Friday, July 31, 2009

Some News for Fri Jul 31


Adios Frankencooper! Kenny Cooper of FC Dallas has been sold to Munich 1860! Fantastic for the big guy! If I am not mistaken this would make his the 4th American to play for 1860: Taylor Twellman, Gregg Berhalter and Josh Wolff proceeded him.


One of the true old timers of English football Sir Bobby Robson has passed away. Rest well. The Guardian remembers him.


Twitter from Freddy Adu: "training with benfica tomorrow. Im excited and cant wait to start training. Im not 100% if im staying or not. I want to but u never know."


Someone has posted the MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement between league and players on the internet for all to see. (Thanks to BD for this one)


New York doesn't get the win, but they did go on the road and get a 2-2 draw. However, they had a 2-1 lead at the 70 minute mark. Tough luck. But those away goals do come in handy so times.


Preliminary Round 1st Leg Matches:
-Tue Jul 28
DC United (USA) 1-1 Luis Angel Firpo (El Sal) - DCU goal by Jaime Moreno(PK). LAF goal by Mario Benitez.
Pachuca (Mex) 3-0 Jalapa (Guate) - Pach goals by Juan Carlos Cacho, Gabriel Caballero & Chaco Gimenez.
-Wed Jul 29
Toronto FC (Can) 0-1 Puerto Rico Islanders (PR) - PRI goal by Kendall Jagdeosingh.
San Francisco (Pana) 2-0 San Juan Jabloteh (TnT) - SF goals by Carlos Vilarete(PK) & Temistocles Perez.
Liberia Mia (CR) 3-0 Real Espana (Hond) - Lib goals by Michael Umana(PK) & Alejandro Alpizar(2).
-Thu Jul 30
W Connection (TnT) 2-2 New York Red Bulls (USA) - WC goals by Jonathan Fana Farias & Hughton Hector. NYRB goals by Ernst Obster & Elijah Joseph(OG).
Herediano (CR) 2-6 Cruz Azul (Mex) - Here goals by Andy Herron & Cristhian Montero. CA goals by Javier Orozco(3), Alejandro Vela, Emmanuel Villa & Pablo Zeballos.
Olimpia (Hond) 2-1 Arabe Unido (Pana) - Oli goals by Jocimar Nacimento & Everaldo Ferreira. AU goal by Orlando Rodriguez.


After their debacle last night Herediano fired their coach Ronald Mora this morning.


2nd Leg Matches are all next week. We will post the schedule on Monday.


The winners of these series move into the group stage.


MLS Week 20 Matches & Scores:
-Sat Aug 1
New England Revolution v Toronto FC - 6:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Gillette Stadium - Foxborough MA
Houston Dynamo v D.C. United - 7:30pm Central on FSC & FSE
Venue: Robertson Stadium - Houston TX
FC Dallas v Kansas City Wizards - 7:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Pizza Hut Park - Frisco TX
Chicago Fire v Real Salt Lake - 7:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Toyota Park - Bridgeview IL
Colorado Rapids v Columbus Crew - 8:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City CO
-Sun Aug 2
San Jose Earthquakes v Seattle Sounders FC - 2pm Central on Telefutura
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium - Santa Clara CA


Landon Donovan has been named MLS July Player of the Month. Is that award anything like the prestige of being named Miss July for Penthouse?


Julian de Guzman has officially told Toronto, Thanks, but No Thanks, on their contract offer. Since his contract expired at the end of last season with Deportivo la Coruna he has been looking for a new team, and wants to stay in Europe.


Monique Walker of the Boston Globe looks ahead for the Revolution who are as healthy as they have been all year, and play 5 of their next 6 games at home!


Chicago's Southtown Star looks at the Fire's defense and says they are ready to lead the team.


The Southtown Star also talks to Chicago forward Brian McBride about the shoulder surgery he just had.


Chicago Fire Confidential does a Q & A with the team's Logan Pause & Gonzalo Segares about the Gold Cup and the Fire's season.


Columbus should have Gold Cuppers Chad Marshall & Robbie Rogers back, along with finally healthy Alejandro Moreno.


The Denver Post feels it's now or never for Colorado to make a serious run at being a playoff team.


George Tanner at Colorado Soccer Now does a Q & A with Rapids left sided midfielder Colin Clark.


Dan Rasmussen of the Deseret News talks to RSL owner Dave Checketts who said that the All Star game on Wednesday night shows that their new stadium is a success.


Rasmussen also talks to RSL general manager Garth Lagerway about what his team needs to do to make sure they get in the playoffs.


Michel C Lewis of the Salt Lake Tribune says RSL needs Kyle Beckerman to lead them to the playoffs. Personally, while I think Beckerman is a good MLS player, I am not so sure he is the guy to do that. He has not exactly had a career full of winning.


Then Lewis on the papers RSL blog shows us Checketts buffoonish side revealing that Big Dave wants MLS to go back to settling games with The Shootout!


Both the Kansas City Star and Kansas City Kansan have articles on the Wizards new signing Zoltan Hercegfalvi from Hungary. The team's technical director Peter Vermes acts as his translator.


KC legend Jimmy Conrad answers viewer mail on his own website.


The LA Times is reporting that Bex has back problems. Maybe my Mom will start calling him Backman now.


Jose Romero of the Seattle Times with two things on the papers blog:
-New left fullback Leonardo Gonzalez is in the house.
-Brad Evans is back from the Gold Cup, and says it was a great experience.


The Columbus Dispatch took an informal survey of several MLS coaches, former players and media members asking: Who are the Top 5 Players in MLS History? The answers pretty close to right on the money.


Soccer America profiles a young MLS talent, San Jose's Mike Zaher.


Soccer by Ives takes a look at the new players signed into the league in this transfer window, so far.


US Soccer gives us audio of their Week 19 MLS Referee Review. Download or listen here.


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Aug 1
LA Galaxy v Barcelona (Spain) - 10pm Central on FSC
Venue: Rose Bowl - Pasadena CA


They figure well over 80,000 will attend this game. Wow.


The LA Riot Squad have promised to give Beckham the business again at this game. Bex response: "I wish I had the time to make banners." What a dumbass.


Grahame Jones of the LA Times is "dazzled" by shiny baubles like Barcelona.


Matches & Scores:
-Thu Jul 30
Charleston Battery 1-0 Austin Aztex
-Fri Jul 31
Rochester Rhinos 1-3 Vancouver Whitecaps
-Sat Aug 1
Cleveland City Stars v Vancouver Whitecaps
Carolina RailHawks v Austin Aztex
Miami FC Blues v Montreal Impact
Minnesota Thunder v Portland Timbers


Standings (with goal differential):
38 Charleston(+10)
35 Portland(+18)
35 Puerto Rico(+4)
33 Carolina(+9)
29 Rochester(+5)
24 Vancouver(+4)
24 Miami (-5)
- - Out of Playoffs - -
22 Montreal(-2)
14 Minnesota(-9)
14 Austin(-14) - had 2 points deducted for suspended player
12 Cleveland(-20)


Jeff Carlisle of ESPN Soccernet looks ahead 12 days to the big USA game in Mexico City. History is not on our side.


The team is in Belfast Northern Ireland for the annual Milk Cup. Here is the game schedule and team roster:

-Mon Jul 27
USA 1-2 Denmark - USA goal by Will Bates.
-Wed Jul 29
USA 1-1 Germany
-Fri Jul 31
Placement Game - 5th/6th Place
USA 1-1 Israel - USA win 5-4 on Penalty's


John Haydon of the Washington Times talks to Brad Guzan about a second season as backup to Brad Friedel at Aston Villa.


Game Action:

-Sat Aug 1
Johann Smith - Rijeka - at Varteks

DENMARK - Superliga
-Sun Aug 2
Dan Califf - Midtjylland - at Brondby
Marcus Tracy - AaB - at Koge
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - v Randers
-Mon Aug 3
Benny Feilhaber - AGF - v Odense
Jeremiah White - AGF - v Odense

FRANCE - Coupe de la Ligue
-Sat Aug 1
Quentin Westburg - Troyes - v Nantes

-Fri Jul 31
Luis Robles - Kaiserslautern - won 0-1 at Eintract Braunschweig
-Sat Aug 1
Michael Bradley - Monchengladbach - at FSV Frankfurt
Grover Gibson - Rot Weiss Ahlen - at Wacker Burghausen
Matt Taylor - Frankfurt - v Monchengladbach
Jermaine Jones - Schalke - at Germania Dattenfeld
-Sun Aug 2
David Yelldell - Koblenz - at Concordia Hamburg
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - at Eintracht Trier

IRELAND - Premier Division
-Sun Aug 2
Ryan Guy - St Patrick's Athletic - v Dundalk

NORWAY - Tippeligaen
-Sat Aug 1
Hunter Freeman - Start - at Molde
Clarence Goodson - Start - at Molde
Brian Waltrip - Molde - v Start
-Sun Aug 2
Matthew Allen - Sandefjord - at Bodo Glimt
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek - v Aalesunds
Troy Perkins - Valerenga - at Stromsgodset

NORWAY - Adeccoligaen
-Sun Aug 2
Jay Needham - Alta - v Sogndal
Chris Rodd - Bryne - v Skeid Oslo

SWEDEN - Allsvenskan Liga
-Mon Aug 3
Alejandro Bedoya - Orebro - v Orgryte
Ryan Raybould - Gelfe - v Djurgardens

SWEDEN - Superettan
-Sun Aug 2
Sam Brill - Ljungskile - v Sirius Uppsala
Ryan Miller - Ljungskile - v Sirius Uppsala
Etchu Tabe - Ljungskile - v Sirius Uppsala


Wolfsburg has bought forward Obafemi Martins from Newcastle.


From AFP: "Footballers in Australia found guilty of diving face a two-match ban under new disciplinary measures announced by Football Federation Australia." I love it. I hope it's a huge success and it sweeps the world of football by storm!


The National Premier Soccer League here in America (amatuer), is playing their Final Four championship tournament in Madison WI this weekend. And the league is providing a live audio webcast of the games. I know video would be nice, but don't get picky on me. You can check out all the info right here. Good luck to all the teams.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Landon Donovan has been named MLS July Player of the Month. Is that award anything like the prestige of being named Miss July for Penthouse?"

Sounds like Brucio is fantasizing about Landon Donovan in a nude pictorial.

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