Monday, September 22, 2008

Pay Little Mind To No News

Landon Donovan to Andrea Canales on potential interest from Bayern Munich: "I would love for it to happen." See Los Angeles Galaxy section for the full article.

MLS Scoreboard

Week 26
Matches & Scores:
-Thu Sep 18
Columbus 3-1 New York - CC goals by Frankie Hejduk, Robbie Rogers & Eddie Gaven. NYRB goal by Juan Pablo Angel.
Attendance: 10,881
Venue: Crew Stadium, Columbus OH
-Sat Sep 20
Kansas City 2-0 Toronto - KCW goals by Jack Jewsbury(PK) & Kevin Souter.
Attendance: 8,270
Venue: Community America Ballpark, Kansas City KS
Match report by Bob Luder of the KC Star.
Match report from the National Post.
POSTPONED To OCT 15 Houston v San Jose - the date of the game is being moved due to damage from Hurricane Ike.
Venue: Robertson Stadium, Houston TX
Salt Lake 0-1 Chivas - CUSA goal by Alecko Eskandarian.
Attendance: 26,391
Venue: Rice Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City UT
Match report from the Salt Lake Tribune.
Match report by Michael Black of the Deseret News.
Player ratings for RSL from Black the Deseret News.
Colorado 1-1 New England - CR goal by Colin Clark. NER goal by Kenny Mansally.
Attendance: 12,223
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City CO
Match report by Brian Forbes of the Denver Post.
Match report by Kyle McCarthy of the Boston Herald.
Match report from the Boston Globe.
Post game notes by George Tanner of the Rocky Mountain News blog FC Rocky.
Los Angeles 5-2 DC - LAG goals by Landon Donovan(3), Alan Gordon & Peter Vagenas. DCU goals by Devon McTavish & Boyzzz Khumalo.
Attendance: 27,000
Venue: Home Depot Center, Carson CA
Match report by Luis Bueno of the Press Enterprise.
Match report by Grahame Jones of the LA Times.
Match report from the LA Daily News.
Match report by Steven Goff of the Washington Post.
Match report by Chris Webb at United Mania.
Post game notes by Nick Green of the Daily Breeze on his blog 100 Percent Soccer.
Post game notes & DCU player ratings by Goff on his blog Soccer Insider.
Post game analysis by Andrea Canales at ESPN Soccernet.
-Sun Sep 21
Chicago 1-4 Dallas - CF goal by Brian McBride. FCD goals by Jeff Cunningham(2), Aaron Pitchkolan & Bruno Guarda.
Attendance: 16,923
Venue: Toyota Park, Bridgeview IL
Match report by Nick Firchau of the Chicago Sun Times.
Match report by Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune.
Match report from the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Match report from the Dallas Morning News.
Post game notes from Arroyave on his blog The Red Card.
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-Kevin Goldthwaite - New York Red Bulls - Red Card
-Mark Burch - DC United - Red Card
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League Standings
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MLS News


So, when Brian McBride showed up and pulled on that red shirt, did his teammates think the rest of the league was just going to roll over and hand them the Cup? That's how they have played since he arrived.
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Maybe someone can explain to me how you keep Justin Mapp and Chris Rolfe out of the starting lineup. I know I am wrong about most things, but having Rolfe playing midfield instead of forward makes no sense at all to me.
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Jeff Cunningham's wife gave birth to a daughter last week, and JC delivered 2 more goals for his latest team. It's all good for now. Will it last? John Carver in Toronto wishes this was the guy he saw earlier this season. That makes 4 goals for him since he was traded to Dallas, and his career total to 103 (still at #4 all time, 6 ahead of Taylor Twellman, and 5 behind Jason Kreis).
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Tobias Xavier Lopez of the Fort Worth Star Telegram looks inside the Forbes article from last week, at the FC Dallas financials. Quotes from team management too.
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Forward Jaime Moreno sat our Saturday's loss in LA with an "inflamed" knee, and he did not travel with the team to Honduras for Wednesday nights CCL game.
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Kevin Souter, the guy who scored the teams second goal on Saturday made the team this season after an open tryout!
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Andrea Canales at ESPN Soccernet reports that Landon Donovan may have an offer from Bayern Munich, and he might take it.
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Sweet Holy Moses does goalkeeper Josh Wicks look bad. And while I could be commenting on the hideous "I'm actually going bald but hiding it with an weird afro and headband combo" look that he sports, I am actually talking about his goalkeeping. Just frightening to watch.
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Goalkeeper Nick Rimando and centerback Nat Borchers executed their second perfect screw up of the season to gift the opposition a goal. And this one was a 0-1 loss. Here is the video.
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Jeff Carlisle at ESPN Soccernet on the huge influence Darren Huckerby has had on the Equakes since he arrived a short while ago.
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Ben Knight of the Globe & Mail blog On Soccer releases the hounds on general manager Mo Johnston and calls his regime a failure. Just what I have been saying since day 1. Cuz I did not drink the red kool-aid. Not that I don't love love love the fans! They are amazing. The rest of it. Ugh.
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Did you know that the team has had 65 players on its roster in under 2 seasons? Some would call that turning over every stone. Others would call it grasping at straws.
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TFC did not have a single shot on goal against KC. Damn that hurts.
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Why are they doing this to these amazing fans?!?!?!??!?
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Steven Goff of the Washington Post on his blog Soccer Insider with his weekly league roundup, The Good The Bad & The Coyote Ugly.
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Steve Davis at ESPN Soccernet with 5 things we need to know from Week 26.
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Kyle McCarthy at breaks down the week that was.
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MLS Player Of The Year

Here is our initial alphabetical list of the candidates:
Juan Pablo Angel
Cuauhtemoc Blanco
Jon Busch
Brian Ching
Kenny Cooper
Landon Donovan
Shalrie Joseph
Javier Morales
Alejandro Moreno
Jaime Moreno
Steve Ralston
Ante Razov
Matt Reis
Guillermo Barros Schelotto
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MLS Golden Boot

19 Landon Donovan
14 Kenny Cooper
13 Edson Buddle
11 Luciano Emilio
10 Jaime Moreno
10 Brian Ching
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USL First Division News

Minnesota Thunder

With a strong 3-1 win over Montreal on Saturday night my Thunder clinched a playoff spot for the first time in 4 years. Hooray Beer!
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USL First Division Scoreboard

Final Regular Season Matches & Scores:
-Fri Sep 19
Charleston 1-2 Carolina
Puerto Rico 1-1 Atlanta
-Sat Sep 20
Carolina 1-0 Portland
Minnesota 3-1 Montreal
Seattle 2-3 Vancouver
-Sun Sep 21
Miami 1-0 Atlanta
Montreal 0-0 Puerto Rico
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USL First Division Standings

The 30 Game Regular Season Is Over!
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54 Puerto Rico
53 Vancouver
42 Montreal
41 Rochester
40 Charleston
40 Seattle
39 Minnesota
- - - - - - - - -
37 Carolina
34 Miami
34 Atlanta
31 Portland
(The top 7 teams advance to the playoffs - with the #1 seed getting a first round buy.)
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USL First Division Playoff Schedule

Puerto Rico (1) - by finishing top of the table in the regular season (the Commissioners Cup) they get a First Round buy.
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First Round 1st Leg Matches & Scores:
-Fri Sep 26
Rochester (4) v Charleston (5) - 6:30pm central
Vancouver (2) v Minnesota (7) - 9pm central
Seattle (6) v Montreal (3) - 9pm central
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First Round 2nd Leg Matches & Scores:
-Sun Sep 28
Montreal v Seattle - 4pm central
Minnesota v Vancouver - 5pm central
Charleston v Rochester - 6pm central on FSC
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Americans In Europe

22 year old defender [CHANGED] Etchu Tabe was born in Cameroon and grew up in the USA (and is a citizen) now plays in Sweden at Ljungskile and currently leads the fan voting for best player on the team!
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French Ligue 1
-Freddy Adu - Monaco - did not leave the bench as they drew 0-0 at Olmpique Marseille.
-Carlos Bocanegra - Rennes - went the distance in a 0-0 draw at Nancy.
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Spanish La Liga
-Jozy Altidore - Villarreal - on the bench but didn't play as they won at Numancia 1-2.
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Scottish Premier League
-DaMarcus Beasley - Rangers - started and went 72 minutes in a 2-1 home win over Motherwell.
-Maurice Edu - Rangers - dressed by did not play in the 2-1 home win over Motherwell.
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German Bundesliga 1
-Michael Bradley - Monchengladbach - got his first start in Germany going 65 minutes but they lost at home 0-1 to Hertha. (Note: At first I didn't see his name listed because I automatically went to the subs list. And he was not listed as a sub so I was bummed for him. Then I glace up to the first 11 just to see WHO DID start, and there he was! What a great surprise!)
-Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - is out with an abdominal muscle injury.
-Neven Subotic - Borussia Dortmund - played all 90 but got smoked 4-1 on the road by the new rich kids from Hoffenheim.
-Sal Zizzo - Hannover - came on as a sub in the 5oth minute of a bad 4-0 loss at Leverkusen.
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German Bundesliga 2
-Gregg Berhalter - 1860 Munich - went the distance, got a Yellow Card, and lost 1-0 at St Pauli.
-Heath Pearce - Hansa Rostock - started and played the full match as they drew 2-2 on the road at Rot Weiss Ahlen.
-Matt Taylor - Koblenz - saw 1 minute plus stoppage time as they beat Augsburg 2-1 at home.
-David Yelldell - Koblenz - played the full 90 in goal and geat Augsburg 2-1 at home.
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Italian Serie B
-Danny Szetela - Brescia - started and went all 90 minutes of a 2-1 home win over Ascoli.
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Belgian Jupiler League
-Oguchi Onyewu - Standard - played the full 90 minutes as they went to Tubize and won 0-1.
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English Premier League
-Clint Dempsey - Fulham - on the bench but did not play in his teams 1-0 loss at Blackburn.
-Brad Friedel - Aston Villa - went the 90 and got a 1-2 road win over West Brom in a Birmingham derby.
-Brad Guzan - Aston Villa - on the bench backing up Friedel in the 1-2 road win at West Brom in a Birmingham derby.
-Tim Howard - Everton - in goal as always and drew 2-2 at Hull City.
-Jonathan Spector - West Ham - out with a long term hip injury
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English Championship Division
-Bobby Convey - Reading - sat on the bnech for a 2-2 draw at Watford.
-Kyle Davies - Southampton - on the bench as they drew 0-0 at home against Barnsley.
-Jay DeMerit - Watford - played the full 90 of a 2-2 draw with an insanely allowed goal for Reading. See England News section for details.
-Marcus Hahnemann - Reading - played the entire match as usual and they tied 2-2 at Watford.
-Eddie Johnson - Cardiff - came on as a sub in the 78th minute and they drew 1-1 at Derby.
-Frank Simek - Sheffield Wednesday - out with a long term ankle injury
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English League One

-Jemal Johnson - MK Dons - didn't get off the bench as they went to Colchester and won 0-3.
-Zak Whitbread - Millwall - went the distance as they won 2-0 at home over Cheltenham.
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Danish SAS Ligaen
-Dan Califf - Midjtylland - went the distance as usual but could only draw 0-0 at home against Randers.
-Benny Feilhaber - Aarhus - out with knee injury.
-Lee Nguyen - Randers - came on in the 75th minute and drew 0-0 at home against Midtjylland.
-Jeremiah White - Aarhus - started and was subbed out in the 90th minute of a 2-1 home win over Sonderjyske.
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Norwegian Tippeligaen:
-Troy Perkins - Valerenga - played all 90 in a 0-0 tie game at Aalesund.
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Norwegian Adeccoligaen:
-Joe Lapira - Nybergsund - came on as a 63rd minute sub as they drew 1-1 at Sandefjord.
-Cam Weaver - Haugesund - started and played 74 minutes as they beat Lovasen-Hamre 1-0 at home.
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Swedish Allsvenskan:
-Charlie Davies - Hammarby - play at Elfsborg on Tuesday.
-Etchu Tabe - Ljungskile - play at Goteborg on Wednesday.
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CONCACAF Champions League News

Official CCL website
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Matchday 2 Matches & Scores:
-Tue Sep 23
San Francisco v Houston Dynamo - live at 7pm central on FSC
Puerto Rico Islanders v Santos Laguna - live at 7pm central on Galavision
Cruz Azul v Saprissa - live at 9pm central on Galavision
-Wed Sep 24
Joe Public v Olimpia - live at 7pm central on FSC
Impact de Montreal v Atlante - live at 7pm on TeleFutura
UNAM Pumas v Luis Angel Firpo - live at 9pm on TeleFutura
Marathon v DC United - live at 9pm central on FSC
-Thu Sep 25
Tauro v Municipal - live at 7pm central on Galavision
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Canada & CSA News

The Toronto Sun calls college soccer in Canada a "hidden gem".
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England News

No Short Corners talks to American defender Jay DeMerit of Watford about a Reading goal that was given, yet the ball never came with in a yard of the goal (WIDE of the goal no less).
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John Ashdown of The Guardian recaps the 3 divisions in England below the Premiership.
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Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho suffered a MCL strain and will be out for a month. Deco will also be out, 2-3 weeks with a thigh muscle strain.
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European News

Simon Kuper of the Financial Times looks at UEFA president Michel Plantini's plans if Ukraine is not ready to host Euro 2012.
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Bayern Munich's 2-5 home loss to Werder Bremen this weekend was their worst home loss in over 30 years! Klinsi is not so Grinsi anymore.
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Football Italia with their Week 3 Serie A round up.
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Paolo Bandini of the Guardian looks in on a finally firing Milan, and Serie A.
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Leander Schaerlaeckens of the Guardians gives us the weekend rundown from the Eredivisie.
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Phil Ball of ESPN Soccernet looks at La Liga, as Kun Aguero & Lionel Messi tear shit up.
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Sid Lowe of the Guardian checks in on Barcelona who exploded on newly promoted Gijon 6-1, and the rest of La Liga.
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FIFA has a Q & A with Fenerbache & Brazil attacking midfielder Alexsandro de Souza.
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Big Club Matches This Week

English Premiership
-Sat Sep 20
Sunderland 2-0 Middlesbrough - A northeast derby goes to the home side.
-Sun Sep 21
Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United - these two are supposed to duke it out for the title stay right were they were.
West Brom 1-2 Aston Villa - a Birmingham derby with a win for the favorites!
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German Bundesliga
-Sat Sep 20
Bayern Munich 2-5 Werder Bremen - ooooh weeeee! Bayern get smashed at home!
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Dutch Eredivisie
-Sat Sep 20
Alkmaar 1-0 PSV - both are favorites for the title - but could this be the end of a 3 year title run for PSV?
-Sun Sep 21
Feyenoord 2-2 Ajax - two teams that have clashed at the top for decades draw.
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Italian Serie A
-Sun Sep 21
Milan 4-1 Lazio - Milan finally have the ship headed in the right direction. This was a big win for them.
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Spanish La Liga
-Sun Sep 21
Real Betis 0-0 Sevilla - the Seville derby ends scoreless!
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Mexican Primera
-Sun Sep 21
UNAM Pumas 0-1 San Luis - the champs of the last tournament go to the top again.
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Argentine Primera
-Sun Sep 21
Boca Juniors 2-3 Tigre - huge win for the away team. They stay #2 while Boca drop from #3 to #5.


Blogger Super Rookie said...

I know I am wrong about most things

What else have we missed?

11:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

first round buy?

could you mean bye?

beware the spelling police...!

11:47 PM  
Blogger Nordy said...

having Rolfe playing midfield instead of forward makes no sense at all to me.

Agreed! You'd think he would make the ideal partner with McBride, given his pace.

8:30 AM  
Anonymous andrewk said...

i thought that that Tabe kid was a defender. hope i was misinformed.

anyone know how many goals he's scored so far this season?

12:04 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

i thought he was a defender too
but things on the web always say he is a forward
i think yer right though, and i am going to change the link

1:36 PM  

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