Thursday, April 15, 2010

Some News for Thu Apr 15, 2010


Dick Advocaat resigned today as head coach of Belgium. I forgot he even had that job.
-He has long been on my list of potential coaches for the USA.


Coming up this weekend - the Manchester derby at Man City. And the game has real meaning beyond intercity hate too.


Well well well. Looks like the LA Galaxy organization has gotten themselves into quite a pickle with one of their biggest supporters groups - the Angel City Brigade. Michael Gray from the ACB sent us info on giant hassles that the supporters have had with Chivas USA supporters Legion 1908 (everyone seems to have a problem with these guys), and the Galaxy FO has not been responsive to the trouble. Actually the Galaxy has punished their own fans for being in these situations. What is going on here??


Jen Chang of Sports Illustrated got me thinking about this topic again.

People are going all googly-eyed over the performances of Lionel Messi this season, and comparing him to Pele and Maradonna. But before he gets to that echelon, I think Messi should shot for this nearly impossible height - be as great as Ronaldo. Oh how quickly ye forget the modern greats. (And no I don't mean the guy who made his name at Man U and is now at Real Madrid.)

The guy who has 407 goals in 594 games for club & country, 2 World Cup trophies & 3 FIFA World Player of the Year awards!

The Real Ronaldo!

Ronaldo Phenomeno!

Messi should try to live up to these numbers:

From 1993-97 Ronaldo scored 88 goals in 97 games for Cruzeiro, PSV & Barcelona.

Then 132 in 195 for Inter & Real Madrid 97-07.

From 07 to the present - 21 goals in 40 games for Milan & Corinthians.

For Brazil 62 goals in 97 games.

He has been named FIFA World player of the year 3 times - 96, 97 & 02.

2 World Cup wining trophies - 94 & 02

All time World Cup leading goal scorer with 15.

Why have you already forgotten?


Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated with the story of Freddy Adu. From the new issue of the printed magazine.


Matches & Scores:
-Thu Apr 15
Toronto FC v Philadelphia Union - 6pm Central on ESPN2
Match preview from the Toronto Sun.
Match preview from
-Sat Apr 17
Seattle Sounders v Kansas City Wizards - 2pm Central on Direct Kick
Houston Dynamo v Chivas USA - 3pm Central on TeleFutura
DC United v Chicago Fire - 6:30pm Central on Direct Kick
New York Red Bulls v FC Dallas - 6:30pm Central on Direct Kick
San Jose Earthquakes v New England Revolution - 9pm Central on Direct Kick
Los Angeles Galaxy v Real Salt Lake - 9:30pm Central on FSC
-Sun Apr 18
Colorado Rapids v Toronto FC - 4pm Central on Direct Kick


Columbus Crew has the week off.


Shalrie Joseph will again be out of the New England line up this weekend with a strained right hip flexor.


LE Eisenmenger of the Examiner with some interesting stuff here - a full list of all the young players signed to Nike Project 40 and Generation Adidas developmental contracts since day one of the league, and then interviews about the program with 2 agents Mike Wheeler and Patrick McCabe.


Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports that the Red Bulls plan to add 2 Designated Players in the summer transfer window!
-Lewis talks to RB management team Erik Soler and Hans Backe about new signing, Danish outside midfielder, Brian Nielsen.
-Lewis then get's word that NY is still expecting to sign English forward Luke Rogers, who were were told yesterday was turned down for a work visa because of a criminal record.
-And finally, Lewis talks to Backe who says that his team will win MLS Cup in 2011.


The Toronto Sun feels that some TFC fans are getting mighty restless with their teams ineptitude.


Richard Farley of MLS Talk chats with long time soccer writer Michael Lewis from New York. Lewis has seen more than most of us every had, and that doesn't not mean he is old, its means he is good & experienced (a trait few in American soccer possess). Download or listen here.


And the great Buzz Carrick of 3rd Degree joins Mark, Nat & Dave on this weeks episode of Seeing Red. Download or listen here.


And still no new Waiting for Gaetjens. It's been over a month guys!


MLS - Play-In Rounds:

Salt Lake won in San Jose to advance in Bracket 2 on Wed night.

Bracket 1 (1 team will advance)
-Tue Apr 27
New York Red Bulls v Philadelphia Union
Venue: Red Bull Arena - Harrison NJ
-Wed May 12
NYRB/PU Winner v New England Revolution
-Date TBA
NYRB/PU/NER Winner v Colorado Rapids

Bracket 2 (1 team will advance)
-Thu Apr 14
San Jose Earthquakes 3-3 Real Salt Lake - game ended tied at 2-2, then 3-3 after Extra Time, and finally RSL won it 4-3 in a Penalty Kick Shoot Out - SJE goals by Chris Leitch, Arturo Alvarez & Justin Morrow. RSL goals by Robbie Findley, Nelson Gonzalez & Nat Borchers.
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium - Santa Clara CA
Attendance: 2,718
-Wed Apr 28
DC United v FC Dallas
Venue: RFK Stadium - Washington DC
-Date TBA
DCU/FCD winner v Real Salt Lake

All the best Open Cup info can be found right here at The Cup.


Matches & Scores:
-Fri Apr 16
Crystal Palace Baltimore v Tampa Bay Rowdies
Carolina RailHawks v NSC Minnesota Stars
-Sat Apr 17
Portland Timbers v Rochester Rhinos
AC St Louis v Austin Aztex
Miami FC Blues v Vancouver Whitecaps


"ESPN execs would not put a dollar figure on how much it has spent on its World Cup preparation. But it is more than the network has spent on any other event."
-Tripp Mickle of Street & Smith's Sports Business Daily talks to ESPN folks about World Cup viewing expectations.


Ronald Blum of the Associated Press talks to Landon Donovan about the make up of the USA team. LD advocates for Edson Buddle and Herc Gomez to get a shot at making the roster. Via the LA Times.
-LD would know the skills of those two guys as well as anyone, he has been teammates with both.


Arch Bell of Yanks Abroad talks to Maurice Edu about the USA, Oguchi Onyewu, playing centerback, Charlie Davies, and his club team Rangers.


As the team heads off to England and Italy for matches, US Soccer does a Q & A with head coach Wilmar Cabrera. (I accidentally wrote Valderrama first! Hahahahahaha!)

Matches & Scores:
-Tue Apr 20
USA v Manchester City
-Thu Apr 22
USA v Wigan

International Tournament of Gradisca (Italy)
-Sun Apr 25
USA v Mexico
-Mon Apr 26
USA v Romania
-Tue Apr 27
USA v Croatia
-Wed Apr 28
-Fri Apr 30

Wade Hamilton - Arsenal FC
Fernando Pina - Houston Dynamo
Kellyn Acosta - FC Dallas Juniors
Holden Fender - North Atlanta SA
Riggs Lennon - Sereno SC
Alessandro Mion - Miami FC Kendall
Marc Pelosi - De Anza Force
Nathan Smith - Cal Odyssey
Andrew Souders - Columbus Crew Academy
Joe Amon - South Carolina United
Matt Dunn - FC Koeln
Alejandro Guido - Aztecs FC Premier
Nico Melo - Florida Rush
Tarik Salkicic - Strictly Soccer
Nicko Corriveau - Bethesda SC
Kellen Gulley - MS Chicago Fire Juniors
Takuya Okada - Aztecs FC Premier
Andrew Oliver - Westside United
Esteban Rodriguez - LAFC Chelsea
Mario Rodriguez - Central Aztecs


Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

DENMARK - Superliga
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - Thu Apr 15 at Brondby

SWEDEN - Allsvenskan Liga
Alejandro Bedoya - Orebro - Thu Apr 15 at Brommopojkarna
Johan Smith - Kalmar - Thu Apr 15 at Mjallby

NORWAY - Eliteserien
Matthew Allen - Sandefjord - Thu Apr 15 v Valerange

Hunter Freeman - Start - Wed Apr 14 - went the full 90 in a 1-1 home draw with Odd Grenland.
Clarence Goodson - Start - Wed Apr 14 - also went the full 90 in a 1-1 home draw with Odd Grenland.


Herculez Gomez didn't get off the Pueblo bench but they won at Atlas.

Edgar Castillo is still out injured.


Jose Torres - Pachuca - started and went 84 minutes as they went to Cruz Azul and got a 2-2 tie.
Marco Vidal - Indios Juarez - went the full 90 as they pulled a huge upset beating Guadalajara 1-0 at home!


The only thing that changed in the standings after a full schedule of games yesterday, Wed Apr 14, is that Monterrey is now your #1 seed, as Chivas lost to Indios who at the time were the worst team in the league!

In the Mexican Primera Division the 2 top teams in each group plus the 2 team with the next best records make the playofs or Liguilla.

Clausura Standings after 15 of 17 Rounds:
Group 1
31 Guadalajara
26 Toluca
- - - - -
20 Atlas
18 Quertaro
12 Juarez Indios
11 San Luis

Group 2
32 Monterey
24 Morelia
- - - - -
*22 America
21 Pachuca
16 Puebla
15 Chiapas

Group 3
25 UNAM Pumas
25 Santos Laguna
- - - - -
*24 Cruz Azul
16 Atlante
16 Estudiantes Tecos
16 UANL Tigres


Premier League has been giving relegated clubs money for 2 years to ease their decent, and has now decided to extend that gratitude to 4 years. Wow. That is a lot of money, and lot of generosity.


Top Premier League Team Standings (34 of 38 games played)
77 Chelsea
73 Manchester United
71 Arsenal
62 Manchester City - 33 played
- - - - -
61 Tottenham - 33 Played
56 Liverpool
55 Aston Villa - 33 played


-Date TBA
Monaco v Paris St Germain


Every team has 1 round left to play now!


7 of 16 spots are set:
Universidad Chile join Corinthians, Once Caldas, Banfield, Estudiantes la Plata, Sao Paulo and Alianza Lima in advancing to the knock out stages.


Cerro Porteno joins Caracas, Emelec, Monterrey, Italia of Venezuela, Juan Aurich, Bolivar, Blooming and Nacional of Paraguay in the eliminated pile.


Just 3 weeks left in the Group Stage.


GROUP STAGE (runs through to Apr 22) - This Weeks Matches & Scores:
-Tue Apr 13
Quito 2-1 Cerro - Qui goals by Isaac Mina & Luis Checa. Cer goal by Claudio Dadomo(PK).
Caracas 1-3 Universidad - Car goal by Cesar Gonzalez. UC goals by Mauricio Victorino, Juan Manuel Olivera(PK) & Matias Rodriguez.
-Wed Apr 14
Racing Club 0-2 Corinthians - Cor goals by Dentinho & Elias.
Emelec 0-0 Internacional
Universidad Catolica 2-0 Flamengo - UC goals by Damian Diaz & Francisco Silva.
-Thu Apr 15
Blooming v Libertad
Lanus v Universitario
Colo Colo v Cruzeiro
Velez Sarsfield v Italia


Standings (6 Rounds):

Grupo 1 (5 played)
ADV-13 Corinthians (Brazil)
7 Racing Club (Uruguay)
6 Independiente Medellin (Colombia)
OUT - 1 Cerro Porteno (Paraguay)

Grupo 2 (5 played)
ADV-11 Once Caldas (Colombia)
ADV-10 Sao Paulo (Brazil)
OUT-3 Monterrey (Mexico)
OUT-0 Nacional (Paraguay)

Grupo 3 (5 played)
ADV-15 Alianza Lima (Peru)
ADV-10 Estudiantes de la Plata (Argentina)
OUT-3 Juan Aurich (Peru)
OUT-1 Bolivar (Bolivia)

Grupo 4 (5 played)
9 Libertad (Paraguay)
9 Universitario (Peru)
7 Lanus (Argentina)
OUT - 1 Blooming (Bolivia)

Grupo 5 (5 played)
10 Deportivo Quito (Ecudador)
9 Internacional (Brazil)
7 Cerro (Uruguay)
OUT-1 Emelec (Ecuador)

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

Grupo 7 (5 played)
10 Velez Sarsfield (Argentina)
10 Cruzeiro (Brazil)
7 Colo Colo (Chile)
OUT-1 Italia (Venezuela)

Grupo 8 (5 played)
ADV-11 Universidad Chile (Chile)
7 Flamengo (Brazil)
6 Universidad Catolica (Chile)
OUT-2 Caracas FC (Venezuela)


Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated does a Q & A with one of the stars of the last generation in SA - Shaun Bartlett.


Infamous film critic Roger Ebert has a great tribute to recently deceased Malcom McClaren, which includes script snippets from the never made Sex Pistols movie Who Killed Bambi? Great stuff here.


Blogger Zathras said...

I was just reflecting on how Messi looked to me so much like Ronaldo in the mid to late 90's. Absolutely a joy to watch both, and completely unstoppable. It is odd that he was forgotten, but I think it was partly because he disappeared for a number of years right in his prime and then came back as a tremendous, but no longer the absolutely dominant forward that he had been before the knee injuries. Let's hope that Messi avoids a similar fate.

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Anonymous Khaled Riyadh said...

Ye thats true. Messi has been a great threat to every team. I think he should come in all time worlds top 5 best players..

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