Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Some News for Tue Aug 18, 2009


DirecTV customers, like me, can watch all the UEFA Champions League games LIVE on channels 461-466. (It would have been nice to have this info, say, yesterday maybe. Oh well, at least we got it.)


So what is Jozy Altidore up today? I know this much, he is still not training with Hull. Let's check Twitter shall we:
-"In conn waiting patiently for the uk permit to be finalized...in the meantime might as well shoot a ESPN commerical rite? Haha"
-"Its going to be cool so make sure you all look out for it! Ill let you know when its going to air so yall can tell me what you think."


The Group Stage games begin today!

Matchday 1
Matches & Scores:
-Tue Aug 18
Columbus Crew v Puerto Rico Islanders - 7pm Central on FSC
Marathon v DC United - 9pm Central on FSC
UNAM Pumas v Comunicaciones - 9pm Central on Galavision
-Wed Aug 19
Houston Dynamo v Isidro Metapan - 7pm Central on FSC
Arabe Unido v Pachuca - 7pm Central on Telefutura
Cruz Azul v Saprissa - 9pm Central on Telefutura
-Thu Aug 20
San Juan Jabloteh v Toluca - 7pm Central on Galavision
Real Espana v W Connection - 9pm Central on Galavision


Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch previews the Crew's first ever CL match. Home tonight against Puerto Rico who have been there and done that.


The Dispatch Crew Kicks blog also previews.


John Haydon of the Washington Times previews DC's trip to Honduras to battle Marathon.


The Washington Post blog Soccer Insider talks to DC midfielder Santino Quaranta about the tourney.


Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America previews the MLS teams in the group stage. Via Sports Illustrated.


MLS Week 23 Matches & Scores:
-Wed Aug 19
Chicago Fire v Los Angeles Galaxy - 8pm Central on ESPN2 & ESPN Deportes
-Thu Aug 20
Seattle Sounders FC v New England Revolution - 9pm Central on ESPN2 & ESPN Deportes
-Sat Aug 22
DC United v Los Angeles Galaxy - 6:30pm Central on FSC & FSE
San Jose Earthquakes v Kansas City Wizards - 9:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Chivas USA v Toronto FC - 9:30pm Central on Direct Kick
-Sun Aug 23
New York Red Bulls v FC Dallas - 2pm Central on Telefutura
Chicago Fire v Colorado Rapids - 5pm Central on Direct Kick
New England Revolution v Real Salt Lake - 5pm Central on Direct Kick
Houston Dynamo v Seattle Sounders FC - 7:30pm Central on Direct Kick


Columbus centerback Chad Marshall was named Player Of The Week.


Buzz Carrick at 3rd Degree reports that Dallas has snapped up Honduran midfielder Marvin Chavez on a load deal from Marathon. I think they now have enough midfielders to trot out the 0-10-0 formation.


Martin Rogers of Yahoo Sports basically says that David Beckman has gone from being an ambassador for MLS and the Galaxy to being an embarrassment. I chuckled when I Bex read say the ref was crap after his lousy tackle got him a Red Card. Column contains other soccer notes from around the world too.


It's been a pretty quiet season with only 1 coach being fired. Who might be next? The list has gotten shorter lately.

1. Juan Carlos Osorio - New York Red Bulls
2. Tom Soehn - DC United
3. Jason Kreis - Real Salt Lake


WE WIN TROPHIES - DC United is pulling out all the stops locally to promote their upcoming Open Cup Final match against Seattle. A reader named Trey sent us this picture of the full page newspaper ads the team is running in "the Post, Times, Examiner and Post Express." And here is a link to the text of those ads. (thanks Trey)


Matches & Scores:
-Tue Aug 18
Carolina RailHawks v Vancouver Whitecaps
Cleveland City Stars v Montreal Impact
-Wed Aug 19
Rochester Rhinos v Minnesota Thunder
-Thu Aug 20
Charleston Battery v Vancouver Whitecaps
-Sat Aug 22
Cleveland City Stars v Minnesota Thunder
Rochester Rhinos v Carolina RailHawks
Portland Timbers v Miami FC Blues
-Sun Aug 23
Montreal Impact v Austin Aztex
Vancouver Whitecaps v Miami FC Blues


Standings (with goal differential):
48 Portland(+25)
44 Charleston(+12)
43 Carolina(+15)
41 Puerto Rico(+9)
32 Rochester(+2)
26 Vancouver(+2)
26 Montreal(-3)
* * Out of Playoffs * *
25 Miami (-10)
19 Minnesota(-9)
15 Austin(-18)
13 Cleveland(-25)


USA fan Warren Aboa who was right behind me at Azteca tells his story of going to the big game last week in Mexico City.


Steve Davis at Soccernet looks ahead to the suddenly must win home game against El Salvador in early September.


US Soccer has announced that doctors have prescribed a flu treatment regimen to all USA players, coaches and staff who came into contact last week with Landon Donovan, who on Thursday was diagnosed with the H1N1 influenza - Swine Flu.
-The Mexican press had a field day at Donovan's expense once word got out that he was sick during the game. Two newspapers I saw on Saturday had large pictures of him on the front page, one with large type that just read Irresponsible, and the other of LD shaking hands with Gerrardo Torrado and the caption El Tri On Alert!


Phil Anschutz has been added to the USA Bid Committee.


I don't understand why there isn't a fans representative on this committee.


Greg Seltzer of Soccer 365 talks to Charlie Davies about his huge week, including his big splash in France.


Arsenal of London has signed USA U17 midfielder Luis Gil. He has been living, studying and playing in Bradenton FL as a part of the USA development academy.


Seltzer at No Short Corners reports that Freddy Adu's potential loan deal from Benfica to Odense is OFF.


Several Americans are participating in Europa League matches on Thursday
Clint Dempsey - Fulham
Mikkel Diskrud - Stabaek
Brad Friedel - Aston Villa
Ryan Guy - St Patrick's Athletic
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa
Tim Howard - Everton
Eddie Johnson - Fulham


Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

BELGIUM - Exqi League
Niko Gkionis - Royal Liege - season begins on Wed Aug 19 at Tubize.

DENMARK - Superliga
Dan Califf - Midtjylland - played the full 90 but lost 1-0 at Odense.

SWEDEN - Allsvenskan Liga
Alejandro Bedoya - Orebro - started and went the full 90 as they beat Djurgarden 2-0 at home.


If you are in Toronto this weekend you need to go check this out:

Athletes for Africa
5 v 5 Charity Soccer Tournament
Sat Aug 22

And some semi-rock stars are playing:
Rivers Cuomo - Weezer
Ted Leo – The Pharmacists
Kris McFarlane & Murray Foster - Great Big Sea
Brendan Canning - Broken Social Scene
Eon Sinclair - Bedouin Soundclash

After-party: Modest Mouse concert


Portsmouth goalkeeper David James writing in the Observer about the financial mess going on at his team.


The Observer also has a chat with Stan Bowles who was a bad boy player in the 70's. He gives his view point on the state of the game in England today.d


Fulham has signed Damien Duff. At one time I thought (and I guess a lot of other people did too) that Damien Duff was going to light up the world with his play. Remember the 02 World Cup when he and Robby Keane were flying into the attack like madmen. It brought a smile to my face every time. But it seems like that was his peak instead of his launch. Oh well. Best of luck to him at the new club.


Kevin McCarra of the Guardian looks at Rangers & Celtic and sees big problems with a lack of talent in Scotland.


Rafael Honigstein of the Guardian on week 2 in the new German season - Hamburg is off to a fast start.


Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune writes Adrian Mutu's legal woes. He is in a battle with former team Chelsea over his long suspension due to drug use, and money they want back.


ESPN Soccernet talks to Samuel Eto'o about his new team Inter. Eto'o says he is ready to make a difference.


Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian tells us about Romanian team Timisoara who were taken away by a greedy owner and brought back to life by another. They are making a bid for the Champions League this year.


David Conn of the Guardian on the latest rumblings of a breakaway European Super League. This time from Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger.


The Champs League is going through what they are calling the Play-Off Round.
1st Leg
Matches & Scores:
-Tue Aug 18
Sheriff v Olympiacos
Kobenhavn v APOEL
Celtic v Arsenal
Timisoara v Stuttgart
Sporting v Fiorentina
-Wed Aug 19
Panathinaikos v Atletico Madrid
Levski Sofia v Debreceni
Lyon v Anderlecht
Red Bull Salzburg v Maccabi Haifa
Ventspils v Zurich


Thursday sees the Play-Off Round for the Europa League.


The finalists for the 08/09 UEFA Footballer of the Year have been announced. The winner will be awarded on Aug 27.

Petr Cech
Samuel Eto'o
Steven Gerrard
Xavi Hernandez
Andres Iniesta
Lionel Messi
Gerard Pique
Cristiano Ronaldo
John Terry
Victor Valdes
Edwin van der Sar
Nemanja Vidic

Voting is done by coaches of the 16 teams that make the knockout stage of the Champions League.


FIFA.com does a Q & A with Nelson Haedo Valdez of Paraguay & Werder Bremen, looking ahead to his country qualifying for WC10.


Tim Vickery of Sports Illustrated looks at soccer as a national identity and wonders if there is any chance it will approach that level in the USA.


The Financial Times posted an extract from Simon Kuper's new book which will come out in America in October and be called (unfortunately) Soccernomics.


Happy 60th Birthday to Adidas!

It's the only brand of shoes I wear.
(And I still want to get my hands on one of those Confed Cup balls.)


Blogger George Hasenecz said...

Welcome back, Bruce

Do you know if DirecTV will have this type of extensive Champions League coverage all year? If so, I might need to switch back. Thanks.

5:59 PM  
Anonymous twinkle said...

I think DTV will have the, George, as Fox Soccer Channel is the new US home of UEFA Champions League... Also, the games are listed as in HD.

And poor RBNY. What was that attendance v Chivas USA last weekend? 10,500? Maybe they should be playing in the baseball stadium at Coney Island. Yuck!

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The Mexican press had a field day at Donovan's expense once word got out that he was sick during the game. Two newspapers I saw on Saturday had large pictures of him on the front page, one with large type that just read Irresponsible, and the other of LD shaking hands with Gerrardo Torrado and the caption El Tri On Alert!"

The Mexican press have no sense of irony.

I mean, seriously, their country is one of the hot outbreak spots of the swine flu.

And one of the top travel tips of the past century has always been, "Don't drink the water in Mexico !"

And what is more dangerous to the health of the Mexican population---a foreign soccer player with swine flu who was only in the country for 2 days---or the Mexican drug cartels whom murder citizens, police officers, and "elected" officials, every day of the year ?!

On the other hand, they didn't have to worry about Donovan staying in the country for too long.
After all, most of their own citizens are dying to get outta there and come north !

I swear.
What an upside down world we live in.

9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate America.

I hate its foreign policy, I hate its domestic policy, I hate the Grand Canyon, I hate the fact that some Americans use their freedom to choose to sit on the couch all day stuffing their faces with Doritos while watching television instead of getting out there and making a difference in the community...you know, like reading biographies about Cesar Chavez, or volunteering at soup kitchens, or fighting for the people, or fighting AGAINST the people, or reading the Koran, or organizing the community, or showing respect to people who buy baseball cards with their food stamps ("hey, they can't do that---can they ?")

I hate America.
But I don't hate America as much as I hate rain.
That's why one day I will finally move away from Seattle where there's constant rain, to a place where there isn't constant rain.
Then I will be happy.

Some day.

4:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And what is up with those Canadians? I mean what country comes up with the tradition that winners buy the first round of beer after a game.


8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

should have "of curling" after "game"


8:15 AM  
Anonymous Dan said...

If the Mexicans would have just stuck with their post-game tradition of walking off the field without shaking hands they wouldn't need to worry about getting the Swine Flu from Donovan.

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I think the Mexicans only have a post-game tradition of shaking hands with their opponents when they are the victors.

Usually when they lose the game, they're pretty bad sports.
There was not a lot of hand-shaking going on in Columbus, Ohio earlier this year when the Americans gave them a beating, 2-0.

On second thought, even when the Mexicans win, their fans throw balloons filled with urine at the American players.

Stay classy, Mexico.
Or just stay there.

12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate Americans.

After they work a typical 40-50 hour work week, they think they have the freedom of choice to just sit around, pontificating, while they gourge themselves on food, Xbox, beer, and hope 'n change.

Look at the administrator of this website---he's close to 300 lbs.
That's a lot of food.

He should think of all of the starving people in Africa and Mexico, next time he's scarfing down that pizza.

He should spend more time helping the poor, and less time enjoying himself in front of the television, watching soccer, while waiting for the Domino's guy to arrive.

If the administrator would read the Koran rather than Sports Illustrated, he would learn the truth and the way.

Islam is the religion of peace.

3:22 PM  

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