Thursday, September 03, 2009

Some News for Thu Sep 3, 2009


Seattle went on the road to DC and captured the US Open Cup! Congratulations to the Sounders! (Even though as a Minnesota Thunder fan it burns my fingers just to type those words.)


The game for the Cup!

Match & Score:
-Wed Sep 2
DC United 1-2 Seattle Sounders FC - DCU goal by Clyde Simms. SSFC goals by Freddy Montero & Roger The Face Kicker Levesque.
Venue: RFK Stadium - Washington DC
Attendance: 17,329
Match report by Jose Miguel Romero of the Seattle Times.
SSFC post game quotes by Romero.
DCU post game quotes by Romero.
Match report from the Seattle Post Intelligencer.
Match report by John Haydon of the Washington Times.
Match report from the Washington Post.


Josh Wicks - DCU - Red Card - and here's why he got it.


Seattle are the 3rd MLS first year team to pull off this feat, after DC achieved it in the first year of the leagu [CORRECTION] and Chicago did it in their inaugural season of 1998. Both DC & Chicago went on to win MLS Cup too. Can Seattle achieve that same glory? I wouldn't bet against them, and remember, it's their stadium that is hosting the final this year. That is big incentive. (thanks to Tom for setting me straight on my facts)


Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post Sports Bog has a great article on supporters from both Seattle and DC. As usual he sees like like a normal person, asking real question and getting actual fans to answer him.


We found out what Conor Casey's injury was - hehad his wisdom teeth removed. I would assume it must have been a bad scene or otherwise he would not be listed as questionable for this weekend.


And Jay DeMerit is listed as day-to-day with a groin muscle strain.

dN has a Q & A with Charlie Davies.


Steve Davis at ESPN Soccernet looks at the line up options for the USA.


Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America with an article on Arturo Alvarez and his new team El Salvador, plus the USA's prep work for the 2 games.


Jonah Freedman of Sports Illustrated also has a very long article on Alvarez, the American who has chosen to play for his parents native country - El Salvador.


The Salt Lake Tribune also on Alvarez.


MLSnet with an article on the younger MLS players getting a shot at the full USA national team this week.


News & notes from US Soccer on the preparation for the big match. Lots of great things here to dig through.
-Nine USA players are carrying Yellow Card cautions into the El Salvador match, meaning their next Yellow will trigger a one-game suspension: Jozy Altidore, Carlos Bocanegra, Conor Casey, Steve Cherundolo, Ricardo Clark, Jay DeMerit, Clint Dempsey, Donovan, and Benny Feilhaber.


Official Team Blog


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Sep 5
USA v El Salvador
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium - Sandy, UT
-Wed Sep 9
Trinidad & Tobago v USA
Venue: Hasley Crawford Stadium - Port of Spain, Trinidad


Official Web Site


Week 25
Matches & Scores:
-Sat Sep 5
New England Revolution v Kansas City Wizards - 6:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Gillette Stadium - Foxborough MA
FC Dallas v D.C. United - 7pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Pizza Hut Park - Frisco TX
Colorado Rapids v Toronto FC - 9pm Central on FSC & FSE
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City CO


The league has suspended Colorado midfielder Pablo Mastroeni for a total of 3 games and fined him for an elbow he threw at Houston's Andrew Hainault last weekend. One game was for Yellow Card accumulation from the incident, and 2 more were for the seriousness of the foul. Video included.


Buzz Carrick of 3rd Degree reports that Daniel Hernandez has told FC Dallas fans that he is signing with the team.


Sam Stejskal of Chicago Now does a Q & A with Fire defender Dasan Robinson. The player will have to really step into the light now that centerback Bakary Soumare has been sold.


The Toronto Sun with an article on Colorado striker Conor Casey - just one of many players who has flowed through TFC's river of players with no success.


Grant Wahl at Sports Illustrated has a very good Q & A with Clint Mathis. The guy who was going to be a superstar has settled into a part as a solid role player.


George Tanner at Colorado Soccer New does a Q & A with former Rapids player and current Houston assistant coach John Spencer.


Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer looks at the history of Interim head coaches in MLS, and survey's the chances of Richie Williams holding on at New York Red Bull.


Lewis also reports that Red Bull's director of soccer for the parent company is in New York from Austria overseeing plans for the team.


Big Apple Soccer also has a round up of some stories floating around the league - like a special 15th anniversary badge for New England next year (oof).


-Sun Oct 11
Houston Dynamo v CF Monterrey (Mexico)
Venue: Robertson Stadium - Houston TX


The Ottawa Citizen with an article telling us about the people behind the bid for a new First Division team in Ottawa.


Official Web Site


Matches & Scores:
-Thu Sep 3
Portland Timbers v Rochester Rhinos
-Fri Sep 4
Minnesota Thunder v Vancouver Whitecaps
-Sat Sep 5
Cleveland City Stars v Montreal Impact
Miami FC Blues v Austin Aztex
-Sun Sep 6
Charleston Battery v Minnesota Thunder
Puerto Rico Islanders v Rochester Rhinos


OnMilwuakee has a good article on the bar scene in that city where soccer viewing is all the rage. Mind you it's pretty much all EPL all the time, but at least its exciting. And the du Nord approved Highbury on Kinnickinnic is featured prominently. (thanks to BQ for this one)



Contrary to all the previous reports, Heath Pearce did NOT sign with Turkish team Bursaspor. Back to the unemployment line.

dN does a Q & A with young attacker Cody Arnoux at Everton, who is putting in his time with the reserves and looking to learn and grow.


Greg Seltzer at Soccer365 talks to Vincenzo Bernardo who says that playing in MLS is an option right now.


Yanks Abroad has Maurice Edu answering reader submitted questions.


YA also reports that Jermaine Jones is back training with Schalke and finishing his recovery from a broken leg.


Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

ENGLAND - League One
Mike Grella - Leeds - Sat Sep 5 v Stockport County
Jemal Johnson - Milton Keynes - Sat Sep 5 v Huddersfield Town
Ian Joyce - Southend United - Fri Sep 4 v Leyton Orient
Jon-Paul Pittman - Wycombe - Sat Sep 5 at Brighton

IRELAND - Premier Division
Ryan Guy - St Patrick's Athletic - Fri Sep 4 at Shamrock

NETHERLANDS - Eerste Divisie
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - Fri Sep 4 at BV Veendam

NORWAY - Adeccoligaen
Joe Lapira - Nybergsund - Sun Sep 6 v Skeid Oslo
Jay Needham - Alta - Sun Sep 6 v Haugesund
Chris Rodd - Bryne - Sun Sep 6 at Lov Ham Bergen
Connor Tobin - Nybergsund - Sun Sep 6 v Skeid Oslo

SWEDEN - Superettan
Sam Brill - Ljungskile - Sat Sep 5 at Mjallby Solvesborg
Colin Burns - Ljungskile - Sat Sep 5 at Mjallby Solvesborg
Ryan Miller - Ljungskile - Sat Sep 5 at Mjallby Solvesborg
Etchu Tabe - Ljungskile - Sat Sep 5 at Mjallby Solvesborg

CONCACAF WORLD CUP QUALIFYING with an article on Costa Rican forward Bryan Ruiz.


Forrward Guillermo Franco, who played last season with Villarreal, has signed with Estudiantes in Argentina.


FIFA has declared that Chelsea has illegally signed a player from French club Lens and will be penalized by not being allowed to sign any players in the next 2 transfer windows (winter and summer 2010). Wow. The player Gael Kakuta has also been suspended for 4 months. Both team and player also paid large fines.


Anonymous Kevin A. said...

Wicks has lost his mind.

... and as a Timbers fan, than burns my fingers to type... :)

Kevin A.--

6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whoa, that 15 year revolution logo is terrible. absolutely awful. seriously, was the goal to make it look like piss?

8:15 PM  
Blogger kj said...

Given that the Revos' logo is already terrible... they somehow made something that's even worse.

12:11 PM  

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