Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Some News for Tue Mar 30, 2010

STARTERS

MLS Cup 2010 in Toronto at BMO Field on Sun Nov 21. See you there!
-Daniel Girard of the Toronto Sun reports that the new grass has been laid at BMO Field, and the MLS Cup Final game will follow in November.

The voice of the Seattle Sounders Arlo White gives us a great story about his first day on the job. Fantastic stuff here. From the Sounders official website.

dN

Our Friend in Futbol (and Ultimate Fighting) Beau Dure has left USA Today. We are looking forward to seeing what he does next.
-And what is USA Today doing?

dN

If you are serious fan of the USA national team, then you should take this survey from the US federation, and give them your honest feedback. It all helps, whether you think so or not.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Quarterfinals Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Tue Mar 30
Lyon v Bordeaux - Live at 1:30PM Central on Fox Soccer Channel.
Bayern Munich v Manchester United - Live at 1:30pm on DirectTV and delayed at 4PM Central on FSC.
-Wed Mar 31
Arsenal v Barcelona - Live at 1:30PM Central on Fox Soccer Channel.
Inter Milan v CSKA Moscow - Live at 1:30pm on DirectTV & Fox Soccer Plus and delayed at 4PM Central on FSC.

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

All 4 teams are from Mexico again this year.

Semifinals Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Tue Mar 30
Toluca v Pachuca - Live at 8:30PM on Fox Soccer Channel.
-Wed Mar 31
UNAM v Cruz Azul - Live at 8:30PM on Fox Soccer Channel.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

American striker Herculez Gomez who plays for Puebla in Mexico talk to Greg Seltzer of Soccer365: "There are two questions that I get the most. What are the differences in the leagues [Primera & MLS]? And then people in the States ask what it's like down here, and the people here ask what it's like to live in the States. The players down here are fascinated with MLS, fascinated with American culture. A lot of those guys would really like to test the waters in MLS." But.....
-Read the full article below in the Americans In Mexico section.

STORY OF THE DAY

MLS launches new website to coincide with new season. It turns into a giant belly flop. And the league apologizes. But what good is that?

WHY NOT!

Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer tells us why the MLS Cup was not placed at Red Bull Arena for this season<. MLS WEEK 2

Matches & Scores:
-Thu Apr 1
Houston Dynamo v Real Salt Lake - 8pm Central on ESPN2
LA Galaxy v Chivas USA - 10pm Central on ESPN2
-Sat Apr 3
Colorado Rapids v Chicago Fire - 4pm Central on TeleFutura
DC United v New England Revolution - 6:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Seattle Sounders v New York Red Bulls - 9:30pm Central on FSC

dN

6 teams are off this weekend! WHY????

MY THOUGHTS

Two more things from my weekend road trip to Kansas City that I forgot to mention yesterday:

1. I thought KC's new left winger Ryan Smith had himself a great debut. He was smooth, quick, direct and fearless. And he got himself a goal. I loved his performance.

2. On the way back north we stopped by the memorial to Buddy Holly, Richie Valens & The Big Bopper in Clear Lake Iowa where their plane crash and killed them and the pilot on Feb 3 1959.















MLS TEAM & PLAYER NEWS


Soccer America names their Three Stars of Week 1 in MLS. (Hey, where'd you get that idea? Hahahaha.)

dN

Nick Green of the Daily Breeze shows us the 4 youngsters who helped LA get their season started with a win on Saturday night.

dN

Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer on Joel Lindpere the Estonian midfielder who has already paid off for the Red Bulls.

dN

Goal.com on the arrival of an Indian player in MLS, and what it means in the bigger picture too. (thanks to BE for this one)

dN

Jeff Carlisle of Soccernet looks at the great game 1 for RSL's Javier Morales who was supposed to become a star last year, and it just never happened. Is his time now?

dN

The Salt Lake Tribune on Morales and RSL's huge road win.

MLS STADIUM BUILDING

The Topeka Capital Journal is excited about the new stadium being built for Kansas City after a tour of the premises.
-I drove by the site on Saturday and was amazed at the spot they are shoehorning this stadium into. It right in the thick of things. Nice.

dN

Brian Strauss of FanHouse gives his impassioned impressions of attending a game at Red Bull Arena. Great read.

dN

Even the Village Voice checks out Red Bull Arena, and that is prit-near a miracle. The review is what you would expect from the Voice, snarky, but real.

MLS RUMORS

Sadly we won't get to see Jens Lehman's crazy antics in MLS. He has officially announced his retirement at the end of this current season.

dN

Pat Noonan to Seattle?

MLS EXPANSION

Nigel Reed of the CBC raves about the Vancouver Whitecaps new CEO Paul Barber.

USL NEWS

The Top 25 USL First Division players of the past Decade:

Finally a member of my beloved Minnesota Thunder makes the list, and at #2 no doubt!

#2 - Johnny Menyongar

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USA U20 TEAM

Yanks Abroad talks to coach Thomas Rongen as the USA tries to real in another big time prospect with dual citizenship - Michael Hoyos who is starting for Estudiantes in Argentina at age 18. Let's hope Rongen has more luck with this one than Neven Subotic.

dN

The team is playing in the prestigious Dallas Cup tournament.

Group Stage Matches & Scores:
-Sun Mar 28
USA 0-1 Mexico - Mex goal by Taufic Guarch.
-Mon Mar 29
USA 1-0 Vancouver Whitecaps - USA goal by Moises Orozco.
-Wed Mar 31
USA v Eintrecht Frankfurt

AMERICANS IN EUROPE

Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

SCOTLAND - Premier League
DaMarcus Beasley - Rangers - Tue Mar 30 at St Johnstone
Maurice Edu - Rangers - Tue Mar 30 at St Johnstone

AMERICANS IN MEXICO

Greg Seltzer talks to Herculez Gomez about his goal explosion at Puebla.

ENGLAND

A couple of weeks ago we linked to a very positive article about former England coach Steve McClaren by Gabriele Marcotti in the Wall St Journal. Today we have a counter argument type article from When Saturday Comes.
-Yes McClaren has had very good success in the Netherlands, but the English are still not excited about giving him another chance.

dN

Top Goal Scorers in the Premier League:
26 Wayne Rooney - Manchester United
24 Didier Drogba - Chelsea
20 Darren Bent - Sunderland
19 Carlos Tevez - Manchester City
18 Fernando Torres - Liverpool
17 Jermain Defoe - Tottenham
17 Frank Lampard - Chelsea

SPAIN

Top Goal Scorers in La Liga:
25 Lionel Messi - Barcelona
23 Gonzalo HiguaĆ­n - Real Madrid
18 David Villa - Valencia
17 Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid
15 Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Barcelona
15 Diego Forlan - Atletico Madrid

FRANCE

Top Goal Scorers in Ligue 1:
15 Mamadou Niang - Marseille
13 Anderson Luiz de Carvalho Nene - Monaco
12 Asamoah - Rennes
12 Lisandro Lopez - Lyon
12 Mevlut Erding - Paris St Germain
12 Kevin Gameiro - Lorient
12 Gervinho - Lille

GERMANY

Top Goal Scorers in the Bundesliga:
17 Kevin Kuranyi - Schalke
16 Stefan Kiessling - Bayer Leverkusen
16 Edin Dzeko - Wolfsburg
15 Lucas Barrios - Borussia Dortmund
12 Claudio Pizarro - Werder Bremen
12 Eren Derdiyok - Bayer Leverkusen
12 Albert Bunjaku - Nurnberg

ITALY

Top Goal Scorers in Serie A:
21 Antonio Di Natale - Udinese
18 Alberto Diego Milito - Inter
15 Alberto Gilardino - Fiorentina
13 Giampaolo Pazzini - Sampdoria
13 Fabrizio Miccoli - Palermo
12 Paulo Vito Barreto - Bari
12 Pato - Milan
12 Alessandro Matri - Cagliari

EUROPE

Gabriele Marcotti of the Wall St Journal gives us the inside scoop on the very successful year going on for Benfica in Portugal.

ARGENTINA

I guess even his own dogs are not fond of his coaching style - Maradona was bitten in the face by one of his dogs last night and had to get stitches to seal up the wounds. Ouch!

COPA LIBERTADORES

Sao Paulo & Alianza Lima have advanced to the knock out stages.

dN

Blooming & Nacional of Paraguay have been eliminated.

dN

GROUP STAGE (runs through to Apr 22) - This Weeks Matches & Scores:
-Tue Mar 30
Juan Aurich v Estudiantes
Libertad v Lanus
-Wed Mar 31
Monterrey v Sao Paulo
Internacional v Cerro
Morelia v Banfield
Cruzeiro v Velez Sarsfield

dN

Standings (6 Rounds):

Grupo 1 (3 played)
7 Corinthians (Brazil)
7 Racing Club (Uruguay) (4 played)
3 Independiente Medellin (Colombia) (4 played)
1 Cerro Porteno (Paraguay)

Grupo 2 (4 played)
ADV-9 Sao Paulo (Brazil)
8 Once Caldas (Colombia)
2 Monterrey (Mexico)
OUT-0 Nacional (Paraguay)

Grupo 3 (4 played)
ADV-12 Alianza Lima (Peru)
7 Estudiantes de la Plata (Argentina)
3 Juan Aurich (Peru)
1 Bolivar (Bolivia)

Grupo 4 (4 played)
8 Libertad (Paraguay)
8 Universitario (Peru)
6 Lanus (Argentina)
OUT - 0 Blooming (Bolivia)

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

Grupo 6 (4 played)
10 Banfield (Argentina)
5 Nacional (Uruguay)
4 Morelia (Mexico)
3 Cuenca (Ecudador)

Grupo 7 (4 played)
10 Velez Sarsfield (Argentina)
7 Cruzeiro (Brazil)
4 Colo Colo (Chile)
1 Italia (Venezuela)

Grupo 8 (3 played)
7 Universidad Chile (Chile)
6 Flamengo (Brazil)
3 Universidad Catolica (Chile) (4 played)
2 Caracas FC (Venezuela) (4 played)

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being of hispanic origin and a Dynamo fan, I have no problem with the Burrito Grande nickname given Landin. I don't see it as racist, merely descriptive given his country of origin. I find it a humorous nickname. Some people are just overly sensitive.

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