Monday, September 20, 2010

Some News for Mon Sep 20, 2010


With another win in Ligue 1 our main man Carlos Bocanegra and his Saint-Etienne are the new #1 in France after 6 rounds. Hooray St Etienne Lager, available only at Aldi! And Hooray, St Etienne album Fox Base Alpha!


Chelsea FC - 5 EPL games played - 5 wins - 21 goals scored - 1 goal allowed - overwhelmingly fantastic!


Paul Wilson of the Observer calls out Slappy Jack for continuing to wheel and deal while dicking around the 2006 Trinidad & Tobago national team over World Cup pay.

The Trinidad Express reports on yet another legal appeal launched by Team Warner trying to stop the decision against him.

Honestly though. Who does Warner have to answer too in the big picture? Blatter? Seriously, they are one and the same. He is Teflon.


Of all the people getting an exclusive interview with Jurgen Klinsmann in which we hear him talk about not coaching the USA, did you think it would be Sasha Victorine and the Kansas City Wizards Television? Me neither. Interesting. Very interesting.
-I'm still not sold on the guy.

Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated gets a "No Comment" from Sunil Gulati the US Soccer president when asked about what Klinsy had to say.


Matches & Scores:
-Sun Sep 19
Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool - losing one of the grand old rivalries leaves the Liverpeople all the way down in 16th.
Schalke 1-3 Dortmund - a loss in the Revierderby sees Schalke start the season with 4 straight defeats, while Dortmund climbs to #3.
Atletico Madrid 1-2 Barcelona - one of the hottest teams in the world lost at home against one of the most talented. This game got nasty with 9 yellow cards and a red.
Bordeaux 2-0 Lyon - two teams that should be slugging it out for the title, and right now only Bordeaux is making there way slowly toward the top.
Feyenoord 1-2 Ajax - one of the great rivalries of the Netherlands, with the Ajax win moving them to #1 in today's charts.


The action rolls on with Round 4 this week!


Round Four
Matches & Scores:
-Tue Sep 21
Columbus Crew v Santos Laguna
Cruz Azul v Toronto FC
-Wed Sep 22
Arabe Unido v Real Salt Lake
Monterrey v Seattle Sounders
Marathon v Saprissa
FAS v Puerto Rico Islanders
-Thu Sep 23
Joe Public v Municipal
Olimpia v Toluca


GROUP STANDINGS (3 rounds played):
Group A
3 Cruz Azul (Mexico) (+6)
6 Real Salt Lake (USA) (+3)
3 Toronto (Canada) (-3)
3 Arabe Unido (Panama) (-6)
Group B
7 Santos Laguna (Mexico) (+4)
6 Columbus Crew (USA) (+3)
2 Municipal (Guatemala) (-1)
1 Joe Public (Trinidad & Tobago) (-6)
Group C
9 Monterrey (Mexico) (+5)
6 Saprissa (Costa Rica) (+4)
3 Marathon (Honduras) (-5)
0 Seattle Sounders (USA) (-5)
Group D
7 Toluca (Mexico) (+4)
4 Puerto Rico Islanders (Puerto Rico) (+3)
4 Olimpia (Honduras) (-2)
1 FAS (El Salvador) (-5)


Tim Vickery of the BBC takes in some Champions League football in person for the first time since 1992. Here are his memories and impressions.


“Season’s over.”
-Houston Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear after another loss last weekend.


So after all of last weeks Dallas-New York/Hartman-Henry antics the league has decided to fine Henry and not suspend him. What a joke. It was an easy 2nd yellow card offense, and without that the league should have just given the boy a game off.
-On the other hand, as I watched it live I really thought that Hartman took a dive when Henry kicked a ball at him. But as it turned out Hartman jacked his knee up pretty good and had to be subbed out.
-The cynical person in me think Hartman could have hurt himself taking the dive, not getting "hit" by the ball.
-Did you hear Hartman screaming and see him rolling around on the ground afterward. That much pain surely should have caused him to blackout. No?
-Am I being harsh on the wrong guy? Yes, Henry was a pissed off moron, and should have been tossed right then and there.
-You watch this video though, and see that there is almost nothing at all as far as contact between the two. Weird. And this video does not have his bizarre screaming in it.
-Ahhhhh, here is the video with Hartman exploding. Listen very closely at the :17 mark and you can hear the wailing begin, then the camera will cut to Hartman holding his knee and rolling around.


Holy Johnny Smokes!

Kei Kamara's goal for KC is, so far, for me the goal of the year. Wow o wow o wow!! Check it out now.


The AP reports that David Beckham instead of staying in LA and working more on his rehab is set to fly down to Trinidad after their Friday night game to kiss Slappy Jack's ass on behalf of England's World Cup bid. Again Becks shows that his words about being 100% committed to the Galaxy are as hollow & dried up as his wife's singing career.


Matches & Scores:
-Wed Sep 15
San Jose Eartquakes 1-0 Philadelphia Union - SJE goal by Chris Wondolowski.
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium - Santa Clara CA
Attendance: 8,106
-Thu Sep 16
FC Dallas 2-2 New York Red Bulls - FCD goals by Milton Rodriquez & Eric Alexander. NYRB goals by Mehdi Balloucy & Javier Benitez(OG).
Venue: Pizza Hut Park - Frixco TX
Attendance: 15,105
-Sat Sep 18
Real Salt Lake 1-0 Chicago Fire SC - RSL goal by Alvaro Saborio(PK).
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium - Sandy UT
Attendance: 14,440
Columbus Crew 0-4 Seattle Sounders FC - SSFC goals by Blaise Nkufo(3) & Nathan Sturgis(PK).
Venue: Crew Stadium - Columbus OH
Attendance: 17,144
Houston Dynamo 1-2 Toronto FC - HD goal by Brian Ching. TFC goals both by Dwayne DeRosario.
Venue: Robertson Stadium - Houston TX
Attendance: 16,435
Colorado Rapids 3-0 New England Revolution - CR goals by Omar Cummings, Conor Casey & Wells Thompson.
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City CA
Attendance: 16,314
Los Angeles Galaxy 2-1 DC United - LAG goals both by Landon Donovan. DCU goal by Andy Najar.
Venue: The Home Depot Center - Carson CA
Attendance: 20,094
-Sun Sep 19
CD Chivas USA 0-2 Kansas City Wizards - KCW goals by Kei Kamara & Teal Bunbury.
Venue: The Home Depot Center - Carson CA
Attendance: 15,382


Brek Shea - Dallas - Red Card
Wilman Conde - Chicago - 2 Yellow Cards


Coming up early in Week 26
Matches & Scores:
-Wed Sep 22
Kansas City Wizards v Houston Dynamo - 7:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: CommunityAmerica Ballpark - Kansas City KS
FC Dallas v New England Revolution - 7:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Pizza Hut Park - Frisco TX


Seattle forward Blaise Nkufo nabbed the Player Of The Week award, opening his goal scoring file in high fashion with 3 goals at Columbus.


Dallas midfielder Brek Shea has gotten a second game suspension added on to this Red Card from last Thursday night, for a brutal foul on Chris Albright.


Steve Davis of Sports Illustrated gives us five things we learned from Week 25.


Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America knows that one of the most consistent things about many MLS teams is that they are inconsistent.


Brian Strauss of Fanhouse sees Real Salt Lake wearing the championship belt very well this season. Definitely one of the favorites to win it all.


Nick Green of the Daily Breeze breaks the word to Landon Donovan that he is now the Galaxy's all time leading goal scorer.


The Columbus Dispatch picks over the Crew carcass from the dismembering that Seattle laid on them.
-Did you know that Stern John, who once score 26 goals for the Crew in one season, is back living in the Cowtown? Will he get a shot at the team next season? He will be 34.


Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times reports that the Sounders got practice off to a fast start today with some Ultimate Frisbee. Yes they did.


Nigel Reed of the CBC examines how Toronto FC goes about building a new infrastructure.


No team has clinched a spot for the post-season yet, but DC has become the first team eliminated.


Pts - Team - Games Played
50 Los Angeles - 25
47 Salt Lake - 25
44 Columbus - 25
42 Dallas - 24
41 New York - 25
37 Colorado - 24
36 San Jose - 23
36 Seattle - 25
- - - - - - - -
31 Toronto - 25
27 Kansas City - 22
26 Chicago - 23
25 Chivas - 23
24 New England - 24
24 Philadelphia - 24
23 Houston - 24
OUT-18 DC - 25


14 Edson Buddle - Los Angeles Galaxy (20 games)
12 Juan Pablo Angel - New York Red Bulls (25 games)
11 Sebastion Le Toux - Philadelphia Union (22 games)
11 Dwayne De Rosario - Toronto FC (23 games)
10 Conor Casey - Colorado Rapids (22 games)
10 Omar Cummings - Colorado Rapids (24 games)
10 Fredy Montero - Seattle Sounders (25 games)


14 Landon Donovan - Los Angeles Galaxy (19 games)
10 Sebastian Le Toux - Philadelphia Union (22 games)
9 Bobby Convey - San Jose Earthquakes (22 games)
9 David Ferreira - FC Dallas (24 games)
9 Fredy Montero - Seattle Sounders (25 games)
8 Guillermo Barros Schelotto - Columbus Crew (24 games)


Landon Donovan is the man, having picked up a stale LA Galaxy team that was down 0-1 and hoisted them to a 2-1 win in the games final 15 minutes moving them back to the #1 in MLS. How is it that he still finds ways to amaze?


How did Houston let Dwayne De Rosario hit two identical free kicks for goals. Damn he is good. And how about the power he put on those shots!

DC finds new ways to choke almost every week. At least they didn't get shut out.

DC's Andy Najar is really frickin good!
-I wish I could remember the guy is who runs a Salt Lake blog that thought I was an idiot for saying so a couple months back. I wasn't going on my own belief, I was going on the word of some folks who know what they are talking about. I bet the guy I can't think of probably still feels that Najar is overrated!

It was awesome watching Blaise Nkufo come to life for Seattle. His experience came through with his cool and calm finishing. Most impressive.

Seattle scored the first PK in their team's MLS history. Can you believe that. Nathan Sturgis take a bow.

Conor Casey and Omar Cummings are coming alive for Colorado at exactly the right moment. And having Bryan Mullen out on their right wing is going to help them a ton. Not to mention that their front 6 might be the best in MLS.


Matthew Weiner of CNN on the chances of the New York Cosmos becoming MLS team #20.


If we are being ultra technical about the numbering of MLS teams wouldn't we have to see it like this:
1-10 - the 1996 originals - New England, New York, DC, Tampa Bay Columbus, Kansas City, Dallas, Colorado, Los Angeles, San Jose.
11, 12 - the 1998 expansion teams - Miami and Chicago
(Miami and Tampa Bay were shut down in 2001)
13, 14 - the 2005 expansion teams - Chivas USA and Salt Lake
15 - San Jose moves to Houston in 2006
16 - the 2007 expansion team - Toronto
17 - San Jose is reborn in 2008
18 - the 2009 expansion team - Seattle
19 - the 2010 expansion team - Philadelphia
20, 21 - the 2011 expansion teams - Portland and Vancouver
22 - the 2012 expansion team - Montreal
23 - the 2013 expansion team - ???


Stars win 3 in a row for the first time ever! They are playing their best soccer of the year right now! I am really happy for the guys on the team.

And a birth in the playoffs is very very close!

4 teams are fightin for the 3 last spots.

With the Tampa loss on Sunday night they sit 8 points back with only 2 games to play, so they can't catch the Stars

NSC MN Stars also holds an 8 point lead over St Louis who have 3 games left to go. So any tie or loss by them and the Stars are playoff bound!


-Thu Sep 16
Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-1 Austin Aztex
-Fri Sep 17
Rochester Rhinos v Miami FC Blues
-Sat Sep 18
Crystal Palace Baltimore 2-4 Carolina RailHawks
NSC Minnesota Stars 1-0 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
AC St Louis 2-1 Austin Aztex
Puerto Rico Islanders 0-1 Portland Timbers
-Sun Sep 19
Montreal Impact 3-0 Tampa Bay Rowdies

Final Matches of the Regular Season:
-Wed Sep 22
Miami FC Blues v AC St Louis
-Fri Sep 24
FC Tampa Bay v NSC Minnesota Stars
Vancouver Whitecaps FC v Montreal Impact
-Sat Sep 25
Miami FC Blues v Rochester Rhinos
Crystal Palace Baltimore v Portland Timbers
Carolina RailHawks v Puerto Rico Islanders
Austin Aztex v AC St Louis
-Fri Oct 1
Carolina RailHawks v Austin Aztex
FC Tampa Bay v Crystal Palace Baltimore
-Sat Oc 2
Vancouver Whitecaps FC v Portland Timbers
AC St Louis v Rochester Rhinos
Miami FC Blues v Puerto Rico Islanders
-Sun Oct 3
Montreal Impact v Austin Aztex


Standings (As of Sun Sep 19):
IN-51 Rochester - 28 played
IN-50 Austin - 27 played
IN-45 Portland - 28 played
IN-44 Vancouver - 28 played
IN-41 Carolina - 28 played
37 Montreal - 28 played
37 Minnesota - 29 played
36 Puerto Rico - 28 played
- - - - - - - - -
29 St Louis - 27 played (38)
OUT-29 Tampa Bay - 28 played (35)
OUT-26 Miami - 27 played (35)
OUT-24 Baltimore - 28 played (30)


Pro-Rated Standings based on Points Per Game:
1.85 Austin
1.82 Rochester
1.61 Portland
1.57 Vancouver
1.46 Carolina
1.29 Puerto Rico
1.28 Minnesota
1.26 Montreal
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1.07 St Louis
1.07 Tampa Bay
0.96 Miami
0.86 Baltimore


The USA heads home from a trip to Spain with 1 win from 4 games including 2 losses to the Spanish national team.


Matches & Scores:
-Wed Sep 8
USA 0-1 Real Madrid youth
-Thu Sep 9
USA 2-1 Rayo Vallecano youth - USA goals both by Kellen Gulley.
-Tue Sep 14
USA 0-1 Spain U-17
-Thu Sep 16
USA 1-2 Spain U-17 - USA goal by Esteban Rodríguez(PK).


Kendall McIntosh - Mustang Academy - Santa Rosa CA
Fernando Pina - Houston Dynamo - Houston TX
Kellyn Acosta - FC Dallas - Plano TX
Mobi Fehr - Tokyo Verdy - Tokyo Japan
Alessandro Mion - Kendall SC - Miami FL
Cole Nagy - RSL-AZ - Scottsdale AZ
Tarik Salkicic - Strictly Soccer - Pinellas Park FL
Nathan Smith - Cal Odyssey - Clovis CA
Andrew Souders - Crew Soccer Academy - Amherst OH
Danny Zaid - Camp Elite - Guatemala City Guatemala
Ricardo Aldape - Lemont Raiders - Chicago Heights IL
Joe Amon - South Carolina United FC - Summerville SC
Matthew Dunn - FC Cologne - Dallas TX
Ruben Duran - Las Vegas Premier - Las Vegas NV
Patrick Foss - DC United - South Riding VA
Alejandro Guido - Aztecs Premier - Chula Vista CA
Nico Melo - Florida Rush - Kissimmee FL
Marc Pelosi - De Anza Force - Sunnyvale CA
Esteban Rodriguez - Cosmos Academy West - Palmdale CA
Dillon Serna - Colorado Rapids - Brighton CO
Daniel Flores - Cal Odyssey - Fresno CA
Kellen Gulley - MS Chicago Fire Juniors - Clinton MS
Andrew Oliver - Westside United - Indianapolis IN
Mario Rodriguez - Central Aztecs - North Hollywood CA

AMERICANS IN EUROPE does a Q & A with Stuart Holden.

Michael Bradley and Gladbach were humiliated on Saturday losing 7-0 at Stuttgart! Ouch.

Clarence Goodson scored another goal for Start in a victory.

Jonathan Spector was again not dressed for West Ham.

Jermaine Jones was an unused sub for Schalke as they lost their 4 straight to start the season.

Neither Ricardo Clark of Eintracht Frankfurt or Daniel Williams of Freiburg saw the field when their teams played.

And Jozy Altidore rode the bench for Villarreal.


Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

Jozy Altidore - Villarreal - Thu Sep 16 - went the full 90 but lost 2-0 at Dinamo Zagreb.
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht - Thu Sep 16 - did not make the game day roster v Zenit St Petersburg.
**Freddie Adu - Aris - not on tourney roster

DENMARK - Superliga
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - Mon Sep 20 at Lyngby

ENGLAND - Premier League
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - started and went 77 minutes scoring his teams only goal in a 1-1 road draw at Blackburn.
Brad Friedel - Aston Villa - played the whole game getting a tie at home 1-1 against Bolton.
Marcus Hahnemann - Wolverhampton - went the distance getting a yellow card but lost 3-1 at Tottenahm.
Stuart Holden - Bolton - went the full 90 and drew 1-1 at Aston Villa.
Tim Howard`1 - Everton - played the full game but lost at home 0-1 to Newcastle.
Eddie Johnson - Fulham - came on as a sub in the 77th minute of a 1-1 tie at Blackburn.

ENGLAND - League One
Frank Simek - Carlisle United - went the full 90 getting a yellow card in a scoreless home draw with Brighton & Hove Albion.

FINLAND - Veikkausliiga
Daniel Antunez - Inter Turku - started and went 88 minutes as the won 0-3 at VPS.
Giuseppe Funicello - Mariehamn - Mon Sep 20 at Haka
Lamar Neagle - Mariehamn - Mon Sep 20 at Haka
Mason Trafford - Mariehamn - Mon Sep 20 at Haka

FRANCE - Ligue 1
Carlos Bocanegra - Saint Etienne - went the full 90 as they won 3-0 at Montpellier.

GERMANY - Bundesliga
DaMarcus Beasley - Hannover - came on as a sub in the 77th minute but lost 2-0 at Wolfsburg.
Michael Bradley - Monchengladbach - played the entire match losing 7-0 at Stuttgart.
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - went the distance but lost 2-0 at wolfsburg.

GERMANY - 2 Bundesliga
David Yelldell - Duisburg - played the full 90 but lost 1-0 at Erzgebirge Aue.

NETHERLANDS - Eerste Divisie
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - played the full 90 as they won 1-3 at Emmen.

NORWAY - Eliteserien
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek - played the whole match but lost 0-3 at home to Odd Grenland.
Hunter Freeman - Start - played the entire game as they won 4-2 at home over Stromsgodset.
Clarence Goodson - Start - went the distance scoring a goal and they won 4-2 at home over Stromsgodset.

POLAND - Ekstraklasa
Jeremiah White - Belchatow - came on as a sub in the 78th minute but they lost 1-0 at Gornik Zabrze.

SCOTLAND - Premier League
Maurice Edu - Rangers - started and played 70 minutes as they won 4-0 at home over Dundee United.

SWEDEN - Allsvenskan Liga
Alejandro Bedoya - Orebro - went the distance getting a yellow card and drew 1-1 at Halmstad.
Ryan Miller - Halmstad - played the full 90 and drawing at home 1-1 with Orebro.


Coming Up: (all possible players are listed)

BELGIUM - Pro League
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht - Wed Sep 22 at Lierse

ENGLAND - Carling Cup 3rd Round
-Tue Sep 21
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - at Stoke City
Marcus Hahnemann - Wolverhampton - v Notts County
Stuart Holden - Bolton Wanderers - at Burnley
Tim Howard - Everton - at Brentford
Eddie Johnson - Fulham - at Stoke City
Jonathan Spector - West Ham United - at Sunderland
-Wed Sep 22
Brad Friedel - Aston Villa - v Blackburn
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa - v Blackburn
Eric Lichaj - Aston Villa - v Blackburn

ENGLAND - League One
Anton Peterlin - Plymouth Argyle - Tue Sep 21 v Brighton & Hove Albion

GERMANY - Bundesliga
DaMarcus Beasley - Hannover - Tue Sep 21 v Werder Bremen
Michael Bradley - Monchengladbach - Wed Sep 22 v St Pauli
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - Tue Sep 21 v Werder Bremen
Ricardo Clark - Eintracht Frankfurt - Wed Sep 22 at Bayer Leverkusen
Jared Jeffrey - Mainz - Tue Sep 21 v Koln
Jermaine Jones - Schalke - Wed Sep 22 at Freiberg
Daniel Williams - Freiburg - Wed Sep 22 v Schalke

SPAIN - Primera Division
Jozy Altidore - Villarreal - Thu Sep 23 v Deportivo La Coruna

SWEDEN - Allsvenskan Liga
Alejandro Bedoya - Orebro - Wed Sep 22 v Gelfe
Ryan Miller - Halmstad - Wed Sep 22 at GAIS
Johann Smith - Kalmar - Wed Sep 22 at AIK


Jay DeMerit supposedly has interest from Vancouver and Everton.


USA U20 starlet Adrian Ruelas of the Santos Laguna youth set up has headed over to Scotland to train with Celtic for a few weeks.


Game Action:

Herculez Gomez - Pachuca - came on as a sub athalf time but they lost 1-0 at San Luis.
Sammy Ochoa - Estudiantes Tecos - came on as a sub in the 82nd minute as they drew 2-2 at home against Pumas.
Miguel Ponce - Guadalajara - went the distance but got a yellow card and lost badly at home 0-3 to Chiapas.
Jose Torres - Pachuca - came on as a sub in the 71 st minute as they lost 1-0 at San Luis.
Marco Vidal - Pachuca - played the full 90 getting a yellow card as the lost 1-0 at San Luis.


Simon Burnton of the Guardian with five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend.


Simon Kuper of the Financial Times talks to multi-team-successful head coach Guus Hiddink about what England's national team problems are.


Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian calls England's failings the result of a messiah complex.


Sid Lowe of the Guardian sees the red hot start of Atletico Madrid swept aside by the superb talent of Barcelona, and the rest of the weekend in La Liga.


Phil Ball of Soccernet on Real Sociedad putting Real Madrid through the paces, and the rest of the weekend in La Liga.


Ben Lyttleton of Sports Illustrated checks out the fumbling's of the Ligue 1 teams in the UEFA Champions League first group stage round.


Mainz is the only team off to a perfect 4 games and 12 points start in the Bundesliga. Who saw this coming?!?!


Raphael Honigstein of the Guardian introduces us to the new Japanese star Shinji Kagawa at Dortmund, and the rest of the weekend in the Bundesliga.


Paolo Bandini of the Guardian looks at Roma's failings and the rest of the weekend in Serie A.

ARGENTINA does a Q & A with Argentina and Marseille midfidler Lucho Gonzalez.


Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated handicaps the field for the FIFA player of the year award.


Blogger Demko said...

Steve Davis, fantastic as always. Great to have such an intelligent, funny weekly rundown of MLS.

10:22 PM  
Anonymous ericJ said...

I dont understand how you think Kamara's goal is the best of the season...its not even the best of the week in my opinion.

10:54 PM  
Anonymous stpauljosh said...

That CNN article on the expansion Cosmos seems fairly ignorant and patronizing.

5:18 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

stpauljosh -- isn't that par for the course with CNN?

12:04 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

that is the beauty of opinion ericj!

5:44 PM  

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