Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Some News for Wed May 6

UEFA Champions League

2 goals by Cristiano Ronaldo helps Manchester United move to the Final for the 2nd year in a row. They can now officially defend the title that they currently hold.


Semifinals Second Leg Matches (with First Leg scores included):
-Tue May 5
Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United - Ars goal by Robin Van Persie(PK). MU goals by Cristiano Ronaldo(2) & Park Ji Sung. MU advance 4-1 on aggregate.
-Wed May 6
Chelsea v Barcelona (0-0) - 1:30 Central on ESPN2


Paul Kennedy of Soccer America sums up Man U's win and Arsenal's loss pretty well.


Kevin McCarra of the Guardian on the brilliance of C Ronaldo.


The Times of London calls Man U manager Alex Ferguson the master.


Off we go!

MLS Week 8 Matches
-Wed May 6
Kansas City v DC - 7:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Salt Lake v Los Angeles - 8pm Central on Direct Kick


Jeff Carlisle of Center Line Soccer reports that the land has now officially been purchased by the San Jose Earthquakes for the location of a permanent stadium (amongst other things). Hooray Beer.


Luis Bueno of the Press Enterprise with an article on LA Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts who is playing just like the team needed him to - excellently. Their defense is improved great with him at the back. Gregg Berhalter is a big improvement over Tony Sanneh back there too.


Andrew Hush of Soccernet is having a hard time finding entertainment in MLS so far this season.


Steven Goff of the Washington Post on his blog Soccer Insider has an incredible story on the young daughter of DC midfielder Fred. She is not even a year old, but is suffering from an awful sounding condition in which her brain is growing in size faster than the skull around it. Heavy stuff. It sounds like she is going to be ok. A big shout out to Fred's daughter and the whole family.


Goff in the Post with an article on the messy goalkeeping situation at DC United.
-They could have had Nic Platter! But I'm really glad he is here in Minnesota.


Nigel Reed of the CBC wonders if Toronto interim coach Chris Cummins has the goods to make the head coaches job his permanently.


James Edward of the Deseret News writes about Real Salt Lake's long time prodigy goalkeeper Chris Seitz who is finally going to get a shot in the first 11 with usual keeper Nick Rimando out with a hand injury.
-Regulars Javier Morales and Jamison Olave are also suspended for this game.


Nick Firchau of the Chicago Sun Times on the Fire's ugly attendance numbers so far this season. Average of just under 11,000 this season. Oof.


The Fire will "The players will wear white jerseys with green letters against New England [on Saturday.]". According to Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune on his blog The Red Card.


Frankie Hejduk was back on the field yesterday for the Columbus Crew. They played an exhibition against Ohio State and won 3-1. Hejduk has been out since the April 1 USA game against Trinidad & Tobago when he injured a hamstring.


The Seattle Post Intelligencer talks to Sounders coach Big Sig who says his forward Fredy Montero should not have been given a Red Card last Saturday for elbowing Chicago's Gonzalo Segares in the head. Schmid insinuates that Segares "embellished" the foul to get the Red.
-I wonder what Sigi said to Schelotto over the last 2 seasons when that guy took 2 or 3 dives per game trying to give his team the advantage? Nothing.


Some fans of MLS are getting fed up with what they perceive to be the poor quality of refereeing, and want to push the league to be the first to institute video technology to help the refs. You can join the fight here.
-Personally, I see the situation of referee's constantly being second guessed happening all over the world, not just in MLS. Of course this is mainly due to the use of multiple camera angles, slow motion replay, and repeat viewings has made the referees job nearly impossible. What is the answer? Is video replay technology the answer? Who knows. But we all know that referees are human, meaning that they make mistakes, judge things differently, and just plain old have a bad day from time to time.
-One thing that I have seen in the NBA that has helped a great deal over the past 3 or 4 seasons was the leagues decision to punish players for challenging the referees. They give out a technical foul (equivalent to a Yellow Card because two in a game gets you ejected) if you even so much as look at the ref the wrong way. Any yelling, charging, arm flailing, etc etc gets you T-ed up. I love that idea. It will completely stop this insulting intimidation of referees that goes on in every game all game long. It does not matter if the ref is right or wrong, that person has to make a split second decision and live with it, they don't need immature idiots compounding the pressure. I am sick to death of this behavior, and the longer we let it happen the more it acts as another level of encouragement to everyone to behave like this in all walks of life.


Jeff Carlisle at Soccernet ponders the role of sharing central midfield for Team USA with Michael Bradley. Who gets that partner job? He has 7 ideas.


The Wall Street Journal on the fan culture of standing in stadiums rather than sitting, in the USA compared to the rest of the world.


Greg Seltzer at Soccer365 talks to Jozy Altidore about his recent toe surgery and this summer with Team USA.


Canadian Championship match:
-Wed May 6
Toronto v Vancouver


The CBC previews this game.


Legendary player Marco van Basten has been shown the door after just one season as coach of Ajax.


Felix Magath who is currently coaching Wolfsburg closer and closer to a Bundesliga title has agreed to become coach of Schalke next season. Wow. What a time to pull that stunt off.


Other Cup competitions around Europe:

Puchar Polski Semifinals
2nd Leg (1st Leg scores included)
-Wed May 6
Polonia Warszawa v Lech Poznan (1-1)
-Thu May 7
Ruch Chorzow v Legia Warszawa (1-0)


UEFA Cup Semifinals
2nd Leg (1st Leg scores included)
-Thu May 7
Hamburg v Werder Bremen (1-0)
Shakhtar Donetsk v Dynamo Kyiv (1-1)


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) v Gremio Porto Alegrense (Braz)
-Thu May 7
CD Cuenca (Ecua) v Caracas FC (Ven)
Estudiantes de La Plata (Arg) v Club Libertad (Para)
CF Universidad de Chile (Chil) v Cruzeiro EC (Braz)

-Thu May 14
Defensor SC (Para) v CA Boca Juniors (Arg)

Matches Postponed due to Swine Flu scare
-Dates TBD
San Luis FC (Mex) v Club Nacional (Uru)
Guadalajara Chivas (Mex) v Sao Paulo FC (Braz)


FIFA has announced the 30 referees for the tournament.
-The CONCACAF representative is Carlos Batres from Guatemala. I'm sure you long time viewers recognize him. He is good.


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