Friday, June 04, 2010

Some News for Fri Jun 4, 2010

STARTERS

Didier Drogba of Ivory Coast is the 3rd major star to be injured badly enough to miss the World Cup. He suffered a dislocated elbow in a friendly against Japan on Friday.
-Don't bet the house on him missing the WC just yet!

dN

From the upcoming issue of the New York Times Sunday Magazine we get a very cool in depth article by Michael Sokolove on the legendary youth soccer system of Amsterdam Ajax. Great job.

dN

New Yorker also has a really good big article this week by Hampton Sides on Tim Howard and Team USA. It is only available on line to subscribers, so I suggest you go buy it - the June 7 edition. And while yer at it read the whole magazine cover to cover. It will make you smarter, I promise.

dN

Arch Bell of the Yanks Abroad seems to feel that this talk of Jonathan Bornstein leaving Chivas USA to play for Atlante in Mexico is true.

TWITTER

Get on board our Twitter train: @dunord

USA WORLD CUP 2010 SOUTH AFRICA

Jozy Altidore did not train on Friday, and I would not expect to see him in the game on Saturday.

dN

Matches & Scores:
-Sat Jun 5
USA v Australia - 7:30am Central on ESPN2
Venue: Ruimsig Stadium - Roodepoort, South Africa

dN

Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated previews USA v Australia.

dN

Yanks Abroad with an open letter to Team USA.

dN

The AP with word from USA players on the ankle injury of Jozy Altidore, and a few other topics. Via SI.

dN

US Soccer tells us about who is representing East Texas at the WC - Clint Dempsey & Jose Torres. From Longview down to Nacogdoches on Hwy 259 is 70 miles.

dN

William Rhoden of the NY Times on rural South Africa, Ubuntu and Team USA.

dN

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Official Team Blog

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

USA OPPONENTS

England
-Centerback Rio Ferdinand, who has been battling all kinds of injuries leading up to the tourney, has now suffered knee ligament damage in training. He is out of the World Cup. The Guardian has the word.

Slovenia
-New York Times with an article on the national team.
-Don't confuse Slovenia with Slovakia. Don't do it.
-They got a convincing 3-1 win over New Zealand on Friday.

NORDCAST

A little video of my thoughts on a Friday afternoon:



MEXICO WORLD CUP 2010 SOUTH AFRICA

La Gazzetta of Italy was very impressed with Mexico in their win yesterday.

HONDURAS WORLD CUP 2010 SOUTH AFRICA

Last warm up friendly:
-Sat Jun 5
Honduras v Romania in St. Veit An Der Glan, Austria

WORLD CUP 2010 - SOUTH AFRICA

Simon Kuper of the Financial Times says to forget about the economic implications of this huge event on South Africa. There is much more to celebrate and recognize.

dN

The Guardian has interviews with the people who "discovered" 7 of the most talented players at this WC - Rooney, Torres, Messi, Kaka Schweinsteiger, Robben & Tevez.

dN

The AP is reporting that the field in Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane is made up of a real grass/fake grass combo. Versions of this are being used in a few high level places around the world, but this is the newest version. (thanks to JJ for this one)
-4 group stage games will be played at that stadium: Algeria v Slovenia, France v Mexico, Greece v Argentina, Paraguay v New Zealand

dN

Friendly Matches & Scores:
-Fri Jun 4
Cote d'Ivoire 2-0 Japan - CdI goals byTulio Tanaka(OG) & Kolo Toure.
France 0-1 China - Chi goal by Deng Zhuoxing.
New Zealand 1-3 Slovenia - NZ goal by Rory Fallon. Slo goals by Milivoje Novakovic(2) & Andraz Kirm.
-Sat Jun 5
Algeria v UAE
Cameroon v Serbia
Denmark v South Africa
Ghana - v Latvia
Honduras v Romania
Italy v Switzerland
Netherlands v Hungary
Slovakia v Costa Rica
USA v Australia
-Sun Jun 6
Nigeria v North Korea
-Mon Jun 7
Tanzania v Brazil
-Tue Jun 8
Portugal v Mozambique
Spain v Poland
-Wed Jun 9
Chile v New Zealand

PICTURE OF THE DAY

Real Salt Lake make the customary champions stop at the Whitehouse. Always cool in my book.
-The team also has more words, photos and video from the big day.
-Salt Lake Tribune with even more good words and video.















FACT OF THE DAY


A reader named Peteo let us know that the Nike Write The Future ad was the most watched (non-music) video on the internet in the month of May.

dN

Why not watch it again.

dN

Oh hell, lets watch the Landon Donovan and Jozy Altidore ESPN commercials too.

FUN FACT OF THE DAY

Who would have imagined just a few short years ago that a team like Boca Juniors could come here to play 3 friendly's and go home with 3 losses. Truly remarkable growth in American soccer. They lost to LA 1-0, Seattle 3-0 and Portland 3-2.

THIS IS WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT

Steve Davis on his blog Daily Soccer Fix is just giddy over the notion that soccer haters all across America are having each and every day ruined right now by all the mega-media coverage in our country for the World Cup.
-Its time for heavy karma baby!

WHY NOT!

North Korea tried to name a striker as their 3rd goalkeeper on their World Cup roster, (you must have 3 of the 23 be keepers), but FIFA told them, "Aniyo! Aniyo! Aniyo!", those 3 can ONLY play goalkeeper, and nowhere else on the field are they allowed. Nice try Kim. But you can't get one past Sepp. He is better at that game than you are Dear Leader. Via The Daily Mail.

MLS WEEK 11

Matches & Scores:
-Sat Jun 5
Toronto FC v Kansas City Wizards - 3PM Central on Direct Kick
Venue: BMO Field - Toronto ON
Chivas USA at New York Red Bulls - 6:30PM Central on FSC
Venue: Red Bull Arena - Harrison NJ
DC United v Real Salt Lake - 6:30 PMCentral on Direct Kick
Venue: RFK Stadium - Washington DC
Los Angeles Galaxy v Houston Dynamo - 7PM Central on Galavision
Venue: Home Depot Center - Carson CA
FC Dallas v San Jose Earthquakes - 7:30PM Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Pizza Hut Park - Frisco TX
Chicago Fire v Philadelphia Union - 7:30PM Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Toyota Park - Bridgeview IL
Colorado Rapids v Columbus Crew - 8PM Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City CO
Seattle Sounders FC v New England Revolution - 9:30PM Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Qwest Field - Seattle WA

MLS TEAM & PLAYER NEWS

William Rhoden of the NY Times on the life of Danleigh Borman of the New York Red Bulls - and his family from South Africa.

dN

Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times has words from Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid.

dN

Steve Hunt of Fox Sports Southwest on Dallas's little known second year starting centerback George John.

dN

The Washington Post looks at DC United latest lineup adjustments and sees that the team is improved.

dN

Marc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer wonders if the Union can make it 2 in a row.

dN

Kerith Gabriel of the Philadelphia Daily News on the return of Union head coach Peter Nowak to Chicago where he won a championship as a player.

MLS EXHIBITIONS

There is talk of a Chicago Fire v Club America game to be played at Wrigley Field. Historic. No date yet.

USSF DIVISION 2

Matches & Scores:
-Fri Jun 4
Rochester Rhinos v NSC Minnesota Stars
-Sat Jun 5
Austin Aztex v Puerto Rico Islanders
-Sun Jun 6
Montreal Impact v Miami FC Blues
Vancouver Whitecaps v Tampa Bay Rowdies
Portland Timbers v Carolina RailHawks

dN

Standings (As of Thu Jun 3):
20 Austin - 9 played
18 Tampa Bay - 9 played
14 Rochester - 9 played
12 Vancouver - 8 played
11 Montreal - 7 played
11 Carolina - 7 played
11 Portland - 8 played
10 Baltimore - 9 played
10 Minnesota - 11 played
9 Puerto Rico - 6 played
8 Miami - 8 played
4 St Louis - 9 played

dN

Standings base on Points Per Game:
2.22 Austin
2.00 Tampa Bay
1.57 Carolina
1.57 Montreal
1.56 Rochester
1.50 Puerto Rico
1.50 Vancouver
1.22 Portland
1.11 Baltimore
1.00 Miami
0.91 Minnesota
0.44 St Louis

SOCCER IN AMERICA

The St Petersburg Times on the place of soccer in our country in 2010.

AMERICANS IN EUROPE

Coming Up: (all possible players are listed)

NORWAY - Eliteserien
Erik Benjaminsen - Stabaek - Next: Sun Jun 6 at Sandeford
Steve Clark - Honefoss - Next: Sun Jun 6 at Odd
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek - Next: Sun Jun 6 at Sandeford
Hunter Freeman - Start - Next: Mon Jun 7 v Viking
Di Vita Jensen - Honefoss - Next: Sun Jun 6 at Odd

ENDERS

Back on March 2nd we ran a link to a contest by @15 and Best Buy in which 13-15 year olds could win a trip to the World Cup. And amazingly the son of one of our great readers Wade was a winner. How frickin cool is that?? I hope he has a blast! Maybe we can get him to give us a little field report when he returns.

3 Comments:

Blogger Super Rookie said...

Nice shout out to the bro!

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's awesome that Realsaltlake visited the Whitehouse.

Any diversion for Obama which prohibits him from sitting at his desk and making phone calls which contribute to further screwing up the country is a good thing in my book.

I mean, we all know that Barack "I graduated from Columbia and I'm smarter than you but I refuse to release my college transcripts or senior thesis paper" Obama loves sports. He's been playing more golf than Tiger Woods all the while the Gulf Coast drowns in oil. That's what happens when you put a former "community organizer" in charge of the oversight of BP's drilling in deep waters.

And with the way that the world's most famous "community organizer" ditched attending The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetary on Memorial Day, and the way he said absolutely nothing to commemorate D-Day on June 6, it's no surprise that he's spending all his time taking photos with Realsaltlake, Duke basketball team, New Orleans Saints, and having swanky cocktail parties for Bono of U2 and Paul McCartney.

I wonder which team Obama will be rooting for in the World Cup.

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