Thursday, October 01, 2009

Some News for Thu Oct 1, 2009


1-888-388-2650 - This is the phone number of the dopes trying to sell the Honduras v USA game via closed circuit in the USA. Call them and tell them that they are dopes. So far they have signed up a whopping 5 places in the entire country to carry the game. They are doing a bang up job.


Hooray Beer indeed - Oguchi Onyewu made his debut for AC Milan yesterday in the UEFA Champions League. Sadly, they lost 0-1 at home to Zurich. Huge bummer, but don't blame him.


Beau Dure of the USA Today with a big feature article on Landon Donovan.


Twitter from Thierry Henry today: "one day I will go back to Arsenal for sure."


If Marathon lose to Toluca tonight, then DC United would advance to the knock out stage.


Houston are now in big trouble and will need help to advance. They are 3 points back from Arabe Unido with 1 game left to play.


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


Group Stage
Matchday 5:
-Tue Sep 29
Columbus Crew 1-1 Saprissa - CC goal by . Sap goal by Alex Robinson.
Cruz Azul 2-0 Puerto Rico Islanders - CA goals by Mario Ortiz & Emmanuel Villa.
Arabe Unido 6-0 Metapan - AU goals by Orlando Rodriguez(3), Camilo Aguirre(2) & Eduardo McTaggar.
-Wed Sep 30
DC United 5-1 Jabloteh - DCU goals by Christian Gomez(2) & Boyzzz Khumalo(2) & Fred. SJJ goal by Jerrel Britto.
UNAM Pumas 2-1 W Connection - UP goals by Paco Palencia & Oscar Rojas. WC goal by Christain Viveros.
Houston Dynamo 0-1 Pachuca - Pac goal by Edgar Benitez.
Real Espana 2-0 Comunicaciones - RE goals by Fredy Thompson(OG) & Carlos Pavon.
-Thu Oct 1
Marathon v Toluca


Standings (after 4 of 6 Games Played):
Group A
ADV - 12 Pachuca (5 GP)
10 Arabe Unido (5 GP)
7 Houston Dynamo (5 GP)
ELIM- 0 Metapan (4 GP)
Group B
12 Toluca (4 GP)
9 DC United (5 GP)
6 Marathon (4 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 (4 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.


Matchday 6 will be played Oct 20, 21 & 22.


The Playoffs!

Semifinal Round
Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Thu Oct 1
Vancouver v Portland
Montreal v Puerto Rico
2nd Leg
-Sun Oct 4
Portland v Vancouver
Puerto Rico v Montreal


All the games can be seen at


Official Web Site


Week 29
Matches & Scores
-Wed Sep 30
FC Dallas 1-0 New England Revolution - FCD goal by Jeff Cunningham.
Venue: Pizza Hut Park - Frisco TX
Attendance: 51,012 (played as opening act to the Mexico v Colombia B-Squad international match)
-Fri Oct 2
Los Angeles Galaxy v Chicago Fire - 10pm Central on ESPN2, Deportes
Venue: Home Depot Center - Carson CA
-Sat Oct 3
DC United v Chivas USA - 6:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: RFK Stadium - Washington DC
Columbus Crew v Seattle Sounders FC - 6:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Crew Stadium - Columbus OH
Colorado Rapids v New England Revolution - 8pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City CO
San Jose Earthquakes v New York Red Bulls - 10pm Central on FSC & FSE
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium - Santa Clara CA
-Sun Oct 4
Houston Dynamo v Kansas City Wizards - 2pm Central on Telefutura
Venue: Robertson Stadium - Houston TX


Real Salt Lake & Toronto are off this week, while New England plays twice.


Another blow to New England's chase of a playoff spot. Yes they still sit in the final place, but they are wasting their games in hand with losses.


And Jeff Cunningham again makes former Toronto coach John Carver look like an idiot. JC nabbed his league leading 16th goal just a year after Carver questioned how this guy could have ever scored a single goal in the league. Touche.


Speaking of goal scoring machines - Juan Pablo Angel has just topped the New York all time goal scoring record with his 46th, breaking the previous record of 45 set by Clint Mathis.


Jack Bell of the New York Times again asks the question - is Carlos Queiroz a candidate to return as the New York Red Bulls head coaches job?


Jeff Bradley at with his 11 most surprising trends this season.


MetroFanatic introduces us to the new sporting director for Red Bull Salzburg and New York. He is the guy who will hire the new management team for NY next season.


Michael Lewis at Big Apple Soccer puts together a fantasy team of ex-MetroStar/Red Bull players that are still in the league. This is a really good team.


16 Jeff Cunningham - FC Dallas
15 Conor Casey - Colorado Rapids
12 Fredy Montero - Seattle Sounders FC
12 Guillermo Barros Schelotto - Columbus Cew
11 Dwayne De Rosario - Toronto FC


Beckman to be a part of new MLS team in Montreal? No. So how about a new rumor that says it's Miami.


Kerith Gabriel of the Philadelphia Daily News on the Unions building process for youth development.


The league has announced their 2009 Best 11

Steve Cronin - Portland Timbers
Nelson Akwari - Charleston Battery
Cristian Arrieta - Puerto Rico Islanders
Matt Bobo - Charleston Battery
David Hayes - Portland Timbers
Daniel Paladini - Carolina RailHawks
Ryan Pore - Portland Timbers
Ricardo Sanchez - Minnesota Thunder
Charles Gbeke - Vancouver Whitecaps
Mandjou Keita - Portland Timbers
Johnny Menyongar - Rochester Rhinos

A huge congrats to the award winner! And they are all worthy winner except the goalkeeper. I would say he was actually one of the least talented keepers in the league. His defense made him look great by giving him great stats, but his shot stopping is fairly poor. Too bad about that one.


Our own "El Perro Loco", midfielder Ricardo Sanchez, has made the First Division Best 11. I am really excited for him. What a great guy, and a very exciting player. I bet some people are not real big fans of some of paculiarities though. Hahaha! Before he came to our team I found him to be one of the most despicable opponents we had ever faced. Don't you just love the insane dichotomy of it all. I think he just might be the best free kick taker in all of football in the USL, or MLS for that matter.


Official team blog


Group Stage
Matches & Scores:
-Sat Sep 26
USA 0-3 Germany - Ger goals by Semih Aydilek(PK), Florian Jungwirth & Manuel Schaeffler.
-Tue Sep 29
USA 4-1 Cameroon - USA goals by Bryan Arguez, Tony Taylor, Dilly Duka & Brian Ownby. Cam goal by Banana Yaya(PK).
-Fri Oct 2
USA v South Korea - 11:45am Central on ESPN2


The USA is going to have to come out firing and end all the hopes of a desperate South Korean team who event though it has only 1 point is still alive in hope of advancing.


I missed this yesterday - Paul Kennedy of Soccer America rates the USA players from the win over Cameroon on Tuesday.
-I think he gives most of these guys too high of marks. No one played an "8" in my mind.


Brent Latham at Yanks Abroad talks to Tony Taylor about his future.


Futbol de Primera who annually hand out the Honda Player of the Year to the best US National Team player has announced this years 3 finalists. The ceremony to name the winner will be held on Oct 20 in LA. This will be the 19th time the honor has been bestowed. Here are the finalists:
-Jozy Altidore
-Landon Donovan
-Tim Howard

For me, that fact that Oguchi Onyewu wasn't in the top 3 takes into question the whole event. I actually would give my vote to him if I had one.

LD has won the award 5 times.


Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

-Thu Oct 1
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - v Basel
Tim Howard - Everton - at BATE Borisov
Eddie Johnson - Fulham - v Basel

CONCACAF WORLD CUP QUALIFYING talks to Honduras striker Carlos Pavon about the huge game next week v USA. If Honduras win that game & Costa Rica lose, they are IN the World Cup!


Giovani Dos Santos will miss the two upcoming World Cup qualifiers due to an ankle injury. As much as I despise this lightning quick Barbie doll, I also hate it when the best players are knocked out of games, even when they are playing my team. What is that old saying? To be the best you have to beat the best.


The New York Times has Clarence Seedorf of AC Milan answering viewer mail.


Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune reviews Wednesday's round of games, and looks at the disaster of AC Milan.


Matchday 2
Matches & Scores:
-Tue Sep 29
Fiorentina 2-0 Liverpool - Fio goals both by Stevan Jovetic.
Debreceni 0-4 Lyon - Lyo goals by Kim Kallstrom, Miralem Pjanic, Sidney Govou & Bafetimbi Gomis.
Rubin Kazan 1-1 Inter Milan - RK goal by Alejandro Domínguez. IM goal by Dejan Stankovic.
Barcelona 2-0 Dynamo Kyiv - BAr goals by Leonel Messi & Pedro Rodriguez.
Unirea Urziceni 1-1 Stuttgart - UU goal by Serban Dacian Varga. Stu goal by Serdar Tasci.
Rangers 1-4 Sevilla - Rang goal by Nacho Novo. Sev goals by Abdoulay Konko, Adriano, Luis Fabiano & Frederic Kanoute.
Arsenal 2-0 Olympiacos - Ars goals by Robin Van Persie & Andrei Arshavin.
AZ Alkmaar 1-1 Standard Liege AZA goal by Mounir El Hamdaoui. SL goal by Moussa Traore.
-Wed Sep 30
Bayern Munich 0-0 Juventus
Bordeaux 1-0 Maccabi Haifa - Bor goal by Michael Ciani.
CSKA Moskva 2-1 Besiktas - CM goals by Alan Dzagoev & Milos Krasic. Bes goal by Ekrem Dag.
Manchester United 2-1 Wolfsburg - MU goals by Ryan Giggs & Michael Carrick. Wol goal by Edin Dzeko.
Milan 0-1 Zurich - Zur goal by Hannu Tihinen.
Real Madrid 3-0 Marseille - Cristiano Ronaldo(2) & Kaka(PK).
APOEL 0-1 Chelsea - Nicolas Anelka
Porto 2-0 Atletico Madrid - Por goals by Falcao & Rolando3.




Matchday 3 is Oct 20/21.


See all the results from the 2nd of 6 Group Stage games that were played on Thu Oct 1.

U20 WORLD CUP EGYPT 2009's tournament news feed.


Match schedule


Group Stage
Matches & Scores:
-Thu Sep 24
Egypt 4-1 Trinidad & Tobago - Egy goals by Afroto, Hussam Arafat(2) & Mohamed Talaat. T&T goal by Jean Luc Rochford.
-Fri Sep 25
Paraguay 0-0 Italy
Nigeria 0-1 Venezuela - Ven goal by Yonathan Del Valle.
Spain 8-0 Tahiti - Spain goals by Aaron Niguez(2), Emilio Nsue(2), Fran Merida, Kike(2) & Ander Herrera.
-Sat Sep 26
USA 0-3 Germany - Ger goals by Semih Aydilek(PK), Florian Jungwirth & Manuel Schaeffler.
Cameroon 2-0 South Korea - Cam goals by Andre Akono Effa & Germain Tiko.
Ghana 2-1 Uzbekistan - Gha goals by Ransford Osei & Dominic Adiyiah. Uzb goal by Sherzodbek Karimov.
England 0-1 Uruguay - Uru goal by Tabare Viudez.
-Sun Sep 27
Brazil 5-0 Costa Rica - Bra goals by Alan Kardec(2), Giuliano, Alex Teixeira & Rafael.
Czechia 2-1 Australia - Michael Rabusic & Tomas Pekhart(PK). Aus goal by James Holland(PK).
UAE 2-2 South Africa - UAE goals by Al Kamali Hamdan Ismaeel(PK) & Al Musabi Theyab Awana. SA goals both by Kermit Erasmus.
Honduras 3-0 Hungaria - Hon goals by Mario Roberto Martinez(2) & Arnold Peralta.
-Mon Sep 28
Italy 2-1 Trinidad & Tobago - Ita goals by Michaelangelo Albertazzi & Silvano Raggio. T&T goal by Juma Clarence.
Egypt 1-2 Paraguay - Egy goal by Afroto. Par goals by Federico Santander & Aldo Paniagua.
Nigeria 0-2 Spain - Spa goals both by Fran Merida(one via PK).
Tahiti 0-8 Venezuela - Ven goals by Jose Rondon(3, one via PK), Yonathan Del Valle(3), Jose Manuel Velazquez & Oscar Rojas.
-Tue Sep 29
South Korea 1-1 Germany - SK goal by Kim Min Woo. Ger goal by Richard Sukuta-Pasu.
USA 4-1 Cameroon - USA goals by Bryan Arguez, Tony Taylor, Dilly Duka & Brian Ownby. Cam goal by Banana Yaya(PK).
Uruguay 3-0 Uzbekistan - Uru goals by Nicolas Lodeiro, Jonathan Urretaviscaya & Santiago Garcia.
Ghana 4-0 England - Gha goals by Dominic Adiyiah(2), Andre Ayew & Ransford Osei.
-Wed Sep 30
South Korea 1-1 Germany - SK goal by Kim Min Woo. Ger goal by Richard Sukuta-Pasu.
USA 4-1 Cameroon - USA goals by Bryan Arguez, Tony Taylor, Dilly Duka & Brian Ownby. Cam goal by Banana Yaya(PK).
Uruguay 3-0 Uzbekistan - Uru goals by Nicolas Lodeiro, Jonathan Urretaviscaya & Santiago Garcia.
Ghana 4-0 England - Gha goals by Dominic Adiyiah(2), Andre Ayew & Ransford Osei.
-Thu Oct 1
Trinidad & Tobago 0-0 Paraguay
Italy 2-4 Egypt - Ita goals by Umberto Eusepi & Michelangelo Albertazzi. Egy goals by Ahmed Shoukri(3) & Bogy.
Venezuela 0-3 Spain - Spa goals by Daniel Parejo, Aaron Niguez(PK) & Ander Herrera.
Tahiti 0-5 Nigeria - Nig goals by Obiora Nwankwo, Ibok Edet, Kehinde Fatai, Nurudeen Orelesi & Daniel Adejo.
-Fri Oct 2
Germany v Cameroon
South Korea v USA
Uruguay v Ghana
Uzbekistan v England
-Sat Oct 3
Costa Rica v Czechia
Australia v Brazil
Hungaria v UAE
South Africa v Honduras


See all the games live on ESPN2, ESPN Classic or


The top 2 from each group and the four best 3rd place teams advance to the knock out stages.


Group A - 3 Played
Adv - 6 Egypt (+4 gd)
Adv - 5 Paraguay (+1 gd)
4 Italy (-1 gd)
ELIM - 1 Trinidad & Tobago (-4 gd)
Group B - 3 Played
Adv - 9 Spain (+13 gd)
Adv - 6 Venezuela (+6 gd)
3 Nigeria (+2 gd)
ELIM - 0 Tahiti (-21 gd)
Group C - 2 Played
4 Germany (+3 gd)
3 USA (0 gd)
3 Cameroon (-1 gd)
1 South Korea (-2 gd)
Group D - 2 Played
Adv - 6 Ghana (+5gd)
Adv - 6 Uruguay (+4gd)
0 Uzbekistan (-4 gd)
0 England (-5 gd)
Group E - 2 Played
4 Brazil (+5 gd)
4 Czechia (+1 gd)
3 Costa Rica (-2 gd)
0 Australia (-4 gd)
Group F - 2 Played
4 UAE (+1 gd)
3 Honduras (+2 gd)
3 Hungaria (+1 gd)
1 South Africa (-4 gd)


The Soccer Source blog gives us a new series that I think is pretty cool - The Top 10 Soccer Mecca's of the World.


Blogger Chris said...

First, I just want to thank you for the great blog you have here that gives us soccer junkies our fix.

Second, just wanted to touch on the viewing options for the USA/Honduras match. According to what Goff posted over at Soccer Insider, this site - is apparently a list of "Spanish" establishments set to the show the match. Just thought I'd share in case some people are starved for a place to watch.

Thanks again for such a great site.

9:29 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

From everything I have gathered, his information is slightly wrong. Those "spanish speaking" places on the list are venues that have shown PPV events run by this same company IN THE PAST, not ones who have signed up for this one.

10:44 AM  
Anonymous nomorespinsports said...

I could be wrong, but I'm betting the company is counting on the Spanish broadcast as the real moneymaker rather than the English one. The English broadcast is up against college football, and I wouldn't expect many bars to pick up the broadcast unless they are a hard-core soccer bar.

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, what is your hard-on for Jeff Cunningham all about ?

He has scored all of those goals, yet he's been traded around more times than a Pokemon card.

Bruce, if you're the big-talking insider that you claim to be, you'd know that Cunningham has always been a head case and a jerk.
That's why nobody wants to keep him.

All those goals, yet when did that ever get him any serious consideration for the national team ?

Jason Kreis scored a lot of goals, but he was too slow to play for the national team.

On the other hand, Cunningham is fast.

He's just not a team player.

12:35 AM  

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