Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Some News for Wed Apr 14, 2010


Yura Movisyan scored his first 2 goals for Randers today, and Chris Rolfe scored his first ever goal for Aalborg and they were both game winners. (thanks to our great readers for the correction on Movsisyan.)


I am baffled by all the talk of wealthy Manchester United fans banding together to make a bid to buy the team - I had not heard that the team was for sale. Now back before the Glazer family bought the team and took it private the team was being traded on the stock market where anyone with the money could buy it, but now? Sounds like a fools mission to me!


Need more proof that AC Milan is bringing the B-Squad to America after their current season ends for some friendly's? They will take on Montreal on June 2.
-Montreal will also take on a version of Fiorentina on May 23.


Marsielle win again in France and widen their shocking league lead to 5 points while Bordeaux lost again to drop even further off the pace with 6 games left to go.


And don't forget to supports our new sponsor - top left column - Horny Goat Weed! A completely useless product with a very funny name.


-Wed Apr 14
Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal - not only the big North London derby, but #3 v #5, with Arsenal losing out on another chance to steal some glory this season.


And coming up this weekend - the Manchester derby at Man City.


A Philly fan on Jonathan Tannenwald's blog The Goalkeeer comments on Union keeper Chris Seitz: "Customarily, one does not expect one's goaltender to panic and drop the ball when confronted by an opposing forward. In fairness, such failure to come through under pressure does place Seitz solidly within the Philadelphia sporting tradition."


Upgrade at Toyota Park in suburban Chicago for public transit riders - "A Pace suburban bus transportation hub is expected to open at Toyota Park this month." See the full article in the MLS Stadium Building section below.


TFC's BMO Field will be making its debut with real grass on Thursday night!!!!! Hooray Bluegrass! The local papers all have stories on this great occasion:
-Toronto Sun
-Toronto Star
-Toronto Globe & Mail


I don't get it - why is the MLS's own website running rumor stories?? Like this one on former French star Robert Pires.
-And if some team in MLS is serious about signing this player, I hope they don't give him Designated Player money. He is very old and fragile, and hardly plays for Villarreal these days (12 of 32 games this season). Don't get me wrong, I like him, but didn't the league learn their lesson with Claudio Reyna?


Chivas full back Ante Jazic was subbed out of their game last Saturday due to a knee injury that turns out to be a sprained medial collateral ligament. He wil be out up to 2 months.


Charlie Corr of ESPN Chicago with an article on injured Fire defensive stopper Logan Pause.


How did I see the 16 teams stack up in Week 3:

1 LA - road win, shut out over good team
2 San Jose - road win, no longer winless
3 New E - home win, comeback with 4 goals
4 Chivas - home win, shut out solid team
5 KC - home win, shut out ok team
6 Phila - home win, but gave up 2
7 Columbus - road draw, but game up lead
8 Seattle - road draw, but game up lead twice
9 Salt Lake - home draw, comeback twice
10 Dallas - home draw, comeback
11 Colorado - road loss, only gave up 1
12 DC - road loss, 2 scored but 3 given up
13 TFC - road loss big but took lead initially
14 Chicago - home loss to winless team, scored 1
15 Houston - home loss, shut out by good team
16 NY - road loss to winless team, shut out


Jeff Carlisle of ESPN Soccernet looks at the annual right of passage - quality first year players having an impact for New England.


Center Line Soccer reports on San Jose training this week before an Open Cup game against Salt Lake tonight, and hosting New England in a league game on Saturday.


Center Line Soccer also talks to Scott Sealy about his return to San Jose.


Steven Sandor of the Toronto Sun on new Philadelphia centerback Cristian Arrieta. So how did Toronto not go after a guy like this?
-Sandor calls Arietta "hands-down the best defender in the United Soccer Leagues over the past couple of seasons." How would Sandor know that? I highly doubt he has scouted enough defenders in the USL to make such a statement.


Marc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer with more on the non-call that ended in Philly keeper Chris Seitz dropping a ball and DC's Jaime Moreno scoring a goal.
-Referee's have stated after that game that Moreno should have been called for an obstruction foul.


Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times talks to Sounders midfielder Brad Evans about his lousy game last weekend - he blames himself for both Salt Lake goals.


Mayers also does a quick Q & A with Seattle's Freddie Ljungberg.


And Mayers talks to Sounders head man Sir Sigmund Schmidt.


San Jose has signed 17 year old Gambian midfielder Omar Jasseh. Our friendo in futbol Jay Hipps tells us that Jasseh can play wide on either side of midfield.


Manchester City has announced that they will make the USA a part of their preseason in late July.


Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports on the latest step toward a new stadium for the Dynamo, and it was an important one.


The Kansas City Star with an editorial on the Wizards and their new stadium.


The Chicago Tribune looks at the local impact of Toyota Park in suburban Bridgeview. What's in the near future?


New York is said to be finishing a deal to bring in left midfielder Brian Nielsen from Vejle in Denmark.


The Red Bulls other player of interest, English forward Luke Rogers, will apparently not be coming to America any time soon, as his work visa was denied due to an assault conviction on his record.


Soccer 365 with rumors on Robert Pires, Edrissa Jarra, Herculez Gomez, Danny Cepero and more.


MLS - Play-In Rounds:

Colorado advances to the Bracket 1 final with a win over Kansas City.
-Former Wizards midfielder Claudio Lopez set up the winning goal for his new team Ah, sweet revenge!

San Jose & Salt Lake meet in Bracket 2 on Wed night.

Bracket 1 (1 team will advance)
-Wed Apr 13
Kansas City Wizards 1-2 Colorado Rapids - KCW goal by Teal Bunbury. CR goals both by Wells Thompson.
Venue: Stanley H. Durwood Soccer Stadium - Kansas City MO
Attendance: 1,226
Match report by Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star.
-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 v Real Salt Lake
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium - Santa Clara CA
Match preview by Michael C Lewis of the Salt Lake Tribune.
-More notes from Lewis.
-And then even more notes from Lewis.
Match preview by Michael Black of the Deseret News.

-Wed Apr 28
DC United v FC Dallas
Venue: RFK Stadium - Washington DC
-Date TBA
DCU/FCD winner v SJE/RSL winner


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


Jen Chang of Sports Illustrated with a look at who could and should fill the forward spots on the roster.


Luis Bueno of Sports Illustrated wonders if Herluculez Gomez will be one of those forwards.


Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch talks to Frankie Hejduk about his desire to be on this USA team.
-I don't have Frankie in my 23, but he is on the short list for injury replacements.


Yura Movisyan and Chris Rolfe were both the big heroes in Denmark today!


So whats happened to DaMarcus Beasley that he can't get any playing time at Rangers now? I have heard nothing about an injury. But today he didn't even dress for the game.


Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

DENMARK - Superliga
Benny Feilhaber - AGF Aarhus - Wed Apr 14 - played the whole game and got a yellow card as they lost 1-0 at Midtjyllnad.
Yura Movsisyan - Randers - Wed Apr 14 - went the distance, scoring his teams first two goals as they won 1-3 at Silkeborg.
Chris Rolfe - AaB - Wed Apr 14 -started and played 86 minutes, scoring a goal as they won 1-0 at home over Odense.

ENGLAND - Premier League
Brad Friedel - Aston Villa - Wed Apr 14 - went the distance as they drew 2-2 at home against Everton.
Tim Howard - Everton - Wed Apr 14 - played the full 90, got a yellow card, and tied Aston Villa 2-2 on the road.

SCOTLAND - Premier League
Maurice Edu - Rangers - Wed Apr 14 - started and was subbed out in stoppage time of a scoreless tie at Dundee United.

SWEDEN - Allsvenskan Liga
Ryan Miller - Halmstad - Wed Apr 14 - went the distance as they won 0-1 at AIK.


Coming Up: (all possible players 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


Big mid-weeks games on Wed night with only 3 rounds left in the season before playoffs.

Edgar Castillo - UANL Tigres - Wed Apr 14 v Queretaro
Herculez Gomez - Pueblo - Wed Apr 14 at Atlas
Sammy Ochoa - Estudiantes Tecos - Wed Apr 14 at San Luis
Jose Torres - Pachuca - Wed Apr 14 at Cruz Azul
Marco Vidal - Indios Juarez - Wed Apr 14 v Guadalajara


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


Top La Liga Team Standings (31 of 38 games played)
80 Barcelona
77 Real Madrid
56 Valencia
51 Sevilla - 32 played
- - - - -
52 Mallorca - 32 played
48 Athletic Bilbao
46 Villarreal - 32 played


PSG & Monaco are on to the Coupe de France Final.

COUPE DE FRANCE - Semifinals
-Tue Apr 13
Monaco 1-0 Lens
-Wed Apr 14
Quevilly 0-1 Paris St Germain


After a season in which Bordeaux lead most of the way, they have fallen off the back of the truck, losing again today, while Marsielle wins again and sees them come out of nowhere to vault into a commanding lead!

Top Ligue 1 Team Standings (32 of 38 games played)
65 Marseille
60 Auxerre
58 Lyon
58 Montpellier
- - - - -
56 Bordeaux - 31 played
55 Lille


Inter has qualified for the Final for the 6th consecutive year.

COPPA ITALIA - Semifinals
2nd Leg
-Tue Apr 13
Fiorentina 0-1 Inter - Int advance 2-0 on aggregate.
-Wed Apr 21
Udinese v Roma (0-2)


River Plate has hired Angel Cappa as their new head coach. Cappa was last in charge of Huracan.


This is the penultimate week of the group stage!


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.

NOTE: Dedicated reader and friendo in futbol Jamesy points out that after last years Swine Flu mess ups both Guadalajara and San Luis were given spots in this years knock out stages. So only 14 spots are up for grabs.


Caracas joins 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 v Corinthians
Emelec v Internacional
Universidad Catolica v Flamengo
-Thu Apr 15
Blooming v Libertad
Lanus v Universitario
Colo Colo v Cruzeiro
Velez Sarsfield v Italia


Standings (6 Rounds):

Grupo 1 (4 played)
ADV-10 Corinthians (Brazil)
7 Racing Club (Uruguay)
6 Independiente Medellin (Colombia) (5 played)
1 Cerro Porteno (Paraguay) (5 played)

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 (4 played)
10 Deportivo Quito (Ecudador) (5 played)
8 Internacional (Brazil)
7 Cerro (Uruguay) (5 played)
OUT-0 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 (4 played)
ADV-11 Universidad Chile (Chile) (5 played)
7 Flamengo (Brazil)
3 Universidad Catolica (Chile)
OUT-2 Caracas FC (Venezuela) (5 played)


We just got this excellent looking book in the mail.

African Soccerscapes by Michigan State assistant history professor Peter Alegi.

It looks at how the beautiful game has been used to change many things in modern Africa and the rest of the World including colonization, race, class, gender, politics and personal freedoms.

The book is part of Ohio University Press's new series Africa in World History.

Buy it here.


Anonymous Seth said...

OM leading the French league is hardly shocking....finished a very close second last year, losing out to Bordeaux on the final day, and then added Lucho Gonzalez and Gabriel Heinze

This year, OM was very competitive in the toughest Champions League Group, won the Coupe de la Ligue, and has been in the Ligue 1 mix all year despite losing more talent to CAN than any other French team, and until recently having played 1-2 fewer matches than the rest of the league.

Why so shocked to see them on top?

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quick edit: Yura got his first goal for Randers a couple weeks back (a pk). Great stuff as always Bruce!

6:29 PM  
Anonymous joe the curmudgeon said...

Tracy Jordan, the character on 30 Rock, lost his Horny Goat Weed endorsement a few weeks ago. Poor guy.

8:02 PM  
Anonymous jamesey said...

I think only 14 spots are up for grabs in copa libertadores. Chivas and San Luis are getting free passes to the knock-out stages due to the swine flu fiasco last year. All the first place teams advance, plus the top 6 second place teams.

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks much for the book recommendation Bruce...gettin' a copy for my friend and host in Capetown.


9:33 PM  
Blogger geoffersen said...

Yura Movisyan isn't American; he's Armenian...similar, but different.

9:51 PM  
Blogger Loren C. Klein said...

The difference between Pires and Reyna is that even though crocked, Pires could play as an attacking midfielder and still score some goals. We were making similar gripes about Blanco when he was signed by Chicago, remember?

7:23 PM  

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