Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Jeepers That Was Fast News

Taylor Twellman is OUT. He has continued to suffer concussion symptoms since his clash with LA keeper Steve Cronin back in late August. So the team is taking him out of commission until he is fully recovered. That would certainly explain his lack of being his normal self in the past several games. We all thought it was due to overall team tiredness and injury depletion, but this explains some of it too. Very sad to see. But I am glad he is dealing with it properly. Here is the official news release from the team.


MLS Scoreboard

Playoff Schedule
Quarterfinals - 1st Leg Matches & Scores:
-Thu Oct 30
New England v Chicago - 6:30pm central on ESPN2
Venue: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough MA
-Sat Nov 1
New York v Houston - 4pm central on Direct Kick
Venue: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford NJ
Salt Lake v Chivas - 5pm central on FSC
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy UT
Kansas City v Columbus - 7pm central on HDNet
Venue: Community America Ballpark, Kansas City KS
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Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle previews the first round series v NYRB.
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Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune looks ahead to Fire v Revs.
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Michael Lewis of the NY Daily News previews New York v Houston.
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Jeff Carlisle of ESPN Soccernet previews the Western Conference playoff matchups.
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Ives Galarcep of ESPN Soccernet previews the Eastern Conference playoff matchups.
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MLS News

COLUMBUS CREW

Shawn Mitchell of the Dispatch reports on the team handing out post season awards. Guillermo Barros Schelotto was named Most Valuable Player, no surprise there.
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DC UNITED

Steven Goff of the Washington Post on his blog Soccer Insider has some season ending DCU notes.
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Goff also has a Q & A with midfielder Ben Olson who has been out all season with ankle troubles.
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HOUSTON DYNAMO

Bernardo Fallas of the Chronicle says mostly reserves will line up tonight to face El Salvador's Luis Angel Firpo in the Champions League. It looks like even head coach Dominic Kinnear will stay at home for this one.
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Glenn Davis of the Chronicle pitches the Dynamo for dynasty status.
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LOS ANGELES GALAXY

Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune says Beckman has failed to live up to the hype.
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Nick Green of the Daily Breeze looks ahead to next year with the Galaxy.
-An a few more team notes on his blog 100 Percent Soccer.
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NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION

Midfielder Shalrie Joseph apologized for his comments after their game on Saturday night. He had stated that the team went after Herculez Gomez on purpose because he had injured Steve Ralston 2 weeks prior. Here is the apology from Jospeh and a statement from the team concerning that apology:
-STATEMENT FROM NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION MIDFIELDER SHALRIE JOSEPH: "I want to apologize for my comments after our game on Saturday night against Kansas City. I was still caught up in the heat of the match. I regret implying that we were looking for payback. I know my comments don’t reflect the feelings of my teammates or the club."
-STATEMENT FROM THE NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION: “We apologize for Shalrie Joseph’s comments following our match on Saturday night. There was no concerted effort to single out any player on Kansas City’s squad. We would never condone such behavior or actions.”
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I would not be surprised if the league punished Joseph for his initial remarks, because while he did apologize, anyone who watched the game could clearly see that some of the New England players did target Gomez for retribution.
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REAL SALT LAKE

A local news reporter in SLC tries to figure out how much extra playoffs games and potential international matches next season could mean financially to RSL.
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TORONTO FC

John Molinaro of the CBC hands out post season grades for TFC by positions, coaching, management and overall.
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GENERAL

Steve Davis at MLSnet with a look at the Crew attack and other MLS thoughts.
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Pat Walsh of Goal.com notices that many of the leagues top goal scorers this season are not in the playoffs.
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Andrea Canales of Goal.com talks to the just retired Greg Vanney who looks at a league getting younger and doesn't like what he sees. To me he kind of sounds like a guy who is a little bitter because he physically can't keep up anymore.
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MLS Exhibition Matches

Friendly Matches & Scores:
-Tue Oct 28
Portland Timbers (USL1) v Toronto FC
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MLS Rumor City - Don't Tease Me Bro!

Luis Bueno of the Press Enterprise writes about the possibility of Landon Donovan going back to Europe this winter.
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MLS Expansion News

The Echo of Essex England has quotes from Fredrik Ljungberg about signing with Seattle.
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Matthew Gaschk of the Seattle Post Intelligencer on the Ljungberg signing.
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Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America examines the choice Seattle has made in signing Ljungberg, and who their first head coach might be - there are some interesting bits of info here.
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Team USA

The dates are set for The Hexagon - next years last round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers:
Wed Feb 11
Sat Mar 28
Wed Apr 1
Sat Jun 6
Wed Jun 10
Wed Aug 12
Sat Sep 5
Wed Sep 9
Sat Oct 10
Wed Oct 14
-But the USA has been given permission to play games on Wed Jun 3 & Sun Jun 7 instead of 6 & 10 due to participation in the FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa from June 14-28.
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USA U20 News

Coach Thomas Rongen will take a team to Spain and play matches against club teams Nov 15-23. All opponents and dates to be announced. Here is the roster:
G:
Earl Edwards - LA Jolla Nomads
Josh Lambo - FC Dallas
D:
Gale Agbossoumonde - IMG Academy
Anthony Arena - Crossfire Premier
Kyle Davies - Southampton
Zarek Valentin - PA Classics
Anthony Wallace - FC Dallas
M:
Bryan Arguez - Hertha Berlin
Jorge Flores - Chivas USA
Gregory Garza - Sporting Lisbon
Josh Hernandez - FC Dallas Juniors
Jared Jeffrey - Club Brugge
Alfredo Morales - Hertha Berlin
Giuseppe Nazzani - Bologna
F:
Vincenzo Bernardo - Napoli
Tristan Bowen - Los Angeles Galaxy
Abdusalam Ibrahim - Toronto FC
Jose Torres - Loros de Colina
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Americans In Europe

Nice little quip on the Craven Cottage Newsround from Fulham manager Roy Hodgson talking about Clint Dempsey. And then there is this photo of contortionist Deuce taking the shot to score. (thanks to BQ for this link)
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UPCOMING MATCHES

Tue Oct 28
-Michael Bradley - Monchengladbach at Wolfsburg
-Colin Burns - Ljungskile v Malmo
-Bobby Convey - Reading at Burnley
-Grover Gibson - Ahlen at Alemania Aachen
-Marcus Hahnemann - Reading at Burnley
-Eddie Johnson - Cardiff v Blackpool
-Jemal Johnson - MK Dons at Leyton Orient
-Heath Pearce - Hansa Rostock v Greuther Furth
-Frank Simek - Sheffield Wed v Plymouth
-Danny Szetela - Brescia v Salernitana
-Etchu Tabe - Ljungskile v Malmo
-Zak Whitbread - Millwall v Hereford
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Wed Oct 29
-Freddie Adu - Monaco v Nancy Lorraine
-Jozy Altidore - Villarreal at Polideportivo Ejido - Copa Del Rey
-Bryan Arguez - Hertha Berlin v Hannover
-Gregg Berhalter - 1860 Munich v Koblenz
-Carlos Bocanegra - Rennes at Valenciennes
-Charlie Davies - Hammarby v Halmstad
-Clint Dempsey - Fulham v Wigan
-Brad Friedel - Aston Villa v Blackburn
-Brad Guzan - Aston Villa v Blackburn
-Tim Howard - Everton at Bolton
-Ryan Raybould - Gefle at Kalmar
-Neven Subotic - Borussia Dortmund at Koln
-Matt Taylor - Koblenz at 1860 Munich
-David Yelldell - Koblenz at 1860 Munich
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CONCACAF Champions League

Official CCL website
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Matchday 6
Matches & Scores:
-Tue Oct 28
Firpo v Houston
Olimpia v Joe Public
Atlante v Montreal
-Wed Oct 29
Pumas v San Francisco
DC v Marathon
Saprissa v Cruz Azul
Tauro v Puerto Rico
-Thu Oct 30
Municipal v Santos Laguna
-Wed Nov 5
Marathon v Saprissa
-Wed Nov 26
Houston v Firpo
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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 (5)
7 Tauro (5)
5 Municipal (5)
* Advanced
% Elimidated
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England News

The Times snags an all too rare interview with Man U coaching legend Sir Alex Ferguson. A wide range of topics is covered.
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Former Arsenal captain and current Portsmouth assistant coach Tony Adams has been handed the wheel of the Portsmouth company truck replacing Harry Redknapp who left to take the reigns at Tottenham last Friday.
-Redknapp attended an awards ceremony back in Portsmouth last night was booed and heckled by his former fans.
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Sid Lowe of the Guardian compares Tottenhams way-too-hands-on chairman Daniel Levy with the equally absurd and unsuccessful Jesus Gil late of Atletico Madrid.
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European News

John Molinaro of the CBC says the Balon D'or should be given to Paolo Maldini out of respect for his career achievements.
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FRANCE

Ben Lyttleton of the Guardian on the weekend in Ligue 1, and how Marseille's Hatim Ben Arfa is about to get a rude lesson in life. And the rest of the leauge.
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GERMANY

Raphel Honigstein of the Guardian tells us about the miracle of Hoffenheim. He says they "Party like it's 1899!" Hilarious. And more on the Bundesliga.
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The Deutsche Welle blog Ballspeil says the big money scouts from around Europe are already checking out the undervalued talent at Bundesliga #1 Hoffenheim.
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ITALY

Gazzetta rates the Serie A team performances from Round 8.
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Football Italia with a review of Round 8 in Serie A, with Round 9 happening already on Wednesday.
-Roma have already suffered more defeats in the first eight rounds than throughout all of last season and are hovering one tiny point above the relegation zone. Wow!
-It's a buzz cut for Jose.
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Sunday was the first time in 60 home games that Inter did not score a goal.
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SPAIN

The 1st leg of the Fourth Round of the Copa del Rey is this week. Here are the matches.
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OTHERS

Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian tells us about the abhorant owner of Steaua Bucharest. They have had 9 managers in the 5 years he owned the team, and most were not fired because they did not win.
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Big Club Matches Around The World This Mid-Week

England Premiership
-Wed Oct 29
Hull v Chelsea - the two teams tied for 2nd place, one a contender, the other a shocker.
Arsenal v Tottenham - the biggest London derby.
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Italy Serie A
-Wed Oct 29
Fiorentina v Inter Milan - one team would like to get close to the league title, and the other demands it.
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Netherlands Eredivisie
-Wed Oct 29
Sparta v Feyenoord - the Rotterdam derby.
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Brazil Brasileiro
-Wed Oct 29
Cruzeiro v Gremio - #2 v #1.
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Middle Eastern News

The Guardian on the rebirth of the Palestinian football assoc.

2 Comments:

OpenID markovitch said...

This friendly between the Timbers and TFC is news to all of us in Portland, and I'm pretty sure there wasn't a game last night. where'd you hear about it?

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