Monday, March 21, 2011

Some News for Mon Mar 21, 2011


The injury to Stuart Holden's knee is so bad that he will be out of action for 6 months, meaning he will miss the rest of this season at Bolton and the Gold Cup with the USA. Via the Guardian.


Clint Dempsey became the first American to score 10 goal in a Premiership season over the weekend. I bet he would trade them all for wins.


Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated gives us more from an interview he conducted with in/famous Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho. (Original article was posted 3 or 4 weeks back.)


It's match week again, and the USA begins training for 2 friendlies.


There have been some changes to the original roster though, due to injuries.

-Steve Cherundolo needs to rest a long term groin injury.
-Stuart Holden was on the wrong end of a horrible tackle at Bolton and needed 26 stitches to patch up the inside of his left knee. He is done for the season and will not be ready for the Gold Cup either.
-Zak Whitbread needs rest for an injury to his back side ribs he suffered a couple weeks back.

Both Cherundolo and Whitbread could have played if it was a huge game.

-Eric Licha, the young right fullback who is on loan at Leeds from Aston Villa.


Keep up with all the inside details via the team's official blog.

Brand new video from US Soccer too as the players begin to arrive.


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Mar 26
USA v Argentina
Venue: New Meadowlands Stadium - East Rutherford NJ
-Tue Mar 29
USA v Paraguay
Venue: LP Field - Nashville TN


USA roster
Marcus Hahnemann - Wolverhampton
Tim Howard - Everton
David Yelldell - Duisburg
Carlos Bocanegra - St Etienne
Jonathan Bornstein - UANL Tigres
Timothy Chandler - Nurnberg
Jay DeMerit - Vancouver Whitecaps
Eric Lichaj - Leeds
Oguchi Onyewu - Twente
Tim Ream - Red Bull New York
Jonathan Spector - West Ham
Michael Bradley - Aston Villa
Clint Dempsey - Fulham
Mikkel Diskeruud - Stabaek
Landon Donovan - LA Galaxy
Mo Edu - Rangers
Benny Feilhaber - AGF
Jermaine Jones - Blackburn
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht
Juan Agudelo - Red Bull New York
Jozy Altidore - Bursaspor
Edson Buddle - Ingolstadt


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Mar 19
Atletico Madrid 1-2 Real Madrid - again the Madrid derby wasn't much of a challenge for Real.
Dortmund 1-1 Mainz - Dortmund again drop points when they could have iced the league already. Its not over yet.
Lyon 1-1 Rennes - the draw drops them both one rung in the stadings to #4 hosts #3.
-Sun Mar 20
Chelsea 2-0 Manchester City - #5 v #4 swap spots in the standings to #4 and #5.
Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Villarreal - the win moves Villa back to #3 on goal differential.
Marsielle 2-1 PSG - the win jumps the Martians to 2nd place!


The Seattle Sounders beach soccer team beat Sporting of Portugal 4-0 today at the Beach Soccer Club World Cup!!!!!


Clearly a couple of geniuses hanging out at a gathering of geniuses:

Cobi Jones and me at The Sanneh Foundation's Gala 4 Goals.


The first week of a new season is in the books and it was a doozy.


Steve Davis of Sport Illustrated gives us five things you should know about Week 1.


Kyle McCarthy of with his Monday MLS Breakdown.


Avi Creditor of Sport Illustrated with a review of round one.


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Mar 19
Vancouver 4-2 Toronto - VW goals by Eric Hassli(2), Terry Dunfield & Attiba Harris. TFC goals by Dwayne De Rosario & Maicon Santos.
Venue: Empire Field
Attendance: 22,592
DC 3-1 Columbus - DCU goals by Josh Wolff & Charlie Davies(2, 1 via PK). CC goal by Robbie Rogers(PK).
Venue: RFK Stadium
Attendance: 18,132
New York 1-0 Seattle - NYRB goal by Juan Agudelo.
Venue: Red Bull Arena
Attendance: 20,982
Houston 0-1 Philadelphia - PU goal by Dan Califf.
Venue: Robertson Stadium
Attendance: 19,385
Dallas 1-1 Chicago - FCD goal by Milton Rodriguez. CF goal by Gaston Puerari.
Venue: Pizza Hut Park
Attendance: 20,145
Colorado 3-1 Portland - CR goals by Jeff Larentowicz, Omar Cummings & Jared Smith. PT goal by Kenny Cooper.
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Attendance: 17,139
Chivas 2-3 Kansas City - CUSA goals by Jimmy Conrad & Ben Zemanski. SKC goals by CK Sapong & Omar Bravo(2).
Venue: Home Depot Center
Attendance: 18,122
San Jose 0-1 Salt Lake - RSL goal by Kyle Beckerman.
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium
Attendance: 10,525
-Sun Mar 20
LA 1-1 New England - LAG goal by Juninho. NER goal by Shalrie Joseph.
Venue: Home Depot Center
Attendance: 27,000


Josh Wolff of DC United played one of the most complete games I have ever seen from him. Every minute he was on the field was nearly flawless. He attacked, he defended, he passed and most importantly he hounded the Columbus defense into a huge mistake on which he capitalized with a goal. A great performance from a veteran that used a change of scenary in his career to full effect. It will be very interesting to see where this season takes him and DCU.


Van v TFC:
-DDR has a new haircut - sorta Chia-ish. But it doesn't affect his amazing goal scoring abilities! He collects #8000 in MLS history. It means nothing, but he is one of the all time best so why not put his name on it.
-Things look fantastic in Vancouver. Even showering the field with beer cups after they score!
-Did we know that Denis Hamlet was an assistant coach for Vancouver?


DC v Colu:
-Robbie Rogers started on the bench for the Crew. Not good.
-Charlie Davies did not start for DC either. But he came on in the 52nd minute and more than made up for it with a penalty kick and a second goal on a defensive blunder. What a start!
-Josh Wolff was nothing short of amazing for DC.
-Chad Marshall had an awful game. Let Wolff off the hook on the first DC goal and fell down on the third. Oof.


Hou v Phil:
-Will Bruin is the first rookie to ever make the starting 11 on opening day for Houston.
-Carlos Ruiz starts for Philly. 2 things - he is thin and looks in shape - and - he clocks someone with an elbow worthy of at least a yellow, maybe red, and he gets neither! NOTE: He got a yellow card.
-PU got a goal in the 5th minute that stood up. Their defense last year would not have held that lead.
-Danny Mwanga started on the bench for Philly, but you have to wonder if Ruiz can hold the starting job over such a talented young player. Mwanga will learn how to be a pro now.


-The rain makes all the players look like drowned rats! And no one could stay on their feet either.
-Kyle Beckerman had two great long range shots, the second of which found the net for the games only goal.


Dal v Chic:
-My DVR literally taped 3 minutes of this, so I saw the intro to the pregame and that was it.
-On the internets I did that back heel goal that Milton Rodriguez scored. A true thing of beauty, and my fave goal of the weekend.


Chiv v KC:
-KC scored within a minute or two awful some horrible Goat defending. Oof.
-Mondaini looks really good for Chivas. Who is this guy?
-Omar Bravo got his first goal off a gaff by Snacks Thornton, and then Kei Kamara sacrificed his whole body to set up the second one. Both were expertly finished by Bravo. Well done.


Colo v Port:
-Rapids get the silver ball this season as champions. It looks great.
-Wow! Adin Brown in goal for Portland. How far has Troy Perkins fallen when a guy who has barely played for 3 or 4 years beats him out for the starting job. NOTE: Troy Perkins is injured.
-Casey & Cummings pick up right where last year ended. They are a monster duo.
-The only thing Frankencooper about Kenny's game was his green shirt. Toughen up buddy.


NY v Sea:
-Steve Zakuani did not travel with the Sounders. They say he is injured, but I don't know what ails him.
-Kasey added another page to his legend by stopping a Thierry Henry PK! Awesome.
-Fredy Montero beat Tim Ream three times but agonizingly missed scoring every time.
-The ref is using the spray to mark off 10 yards on free kicks. (I just wrote "10 years on free kicks")
-Juan Agudelo was a beast on the goal he scored, fighting off a defender with a great shoulder barge, and then curling the ball with the outside of his foot to the far post. A thing of beauty.


-A 3rd minute goal for Shalrie. That guys works so hard in the box. Its really too bad that he doesn't have any good teammates anymore.
-I see Bruce Arena is wearing a trucker hat these days. Must be hanging out with Aston Kutcher again.
-Marko Perovic came off injured in the 22nd min for New England. It looked like a thigh muscle injury.
-Juan Pablo Angel finally got on the field late in the game for LA. Why was Chad Barrett starting again? I wonder if you can get Vegas odds on how many he will miss per game?
-Juninho had another bomb of a goal for LA, making it 2 in 2 games that were total golazos!


What were your thoughts?


Standings (1 Games Played):
3 DC United (+2 GD)
3 New York Red Bulls (+1 GD)
3 Philadelphia Union (+1 GD)
3 Sporting Kansas City (+1 GD)
1 Chicago Fire SC (0 GD)
1 New England Revolution (0 GD)
0 Houston Dynamo (-1 GD)
0 Columbus Crew (-2 GD)
0 Toronto FC (-2 GD)
4 LA Galaxy (+1 GD) (2 GP)
3 Colorado Rapids (+2 GD)
3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (+2 GD)
3 Real Salt Lake (+1 GD)
1 FC Dallas (0 GD)
0 CD Chivas USA (-1 GD)
0 San Jose Earthquakes (-1 GD)
0 Portland Timbers (-2 GD)
0 Seattle Sounders FC (-2 GD) (2 GP)


General News

KC forward Omar Bravo was named MLS Player Of The Week.


FCD resumes their partnership with Mexican team Tigres this week as they face off for the Rio Grande Plate in first leg of a friendly series!

Rio Grande Plate
-Wed Mar 23
FC Dallas v UANL Tigres(Mexico)


One of the LA broadcasters just their star player called him Beckman!


The Oregonian has a fans view of a movie theater jammed with Timbers supporters watching their first ever MLS game, which was on the road.


Stanley Holmes of Sportspress Northwest gives us some back ground on the falling out between Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid and now former striker Blaise Nkufo.


Cam Cole of the Sun on opening day.


Stuart Holden was badly injured on Saturday almost 1 year to the day from when he had his leg broken by a horrible tackle, this time he got his knee gashed open by a Man U goon. He could be out for quite a while.


Clint Dempsey scored for Fulham in a losing effort.


Zak Whitbread got his first goal for Norwich.


Mo Edu & Rangers won the League Cup over Celtic. (Not to be confused with the bigger Scottish FA Cup.)


Timothy Chandler has had a lot of firsts in 2011 and this weekend he got his first Red Card. He got one yellow in the 54th and less than minutes later was booted from the game. And they lost.


Chris Rolfe got his first start in aaaaaaaaaaaaages.


Mix Diskeruud and Josh Gatt probably wish the Norwegian season started some other weekend as they both lost badly, Diskeruud 0-7 at home, and Gatt 3-0 on the road, on opening day.


Game Action:

BELGIUM - Pro League
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht - started but was subbed out at half time as they won 3-2 v Gent.

Jemal Johnson - Lokomotiv Sofia - played the full game but lost 0-3 v Minyor Pernik.

DENMARK - Superliga
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - on the bench as they lost 1-2 v Esbjerg.
Chris Rolfe - AaB - started and played the first half getting a yellow card as they won 1-2 at Lyngby.

ENGLAND - Premier League
Michael Bradley - Aston Villa - on the bench as they lost 0-1 at Wolverhampton.
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - played the whole game scoring a goal but lost 2-1 at Everton.
Brad Friedel - Aston Villa - in goal as usual but lost 0-1 at Wolverhampton.
Marcus Hahnemann - Wolverhampton - on the bench as they won 0-1 at Aston Villa.
Stuart Holden - Bolton - started but was injured and subbed out in the 78th min as they lost 1-0 at Manchester United.
Tim Howard - Everton - played the full game and won 2-1 v Fulham.
Jermaine Jones - Blackburn - went the distance as they tied 2-2 v Blackpool.
Jonathan Spector - West Ham - did not dress as they drew 0-0 at Tottenham.

ENGLAND - Championship League
Conor Doyle - Derby County - on the bench as they drew 2-2 at Crystal Palace.
Brad Guzan - Hull City - played the whole game as they tied 1-1 v Norwich.
Eddie Johnson - Preston North End - started and played 74 min as they won 2-1 v Coventry.
Eric Lichaj - Leeds - played the entire game but scored an own goal as they lost 2-0 at Sheffield United.
Zak Whitbread - Norwich - went the full 90 scoring a goal and getting a yellow card as they drew 1-1 at Hull.

ENGLAND - League One
Mike Grella - Swindon Town - started and went 62 min as they drew 0-0 at Huddersfield.
Anton Peterlin - Plymouth Argyle - went the distance but lost 0-1 v Rochdale.
Frank Simek - Carlisle United - played the whole game and won 1-0 v Bournemouth.

FRANCE - Ligue 1
Carlos Bocanegra - Saint Etienne - started and subbed out in the 54th min as they drew 0-0 at Lorient.

GERMANY - Bundesliga
Timothy Chandler - Nurnberg - started but 2 yellow cards saw him ejected from the game as they lost 1-3 v Werder Bremen.
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - went the distance as they won 2-0 v Hoffenheim.
Ricardo Clark - Eintracht Frankfurt - started but was subbed out at the 61 min mark after getting a yellow card but they won 2-1 v St Pauli.
Daniel Williams - Freiburg -

GERMANY - 2 Bundesliga
Edson Buddle - Ingolstadt - started and went 76 mid as they drew 1-1 v Hertha.
Alfredo Morales - Hertha Berlin - on the bench as they drew 1-1 at Ingolstadt.
Luis Robles - Karlsruher - on the bench (luckily for him) as they lost 5-1 at 1860.
Bobby Wood - 1860 Munich - on the bench as they won 5-1 v Karlsruher.
David Yelldell - Duisburg - in goal for another clean sheet winning 1-0 v Fortuna Dusseldorf.

NETHERLANDS - Eredivisie
Oguchi Onyewu - Twente - on the bench as they won 0-2 at Excelsior.

NETHERLANDS - Eerste Divisie
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - came on as a sub in the 66th min as they won 2-4 at FC Eindhoven.

NORWAY - Eliteserien - season opened this weekend
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek - went the distance but lost 0-7 v Lillestrom.
Josh Gatt - Molde - came on as a sub in the 57th min but they lost 3-0 at Sarpsborg.

RUSSIA - Premier Division
Yevgeni Starikov - Tom Tomsk - started but came off at half time as they lost 0-1 v Kuban Krasnodar.

SCOTLAND - League Cup - Final
Mo Edu - Rangers - went the distance as they won the Cup 1-2.

TURKEY - Super Lig
Jozy Altidore - Bursaspor - came on as a sub at half time but the game ended scoreless v Ankaragucu.

TURKEY - 1. Lig
Freddie Adu - Caykur Rizespor - started and went 62 min scoring the winning goal as they were victorious 0-2 at Akhisar Belediyespor.


Only 2 Americans played in the top division this weekend. And they were both at struggling Pachuca. Not good.

Game Action:

Jonathan Bornstein - Tigres UANL - riding the pine in a scoreless draw at Tecos.
Edgar Castillo - Puebla - on the bench as they won 1-0 v Necaxa.
Herculez Gomez - Pachuca - came on after half time getting a yellow card as they drew 0-0 at Pumas.
Jose Torres - Pachuca - went the full 90 as they drew 0-0 at UNAM Pumas.

LIGA DE ASCENSO (2nd division)
Joe Benny Corona - Tijuana - played the entire match as they won 2-0 v Pumas Morelos.
Marco Vidal - Leon - went the full 90 as they won 2-0 v Orizaba.


After 11 of 17 rounds played these eight teams would be in the Playoffs:
Group A
20 Tigres
19 Monterrey
Group B
16 Atlante
16 San Luis
Group C
25 Pumas
21 Morelia
21 Cruz Azul
16 America


Recap du Nord: #1 Man U won and increased their lead over #2 Arsenal who could only tie. Then Chelsea beat Man City and they switched places at #3 & #4. Tottenham drew and stayed in 5th place.

James Dart & Gregg Roughley of the Guardian give us five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend.

Top of the Premier League Table: (29 GP)
63 Man United - Sat Mar 19 W 1-0 v Bolton (30 GP)
58 Arsenal - Sat Mar 19 D 2-2 at West Brom
54 Chelsea - Sun Mar 20 W 2-0 v Manchester City
53 Man City - Sun Mar 20 L 2-0 at Chlesea (30 GP)
49 Tottenham - Sat Mar 19 D 0-0 v West Ham


Recap du Nord: Barca and Madrid won staying 1st & 2nd, while Valencia lost and Villarreal won tying them on points by moving Villa up one spot to 3rd again. Espanyol lost but remain at #5.

Sid Lowe of the Guardian on the resurection of Karim Benzema at Real Madrid and the rest of the weekend in La Liga.

Phil Ball of ESPN takes in some spring time football in Cantabria and then reviews the rest of the round.

Last place Hercules fired head coach Esteban Vigo in an attempt to avoid being relegated.

Top of the Primera Division Table: (29 GP)
78 Barcelona - Sat Mar 19 W 2-1 v Getafe
73 Real Madrid - Sat Mar 19 W 1-2 at Atletico Madrid
54 Villarreal - Sun Mar 20 W 0-1 at Athletic Bilbao (+18 GD)
54 Valencia - Sun Mar 20 L 0-1 v Sevilla (+9 GD)
43 Espanyol - Sun Mar 20 L 2-0 at Malaga


Recap du Nord: Lille won to stay on top and actully open up a little lead as #2 & #3 played to a tie dropping them both down a notch and allowing #4 Marseille who won (over #5 PSG) to leap frog them both up to 2nd place. Nicely done. PSG who lost stay 5th.

Top of the Ligue 1 Table: (28 GP)
55 Lille - Sat Mar 19 W 1-2 at Brest
51 Marsielle - Sun Mar 20 W 2-1 v PSG
50 Rennes - Sat Mar 19 D 1-1 at Lyon
49 Lyon - Sat Mar 19 D 1-1 v Rennes
45 PSG - Sun Mar 20 L 2-1 at Marsielle


Recap du Nord: The standings don't change but with #1 Dortmund getting another tie and #2 Leverkusen another win the lead is down to 7 points with 7 games to play. 3rd place Hannover and 4th place Bayern both won and 5th place Mainz are the team that tied Dortmund.

Raphael Honigstein of the Guardian on Burussia Dortmund's stumble and the rest of the Bundesliga round.

Freiburg found out that head coach Robin Dutt was going to take over at Leverkusen as soon as they season ended so they preemptively showed him the door and promoted assistant Marcus Sorg.

Top of the Bundesliga Table: (26 GP)
62 Borussia Dortmund - Sat Mar D 1-1 19 v Mainz
55 Bayer Leverkusen - Sun Mar 20 W 2-0 v Schalke
50 Hannover - Sat Mar 19 W 2-0 v Hoffenheim
48 Bayern Munich - Sat Mar 19 W 1-2 at Freiburg
44 Mainz - Sat Mar 19 D 1-1 at Dortmund


Recap du Nord: #1 Milan lost while the others in the top 5 all won bringing the lead over #2 Inter down to just 2 points, and wouldn't you know it they play each other when the league resumes on Sat Apr 2!

Paolo Bandini of the Guardian writes that Milan's loss brings 4 teams into the race for the title, and the rest of the weekend in Serie A.

Top of the Serie A Table: (30 GP)
62 Milan - Sat Mar 19 L 1-0 at Palermo
60 Inter - Sun Mar 20 W 1-0 v Lecce
59 Napoli - Sun Mar 20 W 2-1 v Cagliari
56 Udinese - Sun Mar 20 W 2-0 v Catania
54 Lazio - Sat Mar 19 W 1-0 v Cesena

BRAZIL does a Q & A with Rivaldo who is back at Sao Paulo and at 38 doing quite well too.


Rise And Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Troy Perkins is injured. That is why Adin Brown started.

7:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robbie Rogers started on the bench for the Crew. Not good.

Rogers has asked the coach for a trade. Don't ask how I know, but I do.

8:23 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

Retweeted by Robbie Rogers himself yesterday:

@ste_betts Anyone else starting the countdown until @robbierogers is no longer a part of #Crew96? Will be a sad day, but seems inevitable

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Sam said...

I saw that tweet brucio.


Regarding Hamlet at Vancouver- I didnt hear anything about it from news sources anywhere. did you know that he spent the last year coaching at Illinois Institute of Technology? They're an NAIA team in Chicago.

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

I hate Carlos Ruiz as much as Ricardo Clark, but he did get a yellow card for that elbow.

11:49 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

Thanks for the corrections on Troy Perkins and Carlos Ruiz.

Always appreciated.

7:14 AM  
Anonymous Fordprefect said...

Brucio, I'm fairly sure I saw the FC Dallas youth academy in Madrid a few days back, any idea if they are touring Spain?

4:46 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

Fordprefect - I don't have any idea, but their team website does a pretty great job of covering the academy -

4:51 PM  

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