Friday, July 30, 2010

Some News for Fri Jul 30, 2010


The floodgates appear to be open on MLS rosters with teams announcing signings left and right. See new MLS Movement section below.


The USA U20 team won the prestigious Milk Cup today in Northern Ireland, beating the hosts 3-0 in the final. Hooray Near-Beer. See more details in the USA U20 section below.


Seems like every newspaper in the world had a story today saying "Landon Donovon expresses interest in returning to Everton."
-My question then becomes: If David Silva is worth a 30 Million Pound transfer, then what is LD worth? Sure as hell isn't that 10 Million being tossed around by English newspapers.


The Preliminary Round of the knock out stage 1st Leg matches are now complete. 16 teams are paired to play home and away for 8 spots in the Group Stage.


Preliminary Round Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Tue Jul 27
Toronto FC (Canada) 1-0 Motagua (Honduras) - TFC goal by Chad Barrett.
San Juan Jabloteh (Trinidad & Tobago) 0-1 Santos Laguna (Mexico) - SL goal by Rodrigo Ruiz.
San Francisco (Panama) 2-3 Cruz Azul (Mexico) - SF goals by Eduardo Jimenez & Gabriel Torres. CZ goals all by Emaunuel Villa(3).
Los Angeles Galaxy (USA) 1-4 Puerto Rico Islanders (Puerto Rico) - LAG goal by Richard Martinez(OG). PRI goals by David Foley, Nicholas Addlery(2) & Josh Hansen.
-Wed Jul 28
Tauro FC (Panama) 0-3 Marathon (Honduras) - Mar goals by Claudio Labarinas(2) & Milton Palacios.
Seattle Sounders (USA) 1-0 Isidro Metapan (El Salvador) - SS goal by Fredy Montero.
Brujas (Costa Rica) 2-2 Joe Public (Trinidad & Tobago) - Bru goals by Andres Nunez & Jose Cordero. JP goals by Kerry Baptiste & Trent Noel.
-Thu Jul 29
CD FAS (El Salvador) 1-1 Xelaju (Guatemala) - Fas goal by Williams Reyes. Xel goal by Nelson Crossa.


2nd Leg
-Tue Aug 3
Motagua (Honduras) v Toronto FC (Canada) (0-1)
Cruz Azul (Mexico) v San Francisco (Panama) (3-2)
Isidro Metapan (El Salvador) v Seattle Sounders (USA) (0-1)
-Wed Aug 4
Santos Laguna (Mexico) v San Juan Jabloteh (Trinidad & Tobago) (1-0)
Puerto Rico Islanders (Puerto Rico) v Los Angeles Galaxy (USA) (4-1)
Marathon (Honduras) v Tauro FC (Panama) (3-0)
-Thu Aug 5
Joe Public (Trinidad & Tobago) v Brujas (Costa Rica) (2-2)
Xelaju (Guatemala) v CD FAS (El Salvador) (1-1)


2nd Leg matches are all next week Tue-Thu. We will post the schedule on Monday.


Our team is back in action on Aug 10 at the new Giants Stadium in New Jersey against the mighty canary shirted Brazil.


And Bob Bradley WILL coach that team.


We will know the USA roster probably on Tuesday. Will it be a celebration of the World Cup team, or a changing of the guard?


Ticket sales have passed the 50,000 mark.


Friendly Match & Score:
-Tue Aug 10
USA v Brazil
Venue: New Giants Stadium - East Rutherford NJ


Houston midfielder Geoff Cameron returns from knee surgery:
-geoffcameron: "It feels good getting back on the training pitch! Excited for practice!"


Freddy Adu's tryout at Sion in Switzerland ends with no offer of contract:
-FreddyAdu11: "Hopefully some good news in the next couple days. I know I'm going to be praying. Until then I will be incognito. Ill keep you updated."


Arch Bell of Yanks Abroad talks to Jozy Altidore who is hoping to stay at Villarreal this season and get a shot at real playing time.


Steve Davis of Sports Illustrated reports that the MLS board of governors is discussing a plan to expand the league schedule from 30 to 34 games for next season, keeping intact the home and away with every team.
-To me, anything other than that is unacceptable.


The Chosun Ilbo with a story on the treatment that the North Korean soccer team have been given since their return from the World Cup.
-Let's put it this way - they did NOT get a heroes welcome.
-A quote: "...the team were made to stand on a stage ... and subjected to ideological criticism for six hours.... Around 400 officials including the vice minister of the Workers' Party, Sports Minister Pak Myong-chol, other athletes and sport students were apparently part of the audience."


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Jul 31
Philadelphia Union v New England Revolution - 2:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: PPL Park - Chester PA
Colorado Rapids v FC Dallas - 3:00pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City CO
Kansas City Wizards v Toronto FC - 7:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: CommunityAmerica Ballpark - Kansas City KS
Houston Dynamo v New York Red Bulls - 7:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Robertson Stadium - Houston TX
Real Salt Lake v DC United - 8:00pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium - Sandy UT
San Jose Earthquakes v Seattle Sounders - 9:00pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium - Santa Clara CA
Chivas USA v Columbus Crew - 9:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Home Depot Center - Carson CA
-Sun Aug 1
Los Angeles Galaxy v Chicago Fire - 6:30pm Central on FSC
Venue: Home Depot Center - Carson CA


Red Bulls forward Macoumba Kandji got his green card, so he comes off the team's international player portion of the roster. NOTE: I was told by people much smarter than me that this is old news.


New England has won 4 games in a row without conceding a goal, with the last 3 of them being in SuperLiga. Nonetheless a strong defensive showing.


Michael C Lewis of the Salt Lake Tribune says RSL is ready to go this weekend, and expect their 3 All Stars, and the slowly returning from injury Kyle Beckerman to be ready as well.


James Edward of the Deseret News feels that RSL forward Robbie Findley is still looking to put it all together this season.
-Would put it this way - he has been pretty useless this year, and I still can't believe he got picked for the World Cup team and Brian Ching did not.


Charlie Corr of EXPN Chicago calls new Fire signing Nery Castillo a piece to the puzzle, not the key to solving it.


Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star says the Wizards are counting on momentum from their win over Manchester United to propel them down the stretch and toward a playoff birth.


Charles Gooch of the KC Star reviews the "first half" of the Wizards season.


John Boyle of the Everett Herald likes the plan behind Seattle signing Alvaro Fernandez as a Designated Player - he is young and on the rise, not at the end of his career.


Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle on the Dynamo's great week as hosts of a hugely successful All Star Game. And some other team notes.


And now Houston gets New York and Thierry Henry's league debut at home. Not bad. Lets hope they get a good crowd.


John Meyer of the Denver Post writes about some bad luck for the Rapids, and how it will have to change for their season to move upward.


The Washington Post tells us about new DC midfielder Branko Boskovic, and how the team he is hoping he can be a catalyst for positive change.


Craig Stouffer of the Examiner on DC's forgotten forward Danny Allsopp.


Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch on some of the nearly unknown players that the Crew are turning into their go to guys.


Frank Dell'Apa of the Boston Globe reports that New England has signed a new forward and midfielder - Ilija Stolica, a 31 year old veteran Serbian from Buducnost Podgorica in Montenego, and Roberto Linck aka Betu, a 22 year old Brazilian (with an American passport) midfielder from Ramnicu Valcea in Romania who also has played indoor for the Chicago Storm.


Dallas announced the signing of 3 players from their academy team: Ruben Luna, Victor Ulloa and Moises Hernandez. All local kids!
-Luna is tipped to have the quickest impact.


Big Apple Soccer has words from MLS commissioner Donald G Garber on the Red Bulls probable signing of Mexican captain Rafael Marquez.
-Marquez has been released from his Barcelona contact today.


Kansas City made 2 moves, releasing midfielder Santiago Hirsig who will now sign with Quilmes in Argentina, and forward Sunil Chhetri will be released from the team for the rest of this season so he can join up with the India national team as they prepare for and then play in the 2011 Asian Cup which is being played during the month of January in Qatar. Chhetri will rejoin the team next year for preseason training.


Philadelphia released their #3 goalkeeper Brian Perk, and then signed midfielder JT Noone. This is Noone's first pro contract.


Colorado acquired fullback Anthony Wallace from Dallas for future lower round draft picks.


In winning the SUM Cup this week, DC United U17 keeper Dakota Niedermeier stopped 5pks in 9 rounds, then took the winning PK himself! Video from the official DC United website.


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Jul 31
Crystal Palace Baltimore v Montreal Impact
Carolina RailHawks v Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Tampa Bay Rowdies v Portland Timbers
Austin Aztex v Miami FC Blues
-Sun Aug 1
AC St Louis v NSC Minnesota Stars


Standings (Thru Wed Jul 28):
35 Austin - 17 played
33 Rochester - 20 played
33 Vancouver - 20 played
26 Portland - 18 played
26 Minnesota - 21 played
24 Carolina - 16 played
23 Montreal - 19 played
23 Tampa Bay - 18 played
23 Puerto Rico - 18 played
19 Baltimore - 18 played
19 St Louis - 19 played
15 Miami - 18 played


Pro-Rated Standings based on Points Per Game:
2.06 Austin
1.65 Rochester
1.65 Vancouver
1.50 Carolina
1.44 Portland
1.28 Tampa Bay
1.28 Puerto Rico
1.24 Minnesota
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1.21 Montreal
1.06 Baltimore
1.00 St Louis
0.83 Miami


The website NYSportsJournalism does a Q & A with the agent of Landon Donovan (among others) on how the World Cup has changed the value and marketability of LD.


Creative Loafing in Atlanta called the 33,000 attendance at the Man City v Club America game in the Georgia Dome the "Disappointment of the Week." They wonder how the city can bid for to host World Cup games if that is all they can draw.


The team has won the championship in Ballymena, Northern Ireland at the annual Milk Cup tournament.


The USA triple headed strike force of Omar Salgado, Juan Agudelo and Adrian Ruelas scored 5 goals in the tournament.


Match report from the tournament website.
-Including high praise for our boys by the Northern Ireland coach.


Matches & Scores:
-Mon Jul 26
USA 1-0 China - USA goal by Omar Salgado.
-Wed Jul 28
USA 3-2 Denmark - USA goals by Adrian Ruelas(2) & Fuad Ibrahim.
-Fri Jul 30
Title Match:
USA 3-0 Northern Ireland - USA goals by Gale Agbossoumonde, Juan Agudelo & Adrian Reulas.


USA Roster:
Samir Badr - Porto
Zac MacMath - Maryland
Gale Agbossoumonde - Braga
Bryan De La Fuente - Chivas USA
Greg Garza - Estoril Praia
Sacir Hot - Boston College
Perry Kitchen - Akron
Zarek Valentin - Akron
Ethan White - Maryland
Fuad Ibrahim - Toronto FC
Francisco Navas Cobo - Houston Dynamo
Alex Molano - Dinamo Zagreb
Ernest Nungaray - Morelia
Dillon Powers - Notre Dame
Conor Shanosky - DC United
Juan Agudelo - New York Red Bulls
Adrian Ruelas - Santos Laguna
Omar Salgado - Unattached


Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE - Third Qualifying Round
1st Leg
-Thu Jul 29
Daniel Antunez - Inter Turku - went the full 90 but got smoked 1-5 at home by Genk.
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - played the whole match but lost 0-1 at home to Sporting.


The folks at When Saturday Comes with a renewed sense of optimism for a more wide open title race as this years Premiership season draws near. But they are still delusional in thinking that "new blood" (besides the team with the most money in the world Manchester City) are going to compete for the title.


The Guardian explains some new Premier League rules that set limits on rosters and foreign players etc.


Long time England goalkeeper David James has signed a one year deal with Bristol City in the English Championship Division.


Daniel Taylor of the Guardian says Mark Hughes is the right man for the Fulham head coaches job.


Side Lowe of the Guardian with an article on Racing Santander's 18 year old wunderkind Sergio Canales.


German World Cup revelation Sami Khedira has been transfered from Stuttgart to Real Madrid.


Here is Diego this week in Kolkata India, presumably relaxing before his preseason begins at Atletico Madrid.

Photo taken from Diego's own Twitter feed.


Anonymous MetroFanatic said...

Bruce, Mac Kandji got his green card last year: "This past week, Kandji, who was in the county on asylum, but could not travel outside the United States with the club, was granted a green card."

5:19 PM  
Anonymous right_back said...

I hope LD goes to Everton. It's a good club and a good fit for him. The Brits, at least the ones at the Guardian, seem quite keen on him. Man City would be an utter disaster. Seems like the right move to me.

9:50 PM  
Anonymous Wes said...

Like you, I don't know how Everton could afford him. I don't know why MLS would want to sell him for less than 10 million pounds and I don't know where Everton could get that kind of cash except by selling Pienaar.
But I think a team like Everton is a great fit for Landon. I also really love reading interviews with a player who reciprocates appreciation for fans the way he does with Everton fans. It's unfortunately rare these days.

1:47 AM  
Anonymous Fordprefect said...

As a die-hard Evertonian, I would love to see Landycakes back in blue(pink), but not at anything more than $10 million. He will be 29 when this season ends. He has maybe 2 good years left and who knows if he can hold up to a full season in Europe. I don't even know if my Toffees could afford him at that price, and plenty of other teams can obviously pay more, so I don't see the move happening.

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brucio, last week, you reported that former Brazilian "star" Denilson was about to attempt a comeback with the Kansas City Wizards.

What has become of that rumour ?

4:59 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

dear anonymous,

i dont know what this word "rumour" is.

as for denilson, he is working for my dad selling used cars in boca raton florida.

love and kisses,

5:25 PM  

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