Friday, April 22, 2011

Some News for Fri Apr 22, 2011


Tonight's Colorado Rapids v Seattle Sounders game should be another game of offensive fireworks. Tune in!


Where did the New York Red Bulls get all those foreign roster spots and all that cap space for those foreign players?


The good people from Barclays sent us a tremendously in-depth Barclays Premier League preview. The kind of notes that broadcaster would have on hand to call a game. Fantastic stuff.


Matches & Scores:
2nd Leg (1st Leg score included)
-Wed Apr 27
Real Salt Lake v Monterrey (2-2) - 9pm CT on FSC


The Semifinals begin on Tue Apr 26!


GERMANY: A Borussia Dortmund win combined with and a Bayer Leverkusen loss this weekend will seal the title for Dortmund
-Sat Apr 23
Monchengladbach v Dortmund - its also the Borussenderby
Leverkusen v Hoffenheim

-Sat Apr 23
Inter v Lazio - the thrid and final Serie A champions League spot is up for grabs and these two are in 3rd and 4th with 3 points between them.
Valencia v Real Madrid - they are not even close in the standings but it is #3 v #2. And you can expect Madrid to play the second string.
Athletic Bilbao v Real Sociedad - the Basque Derby.
Palermo v Napoli - Derby Del Sud
-Sun Apr 24
Rangers v Celtic - yet another Old Firm derby


Jonah Freedman of tells some USA players that its time to leave their foreign clubs and come play in MLS.


Week 6

Matches & Scores:
-Thu Apr 21
DC United 0-4 New York Red Bulls - NYRB goals by Thierry Henry(2), Joel Lindpere & Juan Agudelo.
Venue: RFK Stadium - Washington DC
Attendance: 18,052
-Fri Apr 22
Colorado Rapids v Seattle Sounders FC - 8:30pm CT on FSC
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City CO
-Sat Apr 23
San Jose Earthquakes v CD Chivas USA - 3:00pm CT on Telefutura
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium - Santa Clara CA
Toronto FC v Columbus Crew - 3:00pm CT on Direct Kick
Venue: BMO Field - Toronto ON
Vancouver Whitecaps FC v FC Dallas - 6:00pm CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Empire Field - vancouver BC
New England Revolution v Sporting Kansas City - 6:30pm CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Gillette Stadium - Foxborough MA
Chicago Fire SC v Houston Dynamo - 7:30pm CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Toyota Park - Bridegeview IL
LA Galaxy v Portland Timbers - 10:00pm CT on FSC
Venue: The Home Depot Center - Carson CA


Standings (5 Games Played):
11 New York Red Bulls (+5 GD) (6 GP)
10 Philadelphia Union (+2 GD)
8 Houston Dynamo (+2 GD)
8 Columbus Crew (+1 GD)
7 DC United (-3 GD) (6 GP)
6 New England Revolution (0 GD) (6 GP)
6 Toronto FC (-3 GD) (6 GP)
4 Sporting Kansas City (-1 GD) (4 GP)
4 Chicago Fire SC (-3 GD)
12 Real Salt Lake (+7 GD) (4 GP)
12 LA Galaxy (0 GD) (7 GP)
9 Colorado Rapids (+2 GD) (5 GP)
7 Portland Timbers (-1 GD)
6 Seattle Sounders FC (-1 GD) (6 GP)
6 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (-1 GD) (6 GP)
5 San Jose Earthquakes (-2 GD)
4 FC Dallas (-2 GD)
3 CD Chivas USA (-2 GD)


New York attacked with laser precision last night. They never had to attack much because DC was so futile, but when they did....... look out.

Thierry Henry had two first half goals that just killed DC's spirit.

But as Henry said after the game, DC weren't that bad. No, they fell apart in the back and had no control on either wing, but they were better than a 0-4 home loss.

NY forward Luke Rodgers is inching closer and closer to a full meltdown. And I would not be surprised if the league suspends him for the punch he threw that went uncalled.

He was also pretty poor last night.

It looks like DC midfielder Branko Baskovic is finally getting in shape. When he came on DC came to life. I know they were already down 0-2 and soon to be 0-3, but he was clearly more skilled than the other midfielders.

MLS play has outgrown DC defensive stopper Clyde Simms.

How good will NYRB be when Dwayne DeRosario gets his feet under him and starts cooking along with the rest of the attack? And you know he will at some point this season. He has never had a bad season.

Joel Lindpere's great goal for NYRB is being forgotten about already due to the ballet shot Juan Agudelo hit a few minutes later. Lets see both shall we. Lindpere - and - Agudelo.

And finally in tribute to my Friends In Football at United Mania, unfortunately a classic Fred move. See it here.

It was awesome hearing TV commentator John Harkes do his Shep Messing impersonation!!! Wooooooooooooooooooooow.


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Apr 23
Toronto FC v Columbus Crew
-Sun Apr 24
Chicago Fire v Houston Dynamo
San Jose Earthquakes v Chivas USA
LA Galaxy v Portland Timbers


MLS Reserve League Standings Etc.


Is there already a hot-seat forming? Yes there most certainly is. And as our preseason prognostication said, there are two candidates already getting close to the flames:
-Carlos de los Cobos - Chicago Fire SC
-Peter Vermes - Sporting Kansas City

Both of these teams have tools, and those tools need to be used more efficiently or...... who knows.


The Stars play another friendly on Saturday at the National Sports Center in Blaine MN and its free and open to the public.

Matches & Scores:
-Fri Apr 22
NSC MN Stars 0-1 Creighton Bluejays - 11am
-Sat Apr 23
NSC MN Stars v Wisconsin Badgers - 11am


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Apr 23
Montreal Impact v Tampa Bay FC
Atlanta Silverbacks v Ft Lauderdale Strikers
-Tue Apr 26
Puerto Rico Islanders v NSC Minnesota Stars


6 Puerto Rico Islanders (+3 GD) (2 GP)
6 Carolina RailHawks (+2 GD) (3 GP)
6 FC Edmonton (0 GD) (3 GP)
4 NSC Minnesota Stars (+1 GD) (2 GP)
3 FC Tampa Bay (-1 GD) (2 GP)
1 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (-1 GD) (2 GP)
0 Atlanta Silverbacks (-2 GD) (2 GP)
0 Montreal Impact (-2 GD) (2 GP)


The team is in Portland OR for a week of training and some friendlies.

Matches & Scores:
-Sat Apr 23
USA U18 v U of Portland
USA U18 v U of Washington


The U17s are at a tournament in France.
-For the most part these are not the players that qualified for the U17 World Cup earlier this year. These players will make up the core of the next team in 2 years time.


The USA has lost both of their first 2 games. The best they can finish now is 5th.

Mondial Minimes Montaigu Tournament - Apr 20-25


Group A
6 France (+5)
6 Portugal (+3)
0 USA (-3)
0 Japan (-5)
Group B
6 England
4 Guinea
0 Uruguay


Matches & Scores:
-Wed Apr 20
France 4-0 Japan
Portugal 3-1 USA
England 5-0 Uruguay
UAE 1-1 Guinea
-Thu Apr 21
France 2-1 USA
Portugal 2-1 Japan
Guinea 3-1 Uruguay
England 3-2 UAE
-Sat Apr 23
France v Portugal
USA v Japan
England v Guinea
Uruguay v UAE
-Mon Apr 25
A3 v B3 - 5th & 6th place
A4 v B4 - 7th & 8th place
A2 v B2 - 3rd & 4th place
A1 v B1 - Final


USA U17 Roster
Santiago Castano - NY Red Bulls
Zack Steffen - FC Delco
Russell Canouse - Hoffenheim
Dylan Greenberg - Albertson SC
Matt Habrowski - Derby County Wolves
Luis Martir - Guadalajara Chivas
Miguel Polley - Derby County Wolves
Robby Sagel - Downtown Rapids
Jordan Allen - Empire United
Marco Delgado - Cosmos Academy West
Nicholas Gaitan - Argentinos Juniors
Antonio Murillo - Neusport
Adam Najem - NY Red Bulls
Zach Pfeffer - Philadelphia Union
Paul Arriola - Arsenal FC
Nicko Corriveau - Bethesda SC
Kevin De La Torre - Chivas USA
Alex Muyl - Cosmos Academy East


Robbie Findley finally made his Nottingham Forest debut today.


Game Action:

ENGLAND - Championship League
Robbie Findley - Nottingham Forest - Fri Apr 22 - came on as a sub in the 80th min and they won 3-2 v Leicester City.
Eric Lichaj - Leeds - Fri Apr 22 - played the full 90 in a scoreless draw v Reading.

ENGLAND - League One
Anton Peterlin - Plymouth Argyle - Fri Apr 22 - started and played 89 min as they won 0-1 at Dagenham & Redbridge.

NETHERLANDS - Eerste Divisie
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - Fri Apr 22 - started and went 78 min but they lost 4-0 at Almere City.


Playoff Standings as of Sun Apr 17:
Group A
ADV-29 UANL Tigres
24 Guadalajara
Group B
23 Atlante
22 America
Group C
ADV-32 UNAM Pumas
ADV-28 Morelia
Wild Card
24 Cruz Azul
22 Monterrey
- - - - -
20 Santos Laguna - A
20 Toluca - B
20 Atlas - B


Matches & Scores:
-Fri Apr 22
Necaxa v Pumas UNAM
-Sat Apr 23
Cruz Azul v Guadalajara
Queretaro v Pachuca
Monterrey v Puebla
Santos Laguna v San Luis
Atlas v Jaguares
-Sun Apr 24
Morelia v Tigres UANL
Toluca v Estudiantes Tecos
America v Atlante


Top of the Premier League Table: (33 of 38 GP)
70 Man United - Sat Apr 23 v Everton
64 Chelsea - Sat Apr 23 v West Ham (+34 GD)
64 Arsenal - Sun Apr 24 at Bolton (+32 GD)
56 Man City - Mon Apr 25 at Blackburn (32 GP)
54 Tottenham - Sat Apr 23 v West Brom (32 GP)


Top of the Primera Division Table: (32 of 38 GP)
85 Barcelona - Sat Apr 23 v Osasuna
77 Real Madrid - Sat Apr 23 at Valencia
63 Valencia - Sat Apr 23 v Real Madrid
57 Villarreal - Sun Apr 24 at Sevilla
48 Athletic Bilbao - Sat Apr 23 v Sociedad


Top of the Ligue 1 Table: (31 GP of 38)
59 Lille - Sun Apr 24 at Lorient
58 Marsielle - Sat Apr 23 at Montpellier
53 Lyon - Sat Apr 23 at PSG
52 PSG - Sat Apr 23 v Lyon
51 Rennes - Sun Apr 24 at Monaco


Top of the Bundesliga Table: (30 of 34 GP)
69 Borussia Dortmund - Sat Apr 23 at Monchengladbach
61 Bayer Leverkusen - Sat Apr 23 v Hoffenheim
55 Bayern Munich - Sat Apr 23 at Eintracht Frankfurt
54 Hannover - Thu Apr 21 at Freiburg
48 Mainz - Sun Apr 24 at Nurnberg


Top of the Serie A Table: (33 of 38 GP)
71 Milan - Sat Apr 23 at Brescia
65 Napoli -Sat Apr 23 at Palermo
63 Inter - Sat Apr 23 v Lazio
60 Lazio - Sat Apr 23 at Inter
59 Udinese - Sat Apr 23 v Parma


The race is extremely close, as it seems like it always is, between 3 teams in the Netherlands Eredivisie.
Standings with 3 games to play:
65 PSV Eindhoven (+46 GD) - Sun Apr 24 at Feyenoord
65 Twente (+28 GD) - Fri Apr 22 at ADO Den Haag
64 Ajax (+36 GD) - Sun Apr 24 v Excelsior
(Twente goes to Ajax on the final day of the season.)


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