Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Some News for Wed Mar 23, 2011


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Its Friendly Match Week!


63,000 tickets have been sold for USA v Argentina on Sat night in East Rutherford. I hope to meet each and everyone of you.


The USA is training in Cary NC for 2 games ahead.


Tim Vickery of Sports Illustrated examines the Argentina squad for us.


Steve Davis of the Daily Soccer Fix ponders the situation of players with dual-citizenship who are much more one country than the other, and should the USA be recruiting them for the national team - ie David Yelldell and Timothy Chandler.
-My feeling is that every country in the world does it, and the USA would be fools not to take advantage.
-Davis has other notes from training camp too.


The team's official blog.


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


In addition to MLS playing a full round of games this weekend, so are the top leagues in Argentina and Brazil. But not in Mex, as they sometimes have in the past.


Just in time to look bitch'.

Bumpy Pitch Raglan Crew


Matt Kietyka of Metro Vancouver reports that in the ticket exchange deal between Portland, Seatlle & Vancouver each team is to get 500 tix to games against each other for traveling fans, and they would be sold at face value. In Vancouver those 500 tickets have gone to a travel agency who is selling them mainly as part of a package, and with a 35% markup. Blood is boiling already.


General News

Simon Evans of Reuters does not think that the backlash against David Beckham is fair.
-While Evans isn't wrong, like everyone else he bends the truth a little to make his points. MLS teams did not start preseason in mid-February, they all started by around Jan 25. Most peoples problem with Beckham this offseason is that didn't he show up for LA Galaxy training on day 1. He was not there until Feb 24, one month later than everyone else. Was training at Tottenham better for him than training with his teammates in Carson CA? That is what pisses people off. Me included.

Nigel Reed of the CBC on three newcomers who each scored a pair of goals in week 1.


The Fire sent forward Calen Carr to Houston in exchange for forward Dominic Oduro.

Chicago acquired Colombian centerback Yamith Cuesta from Chivas USA today, in exchange for a future draft pick.


Scott French of ESPN with lots of team notes - topics include: centerbacks, forward Victor Estupinan, new signing Seth Owusu, loan deals and more.


Shawn Mitchell of the Dispatch looks at the case of Robbie Rogers and why he did not start in game 1. He came of the bench to dramatic effect, so what happens now. Rogers relationship with head coach Robert Warczycha has always been strained. But who's relationship with the coach isn't. This is the guy who hated Guillermo Barros Schelotto.
-On the other hand, Rogers is a guy that people say has a ton of skill, but we don't see it on the field very often. And definitely not often enough for his coach who sees him every day in practice.

Mitchell always has a quality look back at the Crew's previous match.
-And some more team notes today.


The team posted a rapid fire Q & A with head coach Schellas Hyndman on their website today.

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


The team will play Everton in a friendly on Sat July 23 at RFK Stadium.

Craig Stouffer of the Examiner talks to Josh Wolff about his great first game in (and out of) a DC shirt.

The Washington Post has some team notes.


The Dynamo sent forward Dominic Oduro to Chicago in exchange for forward Calen Carr.

HD had been planning on a friendly against Stuart Holden & Bolton next summer, but with Holden's bad knee injury that game is most likely off.


The team reports that Chad Ochocinco warmed up for his tryout in KC with some training in Florida with members of the Ft Lauderdale Strikers - including our friend goalkeeper Nic Platter.


Frank Dell'Apa of the Boston Globe says the Revs feel good about their tie in LA last weekend.


The Sounders are giving speedy forward Gregory Richardson a try out. He has been with Joe Public, Colorado Rapids and Carolina RailHawks over the past 3 seasons.


TSN says the Reds plan to put on a much better show at home this weekend then they did in Vancouver.


Matches & Scores:
-Sun Mar 20
DC United 3-2 Columbus Crew - DCU goals by Rodrigo Brasesco, Blake Brettschneider & Branko Boskovic. CC goals by Bernardo Anor & Cole Grossman.
-Tue Mar 22
San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps - SJE goals by VW(own goal) & Matt Luzunaris. VW goal by Bedri Gashi.
-Sat Mar 26
New England Revolution v DC United
Columbus Crew v New York Red Bulls
-Tue Mar 29
Real Salt Lake v FC Dallas
-Sun Apr 3
San Jose Earthquakes v Seattle Sounders


MLS, SUM and US Soccer signed a new long term deal with Anheuser-Busch. No details were given on length or value of the deal. I expect that will all be leaked in the next few days. And if its like any of the other recent renewals it will be for a significant increase in the amount of money A-B will pay to have their brands featured.


Soccer America reports that American Joe Enochs has been named the interim head coach at the club where he played for many seasons Osnabruck in the 2.Bundesliga.


Greg Seltzer of reports that Benny Feilhaber is playing strong and helping lead his team AGF to a commanding 1st place in Denmark's 2nd division.


Matches & Scores:
-Thu Mar 24
Cuba v El Salvador
-Fri Mar 25
Panama v Bolivia
S Korea v Honduras
Jamaica v Venezuela
-Sat Mar 26
USA v Argentina
Mexico v Paraguay
St Kitts & Nevis v Grenada
Costa Rica v China
-Sun Mar 27
Belize v Cayman Islands
El Salvador v Jamaica
-Mon Mar 28
Guatemala v Bolivia
-Tue Mar 29
Costa Rica v Argentina
USA v Paraguay
Mexico v Venezuela
Belarus v Canada
Cuba v Panama
China v Honduras


The players "union" in Spain has announced that they intend to strike the weekend of Apr 2 & 3 due to a disagreement over TV fees.


Gabriele Marcotti of the Wall Street Journal on Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho - when and where will he coach next?

Cesc Fabregas, Carles Puyol and Pedro will all miss out on Spain's Euro qualifier next Tuesday due to injuries.


Phil Minshull of the BBC writes about again restarting their national team after a World Cup debacle.
-They did it after the terrible 2002 tournament, why not after the mess of 2010.


Another Bundesliga coach was fired yesterday. This time it was Ricardo Clark's coach at Eintracht Frankfurt Michael Skibbe.
-He has been replaced by veteran manager Christoph Daum.


Raphael Honigstein of Sports Illustrated tell us about 10 talented German national team prospects under the age of 22.


The AFP reports that Zenit in Russia is taking a stand against a racist fan. Great to hear about. Russia has a terrible track record on racism against football players, and is renowned for doing nothing about it.


Galatasaray has fired their head coach Romanian legend Gheorghe Hagi. He was only hired back in November.


MAtches & Scores:
-Fri Mar 25
Hungary v Netherlands
Slovenia v Italy
Luxembourg v France
Serbia v N Ireland
-Sat Mar 26
Wales v England
Germany v Kazakhstan
Norway v Denmark
Bulgaria v Switzerland
Armenia v Russia
Bosnia-Herzegovina v Romania
Ireland v Macedonia
Albania v Belarus
Andorra v Slovakia
Cyprus v Iceland
Malta v Greece
Georgia v Croatia
Israel v Latvia
-Tue Mar 29
Lithuania v Spain
Netherlands v Hungary
Czech Republic v Liechtenstein
Sweden v Moldova
N Ireland v Slovenia
Turkey v Austria
Belgium v Azerbaijan
Romania v Luxembourg
Israel v Georgia
Estonia v Serbia


Tim Vickery of the BBC on the sad decent of Adriano who was cut by Roma last month, and currently has no prospect with another team.


The AP talks to Boca Juniors star Martin Palermo who sees the team at the lowest point in his 14 years with the club.


Group Stage
Matches & Scores:
-Tue Mar 22
Libertad 2-2 Once Caldas - Lib goals both by Nicolas Pavlovich. OC goals both by Wason Renteria.
Caracas 0-2 Univ Catolica - UC goals by Jose Villanueva & Lucas Pratto.
San Luis 3-1 Univ St Martin - SL goals by Juan Medina & Michael Arroyo. USM goal by Ronald Quinteros.
-Wed Mar 23
Godoy Cruz v Independiente
Fluminense v America
-Thu Mar 24
Oriente Petrolero v Leon de Huanuco
Velez Sarsfield v Union Espanola


Group 1
ADV-11 Libertad (Paraguay) (+6 gd) (5 gp)
6 Univ San Martin (Peru) (-2 gd) (5 gp)
5 San Luis (Mexico) (-1 gd) (5 gp)
4 Once Caldas (Colombia) (-3 gd) (5 gp)
Group 2
ADV-12 Junior (Colombia) (+4 gd) (4 gp)
7 Gremio (Brazil) (+4 gd) (4 gp)
4 Leon de Huanuco (Peru) (-2 gd) (4 gp)
OUT-0 Oriente Petrolero (Bolivia) (-6 gd) (4 gp)
Group 3
7 Argentinos Juniors (Argentina) (+2 gd) (4 gp)
6 America (Mexico) (+1 gd) (3 gp)
4 Nacional (Uruguay) (-2 gd) (4 gp)
2 Fluminense (Brazil) (-1 gd) (3 gp)
Group 4
7 Univ Catolica (Chile) (+1 gd) (4 gp)
6 Caracas (Venezuela) (-1 gd) (4 gp)
4 Union Espanola (Chile) (-1 gd) (3 gp)
3 Velez Sarsfield (Argentina) (+1 gd) (3 gp)
Group 5
5 Cerro Porteno (Paraguay) (+3 gd) (3 gp)
6 Colo-Colo (Chile) (0 gd) (3 gp)
2 Santos (Brazil) (-1 gd) (3 gp)
2 Depor Tachira (Venezuela) (-2 gd) (3 gp)
Group 6
7 Internacional (Brazil) (+7 gd) (3 gp)
7 Emelec (Ecuador) (+1 gd) (4 gp)
6 Chiapas Jaguares (-2 gd) (4 gp)
0 Jorge Wilstermann (Bolivia) (-6 gd) (3 gp)
Group 7
10 Cruzeiro (Brazil) (+14 gd) (4 gp)
9 Estudiantes (Argentina) (+1 gd) (4 gp)
4 Depor Tolima (Colombia) (-5 gd) (4 gp)
OUT-0 Guarani (Paraguay) (-10 gd) (4 gp)
Group 8
6 Liga Quito (Ecuador) (+6 gd) (4 gp)
6 Gody Cruz (Argentina) (+1 gd) (3 gp)
6 Penarol (Uruguay) (-5 gd) (4 gp)
3 Independiente (Argentina) (-2 gd) (3 gp)


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Mar 26
Burkina Faso v Namibia
South Africa v Egypt
Mali v Zimbabwe
Nigeria v Ethiopia
Senegal v Cameroon
Rwanda v Burundi
Cote d'Ivoire v Benin
Kenya v Angola
Guinea-Bissau v Uganda
Chad v Botswana
Malawi v Togo
-Sun Mar 27
Cape Verde Islands v Liberia
Madagascar v Guinea
Libya v Comoros
Mozambique v Zambia
Tanzania v Central African Republic
Algeria v Morocco
Congo DR v Mauritius
Niger v Sierra Leone
Congo v Ghana
Sudan v Swaziland


Matches & Scores:
-Wed Mar 23
Chinese Taipei v Turkmenistan
Pakistan v India
Maldives v Kyrgyzstan
Bhutan v Afghanistan
Palestine v Philippines
Myanmar v Bangladesh
Cambodia v Tajikistan
-Thu Mar 24
Cuba v El Salvador
-Fri Mar 25
Spain v Czech Republic
Lithuania v Poland
Montenegro v Uzbekistan
Estonia v Uruguay
Panama v Bolivia
Turkmenistan v India
Pakistan v Chinese Taipei
Maldives v Tajikistan
S Korea v Honduras
Afghanistan v Bhutan
Bangladesh v Philippines
Myanmar v Palestine
China v New Zealand
Jamaica v Venezuela
Austria v Belgium
Cambodia v Kyrgyzstan
-Sat Mar 26
Portugal v Chile
USA v Argentina
Mexico v Paraguay
Colombia v Ecuador
Costa Rica v China
Jordan v Kuwait
N Korea v Iraq
St. Kitts & Nevis v Grenada
-Sun Mar 27
Brazil v Scotland
Belize v Cayman Islands
El Salvador v Jamaica
-Mon Mar 28
Guatemala v Bolivia
-Tue Mar 29
Germany v Australia
Portugal v Finland
Ukraine v Italy
England v Ghana
Costa Rica v Argentina
France v Croatia
USA v Paraguay
Mexico v Venezuela
Greece v Poland
Ireland v Uruguay
Oman v Tunisia
Belarus v Canada
Cuba v Panama
Slovakia v Denmark
Colombia v Chile
Equatorial Guinea v Gambia
Peru v Ecuador
Gabon v Cameroon
China v Honduras
Nigeria v Kenya
Cyprus v Bulgaria
Jordan v N Korea
Qatar v Russia
Kuwait v Iraq
Morocco v Botswana


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