Monday, October 26, 2009

Some News for Mon Oct 26. 2009


Don Garber will take calls on Fox Football Fone-In show on Mon Oct 26 from 6-8pm Central. Jesse Marsch of Chivas USA is also scheduled to appear.


Minnesota Thunder GM Djorn Buchholz has left the team to become CEO of the Austin Aztex. On a personal note Buchholz has been a fantastic person to deal with at the team and will be greatly missed by me as a fan of the team. A huge congrats goes out to him! (see more below in the team's section)


US Soccer has confirmed that the USA will play a 2nd friendly in Europe during the November international break - Sat Nov 14 v Slovakia in Bratislava. Then they travel to Denmark as previously announced to play on Wed Nov 18 in Aarhus.


USA U17's lost their first game on the World Cup 2-1 to Spain, even though they played a man up from just 63 seconds into the game and scored first. Sad.


Week 32 - The Final Round
Matches & Scores:
-Thu Oct 22
Chicago Fire 1-0 Chivas USA - CF goal by Eduardo Llilingston(OG).
Venue: Toyota Park - Bridgeview IL
Attendance: 17,537
-Saturday, October 24
New York Red Bulls 5-0 Toronto FC - NYRB goals by Macoumba Kandji(2), Juan Pablo Angel(2) & Matthew Mbuta.
Venue: Giants Stadium - East Rutherford NJ
Attendance: 21,305
Kansas City Wizards 2-2 DC United - KCW goals by Kei Kamara & Claudio Lopez(PK). DCU goals by Jaime Moreno(PK) & Julius James.
Venue: Community America Ballpark - Kansas City KS
Attendance: 10,385
Real Salt Lake 3-0 Colorado Rapids - RSL goals by Robbie Findley(2) & Yura Movsisyan.
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium - Sandy UT
Attendance: 18,675
Seattle Sounders FC 2-1 FC Dallas - SSFC goals by Nate Jaqua & Brad Evans. FCD goal by Atiba Harris.
Venue: Qwest Field - Seattle WA
Attendance: 33,108
Los Angeles Galaxy 2-0 San Jose Earthquakes - LAG goals by Bobby Burling(OG) & Landon Donovan.
Venue: Home Depot Center - Carson CA
Attendance: 27,000
-Sunday, October 25
Chivas USA 3-2 Houston Dynamo - HD goals by Andrew Hainault, Dominic Oduro & Abe Thompson. CUSA goals by Michael Lahoud & Eduaro Llilingston(PK).
Venue: Home Depot Center - Carson CA
Attendance: 14,523
Columbus Crew 0-1 New England Revolution - NER goal by Jeff Larentowicz.
Venue: Crew Stadium - Columbus OH
Attendance: 16,797


Fred - DC United - Red Card


The average attendance for the weekends games was 19,916. Not bad at all.


My very snarky pal Bill Archer did a great recap of the whole weekend in chronological order over at his blog on Big Soccer!
-Someday hopefully soon when all the dust settles, Bill and I will be partners on a new radio show.


In the mean spirited way for which I am known, I had to laugh out loud this weekend while listening to one of the many podcasts that feature MLS. This particular show had a "correspondent" on from Toronto who was all but bragging about how his team TFC would make the playoffs because their opponent in the final round was a "Kansas City U14 Girls team". How rich is that coming from a guy who's team has never made the playoffs, and for all intents and purposes has never done SHIT in their 3 years of exsistence. Where do guys like this get off with the overly smug attitude? It's one thing to be funny, but another to be completely delusional. In the end his team lost to those young Girls 5-0 in a game that they absolutely had to win, and their teams best player Dwayne De Rosario called "the biggest game in TFC history"! I can't wait to hear the excuses from the expert correspondent now. So now like most of us have said from day 1, Toronto needs to go find a real coach, some real defenders and a couple of real forwards, then we can talk playoffs. Their true fans deserve a lot better than this crap.


Some teams have begun announcing their seasons end awards:
Kansas City Wizards 2009 Team Awards:
Team MVP - Josh Wolff
Golden Boot - Josh Wolff (11 goals)
Humanitarian of the Year - Jimmy Conrad
- - - - -
Chivas USA 2009 Season Ending Award Winners:
Most Valuable Player - Zach Thornton
Defender of the Year - Jonathan Bornstein
Spirit of Chivas USA - Claudio Suarez
Humanitarian of the Year - Jesse Marsch
Golden Boot - Eduardo Lillingston (8 goals)
- - - - -
LA Galaxy annual team awards:
Most Valuable Player - Landon Donovan
Golden Boot - Landon Donovan (12 goals)
Humanitarian of the Year - Todd Dunivant
Defender of the Year - Donovan Ricketts


Here are your 1st Round playoff matches, home and away series:

1st Leg
-Sat Oct 31
Real Salt Lake (4) v Columbus Crew (1) - 5pm Central on FSC
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium - Sandy UT
-Sat Oct 31
New England Revolution (3) v Chicago Fire (2) - 3pm Central
Venue: Gillette Stadium - Foxborough MA
2nd Leg
- Date TBA
Columbus Crew (1) v Real Salt Lake (4)
Venue: Crew Stadium - Columbus OH
- Date TBA
Chicago Fire (2) v New England Revolution (3)
Venue: Toyota Park - Bridgeview IL


1st Leg
-Thu Oct 29
Seattle Sounder FC (3) v Houston Dynamo (2) - 9pm central on ESPN2
Venue: Qwest Field - Seattle WA
-Sun Nov 1
Chivas USA (4) v Los Angeles Galaxy (1) - 4pm Central
Venue: Home Depot Center - Carson CA
2nd Leg
- Date TBA
Houston Dynamo (2) v Seattle Sounder FC (3)
Venue: Robertson Stadium - Houston TX
-Sun Nov 8
Los Angeles Galaxy (1) v Chivas USA (4)
Venue: Home Depot Center - Carson CA


The Leagues Top Goal Scorer:
17 Jeff Cunningham - Dallas


Who had that one in the preseason pool? I bet John Carver had him picked!


The rest of the top poachers:
16 Conor Casey - Colorado
TIED (listed alpha)
12 Juan Pablo Angel - New York
12 Landon Donovan - Los Angeles
12 Robbie Findley - Salt Lake
12 Fredy Montero - Seattle
12 Guillermo Barros Schelotto - Columbus
TIED (listed alpha)
11 Dwayne DeRosario - Toronto
11 Ryan Johnson - San Jose
11 Josh Wolff - Kansas City


Will any of these 5 be at the helm of their team next season?

1 Tom Soehn - DC
2 Chris Cummins - Toronto
3 Frank Yallop - San Jose
4 Jason Kreis - Salt Lake
5 Denis Hamlet - Chicago


And 2 teams are already looking for a coach: New York & Kansas City.


The league gives out this award every year for players who go above and beyond to show sportsman ship. To me this is the award that should go to the players that have the most minutes played with the least amounty of fouls committed and Yellow Cards. Getting a Red Card should knock you off the list immediately. So I went ahead and did all my calculations and came up with this list of 3 who fit my criteria:
1 Todd Dunivant - Los Angeles
2 Jordan Harvey - Colorado
3 Patrick Nyarko - Chicago
Then I went to do my official voting for MLS post season awards, and to my huge surprise NONE were on the list of candidates! Now I am left to ponder, who came up with the list?


A tough loss in game 1 is not the way they hoped to start.


Starting 11 v Spain:
Earl Edwards
Zachary Herold
Perry Kitchen
Tyler Polak
Jared Watts
Marlon Duran
Luis Gil
Nick Palodichuk
Alex Shinsky
Stefan Jerome
Jack McInerney


The game could not have started better for the USA as Spain had a player sent off in the 2nd minute for pulling down a USA player on a break away. But unfortunately Spain didn't seem to even acknowledge that they had only 10 players. If the announcer didn't tell you, you certainly could not have noticed from the action on the field.

Spain's first goal was allowed even though the player who made the last pass had been a full yard offside.


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 v Malawi - 10am Central on ESPNU
-Sun Nov 1
USA v UAE - 9am Central on ESPNU

You can also watch all 3 games online at


Official Team Blog


Group E
United Arab Emirates
United States of America


Inside Minnesota Soccer reports that General Manager Djorn Buchholz has resigned and will become CEO of the Austin Astex in the same division. IMS also does a Q & A with Buchholz.


Jozy Altidore with 2 giant errors in one day, and he didn't even make the subs bench for Hull this weekend. First off, he showed up late for the game (they are scheduled to arrive 90 minutes before kickoff), and then after the game he went on Twitter and told his followers why he was left off in an apology note, which the coach reacted to very badly saying that discipline is kept in house and not shared with the public. Not good for Jozy. He is being fined by the team for his mistakes.


Clint Dempsey got the tying goal for Fulham at Manchester City this weekend, and our friend BQ sent us a link to some game photos at the official Fulham website - I picked out the ones of our man Deuce for you to enjoy:

I Am Quite The Gritty Player

Who? Me? Did I Do That? Of Course I Did!

Congratulations My Man, Job Well Done

Let's Say You And Me Dance In Celebration Then


Where in the world is Dan Califf? He has not been on the Midtjylland game sheet in weeks, and I have not seen any mention of an injury etc. Anybody?


Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

DENMARK - Superliga
Benny Feilhaber - AGF Aarhus - started and went 87 minutes but they lost 0-2 at home to Nordsjaelland.
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - went the full 90 as they won 0-2 at Aarhus.
Marcus Tracy - AaB - came on as a sub in the 81st minute as they lost 1-2 at home against Brondby.
Jeremiah White - AGF Aarhus - came on as a sub in the 65th minute but they lost 0-2 at home against Nordsjaelland.

ENGLAND - Premiership
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - went the full 90, scored the tying goal as they drew 2-2 at Manchester City.
Brad Friedel - Aston Villa - went the whole match in goal as they drew 1-1 at Wolverhampton.
Tim Howard - Everton - went the distance but they lost again, this time 3-2 at Bolton.
Jonathan Spector - West Ham - played the whole match as they drew 2-2 at home against Arsenal.

ENGLAND - League One
Jemal Johnson - Milton Keynes - started but was subbed out at half time as they lost 3-1 at Southampton.

FRANCE - Ligue 1
Carlos Bocanegra - Rennes - went the full 90 as they beat Montpellier 3-0 at home.

GERMANY - Bundesliga
Michael Bradley - Monchengladbach - played the entire match as they drew 0-0 at home against Koln.
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - went the distance as they won 1-0 at home over Stuttgart.

GERMANY - 2 Bundesliga
Kenny Cooper - 1860 Munich - came on as a sub in the 66th when they were 3-0 down, but they still lost 3-2 at Frankfurt.
David Yelldell - Koblenz - played the full 90 as they won 1-2 on the road at Greuther Furth.

NETHERLANDS - Eerste Divisie
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - went the distance, got a Yellow Card, and scored a goal, but they drew 4-4 at home against AGOVV Apeldoorn.

NORWAY - Tippeligaen
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek - started and went 89 minutes of a 2-0 home win over Bodo Glimt.
Hunter Freeman - Start - played all 90, got a Yellow Card and lost 3-1 at Tromso.
Clarence Goodson - Start - played the full 90 and lost 3-1 at Tromso.
Troy Perkins - Valerenga - went the distance but lost at home 1-3 to Sadefjord.

NORWAY - Adeccoligaen
Joe Lapira - Nybergsund - went the full 90 but lost0-2 at home to Moss.
Jay Needham - Alta - started and was subbed out in the 73rd as they drew 0-0 at Lov Ham Bergen.

SWEDEN - Allsvenskan Liga
Alejandro Bedoya - Orebro - started and went 85 minutes as they beat Halmstad 2-1 at home.

SWEDEN - Superettan
Etchu Tabe - Ljungskile - went the full 90 as they won big at home 3-0 over Angelholms.


Coming Up:

Greg Garza - Sporting - Tue Oct 27 at Guimaraes
Kamani Hill - Guimaraes - Tue Oct 27 v Sporting


Game Action:

Edgar Castillo - UANL Tigres - went the full 90 and they won 1-0 at home over San Luis
Jose Francisco Torres - Pachuca - started and played 76 minutes as they won 1-0 at home againt Indios.
Marco Vidal - Indios Juarez - started but was subbed off at half time as they lost 1-0 at Pachuca.

EUROPE has a Q & A with Portugal national team coach Carlos Quieroz.


-Sun Oct 25
Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United - considering everything this was kind of a stunner, or just the righting of the ships?
Schalke 3-3 Hamburg - last weekend we saw #1 v #2 finish a very boring 0-0, so this is more like it, yet while Hamburg stays at #2, Schalke drops to #4.
Marseille v Paris Saint-Germain - the game was postponed due to a rash of H1N1 diagnoses in the PSG team. So instead of a game we just had some idiot fans of both teams fighting!
Fenerbahce 3-1 Galatasaray - the win gives us a new #1 in Turkey.


The biggest derby in the Western Hemisphere:
-Sun Oct 25
River Plate 1-1 Boca Juniors - two mediocre teams end up predictably tied.


The 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 v Germany
Nigeria v Honduras
Switzerland v Japan
Brazil v Mexico
-Wed Oct 28
Netherlands v Gambia
Iran v Colombia
New Zeland v Burkina Faso
Turkey v Costa Rica




This weeks edition of the Major League Soccer Talk Podcast "features interviews with Tony Meola, Tab Ramos and Youri Djorkaeff about the end of an era at Giants Stadium, the home of so many soccer dreams and Red Bull New York." Download or listen here.


Our Friend IN Futbol, Bart, who I believe still lives in the Phillipines, sent this amazing video clip of the goalkeeper from SMU scoring a game winning goal from 95 yards!


Blogger Christopher Barker said...

Maybe we should up Lillingston's count to 9... he did have that great finish to put Chicago into the playoffs.

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Doug said...

U-17 game was frustrating to watch. U.S. had lots of possession but little to show for it. Spain was impressive. Still don't understand why U.S. didn't put more high balls into the area as Spain's keeper is very short. He was outjumped for the one goal the U.S. got and was in big trouble the few times the U.S. did put in high balls. On the positive side, the U-17 players have way more skill than the horrendous U-20 team and definitely have a chance to advance from their group.

10:14 PM  
Blogger Duane Rollins said...

You've taken the remarks I made regarding the Red Bulls out of context. I was clear in my commentary that Toronto needed to win d that it was far from a sure thing. The joke, such as it was, was made to illustrate that TFC had no excuse if they failed to deliver. They were undeniably playing the weakest team.

To say that I was "smug" demonstrates a lack of knowledge to my overall body of comment and work (understandable, as I write and speak for a Canadian audience).

Lastly, the biggest problem with my joke wasn’t that it was in poor taste. It was that it wasn't original.

Apologies to Goff for stealing his material:

I assume you will attack him with the same level of indignation as you did me?

Duane Rollins

10:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Bruce likes to trash talk. He often loves to say that this player stinks, or that coach is awful, or that team should be demoted...blah, blah, blah. He often provides a weekly list of coaches deserving to be fired.
In fact, if you scroll up to toward the top of today's blog entry, you'll notice he characterized the USA U-17 team as "sad" for its 2-1 defeat by Spain.

Brucio typically makes snarky remarks, tongue-in-cheek jokes, et al, so you'd think Bruce would naturally recognize your joke in its proper context.

Also, Bruce can't handle dissent very well. When people criticize his inability to properly use an apostrophe, he goes balistic on them. Sometimes he even deletes dissenting comments.

My point is, Bruce is just a trash talker. During his absence this past summer, he handed over the reins of the blog to some Marxist, America-hating, La Raza screamers who wrote that they were happy when then-President Reagan was shot, and nearly died in 1981.

The point is, it's just ironic how Bruce can approve of people like that to administer his blog in his absence, yet then he goes berzerk over your remark.

BTW Duane, you do fine commentary, and we recognize it.
Toronto FC has a nice fan base, and it is always exciting when I get to watch their home games on TV.

12:53 AM  
Blogger brucio said...


9:57 AM  
Anonymous Sam said...


nice one bruce

11:01 AM  
Blogger sleepylabeef said...

speaking of where in the world is Danny Califf, anyone heard anything out of Cory Gibbs lately? Would be nice for him to be in top form challenging for the now vacant center back position alongside Boca

12:15 PM  
Blogger Demko said...

Brucio also likes to eat baby bunny rabbits for breakfast.

5:22 PM  

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