Friday, January 07, 2011

Some Words for Fri Jan 7, 2010

STARTERS

The Associated Press is reporting that the USA will play Argentina on Mar 26 at the New Meadowlands Stadium (again.) Thanks to Grant for the info.

dN

The Asian Cup started today with hosts Qatar losing to Uzbekistan. More info below in the Asia section.

STORY OF THE DAY

My friends-in-football at the Chicago Fire Independent Supporters Association (aka Section 8) has donated over $10,000 to charity from fund raising events in 2010. Stunning work! Incredible. I am proud to know people this good.

TEAM USA

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.

dN

US Soccer tells us that Yevgeni (Eugene) Starikov of Tom Tomsk in Russia has been added to the USA training camp group. He is a forward.
-He was on my initial list of players that I thought could have been called in to camp but were not, so its exciting to see him get the chance.

dN

Official team blog
-Q & A with AJ DeLaGarza.
-Dax McCarty takes to the keyboard to tell us how its all going. (Don't you wish I had written Dax McCarty takes to the keyboard to play some Kraftwerk covers!)

dN

Match & Score:
-Sat Jan 22
USA v Chile - 8pm Central on TV tbd.
Venue: Home Depot Center, Carson CA

dN

USA Roster
G:
Dominic Cervi - Celtic
Sean Johnson - Chicago Fire
Matt Pickens - Colorado Rapids
Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake
D:
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
M:
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
F:
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

BIG EUROPEAN CLUB MATCHES COMING UP THIS WEEKEND

Matches, Scores & Synopsis:
-Sun Jan 9
Manchester United v Liverpool - the old rivals meet in the FA Cup
Napoli v Juventus - #3 v #5 sees two teams desperately trying to stay in the race
Real Madrid v Villarreal - #2 v #3 and even though there is no chase for the 2nd spot, Villa would like bragging rights

PICTURE OF THE DAY

My friend-in-football Carl gave me this fantastic commemorative scarf from a Champions League game he attended last spring - Inter Milan v CSKA Moscow. I love it. (click to enlarge)







PODCASTS

The Soccer Show on The Fan 590 in Toronto had new TFC player development director Paul Mariner as one of their guests. Download or listen here.

MLS/USA & RELATED RUMORS

Those stories linking Nuno Gomes to New England are running again.

MLS TEAM & PLAYER NEWS

General News

Mark Young of ESPN wonders why MLS lets so many young American players go outside the league to play.

CHICAGO FIRE

Len Ziehm of the Sun Times on the team's draft day needs.

dN

Orriz Schwarz of the Daily Herald on the team's big rebuilding project.

DC UNITED

The team has released forward Pablo Hernandez after they failed to reach a new deal with him and his former team.

dN

They also re-signed defensive midfielder Kurt Morsink, and picked up free agent defender Daniel Woolard who played for the Carolina Railhawks last season.

HOUSTON DYNAMO

Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Chronicle checks out the 3 areas on the field that the Dynamo needs to shore up the most.
-A couple other notes from Ortiz.

SPORTING KANSAS CITY SC

Former KC and Nigeria defender Uche Okafor has passed away. Very sad news. He will be in our thoughts today.
-He was coaching youth soccer in the Dallas area.

PHILADELPHIA UNION

James Clark of the Press of Atlantic City wonders where Michael Orozco Fiscal fits best on the Union backline.

TORONTO FC

John Molinaro of the CBC on what the expectations for TFC in 2011 should be.

dN

The National Post reports that everything is now hunky dory between TFC and Dwayne DeRosario.
-Yeah, right.

NSC MINNESOTA STARS

Brian Quarstad of NSC does a Q & A with new Stars CEO Djorn Buchholz.

AMERICANS IN EUROPE

After losing a year of his career to injuries Chris Rolfe is finally ready to get on the field when their season resumes on Mar 5. Here's a report from the his team AAB's website (in Danish.) Thanks to Henrik for the info.

dN

Coming Up: (all possible players are listed)

FA Cup - 3rd Round
-Sat Jan 8
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - v Peterborough United
Brad Friedel - Aston Villa - at Sheffield United
Mike Grella - Carlisle United - at Torquay United
Brad Guzan - Hull City - v Wigan
Marcus Hahnemann - Wolverhampton - at Doncaster Rovers
Stuart Holden - Bolton - v York City
Tim Howard - Everton - at Scunthorpe United
Eddie Johnson - Fulham - v Peterborough United
Eric Lichaj - Aston Villa - at Sheffield United
Frank Simek - Carlisle United - at Torquay United
Jonathan Spector - West Ham - v Barnsley
Zak Whitbread - Norwich - v Leyton Orient
-Mon Jan 10
Conor Doyle - Derby County - at Crawley Town
-Tue Jan 11
Jon-Paul Pittman - Wycombe - v Hereford United/Lincoln City winner (game on Sat Jan 8)

AMERICANS IN MEXICO

Coming Up:

PRIMERA DIVISION
Isaac Acuna - Queretaro - Fri Jan 7 v Tigres UANL
Daniel Antunez - Estudiantes Tecos - Fri Jan 7 at Cruz Azul
Jonathan Bornstein - Tigres UANL - Fri Jan 7 at Queretaro
Edgar Castillo - Puebla - Sun Jan 9 v Guadalajara
Herculez Gomez - Pachuca - Sun Jan 9 at America
Sonny Guadarrama - Atlante - Sat Jan 8 at Santos Laguna
Sammy Ochoa - Estudiantes Tecos - Fri Jan 7 at Cruz Azul
Miguel Ponce - Guadalajara - Sun Jan 9 at Puebla
Jose Torres - Pachuca - Sun Jan 9 at America

LIGA DE ASCENSO (2nd Div)
Joe Benny Corona - Tijuana - Fri Jan 7 at Universidad Guadalajara
Joaquin Hernandez - Indios - off this round
Marco Vidal - Leon - Sat Jan 8 v Atlante II

MEXICO

Mexico's 2011 Primera Clausura season kicks off on Friday with Necaxa hosting Jaguares. Here is the full schedule for opening weekend.

dN

Soccer 365 with a good season preview.

dN

Matches & Scores:
-Fri Jan 7
Necaxa v Chiapas Jaguares
-Sat Jan 8
Cruz Azul v Estudiantes Tecos
Queretaro v UANL Tigres
Monterrey v San Luis
Santos Laguna v Atlante
Atlas v Morelia
-Sun Jan 9
Toluca v UNAM Pumas
Puebla v Guadalajara
America v Pachuca

CONCACAF

Shaun Fuentes of Soccer 365 on Trinidad & Tobago building up the player development infrastructure of their football federation.

CENTRAL AMERICA

Costa Rica - Primera Division:

The new season begins this weekend.

ENGLAND

AFP reports that Man U and Ireland legend Roy Keane has lost his 2nd managers job as he was fired by Ipswich Town today.

dN

Here are all the matches from the 3rd Round of the FA Cup which goes down this weekend.

dN

Gerry Cox at The Leader is very unhappy that his beloved Tottenahm is looking more and more likely to leave their home base White Hart Lane to move to the site of the new Olympic Stadium six of seven miles south and east in the heart of West Ham turf.

ITALY

Juve has signed long time Italian striker Luca Toni.

ASIA

Asian Cup
Jan 7-29
Qatar

dN

The Uzbeks start the tourney off with a win over the hosts. Were are off and running.
-Will you be watching any of the matches?? Where?

dN

Group Stage
Matches & Scores:
-Fri Jan 7
Qatar 0-2 Uzbekistan - Uzb goals by Odil Ahmedov & Server Djeparov.
-Sat Jan 8
Kuwait v China
-Sun Jan 9
Japan v Jordan
Saudi Arabia v Syria
-Mon Jan 10
India v Australia
S Korea v Bahrain
-Tue Jan 11
N Korea v UAE
Iraq v Iran
-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

8 Comments:

Anonymous wes said...

There would absolutely be one copy sold of Dax McCarty's Kraftwerk covers album (entitled 'I Was a Robot-Footballer'... sorry, I worked on a funny title for a solid three minutes and that's the best I could do).
That copy would be bought with absolute glee by you my friend, the only human being who loves Kraftwerk and McCarty equally.
Awesome.

5:08 PM  
Anonymous sasha said...

I'm glad to see that you are covering Liga de Ascenso and are tracking YA Joe Corona.

5:20 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

Sasha, as far as I know you are our Joe Corona correspondent! Please advise accordingly.

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Dan M. said...

it gives me endless joy to see stupid qatar losing to some other stupid scrub team proving how terrible they are.

yea, they TOTALLY deserve a world cup

6:02 PM  
Anonymous RP said...

Asian Cup tv coverage: http://www.oneworldsports.tv/afc2011/

3:54 PM  
Anonymous Sam S. said...

Dan M.,

Agreed.

Sincerely,

Sam S.

8:23 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

"Don't you wish I had written Dax McCarty takes to the keyboard to play some Kraftwerk covers!"

Not until you said it. But holy hell I sure do now.

1:37 PM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

Interesting, that 3 of those goalies on the US roster vs Chile have at one point been property of Chicago Fire. Pickens, Cervi, and Johnson.

We're always stacked with goaltending talent, apparently

11:17 AM  

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