Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Some News for Wed Sep 10, 2009

STARTERS

Chicago Red Stars CEO Peter Wilt, a great friend of du Nord, writing for Pitch Invasion, does a very cool Q & A with another great friend of du Nord, former Minnesota Thunder player & coach and current Portland Timbers assistant coach Amos Magee.

TEAM USA

World Cup Qualifying Match & Score:
-Wed Sep 9
Trinidad & Tobago v USA - 6pm Central on ESPN Classic
Venue: Hasley Crawford Stadium - Port of Spain, Trinidad

dN

Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer is one of the few American journalists in T&T this week, and he is cranking them out:
-'WE NEED TO WIN THIS GAME' Donovan & Dempsey talk about U.S.-T&T
-LOOKING BETTER Bradley likes Davies' progress
-THE OPTIONS Bradley mulls central defense pairings
-IN YELLOW PERIL With 7 players with yellows, Bradley warns about taking foolish cards

dN

Paul Obergjuerge looks at Landon Donovan at his very best.

dN

Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America previews the USA in this big game.

dN

Trindidad & Tobago's Newsday with quotes from both team's coaches.

Newsday also previews the game.

dN

The Trindidad & Tobago Express says there will be no quitting from T&T tonight. They also wisely point out that this is a very different team than the one T&T beat at home in the last round of qualifying.

The Express also has an editorial on the poor state of the T&T national teams.

The Express on the official retirement of T&T legend Dwight Yorke, which happened yesterday.

dN

Official Team Blog

MLS

Official Web Site

dN

Week 26
Matches & Scores:
-Wed Sep 9
DC United v Kansas City Wizards - 6:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: RFK Stadium - Washington DC
-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

dN

The Kansas City Star with an article on the Wizards new found confidence.
-Too bad it's too late to make a difference.

dN

John Haydon of the Washington Times on DC United's huge holes in defense.

The Washington Post on DC's defensive woes too.

dN

Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch looks at the schedule ahead for the Crew - its tough.

MLS MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Here is my initial short list of the cream of the crop for 09, listed alphabetically:

Landon Donovan
Omar Cummings
Shalrie Joseph
Freddie Ljungberg
Freddy Montero
Pat Onstad
Guillermo Barros Schelotto

MLS STADIUM BUILDING

Is Kansas City finally going to make a real move on stadium building? One of the owners Robb Heinemann feels confident enough to post this note on Big Soccer last Tuesday night.
-The way this reads to me, the land the team bought will be abandon, and the team will try to build out in the hinterlands of Kansas in that nasty "new style Mall" area where they are currently playing. Sad.

The Kansas City Star gives us details on a new proposal to build a Wizards stadium in Kansas.

MLS EXHIBITIONS

Match & Score:
-Tue Sep 8
San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 CD Aguila (El Salvador)

USL FIRST DIVISION

Official Web Site

dN

Rochester forward Errol McFarlane has been named USL First Division Player of the Week.

dN

And here is the USL First Division Team of the Week:
G
Bill Gaudette - Puerto Rico - Three saves, including PK, in 2-0 win
D
Stephen Keel - Portland - Goal in 1-0 win at Austin
Wes Knight - Vancouver - Assist in 1-1 draw at Minnesota
Steve Kindel - Rochester - Assist in 2-1 win at Portland
Adam Braz - Montreal - Led team to two wins
M
Leo Inacio Nunes - Miami - Goal in 3-1 win over Austin
Lawrence Olum - Minnesota - Two goals in 3-1 win at Charleston
Leonardo Di Lorenzo - Montreal - Goal in 1-0 win over Carolina
F
Errol McFarlane - Rochester - Two goals in 2-1 win at Portland
Roberto Brown - Montreal - Two goals in 2-1 win at Cleveland
Charles Gbeke - Vancouver - Two goals in 3-2 win over Austin

dN

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Sep 9
Montreal Impact v Vancouver Whitecaps
-Thu Sep 10
Minnesota Thunder v Puerto Rico Islanders
-Fri Sep 11
Charleston Battery v Miami FC Blues
Portland Timbers v Austin Aztex
-Sat Sep 12
Carolina RailHawks v Puerto Rico Islanders
-Sun Sep 13
Rochester Rhinos v Miami FC Blues
Montreal Impact v Minnesota Thunder
Vancouver Whitecaps v Austin Aztex
Portland Timbers v Cleveland City Stars

CONCACAF WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

Matchday 8
Matches & Scores
-Wed Sep 9
El Salvador v Costa Rica
Trinidad & Tobago v USA
Mexico v Honduras

dN

Standings:
13 Honduras (+7)
13 USA (+4)
12 Mexico (+2)
12 Costa Rica (-3)
5 El Salvador (-3)
5 Trinidad & Tobago (-7)

EUROPE

Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian with an article on Bosnia [CORRECTED] and their charismatic coach Ciro Blazevic.

UEFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

England & Serbia can clinch spots at the World Cup with wins on Wednesday. Spain, Denmark and Slovakia can also get in with a combination of results go their way.

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 - Estonia

dN

Standings

SOUTH AMERICA

Marcela Mora y Araujo of the Guardian on what looks like the end of the road for Diego at the wheel of the Argentine company truck.

SOUTH AMERICA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

Chile & Paraguay can qualify for the World Cup with wins on Wednesday.

CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying
-Wed Sep 9
Bolivia v Ecuador
Uruguay v Colombia
Paraguay v Argentina
Venezuela v Peru
Brazil v Chile

dN

Standings

ASIA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

The winner of this series takes on New Zealand for World Cup place.

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

AFRICA

Paul Doyle of the Guardian on Cameroon and their French coach Paul Le Guen.

AFRICA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

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

dN

Standings

ENDERS

VW examines the art of the MLS goal scorers celebration! (Video)

6 Comments:

Blogger Sean said...

Ciro Blazevic is Bosnia's coach, not Croatia.

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great interview with Amos. But it fills me with so much sadness that it didn't work out here (MN) with him as head coach... I guess though its working out for Amos for the better, he's having an amazing season with the Timbers and hopefully he'll be part of PDX's MLS future.

smatthew

3:07 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

damn, thanks sean, not a good mistake to make, much appreciated

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today is 9/9/09

How could you mess that one up :)

3:29 PM  
Blogger digchros said...

I think it is becoming time for MLS to consider giving up on Kansas City. The proposed stadium was OK, but far from perfect. The new plan just doesn't fit in line with what MLS can and should be doing. No matter how great the venue is by the Kansas Speedway, it's distance from the city and extreme suburban setting will not result in strong attendance.

The original stadium plan in KC was not perfect, but it worked. Kansas City doesn't have the same urban setting as say Toronto for a sports team, but the proposed location was still urban enough that it was close for fan coming from just about anywhere.

From the only game I have seen there (season opener in 2008), there is a passionate group of fans, but there aren't enough to warrant giving the city a coveted MLS team. When you see what new MLS teams are doing (Toronto and Seattle, the hype already in Philadelphia, Portland and Vancouver), it is damaging to the league to make such a commitment to a market that just doesn't look like it will ever be strong.

I am not necessarily sold on St. Louis being a great soccer city in terms of support for an MLS team, but I think the team would be more likely to succeed because of the history there, the huge youth presence, and the built-in derby with Chicago. Montreal would also make a great market, as would finally finding an owner to correctly run a team in the Southeast.

I give credit to the Kansas City owner for trying, they seem to be good guys and truly trying to make it work. From a neutral perspective though, I think the only reason to have a team in Kansas City is because there has always been a team there. MLS would be a stronger league with that team elsewhere.

6:03 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

I'll confess to not entirely understanding what's considered out-of-bounds in terms of goal celebrations, but didn't Jozy Altidore get a yellow card in South Africa for removing his shirt after scoring? What kind of message is Volkswagen trying to send with the Bullfighter?

12:43 PM  

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