Monday, October 18, 2010

Some News for Mon Oct 18, 2010


Goalkeeper William Hesmer scored a goal for Columbus off a corner kick! How cool is that! In the dying seconds of the game in Toronto with his team trailing 2-1 he charged forward and found the ball just sitting at his feet. He took a pause to the let the ball settle, then he banged it home. Amazing. See it here.


Since his escort scandal Man U star Wayne Rooney has gone into a deep deep slump, and his team appears to have given up on him. Which today has caused him to give up on them, saying he won't sign a new contract. Meaning that they will have to sell him this winter, knowing they won't get full value.
-More in the "England" section below.


Jose Mourinho has convinced Zinedine Zidane to become part of the coaching staff at Real Madrid!


The Sunday Times (subscription only website) has set up a sting to bribe 2 FIFA officials for World Cup bidding votes. The BBC reports.
-For some reason the Times chose to pose as Americans doing the bribing.
-How will this effect the voting on Dec 2?

Here is FIFA's official statement on the matter.

And the letter sent by President Sepp Blatter to the members of their Executive Committee.

Paul Gardner of Soccer America writes about this scandal and also wonders why they involved the USA.

The BBC on possible fall for bidding countries out from the sting.

Gordon Farquhar of the BBC says now is the time when FIFA could get serious about cleaning up their organization.

World Football Insider reports that FIFA is holding emergency meetings today.

Graham Dunbar of the Associated Press with more on the story. Via the USA Today.


Carolina and Puerto Rico knock off the 2 Canadian powerhouses to reach the D2 Final. Carolina did it with second have half goals, while Puerto Rico played to 180 scoreless minutes, then put the game away in the 30 minutes of added extra time.


Playoff Matches & Scores:
Leg 1
-Thu Oct 14
Puerto Rico Islanders 0-0 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Montreal Impact 1-0 Carolina RailHawks - MI goal by Leonardo Dilorenzo
Leg 2
-Sun Oct 17
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0-2 Puerto Rico Islanders - PRI advance 2-0 on aggregate. PRI goals both by Nicholas Addlery.
Carolina RailHawks 2-0 Montreal Impact - CRH advance 2-1 on aggregate. CRH goals by Daniel Paladini Brad Rusin & Tom Heinemann.

(Thanks to Mark for both of the corrections - always appreciated.)


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 Liverpool Echo has the most complete coverage.


This week we finish up the group stage with Round 6, which will be played Oct 19-21.

The big game will be on Thursday with Columbus traveling too Trinidad hoping to advance.
-Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch lays out the scenarios for the Crew to advance to the knock out rounds.


3 teams - Salt Lake, Cruz Azul and Monterrey have advanced to the knock out rounds.

5 teams - FAS, Joe Public, Toronto, Arabe and Seattle in the eliminated pile.


Round 6
Matches & Scores:
-Tue Oct 19
Toronto FC v Arabe Unido - 7pm Central
Santos Laguna v Municipal - 7pm Central
Seattle Sounders v Saprissa - 9pm Central
Real Salt Lake v Cruz Azul - 9pm Central
-Wed Oct 20
Toluca v FAS - 7pm Central
Marathon v Monterrey - 9pm Central
Olimpia v Puerto Rico Islanders - 9pm Central
-Thu Oct 21
Joe Public v Columbus Crew - 7pm Central


STANDINGS (5 rounds played):
Group A
ADV-10 Cruz Azul (Mexico) (+8)
ADV-10 Real Salt Lake (USA) (+4)
OUT-5 Toronto (Canada) (-3)
OUT-3 Arabe Unido (Panama) (-9)
Group B
10 Santos Laguna (Mexico) (+7)
9 Columbus Crew (USA) (+3)
8 Municipal (Guatemala) (+1)
OUT-1 Joe Public (Trinidad & Tobago) (-11)
Group C
ADV-13 Monterrey (Mexico) (+6)
7 Saprissa (Costa Rica) (+3)
6 Marathon (Honduras) (-5)
OUT-3 Seattle Sounders (USA) (-4)
Group D
10 Olimpia (Honduras) (+2)
8 Puerto Rico Islanders (Puerto Rico) (+1)
7 Toluca (Mexico) (+5)
OUT-2 FAS (El Salvador) (-8)


Jeff Blair of the Toronto Globe & Mail writes about a big sports ownership company that makes lots of money, but never comes close to winning anything - Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment. Owners of the Maple Leafs, Raptors and TFC.
-This company has been one of my biggest pet peaves about MLS since the day their ownership was announced. Like the Leafs TFC has great fans, but until the fans simply stop showing up why does the ownership have to spend big on winning?

John Doyle of the New York Times looks at TFC's struggles.

Daniel Girard of the Toronto Star talks to the real-deal fans of TFC.

Earlier this month the Globe & Mail ran a 3 part series on how MLSE is run:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Oct 16
Barcelona 2-1 Valencia - the loss drops Valencia from 1st to 3rd, as Real Madrid goes to #1 and Barca to #2.
Fulham 1-2 Tottenham - a lesser London Derby.
Wolverhampton 1-1 West Ham - a draw (natch) in The Shitter Derby sees Wolves move from #19 to 18, while WH stay at the bottom of the bowl.
Atletico Madrid 2-0 Getafe - a small but genuine Madrid derby.
-Sun Oct 17
Everton 2-0 Liverpool - a big win for the blue side of the city takes from near relegation up to 11th, just like that.


Matchday 3
Matches & Scores:
-Tue Oct 19
Roma v Basel
Bayern v CFR Cluj
Spartak Moskva v Chelsea
Marseille v Zilina
Ajax v Auxerre
Real Madrid v Milan
Braga v Partizan
Arsenal v Shakhtar Donetsk
-Wed Oct 20
Inter v Tottenham
Twente v Bremen
Schalke v Hapoel Tel Aviv
Lyon v Benfica
Rangers v Valencia
Man United v Bursaspor
Panathinaikos v Rubin Kazan
Barcelona v Kobenhavn


Group Standings


In the wake of last weeks Italy v Serbia debacle all the blame has been placed on a few Serbian fans. But isn't the Italy/Genoa security subject to some blame here too? How did people get into the stadium with all those flares etc in the first place?


Real Salt Lake has set a new MLS record for points at home in a season - 37.
-They won 11 and drew 4 in their 15 home games.


Graham Jones of the LA Times feels the most important thing for the USA to acquire before hosting another World Cup is a head coach that is more eloquent.
-Jones's exact quote is: "...there are four more years to find a more quotable coach..." He actually wrote that. Yes he has other things to say too, but this was his first remark!
-Then he goes on to compare the USA team to England.

How does this guy have a job?


Matches & Scores:
-Tue Oct 12
Chicago Fire SC 0-2 Kansas City Wizards - KCW goals by Davy Arnaud & Teal Bunbury.
Venue: Toyota Park - Bridgeview IL
Attendance: 12,230
-Fri Oct 15
Seattle Sounders FC 2-1 CD Chivas USA - SS goals by Steve Zakuani & Oswaldo Alonso. CU goal by Jesus Padilla.
Venue: Qwest Field - Seattle WA
Attendance: 36,356
-Sat Oct 16
Chicago Fire SC 0-0 DC United
Venue: Toyota Park - Bridgeview IL
Attendance: 19,056
Toronto FC 2-2 Columbus Crew - TFC goals by Maicon Santos & Jacob Peterson. CC goals by Chad Marshall & William Hesmer.
Venue: BMO Field - Toronto ON
Attendance: 18,084
Philadelphia Union 2-1 New York Red Bulls - PU goals by Fred & Michael Orozzco Piscal. NYRB goal by Danleigh Borman.
Venue: PPL Park - Chester PA
Attendance: 18,578
New England Revolution 1-0 Kansas City Wizards - NER goal by Shalrie Joseph.
Venue: Gillette Stadium - Foxborough MA
Attendance: 18,298
Real Salt Lake 2-0 FC Dallas - RSL goals by Ned Grabavoy & Javier Morales.
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium - Sandy UT
Attendance: 20,236
San Jose Earthquakes 0-1 Houston Dynamo - HD goal by Andrew Hainault.
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium - Santa Clara CA
Attendance: 10,597
Los Angeles Galaxy 1-3 Colorado Rapids - LAG goal by Edson Buddle. CR goals by Edson Buddle(OG), Conor Casey & Omar Cummings.
Venue: The Home Depot Center - Carson CA
Attendance: 27,000


-Steven Lenhart - Columbus - red card
-Jon Conway - Toronto - red card


Colorado got the win they needed while Kansas City got the loss they didn't need, and the 8 teams are now finalized.


So, in the final week of the season it's all about the seeding. And that will be big.


Colorado, Salt Lake and Seattle all look red hot right now.


General News

Seattle's left winger Steve Zakuani has been named Player of the Week.

Steve Davis of Sports Illustrated gives us five things we learned from Round 29.


The same Steve Davis of the Daily Soccer Fix bids farewell to Brian McBride. And McBride gives tips for up and coming forwards.


Jonathan Bornstein will be playing his last game for Chivas this weekend. In Jan he will start with Atlante UANL Tigres. (thanks to giraffeticket for the correction)


Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch with the always good Monday review of the Crew weekend game.
-Goalkeeper William Hesmer now has more career goals than fullback Danny O'Rourke. 1-0.


Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times with an article on goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.


Jonathan Tannenwald of does a Q & A with Union president Tom Veit, after the team's final home game of the season.


The Inquirer reports on the larger security presence that was in place for the visit from the New York Red Bulls fans last weekend.


Kerith Gabriel of the Daily News says Brad Knighton has earned the #1 goalkeeper spot for the Union.


Dan Rasmussen of the Deseret News says the key to RSL is the midfield, and those players dedication to defense.


Michael Lewis of the Tribune tells us that RSL's playoff seeding will go down to the last day of the regular season.


Paul Attfield of the Globe & Mail looks at how TFC goes about rebuilding the team.


As of Sat Oct 16.

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-48 New York - 29 (51)
#4W-48 Seattle - 29 (51)
#2E-47 Columbus - 29 (50)
#3E-45 Colorado - 29 (48)
#4E-43 San Jose - 28 (49)
- - - - - - - - - - - -
OUT-36 Kansas City - 29 (39)
OUT-33 Chicago - 29 (36)
OUT-32 Toronto - 29 (35)
OUT-32 New England - 29 (35)
OUT-31 Philadelphia - 29 (34)
OUT-30 Houston - 29 (33)
OUT-28 Chivas - 28 (34)
OUT-22 DC - 29 (25)


Here would be the match ups for the first round:

1W Los Angeles v 4W Seattle
2W Salt Lake v 3W Dallas

1E New York v 4E San Jose
2E Columbus v 3E Colorado


As of Mon Oct 18.

17 Edson Buddle - Los Angeles Galaxy (24 games)
14 Chris Wondolowski - San Jose Earthquakes (26 games)
13 Dwayne De Rosario - Toronto FC (26 games)
13 Sebastion Le Toux - Philadelphia Union (27 games)
13 Omar Cummings - Colorado Rapids (28 games)
13 Juan Pablo Angel - New York Red Bulls (29 games)
12 Conor Casey - Colorado Rapids (26 games)
11 Jeff Cunningham - FC Dallas (26 games)


15 Landon Donovan - Los Angeles Galaxy (23 games)
13 David Ferreira - FC Dallas (29 games)
11 Sebastian Le Toux - Philadelphia Union (27 games)
10 Brad Davis - Houston Dynamo (26 games)
10 Patrick Nyarko - Chicago Fire (26 games)
10 Bobby Convey - San Jose Earthquakes (27 games)
10 Fredy Montero - Seattle Sounders (29 games)
9 Javier Morales - Real Salt Lake (25 games)
9 Guillermo Barros Schelotto - Columbus Crew (28 games)


Easy - William Hesmer of Columbus. See "Starters" for details.


MLS average attendance this weekend was 21,026 with 5 of 8 games sold out. Who says fall sports season is too busy for soccer?


Dallas unbeaten streak ends at 19, tied with previous record set by Columbus.


RSL now have 25 games home unbeaten streak.


Tyler Deric who came up through the Houston Dynamo academy got his first MLS start and Saturday and lead his team to a 0-1 shut out win at San Jose.


LE Eisenmenger does a Q & A with New England technical director Mike Burns. They talk about the youth academy.
-Hopefully Mike is not teaching them how to cover the post on corner kicks. Hehehehehe.


Hunter Freeman is out of action at Start with a knee injury. He may need an MRI to find out the damage.


Greg Seltzer of reports that Stuart Holden was named Man of the Match in Bolton's win.


After being away the previous week and a half Jermaine Jones didn't even make the bench for Schalke this weekend. Let's hope this isn't a pattern for his coach.
NOTE: The wise Bill Urban reminds us that Jones was out due to a red card suspension, not some silly conspiracy.


Carlos Bocanegra and St Etienne have hit a speed bump in their great start and picked up only 1 point from the past 2 games.


Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

DENMARK - Superliga
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - went the distance in a 1-1 tie at home against Brondby.

ENGLAND - Premier League
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - played the full match, getting a yellow card, as they lost at home 1-2 to Tottenham.
Brad Friedel - Aston Villa - in goal as usual and they drew 0-0 at home against Chelsea.
Marcus Hahnemann - Wolverhampton - played the whole game as they drew 1-1 at home against West Ham.
Stuart Holden - Bolton - played the full game as they won 2-1 at home over Stoke City.
Tim Howard - Everton - went the distance as they won 2-0 at home over rivals Liverpool.
Eddie Johnson - Fulham - came on as a sub in the 84th minute as they lost 1-2 at home to Tottenham.

ENGLAND - League One
Mike Grella - Carlisle United - came on as a sub at half time but lost his debut 2-1 at Exeter City.
Frank Simek - Carlisle United - went the full 90 but lost 2-1 at Exeter City.

FINLAND - Veikkausliiga
Greg Eckhardt - VPS - played the whole match, getting a yellow card, as they won 3-1 at home over Tampere United.
Giuseppe Funicello - Mariehamn - went the distance as they drew 1-1 at Lahti.
Lamar Neagle - Mariehamn - started and went 81 minutes, scoring a goal, as they drew 1-1 on the road at Lahti.
Mason Trafford - Mariehamn - went the full 90 as they drew 1-1 at Lahti.

FRANCE - Ligue 1
Carlos Bocanegra - Saint Etienne - went the full 90 but lost 2-1 at Nice.

GERMANY - Bundesliga
Michael Bradley - Monchengladbach - went the distance but lost 3-2 at Hoffenheim.
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - went the full 90 but got beat 3-0 at Bayern Munich.

GERMANY - 2 Bundesliga
Luis Robles - Karlsruher - in goal as they lost 0-2 at Bochum.

NETHERLANDS - Eerste Divisie
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - went the distance in a big road win, 1-4 at MVV.

NORWAY - Eliteserien
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek - went the full 90 but lost on the road 2-1 at Haugesund.
Clarence Goodson - Start - played the whole game, got a yellow card, and they drew 3-3 at Kongsvinger.

RUSSIA - Premier Division
Yevgeni Starikov - FC Tom Tomsk - came on as a sub at half time as they drew 2-2 at home with Saturn.

SCOTLAND - Premier League
Maurice Edu - Rangers - started the game and played 87 minutes, getting a yellow card, as they won 4-1 at home over Motherwell.

SWEDEN - Allsvenskan Liga
Ryan Miller - Halmstad - went the full 90 but they lost 2-0 at Mjallby.


Coming Up: (all possible players are listed)

ENGLAND - Championship League
Conor Doyle - Derby County - Tue Oct 19 at Doncaster Rovers
Zak Whitbread - Norwich - Tue Oct 19 v Crystal Palace

FINLAND - Veikkausliiga
Daniel Antunez - Inter Turku - Mon Oct 18 v MyPa

GERMANY - 2 Bundesliga
David Yelldell - Duisburg - Mon Oct 18 at Arminia Bielefeld

SPAIN - Primera Division
Jozy Altidore - Villarreal - Mon Oct 18 at Hercules

SWEDEN - Allsvenskan Liga
Alejandro Bedoya - Orebro - Wed Oct 20 at GAIS
Johann Smith - Kalmar - Mon Oct 18 at Malmo

Maurice Edu - Rangers - Wed Oct 20 v Valencia
Jermaine Jones - Schalke - Wed Oct 20 v Hapoel Tel Aviv


Sammy Ochoa Sonny Guadarama got the game winner in a Guadalajara derby - Tecos 2-1 over Atlas. He came on as a sub in the 78th minute, and not 2 minutes later the ball was in the back of the net! Bravo! (thanks to Greg for the heads up on who the player was - I must have really been out of it yesterday.)


Game Action:

Edgar Castillo - San Luis - came on as a sub in the 75th minute as they won at home 3-2 over Queretaro.
Herculez Gomez - Pachuca - came on as a sub in the 63rd minute as they tied at home 1-1 with Morelia.
Sonny Guadarrama - Atlante - came on as a sub in the 84th minute of a 1-1 home tie with Tigres.
Sammy Ochoa - Estudiantes Tecos - came on as a sub in the 78th minute and scored a goal as they beat Atlas 2-1 at home.
Miguel Ponce - Guadalajara - played the full 90 as they beat Necaxa 1-0 at home.
Jose Torres - Pachuca - came on as a sub in the 55th minute as they drew 1-1 at home against Morelia.
Marco Vidal - Pachuca - went the full 90 in a 1-1 home draw with Morelia.


The favorite of the two candidates for the national team head coaching position has taken his name out of the running - Monterrey coach Victor Vucetich.
-Jose Manuel De La Torre of Toluca is the other candidate.


There are 5 rounds left in the Apertura season. Monterrey and Cruz Azul are by far the elite of the season.

Monterrey won last years Apertura, while Cruz Azul has not won a title since 1997.

Here are the current standings:

Group A
*28 Monterrey
*22 Santos Laguna
*16 UANL
15 Guadalajara
13 Necaxa
12 Estudiantes

Group B
*19 San Luis
*17 America
*17 Toluca
16 Pachuca
9 Atlante
8 Atlas

Group C
*28 Cruz Azul
*18 UNAM
16 Chiapas
15 Morelia
15 Puebla
12 Queretaro

*The top two from each group, plus next best two advance to the eight team Laguilla (playoffs.)


Digicel Caribbean Cup 2010
Group Stage Matches & Scores:
-Fri Oct 15
British Virgin Islands 0-10 Dominica
Netherlands Antilles 2-3 Guyana
Suriname 2-1 St. Lucia
-Sun Oct 17
Dominican Republic 0-1 Dominica
St. Lucia 2-2 Netherlands Antilles
Suriname 0-2 Guyana
-Fri Oct 22
Grenada v St. Kitts & Nevis
-Sun Oct 24
Grenada v Puerto Rico
-Tue Oct 26
Puerto Rico v St. Kitts & Nevis


Manchester United tied yet another game, and they only thing that kept them from falling off the edge of the earth is that Chelsea could only tie too. Spurs, Arsenal and Man City all won, making the pile up at the top more interesting than usual.


Barry Glendenning of the Guardian give us five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend.


Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney and manager Alex Ferguson now appear to hate each others guts, and Rooney says he will not sign a new deal with the team, forcing them to put him on the market.
-The Independent has a slide show of the other famous players who have fallen out of favor with the powerful manager.


Barcelona knocked off #1 Valencia, and with a win Real Madrid took over the top place in the standings. Barca is the new #2. Order has been restored to the world. Boooooooooooooring.


Sid Lowe of the Guardian introduces us to Barcelona's insane spending and a brand new chairman, and reviews the weekend in La Liga.


Phil Ball of Soccernet says Real Madrid showed something special this weekend, and a review of the rest of the round.


#1 and #2 Rennes and St Etienne both stumbled and have let PSG and Marseille back into the race. And Lyon is starting to win games too. You know they will be there in the end.


Mainz finally stepped on a land mine and lost at Hamburg dropping them to #2 as Dortmund won on the road and climbed into the top spot! Leverkusen and Hoffenheim stayed right in the race at 3 & 4, while Bayern Munich finally got an impressive win beating Hannover 3-0. On the wrong end of things Stuttgart and Schalke drew, so neither could climb from the bottom of the heap.


Raphael Honigstein of the Guardian on the rise of Dortmund, the fall of Schalke, and the rest of the Bundesliga weekend.


The top three, Lazio, Milan and Inter all won, so nothing changed there. The big surprise is another loss for Fiorentina who find themselves in dead last.


Paolo Bandini of the Guardian on the fallout from Italy v Serbia in Genoa, the hateful racists that persist in Cagliari, and the rest of the weekend matches in Serie A.


John Molinaro of the CBC on the racism still present around Italy. And they start at the top with Prime Minister (and AC Milan owner) Silvio Berlusconi.


Italian fans hung an effigy of the Serbian hooligan leader at the Sampdoria game in Genoa (Thanks to Bill for the photo):


Inside Football wonders if Greek team Olympiakos has the worlds next great star - Fetfa.


Tim Vickery of the BBC wonders if the real Ronaldo has yet another improbable comeback in him.

dN does a Q & A with Brazil and Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano.


Marcela Mora y Araujo of Sports Illustrated with an article on a young star in the making, 21 year old central midfielder Javier Pastore, currently in the lineup for Palermo.


Both Leaders In Football and Soccer America size up the bidding nations chances.


I think someone should start two pools:
1)Who makes their team's game day roster first, Oguchi Onyewu or Freddy Adu?
2)Who gets on the field in a league game first, Oguchi Onyewu or Freddy Adu?

I know its mean, but am I wrong?

Have at it.


Anonymous giraffleticket said...

i believe mr. bornstein is heading to tigres, not atlante.

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Bill Urban said...

il Bruce:

Not certain, but I think Jermaine Jones was suspended due to a Bundesliga red card, which would explain his not being on the match day roster and playing every minute of both friendlies for the US.

8:12 PM  
Blogger Greg Seltzer said...

You mean Sammy Ochoa, buddy, not Guadarrama.

8:20 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

thanks to everyone for cleaning up my mess yesterday

wow that was a lot of mistakes

always appreciated

9:07 AM  

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