Monday, March 15, 2010

Some News for Mon Mar 15, 2010


Paul kennedy of Soccer America with a report, video included, on the end of David Beckman's World Cup dream. Playing for Milan this weekend he tore his left achilles tendon. He could miss the LA Galaxy season as well.


What is going on in Puebla?!?!?! Herculez Gomez scored very little in the last couple seasons in MLS, then leaves this winter for Mexico, and this weekend scored in his 5th straight game for The Sweet Potato Makers of Puebla! Wow-o-Wow-o-Wow. Could it be as simple as playing him as a striker instead of as an attacking midfielder?


The USA has announced their final World Cup preparation match against "Australia on June 5 in Roodepoort, South Africa, one week before playing its first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Kickoff at Ruimsig Stadium in suburban Johannesburg is set for 2:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2"


Contrary to earlier reports Guus Hiddink will NOT coach Ivory Coast at the World Cup.


I was looking for this for a few days now and finally found it:
-The Real Reason MLS Won’t Accept Free Agency - Written by Stan Chelney on his website Soccerlaw.


The current deal expired on Jan 31, 2010, but the two sides agreed to originally extend it until Feb 12, and a further 13 days to Feb 25. And now that Feb 25 has come and gone with no new deal being finished, we enter the Twilight Zone.


Steve Davis now writing for Sports Illustrated weighs the cost of a strike.


Richard Snowden at Soccer365 sees the players strike as almost inevitable now.


Lyon, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Arsenal as half of the Quarterfinals field is set.


Round of 16 2nd Leg Matches & Scores (with 1st Leg scores included):
-Tue Mar 16
Chelsea v Inter (1-2) - live at 2:30pm Central on FSC
Sevilla v CSKA Moscow (1-1) - delayed at 5pm Central on FSC
-Wed Mar 17
Barcelona v Stuttgart (1-1) - live at 2:30pm Central on FSC
Bordeaux v Olympiacos (1-0) - delayed at 5pm Central on FSC


Quarterfinals 2nd Leg Matches & Scores (with 1st Leg scores included):
-Tue Mar 16
Pachuca v Comunicaciones (1-1)
-Wed Mar 17
Toluca v Columbus Crew (2-2)
Cruz Azul v Arabe Unido (1-0)
-Thu Mar 18
UNAM Pumas v Marathon (0-2)

Away goals is the tiebreaker.


2010 MLS Season Preview Show - Fri Mar 19 at 7pm central on Fox Soccer Channel


Opening Weekend Schedule:

-Thu Mar 25
Seattle Sounders v Philadelphia Union - 8:30pm Central on ESPN2
-Fri Mar 26
Chivas USA v Colorado Rapids - 9:30pm Central on Direct Kick
-Sat Mar 27
Columbus Crew v Toronto FC - 3pm Central on Direct Kick
FC Dallas v Houston Dynamo - 3pm Central on Telefutura
New York Red Bulls v Chicago Fire - 6pm Central on ESPN
Kansas City Wizards v DC United - 7:30pm Central on Direct Kick
San Jose Earthquakes v Real Salt Lake - 8pm Central on FSC
LA Galaxy v New England Revolution - 10pm Central on FSC


Official Statement from LA Galaxy General Manager and Head Coach Bruce Arena regarding an injury suffered by midfielder David Beckham: “Injuries are an unfortunate part of our game and they are even more disappointing when they happen to a player who was so close to realizing his dream of representing his nation at this summer’s World Cup,” said Arena. “We will give David our complete support to make sure that he is able to get himself back to full health before he returns to the field. David remains an important player for the Galaxy and we look forward to welcoming him back to the club and assisting him in his recovery.”


The Columbus Dispatch wonders if the Crew have a trick up their sleeve with new forward signing Sergio Herrera.


Max Bergmann of the Huffington Post with an article on San Jose's partnership with Tottenham.


Gareth Wheeler of Slam Sports sizes up the bright sides of Toronto FC as the new season nears.


The Winnipeg Free Press in Canada examines the past, present and future of MLS amid the current strife.


Brian Lewis at the NY Post with an article on the opening of Red Bull Arena.


Press Trust of India reports that Kansas City is going to sign Dempo SC forward Sunil Chhetri of Dehli.


Is New York about to sign striker Ibrahim Salou from Danish club Velje (who were relegated at the end of last season)? He scored 3 goals last year. (thanks to TJ for the heads up)


Philadelphia not only lost 2-0 to Dallas on Sunday, but they also had 3 players get Red Cards - Alejandro Moreno, Danny Califf & Michael Orozco. What went down?


-Fri Mar 12
Tampa Bay Rowdies (USSF D2) 2-2 FC Dallas
-Sat Mar 13
Charlotte Eagles (USL2) 0-2 New England Revolution
-Sun Mar 14
Austin Aztex (USSF D2) 0-1 Houston Dynamo
Philadelphia Union 0-2 FC Dallas - in Tampa FL

-Sat Mar 13
Real Salt Lake 1-2 DC United
Charleston Battery (USL2) 0-0 Toronto FC
-Wed Mar 17
Charleston Battery (USL2) v Real Salt Lake
DC United v Toronto FC
-Sat Mar 20
Charleston Battery (USL2) v DC United
Real Salt Lake v Toronto FC

-Wed Mar 17
Duke (NCAA) v New England Revolution
-Sat Mar 20
FC Dallas v Columbus Crew - Pioneer Cup - to honor Lamar Hunt


The Everton website with a sendoff to Landon Donovan after their 2-2 draw at Birmingham, including lots of LD quotes. With some great photos too. Like this one:


The Sunday Mercury of Birmingham England with a feature story on Marcus Hahnemann.


Jozy Altidore's coach at Hull City, Phil Brown, has been fired.


Yura Movsisyan did himself no favors by getting a Red Card in the final moments of his 2nd game in Denmark.


Chris Rolfe made his debut in Denmark.


Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

DENMARK - Superliga
Yura Movsisyan - Randers - started but was Red Carded in the 90th minute of a 0-0 home draw with Nordsjaelland.
Chris Rolfe - AaB - came on as a sub in the 70th minute but lost 2-0 at Midtjylland.

ENGLAND - Premier League
Jozy Altidore - Hull City - started and played 83 minutes but lost 1-2 at home to Arsenal.
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - started and went 72 minutes but they lost bad 3-0 at Manchester United.
Landon Donovan - Everton - came on as a sub in the 67th minute as they drew 2-2 at Birmingham.
Brad Friedel - Aston Villa - played the whole game and drew 0-0 at Stoke City.
Marcus Hahnemann - Wolverhampton - went the full 90 and won 1-2 at Burnley.
Tim Howard - Everton - went the distance and drew 2-2 at Birmingham.
Jonathan Spector - West Ham - played the whole match but lost 4-1 at Chelsea.

ENGLAND - Championship League
Jay DeMerit - Watford - played the entire match but lost 0-1 at home to Peterborough.

ENGLAND - League One
Jon-Paul Pittman - Wycombe - came on in the dying seconds as they drew 2-2 at Oldham.

FRANCE - Ligue 1
Carlos Bocanegra - Rennes - went the distance and won 0-2 at Valenciennes.

GERMANY - Bundesliga
Michael Bradley - Monchengladbach - played the full game but lost 0-4 at home to Wolfsburg.
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover -
came on as a sub in the 55th minute as they won 2-1 at home over Eintracht Frankfurt.

GERMANY - 2 Bundesliga
David Yelldell - Koblenz - went the full 90 and got a 0-2 road win at Ahlen.

Greece - Super League
Eddie Johnson - Aris Thessalonika - came on as a sub in the 87th minute of a 2-0 home derby win over PAOK.

NETHERLANDS - Eerste Divisie
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - went the full 90 but lost at FC Eindhoven 3-2.

NORWAY - Eliteserien
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek - played the full 90 as they won 3-2 at Odd Grenland.
Hunter Freeman - Start - started and was subbed out in the 82nd minute as they won 2-0 at home over Sandefjord.
Clarence Goodson - Start - went the distance and they won 2-0 at home over Sandefjord.

PORTUGAL - Liga de Honra
Kamani Hill - Aves - came on as a sub in the 57th minute as they won 3-0 at home over Sporting Covilha.

SCOTLAND - Premier League
DaMarcus Beasley - Rangers - came on as a sub in the 85th minute as they drew 3-3 at home with Dundee United.
Maurice Edu - Rangers - came on as a sub in the 74th minute as as they drew 3-3 at home with Dundee United.

SWEDEN - Allsvenskan Liga
Ryan Miller - Halmstad - played the whole match as they drew 0-0 at home against Trelleborgs.


Coming Up: (all possible players are listed)

SWEDEN - Allsvenskan Liga
Alejandro Bedoya - Orebro - Mon Mar 15 v Atvidabergs


Edgar Castillo - UANL Tigres - went the distance but lost 0-1 at home to Atlas.
Herculez Gomez - Pueblo - came on as a sub in the 54th minute, scoring his teams goal, and drew 1-1 at home against Monterrey.
Jose Torres - Pachuca - played the whole 90 but lost 0-3 at home to Santos Laguna.
Marco Vidal - Indios Juarez - played the entire game but lost badly 4-1 at Estudiantes Tecos.


As if to reiterate just who is by far the most popular soccer team in the United States - Mexico has already sold over 55,000 tickets to a friendly in Charlotte NC against Iceland on Wed Mar 24.


International Friendly Matches & Scores:
-Mar 17
Mexico v North Korea in Torreon, Mexico
-Wed Mar 24
Mexico v Iceland in Charlotte NC
-Fri May 7
Mexico v Ecuador - in East Rutherford NJ
-Mon May 10
Mexico v Senegal - in Chicago
-Thu May 13
Mexico v Angola in Houston
-Mon May 24
Argentina v Canada
-Tue May 25
USA v Czech Republic in Hartford
-Thu May 27
Honduras v Azerbaijan
-Sat May 29
USA v Turkey in Philadelphia
-Wed Jun 2
Honduras v Belarus
-Sat Jun 5
USA v Australia in South Africa
Honduras v Romania


Luis Bueno at Sports Illustrated on the building of Mexico's World Cup roster.


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


Top Premier League Team Standings (30 of 38 games played)
66 Manchester United - Last: Sun Mar 14 W 3-0 v Fulham
64 Chelsea - 29 Played - Last: Sat Mar 13 W 4-1 v West Ham
64 Arsenal - Last: Sat Mar 13 W 1-2 at Hull
52 Tottenham - 29 Played - Last: Sat Mar 13 W 3-1 v Blackburn
50 Manchester City - 28 played - Last: Sun Mar 14 D 1-1 at Sunderland
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48 Liverpool - Next: Mon Mar 15 v Portsmouth
46 Aston Villa - 27 played - Last: Sat Mar 13 D 0-0 at Stoke City


Sid Lowe of the Guardian on the eccentric ways of Valladolid and the rest of the weekend in La Liga.


Phil Ball of ESPN Soccernet sees Sevilla v Coruna, then looks at what Real Madrid learned from losing to Lyon, and the rest of the weekend in La Liga.


Top La Liga Team Standings (26 of 38 games played)
65 Real Madrid - Last: Sun Mar 14 W 1-4 at Valladolid
65 Barcelona - Last: Sun Mar 14 W 3-0 v Valencia
47 Valencia - Last: Sun Mar 14 L 3-0 at Barcelona
44 Sevilla - Last: Sat Mar 13 D 1-1 v Deportivo La Coruna
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43 Mallorca - Last: Sat Mar 13 L 3-0 at Getafe
42 Deportivo La Coruna - Last: Sat Mar 13 D 1-1 at Seville
41 Athletic Bilbao - Last: Sun Mar 14 D 0-0 at Sporting Gijon


This could all get very interesting down the stretch as 6 teams are within 3 points of first place!


Top Ligue 1 Team Standings (28 of 38 games played)
53 Bordeaux - 27 played - Last: Sat Mar 13 D 0-0 at Monaco
53 Montpellier - Last: Sat Mar 13 D 1-1 v Auxerre
52 Auxerre - Last: Sat Mar 13 D 1-1 at Montpellier
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51 Lyon - Last: Sat Mar 13 D 1-1 v St Etienne
51 Lille - Last: Sun Mar 14 W 1-0 v Grenoble
50 Marseille - 27 played - Last: Sun Mar 14 D 1-1 at Toulouse


Top Bundesliga Team Standings (26 of 34 games played)
56 Bayern Munich - Last: Sat Mar 13 W 2-1 v Freiburg
54 Schalke - Last: Fri Mar 12 W 2-1 v Stuttgart
53 Bayer Leverkusen - Last: Sun Mar 14 W 4-2 v Hamburg
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45 Dortmund - Last: Sat Mar 13 W 1-4 at Bochum
43 Hamburg - Last: Sun Mar 14 L 4-2 at Bayer Leverkusen
42 Werder Bremen - Last: Sun Mar 14 W 0-1 at Hoffenheim


Paolo Bandini of the Guardian on the new race for the title in Serie between the Milan teams, and the rest of the weekend in Serie A.


Gazzetta describe Inter's disgraceful performance, and Milan's heroic rise.


Besides losing Beckham to a torn achilles, Milan has also lost centerback Alessandro Nesta for the season due to a torn thigh muscle tendon.


Top Serie A Team Standings (28 of 38 games played)
59 Inter - Last: Fri Mar 12 L 3-1 at Catania
58 Milan - Last: Sun Mar 14 W 1-0 v Chievo Verona
53 Roma - Last: Sun Mar 14 D 3-3 at Livorno
46 Palermo - Last: Sun Mar 14 L 3-2 at Udinese
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45 Juventus - Last: Sun Mar 14 D 3-3 v Siena
44 Sampdoria - Last: Sun Mar 14 D 1-1 at Bologna
42 Genoa - Last: Sun Mar 14 W 5-3 v Cagliari


GROUP STAGE (runs through to Apr 22) - This Weeks Matches & Scores:
-Tue Mar 16
Juan Aurich v Alianza
Banfield v Nacional
Morelia v Cuenca
Colo Colo v Velez Sarsfield
-Wed Mar 17
Cerro Porteno v Corinthians
Monterrey v Once Caldas
Caracas v Universidad Catolica
Universidad v Flamengo
-Thu Mar 18
Sao Paulo v Nacional
Independiente v Racing Club
Cerro v Internacional


Keepin' It Real uncovers video tape of replacement players being readied to step in at Real Salt Lake should the need arise.


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