Friday, February 19, 2010

Some News for Fri Feb 19, 2010

BRUCE IN ENGLAND

Any chance that anyone out there reading this will be at the Southampton v Walsall game on Sat Feb 27? I will be, and would love to meet any readers also in attendance! Just drop me an email.

I will also be spending the majority of next week in London on business. And who knows, we may run into each other. I always love my trips to the Old Smoke, hopefully this one will be no different.

In my little bit of free time I hope to hit some record stores (Peckings, Dub Vendor, Honest Jon's etc.) and see some modern art (Tate Modern of course). Those are two of my fave things about that great city. Oh, and I can't forget about the La Hore Kebab House just off Commercial Road in the Whitechapel area of East London.

And yes, that means guest hosts all week long. Enjoy them. I am sure you will.

STARTERS

US Soccer reports that Oguchi Onyewu took to the field with the USA players training for the El Salvador game next week. Onyewu went through some drills, then sat down to do a video interview. Hooray Beer.

dN

So now that Mark van Bommel is officially listed for the Netherlands squad that will face the USA on Mar 3 (see full roster in TEAM USA section below), do we go to dark humor and start a pool for the American player that he hurts. He is one brutal footballer. I have rarely seen a game where he does not maim an opponent.

CHARLIE DAVIES

In the video we linked to yesterday you could really see the difference in Charlie's face from before the accident. It looked puffier for lack of a better term. Do you think that is still swelling, or from all the plastic surgery he has had. I read somewhere that they literally peeled his face down to do the repairs to forehead, eye socket and cheekbone. Wow.

PODCASTS

I made a guest appearance on this weekend edition of Waiting for Gaetjens. I thoroughly enjoy talking to Adam about soccer, and having Greg along aint half bad either. And I must confess that this have become my favorite podcast, so I am doubly honored to join them. Download or listen here.

dN

MLS Talk does an audio interview with Steve Davis, a writer for ESPN Soccernet, MLSnet, and his own site Daily Soccer Fix. He just might be du Nord's very favorite writer in American soccer.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Matches & Scores - Round of 16 - 1st Leg:
-Tue Feb 23
Verein fur Bewegungsspiele Stuttgart 1893 e. V v Futbol Club Barcelona
Olympiacos Club of Fans of Piraeus v Football Club des Girondins de Bordeaux
-Wed Feb 24
Football Club Internazionale Milano Societa per Azioni v Chelsea Football Club
Central Sports Army Club Moscow v Sevilla Futbol Club Sociedad Anonima Deportiva

MLS COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT

The current deal expired on Jan 31, 2010, but the two sides agreed to originally extend it until Feb 12, and now a further 13 days to Feb 25. Negotiations are said to be going well.

dN

Richard Snowden of Soccer 365 compares MLS's player movement restrictions to Wal-Mart personal policies. Oof. Now THAT is bad.

TEAM USA

Official Team Blog

dN

Friendly Match & Score:
USA v El Salvador - 6pm Central on ESPN Classic
Venue: Raymond James Stadium - Tampa FL
NOTE: The USA U17 team will play the El Salvador U17 game that same day prior to the senior squads meeting.

dN

Here is the Netherlands roster for the game against the USA on Wed Mar 3 in Amsterdam.
G:
Maarten Stekelenburg - Ajax
Piet Velthuizen - Vitesse Arnhem
Michel Vorm - FC Utrecht
D:
Edson Braafheid - Celtic
John Heitinga - Everton
Joris Mathijsen - Hamburg
Andre Ooijer - PSV
Giovanni van Bronckhorst - Feyenoord
Gregory van der Wiel - Ajax
Ron Vlaar - Feyenoord
M:
Ibrahim Afellay - PSV
Otman Bakkal - PSV
Wout Brama - Twente
Nigel de Jong - Manchester City
Demy de Zeeuw - Ajax
Orlando Engelaar - PSV
Arjen Robben - Bayern Munich
Stijn Schaars - AZ Alkmaar
Wesley Sneijder - Inter Milan
Mark van Bommel - Bayern Munich
Rafael van der Vaart - Real Madrid
M/F:
Ryan Babel - Liverpool
Dirk Kuyt - Liverpool
F:
Klaas Jan Huntelaar - AC Milan
Eljero Elia - Hamburg

CONCACAF

International Friendly Match & Score:
-Wed Feb 24
Mexico v Bolivia - in San Francisco CA

ENGLAND

Top Premier League Team Standings (26 games played)
58 Chelsea - Next: Sat Feb 20 at Wolverhampton
57 Manchester United - Next: Sat Feb 20 at Everton
52 Arsenal - Next: Sat Feb 20 v Sunderland
45 Manchester City (25 games played) - Next: Sun Feb 21 v Liverpool
- - - - -
44 Liverpool - Next: Sun Feb 21 at Manchester City
43 Tottenham - Next: Sun Feb 21 at Wigan
42 Aston Villa - Next: Sun Feb 21 v Burnley

dN

FA CUP
Replays of tied Round of 16 games:
-Wed Feb 24
Aston Villa v Crystal Palace
Stoke City v Manchester City
West Brom v Reading
Tottenham v Bolton

SCOTLAND

SPAIN

Top La Liga Team Standings (22 games played)
55 Barcelona - Next: Sat Feb 20 v Racing Santander
53 Real Madrid - Next: Sun Feb 21 v Villarreal
43 Valencia - Next: Mon Feb 22 v Getafe
39 Sevilla - Next: Sat Feb 20 at Mallorca
- - - - -
37 Mallorca - Next: Sat Feb 20 v Sevilla
35 Deportivo La Coruna - Next: Sat Feb 20 v Xerez

FRANCE

Top Ligue 1 Team Standings (24 games played)
51 Bordeaux - Next: Sat Feb 20 v Auxerre
48 Montpellier - Next: Sat Feb 20 at St Etienne
44 Lille - Next: Sun Feb 21 at Rennes
- - - - -
43 Lyon - Next: Sun Feb 21 at Sochaux
42 Marseille (23 games played) - Next: Sun Feb 21 v Nancy
42 Auxerre - Next: Sat Feb 20 at Bordeaux

GERMANY

Top Bundesliga Team Standings (22 games played)
48 Bayer Leverkusen - Next: Sun Feb 21 at Werder Bremen
48 Bayern Munich - Next: Sat Feb 20 at Nurnberg
45 Schalke - Next: Sun Feb 21 at Wolfsburg
- - - - -
39 Hamburg - Next: Sat Feb 20 v Eintracht Frankfurt
36 Dortmund - Next: Sat Feb 20 v Hannover

ITALY

Top Serie A Team Standings (24 games played)
54 Inter - Next: Sat Feb 20 v Sampdoria
47 Roma - Next: Sun Feb 21 v Catania
45 Milan (23 played) - Next: Sun Feb 21 at Bari
39 Napoli - Next: Sun Feb 21 v Sienna
- - - - -
39 Sampdoria - Next: Sat Feb 20 at Inter
38 Juventus - Next: Sun Feb 21 at Bologna

COPA LIBERTADORES

GROUP STAGE - February Matches & Scores:
-Tue Feb 16
Libertad 2-0 Blooming - Lib goals by Victor Caceres & Rodolfo Gamarra.
Colo Colo 1-0 Italia - CC goal by Esteban Paredes.
-Wed Feb 17
Universitario 2-0 Lanus - Uni goals by Piero Alva & Gianfranco Labarthe.
Cuenca 1-4 Banfield - Cue goal by Gabriel Mendez(PK). Ban goals by Walter Erviti, Sebastian Fernandez(2) & James Rodriguez.
-Thu Feb 18
Alianza 4-1 Estudiantes - Ali goals by Wilmer Aguirre(3) & José Fernández. Est goal by José Ernesto Sosa.
Universidad 1-0 Caracas - Uni goal by Juan Manuel Olivera(PK).
-Tue Feb 23
Morelia v Nacional
Internacional v Emelec
Italia v Velez Sarsfield
-Wed Feb 24
Corinthians v Racing Club
Monterrey v Nacional
Juan Aurich v Bolivar
Cruzeiro v Colo Colo
Flamengo v Universidad Catolica
-Thu Feb 25
Once Caldas v Sao Paulo
Blooming v Lanus
Universitario v Libertad

dN

Standings (6 Rounds):

Grupo 1
1 Cerro Porteno (Paraguay)
1 Independiente Medellin (Colombia)
Corinthians (Brazil)
Racing Club (Uruguay)

Grupo 2
3 Once Caldas (Colombia)
3 Sao Paulo (Brazil)
0 Nacional (Paraguay)
0 Monterrey (Mexico)

Grupo 3
6 Alianza Lima (Peru) (2pd)
3 Estudiantes de la Plata (Argentina) (2pd)
0 Bolivar (Bolivia)
0 Juan Aurich (Peru)

Grupo 4
6 Libertad (Paraguay) (2pd)
6 Universitario (Peru) (2pd)
0 Lanus (Argentina) (2pd)
0 Blooming (Bolivia) (2pd)

Grupo 5
3 Cerro (Uruguay)
0 Deportivo Quito (Ecudador)
Internacional (Brazil)
Emelec (Ecuador)

Grupo 6
6 Banfield (Argentina) (2pd)
3 Club Nacional (Uruguay)
0 Morelia (Mexico)
0 Deportivo Cuenca (Ecudador) (2pd)

Grupo 7
3 Velez Sarsfield (Argentina)
3 Colo Colo (Chile)
0 Cruzeiro (Brazil)
0 Deportivo Italia (Venezuela)

Grupo 8
3 Universidad de Chile (Chile)
0 Caracas FC (Venezuela)
Flamengo (Brazil)
Universidad Catolica (Chile)

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