Monday, January 18, 2010

Some News for Mon Jan 18, 2010


Noooooooooooooooooooo! In Fulham's Sunday loss at Blackburn Clint Dempsey sustained a knee injury!

Manager Roy Hodgson: "It looks he has suffered cruciate knee ligament damage which if he has keeps him out of action for a while. We won't know for certain until the scan is completed on Monday but the doctors are pretty good these days and often their initial prognosis proves to be the correct one." He later went on to say: "The extent of Clint Dempsey's knee injury will be known following a scan [Monday]."

The seriousness of the injury beyond that is unknown. It could be bad, or it could be minor. But we have heard that he suffered some sort of cruciate ligament damage.

The team's official website will have the latest as soon as anyone else.

The BBC report is not sounding good.

Some words from USA coach Bob Bradley on the injury: "Obviously we're waiting on reports of the scan. We saw the play and it looks like such a harmless play. Now we just need to wait and see and keep our fingers crossed.
You never want to see your players injured and Clint has been in good form. We have the hope that the time is right for him to be able to get through this, continue to play for his club team as well as he has and be ready for the World Cup.
Clint has been an important player for us. He's a true competitor and he puts his and heart and soul into every game. His role with our team has been important and he continues to be a guy we count on a great deal. He's got that little extra ability you can't always teach to sometimes make a little bit of room and come up with a chance, like yesterday on the overhead [kick which hit the crossbar in the first half]. Those things are important for us and continue to be important for Fulham."

(Poached from the Team USA blog. See link and details below in Team USA January Camp section.)


The Liverpool Echo talks to Landon Donovan, and after 2 good games he is already talking extension of his loan deal.


Chivas USA keeper Zach Thornton comments on his first call up for Team USA back in 1994: "I wasn't in to following soccer and I had no idea who Steve Sampson was." (Sampson was the assistant to coach Bora Milutinovic and made the phone call to Thornton.) See a great Q & A with Thornton in the Team USA January Camp section below.


Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated makes the trip to Cabinda, Angola for the Ghana v Ivory Coast game. This is the place with rebels opened fire on the Togo team last week.
-Wahl has some video for us too, of an anti-violence rally in Cabinda.


Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian tells us about the best team so far at the Africa Cup of Nations - Egypt.
-He also writes about the strong showing by the team from the host country - Angola.


Sam Stejskal of Chicago Now tries to help us understand why Fire fullback Gonzalo Segares would leave MLS to sign a deal to play in Cyprus.


Is Mexican-American defender Michael Orozco from San Luis headed to Philadelphia?


Chicago Tribune non-sports columnist John Kass writes another love note to soccer in America - this is a big year ahead.


Official Blog
-Q & A with Zach Thornton.


Friendly Match & Score:
-Sat Jan 23
USA v Honduras AKA the Jonathan Bornstein Tribute Match - 8pm Central on FSC


Remember when Kenny Cooper got a knee injury and the prognosis was for him to miss about 3 weeks of action. Well, it's been nearly 9 know, and we have no heard anything. What is going on?
-Greg Seltzer at Soccer 365 gives us an update.


Jozy Altidore did not make the bench for Hull City, probably due to the insanity going down in Haiti. (They drew 0-0 at Tottenham.)


Zak Whitbread made his Norwich debut as a substitute.


The little known 23 year old forward Jon Paul Pitman scored his 5th goal of the season for Wycombe in England's League One. He has been on a roll lately!


DaMarcus Beasley is still out with the hamstring strain. Damn!


Carlos Bocanegra is just shit out of luck at Rennes, as he spent yet another game riding the pine. He better get it figured out soon cuz the World Cup is just too close for him not to be playing.


Jonathan Spector has played at left fullback again for West Ham. I think he should get a shot at that position for Team USA.


Freddy Adu made the bench for the first time at his new team in Greece, but did not play. Eddie Johnson did though, see below for details.



ENGLAND - Premier League
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - started but was subbed out in the 62nd minute due to injury as they lost 2-0 at Blackburn.
Landon Donovan - Everton - started and was subbed out in the 90th minute as they beat Manchester City 2-0 at home.
Brad Friedel - Aston Villa - went the full 90 and drew 0-0 at home with West Ham.
Marcus Hahnemann - Wolverhampton - went the distance, stopping a Penalty Kick, but lost 0-2 at home to Wigan.
Tim Howard - Everton - went the full 90 as usual and won 2-0 at home over Manchester City.
Jonathan Spector - West Ham - played all of a scoreless draw at Aston Villa.

ENGLAND - Championship Division
Jay DeMerit - Watford - played all 90 in a 2-1 losing effort at Doncaster.

ENGLAND - League One
Mike Grella - Leeds - came on as a sub in the 85th minute but they lost 2-0 at Exeter City.
Jon Paul Pitman - Wycombe - went the full 90 ans scored another goal but they lost 1-2 at home against Charlton.
Zak Whitbread - Norwich City - came on as a sub in the 83rd minute as they won big 0-5 at Colchester United.

GERMANY - Bundesliga
Michael Bradley - Monchengladbach - played the whole match but lost 1-2 at home to Bochum.
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - started but came out after 54 minutes as they lost at home 0-3 to Hertha.

GERMANY - 2 Bundesliga
Matt Taylor - Frankfurt - came on as a sub in the 56th minute, but they got drilled 5-0 at Duisburg.

GREECE - Super League
Eddie Johnson - Aris - came on as a sub in the 78t minute to help preserve a 0-1 road win at Giannina.

NETHERLANDS - Eerste Divisie
Charles Kaslauskus - Helmond Sport - went the full 90 as they won easily 4-1 at home over BV Veendam.

SCOTLAND - Premier League
Maurice Edu - Rangers - played the entire match as they beat Hamliton 0-1 on the road.


Soccer 365 says Carlos Bocanegra could be headed to Paris St Germain St Etienne. [Thanks to Bill for the correction - Being a cretin myself, I get those Saints mixed up all the time.]


The new season kicked off this past weekend. And Herculez Gomez made his debut for Puebla.


MEXICO - Primera Division Clausura
Edgar Castillo - UANL Tigres - went the distance as they won 0-1 at Puebla.
Herculez Gomez - Puebla - came on as a sub in the 52nd minute but they lost 0-1 at home to UANL.
Jose Francisco Torres - Pachuca - Came off the bench in the 61st minute as they opened the season winning 3-0 at home over Estudiantes Tecos.


Cuauhtemoc Blanco made his debut for the Red Sharks of Veracruz on Saturday and they got drilled 4-0 at Irapuato, whose team nickname is The Strawberry Lashers, I kid you not.


Barney Ronay of the Guardian gives us Five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend.


The Observer looks at the working relationship between Aston Villa's American owner Randy Lerner and the team's manager Martin O'Neill.


Top Premier League Team Standings (after 21 games)
48 Chelsea
47 Manchester United (after 22 games)
45 Arsenal
38 Tottenham
38 Manchester City
36 Aston Villa


LEAGUE CUP - Semifinals
1st Leg - Matches & Scores:
-Tue Jan 19
Manchester City v Manchester United
2nd Leg - Matches & Scores:
-Wed Jan 20
Aston Villa v Blackburn (1-0)
-Wed Jan 27
Manchester United v Manchester City


Phil Ball of ESPN Soccernet reports on a potential new star being born in La Liga - Sergio Canales of Racing Santander. And a round up of the rest of the league.


Sid Lowe of the Guardian on Bilbao knocking the stuff out of Real Madrid, and the rest of the weekend in La Liga.


Top La Liga Team Standings (after 18 games)
46 Barcelona
41 Real Madrid
38 Valencia
33 Mallorca
31 Deportivo La Coruna
30 Sevilla
30 Athletic Bilbao


COPA DEL REY - Quarterfinals
1st Leg
-Wed Jan 20
Deportivo La Coruna v Sevilla
Mallorca v Getafe
Atletico Madrid v Celta Vigo
Racing Santander v Osasuna
2nd Leg
-Wed Jan 27
Sevilla v Deportivo La Coruna
Getafe v Mallorca
Celta Vigo v Atletico Madrid
Osasuna v Racing Santander


Paulo Bandini of the Guardian on the strong re-entrance into Serie A for Luca Toni at Roma, and the rest of the weekend in the top Italian flight.


If Milan win their game in hand they could be back within 3 points of the leaders.


Roma jump up to #3! While Juve tumble to #5!


Top Serie A Team Standings (after 20 games)
46 Inter
40 Milan (after 19 games)
35 Roma
34 Napoli
33 Juventus
31 Palermo


Top Ligue 1 Team Standings (after 20 games)
44 Bordeaux
37 Lille
36 Montpellier
33 Marseille
33 Lyon
33 Monaco
33 Auxerre


Raphael Honigstein of the Guardian on the biggest overachievers in the Bundesliga - Eintracht Frankfurt (7th place) - and the rest of the league from the past weekend's games.


Top Bundesliga Team Standings (after 18 games)
38 Bayer Leverkusen
37 Schalke
36 Bayern Munich
34 Hamburg
33 Dortmund


I had a guy from England send me a bitter email asking me to stop referring to the Engligh Premier League "the EPL." He suggested I use Premiership or Barclay's Premier League. I asked him what he called the Scottish Premier League. He responded, begrudgingly, "the SPL." End of story. Poser. Hooray Beer.


Anonymous sasha said...

Bruce, I'm afraid if you continue to use EPL that I might mistake your coverage for that of the Ethiopian Premier League

also, if you ever start blogging about NCAA football, please refer to the annual BCS game held in Pasadena as the "Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi"

8:39 PM  
Anonymous Dan said...

Did said fan do the grovelling "You are big, we are small" apology that Mike Myers and Dana Carvey made to Christopher Walken in Wayne's World 2?

Because, yeah.

9:41 PM  
Blogger Demko said...

ugh. Dempsey. He was a beast in that game too before the injury.

10:14 PM  
Anonymous Bill Urban said...

il Bruce:

Think Boca is linked with St Etienne, not Paris St Germain, according to your link...

4:26 AM  
Blogger ren said...

I believe that "fresa" or "strawberry" is slang in Mexico for something like "snob" or "rich kids."

6:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They're called "freseros" because it's the largest strawberry-picking region of Mexico. It also refers to somebody who sells strawberries...

"Fresa" is slang for rich kid in Mexico City, but imagine something along the lines of the way a "Valley Girl" in California would speak, albeit in Spanish...

On a sidenote- did you hear that Veracruz was trying to charge the opposing teams extra for Blanco to play against them?! This was reported by David Faitelson, one of ESPN's Spanish language futbol commentators. Ridiculous...


12:24 PM  
Anonymous leper said...

Still no word on Dempsey, Fulham now saying no diagnosis until tomorrow sometime. Still hoping for the best....

2:52 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

thank you bill
i can't keep my saints straight

3:33 PM  

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