Friday, April 24, 2009

Some News for Fri Apr 24

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MLS Week 6 Matches:

-Wed Apr 22
Toronto FC 1-0 Chivas USA - TFC goal by Amado Guevara.
Venue: BMO Field, Toronto ON
Attendance: 19915

-Thu Apr 23
Kansas City Wizards 1-0 New York - KCW goal by Claudio Lopez(PK).
Venue: Community America Ballpark, Kansas City KS
Attendance: 10,385
-Video highlights from MLSnet.

Notes about that game:
-Looked like they had a great crowd in KC. (How many times have you ever read those words strung together.) Good job everyone!
-There is no way in hell that early foul committed by Carlos Johnson of New York was a Red Card. Are you kidding me? Penalty, fine. Yellow Card, OK, but the Penalty is a stiff enough punishment. But Red? Get outta here! And coming in the 2nd minute it simply ruined the entire game.
-That is 2 games and 2 Red Cards for Johnson. That has to be some kind of dubious record.

-Sat Apr 25
Columbus v Chicago - 6pm Central on FSC
Venue: Crew Stadium, Columbus OH
Salt Lake v New England - 8pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy UT
Colorado v Los Angeles - 8:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City CO
Chivas v Dallas - 9:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Home Depot Center, Carson CA
Seattle v San Jose - 9:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Qwest Field, Seattle WA

-Sun Apr 26
New York v DC - 2pm Central on Telefutura
Venue: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford NJ
Toronto v Kansas City - 4pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: BMO Field, Toronto ON


Nice friendly to check out next week:
-Wed Apr 29
Chicago Fire v Club America
Venue: Toyota Park, Bridgeview IL


Jozy Altidore checks in from Spain on the New York Times blog Goal. What is going on with his freakin toenails.
-Is Jozy upset about being on loan at Xerez and still not seeing the field? Here is what he says: "I want to be clear about this: I’ve never voiced any displeasure or had any problems since I came here. It was a difficult time, I was excited, but the club was winning games and I just had to wait, because no one can expect a coach to break up a team when things are going well."


CONCACAF U17 World Cup Qualifying
All games played in Tijuana Mexico

With their wins on Matchday 2 both the USA and Honduras have clinched spots in the World Cup next fall in Nigeria, and advance to the Semifinals of this tournament.

Standings (with goal difference):
Group A
(after 2 matches)
4 Honduras +6 - QUALIFIED
1 Canada -2
0 Cuba -11
Group B
(after 1 match)
3 Mexico +7
1 Costa Rica 0
1 Guatemala 0
0 Trinidad & Tobago -7

Group Stage Matches:
-Tue Apr 21
Honduras 1-1 Canada
Cuba 0-5 USA
-Wed Apr 22
Guatemala 1-1 Costa Rica
Mexico 7-0 Trinidad & Tobago
-Thu Apr 23
Honduras 6-0 Cuba - Hon goals by Antony Lozano(3),
USA 4-2 Canada - USA goals by Jack McInerney(2), Sebastian Lletget & Joseph Gyau. Can goals Jaineil Hoilett & Coulton Jackson.
-Fri Apr 24
Costa Rica v Trinidad & Tobago
Mexico v Guatemala
-Sat Apr 25
Canada v Cuba
USA v Honduras
-Sun Apr 26
Trinidad & Tobago v Guatemala
Mexico v Costa Rica

Semifinal matches:
-Wed Apr 29
USA v B2
B1 v Honduras

USA Match Details:

Match report from US Soccer
Post game quotes from USA coach and players
Match report from CONCACAF

The USA U17s have qualified for the World Cup to be held this coming fall in Nigeria with a big 4-2 win over Canada on Matchday 2.

© - taken from US Soccer

USA got 2 more goals from forward Jack McInerney (pictured above), the first on a Penalty Kick, and 1 each from midfielders Sebastian Lletget & Joseph Gyua.

Like in game 1, the USA lead 3-0 at half time.

You can now watch the full match on YouTube.

1-Earl Edwards
4-Perry Kitchen
3-Tyler Polak
6-Jared Watts
2-Eriq Zavaleta
5-Marlon Duran
10-Luis Gil
20-Sebastian Lletget
8-Alex Shinksy
7-Stefan Jerome
9-Jack McInerney

Substitutes - for - minute subbed in:
15-Carlos Martinez for Lletget - 76
13-Joseph Gyau for Gil - 84
17-Juan Agudelo for Jerome - 65

Goals by - minute scored:
Jack McInerney(PK) - 2
Jack McInerney - 30
Sebastian Lletget - 39
Joseph Gyua - 85

Cards to - type - minute given:
Perry Kitchen - Yellow - 18
Alex Shinsky - Yellow - 85

Shinsky will miss the Semifinal game due to Yellow Card accumulation.


The Global Post with a very interesting article on Poland, who is a host of the 2012 European Championship. Seems they are having problems just getting the roads built. That can't be a promising sign.


Troubled Brazilian forward Adriano is no longer a member of Inter Milan, or any other team for that matter: "Inter would like to communicate that Adriano's contract has been mutually rescinded, taking effect from April 1."


Louise Taylor of the Guardian looks at the new wedding of Roy Keane and Ipswich Town.


Yahoo Sports has a Reuters article about Real Madrid centerback Pepe who had a total meltdown the other day, and for his lunacy he gets a 10 game suspension! 10 games!


Gregory Sica of Sports Illustrated tells us about Argentine great Diego Simeone who has won a title and finished last in two of his 3 years as a manager. He now takes over 18th place San Lorenzo.


Check out the Adidas ball for the Confederations Cup this summer. Hot!


I love it when the big-wigs of FIFA beat the hell out of each other! From Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune.

dN gets a Q & A with the man - Zinedine Zidane.


Very big European matches this weekend:
-Fri Apr 24
Lyon v Paris Saint-Germain - #3 v #4, are respectively 3 & 4 points away from first place Marseille.
-Sat Apr 25
Valencia v Barcelona - #4 hosts #1, and its important to both teams even though Val is 26 points back.
Fiorentina v Roma - #5 v #6 as both chase 4th place and the Champions League for next season.
Bayern Munich v Schalke - #2 v #6 with jobs on the line for the coaches.
-Sun Apr 26
Sevilla v Real Madrid - #3 v #2 as Sevilla want to keep Champions League spot and Real want to catch Barca at the top.
Napoli v Internazionale - #1 Inter travel to the home of the Cholera sufferers.
Lille v Marseille - the Martians need to keep winning to stay at #1


3 rounds left to play in the Mexican Clausura, and Toluca are the only team guaranteed a playoff spot right now, and no team has been officially elimidated either.

Here are this weekends games, with point totals included:
-Fri Apr 24
San Luis (16) v Necaxa (12)
-Sat Apr 25
Jaguares (19) v Morelia (17)
Pachuca (27) v Cruz Azul (12)
UANL Tigres (12) v Santos Laguna (18)
Atlas (20) v Toluca (29)
Atlante (13) v Monterrey (23)
-Sun Apr 26
UNAM Pumas (24) v Guadalajara Chivas (19)
Puebla (24) v Indios Juarez (14)
America (17) v UAG Tecos (18)


Blogger Nordy said...

You're absolutely right about that red card in the Wiz v. Metros game. It was definitely a penalty, but I there were at least 2 other defenders covering.

What drove me nuts though was that Harkes and the other guy announcing didn't even question the red! They never even mentioned that such a call might be a tad controversial! Are our announcers under some "don't criticize our refs" mandate?

9:15 PM  
Anonymous MertWindu said...

Re: Jozy - Betting he had ingrown toenails on both big toes, because what he's describing sounds exactly like what I went through the week after I had surgery on my two biggies. It's an awful, awful pain when they start to swell and infect, and you never realize how important your big toes are until they hurt with every step (and then just throb when you're not walking). However, once they remove pieces of the nail, it's never much of a problem again, so after a few days of the bandage/sandal combo he wrote about, JA will be just fine.

7:51 PM  

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