Thursday, September 24, 2009

Some News for Thu Sep 24, 2009


I want to float this idea right now: Next season in Kansas City the head coach should be Preki! You read it here first.


Official Web Site, and video highlights from all the games.


Cruz Azul got a decisive win in Columbus last night and has officially advanced to the knock out rounds.


Group Stage
Matchday 4:
-Tue Sep 22
Puerto Rico Islanders 1-1 Saprissa - PRI goal by Josh Hansen. Sap goal by Kenall Watson.
Metapan 0-4 Pachuca - Pac goals by Ulises Mendivil(2), Edy German Brambila & Edgar Benítez.
Houston Dynamo 5-1 Arabe Unido - HD goals by Eddie Robinson, Cam Weaver, Corey Ashe & Stuart Holden(2). AU goal by Orlando Rodriguez.
-Wed Sep 23
Columbus Crew 0-2 Cruz Azul - CA goals by Pablo Zeballos & Alejandro Vela.
Toluca 3-0 Jabloteh - Tol goals by Isaac Brizuela, Manuel Zarate & Nestor Calderon.
Comunicaciones 0-3 W Connection - WC goals all by Jonathan Farias.
-Wed Sep 24
DC United V Marathon
UNAM Pumas V Real Espana


Standings (with Games Played):
Group A
9 Pachuca(4 GP)
7 Houston Dynamo(4 GP)
7 Arabe Unido(4 GP)
0 Metapan(4 GP)
Group B
12 Toluca(4 GP)
6 Marathon(3 GP)
3 DC United(3 GP)
0 San Juan Jabloteh(4 GP)
Group C
10 Cruz Azul(4 GP)
6 Columbus Crew(4 GP)
4 Saprissa(4 GP)
2 Puerto Rico Islanders(4 GP)
Group D
7 UNAM Pumas(3 GP)
6 Comunicaciones(4 GP)
4 W Connection(4 GP)
3 Real Espana(3 GP)


Matchday 5 will be played on Sep 29, 30 & Oct 1.


Quarterfinal Round Playoffs
Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Thu Sep 24
Vancouver #7 vCarolina #2
Rochester #6 v Puerto Rico #3
Montreal #5 v Charleston #4
2nd Leg
-Sun Sep 27
Carolina v Vancouver
Puerto Rico v Rochester
Charleston v Montreal - live at 6pm Central on FSC


All the games can be seen at


#1 seed Portland Timbers have a buy to the next round.


Official Web Site

Week 28
Matches & Scores
-Wed Sep 23
Colorado Rapids 1-1 San Jose Earthquakes - CR goal by Conor Casey(PK). SJE goal by Chris Wondolowski(PK).
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City CO
Attendance: 6,234
-Sat Sep 26
Columbus Crew v Los Angeles Galaxy - 6:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Crew Stadium - Columbus OH
New England Revolution v Seattle Sounders FC - 6:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Gillette Stadium - Foxborough MA
Kansas City Wizards v Colorado Rapids - 7:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Community America Ballpark - Kansas City KS
FC Dallas v Real Salt Lake - 7:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Pizza Hut Park - Frisco TX
Chicago Fire v Toronto FC - 7:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Toyota Park - Bridgeview IL
Chivas USA v New York Red Bulls - 9:30pm Central on FSC & FSE
Venue: Home Depot Center - Carson CA
-Sun Sep 27
DC United v San Jose Earthquakes - 2pm Central on Telefutura
Venue: RFK Stadium - Washington DC


Chivas USA midfielder Marcelo Saragosa got an additional game suspension for his nasty tackle on Freddy Montero of Seattle that earned Saragosa a Red Card. Now he sits 2 games.

MLS 2010

The league announced season home openers for next year today:

-Thu Mar 25
Seattle Sounders FC v Philadelphia Union

-Sat Mar 27
Columbus Crew v Toronto FC
New York Red Bulls v Chicago Fire
Kansas City Wizards v DC United
FC Dallas v Houston Dynamo
San Jose Earthquakes v Real Salt Lake
Los Angeles Galaxy v New England Revolution
-Sun Mar 28
Chivas USA v Colorado Rapids
-Sat Apr 3
Colorado Rapids v Chicago Fire
DC United v New England Revolution
Houston Dynamo v Kansas City Wizards
-Sat Apr 10
Philadelphia Union v DC United
New England Revolution v Toronto FC
Chicago Fire v San Jose Earthquakes
Real Salt Lake v Seattle Sounders FC


No date set yet for Toronto - "Toronto FC's home opener will be determined pending the outcome of the club's proposal to install a grass surface at BMO Field"


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

1. Chris Cummins - Toronto FC
2. Tom Soehn - DC United
3. Jason Kries - Salt Lake
4. Frank Yallop - San Jose


KC & NY are already looking for new coaches for next season, and I would not be surprised if Preki left Chivas USA either. How about Preki in KC!


Here's my list of top 10 rookie players:
1 Omar Gonzalez
2 Darrius Barnes
3 Chris Pontius
4 Stefan Frei
5 Sam Cronin
6 Kevin Alston
7 Steve Zakuani
8 Rodney Wallace
9 AJ DeLaGarza

I have to say, this is a very strong group of young players.


El ChivaClasico
-Wed Sep 23
Chivas USA 0-2 Guadalajara Chivas (Mexico) - GC goals both by Omar Arellano.
Venue: Rose Bowl - Pasadena CA
Attendance: 22,879


So why was this game played at the Rose Bowl??? It would have been a very respectable sized crowd at HDC, instead they got about 25% capacity. Shame.


At the U20 World Cup Starting Sep 24


US Soccer gives us lots of news and notes as the team prepares to open against Germany on Saturday.


Official team blog


Group Stage
Matches & Scores:
-Sat Sep 26
USA v Germany - 9am Central on ESPN Classic
-Tue Sep 29
USA v Cameroon - 11:45am Central on ESPN2
-Fri Oct 2
USA v South Korea - 11:45am Central on ESPN2


Freddy Adu made his debut at Belenenses in a loss at Rio Ave of Vila do Conde in the Portugeuse League Cup, and according to his own Twitter: "I am def not happy about the fact that we lost. I was encouraged by my coach telling me i did a great job.Thats important to me."


It just looks worse and worse for Oguchi Onyewu at Milan as centerback Thiago was rested yesterday, but old and terrible Kahka Kaladze got on the field instead of Gooch. Not to mention the fact that they are off to a miserable start this season, and the coach will just get more and more conservative. The best thing for him would be the coach getting fired, and a new guy giving him a shot.
-The other blow to Onyewu is that the rumors persist of Milan going after centerback Alex from Chelsea in January.


Neither Carlos Bocanegra or Charlie Davies played yesterday as Rennes beat Sochaux 2-1 in the French Coupe de la Ligue Round of 32.


Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

English League Cup Round 3 games:
-Wed Sep 23
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa - got the game in goal and they won 1-0 over Cardiff City.
Marcus Hahnemann - Wolverhampton - played the full 90 for the first time this season, but lost 1-0 at Manchester United.
Tim Howard - Everton - went the full 90 as they won 0-4 at Hull City.
Eddie Johnson - Fulham - started and played 91 minutes of a game that went 120, but they lost 2-1 at Manchester City.

Germany DFB Pokal Second Round:
-Wed Sep 23
Kenny Cooper - 1860 Munich - started and played 68 minutes, scoring a goal, and regulation time ending tied 2-2 they won at Hertha Berlin 4-2 on PKs after extra time.

Portuguese League Cup
-Wed Sep 23
Freddy Adu - Belenenses - came on as a sub in the 63rd minute but they lost 1-0 at Rio Ave.

U20 WORLD CUP EGYPT 2009's tournament news feed.


Match schedule


The Opening Game!
Matches & Scores:
-Thu Sep 24
Egypt v Trinidad & Tobago - 12:45pm Central on


See all the games live on ESPN2, ESPN Classic or


One is a famous Catholic priest impostor, and the other led Jamaica to the World Cup. Which one just became coach of Costa Rica?


Anonymous jtd said...

preki to kc- brilliant!

9:52 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

It's a shame that a meaningless friendly between a MLS side and a Mexican team draws more spectators than a CCL game featuring teams from the same two leagues.

9:17 AM  

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