Friday, October 17, 2008

Do You Want Him News

Jon Conway and Jeff Parke of the New York Red Bulls have been found to be using a banned performance enhancing supplement. They have been suspended 10 games each by MLS. Buuuut, this supplement is available over the counter everywhere in the USA. So how can that be a banned substance? More on this story in the New York Red Bulls section.

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Well Hello Grandpa! Nice to see you! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the man known as Grandpa has finally arrived in MLS. You know him as Francis Doe, striker for DC United. But everyone in his native Liberia knows him as Grandpa. Yes. Grandpa. What a nickname! I would love to see all of us start to refer to him by this obviously preferred name. His two huge goals last night helped DC stay alive in the hunt for the playoffs.

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Wow, I am amazed at how many huge matches at happening all over the planet this weekend. The top of crop being River Plate v Boca Juniors in Argentine on Sunday! See the Big Matches section for all of the details.

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If you want to see all the video highlights of this week World Cup qualifiers head on over to FC Football Blog Highlights. I watched lots of great clips there. Definitely check out the goal by Germany's Piotr Trochowski.


MLS Scoreboard

Week 30
Matches & Scores:
-Wed Oct 15
Houston 2-1 San Jose - HD goals both by Stuart Holden. SJE goal by Scott Sealy.
Attendance: 12,327
Venue: Robertson Stadium, Houston TX
-Thu Oct 16
DC 2-1 New England - DCU goals both by Grandpa Doe. NER goal by Taylor Twellman.
Attendance: 16,672
Venue: RFK Stadium, Washington DC
Match report by Steven Goff of the Washington Post.
Match report by John Haydon of the Washington Times.
Match report by Monique Walker of the Boston Globe.
Match report by Kyle McCarthy of the Boston Herald.
Post game quotes by both teams coaches & players from DC's official blog Behind The Badge.
Post game notes and DCU player ratings by Goff on his blog Soccer Insider.
-Sat Oct 18
Toronto v Chicago - 2:30pm central on Direct Kick
Venue: BMO Field, Toronto ON
New York v Columbus - 6:30pm central on Direct Kick
Venue: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford NJ
Kansas City v San Jose - 7pm central on Direct Kick
Venue: CommunityAmerica Ballpark, Kansas City KS
Houston v Los Angeles - 7:30pm central on HDNet & Direct Kick
Venue: Robertson Stadium, Houston TX
Salt Lake v Dallas - 8pm central on FSC
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy UT
-Sun Oct 19
Chivas v Colorado - 2pm central on TeleFutura
Venue: Home Depot Center, Carson CA
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Ejections:
-Kei Kamara - Houston Dynamo - Red Card
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Last nights win moves DC up to 7th place and a playoff spot with 37 points. KC is bumped down to 8th, and NY drops out of the playoff race and into 9th.
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League Standings
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MLS News

CHICAGO FIRE

Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune on his blog The Red Card reports that the Chicago-New England playoff series will be featured 2 Thursday's in a row on ESPN2.
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COLORADO RAPIDS

Brian Forbes of the Denver Post has an article on goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul who has just returned from World Cup qualifying with Senegal, in which they were ousted. Coundoul describes how intense it all is.
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DC UNITED

Steven Goff of the Washington Post reports on his blog Soccer Insider that DCU's average home attendance for the regular season is 19,835. Their 3rd best season.
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KANSAS CITY WIZARDS

KC-centric blog The Back Post has an audio interview with young centerback Tyson Wahl who has had a very good season.
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LOS ANGELES GALAXY

AC Milan has invited Beckman to come and train with them during the offseason. And you can expect to see the English tabloid to start spitting out new rumors that he wants to leave LA and go back to play in the Premiership. Not going to happen.
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NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION

Monique Walker of the Boston Globe with an article on forward Kenny Mansally who just returned from international duty with Gambia.
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RED BULL NEW YORK

Goalkeeper Jon Conway and centerback Jeff Parke have each been handed 10 game suspension by MLS for using a performance enhancing supplements known as "androstatriendione (ATD) and boldenone metabolites". They were also fined $11,500 and $5800 respectively. Both players claimed innocence, but ignorance is another word that could be used in this case. Word has it that the league conducted a very thorough investigation over 2 months time.
-Here is the official MLS press release.
-And the New York Red Bulls press release.
-Stupid, Stupid, Stupid - Commentary by Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer.
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All the local outlets cover the story:
Big Apple Soccer
Metrofanatic
Newark Star Ledger
New York Post
New York Times Goal
Soccer By Ives
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Soccer By Ives also asks this important question: Was Thursday the worst day in Red Bulls/MetroStars history?
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Galarcep later posted an update with quotes from team coach Juan Carlos Osorio, trainer Rick Guter and captain Juan Pablo Angel.
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REAL SALT LAKE

James Edward of the Deseret News with an article on one of the teams newest signings, Canadian midfielder Will Johnson who has staked claim to a starting role and done a good job on the left flank.
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TORONTO FC

Dean McNulty of the Sun and Morgan Campbell of the Star both report that TFC's original hero Danny Dichio may call it a day after this season. The concussion issue is weighing on him.
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Larry Millson of the Globe & Mail says coach John Carver would like to stay on as coach for next season. Has he dropped his demand for a Designated Player?
-Millson also reports that the teams season ticket renewal rate is at 95%.
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GENERAL

US Soccer gives us a review of the referee's from Week 29 of the season. Download or listen here.
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Jeff Bradley at MLSnet gives us his top headlines as we are down to the last 2 weeks of the regular season in his column First XL: Headline News.
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MLS Expansion News

The Toronto Globe & Mail on George Gillet's interest in the Montreal expansion bid. He owns the Montreal Canadiens and Liverpool.
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The LA Times blog The Fabulous Forum has some quotes from Barcelona president Joan Laporte about their bid for a team in Miami.
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Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America gives his thoughts on each of the 7 bidders for a new team. Via Sports Illustrated.
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US Soccer News

US Soccer tells about the unprecedented access that coaches of teams in the US Academy program have to the senior national team coaching staff. Pretty cool. (thanks to BQ for this one)
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Soccer In America

The LA Times with the story of a one man grassroots soccer machine is urban LA.
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Americans In Europe

TRANSFER RUMORS

Fulham has put Clint Dempsey on the block for the January transfer window.
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UPCOMING MATCHES

Michael Bradley is expected to be in Monchengladbach's starting line up today when they travel to Bochum. Currently in last place, they need a win badly.
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CONCACAF Champions League News

Matchday 5 begins next Tue Oct 21.
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Official CCL website
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Canada & CSA News

Ben Knight of the Toronto Globe & Mail implores Steve Nash to not only help Vancouver get a MLS team, but to also help save the Canadian Soccer Association.
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John Molinaro of the CBC writes that even a tie against Mexico can't lift his spirits about the national team.
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South American News

Argentina coach Alfio Basile (the Rodney Dangerfield of futbol) has resigned from the team. On Wednesday they were beaten 0-1 at home Chile, and that was apparently the last straw. They currently sit in 3rd place after 10 of 18 rounds.
-Check out pictures of Alfio - and - Rodney. Twin brothers!
-Marcela Mora y Aruajo of the Guardian feels Carlos Bianchi should be the next Argentina coach. He has a twin brother too. Riff Raff from Rocky Horror Picture Show. Bianchi - and - Riff.
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FIFA.com with an article on Sunday's El Superclasico - River Plate v Boca Juniors!
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England News

Richard Williams of the Guardian tells England fans the role that Beckman is currently playing is vital to their success. He makes some very valid points here.
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The Independent reports that Manchester United has 2 full time scouts in Brazil alone.
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Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has had surgery on both feet to fix some nerve damage, its called neuroma. He will be out for about 2 weeks.
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European News

ITALY

Juventus's young star-in-the-making Sebastian Giovinco has signed a two year contract extension.
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SCOTLAND

[CORRECTION - LINK ADDED]
Ewan Murray of the Guardian gives us the latest from Scotland's national team (it has not been smooth sailing) and their progress in World Cup qualifying. Have I ever told you that the Scottish are some of my favorite people on earth? They are. And they may have the most wicked sense of humor of all peoples.
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SPAIN

ESPN Soccernet has a Q & A with Real Madrid midfielder Arjen Robben.
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UEFA Champions League

Matchday 3 is next week on Tue Oct 21 & Wed Oct 22.
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UEFA Cup

The Group Stage matches begin Thu Oct 23.
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Big Club Matches This Week

Argentine Primera
-Sun Oct 19
River Plate v Boca Juniors - the ultimate South American derby takes place in Argentina
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Brasileiro
-Sun Oct 19
Vasco da Gama v Flamengo - the Millions derby, the biggest in Brazil
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La Liga
-Sat Oct 18
Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid - the Madrid derby
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Serie A
-Sun Oct 19
Roma v Inter - last years top two want to make sure they are near the top early in the season
Catania v Palermo - the Sicilian derby
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Bundesliga
-Sat Oct 18
Werder Bremen v Borussia Dortmund - contenders to a wide open title race
-Sun Oct 19
Hamburg v Schalke - the top dogs take on another contender
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Ligue Un
-Sat Oct 18
Bordeaux v Toulouse - two surprise Challengers who are sitting right behind leaders Lyon.
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Scottish Premier League
-Sun Oct 19
Hibernian v Hearts - the Edinbrough derby
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Belgian Jupiler League
-Sun Oct 19
Club Brugge v Cercle Brugge - the Brugge derby
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Mexican Primera
-Sat Oct 18
Monterrey v UANL Tigres - the Monterrey derby
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Eredivisie
-Sat Oct 18
NAC Breda v PSV - #3 hosts #2
Ajax v Groningen - the perennial champs v this years upstarts
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Middle Eastern News

The AP reports that Palestine's "national team" will play a "home game" in Gaza City. I only put those things in quotes because sadly they seem like a people without a home.

4 Comments:

Blogger elopingcamel said...

No link to Scotland story? I too love Scotland and would love to read it.

6:38 PM  
Anonymous KirkBhoy said...

Those of us who follow the Scottish national team are suffering through these qualifiers. I'm almost sympathetic of Kris Boyd. Almost.

7:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who's Beckman? I see him talked about twice.

Also, it's pretty clear how something that's available over the counter can be banned. There's practically no regulation for OTC supplements. And the players know the rules. Or they should.

4:48 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

beckman is the only soccer player in the world who my mom knows their name

8:11 AM  

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