Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Some News for Wed May 26, 2010


See the USA 2010 World Cup rosterr published here at du Nord earlier today. Lots more on Team USA below.


It's official: Pellegrini out at Real Madrid, and Mourinho in!


USL has announced that the island nation of Antigua (out past Puerto Rico) will join First Division next year - Welcome Barracuda FC (seriously). And who exactly is going to pay for those airplane tickets?


Lots of good games going on around North America tonight as a couple MLS teams as playing international friendlies, 2 Canadian teams are facing off in their national title tournament, and there is a US Open Cup game on the docket.


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US Soccer gives us the official 23 player USA World Cup 2010 roster, in detail.
-Quotes on the roster from coach and players.


Wayne Drehs of ESPN Soccernet tell us how some guys found out that they made the team.


Matches & Scores:
-Tue May 25
USA 2-4 Czech Republic - USA goals by Maurice Edu & Herculez Gomez. CR goals by Tomas Sivok, Jan Polak, Martin Fenin & Tomas Necid.
Venue: Rentschler Field - East Hartford CT
Attendance: 36,218
Match report from US Soccer.
Match report from the Hartford Courant.
Post game analysis by Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America.
Player ratings by Mahoney.
Match report by Jeff Carlisle of Soccernet.
Player ratings by Carlisle.
Player ratings by Steve Davis of Sports Illustrated
Match report by Ives Galarcep of Fox Soccer.
Match report by Jere Longman of the New York Times.
Player ratings by Greg Seltzer of Soccer 365.


-Sat May 29
USA v Turkey - 1PM Central on ESPN2
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field - Philadelphia PA


My thoughts on last nights game:

I think the game was a sellout. It sure looked full to me.

In a very flawed game the USA took a 1-0 lead, then surrendered 2 goals, then tied it up, and promptly surrendered 2 more goals. Not good.

The better part of the USA regular rotation watched the game from a private suite, while several backups got a chance to show what they had.
-Sitting out: Jozy Altidore, Carlos Bocanegra, Michael Bradley, Jay DeMerit, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Benny Feilhaber, Tim Howard
-3 other players who are virtual locks for the WC roster were on the game day roster but did not see the field - Ricardo Clark, Marcus Hahnemann & Jonathan Spector.

Oguchi Onyewu was on display last night too, and the rust is very apparent. If the tournament started this weekend I don't see how he could play.

Robbie Findley and Chad Marshall did not play at all.

The left fullback scene was a nightmare for the entire 90 minutes with Jonathan Bornstein stinking up the first 45 minutes and Heath Pearce possibly even worse in the second half.

Edson Buddle took a real shot to the mouth early in the game and ended up getting stitches in his upper lip at half time.


du Nord Three Stars Of The Game

3. Stuart Holden - lots of movement, lots of good positive passing, and even more aggresive late when the moved him into the middle of the field. Give him some more time in there and he will pick some locks.
2. Clarence Goodson - had a good night overall and a great goal, but if you are part of a back 4 that gives up 4 then you are not the top player of the game.
1. Libor Sionko/Jan Polak - both terrorized the USA defence ever time they got near or in the box. Both also scored goals, and then made teammates look really good several times each.
NOTE: I also thought that Beasley, Torres, Gomez, Rogers, Ching & Cherundolo had good games.


You know that pissed off look that Clint Dempsey has a lot of times? Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated finds out where some of that is coming from. Dempsey does not mince words.
-I too have been critical of Deuce, but I love the guy, and he has ALWAYS proved me wrong. I have to imagine that this rage is partially what fuels his great performances too.


Ronald Blum of the Associated Press on why Juergen Klinsmann turned down the chance to become the USA coach 3 1/2 years ago, and other USA related topics. Via Yahoo.

dN talks to Stuart Holden.


The Bolton News reports that Bolton has offered a new contract to Stuart Holden.


ESPN Soccernet has a short video interview with Bob Bradley talking about his roster.


Noah Davis of the USA 10 Kit with an article on Herculez Gomez.


Vital Football in the UK with a solid preview of Team USA from their point of view.


Wayne Drehs of ESPN Soccernet reports on former USA El Capitan Claudio Reyna taking in the game in Hartford on Tuesday night.


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Official Team Blog

The US Soccer video page at You Tube. Fantastic stuff!
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England talks to centerback Jamie Carragher.


Forward Guillermo Franco as announced that he is leaving his club team West Ham this summer.


Australia today became the first team to officially arrive in South Africa.


Brazil have finally lined up 2 tuneup games, Jun 7 v Tanzania, and against Zimbabwe on an unknown date.


I like the gray that has come into Maradona's beard. Mine is only the occasional straggley gray hairs still.

dN talks to South Africa winger Steven Pienaar.

dN also talks to Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac about Michael Essien and his team.


Friendly Matches & Scores:
-Wed May 26
France 2-1 Costa Rica - Fra goals by Douglas Sequeira(OG) & Mathieu Valbuena. CR goal by Carlos Hernandez.
Mexico 1-2 Netherlands - Mex goal by Javier Hernandez. Net goals both by Robin Van Prsie.
Chile v Zambia
Uruguay v Israel
-Thu May 27
Denmark v Senegal
Honduras v Belarus
South Africa v Colombia
-Fri May 28
Algeria v Ireland


What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger!! it was a great experience and congrats to those who made it..Good Luck USA in SA! God Bless

Obviously gutted but thanks for all the support and I will be rooting for the US no matter what!!! Life is awesome!

Just landed in D.C. after the W.C. announcement. Get a chance to meet President Obama and former President Clinton tomorrow.

So excited!!!! Thanks for all the messags people

Respect for all the messages my friends!! On our way to DC.. Speak to u guys soon..

Thanks for all the messages! It will be an honor to represent the USA in the world cup! Dream come true..

It is a great honor & dream come true to play for my country. Thx for all the congrats.


If something as small as not having enough MLS players available for the Gold Cup and Copa America 3 years ago was even close to a major sticking point that drove Juergen Klinsmann away from coaching the USA, then I say good riddance. That event is small potatoes in the long run, and the way US Soccer handled it was exactly how I would have done it.


The latest FIFA rankings came out today, and I don't care. But.... if you take a look at the whole thing, I think you can break it down like this - the top 9 teams are in one group - Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Argentina, England and France, with the next 10-50 could all be thrown into a pot and drawn out at random, they are all that close to each other.


One before the full weekend slate.

-Thu May 27
Chicago Fire v FC Dallas - 7PM Central on ESPN2
Venue: Toyota Park - Bridgeview IL


Kansas City has made a surprise signing with DaMarcus Beasley's older brother Jamar. He was a hotter prospect then the younger DaMarcus at the time, but several things have sidetracked Jamar along the way. Lets see what hes got!


9 Edson Buddle
6 Dwayne De Rosario
5 Chris Wondolowski
5 Kei Kamara
4 Guillermo Barros Schelotto


Rumor has 3 teams fighting over Italian centerback Fab Cannavarro - LA, NY & Philly. Do you see this happening? Nah, me neither. Although he would sell some tickets, not tons, but enough.


-Wed May 26
DC United v AC Milan (Italy)
Venue: RFK Stadium
Seattle Sounders v Boca Juniors (Argentina)
Venue: Qwest Field - Seattle WA


MLS - Play-In Rounds with the 2 winners advancing to the Round of 16:
-Wed May 26
New York Red Bulls v Colorado Rapids
Venue: Red Bull Arena - Harrison NJ


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

USSF DIVISION 2 has a Q & A with Portland honcho Gavin Wilkinson about the teams last in the minor league, and next year headed to the major league.
-I had never met a New Zealander who wasn't a fantastic person until I met this arrogant prick. I do know some great people who think highly of him though, so maybe its me.


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


Standings (As of Sun May 23):
14 Austin - 7 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 - 6 played
7 Minnesota - 9 played
6 Puerto Rico - 3 played
5 Carolina - 5 played
4 St Louis - 8 played


The Stars go to Tampa Bay today for a Thu game, then head back home on Fri for a game against St Louis on Sat night.


The Associate Press talks to Claudio Reyna who was recently put in charge of US Soccer youth development.


Lisbon International Tournament

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

Earl Edwards - UCLA
Andrew Wolverton - Concorde Fire
Michael Ambrose - FC Dallas
Bryan Gallego - New York Red Bulls
Andrew Jean-Baptiste - Albertson
Jordan McCrary - Concorde Fire
Boyd Okwuonu - FC Dallas
Eriq Zavaleta - FC Pride
Sean Davis - New York Red Bulls
Amadou Dia - Real Colorado
Daniel Garcia - FC Dallas
Luis Gil - Real Salt Lake
Perry Kitchen - Akron
Miguel Lopez - Lonestar SC
Daniel Metzger - PDA
Jared Watts - Wake Forest
Riley Wolfe - LA Galaxy
Victor Chavez - Real So Cal
Stefan Jerome - West Pines United FC
Sean Okoli - Washington Premier


Friendly Matches & Scores:
-Tue May 25
USA 2-4 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


Paul James of the Toronto Globe & Mail looks at the beating Canada took Monday at the hands of Argentina and finds some silver.
-As much as it sucks as a fan to see your team go down hard, its certainly not embarrassing to go to Buenos Aires and get pounded, cuz almost everyone else does too.


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

Vancouver must win in Montreal tonight or the title goes to Toronto.

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 v Vancouver Whitecaps
-Jun 2
Toronto FC v Vancouver Whitecaps


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

The winner represents Canada in the CONCACAF Champions League.


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