Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Some News for Wed May 12, 2010


Some of the top American pundits give their thoughts on the USA pre-roster:
-Jere Longman of the New York Times
-Steve Davis of Sports Illustrated (includes video of Grant Wahl commenting as well)
-Paul Kennedy of Soccer America
-Frank Dell'Apa of the Boston Globe
-Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer


Did Eddie Johnson jack up his hamstring in Greece today? The rumor mill is buzzing.


Martin Rogers of Yahoo with an article on Freddy Adu. What has happened to him, and where is he headed?


Atletico Madrid win the Final. Huge congrats go out to them!

-Wed May 12
Fulham 1-2 Atletico Madrid - Ful goal by Simon Davies. AM goals both by Diego Forlan.

The game ended tied 1-1 after 90 minutes, but Atletico scored the winner late in the Added Extra Time.


Reuters with an article reporting that Spain's Primera Division is considering splitting off from the rest of that countries football much like England's Premier League did nearly 20 years ago.


It's interesting that this come up today after the great opinion piece we had here on du Nord last weekend saying that the big money grab of the Premier and Champions League have taken away some of the best glory in football


CharlieDavies9 shares his disappointment in 2 Twitter messages:
"Congrats to the guys who have made the WC Squad. I wish them nothing but the best! They have my full support!!! I'm rooting them on!!!!"
"It was a very sad day for me as well but now focused for next season!"


The week gets going on Thurday night in Salt Lake City

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


Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times has a transcript of a media Q & A session with new Sounders signing Blaise Nkufo who will join the team when the summer transfer window opens.
-Sounders coach and players comment on Nkufo.


Kansas City president Robb Heinemann is at it again, this time hopping on Big Soccer asking fans who the team should sign as a designated player. I love this guy. He had announced on Twitter that Man U was coming to KC several days before that info was formally released to the press. Talking to the fans directly. What a concept. Here is his exact post on Big Soccer:
RobbHeineman - Question 5: The Designated Player We Sign This Summer - So, I know you've got an opinion on this one...... Full Disclosure - we are trying, not going to reach, and in a perfect world get a 3-year player, minimum.....might not be possible.
-Charles Gooch of the Kansas City Star led us to that post and has the full story.


Marc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a private friendly that the Union played against the Ecuador national team yesterday. The game ended 1-1 with young Roger Torres scoring for PU.


Justin Rodriguez of Soccernet with an article on the fitness regimen that has raised the game of Houston midfielder Brad Davis considerably.
-I agree, I think Davis has been fantastic so far this season.


The News and Sentinel of Parkersburg WV with an article on their native son Zak Boggs who had quite the game last Saturday for New England scoring not 1 but 2 goals.


Greg Seltzer of Soccer 365 talks to Bobby Convey of San Jose who after 2 brutal seasons in a row is finally coming back to the top of his game.


Here is a guy who clearly is not paying attention in class.
-Orrin Schwarz of Chicago's Daily Herald tells MLS that maybe they should look into having a team in St Louis. Wow! What a brilliant idea! How come no one thought of that before? Oh, wait.... they have been for years now, and Jeff Cooper couldn't get enough investors in St Louis to make it happen. How does this guy get a job covering MLS when he is paying so little attention.


Bolton Wanderers of England come to Canada.

Newly added:

-Wed Jul 21
Toronto FC v Bolton (England)
Venue: BMO Field - Toronto ON


MLS - Play-In Rounds:
Matches & Scores:
-Wed May 12
New York Red Bulls v New England Revolution
Venue: Red Bull Arena - Harrison NJ
-Date TBA
NYRB/NER Winner v Colorado Rapids


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


The Original Winger does a Q & A with David Downs, the Executive Director of the USA World Cup bid committee.


Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

UEFA - Europa League Final
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - Wed May 12 - came on as a sub in the 55th minute but they lost 2-1 to Atletico Madrid.

GREECE - Super League European Tournament Playoffs:
Freddy Adu - Wed May 12 - D 1-1 v AEK Athens - Round 4 of 6
Eddie Johnson - Wed May 12 - D 1-1 v AEK Athens - Round 4 of 6


El Salvador has been banned from all competitions by FIFA after that countries government got involved in new federation elections. The country has until June 8 to resolve the issue or they could be suspended for a year.


CONCACAF International Friendly Matches & Scores:
-Thu May 13
Mexico v Angola - in Houston


Clausura 2010 playoffs:

Matches & Scores - Semifinals:
1st Leg
-Wed May 12
Morelia v Santos Laguna
Pachuca v Toluca
2nd Leg
-Sat May 15
Santos Laguna v Morelia
Toluca v Pachua


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

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


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


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 3-4 Blackpool - Bla advance 6-4 on aggregate.
-Wed May 12
Cardiff City 2-3 Leicester City - series ends tied 3-3 - CC advance 4-3 on Penalty Kick Shootout

So now Cardiff City will face off against Blackpool for the big money and the beatings in the Premiership next season.


Ligue 1 has named Lyon forward Lisandro Lopez as their Player Of The Year.


Gabriele Marcotti of the Wall Street Journal looks at the success fresh managers had this season across the top Euro leagues.


Matches & Scores - Quarterfinals:
1st Leg
-Tue May 11
Guadalajara 3-0 Libertad - Gua goals by Omar Bravo(2) & Ricardo Gallien.
-Wed May 12
Cruzeiro v Sao Paulo
Flamengo v Universidad de Chile
-Thu May 13
Internacional v Estudiantes de la Plata
2nd Leg
-Tue May 18
Libertad v Guadalajara (0-3)
-Wed May 19
Sao Paulo v Cruzeiro (-)
-Thu May 20
Universidad de Chile v Flamengo (-)
Estudiantes de la Plata v Internacional (-)


Tim Vickery of the BBC reviews the World Cup roster of Brazil (focused) and Argentina (muddled).


Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune looks at the difficulty of choosing a national team for one tournament.


Last summer Karim Benzema was sold by Lyon to Real Madrid for a tooooooooon of money. This summer he will be sitting at home watching the World Cup on TV just like the rest of us schleps cuz France did not name him to their roster.


Argentina has left 2 of their best and most experienced players off their roster: Javier Zanetti and Estaban Cambiaso. How could they make sure a huge error?

Argentina's roster of 30:
Mariano Andujar - Catania
Diego Pozo - Colon
Sergio Romero - AZ Alkmaar
Nicolas Burdisso - Roma
Fabricio Coloccini - Newcastle
Ariel Garce - Colon
Martin Demichelis - Bayern Munich
Gabriel Heinze - Marseille
Juan Manuel Insaurralde - Newell’s Old Boys
Nicolas Otamendi - Velez Sarsfield
Clemente Rodriguez - Estudiantes de la Plata
Walter Samuel - Inter
Sebastian Blanco - Lanus
Mario Bolatti - Fiorentina
Jesus Datolo - Olympiacos
Angel Di Maria - Benfica
Jonas Gutierrez - Newcastle
Javier Mascherano - Liverpool
Juan Mercier - Argentinos Juniors
Javier Pastore - Palermo
Maxi Rodriguez - Liverpool
Jose Sosa - Estudiantes de la Plata
Juan Sebastian Veron - Estudiantes de la Plata
Sergio Aguero - Atletico Madrid
Gonzalo Higuain - Real Madrid
Ezequiel Lavezzi - Napoli
Lionel Messi - Barcelona
Diego Milito - Inter
Martin Palermo - Boca Juniors
Carlos Tevez - Manchester City


Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian tries to unravel the myths or facts of the importance of the possession game.


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