Thursday, June 10, 2010

Some News for Thu Jun 10, 2010


Don't miss the second du Nord appearance on ESPN 1500 talking World Cup on Friday afternoon at 1pm Central sharp. Details here.


Midfielder Sacha Kljestan has been sold by Chivas USA to Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht in Belgium. He has signed a 4 year deal, and departs next week for his new club.


Salt Lake slays the dragon again beating unbeaten Los Angeles 1-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy UT.


Houston is going to be losing the Texas face of their team as President Oliver Luck is leaving July 1 to become the Athletic Director of the University of West Virginia.


Nelson Mandela has joined the USA World Cup Bid Committee, ooooh, wait, sorry, that would be Morgan Freeman has joined the USA World Cup Bid Committee. OK, sounds good.


Join me at the Sweetwater for the big USA game on Saturday. I will also be there for opening day, both games, and many other days during the whole tournament.

I will also be cruising all around the Twin Cities to watch games. Do you have any suggestions for me?


I am excited to announce that I will be joining in on some live web chatting during the World Cup over at the great website Sports Myriad run by Mr Beau Dure. They will have a chat set up for every game during the whole tournament. My first assignment is Sun Jun 13 at 6:30am for Algeria v Slovenia. I will be hosting the chat along with Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. So if you are out of bed you should join us online.


Our friends at Bumpy Pitchy have come with some beautiful new USA and England shirts that would look really good on you.


Get on board our Twitter train: @dunord


1 day till we get started and 2 days till the big game.


How much is left to be said?!?!?!


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Jun 12
USA v England - 1:30pm Central on ABC
Venue: Royal Bafokeng Stadium - Rustenburg
-Fri Jun 18
USA v Slovenia - 9:00am Centraol on ESPN
Venue: Soccer City Stadium - Johannesburg/Ellis Park
-Wed Jun 23
USA v Algeria - 9:00am Centraol on ESPN
Venue: Loftus Versfeld Stadium - Tshwane/Pretoria


Steve Davis of Sports Illustrated looks at the weight of this huge first USA game.

Lawrence Donegan of the Guardian on Landon Donovan.

The folks at the Everton fans site Toffeeweb have thrown their lot in with Tim Howard and Landon Donovan, and called England the Non-Everton Dandies!

Ronald Blum of the Associated Press talks to Jozy Altidore about his injured ankle.

Blum also reports on the World Cup mania sweeping the USA.
-Kinda, lets not get carried away here.

Really good video report on our team from the NBC Nightly News.

Our pal Simon Evans of Reuters says the USA are not minnows anymore at the World Cup.


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Official Team Blog

The US Soccer video page at You Tube. Fantastic stuff!
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-Former Slovenian star Zlatko Zahovic (currently the director of football for Maribor) has apparently been smoking something funny, and I doubt the current team would approve of his bravado (while at the same time appreciating his enthusiasm): “Whatever happens we will get out of that group. And do you know why? Because we are stronger than both the US and the England teams. Remember how easily we defeated Russia in the play-off games? We were so much better than the Russians. I do not think that even their best player, Andrei Arshavin, could compete for a place in our squad. So, we will go further – and then see what is going to be next for us.”


Michael Lewis of the NY Daily News talks to someone who knew Edson Buddle in his youth, and let him get away.


-Sat Jun 12
England v USA - 1:30pm Central on ABC
Venue: Royal Bafokeng Stadium - Rustenburg
-Sun Jun 13
Algeria v Slovenia - 6:30am Central on
Venue: Peter Mokaba Stadium - Polokwane
-Fri Jun 18
Slovenia v USA - 9:00am Central on ESPN
Venue: Soccer City Stadium - Johannesburg/Ellis Park
England v Algeria - 1:30pm Central on
Venue: Green Point Stadium - Cape Town
-Wed Jun 23
Slovenia v England - 9:00am Central on
Venue: Port Elizabeth Stadium - Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth
USA v Algeria - 9:00am Central on ESPN
Venue: Loftus Versfeld Stadium - Tshwane/Pretoria


Group Stage Matches & Scores:
-Fri Jun 11
South Africa v Mexico
-Thu Jun 17
France v Mexico
-Tue Jun 22
Mexico v Uruguay


Group Stage Matches & Scores:
-Wed Jun 16
Honduras v Chile
-Mon Jun 21
Spain v Honduras
-Fri Jun 25
Switzerland v Honduras


Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated previews game #1 South Africa v Mexico.


Word from the Argentine camp is that Lionel Messi joined the team exhausted from the long season. Will he be ready??


Matches & Scores:
-Wed Jun 9
Chicago Fire 2-2 Colorado Rapids - CF goals both by Marco Pappa. CR goals by Omar Cummings & Conor Casey.
Venue: Toyota Park - Bridgeview IL
Attendance: 13,607
Real Salt Lake 1-0 Los Angeles Galaxy - RSL goal by Javier Morales.
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium - Sandy UT
Attendance: 19,513
-Thu Jun 10
Kansas City Wizards v Philadelphia Union - 7PM Central on Direct Kick
Venue: CommunityAmerica Ballpark - Kansas City KS
Seattle Sounders FC v DC United - 9PM Central on ESPN2
Venue: Qwest Field - Seattle WA


And then a 2 week break commences for the World Cup group stage.


No new unbeaten record for Los Angeles. They were tied for the best start to a season at 12 games unbeaten, but Salt Lake put an end to that last night.


But Salt Lake has extended their home unbeaten string to 16 games. Impressive.


Kurt Kragthorpe of the Salt Lake Tribune writes that RSL Midfield general Javier Morales was the leader of the pack last night.


Conor Casey grabbed a road point for Colorado in stoppage time at Chicago.


Clemente Lisi of the US Soccer Players Assoc does a Q & A with Salt Lake youngster Luis Gil.


Baggio Husidic laid back a stunning pass for Marco Papa to finish last night in Chicago. See it here.


Great video introducing the all new Vancouver Whitecaps.


Coming Up:
-Sat Jun 12
Sacramento Cup
Chivas USA v San Jose Earthquakes
Venue: Raley Field - West Sacramento CA
-Sun Jun 13
New England Revolution v Cruzeiro (Brazil)
Venue: Gillette Stadium - Foxborough MA


Of the 4 games played on Wed night, my Star were the only one to get a win, the other 3 ended in ties. Hooray Beergarden!


Matches & Scores:
-Wed Jun 9
Miami FC Blues 3-3 Crystal Palace Baltimore
NSC Minnesota Stars 1-0 Montreal Impact
Austin Aztex 0-0 Portland Timbers
Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 Carolina RailHawks

-Sat Jun 12
Tampa Bay Rowdies v Montreal Impact
Rochester Rhinos v Crystal Palace Baltimore
Miami FC Blues v Portland Timbers
Puerto Rico Islanders v AC St Louis
Austin Aztex v Vancouver Whitecaps


Standings (As of Thu Jun 10):
24 Austin - 11 played
18 Tampa Bay - 10 played
16 Vancouver - 10 played
15 Rochester - 10 played
14 Minnesota - 13 played
13 Carolina - 9 played
13 Portland - 10 played
12 Montreal - 9 played
11 Baltimore - 10 played
10 Miami - 10 played
9 Puerto Rico - 7 played
4 St Louis - 9 played


Standings base on Points Per Game:
2.3 Austin
1.80 Tampa Bay
1.67 Vancouver
1.50 Carolina
1.50 Montreal
1.50 Rochester
1.33 Portland
1.29 Puerto Rico
1.11 Baltimore
1.00 Miami
0.92 Minnesota
0.44 St Louis


After a big home win last night over Montreal (our main man Melvin Tarley bagged the winner!!!), the Stars have this weekend off, but must be ready for a brutal week ahead when they play at home Tue, away Thu, home Sat and home Sun. Insanity.

-Tue Jun 15
NSC Stars v Kansas City Athletics - US Open Cup
-Thu Jun 17
Portland Timbers v NSC Stars - league match
-Sat Jun 19
NSC Stars v Portland Timbers - league match
-Sun Jun 20
NSC Stars v Chicago Fire - exhibition


Former Liverpool manager Spaniard Rafael Benitez was introduced today as the new man in charge of UEFA Champions League winning Inter Milan. He got a 2 year contract, which is pretty short for this level.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i assume you dont have much sympathy for mexico but you could watch the games at the mercado central and get some of the latin flavor you experienced at azteca.

5:23 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

i am really looking forward to the mexico games

mercado central sounds like a great suggestion


there is a really good restaurant near my house called adelita and i definitely plan on going there at some point too

5:33 PM  
Anonymous Joe J said...

crap goal for RSL.

the last 2 goals against Donovan Ricketts have been flukes.

8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dunord, a little heads up. Not sure if you saw this. Saw it posted in the comment section at Ives. This guy has put up every World Cup game the US has played in:

As if I really needed more soccer to watch with the World Cup upon as. Love it!

11:13 PM  
Anonymous ambrown said...

I had an excellent time today watching the three games at the Nomad. Crowd was rowdy, and way into it.

(I think we've met before, I'm the young guy that has shown up at Sweetwater a couple times with a Timbers scarf.)

9:55 PM  
Anonymous G. Ames said...

England has an established quartet of elite players and all four will be playing in London. Michael Adams, 39, from Cornwall, has recently wrested back his position as England number one and he spent a number of years as the world number four. He is fresh from winning the prestigious Gibraltar International. Nigel Short, 45, became a chess legend when he broke the Kasparov-Karpov stranglehold on world title matches, beating Anatoly Karpov on the way to a title match with Garry Kasparov in 1993. He is still one of the most entertaining players on the circuit – and not to be missed in the commentary room after the game! Luke McShane, 26, started a financial career after university but couldn’t resist the lure of the international chess scene. He is now re-establishing his status as one of the most talented of the world’s young grandmasters. David Howell, 20 in November, had a sensational elite tournament debut in this event last year when he finished third behind Carlsen and Kramnik.

1:46 AM  

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