Thursday, December 03, 2009

Some News for Thu Dec 3, 2009


Live With Landon - Join Landon Donovan & some of his teammates tomorrow afternoon to discuss the World Cup draw. You will be able to submit question and comment. The live streaming event is on Fri Dec 4 at 3pm Central on Nike Soccer's Facebook page.


FIFA announces that they will show some World Cup games in 3D! A!M!A!Z!I!N!G! Just wow-o-wow how cool would that be to see! (Thanks to John at Gilt Edge for the heads up)


Scoreless draw last night between Morelia & Cruz Azul in the Mexican Liguilla first Semifinal first leg match. Tonight is Monterrey v Toluca.


My whole body is nearly shivering with nervous energy about the draw. This might be worse than day before big game jitter for me.


Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer is in South Africa this week and fills us in on a new plan by FIFA to pay clubs for using their players at the World Cup. How much money do they have to throw around?


Lewis also gives us his Day 2 report of the trip.


Reuters reports that the winners of the tournament stand to get paid $30 Million by FIFA. All the other participating countries will get a minimum of $9 Million.


The official Real Salt Lake blog has an open letter from head coach Jason Kreis to all of the team's fans.

The Chicago Fire made another very positive move today in buying the contract of their midfielder Marco Poppa from his team in Guatemala, Municipal. He had been on load to the Fire. Great move!


Real Salt Lake has signed forward Fabian Espindola to a new 4 year contract extension.


The MLS Insider gives us a 10 minute docu-promo-music-video of some behind the scenes from the entire MLS Cup weekend in Seattle.


Paul Kennedy of Soccer America reports that Dallas striker and Golden Boot winner Jeff Cunningham is training this offseason at Auxerre of French Ligue 1. But, its not a loan deal where he would be playing.


Mark Young of MLSnet with an always great round-up of recent activity from a long list of former MLS players.
-This is the way I get my Dedi Ben Dayan fix every week or two.


Max Bergmann at the Huffington Post gives a nice recap of all the latest Philadelphia Union news.


Toronto FC's BMO Field is part of a plan to try and lure an outdoor NHL game to the city featuring their Mapleleafs team.


The youngsters of MLS who are in South Africa playing games under the Generation Adidas moniker have lost game #2.
-Thu Dec 3
Santos (reserves) 2-1 MLS-GA - MLS goal by Patrick Nyarko.
They have 1 more game to go:
-Sun Dec 6
Ajax Cape Town (reserves) v MLS-GA


Here is a very smart move - Kansas City has hired former LA & NY head coach Octavio Zambrano as an assistant to their new head coach Peter Vermes.
-What took so long for someone in MLS to hire this successful coach again.


The Waiting for Gaetjens podcast has audio of an interview with Andrew Nester, CEO of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, talking about his rejuvenated club and the new NASL. Download or listen here.


The list of 15 nominees for the NCAA Player of the Year (The MAC/Herrman Award) has been released: (Thanks to BQ for the list)
Andre Akpan - Harvard
Anthony Ampaipitakwong - Akron
Corben Bone - Wake Forest
Teal Bunbury - Akron
Ryan Kinne - Monmouth
Zach Loyd - North Carolina
Danny Mwanga - Oregon State
Kyle Nakazawa - UCLA
Conor O'Brien - Bucknell
Ike Opara - Wake Forest
Colin Rolfe - Louisville
Toni Stahl - Connecticut
Tony Tchani - Virginia
Bobby Warshaw - Stanford
Garrett Webb - Drake


World Football Insider with an article on John Skipper of ESPN joining the US bid committee.


Still no fan representative on the bid committee yet. But we will get one dammit.


The Kansas City star with a moronic opinion piece on that cities bid to be a USA World Cup host city. In reality though, the beatdown of article is all about the mayor of KC who was front and center, and who the writer seems hell bent on destroying. Sure the mayor's a bit of a clown when it comes to talking about soccer, but the vast majority of politicos in America are. Honestly I am not sure what the purpose of the column is, besides taking a poke at the city leader and getting a few facts wrong. (Maybe the KC Star "downsized" their fact checkers.) And they wonder why less and less people read their crappy paper every day. Oh, and other this, the paper ignored the whole rest of the real story, which was to try and bring a World Cup game to Kansas City, which would blow that towns minds.


Ravi Ubha at ESPN Soccernet gives us a round up of our players across Europe.
-Including this smashing picture of Clint Dempsey with Bono (and some other dudes)!


Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

-Wed Dec 2
Tim Howard - Everton - went the full 90, getting a Yellow Card, and a huge road win 0-1 at AEK Athens.


Coming Up:

-Thu Dec 3
Bryan Arguez - Hertha Berlin - at Ventspils
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - v CSKA Sofia
Eddie Johnson - Fulham - v CSKA Sofia


Primera Division Liguilla

All playoff rounds are 2 Legs.

Semifinal Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Wed Dec 2
Morelia(3) 0-0 Cruz Azul(2)
-Thu Dec 3
Monterrey(5) v Toluca(1)


Matchday 5 is being played this week on Wed Dec 2 & Thu Dec 3. Here are those matches & scores.


Liga de Quito have won the Copa Sudamericana! This is the continents 2nd biggest tournament, behind Copa Libertadores. Kinda like the NIT to NCAA tournies in college hoops.


Roberto Carlos has signed a deal to join The Original Cheeseburger Ronaldo at Corinthians in their homeland.


Blogger Jaggdd said...

Keep in mind that this is a blog connected with the Star. I don't know if this was actually printed; but either way it seems like this is a mainstream sports fan writing this blog who is attempting at least to check on some facts. He wasn't decrying the sport of soccer in our culture, but rather the mayor making wild proclamations like "KC is a soccer town". I know there's the argument that our venue only holds 10,000; but we once played in Arrowhead stadium and drew about the same numbers (you've never seen a more sad sports environment).

Now, that was before Americans in general really started to wake up to soccer in the past couple of years -- so the only way of knowing would be to wait until our proposed 20,000 (expandable to 30k?) stadium is built and see if we can start selling that out. I'm hopeful, but we are ultra-traditionalist, ultra-mainstream here in KC. Turning sports fans into NFL/MLB/NCAA/NBA/NHL/Racing AND Soccer fans (even in that order) is an uphill battle. But one by one, young adults (that's beer buying over-21 post-teens, not youth soccer kids...) are starting to take interest in the Wizards. And that's where they need to focus. Because I just see the battle for Generation X'ers and Baby Boomers' attentions (in KC at least) as the path of most resistance. X'ers like the guy who wrote that article don't care how ignorant you or any other top soccer people think they are. Because soccer still isn't a major part of their ESPN-centric world. But I think it pops up enough to make them start worrying that a sport that they have spent no time trying to learn about is starting to take away some of their attention.

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