Monday, July 12, 2010

Some News for Mon Jul 12, 2010


Back in Black!


So Spain are our 2010 World Cup Champions. No surprise really as they were the odds on favorite to win it all. Huge congrats to them!


The New York Red Bulls will introduce Thierry Henry as their next Designated Player on Thursday. Hooray Beer!


Simon Kuper and Richard Lapper of the Financial Times sit down with 5 South Africans to get their opinions on the impact of the World Cup on their country. Long and worth it.
-I went to the game at Soccer City [Mexico-South Africa, the tournament’s opening match] and I realised as a country we’d come pretty far. Because a little over 16 years ago, I’d been to that stadium on two occasions. The first was when Mandela was released [in 1990] and the other was when Chris Hani [the Communist Party leader] had been assassinated [in 1993]. We sat in that awful stadium – it hadn’t been rebuilt – I was sitting right on top to catch a view of the crowd, and it really felt as if we were teetering. Our country didn’t know where it was going to. It felt as if we were on the edge of a civil war. Sixteen years later, it was a beautiful experience to be there. The game was great, but also the look of that stadium, the symbolism of it.


Even though this is a couple weeks old now - Bill Simmons, ESPN's "Sports Guy" with a giant essay on soccer and the World Cup. Very much worth your time. (Thanks to everyone who told me to read this.)


FIFA with a good full tournament recap, going team by team and reviewing their escapades.


The Huffington Post gives us some entertainment with the Best And Worst Moments from the Cup. (Thanks to Lisa for this one)


Our friend Chris Nee of Two Footed Tackle with his top 10 moments of the tournament.


Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated gives us his Best XI.


The Guardian tracks Diego Maradona in his own words. Unedited.


Golden Ball: Diego Forlan - Uruguay

Golden Boot: Thomas Mueller - Germany

Golden Glove Iker Casillas: - Spain

Best Young Player: Thomas Mueller - Germany


Could Toronto FC goalkeeper Sebastian Stefan Frei be eligible for the USA? If so, we need to sign him up ASAP. I think he is going to be better than Guzan, and could be the successor to Tim Howard. (Thanks to everyone who corrected me on his name. I had a feeling it was wrong, but I was too lazy to double check. And of course Sebastian Frey is the Fiorentina keeper).


Brian Strauss of Fanhouse tells all USA soccer fans to get out and support your local team.
-You don't have to forget about those glamorous foreign teams you love, but the game in America and Team USA can only grow if we support our own right here in our backyards. Thank you Brian, you are singing my kinda song.


Greg Seltzer at MLSSoccer talks to Charlie Davies about his recovery.
-You can just tell from Davies own words that he still has a long way to go.


Does this make you nervous? It should! The mighty Wayne Cochran. Look him up!


Matches & Scores:
-Wed Jul 14
Columbus Crew v Kansas City Wizards - 6:30PM Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Crew Stadium - Columbus OH
-Thu Jul 15
DC United v Seattle Sounders FC - 7PM Central on ESPN2
Venue: RFK Stadium - Washington DC
-Sat Jul 17
Philadelphia Union v Toronto FC - 2:30PM Central on Direct Kick
Venue: PPL Park - Chester PA
Columbus Crew v New York Red Bulls - 6:30PM Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Crew Stadium - Columbus OH
FC Dallas v Real Salt Lake - 7:30PM Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Pizza Hut Park - Frisco TX
Colorado Rapids v Kansas City Wizards - 8PM Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City CO
-Sun Jul 18
DC United v Los Angeles Galaxy - 6:30PM Central on FSC
Venue: RFK Stadium - Washington DC


Kyle McCarthy of gives us the breakdown of the weekend's games.


Chivas USA forward Justin Braun has been named Player of the Week.


Chivas USA has officially signed forward Giancarlo Maldonado from Atlante in Mexico, where he scored 32 goals in 77 games (he spent last season on loan to Xerez in Spain), and has brought back defensive midfielder Paulo Nagamura who spent last season with ? in Mexico.
-Maldonado is the Venezuelan national team's all-time leading goal scorer with 19 goals.


Chivas USA has released 2 players:
-Midfielder Jose Macotelo - Costa Rica
-Forward Maicon Santos - Brazil


Toronto FC is looking for firepower up top so they signed a guy who has scored 5 goals in the last 5 years! (Only playing in 61 games in all that time.) He is Spanish forward Mista, that's Mr. Mista to you bub, from Deportivo La Coruna.


Toronto then signed Maicon Santos who had just been released by Chivas USA.


MLS teams released 3 players from El Salvador before the July 1 deadline:
-Cristian Castillo - DC United
-Julio Martinez - Chicago Fire
-Ramon Sanchez - San Jose Earthquakes


KC sent cash and 2 future draft picks to Philly for centerback Shavar Thomas.


Bruce Arena of the LA Galaxy will be the coach of the MLS All Star team when they take on Manchester United on Wed Jul 28 in Houston TX at Reliant Stadium.


The LA Galaxy friendly v Inter Milan has been canceled, but in its place the Galaxy will now take on head coach Jose Mourinho's new team Real Madrid.
-Los Angeles Galaxy v Real Madrid - Sat Aug 7 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena CA


The MLS All-Star First XI will be announced on Tuesday.
-They take on Manchester United in Houston on Wed Jul 28.


It was very impressive last weekend to see New England stick it to LA.
-I bet the Revs were very happy when they heard that Landon Donovan had not gotten on the teams plane from LA, although they will never admit it.


And New England had great attendance last weekend going over 20,000 for the first time in who knows how long. But Philadelphia's 2nd game at the new stadium is NOT sold out. This is terrible. Small number in Houston too.


Jack McCaffery of the Delaware County Daily Times raves about Philadelphia rookie Danny Mwanga.


DC is just waiting for the transfer dates to open up on Thursday so they can debut their new forward Pablo Hernandez of Argentina, who comes from Defensor Sporting in Uruguay.


Soccer 365 with all the freshest transfer rumors.


Is Blanco headed back to Chicago?? Stay tuned.


Chicago is on the verge of signing Serbian midfielder Bratislav Ristic from FK Rad of Belgrade.


And who is this 3rd Designated Player that New York are chasing. We know its not Michael Ballack as he turned them down to return to Bayer Leverkusen.
-Could it be that majorly heinous hack Rafa Marquez?


Don Ruiz of the Tacoma News Tribune reports on the chances of Seattle bailing out on the Freddy Ljungberg era.


Matches & Scores:
-Wed Jul 14
Philadelphia Union v Glasgow Celtic (Scotland)
Venue: PPL Park - Chester PA
-Sat Jul 17
San Jose Earthquakes v Tottenham (England)
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium
-Sun Jul 18
Seattle Sounders v Celtic (Scotland)
Venue: Qwest Field - Seattle WA


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


Columbus, Chivas USA and Seattle are the first three Semifinalists! Which knocks Charleston, Houston and Los Angeles out.


Matches & Scores:
-Wed Jul 21
DC United (MLS) v Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2)
Venue: Maryland SoccerPlex - Boyds MD


Upcoming Schedule:
Aug 31-Sep 1 Semifinals
Oct 5 Final

Superliga 2010

Everyone's favorite whipping boy is back! USA v Mexico. The #5-8 teams from each country who did not qualify for the Champions League get a little taste of crossborder juju.


And don't forget that Pachuca has become the Fulham of Mexico with their 3 Americans on board - Jose Torres, Marco Vidal and Herculez Gomez!


Group A
Chicago Fire
New England Revolution
UNAM Pumas
Group B
Chivas USA
Houston Dynamo


Group Stage Matches & Scores:
-Wed Jul 14
New England Revolution v UNAM Pumas
Venue: Gillette Stadium – Foxborough MA
Chicago Fire v Morelia
Venue: Toyota Park – Bridgeview IL
-Thu Jul 15
Houston Dynamo v Pachuca
Venue: Robertson Stadium – Houston TX
Chivas USA v Puebla
Venue: Home Depot Center – Carson CA
-Sat Jul 17
Chicago Fire v New England Revolution
Venue: Toyota Park – Bridgeview IL
UNAM Pumas v Morelia
-Sun Jul 18
Houston Dynamo v Chivas USA
Venue: Robertson Stadium – Houston TX
Pachuca v Puebla
-Tue Jul 20
New England Revolution v Morelia
Venue: Gillette Stadium - Foxborough MA
Chicago Fire v UNAM Pumas
Venue: Toyota Park – Bridgeview IL
-Wed Jul 21
Houston Dynamo v Puebla
Venue: Robertson Stadium – Houston TX
Chivas USA v Pachuca
Venue: Home Depot Center – Carson CA


Matches & Scores:
-Sun Jul 11
Puerto Rico Islanders 0-2 Carolina RailHawks
-Wed Jul 14
Crystal Palace Baltimore v Rochester Rhinos
Montreal Impact v Carolina RailHawks
NSC Minnesota Stars v AC St Louis
Vancouver Whitecaps v Miami FC Blues
-Thu Jul 15
Tampa Bay Rowdies v Puerto Rico Islanders


Standings (As of Sun Jul 11):
32 Austin - 16 played
26 Rochester - 15 played
26 Vancouver - 16 played
23 Portland - 16 played
23 Minnesota - 18 played
21 Carolina - 13 played
19 Tampa Bay - 15 played
17 Puerto Rico - 14 played
17 Montreal - 15 played
15 Baltimore - 15 played
14 Miami - 15 played
12 St Louis - 14 played


Pro-Rated Standings based on Points Per Game:
2.00 Austin
1.73 Rochester
1.63 Vancouver
1.62 Carolina
1.44 Portland
1.28 Minnesota
1.27 Tampa Bay
1.21 Puerto Rico
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1.13 Montreal
1.00 Baltimore
0.93 Miami
0.86 St Louis


Matches & Scores:
-Wed Jul 14
Charlotte Eagles (USL 2) v Bolton Wanderers (England)

Venue: Transamerica Field - Charlotte NC
-Sat Jul 17
Portland Timbers (USSF-D2) v Manchester City (England)
Venue: Harry A. Merlo Field - Portland OR
Charleston Battery (USL 2) v Bolton Wanderers (England)
Venue: Blackbaud Stadium - Charleston SC


Fullback Frank Simek has left Sheffield Wednesday to sign for Carlisle United in the 3rd division (aka League One).
-Here is word directly from the club on their new signing.


Yanks Abroad reports that Norwegian team Lyn of Oslo has folded, and goalkeeper Tyrel Lacey is now looking for a new team.


Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

NORWAY - Eliteserien - 16 games played in 16 team league.
Steve Clark - Honefoss - dressed but did not see the field as the team drew 2-2 at home against Tromso, and sit in 14th place.
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek - went the distance as they lost 2-3 at home to Viking. They are in 7th place.
Hunter Freeman - Start - went the full 90 and won 1-2 on the road at Sandefjord, and are in 9th place now.
Clarence Goodson - Start - went the distance, scored their first goal and won 1-2 on the road at Sandefjord, and are in 9th place now.
Di Vita Jensen - Honefoss - dressed but did not see the field as the team drew 2-2 at home against Tromso, and sit in 14th place.


Coming Up: (all possible players are listed)

NORWAY - 1 Divisjon
Colin Burns - Sarpsborg - Wed Jul 14 v Bodo/Glimt


Greg Seltzer writing for tries to fill us in on where Jozy Altidore might be playing next season.


Dominic Cervi may get a shot at trying to win the #1 goalkeeper job at Celtic now that Artur Boruc has headed off to Fiorentina.


Herculez signed with Pachuca and now that the World Cup is over they have introduced him to the media:


I find this to be very sad - The FIFA World Player of the Year and France Football's Ballon d’Or will be combined into a single trophy next January.


Blogger Mark said...

I don't think Frei is currently eligible for the USA; but he might be soon. He was asked about this his rookie year, and he said that if Switzerland called he'd be there in a second. If he became eligible for the USA, and the USA called ,then he'd think about it. But it seemed to me that his heart is in the Alps...

8:05 PM  
Anonymous leper said...

Man, Clarence Goodson goes back to Norway - and scores in his first game back. I have no doubt he would have scored if he'd seen the field in SA. He's a goal scoring machine!

10:20 PM  
Blogger Graham said...

Woho the Superliga is back! I've been a fan ever since I saw the Wizard's play Santos and experienced the great atmosphere it created.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Jason Wintz said...

Bruce, I'm a little late on this but the attendance in Houston was even worse than you think. They claim 13,500 or so but in reality I would peg the attendance somewhere between 8 and 9 thousand. It was eerily quiet. Fortunately, the missing fans weren't actually missing anything, as this was the worst game I've ever watched in person.

2:02 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

thanks for the insight Jason,

that really is a drag

i once went to a columbus v dallas game that was soooooo damn bad i almost swore off the game completely

it was horrendous

sounds like yours was not any better

what is going on in houston?

11:44 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home

Newer Posts Older Posts