Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Some News for Wed Sep 22, 2010


The action rolls on with Round 4!

Last night TFC did what few MLS have ever done (they are the third), get a point in Mexico. And against Cruz Azul no less. While Columbus held serve by getting a late goal from Andres Mendoza to beat Santos Laguna at home.


Michael C Lewis of the Salt Lake Tribune previews RSL's trip to Panama tonight.

James Edward of the Deseret News previews RSL's game against those diving snivelers Arabe Unido.

Edward also says that RSL will use their depth to their advantage in games like this.

Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times says the Sounders can at least play spoilers in the tournament.


Round Four
Matches & Scores:
-Tue Sep 21
Columbus Crew 1-0 Santos Laguna - CC goal by Andres Mendoza.
Cruz Azul 0-0 Toronto FC
-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


Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch with a Crew-Santos match report.
-More post game notes from Mitchell.

John "Jungle Warfare" Conway got the rare start in goal for Toronto.

Paul James of the Toronto Globe & Mail with a TFC @ CA match report.


GROUP STANDINGS (3 rounds played):
Group A
7 Cruz Azul (Mexico) (+6) (4 rounds played)
6 Real Salt Lake (USA) (+3)
4 Toronto (Canada) (-3) (4 rounds played)
3 Arabe Unido (Panama) (-6)
Group B
9 Columbus Crew (USA) (+4) (4 rounds played)
7 Santos Laguna (Mexico) (+3) (4 rounds played)
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)


Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated continues the Jurgen Klinsmann story by talking more to Klinsy about not taking the USA job.
-But honestly, there is nothing new here. Just keeps the pot stirring.


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


General News

The Washington Post on one time star player in the making, and now full time college student - Alecko Eskandarian.
-Sadly Esky is another player who lost his career to concussions.


Charlie Corr of ESPN with a story on the new midfielder Bratislav Ristic who debuted last weekend.


Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times looks at the Sounders of today and their connection to the Sounders of old.


Come on Miami! If St Louis lose or tie in Miami tonight, then my NSC Stars will seal their spot in the playoffs.


Jason de vos of the CBC looks at the amazing resurrection and red hot goal scoring streak of Ali "The Canadian Cheeseburger" Gerba at Montreal.
-9 goals in 5 games not bad.


Final Matches & Scores of the Regular Season:
-Wed Sep 22
Miami FC Blues v AC St Louis
-Fri Sep 24
FC Tampa Bay v NSC Minnesota Stars
Vancouver Whitecaps FC v Montreal Impact
-Sat Sep 25
Miami FC Blues v Rochester Rhinos
Crystal Palace Baltimore v Portland Timbers
Carolina RailHawks v Puerto Rico Islanders
Austin Aztex v 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 Sun Sep 19):
IN-51 Rochester - 28 played
IN-50 Austin - 27 played
IN-45 Portland - 28 played
IN-44 Vancouver - 28 played
IN-41 Carolina - 28 played
37 Montreal - 28 played
37 Minnesota - 29 played
36 Puerto Rico - 28 played
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29 St Louis - 27 played (38)
OUT-29 Tampa Bay - 28 played (35)
OUT-26 Miami - 27 played (35)
OUT-24 Baltimore - 28 played (30)


Pro-Rated Standings based on Points Per Game:
1.85 Austin
1.82 Rochester
1.61 Portland
1.57 Vancouver
1.46 Carolina
1.29 Puerto Rico
1.28 Minnesota
1.26 Montreal
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- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1.07 St Louis
1.07 Tampa Bay
0.96 Miami
0.86 Baltimore


Jermaine Jones and Schalke finally got their first win of the season after losing every game in every competition so far.

Sacha Kljestan is still out due to an ankle injury.

Carlos Bocanegra and most of the other St Etienne regulars got the day off on Wed, but the team still advanced in the Coupe de la Ligue.


Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

ENGLAND - Carling Cup 3rd Round
-Wed Sep 22
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa - went the distance winning 3-1 at home over Blackburn.
Eric Lichaj - Aston Villa - got a start and played the full 90 as they won 3-1 at home over Blackburn.

FINLAND - Veikkausliiga
Daniel Antunez - Inter Turku - came on as a sub in the 78th minute of a 2-2 road draw at HJK.

GERMANY - Bundesliga
Michael Bradley - Monchengladbach - Wed Sep 22 - played the full 90 but lost 1-2 at home to St Pauli.
Ricardo Clark - Eintracht Frankfurt - Wed Sep 22 - came on as a sub in the 76th minute but lost 2-1 at Bayer Leverkusen.
Jermaine Jones - Schalke - Wed Sep 22 - went the distance winning 1-2 at Freiberg.

GERMANY - 2 Bundesliga
David Yelldell - Duisburg - went the distance and won 1-0 at home over Augsburg.

SWEDEN - Allsvenskan Liga
Ryan Miller - Halmstad - Wed Sep 22 - played the whole game as they drew 1-1 at GAIS.


Coming Up: (all possible players are listed)

NORWAY - Landspokal (League Cup)
Michael Parkhurst - Nordjaelland - Thu Sep 23 at Hjorring

SPAIN - Primera Division
Jozy Altidore - Villarreal - Thu Sep 23 v Deportivo La Coruna


After the Mexican national team played a game in Mexico City 2 weeks ago against Colombia it seems that some of the team turned up at a wild all night party - and two of those players have now been handed a 6 month ban from the team for their part in the festivities - Carlos Vela and Efrain Juarez.
-But seeing as there are no games of importance going down in the next 6 months, then this suspension is merely a wrist slap.
-Several other prominent players were fined but not suspended. Even more meaningless.
-I am sure that Vela & Juarez's club teams were not please to hear about this - Arsenal and Celtic respectively.


Chelsea were knocked out of the League Cup today. I guess now they will just have to settle for concentrating on the other 3 bigger competitions they are in.


Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian wonders if it matters who you play early in the season, or does it all come out in the wash eventually.


Mid-week games saw Inter winning big to storm the top of the table, while Roma lost again, and other supposed contenders Sampdoria, Fiorentina and Milan could only manage draws. Juve plays on Thu.

See the full league table here.


Brain Strauss of Fanhouse with his opinions on what makes Jack Warner tick.
-Strauss pretty finds things the same way I do. Warner is king, and no one else has much of a say. Belize has the same power in CONCACAF as the USA because both countries have the same single vote within FIFA.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bruce wrote,

"Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated continues the Jurgen Klinsmann story by talking more to Klinsy about not taking the USA job.
-But honestly, there is nothing new here. Just keeps the pot stirring."

...yeah, Bruce, and guys like you are willing to keep the pot on the stove.

You must be an Obama supporter because you like to blame somebody else for something you do.

If you don't want the pot to be stirred, then don't write a post about it.

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Joe the curmudgeon said...

Hey, Anonymous, Why do you even bother? Go troll somewhere else.

6:41 PM  
Blogger Demko said...

Why did Obama prevent the U.S. from hiring Klinsi? Probably because Jack Warner is his real father.

8:02 PM  
Blogger Zathras said...

Jack Warner is a Muslim?!?

9:30 PM  
Anonymous jamesey said...

Alecko Eskandarian got his final concussion in the AC Milan friendly to "celebrate" Beckham's return from Italy last season. What a sad way to go out. He was on the verge of a break out season.

12:05 AM  
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