Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Some News for Tue Nov 10, 2009


Horrible news - Hannover 96 and Germany goalkeeper Robert Enke has been killed by a train. News from Germany suggest it was a suicide. Oh, that is so sad. RIP Robert. We will have a good thought for your family.
-Word from the official Bundesliga web site and Deutsche Welle newspaper.


Note from my friend Paul: Seattle Sounders outstanding centerback El Presidente Jhon Kennedy Hurtado's salary this year is $37,000! Can you believe that?


The word on the street, or at least my email inbox, says that Chivas USA is dumping head coach Preki and going with his assistant Martin Vasquez at the helm for next year. Let's see if it comes true.


Charlie Davies has been released from the hospital in DC. He now begins a long grueling rehabilitation.


US Soccer has said that players from MLS and FMF teams who's teams are eliminated from their respective playoffs this weekend, may be included in the USA roster for next Wednesdays game against Denmark.


It's officially a clusterfuck now. Several teams have split off from the USL and started their own league. This will be a huge mess, and only hurt soccer in this country. Here is the story from the St Louis Business Journal.


Here is the official press release from the new league. Via USL Fans.


The league does not have a name yet. And its official standing with the US Soccer Federation has not been approved (which it must be in order to become official.)


Brian Quarstad of Inside Minnesota Soccer talks to Minnesota Thunder team president Manuel Lagos about their decision to be a part of this league, and the teams ongoing financial crisis, which included releasing all of their players last week.


These are the initial 7 teams, and my thoughts on each:
-Atlanta Silverbacks - did not play in 09 on account of difficult finances.
-Carolina Railhawks - new ownership, new management and a pretty good season in USL-1 in 09.
-Miami FC - barely got the team off the ground to participate in USL-1 in 09, only forming team weeks before season started.
-Minnesota Thunder - struggled to hold it together in 09 and new light shows ownership is in deep financial trouble.
-Montreal Impact - won the USL-1 championship in 09 and is expected to be added to MLS for the 2012 season later this month.
-St Louis United - brand new, never played a minute in any league.
-Vancouver Whitecaps - wen to the USL-1 final in 09, moving to MLS in 2011.


More coverage of the story:
-Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald
-Jeff Rusnack of the South Florida Sun Sentinel
-Tom Timmerman of the St Louis Post Dispatch
-John Molinaro of the CBC
-St Louis Riverfront Times


And to keep up with all the best and most consistent news from this fluid story check in with Inside Minnesota Soccer regularly.


Jack Bell of the New York Times with an article on Salt Lake striker Robbie Findley. Plus some other soccer notes.


Jere Longman of the NY Times with an article on Donald Beckman and his contributions this season to the LA Galaxy.


Nick Green of the Daily Breeze on the Los Angeles Galaxy finally climbing back out of their deep hole and into the elite teams of the league again.


Michael C Lewis of the Salt Lake Tribune on RSL gearing up to play in Chicago on Saturday night.


Lewis also has info on the team's travel plans, along with other notes.


James Edward of the Deseret News gets his Salt Lake preview rolling.


Dan Levy of the Sporting News actually gives the MLS playoffs some respect.


Greg Seltzer of Soccer 365 talks to LA centerback Greg Berhalter.


Greg Lalas of Sports Illustrated looks at Chicago's chances of winning the crown.


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


The Kansas City Star reports that interim Wizards head coach Peter Vermes would take over that job full time.
-I wonder if they will go get a new Technical Director to replace him in that role, or if he will try to do both? I think that would be a bad idea.


The official DC United blog has an post on the head coaching debut of their legendary player Marco Etcheverry back in his native Bolivia. (thanks to BQ for this one)


DC United centerback Julius James has had surgery on his left shoulder and will need at least 3 months to recover.


Jose Romero of the Seattle Times looks ahead to the Sounders 2nd season, and sees them adding offense.


Don Ruiz of the Olympian reflects on the Sounders excellent first season in MLS.


The Philadelphia Daily News with an article on the Union's first assistant coach John Hackworth.


Two writes for The Stanford Daily give us the Pros and Cons of the quality of MLS.


The LA Times with a short article on a possible shake up of management and roster at Chivas USA.


Seattle Sounders forward Fredy Montero has been named the league's Newcomer Of The Year.


The Chicago Fire has announced their team's post season awards:
-Wilman Conde - Defender of the Year
-Logan Pause - Humanitarian of the Year
-Brian McBride - Golden Boot (7 Goals)
-Brian McBride - Most Valuable Player


The Houston Dynamo hand out their team awards too:
-Brad Davis - Most Valuable Player
-Stuart Holden - Fan's Choice Award
-Stuart Holden - Humanitarian of the Year
-Geoff Cameron - Defender of the Year
-Cam Weaver - Newcomer of the Year
-Andrew Hainault - Young Player of the Year
-Pat Onstad - Ironman of the Year
-Brian Ching - Golden Boot (8 goals)


Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal reports on whispers of player discontent with the owners first contract proposal.


I just saw this post on Big Soccer from Kansas City Wizards president Robb Heineman on the team's new stadium: "Unless the world falls apart, we will break ground this year." Let's hope it happens.


The Harvard Crimson says the NCAA needs to revise the basics of college soccer. Amen. [LINK FIXED, thanks to Ken for that]


Note from our friend Anthony in Glasgow who will in Bratislava for this weekends game against Slovakia: "Anyone wanting to try to buy tickets to sit together on Sat or just wanting to get together before the match to have some drinks and food, let's meet at the Slovak Pub starting at 10am - Anthony"


Kristian Dyer at ESPN Soccernet talks to Oguchi Onyewu about his injury, surgery and rehab. This guy definitely plans on being ready for the World Cup.


Assistant coach John Hackworth will leave the team to become an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Union under head coach Peter Nowak.


Richard Snowden of Soccer 365 on the new standards we hold our national team to.


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


The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports that their city will make a bid to become a host.


The St Louis Business Journal on that cities bid to host.


Greg Seltzer of Soccer 365 does a Q & A with Clarence Goodson, talking about his club Start, and his dreams of the World Cup.


Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian previews Russia v Slovenia in the UEFA World Cup qualifying playoffs that begin on Saturday.


Bayern Munich is approaching meltdown mode. Things have not gone well under coach Luis Van Gaal. They sit 8th in the Bundesliga and a distant 3rd in their Champions League group. Things got real ugly this past weekend when forward Luca Toni was subbed off at half time, and instead of dressing and sitting in the stands he just left the stadium and went home. Then fullback Phillip Lahm did an interview with Suddeutschen Zeitung inwhich he scorched the team's management for how poorly the team was put together and run.
-Lahm's interview in German.
-Deutsche Welle has an article on the team fining Lahm and Toni record amounts of money.
-For several years now I have felt that Bayern has too many cooks in the kitchen, and they all have giant ego's. Each one of them feels that they are the savior of the club. They always hire big name coaches who want to be in charge. Then you get the sabre rattling from top management, all former star players, like Karl Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (Executive Chairman), Franz Beckenbauer (President) and Uli Hoeness (Deputy Executive Chairman), who constantly speak for the team yet contradict each other in the press. Personal agendas seem to control this team more than anything else.


Der Spiegel of Germany with a report on on crime prevention that is happening in both South Africa and Brazil, with World Cup travelers in mind.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

St. Louis should have an MLS team. Not sure if this is the move that they need to make to get them there.

10:30 PM  
Anonymous (Keeper)Ken said...

Oops, that was me.

10:31 PM  
Anonymous Ken said...

here's the correct link for the Harvard article:


spot on...

10:51 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

thanks for fixing that link ken - i corrected it on the post

8:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brucio wrote, "...News from Germany suggest it was a suicide. Oh, that is so sad. RIP Robert. We will have a good thought for your family."

Good idea, Bruce.
Let's all have "a good thought" for his family !
Not a prayer---but "a good thought."

Ha, ha, ha.

12:19 PM  
Blogger pecochran said...

What a weird thing to complain about, anonymous. Wouldn't you rather he not throw around the word "pray" when he doesn't mean it? Not everyone is religious.

Although I'm assuming you're the same crazy anonymous that always posts nonsense...so whatever.

2:34 PM  

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