Monday, October 19, 2009

Some News for Mon Oct 19, 2009


As we approach the final round of the regular season in MLS 7 teams are fighting for the remaining 3 playoff spots. Columbus, Houston, Los Angeles, Chivas USA & Seattle are all in, while only New York, San Jose & Kansas City are out. The list of scenarios for the seven teams still battling is endless. Can't wait to see how it all ends. And remember if two teams are tied on points the first tie breaker is head to head.


Seattle has added another star to their dramatic initial season in MLS by making the playoffs. What a season, what a team. What else can I say, except I still hate Roger Levesque.


Jay DeMerit of Watford and the USA has had his left cornea replaced the club announced on their official web site.


Montreal, the 5th seed, won the USL First Division championship on Saturday.


Stankovic with an astounding goal for Inter. I can safely say I have never seen one like this:


The latest news on Davies health from US Soccer: News remains positive on the condition of Charlie Davies, who continues to improve and has been moved out of the Intensive Care Unit at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. Davies has been able to receive and speak with visitors. He will have surgery early next week to repair a broken left elbow, and may require operations to deal with facial fractures.


Lot's of high emotion this weekend from Davies team in France Sochaux. They had a huge match for them, away to Lyon. And they took all their energy and turned it positive to win 0-2 in a gigantic heartfelt upset.


Here are 2 photos from the team's official web site:

The players pay tribute to Charlie:

The fans pay tribute to Charlie:


The Portsmouth Herald/Seacoast Sunday newspaper in New Hampshire talks to many who knew Davies there as a youth player, and how much this accident has been felt by all of them.


The University of Maryland daily paper has an article on Ashley Roberta who died in the car accident.


There has been debate over who took the corner kick that led to Jonathan Bornstein's goal for the USA v Costa Rica. I think it was Robbie Rogers, but all video evidence I have seen is inconclusive as to who actually took it. So I posted the question on Twitter and here are the varied answers so far:
Jose Torres - IIII
Landon Donovan - I
Robbie Rogers - IIIIIIII
And one of the people who replied is a USA team member who was on the bench at the time the play happened [cough]Jimmy Conrad[/cough], so I am going with that as the definitive, and declaring that yes I was correct in thinking Robbie Rogers took that corner kick.
PS. it's been confirmed from sources on high that Rogers was the delivery mechanism.


Fanhouse delivers a Q & A with Robbie Rogers. How's that for timing.


Yanks Abroad looks ahead to the USA friendly in Denmark next month.


Official Team Blog


Huge congrats to the new champions in Montreal.


2nd Leg
Matches & Scores:
-Sat Oct 17
Montreal Impact 3-1 Vancouver Whitecaps - MI wins it 6-3 on aggregate.


The Montreal Gazette reports on the championship win, the 3rd by the Impact.
-And an article on coach Marc Dos Santos.


Week 31
Matches & Scores:
-Wed Oct 14
Real Salt Lake 2-0 New York Red Bulls - RSL goals by Andy Williams & Fabian Espindola.
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium - Sandy UT
Attendance: 16,247
Value: RSL improve outside chance at playoffs
-Sat Oct 17
Toronto FC 1-0 Real Salt Lake - TFC goal by Jim Brennan
Venue: BMO Field - Toronto ON
Attendance: 20,384
Value: Both have a shot at the playoffs, but need help
New England Revolution v Chicago Fire - 5pm Central on FSC & FSE
Venue: Gillette Stadium - Foxborough MA
Attendance: 18,064
Value: NER still dreaming of a playoff spot, and CF want #2 in East
DC United 1-0 Columbus Crew - DCU goal by Luciano Emilio
Venue: RFK Stadium - Washington DC
Attendance: 16,274
Value: DC desperate, while CC want back to back supporters shields
FC Dallas 2-1 Colorado Rapids - FCD goals by George John & Ugo Ihemelu. CR goal by Pat Noonan.
Venue: Pizza Hut Park - Frisco TX
Attendance: 15,243
Value: FCD looking for a miracle end to season, while CR are fighting to keep their playoff spot alive.
Kansas City Wizards 2-3 Seattle Sounders FC - KCS goals by Zoltan & Josh Wolff. SSFC goals by Tyrone Marshall, Roger Levesque & Nate Jaqua.
Venue: Community America Ballpark - Kansas City KS
Attendance: 10,135
Value: KC clinging to life, SS clinging to playoff spot.
Chivas USA 2-2 San Jose Earthquakes - CUSA goals by Maykel Galindo & Justin Braun. SJE goals by Brandon McDonald & Ryan Johnson.
Venue: Home Depot Center - Carson CA
Attendance: 12,316
Value: CUSA going for a top in Western Conf.
-Sun Oct 18
Houston Dynamo v Los Angeles Galaxy - 2pm Central on Telefutura
Venue: Robertson Stadium - Houston TX
Attendance: 29,470
Value: both stayed right where they were in the race for the #1 seed. LA holds the tie breaker


-Emilio Renteria - Columbus - Red Card
-Brian Ching - Houston - 2 Yellow Cards


That low attendance number for Chivas USA is the only bummer of the whole weekend for the league. What happened there?


Seattle's Freddie Ljungberg was named MLS Player of the Week.


Jack Bell of the New York Times reports that the final soccer game ever will be played at Giants Stadium this weekend. And here are his 10 most memorable games there.


And Red Bull Arena now has grass!


Long time New England assistant coach Paul Mariner has left the team to join the coaching staff of Plymouth Argyle in England. They currently play in the Championship division. Here is the news from Argyle's official web site.


Jason de Vos of the CBC on Toronto's efforts to win and stay in the playoff race.


17 Jeff Cunningham - Dallas
16 Conor Casey - Colorado
12 Fredy Montero - Seattle
11 Guillermo Barros Schelotto - Columbus
11 Landon Donovan - Los Angeles
11 Dwayne De Rosario - Toronto
11 Ryan Johnson - San Jose
11 Josh Wolff - Kansas City


The last round of the group stage is upon us.


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


Matchday 6:
-Tue Oct 20
Toluca v DC United
Puerto Rico Islanders v Columbus Crew
Saprissa v Cruz Azul
-Wed Oct 21
Pachuca v Arabe Unido
W Connection v Real Espana
Metapan v Houston Dynamo
-Thu Oct 22
San Juan Jabloteh v Marathon
Comunicaciones v UNAM Pumas


Standings (after 5 of 6 Games Played):
Group A
ADV - 12 Pachuca (5 GP)
10 Arabe Unido (5 GP)
7 Houston Dynamo (5 GP)
ELIM - 0 Metapan (5 GP)
Group B
12 Toluca (5 GP)
9 DC United (5 GP)
9 Marathon (5 GP)
ELIM - 0 San Juan Jabloteh (5 GP)
Group C
ADV - 13 Cruz Azul (5 GP)
7 Columbus Crew (5 GP)
5 Saprissa (5 GP)
ELIM - 2 Puerto Rico Islanders (5 GP)
Group D
ADV - 13 UNAM Pumas (5 GP)
6 Comunicaciones (5 GP)
6 Real Espana (5 GP)
4 W Connection (5 GP)


The first tie breaker is head to head.
-DC holds that tiebreaker over Marathon. Houston holds the tiebreaker over Arabe. And Columubs holds the tiebreaker over Saprissa.


Sports Illustrated is reporting that ESPN has hired Englishman Martin Tyler for play by play broadcasts to the USA from the World Cup next year.


US Soccer with words from head coach Wilmer Cabrera on his roster and the tournament.


Here is the USA roster, full of suprise omissions and additions:
Keith Cardona - New York Red Bulls Academy
Earl Edwards - Nomads SC
Spencer Richey - Crossfire Premier
Zachary Herold - West Pines United FC
Perry Kitchen - Chicago Magic
Boyd Okwuonu - Tulsa Thunder
Tyler Polak - CSA Legacy
Jared Watts - North Meck SC
Eriq Zavaleta - FC Pride
Marlon Duran - Latino Americana
Luis Gil - Pateadores
Carlos Martinez - Wilmington Jr
Will Packwood - Birmingham City
Nick Palodichuk - Washington Premier FC
Alex Shinsky - Super Nova FC
Juan Agudelo - New York Red Bulls Academy
Victor Chavez - Real So Cal
Andrew Craven - First Coast Kickers
Stefan Jerome - West Pines United FC
Jack McInerney - Cobb SC
Dominick Sarle - BW Gottschee


Group Stage Matches & Scores:
-Mon Oct 26
Spain v USA
-Thu Oct 29
USA v Malawi
-Sun Nov 1


Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

DENMARK - Superliga
Benny Feilhaber - AGF Aarhus - played the whole 90 minutes but lost 1-0 at Sonderjyske.

ENGLAND - Premiership
Brad Friedel - Aston Villa - went the distance as they beat Chelsea 2-1 at home.
Tim Howard - Everton - went the full 90, got a Yellow Card and drew 1-1 at home against Wolverhampton.

ENGLAND - League One
Jemal Johnson - Milton Keynes - came on as a 76th minute sub as they won 2-0 at home over Gillingham.
Jon-Paul Pittman - Wycombe - came on as a sub in the 55th, got both a Yellow Card and a Goal and they drew 1-1 at home against Colchester United.

GERMANY - Bundesliga
Michael Bradley - Monchengladbach - played the entire match, and scored a goal but they lost 2-1 at Wolfsburg.
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - went the full 90 but they lost 2-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt

GERMANY - 2 Bundesliga
Kenny Cooper - 1860 Munich - came on as a sub in the 79th minute as they won 3-1 at home over Duisburg.
David Yelldell - Koblenz - played the full 90 as they drew 1-1 at home against Ahlen.

IRELAND - Premier Division
Ryan Guy - St Patrick's Athletic - scored the first goal which was the winner in a 2-0 home victory over Bray.

NETHERLANDS - Eerste Divisie
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - played all 90 but lost 3-1 at MVV Maastricht.

NORWAY - Tippeligaen
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek - came on as a sub in the 60th minutem but they lost 4-0 at Molde.
Hunter Freeman - Start - went the distance as they lost at home 0-1 to Aalesunds.
Troy Perkins - Valerenga - played the whole match and they won 0-2 on the road at Brann Bergen.

NORWAY - Adeccoligaen
Joe Lapira - Nybergsund - went the full 90 and scored but they lost 3-2 at Low Kam Bergen.
Jay Needham - Alta - went the distance and they won 3-1 at home against Mjondalen.

PORTUGAL - Taca de Portugal
Freddy Adu - Belenenses - beat Clube Oriental Lisboa 3-1 at home
Greg Garza - Sporting - beat Penafiel 3-0 at home
Kamani Hill - Guimaraes - beat Feirense 3-1 at home

SWEDEN - Superettan
Etchu Tabe - Ljungskile - went the full match and won 0-3 on the road at Sundsvall.


Coming Up:

ENGLAND - Premiership
Jozy Altidore - Hull City - Mon Oct 19 at Fulham
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - Mon Oct 19 v Hull
Eddie Johnson - Fulham - Mon Oct 19 v Hull

ENGLAND - League One
Mike Grella - Leeds - Mon Oct 19 v Norwich City


Game Action:

Edgar Castillo - UANL Tigres - went the distance, earned a Yellow Card, and got the 1-1 road draw at Toluca, which is not an easy thing to do.
Marco Vidal - Indios Juarez - played the full 90 but lost at home 0-2 to Atlante.


Barney Ronay of the Guardian gives us Five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend.


And some video of the red balloon that sunk Liverpool. very funny stuff. Hahahahahahahaha.


This past weekend we saw #1 Barca held to a scoreless tie at Valencia, #2 Real Madrid win big again and #3 Sevilla lose to the new surprising #4 from Coruna.


Phil Ball of Soccernet tries to figure out what is going on at Villarreal as they fall to the bottom of the barrell, and a look at the rest of the league as well.


Sid Lowe of the Guardian on the rebirth of Deportivo La Coruna, and all the action from La Liga.


Sochaux took all their sorrow from the Charlie Davies car crash and turned it into positive energy as they went to league leaders Lyon and won 0-2. But #2 Bordeaux failed to take advantage by losing, leaving the unbelievable Montpellier to steal into second place. Who saw that coming?!?!


That big Hamburg v Bayer Leverkusen match this weekend pitting #1 against #2 was as dull as it gets, and allowed #'s 3,4 & 5, Schalke, Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg to get back closer to the lead.


Raphael Honigstein of the Guardian on the lack of goals in Hamburg v Bayer Leverkusen and a full weekend round of the Bundesliga.


Inter went on the road, rested Samuel Eto'o & Diego Milito, and just destroyed a promising Genoa team 0-5, while #2 Sampdoria, #3 Juventus & #4 Fiorentina could only get 1 point from their matches. Milan beat Roma 2-1 in the other match between the big name teams.


Paolo Bandini of the Guardian on Inter's awesome display with Wesley Sneijder at the helm and the weekend round up.


Matchday 3 is this week.


Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune with an article on Lionel Messi of Barcelona.


Matches & Scores
-Tue Oct 20
Debreceni v Fiorentina
Liverpool v Lyon
Barcelona v Rubin Kazan
Inter v Dynamo Kyiv
Rangers v Unirea Urziceni
Stuttgart v Sevilla
AZ Alkmaar v Arsenal
Olympiacos v Standard Liege
-Wed Oct 21
Bordeaux v Bayern Munich
Juventus v Maccabi Haifa
CSKA Moskva v Manchester United
Wolfsburg v Besiktas
Real Madrid v Milan
Zurich v Marseille
Porto v APOEL
Chelsea v Atletico Madrid


Group Stage Standings


The 3rd of 6 Group Stage games is on Thu Oct 22.


Paul Doyle of the Guardian examines the match ups for the last 4 spots from Europe.


Here is the schedule:

Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Sat Nov 14
Ireland v France
Portugal v Bosnia-Herzegovina
Greece v Ukraine
Russia v Slovenia
2nd Leg
-Wed Nov 18
France v Ireland
Bosnia-Herzegovina v Portugal
Ukraine v Greece
Slovenia v Russia


I should have put this in print so that we don't have to discuss it now, but never doubted for one second that Argentina would make it to the World Cup. I never understood all the people proclaiming them dead and buried. Yes I know it was close, but its over and they are in.


Simon Kuper of the Financial Times on North Korea's love of football.
-Even genuine nut jobs can love the beautiful game.


With just 8 months until the tournament South Africa has lost coach Joel Santana who has resigned. Carlos Alberto Perreira is rumored to return to the helm. (Thanks to Jay for the rumor.)


Have you ever seen this logo for the Belgian team KAA Gent? I was very surprised by it.


Anonymous sasha said...

that Stankovic goal was taking a page straight from the Dikembe Mutumbo textbook of "get that shit out of here"...i'm surprised he didn't wag his finger after he scored

6:25 PM  
Anonymous Joe J said...

Goodbye Paul Mariner. I think he will be missed. Why he never led an MLS team, I don't know. Anyone?

Noticed that the Wigan-Man City had an attendance just over 20k, close to capacity. Makes MLS figures not look so bad.

6:55 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

i would not be surprised at all to find out that MLS average attendance is near the top 10 in the world

9:58 PM  
Blogger TLF said...

I've heard it was a red beach ball that deflected the shot against Liverpool.

11:09 PM  
Blogger Gary Norris said...

KAA Gent. They're nicknamed "The Buffaloes"

I was shocked too. Actually saw them play in August. A home game, a derby, vs. Lokeren. I had a lot of fun. Picked up a scarf.

Lokeren fans taunted the Gent fans with a song about scary buffaloes (sarcasm) and I think something about the players being gay.

I was wondering out loud about The Chief icon and was informed that Buffalo Bill visited Gent once and that's how the team got the name. Of course, Buffalo Bill's "Wild Indians" would have been popular with the late 19th Century Flanders crowds.

I think the team is getting a new stadium soon.

3:55 AM  

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