Friday, October 31, 2008

My Nephew Said My Mom Is Creepy News

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MLS Scoreboard

Playoffs
Quarterfinals - 1st Leg Matches & Scores:
-Thu Oct 30
New England 0-0 Chicago
Attendance: 5,221 (Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice)
Venue: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough MA
Match report by Monique Walker of the Boston Globe.
Match report by Kyle McCarthy of the Boston Herald.
Match report by Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune.
Match report from the Providence Journal.
Match report from the Attleboro Sun Chronicle.
Match report from the Chicago Sun Times. Also written by McCarthy.
Match report from Chicago's Daily Herald.
Post game notes by Arroyave on his blog The Red Card.
Post game video interviews of NER coach and players from the teams official blog.
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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MLS News

CD CHIVAS USA

Nick Green of the Daily Breeze on his blog 100 Percent Soccer has a Q & A with defender Carey Talley.
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The Deseret News with an article on the little known kid from Utah, Justin Braun, who not only made the Chivas USA but has contributed top during a season riddle with injured forwards. A great story. And now he comes home to face RSL in the playoffs.
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The team has lost Chivas forward Atiba Harris for at least game 1 of the playoffs due to a thigh muscle injury suffered at practice.
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COLUMBUS CREW

Great picture of team captain Frankie Hejduk hoisting the Supporters Shield with the fans of the Nordecke. From the teams official blog.
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Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America wonders if Columbus can repeat their regular season form in the playoffs.
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DC UNITED

DCU named Clyde Simms as their Defender of the Year, and Jaime Moreno as their MVP.
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Steven Goff of the Washington Post on his blog Soccer Insider breaks down the season Simms had in minutes played, and what his worth is in the money they pay for him, then compares it to a guy like Gallardo.
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KANSAS CITY WIZARDS

Randy Covitz of the Star looks at the moment this season when the Wiz turned the page on the struggling.
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LOS ANGELES GALAXY

Soccer By Ives adds some more thoughts to the idea of Landon Donovan moving to Europe.
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Jeff Carlisle of Center Line Soccer was on the media conference call announcing the loan of Beckman to Milan. Here are the highlights of that call. A couple of interesting things here.
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Andrea Canales at Goal.com thinks the Milan move could be a "blessing in disguise" for LAG.
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NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION

5,221 in attendance for a playoff game. I am anxious to hear the excuses.
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Both Monique Walker of the Boston Globe and Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald with stories on Chris Tierney who got the start at left fullback last night, and handled himself quite well. He even had some quality moments going forward. Is he going to be another one of those unknowns that Nicol and Mariner have found that turns into a class player?
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RED BULL NEW YORK

Seth Stammler is out of the playoffs. He had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Not what they needed.
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Michael Lewis at Big Apple Soccer talks to NYRB technical director Jeff Agoos about the future of manager Juan Carlos Osorio.
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Stefan Bondy of the Herald News on the teams second chance in the playoffs.
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Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger with an article on keeper Danny Cepero who is going to have to step up and be huge if this team has any hopes of surviving the first round of the playoffs against Houston.
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The team has named Kevin Goldthwaite are their Defender of the Year, and Juan Pablo Angel as their MVP.
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REAL SALT LAKE

James Edward of the Deseret News looks at the RSL players who DO have lots of playoff experience.
-Edwards has a couple more player quotes on the papers RSL blog.
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TORONTO FC

Ben Knight of the Toronto Globe & Mail blog On Soccer gives big praise to all TFC fans! I agree! Even though you have an erector set stadium, with hideous fake turf, a godawful team, and an even worse general manager, you are top-notch A-1 supporters. And yes You Do Deserve Better! Thank you for raising the standard of MLS fandom.
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Ryan Johnston of Sports Net in Canada considers the Designated Player option for TFC.
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John Molinaro of the CBC looks at what Designated Players have done for other teams.
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MLS Rumor City - Don't Tease Me Bro!

Cafu: "I am studying offers from MLS, but also from Palmeiras and Corinthians."
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MLS Seattle Expansion News

Kyle McCarthy of Goal.com looks at the signing of Freddie Luneburg and thinks - mistake. Could not agree with you more Kyle.
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Americans In Europe

Ravi Ubha of ESPN Soccernet with an article on Lee Nguyen who is starting to see more and more playing time at Randers in Denmark.
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CONCACAF News

FIFA.com has an article on Costa Rica & Saprissa leader Walter Centeno.
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FIFA.com has an article on the man who has seemingly brought Trinidad & Tobago back from the dead - 40 year old Russell Latapy.
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CONCACAF Champions League

Official CCL website
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Matchday 6
Matches & Scores:
-Tue Oct 28
Firpo 1-1 Houston - LAF goal by Fernando Leguizamon. HD goal by Stuart Holden.
Olimpia 4-0 Joe Public - Oli goals by Allan Kardeck Dos Santos(2), Oscar Boniek Garcia & Nestor Fabian Silva.
Atlante 2-1 Montreal - Atl goals by Gabriel Pereyra & Clemente Ovalle. MI goal by Joey Gjertsen.
-Wed Oct 29
Pumas 6-0 San Francisco - UNAM goals by Paco Palencia(2), Bravo, David Toledo, Javier Cortes & Fernando Santana.
DC 2-4 Marathon - DCU goals by Francis Doe & Greg Janicki. Mara goals by Saul Martinez, Mario Berrios, Milton Nunez & Marvin Chavez.
Saprissa 1-0 Cruz Azul - Sap goal by Alejandro Alpizar.
Tauro 2-2 Puerto Rico - Tau goals both by Brunette Hay(one via PK). PRI goals by Osei Telesford & Fabrice Noel.
-Thu Oct 30
Municipal 4-4 Santos Laguna - Muni goals by Pando Ramirez(3 - two via PK) & Carlos Cesar Leguizamon. SL goals by Agustin Herrera(3 - also two via PK) & Oribe Peralta.
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Make Up Games:
-Wed Nov 5
Marathon v Saprissa
-Wed Nov 26
Houston v Firpo
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Standings (games played):
Group A
10 Cruz Azul (6)
10 Saprissa (5)
10 Marathon (5)
% 1 DC (6)
Group B
*12 UNAM Pumas (6)
8 Firpo (5)
6 Houston (5)
% 2 San Francisco (6)
Group C
* 11 Montreal (6)
* 11 Atlante (6)
% 8 Olimpia (6)
% 3 Joe Public (6)
Group D
*10 Santos Laguna (6)
*8 Puerto Rico (6)
%8 Tauro (6)
%6 Municipal (6)

* Advanced
% Elimidated
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UNAM Pumas, Montreal Impact, Atlante, Santos Laguna & Puerto Rico Islanders have advanced to the knock out stage next spring, with 3 more teams left to join them.
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Mexico & FMF News

The LA Times blog The Fabulous Forum reports that due to the sinking US economy the Mexican Soccer Federation, which has been run on the US Dollar, will begin using the Mexican Peso as its currency. Wow.
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South American News

Marcela Mora y Araujo of the Guardian says Maradona's presence alone may be enough to inspire Argentina to true greatness.
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The New York Times blog Goal tells us what Diego Maradona means to Argentina.
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England News

Matt Hughes of the Times reports that money is so tight at Chelsea now that the team will have to sell players in order to buy new ones.
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European News

GERMANY

The Bundesliga website has an article on the player who is most responsible for the strong start to the season by Hoffenheim - its the unlikely Vedad Ibisevic.
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Raphael Honigstein of the Guardian writes about the rough start to the season for a team that is supposed to be a title contender, Werder Bremen.
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Bayern Munich striker Luca Toni has tried to come back too early from a torn stomach muscle and will now be out another 2-3 weeks.
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ITALY

Gazzetta reports that just like the last 2 seasons Inter forward Adriano cannot live life without a constant party that comes before football. So he is already in the doghouse of new coach Jose Mourinho and will most likely be gone for good come January. It's sad when someone that talented cannot hold it together.
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RUSSIA

Zenit has extended the contract of coach Dick Advocaat for another year.
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SCOTLAND

Ewan Murray of the Guardian looks at the return of Barry Ferguson (thanks for the email Barry) to the Rangers line up. Is this the player to take them over the top?
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Big Club Matches Around The World This Mid-Week

England Premier
-Sat Nov 1
Manchester United v Hull - Hull have another huge test after failing at home against Chelsea.
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Italy Serie A
-Sat Nov 1
Juventus v Roma - a bitter old rivalry
-Sat Nov 2
AC Milan v Napoli - another old rivalry, helped by a revival in Naples
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Holland Eredivisie
-Sat Nov 1
NAC Breda v Groningen - 2 surprise teams right up at the top fighting it out.
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Russia Premier
-Sat Nov 1
CSKA Moscow v Spartak Moscow - another Moscow derby
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Argentina Primera
-Sun Nov 2
Boca Juniors v San Lorenzo - #3 hosts #1
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Brazil Brasileiro
-Sun Nov 2
Fluminense v Vasco da Gama - another of the big Rio derby's.
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African News

Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian with a tribute to one of Africa's all time great players - Robert Mensah. Wilson does it again, digging up a truly great story!
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This Is The End

Amazing video footage promoting FIFA Street 3 game. (thanks to JJ for this)

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no excuses... there are only reasons for that attendance number. Bad location, thursday night, and mom told us we could either go to the game or out trick-or-treating on friday, not both.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

It's hard to get people to motivate to go down to Foxboro on short notice when it's not perfect weather. I'm not making excuses, it's really sad that revs playoff games are so poorly attended, but that always happens.

5:08 PM  
Anonymous sasha said...

Lets wait and see on Ljungberg. I don't doubt the on-the-field criticisms aren't somewhat valid, but if I recall correctly the Blanco signing generated all sorts of "it's a mistake" articles when it first happened...and we all know how that's turned out.

and the slew of bitter "I played against Braun and he sucked" comments at the end of the Deseret article are hi-larious

6:32 PM  
Blogger The Soccer Source said...

speaking of hilarious, the reaction of American Soccer News' Chicago correspondent is pretty good:
http://fire.american-soccer-news.com/?p=228

11:20 PM  

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