Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Some News for Tue May 25, 2010

STARTERS

USA coach Bob Bradley will introduce his final 23 player World Cup roster live on ESPN Sports Center at 12 noon Central tomorrow - Wed May 26.

TWITTER

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USA WORLD CUP 2010 SOUTH AFRICA

Today's Match & Score:
-Tue May 25
USA V Czech Republic - 7pm Central on ESPN
Venue: Rentschler Field - East Hartford CT

Czechia roster:
G:
Petr Cech - Chelsea
Jaroslav Drobny - Hertha Berlin
Jan Lastuvka - Dnipro
D:
Tomas Hubschman - Shakhtar Donetsk
David Limbersky - Plzen
Ondrej Kusnir - Sparta Prague
Ondrej Mazuch - Anderlecht
Jan Rajnoch - Ankaragucu
Tomas Sivok - Besiktas
M:
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
F:
Martin Fenin - Eintracht Frankfurt
David Lafata - Liberec
Tomas Necid - CSKA Moscow
Tomas Pekhart - Jablonec

dN

Tons of pre-game notes from US Soccer.

dN

Kieran’s Pub in Minneapolis has become an official US Soccer Bar! Great job!
-But that still leaves them years behind the Sweetwater when it comes to supporting US Soccer!!!

dN

How cool is it that the man I call the greatest basketball player of all time shows up at Team USA training! Bill Russell. 13 years in the NBA and 11 Championships. He even won 2 NBA titles as a coach. Before that 2 years in a row as NCAA Champ at San Francisco. And even an Olympic gold medal winner. He is a pure through and through winner! Not to mention his amazing stand on civil rights!
At 6'9" he regularly shut down the famous Wilt Chamberlin who stood 7'1" (and won only 2 NBA titles).



































dN


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

dN

Oguchi Onyewu gets all GQ on us. Words and pictures.

dN

Kelly Whiteside of USA Today on the team's unity.
-Whiteside also reports that this is a relatively young squad.

dN

USA Today asks Alexi Lalas, Abby Wambach, Michael Lewis and Jeff Agoos their World Cup expectations and predictions.

dN

Eric Beard from A Football Report does an interview with Clint Dempsey.

dN

Jason de Vos of the CBC on Oguchi Onyewu.

dN

Jere Longman of the New York Times on DaMarcus Beasley.

dN

Ives Galarcep of Soccer By Ives predicts his 23 players.

dN

The Newark Star Ledger on Alejandro Bedoya - the one we know the least about.

dN

Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle on Brian Ching.

dN

Yanks Abroad continues their series of articles on the players in camp:
-Alejandro Bedoya
-Michael Bradley
-Jay DeMerit

dN

Martin Rogers of Yahoo Sports on Tim Howard.
-We also get a video report from training camp.

dN

Ron Blum of the Associated Press on the USA cut down to 23 players. Via Yahoo.

dN

Nick Green of the Daily Breeze tries to read the roster tea-leaves.

dN

Brian Strauss of Fanhouse on what the USA really needs to sort out tonight - defense.


dN
Brian Lewis at the NY Post on the other hand is staring at the offense to ask his questions.

dN

- - - - -
Official Team Blog

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

dN

USA OPPONENTS:

England
-The Guardian with a review of their performance against Mexico on Monday. (Never mind the headline about Chelsea players, they are only in the opening sentence or two, then have nothing to do with the article.)
-Who will be England's goalkeeper? Yesterday saw Robert Green play the first half and Joe Hart the second. And then there is David James.
-Patrick Barclay of the Times sees England's fullback as vital to the teams success.
-James Lawton of the Independent sees Steven Gerrard as ready to contribute.

Algeria
-Starting midfielder Mourad Meghni from Lazio has not recovered from a knee injury and will be left off the team.
-Head coach Rabah Saadane is the only African coaching at this World Cup. All the other African teams have foreign coaches (South Africa - Carlos Alberto Parreira, Brazil / Cameroon - Paul Le Guen, France / Ghana - Milovan Rajevac, Serbia / Ivory Coast - Sven Goren Eriksson, Sweden)

dN

FC Dallas will be hosting huge outdoor USA World Cup viewing parties in central Dallas. Check it out.

dN

Michael Lewis of the NY Daily News on the souvenirish shirt trading players do after games.

HONDURAS WORLD CUP 2010 SOUTH AFRICA

Honduras has had a disastrous start to their training as their original camp in Germany is flooded, and they are scrambling to get set up in Austria. Not good.

dN

Nigel Reed of the CBC looks at Honduras without star forward Carlos Costly.

dN

Paul Fletcher of the BBC looks at politics and football in Honduras.

WORLD CUP 2010 - SOUTH AFRICA

Jonathan Wilson at Sports Illustrated oddly sees Spain having both Fernando Torres and David Villa as a burden.

dN

There is a new documentary film out called World Cup Soccer in Africa - Who Really Wins. It examines all the money coming and going around this massive tournament, and where it will end up with the games are over. See the trailer here.
-Available now through all regular video outlets like Amazon and Netflix.

dN

The New York Times reports that the country of South Africa is still struggling to make this World Cup their own.

dN

Tim Vickery at the CBC sees Maradona as getting everything right for Argentina against Canada yesterday.
-And I was wrong about them only playing 3 in the back, they converted an outside midfielder, Jonas Gutierrez, to fullback.

dN

Jay Weiner of MinnPost with an article on the host country, including the connection of NSC Minnesota Star winger Two-Boys Guamede. Thanks to Brian for the link.

dN

Reuters with an article on Japan's struggle to find their best as the big games get close.

dN

FIFA.com has a Q & A with Ghana's Kevin Prince Boateng.

dN

Friendly Matches & Scores:
-Tue May 25
Cameroon 0-0 Georgia
Greece 2-2 North Korea - Gre goals by Kostas Katsouranis & Angelos Charisteas. NK goals both by Jong Tae-Se.
Nigeria 0-0 Saudi Arabia
Ireland 2-1 Paraguay - Ire goals by Kevin Doyle & Liam Lawrence. Par goal by Lucas Barrios.
USA v Czech Republic
-Wed May 26
Chile v Zambia
France v Costa Rica
Mexico v Netherlands
Uruguay v Israel
-Thu May 27
Denmark v Senegal
Honduras v Belarus
South Africa v Colombia

dN

Football business organization Leaders In Football give opinions on 2 future World Cup bids - Qatar - and - Russia.

WHY NOT!

Brian Strauss of Fanhouse does a Q & A with Daily Show correspondent John Oliver, on football.

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

Columbus Crew forward Emilio Renteria was named Player Of The Week.

dN

Jack Bell of the New York Times talks to Red Bulls coach Hans Backe who says the team is in need of the upcoming World Cup break in the schedule. And a few other MLS notes.

dN

Paul James of the Toronto Globe & Mail likes the new attitude that TFC is showing.

dN

Tim Booth of the Associated Press sees this year as Seattle's "expansion year", full of stumbling and bumbling. Via USA Today.

dN

Steve Hunt of Fox Sports Southwest with multiple notes on FC Dallas.

MLS INJURY REPORT

Word on the street today is that Seattle centerback Jhon Kennedy Hurtado will not be out the 6 weeks we initially thought, due to a knee ligament injury, but more likely the ENTIRE SEASON. Let's hope its not that bad.

MLS/SUM BUSINESS

Brian Lewis of the NY Post talks to MLS exec Todd Durbin about "DPs, reserve league and rules changes."

NSC MINNESOTA STARS

The Stars have signed 2 new midfielders:
-Geison Moura - 23 year old from Sao Paulo Brazil
-Lucas Rodriguez - 24 year old from Buenos Aires Argentina

SOCCER IN AMERICA

Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune sees Claudio Reyna's job of shaping the youth of our country as an enormous task.

dN

The New Orleans Times Picayune tells us how we need to move soccer forward in America.

AMERICANS TRAVELING TO SOUTH AFRICA

Are you one of the lucky few headed to the World Cup in person? Well, US Soccer has put together a most helpful travel guide featuring the following categories:
Planning and Preparation
Travel Checklist
Travel and Transportation
Transportation in South Africa
Travel Times
Once You Arrive
Tickets
Schedule & Stadium Information
Local Attractions
Safety
Communication
U.S. Embassy
About South Africa

USA WORLD CUP 2018/22 BID

Joseph D'Hippolito of USA Today on the chances of the USA getting to host the World Cup again.

AMERICANS IN EUROPE - RUMORS

Soccer 365 with some juicy Euro rumors for Heath Pearce, David Yelldell and Steve Cherundolo, among other things.

CONCACAF

Friendly Matches & Scores:
-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

MEXICO

Club America has hired Manuel Lapuente to be their new head coach, for the third time.

SPAIN

Sid Lowe of the Guardian with his La Liga season review and awards.

FRANCE

Jean Tigana has been hired as the new coach of Bordeaux.

ITALY

Gabriele Marcotti of the Wall Street Journal looks at how Inter had the huge successes they did this season.

dN

I have to admit that I found this video touching - Inter coach Jose Mourihno says good bye to Marco Materazzi (not one of my favorite people) after the Champions League final in Madrid. Via Gazzetta.

SCOTLAND

Rangers head coach Walter Smith has signed a contract to run the team again next season.

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