Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Some News for Thu Sep 10, 2009


After yesterdays results things look like this for the USA to get in the World Cup: - Beat Honduras (Oct 10) or Beat or Tie Costa Rica (Oct 14). There are several other ways to get in too, but they are all slightly more complex. These 3 choices are straight up and doable.


From T&T's Newsday: "The United States, as they did 20 years ago at the same venue, ended Trinidad and Tobago’s dreams of advancing to the sport’s most prestigious tournament."


With wins on Wednesday, England, Spain and Paraguay all grabbed a place at the World Cup!


World Cup Qualifying Match & Score:
-Wed Sep 9
Trinidad & Tobago 0-1 USA - USA goal by Ricardo Clark.
Venue: Hasley Crawford Stadium - Port of Spain, Trinidad
Match report from US Soccer.
Match report by Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America.
Match report from Trinidad & Tobago's Newsday.
Player ratings by Jack Bell of the New York Times.
Match report by Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer.
Post game notes by Lewis.
Post game analysis, video highlights and player ratings by Ives Galarcep at ESPN Soccernet.
Post game analysis by Andrew Hush of ESPN Soccernet.
Player ratings by Beau Dure of USA Today.
Post game analysis by Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated.


Here's how it all went down last night in the Hex:
-The USA played horrible and still won. And they have the best road record in the Hex.
-El Sal pulled a rabbit out of a hat they didn't even have and won it in the 90th minute.
-Mexico got the win on a completely bogus Penalty call that the referee should be embarrassed to put his name too.


My notes on the game:
-Ricardo Clark's father is from Trinidad.
-Landon Donovan has scored or assisted on 10 of the 14 USA goals in this round of qualifying.
-In this game LD set up the only goal for Clark by holding the ball on the left side as this teammates cleared out the middle, then laid out a perfect pass to be converted for a huge winner. But he had two good looks himself that would have changed the game completely had he finished either one - first one was early from Jozy and the second one late from Holden.
-Clint Dempsey was particularly awful tonight, but the minute he went up top as a forward he turned it all around and was fairly decent. I would score him him at 2 as a midfielder, and a 7 as a forward.


Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer with post game words from Oguchi Onyewu.


du Nord 3(4) Stars Of The Game

3 Carlos Edwards/Trent Noel - These two kept the pressure on the USA backline all game line from wide positions, and their set pieces almost brought them glory too.
2 Ricardo Clark - You can never argue with the game winning goal, especially one as nice as this one. And he held up fairly well in the middle without the mistakes.
1 Landon Donovan - Again the general. Constantly looking to break the game open and finally did, but slowing down just enough to look for a second option which turned out to be Clark for the goal.


Official Team Blog


Official Web Site


Week 26
Matches & Scores:
-Wed Sep 9
DC United 1-0 Kansas City Wizards - DCU goal by Luciano Emilio.
Venue: RFK Stadium - Washington DC
Attendance: 8,033
Match report from the Washington Post.
Match report by John Haydon of the Washinton Times.
-Sat Sep 12
Toronto FC v Colorado Rapids - 2:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: BMO Field - Toronto ON
New York Red Bulls v Kansas City Wizards - 6:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Giants Stadium - East Rutherford NJ
DC United v Seattle Sounders FC - 6:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: RFK Stadium - Washington DC
Real Salt Lake v Chicago Fire - 8pm Central on FSC, FSE
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium - Sandy UT
Los Angeles Galaxy v FC Dallas - 9:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Home Depot Center - Carson CA
-Sun Sep 13
Chivas USA v New England Revolution - 2pm Central on Telefutura
Venue: Home Depot Center - Carson CA
Columbus Crew v Houston Dynamo - 4pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Crew Stadium - Columbus OH


Michael Young at MLSnet with an extensive review of the past week for former MLS players. Featuring Freddy Adu.


There is a chance that Brian McBride will play for Chicago this week. I think they need him pretty badly.


Big Apple Soccer tells us about New York's injury problems.
-Injuries schminjuries - they got Richie Williams at the helm now. Nothing but wins from here on out.


Daniel Girard of the Toronto Star on the end of a career for TFC's Danny Dichio.


James Edward of the Deseret News says RSL needs to stay in the winning streak mode after a week off.


Jose Romero of the Seattle Times on the Sounders players making the leagues minimum wage.


The Boston Examiner looks at the lack of hispanic fans for the New England Revolution. It's not that some people haven't tried to make it work.


These are the players (listed alphabetically) that I think are the top candidates for a pretty decent post season award, as awards go. NOTE: this is a pared down version of my original list

Osvaldo Alonso - Seattle
Eric Brunner - Columbus
Jhon Kennedy Hurtado - Seattle
Kasey Keller - Seattle
Freddie Ljungberg - Seattle
Fredy Montero - Seattle
Emmanuel Osei - New England

It looks more than likely that the winner will be a player from Seattle.


It's currently three who appear to be in trouble, and I don't see much difference in the severity of their plight:

1a. Chris Cummins - Toronto FC
1b. Tom Soehn - DC United
1c. Frank Yallop - San Jose


The Kansas City Star examines the surprising new proposal to build the Wizards a stadium in Kansas. Missouri politicians are not happy.


The Kansas City Kansan reports that the building proposal would be the largest job creator in the counties history. (It's suburban, very suburban, out in the boondocks suburban.)


On Sunday Freddy Adu is desperately hoping to take the field for his new team Belenenses as they host the team that owns his contract Benfica.


Yanks Abroad on Etchu Tabe and his Swedish second division team Ljungskile, who are having their second straigh brutal season.


Ravi Ubha of ESPNSoccernet talks to Marcus Hahnemann about life at Wolverhampton.


Yanks Abroad talks to Johann Smith about life in the Croatian top league.


Brent Latham of Yanks Abroad with an article in which he talks with Edgar "El Homie" Castillo, of UANL Tigres and hopefully the USA.


Matchday 8
Matches & Scores
-Wed Sep 9
El Salvador 1-0 Costa Rica - ElS goal by Rudy Corrales.
Trinidad & Tobago 0-1 USA - USA goal by Ricardo Clark.
Mexico 1-0 Honduras - Mex goal by Cuauhtemoc Blanco(PK).


Standings after 8 of 10 games played:
16 USA (+5)
15 Mexico (+3)
13 Honduras (+6)
- - - - - - - - -
12 Costa Rica (-4)
- - - - - - - - -
8 El Salvador (-2)
5 Trinidad & Tobago (-8) - ELIMINATED


Center Line Soccer has an audio interview with T&T legend Dwight Yorke. Download or listen here.


England & Spain clinched spots at the World Cup with wins on Wednesday.

Belgium & Scotland were eliminated from the competition.

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Sep 9
Faroe Islands 2-1 Lithuania
Czech Republic 7-0 San Marino
Malta 0-1 Sweden
Liechtenstein 1-1 Finland
Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-1 Turkey
Andorra 0-3 Kazakhstan
Belarus 0-0 Ukraine
Montenegro 1-1 Cyprus
Romania 1-1 Austria
Israel 7-0 Luxembourg
Armenia 2-1 Belgium
Norway 2-1 Macedonia
Scotland 0-1 Netherlands
Moldova 1-1 Greece
Latvia 2-2 Switzerland
Albania 1-1 Denmark
Germany 4-0 Azerbaijan
Northern Ireland 0-2 Slovakia
Wales 1-3 Russia
Hungary 0-1 Portugal
Slovenia 3-0 Poland
Italy 2-0 Bulgaria
England 5-1 Croatia
Serbia 1-1 France
Spain 3-0 Estonia




Paraguay has qualify for the World Cup!

CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying
-Wed Sep 9
Bolivia 1-3 Ecuador
Uruguay 3-1 Colombia
Paraguay 1-0 Argentina
Venezuela 3-1 Peru
Brazil 4-2 Chile

Standings after 16 of 18 games played:
33 Brazil (+23) - QUALIFIED
30 Paraguay (+9) - QUALIFIED
27 Chile (+7)
23 Ecuador (-2)
- - - - - - - -
22 Argentina (+1)
- - - - - - - -
21 Uruguay (+8)
21 Venezuela (-5)
20 Colombia (-4)
12 Bolivia (-14) - ELIMINATED
10 Peru (-23) - ELIMINATED

Top 4 automatically qualify for World Cup, while #5 takes on #4 from CONCACAF in a playoff for final spot at WC.


With the game and series tied at 1-1 entering stoppage time it looked like Bahrain were going to advance on the first tie breaker - away goals. But from nowhere Saudi Arabia scored to go up 2-1 and send their fans into delirium. Only moments later though Bahrain snagged the tie again to advance. It was a wild finish!

Bahrain now takes on New Zealand for a World Cup place.


Matches & Scores
-Sat Sep 5
Bahrain 0-0 Saudi Arabia
-Wed Sep 9
Saudi Arabia 2-2 Bahrain


Playoff Final
Matches & Scores:
-Sat Oct 10
Bahrain v New Zealand
-Sat Nov 14
New Zealand v Bahrain


Matches & Scores:
-Wed Sep 9
Cameroon 2-1 Gabon



Anonymous Anonymous said...

As an ex-pat Kansan, my sympathy for the city of Kansas City, Mo., is non-existent. KCM has had more than ample opportunity to put up or shut up - and have done neither. The south KCM deal has been on the table for years, and at every step the city and state have made it almost impossible to get the job done. There's always been the spectre of other area municipalities coming in and sweetening the deal, and KCM, in its arrogance, screwed around thinking that simply being the biggest bully on the block was going to be enough to force the Wizards into taking their deal. Let the team go to Kansas, in all likelyhood it will be a much better proposition.


8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a fan in Salt Lake, it's discouraging to see another MLS stadium head to the 'burbs. Chicago regrets it, Commerce City, CO is a morgue, and Rio Tinto in Utah is hurting for atmosphere and fans. Each of these should be downtown!

7:21 PM  

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