Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Some News for Tue Oct 27, 2009


Who you pickin' to win in this round?


Steve Davis at Soccernet gives us an initial preview of the teams who made the playoffs.


Greg Lalas at Sports Illustrated is pretty fired up about the LA-Chivas series!


First Round playoff matches, home and away series:

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 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
-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) - 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


Brian Strauss of Fanhouse comments on commissioner Don Garber's appearance last night on Fox Football Fone In.
-Garber's explanation as to why the MLS playoff system works so well was fantastic and even shut up Eric Wynalda. It's not that the league is without exasperating troubles, but this is not one of them. This is playoff time, and its great.


Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America looks at the teams that failed to make the playoffs in the final weekend, and how they did it.


And now let's get the word on the teams that did not make the playoffs:


The Washington Post looks at the future of the current management set up at DC United after another year missing the playoffs.

Craig Stoufer of the Examiner with some sober postseason words from 4 of DC's biggest name players - Jaime Moreno, Ben Olsen, Luciano Emilio & Fred.



TFC has chosen not to renew the contract of interim head coach Chris Cummins. So they are now officially looking for a new navigator for their ship.

The Toronto Star with some notes on the firing.

Ben Rycroft of Metro News Toronto looks at the attitude surrounding TFC and sees need for big improvement.

Jeff Blair of the Toronto Globe & Mail says GM Mo Johnston is not paying the price from team ownership for his share of the responsibility in the teams failures.

Gareth Wheeler of the Toronto Sun hands out grades to the TFC players for the season now ended.

Mo Johnston, GM of TFC writes an open letter to the fans, and posts it on the teams official website.



Randy Covitz of Kansas City Star looks at the Wizards coaching situation.



Dallas has made a big move today by firing general manager Michael Hitchcock today. Many people have felt that this should have happened 2 or 3 years ago, while others feels he is a just the fall guy.

Buzz Carrick of 3rd Degree reports that FC Dallas has told Pablo Richetti the he is no longer wanted by the team. Why not? Read on.

Our pal DJ Walker also writing for 3rd Degree talks us through the final game of the season for FCD - Stream of Consciousness.

The Dallas Morning News looks at what the team needs to improve on the field for the 2010 season.



The Colorado Rapids official team blog has posted An Open Letter to Rapids Fans From Jeff Plush (team president). The comments from fans on the page are really high quality.



Good luck finding anything since the last game ended on Saturday night.



Do any of you think Richie Williams will be given the head coaches job in New York? And if not then does he deserve a shot to run a team somewhere else?

Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer talks to Red Bulls director Eric Stover about the job Williams did. Stover even says that Williams "should" be a candidate for the permanent position.

Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger feels Richie Williams should be given consideration for the next NYRB head coaching spot.

In various reports online we have gathered that at least Peter Wilt, Tab Ramos, Tony Meola & Mark Lisi have talked to Red Bulls management about a front office position.

Lewis at Big Apple Soccer talks to Lisi.

And Lewis also talks to Claudio Reyna about any potential future with Red Bull.

Kristian Dyer of ESPN Soccernet on the final day of New York Red Bull at Giants Stadium.

Metrofanatic gives us their Ten Best memories - and - Ten Worst memories of Giants Stadium.

New York Red Bulls post-season team awards:
Juan Pablo Angel - Most Valuable Player
Juan Pablo Angel - Golden Boot (12 goals)
Mike Petke - Defender of the Year
Albert Celades - Newcomer of the Year
Jeremy Hall - Young Player of the Year
Seth Stammler - Humanitarian of the Year


Soccer America reports that the league averaged just 2.54 goals per game this year. An all time low.
-I wonder how that stacks up with the rest of the world?


Berkley Sports Blog does a Q & A with Dallas centerback Steve Purdy. (this is a more personal interview and i suspect that it was done before their season ended on Saturday)


Those rumors of Thierry Henry signing with New York Red Bulls in next summers transfer just won't go away.


The Telegraph of London on Beckman, the Galaxy season and the Riot Squad.


Brent Latham of ESPN Soccernet on the USA's failure to take advantage of a great chance against Spain. Overall it was a very poor performance.


You know things are going bad when you sub off the team captain and your prolific forward at half time, then you sub off one of your subs in the 88th. Those things seem like coaching errors more than anything, to me.


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 ESPN360.com


Official Team Blog


Group E
United Arab Emirates
United States of America


The Original Winger with a feature story on our friend Prarie Rose Clayton - maker of extraordiatre banners, among many other things. Check out her great blog too.


Jack Bell of the New York Times does a Q & A with US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati.


The San Francisco Chronicle with an article on Oakland's bid to host a World Cup game if it was awarded to the USA. Thanks to Joe for this.


The Hull & East Riding Daily Mail with the latest on Jozy Altidore's run in with his coach Phil Brown. Seems like he will get another chance.


Arch Bell of Yanks Abroad talks to Jozy Altidore (presumably before last weekend) about the last 14 months of his life.


Word from a reader called Henrik in Denmark is that Dan Califf is not playing at Mitdjylland for the simple reason that he has been beaten out for the spot in the first 11. Time to get to work Dan. Thanks for the email, and keep em coming!


Rob Smyth of the Guardian gives us Five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend.


Englishman Steve McClaren has been given a 1 year contract extension by the Dutch club he has led up the table. Twente. They
are currently in the top spot in Holland, and he is turning things around for himself after failing to get England into Euro 2008.


That crazy red headed Scotsman Gordon Strachan has become the new manager at Middlesbrough. His job will be to get them back to the premiership.


Patrick Barclay of The Times feels that defending has become a lost art.


James Lawton of the Independent feels that Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson should have the book thrown at him for his continued criticism of referees.


The Daily Mail on Tottenham's dreams of a dazzling new stadium. With stadium renderings.


How bad has the financial crunch hurt Rangers? They are now being run by Lloyds Bank. The team chairman has resigned. Not good at all. From EUFootball.biz.


Simon Kuper of the Financial Times visits the famous Barcelona Youth Academy. What a place it is!


Sid Lowe of the Guardian on the disastrous start to the season at Atletico Madrid, and the rest of the week in La Liga.


Phil Ball of Soccernet looks at what is going on with the two big clubs in Madrid and reviews the past week of futbol in Spain, including Barca & Real stinking up the Champions League.


Raphael Honigstein of the Guardian on Stuttgart's tumble, angry Jens Lehmann (when is he not angry) and the weekend in the Bundesliga.


Paolo Bandini of the Guardian tells us that AC Milan centerback Alessandro Nesta is far from done, and rounds up the rest of Serie A.


Gazzetta dello Sport quotes Fabio Capello criticizing the ultra fans of Italian football. And they criticize back.


Roma's captain Francesco Totti is again injured and will be out for a month after a knee procedure.


Juande Ramos, the man who did so well coaching Sevilla and then struggled to at Real Madrid and Tottenham, has been fired by CSKA Moscow after just 46 days. Oof.


-Wed Oct 28
Juventus v Sampdoria - #3 in the standings hosts #2!


Reuters reports that the return of Carlos Alberto Parreira as coach of the national team is not going over well with the local media.


Brent Latham of Yanks Abroad gives us an update from his time in Nigeria at the tournament. This is not about the games, but about his experience covering them.


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 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 v Gambia
Iran v Colombia
New Zeland v Burkina Faso
Turkey v Costa Rica
-Thu Oct 29
USA v Malawi
UAE v Spain
Italy v S Korea
Uruguay v Algeria




US Soccer has released a study saying that a minimum of $5 Billion would be generated if the USA were to host the World Cup in 2018 or '22.


Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune talks to a renown doctor about the health of the game. Literally.


This is pretty cool!
Nicholas at the blog Project 2010 (interesting name) gives us a look back at the jersey's that Team USA has worn in the "modern era".

How about this one from 1990:


Blogger Frank said...

The current playoff structure sucks. The Supporters' Shield winner has to travel all the way to SLC rather than playing an opponent in its own conference. In addition, it's first round, first leg match is the only one that is not televised nationally. Instead it's broadcast on a regional channel that's not available through satellite. And did I mention that the game will be joined after the conclusion of a college football game between two mediocre schools? Never mind that the final will be played on turf. What a bunch of garbage.

7:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the structure stinks because the broadcast doesn't meet your needs? Because the league controls ESPN?


9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got the Crew, Galaxy, Fire, and (my upset pick) Sounders advancing.


12:08 PM  
Blogger digchros said...

The problem with the playoffs is that the games aren't included on any season ticket packages or anything like that. It's embarrassing when playoff games have half the attendance of regular season. The Home Depot Center is going to have the upper deck closed during a derby playoff match with the two biggest players in the league! Come on!

2:24 PM  

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