Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Some News for Tue Nov 17, 2009


MLS Cup Weekend - Party with your friends on Friday night!

The Designated Players - du Nord, Soccer by Ives, The Original Winger, This Is American Soccer and The Offside Rules - will be hosting a get together on Friday night in Seattle at Kells Pub.

Hope to see you all there.

The bar has a $5 cover charge that night so don't be surprised when you get there. We had no say in this, its a normal night for them. And sadly, the money does not go into my pocket.

Fri Nov 20

Kick off is at 9pm

Kells Pub
1916 Post Alley
near Pike Place Market

More from our partners The Original Winger


Contrary to early reports, Kenny Cooper did not suffer a season ending knee injury. Great news. See "Americans In Europe" section below for details.


I just discovered this blog today, its been around for almost 2 years now, but I love the passion behind it: From A Left Wing: the cultural politics of soccer. Check out this tag line: commentary on topics ignored by mainstream sports media: international women's football, grassroots soccer in Los Angeles and other locales, art/media about soccer, cranky commentary & love letters to the beautiful game and the people who play it. It's written by Jennifer Doyle from Los Angeles. Pretty cool. Hope you enjoy reading it.


A brand new podcast kicked off yesterday called Waiting for Gaetjens. Co-hosted by Greg Lalas and Adam Spangler, focusing on the world of soccer in America! Check it out now!


This might be the single strangest Twitter message I have seen in a long time: ESPN_US_Soccer "Van Persie placenta treatment"... Really? That kinda gives me the creeps! - See story here


CHECK THIS OUT - From Avoiding The Drop! Any chance that these are prototypes of USA shirts for WC'10? (thanks to BQ for the link)


Inside Minnesota Soccer with all the latest details, rumors, scenarios and border-line insanity.


The league's Annual General Meeting begins Thursday in Tampa, so maybe we will hear some solid news about the shake up in teams for the 2010 season.


Los Angeles Galaxy

If LA were to win the Cup on Sunday, what are the odds that Becks never comes back to MLS??

Jack Bell of the New York Times on Beckman making it to the MLS finals.

Nick Green of the Daily Breeze calls it one weird season for the Galaxy.

Michael C Lewis of the Salt Lake Tribune on LA's insane season on and off the field.

The Los Angeles Galaxy - official blog.


Real Salt Lake

The team has declared that FX McRory's Steak Chop & Oyster House as the official RSL headquarters in Seattle this weekend. I will have to stop by and visit that scene.

Michael C Lewis of the Salt Lake Tribune with various notes from RSLand.

Kurt Kragthorpe of the Tribune says RSL has "Arrived."

James Edward of the Deseret News wonders if RSL has enough big game experience to hangle the final.

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



Remember those moronic trophies they handed out to the Semifinal winners last year? Frankie Hejduk of Columbus took one look at the thing and gave it the old "WTF is this" look. Well those things are gone, replaced by nice looking cups. Turns out old Dave Checketts of Salt Lake played a big part in making that happen, and then his team turns around and claims one. Lewis of the Salt Lake Trib with the story.

Sports Business Journal reports that ESPN will use some new visual stat tracking in their TV production of the Cup final.

Paul Kennedy of Soccer America looks at playoff game attendance. It's been pretty damn good.
-The one thing we all have to say though, and I am honestly getting sick of beating this dead horse, but New England is a joke. Three years in a row they have set the standard for lowest attendance. And their numbers are considerably lower than anyone else. Just sad. The owners should be ashamed. But I am sure the apologists have a long list of excuses.

Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer calls this weekend a Metrostars/Red Bulls reunion of sorts.

The Seattle Times has created a special MLS Cup section on their paper's website.


Match & Score:
-Sun Nov 22
Los Angeles Galaxy v Real Salt Lake - 7:30pm Central on ESPN
Venue: Qwest Field - Seattle WA


Team's official blog, and official YouTube page.


International Friendlies
Match & Score:
-Wed Nov 18
Denmark v USA - 1:30pm Central - ESPN Classic/ESPN2 (following conclusion of Greece v Ukraine World Cup qualifier)


Here is an updated roster for the Denmark game:
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa
Marcus Hahnemann - Wolverhampton
Troy Perkins - Valerenga
Carlos Bocanegra - Rennes
Jonathan Bornstein - Chivas USA
Edgar Castillo - UANL Tigres
Jimmy Conrad - Kansas City Wizards
Clarence Goodson - Start
Frankie Hejduk - Columbus Crew
Heath Pearce - FC Dallas
Jonathan Spector - West Ham
Michael Bradley - Monchengladbach
Ricaro Clark - Houston Dynamo
Benny Feilhaber - AGF Aarhus
Stuart Holden - Houston Dynamo
Sacha Kljestan - Chivas USA
Dax McCarty - FC Dallas
Robbie Rogers - Columbus Crew
Jozy Altidore - Hull City
Conor Casey - Colorado Rapids
Jeff Cunningham - FC Dallas
Eddie Johnson - Fulham


The final place will go to the winner of the playoff between Egypt v Algeria on Wednesday in neutral site Sudan.


The Associated Press with an article on the ugliness between these two teams, and FIFA's oblivious attitude toward it all. Via the Tiawan News.
-This article is filled with many good points about the lack of seriousness FIFA is giving this. Lipservice I believe its called.


Jeffrey Marcus of the New York Times looks at this intense final match. (thanks to Carl for the link)


Al Jazeera reports on Khartoum's preparations for this contest in their "neutral" stadium.


MLS Commissioner Don Garber gave his annuual State of the League address yesterday. Here is a run down and audio of the whole thing.


Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal recaps the press conference via multiple sources.


MLS has announced that again this post-season the league and Adidas will send a team of young players off for exhibition matches in other countries. This time it will be an 11 day trip to South Africa to play in 3 games against Premier Soccer League reserve teams (Exact clubs TBA.) It has not been announced who will coach the MLS team. But here is the 18 player roster:
Stefan Frei - Toronto FC
Josh Lambo - FC Dallas
Kevin Alston - New England Revolution
Tony Beltran - Real Salt Lake
Jeremy Hall - New York Red Bulls
Chance Myers - Kansas City Wizards
Rob Valentino - Colorado Rapids
Eric Avila - FC Dallas
Danny Cruz - Houston Dynamo
Roger Espinoza - Kansas City Wizards
Bruno Guarda - FC Dallas
Baggio Husidic - Chicago Fire
Ciaran O'Brien - Colorado Rapids
Brek Shea - FC Dallas
Rodney Wallace - DC United
Peri Marosevic - FC Dallas
Patrick Nyarko - Chicago Fire
Chris Pontius - DC United


A very well connected fan of Chivas USA (from day 1) and regular reader of du Nord, who I trust, but shall remain nameless, sent me this note last night about CUSA's now former head coach Preki (who appears all set to run the show in Toronto):
He really was a limited coach.
He never bridged a link to Guadalajara. He didn't care to add more youthful players from the Guadalajara system. Could you imagine being coach of a team called Bayern Munich USA and not wanting to go to Germany or accepting any of their younger players? Refusing to learn some German?
Preki wanted to prove himself and move out of Bob Bradley's shadow. That's why why he gradually dismantled the successful roster that BB built in 2006.
His MLS draft picks were god awful. He picked Michael Lahoud in 2009 but that was an exception.
His player management was horrible. He played favorites and only preferred to groom "his" players. We signed too many MLS vets while ignoring younger players.
He never took responsibility for his shortcomings as a coach. He was always quick to blame his players.
His practices were so intense that 90% of player injuries came from training and not the games.
You should ask about the fist-fight he had with Alecko Eskandarian. We didn't need to trade him. Somehow he was gone without explanation.
Lots of BS like this with Preki.
I do given him credit for being patient with Justin Braun. Getting quality play from Zack Thornton and Carey Talley.
Be careful what you ask for, Toronto.


Ives Galarcep of Soccer By Ives announces his 2009 MLS Best 11. And like du Nord he went with 3 strings.


Beau Dure of USA Today sees this as being a very tough negotiation ahead.


Ives Galarcep at Soccer By Ives breaks down the possible coaching changes in MLS this offseason.


I stand corrected on the idea of MLS in Detroit.

Michigan Live reports that the people who bought the Pontiac Silverdome in north suburban Detroit have an interest in pursuing a MLS team.


The tourney begins on Thursday with the First Round games whose winners will face the seeded teams in the Second Round.


Akron got the #1 seed overall. The are a perfect 20-0-0 on the season!

The other top seeds are Virginia #2, Wake Forest #3 and Ohio State #4.


Here is the official bracket for the full tournament.


Adam Spangler of This Is American Soccer does a Q & A with young American midfielder Lee Nguyen who most recently played in his native Vietnam, after the USA Residency program, a year at Indiana U and stints at PSV and Randers. So what's next?


The official 1860 Munich website reports that Kenny Cooper has injured his knee, but not as severely as they originally feared. He does not need surgery, and will need about 3 weeks rest to make sure everything is fine.
-But we all know how tricky knee injuries can be.


The draw was held today and here are the matchups for the Quarterfinal Round:

1st Leg
-Mar 9, 10 or 11
Comunicaciones v Pachuca
Columbus Crew v Toluca
Marathon v UNAM Pumas
Arabe Unido v Cruz Azul
2nd Leg
-Mar 16, 17, 18
Pachuca v Comunicaciones
Toluca v Columbus Crew
UNAM Pumas v Marathon
Cruz Azul v Arabe Unido


Primera Division Liguilla

The Apertura playoff rounds are all 2 Legged.

Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Sat Nov 21
Monterrey (5) v America (4)
Puebla (7) v Cruz Azul (2)
-Sun Nov 22
San Luis (8) v Toluca (1)
Santos Laguna (6) v Morelia (3)
2nd Leg
-Sat Nov 28
America (4) v Monterrey (5)
Cruz Azul (2) v Puebla (7)
-Sun Nov 29
Toluca (1) v San Luis (8)
Morelia (3) v Santos Laguna (6)


Business Pundit gives us their list of the 25 Highest Paid Sports Coaches in the World. (thanks to BQ for the link)
-I am not so sure how accurate some of these numbers really are!?


Adidas has released the new World Cup uniforms for France, Mexico, Germany, Russia, South Africa, Argentina & Spain - check em all out here.


Anonymous jamesey said...

I don't see why Preki would want to take young Guadalajra players onto Chivas USA. Does anyone remember 2005 when half the Chivas USA squad was young Guadalajara rejects? they had one of the worst records in the history of the league. They wern't a good team until they acquired MLS veterans. Also, It's delusional to compare Chivas Mexico to Bayern Munich.

That organization needs to just die. It's a marketing gimmick that's insulting to US Soccer and real Chivas fans.

6:32 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

Spoken like a true LA Galaxy fanatic!

8:28 PM  
Blogger Martek said...

CUSA is not going to die, and niether should it. But moving, now that is another, and altogether to be desired, matter.

How much better would that team be in St. Louis, Phoenix, San Antonio (setting up the Tejas three-step with Dynamo and the candystripers) or name a city yourself.

8:30 PM  
Anonymous Doug said...

Any team including a player who appears to spend more time on his hair than his game -- yes, I mean Brek Shea -- is hard to take seriously. On the other hand, maybe he will surprise me, play well and end up with a Breck Shampoo endorsement!

8:52 PM  

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