Monday, September 27, 2010

Some News for Mon Sep 27, 2010


Englishman Ian Darke has been hired by ESPN as their top soccer play by play announcer. Which presumably means he will be the new voice of Team USA.


My NSC Minnesota Stars have clinched the #7 seed in the USSF D2 playoffs, and must now wait to find out if they will face Carolina or Vancouver in the first round!


Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America fills us in on some reports out of France on the slow and painful recovery process for Charlie Davies.

Do the Bob Bradley haters still think Davies should have been invited into the pre-World Cup training camp? Bradley knows so much more about whats going on with American soccer players around the world then we can even imagine he does that its scary.


A huge round for the underdog!

-Sat Sep 25
Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea - New money shows old money how its done. But old money had to make due without their top 3 goal scorers, and now await late season revenge.
Bayern Munich 1-2 Mainz - Hoo hoo! The surprising early season leaders show the kings how its done! Wow!
Roma 1-0 Inter - Is this be the day that Roma came to life? A big win in the dying seconds.
Lyon 0-1 Saint-Etienne - More upstarts showing us how to get the job done!


Here we go with Round Five (of six).


Matches & Scores:
-Tue Sep 28
Toronto FC v Real Salt Lake
Cruz Azul v Arabe Unido
Saprissa v Monterrey
-Wed Sep 29
Puerto Rico Islanders v Toluca
Municipal v Columbus Crew
Santos Laguna v Joe Public
Seattle Sounders v Marathon
-Thu Sep 30
FAS v Olimpia


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


Match Day 2 (of 6 Group Stage games) will be played on Sep 28 & 29. Here are the matches.


Matches & Scores:
-Wed Sep 22
Kansas City Wizards 4-3 Houston Dynamo - KCW goals by Kei Kamara, Teal Bunbury, Adrian Serioux(OG) & Josh Wolff. HD goals by Cam Weaver, Dominic Oduro & Adrian Serioux.
Venue: CommunityAmerica Ballpark - Kansas City KS
Attendance: 9,679
FC Dallas 2-2 New England Revolution - FCD goals by David Ferreira(PK) & Jeff Cunningham. NER goals by Shalrie Joseph & Iljia Stolica.
Venue: Pizza Hut Park - Frisco TX
Attendance: 7,468
-Fri Sep 24
Los Angeles Galaxy 0-2 New York Red Bulls - NYRB goals by Dane Richards & Juan Pablo Angel(PK).
Venue: The Home Depot Center - Carson CA
Attendance: 27,000
-Sat Sep 25
Philadelphia Union 3-0 CD Chivas USA - PU goals by Alejandro Moreno, Fred & Sebastien Le Toux.
Venue: PPL Park - Chester PA
Attendance: 16,481
Toronto FC 2-3 San Jose Earthquakes - TFC goals by Dwayne DeRosario & Maicon dos Santos. SJE goals all by Chris Wondolowski(1 via PK).
Venue: BMO Field - Toronto ON
Attendance: 20,064
DC United 1-3 Houston Dynamo - DCU goal by Andy Najar. HD goals by Devin McTavish(OG), Geoff Cameron & Dominic Oduro.
Venue: RFK Stadium - Washington DC
Attendance: 13,828
New England Revolution 2-2 Columbus Crew - NER goals by Pat Phelan & Shalrie Joseph. CC goals by Cory Gibbs(OG) & Guillermo Barros Schelotto(PK).
Venue: Gillette Stadium - Foxborough MA
Attendance: 13,533
Kansas City Wizards 1-3 FC Dallas - KCW goal by Ryan Smith. FCD goals by Marvin Chavez, Milton Rodriguez & Jeff Cunningham.
Venue: CommunityAmerica Ballpark - Kansas City KS
Attendance: 10,385
Chicago Fire SC 0-1 Seattle Sounders FC - SS goal by Blaise Nkufo.
Venue: Toyota Park - Bridgeview IL
Attendance: 17,477
Real Salt Lake v Colorado Rapids - RSL goal by Nat Borchers. CR goal by Conor Casey.
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium - Sandy UT
Attendance: 18,317




Mid-Week 27
-Wed Sep 29
Colorado Rapids v Philadelphia Union - 8:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City CO
San Jose Earthquakes v Chicago Fire - 10:00pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium - Santa Clara CA


General News

Jeff Cunningham now has 131 goals, only one behind the leagues all time leader Jaime Moreno at 132.


Shawn Mitchell of the Dispatch with a look back at the weekend with the Crew.
-Columbus has a very very busy schedule in front of them.


The Washington Post describes sheer weirdness in the DC v Houston game as both head coaches were red carded for apparently shaking hands during the run of play.


Paul James of the Globe & Mail lays waste to TFC as a whole, and Dwayne DeRosario and interim head coach Nick Dasovic in particular!
-I can't say I disagree with James on this one.


Former player Rohan Ricketts pens an Open Letter to Toronto FC Fans.


LA is the first team to clinch a playoff birth - when KC lost.

DC was eliminated last week.

No others have seen their situation change.


Pts - Team - Games - Pts Poss
IN-50 Los Angeles - 26 (62)
48 Salt Lake - 26 (60)
46 Dallas - 26 (58)
45 Columbus - 26 (57)
44 New York - 26 (56)
39 San Jose - 24 (57)
39 Seattle - 26 (51)
38 Colorado - 25 (53)
- - - - - - - - - - - -
33 Kansas City - 25 (48)
31 Toronto - 26 (43)
27 Philadelphia - 25 (42)
26 Chicago - 24 (44)
26 New England - 26 (38)
26 Houston - 26 (38)
25 Chivas - 25 (40)
OUT-18 DC - 26 (30)


The City Wizards new stadium now has 2 webcams to follow the progress of construction - Outside - and - Inside! It is looking fantastic. I can't wait to be there opening day!


My NSC Stars put a thundering beatdown on Tampa Friday night to finish off their regular season, and will be the 7th seed in the playoffs, taking on the winner of the NASL division.

With only 1 week left in the regular season now, here are the playoff scenarios:
-Austin or Rochester will have the 1st seed, the other will have the 3rd.
-Vancouver or Carolina will have the 2nd seed, the other will have the 5th.
-Portland will have the 4th seed.
-Montreal, Minnesota and Puerto Rico are locked into their 6th, 7th and 8th seeds.

All playoff rounds are home and away, with the higher seed chosing which leg they want to play at home.

It will be:
1 v Puerto Rico
2 v Minnesota
3 v Montreal
Portland v 5


Final Matches & Scores of the Regular Season:
-Fri Sep 24
FC Tampa Bay 1-3 NSC Minnesota Stars
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0-1 Montreal Impact
-Sat Sep 25
Miami FC Blues 1-0 Rochester Rhinos
Crystal Palace Baltimore 1-3 Portland Timbers
Carolina RailHawks 2-1 Puerto Rico Islanders
Austin Aztex 4-2 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 Sat Sep 25):
53 Austin - 28 played
51 Rochester - 29 played
48 Portland - 29 played
44 Vancouver - 29 played
44 Carolina - 29 played
40 Montreal - 29 played
40 Minnesota - 30 played
36 Puerto Rico - 29 played
32 Miami - 29 played
29 St Louis - 29 played
29 Tampa Bay - 29 played
24 Baltimore - 29 played


Mike Woitalla of Soccer America feels Klinsmann wasn't the right man for the job anyway.
-I share almost identical feelings to Woitalla on this subject, and have often wondered on this blog just how it is that Klinsmann brings everyone into such a frenzy.


Why is Oguchi Onyewu not even getting into the game day 18 man rosters for Milan. Its not like they have this amazing defense that never sees change or errors? Is it still the thigh injury? Or does he have no chance there at this time?

Carlos Bocanegra and St Etienne stayed at #1 in France winning at Lyon!

Benny Feilhaber scored a game winner for Aarhus.

Michael Bradley got his first goal of the season for Gladbach as they tied at Schalke.

Sacha Kljestan has still not returned to the Anderlecht lineup since suffereing an ankle injury.

DaMarcus Beasley was not on the Hannover bench.

The Daily Mail rounds up their fave new EPL youngsters and includes Eric Licaj at Aston Villa. (Thanks to George for this one.)


Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

DENMARK - Superliga
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - played the whole match as they beat Horsens 3-0 at home.

DENMARK - 1st Division
Benny Feilhaber - AGF - scored the winning goal as they beat Koge 3-2 at home.
Babajide Ogunbiyi - Viborg - scored his teams only goal as they lost 1-3 at home to Hvidovre.

ENGLAND - Premier League
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - went the full 90 as they were held to a scoreless tie at home against Everton.
Brad Friedel - Aston Villa - went the distance and won 1-2 at Wolverhampton.
Marcus Hahnemann - Wolverhampton - played the full 90 but lost at home 1-2 to Aston Villa.
Stuart Holden - Bolton - went the full 90 as they drew 2-2 at home against Manchester United.
Tim Howard - Everton - in goal for a scoreless draw at Fulham.
Eddie Johnson - Fulham - came on as a sub in the 55th minute of a 0-0 home tie with Everton.

ENGLAND - League One
Frank Simek - Carlisle United - played the entire game but lost 2-0 at Bournemouth

FRANCE - Ligue 1
Carlos Bocanegra - Saint Etienne - went the full 90 and won 1-0 at Lyon.

GERMANY - Bundesliga
Michael Bradley - Monchengladbach - played the full 90 as they drew 2-2 at Schalke.
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - went the distance winning 0-1 at Kaiserslautern.
Jermaine Jones - Schalke - started but only played 51 minutes of a 2-2 home tie with Gladbach.

GERMANY - 2 Bundesliga
David Yelldell - Duisburg - went the distance but lost 2-0 at Union Berlin.

NORWAY - Eliteserien
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek - started and went 88 minutes of a 1-3 road win at Kongsvinger.

SCOTLAND - Premier League
Maurice Edu - Rangers - came on as a sub in the 74th minute as they won 2-3 at Aberdeen.


Coming Up: (all possible players are listed)

ENGLAND - Championship League
Conor Doyle - Derby County - Tue Sep 28 v Middlesbrough
Mike Grella - Leeds - Tue Sep 28 v Preston North End
Zak Whitbread - Norwich - Tue Sep 28 v Leicester

ENGLAND - League One
Anton Peterlin - Plymouth Argyle - Tue Sep 28 at Swindon Town
Frank Simek - Carlisle United - Tue Sep 28 at Hartlepool United

FINLAND - Veikkausliiga
Greg Eckhardt - VPS - Mon Sep 27 at Lahti
Giuseppe Funicello - Mariehamn - Mon Sep 27 v JJK
Lamar Neagle - Mariehamn - Mon Sep 27 v JJK
Brian Pope - VPS - Mon Sep 27 at Lahti
Mason Trafford - Mariehamn - Mon Sep 27 v JJK

NETHERLANDS - Eerste Divisie
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - Mon Sep 27 v Zwolle

NORWAY - Eliteserien
Steve Clark - Honefoss - Mon Sep 27 v Start
Hunter Freeman - Start - Mon Sep 27 at Honefoss
Clarence Goodson - Start - Mon Sep 27 at Honefoss
Di Vita Jensen - Honefoss - Mon Sep 27 v Start

SPAIN - Primera Division
Jozy Altidore - Villarreal - Mon Sep 27 at Malaga

SWEDEN - Allsvenskan Liga
Alejandro Bedoya - Orebro - Tue Sep 28 v Kalmar
Ryan Miller - Halmstad - Mon Sep 27 at Gelfe
Johann Smith - Kalmar - Tue Sep 28 at Orebro

Maurice Edu - Rangers - Wed Sep 29 v Bursaspor
Jermaine Jones - Schalke - Wed Sep 29 v Benfinca

Jozy Altidore - Villarreal - Thu Sep 30 v Clubb Brugge
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht - Thu Sep 30 at Hajduk Split


Jose Torres is still stuck on the bench at Pachuca, but Marco Vidal started his second game in a row for them, while Herculez Gomez came on as a sub and scored his first goal of the season.

Game Action:

Herculez Gomez - Pachuca - came on as a sub in the 77th minute and scored the insurance goal as they won at home 3-1 over Tecos.
Sammy Ochoa - Estudiantes Tecos - came on as a sub in the 73rd minute but they lost on the road 3-1 to Pachuca.
Miguel Ponce - Guadalajara - went the full 90 as they drew 1-1 at UANL Tigres.
Marco Vidal - Pachuca - started and was subbed out at half time after a yellow card as they won 3-1 at home over Tecos.


Crazy results saw Chelsea lose to fellow gazillionaires Man City, the Arse lose to West Brom, Spurs lose to West Ham, and Man U held to a draw at Bolton. Wow!


The other shocking news is that Everton is dead last with no wins in 6 games.


Brian Phillips of Slate on the English bile toward American owners of their teams. (thanks to AMcD for this one)


Even though its only 5 rounds into the season its still stunning to see Valencia at #1. They won again, while Real Madrid where held to a draw with Barca winning and taking over 2nd. And the mighty Hercules won again, this time beating Sevilla!


Gabrielle Marcotti of the Wall Street Journal with words on St Etienne's successful history and surprising rise to the top this season. (Second half of the article.)


Roma rose from the near dead to knock off Inter in the 90th minute, while Milan, Juve and Fiorentina all won, and surprising Lazio moved into a tie for 1st place with Inter.

How did Roma do it? In the final quarter of the game Ranieri brought on 2 forwards for midfielders, while Benitez at Inter subbed off 2 forward for 2 midfielders. I am a rank amateur and even I know that if you want to win you don't retreat. Great job by Roma going for the throat.


John Foot, writing for the New York Times, explains why the Serie A players decided not to strike this past weekend. They have been playing without a collective bargaining agreement.


Matchday 2 is coming up on Thu Sep 30. Matches & Scores here.


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