Thursday, November 12, 2009

Some News for Thu Nov 12, 2009

STARTERS

News Flash: "Chivas USA announced today that Head Coach Preki has left the club by mutual agreement."

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Chicago's game against Salt Lake on Saturday is already SOLD OUT!!

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The funniest Twitter feed going these days @ConcacafJack. The Diamond Geezer is tearing shit up.

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Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has been suspended for 2 games, with 2 more games to be added on if he is found guilty again, for constant referee bashing. This time in particular he called in question a particular referees fitness and abilities. It's long over due.

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Real Madrid has been knocked out of the Copa Del Rey by a team from the 3rd division (which is made up of 80 teams spread out over 4 groups of 20 each.) Alcorcon shocked everyone with a powerful 4-0 home in leg one, and then held on to lose only 1-0 [CORRECTED] in Madrid for leg two. Amazing. Who do they get to play next? Barcelona, of course.

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Switzerland will meet hosts Nigeria in the Final of the U17 World Cup on Sunday.

ROBERT ENKE

Hannover 96 has a very simple but moving tribute to Robert Enke on their official team website.

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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune on the life and death of Robert Enke.

MLS PLAYOFF NEWS

Orrin Schwarz of Chicago's Daily Herald says the city is in a frenzy over the Fire.
-Check this: "Toyota Park has never been louder in its four seasons than the final 10 minutes Saturday."

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Chicago Now with a Fire injury report.

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Chicago Now's Sam Stejskal asks the important question leading up to the Fire v Real Semifinal on Saturday.

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Greg Seltzer at Soccer365 talks to Houston centerback Geoff Cameron.

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Michael C Lewis of the Salt Lake Tribune on the late season surge of RSL midfield hub Javier Morales.

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Lewis also talks to RSL captain Kyle Beckerman, and other team notes.

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Sports Illustrated with an article on the interesting twists and turns of the MLS playoffs.

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The Houston Chronicle hosted an online live Q & A with fans and Dynamo forward Brian Ching yesterday.

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Bernardo Fallas of the Chronicle writes that Houston is not intimidated by LA's star power.

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Phil Collin of the LA Daily News feels that the Grant Wahl book about David Beckman and subsequent controversy around the team in the end brought them all tighter together.

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Beau Dure of USA Today on his blog The Netminder gives us - Things you may not know about the MLS semifinals. (I love that Dure also refuses to call these games the conference finals. Salt Lake is NOT in the Eastern conference.)

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Nigel Reed of the CBC on the 3 Canadians in the semifinals - Pat Onstad, Will Johnson & Andrew Hainault.

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Behind the Shield - the official blog of Real Salt Lake.

The Los Angeles Galaxy - official blog.

En Fuego - the official blog of the Chicago Fire.

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Nothing yet this week from the LA Times on the big game Friday night. Pathetic.

MLS PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Semifinals
Matches & Scores:
-Fri Nov 13
Los Angeles Galaxy v Houston Dynamo - 10pm Central on ESPN2
Venue: Home Depot Center - Carson CA
-Sat Nov 14
Chicago Fire v Real Salt Lake - 7pm Central on FSC
Venue: Toyota Park - Bridgeview IL

MLS

Here is a guy taking pages directly from the Peter Wilt handbook:
Kansas City Wizards president Robb Heineman is always posting on Big Soccer, and yesterday he laid out his team's plans to move them to the next level on the field. I love this. (thanks to Missouri Terry for the link)

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Big Apple Soccer reports on post season surgery for 2 Red Bulls, Bouna Coundoul and Macoumba Kandji.

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The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports on post season surgery for 2 Sounders, Steve Zakuani and Zach Scott.

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Jeff Carlisle of Center Line Soccer talks to San Jose general manager John Doyle about the possibility of the team acquiring a designated player.

MLS POST SEASON AWARDS

Omar Gonzalez, centerback for the Los Angeles Galaxy has been named the leagues College Rookie Of The Year.

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I am not real good with looking into the future and predicting things, but I have a hunch that 5 years from now we will not be thinking about probable MLS Rookie of the Year Omar Gonzalez of Los Angeles as a great American centerback, but rather Darrius Barnes of New England. I think Barnes has got what it takes to become great.

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Toronto has handed out their team awards
-Dwayne De Rosario - Most Valuable Player
-Dwayne De Rosario - Golden Boot (11 goals)
-Stefan Frei - Defender of the Year
-Jim Brennan - Humanitarian of the Year

TEAM OWNERS ASSOCIATION LEAGUE

Big Apple Soccer with an article on the USL-1 defectors, and where the old league is headed.

TEAM USA

Team's official blog, and official YouTube page.

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US Soccer has a Q & A with Dax McCarty.

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US Soccer gives us the usual boatload of great notes in the run up to the game again Slovakia.

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International Friendlies
Matches & Scores:
-Sat Nov 14
Slovakia v USA - 9am Central on FSC
-Wed Nov 18
Denmark v USA - 1:30pm Central - TV TBA

AMERICANS IN EUROPE

Soccerway is reporting that Jermaine Jones has suffered yet another setback in his rehab of a shin injury and will now be out at least through the Bundesliga winter break in mid January.

ENGLAND

The National of UAE has an interview with Arsenal fullback Kieran Gibbs.

SCOTLAND

Graham Spiers of The Times of London looks at the continued ugly behavior of Rangers fans, and what should be done about it.

ITALY

Goalkeeper Julio Cesar has signed a contract extension with Inter Milan that runs through the 2014 season.

UEFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING PLAYOFFS

It now looks fairly certain that Cristiano Ronaldo will not be healthy enough to play for Portugal.

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ESPN Soccernet previews France v Ireland.

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ESPN Soccernet on Bosnia-Herzegovina and their coach.

MIDDLE EAST

The National of UAE with a fascinating look at the state of football in Palestine.
U17 WORLD CUP NIGERIA

Official web site

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Semifinals
Matches & Scores:
-Thu Nov 12
Colombia 0-4 Switzerland - Swi goals by Nassim Ben Khalifa(PK), Haris Seferovic, Bruno Martignoni & Ricardo Rodriguez.
Spain 1-3 Nigeria - Spa goal by Borja. Nig goals by Stanley OkoroKORO & Sani Emmanuel(2).

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Final
Match & Score:
-Sun Nov 15
Switzerland v Nigeria

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Bracket

BIDDING TO HOST WORLD CUP 2018 & 2022

World Football Insider reports that Holland & Belgium have released the names of the 12 cities they would use to host games if they got the World Cup in 2018 or 2022.
-7 in Belgium and 5 in Holland.

ALL AROUND THE WORLD

Jonah Freedman of Sports Illustrated gives his his newest World Club Soccer Power Rankings.

3 Comments:

Blogger Arelius said...

Alcorcon lost 0-1 in Madrid, not 4-1.

The aggregate score (of the two legs) was 4-1.

5:34 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

thanks arelius, i found that out and never went back to correct it
i appreciate the helping hand

8:50 PM  
Blogger Martek said...

The Houston Chronicle today had an extensive front page treatment of the game, as well as making it THE major feature in the Sports section. Huge kudos.

LA Times? Check out the main page online here. Notice something missing? Like ANY MENTION AT ALL, EVEN ONE, OF THE GAME TONIGHT? Now by the time you look at it, the page may change, but at 12:42 p.m. Central, 10:42 a.m. Pacific, the LA Times main page is completely silent about the biggest game in their coverage area today. There's a story about Miguel Cotto, about the Lakers (natch) and another about the Cincinnati Bengals. The Cincinnati Bengals?

They've got a writer like Grahame Jones on staff, and this is the best they can do. A disgrace.

1:16 PM  

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