Thursday, May 27, 2010

Some News for Thu May 27, 2010

STARTERS

Toronto FC won the Canadian Championship last night, and will play in the CONCACAF Champions League starting in late July.

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Is Guus Hiddink about to snub Turkey, who he is supposed to start coaching after the World Cup, to become the new manager of Inter Milan?

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Ronaldinho is going to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Chicago Cubs game on Friday!

TWITTER

Blast off with us on Twitter: @dunord

USA WORLD CUP 2010 SOUTH AFRICA

Closing in on 50,000 tickets sold for Saturday.

Matches & Scores:
-Sat May 29
USA v Turkey - 1PM Central on ESPN2
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field - Philadelphia PA
-Sat Jun 5
USA v Australia - 7:30am Central on ESPN2
Venue: Ruimsig Stadium - Roodepoort, South Africa

dN

Reuters with video of the USA visiting the White House and meeting the president today. Via News Distribution Network. Thanks to Tomas for the link.

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George Vecsey of the New York Times can write as good as anyone in sports, and so he tells us a great version of the USA players being told who did and did not make the team.

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The Washington Post with a feature story on Jozy Altidore.

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Grant Wahl at Sports Illustrated tells us of love for the beautiful game inside the White House (where the USA team visited today.)
-"Obama’s aides are also big fans of soccer. White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina, Obama’s chief “fixer,” is a regular at D.C. United games and a huge U.S. supporter who was transfixed during last summer’s run to the Confederations Cup final. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs played goalkeeper at North Carolina State. Pete Rouse, the Senior Adviser to the President, is a Tottenham Hotspur fan."

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Mike Woitalla of Soccer America with some fun and interesting stats on our team.

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The New Haven Register with an article on the impact the World Cup has on the game in our country every 4 years.

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The Huffington Post calls this team the deepest USA team ever. Really? I guess it probably is in some ways.

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Greg Seltzer of Soccer 365 with the latest rumors on the European futures of DaMarcus Beasley and Steve Cherundolo.

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Official Team Blog

The US Soccer video page at You Tube. Fantastic stuff!
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USA OPPONENTS

Slovenia
-FIFA.com does a Q & A with head coach Matjaz Kek.

Algeria
-FIFA.com with an article on striker Abdelkader Ghezzal.

PODCASTS

The new episode of Inside the Six podcast is on line now, and features an interview with SI's Grant Wahl, and then yours truly. I was fun talking USA with Kevin. Check it out right here.

WORLD CUP 2010 - SOUTH AFRICA

It's official - Michael Essien will miss the World Cup for Ghana. He suffered a knee injury in January and is not recovered from it. Damn.

dN

Brazil has arrived in South Africa. Let the party begin.

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Jonathan Wilson of Sports Illustrated wonders if Maradona can take some of that on-field magic and inject it into his Argentina players as their coach.

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FIFA.com has an article on the 6 Argentines on the roster who play in the countries domestic league: Juan Sebastian Veron (Estudiantes), Martin Palermo (Boca Juniors), Diego Pozo (Colon), Ariel Garce (Colon), Clemente Rodriguez (Estudiantes) and Nicolas Otamendi (Velez Sarsfield).

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FIFA.com talks to Italy goalkeeper and team leader Gigi Buffon.

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Fernando Torres is healthy and trained with Spain today. That is huge for them.

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Netherlands announced their 23 player squad today:
G:
Sander Boschker - Twente
Maarten Stekelenburg - Ajax
Michel Vorm - Utrecht)
D:
Khalid Boulahrouz - Stuttgart
Edson Braafheid - Celtic
John Heitinga - Everton
Joris Mathijsen - Hamburg
Andre Ooijer - PSV
Giovanni van Bronckhorst - Feyenoord
Gregory van der Wiel - Ajax
M:
Ibrahim Afellay - PSV
Nigel de Jong - Manchester City
Demy de Zeeuw - Ajax
Stijn Schaars - AZ Alkmaar
Wesley Sneijder - Inter Milan
Mark van Bommel - Bayern Munich
Rafael van der Vaart - Real Madrid
F:
Ryan Babel - Liverpool
Eljero Elia - Hamburg
Klaas Jan Huntelaar - AC Milan
Dirk Kuyt - Liverpool
Arjen Robben - Bayern Munich
Robin van Persie - Arsenal

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South Africa beat Colombia today and all 3 goals were from the Penalty spot.

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Friendly Matches & Scores:
-Wed May 26
Chile 3-0 Zambia - Chi goals by Alexi Sanchez(2) & Jorge Valdiva.
Uruguay 4-1 Israel - Uru goals by Diego Forlan, Alvaro Pereira & Sebastian Abreu(2). Isr goal by Lior Rafaelov.
-Thu May 27
Denmark 2-0 Senegal - Den goals by Christian Poulsen & Tomas Enevoldsen.
Belarus 2-2 Honduras - Bel goals both by Anton Putsilo. Hon goals by Julio Leon & Georgie Welcome.
South Africa 2-1 Colombia - SA goals by Tsholofelo Modise(PK) & Katlego Mphela(PK). Col goal by Giovanni Moreno(PK).
-Fri May 28
Algeria v Ireland
-Sat May 29
Cameroon v Slovakia
Germany v Hungary
New Zealand v Serbia
North Korea v Congo DR
Spain v Saudi Arabia
USA v Turkey
-Sun May 30
Chile v N Ireland
Chile v Israel
Cote d'Ivoire v Paraguay
England v Japan
France v Tunisia
Mexico v Gambia
Nigeria v Colombia - canceled
South Korea v Belarus

THIS IS WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT

I remember back not many years ago when the event of a big name international club team coming to America to take on a MLS team was not only a rarity, but also a very big deal with fans from coast to coast. My how things have rapidly changed. Now it's barely news outside of the city where the game is being held (although the size of the crowd is still huge), and even bigger news, the MLS teams are more than likely winning. And who says our league is not progressing.

MLS WEEK 10

-Thu May 27
Chicago Fire v FC Dallas - 7PM Central on ESPN2
Venue: Toyota Park - Bridgeview IL
-Sat May 29
DC United v Chivas USA - 6:30PM Central on Direct Kick
Venue: RFK Stadium - Washington DC
Columbus Crew v Los Angeles Galaxy - 6:30PM Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Crew Stadium - Columbus OH
New England Revolution v New York Red Bulls - 7PM Central on Galavision
Venue: Gillette Stadium - Foxborough MA
Houston Dynamo v Philadelphia Union - 7:30PM Central on FSC
Venue: Robertson Stadium - Houston TX
Colorado Rapids v Seattle Sounders FC - 8PM Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City CO
Real Salt Lake v Kansas City Wizards - 8PM Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium - Sandy UT
San Jose Earthquakes v Toronto FC - 9PM Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium - Santa Clara CA

MLS TEAM & PLAYER NEWS

Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger sees an instant impact being made on the Red Bulls by players who have just come out of college.

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Justin Rodriguez of Soccernet talks to Dallas midfielder Daniel Hernandez about being back in hometown playing in MLS after a trip to Mexico.

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Andrew Winner of Soccer 365 talks to San Jose's Bobby Convey who is finally getting back to top quality after two long poor seasons.

MLS INJURY REPORT

Don Ruiz of the Tacoma News Tribune reports on Seattle's Oswaldo Alonso reinjuring his quad muscle. He could be out a few more weeks now.

dN

New York will be without midfielder Carl Robinson for 6 weeks after surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

MLS/SUM BUSINESS

NorthJersey.com has an article on fabled coach Rick Jacobs of St Benedict prep school, home of Claudio Reyna among many others, who is leaving the school after 25 years in charge to go work for MLS. Presumably in player development.

MLS EXHIBITIONS

Pete Grathoff of the Kansas City Star talks to Manchester United & Ireland legend Denis Irwin who was in KC pre-promoting Man U's game in KC later this summer. Irwin gives his thoughts on soccer in America.

dN

DC & Seattle both won against big name international opponents, and drew 30,000 & 40,000 respectively.

Milan heads to Chicago next.

-Wed May 26
DC United 3-2 AC Milan (Italy) - DCU goals by Luciano Emilio, Chris Pontius & Danny Allsop. ACM goals both by Massimo Oddo.
Venue: RFK Stadium
Attendance: 30,367
Match report from the Washington Post.
Seattle Sounders v Boca Juniors (Argentina) - SS goals by Roger Levesque, Pat Noonan & Michael Seamon.
Venue: Qwest Field - Seattle WA
Attendance: 40,122
Match report by Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times.

-Sun May 30
Chicago Fire v AC Milan (Italy)
Venue: Toyota Park

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Newly added:

Recently demoted English team Portsmouth heads over to our country for some preseason action.

-Wed Jul 14
Portsmouth (England) v Club America (Mexico)
City: San Diego

-Sat Jul 24
DC United v
Venue: RFK Stadium - Washington DC

US OPEN CUP

New York has qualified for the Open Cup. One MLS spot open, to be filled next week.

MLS - Play-In Rounds with the 2 winners advancing to the Round of 16:
-Wed May 26
New York Red Bulls 3-0 Colorado Rapids - NYRB goals by John Wolyniec(2) & Conor Chinn.
Venue: Red Bull Arena - Harrison NJ

-Wed Jun 2
DC United v Real Salt Lake
Venue: RFK Stadium - Washington DC

dN

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

Superliga 2010

The 2 groups were announced today for the tournament which begins on Wed Jul 14. I will post schedule when we get closer to the dates.

Group A
Chicago Fire
Morelia
New England Revolution
UNAM Pumas
Group B
Chivas USA
Houston Dynamo
Pachuca
Puebla

USSF DIVISION 2

Both road teams won on Wed night. My boys are on the road for a Thu night game.

dN

Matches & Scores:
-Wed May 26
Miami FC Blues 1-3 Austin Aztex
Puerto Rico Islanders 1-2 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

dN

Standings (As of Sun May 23):
17 Austin - 8 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 - 7 played
7 Minnesota - 9 played
6 Puerto Rico - 4 played
8 Carolina - 6 played
4 St Louis - 8 played

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

SOCCER IN AMERICA

Univision has won the contract to televise the Mexican national team in the USA up to the 2014 World Cup. Telemundo had been the rights holder.

USA U18 TEAM

Lisbon International Tournament

Matches & Scores:
-Thu May 27
USA v Norway
-Fri May 28
USA v Romania
-Sun May 30
USA v Portugal

CONCACAF

FIFA has rescinded their international ban on El Salvador after the countries government cleared up their problems with the national football federation.
-Now, as a joke, we might say that the ban was lifted cuz Jack Warner got the call from his Cayman Island bank that the transfer had gone through.

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Friendly Matches & Scores:
-Wed May 26
Netherlands 2-1 Mexico in Freiburg, Germany
-Thu May 27
Honduras 2-2 Belarus in Villach, Austria

VOYAGEURS CUP - CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

The 3 professional teams in Canada play each other home and away for the annual title.

Toronto won the Canadian Championship last night by virtue of Vancouver & Montreal playing to a tie last night.

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Apr 28
Toronto FC 2-0 Montreal Impact
-May 5
Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 Montreal Impact
-May 12
Montreal Impact 0-1 Toronto FC
-May 19
Vancouver Whitecaps 0-0 Toronto FC
-May 26
Montreal Impact 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps
-Jun 2
Toronto FC v Vancouver Whitecaps

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STANDINGS (4 rounds total):
7 Toronto (3 played)
4 Vancouver (3 played)
OUT-2 Montreal (4 played)

The winner, Toronto, now represents Canada in the CONCACAF Champions League.

EUROPE

UEFA's test of 5 referees per game in the Europa League last year will be extended to also include the Champions League for the 2010/11 season.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Brian said...

Does anyone else notice the Herculez Gomez and Obama resemblance?

2:09 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

I'm curious to see the number of WC participants by league.

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder which team Obama will be rooting for in the World Cup.

3:36 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

Obama will definitely be rooting for his native Kenya.

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>Toronto FC won the Canadian Championship >last night,

i dont mind canadian teams but this Champions League BS is... well, BS!!!
A CL should be about league champions (and various also-rans). You dont have a league? You dont get to play.

Remember how the US got the WC under condition that we start our own league again?
Canada should be forced to do the same.
You want to host international events, take parts in CL type events? YOu HAVE to show that you are working towards having a league of your own. I dont care of the caliber but how many other countries on this planet have no soccer leagues?
Seriously, try to name one non-banana republic... Cold countries like russia, ukraine and mini countries like the baltics, norway, sweden,denmark and teenie-tiny Iceland all have leagues.

There is absolutely no reason for Canada to get their sh*t together if we allow them cheezy backdoors to CL competitions or events like the Jr World Cup like they are a normal FIFA member.
You dont have a league and you should be on some kind of probation.

I think the WC94 was a good motivating factor for the US to finally get over its NASL hangover and if takes one in Canada to get them to do something, so be it.

But the status quo is not the solution. Like kicking your lazy 30 yr old kid so he can stand on his own two feet, we have to finally treat Canada like adults and not some special ed kid we tap on the head and smile at when he poops his 
pants.

I knew that Denmark and Norway and other small countries had their own leagues but when I found out a few weeks ago that Iceland (pop. 300,000) had a league, I think we can safely say that a rich 38 million pop. country can too.

As any parent has to do at certain point, we have to make sure that our kids are able to leave the nest and function as adults.

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