Monday, November 15, 2010

Some News for Mon Nov 15, 2010


This is waaaaaay beyond priceless!

Here we have a video clip of a young & spry pre-Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman proselytizing for something called Combat Ki Master, a form of martial arts, where you can train your mind to seemingly withstand any physical attack. And in this clip we see Schellas put his mind to rejecting all pain that one might derive from taking repeated kicks to the groin! I shit you not. A-Maze-Ing!
-A huge thanks to Grant Wahl for spreading this baby around on Twitter earlier today!


Wooooooo-Hooooooo Colorado Rapids v FC Dallas in the MLS Cup Final next Sunday night at BMO Field in Toronto. Will you be there? I will!


Zenit St Petersburg beat Rostov 5-0 on Sunday and claimed the 2010 Russian Premier League Championship! Huge congrats to them. And Hooray Baltika to my friend Sean.
-This is Zenit's 2nd title.


The USA has officially announced a friendly match for Sat Jan 22 against Chile at the Home Depot Center in suburban Los Angeles.


Colorado will wear their Burgundy kits in the final, while Dallas will wear their Blue & White.

One of these team's is going to win their first MLS Cup.

I dare someone to claim they had these two as the finalists.

Colorado got a wild freakish goal from right fullback Kosuke Kimura and then let the altitude do the rest to slow down and eventually wear out San Jose for a strong 1-0 home win.

Dallas went to the mighty LA and taught the supposed big boys a lesson. After nearly 30 minutes of Galaxy domination, but no goals, Dallas went to my call for league MVP David Ferreira who scored a great goal, then they used excellent soccer to make 2 more huge goals happen, and win 3-0 on the road. Wow.

During the season the teams tied 1-1 in Commerce City on Jul 31 and tied again 2-2 in Frisco on Oct 9.


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Nov 13
Colorado Rapids 1-0 San Jose Earthquakes - CR goal by Kosuke Kimura
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City CO
Attendance: 17,779
-Sun Nov 14
Los Angeles Galaxy v FC Dallas - FCD goals by David Ferreira, George John & Marvin The Martian Chavez.
Venue: The Home Depot Center - Carson CA
Attendance: 27,000


Match & Score:
-Sun Nov 21
Colorado Rapids v FC Dallas - 7:30pm Central on ESPN.
Venue: BMO Field - Toronto ON


Steve Davis of Sports Illustrated gives us five things we learned from the weekend's semifinals.


Nancy Armour of the Associated Press checks out the unlikely Final pair Colorado and Dallas.


John Meyer of the Denver Post on the Raps triumph.


Meyer also gives us an early preview of the championship game.


Mark Kiszla of the Post actually covers the team and their important win. It's about time some of this newspaper's columnists covered the team.


The Post breaks down the opponent Dallas.


Jeff Carlisle of ESPN sees goalkeeper Kevin Hartman as the difference maker for FCD.


Jay Brownlee of 3rd Degree with a big match report on Dallas's winning performance.
-Peter Welpton chimes in with his initial thoughts after the win.


Phil Collin of the Daily News reports on the Galaxy's shattering loss.


Nick Green of the Daily Breeze on his blog has post game thoughts and post game analysis.


Scott French of ESPN LA with a strong post game analysis of LA.


Jim Alexander of Press Enterprise tells us that the Supporters Shield was more important anyway, because that's how they do it in Europe.


Elliott Almond of the Mercury News signs off on the Equakes for the 2010 season.


State of the League and 201o Best 11!

Commissioner Don Garber will give his annual State of the League address tomorrow Tue Nov 16 at 12:30pm Central. Garber will also announce "competition-related rule changes" and the 2010 MLS Best XI. The address and proceeding press conference will be streamed live at A transcript of the call will be available on a couple of hours after the conclusion.


17 days until the rights to host the next 2 World Cups will be awarded.


Our team is in Cape Town preparing for Wednesday's game, and the official blog from US Soccer has lots of goodies for us.


Andrew Hallet of Football 365 in South Africa tears Bob Bradley a new one for leaving the A Team at home for this friendly.


I for one think its great that Coach Bradley is taking this younger team to South Africa. Sure it might be a pyric baptism for some of them, but I am ready to see the roster roll forward, not stay idle like the 3 previous lifeless friendlies.


Is anyone else surprised that Geoff Cameron was not on this roster?


Match & Score:
Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup
-Wed Nov 17
South Africa v USA - live at 1pm Central on ESPN2.


USA roster.
Dominic Cervi - Celtic
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa
Gale Agbossoumonde - Estoril Praia
Nat Borchers - Real Salt Lake
Jonathan Bornstein - UANL Tigres
Clarence Goodson - Brondby
Eric Lichaj - Aston Villa
Tim Ream - New York Red Bulls
Jonathan Spector - West Ham United
Alejandro Bedoya - Orebro
Brian Carroll - Columbus Crew
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek
Eddie Gaven - Columbus Crew
Logan Pause - Chicago Fire
Robbie Rogers - Columbus Crew
Juan Agudelo - New York Red Bulls
Teal Bunbury - Kansas City Wizards
Robbie Findley - Real Salt Lake


SA roster.
Moeneeb Josephs - Orlando Pirates
Itumeleng Khune - Kaizer Chiefs
Bevan Fransman - Hapoel Tel Aviv
Siboniso Gaxa - Lierse
Morgan Gould - Supersport
Tsepo Masilela - Maccabi Haifa
Anele Ngcongca - Genk
Keegan Ritchie - Moroka Swallows
Siyabonga Sangweni - Golden Arrows
Siyanda Xulu - Mamelodi Sundowns
Daylon Claasen - Lierse
Kagisho Dikgacoi - Fulham
Andile Jali - Orlando Pirates
Thanduyise Khuboni - Golden Arrows
Reneilwe Letsholonyane - Kaizer Chiefs
Teko Modise - Orlando Pirates
Matthew Pattison - Mamelodi Sundowns
Steven Pienaar - Everton
Siphiwe Tshabalala - Kaizer Chiefs
Kermit Erasmus - Supersport
Sthembiso Ngcobo - Kaizer Chiefs
Bernard Parker - Twente
Davide Somma - Leeds


Mexico is set to take a page out of US Soccer's book. And the haters can suck on this.

Not only has Mexico decided to put all their focus on next summer's Gold Cup by not sending their A-Squad to the Copa America, they won't even send their head coach. All hands will be on deck for the CONCACAF Championship and a trip to the next Confederations Cup for the winner.

You see, they know how much the USA got out of the Confed Cup in 2007, and they want a piece of that pie. Mexico will instead send their U23 team to Copa America.

And all the so called genius's trashed coach Bob Bradley for doing that exact same thing 3+ years ago. Believe me, it paid off. And US Soccer would do the same thing again if the sitch arose.


"There’s no excuses. We were out-played, beat on most matchups on the field, and we were out-coached."
-Los Angeles head coach Bruce Arena on his team getting routed by FC Dallas at home in the MLS Cup semifinal.


Matches & Scores
-Sat Nov 13
Juventus 1-1 Roma - 1 points apiece for two big name teams hoping to return to glory, and both are just out of the top 3 Champions League spots.
Barcelona Villarreal - #2 v #3, as the top 3 are pulling away from the rest, and Villa wants very much to stay up top.
-Sun Nov 14
Inter Milan 0-1 AC Milan - The Milan derby sees Ibrahimovic get revenge on his old team with a PK goal, then Milan hung on with 10 men. Inter under Benitez are already proving to be a joke.


Hey ESPN! Where is your coverage of the OTHER MLS semifinal? We see the articles on LA v Dallas. But what about Colorado v San Jose? Not worth your time? You are only broadcasting the Final. Why do I have to keep calling these people out. At least this time I did it with a less personal approach (which was ill advised.)



Who is going to be the next head coach of Chivas USA? I hear it might be the one and only Eric Wynalda! Whadda ya think of that? How about Robin Fraser??



The Washington Post fills us in the search for a new DCU head coach.


DCU released forward Danny Allsopp today, after one mediocre season.


How did our 2 Minnesota teams fare in their first ever US Soccer Development Academy League games this past weekend?

-Sat Nov 13
Chicago Magic 0-2 Minnesota Thunder Academy - MTA goals by Mahdi Muse & Ismaila Jome.
Chicago Fire 1-0 Shattuck-St Mary's
-Sun Nov 14
Chicago Magic 1-2 Shattuck-St Mary's
Chicago Fire 3-1 Minnesota Thunder Academy - MTA goal by (unknown).
-Sat Nov 13
Chicago Fire 2-1 Shattuck-St Mary's
Chicago Magic 0-3 Minnesota Thunder Academy - MTA goals by Gerald Ben, Eric Miller & Thomas Obarski.
-Sun Nov 14
Chicago Magic 2-2 Shattuck-St Mary's
Chicago Fire 1-1 Minnesota Thunder Academy - MTA goal by Nick Forsgren.


And Coming Up next weekend, the 2 Minnesota team's play their first ever home games at Macalester College (MTA) and Shattuck St Mary's Sports Complex:
-Sat Nov 20
Minnesota Thunder Academy v FC Milwaukee - 2pm
Shattuck-St Mary's v Sockers FC - 2:30pm
-Sun Nov 21
Shattuck-St Mary's v FC Milwaukee - 11:30am
Minnesota Thunder Academy v Sockers FC - 2pm
-Sat Nov 20
Minnesota Thunder Academy v FC Milwaukee - 12 noon
Shattuck-St Mary's v Sockers FC - 12 noon
-Sun Nov 21
Shattuck-St Mary's v FC Milwaukee - 9am
Minnesota Thunder Academy v Sockers FC - 12 noon


Doctors told Maurice Edu that his knee injury is not serious, and he will miss about 2 weeks. Its been over 1 already since he got injured.


The Washington Post reports that criminal files have been charged against the driver of the car in the Charlie Davies accident that happened a year ago mid October.


Stuart Holden got the game winning goal for Bolton. His first in the Premier League.


Michael Bradley scored for Gladbach as they went from the worst team in the league to the second to the last worst team in the league. (The beat the new bottom dwellers.)


Steve Cherundolo was ejected after 2 yellow cards.


Frank Simek & Mike Grella are playing every game now for Carlisle and the team has climbed to 4th place in the England's third division.


Jonathan Spector was at least on the bench this week for West Ham.


Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

BELGIUM - Pro League
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht - came on as a sub in the dying minutes of stoppage time, found a way to grab a yellow card, but they won 1-2 at #1 Genk. Anderlecht are #2 but just 2 points now at the mid-point of the season.

DENMARK - Superliga
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - back in the first 11 and going all the way as they won 2-1 at home over Lyngby.

ENGLAND - Premier League
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - played the entirety of a scoreless road tie at Newcastle.
Brad Friedel - Aston Villa - went the distance but gave up a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 at home to Manchester United.
Marcus Hahnemann - Wolverhampton - played the entire game but lost at home 2-3 to Bolton.
Stuart Holden - Bolton - played the whole game and scored what proved to be the game winner 2-3 at Wolverhampton.
Tim Howard - Everton - in goal as usual but they lost 1-2 at home to Arsenal.
Eddie Johnson - Fulham - a 90th minute sub in a scoreless road draw at Newcastle.
Eric Lichaj - Aston Villa - came on as a sub in the 88th minute to help salvage a tie 2-2 at home against Manchester United.

ENGLAND - Championship League
Conor Doyle - Derby County - came on in the 85th minute but they lost 2-0 at Leicester.

ENGLAND - League One
Mike Grella - Carlisle United - played the whole 90 as they won 3-2 at home over Southampton.
Frank Simek - Carlisle United - also played the whole 90 as they won 3-2 at home over Southampton.

FRANCE - Ligue 1
Carlos Bocanegra - Saint Etienne - game at Valenciennes canceled due to poor weather.

GERMANY - Bundesliga
Michael Bradley - Monchengladbach - went the distance and scored the second goal as they won 0-4 at Koln. They moved from 18th to 17th over Koln.
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - started but got 2 yellow cards and was ejected in the 68th minute, but they hung on to win 0-1 at Mainz.
Jermaine Jones - Schalke - started and went 64 minutes as they drew 2-2 at Wolfsburg.

GERMANY - 2 Bundesliga
Luis Robles - Karlsruher - in goal yet again as they drew 1-1 at Erzgebirge Aue.
David Yelldell - Duisburg - went the distance as they drew 2-2 at Alemannia Aachen.

NETHERLANDS - Eerste Divisie
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - played the whole game but lost 1-2 at home again RKC Waalwijk.

NORWAY - Eliteserien - the season is now over
Erik Benjaminsen - Stabaek - finished in 12th place.
Steve Clark - Honefoss - finished in 14th place, and had to playoff to remain in the top division, did not play but they won 2-1.
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek - finished in 12th place.
Hunter Freeman - Start - finished in 8th place.
Clarence Goodson - Start - finished in 8th place.
Di Vita Jensen - Honefoss - finished in 14th place, and had to playoff to remain in the top division, started and played 81 minute as they won 2-1 at home.

RUSSIA - Premier Division
Yevgeni Starikov - FC Tom Tomsk - started, got a yellow card and went 81 mintues as they drew 1-1 at home against Alaniya Vladikavkaz.


Edgar Castillo & San Luis, and Herculez Gomez, Jose Torres, Marco Vidal & Pachuca all made the post season playoffs that begin on Wednesday.


Games Action: (only those that played are listed)

Edgar Castillo - San Luis - did not play, but San Luis did make the playoffs.
Herculez Gomez - Pachuca - did not play, but Tuzos did make the playoffs.
Sonny Guadarrama - Atlante - started and played 73 minutes as they drew 1-1 at Toluca. Atlante did not make the playoffs.
Sammy Ochoa - Estudiantes Tecos - came on as a sub in the 85th minute but they lost 1-0 at Santos Laguna. Tecos did not make the playoffs.
Miguel Ponce - Guadalajara - went the distance as they won 2-3 at Monterrey. Chivas did not make the playoffs.
Jose Torres - Pachuca - went the full 90 as they won 1-2 at Necaxa. Tuzos did make the playoffs.
Marco Vidal - Pachuca - came on as a sub in the 55th minute as they won 1-2 at Necaxa. Tuzos did make the playoffs.


This weekend brought us the last round of the Apertura before the Playoffs.

And big names and recent champs like Guadalajara, Tigres, Toluca & Necaxa are OUT!

While a couple of minnows like Chiapas & San Luis are IN!

The playoffs start on Wednesday.


Final Regular Season Standings:
IN-39 Cruz Azul
IN-32 Monterrey
IN-30 Santos Laguna
IN-27 America
IN-26 San Luis
IN-25 Jaguares - Sat Nov 13 D 1-1 at Queretaro
IN-25 Pachuca - Fri Nov 12 W 1-2 at Necaxa
IN-25 Pumas - Sun Nov 14 W 0-1 at America
OUT-24 Tigres - Sat Nov 13 D 2-2 at Atlas
OUT-22 Toluca - Sun Nov 14 D 1-1 v Atlante
OUT-22 Guadalajara - Sun Nov 14 W 2-3 v Monterrey
OUT-21 Morelia - Sun Nov 14 D 3-3 v Puebla
OUT-19 Queretaro
OUT-19 Puebla
OUT-16 Necaxa
OUT-16 Atlante
OUT-15 Tecos
OUT-13 Atlas


Laguilla (Playoffs)
Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Wed Nov 17
UNAM Pumas v Cruz Azul Cementeros
Chiapas Jaguares v Santos Laguna
-Thu Nov 18
Pachuca Tuzos v Monterrey Rayados
San Luis Gladiadores v America Aguilas
2nd Leg
-Sat Nov 20
Cruz Azul Cementeros v UNAM Pumas
Santos Laguna v Chiapas Jaguares
-Sun Nov 21
Monterrey Rayados v Pachuca Tuzos
America Aguilas v San Luis Gladiadores


Caribbean Cup 2010 - Here are the last 2 dates of the Group Stage.


The last of the Group Stage Matches & Scores:
-Fri Nov 12
Suriname 3-3 Cuba
Antigua 0-0 Barbuda v Dominica
-Sun Nov 14
Dominica 0-5 Suriname
Antigua 0-0 Barbuda v Cuba


There is another group stage and then the knock-out rounds through to the Final that will all be played in Fort-de-France, Martinique from Nov 26 - Dec 5.

Group H
Trinidad & Tobago
Group I
Antigua & Barbuda


Matches & Scores:
-Fri Nov 26
Trinidad & Tobago v Cuba
Martinique v Grenada
-Sat Nov 27
Guyana v Guadaloupe
Jamaica v Antigua & Barbuda
-Sun Nov 28
Grenada v Trinidad & Tobago
Martinique v Cuba
-Mon Nov 29
Antigua & Barbuda v Guyana
Guadaloupe v Jamaica
-Tue Nov 30
Cuba v Grenada
Martinique v Trinidad & Tobago
-Wed Dec 1
Guadaloupe v Antigua & Barbuda
Guyana v Jamaica


-Fri Dec 3
Winner H v Runner Up I
Winner I v Runner Up H

3rd Place
-Sun Dec 5
Semifinal Losers

-Sun Dec 5
Semifinal Winners


du Nord recap: Despite losing badly at home Chelsea are still in first place, but with a win at Everton Arsenal move up to 2nd within two points of the lead. Man U & Man City both dropped another 2 points and are in 3rd and 4th respectively. #5 Bolton is only 6 points ahead of #18 Birmingham. Wolves & West Ham are already looking doomed.


Sachin Nakrani of the Guardian with five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend.


du Nord recap: Real Madrid won on the road and Barca won at home over #3 Villarreal so the top 2 just pulled away from the pack. And while a few other teams are decent (Valencia, Sevilla, Espanyol & Atletico Madrid), the rest are all closer to being egg sucking dogs than good teams.


Sid Lowe of the Guardian tells us even though Real Madrid won the match, Sporting Gijon manager Manolo Preciado got the last word in on Jose Mourinho, and the rest of the round in the Primera.


Phil Ball of Soccernet on simply third best Villarreal, and a review of the rest of la Liga.


du Nord recap: the amazing Brest stays in first place with a tie, while 3 teams jump over Rennes who lost again and fall to 5th place - Lille goes to #2, Montpellier at #3 and Paris St Germain up to #4. Thought to be contenders Marseille tied, as both Lyon and Bordeaux won.


du Nord recap: Dortmund's train kept a rollin' all night long with another win, and now a 7 point lead over new #2 Leverkusen who won as well. Mainz dropped further back with another loss, and Bayern gained a few more places up to 6th with an easy win.


Raphael Honigstein of the Guardian on the big surprise from Bayer Leverkusen (2nd place), and the rest of the round in the Bundesliga.


du Nord recap: A great weekend in Serie A with the top six teams facing each other. Milan beat Inter to stay at #1, while #2 Lazio beat #3 Napoli! #4 Juve tied #6 Roma, and Inter fell to #5 and now have a record of 5 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses in the league. (They had 10 draws and 4 losses in all of last year. Putting them on course this season for 16 draws and at least 6 losses. Brutal.)


Paolo Bandini of the Guardian on Milan & Zlatan, lame-ass Inter, and the latest round from Serie A.


Only 2 qualifiers this week. Everyone is playing friendlies, see below, until next spring when we get the next full docket of games.

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Nov 17
Croatia v Malta
Finland v San Marino


Group Standings


Qualifying then takes a big break until Mar 25.


The 2011 Copa America will kick off on Jul 1.

The 10 CONMEBOL teams will be joined by guests Mexico and Japan.

The 3 groups were drawn yesterday. Here they are:

ARGENTINA does a Q & A with Lionel Messi about the national team.


2 important qualifiers on the books this week.

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Nov 17
Botswana v Tunisia
Togo v Chad


Group Standings


There are boatloads of games going down this week, with only pride at stake.

Matches & Scores:

-Tue Nov 16
Scotland v Faroe Islands
Saudi Arabia v Uganda
Indonesia v Philippines
Jordan v Cyprus
-Wed Nov 17
Sweden v Germany
England v France
Portugal v Spain
Argentina v Brazil
Netherlands v Turkey
South Africa v USA
Romania v Italy
Switzerland v Ukraine
Ireland v Norway
Austria v Greece
Poland v Cote d'Ivoire
Hong Kong v Paraguay
Denmark v Czech Republic
Luxembourg v Algeria
Iraq v Kuwait
Ecuador v Venezuela
Panama v Honduras
N Ireland v Morocco
Russia v Belgium
Montenegro v Azerbaijan
Chile v Uruguay
Albania v Macedonia
Slovenia v Georgia
China v Latvia
Bulgaria v Serbia
Senegal v Gabon
Egypt v Australia
Iran v Nigeria
Hungary v Lithuania
Israel v Iceland
Slovakia v Bosnia-Herzegovina
Oman v Belarus
Jamaica v Costa Rica
Mozambique v Zimbabwe
Colombia v Peru
Guinea v Burkina Faso
Cape Verde Islands v Guinea-Bissau
Guyana v Guatemala
Malawi v Rwanda
Libya v Niger
Saudi Arabia v Ghana
Botswana v Tunisia
Qatar v Haiti
Mali v Congo DR
Estonia v Liechtenstein
-Thu Nov 18
UAE v India


Did you see Manny Pacquiao make mincemeat out of that creep Antonio Margarito on Saturday night in boxing?? It brought joy to my cold heart. And that is not easy. What was easy was the Pac-man's destruction of the cheater who could not load his gloves with plaster this time around. And what got my blood boiling even more was seeing that ugly video clip last week of Margarito and his boys mocking Pacquiao's trainer Freddy Roach over his Parkinsons Disease. Those cheap pea-brains made fun of Roach by stuttering and shaking, then laughing their sorry asses off in front of TV cameras. You think Manny gave Margo some extra bashing because of that. You can bet on it. If you have never seen 8 weight class champion Manny Pacquiao fight, do yourself a favor and You Tube him. Its a thing of beauty.


Anonymous Joe the curmudgeon said...

Methinks ESPN and Fox Soccer Channel don't like each other very much. Unfortunately, the only ones that lose are the fans and MLS itself.

8:12 PM  
Anonymous Humberto said...

isnt it a fifa requirement that Mexico send a team based on U-23 for the Copa America?
and if so, would that pretty much force you into what Mexico is doing?

10:47 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

That's news to me that FIFA is making them send their U23 team. The other guest country is Japan. Do they have to send their U23 team as well?

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Beau said...

If only Joe Son knew Combat Ki.

3:24 PM  
Anonymous humberto said...

apparently, the rules are from concacaf, not fifa. see link:

i read the article from a mexican source, this is the first article that came up on a google search.

7:45 AM  

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