Thursday, April 21, 2011

Some News for Thu Apr 21, 2011


It rarely gets funnier than his in soccer: Real Madrid won the Copa del Rey yesterday, and then last night on a bus parade around Madrid the billiant Sergio Ramos dropped the cup off the front of the bus and the bus ran over it!!!! See it here via Spanish newspaper AS.


Marquee matchup tonight in MLS with DC hosting New York.


16 teams advanced to the knockout stage of Copa Libertadores. Matches begin next week. The teams are: America (Mexico), Cerron Porteno (Paraguay), Chiapas Jaguares (Mexico), Cruzeiro (Brazil), Estudiantes (Argentina), Fluminense (Brazil), Gremio (Brazil), Internacional (Brazil), Junior (Colombia), LDU Quito (Ecuador), Libertad (Paraguay), Once Caldas (Colombia), Penarol (Uruguay), Santos (Brazil), Univ Catolica (Chile), Velez Sarsfield (Argentina)


Real Salt Lake went to Monterrey Mexico last night and and earned a tremendous 2-2 tie! Now they get a home game next week to try and win the title! Huge result. Gigantic.


So lets get something out of the way first - the two subs that Monterrey made about 20 minutes into the game were due to INJURIES. Can you read that Fox Soccer Channel announcers. INJURIES. The announcers who have been around the block a few times went on and on about Monterrey making the two early changes as part of a STRATEGY. Come on! No coach does that. Not even stupid ones. Much less great ones like Victor Vucetich. They tv cameras even had a shot of the bench showing Di Nigris getting his legged wrapped right after he limped off. And to further the injury proof, here is a line from the Monterrey newspaper Milenio today: "But just after minute 20, Vucetich had to make two moves forced by injury."

Michael C Lewis of the Salt Lake Tribune on Javier Morales's huge late goal for RSL.

Gordon Monson of the Tribune on the big win.

Layton Shumway of the Deseret News with post game analysis and significance.

James Edward of the Deseret talks to Kyle Beckerman about missing the 2nd Leg.
-More notes from Edward.

Landon Walter of the Deseret hands out RSL player grades.
-I would call these homer grades. Reduce all by 1/2 a grade and you would be more accurate.

Liviu Bird of the Deseret with tactical analysis.

Chris Enger of the Deseret with a view from the fans perspective.

Andrew Reeves of the Deseret with a rounded up a few choice Twitter messages directed at RSL's win.

Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated with three thoughts from the match.

Simon Evans of Reuters on the last minute heroics of Morales.

And more from Reuters on Kyle Beckerman being suspended for Leg 2 due to yellow card accumulation.

Ives Galarcep of Fox Sports on RSL's big night in Mexico.

The yellow card to Aldo di Nigris was brutal. He got booked after scoring for pulling the front of his shirt up over his face. Not off. Or even over his head. He just pulled it up, and got booked. He will miss the second game due to yellow card accumulation. What a disgrace. You always want to win a championship against a team that gives it everything they have.



Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Wed Apr 20
Monterrey 2-2 Real Salt Lake - Mon goals by Aldo Di Nigris & Humberto Suazo(PK). RSL goals by Nat Borchers & Javier Morales.
Match report from the Salt Lake Tribune.
Match report from the Deseret News.
2nd Leg
-Wed Apr 27
Real Salt Lake v Monterrey (2-2) - 9pm CT on FSC


Real Salt Lake has a current streak of 34 games at home without a loss.

Only a few tickets remain on sale for next weeks grand finale.


It is fantastic to see the Deseret News cover the RSL game in Monterrey like a major sporting event. I lost track of how many articles they ran. But they had the match report, post game analysis, post game notes, player rating, tactical analysis and even a columnist opinion piece. Wow. Thank you Deseret News.


Well well well.

The Boston Globe reports that the Kraft family who own the New England Revolution and Patriots are giving the University of Massachusetts free use of their Gillette Stadium for college football beginning this fall. (thanks to Eric for the heads up)
-So what does this mean for the Revs use of the stadium? Obviously a lot more wear and tear on the awful fake grass, and more games with the insulting football lines painted on. But will it also put another cramp in the scheduling process. Yes it will. The bigger question is how do the Revs fall in the pecking order - the Pats are definitely #1, so are the Revs the #2 priority or #3?


Frank Dell'Apa of the Boston Globe on the newest member of the New England Revolution 26 year old attacking midfielder Benny Feilhaber.


Real Madrid & Barcelona face off 4 times in 3 competitions in 18 days beginning on Saturday April 16.


Madrid are the Spanish cup champions for 2011. Huge congrats to them!

Game 2 on Wednesday was the Final of the Copa Del Rey aka The Kings Cup, played on a neutral field.

Phil McNulty of the BBC on RM winnnig the Copa.


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Apr 16
Real Madrid 1-1 Barcelona - Primera Division - RM goal by Cristiano Ronaldo(PK). Bar goal by Lionel Messi(PK).
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu - Madrid
-Wed Apr 20
Barcelona 0-1 Real Madrid - Copa Del Rey Final - RM goal by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Venue: Estadio Mestalla - Valencia
-Wed Apr 27
Real Madrid v Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Semifinal Leg 1 - 1:45pm CT on FSC
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu - Madrid
-Tue May 3
Barcelona v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Semifinal Leg 2 - 1:45pm CT on FSC
Venue: Camp Nou - Barcelona


Team - Win - Tie - Loss
Barcelona - 0 -- 1 --- 1
Real Madrid - 1 - 1 -- 0


"...we’re not going to waste any time getting him on the field."

-Steve Nicol, head coach New England Revolution on new signing Benny Feilhaber.


Yesterday we linked to an article saying financier Royal Emirates Group was in the process of buying Spanish team Real Zaragoza. That is actually wrong, as they have bought Getafe. And renamed the team Getafe Team Dubai. Here is the new logo.


Celtic manager Neal Lennon and two other well known Catholics in Scotland received letter bombs this week. No one was hurt.


Week 6

Matches & Scores:
-Thu Apr 21
DC United v New York Red Bulls - 7:00pm CT on ESPN2
Venue: RFK Stadium - Washington DC
-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):
10 Philadelphia Union (+2 GD)
8 Houston Dynamo (+2 GD)
8 Columbus Crew (+1 GD)
8 New York Red Bulls (+1 GD)
7 DC United (+1 GD)
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)


General News

Elliot Almond of the San Jose Mercury News on the friction between MLS's old focus of family friendly, and the new charge of soccer supporters culture.
-I don't understand why supporters groups can't act a little more mature and lose the foul language. Its actually a lot more fun to be creative then just yell You Suck Asshole every time there is a goal kick.


Scott French of ESPN tells us why Chivas did not add Benny Feilhaber to their team.


Tom Reed of the Dispatch on the Crew's second coming of Steven Lenart, #32 and all, Tom Heinemann. Oh, and his hair is brown instead of blonde. But the rest is the same. Exactly the same.


Steven Goff of the Washington Post on the return to full health (finally) for attacking midfielder Chris Pontius.

Craig Stoufer of the Examiner sees the master in the I95 rivalry has swayed away from DC and toward NY.

Thomas Floyd of the Washington Times with an article on young keeper Bill Hamid.


Marc Weber of The Province on little known Brazilian Camilo Sanvezzo who has had a great start to the season for the Caps.

Weber also introduces us to Caps goalkeeper coach Mike Salmon.


The Stars play two friendlies this weekend. Both at the National Sports Center in Blaine MN and are free and open to the public.

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


Matches & Scores:
-Wed Apr 20
Carolina RailHawks 2-0 FC Edmonton - CRH goals by Etienne Barbara & Nick Zimmerman.
-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)


Matches & Scores:
-Tue Apr 19
USA U18 1-4 Portland Timbers Reserves - USA goal by . PT goals by Darlington Nagbe, Ryan Pore, Chris Taylor & Spencer Thompson.
-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


The more senior version of the U17 team, and the one made up primarily of players who will be going to the World Cup this summer are off to train and play some games in Mexico.

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Apr 27
Mexico U17 v USA U17
-Sun May 1
Mexico U17 v USA U17

Wade Hamilton - Arsenal FC
Kendall McIntosh - San Jose Earthquakes Academy
Fernando Pina - Houston Dynamo
Kellyn Acosta - FC Dallas Juniors
Joe Amon - South Carolina United FC
Zach Carroll - Vardar
Mobi Fehr - Tokyo Verdy 1969
Alessandro Mion - Kendall SC
Reed Norton - Concorde Fire
Nathan Smith - Cal Odyssey
Andrew Souders - Crew Soccer Academy
Matt Dunn - FC Koln
Alejandro Guido - Aztecs Premier
Fernando Laverde - FC Dallas Juniors
Nico Melo - Florida Rush
Marc Pelosi - De Anza Force
Esteban Rodriguez - Cosmos Academy West
Tarik Salkicic - Strictly Soccer
Dillon Serna - Colorado Rapids Academy
Colton Storm - HMMS Eagle FC
Kellen Gulley - MS Chicago Fire Juniors
Alfred Koroma - Solar Chelsea FC
Jack McBean - LA Galaxy
Mario Rodriguez - Central Aztecs


US Soccer presents the new youth coaching curriculum.
-Quotes from the unveiling event by US Soccer technical director Claudio Reyna, former star player Brian McBride and others.


Brian Sciaretta of Yanks Abroad talks to Robbie Findley about finally being healthy enough to have a chance to be in to the Nottingham Forest line up for the first time this weekend, and his future.


Clarence Goodson got the first goal of the game which turned out to be the winner for his new team Brondby today.


Game Action:

BELGIUM - Pro League - Playoff I
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht - Wed Apr 20 - played the full game getting a yellow card as they drew 1-1 at Gent.

ENGLAND - Championship League
Zak Whitbread - Norwich - Thu Apr 21 - went the full 90 as they won 0-1 at Ipswich.

DENMARK - Superliga -
Clarence Goodson - Brondy - Thu Apr 21 - went the distance scoring the first goal as they won 3-0 v Esbjerg.
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - Thu Apr 21 - did not suit up as they won 1-2 at OB.
Chris Rolfe - AaB - Wed Apr 20 - on the bench as they won 4-1 v Randers.

GERMANY - Bundesliga
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - Thu Apr 21 - played the entire game as they won 0-1 at Freiburg.
Daniel Williams - Freiburg - Thu Apr 21 - on the bench as they lost 0-1 v Hannover.

SWEDEN - Allsvenskan Liga
Alejandro Bedoya - Orebro - Thu Apr 21 - played the whole game as they won 1-2 at Hacken.


Round 16 of 17 coming up.


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


Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier is in the hospital for a few days of testing after suffering chest pains. Several years ago he suffered a heart attack.


The Guardian with an article on the continuing idiocy of Man City forward Mario Balotelli.



Real Madrid won the cup with a goal by their superstar in extra added time.

Match & Score:
-Wed Apr 20
Barcelona 0-1 Real Madrid - RM goal by Cristiano Ronaldo.



Milan & Palermo tied in their 1st Leg game on Wednesday. Inter won on Tuesday.

2nd Leg games are next week.

Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Tue Apr 19
Roma 0-1 Inter
-Wed Apr 20
Milan 2-2 Palermo


Who are the top goal scorers so far: (as of Mon Thu Apr 21, 2011)

Premier League
21 Dimitar Berbatov - Manchester United
19 Carlos Tevez - Manchester City
14 Daren Bent - Aston Villa
14 Robin Van Persie - Arsenal

Primera Division
30 Lionel Messi - Barcelona
29 Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid
17 David Villa - Barcelona

Serie A
26 Antonio Di Natale - Udinese
25 Edinson Cavani - Napoli
19 Samuel Eto'o - Inter
19 Marco Di Vaio - Bologna

22 Mario Gomez - Bayern Munich
20 Papiss Demba Cisse - Freiburg
16 Theofanis Gekas - Eintracht Frankfurt

Ligue 1
21 Moussa Sow - Lille
17 Kevin Gameiro - Lorient
16 Youssef El Arabi - Caen

19 Bjorn Vleminckx - NEC Nijmegen
18 Dmitry Bulykin - ADO Den Haag
18 Mads Junker - Roda JC

Premeira Liga
22 Hulk - Porto
15 Joao Tomas - Rio Ave
14 Radamel Falcao - Porto

Premier League
16 Gary Hooper - Celtic
15 Conor Sammon - Kilmarnock
15 Anthony Stokes - Hibernian

20 Djibril Cisse - Panathinaikos - Greece
19 Alex - Fenerbache - Turkey
17 Jelle Vossen - Genk - Belgium

Top Goal Scorers In Europe's Biggest Leagues:
30 Lionel Messi - Barcelona
29 Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid
26 Antonio Di Natale - Udinese
25 Edinson Cavani - Napoli
22 Mario Gomez - Bayern Munich
22 Hulk - Porto
21 Dimitar Berbatov - Manchester United
21 Moussa Sow - Lille
20 Djibril Cisse - Panathinaikos - Greece
20 Papiss Demba Cisse - Freiburg
19 Alex - Fenerbache
19 Samuel Eto'o - Inter
19 Carlos Tevez - Manchester City
19 Marco Di Vaio - Bologna
19 Bjorn Vleminckx - NEC Nijmegen


Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian on Bosnia's current conflict with both UEFA and FIFA over federation administration.


This is the final week of Group Stage games.


The the very last day of the group stage America, Fluminense, Cerron Porteno & Santos advanced to the knockout rounds.

5 of the advancing teams from Brazil, 2 from Argentina, 2 from Mexico, 2 from Colombia, 2 from Paraguay, 1 from Ecuador, 1 from Uruguay and 1 from Chile.

Meaning Argentinos Juniors, Nacional & Colo-Colo were eliminated.


Advanced:(16) America, Cerron Porteno, Chiapas Jaguares, Cruzeiro, Estudiantes, Fluminense, Gremio, Internacional, Junior, LDU Quito, Libertad, Once Caldas, Penarol, Santos, Univ Catolica, Velez Sarsfield

Out:(16) Argentinos Juniors, Caracas, Colo-Colo, Depor Tachira, Depor Tolima, Emelec, Godoy Cruz, Guarani, Independiente, Jorge Wilstermann, Leon de Huanuco, Nacional, Oriente Petrolero, San Luis, Union Espanola, Univ San Martin


Group Stage
Matches & Scores:
-Tue Apr 19
Jorge Wilstermann 2-1 Jaguares - JW goals by Fabio Mineiro & Nicolas Torres. Jag goal by Julio Frias.
Internacional 2-0 Emelec - Int goals by Rafael Sobis & Leandro Damiao.
Libertad 2-0 San Luis - Lib goals by Jorge Gonzalez & Nicolas Pavlovich.
Univ San Martin 0-2 Once Caldas - OC goals by Wason Renteria & Matias Mirabaje.
-Wed Apr 20
Santos 3-1 Deportivo Tachira - San goals by Neymar, Jonathan Cicero & Danilo de Silva. DT goal by Gerzon Chacon.
Colo Colo 2-3 Cerro Porteno - CC goals by Cristobal Jorquera & Esteban Paredes. CP goals by Jonathan Fabbro(2) & Ivan Piris.
Nacional 0-0 America
Argentinos Juniors 2-4 Fluminense - AJ goals by Santiago Salcedo(PK) & Gustavo Oberman. Flu goals by Julio Cesar, Fred(2) & Rafael Moura.


Group 1
ADV-14 Libertad (Paraguay) (+8 gd) (6 gp)
ADV-7 Once Caldas (Colombia) (-1 gd) (6 gp)
OUT-6 Univ San Martin (Peru) (-3 gd) (6 gp)
OUT-5 San Luis (Mexico) (-3 gd) (6 gp)
Group 2
ADV-13 Junior (Colombia) (+2 gd) (6 gp)
ADV-10-Gremio (Brazil) (+3 gd) (6 gp)
OUT-6 Oriente Petrolero (Bolivia) (-1 gd) (6 gp)
OUT-5 Leon de Huanuco (Peru) (-4 gd) (6 gp)
Group 3
ADV-10 America (Mexico) (+1 gd) (6 gp)
ADV-8 Fluminense (Brazil) (0 gd) (6 gp)
OUT-8 Nacional (Uruguay) (0 gd) (6 gp)
OUT-7 Argentinos Juniors (Argentina) (-1 gd) (6 gp)
Group 4
ADV-12 Univ Catolica (Chile) (+2 gd) (6 gp)
ADV-11 Velez Sarsfield (Argentina) (+5 gd) (6 gp)
OUT-9 Caracas (Venezuela) (-3 gd) (6 gp)
OUT-4 Union Espanola (Chile) (-4 gd) (6 gp)
Group 5
ADV-11 Cerro Porteno (Paraguay) (+5 gd) (6 gp)
ADV-11 Santos (Brazil) (+3 gd) (6 gp)
OUT-9 Colo-Colo (Chile) (-1 gd) (6 gp)
OUT-2 Depor Tachira (Venezuela) (-7 gd) (6 gp)
Group 6
ADV-13 Internacional (Brazil) (+11 gd) (6 gp)
ADV-9 Chiapas Jaguares (-2 gd) (6 gp)
OUT-8 Emelec (Ecuador) (-1 gd) (6 gp)
OUT-4 Jorge Wilstermann (Bolivia) (-8 gd) (6 gp)
Group 7
ADV-16 Cruzeiro (Brazil) (+19 gd) (6 gp)
ADV-10 Estudiantes (Argentina) (-2 gd) (6 gp)
OUT-8 Depor Tolima (Colombia) (-3 gd) (6 gp)
OUT-0 Guarani (Paraguay) (-14 gd) (6 gp)
Group 8
ADV-10 LDU Quito (Ecuador) (+8 gd) (6 gp)
ADV-9 Penarol (Uruguay) (-5 gd) (6 gp)
OUT-8 Independiente (Argentina) (-1 gd) (6 gp)
OUT-7 Gody Cruz (Argentina) (-2 gd) (6 gp)


Knock Out Rounds

Round Of 16
Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Tue Apr 26
Velez Sarsfield v LDU Quito
Gremio v Univ Catolica
-Wed Apr 27
Once Caldas v Cruzeiro
Santos v America
Chiapas Jaguares v Junior
Estuniantes v Cerro Porteno
-Thu Apr 28
Fluminense v Libertad
Penarol v Internacional


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