Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Some News for Tue Jan 11, 2010


Edson Buddle has signed with Ingolstadt in the German Bundesliga 2.
-This is the kind of player that MLS should have done everything possible to keep. But instead he is another player who walked away on a free transfer. And to the second to the worst team in the German second division. Sad.


Oguchi Onyewu has left Milan on loan for the rest of the season to play for his old boss Michel Preudhomme at Twente in the Netherlands!
-Here's an article in the local newspaper Tubantia. (in Dutch)


Its been a huge couple of days for Jonathan Spector at West Ham. On Saturday he scored the winning goal to send them to the next round of the English FA Cup, and today he set up both of his teams goals as they won 2-1 in the 1st leg of the English League Cup Semifinals!


In a surprise to no one really, Lionel Messi has been named the winner of the 2010 FIFA Ballon D'or.
-Here is how the tabulation broke down, voter by voter. Very interesting to read. Thanks to Ethan for this.
-From the USA there were 3 voters and this is how they cast their ballots:
Carlos Bocanegra: 1 Xavi Hernandez, 2 Andres Iniesta, 3 Lionel Messi
Bob Bradley: 1 Xavi Hernandez, 2 Wesley Sneijder, 3 Lionel Messi
Paul Kennedy: 1 Xavi Hernandez, 2 Lionel Messi, 3 Wesley Sneijder


The USA game v Chile later this month will NOT be available on English language TV. You will be able to see it in Spanish on Telefutura, and in English on the internet at ESPN3.com. But if you are like me and have Qwest internet you don't get ESPN3.com.


Cobi Jones has left his assistant coaching position with the LA Galaxy to become the Associate Director of Soccer with the New York Cosmos. Big.
-The Cosmos appear more serious everyday about becoming that 20th team in MLS.
-Here's Cobi in a new shirt already.


The Philadelphia Union gets a shirt sponsor, and its Mexican bread company Bimbo. Its supposedly worth $12 million for a four year deal.


Thursday is the MLS SuperDraft in Baltimore.


Vancouver has the first overall pick, with Portland going next.


Vancouver has two first round choices, one of which they got from Toronto.


Steve Davis of Sports Illustrated previews.


Roxanna Scott of USA Today does a Q & A with Akron head coach Caleb Porter who has 5 players eligible for the draft.


The SuperDraft cherry-picking order for Round 1:
1 Vancounver Whitecaps FC
2 Portland Timbers
3 DC Untied
4 CD Chivas USA
5 Philadelphia Union
6 New England Revolution
7 Houston Dynamo
8 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (from TFC)
9 Chicago Fire SC
10 Sporting Kansas City
11 Seattle Sounders FC
12 Columbus Crew
13 New York Red Bulls
14 Real Salt Lake
15 San Jose Earthquakes
16 LA Galaxy corrected
17 FC Dallas
18 Colorado Rapids


And here is the order for subsequent rounds 2 & 3.


The annual January training camp for young and out-of season players with national team potential begins tomorrow Tue Jan 4 in Carson CA and ends with a friendly game on Sat Jan 22 at the Home Depot Center.


Official team blog
-Q & A with fullback Anthony Wallace.
-Dax McCarty's second chapter from camp.


Match & Score:
-Sat Jan 22
USA v Chile - 9pm Central on Telefutura & ESPN3.com.
Venue: Home Depot Center, Carson CA


USA Roster
Dominic Cervi - Celtic
Sean Johnson - Chicago Fire
Matt Pickens - Colorado Rapids
Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake
A.J. DeLaGarza - Los Angeles Galaxy
Sean Franklin - Los Angeles Galaxy
Omar Gonzalez - Los Angeles Galaxy
Ugo Ihemelu - FC Dallas
Zach Loyd - FC Dallas
Ryan Miller - Halmstads
Tim Ream - New York Red Bulls
Anthony Wallace - Colorado Rapids
Marvell Wynne - Colorado Rapids
Eric Alexander - FC Dallas
Alejandro Bedoya - Orebro
Sam Cronin - San Jose Earthquakes
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek
Jeff Larentowicz - Colorado Rapids
Dax McCarty - DC United
Brek Shea - FC Dallas
Juan Agudelo - New York Red Bulls
Justin Braun - Chivas USA
Teal Bunbury - Sporting Kansas City
Yevgeni (Eugene) Starikov - Zenit/Tom Tomsk
Chris Wondolowski - San Jose Earthquakes



The Fire has signed a really good one in attacking midfielder Daniel Paladini from the Carolina Railhawks. He was one of those rare 2nd division players who stepped on the field and made a big difference.


They also signed Josip Mikulic a 24 year old centerhalf from NK Zagreb.


New head coach Robin Fraser's first move was to release Salvadoran playmaker Osael Romero from the team.


The Crew has signed forward Tommy Heinemann from Carolina of the second division.
-He is a more aggressive, less talented, dark haired version of Steve Lenhart.


Steve Hunt writing for MLSsoccer.com reports that fullback Heath Pearce is now fully recovered from the hamstring injury that cut short his season last year.


The Washington Post with the latest on the team's struggles to find a permanent home stadium.


DCU has signed a loan deal to acquire 24 year old defender (I don't know his preferred spot) Rodrigo Brasesco from Racing Club in Uruguay.


Jose Ortiz of the Chronicle reports that the team has signed left midfielder Josue Soto from their academy.


Charles Gooch of the Star has an article and new photos from construction on the Sporks new stadium.
-"...but they have built in to the plans a design that would allow them to expand the seating to about 25,000. On the south end (where the roof dramatically slopes downward), they would take the roof off, extend the pillars (there's a built in place to do this) and extend the roof to a uniform height. About 7,000 more seats can be added this way."


LA has traded a 1st Round pick in the SUPPLEMENTAL Draft to acquire forward Adam Cristman from DC.
-Basically that's a 4th rounder.


The Revs filled a much needed hole at left fullback with the signing of French veteran Didier Domi from Olympicos.
-But is 32 too old for an outside back?


Kyle McCarthy at MLSsoccer.com tells us more about the Revs 15 year old attacking prodigy Diego Fagundez.


Thierry Henry is again training at Arsenal in London getting his old man ass in shape for preseason.


TFC lost outside midfielder Nicolas Lindsey for most likely the full season after he suffered a bad knee injury that will require serious surgery. The team signed him last year from their academy.


The Caps hired former Chicago head & assistant coach Denis Hamlett as a new assistant coach on their staff.


The new team that will take the field in San Antonio for the 2012 season will be known as San Antonio Scorpions FC.
-With only 15 months until they kick off the team has nowhere to play, and no real prospects for home fields are obvious at this time.


Forward Darlington Nagbe of Akron won the 2010 Hermann Trophy given to the College Player Of The Year. Congrats to him. See him in MLS this season.


The team is holding another training camp right now (until the 13th) as they get closer to World Cup qualifying (early April.) This camp will run Jan 2-13 in Ft Lauderdale FL.


Jamie Hill of Yanks Abroad tell us about centerback Sebastien Ibeagha.

Brian Sciaretta also of Yanks Abroad writes about two more players, Bobby Woods and Kelyn Rowe.

And finally, Sciaretta on the 21 roster spots available.


Here is the roster.
Cody Cropper - Ipswich Town
Zac MacMath - Maryland
Brian Sylvestre - Vancouver Whitecaps
Gale Agbossoumonde - Estoril Praia
Greg Garza - Estoril Praia
Moises Hernandez - FC Dallas
Sacir Hot - Boston College
Sebastian Ibeagha - Duke
Perry Kitchen - Akron
Zarek Valentin - Akron
Korey Veeder - No team
Ethan White - DC United
Amobi Okugo - Philadelphia Union
Joe Gyau - Hoffenheim
Fabian Huerzeler - Bayern Munich
Sebastian Lletget - West Ham United
Alex Molano - Dinamo Zagreb
Moises Orozco - UANL Tigres
Dillon Powers - Notre Dame
Kelyn Rowe - UCLA
Conor Shanosky - DC United
Alex Zahavi - Maccabi Haifa
Juan Agudelo - New York Red Bulls
Conor Doyle - Derby County
Omar Salgado - No team
Bobby Wood - 1860 Munich


Jonathan Spector got the game winning goal again for West Ham!


Great to see Mo Edu back on the field for Rangers.


Game Action:

ENGLAND - FA Cup - 3rd Round
-Sat Jan 8
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - started and played 61 minutes as they won 6-2 v Peterborough United.
Brad Friedel - Aston Villa - in the goal as usual and they won 1-3 at Sheffield United.
Mike Grella - Leeds United - did not dress as they drew 1-1 at Arsenal.
Brad Guzan - Hull City - was not on the game day roster as they lost 2-3 v Wigan.
Marcus Hahnemann - Wolverhampton - went the distance as they drew 2-2 at Doncaster Rovers.
Stuart Holden - Bolton - still out with the thigh injury as they won 2-0 v York City.
Tim Howard - Everton - went the distance of a 1-5 win at Scunthorpe United.
Eddie Johnson - Fulham - on the bench but did not play as they won 6-2 v Peterborough United.
Eric Lichaj - Aston Villa - did not suit up as they won 1-3 at Sheffield United.
Frank Simek - Carlisle United - played the whole game getting a yellow card and losing 1-0 at Torquay United.
Jonathan Spector - West Ham - went the distance and scored the first goal as they won 2-0 v Barnsley.
Zak Whitbread - Norwich - went the full 90 but lost 0-1 v Leyton Orient.
-Mon Jan 10
Conor Doyle - Derby County - away from the team at USA U20 training camp as they lost 2-1 at Crawley Town.
-Tue Jan 11
Jon-Paul Pittman - Wycombe - did not dress as they lost 0-1 v Hereford United.

ENGLAND - League Cup - Semifinals - 1st Leg
Jonathan Spector - West Ham - Tue Jan 11 went the distance setting up both goals as they won 2-1 v Birmingham. The return leg is on Wed Jan 26.

SCOTLAND - Scottish Cup - 4th Round
Mo Edu - Rangers - Mon Jan 10 came on as a sub in the 67th min and they won 3-0 v Kilmarnock.


Games Action:

Isaac Acuna - Queretaro - Fri Jan 7 on the bench as they drew 2-2 v Tigres UANL.
Daniel Antunez - Estudiantes Tecos - Fri Jan 7 started but came out in the 68th min as they lost 4-1 at Cruz Azul.
Jonathan Bornstein - Tigres UANL - Fri Jan 7 out injured as they drew 2-2 at Queretaro.
Edgar Castillo - Puebla - Sun Jan 9 started but was subbed out at half time as they drew 1-1 v Guadalajara.
Herculez Gomez - Pachuca - Sun Jan 9 came on as a sub in the 69th min as they won 0-2 at America.
Sonny Guadarrama - Atlante - Sat Jan 8 came on as a sub in the 65th min but they lost 2-1 at Santos Laguna.
Sammy Ochoa - Estudiantes Tecos - Fri Jan 7 was not on the game day roster as they lost 4-1 at Cruz Azul.
Miguel Ponce - Guadalajara - Sun Jan 9 went the full 90 getting a yellow card as they drew 1-1 at Puebla.
Jose Torres - Pachuca - Sun Jan 9 did not dress as they won 0-2 at America.

Marco Vidal - Leon - Sat Jan 8 was not on the game day roster as they drew 1-1 v Atlante II.


The 7 country Central American (UNCAF) championship starts this Friday, hosted by Panama.


Panama won the 09 tourney.


Group A
El Salvador
Group B
Costa Rica

These groups are a joke, with the two best teams (by far) in the region in the small group and the third team in that group being decent.


Matches & Scores:
Group Stage
-Fri Jan 14
El Salvador v Nicaragua
Costa Rica v Honduras
Panama v Belize
-Sun Jan 16
Belize v El Salvador
Guatemala v Costa Rica
Panama v Nicaragua
-Tue Jan 18
Nicaragua v Belize
Honduras v Guatemala
Panama v El Salvador

-Fri Jan 21
A1 v B2
B1 v A2

-Sat Jan 23


Under immense pressure Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson resigned last week, and was replaced by legendary player Kenny Dalglish.


Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian wonders if Kenny Dalglish has the tactical acumen to be relevant in today's game.


Gabriel Marcotti of the Wall Street Journal does not see Dalglish as having the goods to get the job done.


1st leg
-Tue Jan 11
West Ham 2-1 Birmingham
-Wed Jan 12
Ipswich v Arsenal
2nd Leg
-Tue Jan 25
Arsenal v Ipswich
-Wed Jan 26
Birmingham v West Ham


Sid Lowe of the Guardian says Real Madrid were lucky winners, and the rest of the weekend in La Liga.


And Sid Lowe writing for Sports Illustrated tells us why the run of dominance by Barca and Real Madrid will not come to an end any time soon.


1st Leg
-Wed Jan 12
Villarreal v Sevilla
Barcelona v Real Betis
-Thu Jan 13
Almeria v Deportivo la Coruna
Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid


Paolo Bandini of the Guardian on Edindon Cavani's big game for Napoli and the rest of the weekend in Serie A.


Inter has won both games under new head coach Leonardo, but still sit in 7th place and 11 points behind league leaders Milan. However, they have two games in hand and if they win both it would vault them up to 3rd place and just 5 points out. The next game is at home on Sat v Bologna.


Tim Vickery of the BBC previews the CONMEBOL U20 Championship.
-Where tomorrow's stars are born.


Asian Cup
Jan 7-29


Favorites Japan were held to a 1-1 draw by Jordan on Sunday in their opening game.

The other two favorites, Australia and S Korea, both won on Monday.


Group Stage
Matches & Scores:
-Fri Jan 7
Qatar 0-2 Uzbekistan - Uzb goals by Odil Ahmedov & Server Djeparov.
-Sat Jan 8
Kuwait 0-2 China - Chi goals by Zhang Linpeng & Deng Zhuoxiang.
-Sun Jan 9
Japan 1-1 Jordan - Jap goal by Maya Yoshida. Jor goal by Hassan Abdel Fattah.
Saudi Arabia 1-2 Syria - SA goal by Taisir Al Jassim. Syr goals both by Abdelrazaq Al Hussain.
-Mon Jan 10
India 0-4 Australia - Aus goals by Tim Cahill(2), Harry Kewel & Brett Holman.
S Korea 2-1 Bahrain - SK goals both by Ja-Cheol Koo. Bah goal by Fawzi Mubarak.
-Tue Jan 11
N Korea 0-0 UAE
Iraq 1-2 Iran - q goal by Younis Mahmoud. n goals by Gholamreza Rezaei & Iman Mobali.
-Wed Jan 12
Uzbekistan v Kuwait
China v Qatar
-Thu Jan 13
Jordan v Saudi Arabia
Syria v Japan
-Fri Jan 14
Australia v S Korea
Bahrain v India
-Sat Jan 15
Iran v N Korea
UAE v Iraq
-Sun Jan 16
China v Uzbekistan
Qatar v Kuwait
-Mon Jan 17
Jordan v Syria
Saudi Arabia v Japan
-Tue Jan 18
Australia v Bahrain
S Korea v India
-Wed Jan 19
UAE v Iran
Iraq v N Korea


Blogger geoffersen said...

1) I hope you're feeling better.

2) Doesn't the USA-Chile match start at 9pm Central? 7pm Pacific / 10pm Eastern?

11:47 PM  
Blogger The AMT said...

One thing about the SuperDraft: DC did not get LA's first round pick. They got LA's first round supplemental draft pick in exchange for the rights to Adam Christman.

7:24 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

thanks geofferson - its actually medication i am on that is making me feel so insanely miserable, not an illness, so the heinousity continues for several more days. and thanks for the time correction on the usa game, you are right.

and the amt - thanks for the heads up on the draft order. who knows what i was thinking when i wrote that. always appreciated.

8:23 AM  
Blogger Martek said...

Glad you're feeling somewhat better Brucio.

I wouldn't worry so much about the Scorpions having nowhere to play in SA. There are actually several venues they CAn play if the STAR Complex is not ready in time.The place-to-play issue is a nonstarter.

The real issue is what Brian Quarstad pointed out, the challenge from the fact that eh Spurs group have the USL rights for the city. It could become a real internecine pissing match if they try to go up against Gordon Hartman over there. That could get real ugly real quick.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

Is Mike Grella back at Leeds now, rather than still on loan with Carlisle? Also, anyone have any word on what happened with Gale Agbossoumonde's trial with Djurgården? All the sites I'm reading still list him as being an Estoril player.

Sorry to hear you're battling your own meds, Bruce. Hang in there!

11:11 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

I dunno Jay

Grella is listed on the Leeds roster again and not on Carlisle's.

And I have heard nothing on The Boss.

12:49 PM  

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