Friday, December 12, 2008

Muchos Gracias Amigo News

All of you USA fans need to listen to the audio of an interview Glenn Davis did with coach Bob Bradley on Wednesday night. Here is the direct link to download or listen.

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Toluca are poised to win the Mexican Apertura Championship after taking a 2-0 lead in the first leg on the road last night! The second leg is Sunday.


MLS Team News

COLUMBUS CREW

Do we have any reason to believe that someone besides current assistant coach Robert Warzycha will be named the teams new head coach soon?
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KANSAS CITY WIZARDS

The Springfield Missouri Soccer site has a Wizarsds season review written by midfielder Jack Jewsbury. (Thanks to K for sending this one our way!)
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SEATTLE SOUNDERS

So why hasn't Sigi Schmid been announced as the teams first head coach yet? My guess is that with all the rumors flying about Columbus accusing Seattle of tampering with their coach while still under contract, that the league will have to step in a decide if Seattle should be punished in any way before a final deal to secure the coach can be done.
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They have confirmed that over 18,000 season tickets have been soon so far, and they plan to crack 20,000 by opening day. They are shooting for 27,000 per game sold.
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MLS Expansion News

Luis Bueno at Sports Illustrated weighs in on his thoughts on the Barcelona-Miami MLS franchise bid.
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College News

Men's College Cup - from Pizza Hut Park in Frisco TX.
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Semifinals
-Fri Dec 12
Wake Forest v North Carolina - 4:30pm central on ESPN2
Maryland v St Johns - 7pm central on ESPNU
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Final
-Sun Dec 14
Winners - 12 Noon central live on ESPN2
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Caribbean Championship

Jamaica is the host country. And the 4 Semifinalists qualify for next summer's Gold Cup.
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Official web site
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Semifinals
-Thu Dec 11
Jamaica 2-0 Guadeloupe - Jam goals by Oneil Thompson & Luton Shelton.
Cuba 2-2 Grenada - Grenada advance 6-5 on PK's after extra time. Cuba goals by Joel Colome & Roberto Linares. Gren goals by Ricky Charles(PK) & Kithson Bain.
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Final
-Sun Dec 14
Jamaica v Grenada - live at 5pm central on Fox Socce Channel.
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Mexico & FMF News

Apertura Final
-Thu Dec 11
Cruz Azul 0-2 Toluca - Tol goals by Paulo Da Silva & Amaury Ponce.
-Sun Dec 14
Toluca v Cruz Azul - live at 12noon central on Telemundo.
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Brazil

Would you sign a guy that looks like this to be the star of your team? Corinthians just did.
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Argentina

They come down to the last round of the Argentine Primera season with 4 teams still in it, and 3 of them tied at #1!!!
-Here are the standings, and next weekends opponents:
36 San Lorenzo - at Argentinos Juniors
36 Tigre - v Banfield
36 Boca Juniors - v Colon de Santa Fe - see it delayed at 2am Monday morning on Fox Soccer Channel
34 Lanus - v San Martin de Tucuman
-A playoff ensues if teams are tied on points.
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The Weekends Biggest Club Matches From Around The World

La Liga
-Sat Dec 13
Barcelona v Real Madrid - El Classico with Madrid's season hanging in the balance - live at 3pm central on GolTV
-Sun Dec 14
Sevilla v Villarreal - #4 hosts #2 - live at 12noon central on GolTV
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Serie A
-Sun Dec 14
Juventus v Milan - one of the oldest & nastiest battles around - live at 1:30pm central on Fox Soccer Channel
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Ligue 1
-Sun Dec 14
Lyon v Marseille - #1 v #2 - - live at 2pm central on Setanta
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Eredivisie
-Fri Dec 12
Ajax v NAC Breda - #2 v #4 - no US TV
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Premiership
-Sun Dec 14
Chelsea v West Ham - a London derby - live at 10pm central on Fox Soccer Channel
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UEFA Champions League

The draw for the round of 16 knock outs will be held on Fri Dec 19.
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FIFA News

The 5 finalists for the 2008 FIFA World Players are:
-Xavi Hernandez - Spain & Barcelona
-Ricky Kaka - Brazil & AC Milan
-Lionel Messi - Argentina & Barcelona
-Cristiano Ronaldo - Portugal & Manchester United
-Fernando Torres - Spain & Liverpool
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The award will be handed out on Mon Jan 12 in Zurich.
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FIFA Club World Cup

The FIFA Club World Cup starts December 11th in Japan.
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Matches & Scores:
-Thu Dec 11
Adelaide United 2-1 Waitakere United - AU goals by Daniel Mullen & Travis Dodd. WU goal by Paul Seaman.
-Fri Dec 12
Al Ahly v Pachuca - live at 10:30pm central on Fox Soccer Channel
-Sun Dec 14
Adelaide v Gamba Osaka - live at 4:30am central on Fox Soccer Channel
-Wed Dec 17 - Semifinal
Al Ahly/Pachuca winner v Liga de Quito - live at 4:30am central on Fox Soccer Channel
-Thu Dec 18 - Semifinal
Adelaide/Gamba winner v Manchester United - live at 4:30am central on Fox Soccer Channel
-Sun Dec 21 - Final
Winner 1 v Winner 2 - live at 4:30am central on Fox Soccer Channel
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Official web site

7 Comments:

Anonymous joe said...

late news from the AP Wire: Toronto FC acquired All-Star and Canadian international Dwayne De Rosario from the Houston Dynamo on Friday in exchange for defender Julius James and allocation money.

5:51 PM  
Blogger digchros said...

Jack Bell of the New York Times and Luis Bueno have each brought up new problems with the Barcelona-Miami bid in the past two days.

Bell explained how, with the single entity system and discovery claims etc., Barcelona would probably not be able to send its players to MLS.

He also pointed out that, since Barcelona is a Nike club, any Barcelona FC gear would not even be allowed to be sold at their football stadium. MLS has a contract with Adidas.

Bueno pointed out that the reason no CD Chivas players come over to Chivas USA is because they make more money riding the bench or in the reserves in Mexico then it they were starting here. Barcelona would only be more drastic.

Portland and St. Louis for me.

6:38 PM  
Anonymous joe said...

more late news. Sigi will be cleared for Seattle:

from the Ticker: The tampering issue surrounding Columbus Crew coach Sigi Schmid and the expansion Seattle Sounders FC apparently has been resolved.

The clubs reached a resolution on Friday, with Seattle agreeing to send allocation money and cash to Columbus, which Schmid led to the MLS Cup title last month.

11:14 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

yes digchros, you are right

the jack bell story was linked here on thursday and the luis bueno story here today

enjoy

10:45 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

thanks for the updates joe
much apprecitated

10:46 AM  
Blogger digchros said...

Hey Bruce,

I didn't mean to imply you didn't have those. I just wanted to emphasize two of the articles you had posted, because I thought they were very important.

Thanks!

9:45 AM  
Anonymous Amigo Mobility Scooters said...

Bell explained how, with the single entity system and discovery claims etc., Barcelona would probably not be able to send its players to MLS.

6:37 AM  

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