Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Some News for Tue Sep 21, 2010


Thierry Henry will NOT play on Friday night when New York goes to LA due to a sprained knee he has been nursing, and now needs to rest.


Geoffrey Arnold of the Oregonian does a Q & A with MLS commissioner Donald L Garber on the progress in Portland, and the rumors surrounding changes in the near future for the league.
-I HATE the idea of an unbalanced schedule.

Garber was in Portland today as a guest at the Sports Executive Speaker Series, and for the official ground breaking ceremony for re-construction at PGE Park.
-Although this picture suggests some sort of sandbox or litterbox type event. Or perhaps they are hunting for gopher?

The team has also launched the Rose City Roots blog. And a PGE Park construction webcam!


The action rolls on with Round 4!


Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch previews what looks to be a big statement game for the Crew tonight.
-I bet we have an on-field fracas tonight.

Steven Sandor of the Toronto Sun looks at TFC's showdown with Chuletita tonight.


Round Four
Matches & Scores:
-Tue Sep 21
Columbus Crew v Santos Laguna - 7pm Central on FSC
Cruz Azul v Toronto FC - 9pm Central on FSC
-Wed Sep 22
Monterrey v Seattle Sounders - 7pm Central on FSC
Arabe Unido v Real Salt Lake - 9pm Central on FSC
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)


Frank Dell'Apa of the Boston Globe is one of those very few people in the American soccer scene that I hold in the highest esteem. When he writes/speaks I listen. And he thinks Jurgen Klinsmann would have made a great USA coach.


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
-Fri Sep 24
Los Angeles Galaxy v New York Red Bulls - 10:00pm Central on ESPN2/Deportes
Venue: The Home Depot Center - Carson CA



Nick Green of the Daily Breeze knows that this LA v New York game on Friday will be no ordinary MLS game.
-But will it live up to the hype??
-Including a couple words from commish Don Garber on Henry v Hartman.
-And a couple more scraps from Green at his blog too.

The Friday night game on ESPN2 2 will be a sellout.


What does Metrofanatic think of Juan Pablo Angel not starting for NYRB down in Dallas last week. "Not good. Not... good."


Monique Walker of the Boston Globe with words from Taylor Twellman on his health and his future.


Paul James of the Toronto Globe & Mail knows that for TFC to succeed they are going to need some real leadership at the top.
-Something owners MSLE have not shown with their other sports teams - Maple Leafs and Raptors.


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


Who are the candidates for the leagues top rookie award? We rank em as we see em.

Top 5 - Leaders Of The Pack:
Zach Loyd - Dallas (selected #5 in SuperDraft)
Danny Mwanga - Philadelphia (selected #1 in SuperDraft)
Andy Najar - DC United (academy signing - not in SuperDraft)
Tim Ream - New York (selected #18 in SuperDraft)
Tony Tchani - New York (selected #2 in SuperDraft)


Honorable Mentions:
Eric Alexander - Dallas (selected #44 in SuperDraft)
Teal Bunbury - Kansas City (selected #4 in SuperDraft)
Shaun Francis - Columbus (selected #63 in SuperDraft)
Blair Gavin - Chivas (selected #10 in SuperDraft)
Jordan Graye - DC (selected #55 in SuperDraft)
Bill Hamid - DC (academy signing - not in SuperDraft)
Sean Johnson - Chicago (selected #51 in SuperDraft)
Steve Kinney - Chicago (selected #45 in SuperDraft)
Joseph Nane - Toronto (selected #53 in SuperDraft)
Ike Opara - San Jose (selected #3 in SuperDraft)
Michael Stephens - Los Angeles (selected #16 in SuperDraft)
Ben Zemanski - Chivas (selected #47 in SuperDraft)


Others of Note:
Steven Beitashour - San Jose (selected #30 in SuperDraft)
Jack McInerny - Philadelphia (selected #7 in SuperDraft)
Kyle Nakazawa - Philadelphia (selected #33 in SuperDraft)
Zach Schilawski - New England (selected #9 in SuperDraft)
Mike Seamon - Seattle (selected #27 in SuperDraft)
Seth Sinovic - New England (selected #25 in SuperDraft)


The Washington Post reports that DC United may have some interest in Paraguayan striker Roque Santa Cruz who is currently at Manchester City.


Kansas City Stadium pics taken by team pres Robb Heineman.


Brian Sciaretta of Yanks Abroad tells of the mess that U20 prodigy Gale Agbossoumonde finds himself in.
-Caught in the Traffic snare. An organization that not only works as an agent, but also owns players contracts, and owns lower division teams. Their set up is borderline unscrupulous to me.

With Tim Howard on the bench, Everton were knocked out of the League Cup in a Penalty Kick Shoot Out.

Marcus Hahnemann watched from the bench as Wolverhapton advanced in the same tournament.

Stuart Holden had the day off as Bolton were beaten.
-Yanks Abroad talks to Holden.

Jonathan Spector could not get on the field for West Ham but they won to advance.

DaMarcus Beasley did not see the field for Hannover in a Bundesliga match.

Arch Bell of Yanks Abroad talks to Jeremiah White about his new club in Poland.

North Shore News with an article on one of 3 Americans to recently sign with Mariehamn in Finland - Mason Trafford. Thanks to Justin for the link.


Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

DENMARK - Superliga
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - Mon Sep 20 - went the full 90 but lost 2-0 at Lyngby.

ENGLAND - League Cup 3rd Round
-Tue Sep 21
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - went the full 90 but lost 2-0 at Stoke City.
Eddie Johnson - Fulham - came on as a sub in the 57th minute but lost 2-0 at Stoke City.

FINLAND - Veikkausliiga
Giuseppe Funicello - Mariehamn - Mon Sep 20 - went the full 90 but lost 2-1 at Haka.
Lamar Neagle - Mariehamn - Mon Sep 20 - came on as a sub in the 65th minute as they lost 2-1 at Haka.

GERMANY - Bundesliga
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - Tue Sep 21 - played the whole game and won big 4-1 over Werder Bremen.


Coming Up: (all possible players are listed)

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

ENGLAND - Carling Cup 3rd Round
-Wed Sep 22
Brad Friedel - Aston Villa - v Blackburn
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa - v Blackburn
Eric Lichaj - Aston Villa - v Blackburn

GERMANY - Bundesliga
Michael Bradley - Monchengladbach - Wed Sep 22 v St Pauli
Ricardo Clark - Eintracht Frankfurt - Wed Sep 22 at Bayer Leverkusen
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


Phil Minshull of the BBC on the crazy staying power of Valencia in La Liga, and the horrible tackle on Lionel Messi.


Mainz moves to a perfect 5-0 today and opens the Bundesliga season in startling style.


Italian players have put their potential strike this weekend over the lack of a new collective bargaining agreement on hold.


Portugal has hired Paulo Bento as their new national team head coach. He had previously been a coach at Sporting.


Tim Vickery of the BBC reports that players are flooding out of Argentina, leaving the domestic league in unpredictable flux.


Blogger Jay said...

WTF. How can it be a ground breaking when they're only digging on some dirt that was shipped in? They didn't break the ground! Garber just cursed PGE Park!

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Richard said...

Hi Bruce,

As always, you are performing a great service to humanity. Thank you for all the hard work you put into du Nord.

Though a little old, the following article might be of interest to your readers--Carl Robinson's latest column for the County Times where he pays tribute to his recently deceased father and Welsh football legend, Phil "Robbo" Robinson.


best wishes,
Richard from L.A.

5:14 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

thanks richard
i hadnt seen one of those updates from robinson in a while
always appreciated

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Keith said...

It's pretty hard to ceremonially break ground into concrete (which is what is under the artificial turf at PGE Park). So it was either not ceremonially break ground or bring in the sand boxes. And the ceremony (clearly) earns a bit of media coverage... never mind that construction has been under way for some time... so the only choice is to bring in the sand boxes.

It is a little funny to compare this groundbreaking with months of construction work already completed to the groundbreaking that Real Salt Lake did when they were months form locking down the deal to even build the stadium.

2:33 AM  

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