Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Some News for Wed Jan 20, 2010

INCESTUOUS UNIONS

BQ at Inside Minnesota Soccer reports that our friend Kartik Krishnaiyer has been hired by the NASL as their director of communications. Holy smokes. Huge congrats to him. Or as they say in Hindi - बधाई.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"...right now I would say hopeful." - New York Red Bull's players union rep John Wolyniec comments on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with MLS. See details in CBA section below.

TWITTERVERSE

Lee Nguyen gives MLS fans bad news: "back to vietnam yall .. wasnt able to get anything worth coming back for from the league disappointed but gotta look forward"

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It is believed that Vincenzo Bernardo is headed for a try out in Philadelphia. Here is what he cryptically had to say: "Just landed, getting picked up and settling in the hotel. Training begins tomorrow. I'll keep everyone posted! So different from jersey! Ha"

MLS NEWS

Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports that Crew president Mark McCullers was in a jet ski accident while vacationing in Puerto Rico.

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Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer talks to new Red Bull head coach Hans Backe after one week being around his new players.

MLS RUMORS

TFC looking to sign Egyptian centerback Ibrahim Saied from Libyan team Ahli Tripoli.

dN

Is the swippity-swap with Cory Gibbs of Colorado going to New England for Jeff Larentowicz really happening? Doesn't make sense to me, so there must be more to this story.

dN

Chicago Fire hope to sign a loan deal to get left fullback Krzystof Krol from Jagiellonia Bialystok of Poland.

MLS COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT

Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer talks to Red Bull's John Wolyniec about progress on negotiations. He is the team's players union rep.

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The current deal expires on Jan 31, 2010. If no deal is in place by then the players could strike or the owners could lock them out.

KANSAS CITY WIZARDS STADIUM BUILDING

Who doesn't like pretty pictures? The kind folks at the Kansas City Wizards have sent us a watercolor illustration of their new stadium. It appears to have a very Red Bull Arena-esque roof on it.












See 2 more images.
-One of which appears to show an Omlette/Waffle bar! Excellent!














Beyond the stadium itself the complex will also include 18 other fields. Nice

The two local newspapers have multiple articles on the deal.
-Kansas City Star:
Unified Government approves Wizards/Cerner development plan
Sports & Money: Kansas City needs a soccer vision
-Kansas City Kansan:
It's official: Major League Soccer, Cerner find home in KCK
Additional statements on Wizards/Cerner deal
PHOTOS: Wizards break ground on new stadium

SOCCER IN AMERICA

Bernardo Fallas has left the soccer beat at the Houston Chronicle where he did a great job for the last several years. A huge adios to Bernardo, and a big hola to the new boy Jose Ortiz. The Chron gives us some of the best daily newspaper coverage in the country with the beat writer and columns by Glenn Davis. Here's to the future.
-This is the last blog post from Fallas.

TEAM USA

The MLS Insider blog has video of an interview with Oguchi Onyewu.
-He hopes to take part in the USA March training camp for the game against the Netherlands in early March.

TEAM USA JANUARY TRAINING CAMP

Official Blog
-Q & A with Geoff Cameron.

USA U20 TEAM

The USA U20s are off to Mexico for the Copa Chivas. Jan 22 - 30 in Guadalajara Mexico.

Official website of this top notch youth tournament.

Here is the team roster:
G:
Earl Edwards - UCLA
Zac MacMath - Maryland
D:
Michael Ambrose - FC Dallas
Bryan Gallego - NY Red Bulls
Moises Hernandez - FC Dallas
Zach Herold - Toronto FC
Perry Kitchen - Akron
Emilio Orozco - Rampage FC
Eriq Zavaleta - FC Pride
M:
Marlon Duran - Latino Americano
Luis Gil - Pateadores
Fuad Ibrahim - Toronto FC
Carlos Martinez - Wilmington Jr.
Amobi Okugo - Philadelphia Union
Nick Palodichuk - Washington Premier
F:
Juan Agudelo - NY Red Bulls
Victor Chavez - Real So Cal
Andrew Craven - First Coast Kickers
Stefan Jerome - West Pines United FC
Jack McInerney - Philadelphia Union

Matches & Scores
USA v Pachuca
USA v Brazil
USA v UANL Tigres
USA v Atlas
USA v Saprissa

3 Groups
Group A
Mexico
Chivas USA
Catolica
Tecos
Tokyo
Santos Laguna
Group B
Brazil
Atlas
USA
Pachuca
Saprissa
UANL Tigres
Group C
Japan
Monterrey
Houston Dynamo
America
Morelia
Guadalajara

The 1st & 2nd place team from each group, and the two best 3rd place teams will advance to the Quarterfinals.

Quarterfinals
A1 v 3-1
B1 v 3-2
C1 v A-2
C2 v B-2

AMERICANS IN EUROPE

German newspaper Bild has already tagged Ricardo Clark with the nickname Rambo.
-Here he is already training:















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Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

ENGLAND - League Cup semifinal
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa - went the distance giving up 4 goals, but they won 6-4 and advance to the Final 7-4 on aggregate.

ENGLAND - Johnstone Paint Trophy tournament
Mike Grella - Leeds - started and went 83 minutes but lost 1-2 v Carlisle United.

FRANCE - Ligue 1
Carlos Bocanegra - Rennes - played the entirety of a scoreless draw at St Etienne.

SCOTLAND - League Cup
Maurice Edu - Rangers - came on as a sub in the 105th minute (Added Extra Time) as they beat Hamilton Academical 2-0 at home.

ENGLAND

LEAGUE CUP - Semifinals
1st Leg - Matches & Scores:
-Tue Jan 19
Manchester City 2-1 Manchester United
2nd Leg - Matches & Scores:
-Wed Jan 20
Aston Villa 6-4 Blackburn - AV advance 7-4 on aggregate.
-Wed Jan 27
Manchester United v Manchester City (1-2)
FINAL
Aston Villa v Manchester City/United

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Top Premier League Team Standings (after 22 games)
48 Arsenal
48 Chelsea (after 21 games)
47 Manchester United
38 Tottenham
38 Manchester City (after 21 games)
37 Liverpool

SPAIN

COPA DEL REY - Quarterfinals
1st Leg
-Wed Jan 20
Deportivo La Coruna 0-3 Sevilla
Mallorca 1-2 Getafe
-Thu Jan 21
Atletico Madrid v Celta Vigo
Racing Santander v Osasuna
2nd Leg
-Wed Jan 27
Sevilla v Deportivo La Coruna (3-0)
Getafe v Mallorca (2-1)
Celta Vigo v Atletico Madrid
Osasuna v Racing Santander

FRANCE

Top Ligue 1 Team Standings (after 21 games)
47 Bordeaux - Last: Wed Jan 20 W 1-3 at Grenoble
39 Montpellier - Last: Wed Jan 20 W 0-1 at Lens
37 Lille - Last: Wed Jan 20 L 2-1 at Sochaux
36 Marseille - Last: Wed Jan 20 W 2-1 v Le Mans (after 20 games)
36 Lyon - Last: Wed Jan 20 W 1-3 at Lorient
36 Monaco - Last: Wed Jan 20 W 0-1 at Paris St Germaine
36 Auxerre - Last: Wed Jan 20 W 0-1 at Nice

ITALY

COPPA ITALIA - Quarterfinals
-Wed Jan 20
Fiorentina 3-2 Lazio
-Tue Jan 26
Roma v Catania
Milan v Udineses
Inter v Juvenus

WORLD CUP 2010 - SOUTH AFRICA

The BBC with a podcast about the history of football in Africa. Download or listen here - PART 1 - and - PART 2. Thanks to Andy for recommending this great story.

JACK WARNER/SEPP BLATTER ODDITIES

Matt Scott of the Guardian reports that the coals under Sepp Blatter's feet have been getting uncomfortably warmer lately.

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An Omlette/Waffle bar at the stadium is fine, but will they server donuts?

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