Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Some News for Wed Jul 1


Last night was a huge night of upsets in the US Open Cup as Harrisburg, Wilmington, Charleston & Rochester all knocked off MLS sides! Hooray Beer! Sadly my Thunder were dumped out after the game ended 3-3 and we lost 4-2 on PK's to Kansas City (Damn!).


Happy Canada Day! (Yes I am coming around on this country. Slowly.)


Yesterday on the Pardon The Interruption TV show host Michael Wilbon and guest Bob Ryan discussed the first excerpt from Grant Wahl's forthcoming David Beckman book in which Landon Donovan takes a hammer to Becks. Wilbon & Ryan looooooooooooved it. Download or listen here. Segment starts at the 7:18 mark.


Colorado has added French defender Julien Baudet to their roster. He played with Crewe Alexandra in League One of England last season. Yeah, a 3rd Division guy, right. He's not gonna help.


Chicago Fire Confidential does a Q & A with Fire centerback Bakary Soumare who has just returned from national team duty.


Chivas USA has sold forward Alecko Eskandarian to the LA Galaxy. This will be Esky's 5th MLS team.


And LA has released midfielder Josh Tudela


The Austin American Statesman with an article on Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Pat Onstad.


James Edward of the Deseret News on another of the leagues quality "aging" goalkeepers Nick Rimando from RSL.


Michael C Lewis of the Salt Lake Tribune tells us about the players RSL will miss during the Gold Cup, and some other team news.


USA Today with the story on Seattle midfielder Oswaldo Alonso who is a Cuban defector who is giving it everything he has.


Brian Lewis of the NY Post with several NYRB notes.


Nigel Reed of the CBC wonders if TFC's new signing Ali Gerba will be a real #10 for the team.


Portland Timbers forward Mandjou Keita was named USL First Division Player of the Week.


USL First Division Team of the Week:
Dusty Hudock - Charleston - Four saves in 1-0 win over Puerto Rico
Nevio Pizzolitto - Montreal - Goal in 1-0 win over Miami
Frankie Sanfilippo - Charleston - Led team in 1-0 win over Puerto Rico
Cristian Arrieta - Puerto Rico - Led team in 2-1 win at Carolina
Jeff Harwell - Austin - Goal in 2-2 draw at Cleveland
Martin Nash - Vancouver - Goal, assist in 2-2 draw at Cleveland
Mike Ambersley - Rochester - Goal in 2-1 win at Minnesota
Jonathan Steele - Puerto Rico - Goal in 2-1 win at Carolina
George Josten - Portland - Two assists in 4-0 win over Montreal
Israel Sesay - Cleveland - Two assists in 2-2 draw against Austin
Mandjou Keita - Portland - Two goals in 4-0 win over Montreal


A huge night of upsets as Harrisburg, Wilmington, Charleston & Rochester all knock off MLS sides!


Kansas City and DC also advanced.


With my Thunder losing last night I would have to say the highlight of the night would then go to meeting Kyle Rogers of the Wizards PR staff. He does their great team blog Hillcrest Road, and is an all around excellent guy. Cheers Kyle.


My second highlight of the night was tossing a jackass out of our section who threw a beer at the KC bench when they scored their first goal. Everyone around him took the responsibility and he was gone within seconds. We will not stand for that crap. And it was hardly sad news to see him go because the vast majority of us have NEVER like the guy anyway.


3rd Round (round of 16) Matches:
-Tue Jun 30
Minnesota Thunder 3-3 Kansas City Wizards - KC advance 4-2 on PK's.
Venue: National Sports Center - Blaine, MN
New England Revolution 1-2 Harrisburg City Islanders
Venue: Veterans Stadium - New Britain, CT
DC United 2-0 Ocean City Barons
Venue: Maryland Soccerplex - Boyds, MD
Wilmington Hammerheads 1-0 Chicago Fire
Venue: Legion Stadium - Wilmington, NC
Charleston Battery 3-1 Chivas USA
Venue: Blackbaud Stadium - Charleston, SC
Rochester Rhinos 1-1 Columbus Crew - Roch advance 5-3 on PK's
Venue: Marina Auto Stadium - Rochester, NY
-Wed Jul 1
Austin Aztex v Houston Dynamo - See it live at 7:30pm Central on
Venue: Nelson Field - Austin, TX
Portland Timbers v Seattle Sounders FC - See it live at 9pm Central on
Venue: PGE Park - Portland, OR


That final matchup should be a doozy! The old Oregon v Washington rivalry. Long time rivals in the First Division with a true hatred of each other. Can't wait to watch!


Quarterfinals to be played the week of Jul 5.


The North & Central American and Caribbean confederation's championship tournament kicks off on July 3. Canada v Jamaica and Costa Rica v El Salvador start the proceedings.


Official Gold Cup Website


In classic CONCACAF bumbling fashion, the official website has incomplete team rosters, leaving off the forwards! Hahahahahahahaha. Clueless.

dN with a preview of Canada's team.


Canadian goalkeeper Greg Sutton writes about the tournament for the CBC also.


See all the games on FSC & Univision.


One thing I have noticed is that all the other bigger teams in this tournament are playing warm up games. This particular USA team has not. Will it be a problem? I would think so seeing as most of these guys have NEVER played together.


CONCACAF has announced that due to the USA just competing in the Confederations Cup, they will be allowed an additional 7 players on their roster. Who might they be?

dN with an article on the USA's first opponent Grenada. New England Revolution star Shalrie Joseph is NOT suiting up for his native country in this tournament.


Beau Dure of USA Today on this roster compared to the just finished Confed Cup roster.


USMNT Official Blog


The Explorer in Tuscon AZ with an article on the state of soccer in America - it has already arrived.


Kurt Streeter of the LA Times knows the very same sentiment to be true. In a very realistic way.


On the other hand here is the kind of insult ready boob barking like a retarded dog about soccer not being as good as "real football" (which of course is the NFL - in his words). Will this ignorance ever end. Does this guy ever rip hockey, golf, tennis etc? No, cuz he is a lazy zenophobe. I know, why do I even read this crap?


CNN with an article pointing out that we still don't see much of the Hispanic influence on soccer in America at the highest level. What this guy, and his main interview subject are too lazy to do is look at the make up of the USA youth set ups - tons of African, Latino and Asian immigrants everywhere!


Yanks Abroad on what we learned about Team USA from the Confed Cup games.


Young American goalkeeper Dominic Cervi has been signed by Glasgow Celtic.


Canada beat Guatemala last night in a Gold Cup warm up match. Mexico could only manage a scoreless draw against this same Guate team.
-Tue Jun 30
Canada 3-0 Guatemala - Can goals by Ali Gerba(2) & Patrice Bernier.


Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune on the multicultural make up of Germany's youth national teams.


Deduct another 30 Million Euros from Real Madrid's back account, cuz they just bought young French sensation Karim Benzema from Lyon.


2nd Leg Matches:
-Wed Jul 1
Nacional v Estudiantes (0-1)
-Thu Jul 2
Gremio v Cruzeiro (1-3)


World Soccer with an article on the growing amount of money in African soccer circles, and how this can only lead to better play on the field. Via Sports Illustrated.


Sports Illustrated talks to ESPN's John Skipper to get more info on the networks plans for covering the World Cup. They plan a lot of quantity. Now we have to pray for quality, something for which I have never been all that impressed by from ESPN.


Blogger mamba said...

It was a darn shame that thunder game was so poorly refereed. I have no idea how the linesman did not see Roger Espinoza kick Andrew Peterson in the stomach with his studs when i saw it plain as day. And that other scumbag Morisink dropping the f-bomb so loud the whole stadium heard. Shame we had to go out to them.

9:08 PM  
Blogger Stretch said...

I saw the beer throw from a few sections over and was very impressed how quickly the Dark Clouds reacted to get rid of the guy and apologize to the Wizard bench. Kudos.

I was also impressed with the Thunder organization as the guy was then thrown out of the stadium.

That kind of action should not be tolerated and in Minnesota it isn't.

10:23 PM  
Blogger Graham said...

Haha suck it mamba!

10:28 AM  
Blogger pecochran said...

Take it easy, Graham, or you'll have one less Google Reader subscriber.

1:42 PM  
Blogger mamba said...

so is that making fun of me because my favorite team lost or because i think we got screwed by the officials?

7:13 PM  

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