Friday, June 12, 2009

Some News for Fri Jun 12



From US Soccer, about Confed Cup: "...the U.S. team will be wearing an all-white strip through the three group matches. FIFA determines the uniform colors for each match based on which team is designated the 'home' team..."


For the 3rd Group Stage game at the Confederations Cup ESPN Network has moved our own team the USA to ESPN2 and will show Italy v Brazil on their main ESPN channel. How much of a slap in the face is that? That tells you exactly how much they care about the state of the game in this country. Very little. They just want to make their buck, and they should be more upfront about that.


Airline Jet Blue will unveil a plane painted with the Real Salt Lake logo on the outside tomorrow! No pictures yet, but hopefully soon. Very cool.


Gratuitous Twitter plug: dunord


MLS Week 13 Matches:
-Wed Jun 10
Houston Dynamo 1-0 Chivas USA - HD goal by Stuart Holden.
Venue: Robertson Stadium, Houston TX
Attendance: 14,516
-Sat Jun 13
DC United v Chicago Fire - 6:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: RFK Stadium, Washington DC
Toronto FC v New York Red Bulls - 7pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: BMO Field, Toronto ON
FC Dallas v Houston Dynamo - 7:30pm Central on FSC & FSE
Venue: Pizza Hut Park, Frisco TX
Kansas City Wizards v New England Revolution - 7:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Community America Ballpark, Kansas City KS
Los Angeles Galaxy v Real Salt Lake - 9:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Home Depot Center, Carson CA
Seattle Sounders FC v San Jose Earthquakes - 9:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Qwest Field, Seattle WA
-Sun Jun 14
Columbus Crew v Chivas USA - 2pm Central on Telefutura
Venue: Crew Stadium, Columbus OH


The Toronto Star with new talk of BMO Field being converted to grass permanently.
-Also from this article: "TFC director of soccer Mo Johnston said Canadian international forward Ali Gerba would be signed early next week." He played last season in England's League One (third division) at MK Dons scoring 10 goals. I do not expect to add much to the TFC attack.


Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun says TFC boss man Mo Johnston blames the teams ugly form on "bad luck". Yeah right. Maybe the bad luck is that the owners have got him filling out their roster with not enough good defenders. And surprise, surprise, surprise, the team is having a hard time working both Amado Guevara and Dwayne DeRosario into the lineup together. Of course they are, the team is trying to jam the two of em into the same hole.


Hornby also talks to new TFC centerhack Nick Garcia, just obtained this week. Yes he is an improvement over Marco Velez. Barely.


Monique Walker of the Boston Globe reports that Taylor Twellman did not travel with the Revs to KC for this weekends game.


Jose Romero of the Seattle Times with an article on the Sounders propensity for Red Cards. How about the teams preposterous complaining about them?


Stefan Bondy of the North Jersey Records says that Red Bulls coach Juan Carlos Osorio still has the players believing in him, even though they stink come game time.


Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer says Red Bulls striker Juan Pablo Angel does not have an answer for his goal scoring woes.


The Columbus Dispatch with an article on Crew youngster and local player Eric Brunner.


The Honolulu Advertiser with an article on home town boy, Seattle fullback Zach Scott.


Elliot Almond of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Earthquakes left winger Darren Huckerby is nearly healthy again.


The Vancouver Sun with an article on the practice facility that the Whitecaps are building in anticipation of their entry into MLS in 2011.


John Haydon of the Washington Times with an article on DC midfielder Fred.


Audio of US Soccer's review of referees from last weeks MLS games.


USMNT Official Blog


US Soccer gives us tons of notes, facts, figures and thoughts on our team as they await matchday 1.


Yanks Abroad talks to both Michael Bradley - and - Jose Francisco Torres about the preparations in South Africa.

dN previews our team.


BuaNews in South Africa talks to coach Bob Bradley and some players before the Italy game.


La Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy's daily pink sports newspaper, reviews Italy's midweek match against New Zealand, as they prepare to face the USA.


USA roster by number:
1 Tim Howard
2 Jonathan Bornstein
3 Carlos Bocanegra
4 Conor Casey
5 Oguchi Onyewu
6 Heath Pearce
7 DaMarcus Beasley
8 Clint Dempsey
9 Charlie Davies
10 Landon Donovan
11 Marvell Wynne
12 Michael Bradley
13 Ricardo Clark
14 Danny Califf
15 Jay DeMerit
16 Sacha Kljestan
17 Jozy Altidore
18 Brad Guzan
19 Freddy Adu
20 Francisco Torres
21 Jonathan Spector
22 Benny Feilhaber
23 Luis Robles


USA Group Stage Matches:
-Mon Jun 15
USA v Italy - 1:25pm Central on ESPN
-Thu Jun 18
USA v Brazil - 8:30am Central on ESPN2
-Sun Jun 21
USA v Egypt - 1:25pm Central on ESPN2


The Mail & Guardian says the host team is ready to play the games.


Group A
New Zealand
South Africa
Group B


All games are shown live on the ESPN Networks in the United States.


Matches & Scores:
-Sun Jun 14
South Africa v Iraq - 8:55am Central on ESPN2
New Zealand v Spain - 1:25pm Central on ESPN2
-Mon Jun 15
Brazil v Egypt - 8:55am Central on ESPN2
USA v Italy - 1:25pm Central on ESPN
-Wed Jun 17
Spain v Iraq - 8:55am Central on ESPN2
South Africa v New Zealand - 1:25pm Central on ESPN2
-Thu Jun 18
USA v Brazil - 8:30am Central on ESPN2
Egypt v Italy - 1:25pm Central on ESPN2
-Sat Jun 20
Iraq v New Zealand - delayed to Midnight Central Sunday morning on ESPN2
Spain v South Africa - 1:25pm Central on ESPN2
-Sun Jun 21
Italy v Brazil - 1:00pm Central on ESPN
Egypt v USA - 1:25pm Central on ESPN2


-Thu Jun 11
Carolina RailHawks 0-0 Portland Timbers
-Fri Jun 12
Puerto Rico Islanders v Austin Aztex
Vancouver Whitecaps v Miami FC Blues
-Sat Jun 13
Cleveland City Stars v Rochester Rhinos
Charleston Battery v Portland Timbers
-Sun Jun 14
Minnesota Thunder v Carolina RailHawks
Miami FC Blues v Austin Aztex


The Associated Press reports that 27 year old Schalke holding midfielder Jermaine Jones has declared that he wants to switch national alliances from Germany to the USA.


Jere Longman of the New York Times talks to Oguchi Onyewu about the lawsuit he filed against an opponent for making racist remarks.

Danny Szetela and Brescia take on Livorno with a promotion to Serie A on the line.


Jere Longman of the New York Times writes about the current faded state of Serie A and Italian soccer in general.


The blog Last Minute, Second Leg conducts a Q & A with Tim Vickery, a big fave of ours here at du Nord, who covers Brazilian futebol for the BBC, Sports Illustrated and others. Great writer. Found this link via The Kartik Report.


Argentine Clausura Championship:
(3 games left to go)
34 Lanus - Next: Sat Jun 13 at Arsenal de Sarandi
33 Velez Sarsfield - Next: Sat Jun 13 v Newell's Old Boys
32 Huracan - Next: Sat Jun 13 at San Lorenzo
28 Colon - Next: Sat Jun 13 v Gimnasia la Plata
24 River Plate - Next: Sat Jun 13 v Tigre


2nd Leg Quarterfinal games kick back in next week!


Blogger Super Rookie said...

Re: Espn Bitch Slap
-yet people get all pissy when they found out that FSC won the bidding for Champions League! For real soccer fans this is the greatest thing to happen as we already have FSC and now we will get to see a majority of the games rather than just a few on obscure channels some of us may not even get.

Soccer off of ESPN might not be good for the "sport" but for the fan it is a godsend.

12:30 AM  
Blogger Toddzilla said...

Wow, that South Africa article clearly made up some nice quotes. Do we really believe Bob Bradley said, "We will be playing great football. We know that our first match will be challenging, but because we consider ourselves as the best national team, we are going to battle it out to ensure that we pave the way to the semi-finals." Yep, sounds like Bradley to say we're the best national team...

11:10 AM  
Blogger Arelius said...

JetBlue RSL plane pics here:

5:14 PM  
Blogger Arelius said...

More JetBlue RSL pics:

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Sam said...


How about your man Boyens?


A swing and a miss....

What shame

3:27 PM  
Blogger Graham said...

KC fans still have found memories of Nick Garcia

11:07 PM  

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