Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Some News for Tue Sep 28, 2010


After further calculations it looks as though Real Salt Lake is the 2nd team to qualify for the MLS playoffs. KC can tie RSL, but RSL holds the first tie breaker (head to head play) and therefore is in the playoffs! Congrats to them. They are the favorites in my book to repeat as MLS Cup winners.
-Houston and New England are both out of the playoff chase, joining DC in the ditch.


There is an element within the Fulham fan-base that are not pleased with the amount of time Clint Dempsey spends on the ground. They feel he is embellishing challenges on him, and doing some diving. They have taken to referring to him as The Groundsman.


The rumor from England is that they are going to pull out of their bid for 2022, and are counting on the USA pulling out of their bid for 2018. With the thinking that this will leave both countries as the favorites to win their bid for the other tournament.


The Wall Street Journal follows up on on a Street & Smiths article (that was available on line to subscribers only) about a lawsuit filed against USSF and MLS regarding the sanctioning of international matches in the USA. (thanks to Brian for all the heads up up on this lawsuit)


Look! It's Round 5!

So far, no one has clinched a spot in the knock-out rounds, and no one has been elimidated.


Salt Lake had to fly via Atlanta to get to Toronto for tonight's game. Huh? And then they had ugly flight delays on top of that.

Michael C Lewis of the Salt Lake Tribune writes about RSL possibly clinching a spot in the knock out rounds tonight.

John Coon of the Deseret News previews RSL tonight.

Steven Sandor of the Toronto Sun previews TFC for tonight, and talks more about RSL's travel snafu.

The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports on the Sounders still having a slim chance to advance.

Round Five Matches & Scores:
-Tue Sep 28
Toronto FC v Real Salt Lake - 7pm Central on FSC
Cruz Azul v Arabe Unido
Saprissa v Monterrey
-Wed Sep 29
Puerto Rico Islanders v Toluca
Municipal v Columbus Crew - DELAYED at 3am Central on FSC
Santos Laguna v Joe Public
Seattle Sounders v Marathon - 9pm Central on FSC
-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)
5 Municipal (Guatemala) (0)
1 Joe Public (Trinidad & Tobago) (-7)
Group C
12 Monterrey (Mexico) (+6)
6 Saprissa (Costa Rica) (+3)
6 Marathon (Honduras) (-3)
0 Seattle Sounders (USA) (-6)
Group D
7 Toluca (Mexico) (+6)
7 Olimpia (Honduras) (-1)
5 Puerto Rico Islanders (Puerto Rico) 0)
2 FAS (El Salvador) (-5)


Match Day 2 (of 6 Group Stage games):

Matches & Scores:
-Tue Sep 28
Spartak Moskva v Zilina
Basel v Bayern Munchen
Roma v CFR Cluj
Chelsea v Marsielle
Ajax v Milan
Braga v Shakhtar Donetsk
Auxerre v Real Madrid
Partizan v Arsenal
-Wed Sep 29
Rubin Kazan v Barcelona
Tottenham v Twente
Inter v Werder Bremen
Hapoel Tel Aviv v Lyon
Schalke v Benfica
Rangers v Bursaspor
Valencia v Manchester United
Panathinaikos v Kobenhavn


"I got some ideas on how to Zazz it up! Put some Zazz into it. Make it more Zazzy."
-William Murderface


Leeds United was ahead of Preston North End 4-1 after just 39 minutes today. And then it lost 4-6!


Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe talks to Charlie Davies about "that day", the present, and the future.


John Leicester of the Associated Press with a story from the terrorist attack on the Togo team bus last year that ruined a very promising career. (thanks to Dug for sending this our way)


Matches & Scores:
-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
-Sat Oct 2
Seattle Sounder FC v Toronto FC - 2:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Qwest Field - Seattle WA
Philadelphia Union v Houston Dynamo - 3:00pm Central on Telefutura
Venue: PPL Park - Chester PA
New York Red Bulls v Kansas City Wizards - 6:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Red Bull Arena - Harrison NJ
New England Revolution v Real Salt Lake - 6:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Gillette Stadium - Foxborough MA
Columbus Crew v San Jose Earthquakes - 6:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Columbus Crew Stadium - Columbus OH
FC Dallas v Chicago Fire SC - 7:30pm Central on FSC
Venue: Pizza Hut Park - Frisco TX
Colorado Rapids v DC United - 8:00pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City CO
-Sun Oct 3
CD Chivas USA v Los Angeles Galaxy - 7:00pm Central on ESPN2
Venue: The Home Depot Center - Carson CA


General News

San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski has been named the Player Of The Week.

Steve Davis of Sports Illustrated on what we learned from this past weekend's games.

Nick Green of the Daily Breeze wonders how the Galaxy and Chivas have ended up in such different spots this season.

Tobias Lopez of Sports Illustrated on the still valuable roll college can play in developing MLS players.

MLS Soccer has started a new list called 24 under 24 - here are the first 4 players on the list.


The Washington Post on DCU's search for a new head coach.

Did you know that DC signed Fred's little brother, Junior? I missed that one on the day the rosters were frozen.


Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America is all raves for Joel Lindpere.

Jack Bell of the NY Times on the yo-yoing career (currently moving upward) of Red Bulls centerback Carlos Mendes.

Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger on the odds of Juan Pablo Angel remaining with NYRB next season.

Brian Lewis of the NY Post talked to Angel who is not feeling optimistic about the situation.


Jeff Gammage of the Philadelphia Inquirer with the 3rd local article on the dislike of some of the language emanating from the supporters section at Union matches.
-Honestly I find it boorish, and not creative at all. A great zinger without curse words is worth a million times more in my book.

Dave Zeitlin of CSN on the Union's recent success.

Sheanon Williams hasn't played a tons of games for PU yet, but he has looked pretty good at fullback. Nice find.


Don Ruiz of the Tacoma New Tribune on a return to action for the rarely injured Sounders fullback James Riley.


Things have gotten ugly for superstar Dwayne DeRosario at his hometown team!

Paul James of the Globe & Mail turns up the heat today and says Dwayne DeRosario MUST GO! Wow.

Jason de Vos of the CBC is not impressed by DeRo either.

The Canadian Press says TFC ownership is none to pleased with DDR's actions last weekend when he went public with a goal celebration basically asking to paid more. As they lost 1-3 at home while in a playoff battle. Via The Star.

Daniel Girard of the Toronto Star sees TFC fullback Dan Gargan as one hell of pick-up for the team.
-One of the infamous Gargan-Henry cartoons.


Pts - Team - Games - Pts Poss
IN-50 Los Angeles - 26 (62)
IN-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)
OUT-26 New England - 26 (38)
OUT-26 Houston - 26 (38)
25 Chivas - 25 (40)
OUT-18 DC - 26 (30)


Soccer 365 with rumors on Petr Cech, Men Yang, Kenny Owusu and more.


Final Matches & Scores of the Regular Season:
-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


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

The playoff match ups will be:
1 v Puerto Rico
2 v Minnesota
3 v Montreal
Portland v 5


Alejandro Bedoya had a big day on Monday for Orebro - Scored the games only goal in the very 1st minute. Got a yellow card just 13 minutes later. And then in the 71st got another yellow making it red and an ejection. A busy boy!

Greg Seltzer of MLS Soccer talks to Mikkel Diskerud.

3 Americans played for 1 team, Mariehamn, in Finland on Monday! And one of them. Mason Trafford, scored a goal!

Avi Creditor of Sports Illustrated with a round up of our boys outside the USA.

Jozy Altidore was on the bench for another Villarreal win on Monday.


Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

ENGLAND - League One
Frank Simek - Carlisle United - Tue Sep 28 - went the distance as they rolled to a 0-4 win at Hartlepool United.

FINLAND - Veikkausliiga
Greg Eckhardt - VPS - Mon Sep 27 - played the entire game as but they lost 2-1 at Lahti.
Giuseppe Funicello - Mariehamn - Mon Sep 27 - went the full 90 getting a yellow card as they won 3-2 at home over JJK.
Lamar Neagle - Mariehamn - Mon Sep 27 - came on as a sub in the 36th minute of a 3-2 home win over JJK.
Mason Trafford - Mariehamn - Mon Sep 27 - went the distance and scored a goal as they beat JJK 3-2 at home.

NETHERLANDS - Eerste Divisie
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - Mon Sep 27 - went the full 90 in a 2-2 home draw against Zwolle.

NORWAY - Eliteserien
Hunter Freeman - Start - Mon Sep 27 - went the full 90 in a scoreless draw at Honefoss.
Clarence Goodson - Start - Mon Sep 27 - went the full 90 in a scoreless draw at Honefoss.
Di Vita Jensen - Honefoss - Mon Sep 27 - started and played 76 minutes of a scoreless home draw with Start.

SWEDEN - Allsvenskan Liga
Alejandro Bedoya - Orebro - Tue Sep 28 - started, scored the games only goal, and got 2 yellow card in the 1-0 home win over Kalmar.
Ryan Miller - Halmstad - Mon Sep 27 - went the full 90 in a 1-2 road victory at Gelfe.


Coming Up: (all possible players are listed)

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


Reuters reports that Mexican national team players who were punished earlier this month after a wild party, are not pleased and are threatening retaliation on their federation.
-We have always known what geniuses these guys are.


Tough job - Sevilla has lost 1 game this season, last weekend to Hercules (Who had already beaten Barcelona) and they have fired head coach Antonio Alvarez. Oof!


Blogger CACuzcatlan said...

I hope the Red Bulls can work something out with JPA. He's truly a legend at that club and while I can't see him earning close to his current salary anywhere in MLS at this point, perhaps they could give him max non-DP money (bumped up with some allocation money) to keep him, while keeping their third DP slot open for someone else (Del Pierro?)

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haven't got to see many Union games but from the article it would appear the problem isn't profanity; other than the "you suck a-hole" chant after goal kicks which sounds like is going away, but confusion over the "Come on the U" chant.

Does it really sound like F-U on tv and in the stands? If it does should the fans really be forced to change a non-expletive chant cause others say it sounds expletive? To me it seems like the SOBs are being painted in an improper light.


12:08 PM  

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