Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Some News for Tue Sep 7, 2010

STARTERS

As was speculated last week, Brian McBride has announced that this will be his last season playing professional soccer. He will retire at the end of this Chicago Fire season. What an amazing player he has been for his clubs especially Columbus and Fulham, not to mention all the fantastic games for the USA. An all time great!

Here is video of his fantastic press conference.

USA WORLD CUP 2018/22 BID

The inspection of USA facilities by FIFA delegates goes down this week, beginning last night in New York City.

And lets be realistic, this is about the 2022 World Cup, as 2018 is almost guaranteed to land in Europe.

Ronald Blum of the Associated Press reports that the FIFA World Cup inspection team will have breakfast at the White House on Wednesday. Via Yahoo.

Besides those two cities, the groups will also go to Miami, Dallas and Houston.

Sal Ruibal of USA Today on the delegation's visit.

Brian Lewis of the NY Post has some quotes from the head of the FIFA delegation and US Soccer pres Sunil Gulati.

Here is video of the full press conference from where those quotes were taken.
-See Gulati snap at Paul Gardner - HILARIOUS!

JACK WARNER/SEPP BLATTER/FIFA ODDITIES

The Observer on even more mistreatment of fans by FIFA at the World Cup - they are selling your personal information and more. And in a real shockeroo, a relative of a FIFA member may be involved.

PODCASTS/VIDEOCASTS

Nice! Greg Seltzer of No Short Corners has video of Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl giving a speech on the state of soccer in America at the University of Arkansas (that wild futbol hotbed.)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"You need an American coach. You save some money, a lot of money, and you get someone who understands the American way. This country, and soccer in this country, is different to anywhere else.
Our players don’t suddenly get better with a foreign coach. They don’t suddenly become Superman. It is a bunch of crap to think otherwise."

-Bruce Arena telling critics to shut up and get off Bob Bradley's back.

I can't say I disagree with his feelings. And I think both of them have done a great job with our national team.

OOF

Both New England's Shalrie Joseph and Seattle's Patrick Ianni should be called out by teammates, media and fans for their lameass acting during the team's game on Saturday.

Ianni intentionally stepped on Joseph's foot, so Joseph swung his arms wildly, then the two of them went to the ground as if Joseph had stepped on a Punji stick and Ianni had been hit by Johnny Bones Jones.

Ianni even managed a nice Shaun Of The Dead style zombie stagger for several yards before presumably internal bleeding got the better of him and he went down. Joseph went down on the spot.

Apologists for both teams say the player from the other squad embellished the action. Please. Both guys are 100% guilty of Norm MacDonald quality acting, and should be suspended for their insult to us the viewer.

THIS IS WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT

The Chicago Fire hit the 3 Million fan attendance mark last weekend, and that person won 2 season tickets for next year!!

WHY?

I have been hearing from people who bought tickets to USA v Poland in Chicago that the game is the night before the Chicago Marathon, and there are no hotels to be had. Anyone out there having any luck?

MLS WEEK 23

Matches & Scores:
-Sat Sep 4
Philadelphia Union 1-1 Kansas City Wizards - PU goal by Sebastien Le Toux. KCW goal by Davy Arnaud.
Venue: PPL Park - Chester PA
Attendance: 17,182
Chicago Fire SC 1-1 Los Angeles Galaxy - CF goal by Collins John. LAG goal by Omar Gonzalez.
Venue: Toyota Park - Bridgeview IL
Attendance: 21,068
New England Revolution 3-1 Seattle Sounders FC - NER goals by Chris Tierney, Marko Perovic & Kheli Dube. SS goal by Steve Zakuani.
Venue: Gillette Stadium - Foxborough MA
Attendance: 13,124
DC United 0-1 Columbus Crew - CC goal by Guillermo Barros Schelotto.
Venue: RFK Stadium - Washington DC
Attendance: 12,075
FC Dallas 1-0 Toronto FC - FCD goal by Jeff Cunningham.
Venue: Pizza Hut Park - Frisco TX
Attendance: 10,033
Colorado Rapids 3-0 CD Chivas USA - CR goals by Conor Casey & Omar Cummings(2).
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City CO
Attendance: 10,312
Real Salt Lake 1-0 New York Red Bulls - RSL goal by Fab Espindola.
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium - Sandy UT
Attendance: 19,115
-Sun Sep 5
Houston Dynamo 1-2 San Jose Earthquakes - HD goal by Brad Davis. SJE goals by Shari Stephenson & Geovanni.
Venue: Robertson Stadium - Houston TX
Attendance: 15,073

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EJECTIONS:
Gonzalo Segares - Chicago - Red Card
Martin Saric - Toronto - 2 Yellow Cards
Sam Cronin - San Jose - Red Card

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Coming up early in Week 24
Matches & Scores:
-Wed Sep 8
Chicago Fire SC v Toronto FC - 7:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Toyota Park - Bridegeview IL
-Thu Sep 9
Seattle Sounders FC v Real Salt Lake - 10:00pm Central on ESPN2
Venue: Qwest Field - Seattle WA

MLS TEAM & PLAYER NEWS

Colorado forward Omar Cummings was named the league's Player Of The Week.

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Steve Davis of Sports Illustrated with his weekly roundup.

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Jonah Friedman of MLS Soccer with an article on the leagues remaining "original" players.

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The Chicago Tribune reports that MLS has suspended Fire fullback Gonzalo Segares an additional game above the 1 game Red Card suspension he received last weekend against LA for what looked like a crack to the back of the head of LA's Leonardo. See the video here.

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Chicago Fire fans ask questions of team ownder Andrew Hauptman, and he answers.

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John Coon of the Deseret News on RSL's impressive home unbeaten streak, which currently stands at 22.

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James Edward of the Deseret News on Salt Lake's climb back into the Supporters Shield race.
-Actually it's LA's fall letting both RSL and Columbus into the battle.

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Charles Gooch of the Kansas City Star looks at the Wizards chances of making this playoffs after the most recent round of games.

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Terry Frei of the Denver Post says that Rapids captain Pablo Mastroeni is having one of his best seasons in years.

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Gareth Wheeler of the Toronto Sun sees TFC struggling to hang on to playoff hopes.

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The Columbus Dispatch with their always quality review of the last Crew game - an odd win in DC.

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Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger on the career of soon to be retired NYRB centerback Mike Petke.

IF MLS HAD SINGLE TABLE STANDINGS

Columbus would be the new leader at the top for the first time in 22 rounds, as LA has lead from the start!

Pts - Games Played
44 Columbus - 23
44 Los Angeles - 24
43 Salt Lake - 23
40 Dallas - 22
37 New York - 23
34 Colorado - 22
32 San Jose - 21
32 Seattle - 23
27 Kansas City - 22
27 Toronto - 22
25 Chicago - 20
24 New England - 22
23 Houston - 23
22 Chivas - 22
21 Philadelphia - 22
15 DC - 23

MLS OFFENSE STAT LEADERS

Goals:
13 Edson Buddle - Los Angeles Galaxy (18 games)
12 Juan Pablo Angel - New York Red Bulls (23 games)
10 Sebastion Le Toux - Philadelphia Union (20 games)
10 Fredy Montero - Seattle Sounders (23 games)
9 Conor Casey - Colorado Rapids (20 games)
9 Dwayne De Rosario - Toronto FC (20 games)

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Assists:
12 Landon Donovan - Los Angeles Galaxy (17 games)
10 Sebastian Le Toux - Philadelphia Union (20 games)
9 Bobby Convey - San Jose Earthquakes (20 games)
9 David Ferreira - FC Dallas (22 games)
9 Fredy Montero - Seattle Sounders (23 games)

MLS INJURY REPORT

Fullback Marc Burch of DC united re-broke the same right foot that kept him out early this year. He will need 4 months to recover.

MY THOUGHTS

Two giant goalkeeping blunders cost teams points this weekend! Let's watch:
-Chris Seitz with yet another error for Philadelphia.
-Bill Hamid with a lowlight reel job for DC.

Brutal! Which one is worse?

MLS RUMORS

The Daily Mail says San Jose is taking a look at former EPL goalkeeper Richard Wright. He last played for Ipswich Town in the second division. (thanks to Bart for this one)

MLS STADIUMS

San Jose has announced that 360 Architecture will design the new 18,000 seat, mostly covered, Earthquakes home.
-Four images here.
-The Associated Press lists a 10,000 seat capacity soccer facility which is completely wrong. The error appears to be in the editing, not the reporting. From the San Francisco Chronicle.












USSF DIVISION 2


Matches & Scores:
-Fri Sep 3
Carolina RailHawks 3-0 Crystal Palace Baltimore
-Sat Sep 4
Austin Aztex 2-0 NSC Minnesota Stars
-Sun Sep 5
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0-0 Puerto Rico Islanders
AC St Louis 3-1 Miami FC Blues
-Wed Sep 8
Puerto Rico Islanders v Montreal Impact

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Standings (As of Sun Sep 5):
49 Austin - 24 played
48 Rochester - 26 played
41 Vancouver - 26 played
41 Portland - 26 played
37 Carolina - 25 played
33 Puerto Rico - 25 played
31 Montreal - 25 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
1.32 Puerto Rico
1.24 Montreal
1.12 Tampa Bay
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
OUT OF PLAY OFF SPOTS
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1.08 Minnesota
1.04 St Louis
0.92 Baltimore
0.80 Miami

TEAM USA

Martin Rogers of Yahoo talks to Bruce Arena about Bob Bradley and coaching the USA.

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Noah Davis of The USA 10 Kit tries to sort out a proposed new CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying system. Its a doozy. And it has been sent to FIFA for approval.

USA U20 TEAM

The team is in a 4 team international tournament in Arequipa Peru Sep 1-13.

They lost the first game badly.

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

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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

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The CONCACAF U20 qualifying tournament for the 2011 World Cup will be held Apr 3-17 in Guatemala.

AMERICANS IN EUROPE

Arch Bell of Yanks Abroad talks to DaMarcus Beasley about his new day rising at Hannover.

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The West Ham website with an article on Sebastian Lletget who has just signed his first professional contract on his 18th birthday!

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Avi Creditor of Sports Illustrated introduces us to Conor Doyle at Derby County.

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Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

ENGLAND - League One
Frank Simek - Carlisle United - went the full 90 in a home scoreless draw against Swindon Town.

NETHERLANDS - Eerste Divisie
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - played the entire game but lost 2-0 at Go Ahead Eagles.

AMERICANS IN EUROPE - RUMORS

Is Jay DeMerit headed to Germany to play for English manager Steve McClaren at Wolfsburg?

AMERICANS IN MEXICO

Game Action:

PRIMERA
Sammy Ochoa - Estudiantes Tecos - started and went 72 minutes but they lost at Guadalajara 3-0.
Miguel Ponce - Guadalajara - played the entire match as they won 3-0 at home over Estudiantes.

CONCACAF

In weekend friendly action, Honduras and Jamaica picked up wins, while Canada and Mexico suffered defeats. More games to come today and tomorrow.

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International Friendly
Matches & Scores:
-Sat Sep 4
El Salvador 2-2 Honduras - They had a Penalty Kick Shoot Out to decide a winner - Hon won 4-3.
Canada 0-2 Peru - Per goals by Jose Fernandez & Jean Tragodara.
Mexico 1-2 Ecuador - Mex goal by Luis Checha(OG). Ecu goals by Christian Benitez & Jaime Ayovi.
-Sun Sep 5
Jamaica 1-0 Costa Rica - Jam goal by Ryan Johnson
-Tue Sep 7
Japan 2-1 Guatemala A - Jap goals both by Takayuki Morimoto. Gua goal by Mario Rodriguez.
El Salvador v Guatemala B
Mexico v Colombia
Canada v Honduras
-Wed Sep 8
Belize v Trinidad & Tobago
-Sun Sep 19
Antigua & Barbuda v Trinidad & Tobago

The CONCACAF U20 qualifying tournament for the 2011 World Cup will be held Apr 3-17 in Guatemala.

CANADA

Paul James of the Toronto Globe & Mail sees the top players for the Canadian national team as almost too old for the next World Cup cycle.

ENGLAND

It looks like Gerard Houllier will be named the new manager of Aston Villa. At one time he was in charge of Liverpool.

FRANCE

Later this week, its the Derby du Nord!!
-Fri Sep 10
Lens v Lille

UEFA

After only managing a draw in game 1, Portugal went ahead and lost today, 1-0 at Norway. More mediocrity from the overrated team.

France bounced back from their loss with a road win.

No other surprises in today's games.

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Rob Hughes of the New York Times on the poor summer for Italy, France and England, and their new chance at redemption.

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UEFA - Euro 2012 Qualifying
Matches & Scores:
-Tue Sep 7
Germany 6-1 Azerbaijan
Norway 1-0 Portugal
Switzerland 1-3 England
Netherlands 2-1 Finland
Bosnia-Herzegovina 0-2 France
Italy 5-0 Faroe Islands
Austria 2-0 Kazakhstan
Turkey 3-2 Belgium
Russia 0-1 Slovakia
Macedonia 2-2 Armenia
Ireland 3-1 Andorra
Serbia 1-1 Slovenia
Belarus 0-0 Romania
Albania 1-0 Luxembourg
Sweden 6-0 San Marino
Hungary 2-1 Moldova
Georgia 0-0 Israel
Malta 0-2 Latvia
Croatia 0-0 Greece
Bulgaria 0-1 Montenegro
Denmark 1-0 Iceland
Czechia 0-1 Lithuania
Scotland 1-1 Liechtenstein

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Here are the group standings.

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Next rounds of games will be played Oct 8/9 and 12

ARGENTINA

FIFA.com does a Q & A with Argentina's new national team manager Sergio Batista.

ASIA

FIFA.com does a Q & A with Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.

AFRICA

FIFA.com does a Q & A with Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan.

AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS

Africa Cup Of Nations 2012 Qualifying:
16 teams will qualify
2 - Co-Hosts Gabon & Equatorial Guinea
11 - Winners of each group
1 - Plus runner-up of Group K
2 - Plus 2 best runner-ups from other groups

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Matches & Scores:
-Fri Sep 3
Algeria 1-1 Tanzania
-Sat Sep 4
Cape Verde 1-0 Mali
Mauritius 1-3 Cameroon
Morocco 0-0 Central African Republic
South Africa 2-0 Niger
Cote d'Ivoire 3-0 Rwanda
Sudan 2-0 Congo
Uganda 3-0 Angola
Guinea-Bissau 1-0 Kenya
Botswana 2-1 Togo
Tunisia 2-2 Malawi
Gambia 3-1 Namibia
-Sun Sep 5
Liberia 1-1 Zimbabwe
Zambia 4-0 Comoros
Mozambique 0-0 Libya
Swaziland 0-3 Ghana
Nigeria 2-0 Madagascar
Ethiopia 1-4 Guinea
Congo DR 2-4 Senegal
Egypt 1-1 Sierra Leone
Benin 1-1 Burundi

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Groups & standings can be found here.

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES

Argentina hosted Spain today in Buenos Aires and beat them 4-1 in a meaningless but interesting game.

4 Comments:

Blogger CACuzcatlan said...

The SF Chronicle is way off. There's no way the A's are getting a 65k stadium (that's more like the capacity of the proposed new 49ers stadium). Last I heard, the A's were looking at 35k-40k.

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's hope that as more and more MNT players from CONCACAF and 2nd tier african, european, and south american teams enter MLS, they start recognizing international dates more and more.

7:38 PM  
Blogger Super Rookie said...

SWEET JON BONES JONES REFERENCE!

8:00 PM  
Anonymous Dan M. said...

I was in chicago this weekend for the fire/galaxy game and man, was it awesome! 21 thousand fans erupting after a huge penalty save and a great free kick goal? I'm pretty sure I'm sold that MLS can be just as exciting as any other league that americans seem to think are 'superior'.

6:48 AM  

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