Some News for Tue May 4, 2010
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Yanks Abroad with a little news today, all of which is ambiguous and speculative.
BIG EURO LEAGUES TITLE RACE MID-WEEK MATCHES
Top Ligue 1 Team Standings (35 of 38 games played)
72 Marseilles - Next: Wed May 5 v Rennes
67 Auxerre - Next: Wed May 5 at Lyon
64 Lille - Next: Wed May 5 at Toulouse
62 Lyon - 34 played - Next: Wed May 5 v Auxerre
60 Bordeaux - Next: Wed May 5 at Nice
60 Montpellier - Next: Wed May 5 at Sochaux
Top Primera Division Team Standings (35 of 38 games played)
90 Barcelona - Next: Tue May 4 v Tenerife
89 Real Madrid - Next: Wed May 5 at Mallorca
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Gabriel Marcotti of the Wall Street Journal gives us a look at the strengths built through out the season by Bayern Munich. They are peaking at the right time.
Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune notes that its homegrown, not purchased, talent that leads Barcelona and Bayern Munich to the upper tier of the European soccer world.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
USA & Watford centerback Jay DeMerit describing the eye problems he had last fall that led to a cornea transplant: "It looked like I had been bitten by a zombie."
-See the full story below in the USA World Cup 2010 South Africa section.
FACT OF THE DAY
Over 7000 turn up last weekend in Houston to look at the World Cup trophy!
-Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle tells us all about it.
FUN OF THE DAY
This ought to go over huge with 2 groups of people - straight women and gay men:
World soccer is on the cover of the new Vanity Fair with lots of hunky stars in their underwear. Including Landon Donovan. Video too.
STORY OF THE DAY
The Wall Street Journal on the most popular soccer team in America - the Mexican national team.
THIS IS WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT
Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee're goin' up, so you better get this party started!
The BBC on St Pauli's promotion back to the Bundesliga! Thanks to Andrew for the story.
Stop by the St Pauli store today for the coolest football wear in the world. I have one of those snazzy Retter tshirts!
MLS WEEK 7
The round starts early with 4 games on Wednesday night.
Matches & Scores:
-Wed May 5
DC United v Kansas City Wizards - 6PM Central on ESPN2
Venue: RFK Stadium - Washington DC
New England Revolution v Chivas USA - 6:30PM Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Gillette Stadium - Foxborough MA
Houston Dynamo v FC Dallas - 8PM Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Robertson Stadium - Houston TX
Colorado Rapids v Los Angeles Galaxy - 8:30PM Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
MLS TEAM & PLAYER NEWS
The New England Revolution has a 2 part video interview with their long injury star player Taylor Twellman. Part 1 - and - Part 2.
-There is no one du Nord would like to see on the field more than Taylor Twellman. And man does he seem committed to find a way back with the team.
Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle on the return to health for Dynamo forward Brian Ching.
-He is hoping to play on Saturday.
Chivas USA midfielder Michael Lahoud has been given a 2 game suspension for a bad tackle on Chicago's Justin Mapp last Saturday. A foul was called on the original play, but no cards were given.
Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America looks at the effect new players have had on each team, and ranks the teams.
Jack Bell of the New York Times on the amazing start by New York and other league notes.
Don Ruiz of the Tacoma News Tribune looks at Seattle's switch to an attacking 4-3-3 formation that yield positive forward momentum, but no more goals than usual.
Craig Stoufer of the Examiner talks to DC united honcho Kevin Payne about his team's winless streak to start the season.
-Payne is not exactly the voice of confident leadership in this article.
Stoufer also tries to piece together a DC lineup for Wednesday night's game.
Big Apple Soccer has quotes from NYRB goach Hans Backe concerning Thierry Henry.
Dan Levy of the Sporting News on potential summer transfers.
Sky Sports has quotes from Philadelphia target Robert Pires.
Is TFC again showing interested in Trinidad & Tobago and Joe Public forward Kerry Baptiste?
3 Newly added:
-Sun Jul 25???
Kansas City Wizards v Manchester United (England)
Venue: Arrowhead Stadium - Kansas City MO
MLS All Stars v Manchester United (England)
Venue: Relient Stadium - Houston TX
-Sat Jun 19
DC United v El Salvador (national team)
Venue: RFK Stadium - Washington DC
US OPEN CUP
DC United coach Curt Onalfo has been suspended for 2 games for verbally abusing the referee in their last USOC game.
All the best Open Cup info can be found right here at The Cup.
USSF DIVISION 2
Travis Clark of Soccer by Ives with a review of the past week in D2.
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
SOCCER IN AMERICA
L.E. Eisenmenger of the Examiner does an interview with the guy behind the World Cup push at ESPN. This is Part 1 of that interview.
USA WORLD CUP 2010 SOUTH AFRICA
Jere Longman of the New York Times on the amazing eye surgery that Jay DeMerit had to replace a cornea.
Nick Green of the Daily Breeze talks to Herculez Gomez who is hoping to get a call for the USA training camp on May 15.
-Green gives us more great stuff on Gomez on his blog 100 Percent Soccer.
-Gomez is currently training with Chivas USA!
Green also pointed us to another article on Gomez, this one by Adam Serrano of Soccer By Ives.
Jeff Carlisle of Soccernet weighs the scales for Conor Casey getting a spot on the roster.
I was out on the town Saturday night with several FIF's and one of them suggested that I post some 23 player rosters by them, the nobodys. I agreed. So here we go with no-body #1 Patrick Schildt:
GOALKEEPERS- Tim Howard, Marcus Hahnemann, Brad Guzan
DEFENDERS- Carlos Bocanegra, Oguchi Onyewu, Jay DeMerit, Jonathan Spector, Steve Cherundolo, Jonathan Bornstein, Clarence Goodson
MIDFIELDERS- Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Stuart Holden, Benny Feilhaber, Jose Francisco Torres, Maurice Edu, Ricardo Clark, Alejandro Bedoya, Clint Dempsey
FORWARDS- Jozy Altidore, Conor Casey, Edson Buddle, Herculez Gomez
AMERICANS IN EUROPE
NOTE: Before you read the article below, know that player #10 on their list did not step on the field for the 2009/10 season, so I have no idea how this whole thing could be taken seriously.
Forbes uses the Castrol Index to tell us who the top 10 American players are in Europe right now.
So why can't DaMarcus Beasley catch a break at Rangers this spring. He got a bunch of starts in the winter and really excelled, then he got hurt and has not been returned to consistent field time since. He did get 62 minutes on Saturday, but then today he was not even in the 18. What is that all about.
Game Action: (only those that played are listed)
SCOTLAND - Premier League
Maurice Edu - Rangers - went the distance as they lost 2-1 at Celtic.
NORWAY - Eliteserien
Hunter Freeman - Start - Mon May 3 - played the full 90 but lost 2-0 at Aalesund.
Clarence Goodson - Start - Mon May 3 - played the full 90 but lost 2-0 at Aalesund.
Coming Up: (all possible players are listed)
DENMARK - Superliga
Benny Feilhaber - AGF Aarhus - Thu May 6 v Sonderjyske
Yura Movsisyan - Randers - Wed May 5 v AaB
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - Thu May 6 at Odense
Chris Rolfe - AaB - Wed May 5 at Randers
ENGLAND - Premier League
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - Wed May 5 v Stoke City
FRANCE - Ligue 1
Carlos Bocanegra - Rennes - Wed May 5 at Marseille
Charlie Davies - Sochaux - do you think there is any imaginable chance that he makes the roster for this game - Wed May 5 v Montpellier
GREECE - Super League European Tournament Playoffs
Freddy Adu - Aris - Wed May 5 - at AEK Athens
Eddie Johnson - Aris - Wed May 5 - at AEK Athens
NETHERLANDS - Nacompetitie
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - Thu May 6 v Sparta Rotterdam - Sun May 9 at Sparta Rotterdam
*An 8 playoff for 2 promotion spots in the top flight between #2-#7 in the Erste and #16 & #17 in the Ere Divisions.
NORWAY - Eliteserien
Erik Benjaminsen - Stabaek - Wed May 5 at Rosenborg
Steve Clark - Honefoss - Wed May 5 at Valerenga
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek - Wed May 5 at Rosenborg
Hunter Freeman - Start - Thu May 6 v Lillestrom
Clarence Goodson - Start - Thu May 6 v Lillestrom
Di Vita Jensen - Honefoss - Wed May 5 at Valerenga
RUSSIA - Premier Division
Yevgeni Starikov - FC Tom Tomsk - Thu May 6 v Terek Grozny
SWEDEN - Allsvenskan Liga
Alejandro Bedoya - Orebro - Thu May 6 at Helsingborg
Ryan Miller - Halmstad - Wed May 5 at Kalmar
Johan Smith - Kalmar - Wed May 5 v Halmstad
Micheal Thomas - Halmstad - Wed May 5 at Kalmar
EPL Talk has an audio interview with Chuck Culpepper - "Perhaps the most famous Portsmouth fan in North America, Chuck Culpepper documented his conversation to football fan and Pompey supporter in Bloody Confused (or, in the U.K., Up Pompey). In the wake of a trying season at Fratton Park, Chuck rejoins the EPL Talk podcast to shares his views, talk about his experiences going back to Fratton Park, and reflect on what the for melancholy times mean for his support of his team and his league." Download or listen here.
Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune says a new Tory government could crack down on rampant debt by English football clubs.
Top Goal Scorers in the Premier League:
26 Didier Drogba - Chelsea
26 Wayne Rooney - Manchester United
24 Darren Bent - Sunderland
23 Carlos Tevez - Manchester City
21 Frank Lampard - Chelsea
18 Fernando Torres - Liverpool
18 Jermain Defoe - Tottenham Hotspur
Top Goal Scorers in La Liga:
29 Lionel Messi - Barcelona
25 Gonzalo Higuaín - Real Madrid
22 Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid
21 David Villa - Valencia
17 Diego Forlan - Atletico Madrid
16 Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Barcelona
14 Luis Fabiano - Sevilla
14 Fernando Llorente - Athletic Bilbao
Gabriele Marcotti of The Times on the significance of Marseilles winning Ligue 1. They spent an awful lot of money to get there.
-Gabriele Heinze is the highest paid player in France this season at US$6.7 Million. Wow.
Top Goal Scorers in Ligue 1:
15 Mamadou Niang - Marseilles
15 Kevin Gameiro - Lorient
14 Anderson Luiz de Carvalho Nene - Monaco
13 Pierre Alain Frau - Lille
13 Asamoah - Rennes
13 Lisandro Lopez - Lyon
13 Loic Remy - Nice
13 Mevlut Erding - Paris St Germain
13 Ireneusz Jelen - Auxerre
13 Gervinho - Lille
Top Goal Scorers in the Bundesliga:
21 Stefan Kiessling - Bayer Leverkusen
21 Edin Dzeko - Wolfsburg
18 Kevin Kuranyi - Schalke
18 Lucas Barrios - Borussia Dortmund
15 Claudio Pizarro - Werder Bremen
14 Arjen Robben - Bayern Munich
13 Thomas Muller - Bayern Munich
COPPA ITALIA - Final
-Wed May 5
Inter v Roma
Top Goal Scorers in Serie A:
26 Antonio Di Natale - Udinese
20 Diego Milito - Inter
18 Fabrizio Miccoli - Palermo
17 Giampaolo Pazzini - Sampdoria
15 Alberto Gilardino - Fiorentina
14 Marco Borriello - Milan
Matt Dickinson of The Times on the once much maligned England manager Steve McClaren who is now a championship winning coach at Twente in the Netherlands.
Top Primera Division 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
Matches & Scores - Round of 16:
-Tue May 4
Velez Sarsfield v Guadalajara (0-3)
Sao Paulo v Universitario Deportes (0-0)
-Wed May 5
Estudiantes de la Plata v San Luis (1-0)
Corinthians v Flamengo (0-1)
Nacional v Cruzeiro (1-3)
-Thu May 6
Internacional v Banfield (1-3)
Universidad de Chile v 9 Alianza Lima (0-1)
Libertad v 12 Once Caldas (0-0)
Here is the full Knockout Stage Bracket:
1 Corinthians v 16 Flamengo
8 Universidad de Chile v 9 Alianza Lima
- - - - -
5 Libertad v 12 Once Caldas
4 Velez Sarsfield v 13 Guadalajara
- - - - -
3 Estudiantes de la Plata v 14 San Luis
6 Internacional v 11 Banfield
- - - - -
7 Nacional (Uruguay) v 10 Cruzeiro
2 Sao Paulo v 15 Universitario Deportes
WORLD CUP 2010 - SOUTH AFRICA
The New York Times on Australian striker Joshua Kennedy, who stands at nearly 6'5", but is no gangly creature like Peter Crouch.
Germany has found out that their #1 keeper Rene Adler is out of the tournament due to broken ribs that need surgery.
JACK WARNER/SEPP BLATTER/FIFA ODDITIES
Patrick Barclay of The Times keeps open the story of the Trinidad & Tobago players who were promised bonuses by Jack Warner for the 2006 World Cup, but still have yet to receive that money.
ALL AROUND THE WORLD
The Guardian with an article on the West Ham youth academy - a model for all to follow.
Shanghai has seemingly developed their own version of the English language, and it's a doozy. The New York Times has several examples, like this gem: