Friday, October 08, 2010

Some News for Fri Oct 8, 2010


Chicago MUST win tonight to stay in playoff contention. They host Columbus who have been skidding in league play, while profiting in the Champions League. A tie or loss and they are out.


Name: Eric Lichaj - Pronounced: LEE-high

Greg Seltzer of MLSsoccer tells Bob Bradley who to play and how to use them in the two games.

US Soccer gives us quotes from Bob Bradley.
-Lots of great pre-game facts. These are always interesting.

The official team blog is also vital reading.
-Like this Q & A with Alejandro Bedoya.

Mike Woitalla of Soccer America does a Q & A with Jozy Altidore.

Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America looks at the players on the USA team as a new 4 years cycle begins.

Steve Davis of Sports Illustrated previews the Poland game.

Nancy Armour of the Associated Press with an article on Clint Dempsey. has video interview with Stuart Holden and Clint Dempsey.

Jeff Carlisle of ESPN previews Saturday's big shoe, rilly big shoe.


Friendly Matches & Scores:
-Sat Oct 9
USA v Poland
Venue: Soldier Field - Chicago IL
-Tue Oct 12
USA v Colombia
Venue: PPL Park - Chester PA


Poland's roster:
Artur Boruc - Fiorentina
Grzegorz Sandomierski - Jagiellonia Bialystok
Przemyslaw Tyton - Roda JC Kerkrade
Kamil Glik - Palermo
Lukasz Mierzejewski - Cracovia Krakow
Dariusz Pietrasiak - Polonia Warszawa
Lukasz Piszczek - Dortmund
Grzegorz Wojtkowiak - Lech Poznan
Hubert Wolakiewicz - Lechia Gdansk
Michal Zewlakow - Ankaragucu
Jakub Blaszczykowski - Dortmund
Grzegorz Bonin - Gornik Zabrze
Radoslaw Majewski - Nottingham Forest
Adam Matuszczyk - Koln
Adrian Mierzejewski - Polonia Warszawa
Rafal Murawski - Rubin Kazan
Ludovic Obraniak - Lille
Bartosz Salamon - Foggia
Kamil Grosicki - Jagiellonia Bialystok
Ireneusz Jelen - Auxerre
Robert Lewandowski - Dortmund
Andrzej Niedzielan - Korona Kielce
Ebi Smolarek - Polonia Warszawa
-Head Coach: Franciszek Smuda

USA Roster:
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa
Tim Howard - Everton
Carlos Bocanegra - St Etienne
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover
Clarence Goodson - Start
Eric Lichaj - Aston Villa
Oguchi Onyewu - Milan
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland
*Heath Pearce - Dallas
Jonathan Spector - West Ham
Alejandro Bedoya - Orebro
Michael Bradley - Monchengladbach
Maurice Edu - Rangers
Benny Feilhaber - AGF
Stuart Holden - Bolton
Jermaine Jones - Schalke
*Brek Shea - FC Dallas
Jozy Altidore - Villarreal
Clint Dempsey - Fulham
Eddie Johnson - Fulham
-Head Coach: Bob Bradley
*available only for 2nd game


A full round of qualifiers today.

Spain, Portugal and Germany had easy wins. Italy suffered a scoreless draw at Northern Ireland. Montenegro beat Switzerland. Ireland lost at home to Russia - no shame in that. But Serbia lost at home to Estonia - there is shame in that. The stomping of the day goes to Hungaria who eased by San Marino 8-0!

And another headed our way on Tue Oct 12.


Matches & Scores:
Fri Oct 8
Spain 3-1 Lithuania
Moldova 0-1 Netherlands
Germany 3-0 Turkey
Portugal 3-1 Denmark
Northern Ireland 0-0 Italy
Czech Republic 1-0 Scotland
Montenegro 1-0 Switzerland
Cyprus 1-2 Norway
Kazakhstan 0-2 Belgium
Ireland 2-3 Russia
Wales 0-1 Bulgaria
Serbia 1-3 Estonia
Albania 1-1 Bosnia-Herzegovina
Hungary 8-0 San Marino
Andorra 0-2 Macedonia
Armenia 3-1 Slovakia
Luxembourg 0-0 Belarus
Austria 3-0 Azerbaijan
Slovenia 5-1 Faroe Islands
Georgia 1-0 Malta
Greece 1-0 Latvia
-Sat Oct 9
France v Romania
Israel v Croatia
-Tue Oct 12
Scotland v Spain
England v Montenegro
Iceland v Portugal
Kazakhstan v Germany
Italy v Serbia
France v Luxembourg
Azerbaijan v Turkey
Switzerland v Wales
Belgium v Austria
Greece v Israel
Denmark v Cyprus
Macedonia v Russia
Slovakia v Ireland
Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland
Finland v Hungary
Liechtenstein v Czech Republic
Netherlands v Sweden
Belarus v Albania
Armenia v Andorra
Latvia v Georgia
San Marino v Moldova
Estonia v Slovenia


Here are the Group Standings.


Bolivian President Ivo Morales uses a little celebrity pick up game to enact some revenge for a rough tackle. One of the nastiest cheap shots I have ever seen. Check out this video clip, with great music.


I will be making an audio appearance on Glenn Davis's radio show Monday night. Sports Talk 790am in Houston. Tune in to Dynamo All Access 7-9pm!


Matches & Scores:
-Thu Oct 7
Philadelphia Union 0-1 Los Angeles Galaxy - LAG goal by Edson Buddle.
Venue: PPL Park - Chester PA
Attendance: 18,779
-Fri Oct 08, 2010
Chicago Fire SC v Columbus Crew - 7:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Toyota Park - Bridgeview IL
-Sat Oct 09, 2010
New York Red Bulls v Real Salt Lake - 3:00pm Central on Telefutura
Venue: Red Bull Arena - Harrison NJ
FC Dallas v Colorado Rapids - 5:00pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Pizza Hut Park - Frisco TX
DC United v San Jose Earthquakes - 6:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: RFK Stadium - Washington DC
Kansas City Wizards v Seattle Sounders FC - 7:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: CommunityAmerica Ballpark - Kansas City KS
CD Chivas USA v Toronto FC - 9:30pm Central on FSC/FSE
Venue: The Home Depot Center - Carson CA
-Sun Oct 10, 2010
Houston Dynamo v New England Revolution - 7:30pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Robertson Stadium - Houston TX


Salt Lake, Dallas, New York & Columbus joined LA in clinching playoff spots this weekend!


DC, Chivas, New England, Houston & Philadelphia have all been eliminated from the post-season chase.


General News

MLS's series on the best 24 players under age 24 continutes with: #2

And Finally - MLS's series on the best 24 players under age 24 concludes at: #1

Here are the other 22:
24 Dax McCarty
23 Rogers Torres
22 Jack McInerney
21 Kevin Alston
20 Will Johnson
19 Juninho
18 Chris Pontius
17 Teal Bunbury
16 Tony Tchani
15 Robbie Rogers
14 Bill Hamid
13 Tristian Bowen
12 Ryan Smith
11 Ike Opara
10 Justin Braun
9 Tim Ream
8 Sean Johnson
7 Brek Shea
6 Marco Pappa
5 Danny Mwanga
4 Steve Zakuani
3 Andy Najar


Shawn Francis at MLSsoccer did a Q & A with NBA star Steve Nash, one of the owners of the Vancouver Whitecaps.
-Video of Steve Nash and Landon Donovan trash talking before they do battle on FIFA 11.


Today is the 13th birthday of the Chicago Fire. Happy Birthday!
-Orrin Schwarz of the Daily Herald fills us in.


The crew over at Futbolr has a video interview with Omar Cummings.

John Meyer of the Denver Post checks out the Raps chances of clinching their playoff spot this weekend - odds are good.


Shawn Mitchell of the Dispatch on the Crew's league slump.


Due to yellow card accumulation, not unlike plaque build up, Andy Najar is suspended this weekend.


Charles Gooch of the Star feels that the Wizards paltry goal production is their downfall.

Gooch also looks at the team's scheduling plans for next season as the new stadium rapidly takes shape.
-Opening day - June 1 - I will be there. Will you?


Against the run of play the Galaxy scored on a Beckman to Buddle corner kick. It was Edson's 16th of the season. Then their powerful defense & goalkeeper came back into form and shut down the game after that.


Noah Davis at MLSsoccer talks to the player who is the reason NYRB got rid of Macoumba Kandji - meet Juan Agudelo.


Jonathan Tannenwald of with some post game analysis of PU's loss to the Galaxy last night.


James Edward of the Deseret News on one of RSL's biggest weapons - dead ball situations.


Robert Jonas of Center Line Soccer on the Equakes Brazilian strike tandem - Eduardo & Geovanni.


Don Ruiz of the Olympian on the Sounders trip to KC. They could seal up a playoff spot.


As of Thu Oct 7
Pts - Team - Games - Max Pts Poss
IN-56 Los Angeles - 28 (62)
IN-51 Salt Lake - 27 (60)
IN-49 Dallas - 27 (58)
IN-47 New York - 27 (56)
IN-46 Columbus - 27 (55)
42 Seattle - 27 (51)
41 Colorado - 27 (50)
40 San Jose - 26 (52)
- - - - - - - - - - - -
33 Kansas City - 26 (45)
31 Toronto - 27 (40)
29 Chicago - 26 (41)
OUT-28 Philadelphia - 28 (34)
OUT-27 Houston - 27 (36)
OUT-26 New England - 27 (35)
OUT-25 Chivas - 26 (37)
OUT-21 DC - 27 (30)


How cool was the Easter Bunny when you were a little kid! So cool! Right! I got a cassette of the Kiss album Love Gun from the Easter Bunny in '77.


The first month of re-construction at Portland's PGE Park compressed into 1 minute 29 seconds of video. From the team.


SB Nation Houston with a little update on the Dynamo stadium project.


Friendly Match & Score:
-Tue Oct 12
Seattle Sounders FC v CD Guadalajara (Mexico)
Venue: Qwest Field - Seattle WA


My team, NSC Stars, is the only one without a 2 goals lead headed into the second leg.


The folks at the Dropping Timber website (Portland fans natch) have done an interview with Timbers fullback and man of the world Ian Joy.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4


Playoff Matches & Scores:
First Round Leg 1
-Wed Oct 6
Montreal Impact 2-0 Austin Aztex - Mon goals both by Ali Gerba.
Venue: Saputo Stadium - Montreal QB
NSC Minnesota Stars 0-0 Carolina RailHawks
Venue: National Sports Center - Blaine MN
-Thu Oct 7
Puerto Rico Islanders 2-0 Rochester Rhinos - PRI goals by Jonathan Fana & David Foley.
Venue: Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel - Bayamon PR
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2-0 Portland Timbers - VW goals by Gershon Koffie & Martin Nash(PK).
Venue: Swangard Stadium - Burnaby BC
First Round, Leg 2
-Sat Oct 9
Rochester Rhinos v Puerto Rico Islanders (0-2) - 6:00pm Central
Venue: Marina Auto Stadium - Rochester NY
Carolina RailHawks v NSC Minnesota Stars (0-0) - 6:00pm Central
Venue: WakeMed Park - Cary NC
Austin Aztex v Montreal Impact (0-2) - 7:30pm Central
Venue: House Park - Houston TX
-Sun Oct 10
Portland Timbers v Vancouver Whitecaps FC (0-2) - 8:00pm Central
Venue: Merlo Field - Portland OR

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

Leg 1
Matches will be played on Wed Oct 13/Thu Oct 14
Leg 2
Matches will be played on Sat Oct 16/Sun Oct 17


David Bond of the BBC says the financial game at Manchester United is a losing proposition.

SPAIN does a Q & A with Spain national team boss Vicente Del Bosque.


Another round of qualifying is coming up this weekend.

Matches & Scores:
-Sat Oct 9
Mali v Liberia
Senegal v Mauritius
Comoros v Mozambique
Tanzania v Morocco
Burkina Faso v Gambia
Burundi v Cote d'Ivoire
Rwanda v Benin
Angola v Guinea-Bissau
Kenya v Uganda
Malawi v Chad
Cameroon v Congo DR
-Sun Oct 10
Zimbabwe v Cape Verde Islands
Guinea v Nigeria
Madagascar v Ethiopia
Libya v Zambia
Central African Republic v Algeria
Sierra Leone v South Africa
Niger v Egypt
Ghana v Sudan
Congo v Swaziland
Togo v Tunisia


Even though FIFA has suspended Nigeria from international competition, they are going to let them play this round of qualifiers.
-Ooooooooooo, don't mess with FIFA, they might put out a tough press release about you, then go back on it. Look out.


Fire up the Mock Horror generator: There has been a stunning misappropriation of funds right under Slappy Jack's nose. How could this possibly happen? (thanks to Mike for the heads up)
-I know The Slapper isn't directly involved, but how many degrees of separation are there on those two islands between anyone and Jack, especially in football.


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