Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Some News for Tue May 11, 2010

STARTERS

Everyone needs to settle down a bit over the exclusion of Charlie Davies to the USA World Cup team.

So many in the American soccer world seem to be furious with coach Bob Bradley for not picking him. That anger is based on ignorance. Davies was very simply not given medical clearance by his club team Sochaux, and there is very little the USA can do about that. End of story.

If you want to be mad at someone, be mad at Davies for going out partying instead of being at the team hotel like he was supposed to be.

I am beyond sick and tired of the Bob Bradley bashing.

Now move on.

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE

The Final

Starring our own Clint Dempsey!

-Wed May 12
Fulham v Atletico Madrid

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Greg Seltzer at MLS Soccer pays homage to Clint Dempsey, and quotes heavily from two of my Friends In Football, Dan and Rich. Awesome.

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Stuart Condie of the Associated Press with an article on Dempsey.

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UEFA has posted a very cool detailed guide to the Europa League Final. Thanks to Brian for the link.

MLS WEEK 8

One mid-week game during this round.

-Thu May 13
Real Salt Lake v Houston Dynamo - 8pm Central on ESPN2
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium - Sandy UT

MLS TEAM & PLAYER NEWS

Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star tells the story of Wizards forward Kei Kamara who fled a very nasty upbringing in his native Sierra Leone.

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The Star also has a very interesting statistical breakdown of how the Wizards tend to consistently start seasons strong and finish weak.

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Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times introduces us to Sounder new young forward Miguel Montano who debuted last weekend.

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Jonathan Tannenbaum of Philly.com looks at the ongoing circus act of Union goalkeeper Chris Seitz. And many other notes from the teams loss to RSL.
-How many mistakes does he get to make before he is replaced?

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Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger says the Red Bulls will use the depth of their roster to navigate a heavy schedule of games.

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James Edward of the Deseret News wonders weather or not RSL should play centerback Jamison Olave against Houston on Thu night. He has had poor games against them, and could use a little rest due to multiple injuries he is playing with.

MLS INJURY REPORT

Craig Stouffer of the Examiner reports on DC's Santino Quaranta who is suffering from a nasty staph infection. He will be out approx 2 weeks.
-DC United had their entire lockerroom area sanitized yesterday.

MLS RUMORS

Did Blanco meet with Chicago Fire brass while the Mexican national team was in Chicago the past 2 days, about rejoining the team this summer?

MLS EXPANSION

Brian Lewis of the NY Post reports that MLS wants a 2nd team in New York the people who own the Mets baseball team are interested.

MLS EXHIBITIONS

Newly added:

-Wed Jul 14
Philadelphia Union v Glasgow Celtic (Scotland)
Venue: PPL Park - Chester PA

US OPEN CUP

MLS - Play-In Rounds:

Bracket 1 (1 team will advance)
-Wed May 12
New York Red Bulls v New England Revolution
Venue: Red Bull Arena - Harrison NJ

USSF DIVISION 2

Frank Dell'Apa of the Boston Globe on the injury recovery and return to the field for St Louis's big name home town player Steve Ralston.

USA WORLD CUP 2010 SOUTH AFRICA

Jozy Altidore will be wearing these babies at the World Cup - the brand new Adidas F50 adiZero.














TEAM USA


25,000 tickets sold for Czech Republic match, and 40,000 tickets sold for match against Turkey.

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Pre-World Cup Warm Up Matches & Scores:
-Tue May 25
USA V Czech Republic - 7pm Central on ESPN
Venue: Rentschler Field - East Hartford CT
-Sat May 29
USA v Turkey - 1PM Central on ESPN2
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field - Philadelphia PA

USA WORLD CUP 2018/22 BID

Carlos Bocanegra will be the one to hand over the official USA bid to FIFA.

AMERICANS IN EUROPE

Marcus Hahnemann has signed a new 1 year contract with Wolverhampton. He just finished a fantastic season in which he was initially signed to be the back up, but won the job early in the season and never looked back.

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Coming Up: (all possible players are listed)

GREECE - Super League European Tournament Playoffs:
Freddy Adu - Wed May 12 v AEK Athens - Round 4 of 6
Eddie Johnson - Wed May 12 v AEK Athens - Round 4 of 6

CONCACAF

Over 60,000 packed Soldier Field in Chicago on Monday night.

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CONCACAF International Friendly Matches & Scores:
-Mon May 10
Mexico 1-0 Senegal - in Chicago
-Thu May 13
Mexico v Angola - in Houston

MEXICO

Clausura 2010 playoffs:

Matches & Scores - Semifinals:
1st Leg
-Wed May 12
Morelia v Santos Laguna
Pachuca v Toluca

CANADA

Paul James of the Toronto Globe & Mail looks at what is holding back the Canadian national team.

VOYAGEURS CUP - CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

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

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Matches & Scores:
-May 12
Montreal Impact v Toronto FC

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STANDINGS (4 rounds total):
3 Toronto (1 played)
1 Montreal (2 played)
1 Vancouver (1 played)

ENGLAND

West Ham has dismissed head coach Gianfranco Zola.

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Four Championship division teams playoff for the one last promotion spot to the Premier League:
Semifinal Matches & Scores:
2nd Leg
-Tue May 11
Nottingham Forest v Blackpool (1-2)
-Wed May 12
Cardiff City v Leicester City (1-0)

GERMANY

Former England manager Steve McClaren just lead Twente to the Dutch title, and has now been hired as the new man in charge of Wolfsburg.

COPA LIBERTADORES

Matches & Scores - Quarterfinals:
1st Leg
-Tue May 11
Guadalajara v Libertad
-Wed May 12
Cruzeiro v Sao Paulo
Flamengo v Universidad de Chile
-Thu May 13
Internacional v Estudiantes de la Plata

WORLD CUP 2010 - SOUTH AFRICA

USA's 1st opponent - the England provisional 30:
G:
Joe Hart - Manchester City
David James - Portsmouth
Robert Green - West Ham United
D:
Leighton Baines - Everton
Jamie Carragher - Liverpool
Ashley Cole - Chelsea
Michael Dawson - Tottenham Hotspur
Rio Ferdinand - Manchester United
Glen Johnson - Liverpool
Ledley King - Tottenham
John Terry - Chelsea
Matthew Upson - West Ham
Stephen Warnock - Aston Villa
M:
Gareth Barry - Manchester City
Michael Carrick - Manchester United
Joe Cole - Chelsea
Steven Gerrard - Liverpool
Tom Huddlestone - Tottenham
Adam Johnson - Manchester City
Frank Lampard - Chelsea
Aaron Lennon - Tottenham
James Milner - Aston Villa
Scott Parker - West Ham
Theo Walcott - Arsenal
Shaun Wright-Phillips - Manchester City
F:
Darren Bent - Sunderland
Nachos Crouch - Tottenham
Jermain Defoe - Tottenham
Emile Heskey - Aston Villa
Wayne Rooney - Manchester United

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The USA's 2nd opponent Slovenia has announced their 30 player prelim roster:
G:
Jasmin Handanovic - Mantova
Samir Handanovic - Udinese
Jan Koprivec - Gallipoli
Aleksander Seliga - Sparta Rotterdam
D:
Miso Brecko - Cologne
Bostjan Cesar - Grenoble
Elvedin Dzinic - Maribor
Suad Filekovic - Maribor
Branko Ilic - Lokomotiv Moscow
Bojan Jokic - Chievo Verona
Dejan Kelhar - Cercle Brugge
Aleksandar Rajcevic - Koper
Matej Mavric-Rozic - Koblenz
Marko Suler - Ghent
M:
Valter Birsa - Auxerre
Andraz Kirm - Wisla Krakow
Andrej Komac - Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Robert Koren - West Bromwich Albion
Rene Krhin - Inter Milan
Darjan Matic - Rapid Bucharest
Aleksander Radosavljevic - Larissa
Mirnes Sisic - Giannina
Dalibor Stevanovic - Vitesse Arnhem
Dare Vrsic - Koper
F:
Miran Burgic - AIK
Zlatko Dedic - Bochum
Zlatan Ljubijankic - Ghent
Tim Matavz - Groningen
Milivoje Novakovic - Cologne
Nejc Pecnik - Nacional Funchal

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Honduras has named a 23 player squad:
G:
Ricardo Canales - Motagua
Donis Escober - Olimpia
Noel Valladares - Olimpia
D:
Victor Bernardez - Anderlecht
Osman Chavez - Platense
Maynor Figueroa - Wigan
Oscar Garcia - Olimpia
Emilio Izaguirre - Motagua
Sergio Mendoza - Motagua
Johnny Palacios - Olimpia
Mauricio Sabillon - Hangzhou Luchen
M:
Edgard Alvarez - Bari
Julio Cesar de Leon - Torino
Roger Espinoza - Kansas City Wizards
Amado Guevara - Motagua
Ramon Nunez - Olimpia
Wilson Palacios - Tottenham
Hendry Thomas - Wigan
Danilo Turcios - Olimpia
F:
Walter Martinez - Marathon
Carlos Pavon - Real Espana
David Suazo - Genoa
Georgie Welcome - Motagua

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Spain has released their prelim 30 player roster:
G:
Iker Casillas - Real Madrid
David De Gea - Atletico de Madrid
Diego Lopez - Villareal
Pepe Reina - Liverpool
Victor Valdes - Barcelona
D:
Raul Albiol - Real Madrid
Alvaro Arbeloa - Real Madrid
Cesar Azpilicueta - Osasuna
Joan Capdevila - Villarreal
Carlos Marchena - Valencia
Gerard Pique - Barcelona
Carles Puyol - Barcelona
Sergio Ramos - Real Madrid
M:
Xabi Alonso - Real Madrid
Sergio Busquets - Barcelona
Cesc Fabregas - Arsenal
Xavi Hernandez - Barcelona
Andres Iniesta - Barcelona
Javier Martinez - Athletic Bilbao
Marcos Senna - Villarreal
David Silva - Valencia
F:
Santiago Cazorla - Villarreal
Jesus Navas - Sevilla
Juan Manuel Mata - Valencia
Pedro Rodriguez - Barcelona
Daniel Guiza - Fenerbache
Fernando Llorente - Athletic Bilbao
Alvaro Negredo - Sevilla
Fernando Torres - Liverpool
David Villa - Valencia

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So has Italy:
G:
Gianluigi Buffon - Juventus
Morgan De Sanctis - Napoli
Federico Marchetti - Cagliari
Salvatore Sirigu - Palermo
D:
Salvatore Bocchetti - Genoa
Leonardo Bonucci - Bari
Fabio Cannavaro - Juventus
Mattia Cassani - Palermo
Giorgio Chiellini - Juventus
Domenico Criscito - Genoa
Fabio Grosso - Juventus
Christian Maggio - Napoli
Gianluca Zambrotta - Milan
M:
Mauro Camoranesi - Juventus
Antonio Candreva - Juventus
Andrea Cossu - Cagliari
Daniele De Rossi - Roma
Gennaro Gattuso - Milan
Claudio Marchisio - Juventus
Riccardo Montolivo - Fiorentina
Angelo Palombo - Sampdoria
Simone Pepe - Udinese
Andrea Pirlo - AC Milan
F:
Marco Borriello - AC Milan
Antonio Di Natale - Udinese
Alberto Gilardino - Fiorentina
Vincenzo Iaquinta - Juventus
Giampaolo Pazzini - Sampdoria
Fabio Quagliarella - Napoli
Giuseppe Rossi - Villarreal

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Here is the Brazil final 23 roster:
G:
Julio Cesar - Inter
Doni - Roma
Gomes - Tottenham
D:
Daniel Alves - Barcelona
Michel Bastos - Lyon
Gilberto - Cruzeiro
Juan - Roma
Lucio - Inter
Luisao - Benfica
Douglas Maicon - Inter
Thiago Silva - Milan
M:
Julio Baptista - Roma
Elano - Galatasaray
Josue - Wolfsburg
Ricky Kaka - Real Madrid
Kleberson - Flamengo
Felipe Melo - Fiorentina
Ramires - Benfica
Gilberto Silva - Panathinaikos
F:
Luis Fabiano - Sevilla
Grafite - Wolfsburg
Nilmar - Villarreal
Robinho - Santos

2 Comments:

Blogger Demko said...

I was always a pessimist on Davies. Deuce and Altidore up top.

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