Friday, May 08, 2009

Some News for Fri May 8

STARTERS

Hooray Beer! Isn't this the true spirit of soccer?!?! Paul Kennedy of Soccer America reports that Mexico will reopen stadiums this week for the Primera League final round. But there are wild seating restrictions. Check this:
"...they will be restricted to sitting in every other seat and every other row and they must wear facemasks, wash their hands when entering and walk to their seats in single file. The one exception regarding the seating of fans is that families will be allowed to sit together.

dN

Got this note from Steve Nash today via Twitter: Spent the day with AC Milan. Maldini, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Beckham all great guys!

You can Twitter me at: dunord

BONUS - I got this note from Alec Empire just now: driving on the autobahn. surrounded by German forrest...werewolves are asleep. Germany oh Germany why r u so evil ?

MLS

MLS Week 8 Matches
-Wed May 6
Kansas City Wizards 1-1 DC United - KCW goal by Josh Wolff. DCU goal by Rodney Wallace.
Venue: Community America Ballpark, Kansas City KS
Attendance: 9,077
Real Salt Lake 2-2 Los Angeles Galaxy - RSL goals by Robbie Findley & Will Johnson(PK). LAG goals by Landon Donovan(PK) & Mike Magee.
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy UT
Attendance: 16,155
-Fri May 8
Red Bull New York v San Jose Earthquakes - 6:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford NJ
-Sat May 9
Columbus Crew v Kansas City Wizards - 6pm Central on FSC
Venue: Crew Stadium, Columbus OH
DC United v Toronto FC - 6:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: RFK Stadium, Washington DC
Chicago Fire v New England Revolution - 7:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Toyota Park, Bridgeview IL
Houston Dynamo v FC Dallas - 8pm Central on ESPN2
Venue: Robertson Stadium, Houston TX
Chivas USA v Real Salt Lake - 9:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Home Depot Center, Carson CA
-Sun May 10
Seattle Sounders FC v Los Angeles Galaxy - 2pm Central on Telefutura
Venue: Qwest Field, Seattle WA

dN

Barcelona is coming to the US again this summer for some preseason friendlies:
-Sat Aug 1
Los Angeles Galaxy v Barca
Venue: Rose Bowl, Pasadena CA
-Wed Aug 5
Seattle Sounders v Barca
Venue: Qwest Field, Seattle WA
-Date
TBA
Opponent TBA v Barca
Venue: TBA

dN

Monique Walker of the Boston Globe looks at what New England coach Steve Nicol is trying to do to keep the wheels from really coming off the bus for the first time in his era.

dN

James Edward of the Deseret news says that young RSL defenders are getting valuable experience early in this season that could pay off later.
-But one of those players, centerback David Horst, has a torn a knee ligament and could be out up to 2 months.

dN

Ann Killion of the San Jose Mercury News points out that for the Earthquakes this season is looking like a mirror image of last season. That must change.

dN

The Philadelphia Inquirer confirms the new Philadelphia team name is Union, at the top of their front page today! Cool to see it get such coverage.

dN

I got this email from an American professional soccer player (who shall remain nameless, used with permission) concerning the name of the team in Philly:
philadelphia union... are you serious? this will be another mls team
that will have to change their name either before they start playing
or within their first two years of existence (i.e. wiz, houston 1876?,
seattle). they are setting them up to 'clash' and 'burn.'
and a coiled snake. i still don't get that one either. don't tread
on me was a good campaign, for nike. how is adidas going to let that
logo fly? $10 million per year from adidas surely means something. i
hope their not dumb enough to allow a logo that has a nike associated
coiled snake on one of their kits.
i hope they fix this before the 11th.

dN

Some joker at the Montreal Gazette is saying MLS blew it by not excepting the Montreal Impacts insulting offer price for a franchise in the league. They could have had a team before Toronto but balked at the $10 million price back then. Then last year they offered $15M. The asking price was $40. They least they could do is get in the range before they complain. Sure we all know the game is popular in Montreal, but there is an admission fee at the door for new teams. You don't just get to walk in and reap the same rewards as teams who have spent a small forture building the league for the past 14 years.

SOCCER IN AMERICA

The Prez Obama shills for the getting the World Cup back in America to Univision! Video via US Soccer.

AMERICANS IN EUROPE

US Soccer has audio of an interview with Maurice Edu ahead of his debut in tomorrow's Old Firm derby. Listen or download now.

AMERICANS IN MEXICO

Yanks Abroad talks to Marco Vidal of Indios Juarez about his first season in the Primera. I love hearing from these kinda guys. But is Bob Bradley listening for the Gold Cup??

MEXICO

This is it. Contenders advance, pretenders go home.

Primera Round 17 Matches:
-Sat May 9
San Luis v Toluca
Jaguares v Cruz Azul
UANL v Morelia
Atlas v Pachuca
Atlante v Santos Laguna
-Sun May 10
Puebla v UAG
UNAM v Monterrey
Indios Juarez v Guadalajara
America v Necaxa

ENGLAND

Race for the Premier League title:
80 Manchester United (4 games left to play) - Next: Sun May 10 v Manchester City
77 Liverpool (3 games left to play) - Next: Sat May 9 at West Ham

EUROPE

Reuters reports that the end is probably near for coach Claudio Ranieri at Juventus.

dN

Race for the Spanish Primera Division title:
85 Barcelona (4 games left to play) - Next: Sun May 10 v Villarreal
78 Real Madrid (4 games left to play) - Next: Sat May 9 at Valencia

dN

Race for the German Bundesliga 1 title:
60 Wolfsburg (4 games left to play) - Next: Sat May 9 at Stuttgart
57 Bayern Munich (4 games left to play) - Next: Sat May 9 v Energie Cottbus
56 Hertha Berlin (4 games left to play) - Next: Sat May 9 v Bochum
55 (+15) Stuttgart (4 games left to play) - Next: Sat May 9 v Wolfsburg
55 (+2) Hamburg (4 games left to play) - Next: Sun May 10 at Werder Bremen

dN

Race for the Italian Serie A title:
77 Inter (4 games left to play) - Next: Sun May 10 at Chievo
70 Milan (4 games left to play) - Next: Sun May 10 v Juventus
66 Juventus (4 games left to play) - Next: Sun May 10 at Milan

dN

Race for the French Ligue 1 title: No games on the weekend of May 9-10 due to the league Cup Final being played.
68 (+27) Marseille (4 games left to play) - Next: Wed May 13 at Nice
68 (+26) Bordeaux (4 games left to play) - Next: Wed May 13 at Valenciennes
61 Lyon (4 games left to play) - Next: Tue May 12 v Nantes
60 Paris St Germain (4 games left to play) - Next: Wed May 13 at Le Mans

dN

Other Cup competitions around Europe:

Coupe de France Final
-Sat May 9
Rennes v En Avant Guingamp

COPA LIBERTADORES

Luis Bueno at Sports Illustrated tells us the story of possible discrimination against the Mexcian teams in the tournament.
-Paco Palencia makes the the statement that "Mexico is one of the top three nations in the Americas." So I guess that means that either Brazil or Argentina is behind Mexico in his mind, because the USA is clearly better than Mexico. I wonder which of the two powerhouses he was insulting?

dN

Round of 16 1st Leg Matches:
-Tue May 5
SE Palmeiras (Braz) 1-0 SC Recife (aka Sport) (Braz) - Palm goal by Jose Maria Ortigoza.
-Wed May 6
Universidad San Martin de Porres (Peru) 1-3 Gremio Porto Alegrense (Braz) - SM goal by Martin Arzuaga. Grem goals by Maxi Lopez(2) & Souza.
-Thu May 7
CD Cuenca (Ecua) 2-1 Caracas FC (Ven) - Cue goals by Rodrigo Teixeira(PK) & Ismael Villalba. Car goal by Gabriel Cichero.
Estudiantes de La Plata (Arg) 3-0 Club Libertad (Para) - Est goals by Gaston Fernandez & Mauro Boselli(2 - one via PK).
CF Universidad de Chile (Chil) 1-2 Cruzeiro EC (Braz) - Uni goal by Manuel Villalobos. Cru goals by Soares & Marquinhos Parana.
-Thu May 14
Defensor SC (Para) v CA Boca Juniors (Arg)

2nd Leg Matches (with 1st Leg scores included):
-Tue May 12
Caracas v Cuenca (1-2)
-Wed May 13
Sport Recife v Palmeiras (0-1)
Gremio v Universidad San Martin (3-1)
-Thu May 14
Cruzeiro v Universidad de Chile (2-1)
Libertad v Estudiantes (0-3)
-Thu May 21
Boca Juniors v Defensor (-)

Still no dates for these matches postponed due to Swine Flu scare - who is running this ship?
-Dates TBD
San Luis FC (Mex) v Club Nacional (Uru)
Guadalajara Chivas (Mex) v Sao Paulo FC (Braz)
Nacional v San Luis (-)
Sao Paulo v Guadalajara (-)

ASIA

The drama is over for Asian Football Confederation President Mohamed Bin Hammam as he won re-election to the FIFA Executive Committee. For several months he had a war of words with rival Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa over the position. It threatened at times to tear the federation in half. But in the end the incumbant won, and they move on. Or do they?

ALL AROUND THE WORLD

The BBC is reporting that Irish military troops stationed in Chad as peacekeepers have been banned from playing football because there have been too many injuries!! (thanks to Andrew for this one)

7 Comments:

Blogger Soto said...

". . . coiled snake. i still don't get that one either. don't tread on me was a good campaign, for nike . . . i hope their not dumb enough to allow a logo that has a nike associated coiled snake on one of their kits."

I'm pretty sure most Americans will associate the snake with the American Revolutionary War slogan "Don't Treat on Me" and not with Nike. I had never heard of the Nike campaign until this blog post.

The coiled snake has a historical connection to Philadephia. I am pretty sure this long history will drown out any Nike campaign. The Gadsden Flag is the first thing I thought about (though I did not know it was named Gadsden).

Whether you like the name Philadelphia Union or not, the coiled snake symbol makes sense for Philadelphia.

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Dominghosa said...

Thank you, Soto. I was just going to write about the historical significance of the coiled snake. That MLS player either didn't attend school in America or just wasn't paying attention in class.
He should brush up on his U.S. history before blurting out an ignorant comment like that.
I don't see how anyone who is a U.S. citizen (naturalized citizens must brush up on their history, as well) or anyone who has gone through the U.S. education system can be oblivious to the connection between Philadelphia and that image.

12:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahahahahahahahahahaha
East coasters sure have a strange idea of what is important in american history. a snake is a big deal to philadelphia!!!11!! how can someone who went to school in arizona not know that?1? gosh everyone in the usa must know all about our east coast cities' history. its important!

8:37 AM  
Blogger Demko said...

so did this anonymous professional soccer player given any reason why the name Philadelphia Union will need to be changed?

Seems perfectly fine to me. It was the result of voting by fans, no? And I really like the crest. (And K.C. Wiz never should have been changed; it was brilliant.)

Is your source, by chance, Adam Braz?

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haha The Wiz, because you got to go!!

Oh and anonymous above who wrote

"East coasters sure have a strange idea of what is important in american history snake is a big deal to philadelphia!!!11!! how can someone who went to school in arizona not know that?1? gosh everyone in the usa must know all about our east coast cities' history. its important!"

The coiled snake is part of the US history. Don't know if you are familliar with the little conflict with England called Revolutionary War aka the war of independence.

1:10 AM  
Blogger digchros said...

I really disagree with that player's comments. Union was not the name I voted for, but not I really think it's perfect.

It's not the contrived, generic American nickname like the Wizards or something like the Lions or Tigers or something. Yet it's not a complete rip-off of a European name like Real or Athletico.

Union has a traditional soccer name feel, but it is distinctly an American name, has meaning to the area, and is unique. I think it was a great choice, and I hope that other details are announced next week to add more excitement, just like Seattle did.

11:47 AM  
Blogger Ric said...

Name and crest are excellent. Well done, Philly.

4:13 PM  

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