Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Some News for Wed Nov 3, 2010

STARTERS

The du Nord 2010 MLS Best 11. See it here!

TAYLOR TWELLMAN RETIRES

Due lingering damage from concussions, one of the leagues most prolific goal scorers has been forced to retire way too early. He is 30 years old.

Watch the press conference of Twellman's announcement.

Three writers know him as good as anyone:
-Frank Dell'Apa of the Boston Globe
-Kyle McCarthy of the Boston Herald
-Greg Lalas of MLSsoccer.com

Twellman impressively scored 29 goals for the 1860 Munich reserves, 101 goals for the New England Revolution, 6 goals for the USA, and 6 goals for USA youth teams.

In late July 2009 du Nord did a Q & A with Twellman. Conducted by Paul Demko.

Trivia: Twellman was born right here in my city, Minneapolis, while his father was a member of our Minnesota Kicks of the old NASL.

MLS PLAYOFFS

Matches & Scores:
2nd Leg
-Thu Nov 4
New York Red Bulls v San Jose Earthquakes (1-0) - 7pm Central on ESPN2
Venue: Red Bull Arena - Harrison NJ
-Sat Nov 6
Columbus Crew v Colorado Rapids (0-1) - 3pm Central on Telefutura
Venue: Crew Stadium - Columbus OH
Real Salt Lake v FC Dallas (1-2) - 9pm Central on FSC
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium - Sandy UT
-Sun Nov 7
Los Angeles Galaxy v Seattle Sounders FC (1-0) - 8pm Central on ESPN2
Venue: The Home Depot Center - Carson CA

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GENERAL NEWS

Tobias Lopez of Sports Illustrated previews the 2nd Leg matches.

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Leander Schaerlaeckens of ESPN previews NY v SJE and CC v CR.

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Jeff Carlisle of ESPN previews LA v SS and RSL v FCD.

COLUMBUS CREW

The Buenos Aires Herald talks to Guillermo Barros Schelotto who says he wants to play another season in MLS after this one, then head home to coach.

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Shawn Mitchell of the Dispatch reports that none of the Crew's old duffers have any plans to retire after this season is over.

FC DALLAS

Steve Hunt at Fox Sports Southwest looks at who will replace suspended midfielder Atiba The Hun in the first 11.
-I think you have to go with Brek Shea

LOS ANGELES GALAXY

Kevin Baxter of the Times on David Beckham's desire to win MLS Cup.
-"It would definitely be one of the biggest things that I've ever won." He actually said that! He must have been riding the election day bullshit wave.

NEW YORK RED BULLS

Brian Lewis of the NY Post previews the Red Bulls big game.

REAL SALT LAKE

RSL is worried about a lingering knee injury to forward Alvaro Saborio that appears to be getting worse.

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James Edward of the Deseret News on RSL's powerhouse centerback Jamison Olave.

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Michael C Lewis of the Tribune on what RSL has to do to beat Dallas, already down 1 goal.

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES

Clemente Lisi of the US Soccer Players Assoc does a Q & A with Chris Wondolowski.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS

Joshua Mayers of the Times on Fredy Montero receiving his Green Card and the other international players on the team.

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Mayers also has a Q & A with coach Sigi Schmid after practice today.

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And finally Mayers writes about reserve centerback Tyrone Marshall who will be on the field against his old club LA if Jeff Parke can't go.

STORY OF THE DAY

Time Magazine has a great video report on soccer being used right here in Minneapolis to help Somali youth avoid returning to their homeland to take part in the civil war and a life of terrorism. (thanks to BQ for the heads up.)

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Matchday 4 (of the 6) in the Group Stage.

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Tuesdays round up: the champs Inter went down hard in London to Tottenham, Valencia stomped Rangers, Man U cruised and Barca could only get 1 point.

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The whole world has gone Gareth Bale crazy.

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Rob Hughes of the NY Times on Tottenham's big big win and the rest of the days games.

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No one secured a birth berth in the knock out stages yesterday. [Thanks to everyone who corrected my usage of words - only I could pull this one off.]

But Bayern, Chelsea, Real Madrid & Arsenal could all clinch a spot in the knock out stages on Wednesday.

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Matches and Scores:
-Tue Nov 2
Tottenham 3-1 Inter - Tot goals by Rafael Van Der Vaart, Peter Crouch & Roman Pavlyuchenko. Int goal by Samuel Eto'o.
Werder Bremen 0-2 Twente - Twe goals by Nacer Chadli & Luuk de Jong.
Hapoel Tel-Aviv 0-0 Schalke
Benfica 4-3 Lyon - Ben goals by Alan Kardec, Fabio Coentrao(2) & Javi Garcia. Lyo goals by Yoann Gourcuff, Bafetimbi Gomis & Dejan Lovren.
Valencia 3-0 Rangers - Val goals by Roberto Soldado(2) & Tino Costa.
Bursaspor 0-3 Manchester United - MU goals by Darren Fletcher, Gabriel Obertan & Bebe.
Rubin Kazan 0-0 Panathinaikos
Kobenhavn 1-1 Barcelona - Kob goal by Claudemir. Bar goal by Lionel Messi.

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Commentary on the Wednesday games will appear tomorrow, but here are the outcomes:

-Wed Nov 3
Basel 2-3 Roma - Bas goals by Alexander Frei & Xherdan Shaqiri. Rom goals by Jeremy Menez, Francesco Totti(PK) & Leandro Greco.
Cluj 0-4 Bayern - BM goals by Mario Gomez(3) & Thomas Muller.
Chelsea 4-1 Spartak Moskva - Che goals by Nicolas Anelka, Didier Drogba(PK) & Branislav Ivanovic.
Zilina 0-7 Marseille - Mar goals by Andre-Pierre Gignac(3), Gabriel Heinze, Loic Remy & Lucho Gonzalez(2).
Auxerre 2-1 Ajax - Aux goals by Frederic Sammaritanno & Steeven Langil. Aja goal by Alderweireld.
Milan 2-2 Real Madrid - Mil goals both by Super Pippo. RM goals by Gonzalo Higuain & Pedro Leon
Partizan 0-1 Braga - Bra goal by Moises.
Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 Arsenal - SD goals by Dmytro Chygrynskiy & Eduardo. Ars goal by Theo Walcott.

Group Standings

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Now, there’s been some chatter around Omar [Bravo, the team's recent Designate Player signing] and whether or not he wants to be in Kansas City. A lot of that I think is comments taken out of context, but we are going to spend a bunch of time with him between now and training camp to make sure he wants to be here. If for whatever reason he doesn’t want to be, then we’re not going to bring him in. We’ll make sure we do our due diligence and everything is great before we bring him in."
-Robb Heinemann, president of the Kansas City Wizards. See full Q & A in team section below.

NOMINEES FOR OFFICIAL MLS POST SEASON AWARDS

We have our first 4 post season award winners today:

Rookie of the Year
Danny Mwanga (Philadelphia Union)
Andy Najar (D.C. United) - WINNER
Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)

Goalkeeper of the Year
Kevin Hartman (FC Dallas)
Donovan Ricketts (LA Galaxy) - WINNER
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Individual Fair Play Award
C.J. Brown (Chicago Fire)
Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union) - WINNER
Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Team Fair Play Award
Chicago Fire
Philadelphia Union
San Jose Earthquakes - WINNER

MLS TEAM & PLAYER NEWS

CD CHIVAS USA

The team has fired President & CEO Shawn Hunter.
-Under his regime, little has change in the team's performance on and off the field - they are still poor at both. Despite a couple years making the playoffs, they never seemed a threat.
-Remember, the team is also searching for a new head coach.

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Luis Bueno of the Press Enterprise takes the team's braintrust to task.

DC UNITED

The team gives us a Q & A with the league's Rookie of the Year - Andy Najar.

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Jeff Maurer of the Washington Post with part 1 of his DCU post season obituary.

KANSAS CITY WIZARDS

Andrew Wiebe of MLSsoccer.com does a 2 part Q & A with KCW team president Robb Heineman.
Part 1
Part 2
-The other topic I would have liked to see addressed is the status of the manager.

PHILADELPHIA UNION

Kerith Gabriel of the Daily News reports that team president Tom Veit has left the team.
-It looks as though he will not be replaced but rather CEO Nick Sakiewicz will absorb the role.

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Marc Narducci of the Inquirer reviews season 1 of the Union.

TORONTO FC

Daniel Girard of The Star on the official announcement from TFC that the team has signed a deal for Jurgen Klinsmann and his company SoccerSolutions to become a consultant for them.

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC

Bruce Constantineau of the Sun reports that the team will sign their D2 goalkeeper Jay Nolly.

MLS POST SEASON AWARDS

Greg Seltzer at Soccer 365 hands out his individual awards and his Best 11.

MLS RUMORS

Michael Owen says he wants to play in MLS. Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaak [hairball].

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Metrofanatic tells us what they think of Torsten Frings dream of playing for the Red Bulls!

SOCCER IN AMERICA

Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated answers your important and timely soccer questions.

AMERICANS IN EUROPE

The Washington Post passes along a report that Clarence Goodsoon is about to change clubs from Start in Norway to Brondby in Denmark.

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Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE - Group Stage
Maurice Edu - Rangers - Tue Nov 2 - L 3-0 at Valencia - started and played 84 minutes.
Jermaine Jones - Schalke - Tue Nov 2 - D 0-0 at Hapoel Tel Aviv - remains out with ankle injury.

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Coming Up: (all possible players are listed)

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE - Group Stage
Jozy Altidore - Villarreal - Thu Nov 4 at PAOK
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht - Thu Nov 4 at AEK Athens

MEXICO

Rob Hughes of the NY Times with a feature story on the player being called a sensation in England - Javier Hernandez.

THE CARIBBEAN

Caribbean Cup 2010 - Group Stage

Matches & Scores:
-Tue Nov 2
Haiti 0-0 Guyana
Trinidad & Tobago 6-2 St Vincent & Grendadines
-Thu Nov 4
St Vincent & Grendadines v Haiti
Trinidad & Tobago v Guyana
-Sat Nov 6
Trinidad & Tobago v Haiti
Guyana v St Vincent & Grendadines
-Nov 10
Cuba v Dominica
Antigua & Barbuda v Suriname
-Nov 12
Suriname v Cuba
Antigua & Barbuda v Dominica
-Nov 14
Dominica v Suriname
Antigua & Barbuda v Cuba

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Groups & Standings

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The knock-out rounds will all be played in Fort-de-France, Martinique from Nov 26 - Dec 5.

EUROPE

Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian introduces us to the Arsene Wenger of Ukraine.

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE

The next round will be played on Thu Nov 4.
-Matches & Scores
-Group Standings

2 Comments:

Anonymous wes said...

So the hat trick didn't blow your mind (understandably), but you have to feel a little bit of the Gareth Bale fever, right?
I mean, he made Maicon look like an amateur.

8:49 AM  
Blogger Josh Turner said...

Secured a birth? That made me spit out my coffee! :)

Interesting factoid... in the movie "Once in a Lifetime" about the Cosmos, there is a passage about how Pele was routinely hacked by infinitely inferior players. The footage at that point is someone fouling Pele with the name Twellman on his jersey!

12:29 PM  

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