Some News or Fri Apr 16, 2010
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We are now finding out that the reason Maurice Edu left the Rangers game on Wednesday in 2nd half stoppage time is because of a calf muscle injury.
-They are saying that he is healthy enough to train today, and will be ready for Sunday's home game against Hearts.
I am really looking forward to the 2009 MLS Cup rematch with LA hosting Salt Lake on Saturday night!
One day after quitting as coach of Belgium, Dick Advocaat is reportedly going to be named head coach of Russia.
BIG CLUB MATCHES TODAY
-Fri Apr 16
Inter v Juventus - they simply don't like each other, and Inter are desperate to not let Roma run away with the title.
-Sat Apr 17
Manchester City v Manchester United - the Manchester derby and the game has real meaning beyond intercity hate too as both want end of season glory.
Tottenham v Chelsea - another London derby, and this one also have big time value in the standings.
Espanyol v Barcelona - the city of Barcelona derby.
Bordeaux v Lyon - both are desperately trying to keep pace with leaders Marsielle.
-Sun Apr 18
Lazio v Roma - the Rome derby
MLS WEEK 4
Matches & Scores:
-Thu Apr 15
Toronto FC 2-1 Philadelphia Union - TFC goals both by Dwayne DeRosario (1 via PK). PU goal by Jordan Harvey.
Match report by Ryan Wolstat the Toronto Sun.
Post game analysis by Steven Sandor the Sun.
Match report by Daniel Girard of the Toronto Star.
Match report by Paul Attfield of the Toronto Globe & Mail.
Post game analysis by Paul James of the Globe & Mail.
Match report from the Philadelphia Daily News.
Post game analysis by Jonathan Tannenwald of Philly.com.
-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.
MLS INJURY REPORT
Jose Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle updates us on Brian Ching's hamstring injury.
-He is supposedly ahead of his rehab schedule.
San Jose forward Cornell Glen and Salt Lake fullback Chris Wingert both left their Open Cup game on Wednesday with hamstring injuries.
Thursday night MLS action, as Toronto beats Philadelphia 2-1.
Goalkeeper Chris Seitz chokes away yet another goal for Philadelphia. Wow. I know his wall jumped and let a free kick through, but it was right at him and on the ground. Just belly flop on it dude! WTF?!?! What would Shep Messing think. Maybe we should ask him.
Where would TFC be without that generous trade they got from Houston last year handing them Dwayne De Rosario in exchange for a bag of stale chips? After 2 games he is the one guy on the field worth talking about for them. Well, maybe goalkeeper Seba Frei too, he's also skilled.
Damn DDR is great! Can't say that enough.
Preki almost cost his team a lot last night by starting so many players out of position. They finally got going when he moved them back to proper spots, like De Ro in the attacking midfield spot, De Guzman to defensive mid, and Dan Gargan to right back. Buy why waste subs like that?
-Preki is very funny to watch on the bench. He is a giant ball of emotions, mostly disgust. I would not want to be on his bad side.
-And his defense looked nearly as inept even with new faces. On the other hand, maybe they have guys with skills now who can gel with time. We shall see.
Philly is suffering from the same thing that almost all expansion teams suffer from - mentally inferior players costing them goals. 3 games, 2 defensive red cards, 3 goal keeper blunders, and 2 losses.
That young Colombian for PU Roger Torres appears to be the real deal. Love that player!
MLS TEAM & PLAYER NEWS
Glenn Davis on his blog The Soccer Hour reports that Houston has signed their old forward Joseph Ngwenya.
Daniel Girard of the Toronto Star talks to Julian de Guzman about differences in soccer cultures that he has experienced around the world.
John Marshall of the Associated Press on what a truly big deal it is back in India that Sunil Chhetri has signed with the Kansas city Wizards.
Buzz Carrick of 3rd Degree talks to Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman about the clubs search for a technical director.
Carrick is also gives us the lowdown from FCD training this week.
USSF DIVISION 2
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
SOCCER IN AMERICA
MediaPost with more on ESPN's production plans for the World Cup.
USA WORLD CUP 2010 SOUTH AFRICA
1 month from now thirty USA players will be training together at the Home Depot Center in preparation for the first game on June 12 against England.
Paul Kennedy of Soccer America sees 20 of the 23 USA roster spots are already being filled.
-I only see 18 of his people on the roster right now, because 2 of them, Onyewu & Holden, are returning from serious injury and neither has shown they will be healthy.
The Shin Guardian gives us some more insight into USA opponent Slovenia.
Every team has 1 round left to play now.
5 of 14 spots are set:
Libertad, Banfield, Corinthians, Universidad Chile & Alianza Lima have advanced to the knock out stages.
2 teams have already qualified for the knock out rounds after complications with the Swine Flu last season, giving Guadalajara & San Luis of Mexico spots in this years tournament.
Then the 8 Group winners advance, along with the 6 runners up with the best records.
Lanus join Cerro Porteno, 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 1-2 Libertad - Blo goal by Julio Hurtado. Lib goals by Adalberto Roman & Rodolfo Gamarra.
Lanus 0-0 Universitario
Colo Colo 1-1 Cruzeiro - CC goal by Rodrigo Millar. Cruz goal by Thiago.
Velez Sarsfield 4-0 Italia - VS goals by Victor Zapata, Hernan Lopez(2, one via PK) & Emiliano Papa.
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)
11 Once Caldas (Colombia)
10 Sao Paulo (Brazil)
OUT-3 Monterrey (Mexico)
OUT-0 Nacional (Paraguay)
Grupo 3 (5 played)
ADV-15 Alianza Lima (Peru)
10 Estudiantes de la Plata (Argentina)
OUT-3 Juan Aurich (Peru)
OUT-1 Bolivar (Bolivia)
Grupo 4 (DONE)
ADV-12 Libertad (Paraguay)
10 Universitario (Peru)
OUT-8 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 (DONE)
ADV-13 Velez Sarsfield (Argentina)
11 Cruzeiro (Brazil)
OUT-8 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)