Friday, October 22, 2010

Some News for Fri Oct 22, 2010


Game over - Fergie wins - as always!

I guess I should have gone with my gut on this one, rather than my eyes & ears influencing my mind. It sat within me the whole week that Rooney was going nowhere, and that 75% of the mania was just the typical English media insanity hard at work.

Video from the BBC.


The BBC talks to one of the two FIFA exec's accused of asking for bribes in return for World Cup bid votes - Amos Adamu of Nigeria says he is not guilty and the investigation will show that. He offers no defense to what has been reported.

AFP reports that the other FIFA official under suspicion, Reynald Temarii is conducting "business as usual" despite the controversy. Via Yahoo.
-Maybe that type of behavior IS business as usual for him.

Leaders In Football have 2 opinion pieces this week in their Column, the first asks Who Is Governing Those Who Govern World Football?; and the second about Our Trust In FIFA.


Playoff Matches & Scores:
Leg 1
-Sun Oct 24
Puerto Rico Islanders v Carolina RailHawks
Leg 2
-Sat Oct 30
Carolina RailHawks v Puerto Rico Islanders

NOTE: series winners are determined by total goals. There is NO away goals tie breaker.


The New York Times takes a look at the failed deals on one of the ousted owners of Liverpool - Tom Hicks. He not only lost Liverpool, he was also forced to sell the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball team after it went into bankruptcy. You can kind of get the idea of where he was going to with Liverpool by reading about the Rangers.
-He is what is wrong with modern day sports.


Group Stage Round 6


With nothing to play for, Columbus took a light team to Trinidad to face Joe Public and still rolled them. The only Crew first teamer to start this game was Adam Moffat, and the only other one to even play was Brian Carroll in the last 20 minutes. Great to see.


8 teams ADVANCE - Olimpia & Toluca join Santos Laguna, Columbus Crew, Saprissa, Salt Lake, Cruz Azul and Monterrey in advancing to the knock out rounds.
-No.1 Seeds: Real Salt Lake, Santos Laguna, Monterrey & Olimpia.
-No.2 Seeds: Cruz Azul, Columbus Crew, Saprissa & Toluca.

8 teams are OUT - Puerto Rico joins Municipal, Marathon, FAS, Joe Public, Toronto, Arabe and Seattle in the eliminated pile.


The draw for the knock out rounds will be held on Mon Nov 1.


Round 6
Matches & Scores:
-Tue Oct 19
Toronto FC 1-0 Arabe Unido - - TFC goal by Nana Attakora.
Real Salt Lake 3-1 Cruz Azul - RSL goals by Paulo Junior(2) & Collen Warner. CA goal by Cesar Villaluz.
Seattle Sounders 1-2 Saprissa - SS goal by Nate Jaqua. Sap goals by Jairo Arrieta & Josue Martinez.
Santos Laguna 6-1 Municipal - SL goals by Daniel Luduena(2), Oribe Peralta(2), Rodrigo Ruiz & Carlos Villalba. Mun goal by Juan Castillo.
-Wed Oct 20
Toluca 5-0 FAS - Tol goals by Hector Mancilla(3), Juan Cuevas & Nestor Calderon.
Marathon 0-1 Monterrey - Mon goal by Sergio Santana.
Olimpia 3-0 Puerto Rico Islanders - Oli goals by Roger Rojas(2) & Fabio de Souza.
-Thu Oct 21
Joe Public 1-4 Columbus Crew - JP goal by Trent Noel(PK). CC goals by Edgar Renteria(2 - 1 via PK), Andres Mendoza & Duncan Oughton.


STANDINGS (6 rounds played)
Group A (6 rounds played)
ADV-13 Real Salt Lake (USA) (+6)
ADV-10 Cruz Azul (Mexico) (+6)
OUT-8 Toronto (Canada) (-2)
OUT-3 Arabe Unido (Panama) (-9)
Group B (6 & 5 rounds played)
ADV-13 Santos Laguna (Mexico) (+12)
ADV-12 Columbus Crew (USA) (+6)
OUT-8 Municipal (Guatemala) (-4)
OUT-1 Joe Public (Trinidad & Tobago) (-14)
Group C (6 & 5 rounds played)
ADV-16 Monterrey (Mexico) (+7)
ADV-10 Saprissa (Costa Rica) (+4)
OUT-6 Marathon (Honduras) (-6)
OUT-3 Seattle Sounders (USA) (-5)
Group D (5 rounds played)
ADV-13 Olimpia (Honduras) (+5)
ADV-10 Toluca (Mexico) (+10)
OUT-8 Puerto Rico Islanders (Puerto Rico) (-2)
OUT-2 FAS (El Salvador) (-13)


Two of the real classic rivalries happen on Sunday in Turkey and Scotland. And one of the uglier ones in Serbia.

Matches & Scores:
-Sat Oct 23
Manchester City v Arsenal - #2 v #3
Red Star v Partizan - the Belgrade derby - unfortunately both teams have bands of moronicly violent fans
-Sun Oct 24
Fenerbahce v Galatasaray - the Kitalar Arasi Derbi (Asian against European Derby)
Borussia Dortmund v Hoffenheim - #1 v #4
Bayer Leverkusen v Mainz - #3 v #2
Villarreal v Atletico Madrid - two team trying to keep in touch with the league leaders
PSV v Feyenoord - a couple of Dutch heavyweights duke it out
Celtic v Rangers - The Old Firm


The AP reports that Barcelona's back up goalkeeper Jose Pinto was on the bench during the Champions League game this week against Kobenhavn and used his own whistle to stop an opposing player in a breakaway situation. The player from Kobenhavn stopped advancing on goal because he thought he heard the referees whistle and assumed he was offside. Wow. Via Yahoo.


Matches & Scores:
-Wed Oct 20
San Jose Earthquakes 3-0 CD Chivas USA - SJE goals all by Chris Wondolowski(1 via PK).
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium - Santa Clara CA
Attendance: 9633
-Thu Oct 21
New York Red Bulls 2-0 New England Revolution - NYRB goals by Dane Richards & Joel Lindpere.
Venue: Red Bull Arena - Harrison NJ
Attendance: 15,866
-Sat Oct 23
Houston Dynamo v Seattle Sounders FC - 3:00pm Central on Telefutura
Venue: Robertson Stadium - Houston TX
DC United v Toronto FC - 6:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: RFK Stadium - Washington DC
Kansas City Wizards v San Jose Earthquakes - 7:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: CommunityAmerica Ballpark - Kansas City KS
Colorado Rapids v Real Salt Lake - 8:00pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City CO
CD Chivas USA v Chicago Fire SC - 10:00pm Central on FSC
Venue: The Home Depot Center - Carson CA
-Sun Oct 24
Columbus Crew v Philadelphia Union - 3:00pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Crew Stadium - Columbus OH
Los Angeles Galaxy v FC Dallas - 7:00pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: The Home Depot Center - Carson CA


Los Angeles holds the reigns to the Supporters Shield. A win and its theirs. A Salt Lake loss and it belongs to LA as well. But if LA screws up and loses in the last game Sunday night, a Win by RSL will give them the regular season crown!


With a win on Thu night New York secured the #1 seed in the Eastern half of the playoff bracket.


The top 8 teams are playing for playoff seeding:
(As of Thu Oct 21)
Seed/Pts/Team/Games/Pts Poss
#1W-56 Los Angeles - 29 (59)
#2W-55 Salt Lake - 29 (58)
#3W-50 Dallas - 29 (53)
#1E-51 New York - 30 (51)
#4W-48 Seattle - 29 (51)
#2E-47 Columbus - 29 (50)
#3E-46 San Jose - 29 (49)
#4E-45 Colorado - 29 (48)


General News

Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America does a Q & A with the Ruler of MLS Don Garber.


John Meyer of the Denver Post talks to former Rap Kyle Beckerman about the difference between playing for CR and his current team Real Salt Lake.


Craig Stouffer of the Examiner does a Q & A DCU boss of bosses Kevin Payne.
-Payne says that Ben Olsen is NOT being considered for the teams head coaching position next season.

The entertaining Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post bids farewell to Jaime Moreno.


The team did their best to set a tone last night for the playoffs. They have won the Eastern Conference regular season title.

Remember this was the team that was dead last in 2009.

So you build a stadium, hire a new technical and coaching staff, spend a ton on players, and then hope it works. It did.


As of Thu Oct 21.

Seed-Pts-Team-Games-Max Pts Poss
#1W-56 Los Angeles - 29 (59)
#2W-55 Salt Lake - 29 (58)
#3W-50 Dallas - 29 (53)
#1E-51 New York - 30 (51)
#4W-48 Seattle - 29 (51)
#2E-47 Columbus - 29 (50)
#3E-46 San Jose - 29 (49)
#4E-45 Colorado - 29 (48)
- - - - - - - - - - - -
OUT-36 Kansas City - 29 (39)
OUT-33 Chicago - 29 (36)
OUT-32 Toronto - 29 (35)
OUT-32 New England - 30 (32)
OUT-31 Philadelphia - 29 (34)
OUT-30 Houston - 29 (33)
OUT-28 Chivas - 29 (31)
OUT-22 DC - 29 (25)


Digicel Caribbean Cup 2010
Group Stage Matches & Scores:
-Fri Oct 22
Grenada v St. Kitts & Nevis
-Sun Oct 24
Grenada v Puerto Rico
-Tue Oct 26
Puerto Rico v St. Kitts & Nevis


Mark Meadows of Reuters says Italy needs to fix its problem of violence at soccer games now.
-And this says nothing of their even worse track record with racism.


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