Thursday, January 15, 2009

Do Do Do Do Do Do Rainmaker News

Devastating loss: Hoffenheim’s star striker Vedad Ibisevic, who has been the shocking surprise star of the Bundesliga season so far, has torn the ACL in his right knee and will be out for several months. I would be surprised to see him back this season DAMN!!! Hoffenheim dream season just came to an end.


Funniest trade ever, or do the people in Denver know something the rest of us don't: The LA Galaxy received a draft pick for this year in exchange for the rights to defender Ty Hardin who retired over a year ago to work for Goodwill!

MLS Team News


There is talk of Cuauhtemoc Blanco doing another loan to a Mexican team during this offseason. Puebla is the club this time. But FIFA rules only allow you to play for 2 clubs in one season, and he already has Chicago (under contract) and Santos Laguna [CORRECTED] (on loan) on his resume. I doubt this will happen.
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Luis Bueno of The Touchline confirms that Francisco Mendoza has left the Amerigoats to become a full time member of the Mommagoats in Guadalajara.
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Are you a young hot shot that thinks they have what it takes to become a Goat? Try out here. Joe? Are you trying out?
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Coach Gary Smith tells the New York Times Goal blog who his Ultimate XI would be.
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FCD has signed American centerback Steve Purdy from 1860 Munich. He was never a first team player there, always with the reserves.
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Steven Goff of the Soccer Insider has a few notes for us after talking to the teams GM Dave Kasper.
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LA did end up landing Red Bulls midfielder Mike Magee. And at a good price too - a 2010 draft pick. Will he add anything to the Galaxy?
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The Bulls have signed forward Macoumba Kandji to a new contract.
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Michael Black of the Deseret News reports that coach Jason Kreis has been given a contract extension.
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Jose Romero of the Times on the papers Sounder FC Blog does a Q & A with coach Sigi Schmid about his experiences on draft day.
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Midfielder Darren Huckerby was ousted from his last team Norwich by their coach Glenn Roeder. But Gary Numan, I mean Roeder, was fired yesterday, so rumors went wild that Huckerby was headed back to England. Huckleberry himself though says "No chance." From the Eastern Daily Press in Norwich.
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MLS College Draft Talk

Martin Rogers of Yahoo Sports is not excited about the draft. I agree that it feels more over hyped and less important every year.
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MLS Rumor City - Don't Tease Me Bro!

Soccer America has their list of player movement rumors. Via Sports Illustrated
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Steven Goff on the Soccer Insider says Dallas is trying to acquire Christian Gomez from Colorado. First they get Dave van den Bergh, and now they want Christian. If he still has any gas left in that tank he could be a great addition for FCD. Dallas claims to not be looking. Or is it the Revs that want Gomez?
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Goff also says the Gals are working out the final details to buy Demon Kovalenko from RSL.
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Luis Bueno of The Touchline gives us this years Jared Borgetti to MLS rumor. The lucky recipient this year would be Chivas USA, but not until the Clausura ends in June.
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MLS Stadium Talk

The Delaware County Times with the latest on stadium building issues in Philadelphia.
-Standard & Poors mixed on Delco’s general bonds
-Bonds tabled until Friday
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The Philadelphia Inquirer finally reports on this topic, and they look at the Standard & Poor's angle too.
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MLS Expansion News

Bernie Miklasz of the St Louis Post Dispatch with the latest on the St Louis bid for a new MLS team.
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USL First Division News

The Tampa Tribune with the latest info on the all new Tampa Bay Rowdies who will be resurrected for the 2010 USL First Division season.
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Team USA

Official team blog, from the January training camp.
-Oof! Yet another centerback is OUT - "Defender Sean Franklin has left the training camp with a lower abdominal strain."
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USA U18 News

Australian Youth Olympic Festival Matches & Scores:
-Thu Jan 15
USA v Chile
-Fri Jan 16
USA v China
-Sun Jan 18
USA v Australia
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Soccer In America

Andrew Dixon at the US National Soccer Players Association writes about his favorite USA players who were not born in America. There are some great ones here.
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Americans In Europe

Jozy Altidore drops in on the New York Times blog Goal with his first post of the new year.
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Yanks Abroad talks to Andrew Jacobson who is under contract to Lorient in France, but has never seen first team action and is now looking for a new team after healing up from an injury.
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So what is going on with DaMarcus Beasley at Rangers. He is simply not getting any playing time. And he needs to be playing. He has been quoted in several places as saying he desperately wants to be somewhere that he is on the field. And the BBC has a video clip of him saying he wants to stay at Rangers and earn his spot back (for whatever reason that video is only available to UK viewers). So what happens?
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Steve Purdy has left 1860 Munich and signed with FC Dallas.
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Maradona Mania

World Soccer with a report on Diego's first 2 months in charge. Via Sports Illustrated.
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England News

Manchester City is reported to have offered 135 Million Euros to AC Milan for Brazilian midfielder Kaka. If this is true, it automatically makes Man City the biggest dumbasses of all time, in any sport. No one is worth nearly that much. This is pure idiocy.
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Manchester United will be without Wayne Rooney for 3-4 three weeks due to a hamstring muscle strain.
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All the English January transfers via The BBC.
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FA Cup

3rd Round replays of tie games are this week.
Matches & Scores:
-Wed Jan 14
Newcastle 0-1 Hull City
Southend United 1-4 Chelsea
Crystal Palace 2-1 Leicester City
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European News


Marseille has acquired former Arsenal star striker Sylvain Wiltord from Rennes on a loan deal.
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Coupe del la Ligue

Quarterfinal Matches & Scores:
-Tue Jan 13
Vannes Olympique Club 1-1 Metz - VOC adv 4-3 on PK's after game ends tied.
Nice 1-0 Le Havre
-Wed Jan 14
Bordeaux 2-1 Berrichonne Chateauroux
PSG 2-0 Lens
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Semifinal Matches & Scores:
-Feb 3 or 4
Paris St Germain v Bordeaux
Nice v Vannes
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Copa Italia

The last of the Round of 16 games are being played this week.
Matches & Scores:
-Tue Jan 13
Inter 3-1 Genoa
-Wed Jan 14
Juventus 3-0 Catania
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Quarterfinal Matches & Scores:
-Wed Jan 21
Inter v Roma
Sampdoria v Udinese
-Thu Jan 22
Lazio v Torino
Napoli v Juventus
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Copa Del Rey

Round of 16 Second leg Matches & Scores (with First leg scores included):
-Wed Jan 14
Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid - Barc adv 5-2 on agg.
Espanyol 1-0 Polideportivo Ejido - series ends tied 3-3, and Espa adv on the away goals tie breaker 2-0.
Valencia 3-1 Racing Santander - Vale adv 4-2 on agg.
Real Valladolid 2-1 Sporting Gijon - SG adv 4-3 on agg.
Real Betis 1-0 Real Union Club du Irun - RB adv 2-0 on agg.
Deportivo La Coruna 0-3 Sevilla - Sevi adv 5-1 on agg.
Almeria 1-1 Mallorca - Mall adv 4-2 on agg.
-Thu Jan 15
Athletic Bilbao v Osasuna (1-1)
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African News

The list for the African Footballer of the Year has been shorted from 5 to 3 and will be awarded on Feb 10 in Lagos Nigeria.
-Mohamed Aboutrika - Al Ahly/Egypt
-Emmanuel Adebayor - Arsenal/Togo
-Michael Essien - Chelsea/Ghana
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Amr Zaki of Wigan & Egypt and Didier Drogba of Chelsea & Ivory Coast were dropped from the final list.
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The Young Player of the year will go to Salomon Kalou of Chelsea/Ivory Coast, Stephane Mbia of Rennes/Cameroon or Victor Obina of Inter Milan/Nigeria.
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Middle Eastern News

Reuters reports that 2 Palestinian players, one from the national team and the other from the Olympic team, have been killed in the fighting in Gaza.


Anonymous joe said...

While the Cabrito's (roast kid goat) specifically called me and asked me NOT to try out, Nick Mann of the LAG said I should go for it. Then he tried to sell me an LAG season ticket package.

I'll be like Robert Redford in the Natural, except I'm ugly and will be terrible on the pitch.

Or, maybe they'll just plop me in front of the goal like Zach Thornton...

and about Kaka - when the dude from Abu Dhabi bought Man City this year, he reportedly told his friends he picked up Man City for 2. But his buddies were bummed when they realized he meant 200 million pounds, not 2 Billion. It really is about the size of your wallet in the UAE, so Kaka for any price seems like not that far a stretch...

3:08 PM  
Anonymous KirkBhoy said...

Blanco went on loan to Santos Laguna, not San Luis.

3:56 PM  
Blogger George said...

i loves my rowdies. keep the news coming, brucio!
FC Rocky

9:29 PM  
Anonymous Neal aka Lightning Striker said...

While I'm at the bandy world championships in Sweden, I know that I can turn to du Nord for my daily news.

Keep up the great work, Brucio, my friend.

Peace and futbol.

11:08 PM  

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