Monday, April 27, 2009

Some News for Mon Apr 27

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Grinsi Klinsi got the boot from Bayern Munich. You still sure you want him as coach of the USA? I never did.


Toronto's head coach John Carver resigned from his job before the team’s home win over Kansas City on Sunday. His top assistant Chris Cummins is at the wheel of the company truck for now.
-Ben Knight of Onward! gives us his own version of the lowdown, the scoop, the skinny.


MLS Week 6 Matches:

-Wed Apr 22
Toronto FC 1-0 Chivas USA - TFC goal by Amado Guevara.
Venue: BMO Field, Toronto ON
Attendance: 19,915

-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

-Sat Apr 25
Columbus 2-2 Chicago - CC goals by Chad Marshall & Alejandro Moreno. CF goals by Brian McBride & Gonzalo Segares.
Venue: Crew Stadium, Columbus OH
Attendance: 16,628
Salt Lake 6-0 New England - RSL goals by Jamison Olave, Clint Mathis, Yura Movsisyan, Luis Miguel Escalada, Andy Williams & Robbie Findley.
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy UT
Attendance: 14,051
Colorado 1-1 Los Angeles - CR goal by Colin Clark. LAG goal by Landon Donovan.
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City CO
Attendance: 12,180
Chivas 2-0 Dallas - CUSA goals by Atiba Harris & Alecko Eskandarian.
Venue: Home Depot Center, Carson CA
Attendance: 14,611
Seattle 2-0 San Jose - SS goals by Steve Zakuani & Brad Evans.
Venue: Qwest Field, Seattle WA
Attendance: 28,838

-Sun Apr 26
New York 2-3 DC - NYRB goals by Juan Pablo Angel & Dane Richards. DCU goals by Rodney Wallace, Luciano Emilio & Chris Pontius.
Venue: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford NJ
Attendance: 10,303
Toronto 1-0 Kansas City - TFC goal by Danny Dichio.
Venue: BMO Field, Toronto ON
Attendance: 20,056

-Atiba Harris - Real Salt Lake - 2 Yellow Cards
-Gino Padula - Columbus Crew - Red Card
-Dario Sala - FC Dallas - Red Card
-Carlos Johnson - New York Red Bulls - Red Card


Steve Davis of ESPN Soccernet gives us 10 things you need to know from Week 6 in MLS.


Seattle goalkeeper Kasey Keller has yet to allow a goal against this season. Amazing.


Top MLS goal scorers:
5 Brian McBride - Chicago
4 Robbie Findley - Salt Lake
4 Conor Casey - Colorado
4 Kenny Cooper - Dallas
4 Luciano Emilio - DC


If a single table were used in MLS this is what it would look like today:
16 Chivas USA +7
12 Seattle Sounders FC +6
11 Toronto FC 0
10 Chicago Fire +3
10 Kansas City Wizards +1
9 Real Salt Lake +6
9 DC United +1
8 Colorado Rapids 0
8 New England Revolution -4
5 Houston Dynamo -1
5 San Jose Earthquakes -4
5 Red Bull New York -4
4 Los Angeles Galaxy -1
4 Columbus Crew -4
4 FC Dallas -6


CONCACAF U17 World Cup Qualifying
All games played in Tijuana Mexico

NOTE: CONCACAF has announced that due to the Swine Flu scare they are CANCELING the rest of this tournament. With all 4 teams already determined for the next U17 World Cup they saw no reason to take risks.

By finishing as the top 2 teams in each group the USA, Honduras, & have clinched spots in the World Cup next fall in Nigeria.

Standings (with goal difference):
Group A
4 Honduras +3 - QUALIFIED
3 Cuba -10
1 Canada -3
Group B
9 Mexico +11 - QUALIFIED
4 Costa Rica +2 - QUALIFIED
4 Guatemala 0
0 Trinidad & Tobago -13

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
USA 4-2 Canada

-Fri Apr 24
Costa Rica 3-0 Trinidad & Tobago
Mexico 3-0 Guatemala
-Sat Apr 25
Canada 1-2 Cuba - Can goal by Justin Maheu. Cub goals both by Yaudel Lahera.
USA 3-0 Honduras - USA goals by Nick Palodichuk(2) & Jack McInerney.
-Sun Apr 26
Trinidad & Tobago 0-3 Guatemala - Gua goals by Gabriel Navas, Kendel Herrate & Gerson Lima.
Mexico 1-0 Costa Rica - Mex goal by Adrian Mora(OG).

Semifinals & Final - CANCELED

USA Matchday 3 Details:

Match report from US Soccer
Match report from CONCACAF

The USA U17s have won their group in World Cup qualifying. they now play ? in the Semifinals. with a big 4-2 win over Canada on Matchday 2.

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 both previous games, the USA lead 3-0 at half time.

18-Spencer Richey
3-Tyler Polak
2-Eriq Zavaleta
14-Zachary Herold
4-Perry Kitchen
15-Carlos Martinez
5-Marlon Duran
17-Juan Agudelo
16-Nicholas Palodichuk
9-Jack McInerney
13-Joseph Gyau

Substitutes - for - minute subbed in:
12-Emilio Orozco for Eriq Zavaleta - 46
11-Dustin Corea for Jack McInerney - 46
7-Stefan Jerome for Marlon Duran - 65

Goals by - minute scored:
Nicholas Palodichuk - 28
Jack McInerney - 36
Nicholas Palodichuk - 45


Very big European matches this past weekend:
-Fri Apr 24
Lyon 0-0 Paris Saint-Germain - #3 & #4 don't do themselves any good in their chase after Marseille at the top, as a matter of fact they fell behind.
-Sat Apr 25
Valencia 2-2 Barcelona - Barca loses 2 points in the standings to Real Madrid. Their lead is now just 4 points with 5 games to play, and guess who play each other next Saturday at 1pm Central time?!?! Valencia is now 1 point behind Sevilla for the last UCL spot.
Fiorentina 4-1 Roma - A serious ass-kicking by the Purple, move them back into the 4th and final Champions League spot for next season.
Bayern Munich 0-1 Schalke - the loss costs Bayern coach Juergen Klinsmann his job and drops them to 3rd place.
-Sun Apr 26
Sevilla 2-4 Real Madrid - Sev fall closer to losing out on a Champs League place, and RM jump to within 4 of first place Barca who they host next Saturday.
Napoli 1-0 Internazionale - Another fine choke job for #1 Inter, who see Milan climb back to within 7 points with 5 games to go.
Lille 1-2 Marseille - The Martians push their lead at the top to 5 over Bordeaux who don't play until Wednesday, and 6 to Lyon who were held to a scoreless draw.


Since Juande Ramos took over as coach of Real Madrid they have played 19 league games, winning 18 and drawing 1. Unreal! (Hahahahaha)


From the pages of the Guardian:

Paolo Bandini on the crumbling of Roma, and the rest of Serie A.

Leander Schaerlaeckens on the confirmation of Marco Van Basten as a poor manager ("Embarrassment"), and the rest of Eredivisie.

Sid Lowe on Real Madrid's relentless pursuit of Barcelona, and the rest of La Liga.

Raphael Honigstein on the fall of Bayern manager Juergen Klinsmann, and the rest of Die Bundesliga


The English Football Players Association has given their Player Of The Year award to Ryan Giggs. Which just proves that players are even dumber than fans when it comes to awards voting.


2 pictures from the Guardian this weekend show the extremes of world football fandom:

The fans of AZ in Alkmaar Netherlands celebrate their teams Eredivisie Championship with a huge party on the canals!

The fans of Partizan in Belgrade celebrated their teams Serbian Championship by flying a giant banner honoring the truly evil bastard Radovan Karadzic.


With just 2 rounds left to play in the Mexican Clausura, Pachuca, Monterrey & UNAM Pumas join Toluca as 4 of the 10 teams guaranteed a playoff spot. While Cruz Azul is the only team to have been officially elimidated.

Here's the standings.

The playoffs or Liguilla works something like this:
-The top 2 from each of 3 groups advance.
-They are given a buy in the first round.
-The next 4 with the best records playoff for 2 more spots.
-Those two join the other 6 in quarter, semi and finals.
-All round are home and away affairs.
-Ties are broken by higher seed.


UEFA Champions League Semifinals

First Leg:
-Tue Apr 28
Barcelona v Chelsea - 1:30pm Central on ESPN2
-Wed Apr 29
Manchester United v Arsenal - 1:30pm Central on ESPN2

This weeks CONCACAF Champions League Final 2nd leg has been postponed until May 12 due to Swine Flu scare.


Blogger mamba said...

concerning senor ramos: he's not exactly the best thing since apple pie. 2 points from 8 games before getting sacked from Spurs. And with the same team Harry Redknapp has turned the team around and are now in 10th place.

7:42 PM  
Anonymous Libertarian Ultra said...

What pisses me off about ultras in the Balkans is how ultra-nationalist they are and how they love to display portraits of war criminals, whether its in Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, etc.

9:21 PM  
Blogger David said...

Ramos lost to Barca 2-nil in December. He has won 17 of his 19 games. From ESPNsoccernet:

Real Madrid coach Juande Ramos admits it is a "nice" feeling to finally see his side rewarded for one of their Primera Division victories by taking a chunk out of Barcelona's lead at the summit.

Madrid's 4-2 win over Sevilla continued their remarkable form under Ramos which has seen them win 17 of 19 league games in total since he took the reins in December, and of the last 54 available points they have taken 52.

It is a stunning run of success, but unfortunately for them Barca have been in similarly devastating form and Pep Guardiola's side had won seven successive games heading into last weekend's fixtures, meaning Madrid have not been able to close the gap on their arch rivals for most of the last two months.

However, that situation changed over the weekend as Barca where held to a 2-2 draw at fourth-placed Valencia on Saturday night, and Madrid responded 24 hours later by downing third-placed Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan to close to within four points of the pacesetters.

When asked how it felt to have finally cut the gap to Barca, Ramos said: "Nice. We've won a lot of matches, picking up 17 victories overall, but we've not been able to close on them and at times it makes it hard for you when you don't see any results for the work you are putting in."

Madrid now have another great chance to put further pressure on Barca when they host the Catalan outfit at the Bernabeu this weekend.

If Barca had beaten Valencia this weekend and Madrid lost at Sevilla, Guardiola's men would have won the title with a win at the Bernabeu, as they would have been 12 points clear with just four games to go and boasting a better head-to-head record against the capital club.

That is no longer the case though, and Madrid now have the chance to be just one point adrift and gain revenge for their 2-0 defeat at the Nou Camp in December - the only league loss suffered under coach Ramos.

10:34 PM  

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