Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Some News for Wed Oct 20, 2010


Today was a brilliantly hideous day for Maurice Edu at Rangers as he scored a goal in the UEFA Champions League against Valencia, then scored an own goal to tie the game! It ended 1-1.


Wayne Rooney stands up and speaks. "I asked for assurances about the continued ability of the club to attract the top players in the world." When he did not get that.... "I then told him that I would not be signing a new contract." Via the Guardian.
-Which means that: either he walks away free when his current contract ends (after the 2011/12 season), he uses a buyout clause in his contract after this season (5 Million Pounds), or the team sells him.


Both Eddie Lewis and Chris Klein announced today that they will retire from their playing days in soccer after their current season with the Los Angeles Galaxy is finished.
-Big amounts of respect go out to both of these quality professionals.


The AFP reports that FIFA has decided that while they are investigating the scandal they will suspended the 2 Executive Committee members who were caught on tapes supposedly asking for bribes in exchange for World Cup bid votes.
-4 other FIFA members (not on the voting panel) were also suspended.


Group Stage Round 6

-The win by Salt Lake gives them the Group A top seed, while already eliminated Seattle lost, and Toronto won.
-Real Salt Lake become the first MLS team to win their group in this tournament. One step at a time.
-A loss by Municipal sends Columbus through as seed #2 in Group B.

The 2 final knock out round spots will be filled tonight.


Michael C Lewis of the Salt Lake Tribune reviews Salt Lake's win, driven by two Paulo Junior goals.

James Edward of the Deseret News on RSL's win.

Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times with a game report, including the Kasey Keller blunder that determined the winner.

Daniel Girard of the Toronto Star with a TFC-AU match report.

Gareth Wheeler of the Toronto Sun reviews the game with a focus on the 4 young Canadians in the TFC lineup.


6 teams - Santos Laguna, Columbus Crew, Saprissa, Real Salt Lake, Cruz Azul and Monterrey have advanced to the knock out rounds.

7 teams - Municipal, Marathon, FAS, Joe Public, Toronto, Arabe and Seattle Sounders are in the eliminated pile.


The draw for the knockout 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 v FAS
Marathon v Monterrey
Olimpia v Puerto Rico Islanders
-Thu Oct 21
Joe Public v Columbus Crew - 7pm Central on FSC


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-9 Columbus Crew (USA) (+3)
OUT-8 Municipal (Guatemala) (-4)
OUT-1 Joe Public (Trinidad & Tobago) (-11)
Group C (6 & 5 rounds played)
ADV-13 Monterrey (Mexico) (+6)
ADV-10 Saprissa (Costa Rica) (+4)
OUT-6 Marathon (Honduras) (-5)
OUT-3 Seattle Sounders (USA) (-5)
Group D (5 rounds played)
10 Olimpia (Honduras) (+2)
8 Puerto Rico Islanders (Puerto Rico) (+1)
7 Toluca (Mexico) (+5)
OUT-2 FAS (El Salvador) (-8)


Matchday 3

Wednesday's action: When have you ever seen a left back bag a hat trick! Gareth Bale did it for Tottenham today. Yes they were down 4-0 when he got going and 2 of them came in second half stoppage time. But still... Wow. But they were down 4-0! That was Inter's win by the way. The other favorites Barca, Man U, Lyon & Schalke all won. Rangers & Valencia shared the points.


Roberto Gotta of Soccernet writes about Real Madrid's big win over AC Milan.

Rob Hughes of the New York Times reviews the Tuesday games.


So, after 3 rounds Arsenal, Real Madrid, Bayern, Chelsea & Lyon have earned all 9 points.


Matches & Scores:
-Tue Oct 19
Roma 1-3 Basel - Rom goal by Marco Borriello. Bas goals by Alex Frei, Samuel Inkoom & Cabral.
Bayern 3-2 CFR Cluj - BM goals by Cadu(OG), Cristian Panin(OG) & Mario Gomez. CFR goals by Cadu & Emmanuel Culio.
Spartak Moskva 0-2 Chelsea - Che goals by Yuri Zhirkov & Nicolas Anelka.
Marseille 1-0 Zilina - Mar goal by Souleymane Diawara.
Ajax 2-1 Auxerre - Aja goals by Demy de Zeeuw & Luis Suarez. Aux goal by Valter Birsa.
Real Madrid 2-0 Milan - RM goals by Cristiano Ronaldo & Mesut Ozil.
Braga 2-0 Partizan - Bra goals by Lima & Matheus.
Arsenal 5-1 Shakhtar Donetsk - Ars goals by Alex Song, Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas(PK), Jack Wilshere & Maroune Chamakh. SD goal by Eduardo.
-Wed Oct 20
Inter 4-3 Tottenham - Int goals by Javi Zanetti, Samuel Eto'o(2, 1 via PA) & Dejan Stankovich. Tot goals all by Gareth Bale(3).
Twente 1-1 Bremen - Twe goal by Theo Janssen. Bre goal by Marko Arnautovic.
Schalke 3-1 Hapoel Tel Aviv - Sch goals by Raul(2) & Jose Jurado. HTA goal by Etey Shechter.
Lyon 2-0 Benfica - Lyo goals by Jimmy Briand & Lisandro Lopez.
Rangers 1-1 Valencia - Ran goal by Maurice Edu. Val goal by Maurice Edu(OG).
Man United 1-0 Bursaspor - MU goal by Nani.
Panathinaikos 0-0 Rubin Kazan
Barcelona 2-0 Kobenhavn - Bar goals both by Lionel Messi(2).


Group Standings


Real Salt Lake's Rio Tinto Stadium has seen new attendance records set two games in a row. 20,236 packed the house for RSL's MLS league game against Dallas this past Saturday, and then last night they topped that with 20,463 patrons for a win over Cruz Azul in a CONCACAF Champions League game.


At the other end of the spectrum last night Toronto set an all time low attendance of 10,385 at BMO Field for their Champions League game.


Good news from Carlos Bocanegra. His neck injury is not as serious as previously reported. Here, I'll let him tweet it to you:
"Sprained neck is all good. Nothing serious, just have to be a spectator for about 10 days"
-Nic pic!


Matches & Scores:
-Wed Oct 20
San Jose Earthquakes v CD Chivas USA - 9:00pm Central on Direct Kick
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium - Santa Clara CA
-Thu Oct 21
New York Red Bulls v New England Revolution - 6:30pm Central on ESPN2
Venue: Red Bull Arena - Harrison NJ
-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!


The top 8 teams are playing for playoff seeding.

As of Sat Oct 16:
Seed/Pts/Team/Games/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)


General News

Colorado and Salt Lake face off this weekend for the Rocky Mountain Cup. They tied the first leg 1-1 in Sandy.
-RSL are the holders.


Craig Stoufer of the Examiner describes the first days in MLS (over 15 years ago) of Jaime Moreno of DC United.
-Moreno will play his last game in the black shirt this weekend.


Mike Foss of USA Today on RSL's quest for a 2nd consecutive MLS Cup.


Elliot Almond of the San Jose Mercury News says the Equakes are hoping to regain home field momentum heading into the playoffs.


In a look toward the future TFC started 2 players newly signed from their academy team and 1 still on the academy team in the CCL match last night. A 2nd academy player came on as a second half sub.

Curtis Rush of the Star looks at MLS Commissioner Don Garber's visit to TFC yesterday.


Jeff Carlisle of ESPN tells us who he thinks should be the league's MVP.


LA will play a friendly game in Australia after the current season ends.

-Sat Nov 27
Newcastle United Jets FC v Los Angeles Galaxy
Venue: EnergyAustralia Stadium - Newcastle


Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

SWEDEN - Allsvenskan Liga
Alejandro Bedoya - Orebro - Wed Oct 20 - went the full 90 as they won 0-1 via an own goal at GAIS.

Maurice Edu - Rangers - Wed Oct 20 - played the full making scoring a goal AND an own goal, oh no, as they drew 1-1 at home against Valencia.
Jermaine Jones - Schalke - Wed Oct 20 - started and went 75 minutes as they beat Hapoel Tel Aviv 3-1 at home.


Coming Up: (all possible players are listed)

Jozy Altidore - Villarreal - Thu Oct 21 v PAOK
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht - Thu Oct 21 v Athen AEK


Frank Rijkaard has been fired as head coach of Galatasaray in Turkey. The team is in 9th place of the 18 team league after 8 or 34 rounds.
-Some are saying he could be the next coach of Liverpool.


Next group stage games are coming up tomorrow Thu Oct 21.


Group Standings


Anonymous wes said...

I left the bar during the halftime of the Spurs/Inter game. I couldn't handle it anymore. Of course, in typical Spurs fashion we come back score three goals. Ridiculous.

6:25 PM  
Anonymous Dan M. said...

bale has been playing left mid all this season with BAE at left back. i also turned it off at halftime. it could've gotten way worse with cudicini in goal

8:24 PM  

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