Friday, May 07, 2010

Some News for Fri May 7, 2010


I am soooooooooo jealous of everyone going to South Africa next month! I hope you have the time of your life! I have no doubt it will be memorable.


Impact du Montreal are now officially team #19 in Major League Soccer. Excellent! Too bad they speak that silly language though!


This is it for the English Premier League, German Bundesliga and Portuguese Liga.


Top Premier League Team Standings (37 of 38 games played)
83 Chelsea - (GD +63) - Final: Sun May 9 v Wigan
82 Manchester United - (GD +54) - Final: Sun May 9 v Stoke


Top Bundesliga Team Standings (33 of 34 games played)
67 Bayern Munich - (GD +39) - Final: Sat May 8 at Hertha Berlin
64 Schalke - (GD +22) - Final: Sat May 8 at Mainz


Top Liga Team Standings (29 of 30 games played)
73 Benfica - (GD +57) - Final: Sun May 9 v Rio Ave
70 Braga - (GD +28) - Final: Sun May 9 at Nacional de Madeira


Top Primera Division Team Standings (36 of 38 games played)
93 Barcelona - Next: Sat May 8 at Sevilla - Final: Sun May 16 v Valladolid
92 Real Madrid - Next: Sat May 8 v Athletic Bilbao - Final: Sun May 16 at Malaga


Top Serie A Team Standings (36 of 38 games played)
76 Inter - Next: Sun May 9 v Chievo - Final: Sun May 16 at Siena
74 Roma - Next: Sun May 9 v Cagliari - Final: Sun May 16 at Chievo


This weekend Chivas USA is saluting the American armed forces by wearing a special "camouflage" jersey. Here is a pic of Jesus Padilla modeling it:

I have to admit that its a bit odd looking. I was hoping for something more like this:


Here are the 28 players that I think will be called in to the USA pre-World Cup training camp:
(3) - G
Brad Guzan
Marcus Hahnemann
Tim Howard
(9) - D
Carlos Bocanegra
Jonathan Bornsten
Steve Cherundolo
Jay DeMerit
Clarence Goodson
Oguchi Onyewu
Heath Pearce
Jonathan Spector
Frankie Hejduk
(10) - M
DaMarcus Beasley
Alejandro Bedoya
Michael Bradley
Ricardo Clark
Clint Dempsey
Landon Donovan
Maurice Edu
Benny Feilhaber
Stuart Holden
Jose Torres
(6) - F
Jozy Altidore
Edson Buddle
Conor Casey
Brian Ching
Charlie Davies
Eddie Johnson

The official list will be released on Tue May 11.


Jonny Bornstein is going to throw out the first pitch at the LA Dodgers game on Sunday! Oh yeah! Hooray Dodger Dogs!


High quality soccer journalists Brent Latham and Noah Davis have combined forces, along with other writers, to start the new blog The USA 10 Kit. Another daily must read to add to your list!


7 games this weekend.

Matches & Scores:
-Sat May 8
Seattle Sounders FC v Los Angeles Galaxy - 3PM Central on TeleFutura
Venue: Qwest Field - Seattle WA
Toronto FC v Chicago Fire - 3PM Central on Direct Kick
Venue: BMO Field - Toronto ON
Columbus Crew v New England Revolution - 6PM Central on FSC
Venue: Crew Stadium - Columbus OH
Real Salt Lake v Philadelphia Union - 8PM Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium - Sandy UT
FC Dallas v DC United - 8PM Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Pizza Hut Park - Frisco TX
San Jose Earthquakes v New York Red Bulls - 9PM Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium - Santa Clara CA
Chivas USA v Houston Dynamo - 9:30PM Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Home Depot Center - Carson Ca


The Associated Press with an article on the possible influx of big money players this summer. Via CBS Sports.


Matches & Scores:
-Sat May 8
Montreal Impact v NSC Minnesota Stars
Rochester Rhinos v AC St Louis
Vancouver Whitecaps v Crystal Palace Baltimore
Tampa Bay Rowdies v Austin Aztex
Miami FC Blues v Carolina RailHawks


Standings (As of Sun May 2):
10 Portland - 4 played
9 Austin - 4 played
8 Rochester - 5 played
7 Vancouver - 4 played
6 Puerto Rico - 3 played
6 Minnesota - 6 played
4 Carolina - 3 played
4 Tampa Bay - 3 played
4 Montreal - 3 played
3 Miami - 3 played
3 St Louis - 4 played
0 Baltimore - 3 played


Steve Davis of Sports Illustrated looks at who he thinks will be on the list announced next Tuesday for the 26-28 player training camp.


Yanks Abroad talks to Charlies Davies about the recent rumors on his recovery etc etc. Nothing new here though.


Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

NETHERLANDS - Nacompetitie
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - 2nd Leg Sun May 9 at Sparta Rotterdam leading 2-1.
*An 8 team playoff for 2 promotion spots in the top flight between #2-#7 in the Erste and #16 & #17 in the Ere Divisions.


CONCACAF International Friendly Matches & Scores:
-Fri May 7
Mexico 0-0 Ecuador - in East Rutherford NJ
-Mon May 10
Mexico v Senegal - in Chicago
-Thu May 13
Mexico v Angola - in Houston


Clausura 2010 playoffs.

Matches & Scores - Quarterfinals:
2nd Leg
-Sat May 8
Monterrey v Pachuca
Guadalajara v Morelia
-Sun May 9
Toluca v America
UNAM v Santos Laguna


Laguilla Bracket:
Monterrey v Pachuca
UNAM v Santos Laguna
- - - - -
Guadalajara v Morelia
Toluca v America


Newcastle & West Bromich Albion have been promoted back up from the Championship.
-And 4 more teams will playoff for the last promotion spot:
Semifinal Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Sat May 8
Blackpool v Nottingham Forest
-Sun May 9
Leicester City v Cardiff City
2nd Leg
-Tue May 11
Nottingham Forest v Blackpool
-Wed May 12
Cardiff City v Leicester City


With only 2 games left on the schedule no one has been officially relegated yet.

Teams #12-20 are all possible for La Liga relegation with now just 2 rounds left to play (42 points is the line right now) - 3 go down:
41 Espanyol
41 Almeria
40 Real Zaragoza
39 Sporting Gijon
36 Racing Santander
36 Malaga
- - - - -
35 Tenerife
33 Valladolid
30 Xerez


The struggle against relegation will see 3 teams fail (bottom 2 go down automatically, and 3rd from bottom plays 3rd from top in B2 in a 2 legged playoff) (32 is the safety number) - with 1 game left to play:
30 Hannover
- - - - -
28 Nurnberg
- - - - -
28 Bochum
OUT-24 Hertha Berlin


Relegation from Serie A happens to the bottom 3 teams (42 is the lucky number) - there are 2 games left to be played:
41 Catania
40 Lazio
40 Bologna
- - - - -
35 Atalanta
OUT-30 Siena
OUT-29 Livorno


Top Primera Division Team Standings (17 of 19 games played)
36 Estudiantes la Plata - Next: Sun May 9 v Rosario Central - Final: Sun May 16 at Colon de Santa Fe
35 Argentinos Juniors - Next: Sun May 9 v Independiente - Final: Sun May 16 at Huracan
31 Godoy Cruz - Next: Mon May 10 v Colon de Sante Fe - Final: Sun May 16 at Arsenal de Sarandi
31 Independiente - Next: Sun May 9 at Argenintos Juniors - Final: Sun May 16 v Lanus


Top goal scorers:
10 Mauro Boselli - Estudiantes
10 Martin Palermo - Boca Juniors
9 Ismael Sosa - Argentinos Juniors
9 Carlos Luna - Tigre
8 Marcos Perez - Gimnasia
8 Ruben Ramírez - Banfield


The Round of 16 is over and Q-finals begin next Wednesday.


Matches & Scores - Round of 16:
2nd Leg
-Tue May 4
Velez Sarsfield 2-3 Guadalajara - Gua advance 3-2 on aggregate - VS goals by Santiago Silva & Rolando Zarate.
Sao Paulo 0-0 Universitario Deportes - series ends tied scoreless - SP advances 3-1 in a Penalty Kick Shootout.
-Wed May 5
Estudiantes de la Plata 3-1 San Luis - Est advance 4-1 on aggregate - Est goals by Leandro Gonzalez & Leandro Benitez(2). SL goal by Diego de la Torre.
Corinthians 2-1 Flamengo - series ends tied 2-2 - Fla advance on away goals tie breaker - Cor goals by David(OG) & Ronaldo. Fla goal by Vagner Love.
Nacional 0-3 Cruzeiro - Cru advance 6-1 on aggregate - Cru goals by Thiago, Diego Renan & Gilberto.
-Thu May 6
Internacional 2-0 Banfield - series ends tied 3-3 - Int advance on the away goals tie breaker - Int goals by Alecsandro & Walter.
Universidad de Chile 2-2 9 Alianza Lima - AL advance 3-2 on aggregate - UdC goals by Eduardo Vargas & Felipe Seymour. AL goals both by Jose Fernandez.
Libertad 2-1 12 Once Caldas - Lib advance 2-1 on aggregate - Lib goal both by Roberto Gamarra(1 via PK) - OC goal by Dayro Moreno.

Away goals is the tie breaker.


Matches & Scores - Quarterfinals:
1st Leg
-Wed May 12
13 Guadalajara v 5 Libertad
10 Cruzeiro v 2 Sao Paulo
6 Internacional v 3 Estudiantes de la Plata
-Thu May 13
16 Flamengo v 8 Universidad de Chile
2nd Leg
-Dates TBA
5 Libertad v 13 Guadalajara
2 Sao Paulo v 10 Cruzeiro
3 Estudiantes de la Plata v 6 Internacional
8 Universidad de Chile v 16 Flamengo


Here is the full Knockout Stage Bracket:
16 Flamengo
9 Universidad de Chile
- - - - -
5 Libertad
13 Guadalajara

- - - - -

3 Estudiantes de la Plata
6 Internacional
- - - - -
10 Cruzeiro
2 Sao Paulo


Its the Gaza World Cup, read all about it.

-Sat May 8
Q1 - Russia v Ireland
Q2 - France v Serbia
-Sun May 9
Q3 - Italy v Germany
Q4 - Jordan v Egypt

-Wed May 12
Q1 v Q2
Q3 v Q4

-Sat May 15
Semifinal Winners


"If they don't like it, tell 'em to eat paste!"


Blogger geoffersen said...

That Chivas "camouflage" shirt just looks like it got some ketchup splattered on it. I was going to reference the more popular condiment, but I didn't want to stir the salsa.

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey du nord,

hate to be picky, but alianza lima did not advance. universidad de chile did. that is all :)


10:42 AM  
Blogger Colin said...

You think Casey and EJ will get called into camp but not Gomez? Pretty sad if that's the way it in fact plays out.

12:22 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

thanks for the heads up on Universidad de Chile

i was correcting it, then i saw your post as well

always appreciate the helping hand

10:42 AM  
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