Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Some News for Wed Aug 4, 2010

STARTERS

DC United has fired head coach Curt Onalfo as the team flounders in their worst season ever.
-Ben Olsen is the interim head coach! Captain Caveman!

dN

Great job by Toronto FC & Seattle Sounders going to Motogua in Honduras and Metapan in The Salvador and both getting the draw to advance in the CONCACAF Champions League.

dN

Chivas of Guadalajara has advanced to the Copa Libertadores Final!

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

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

dN

Toronto, Cruz Azul and Seattle advance, while Motagua, San Francisco & Metapan go home.

dN

Three more series will be decided tonight.

dN

Preliminary Round Matches & Scores:
2nd Leg
-Tue Aug 3
Motagua (Honduras) 2-2 Toronto FC (Canada) - TFC advances 3-2 on aggregate - Mot goals both by Amado Guevara. TFC goals by Dwayne DeRosario & Chad Barrett.
Cruz Azul (Mexico) 6-0 San Francisco (Panama) CA adavances 9-2 on aggregate - CA goals by Javier Orozco(3), Maximilliano Biancucchi(2) & Gienir Garcia.
Isidro Metapan (El Salvador) 1-1 Seattle Sounders (USA) - SS advances 2-1 on aggregate - IM goal by Anel Canales. SS goal by Alvaro Fernandez.
-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)

COPA LIBERTADORES

Goats on parade!

dN

Matches & Scores - Semifinals:
2nd Leg
-Tue Aug 3
Universidad de Chile 0-2 Guadalajara Chivas - GC advances 3-1 on aggregate - GC goals by Xavier Baez & Jonny Magallon.
-Thu Aug 5
Sao Paulo FC v Internacional (0-1)

dN

Away goals is the tie breaker.

Superliga 2010

Kyle McCarthy of the Boston Herald with a preview of tonight's New England-Puebla match.

dN

Semifinals Matches & Scores:
-Wed Aug 4
New England Revolution v Puebla FC
Venue: Gillette Stadium - Foxborough MA
-Thu Aug 5
Houston Dynamo v CA Monarcas Morelia
Venue: Robertson Stadium – Houston TX

dN

Final
-TBD: Aug 24, 25 or 26

TEAM USA

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

dN

Jermaine Jones gets his first call up to the USA national team. A player that could have helped the team in the middle of the field at the World Cup, but a micro fracture of the leg kept him out of action for almost 10 months. He gets his chance to impress now. I think we will see something good.

dN

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

dN

USA roster:
G:
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa
Tim Howard - Everton
D:
Carlos Bocanegra - St Etienne
Jonathan Bornstein - Chivas USA
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover
Clarence Goodson - Start
Chad Marshall - Columbus Crew
Jonathan Spector - West Ham
M:
Alejandro Bedoya - Orebro
Michael Bradley - Monchengladbach
Landon Donovan - Los Angeles Galaxy
Maurice Edu - Rangers
Benny Feilhaber - Aarhus
Jermaine Jones - Schalke
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht
F:
Edson Buddle - Los Angeles Galaxy
Robbie Findley - Real Salt Lake
Herculez Gomez - Pachuca

QUESTION OF THE DAY

When will DC United hold team president Kevin Payne and general manager Dave Kaspar responsible for 3 terrible seasons in a row?

MLS WEEK 19

Matches & Scores:
-Thu Aug 5
Philadelphia Union v Columbus Crew - 7:00pm Central on ESPN2
Venue: PPL Park - Chester PA
-Sat Aug 7
Toronto FC v Chivas USA - 3:00pm Central on Telefutura
Venue: BMO Field - Toronto ON
New England Revolution v DC United - 6:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Gillette Stadium - Foxborough MA
Kansas City Wizards v Real Salt Lake - 7:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: CommunityAmerica Ballpark - Kansas City KS
Colorado Rapids v San Jose Earthquakes - 8:00pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City CO
-Sun Aug 8
FC Dallas v Philadelphia Union - 6:00pm Central on FSC
Venue: Pizza Hut Park - Frisco TX
Chicago Fire v New York Red Bulls - 8:00pm Central on ESPN2
Venue: Toyota Park - Bridgeview IL
Seattle Sounders v Houston Dynamo - 10:00pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Qwest Field - Seattle WA

MLS TEAM & PLAYER NEWS

Seattle forward Fredy "El Flojo" Montero was named MLS July Player of the Month.

dN

Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated talks to the newest Red Bull Rafa Marquez.

dN

And Wahl with other always interesting league and USA notes.

dN

The Daily Utah Chronicle on the growing popularity of the league.

dN

Brian Westfall of the Sports Network with an article on New York rookie centerback Tim Ream.

dN

Big Apple Soccer compiles their list of the highs and lows of Clint Mathis's dramatic career in New York. Mathis will retire on Saturday. I forgot just how far the pendulum swung for Cleetus with the MetroStars.

MLS PLAYER MOVEMENT

Goalkeeper Brian Perk who was released by Philadelphia recently has signed with Los Angeles.

MLS INJURY REPORT

Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch with an update on the terrible concussion suffered by Crew midfielder Eddie Gaven last weekend.

MLS/SUM BUSINESS

The CONCACAF website with an interesting article on the significance of MLS signing a popular Mexican player like Rafa Marquez.

dN

Chicago Fire president Dave Greely has resigned. Remember when he ripped soccer as a member of the Chicago Bear FO.
-Report from the Daily Herald.

MLS COACHES HOT SEAT

Mike Martin of United Mania on the firing of DC head coach Curt "Old Falafel" Onalfo.

OK, you can read the take from Craig Stouffer of the Examiner too, which includes quotes from DCU brass.

USSF DIVISION 2

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Aug 4
Crystal Palace Baltimore 0-1 Miami FC Blues
Rochester Rhinos v Portland Timbers
-Fri Aug 6
AC St. Louis v Vancouver Whitecaps FC
-Sat Aug 7
Carolina RailHawks v Montreal Impact
Austin Aztex v Tampa Bay Rowdies
Puerto Rico Islanders v Miami FC Blues

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Standings (Afternoon Wed Aug 4):
38 Austin - 18 played
34 Vancouver - 21 played
33 Rochester - 20 played
27 Portland - 19 played
27 Minnesota - 22 played
25 Carolina - 17 played
24 Tampa Bay - 19 played
24 Montreal - 20 played
23 Puerto Rico - 18 played
20 Baltimore - 20 played
20 St Louis - 20 played
18 Miami - 20 played

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Pro-Rated Standings based on Points Per Game:
2.11 Austin
1.65 Rochester
1.62 Vancouver
1.47 Carolina
1.42 Portland
1.28 Puerto Rico
1.26 Tampa Bay
1.23 Minnesota
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
OUT OF PLAY OFF SPOTS
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1.20 Montreal
1.00 Baltimore
1.00 St Louis
0.90 Miami

SOCCER IN AMERICA

The Australian looks to MLS as an example of what their domestic A-League can be in the future.

TEAM USA

Town Topics of Princeton NJ with an article on USA assistant coach Jesse Marsch, reflecting on the World Cup.

US SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY

PeaceFMOnline with an article on the Los Angeles Futbol Club.

USA WORLD CUP 2018/22 BID

Simon Kuper of the Financial Times sees the USA are the front runner for the 2022 World Cup.
-There is an interesting follow-up letter pertaining to statements in the previous article about Qatar's bid.

AMERICANS IN EUROPE

John Haydon of the Washington Times talks to Oguchi Onyewu.

dN

Coming Up: (all possible players are listed)

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE - Third Qualifying Round 2nd Leg
Daniel Antunez - Inter Turku - Thu Aug 5 - at Genk trailing 1-5
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - Thu Aug 5 - at Sporting trailing 0-1

AMERICANS IN EUROPE - RUMORS

The Washington Post reports that Nice (France) and Heracles (Netherlands) are showing interest in DaMarcus Beasley.

AMERICANS IN MEXICO

Game Action:

COPA LIBERTADORES - Semifinals 2nd Leg
Miguel Ponce - Guadalajara - Tue Aug 3 - went the full 90 as they won 0-2 at Universidad de Chile and advance to the final 3-1 on aggregate.

ENGLAND

Community Shield
Match & Score:
-Sun Aug 8
Chelsea v Manchester United

THE GUARDIAN: PREMIER LEAGUE 2010 PREVIEWS

Arsenal
Arsenal
Aston Villa
Birmingham
Blackburn
Blackpool
Bolton
Chelsea
Everton
Fulham
Liverpool
Manchester City
Manchester United
Newcastle
Stoke
Sunderland
Tottenham
West Brom
West Ham
Wigan
Wolverhampton

FRANCE

Reuters previews the start of the new Ligue 1 season, and wonders what it will take to get past the stink from the World Cup.

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LIGUE 1 - Opening Weekend
Matches & Scores:
-Sat Aug 7
Auxerre v Lorient
Lens v Nancy
Lyon v Monaco
Marseille v Caen
Nice v v Valenciennes
Paris St Germain v St Etienne
Rennais v Lille
Sochaux v Arles
Toulouse v Brestois
-Sun Aug 8
Montpellier v Bordeaux

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COUPE DE LA LIGUE
Matches & Scores:
-Fri Jul 30
Angers v Bastia
Strasbourg v Evian Thonon Gaillard
Grenoble v Guingamp
Clermont v Metz
Dijon v Amiens
Troyes v Reims
Tours v Vannes
Ajaccio v Istres
Le Havre v Le Mans
Laval v Chateauroux
Sedan v Nimes
-Sat Jul 31
Boulogne v Nantes

GERMANY

DFL Super Cup
-Fri Aug 6
Bayern Munchen v Schalke

TACTICS

Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian on the shifting of players assignments to create an attacking 4-2-1-3 alignment.

4 Comments:

Blogger Super Rookie said...

Sweet A-League link!

GO ON HEART!

7:28 PM  
Blogger jim c said...

its COACH CAVEMAN to you now!

9:48 PM  
Blogger saxdaddy said...

minor correction - Motagua is in Honduras and Metapan is in El Salvador. Gotta keep your tiny central american clubs straight! I continue to enjoy the blog and appreciate your commitment to the endeavor.

12:20 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

thanks saxdaddy

how is it that i am dumb enough to get it right in one part of the post and wrong in another?

selective-idiocy?

1:15 PM  

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