Friday, May 15, 2009

Some News for Fri May 15


So I am trying to figure out exactly why someone has tagged a Banksy-esque stencil of Andriy Shevchenko on a trash can that I walk past every day.


Week 9 Matches:
-Sat May 16
Toronto FC v Chicago Fire - 3pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: BML Field, Toronto ON
New England Revolution v Colorado Rapids - 6:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough MA
New York Red Bulls v Houston Dynamo - 6:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford NY
FC Dallas v Seattle Sounders FC - 7:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Pizza Hut Park, Frisco TX
Real Salt Lake v Kansas City Wizards - 8pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy UT
Chivas USA v DC United - 10pm Central on FSC
Venue: Home Depot Center, Carson CA
-Sun May 17
Los Angeles Galaxy v Columbus Crew - 2pm Central on Telefutura
Venue: Home Depot Center, Carson CA


Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch has some juicy Crew trade rumors to float past us including the team ditching Pat Noonan & Alejandro Moreno. (middle of the column)


Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch looks into how the team has stuck together during this miserable start to their Cup defending season.
-More notes on the same subject by Mitchell on his blog Covering The Crew.


Brian Lewis of the NY Post talks to both NYRB holding midfielders - Seth Stammler - and - Albert Celades.


John Connolly of the Boston Herald with an article on the undisputed king of the NE Revs - Shalrie Joseph.


More rumors this time from the West Lothian Courier in Scotland - Livingston midfielder Chris Innes to somewhere in MLS, maybe New York who they say he turned down last year.


The Everett Herald with an article on Seattle fullback Zach Scott who is "the other Hawaiian" in MLS.


Don Ruiz of the Tacoma News Tribune on the adjustments Seattle attackers Fredy Montero & Freddie Ljungberg are having to make for the physical play of MLS.


James Edward of the Deseret News says that Salt Lake is still not that dominant team they hope to be. It appears to be further away than most expected.


Michael C Lewis of the Salt Lake Tribune on what RSL is doing to break their old habits and push forward.


Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle reports that Dynamo fullback Richard Mulroney has a broken cheekbone and could be out for up to a month.


John Haydon of the Washington Times with an article on DC keeper Milos Kocic who has played decently this season. Ironically he was not on the traveling squad for this weekends big match in LA against Chivas.


The Kansas City Star explains why a KC Wiz SuperLiga game is being played in St Louis.


Steven Goff of the Washington Post looks into the late game "drama" that DC United seems to have a nose for.


Jose Romero of the Seattle Times with an article on Dallas rookie centerback George John who is from the Seattle area.
-Romero on his Sounders FC blog has some words from Seattle coach Sigi Schmid on forward Sebastian Le Toux (one of my favorite players when they were in the USL First Division)


The LAist describes how Chivas USA is successful at combining veterans and youngsters so well.


Brian Jennings of Soccer 365 talks about the state of the team with Colorado coach Gary Smiff.


Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune on his blog The Red Card talks to Chris Rolfe about what type of role he is playing on the Chicago Fire this season.


Buzz Carrick at 3rd Degree takes in an FC Dallas practice session as is his weekly custom, and tells us how things are going this week for the worst team in the league. One bright spot is the future for young monster Brek Shea.


Looks like Marvell Wynne won't be playing for TFC this weekend due to a hamstring muscle strain he suffered on Wednesday v Montreal in the Canadian Championship tournament.


The official audio report from the US Soccer Federation who review MLS referees after each round. Here is Week 8 report. Listen or download now.


Soccer 365's Grapevine rolls out some hot player transfer gossip.


The Montreal Impact has fired coach John Limniatis after getting off to a terrible start this season going 0 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses in 4 games. They also lost in their first game of the Canadian Championship tournament this week. (Although I will point out that my Minnesota Thunder has played 5 games, and only has 1 more point.)


Jack Bell of the NY Times writes about the current crashing and burning going down with one of the few entities in American soccer that is "making money" - Steven Cohen of World Soccer Daily and Fox Football Fone-in is being hammered by angry Liverpool fans. Make up your own mind who is write, but Cohen is getting destroyed.


Clint Dempsey was named Player Of The Month of April at Fulham. (thanks to BQ for the heads up)


Marcus Hahnemann will not get a new contract from Reading after his expires next month, so he is now free to roam the market place. He had one hell of a run at Reading helping them gain promotion 3 years ago, but they have failed this year to climb back to the top, the manager has resigned, and its expected that you will see a full makeover of the squad for next year.


Ravi Ubha of ESPN Soccernet talks to Steve Cherundolo who is working his way through rehab after hip surgery. He should be ready when Hannover's preseason starts.


Out two lads playing in the Primera came up big for there teams in the playoffs last night - Jose Francisco Torres & Pachuca rolled to a 1-3 road win with our man JFT netting the winner. And recently unearthed Marco Vidal went the full 90 as Indios Juarez won 1-0 in their home leg against the reigning champs Toluca.


Have I told you all how much I love watching those Gophers from Pachuca! Chaco Jimenez is awesome, and I hear Maradona has called him in for the next round of World Cup qualifiers! Great move Diego!

CONCACAF with an article on the ever improving national team from Costa Rica.


Primera Liguilla Quarterfinals
1st Leg Matches:
-Wed May 13
Puebla Camoteros 3-1 Monterrey Rayados - Pue goals by Gerardo Galindo, Alejandro Acosta & Sergio Perez. Mon goal by Humberto Suazo.
UAdG Tecos 2-0 UNAM Pumas - UAd goals by Carlos Morales & Rodrigo Ruiz(PK).
-Thu May 17
Chiapas Jaguares 1-3 Pachuca Tuzos - Chi goal by Neri Cardoza. Pac goals by Paul Aguilar, Jose Francisco Torres & Gilbert Mora Olayo.
Indios Juarez 1-0 Toluca Choriceros - Ind goal by Manuel Perez(PK).
2nd Leg Matches (with 1st leg scores included):
-Sat May 16
UNAM v UAG (0-2)
Monterrey v Puebla (1-3)
-Sun May 17
Toluca v Indios (0-1)
Pachuca v Jaguares (3-1)


The Toronto Sun tells us about the plans of the Canadian Soccer League to do some aggressive expanding.


Martin Samuel of the Daily Mail looks at the ever more complicated relationship between players, agents, clubs etc etc etc. Who is really in control.

Olympic goal medal winning sprinter Usain Bolt has been at Manchester United training grounds giving the players tips on increasing their speed!

It could be all over before the Liverpeople even get to take the field again.

Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky has returned to practice with Arsenal after being out 16 months with a thigh muscle injury.

Race for the Premier League title: (2 games left to play)
86 Manchester United - Next: Sat May 16 v Arsenal
80 Liverpool - Next: Sun May 17 at West Brom


Odds are very good that when this weekend is over we will have champions in England, Italy and Spain.

Both Poland and Bosnia have been fined and further warned by FIFA for fan disruption at the previous World Cup qualifiers. They could lose points or be kicked out of the qualifying tournament if it happens again. It's interesting how FIFA takes this more serious than racism.


Race for the German Bundesliga 1 title: (2 games left to play)
63 (+30) Wolfsburg - Next: Sat May 16 at Hannover
63 (+28) Bayern Munich - Next: Sat May 16 at Hoffenheim
62 Hertha Berlin - Next: Sat May 16 v Schalke
61 Stuttgart - Next: Sat May 16 v Energie Cottbus
58 Hamburg - Next: Sat May 16 v Koln


Race for the Spanish Primera Division title: (3 games left to play)
86 Barcelona - Next: Sun May 17 at Mallorca
78 Real Madrid - Next: Sun May 17 at Villarreal


Juventus will play this weekends home game in an empty stadium as punishment for their fans racist abuse of Inter's Mario Balotelli.

Football Italia gives us their list of the Serie A Best Under-rated 11.

Looks like MLS won't even get a shot at my man Hernan Crespo as reports having him leaving Inter for Fiorentina. He won't be a star their either. But he would be in MLS.

Race for the Italian Serie A title: (3 games left to play)
78 Inter - Next: Sun May 17 v Siena
71 Milan - Next: Sat May 16 at Udinese


Race for the French Ligue 1 title: (3 games left to play)
71 (+29) Marseille - Next: Sun May 17 v Lyon
71 (+27) Bordeaux - Next: Sat May 16 v Le Mans
64 Lyon - Next: Sun May 17 at Marseille
63 Paris St Germain - Next: Sat May 16 v AJ Auxerre


Race for the Scottish Premier League title: (2 games left to play)
80 (+47) Celtic - Next: Sun May 17 at Hibernian
80 (+45) Rangers - Next: Sat May 16 v Aberdeen


Other Cup competitions around Europe:

KNVB Beker Final
-Sun May 17
Twente v Heerenveen


Round of 16 1st Leg Matches:
-Thu May 14
Defensor SC (Para) 2-2 CA Boca Juniors (Arg) - Def goals by Pablo Gaglianone & Rodrigo Mora. BJ goals by Martin Palermo & Rodrigo Palacio.

2nd Leg Matches (with 1st Leg scores included):
-Tue May 12
Caracas 4-0 Cuenca (1-2) - Caracas advance 5-2 on aggregate - Car goals by Dario Figueroa, Rodrigo Prieto, Emilio Renteria & Jose Manuel Rey.
Sport Recife 1-0 Palmeiras - with series tied 1-1, Palmeiras advance 3-1 on Penalty Kicks - Spo goal by Wilson.
-Wed May 13
Gremio 2-0 Universidad San Martin Gremio advance 5-1 on aggregate - Gre goals by Jonas & German Herrera.
-Thu May 14
Cruzeiro 1-0 Universidad de Chile - Cruzeiro advance 3-1 on aggregate - Cru goal by Kleber.
Libertad 0-0 Estudiantes - Estudiantes advance 3-0 on aggregate.
-Thu May 21
Boca Juniors v Defensor (2-2)


Cruziero and Estudiantes join Gremio, Nacional, Sao Paulo, Caracas & Palmeiras in advancing to the Quarterfinals. Just one more spot left.


Business Day reports that ticket sales for the tournament are "slow".


Keir Radnedge of World Soccer handicaps the countries bidding for the 2018 & 2022 World Cups.


Nigel Reed of the CBC writes that no matter what a referee might do, right or wrong, there needs to be more respect shown. Hear! Hear! Or is that Here! Here! I've never been able to figure that one out.


Manchester United and England centerback Rio Ferdinand has his own online "magazine" called #5. Check it out now. This first issue has interviews with Cristiano Ronaldo, 50 Cent, Duffy & Mickey Rourke.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cohen is not getting destroyed. Maybe in Liverpool but most American Soccer fans are with him and back his right to free speech. Sponsors will come back once the hype being fueled by Christopher Harris and EPL Talk does down.

10:24 PM  
Blogger David said...

I think it was you, Bruce, who stenciled the Shevchenko on the trashcan, during one of your "Fight Club" esque Tyler Durden moments.

12:58 PM  

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