by Roberto Nurse. Tau goal by Luis Moreno.
Match report by Luis Bueno of the Press Enterprise.
Match report by Phil Collin of the LA Daily News.
Post game notes and coach & player quotes by Nick Green of the Daily News on his blog 100 Percent Soccer.
Real Esteli 0-0 Montreal (0-1) - MI adv 1-0 on agg.
-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 (0-0)
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Joe Public, Tauro & Montreal advanced to the group stage. Those games start on Sep 16.
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Frank Dell'apa at Soccernet calls the MLS losses a debacle.
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Chivas coach Preki blamed the referee for the loss. What a punk.
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Sacha Kljestan of Chivas USA had a PK saved early in the game that could have set a very different tone for his team.
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Montreal showed the MLS "big boys" how to play knock out football. You win at home, and shut em down on the road. Great for them!
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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


Glenn Davis of the Chronicle ponders 3 titles in a row for the Dynamo Kids.
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The team bought forward Herculez Gomez from Colorado today.
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Goalkeeper Steve Cronin suffered a broken bone in his left hand in a collision with Taylor Twellman last Saturday. Twellman needed 5 stitches to close his facial wound, and had concussion symptoms. Cronin could be out of action until mid-October.
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Forward Adam Cristman will have season ending toe surgery.
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Defender Kevin Goldthwaite will not be available against Chicago this weekend due to Yellow Card accumulation suspension.
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Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch on his blog Covering The Crew has some info on the "naming rights" of Red Bull Arena, which is now officially called Red Bull Arena - Built By Makita.
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The latest razzle dazzle video from Morales & Beckerman - The Kyle y Javi Show. This is still funny.
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The New Zealand Herald with a story on their native son, TFC forward Jarrod Smith.
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Andrew Hush on the Soccernet blog with some MLS notes.
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MLS Exhibition Matches

-Tuw Sep 2
San Jose 1-2 Seattle Sounders (USL-1)
Match report by Elliot Almond of the San Jose Mercury News.
-Wed Sep 3
Salt Lake v UANL Tigres (Mexico)
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MLS Expansion News

The Oregonian reports that the owner of the Portland Timbers is negotiating with the city government to help bring MLS to their town.
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And the campaign has begun to rally attention with a new website - MLS to Portland.
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Team USA

The team is training at Barry University in Miami Shores FL, near Orlando. Or are they? I get conflicting info.
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Matches & Scores:
-Sat Sep 6
Cuba v USA
-Wed Sep 10
USA v Trinidad & Tobago
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Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated talks to former Cuba forward Maykel Galindo about the match up with the USA.
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Official team blog.
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US Soccer has audio interviews with coach Bob Bradley - and - captain Carlos Bocanegra & others.
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US Soccer has more video of the team training.
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Soccer In America

Luis Bueno of the Press Enterprise on the decision by MLS to play right through international breaks. How does this make the league look? What is the effect on teams? What do the fans think? Do they even notice?
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South American News has a Q & A with former Argentine defensive star and current coach of Estudiantes Roberto Sensini.
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England News

So is Kevin Keegan still the Newcastle coach or not??
-Here is the video of the team owner sitting in the stands chugging his full beer down.
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We know for sure that Alan Curbishley is now longer the man at West Ham. The fans wanted him out. The newspapers wanted him out. So he walked out. End of story.
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European News


Michael Ballack will not be available for his national team's 2 qualifiers due to a badly bruised foot.
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Milan's loss to Bologna on Sunday was the first time they have lost the opening game of the season in 22 years!
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And due to continued violence between supporters of the the two teams Milan fans will not be allowed to travel to Genoa this weekend.


Anonymous Steve said...

"the decision by MLS to play right through international breaks ... What do the fans think? Do they even notice?"

We sure as hell notice in Toronto where 10 players are called up to international duty. 10 players!

With injuries, our bench will likely consist of an MLS pool keeper, one or two reserves, local semi-pros, Academy players or perhaps even no-one.

4:20 PM  
Blogger catdirt said...

i saw the away thrashing that "joe public" (fully professional for close to a decade!) gave the revs in their stadium that looks alot like that of a mid size high school in southern california.

watching that game i thought "well at least the second leg in us will bring a better result."

but no. someone in the us needs to sign up that guyanese striker on joe public- he rocks.

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Drew said...

Hey Bruce, did you get to make it out to the Rage show? I Heard the pacos were waiting for the doors to open after the show to apply a little pepper spray to whoever they wanted. Bunch of d!cks. Can't keep us down!

All the best.

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Chivas coach Preki blamed the referee for the loss. What a punk."

How dare Preki speak 'truth to power' about the officiating !
Who does he think he is---Rage Against the Machine ??!!
Preki should just shut-up and volunteer to pay more money in taxes !

Ha, ha, ha.

7:43 PM  

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