Thursday, October 07, 2010

Some News for Thu Oct 7, 2010


Charlie Davies in his own words for ESPN Magazine. Nice.


2 full rounds of qualifiers are headed our way on Fri Oct 8 and Tue Oct 12. Get ready.

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


The Washington Post reports that tickets sales are poor for these two games, especially in Philly.
-Don't we all know by now that unless the opponent is huge in stature that US Soccer does not have the ability to market their games properly.

The Chicago Tribune with articles on 3 players:
-Carlos Bocanegra by Jack McCarthy
-Eric Lichaj by Nancy Armour of AP
-Jermaine Jones by Nancy Armour of AP

Sam Stejskal at MSLsoccer with an article on debutant fullback Eric Lichaj.


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


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Soccer America has two articles looking at the wave of young Americans being recruited to the academy of UANL Tigres in Mexico.
-Mike Woitalla does a Q & A with director of youth development Dennis Te Kloese.
-Paul Kennedy on the Tigres set up and the Americans who are in the ranks.


For the second time ESPN Magazine has a photo spread with famous athletes doing their thing in the raw. Tim Howard makes the cut.


Matches & Scores:
-Thu Oct 7
Philadelphia Union v Los Angeles Galaxy - 7:00pm Central on ESPN2
Venue: PPL Park - Chester PA
-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: #3

MLS's series on the best 24 players under age 24 continutes with: #4


The Tribune with an article on an eye injury to keeper Sean Johnson, and the chances of the Fire being eliminated from playoff contention Friday night.


Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Chronicle reports that the knee injury suffered by Brian Ching was not as severe as first thought, meaning he will only be out 1 week, as opposed to having surgery.


You can add Ali Gerba to the list of forwards that TFC has tossed overboard who then scored giant pales full of goals at his next club. Gerba didn't sign on with Montreal until the season was half over, but he currently sits on 11 goals in 14 games.
-Others goal scoring castoffs include: Edson Buddle, Conor Casey and Jeff Cunningham, who have scored 40, 40 and 33 goals respectively since leaving TFC. Wow!

Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America says that while Dwayne De Rosario's complaints to TFC management may have been done poorly, his message was dead on.


The playoffs got rolling last night as the NSC Stars played Carolina to a scoreless draw in Minnesota. It was a very intense game that had 7 or 8 great goal scoring chances stopped by good goalkeeping and bad finishing. Pathetically there were less than 700 people at the game.

Montreal did exactly what they needed to do and stuffed Austin 2-0.

The other 4 teams face-off tonight.


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 v Rochester Rhinos - 7:00pm Central
Venue: Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel - Bayamon PR
Vancouver Whitecaps FC v Portland Timbers - 9:30pm Central
Venue: Swangard Stadium - Burnaby BC
First Round, Leg 2
-Sat Oct 9
Rochester Rhinos v Puerto Rico Islanders - 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 - 8:00pm Central
Venue: Merlo Field - Portland OR

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


Greg Seltzer at MLSSoccer with a negative update on the recovery from injuries for Chris Rolfe and Marcus Tracy.


Game Action:

Miguel Ponce - Guadalajara - Wed Oct 6 - went the full 90 but lost at home 0-1 to Morelia.


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


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