Thursday, January 22, 2009

Blindsided By The Power Of Physics News

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Sat Jan 24
USA v Sweden
7:30pm Central
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Real Madrid has set their sights on luring coach Arsene Wenger away from Arsenal for next season!


MLS Team News

COLORADO RAPIDS

Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune on the return to MLS of former Fire goalkeeper Matt Pickens, now with Colorado.
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FC DALLAS

Tribal Football has quotes from Victor Sikora saying he does not want to return to FCD, he wants to stay in Perth Australia where he is currently playing on loan.
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DC UNITED

Steven Goff at the Soccer Insider talked to Ben Olsen who trained with the team today. How is the ankle my man? Expect a full article on Friday.
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I see that Francis "Grandpa" Doe has re-signed with DCU (its acutally just another season on loa. Thanks to Joe for that info. I wish more people would jump on the bandwagon and use his proper nickname Grandpa. That is really his nickname. So please use it.
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Former Galaxy centerback Kyle Veris is in preseason training with DCU.
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One time Generation Adidas hopeful Quavas Kirk was not given a new deal this year or even invited to training camp.
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HOUSTON DYNAMO

The Daily Record of Scotland reports that HD asst coach John Spencer got some very harsh news yesterday - He has lost a law suit filed against him by a former team, Motherwell. They claim to have given him a 100,000 Pound ($140,000 US) loan while he was a player there, and did not pay it back. The judge sided with the team. Ouch.
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LOS ANGELES GALAXY

Grahame Jones of the Times has a few words from Bruce Arena after the teams first practice of the new year.
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What has LA done to improve one of the worst defenses in the history of MLS. Let Ty Harden go. Trade Ante Jazic. Draft Omar Gonzalez. Bring in Tony Sanneh.
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Centerback Sean Franklin had his hernia surgery in Germany today. He will be out about a month if not less.
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NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION

Keith Costigan of Fox Soccer does a Q & A with goalkeeper Matt Reis.
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SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES

The Quakes have re-signed centerback Nick Garcia. He was the team captain last year. And he remains one of the leagues great villains.
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SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC

SSFC is said to have lined up a friendly against Chelsea for mid-July.
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Jose Romero of the Times does a Q & A with backup keeper Chris Eylander.
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The Arizona Republic talks to their native son Brad Evans about winning it all with Columbus last year and now moving to a brand new team. (thanks to Bart for this one)
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GENERAL

Andrew Hush of ESPN Soccernet gives us a full page of notes from around the country.
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Our pal Andrew Wiebe a the Daily Kansan professes his undying love for MLS!
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MLS Exhibition Matches

Sat Mar 14
LA v Chicago in Tempe AZ at Sun Devil Stadium
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Team USA

Official team blog
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Jeff Carlisle of ESPN Soccernet with an article on Charlie Davies.
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Americans In Europe

Ravi Ubha of ESPN Soccernet with an article on Eddie Johnson.
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Landon Donovan at Bayern Munich

Here is what is on the docket for Landon Donovan and Bayern Munich over the next 2 weeks:
-Friendlies:
Bayern Munich 3-0 Bamberg -Sat Jan 17 - the game was played on a snow covered pitch with an orange ball. LD came on at half time already up 2-0 and did not figure in the last goal.
Kaiserslautern 0-2 Bayern Munich - Mon Jan 19 - LD came on as a sub in the 62nd minute and scored on a great glancing header to seal the win.
Bayern Munich v Mainz - Thu Jan 22
-DFB Pokal Round of 16:
Stuttgart v Bayern Munich - Tue Jan 27
-Bundesliga:
Hamburger v Bayern Munich - Fri Jan 30
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UNCAF Championship

Central American Championship Website
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This 7 team tournament, being hosted by Honduras, will qualify 4 teams for next summers CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Semifinalists are the ones who will advance.
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Group A
Belize
Honduras
Nicaragua
El Salvador
Group B
Costa Rica
Guatemala
Panama
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Group Stage Matches & Scores:
-Thu Jan 22
El Salvador v Nicaragua
Honduras v Belize
-Fri Jan 23
Costa Rica v Panama
-Sat Jan 24
Belize v El Salvador
Honduras v Nicaragua
-Sun Jan 25
Guatemala v Costa Rica
-Mon Jan 26
Nicaragua v Belize
Honduras v El Salvador
-Tue Jan 27
Panama v Guatemala
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England News

Cristiano Ronaldo is named after Ronald Reagan.
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European News

ITALY

Copa Italia
Quarterfinal Matches & Scores:
-Wed Jan 21
Inter 2-1 Roma - Inter adv to Semi
Sampdoria 1-1 Udinese - Amp adv to SEmi 4-1 on Penalties after the extra times ended tied.
-Thu Jan 22
Lazio 3-1 Torino - Lazio adv to Semi
-Wed Feb 4
Napoli v Juventus
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NETHERLANDS

KNVB Beker
Round of 16 Matches & Scores:
-Tue Jan 20
Dordrecht 0-1 De Graafschap
Feyenoord Rotterdam 0-3 Heerenveen
-Wed Jan 21
AZ Alkmaar 3-0 Achilles 29
NEC Nijmegen 2-1 Sparta Rotterdam
Roda JC Kerkrade 2-0 Lienden
Volendam 3-0 SBV Excelsior
NAC Breda 2-2 Groningen - NAC adv 7-6 on Penalty Kicks after Extra Time ended tied.
-Thu Jan 22
ADO Den Haag v Twente Enschede - postponed
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SPAIN

Copa Del Rey
Quarterfinal 1st leg Matches & Scores:
-Wed Jan 21
Valencia 3-2 Sevilla
Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona - the Barcelona derby in a cup match-up!
-Thu Jan 22
Mallorca 1-0 Real Betis
Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Sporting Gijon
Quarterfinal 2nd leg Matches & Scores (with 1st leg scores included):
-Wed Jan 28
Sporting Gijon v Athletic Bilbao (0-0)
Barcelona v Espanyol (0-0)
Real Betis v Mallorca (0-1)
Sevilla v Valencia (2-3)
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Important Podcast

The great EPL Talk website has an audio interview with the one and only English football TV commentator Martin Tyler. He is basically the man who all other English speaking commentators are rated against, and he always wins by a mile. Classic. (Don't mind the helium voiced creaking-shreeking interviewer - he's harmless)

2 Comments:

Anonymous leper said...

I realize it's probably hard to equitably organize a 7 team tournament - but that UNCAF draw seems goofy. The 4semifinalists qualify for the Gold Cup, so presumably 2 from each group? Seems like Group B pretty much got screwed in that deal.

2:45 PM  
Blogger vic10 said...

Out of the subject, WHAT DO YOU THINK MR. DU IT GOOD -NIKE should buy out ADIDAS just for one team, that is PORTLAND TIMBERS. MLS should let the teams decide their own unique uniform design, its about time, its almost 5 years into the deal. Well, like a said before, NIKE should buy out ADIDAS and even the rich guy from the MIAMI should join powers and buy out ADIDAS for NIKE uniforms, and then more teams will come out of ............ ADIDAS sucky uniforms, but PORTLAND first must make it to the MLS, and they should.

4:22 PM  

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