Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Let's Introduce FC Kogelo News

Brazilian midfielder Ricky Kaka has told Manchester City that he does not want their money. He is staying at Milan. For now.

MLS Team News


Luis Bueno of The Touchline brings news of not so good rumors from the mothership in Guadalajara about the way things are going in LA.
-Today he gives us more on the rumors and tells us where CUSA stands with training camp just about to begin.
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The team blog tells us that many players have already reported to preseason training. Pictures too.
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Bernardo Fallas of the Chronicle gives us news on the start of training camp for the Dyna's, and few other notes.
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The team blog has quotes from various coaches and players on how the draft went last week.
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Metrofanatic does a Q & A with first round draft choice Jeremy Hall.
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Michael C Lewis of the Tribune confirms that forwards Kenny Deuchar and Fabian Espindola will not be back with the team for this season.
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The Q's have lost midfielder Francisco Lima who has signed with a team in Italy's Serie C - Taranto. Really? Why?
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Jose Romero of the Seattle Times confirms Ezra Hendrickson as an assistant coach.
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TFC has finally signed Dwayne DeRosario to a new contract and will introduce him at a press conference on Thursday.
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Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger thinks the new ESPN deal will be better than Thursday nights. I think in some ways yes, and in others no. See my rant from yesterday.
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Glenn Davis of the Houston Chronicle says MLS teams not only need to try a lot harder to fill their stadiums, but they also need to raise the level of passion in the stands.
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MLS Rumor City - Don't Tease Me Bro!

I got just the striker for Houston. Yes he will cost a lot, and no he will not sell any tickets. But he will score lots of goals and look great in orange. Brazilian striker Fred who wants out of Lyon.
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MLS Stadium Talk

Remember when Philly announced their new stadium project and it looked like this. Pretty cool. Well, the team now gives us a new image of their design, and it is quite a bit less exciting, to say the least. Can you say "generic".
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MLS Expansion News

You can now vote for the team name in Philadelphia, and here are your choices:
-SC Philadelphia
-AC Philadelphia
-Philadelphia City
-Philadelphia Union
-or make something up, like Philadelphia Ripperz, or Philly Phantoms, or Philadelphia Cheeeeez Steaks etc
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USL First Division News

Charleston's annual preseason Challenge Cup against 3 MLS teams, will this year feature DC United, Toronto FC & Real Salt Lake. The games will be played at Blackbaud Stadium on Mar 7–14.
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USL General News

USL President Francisco Marcos does a video interview, on the league's website, talking about his feelings as an immigrant to America and what the new President means to him, and how soccer in America has changed in his lifetime.
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Team USA

Official team blog
-Rico Clark is back from the toe problem.
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Swedish legend Henrik Larrson will NOT be in LA for the game on Saturday. No reason given for his deletion from the original team roster.
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Nick Green of the Daily Breeze with an article on Robbie Rogers who is transitioning from the U20 team to the Olympic team and now to the senior squad in quick succession.
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Jeff Carlisle at ESPN Soccernet looks at the USA roster for Saturday's game against Sweden and wonders who will step up.
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The Associated Press calls the team depleted.
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Here is the current US roster after injuries, departures and additions:
Jon Busch
William Hesmer
Troy Perkins
Matt Pickens
Jonathan Bornstein
Danny Califf
Ugo Ihemelu
Michael Parkhurst
Chris Wingert
Marvell Wynne
Brian Carroll
Ricardo Clark
Eddie Gaven
Stuart Holden
Jack Jewsbury
Sacha Kljestan - at Celtic right now, but expected back for the game
Robbie Rogers
John Thorrington
Brian Ching
Kenny Cooper
Charlie Davies
Chris Rolfe
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USA U18 News

US Soccer has finally given us a match report from the teams game last week against China at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival where our boys won 14-0. Wowzer! Here are your goal scorers:
-Adam Jahn (5)
-Jose Altamirano (2)
-Hasani Sinclair (2)
-Will Bates
-Amobi Okugo
-Dillon Powers
-London Woodberry (PK)
-Kofi Sarkodie
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Americans In Europe

Clint Dempsey and his wife Bethany are now the parents of a daughter named Elyse! Congrats!
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Greg Seltzer of Soccer 365 talks to Gregg Berhalter about his future at 1860 Munich, or a possible new team in MLS.
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The lead story today on the Bundesliga website is about Landon Donovan.
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Here is what is on the docket for Donovan and Bayern over the next 2 weeks:
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.
Bayern Munich 2-0 Kaiserslautern - Mon Jan 19 - LD came on as a sub in the 62nd minute and scored on a great glancing header to seal the win.
Match report from the Bayern website.
Bayern Munich v Mainz - Thu Jan 22
-DFB Pokal Round of 16:
Stuttgart v Bayern Munich - Tue Jan 27
Hamburger v Bayern Munich - Fri Jan 30
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Greg Seltzer at Soccer 365 talks to young American fullback Eric Lichaj at Aston Villa. He is on the reserve team. The 20 year old right back may be headed out on loan.
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Sporting Life talks to Maurice Edu about things at Rangers, where fans are upset that a key player or two could be sold to solidify finances. He also talks about an injury that none of us had heard about.
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Goalkeeper Troy Perkins, writing for the US Soccer blog, tells us about a recent "team building" session with Valerenga.
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England League One
-Jemal Johnson - Milton Keynes - started and played 61 minutes as they went to Peterborough United and drew 0-0.
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The Jamaica Observer looks at their national U20 team, the Young Boyz, as they prepare to try and qualify for the U20 World Cup.
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UNCAF Championship

The 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
El Salvador
Group B
Costa Rica
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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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5th Place Match & Score:
-Thu Jan 29
A3 v B3
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Semifinal Matches & Scores:
-Fri Jan 30
B1 v A2
A1 v B2
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3rd Place Match & Score:
-Sun Feb 1
Loser SF1 v Loser SF2
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Final Match & Score:
-Sun Feb 1
Winner SF1 v Winner SF2
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Mexico & FMF News

Reuters reports that Sven Goren Eriksson is hearing negativity from his players over the number of "naturalized citizens" he has included in the squad. Former coach Ricardo La Volpe went through the same thing when times were tough.
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England News

David Conn of the Guardian ponders the direction of Manchester City now that their prize catch has alluded them.
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James Lawton of the Independent writes the coach Gianfranco Zola is having trouble building a winning team at West Ham when the ownership is in a financial black hole.
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Tim Vickery of Sports Illustrated feels that Chelsea manager Big Phil will find a way to turn it around.
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All the English January transfers via The BBC.
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League Cup

Semifinals 2nd leg Matches & scores (with 1st leg scores included):
-Tue Jan 20
Manchester United 4-2 Derby - Man U advance to Final 4-3 on aggregate
-Wed Jan 21
Burnley v Tottenham (1-4)
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European News


Ben Lyttleton of the Guardian looks at chaos in upper management at Paris St Germain, and reviews the rest of Ligue 1 from last weekend.
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Kaka said "No thanks" to the big money at Man City and will stay at Milan - for now.
-Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune tells us why Kaka chose Milan over Manchester.
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Inter forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss this weekends game at home against Sampdoria after receiving 2 Yellow Cards last round in their loss to Atalanta.
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Gazzetta looks at first place Inter who are struggling badly. How can coach Jose Mourinho get them rolling again?
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Copa Italia

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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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 v Achilles 29
NEC Nijmegen v Sparta Rotterdam
Roda JC Kerkrade v Lienden
Volendam v SBV Excelsior
NAC Breda v Groningen
-Thu Jan 22
ADO Den Haag v Twente Enschede
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Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian tells us about the next great young hope in Serbian football - Zoran Tosic - who makes his debut for Manchester United today in the League Cup.
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World News

The CBC with an article on NBA star Steve Nash who has a charitable organization called Football For Good, that is raising money and awareness for social change.


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