Friday, October 30, 2009

Some News for Fri Oct 30, 2009


What does Dan Loney thing of the LA v Chivas playoff series: "Ideally, this would be a Loser Leaves Town match. If the Galaxy wins, Chivas moves. If CUSA wins, Beckham never returns. I could handle that." Read the whole thing here. Pure genius.


I cocked this one up pretty bad - I woke up this morning and realized that I had forgot to link to the only MLS Playoff Preview you need to read - from Paul Demko at Bunky County.


My thoughts on the Seattle v Houston scoreless draw:
-That game was nearly a barroom brawl. Maybe more like a vicious heavyweight boxing match that went all 12 rounds and ended tied on all 3 judges scorecards.
-Honsestly it was not very good soccer, but it was the the kind of game that I could not take my eyes off.
-Sounders forward Nate Jaqua looked like he came from a civil war reenactment with that large head wrap and dried blood/disinfectant combo smeared down the side of his face.
-Houston keeper Pat Onstad did not deserve a red card for his clash with Fredy Montero - all you people who were screaming for his dismissal are smoking crack again. Yes Onstand came charging out like a drunken bull but he did not aim his chest for Montero who stepped right into it and then did his best Carlos Ruiz impression.
-On the other hand, Ricard Clark (boot to Jaqua's head) and Brian Ching (late crunching tackle from the side) both got away with brutal fouls that should have been yellow cards.
-For Houston centerback Patrick Ianni did everything in his power to get a goal against his former team, forcing Brian Mullen to clear the ball off the line once on a strong header, and banging another off the cross bar.
-The second leg match will be filled with hatred!


First Round playoff matches, home and away series:

1st Leg
-Thu Oct 29
Seattle Sounder FC (3) 0-0 Houston Dynamo (2)
Venue: Qwest Field - Seattle WA
Attendance: 35,807
Match report by Jose Romero of the Seattle Times.
Match report by Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle.
-Sun Nov 1
Chivas USA (4) v Los Angeles Galaxy (1) - 4pm Central on ESPN2
Venue: Home Depot Center - Carson CA
-Sat Oct 31
Real Salt Lake (4) v Columbus Crew (1) - 5pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium - Sandy UT
-Sun Nov 1
New England Revolution (3) v Chicago Fire (2) - 1pm Central on FSC
Venue: Gillette Stadium - Foxborough MA


2nd Leg (with first leg scores included)
-Thu Nov 5
Columbus Crew (1) v Real Salt Lake (4) - 7pm Central on ESPN2
Venue: Crew Stadium - Columbus OH
-Sat Nov 7
Chicago Fire (2) v New England Revolution (3) - 7:30pm Central on FSC
Venue: Toyota Park - Bridgeview IL
-Sun Nov 8
Houston Dynamo (2) v Seattle Sounder FC (3) (0-0) - 2pm Central on Telefutura
Venue: Robertson Stadium - Houston TX
-Sun Nov 8
Los Angeles Galaxy (1) v Chivas USA (4) - 6:30pm Central on ESPN2
Venue: Home Depot Center - Carson CA


Craig Stoufer of the Examiner wraps up a busy week in DC United news.


Embele Awipi of the Californian writes that San Jose needs a slap upside the head, quickly. Thanks to
Jay of Center Line Soccer for this link.


Malawi's keeper let a ball roll right through his arms and then his legs to give the USA a goal and a win in the 2nd round of the group stage. The final USA game is at 9am Central on Sunday.


Match report from US Soccer.
Match report by Paul Kennedy of Soccer America.
Player ratings by Kennedy.
Match report by Brent Latham at Yanks Abroad.
Match report and player ratings by Latham for ESPN Soccernet.
Post game analysis by Jen Chang at ESPN Soccernet.


Yanks Abroad also has articles on 3 of the best USA players from that game:
-Alex Shinsky
-Luis Gil
-Tyler Polak


Group Stage Matches & Scores:
-Mon Oct 26
Spain 2-1 USA - Spa goals by Borja & Pablo Sarabia. USA goal by Jack McInerney.
-Thu Oct 29
USA 1-0 Malawi - USA goal by Alex Shinsky.
-Sun Nov 1
USA v UAE - 9am Central on ESPNU

You can also watch all 3 games online at


Official Team Blog


Group E
3 United Arab Emirates (+2)
3 Spain (+1)
0 United States of America (-1)
0 Malawi (-2)


The Triangle Offense reports that the breakaway USL1 teams are set to officially apply to USSF to form a new league.


DaMarcus Beasley & Freddie Adu were mocking each other this morning via Twitter. Pretty damn funny:
-DaMarcusBeasley: "yo u should be beatlejuice(blk dude).. LMAO... U wouldnt have to change ure appearance to much!!! Lol.."
-FreddyAdu11: "hahahahahahaha ouch man that is rough. How about you be one of them kenyan marathon runners. You aint gotta change anything"


Greg Seltzer at No Short Corners have video of Brad Guzan's remarkable performance in goal for Aston Villa on Wednesday night in the League Cup. Wow!


Team captain Carles Puyol had signed a 3 year contract extension with Barcelona.


-Sat Oct 31
Arsenal v Tottenham - the big London derby
Real Madrid v Getafe - the lesser Madrid derby
Schalke v Bayer Leverkusen - #4 v #1
-Sun Nov 1
Ajax v Feyenoord - the long-time Dutch rivals face off.


Matchday 4 is coming up next week.

Matches & Scores:
-Tue Nov 3
Bayern Munchen v Bordeaux
Maccabi Haifa v Juventus
Manchester United v CSKA Moskva
Besiktas v Wolfsburg
AC Milan v Real Madrid
Marseille v Zurich
APOEL v Porto
Atletico Madrid v Chelsea
-Wed Nov 4
Fiorentina v Debreceni
Lyon v Liverpool
Rubin Kazan v Barcelona
Dynamo Kyiv v Inter
Unirea Urziceni v Rangers
Sevilla v Stuttgart
Arsenal v AZ Alkmaar
Standard Liege v Olympiacos


Official web site


Group Stage
Matches & Scores:
-Sat Oct 24
Nigeria 3-3 Germany - Nig goals by Stanley Okoro, Kenneth Omeruo & Edafe Egbedi. Ger goals by Lennart Thy, Shkodran Mustafi & Mario Goetze.
Brazil 3-2 Japan - Bra goals by Guilherme, Neymar & Wellington. Jap goals by Yoshiaki Takagi & Kenyu Sugimoto.
Honduras 0-1 Argentina - Arg goal by Sergio Araujo.
Mexico 0-2 Switzerland - Swi goals by Pajtim Kasami & Jose Rodriguez.
-Sun Oct 25
Iran 2-0 Gambia - Ira goals by Payam Sadeghian & Kaveh Rezaei.
Colombia 2-1 Netherlands - Col goals by Fabian Castillo & Deiner Cordoba. Net goal by Oguzhan Ozyakyp.
Turkey 1-0 Burkina Faso - Tur goal by Muhammet Demir.
Costa Rica 1-1 New Zealand - CR goal by Joel Campbell. NE goals by Michael Built.
-Mon Oct 26
United Arab Emirates 2-0 Malawi - UAE goals by Marwan Al Saffar & Mohammad Sebil.
Spain 2-1 USA - Spa goals by Borja & Pablo Sarabia. USA goal by Jack McInerney.
Uruguay 1-3 S Korea - Uru goal by Sebastian Gallegos(PK). SK goals by Nam Seung Woo, Son Heung Min & Lee Jong Ho.
Algeria 0-1 Italy - Ita goal by Federico Carraro.
-Tue Oct 27
Argentina 2-1 Germany - Arg goals by Esteban Espindola & Sergio Aruajo. Ger goal by Mario Goetze.
Nigeria 1-0 Honduras - Nig goal by Abdul Ajagun.
Switzerland 4-3 Japan - Swi goals by Haris Seferovic(2), Granit Xhaka & Ricardo Rodriguez. Jap goals by Takumi Mihayoshi(2) & Shuto Kojima.
Brazil 0-1 Mexico - Mex goal by Miguel Basulto.
-Wed Oct 28
Netherlands 2-1 Gambia - Net goals by Luc Castaignos & Tom Boere. Gam goal by Ebrima Bojang(PK).
Iran 0-0 Colombia
New Zealand 1-1 Burkina Faso - NZ goal by Gordon Murie. BF goal by Victor Nikiema.
-Thu Oct 29
Turkey 4-1 Costa Rica - Tur goals by Omer Ali Sahiner, Muhammet Demir, Engin Bekdemir & Gokay Iravul. CR goal by Jonathan Moya.
USA 1-0 Malawi - USA goal by Alex Shinsky.
UAE 1-3 Spain - UAE goal by Mohammad Sebil. Spa goals by Isco, Borja & Adria Carmona.
Italy 2-1 S Korea - Ita goals by Michele Camporese & Pietro Iemmello. SK goal by Kim Jin Su(PK).
Uruguay 2-0 Algeria - Uru goals by Adrian Luna & Sebastian Gallegos.
-Fri Oct 30
Germany 3-1 Honduras - Ger goals by Lennart Thy(2) & Kevin Volland. Hon goal by Antony Lozano.
Argentina 1-2 Nigeria - Arg goal by Esteban Orfano. Nig goals by Omoh Ojabu & Sani Emmanuel(PK).
Japan 0-2 Mexico - Mex goals by Carlos Campos & Carlos Parra.
Switzerland 1-0 Brazil - Swi goa by Nassim Ben Khalifa.
-Sat Oct 31
Gambia v Colombia
Netherlands v Iran
Burkina Faso v Costa Rica
New Zealand v Turkey
-Sun Nov 1
Malawi v Spain
S Korea v Algeria
Italy v Uruguay



Group A
*7 Nigeria
*6 Argentina
4 Germany
0 Honduras
Group B
*9 Switzerland
*6 Mexico
3 Brazil
0 Japan
Group C
4 Iran
4 Columbia
3 Netherlands
0 Gambia
Group D
*6 Turkey
2 New Zealand
1 Burkina Faso
1 Costa Rica
Group E
*6 Spain
3 United Arab Emirates
3 United States of America
0 Malawi
Group F
*6 Italy
3 South Korea
3 Uruguay
0 Algeria

*Has advanced to the knock out stages.
The 12 teams who finish 1-2 in each group, plus the 4 best third place teams advance to the knock out rounds.




The names of the nominees for the 2009 FIFA World Player award have been revealed:
Michael Ballack - Germany
Gianluigi Buffon - Italy
Iker Casillas - Spain
Cristiano Ronaldo - Portugal
Diego - Brazil
Didier Drogba -Cote d'Ivoire
Michael Essien -Ghana
Samuel Eto'o -Cameroon
Steven Gerrard -England
Thierry Henry - France
Xavi Hernandez -Spain
Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Sweden
Andres Iniesta - Spain
Rikki Kaka - Brazil
Frank Lampard - England
Luis Fabiano - Brazil
Lionel Messi - Argentina
Carles Puyol - Spain
Franck Ribéry - France
Wayne Rooney - England
John Terry - England
Fernando Torres - Spain
David Villa - Spain


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