Monday, September 08, 2008

The Weathered Cryogen News

It was not pretty. It was not entertaining. It was a little nerve wracking. But it was one goal and a win for the USA in Cuba. 6 points from 2 games on the road is a good thing. But please, let's get the motor running. OK? Is that too much to ask?

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Adam Spangler of This is American Soccer delivers Part 1 of a 5 part indepth story/interview with Clint Dempsey. Spangler went to London and get into the heart of what makes Deuce tick. See Americans In Europe section below.


Team USA

Matches & Scores:
-Sat Sep 6
Cuba 0-1 USA - USA goal by Clint Dempsey.
Venue: Estadio Pedro Marrero, Havana
Match report by Mike Woitalla of Soccer America.
Match report by Steven Goff of the Washington Post.
Post game notes by Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated on his self titled blog.
Player ratings for USA by Woitalla.
Post game analysis by Woitalla.
-Wed Sep 10
USA v Trinidad & Tobago - live at 7pm cetnral on ESPN2 - join me in the stands in Chicago.
Venue: Toyota Park, Bridgeview IL
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Mike Woitalla of Soccer America did a Q & A with Clint Dempsey after the Cuba game.
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Sports Illustrated had a photographer in Cuba and they give us some amazing shots, especially #22. Now that is heavy.
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Great note from Steven Goff: Maurice Edu is listed on the official lineup sheet as "EDU, Edu" and was introduced by the public address announcer as "Freddy Adu."
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Official team blog.
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du Nord 3 Stars Of The Game

3. Tim Howard - He only needed to make one crucial save and he did. Very late in the game a corner kick was deflected by Bocanegra toward the bottom corner of the net but Tim-may got there first and smothered any chance for a rebound and tying goal.
2. Oguchi Onyewu - Has this guy returned to top form again? He is actually better than ever. When was the last time he got a card? His menacing defending has been huge two games in a row, and his passing out of the back was flawless. What a monster.
1. Clint Dempsey - He did exactly what we need him to do. Get the all important goal. He did not have the best looking game, and was subbed out. He even had another great chance earlier in the game that he shot very softly. But again, he did the job and got his team the win.
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To counter balance these performances the USA had 3 players that were simply awful.
-DaMarcus Beasley
-Michael Bradley
-Maurice Edu
All three seemed to forget how to simply pass the ball. They gave away possession when they didn't need too. They attempted difficult/impossible passes when many simple options were available. Their pace was slow to plodding. And in the case of Beasley, he missed an open net, and botched 2 other great chances at goal to mercifully end the game. I would love to see all 3 on the bench come Wednesday night. Eddie Lewis, Sacha Kljestan and Ricardo Clark would make fine substitutions.
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CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Schedule

Matches & Scores:
-Sat Sep 6
Trinidad & Tobago 1-1 Guatemala - T&T goal by Keon Daniel. Guat goal by Carlos Gallardo.
Cuba 0-1 USA - USA goal by Clint Dempsey.
Mexico 3-0 Jamaica - Mexigoals by Andres Guardado, Fernando Arce & Jonny Magallon.
Canada 1-2 Honduras - Can goal by Adrian Serioux. Hond goals both by Ramon Nunez.
El Salvador 5-0 Haiti - ES goals by Rodolfo Zelaya(3), Cesar Larios & William Torres.
Costa Rica 7-0 Surinam - CR goals by Froylan Ledezma(2), Alejandro Alpizar, Armando Alonso, Celso Borges, Alonso Solis & Brian Ruiz.
-Wed Sep 10
USA v Trinidad & Tobago
Guatemala v Cuba
Honduras v Jamaica
Mexico v Canada
Surinam v El Salvador
Haiti v Costa Rica
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Former Dallas midfielder Ramon Nunez was the Star of the Weekend, scoring both goals for Honduras in a come from behind road win in Montreal against Canada.
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So are World Cup aspirations for Canada already over? No, but the massive uphill climb gets even harder on Wedesnday when they go to Mexico. This is a must win game for the Mapleleafs.
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Group Standings after 2 of 6 games played:
A
6 USA
4 Trinidad & Tobago
1 Guatemala
0 Cuba
B
6 Mexico
3 Honduras
1 Canada
1 Jamaica
C
6 Costa Rica
3 El Salvador
1 Haiti
1 Surinam
(top 2 from each group advance to the final group stage)
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MLS Scoreboard

Week 24
Matches & Scores:
-Thu Sep 4
Dallas 0-1 Colorado - CR goal by Mike Petke
Attendance: 7,140
Venue: Pizza Hut Park, Frisco TX
-Sat Sep 6
Toronto 1-3 Chivas - TFC goal by Tyler Rosenlund. CUSA goals by Daniel Paladini, Johnathan Bornstein & Ante Razov.
Attendance: 19,863
Venue: BMO Field, Toronto ON
Columbus 4-0 New England - CC goals by Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Andy Iro & Jason Garey(2).
Attendance: 16,918
Venue: Crew Stadium, Columbus OH
Chicago 1-0 New York - CF goal by Stephen King.
Attendance: 16776
Venue: Toyota Park, Bridgeview IL
San Jose 2-1 DC - SJE goals by Arturo Alvarez & Darren Huckerby. DCU goal by .
Attendance: 10,121
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara CA
Los Angeles 2-2 Salt Lake - LAG goals by Bryan Jordan & Edson Buddle. RSL goals by Yura Movsisyan & Will Johnson.
Attendance: 27,000
Venue: Home Depot Center, Carson CA
-Sun Sep 7
Houston 3-1 Kansas City - HD goals by Brad Davis & Nate Jaqua(2). KCW goal by Davy Arnaud.
Attendance: 14,297
Venue: Robertson Stadium, Houston TX
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Ejections:
-Marco Velez - Toronto - Red Card for Violent Conduct
-Alecko Eskandarian - Chivas USA - Red Card for Violent Conduct
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League Standings
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MLS News

CHICAGO FIRE

Ives Galarcep at Soccernet reports that Juan Carlos Osorio returned to Chicago and left with his ears ringing from the "boos".
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CD CHIVAS USA

Ante Razov scored career goal #114. He is in second place all time behind Jaime Moreno who sits at 121 and counting.
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SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES

This is more like it in San Jose - they are packing that little stadium and going crazy. I love to see it!
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MLS Exhibition Matches

-Sun Sep 7
Dallas 2-1 Club America (Mexico)
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MLS Coaching Hot Seat

You would have to imagine that at this point Curt Onalfo of Kansas City is fighting for his job more than anyone else.
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USL First Division News

Minnesota Thunder

As of Monday morning my team sits in the last playoff spot with 2 games left on the schedule, both at home.
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USL First Division Scoreboard

Matches & Scores:
-Thu Sep 4
Portland 4-0 Miami
-Fri Sep 5
Montreal 1-1 Minnesota
Puerto Rico 1-0 Vancouver
-Sat Sep 6
Carolina 3-1 Charleston
Rochester 2-0 Portland
Seattle 3-0 Miami
-Sun Sep 7
Vancouver 0-0 Minnesota
-Mon Sep 8
Montreal v Portland
-Wed Sep 10
Seattle v Montreal
-Thu Sep 11
Portland v Charleston
-Fri Sep 12
Rochester v Puerto Rico
-Sat Sep 13
Minnesota v Charleston
Seattle v Atlanta
Vancouver v Montreal
-Sun Sep 14
Carolina v Rochester
-Tue Sep 16
Montreal v Puerto Rico
-Wed Sep 17
Miami v Rochester
-Fri Sep 19
Charleston v Carolina
Puerto Rico v Atlanta
-Sat Sep 20
Carolina v Portland
Minnesota v Montreal
Seattle v Vancouver
-Sun Sep 21
Miami v Atlanta
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USL First Division Standings

Points - Team - Games played of 30 (goal difference):
49 Puerto Rico (27)
47 Vancouver (28)
40 Rochester (27)
39 Seattle (29)
37 Charleston (27)
35 Montreal (25)
33 Minnesota (28)
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32 Atlanta (27)
31 Portland (27)
30 Carolina (27)
28 Miami (27)
(The top 7 teams advance to the playoffs.)
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Americans In Europe

Adam Spangler of This is American Soccer delivers Part 1 of a 5 part indepth story/interview with Clint Dempsey. Spangler went to London and get into the heart of what makes Deuce tick.
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The Villarreal players who were not away on international duty played a friendly against San Rafael winning 7-1. And guess what? Jozy Altidore bagged 3 of em!
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CONCACAF Champions League News

Official CCL website.
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San Francisco, UNAM Pumas, Puerto Rico, Cruz Azul, Marathon, Joe Public, Tauro & Montreal advanced to the group stage. Those games start on Sep 16.
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South American News

CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers
Matches & Scores:
-Sat Sep 6
Argentina 1-1 Paraguay
Ecuador 3-1 Bolivia
Colombia 0-1 Uruguay
Peru 1-0 Venezuela
-Sun Sep 7
Chile 0-3 Brazil
-Tue Sep 9
Paraguay v Venezuela
-Wed Sep 10
Uruguay v Ecuador
Chile v Colombia
Peru v Argentina
Brazil v Bolivia
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Group Standings
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UEFA World Cup Qualifying Schedule

Matches & Scores:
-Sat Sep 6
Albania 0-0 Sweden
Hungary 0-0 Denmark
Malta 0-4 Portugal
Poland 1-1 Slovenia
Wales 1-0 Azerbaijan
Macedonia FYR 1-0 Scotland
Slovakia 2-1 N Ireland
Moldova 1-2 Latvia
Norway 2-2 Iceland
Andorra 0-2 England
Ukraine 1-0 Belarus
Georgia 1-2 Ireland - in Mainz, Germany
Montenegro 2-2 Bulgaria
Luxembourg 0-3 Greece
Croatia 3-0 Kazakhstan
Serbia 2-0 Faroe Islands
Austria 3-1 France
Liechtenstein 0-6 Germany
Belgium 3-2 Estonia
Israel 2-2 Switzerland
Armenia 0-2 Turkey
Romania 0-3 Lithuania
Cyprus 1-2 Italy
Spain 1-0 Bosnia-Herzegovina
-Wed Sep 10
Faroe Islands v Romania
Iceland v Scotland
Andorra v Belarus
Russia v Wales
Montenegro v Ireland
Northern Ireland v Czech Republic
Sweden v Hungary
Bosnia-Herzegovina v Estonia
Moldova v Israel
Macedonia v Netherlands
Switzerland v Luxembourg
San Marino v Poland
Lithuania v Austria
Finland v Germany
Slovenia v Slovakia
Portugal v Denmark
Albania v Malta
Italy v Georgia
France v Serbia
Croatia v England
Turkey v Belgium
Azerbaijan v Liechtenstein
Latvia v Greece
Spain v Armenia
Kazakhstan v Ukraine
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Group Standings
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African World Cup Qualifying

Africa World Cup qualifiers
Matches & Scores:
-Fri Sep 5
Djibouti 0-3 Malawi
Libya 1-0 Ghana
Algeria 3-2 Senegal
-Sat Sep 6
Cape Verde Islands 1-2 Cameroon
Kenya 1-0 Namibia
Sierra Leone 2-1 Equatorial Guinea
Seychelles 1-2 Burundi
Gambia 3-0 Liberia
Mauritania 0-1 Rwanda
Burkina Faso 0-0 Tunisia
Sudan 1-2 Chad
Mauritius 1-4 Tanzania
-Sun Sep 7
Madagascar 1-0 Botswana
Zimbabwe 0-0 Guinea
Lesotho 0-3 Gabon
Mozambique 1-1 Cote d'Ivoire
Congo 1-0 Mali
Congo DR 0-1 Egypt
Benin 3-2 Angola
Ethiopia - Morocco - game cancelled
Niger 3-1 Uganda
-Wed Sep 10
Zambia v Togo
Chad v Sudan
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Group Standings
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Asian News

Asia World Cup qualifiers
Matches & Scores:
-Sat Sep 6
Bahrain 2-3 Japan
Saudi Arabia 1-1 Iran
United Arab Emirates 1-2 N Korea
Qatar 3-0 Uzbekistan
-Wed Sep 10
N Korea v S Korea
Uzbekistan v Australia
Qatar v Bahrain
United Arab Emirates v Saudi Arabia
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Group Standings
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The Road To World Cup 2010 - South Africa News

Oceania World Cup qualifiers
Matches & Scores:
-Sat Sep 6
Fiji 2-0 Vanuatu
New Caledonia 1-3 New Zealand
-Wed Sep 10
Vanuatu v Fiji
New Zealand v New Caledonia
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Group Standings

1 Comments:

Anonymous Kenny Arena said...

Open letter to Jack Warner: drop T&T and Suriname from the WCQ tournament because they are South American teams. Drop the second round to two groups of four (goodbye to Cuba and Haiti). These simple moves would make the tournament more exciting, and more challenging. Right now it is a waste of time and it is clear which teams are going to advance. And since you are from T&T yourself, get your ass out of CONCACAF. You should be CONMEBOL's problem, not ours.

I nominate Bruce to replace Jack Warner, and Chuck Blazer can be his shoe shine boy.

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