Thursday, February 04, 2010

Some News for Thu Feb 4, 2010


Glasgow's Daily Record has a stunning photo of DaMarcus Beasley's car on fire Monday night. And a follow up on the story that says gasoline was used to set the car ablaze.


Hooray Beer Indeed! Demolition crews begin work on the total destruction of Giants Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey today. Will the curse be lifted?


FIFA will announce the referee's for the World Cup on Friday.


I am proud to say that there were two cool mentions of this here blog on the interwebtubenets this week...
-Soccerlens announced their blog award winners in January and this week they asked those winners to talk about their favorite blogs, and Christopher Harris of EPL Talk (who won for best podcast!) said all kinds of really nice things about me and my blog. I am very very grateful to him. You can read it here.
-Culture of Soccer ran an article on a trio of cool guys who are making a documentary about the rise of soccer in America in relation to our friends south of the border, called Gringos At The Gate. And in discussing the reasons behind their movie one the creators Pablo Miralles quoted me from an interview I did with Adam Spangler of This Is American Soccer. I was very honored. And I can't wait to see Pablo's movie, the trailer looks great. Read the article with my quote and see the trailer here.

A huge thanks goes out to everyone who says these nice things and spread the word about the blog. Its pretty special to me.


Reports today from Mexico City say Cabanas is sitting up and eating real food. And he will not need another surgery as the doctors have determined that the bullet in his head does not need to be removed. Here is the doctor's statement: "The bullet won't be taken out. We could do more damage if we tried to remove it. But where it's located it doesn't do a bit of harm."


Looks like Ian Joy is headed back to Real Salt Lake. The question now is, does he have a job already or does he have to earn one?

Ian Paul Joy: "The Joyboy is in SLC. What a great flight. I slept 5 hours of a 11 hour flight and arrived in SLC! Fantastic! Big day tomorrow."


Brian Quarstad of Inside Minnesota Soccer has a great sit down video interview with long time USA great Tony Sanneh!


New England goalkeeper Matt Reis has had his 2 injuries fixed via off-season surgery now. He had shoulder surgery in Dec, and now a knee procedure. He is expected to be ready by June 1.


OK, now we are talking - Paul James of the Toronto Globe & Mail reports that TFC has taken the first step toward a backline update - they have released Adrian Serioux. Although in some ways he was the least of their problems last year.


Daniel Girard of the Toronto Star on the new dawn for TFC and coach Preki. They both have something to prove.


Gareth Wheeler of the Toronto Sun reports that TFC has started preseason with less talk and more work than in years past.


Nick Firchau of the Chicago Sun Times tells us about day 1 under new Fire head coach Carlos The Conch.


Orrin Schwarz of Chicago's Daily Herald also reports on the start of Fire preseason.
-The team is taking their U-16 team with them to a camp in Jackson MS, and their U-18 with them to a camp in Mexico. Very cool move.


The Chicago Tribune with an article on another year for long time centerback CJ Brown.


Sam Stejskal of Chicago Now with a few words on the first day as well.


The AP reports that the NY Red Bulls have officially signed Estonian midfielder Joel Lindpere Tromso of Norway. Word comes from a Tromso spokesman. Again with the Erik Soler/Hans Backe Scandinavian connection. [UPDATED Fri Feb 5. It's not Official. Sorry for the confusion]


The Washington Post reports that DC midfielder Danny Szetela has done damage to his left knee and will need some surgery to repair it. He will be out 4-6 weeks.


DC has also given Chris Pontius, one of last season's Rookie of the Year finalists, a pay raise. [CORRECTED]


Michael C Lewis of the Salt Lake Tribune reports on the first day back to work for the champs RSL. How weird does that sound?


Salt Lake has hired former MLS player Miles Joseph as an assistant coach.


ESPN Soccernet looks at the revamped roster for DC United. Did they upgrade?


KC Wizards president Robb Heineman uses the teams official blog to give us a video update on their stadium.


Adam Spangler of This Is American Soccer interviews 2 people about the ever increasing amount of young Americans heading off to play for big Mexican club youth teams. Great stuff.


Martin Rogers of Yahoo is the latest in a long line of writers to ask the big questions about Freddy Adu.


Arch Bell of Yanks Abroad reports that Maurice Edu has been out with an ankle injury, and is nearly ready to return.


The Bolton News talks to Stuart Holden about his new team.

Bolton hosts Fulham on Saturday - Will Holden be in the game day 18 man roster?


Just great - Jose Francisco Torres has suffered a tear in his hamstring and will need 2-3 weeks to recover. Does that take him out of the Netherlands game?


How ugly can it get a club in the Premier League? AFP reports that Portsmouth have been bought by the 4th different party just this season. Insane! How do they keep allowing the sale to be made to people with no money? This new owner is also said to be only in it for the short term an is looking for a more permanent buyer. Where is the league on all of this?


1st Leg
-Thu Feb 4
Atletico Madrid 4-0 Racing Santander
2nd Leg
-Tue Feb 9
Getafe v Sevilla (0-2)
Racing Santander v Atletico Madrid (0-4)


COUPE DE LA LIGUE - Semifinals
-Wed Feb 3
Toulouse 1-2 Marseille
-Wed Feb 17
Lorient v Bordeaux


Bayern Munich has signed centerback Daniel van Buyten to a new contract.


COPPA ITALIA - Semifinals
1st Leg
-Wed Feb 3
Inter 1-0 Fiorentina
-Thu Feb 4
Roma 2-0 Udinese
-Sun Feb 14
Udinese v Roma (0-2)
-Wed Apr 14
Inter v Fiorentina (0-1)


The Preliminary (Llave) Round is into the 2nd Leg with 12 teams play home and away for the final 6 spots (Ganador) in the 8 groups.


Cruziero & Juan Aurich join Libertad in advancing to the Group Stage.


Llave Matches & Scores:
2nd Leg
-Tue Feb 2
Libertad 3-1 Tachira - Ganador 1 - Lib goals by Rodalfo Gamarra & Pedro Velazquez(2). Tac goal by Pedro Boada. - Lib advance 3-2 on aggregate.
-Wed Feb 3
Estudiantes Tecos 1-2 Juan Aurich - Ganador 2 - Est goal by Fredy Bareiro. JA goals by Luis Tejada & Ricardo Ciciliano. - JA advance 4-1 on aggregate.
Cruzeiro 7-0 Real Potosi - Ganador 4 - Cru goals by Wellington Paulista, Thiago, Kleber, Jonathan, Eliandro, Bernardo & Joffre Guerron. - Cru advance 8-1 on aggregate.
-Thu Feb 4
Racing Club v Junior (2-2) - Ganador 6
-Tue Feb 09
Universidad Catolica v Colon (2-3) - Ganador 3
-Wed Feb 10
Emelec v Newell's Old Boys (0-0) - Ganador 5


The Group Stage begins on Tue Feb 9.


Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune looks at how the soccer world is trying to send help to Haiti.


I am going to London! On football related business no less. Now we're talkin'. It's my second favorite city in the world, behind Detroit. And you might think I am kidding about that, but I am not.


Blogger CACuzcatlan said...

Omar Gonzales of the LA Galaxy was the rookie of the year. Not Christ Pontious

6:29 PM  
Blogger CACuzcatlan said...

^^ Oops, spelling error.

6:29 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

my bad
of course he was - even i know that!
thanks CACuzcatlan

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Sam said...

when are you going to London? I'm making my first trip March 13-21. Going to take in fulham vs. man city too.

12:13 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

london feb 23-26
banbury 26-28

6:34 PM  

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