Thursday, April 01, 2010

Some News for Thu Apr 1, 2010

STARTERS

MLS owners have opened their pocket books a little more today, but announcing that they will now allow every team to sign 2 Designated Players, and pay $250,000 to the league to obtain a 3rd DP! So how soon will we see more big money players, with only $335K of their unlimited salary counting against the Cap.
-This is the perfect time of year to enact this new policy with summer transfer window just 3 months away. Get that agent on the phone pronto!

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Thad Bell Photography with a great photo of the new MLS McDonalds Drive-Thru, I mean referee, uniforms. And then the boys night-time road construction shifts follow the match. (thanks to Kurt for this link)

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As of yesterday Once Caldas, Estudiantes la Plata, Sao Paulo and Alianza Lima have all advanced to the knock out stages of the Copa Libertadores. 12 more to follow in the coming weeks.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Quarterfinals Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Tue Mar 30
Lyon 3-1 Bordeaux - - Lyo goals by Lisandro Lopez(2 - 1 via PK) & Michel Bastos. Bor goal by Marouane Chamakh.
Bayern Munich v Manchester United - BM goals by Franck Ribery & Ivica Olic. MU goal by Wayne Rooney.
-Wed Mar 31
Arsenal 2-2 Barcelona - Ars goals by Theo Walcott & Cesc Fabregas(PK). Bar goals both by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Inter Milan 1-0 CSKA Moscow - IM goal by Diego Milito.

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After taking a dramatic penalty kick for Arsenal, captain Cesc Fabregas came up hobbling badly, and now it turns out that he has a crack in his right fibula! Insane! He could be out until mid-May.
-To make matters worse, forward Andrey Arshavin will miss several weeks as well with a strained calf muscle.

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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune swims through the thick air of Wednesday nights matches.

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Sid Lowe for the CBC describes the on-field seemingly multiple personalities of Barca's Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Semifinals Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Tue Mar 30
Toluca 1-1 Pachuca - Tol goal by Edgar Duenas. Pac goal by Dario Cvitanich.
-Wed Mar 31
UNAM Pumas 1-0 Cruz Azul - UP goal by Pablo Barrera.

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

MLS TEAM & PLAYER NEWS

Nick Green of the Daily Breeze looks at what tonight's SuperClasico match is all about for Chivas USA.
-And more on the game from his blog 100 Percent Soccer.

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Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle on the Dynamo's home opener tonight against the champs from Salt Lake.

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Marc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the latest player movement for the Union. Some out with others coming in.

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Charles Gooch of the Full 90 in Kansas City take in the Wizards training session on Wednesday and gives us a report.

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Jed Zayner of the Columbus Crew with a few words about his teams first game of the season. Via his own blog.

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Pat Noonan is officially a member of the Seattle Sounders.

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Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times with words from both Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller and general manager Adrian Hanauer on the new Designated Player rules.

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The Washington Post talk to DC owner Will Chang about the new DP rules, and the latest on DC stadium talk.

PETER NOWAK V FREDDIE LJUNGBERG

Is there any chance that Poland and Sweden could go to war over this?

The Delaware County Mail Times with all new trash talking quotes from Union coach Peter Nowak, where he suggests "badminton or curling or chess" to those people who want to avoid contact sports.

PODCASTS/VIDEOCASTS

Jared Montz has guest Geoff Cameron of the Houston Dynamo on his podcast this week.

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It's Called Soccer has an audio interview with Toronto FC captain Jim Brennan.

MLS/SUM BUSINESS

Paul James of the Toronto Globe & Mail on what hosting the MLS Cup means for Canada and Toronto FC owners Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.

MLS STADIUM BUILDING

The Kansas City Business Journal with an in-depth look at some of the contested and complex financing the new Wizards stadium needed to get built. (Hat tip to the Full 90 for this one.)

MLS RUMORS

Is Colorado about to sign Claudio Lopez who was released by Kansas City a few weeks ago?

MLS EXPANSION

Puerto Rico Islanders talking MLS??? Or was this another April Fools gag?

USL NEWS

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

#1 - Gabe Gervais

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USA U20 TEAM

The team has been eliminated from the prestigious Dallas Cup tournament after 2 of 3 games in the Group Stage.

A very disappointing performance again from one of our youth national teams.

Group Stage Matches & Scores:
-Sun Mar 28
USA 0-1 Mexico - Mex goal by Taufic Guarch.
Match report from Yanks Abroad.
-Mon Mar 29
USA 1-0 Vancouver Whitecaps - USA goal by Moises Orozco.
Match report from Yanks Abroad.
-Wed Mar 31
USA 0-1 Eintracht Frankfurt - EF goal by Cenk Tosun.
Match summary from US Soccer.

AMERICANS IN EUROPE

Soccer America reports on the return from injury for Benny Feilhaber, and the end of the season for Marcus Tracy, both at Aarhus in Denmark.

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Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

DENMARK - Superliga
Benny Feilhaber - AGF Aarhus - came on as a sub in th 69th minute to spark him team to a 0-4 road win at Esbjerg.

UEFA - Europa League Quarterfinals 1st Leg
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - went the full 90 as they won 2-1 at home over Wolfsburg.

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Coming Up: (all possible players are listed)

DENMARK - Superliga
Yura Movsisyan - Randers - Thu Apr 1 at Koge
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - Thu Apr 1 at Midtjylland
Chris Rolfe - AaB - Fri Apr 2 v Sonderjyske

DENMARK - 1st Division
Jamil Fearrington - Roskilde - Thu Apr 1 at Brabrand
Euan Holden - Vejle - Thu Apr 1 v Thisted

BIG PROBLEMS IN JAMAICA

The Jamaica Observer has been running multiple stories on serious infrastructure and financial problems with the Jamaican Football Federation:
-"Death Trap" - Cracks in National Stadium structure give Kingston mayor jitters
-City Engineer cites area of concern at Stadium
-Embattled JFF cuts staff, again
-JFF buys time - Diverts wage bill to bailiff to prevent seizure of assets
-Consultant says National Stadium safe
-Gov't contemplates new multi-purpose stadium

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE

Quarterfinal 1st Leg Matches & Scores:
-Thu Apr 1
Fulham 2-1 Wolfsburg - Ful goals by Bobby Zamora & Damien Duff. Wol goal by Alexander Madlung.
Benfica 2-1 Liverpool - Ben goals both on PKs by Oscar Cardozo. Liv goal by Daniel Agger.
Hamburg 2-1 Standard Liege - Ham goals by Mladen Petric(PK) & Ruud Van Nistelrooy. SL goal by Deiudonne & Mbokani.
Valencia 2-2 Atletico Madrid - Val goals by Manuel Fernandes & David Villa. AM goals by Diego Forlan & Antonio Lopez.

COPA LIBERTADORES

Once Caldas joins Estudiantes la Plata, Sao Paulo and Alianza Lima in advancing to the knock out stages.

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Monterrey and Italia of Venezuela join Juan Aurich, Bolivar, Blooming and Nacional of Paraguay in the eliminated pile.

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GROUP STAGE (runs through to Apr 22) - This Weeks Matches & Scores:
-Tue Mar 30
Juan Aurich 0-2 Estudiantes - Est goals by Gaston Fernandez & Rodrigo Brana.
Libertad 1-1 Lanus - Lib goal by Adalberto Roman. Lan goal by Maximiliano Velasquez.
-Wed Mar 31
Monterrey 0-0 Sao Paulo
Internacional 2-0 Cerro - Int goals by Walter Ibanez & Alecsandro.
Morelia 1-1 Banfield - Mor goal by Jared Borgetti. Ban goal by Maximiliano Laso.
Cruzeiro 3-0 Velez Sarsfield - Cru goals by Thiago & Kleber(2).
-Thu Apr 1
Once Caldas v Nacional
Corinthians v Cerro Porteno
Emelec v Quito

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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-10 Sao Paulo (Brazil) (5 played)
ADV-8 Once Caldas (Colombia)
OUT-3 Monterrey (Mexico) (5 played)
OUT-0 Nacional (Paraguay)

Grupo 3 (4 played)
ADV-12 Alianza Lima (Peru)
ADV-10 Estudiantes de la Plata (Argentina) (5 played)
OUT-3 Juan Aurich (Peru) (5 played)
OUT-1 Bolivar (Bolivia)

Grupo 4 (4 played)
9 Libertad (Paraguay) (5 played)
8 Universitario (Peru)
7 Lanus (Argentina) (5 played)
OUT - 0 Blooming (Bolivia)

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

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

Grupo 7 (4 played)
10 Velez Sarsfield (Argentina) (5 played)
10 Cruzeiro (Brazil) (5 played)
4 Colo Colo (Chile)
OUT-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)

ENDERS

Where are you going on your summer holiday? Me? Oh, why Camp du Nord of course! (thanks MO)

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