Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Grinding The Day Away News

There are 7 official bidders for MLS expansion teams beginning in 2011. They say that two of these will be in line for a franchise: Miami (Barcelona), Atlanta (Falcons), Montreal (Impact), Vancouver (Whitecaps), Portland (Timbers), Ottawa (Senators) & St Louis (Jeff Cooper).


Bayern Munich midfielder Ze Roberto on a possible move to MLS: "FC Dallas like other clubs have expressed an interest in me, but I haven't yet made up my mind about staying in Germany or not." See European News-Germany section.


Houston defender Eddie Robinson has words for San Jose players and fans (where the Houston team moved from 3 years ago): "We’re looking forward to showing them who won the two championships there, and who won the two here.” See more in the MLS Schedule-match preview section.

Team USA

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Oct 15
Trinidad & Tobago v USA - live at 7pm central on ESPN
Venue: Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad
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FIFA now mandates that players can only wear numbers 1-18 for World Cup qualifiers.
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DaMarcus Beasley has been named team Captain for tonight.
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Luis Bueno at Sideline Views lists 5 USA players who he feels should step up and lead.
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Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated says he is excited to see the new boys get a shot. And a few other soccer goodies too.
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Beau Dure of USA Today gives his thoughts on the USA roster.
-Dure also breaks down the US team player by player on his blog The Netminder.
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The Trinidad Express with an article comparing long forgotten politics to tonight's game. Good stuff.
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The Express also calls the USA their arch-rivals.
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The T&T Guardian talks to 40 year old midfielder Russell Latapy who they are counting on to lead them to victory. Our young guns need to run him ragged from minute 1.
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The Guardian then looks at the rest of the team, who are also relying on quite old Dwight Yorke, fairly old Stern John, and team-less Cornell Glen to lead. Does that sound like a recipe for success to you?
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US Soccer has an audio interview with midfielder Jose Francisco Torres. Download or listen here.
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They also have some great behind the scenes video from this week's prep.
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Tons of notes on this match and the national team from US Soccer.
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Official Team Blog
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The roster for Wednesday night at T&T:
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa
Troy Perkins - Valerenga
Jonathan Bornstein - Chivas USA
Dan Califf - Midtjylland
Frankie Hejduk - Columbus Crew
Michael Orozco - San Luis
Heath Pearce - Hansa Rostock
Marvell Wynne - Toronto
Freddy Adu - Monaco
DaMarcus Beasley - Rangers
Brian Carroll - Columbus
Maurice Edu - Rangers
Sacha Kljestan - Chivas USA
Danny Szetela - Brescia
Jose Francisco Torres - Pachuca
Jozy Altidore - Villarreal
Charlie Davies - Hammarby
Chris Rolfe - Chicago
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MLS Scoreboard

Week 30
Matches & Scores:
-Wed Oct 15
Houston v San Jose - 8pm central on Direct Kick
Match preview by Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle.
Match preview by Elliot Almond of the San Jose Mercury News.
-Thu Oct 16
DC v New England - 6:30pm central on ESPN2
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League Standings
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MLS News


Orrin Schwarz of the Daily Herald feels that the Fire must beginning focusing on the playoffs NOW.
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Luis Arroyave of the Tribune on his blog The Red Card says at one time the Fire had floated the idea of a tribute game to their recently retired midfielder Chris Armas. But we have seen or heard nothing since. What's up?
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Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union Tribune with an article on midfielder Greg Dalby who returned to the US this season after playing in Europe.
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Diego Aparicio of the Morning News with more on Kenny Cooper's reasoning for not joining Team USA this week.
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Goalkeeper Louis Crayton posted a message today about all the support he has gotten since he was verbally assaulted with racial slurs last Saturday night in Houston. From the teams official blog Behind The Badge.
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Randy Covitz of the KC Star with a great article on the player the Wiz found in an open tryout this spring, and is seeing real playing time down the stretch - Kevin Souter. Just fantastic for this guy.
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Michael Lewis at Big Apple Soccer talks to forward Juan Pablo Angel about how the team goes about securing a playoff spot.
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James Edward of the Deseret News looks at how RSL is attempting to build a solid core of players to grow the team around.
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Edward also writes about the return to Salt Lake City of the teams original head coach John Ellinger who comes to Salt Lake this weekend as an assistant coach with FC Dallas.
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Nigel Reed of the CBC says there are positives to be taken from TFC's second season.
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Grahame Jones of the LA Times on their blog The Fabulous Forum takes a look at Ruud Gullit's idiotic anti-MLS statements that got printed yesterday.
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MLS Exhibition Matches

Rio Grande Plate:
-Tue Oct 14
FC Dallas 3-2 UANL Tigres (Mexico) - FCD goals by Aaron Pitchkolan(2) & Jamie Watson. UANL goals by Guillermo Marino & Lucas Ayala.
Attendance: 5,712
Venue: Pizza Hut Park, Frisco TX
-The annual battle for the Plate ended 4-4 on aggregate. Tigres won 3-1 on Penalty Kicks to claim the trophy.
-Tigres had a player sent off for a 2nd Yellow Card during the PK's. He was called for delay. Another of their players got a 1st Yellow Card for the same thing. I have never heard of anything like that before.
-FCD used a full squad of reserves for this game, while Tigres used 7 regulars.
Match report by Diego Aparicio of the Dallas Morning News.
Match report by Tobias Xavier Lopez of the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
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MLS Expansion News

The Toronto Globe & Mail with a story on the bids for new teams being proposed in 3 more Canadian cities - Ottawa, Montreal & Vancouver.
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The Atlanta Journal Constitution on Arthur Blank's bid.
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The St Louis Business Journal on Jeff Cooper's application.
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US Soccer News does a Q & A with Team USA fitness master Pierre Barrieu.
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Americans In Europe

Yanks Abroad talks to Jozy Altidore about the beginning of his Spanish adventure.
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Greg Seltzer at Soccer 365 talks to Jonathan Spector who is nearly ready to rejoin practice sessions at West Ham after recovering from hip surgery.
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Americans In Mexico

Grahame Jones of the LA Times with his article on Jose Francisco Torres choosing the USA national team over Mexico.
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CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Schedule

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Oct 15
Trinidad & Tobago v USA
Cuba v Guatemala
Jamaica v Honduras
Canada v Mexico
El Salvador v Surinam
Costa Rica v Haiti
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Group Standings after 4 of 6 matches:
*12 USA
5 Guatemala
5 Trinidad & Tobago
x0 Cuba
9 Honduras
9 Mexico
4 Jamaica
x1 Canada
*12 Costa Rica
7 El Salvador
2 Haiti
x1 Suriname
* Advanced to The Hexagon.
x Elimindated
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Canada & CSA News

Ben Knight of the Toronto Globe & Mail looks at ideas for fixing the CSA.
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Mexico & FMF News

Sven needs a big win tonight. Or Else?!?!?!?!
-The Toronto Sun even got to ask him how tense things are right now.
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CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying

Matches & Scores:
-Tue Oct 14
Bolivia 2-2 Uruguay
-Wed Oct 15
Brazil v Colombia
Chile v Argentina
Paraguay v Peru
Venezuela v Ecuador
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England News

The Independent says England must find a way to nurture young English managers.
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European News


Paul Doyle of the Guardian looks at the future of the national team now that coach Raymond Domenech has avoided being fired.
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Duetsche Welle has a Q & A with Bayern midfielder Ze Roberto, who discusses the teams horrible start to the season, and his future.
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DW's blog Ballspiel tells us about two German youngsters to keep our eyes on.


Gazzetta reports that for the 100th time Inter want to move out of the San Siro, which they share with Milan. Less talk, more action.
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UEFA World Cup Qualifying

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Oct 15
Austria 1-3 Serbia
Belarus 1-3 England
Belgium 1-2 Spain
Bosnia-Herzegovina 4-1 Armenia
Croatia 4-0 Andorra
Czech Republic 1-0 Slovenia
Estonia 0-0 Turkey
Georgia 0-0 Bulgaria
Germany 1-0 Wales
Greece 1-2 Switzerland
Iceland 1-0 Macedonia
Ireland 1-0 Cyprus
Italy 2-1 Montenegro
Latvia 1-1 Israel
Lithuania 1-0 Faroe Islands
Luxembourg 0-0 Moldova
Malta 0-1 Hungary
N Ireland 4-0 San Marino
Norway 0-1 Netherlands
Portugal v Albania
Russia 3-0 Finland
Slovakia 2-1 Poland
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Jack Warner/Sepp Blatter/FIFA Idiocy & Scandal News

The Telegraph says England are counting on all those Caribbean Island votes to help them secure the 2018 World Cup bid. And you know who has his hand in that cookie jar.
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African News

The finalists for the African Footballer Of The Year have been announced:
Emmanuel Adebayor - Togo - Arsenal
Mohamed Aboutrika - Egypt - Al Ahly
Didier Drogba - Cote d'Ivoire - Chelsea
Michael Essien - Ghana - Chelsea
Amr Zaki - Egypt - Wigan
-Buuuuuuuuuuuuuut...... Drogba says he wants to part of this award. Let's flash back to last January and the announcement of the winner of this award. By all accounts the award was to be given to Drogba, but he could not attend the ceremony due to the fact that his nation Cote d'Ivoire were playing in an African Nations Cup semifinal the next. So they refused to give him the award and gave it to Frederic Kanoute of Sevilla instead, because he promised to attend. Insanity!
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Asia World Cup Qualifying

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Oct 15
Australia 4-0 Qatar
Iran 2-1 N Korea
Japan 1-1 Uzbekistan
S Korea 4-1 United Arab Emirates
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Some teams have now played 3 of 8 matches in this final round, while others have only played 2.


Blogger FC Uptown said...

I guess the old guys were the perfect recipe for success after all. We got taken to the woodshed by the blue plate special crew.

10:51 PM  
Anonymous KirkBhoy said...

As one of the 8 non-Tigres fans at the FCD game (sad because it was such a wide-open game, unusual for a friendly), I'm pretty sure the guy was intentionally delaying the game because of the ball. In the first half they used the MLS ball, but in the 2nd half they used the FMF ball. For the PKs they set up w/ the MLS ball, I think the guy was delaying so that Tigres could take their kicks w/ the Mexican ball. Even Tigres's manager got involved. Eventually the ref gave in and they shot their PKs with their yellow ball.

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