Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Some News for Wed May 27


Does anyone know if Chris Pontius of DC United is related to Pontius Pilate of the Roman judicial system? I was talking to Christian Miles of Fox Soccer Channel about this, and we didn't know the answer. We figured one of you would.


The BBC is reporting that Ellis Short has become the 4th American to buy an English Premiership team - he has bought out 100% of Sunderland.


-Wed May 27
Manchester United v Barcelona - From the Olympic Stadium in Rome - 1:25pm Central on ESPN


Week 11 Matches:
-Wed May 27
Columbus Crew v San Jose Earthquakes - 6:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Crew Stadium - Columbus OH
-Thu May 28
Chivas USA v Chicago Fire - 9:30pm Central on ESPN2
Venue: Home Depot Center - Carson CA


Remember last week when Nick Garcia of San Jose called Kei Kamara of Houston a mental midget. Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle has quotes from Dynamo players about how much it fired them up. Brian Ching in particular. He will not get a warm welcome next time he heads to SJ, but then again, has he ever? I love it. (thanks to Jason for this gem)


Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch says Crew midfield general Guillermo Barros Schelotto is loving life in his new home town. Guille is learning English from teammate Danny O’Rourke’s mother!!!!


Soccer America gives us their list of the "11 Who Starred" in the past week in MLS.


Is Bakary Soumare out of Chicago when the summer transfer window opens? Don't bet against it.


Beau Dure of USA Today with an article on the Chicago Fire as they head west to play Chivas USA on Thursday night. This could be a real humdinger.


DC United's official team blog has a letter to fans from the teams new majority owner Will Chang.

DCU fans show clever support for new owner. Photo by Chris Leon.


Nigel Reed at the CBC tells us that just maybe TFC has found their "kefi".


The Toronto Sun talks to disgruntled TFC pine-rider Rohan Ricketts.


Shaun Fuentes of Soccer365 talks to Trinidad & Tobago midfielder Chris Birchall who will report to the LA Galaxy in July. He has been with Brighton & Hove Albion this past season in the English League One.


Michael C Lewis of the Salt Lake Tribune calls Real Salt Lakes supposed connection to Real Madrid into question. If you believed an actual working relationship between those two teams ever existed, then drop me a line, I would like to talk to you about investing in my new hedge fund.


MLS 2nd Round Qualifying Match:
-Tue May 26
Seattle Sounders FC 1-0 Colorado Rapids - SSFC goal by Kevin Forrest - Seattle moves on to the tournament proper.


The draw for the first official round of the tournament should be released today.


Official blog


Luis Bueno at the Press Enterprise looks ahead to these 2 very important World Cup qualifiers.


Daniel Girard of the Toronto Star on the call up of Marvell Wynne to the USA camp.


World Cup Qualifying Matches:
-Wed Jun 3
Costa Rica v USA - from Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in San Jose CR -
9pm Central on ESPN Networks & Galavision
-Sat Jun 6
USA v Honduras - from Soldier Field in Chicago IL - 7pm Central on ESPN Classic & Galavision


The USA U18 team in Portugal - Lisbon International Tournament

Match Schedule:
-Wed May 27
USA v Finland
-Thu May 28
USA v Germany
-Sat May 30
USA v Portugal


Matt Taylor who had a decent season at Koblenz in Germany has signed for next season with Frankfurt (not Eintract) who are also in the 2.Bundesliga.


Primera Liguilla Semifinals
1st Leg Match:
-Thu May 28
UNAM Pumas v Pachuca


Canadian Championship tournament
Montreal Impact, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps face off. The winner of the two legged round robin tournament gets a spot in the 09/10 CONCACAF Champions League.

Match Schedule:
-Wed May 27
Vancouver v Montreal

Standings (4 game home & away round robin):
6 Toronto (2 played)
3 (+1)Vancouver (2 played)
0 (-3)Montreal (2 played)


Martin Rogers at Yahoo Sports feels that Newcastle fans deserve more than they get from their players. And other thoughts from the world of football.


Here is the Quarterfinal match schedule:
1st Leg Matches:
-Wed May 27
Cruzeiro v Sao Paulo
Caracas v Gremio
-Thu May 28
Defensor v Estudiantes
Palmeiras v Nacional


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