Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Some News for Tue Dec 8, 2009


Portfolio has done a very interesting study of the top American markets available for expansion, and those that are over saturated. Click on the MLS logo to see what the study says. One thing I find every interesting about all of this is how few "major markets" they feel are available.
-And here is the full article it comes from.


In a post entitled "We're getting the band back together" our pal Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune has relaunched the papers soccer blog The Red Card. This is fantastic news. In the time he did the blog Luis became one of the great unique voices in our little corner of the world. (Especially his travel reports.) I am very happy about this.


The FIFA Club World Cup begins tomorrow with the minnows facing off. See section near the end of today's post.


Ives Galarcep of Soccer By Ives does a Q & A with new NYRB tech dir Erik Stoler. Good stuff.


The Philadelphia Inquirer with an article on the Unions search for a shirt sponsor.


New England has signed new contracts with Kheli Dube, Kenny Mansally & Sainey Nyassi.


Charlie Corr of ESPN Chicago writes about the desire of former players to get the Chicago Fire back to their proud standing.


TFC is chasing Scottish forward Kevin Kyle of Kilmarnock.


The current deal expires on Dec 31, 2009.


Nigel Reed of the CBC with his thoughts on the squabbling/negotiating.


You can read the entire Collective Bargaining Agreement right here. (thanks to Beau for the link)


Dan Girard of the Toronto Star on the new grass field being installed at TFC's BMO Field.
-The bad news in this article is that the actual sod will not be put down until late March, leaving little time to get it right before the season opens.


The team from St Louis will be called AC St Louis. Oof! Here is their badge:

Can someone remind me - Which athletic club are they part of again? And what are their other sports?


Ryan Johnston of Sports Net reports that fall out from the new/old leagues could affect Montreal and Vancouver's participation in the Canadian Championship tournament that places that winner in the CONCACAF Champions League.
-The Canadian Soccer Association has said that they will wait for the US Soccer Federation to make their decisions before making their own.


Mike Woitalla of Soccer America looks at the biggest benefit of American youth clubs forming partnerships with foreign professional clubs - Money.


Nick Green of the Daily Breeze begins his look at traveling to the World Cup next summer.


Jeff Carlisle of ESPN Soccernet looks at the USA draw and warns, be careful what you wish for.


Jay DeMerit took to the field again after 3 months out with an eye injury. Great to see him back out there.
-Here's the match report from the team's official website, including high praise for their returned captain.


Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

ENGLAND - Championship
Jay DeMerit - Watford - came on as a half time sub and they rolled over QPR at home 3-1.

DENMARK - Superliga
Benny Feilhaber - AGF Aarhus - went the full 90 as they drew 1-1 at home against Esbjerg.


Coming Up:

ENGLAND - Championship
Frank Simek - Sheffield Wednesday - Tue Dec 8 at Doncaster Rovers

ENGLAND - FA Cup Round 2
Mike Grella - Leeds - Tue Dec 8 v Kettering Town


Primera Division Liguilla

All playoff rounds are 2 Legs.

Final Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Thu Dec 10
Monterrey v Cruz Azul
2nd Leg
-Sun Dec 13
Cruz Azul v Monterrey


The Canadian Press reacts to the hiring of new national team head coach Stephen Hart:
-Daniel Girard of the Toronto Star.
-Stephen Brunt of the Toronto Globe & Mail gives the hiring the thumbs up.
-Paul James of the Toronto Globe & Mail gives the hiring the thumbs down.
-The Vancouver Province
-The Toronto Sun
-The Vancouver Sun


John Molinaro of the CBC on diving/cheating and how its perceived when "good guy" players do it.


Sid Lowe of the Guardian writes about the magician on the bench at Mallorca, and the rest of the week in La Liga.


Don't look now, but despite all the gnashing to teeth Bayern Munich are up to the 4th place in the league, and just 4 points behind first place Bayer Leverkusen.


AZ Alkmaar who have been surprising contenders the past few seasons in Netherlands are struggling this season and have now fired coach Ronald Koeman. They are said to be chasing Dick Advocaat.


Panathinaikos has fired coach Henk Ten Cate even though they are in 2nd place in Greece and on the verge of advancing in the Europa League.


Here we go for the final group stage matches!


2 defenders from CSKA Moscow have been suspended from today's game because they took Sudafed, which is deemed a performance enhancing drug. You gotta be kidding me.


Half the teams are already advanced to the knock out stage, while the other 8 will be known by the end of Wednesday.
-Here are the team that are through: Arsenal, Bordeaux, Chelsea, Fiorentina, Lyon, Manchester United, Porto & Sevilla.


Either Juvenus or Bayern Munich will be out after today.


Matchday 6
Matches & Scores:
-Tue Dec 8
Juventus v Bayern Munich
Maccabi Haifa v Bordeaux
Besiktas v CSKA Moskva
Wolfsburg v Manchester United
Zurich v Milan
Marseille v Real Madrid
Chelsea v APOEL
Atletico Madrid v Porto
-Wed Dec 9
Liverpool v Fiorentina
Lyon v Debreceni
Inter v Rubin Kazan
Dynamo Kyiv v Barcelona
Stuttgart v Unirea Urziceni
Sevilla v Rangers
Olympiacos v Arsenal
Standard Liege v AZ Alkmaar


Group Standings


Ecuador Championship
Deportivo Quito win the Primera A league 4-3 on aggregate. Hooray Depor!
1st Leg
-Sun Nov 29
Deportivo Cuenca 1-1 Deportivo Quito
2nd Leg
-Sat Dec 5
Deportivo Quito 3-2 Deportivo Cuenca


Chile Championship
1st Leg
-Sun Dec 6
Colo Colo 2-2 Catolica
2nd Leg
-Wed Dec 9
Catolica v Colo Colo


Peru Championship
1st Leg
-Tue Dec 8
Alianza Lima v Universitario Lima
2nd Leg
-Sun Dec 13
Universitario Limav Alianza Lima


Fernando Duarte, who is one cool dude, of the Guardian tells us all about Flamengo and their huge Brazilian championship win. Their first title in 17 years.


Just 2 rounds left in the Primera Apertura, and 4 teams want the crown. First next round is mid-week and the final round is next Sunday!

Standings, Matches & Scores - after 17 of 19 games played:
38 Banfield - Last: W 0-1 at Huracan - Next: Wed Dec 9 v Tigre - Finale: Sun Dec 13 at Boca Juniors
36 Newell's Old Boys - Last: L 1-2 at Arsenal de Sarandi - Next: Wed Dec 9 at Gimnasia La Plata - Finale: Sun Dec 13 v San Lorenzo
33 Velez Sarsfield - Last: W 3-1 v River Plate - Next: Thu Dec 10 at Chacarita Juniors - Finale: Sun Dec 13 v Rosario Central
32 Independiente - Last: W 1-2 at Boca Juniors - Next: Tue Dec 8 v Argentinos Juniors - Finale: Sun Dec 13 at Lanus


The tournament is being played in Abu Dhabi, and begins on Wednesday.

-Wed Dec 9 - Match 1
Al Ahli FC v Auckland City FC
-Fri Dec 11 - Match 2
TP Mazembe v Pohang Steelers FC
Sat Dec 12 - Match 3
winner Match 1 v Atlante FC
-Tue Dec 15 - Semifinal
Winner Match 2 v Estudiantes de La Plata
-Wed Dec 16 - Semifinal
Winner Match 3 v FC Barcelona
-Sat Dec 19


Anonymous Sam said...

Re: CSKA Moscow sudafed suspensions...

Eat like ten of those little red pills before you head into the office tomorrow and let me know how that goes for ya.

You will be bouncing off the wall.

When I was growing up playing youth hockey, one of my teammates mom would feed him that crap. It raises your heart rate.

6:12 PM  
Blogger Murfmensch said...

AC Saint Louis already has an extensive set of youth clubs affiliated with it. For this reason, I don't think the moniker ACStL is out of line at all.

The Missouri Athletic Club is well-known here. They organize the Hermann Trophy.

Local response has been good and most people just don't care about the effect on USL.

I predict that MLS will be more likely to adopt ACStL in order to end this rival league wierdness than they have seemed to be so far.

Perhaps the whole league could be adopted along with a two-league relegation set-up!

I know. Unlikely.

9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the above post. I also sent you an email with an explanation of the ACStl. Hope that helps ya get over the dislike for it...

1:07 PM  

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