Monday, August 30, 2010

Some News for Mon Sep 30, 2010


Bob Bradley has signed a new 4 year contract to remain head coach of the USA.
-I will say that I am disappointed. Not that I don't like Bradley, because I like him a lot. I just wanted to see some new energy and fresh air brought into the team.

There was a lot of Klinsy bluster over the weekend, but this is exactly what I thought would happen.


DaMarcus Beasley has signed with Hannover in Germany, joining fellow American Steve Cherundolo. Hope its a great fit for our main man Run DMB! He will wear #16.


Another friendly officially on the schedule now, with Colombia traveling to PPL Park in Chester PA to face our team on Tue Oct 12. More details below in the right hand column.


I just want to make sure that Aston Villa knows that I, Bruce McGuire, am still available to fill their head coaches position.
-And I have heard through channels that Fidel Castro, although an alleged baseballing savant, is also interested in the job.


Round Three of the Group Stage will be played Sep 14-16.


Kaboom! Tripp Mickle of Street & Smoth's Sports Business Journal reports that Adidas has renewed their big sponsorship deal with MLS, upping their annual payout from US$15 million to US$25 million and extending the contract through 2018.
-One of the keys to this deal is money for player development, which makes you wonder if this is where the bucks will come from to provide a real reserve league.


"So what in the name of Ruud Gullit has gone wrong?"
-Steve Davis of Sports Illustrated wondering how the Los Angeles Galaxy has fallen into this terrible slump.


The FIFA scouts will be in the USA next week on the 6th, 7th & 8th of Sep to see some of the potential World Cup sites. The bidding season is very intense right now.


On Wednesday we will see one US Open Cup semifinal and the SuperLiga final!


Frank Dell'Apa of the Boston Globe sees SuperLiga as a chance for New England to highlight a pretty poor season.


Scott French of the LA Daily News wonders if Chivas's decision to go all out for the win in the league this past weekend will harm their chances to play their best in the Open Cup semifinal.


-Finally here.. Jus landed in HANNOVER, germany.. Its been a long day/night.. Goin to the hotel, get some rest and food.. Big day tmrw!!
-I have officially signed for Hannover96.. Very excited w/ this adventure and to start playin! Thanks for all continued support my friends!!


With huge games the horizon every week in MLS the teams will get hit hard this coming weekend by international play. In the RSL v NYRB game, no less than 6 starters will be missing. A true shame. Maybe the ticket prices should be reduced too then.


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Aug 28
Columbus Crew 0-0 FC Dallas
Venue: Crew Stadium - Columbus OH
Attendance: 16,708
Toronto FC 0-0 Real Salt Lake
Venue: BMO Field - Toronto ON
Attendance: 21,047
New York Red Bulls 2-0 San Jose Earthquakes - NYRB goals by Dane Richards & Thierry Henry.
Venue: Red Bull Arena - Harrison NJ
Attendance: 21,859
New England Revolution 1-2 Philadelphia Union - NER goal by Ilja Stolica. PU goals by Jack McInerny & Justin Mapp.
Venue: Gillette Stadium - Foxborough MA
Attendance: 13,578
Colorado Rapids 3-0 Houston Dynamo - CR goals by Jamie Smith, Omar Cummings & Conor Casey.
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City CO
Attendance: 11,511
Seattle Sounders FC 2-1 Chicago Fire SC - SS goals both by Freddy Montero. CF goal by John Thorrington(PK).
Venue: Qwest Field - Seattle WA
Attendance: 36,386
Los Angeles Galaxy 0-2 Kansas City Wizards - KCW goals by Davy Arnaud & Jimmy Conrad.
Venue: The Home Depot Center - Carson CA
Attendance: 20,112
-Sun Aug 29
CD Chivas USA 1-0 DC United - CU goals by Justin Braun.
Venue: The Home Depot Center - Carson CA
Attendance: 12,517


-Lovel Palmer - Houston - Red Card
-Cory Gibbs - New England - Red Card


Seattle forward Freddy Montero has been named Player Of The Week.


Steve Davis of Sports Illustrated reviews the league with Five things to take away from Week 22.


Kyle McCarthy of with is Monday Breakdown of the weekends games - what has happened to LA, and other points of interest.


We have come a long way in this league Thierry Henry scores his first goal for Red Bull, and its not the big story of the day. As a matter of fact, its just another goal. Massive!


Charles Gooch of the Kansas City Star ponders the Wizards hopes of making the playoffs.


Chris Young of the Toronto Star has seen this TFC team a few too many years in a row now.


The Columbus Dispatch with a look back at the Crews' visit from Dallas.
-Emilio Renteria has become the man to watch in Columbus for me over the past month. He takes the place of Eddie Gaven as top Crewer for me.


Jonathan Tannenwald of thinks that Union coach Peter Nowak's idea to attack on the road was a gamble that paid off. And other Union notes.
-Don't you wish every MLS coach thought like Nowak.


KC will announce the signing of a player from their youth academy on Tuesday. This will be their first.


43 Los Angeles - 22
41 Columbus - 22
40 Salt Lake - 22
37 Dallas - 21
37 New York - 22
32 Seattle - 22
31 Colorado - 21
29 San Jose - 20
27 Toronto - 21
26 Kansas City - 21
24 Chicago - 19
23 Houston - 22
22 Chivas - 21
21 New England - 21
20 Philadelphia - 21
15 DC - 22


Easily Dane Richards of New York. Not long ago this guy was a scourge. The second coming of Frankie Hejduk. Tons of speed, all day energy, and the crossing ability of an angry atheist. Frankie had more shanks, but that was only because he was around much longer. BUT.... Dane was insane for the Red Bulls. His first goal on Saturday was a thing of sheer beauty, poise and maturity beyond what anyone thought he was capable. They he set up Thierry Henry for his first ever MLS goal. And they won on top of it all. Richards is a main cog in the teams charge toward a strong finish and high hopes for the playoffs.
-See that tasty goal here.


Yes Dallas has not lost in the past 10 road games, but they have only won 3 of those. On the other hand, Salt Lake should last season that you don't have to know how to win on the road to win MLS Cup.


Average attendance this past weekend was 19,215.


Did you know that AEG owns a team in Sweden too? Yes Hammarby. And they just got the city of Stockholm to pay for a new stadium and training facility to the tune of US$340 million. Yup.


Geoffrey Arnold of the Oregonian looks at the current Portland Timbers roster and tries to figure out who might make their MLS roster next season.
-I would say he has it just about dead on.


Matches & Scores:
-Fri Aug 27
Montreal Impact 2-0 Rochester Rhinos
-Sat Aug 28
Carolina RailHawks 2-3 Puerto Rico Islanders
-Sun Aug 29
Vancouver Whitecaps 2-2 Austin Aztex
Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-2 AC St Louis
Portland Timbers 3-0 Crystal Palace Baltimore


Standings (As of Sun Aug 29):
48 Rochester - 26 played
46 Austin - 23 played
40 Vancouver - 25 played
38 Portland - 25 played
34 Carolina - 24 played
32 Puerto Rico - 23 played
31 Montreal - 25 played
28 Minnesota - 25 played
28 Tampa Bay - 25 played
24 Baltimore - 25 played
23 St Louis - 24 played
20 Miami - 24 played


Pro-Rated Standings based on Points Per Game:
2.00 Austin
1.85 Rochester
1.60 Vancouver
1.52 Portland
1.42 Carolina
1.39 Puerto Rico
1.24 Montreal
1.12 Tampa Bay
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1.12 Minnesota
0.96 Baltimore
0.96 St Louis
0.83 Miami


A couple of former long time D2 stalwarts Charleston Battery and Richmond Kickers faced off in the USL-2 championship game on Saturday with Charleston winning 2-1. Huge congrats to them.


Brian Sciaretta of Yanks Abroad talks to fullback Korey Veeder, who will be with the team next week in a tournament in Peru.


Hannover has official word on the signing of DaMarucs Beasley.


Noah Davis of The USA 10 Kit looks into why Benny Feilhaber has not found a new team yet.


Mikkel Diskerud got the game winner for Stabaek this weekend.


Rico Clark, Michael Parkhurst and Sacha Kljestan didn't dress for their teams this weekend.


Turns out that 3 Americans are in the UEFA Champions League groups stage, not 2. Besides Oguchi Onyewu & Jermaine Jones we have:
-Maurice Edu & Rangers, who will face Manchester United, Valencia & Bursaspor.


17 year old goalkeeper Cody Cropper has signed with Ipswich Town in England.
-Brian Quarstad of Inside Minnesota Soccer has been following Cropper for a few years now, and has the details.


Brian Sciaretta of Yanks Abroad talks to young Bobby Wood at 1860 Munchen.


Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

ENGLAND - Premier League
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - came on as a sub in the 59th minute of a 2-2 draw at Blackpool.
Brad Friedel - Aston Villa - went the distance and got a 1-0 home win over Everton.
Marcus Hahnemann - Wolverhampton - played the whole thing as they drew 1-1 at home with Newcastle United.
Stuart Holden - Bolton - started and went 78 minutes as they drew 2-2 at home against Birmingham City.
Tim Howard - Everton - played the whole 90 but lost 1-0 at Aston Villa.
Jonathan Spector - West Ham - suffered through a full 90 losing 3-0 at Manchester United.

ENGLAND - Championship League
Conor Doyle - Derby County - started and went 57 minutes of a 2-2 home tie with Queens Park Rangers.

ENGLAND - League One
Anton Peterlin - Plymouth Argyle - came on as a sub in the 76th minute but lost 0-3 at home to Peterborough United.

FINLAND - Veikkausliiga
Greg Eckhardt - VPS - went the full 90 but lost 1-3 at home to Honka.

FRANCE - Ligue 1
Carlos Bocanegra - Saint Etienne - went the distance as they beat Lens 3-1 at home.

GERMANY - Bundesliga
Michael Bradley - Monchengladbach - went the full 90 winning big 3-6 at Bayer Leverkusen.
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - went the distance winning 1-2 at Schalke.
Jermaine Jones - Schalke - started and scored his teams goal, but was subbed out in the 90th minute as they lost at home 1-2 to Hannover.
Daniel Williams - Freiburg - came on as a sub in second half stoppage time as they won 1-2 at Nurnberg.

GERMANY - 2 Bundesliga
David Yelldell - Duisburg - went the full 90 and got a 4-1 home win over Ingolstadt.

NORWAY - Eliteserien
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek - went the full 90 and scored the winning goal as they beat Lillestrom 2-1 at home.
Hunter Freeman - Start - played the entire game but lost at home 2-3 to Rosenborg.
Clarence Goodson - Start - went the distance losing 2-3 at home to Rosenborg.
Di Vita Jensen - Honefoss - got the start, scored the first goal and played 79 minutes of a 1-3 road win at Aalesund.

RUSSIA - Premier Division
Yevgeni Starikov - FC Tom Tomsk - came on as a sub in the 87th minute and they won 1-0 at home over Dinamo Moskva.

SCOTLAND - Premier League
Maurice Edu - Rangers - came on as a sub in the 83rd minute to help preserve a 2-1 home win over St Johnstone.

SWEDEN - Allsvenskan Liga
Alejandro Bedoya - Orebro - went the full match in a big 3-0 home win over Helsingborg.
Ryan Miller - Halmstad - played the whole game, getting a yellow card, and they won at home 2-1 against Kalmar.


Eddie Johnson to QPR? (thanks to Jimmy for the rumor info)


Game Action:

Edgar Castillo - San Luis - came on as a sub in the 77th minute and they won at home 2-1 over Atlante.
Herculez Gomez - Pachuca - came on as a sub in the 80th minute as they lost 3-1 at Puebla.
Sammy Ochoa - Estudiantes Tecos - started and went 77 minutes of a home 1-1 tied with Morelia.
Miguel Ponce - Guadalajara - went the distance in a scoreless home draw with UNAM Pumas.
Jose Torres - Pachuca - went the full 90, getting a yellow card, and losing 3-1 at Puebla.


Things went according to plan this weekend, except for the big big win by Sunderland beating big spending Man City.
-Stoke and West Ham still have 0 points after 3 rounds,


Tom Lutz of the Guardian with 5 things we learned from watching Premier League football this weekend.


One big blunder to start the season and that was Real Madrid and their Billion Dollar Team crashing to a scoreless draw at Mallorca. Then the other big teams rolled, and all impressively on the road - Sevilla, Valencia, Barca, and while Atletico and Espanyol won easily at home.


Phil Ball of Soccernet reviews the first week of La Liga Nuevo.


Sid Lowe of the Guardian on Barca bringing in the striker they always wanted (David Villa) and ditching the mistake (Zlatan Ibrahimovic), but it cost them a lot of money, and the rest of the opening weekend of La Liga.


Opening Weekend of the Spanish Primera Liga
Matches & Scores:
-Sat Aug 28
Hercules 0-1 Athletic Bilbao
Malaga 1-3 Valencia
Levante 1-4 Sevilla
-Sun Aug 29
Deportivo La Coruna 0-0 Real Zaragoza
Espanyol 3-1 Getafe
Mallorca 0-0 Real Madrid
Osasuna 0-0 Almeria
Racing Santander 0-3 Barcelona
Real Sociedad 1-0 Villarreal
-Mon Aug 30
Atletico Madrid 4-0 Sporting Gijon


3 big teams are still really struggling to get their seasons going as Lyon, Bordeaux and Marseille all have just 4 points after 4 games. Lyon lost this round, while Bordeaux & Mars tied each other.
-Toulouse is off to a perfect start with 12 from 4.


Tom Williams of Football Further with a splendid review of the past week in Ligue 1.


Ben Lyttleton of Sports Illustrated looks ahead to the national team launching into Euro Championship qualifying this coming weekend.


Bayern bombed out in round 2 with a road loss to the Kaisers.
-Bremen, Hamburg, Gladbach & Dortmund all won big.


Raphael Honigstein of the Guardian on Wolfsburg's gigantic choke job and the rest of the Bundesliga weekend.


Some real drama to open the season as Milan won big, Parma and Samp got off to a good start, while Roma bumbled to a home draw with newly promoted Cesena, Inter bumbled to a road draw at Bologna, and Juve lost at Bari - Oof - not a good start at all for a team that spent a lot of money. But its really how you finish the season, not start it.


Paolo Banidini of the Guardian on the opening weekends carrying-ons of Serie A.


Opening Weekend of the Italian Serie A
Matches & Scores:
-Sat Aug 28
Udinese 0-1 Genoa
Roma 0-0 Cesena
-Sun Aug 29
Bari 1-0 Juventus
Milan 4-0 Lecce
Chievo 2-1 Catania
Fiorentina 1-1 Napoli
Palermo 0-0 Cagliari
Parma 2-0 Brescia
Sampdoria 2-0 Lazio
-Mon Aug 30
Bologna 0-0 Inter

UEFA has a Q & A with Dutch head coach Bert van Marwijk as the leads his team toward possible European glory in 2012.
-Any chance he will let all those skilled players do more than just kick people?


Brasilairo Round 17 Matches & Scores:
-Sat Aug 28
Internacional 1-0 Botafogo
Vasco 1-1 Cruzeiro
Ceara 2-2 Prudente
Santos 2-0 Goias
-Sun Aug 29
Corinthians 2-1 Vitoria
Guarani 2-1 Flamengo
Atlectico MG 1-2 Palmeiras
Fluminense 2-2 Sao Paulo
Atletico GO 2-2 Avai
Atlectico PR 1-1 Gremio


Martin Samuel of the Daily Mail on the disgusting racism of Russian football.
-Why he has to bring England's World Cup bid into this article I don't know. Let the ugliness stand on its own.


Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated with notes from the weekend of fussball aktion.


DaMarcus Beasley is welcomed to Germany by the worlds biggest secondhand Hairbo Gummi Bear collector - Jonas Clerzen.


Anonymous sasha said...

Bruce, playoff format tomfoolery aside...RSL did win on the road last playoffs in Columbus. Hard to generalize that they showed you don't have to win on the road to win MLS Cup when they won 50% of their road matches.

8:54 PM  
Anonymous Joe the curmudgeon said...

Notice, you never see Bruce McGuire and Fidel Castro in the same room. Hmmmm.

11:47 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

Heh. You typo'd it again. It should be "3" and "two", not "2" and "two", re: Yanks in the CL.

9:51 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

Thanks as always Jay!

I hear ya Sasha, I was meaning more of a regular season generalization, rather than the playoffs.

10:48 AM  

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