Friday, November 06, 2009

Some News for Fri Nov 6, 2009

QUESTION ON MY MIND

So who is joining me in Chicago on Saturday for the Fire game against New England? How many times have I seen these two duke it out? Like old timey boxing? Can't wait! See you there!

STARTERS

Real Salt Lake followed New York's lead from last year and knocked the defending MLS Cup winners out of the playoffs in the first round. It was an insanely wild first half, with Columbus going up 2-0 a one point and 2-1 on aggregate, then a hang on by your fingernails second half. Wow! I can't believe the champs are out!

MLS PLAYOFF NEWS

After going 22 MLS home games in a row without a loss, the Crew finished the season by losing 3 in a row at Crew Stadium. How does that happen?

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Just over 10,000 fans in the Columbus stands for the defending champions in a must win game. That's embarrassing. The Hunt family needs to figure out how to drive the marketing of their 2 teams immediately. They could start by hiring some front office people from Toronto and Seattle, and turn them loose. The nice guys routine has run out of gas completely.

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A pair of Twitter messages from Robbie Rogers since last night's game are pretty simple yet full of meaning:
-"Dont understand some things in life"
-"Leaving, gone, adios..."

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Noah Davis at Goal.com has a nice feature story on Chivas USA & USA defender Jonathan Bornstein.

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The Jared Montz Soccer blog has a podcast interview with Chivas USA midfielder Jesse Marsch. He is always of the best interviews in the league. Download or listen here.

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Seattle's Freddie Ljungberg has a blog, and on it he tells us his 5 favorite stadiums he has ever played in.

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Luis Bueno at Sports Illustrated previews LA v Chivas.

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Nick Firchau of Chicago's Souttown Star writes that Fire coach Denis Hamlet probably has to make a big dent in this years playoffs to keep his job.

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The Attleboro Sun Chronicle of Massachusetts previews Chicago v New England.

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Phil Collin of the Daily Breeze previews LA v Chivas.

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Kyle McCarthy of the Boston Herald - and - John Powers of the Boston Globe both with articles on the Rev's undisputed leader Shalrie Joseph.

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Chicago Now previews Fire v Revolution.
-The also have a Chicago injury update.

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Orrin Schwarz of Chicago's Daily Herald looks at what Chicago has in store for New England.

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The Seattle Post Intelligencer says that the Sounders know that set pieces are a big key to Houston's success.
-They expect centerback Tyrone Marsall to be available for selection on Sunday.

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Jose Romero of the Seattle Times reports that many Houston players have local ties to Seattle and the Northwest area.

MLS PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

First Round playoff matches, home and away series:

2nd Leg (with first leg scores included)
EASTERN CONCERENCE
-Thu Nov 5
Columbus Crew (1) 2-3 Real Salt Lake (4) - RSL advance 4-2 on aggregate - CC goals both by Guillermo Barros Schelotto. RSL goals by Javier Morales, Robbie Findley(PK) & Andy Williams.
Venue: Crew Stadium - Columbus OH
Attendance: 10,109
Match report by James Edward of the Deseret News.
Post game RSL defense analysis by Edward.
Post game RSL offense analysis by Edward.
Match report by Michael C Lewis of the Salt Lake Tribune.
Post game notes by Lewis.
Post game notes from Lewis' blog.
Lewis on RSL keeper Nick Rimando.
Match report by Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch.
Post game analysis and quotes from Mitchell.
Post game analysis by Rob Oller of the Columbus Dispatch.
-Sat Nov 7
Chicago Fire (2) v New England Revolution (3) (1-2) - 7:30pm Central on FSC
Venue: Toyota Park - Bridgeview IL
WESTERN CONCERENCE
-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) (2-2) - 6:30pm Central on ESPN2
Venue: Home Depot Center - Carson CA

MLS EXPANSION

The Penn State Daily Collegian anticipates the arrival of the Philadelphia Union next spring.

TEAM USA

We already know that Edgar Castillo will be a part of the team going to Europe next week to play Slovakia and Denmark, and today we learn from Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch that Frankie Hejduk, Chad Marshall and Robbie Rogers of the Crew are also a part of that team. After this weekend's playoff games we will learn the names of many others.

AMERICANS IN EUROPE

Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE - Matchday 4:
-Thu Nov 5
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - went the full 90 but they lost 2-1 at Roma.
Tim Howard - Everton - played the entire match as usual but lost at home 0-2 to Benfica.

ENGLAND

David Conn of the Guardian: Plan for two-tier Premier League with Celtic and Rangers back on agenda.

EUROPE

When Saturday Comes with an article on the poor state of football in Hungaria.

BIG EUROPEAN CLUB MATCHES

Matches & Scores:
-Sat Nov 7
Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid - the Madrid derby
Bayern Munich v Schalke - two big teams that have spent a lot of money on players and need to get into the title race. They currently sit at #6 & #4 respectively.
-Sun Nov 8
Inter v Roma - like two larege mountain goals smashing heads. Is Roma in this thing or not?
Lyon v Marseille - big big rivals
Twente v Ajax - #1 hosts #3
Chelsea v Manchester United - the battle for galactic supremacy, or some would have you think.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Matchday 5 will be played on Tue Nov 24 & Wed Nov 25.

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE

Here are all of yesterday's results.

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Matchday 5 will be played on Thu Nov 26.

BRAZIL

With 5 rounds left to play in the Campeanato Brasileiro there are an astonishing 12 teams still technically alive for the title.

Standings - after 33 of 38 games played:
58 Palmeiras - Next: Sat Nov 7 at Fluminense
58 Sao Paulo - Next: Sat Nov 7 at Gremio
56 Atletico MG - Next: Sat Nov 7 v Flamengo
54 Flamengo - Next: Sat Nov 7 at Atletico MG
52 Internacional - Next: Wed Nov 4 at Gremio Barueri
51 Cruzeiro - Next: Sat Nov 7 at Sport
47 Gremio - Next: Sat Nov 7 v Sao Paulo
47 Avai - Next: Sat Nov 7 at EC Vitoria
47 Goias - Next: Sat Nov 7 at Atletico Paranaense
46 Corinthians - Next: Sat Nov 7 v Esporte Clube Santo Andre
44 Gremio Barueri - Next: Wed Nov 4 v Internacional
44 EC Vitoria - Next: Sat Nov 7 v Avai

ASIA

The Asian Champions League Final is this weekend in Tokyo.

Match & Score
-Sat Nov 7
Pohang Steelers (South Korea) v Al Ittihad (Saudi Arabia)

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Al Jazeera with a match preview.

WORLD CUP SOUTH AFRICA 2010

Two journalists from the Guardian are touring SA in advance of the World Cup. Here is day four.

U17 WORLD CUP NIGERIA

Official web site

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Quarterfinals
Matches & Scores:
-Sun Nov 8
Colombia v Turkey
Italy v Switzerland
-Mon Nov 9
Spain v Uruguay
South Korea v Nigeria

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Semifinals - Thu Nov 12

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Final - Sun Nov 15

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Bracket

3 Comments:

Anonymous DGags said...

It really is sad to see the depths Hungary has fallen to. This isn't just another team. Hungary invented modern soccer. They were the first continentals to beat England in Wembley. They still hold the longest unbeaten streak. Unfortunatly, hooligan fans, the big money ways of todays game, and a general sense of apathy have hurt this country's once proud tradition.

11:57 PM  
Blogger Greg Seltzer said...

Clarence Goodson is also a call-up, via IK Start.

6:24 AM  
Blogger chad said...

Hey! Bring some Surly in cans! Drop them off at my house - I can't make the game.

Thanks!
Chad!

7:46 AM  

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