Thursday, September 09, 2010

Some News for Thu Sep 9, 2010

STARTERS

Former Mexico coach Ricardo La Volpe (you remember him: jeans, sport coat, mullet, mustache, cigarettes) has been hired to run the national team down in Costa Rica!

dN

Portugal has fired national team head coach Carlos Queiroz.
-He is currently suspended for 6 months after it was learned that he interfered with player drug testing.
-And the team has started Euro qualifying with a 4-4 draw against Cypress followed by a 1-0 loss to Norway.
-He appears to be one of those guys that is a great assistant and terrible head coach, failing everywhere he has gone, yet continues to get great jobs.

USA WORLD CUP 2018/22 BID

The final day of the FIFA delegations visit to the USA is today, and they will be visiting Dallas and Houston. You can easily imagine those folks putting on a good show.

However, there were tragic tornadoes and flooding in Dallas last night and I really hope that all of our friend in football are safe today.

dN

Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle shows some serious civic and soccer pride for his city in a rave up article today.

dN

Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Chronicle on the delegation's visit to the City of Syrup.

dN

Jeff Carlisle of ESPN Soccernet has words from the head man behind the bid David Down.

dN

Even the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders have got World Cup Fever. I wanna get me one of them. A scarf that is. I doubt the others would even talk to me. (click to enlarge)














PODCASTS/VIDEOCASTS

EPL Talk has a 2 part audio interview with author John Nicholson about his new book We Ate All The Pies - How Football Swallowed Britain Whole. Part 1 - and - Part 2.
-Here's a link to the book.




















BIG EUROPEAN CLUB MATCHES COMING UP THIS WEEKEND

Prepare thyself for Derby du Nord!
-Sat Sep 11
Lens v Lille

dN

More Matches & Scores:
-Fri Sep 10
Hoffenheim v Schalke - both want to be contenders not pretenders this season
-Sat Sep 11
Athletic Bilbao v Atletico Madrid - neither can win the league, but they can both make it to the Champions League for next year
Bayern Munich v Werder Bremen - The champs take on one of their challengers
Porto v Braga - the perennial leaders v last years surprise champs
-Sun Sep 12
Juventus v Sampdoria - did Juve spend all that money for a reason and is Samp for real

MLS WEEK 24

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Sep 8
Chicago Fire SC 0-0 Toronto FC
Venue: Toyota Park - Bridegeview IL
Attendance: 12,891
-Thu Sep 9
Seattle Sounders FC v Real Salt Lake - 10:00pm Central on ESPN2
Venue: Qwest Field - Seattle WA
-Fri Sep 10
CD Chivas USA v New England Revolution - 9:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: The Home Depot Center - Carson CA
-Sat Sep 11
Toronto FC v DC United - 3:00pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: BMO Field - Toronto ON
New York Red Bulls v Colorado Rapids - 3:00pm Central on Telefutura
Venue: Red Bull Arena - Harrison NJ
Philadelphia Union v Chicago Fire SC - 5:00pm Central on FSC/FSE
Venue: PPL Park - Chester PA
San Jose Earthquakes v FC Dallas - 9:00pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium - Santa Clara CA
Los Angeles Galaxy v Columbus Crew - 9:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: The Home Depot Center - Carson CA

MLS TEAM & PLAYER NEWS

Michael C Lewis of the Salt Lake Tribune on RSL's return to Seattle tonight, where they won MLS Cup last November.
-A win could move RSL into the lead for the Supporters Shield.

dN

Jamison Olave will not play for Salt Lake tonight due to Yellow Card accumulation.

dN

James Edward of the Deseret News looks at 2 RSL regulars who missed out on contributing to that MLS Cup win due to illness and early game injury.

dN

Edwards also writes about RSL's chance to top the league with a win tonight.

dN

Jeff Carlisle of ESPN Soccernet on Salt Lake's push to join the leagues elite teams.
-Plus notes on Colorado's goal scoring duo, Dallas's centerbacks and New York's Rafael Marquez.

dN

Todd Dybas of the Seattle Post Intelligencer on the Sounders desperate need for points. They are currently sitting in the last playoff spot with only a few points of breathing space to hang on to.

dN

Don Ruiz of The Olympian previews Seattle.

dN

Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times previews tonight's game and play off chances.

dN

Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun Times Star says neither the Fire or TFC did themselves any good with a scoreless draw last night.
-Bob Bradley was at the game.

dN

Paul James of the Toronto Globe & Mail described TFC's performance last night using the word "fizzle." Oof.
-James is not impressed with Fire coach Carlos the Conch either.

dN

Los Angeles announced today that David Beckham has been moved to their active roster, and is available for selection this weekend. This is important for those among of who may take thing beyond the beautiful game and more toward the dreamy game.

dN

Big Apple Soccer reports that long time MetroBulls fan fave John Wolyniec will take a job coaching in the teams youth academy.

dN

Clemente Lisi of the US Soccer Players Assoc does a Q & A with New York centerback Tim Ream.

MLS INJURY REPORT

DC is about to lose goalkeeper Bilal Hamid for the rest of the season due to shoulder surgery.
-And Chris Pontius is most likely out with a torn thigh muscle as well. He most likely will need surgery too.

dN

Blaise Nkufo & James Riley will not play for Seattle tonight due to injuries.

dN

Fab Espindola will not play for Salt Lake tonight due to an injury.
-There is also talk that Alvaro Saborio and Ned Grabavoy could be out as well.

MLS YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Steve Davis of Daily Soccer Fix on the always questionable coaching side of the youth game.

MLS STADIUMS

The Washington City Paper looks at the political roadblocks/realities hurting DC United's fight for a new stadium of their own.

dN

Charles Gooch of the Kansas City Star looks at the rapid change in Wizards future stadium fortunes in just one years time.
-This is what the stadium looks like right now as you drive up the street. (click to enlarge)













USSF DIVISION 2

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Sep 8
Puerto Rico Islanders 1-2 Montreal Impact
-Sat Sep 11
Crystal Palace Baltimore v Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Rochester Rhinos v Tampa Bay Rowdies
Carolina RailHawks v Portland Timbers
AC St Louis v NSC Minnesota Stars
Miami FC Blues v Montreal Impact
Puerto Rico Islanders v Austin Aztex

dN

Standings (As of Wed Sep 8):
49 Austin - 24 played
48 Rochester - 26 played
41 Vancouver - 26 played
41 Portland - 26 played
37 Carolina - 25 played
34 Montreal - 26 played
33 Puerto Rico - 26 played
28 Tampa Bay - 25 played
28 Minnesota - 26 played
26 St Louis - 25 played
24 Baltimore - 26 played
20 Miami - 25 played

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Pro-Rated Standings based on Points Per Game:
2.04 Austin
1.85 Rochester
1.58 Vancouver
1.58 Portland
1.48 Carolina
1.31 Montreal
1.27 Puerto Rico
1.12 Tampa Bay
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
OUT OF PLAY OFF SPOTS
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1.08 Minnesota
1.04 St Louis
0.92 Baltimore
0.80 Miami

USL NEWS

The Richmond Times Dispatch gives us a little Kickers perspective on the proposed new USL Pro league for next season.

USA U20 TEAM

The team is in the Cuadrangular Internacional Sub-20 tournament in Arequipa Peru Sep 1-13.

dN

They lost their second game, 2-0 to Colombia.

dN

Matches & Scores:
-Mon Sep 6
USA 0-5 Paraguay
-Wed Sep 8
USA 0-2 Colombia
Match report from US Soccer.
-Fri Sep 10
USA v Peru
-Sun Sep 12
USA v TBD - placement match

dN

USA Roster:
G:
Samir Badr - Porto
Cody Cropper - Ipswich Town
D:
Gale Agbossoumonde - Braga
Anthony Brooks - Hertha Berlin
Bryan De La Fuente - Chivas USA
Christian Flores - Club Tijuana
Greg Garza - Estoril
Emilio Orozco - Tigres
Korey Veeder - Crystal Palace Baltimore
M:
Victor Garza - Tigres
Kevin Huezo - Pachuca
Francisco Navas Cobo - Houston Dynamo
Ernest Nungaray - Morelia
Moises Orozco - Tigres
Conor Shanosky - DC United
Cesar Zamora - Chivas USA
F:
Juan Agudelo - New York Red Bulls
Jerome Kiesewetter - Hertha Berlin
Adrian Ruelas - Santos Laguna
Omar Salgado - Portland Timbers

USA U17 TEAM

The U17's are in Spain for training, and will play 4 friendlies while they are there.

dN

Matches & Scores:
-Dates TBA
USA v Real Madrid youth
USA v Rayo Vallecano youth
USA v Spain U-17
USA v Spain U-17

dN

Roster:
G:
Kendall McIntosh - Mustang Academy - Santa Rosa CA
Fernando Pina - Houston Dynamo - Houston TX
D:
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
M:
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
F:
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

The BBC talks to Maurice Edu about the Champions League, and playing at Manchester United next week. Video included. (thanks to Bart for this one)

dN

Mike Woitalla of Soccer America does a Q & A with attacking midfielder Alejandro Bedoya at Orebro in Sweden.

dN

Yanks Abroad with info on 2 more European signings:
-Giuseppe Funicello to Mariehamn of Finland (they now have 3 Americans)
-Graham Dugoni to Mjondalen in Norway (1.Division which is second division)

CONCACAF

International Friendly
Matches & Scores:
-Fri Sep 10
Belize v Trinidad & Tobago

CANADA

Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette is not impressed with Canada's plan for national team success.

GERMANY

Raphael Honigstein of Sports Illustrated sees potential trouble ahead in the Bundesliga as fans begin to rumble over rising ticket prices.

ENDERS

On a personal note, the Portland Timbers hired a du Nord friend-in-football to work in their front office, and I could not be happier for that person and the team. Excellent job!

1 Comments:

Blogger Danny Beerseed said...

Go USA Bid scarf sans busty ladies (and not free).

http://www.worldsoccershop.com/17184.html

7:14 PM  

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