Thursday, August 12, 2010

Some News for Thu Aug 12, 2010


Word from the nation's capital is that Jaime Moreno is going to leave DC United at the end of this season, and return to Bolivia.
-The Washington Post with details.
-For me, Moreno is the great legend in league history. When I first saw him play I was amazed, and have not stopped watching him since. Hooray Jaime!


The undisputed biggest league in the world, the English Premier League kicks off the 2010-11 season on Saturday. And there are a couple of pretty decent looking games on the slate too:
-Sat Aug 14
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City - 6:45am Central on ESPN2
Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion - 11:30am Central on FSC
-Sun Aug 15
Liverpool v Arsenal - 10am Central on FSC
-Mon Aug 16
Manchester United v Newcastle United - 2pm Central on ESPN2.
-See the full list below in the England section.


Everton manager David Moyes has publicly declared that he has no interest in the Aston Villa job. He would have easily been their first choice. So is Bob the favorite? He just might be.


Internacional of Brazil went on the road last night and romped to a 1-2 win, most importantly snagging those 2 away goals. They completely dominated Chivas for 90% of the game. Impressive win. [THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO LET US KNOW THAT THERE IS NO AWAY GOALS TIE BREAKER RULE IN THE FINAL.]


Final Match & Score:
1st Leg
-Wed Aug 11
Guadalajara 1-2 Internacional - Gua goal by Bozo Bautista. Int goals by Giuliano & Bolivar.
2nd Leg
-Wed Aug 18
Internacional v Guadalajara (2-1)


The EPL Talk team of Richard Farley, Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer with an audio preview of the upcoming season. Here is Part 4 - the final chapter.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3


2 big time assists last night in MLS games (video):
-Seth Stammler to Joel Lindpere - New York
-Sebastien Le Toux to Danny Mwanga - Philadelphia

Which one is better? I love them both!


Matches & Scores:
-Wed Aug 11
Philadelphia Union 1-1 Real Salt Lake - PU goal by Danny Mwanga. RSL goal by Fabian Espindola.
Venue: PPL Park - Chester PA
Attendance: 16,128
New York Red Bulls 1-0 Toronto FC - NYRB goal by Joel Lindpere.
Venue: Red Bull Arena - Harrison NJ
Attendance: 19,035
-Sat Aug 14
Philadelphia Union v Colorado Rapids - 3:00pm Central on Telefutura
Venue: PPL Park - Chester PA
New York Red Bulls v Los Angeles Galaxy - 5:00pm Central on FSC
Venue: Red Bull Arena - Harrison NJ
New England Revolution v Houston Dynamo - 7:00pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Gillette Stadium - Foxborough MA
DC United v FC Dallas - 7:00pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: RFK Stadium - Washington DC
Real Salt Lake v Columbus Crew - 8:00pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium - Sandy UT
San Jose Earthquakes v Kansas City Wizards - 9:00pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium - Santa Clara CA
Chivas USA v Seattle Sounders FC - 9:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Home Depot Center - Carson CA


Toronto's new Spanish striker Mista started last night in New York, and complained to the referee every single chance he got all night long. It was beyond irritating. And the ref waited until 3 minutes into second half stoppage time to book him for dissent. One of his teammates needs to sit him down and tell him to SHUT THE FUCK UP!


Kerith Gabriel of the Philadelphia looks at the Union's tie with the defending champs.


Michael C Lewis of the Salt Lake Tribune looks at the positive, RSL did not lose on the road like they always used to.


Andrew Keh of the New York Times sees the Red Bulls using only a little star power to win last night.


Paul James of the Toronto Globe & Mail sees the flip side of TFC's great home record - their terrible road record.


Mike Woitalla of Soccer America does a Q & A with New York forward Thierry Henry. Some fun stuff here.


I think this might be largest group of quality rookies to come along in several years.

Leaders Of The Pack:
Teal Bunbury - Kansas City
Blair Gavin - Chivas
Jordan Graye - DC
Danny Mwanga - Philadelphia
Andy Najar - DC United
Ike Opara - San Jose
Tim Ream - New York
Zach Schilawski - New England
Michael Stephens - Los Angeles
Tony Tchani - New York
Ben Zemanski - Chivas


Craig Stouffer of the Examiner tells us that the NCAA has lightened up a little on amateur soccer players and will allow them to play in exhibition games with pro teams and players without losing their college eligibility.


The Colorado Rapids report on their web site that they are about to sign their first player from their academy to the senior team.


New York hoping to sign mystery player before the deadline. Yes, more players. Where are they getting the salary cap space?


Geoffrey Arnold of the Oregonian does a Q & A with Portland's MLS head coach John Spencer.


This is no way to get to the playoffs: NSC Minnesota Stars recorded their 5th tie game in a row. 5 out of 15 points is not good enough. Luckily every one around them in the standings has been doing the same. Ugh.
-Last night in Portland it was a 2-2 draw in front of a sell out crowd of 15,418 at PGE Park! Fantastic. Sell out on a Wednesday night. That is what we're talking about! The Stars went up 0-1, then fell behind 2-1 and came back to tie.


Brian Quarstad of Inside Minnesota Soccer reports on new financial/business standards announced by the US Soccer Federation for all teams in Division 2 to meet before the start of next season.


Matches & Scores:
-Wed Aug 11
Portland Timbers 2-2 NSC Minnesota Stars
Carolina RailHawks 0-2 Rochester Rhinos
Montreal Impact 0-0 Crystal Palace Baltimore
Puerto Rico Islanders 1-1 Tampa Bay Rowdies
-Sat Aug 14
Crystal Palace Baltimore v Carolina RailHawks
Rochester Rhinos v Montreal Impact
NSC Minnesota Stars v Vancouver Whitecaps
AC St Louis v Portland Timbers
Miami FC Blues v Tampa Bay Rowdies
Puerto Rico Islanders v Austin Aztex


Standings (As of Wed Aug 11):
41 Austin - 19 played
39 Rochester - 22 played
35 Vancouver - 22 played
28 Carolina - 19 played
28 Portland - 21 played
28 Minnesota - 23 played
25 Puerto Rico - 20 played
25 Tampa Bay - 21 played
25 Montreal - 22 played
21 Baltimore - 21 played
21 St Louis - 21 played
19 Miami - 21 played


Pro-Rated Standings based on Points Per Game:
2.16 Austin
1.77 Rochester
1.59 Vancouver
1.47 Carolina
1.33 Portland
1.25 Puerto Rico
1.22 Minnesota
1.19 Tampa Bay
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1.14 Montreal
1.00 Baltimore
1.00 St Louis
0.90 Miami


Jon Marthaler of SB Nation's Minnesota site talks to 3 soccer fanaticos about the interest in bringing a MLS team to the Twin Cities. I am one of those 3.


Franco Panizo of Soccer by Ives talks to Alejandro Bedoya and Herculez Gomez.


Coming Up: (all possible players are listed)

NETHERLANDS - Eerste Divisie
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - Thu Aug 12 at Den Bosch


Game Action:

Miguel Ponce - Guadalajara - Wed Aug 11 - v Internacional


Coming Up:

Miguel Ponce - Guadalajara - Wed Aug 18 - at Internacional trailing 2-1


Mixed results for the regions teams yesterday: Mexico almost got the win, giving up the equalizer in the last minute of the game. Panama and Jamaica rolled! But both Trinidad & Tobago and Costa Rica got roughed up.


International Friendly Matches & Scores:
-Wed Aug 12
Mexico 1-1 Spain - Mex goal by Javier Hernandez. Spa goal by David Silva.
Panama 3-1 Venezuela - Pan goals by Luis Tejada, Blas Perez & Jorge Dely Valdez Aguilar. Ven goal by Oswaldo Vizcarrondo.
Trinidad & Tobago 1-3 Jamaica - T&T goal by Devon Jorsling. Jam goals by Dane Richards, Rudolph Austin(PK) & Kavin Bryan.
Paraguay 2-0 Costa Rica - Par goals by Enrique Vera & Cristian Riveros.


Premier League
Opening Weekend Matches & Scores:
-Sat Aug 14
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City
Aston Villa v West Ham United
Blackburn Rovers v Everton
Bolton Wanderers v Fulham
Sunderland v Birmingham City
Wigan Athletic v Blackpool
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Stoke City
Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion
-Sun Aug 15
Liverpool v Arsenal
-Mon Aug 16
Manchester United v Newcastle United


Aston Villa
Birmingham City
Blackburn Rovers
Bolton Wanderers
Manchester City
Manchester United
Newcastle United
Stoke City
Tottenham Hotspur
West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United
Wigan Athletic
Wolverhampton Wanderers


Australia has hired German Holger Osieck as the national team's head coach.


Scores That Came In Later In The Day:
-Wed Aug 12
Panama 3-1 Venezuela
Trinidad & Tobago 1-3 Jamaica
Paraguay 2-0 Costa Rica
Bolivia 1-1 Colombia
Mauritania 0-0 Palestine
Mozambique 2-1 Swaziland
Morocco 2-1 Equatorial Guinea
Angola 0-2 Uruguay
Algeria 1-2 Gabon


Anonymous Bill Urban said...


Don't think Internacional's two goals are actually "away" goals; fairly certain that for the Libertadores Final, any scenario with total goals over two legs tied results in extra time, then penalties. Inter's advantage is that the second leg is played in Brazil, meaning that they are at home if extra time is required. But I believe that if Chivas "win" 0-1 over 90 minutes, the match goes into extra time.

Think Vickery mentioned that in his last column?

8:56 PM  
Anonymous Fordprefect said...

Chelski's eminent 4-0 win over WBA at the Bridge is a 'decent looking game'? I guess that is just another way of saying one of the Sky 4 are involved. Out of the 10 EPL games this weekend, that is the last one I would watch.

4:18 AM  
Blogger Moroco Topo said...

bill urban is correct, no away goals in the libertadores.

8:19 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

Thanks for the heads up on the away goals. Always appreciated.

As for Chelsea, I listed it as a top game because they are the defending champs, and have a lot of fans in the USA.

8:32 AM  
Anonymous Kenobi said...

Regarding the two terrific assists in MLS, I'm going with Stammler. Le Toux's was fantastic, but we already knew he was quality. Stammler, on the other hand, is an average journeyman American player. What gets me so excited about his classy chip is that I think we're seeing the direct result of Henry's influence on some of the NY role players, and I've gotta say it excites the hell out of me. Besides putting more butts in seats, if the DPs can help raise the quality of play in the average MLS player, then they're worth every penny.

9:02 AM  
Anonymous Nordy said...

So is Bob the favorite? He just might be.

I'm scared that the Villa job might just be a no-win situation. Their fans are expecting another 6th place or better. But they've sold their best player each of the last two summers (Barry and Milner) and they haven't brought anyone in. Add on that he wouldn't have any time to prepare the team before just seems like whoever joins is setting himself up for failure.

I think best to hold off, hope they appoint an interim manager, and join in January (if that's even remotely an option).

9:07 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

I think you are on to something there Kenobi. My example would be how much better Donovan's free/corner kicks have been since Beckham joined the Galaxy. You think he hasnt been asking questions of a master.

Great comment.

9:22 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

I agree Nordy. It could be a disaster. And a quick scan around the internets this morning does not have most Aston Villa fans very happy about the rumors.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

These Bradley rumors are complete fluff from the British media. They attach him to these jobs by assumption: he's American, and the club has some sort of tie to Americans, so OBVIOUSLY (grarrr!) he MUST be a target. It's malarky and it's sensationalistic and all it does is send us into a tizzy. Bradley is either going to get rehired by the USSF, or he's taking over DC United at the end of the season.

1:38 PM  

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