Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Some News for Tue Feb 15, 2011

STARTERS

Chivas USA has bought fullback Heath Pearce and his glorious mustache from Dallas.






STORY OF THE DAY

Its now a day later and I am still extremely pissed off that NASL teams were excluded from the US Open Cup this year by US Soccer.

The reason given by US Soccer is that when the schedule was drawn up the NASL had lost their sanctioning, so they just weren't included.

My problem with this is that they new damn well that the NASL were not just going to stop bidding to have a leauge this year. I heard over and over that the two parties were in constant contact. Which means US Soccer knew NASL was making every effort to participate.

Couldn't they have simply drawn up two Open Cup plans, one with NASL and one without?

I don't like excuses like these. They are an easy cop-out. And in an era when we are all talking about giving every effort to promote the sport in our country, these things just make people disgruntled and wonder why we give so much in the first place.

Come on, bend a couple rules and make this happen. It cannot be that difficult of a task.

If I am wrong, then I would love to know why.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Sid Lowe of the Guardian on what Arsenal needs to know before taking on Barcelona.

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Kevin McCarra of the Guardian compares Barca to the old Ajax of the Dutch Total Football era.

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Round Of 16
Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Tue Feb 15
Milan v Tottenham - Live at 1:30pm Central
Valencia v Schalke - Delayed at 4pm Central
-Wed Feb 16
Arsenal v Barcelona - Live at 1:30pm Central
Roma v Shakhtar - Delayed at 4pm Central
-Tue Feb 22
Kobenhavn v Chelsea - Live at 1:30pm Central
Lyon v Real Madrid - Delayed at 4pm Central
-Wed Feb 23
Marseille v Man United - Live at 1:30pm Central
Inter v Bayern - Delayed at 4pm Central

CONCACAF U17 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

The 2011 CONCACAF U17 Championship/World Cup Qualifying is now under way in Jamaica.
-Mexico has already qualified as the hosts of the tournament. 4 more CONCACAF teams will advance.

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Honduras won on Tuesday.

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Matches & Scores:
-Mon Feb 14
Haiti 1-3 Costa Rica - Hai goal by Johnley Chery. CR goals by William Quiros, Gabriel Leiva & John Ruiz.
Cuba 1-3 USA - Cub goal by Frank Lopez. USA goals by Alfred Koroma, Andrew Oliver & Esteban Rodriguez.
-Tue Feb 15
Barbados 1-2 Honduras - Bar goal by Zari Prescod. Hon goals by Bryan Rochez & Eder Velasquez.
Jamaica v Trinidad & Tobago
-Wed Feb 16
El Salvador v Haiti
Panama v Cuba
-Thu Feb 17
Canada v Barbados
Guatemala v Trinidad & Tobago
-Fri Feb 18
Costa Rica v El Salvador
USA v Panama - 3:30pm Central
-Sat Feb 19
Honduras v Canada
Jamaica v Guatemala

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Standings:
Group A
3 Costa Rica +2
- El Salvador
0 Haiti -2
Group B
3 USA +2
- Panama
0 Cuba -2
Group C
3 Honduras +1
- Canada
0 Barbados -1
Group D
Guatemala
Jamaica
Trinidad & Tobago

CHARLIE DAVIES

The Washington Post reports that DC United and Sochaux are still negotiating the terms of a loan deal for Charlie Davies to play in MLS this season.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"...for us it’s against Monterrey, the Rayados. That’s coming up next weekend, so we’ll have our clasico. That’s all anyone talks about around here. We’ve got to win that one and prove who the better team in Monterrey is."
-Jonathan Bornstein on the crosstown rivalry for his new team UANL Tigres.
(see full article below in Americans In Mexico section)

DO YOU REALIZE

Kerith Gabriel of the Philadelphia Daily News with an article on new Union goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, who relives his memories of world Cup 94 and his murdered friend Andres Escobar.

MLS/USA & RELATED RUMORS

Today's ridiculous names in the hopper: Gary Coleman, Gary Numan & Phyllis George.

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Looks like Gabe Ferrari is getting a look from Chicago. Very cool. He is a young American who played for a few years in Italy and most recently in Switzerland. Best of luck to him.

MLS TEAM & PLAYER NEWS

CHICAGO FIRE

The Fort Meyers News Press reports on the Fire's first day of training in Naples FL.

COLORADO RAPIDS

Steven Emory & Sanna Nyassi scored the goals as the Raps beat the Crew 2-0 on Monday.

COLUMBUS CREW

C-Bus lost to Colorado 2-0 in Arizona on Monday.

FC DALLAS

The Burn released forward Jason Yeisley.

DC UNITED

The Washington Post on the DCU all-of-our-goalkeepers-have-injuries situation, and other team notes of value.

SPORTING KANSAS CITY SC

Word from KC is that Teal Bunbury suffered some sort of bad arm injury today during a friendly - possibly a dislocated elbow. Oof.

Brian Straus of Fanhouse sees KC forward Teal Bunbury as the wave of the future, in an in-depth article.

LA GALAXY

LA signed all of their Super & Supplemental Draft picks to contracts this week.

NEW YORK RED BULLS

Match & Score:
-Tue Feb 15
Guadalajara (Mexico) v New York Red Bulls

PHILADELPHIA UNION

The Union acquired former prodigy Chris Agorsor in a lottery.

Jonathan Tannenwald of Philly.com with Agorsor's pretty intense story.

REAL SALT LAKE

The team has signed their centerback Nat Borchers to a new 4 year contract.

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES

The Quakers re-signed central midfielder Khari Stephenson.

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC

Marc Weber of the Province talks to MLS Commish Don Garber about the Vancouver team owners.

Here is the full transcript of Garber's press conference in Vancouver.

Weber also does a very good job of laying out the meaning of some of the MLS roster structure oddities.

MY THOUGHTS

It would be great if some day soon MLS got one of their new sponsors to put some money and heft behind the Supporters Shield. Some real money, and real heft that is. And by that I mean like a 30% bonus on top of every players salary for winning it. Is that enough incentive?

AMERICANS IN EUROPE

Brian Sciaretta of Yanks Abroad talks to prodigy Stefan Jerome about his upcoming loan deal to Sigma Olomouc in Czechia.
-Jerome will start off with the reserve team and look to work his way up to the first team this spring.
-The Czech Liga resumes play after the winter break on Fri Feb 25. Sigma are in 3rd place with 31 points from 17 games.

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Eric Lichaj is on loan at Leeds and made his debut on Saturday, going the distance in a win.

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4 Americans will get a chance to play in the Europa League later this week. See schedule below.

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Game Action:

MISSED FROM THE WEEKEND: ENGLAND - Championship League
Eric Lichaj - Leeds - Sat Feb 12 - went the full 90 as they won 0-2 at Bristol City.

ENGLAND - Championship League
Eddie Johnson - Preston North End - Tue Feb 15 - started and played 65 min of a 2-2 draw at Watford.

ENGLAND - League One
Frank Simek - Carlisle United - Tue Feb 15 - went the distance getting a yellow card as they won 1-0 at Oldham Athletic.

GERMANY - 2 Bundesliga
Bobby Wood - 1860 Munich - Mon Feb 14 - came on as a sub in the 88th min but lost 1-0 at Erzgebirge Aue.

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Coming Up:

ENGLAND - FA Cup - 4th Round Replay
Stuart Holden - Bolton - Wed Feb 16 at Wigan

UEFA - EUROPA LEAGUE - Round of 32 - 1st Leg
-Thu Feb 17
Mo Edu - Rangers - v Sporting
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht - v Ajax
Oguchi Onyewu - Twente - at Rubin Kazan
Yevgeni Starikov - Zenit - at Young Boys

AMERICANS IN MEXICO

US Soccer does a Q & A with Jonathan Bornstein on his new home in Monterrey.

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Brian Sciaretta of Yanks Abroad tells us about the rapid rise of Adrian Ruelas in the Santos Laguna youth ranks.
-He is tearing it up with Santos Laguna U20 team.

EUROPE

Top Goal Scorers In Europes Biggest Leagues (As of Mon Feb 14)
24 Lionel Messi - Barcelona
24 Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid
20 Edinson Cavani - Napoli
19 Dimitar Berbatov - Manchester United
19 Hulk - Porto
18 Antonio Di Natale - Udinese
18 Carlos Tevez - Manchester City
17 Mario Gomez - Bayern Munich
17 Bjorn Vleminckx - NEC Nijmegen

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE

The tournament resumes on Thursday this week with the 1st leg matches in the Round of 32.

Here are all the Matches & Scores.

COPA LIBERTADORES

The Group Stage is live.

Matches & Scores:
-Tue Feb 15
Tolima v Guarani
Velez Sarsfield v Caracas
San Luis v Libertad
Tachira v Santos
America v Nacional
-Wed Feb 16
Union Espanola v U Catolica
Emelec v Internacional
Cruzeiro v Estudiantes
Jaguares v Jorge Wilstermann
Once Caldas v U San Martin
-Thu Feb 17
Leon Huanuco v Junior
Gremio v Oriente Petrolero
Cerro Porteno v Colo Colo
Godoy Cruz v LDU Quito

3 Comments:

Anonymous wes said...

The USSF's Open Cup decision is an absolute sham. The only explanation is that they feel like FIFA is making them look organized and honest and they wanted to give Sepp Blatter a run for his money.

Also, I, your Spurs buddy, cannot wait to talk to you about that AC Milan game, but I will wait until I know you have watched it.

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Dan M. said...

yea spurs!

6:56 PM  
Blogger Martek said...

ARRRGGHHH! That mustache pic at the top!!!! It's attacking!!!!

Geez Brucio, you almost had me faint dead away when I popped up the page. I won't sleep for a week.

8:23 PM  

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