Monday, May 24, 2010

Some News for Mon May 24, 2010


After a hugely successful Spring season at Puebla in Mexico for Herculez Gomez, he has been snapped up by Pachuca. He will join his fellow American Jose Torres. Not bad!


Toluca are Mexican Clausura Champions! Hooray Dos Equis!


As you can read from the headline in Marca on Sunday, Jose Mourinho is headed to Real Madrid.

-Daniele De Rossi of Roma, Douglas Maicon of Inter and Steven Gerrard of Liverpool are reportedly all headed to Real Madrid as well.


Inter Milan have won the big European club championship for the first time since the back-to-back seasons of 63/64 and 64/65. Hooray Bruce!


Diego Milito was the hero of the game scoring both goals on brilliant moves that left defenders and goalkeeper baffled as to how to stop him. Glorious performance.


The Grand Finale!
-Sat May 22
Football Club Internazionale Milano 2-0 Fussball-Club Bayern Munchen - Int goals both by Diego Milito.
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu - Madrid, Spain


I only really need to see one article after the game:
Jonathan Wilson at Sports Illustrated on Inter's deserved win.

OK, two:
Gabriele Marcotti of The Times on the historical meanings of Inter's huge win.


The final was game #700 in an Inter uniform for Javier Zanetti! And after a season like this one, you get to cry!


7 of the 14 players Bayern used were German.

Only 1 of the 14 players Inter used was Italian.


Inter gives us photos from the big celebration on Sunday back in Milan.


The two teams were both hoping to win the coveted triple - that's the three main trophies in one season: League, League Cup and European Cup. Both have already won the first 2 but now is the one that achieved that huge goal.
*Serie A - won the league championship on Sun May 16.
*Coppa Italia - won the league Cup 1-0 over Roma on Wed May 5.
*Champions League - won the final 2-0 on Sat May 22 over Bayern Munich.
*Bundesliga - won the league championship on Sat May 8.
*DFB Pokal - won the league cup 4-0 over Werder Bremen on Sat May 15.
Champions League - lost in the final 0-2 on Sat May 22 to Inter Milan.


As was announced last week, Inter Milan will be in America as part of their pre-season training, with a game against Manchester City announced on Sat Jul 31 in Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium.

Now you can add to that Sat Aug 7 in Los Angeles at the Home Depot Center against the Galaxy. Hoooohooo.

And also a game against FC Dallas on Thu Aug 5 at Pizza Hut Park.
-Gee, first week of August.... the temp should only be about 104 that day!


It was revealed over the weekend that Carlos Bocanegra had hernia surgery on May 5. The procedure was done in Germany by the doctor who developed the less intrusive and quick recovery style repair.


Kelly Whiteside of the USA Today does an enlightening Q & A with Landon Donovan.
-Also in a side are gambling odds for who will win the World Cup. The USA is sitting at at typical 75-1. But I have to admit that I am surprised to see these 3 ahead our team:
Chile 60:1
Paraguay 60:1
Serbia 70:1
-Our group opponents are at:
England 7:1
Slovenia 275:1
Algeria 400:1


The Trentonian on the teams training at Princeton.
-The paper reports that the team will visit the White House on Thursday.


Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated says that Tuesday's game against the Czechs will be the only chance some guys will get to earn a roster spot. Who does Wahl think those 23 will be?


Wahl also hears from coach Bob Bradley on the importance of Princeton University on his life.


Steve Davis on his blog Daily Soccer Fix with a great article - the improbable rise of US candidate Herculez Gomez.


Jere Longman of the New York Times with the saga of the American goalkeeper in the English leagues.


Franco Panizo of Soccer By Ives on Steve Cherundolo and his leadership qualities.


Yanks Abroad with articles on 3 players:
-Herculez Gomez
-Brad Guzan
-Oguchi Onyewu


Brian Lewis of the NY Post with focus on the USA defensive corp.


Adam Spangler of This Is American Soccer with Part 1-4 of 5 of his feature story on Sacha Kljestan.
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1


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Official Team Blog

The US Soccer video page at You Tube. Fantastic stuff!
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-The BBC digs a little deeper into our 3rd opponent.


Turkey and the Czech Rep warmed up for their games against the USA by battling each other on Saturday night in New Jersey at Red Bull Arena. The Turks won it 2-1 on goals by Arda Turan & Nihat Kahvec. CR got their single goal from Milan Cerny.


28,000 tickets have been sold for Tuesday nights game. Capacity is about 40,000.

Pre-World Cup Warm Up Matches & Scores:
-Tue May 25
USA V Czech Republic - 7pm Central on ESPN
Venue: Rentschler Field - East Hartford CT


Czechia roster:
Petr Cech - Chelsea
Jaroslav Drobny - Hertha Berlin
Jan Lastuvka - Dnipro
Tomas Hubschman - Shakhtar Donetsk
David Limbersky - Plzen
Ondrej Kusnir - Sparta Prague
Ondrej Mazuch - Anderlecht
Jan Rajnoch - Ankaragucu
Tomas Sivok - Besiktas
Jaroslav Cerny - Slavia Prague
Milan Cerny - Slavia Prague
Mario Holek - Dnipro
Jan Moravek - Schalke
Jaroslav Plasil - Bordeaux
Jan Polak - Anderlecht
Daniel Pudil - Genk
Libor Sionko - Sparta Prague
Rudolf Skacel - Larissa
Martin Fenin - Eintracht Frankfurt
David Lafata - Liberec
Tomas Necid - CSKA Moscow
Tomas Pekhart - Jablonec


Sirius Satellite radio will again broadcast all 64 World Cup games in American. Their lead announcers will be JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth.

Portugal got off to a poor start today in a scoreless draw against the Cape Verdes Islands.

On the other hand Argentina handed Canada their lunch in a wet leaky back winning 5-0.
-But is Maradona really going to line up in a 3-5-2?

Owen Gibson of the Guardian sees England's win today over Mexico as inconsistent.

Friendly Matches & Scores:
-Mon May 24
Argentina 5-0 Canada - Arg goals by Maxi Rodriguez(2), Angel Di Maria, Carlos Tevez & Kun Aguero.
Australia 2-1 New Zealand - Aus goals by Dario Vidosic & Brett Holman. NZ goal by Chris Killen.
England 3-1 Mexico - Eng goals by Ledley King, Peter Crouch & Gus Johnson. Mex goal by Guillermo Franco.
Japan 0-2 South Korea - SK goals by Ji-Sung Park & Chu-Young Park(PK).
Portugal 0-0 Cape Verdes Islands
South Africa 1-1 Bulgaria - SF goal by Siyabonga Sangweni. Bul goal by Valeri Bojinov.
-Tue May 25
Cameroon v Georgia
Greece v North Korea
Nigeria v Saudi Arabia
Paraguay v Ireland
USA v Czech Republic
-Wed May 26
Chile v Zambia
France v Costa Rica
Mexico v Netherlands
Uruguay v Israel

dN has a Q & A with Mexico's Andrew Guardado.


James Lawton of the Independent sees potential gold in the offing for Maradona and Argentina.


France named their final 23 today, and are in action on Wednesday:
Cedric Carrasso - Bordeaux
Hugo Lloris - Lyon
Steve Mandanda - Marseille
Eric Abidal - Barcelona
Gael Clichy - Arsenal
Patrice Evra - Manchester United
William Gallas - Arsenal
Marc Planus - Bordeaux
Anthony Reveillere - Lyon
Bacary Sagna - Arsenal
Sebastien Squillaci - Sevilla
Abou Diaby - Arsenal
Alou Diarra - Bordeaux
Yoann Gourcuff - Bordeaux
Florent Malouda - Chelsea
Jeremy Toulalan - Lyon
Mathieu Valbuena - Marseille
Nicolas Anelka - Chelsea
Djibril Cisse - Panathinaikos
Andre-Pierre Gignac - Toulouse
Sidney Govou - Lyon
Thierry Henry - Barcelona
Franck Ribery - Bayern Munich


The Glasgow Times talks to New England head coach Steve Nicol and they look back at the 1986 World Cup, which he played in with Scotland.


I want this shirt. XXL please. Thanks.


Martin Rogers of Yahoo Sports gives us his 2009/10 best 11 European players.
-What do ya think? Who did he miss, and who should they replace on his list?


The Union of Philadelphia has posted a video preview of the nearly completed stadium PPL Park. WOWOWOWOW!


-Thu May 20
New York Red Bulls 1-3 Columbus Crew - NYRB goal by Tony Tchani. CC goals by Eddie Gaven, Andy Iro & Emilio Renteria.
Venue: Red Bull Arena - Harrison NJ
Attendance: 11,940
FC Dallas 0-1 Los Angeles Galaxy - LAG goal by Mike Magee.
Venue: Pizza Hut Park - Frisco TX
Attendance: 10,947
-Sat May 22
Toronto FC 1-0 New England Revolution - TFC goal by Chad Barrett.
Venue: BMO Field - Toronto ON
Attendance: 20,672
Seattle Sounders FC 0-1 San Jose Earthquakes - SJE goal by Chris Wondolowski.
Venue: Qwest Field - Seattle WA
Attendance: 35,953
Houston Dynamo 2-0 DC United - HD goals by Danny Cruz & Dominic Oduro.
Venue: Robertson Stadium - Houston TX
Attendance: 24,471
Chivas USA 1-2 Real Salt Lake - CUSA goal by Justin Braun. RSL goals by Chris Wingert & Fabian Espindola.
Venue: Home Depot Center - Carson CA
Attendance: 14,287
-Sun May 23
Kansas City Wizards 0-1 Columbus Crew - CC goal by Emilio Renteria.
Venue: CommunityAmerica Ballpark - Kansas City KS
Attendance: 10,385


Steve Davis of Sports Illustrated gives us five things to take away from Week 9.


Kyle Mccarthy of with his Monday Morning Breakdown - here come's RSL, and the rest of the weekend in review.


Frank Dell'Apa of the Boston Globe informs us that along with Shalrie Joseph entering the league's Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health program he was also give a 5 game suspension. But no reason was given for the suspension.


Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America looks at Seattle's struggle to score goals and earn points.


Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer hips us to another unknown kid with the Red Bulls harboring lots of talent, Irving Garcia, who showed it in the team's friendly against Juventus.


Nigel Reed of the CBC says the key to a big season for Toronto is their defense.
-I like Reed a lot but, NO SHIT SHERLOCK!!! Did he just figure this out?


Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch in his Crew match report looks at the teams road "style".


James Edward of the Deseret News with an article on one of those in a seemingly endless stream of players that has a lot of potential but will he make it in MLS - Salt Lake midfielder Jean Alexandre.


Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America with an article on RSL's biggest off season find so far this year is Alvaro Saborio. With some good insider stuff here.


Charles Gooch at the Kansas City Star with his thoughts on ways KC can get their machine rolling - not all are on field specific!


Joshua Mayer of the Seattle Times does short Q & A's with Sounder coach Sigi Schmid and general manager Adrian Hanauer.


The Houston Press on the up-tick in performance by highly paid Dynamo forward Luis Landin.


Seattle's top rate centerback Jhon Kennedy Hurtado will be out the next 6-8 weeks due to a torn left anterior cruciate ligament.


How can it not be San Jose midfielder Bobby Convey! He is finally seems completely out of his own personal goo goo much and tearing down the left side of the field again. Its fantastic to see someone with so much promise turn it all back around again.


21,154 was the average attendance for the 5 games on Saturday & Sunday, and could have been higher if the KC max capacity was bigger.

San Jose has now gone 4 games without giving up a goal. 3 wins and 1 loss, with 6 goals scored too.

And Chris Wondolowski is just tearing it up for the Earthquakes in front of goal. He has played in 6 games and nabbed 5 goals. Is this his year?

Houston's yo-yo season was back up!

20 year old Danny Cruz got his first ever MLS start and goal for Houston!

Tally Hall also got his first league start and got the shut out for Houston.

There is a chance we might see KC's Craig Rocastle further punished by the league for the vicious kick he put on Columbus's Renteria while laying on the ground. The ref gave him a yellow card, but it was red worthy.

And how about Renteria making two sub appearances this week and bagging big goals in each of them! Nicely done!

Great to see Shalrie Joseph back on the field for New England this weekend.

But the Revolution team are seriously running on all flat tires right now as they have not won in the past 7 league games - 2 ties and 5 losses - oof!

Preki is doing his thing for Toronto, no doubt about it. Just like at Chivas for 3 seasons. It's not pretty, but there are no points for looks either.

Chad Barrett did his damnedest to keep his role on the team as "the Vasectomy" missing 2 primo chances, but finally got his head on one and won the game. Great job.

Fuad Ibrahim from right here in my Twin Cities got a rate start for TFC. He is looking grown up these days.

Another Twin Citian Teal Bunbury got his first MLS start with Kansas City on Sunday.

I feel bad about this, but from all the years of my team have a fierce rivalry with Seattle I cannot help but derive a bit of glee every time Seattle loses. I know that makes me petty, then again I am petty.

How bad is the foot injury for RSL's Kyle Beckerman? He was subbed off in the 20th min. I guess we are supposed to know on Tuesday.

Chivas USA committed that old sin of not giving up goals at the ends of halves - one goal at the end of half 1, and another at the end of half 2, at home no less, doomed them against Salt Lake.


How about this one - MLS is opening a development academy for Ticket Sales Reps. Yes, you read that right. And for some reason they are staring it right here in my Twin Cities, in connection with our second division team NSC Minnesota Stars. Why not with one of their own teams? Weird, weird, weird!


Jonathan Tannenwald of talks to Union head-cheese Nick Sakiewicz about building a stadium for New York and now Philadelphia.


MSNBC's SportsBiz page on the new wave and style of stadiums being built in America, like Red Bull Arena.


Spanish forward Nacho Novo has reportedly turned down an offer from DC United. He has left Rangers and signed with Sporting Gijon.


The Fire finished last in their own tournament, with Red Star of Belgrade, Serbia taking home the Cup!

Sister Cities International Cup
-Wed May 19
Chicago Fire 0-1 Paris Saint-Germain (France)
Legia Warsaw (Poland) 0-1 Red Star Belgrade(Serbia)
-Sat May 22
Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 Red Star Belgrade - Red Star win 7-6 in Penalty Kick Shootout.
Chicago Fire 0-3 Legia Warsaw - for the pride
Match report by Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun Times.
Venue: Toyota Park - Bridgeview IL


New York stomped a Juventus team that featured regulars Grosso, Salihamidzic, Zebina, Diego, Trezeguet, Amauri and Del Piero. Juve got their only goal in 2nd half stoppage time. Not bad guys, not bad at all.

If you go to the official Juve website you will see articles about the team arriving in New York, and then it skips right to the big welcome they got in Toronto for a Tuesday game against Sampdoria. Oops. A couple players make mention of the hammering in passing, otherwise you would definitely not know it happened.

The MLS Insider got video of this Juve fan go off on his sorry team.

And in LA the young academy trainee Tristan Bowen gets his first professional Galaxy goal as they beat Boca Juniors. Bowen will certainly get a lot more chances over the next 6 weeks if Edson Buddle makes the USA World Cup team.

-Sun May 23
New York Red Bulls 3-1 Juventus (Italy) - NYRB goals by Jeremy Hall, Conor Chinn & Juan Pablo Angel. Juv goal by Amauri.
Venue: Red Bull Arena
Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 Boca Juniors (Argentina) - LAG goal by Tristan Bowen.
Venue: Home Depot Center - Carson CA

-Wed May 26
DC United v AC Milan (Italy)
Venue: RFK Stadium
Seattle Sounders v Boca Juniors (Argentina)
Venue: Qwest Field - Seattle WA


Newly added:
-Thu Aug 5
FC Dallas v Inter Milan (Italy)
Venue: Pizza Hut Park - Frisco TX

-Sat Aug 7
Los Angeles Galaxy v Inter Milan (Italy)
Venue: Home Depot Center - Carson CA


MLS - Play-In Round with the winner advancing to the Round of 16:
-Wed May 26
New York Red Bulls v Colorado Rapids
Venue: Red Bull Arena - Harrison NJ


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


Travis Clark of Soccer By Ives with a round up from the weekend.


Matches & Scores:
-Sat May 22
Crystal Palace Baltimore 1-0 Portland Timbers
Miami FC Blues 0-1 NSC Minnesota Stars
AC St Louis 0-3 Tampa Bay Rowdies
Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 Rochester Rhinos

-Wed May 26
Miami FC Blues v Austin Aztex
Puerto Rico Islanders v Carolina RailHawks
-Thu May 27
Tampa Bay Rowdies v NSC Minnesota Stars
-Sat May 29
Rochester Rhinos v Vancouver Whitecaps
Crystal Palace Baltimore v Austin Aztex
Tampa Bay Rowdies v Puerto Rico Islanders
NSC Minnesota Stars v AC St Louis
-Sun May 30
Montreal Impact v Carolina RailHawks


Standings (As of Sun May 23):
14 Austin - 7 played
12 Vancouver - 7 played
12 Tampa Bay - 7 played
11 Montreal - 6 played
11 Rochester - 8 played
11 Portland - 8 played
10 Baltimore - 8 played
8 Miami - 6 played
7 Minnesota - 9 played
6 Puerto Rico - 3 played
5 Carolina - 5 played
4 St Louis - 8 played


Standings base on Points Per Game:
2.00 Puerto Rico
2.00 Austin
1.83 Montreal
1.71 Tampa Bay
1.71 Vancouver
1.38 Portland
1.38 Rochester
1.33 Miami
1.25 Baltimore
1.00 Carolina
0.78 Minnesota
0.50 St Louis


Brian Quarstad of Inside Minnesota Soccer reports on a Reunion game played last Saturday in El Paso TX featuring members of USA & Mexico World Cup teams of days gone by.
-Approx 20,000 in attendance?!?! Wow.
-Brian and I talked about how nice it would be if any of us knew about this BEFORE it happened.
-Here is a match report from the El Paso Times.


The USA U20's were in the Cor Groenewegen Tournamentin Netherlands and finished 8th out of 12 teams.


Official USA Matches & Scores:
USA 2-1 Japan
USA 0-0 Atl Mineiro
USA 1-0 Lokeren
USA 0-0 Utrecht
USA 1-0 Heerenveen
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7th Place game:
USA 0-1 Senegal

Japan v South Korea


Group A Standings
12 FC Twente (Netherlands)
12 South Korea
10 Cruz Azul (Mexico)
7 Senegal
3 FC Uitgeest (Netherlands - host team)
0 Canada
Group B Standings
11 Atletico Mineiro (Brazil)
10 Japan
8 FC Utrecht (Netherlands)
4 SC Heerenveen (Netherlands)
0 Sporting Lokeren (Netherlands)


USA Roster:
Samir Badr - Porto
Cody Cropper - Ipswich Town
Gale Agbossoumonde - Braga
Chad Barson - Akron
Bryan De La Fuente - Chivas USA
Perry Kitchen - Akron
Kofi Sarkodie - Akron
Zarek Valentin - Akron
Parker Walsh - 1860 Munich
Erik Benjaminsen - Stabaek
Lester Dewee - Olympique Marseille
Bryan Dominguez - Miami FC
Alex Molano - Dinamo Zagreb
Amobi Okugo - Philadelphia Union
Moises Orozco - Real So Cal
George Pantelic - RAD Belgrade
Cesar Zamora - Chivas USA
Juan Agudelo - New York Red Bulls
Jack McInerney - Philadelphia Union
Bobby Wood - 1860 Munich


Not a good day for our regional cousins.

Friendly Matches & Scores:
-Mon May 24
Argentina 5-0 Canada in Buenos Aires, Argentina
England 3-1 Mexico in London at Wembley Stadium
-Tue May 25
USA v Czech Republic - in East Hartford CT at Rentschler Field
-Wed May 26
Netherlands v Mexico in Freiburg, Germany
-Thu May 27
Honduras v Belarus in Villach, Austria
-Sat May 29
USA v Turkey - in Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field
Venezuela v Canada - in Merida, Venezuela
-Sun May 30
Gambia v Mexico - in Bayreuth, Germany
-Tue Jun 1
Switzerland v Costa Rica - in Sion, Switzerland
-Wed Jun 2
Honduras v Azerbaijan in Zell Am See, Austria
-Thu Jun 3
Italy v Mexico - in Brussels, Belgium
-Sat Jun 5
USA v Australia - in Roodepoort, South Africa at Ruimsig Stadium
Honduras v Romania in St. Veit An Der Glan, Austria
Slovakia v Costa Rica in Bratislava, Slovakia


Toluca are Mexican Champions! Hooray Dos Equis!

Santos could have won the title but twice they missed the entire goal with PKs.

Clausura 2010 playoffs:
Matches & Scores - Final:
2nd Leg
-Sun May 23
Toluca 0-0 Santos Laguna - series ends tied 2-2, with Toluca then winning 4-3 in a Penalty Kick shootout.


Isidro Metapan is the El Salvador Primera Division Clausura Championship!
Final Match & Score:
-Sun May 23
Aguila 1-3 Isidro Metapan


Blackpool becomes the 3rd and final Championship division team promoted to the Premier League for next season.

Two Championship division teams played-off for the one last promotion spot to the Premier League:
Matches & Scores:
-Sat May 22
Cardiff City 2-3 Blackpool
Venue: Wembley Arena


Bloomberg with an article on the unprofitability of top flight soccer in Spain.
-Only 4 teams in La Primera Division turned a profit in 09.


Franck Ribery has signed a new contract at Bayern Munich that runs to the end of the 2014/15 season. This does not mean he is staying for 5 more years, just that his pricetag to leave has gone UP.


Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune looks at the chances of Turkey hosting the European Championship in 2016.


The tournament will not resume until over 2 weeks after the World Cup has finished.

Matches & Scores - Semifinals:
1st Leg
-Wed Jul 28
Internacional v Sao Paulo
Guadalajara v Universidad de Chile
2nd Leg
-Wed Aug 4
Universidad de Chile v Guadalajara
Sao Paulo v Internacional


The 2nd Annual Kicking & Screening Soccer Film Festival is about to get underway in New York City. Running Tue Jun 1 to Sat Jun 5, the line up looks pretty fantastic again this year.

Here is the official lineup:
-Tue Jun 1: "THE 12TH MAN"
Fifteen Minutes that Shook the World - directed by David Kirby
Because There Are Things You Never Forget - directed by Lucas Figueroa
Loucos de Futebol (Beyond Soccer) - directed by Halder Gomes
The Last Yugoslavian Football Team - directed by Vuk Janic
Ana’s Playground - directed by Eric Howell
El Arbitro (The Ref) - directed by Justin Webster and Eriz Zapiriain
L’Arbitro (The Referee) - directed by Paolo Zucca
Eine Andere Liga (Another League) - directed by Buket Alakus
The Game of Their Lives - directed by Daniel Gordon
Africa 10 - directed by Victor Buhler

After each night showings there will be an expert panel on hand to discuss the films and related topics. Panelists include: Simon Kuper, Vuk Janic, Eric Howell, Justin Webster, Adrian Healy, Ethan Zohn, Daniel Gordon and more.

Get all the details at the Kicking & Screening website.


Blogger Super Rookie said...

"Sirius Satellite radio will again broadcast all 64 World Cup games in American. Their lead announcers will be JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth."

AMERICAN! I love it.

9:51 PM  
Anonymous leper said...

Wait - Tommy Smyth speaks American? I've always kind of wondered what language that was.

11:12 PM  
Anonymous danksquad said...

Kyle Beckerman is the shit@

11:31 PM  

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