Thursday, October 23, 2008

Bring To Me News

The great soccer blog Sideline Views is no more. It was one of the few blogs that I made sure I read EVERY DAY. Andrea Canales along with Luis Bueno had such great insight on the LA scene, and soccer in America and Mexico over all. I loved it. I am really bummed. But happy for them that other things are making this blog unmanageable. Andrea is now an editor at I know she will bring great stuff to them. Adios muchachos. See you soon, where ever you are.

CONCACAF Champions League

Official CCL website
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Matchday 5
Matches & Scores:
-Tue Oct 21
Impact de Montreal 1-1 Olimpia - MI goal by Roberto Brown. Olim goal by Washington Ramiro Bruschi.
Venue: Saputo Stadium, Montreal QC
Cruz Azul 2-0 DC United - CA goals by Nicolas Vigneri & Pablo Zeballos.
Venue: Estadio Azul, Mexico City DF
Joe Public 0-2 Atlante - Atl goals by Ismael Valadez & Gabriel Pereyra.
Venue: Marvin Lee Stadium, Tunapuna Trinidad & Tobago
-Wed Oct 22
Houston Dynamo 1-3 UNAM Pumas - HD goal by Marco Antonio Palacios(OG). UNAM goals by Juan Carlos Cacho(PK), Fernando Espinoza & Marco Antonio Palacios.
Venue: Robertson Stadium, Houston TX
Match report by Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle.
San Francisco 2-3 Luis Angel Firpo - SF goals by Temistocles Perez & Eduardo Jimenez. LAF goals by Dennis Alas, Christian Sanchez & Patricio Gomez.
Venue: Estadio Agustin Sanchez, La Chorrera Panama
Santos Laguna 2-0 Tauro - SL goals both by Christian Benitez.
Venue: Estadio Corona, Torreon COA
-Thu Oct 23
Puerto Rico Islanders v Municipal - 10pm central on FSC
Venue: Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium, Bayamon PR
POSTPONED DUE TO FLOODING Marathon v Saprissa - no new date has been set yet.
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Standings (games played):
Group A
10 Cruz Azul (5)
7 Saprissa (4)
7 Marathon (4)
% 1 DC (5)
Group B
9 UNAM Pumas (5)
7 Firpo (4)
5 Houston (4)
% 2 San Francisco (5)
Group C
* 11 Montreal (5)
* 8 Atlante (5)
5 Olimpia (5)
% 3 Joe Public (5)
Group D
9 Santos Laguna (5)
7 Puerto Rico (4)
7 Tauro (5)
2 Municipal (4)
* Advanced
% Elimidated
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MLS Scoreboard

Week 31
Matches & Scores:
-Thu Oct 23
**Chicago v New York - 8pm central on ESPN2
Match preview by Nick Firchau of Chicago's Southtown Star.
Match preview by Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune.
Match preview by Stefan Bondy of the Herald News.
Match preview by Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger.
Match preview by Brian Lewis of the NY Post.
Match preview by Jack Bell of the New York Times blog Goal.
Match preview by Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer.
Match preview by Jeff Carlisle of ESPN Soccernet.
-Sat Oct 25
**New England v Kansas City - 6:30pm central on Direct Kick
**Colorado v Salt Lake - 8:30pm central on HDNet
San Jose v Toronto - 9pm central on Direct Kick
Chivas v Houston - 9:30pm central on FSC
-Sun Oct 26
Los Angeles v Dallas - 2pm central on TeleFutura
**Columbus v DC - 4pm central on Direct Kick
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**these 4 games have big playoff implications
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League Standings
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MLS News


Pat Rooney of the Rocky Mountain Times with an article on the guy who turned the Raps season around - interim head coach Gary Smith.
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Michael C Lewis of the Salt Lake Tribune talks to team leader Pablo Mastroeni about the fierceness of the Rocky Mountain Cup rivalry.
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The Jamaica Observer with an article on forward Omar Cummings, their local boy who is developing into a decent player.
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Shawn Mitchell of the Dispatch says the Crew are preparing for a game against a desperate DC United.
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Buzz Carrick of 3rd Degree bring us the last FCD Practice Observations of this season.
-Carrick asks a good question in passing. We will be seeing the end of Kenny Cooper and Landon Donovan in MLS this weekend?
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Bobby Rhine, who has been with FCD for the past 10 seasons has announced his retirement. The team has posted a farewell letter from him to fans on their website.
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The official team blog brings us words and a picture from Jaime Moreno's farewell game for his country Bolivia last night. They went down 2-0 to El Salvador in DC at RFK Stadium.
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The loss to Pumas last night ended an 11 game streak without a loss in all competitions, and a 10 game streak without losing at home.
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Andrea Canales kicks off her new job at with a look at the end of yet another brutal season from the Galaxy. Contains lots of great Landon Donovan quotes!
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Martin Rogers of Yahoo Sports says Beckman's flirting with Milan is an insult to the Galaxy and MLS.
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MLS has officially released a statement about Beckman and Milan. The teams are discussing a deal, but one is not done, and it will be very short term - not even 3 months. This means that if the deal is concluded that he would play games and not just practice with Milan.
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I think it's a terrible move for the league and the team. What do they do if by some miracle this loan deal goes great and he loves it there????
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Grahame Jones of the LA Times has a better solution - he thinks the Galaxy should just get rid of Beckman altogether.
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Phil Collin of the Daily Breeze with a less hysterical look at the situation, and has quotes from LA players.
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Kyle McCarthy of looks at how this deal could fall apart.
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Mike Penner of the LA Times blog The Fabulous Forum wonders if Beckman has made a difference in MLS. I say he most assuredly. Penner says not really, but to me just the fact that he writes this column confirms it is a yes.
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Dylan Butler of Soccer by Ives talks to goalkeeper Danny Cepero about becoming a world wide goal scoring hero. And tonight he has to over come not just the Chicago Fire but his own mother as well.
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James Edward of the Deseret News on what RSL is working on for the big battle on Saturday night in suburban Denver. Game of the year for them!
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Jeff Carlisle of Center Line Soccer talks to coach Frank Yallop who says the team needs more power, especially up top.
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Gerry Dobson of Sports Net Canada says that the rebuilding at TFC better be for real this offseason, and not a repeat of last year.
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George Tanner of the Rocky Mountain News blog FC Rocky gives us his post season award winners and a best 11.
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US Soccer releases the podcast of their Week 30 Referee Review. I think this is the first time all year it's been released on time, and here we are approaching the last weekend of the regular season. At least it's improvement.
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MLS Expansion News

The Vancouver Province tell us about the big money behind the Whitecaps bid for MLS.
-The team also took another big step with plans for a training center in the southern suburbs.
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It seems a long way out of their realm but the Glasgow Daily Record takes an interest in Barcelona's bid for an MLS team. They try to tie Celtic into the story, but its a stretch.
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Team USA

US Soccer has posted some numbers from the elaborate statistical breakdown supplied by Pro Zone of the 6-1 win over Cuba.
-Now show us the breakdown for the game against T&T.
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Soccer In America

So you should all know about Ethan Zohn and Grassroot Soccer. If you don't then I feel sorry for you. Hahaha. But Ethan's big project this fall is a fundraiser where he is dribbling a soccer ball from Boston to DC, yes all 550 miles! So far he is past NYC, but he has suffered an injury and cannot continue. The good news is that his friends and fellow Rootians are picking up the slack to dribble the ball the rest of the way. Check out what they are doing to fight Aids in Africa. Very cool.
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Business Wire gives us one more reason to ditch Dish Network (who dropped GolTV) and hook up with Direct TV - they are adding the channel Telecentro which covers all of Central America and will bring us even more futbol! We can watch Saprissa from the Purple Monster on a regular basis! I will be switching providers as soon as the MLS playoffs end and my subscription to Direct Kick runs out.
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Americans In Europe


-Thu Oct 23
Americans In UEFA Cup:
-Bryan Arguez - Hertha Berlin - v Benfica
-Brad Friedel - Aston Villa - v Ajax
-Brad Guzan - Aston Villa - v Ajax
-Oguchi Onyewu - Standard Liege - no match this round
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England News

The Guardian tell us about the man behind the Man City billions.
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The Times reports that rumors are flying about former Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini taking over at Fulham. Yes, yet another coaching change at Fulham. He wants to coach in England more than he wants another job in Serie A.
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The BBC talks to multiple time assault offender Joey Barton who has proclaimed that he wants to become a role model. Wow. He lays it out there in this interview.
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European News


World Soccer with a story on the team that no one outside of Germany had ever heard of until 2 months ago - Hoffenheim. Big money have taken them to #2 in the Bundesliga, where they play #1 Hamburg this weekend. Via Sports Illustrated.
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It was great yesterday when I opened my email and got a message from none other than Rangers midfield general Barry Ferguson. It started off Dear Bruce, etc etc etc blah blah blah. He signed it, Thank you for your support, Barry Ferguson. And added his signature to the email. Nice touch. Yes it was a form email. Oh well. He did tell us though that he is over his ankle injury and needs just one more week to be fully ready for battle. Go cat go! I had no idea I even signed up for any Rangers mailing list. Or maybe I am becoming a very important person in the world of soccer media. Yeah, that’s it. Delusion is my friend. Now if I could just get Leslie Osborne and Marcel Mora y Aruajo to return my emails!
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Sid Lowe of the Guardian says the Atletico Madrid fans loved having the Champions League back at their stadium. But there team will play in an empty stadium for their next two home games due to a ban for poor fan behavior.
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Reuters with an article on Valencia's new coach Unai Emery who has done a great job of getting them going back in the right direction again.
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UEFA Champions League

Matchday 3 is next week on Tue Oct 21 & Wed Oct 22.
-Tue Oct 21
Manchester United 3-0 Celtic - MU goals by Dimitar Berbatov(2) & Wayne Rooney.
Juventus 2-1 Real Madrid - Juve goals by Alessandro Del Piero & Amauri. RM goal by Ruud Van Nistelrooy.
Zenit St Petersburg 1-1 BATE Borisov - ZSP goal by Fatih Tekke. BATE goal by Pavel Nekhaychik.
Fenerbahce 2-5 Arsenal - Fene goals by Mikael Silvestre(OG) & Daniel Guiza. Arse goals by Emmanuel Adebayor, Theo Walcott, Abou Diaby, Alexandre Song & Aaron Ramsey.
Porto 0-1 Dynamo Kyiv - Kyiv goal by Olexandr Aliyev.
Villarreal 6-3 Aalborg - Giuseppe Rossi, Joan Capdevila, Joseba Llorente(3) & Robert Pires. AaB goals by Marek Saganowski, Thomas Enevoldsen & Andreas Johansson.
Bayern Munich 3-0 Fiorentina - BM goals by Miroslav Klose, Bastian Schweinsteiger & Ze Roberto.
Steaua Bucuresti 3-5 Lyon - Stea goals by Arthuro, Dorian Goian & Ovidiu Petre. Lyon goals by Kadar Keita, Karim Benzema(2) & Fred(2).
-Wed Oct 22
Atletico Madrid 1-1 Liverpool - AM goal by Simao. Liv goal by Robbie Keane.
Chelsea 1-0 Roma - Chel goal by John Terry.
Panathinaikos 2-2 Werder Bremen - Pan goals both by Vangelis Mantzios. WB goals by Per Mertesacker & Hugo Almeida.
Shakhtar Donetsk 0-1 Sporting - Spor goal by Liedson.
Basel 0-5 Barcelona - Barc goals by Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, Bojan Krkic(2) & Xavi Hernandez.
Bordeaux 1-0 Cluj - Bord goal by Cadu(OG).
Inter 1-0 Anorthosis - Int goal by Adriano.
PSV 2-0 Marseille - PSV goals both Danny Koevermans.
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Group Standings
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Martin Rogers from Yahoo Sports reviews the round of action.
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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune reviews the action from the second half of Matchday 3.
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32 teams kick off the Group Stage Matchday 1 today. Here are those matches.
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Matchday 2 is Thu Nov 6.
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Jack Warner/Sepp Blatter/FIFA Idiocy & Scandal News

Andrew Jennings of Transparency in sport brings us a story that says Sepp Blatter had a car crash last Saturday that sent the other car rolling over 3 times. Wow. I don't think it's quite as sinister as Jennings would have us believe. Blatter appears to have acted as any famous person trying to avoid the press would act in this situation. Jennings also pokes at Blatter with little asides about environmental friendliness and stuff like that.
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Asian News

The Asian Champions League final is all set as Gamba Osaka beat Urawa Red Diamonds 4-2 on aggregate, and Adelaide United beat Bunyodkor 3-1 on aggregate.
Matches & Scores:
-Wed Nov 5
Gamba v Adelaide
-Wed Nov 12
Adelaide v Gamba


Blogger Graham Fox said...

Houston really should have done better last night. They controlled the game for long periods but could not get anywhere close to finishing on a goal keeper who constantly flubbed the ball. All credit to the young pumas team, they really did a good job of luring in the Houston attack and then throwing a knockout punch when no one expected it.

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That third Pumas goal by Palacios was sheer beauty, a goal off the heel coming from a corner!


7:19 PM  
Blogger Teff john said...

Peterlee Pumas 23-16 Heckmondwike Panthers Early pressure paid dividends for the pumas when John Linsey opened the scoring after some fine work down the middle from Ross Turner sending him the final pass to go in under the sticks, Matt Williams converted for a 6-0 lead. Steven Donague scored next for Peterlee in the corner to give them a 10-0 lead before Heckmondwike then finally got off the bus and Dave Berry scored to cut the hosts advantage to10-4. Stuart Spiggut then went in for a try to bring Heckmondwike to within two points at 10-8. However, just before half time Ross Turner scored and Williams converted to put the Pumas 16-8 up at the interval. Early in the second half Williams dropped a goal to give his team a 17-8 lead. Berry and Spiggut then scored back to back trys to get the score to within one point at 17-16. Heckmondwike missed a goal kicker as with two minutes left, James Tyman scored for Peterlee for Williams to kick the goal and win the game 23-16.
teff john


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