Friday, August 20, 2010

Some News for Fri Aug 20, 2010


Right off the bat, Leander Schaerlaeckens at ESPN Soccernet did not deserve to be slagged off by me yesterday in my rant against his employer. He has done nothing wrong at all, and is most likely a really nice guy. I apologize for that. I took my frustrations out on him, over my belief that ESPN is patronizing soccer in America. Schaerlaeckens is just doing his job. (FYI - I took the whole rant off the site.)


The rumor mill said Bob was looking to buy a new pair of slacks today. We here at du Nord wish him all the best with the selection process and know he will look good in whatever style he chooses.


The Group Stage is underway. 2 groups of 4 with everyone playing the others in their group home and away for a total of 6 games. At the end, the top 2 from each group will advance to the semifinals, which will also be home and away.


Round One Matches & Scores
-Tue Aug 17
Toronto FC 2-1 Cruz Azul - TFC goals by Martin Saric & Mista. CA goal by Chaco Gimenez.
Puerto Rico Islanders 1-1 Olimpia - PRI goal by Nicholas Addlery. Oli goal by Mauricio Copete.
Monterrey 1-0 Saprissa - - Mon goal by Aldo De Nigris.
-Wed Aug 18
Joe Public 2-5 Santos Laguna - JP goals by Makan Hislop & Yu Hoshide. SL goals by Jose Cardenas(4) & Juan Enriquez.
Columbus Crew 1-0 Municipal - CC goal by Emmanuel Ekpo.
Real Salt Lake 2-1 Arabe Unido - RSL goals both by Alvaro Saborio. AU goal by Armando "Alice" Cooper.
FAS 0-0 Toluca
-Thu Aug 19
Marathon 2-1 Seattle Sounders - Mar goals by Orvin Paz & Nicolas Cardozo(PK). SS goal by Roger Levesque.


Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times has post game quotes from both Sounder coach Sigi Schmid and various players.


Steve Davis of Sports Illustrated likes what he has seen so far from MLS teams in this tournament.


Round Two
-Tue Aug 24
Santos Laguna v Columbus Crew
Arabe Unido v Toronto FC
-Wed Aug 25
Cruz Azul v Real Salt Lake
Puerto Rico Islanders v CD FAS
Seattle Sounders v Monterrey
-Thu Aug 26
Toluca v Olimpia
Saprissa v Marathon
Municipal v Joe Public


Group A
3 Toronto (Canada) (+1)
3 Real Salt Lake (USA) (+1)
0 Arabe Unido (Panama) (-1)
0 Cruz Azul (Mexico) (-1)
Group B
3 Santos Laguna (Mexico) (+3)
3 Columbus Crew (USA) (+1)
0 Municipal (Guatemala) (-1)
0 Joe Public (Trinidad & Tobago) (-3)
Group C
3 Monterrey (Mexico) (+1)
3 Marathon (Honduras) (+1)
0 Seattle Sounders (USA) (-1)
0 Saprissa (Costa Rica) (-1)
Group D
1 Olimpia (Honduras)
1 Puerto Rico Islanders (Puerto Rico)
1 Toluca (Mexico)
1 FAS (El Salvador)


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Aug 21
Toronto FC v New York Red Bulls - 12:00pm Central On Direct Kick
Venue: BMO Field - Toronto ON
San Jose Earthquakes v Los Angeles Galaxy - 3:00pm Central On Telefutura
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium - Santa Clara CA
Columbus Crew v Colorado Rapids - 6:30pm Central On Direct Kick
Venue: Crew Stadium - Columbus OH
FC Dallas v Chivas USA - 7:30pm Central On FSC
Venue: Pizza Hut Park - Frisco TX
Houston Dynamo v Chicago Fire - 7:30pm Central On Direct Kick
Venue: Robertson Stadium - Houston TX
Kansas City Wizards v New England Revolution - 7:30pm Central On Direct Kick
Venue: CommunityAmerica Ballpark - Kansas City KS
-Sun Aug 22
DC United v Philadelphia Union - 1:00pm Central On Direct Kick
Venue: RFK Stadium - Washington DC


Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer with his always quality weekly wrap up of news from around the league.


Brian Lewis of the New York Post talks to new Red Bulls midfielder Rafa Marquez who says he is surprised by how physical the league is.


Kerith Gabriel of the Philadelphia Daily Mail on the season slipping away for the expansion Union.


Marc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer about local native Stephen King who moved to DC this season, and is one of the few players on that team impressing anyone.


John Meyer of the Denver Post on Colorado's Pablo Mastroeni and Jeff Larentowicz, and the teams at the top of the league.


John Molinaro of the CBC on Toronto forward Chad Barrett who is trying to get his hamstring healed.


Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated gives his views on the annual release of MLS player salaries.


Geovanni is gonna wear #77 for San Jose.

photo taken from the team's Twitter feed


Looks like Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry will be ready to go this weekend despite a calf muscle strain last week.


Jose Garcia of the Arizona Republic tells us all about a new youth residency program for Real Salt Lake that is opening in Arizona. The kids will live, go to school and train year round. Wow. (Thanks to Odeen for this one.)


The Aurora Sentinel tells us that the Colorado Rapids signing one of their academy player to a senior contract is big deal in that kids family and hometown.


Matches & Scores:
-Thu Aug 19
Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
-Fri Aug 20
AC St Louis v Puerto Rico Islanders
-Sat Aug 21
Crystal Palace Baltimore v Montreal Impact
Rochester Rhinos v Miami FC Blues
NSC Minnesota Stars v Portland Timbers
-Sun Aug 22
Austin Aztex v Carolina RailHawks


Standings (As of Wed Aug 18):
45 Rochester - 24 played
41 Austin - 20 played
39 Vancouver - 24 played
31 Carolina - 21 played
31 Portland - 22 played
28 Puerto Rico - 21 played
28 Minnesota - 24 played
27 Tampa Bay - 23 played
25 Montreal - 23 played
24 Baltimore - 23 played
21 St Louis - 22 played
20 Miami - 23 played


Pro-Rated Standings based on Points Per Game:
2.05 Austin
1.88 Rochester
1.63 Vancouver
1.48 Carolina
1.41 Portland
1.33 Puerto Rico
1.17 Tampa Bay
1.17 Minnesota
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1.09 Montreal
1.04 Baltimore
0.95 St Louis
0.87 Miami


Can anyone explain why in 2 plus years at Aston Villa Brad Guzan has never gone out on loan to get experience? He can't like playing only a handful of cup games each season.


Arch Bell of Yanks Abroad talks to Steve Clark about his season so far at Honefoss.


Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

How in the world did I miss this one yesterday:
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE - Playoff Round 1st Leg
Jozy Altidore - Villarreal - Thu Aug 19 - came on as a sub for Giuseppe Rossi in the 73rd minute as they won 5-0 at home over Dnepr.


Coming Up: (all possible players are listed)

BELGIUM - Pro League
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht - Sat Aug 21 at Lokeren

DENMARK - Superliga
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - Mon Aug 23 at Midtjylland
Chris Rolfe - AaB - Sat Aug 21 v Esbjerg
Marcus Tracy - AaB - Sat Aug 21 v Esbjerg

ENGLAND - Premier League
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - Sun Aug 22 v Manchester United
Brad Friedel - Aston Villa - Sun Aug 22 at Newcastle
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa - Sun Aug 22 at Newcastle
Marcus Hahnemann - Wolverhampton - Sat Aug 21 at Everton
Stuart Holden - Bolton - Sat Aug 21 at West Ham
Tim Howard - Everton - Sat Aug 21 v Wolverhampton
Eddie Johnson - Fulham - Sun Aug 22 v Manchester United
Eric Lichaj - Aston Villa - Sun Aug 22 at Newcastle
Jonathan Spector - West Ham - Sat Aug 21 v Bolton

ENGLAND - Championship League
Conor Doyle - Derby County - Sat Aug 21 at Coventry City
Mike Grella - Leeds - Sat Aug 21 v Millwall
Zak Whitbread - Norwich - Sat Aug 21 v Swansea City

ENGLAND - League One
Anton Peterlin - Plymouth Argyle - Sat Aug 21 at Walsall
Frank Simek - Carlisle United - Sat Aug 21 v Milton Keynes Dons

FINLAND - Veikkausliiga
Daniel Antunez - Inter Turku - Sun Aug 22 at Tampere United

FRANCE - Ligue 1
Carlos Bocanegra - Saint Etienne - Sat Aug 21 at Rennes
Charlie Davies - Sochaux - Sun Agu 22 v Lille

GERMANY - Bundesliga
Michael Bradley - Monchengladbach - Sat Aug 21 v Nurnberg
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - Sat Aug 21 v Eintracht Frankfurt
Ricardo Clark - Eintracht Frankfurt - Sat Aug 21 at Hannover
Jared Jeffrey - Mainz - Sun Aug 22 v Stuttgart
Jermaine Jones - Schalke - Sat Aug 21 at Hamburg
Daniel Williams - Freiburg - Sat Aug 21 v St Pauli

GERMANY - 2 Bundesliga
Amaechi Igwe - Ingolstadt - Sat Aug 21 v Augsburg
Luis Robles - Karlsruhe - Sun Aug 22 at Greuther Furth
David Yelldell - Duisburg - Sun Aug 22 at Osnabruck

LATVIA - Virsliga
Nate Weiss - Jelgava - Sun Aug 22 v Tranzits

NETHERLANDS - Eerste Divisie
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - Fri Aug 20v AGOVV Apledoorn

NORWAY - Eliteserien
Steve Clark - Honefoss - Sun Aug 22 v Stabaek
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek - Sun Aug 22 at Honefoss
Hunter Freeman - Start - Sun Aug 22 at Viking
Clarence Goodson - Start - Sun Aug 22 at Viking
Di Vita Jensen - Honefoss - Sun Aug 22 v Stabaek

PORTUGAL - League Cup
Tony Taylor - Estoril-Praia - Sun Aug 22 at Oliveirense
Greg Garza - Estoril-Praia - Sun Aug 22 Oliveirense

RUSSIA - Premier Division
Yevgeni Starikov - FC Tom Tomsk - Sat Aug 21 at Spartak Moscow

SCOTLAND - Premier League
Dominic Cervi - Celtic - Sun Aug 22 v St Mirren
Maurice Edu - Rangers - Sun Aug 22 at Hibernian

SWEDEN - Allsvenskan Liga
Alejandro Bedoya - Orebro - Mon Aug 23 v AIK
Ryan Miller - Halmstad - Mon Aug 23 v Malmo


Coming Up:

Isaac Acuna - America - Sun Aug 22 at Queretaro
Edgar Castillo - San Luis - Fri Aug 20 at Estudiantes
Herculez Gomez - Pachuca - Sat Aug 21 v Monterrey
Sonny Guadarrama - Atlante - Sat Aug 21 v Guadalajara
Sammy Ochoa - Estudiantes Tecos - Fri Aug 20 v San Luis
Miguel Ponce - Guadalajara - Sat Aug 21 at Atlante
Jose Torres - Pachuca - Sat Aug 21 v Monterrey
Marco Vidal - Pachuca - Sat Aug 21 v Monterrey


Mario Balotelli made his debut for Manchester City coming on as a sub in a Europa League game, and only scoring the winning goal. Great start.


Simon Kuper of the Financial Times on Manchester City's quest to buy there way to the top of English football.


David Conn of the Guardian sheds light on an interesting plan by Arsenal to sell special shares of the team to the fans themselves. I don't know if this is just glad handing or not, but at least its moving in the right direction. (thanks to Luke for the story)


Man U has signed their great centerback Nemanja Vidic to a new 4 year contract.


The esteemed Brian Glanville of Fanhouse UK makes the comparison between David Beckham, Craig Bellamy and Mario Balotelli.


The Wall Street Journal says that fans of the Premier League don't appear to care if there is a huge divide in finances between a few clubs and the rest, they still love the league.


I find this kind of odd - Dutch star Edgar Davids has come out of retirement to sign with Crystal Palace in the Championship division.


Super Copa
Matches & Scores:
2nd Leg
-Sat Aug 28
Barcelona v Sevilla (1-2)


The Bundesliga starts the new season today!


Bayern gets a goal in second half stoppage time to win the first game of the season 2-1 at home over Steve McClaren and Wolfsburg.


Paul Kennedy of Soccer America tells us who he thinks the best new players in the Bundesliga are this season.


Opening Weekend of the German Bundesliga:
-Fri Aug 20
Bayern Munchen 2-1 Wolfsburg
-Sat Aug 21
Hoffenheim v Werder Bremen
Monchengladbach v Nurnberg
Koln v Kaiserslautern
Freiburg v St Pauli
Hannover v Eintracht Frankfurt
Hamburg v Schalke
-Sun Aug 22
Mainz v Stuttgart
Dortmund v Bayer Leverkusen


Match & Score:
-Sat Aug 21
Inter v Roma
Venue: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza


Anonymous Joe said...

Brad Guzan is insurance for 40 year old Brad Freidel. Can't send Guzan out on loan because of the risk of playing an old man in goal, even if the old man is great.

Best memory I have of Freidel-the Quakes were playing the Columbus Crew right after Freidel had been demoted on the national team to backup. To wind up Freidel, the Casbah started chanting "Casey, Casey."

The Quakes lost, like they did a lot in those days, and at the end of the game Freidel gave a triumphant fist pump directed at the Casbah. Never seen a crowd get under the skin of a player like that before...

7:00 PM  
Anonymous whb said...

I think Guzan is getting a decent amount of experience for a back up. He is playing in Europe and playing in cup games. That isn't too bad.

11:55 AM  

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