Monday, May 18, 2009

Some News for Mon May 18


Could we see veteran American goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann back in MLS now that Reading has released him? From Yanks Abroad: "I think I want to stay in England for another year at least. That's always been the ultimate goal, but I'm still not ruling out coming back to MLS either." (see link to entire article below in Americans In Europe section)


Inter Milan, Barcelona & Manchester United all claimed major European League titles over the weekend. Huge congrats to all!
-Jose Mourinho at Inter becomes the first manager to ever win both the English & Italian league titles. He has also won the Portuguese & Champions Leagues with Porto. Not bad.


Week 9 Matches:
-Sat May 16
Toronto FC 0-2 Chicago Fire - CF goals by Chris Rolfe & Brian McBride.
Venue: BML Field, Toronto ON
Attendance: 20,006
New England Revolution 1-1 Colorado Rapids - NER goal by Steve Ralston(PK). CR goal by Conor Casey.
Venue: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough MA
Attendance: 10,667
New York Red Bulls 1-1 Houston Dynamo - RBNY goal by John Wolyniec. HD goal by Chris Wondolowski.
Venue: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford NY
Attendance: 14,647
FC Dallas 1-1 Seattle Sounders FC - FCD goal by Andre Rocha. SSFC goal by Jhon Kennedy Hurtado.
Venue: Pizza Hut Park, Frisco TX
Attendance: 8,247
Real Salt Lake 0-2 Kansas City Wizards - KCW goals both by Josh Wolff.
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy UT
Attendance: 19,340
Chivas USA 2-2 DC United - CUSA goals by Maykel Galindo & Eduardo Lillingston. DCU goals by Luciano Emilio & Santino Quaranta.
Venue: Home Depot Center, Carson CA
Attendance: 16,223
-Sun May 17
Los Angeles Galaxy 1-1 Columbus Crew - LAG goal by Eddie Lewis. CC goal by Guillermo Barros Schelotto.
Venue: Home Depot Center, Carson CA
Attendance: 16,649

San Jose had a bye week.

Red Cards:
-Danny O'Rourke - Columbus - 2 Yellow Cards
-Jorge Rojas - New York - Red Card for Serious Foul


I fully expect Josh Wolff of Kansas City to be named MLS Player of the Week.


While Columbus, Chivas and Seattle all choked away 2 points by letting in tying goals late from inferior teams, Houston did the biggest gag job of all, because New York played most of the game with only 10 men and the Dynamo never made them pay.


Steve Davis of ESPN Soccernet gives us 6 things we need to know from this past weekends matches.


James Edward of the Deseret News points out that RSL may have a good squad, but they really didn't add to it from last season, and right now its showing.


The Toronto Globe & Mail points out that despite TFC spending their offseason strengthening the offense, they are struggling to score goals.


Gareth Wheeler of the Toronto Sun takes on the most obvious problem with TFC - that hideous fake grass they play on. He says DDR already hates it! Shocker!


Jose Romero of the Seattle Times writes about 2 Sounders centerbacks who debuted for the team this weekend - as fullbacks.


Mike Petke of the New York Red Bulls writing for Soccernet gives us an insiders view on the performance enhancing drug scandals. What a great guy Petke is.


Phil Collin of the LA Daily News writes about the Galaxy's brutal record so far this year - 9 games played, with 7 ending in a draw. Just awful.


Collin also reports on Chivas's face plant of a tie game too.


The Eastern Daily Press in England has a video interview with and article on San Jose left midfielder Darren Huckerby.


Monique Walker of the Boston Globe on New England's backup keeper Brad Knighton who has seen plenty of playing time this season, and other team notes.


The Trinidad & Tobago Express reports that forward Cornell Glen has signed with San Jose.


New York right fullback Carlos Johnson came out of their game on Saturday night with a foot injury, and it turns out to be a broken bone. It's that one we keep hearing about - the 5th metatarsal. He could be out up to 2 months.


Salt Lake lost back up goalkeeper Chris Seitz to a separated shoulder. He was filling in for Nick Rimando who has stitches in a finger. The team turns to 3td team keeper Kyle Rennish until Rimando is ready again.

dN has an article on Montreal's new bid for a MLS franchise. Do you think they have learned their lesson about not going cheap?
-Jack Bell of the New York Times blog Goal has more on this subject, including a recent trip to MLS HQ by Montreal owner Joey Saputo.


My team the Minnesota Thunder took us all to a new low this past weekend, playing miserable soccer with very little passion and getting beat by one of the worst teams I have seen in years, Cleveland City Stars. So far after 6 games the team is 0 wins, 4 losses and 2 ties, good for dead last in the league. The performance was the equivalent of throwing up all over your own shirt. Sad and depressing. How am I supposed to convince people to come see this team when it performs with so little heart or effort.


MLS 2nd Round Qualifying Match:
-Wed May 20
DC United v Red Bull New York

Winner moves on to the tournament proper.


One of the greatest soccer ambassadors this country has ever had, Ethan Zahn, has been diagnosed with CD20-positive Hodgkin's Lymphoma. This is not good. Let's all have a good thought for him and hope for the best.


The Sunday Times of Johannesburg with an article on USA coach Bob Bradley.


The New York Times Goal blog tells us all the wild details of Oguchi Onyewu's last regular season match at Standard Liege. The team ended the season tied at the top on points and victories so now they have to play a home and away series with Anderlecht to determine the Jupiler league winners.


Yanks Abroad talks to Marcus Hahnemann about his days with Reading (now behind him).


Ives Galarcep of ESPN Soccernet gives us his list of players that could be capped by Team USA this summer. (Expect the Gold Cup team to be made up of many fresh new faces.)


The two young Americans, Jose Francisco Torres of Pachuca and Marco Vidal of Indios Juarez, both advanced to the semifinals in the Primera Clausura Liguilla and will face each other with a chance to win the championship.


Primera Liguilla - The defending champions from Toluca were knocked out in a huge upset by Indios!

2nd Leg Matches (with 1st leg scores included):
-Sat May 16
UNAM 3-0 UAG - UNAM advance 3-2 on aggregate - UNAM goals by Dante Lopez, Paco Palencia & David Toledo.
Monterrey 2-2 Puebla - Pueb adv 5-3 on agg - Mont goals by William Paredes & Abraham Dario Carreno. Pue goals by Alejandro Acosta & Orlando Rincon.
-Sun May 17
Toluca 0-0 Indios - Indi adv 1-0 on agg.
Pachuca 2-0 Jaguares - Pach adv 5-1 on agg - Pach goals by Gabriel Caballero & Chaco Gimenez.

Primera Liguilla Semifinals
1st Leg Matches:
-Wed May 20
Indios Juarez(4) v Pachuca(1)
Puebla(3) v UNAM Pumas(2)
2nd Leg Matches (with 1st leg scores included):
-Sat May 23
Pachuca v Indios Juarez (-)
UNAM Pumas v Puebla (-)

If series ends tied the winner is the higher seed!


The roster for the Mexican national team has been announced for their 2 upcoming qualifiers against El Salvador on June 6 (road) and Trinidad & Tobago on June 10 (home):
Jesus Corona - Tecos
Memo Ochoa - America
Oscar Perez - Cruz Azul
Edgar Duenas - Toluca
Aaron Galindo - Guadalajara
Hector Moreno - AZ Alkmaar
Ricardo Osorio - Stuttgart
Francisco Rodriguez - PSV
Oscar Rojas - America
Carlos Salcido - PSV
Fernando Arce - Santos Laguna
Israel Castro - UNAM Pumas
Giovani Dos Santos - Tottenham
Andres Guardado - Deportivo La Coruna
Pavel Pardo - America
Gerardo Torrado - Cruz Azul
Cuauhtemoc Blanco - Chicago Fire
Jose Maria Cardenas - Pachuca
Nery Castillo - Shakhtar Donetsk
Carlos Esquivel - Toluca
Guillermo Franco - Villarreal
Alberto Medina - Guadalajara
Miguel Sabah - Morelia
Carlos Vela - Arsenal


Manchester United are again champions of the English Premier League. They got the only point they needed against Arsenal and knocked out Liverpool. Congrats to Man U.


Kevin McCarra of the Guardian on how Manchester United maneuvered through this latest championship season.


Race for the Premier League title: (1 games left to play)
87 Manchester United - Last: D 0-0 v Arsenal
- - - - -
OUT 83 Liverpool - Last: W 0-2 at West Brom


Leander Schaerlaeckens of the Guardian on the great job coach Steve McClaren did at Twente in Holland this season.


Raphael Honigstein of the Guardian on the end for Hertha and the drivers seat for Wolfsburg, plus the rest of the Bundesliga.

Race for the German Bundesliga 1 title: (1 games left to play)
66 Wolfsburg - Last: W 0-5 at Hannover - Next: Sat May 23 v Werder Bremen
64 (+28) Bayern Munich - Last: D 2-2 at Hoffenheim - Next: Sat May 23 v Stuttgart
64 (+21) Stuttgart - Last: W 2-0 v Energie Cottbus - Next: Sat May 23 at Bayern Munich
- - - - -
OUT 63 Hertha Berlin - Last: D 0-0 v Schalke - Next: Sat May 23 at Karlsruhe
OUT (+23) Dortmund - Last:
OUT 58 (+1) Hamburg - Last: L 0-1 v Koln


Barcelona claimed the Primera title even while losing due to the loss from their rivals from Madrid. Congrats Barca!

Sid Lowe of the Guardian on Atletico Madrid's theft at Valencia, and the rest of La Liga.

Race for the Spanish Primera Division title: (2 games left to play)
86 Barcelona - Last: L 2-1 at Mallorca
- - - - -
OUT 78 Real Madrid - Last: L 3-2 at Villarreal


Internazionale have won their 4th scudetto in a row, and didn't even have to play to get while when Milan lost on Saturday. So Sunday's big win for Inter was just a celebration! Congrats Inter

Paolo Bandini of the Guardian on Inter's achievement, and the rest of Serie A.

Juventus has fired coach Claudio Ranieri.
Race for the Italian Serie A title: (2 games left to play)
81 Inter - Last: W 3-0 v Siena
- - - - -
OUT 71 Milan - Last: L 2-1 at Udinese


Marseille choked away the league lead by getting pummeled at home 1-3 by Lyon. Despite the win Lyon are now out due to Bordeaux's win giving them a 3 point lead over Marseille and 7 over Lyon.

Race for the French Ligue 1 title: (2 games left to play)
74 (+28) Bordeaux - Last: W 3-2 v Le Mans - Next: Sat May 23 v Monaco
71 (+27) Marseille - Last: L 1-3 v Lyon - Next: Sat May 23 at Nancy Lorraine
- - - - -
OUT 67 Lyon - Last: W 1-3 at Marseille
OUT 63 Paris St Germain - Last: L 1-2 v Auxerre


Race for the Scottish Premier League title: (1 games left to play)
83 Rangers - Last: W 2-1 v Aberdeen - Next: Sun May 24 at Dundee United
81 Celtic - Last: D 0-0 at Hibernian - Next: Sun May 24 v Heart Of Midlothian


Other Cup competitions around Europe:

KNVB Beker Final
-Sun May 17
Twente 2-2 Heerenveen - games ends tied after extra time, and Herenveen wins it 5-4 on Penalty Kicks. Congrats SCH.


Puchar Polski Final
-Tue May 19
Ruch Chorzow v Lech Poznan


The Sunday Times of Johannesburg with an article on Italy coach Marcello Lippi.


The Sunday Times of Johannesburg also updates us on the status of the stadiums being used in this tournament.


My proposed trip to South Africa for this tournament got the kibosh put on it. Damn. I am seriously bummed right out now. I was really excited for the trip.


Former Manchester United star Eric Cantona stars in a new movie called LOOKING FOR ERIC . It's directed by Ken Loach and debuts today at the Cannes Film Festival. Cantona plays a character named Eric Cantona! Cantona is "a guru and life coach to a floundering Mancunian postman, who is obsessed with the former Manchester United striker." Here is the trailer. (thanks to Daniele for this)


Blogger Toddzilla said...

Not only does DDR hate the Toronto turf, but it was the first thing out of his mouth when the on-field reporter talked to him after the game. I was watching it on the MLS package online and it was hilarious. He was pissed about it, but the reporter didn't follow up and the main broadcast team didn't repeat it once. You know that means they have a gag order on the whole subject.

He was right - the field was ridiculous. That stuff already makes the ball travel faster on the ground but the slick surface from the rain made that game a virtually unwatchable mess. No one could keep possession at all. It was almost like they were playing on ice.

11:50 PM  
Blogger pecochran said...

Funny that everyone was (probably justifiably) criticizing Salt Lake for keeping two capable starting keepers, and now they're both hurt at the same time. Crazy.

8:11 AM  

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