Friday, May 06, 2011

Some News for Fri May 6, 2011


Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America writes about that growing passion for soccer in the USA that you and I feel everyday. It may not be huge or the best, but you can literally feel the vibrations of it all getting slowly bigger and bigger.


"Trying to defend Barcelona is like trying to nail Jello to the ceiling."

-Ray Hudson, commentator, GolTV

Jonah Freedman of says MLS needs Ray Hudson back in the fold, if for nothing else more creativity and flash.
-Hear! Hear!


Matches & Scores:
-Sat May 7
Roma v Milan - if Milan win the Serie A Scudetto is theirs regardless of what other teams do
-Sun May 8
Manchester United v Chelsea - #1 v #2 with just 3 points between them
Lyon v Marseille - #3 hosts #2, with Marseille in the heart of the battle for the championship
Barcelona v Espanyol - the Barcelona city derby
Udinese v Lazio - #5 v #4 as they fight for the last spot in the Champions League for next season


Ives Galarcep of Fox Soccer looks at the ouster of Thomas Rongen from the USA U20 team.
-This team was supposedly the most talented team ever, yet they failed to qualify for the World Cup which has never happened to the USA team.

Charles Boehm of Potomac Soccer Wire does a Q & A with Rongen about this development. (Thanks to Charles, a different one, for the link)


Many have labeled Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a malcontent, but with Milan this season he is on the verge of winning his 8th league title in a row. Impressive.


Week 8

Weekend highlights: Can Portland win a 4th in a row at home? Will Real Salt Lake bounce back? Who is the superest of the Superclubs - LA or NY?


Matches & Scores:
-Wed May 4
DC United 2-1 Seattle Sounders FC - DCU goals by Josh Wolff & Charlie Davies. SS goal by Brad Evans(PK).
Venue: RFK Stadium - Washington DC
Attendance: 11,254
Houston Dynamo 1-2 Colorado Rapids - HD goal by Colin Clark. CR goals by Jaime Smith & Scott Palguta.
Venue: Robertson Stadium - Houston TX
Attendance: 13,206
-Fri May 6
Portland Timbers v Philadelphia Union - 9:30pm CT on FSC
Venue: JELD-WEN Field - Portland OR
-Sat May 7
Real Salt Lake v CD Chivas USA - 3:00pm CT on Telefutura
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium - Sandy UT
Toronto FC v Houston Dynamo - 6:00pm CT on Direct Kick
Venue: BMO Field - Toronto ON
DC United v FC Dallas - 6:30pm CT on Direct Kick
Venue: RFK Stadium - Washington DC
Columbus Crew v Seattle Sounders FC - 6:30pm CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Crew Stadium - Columbus OH
New England Revolution v Colorado Rapids - 6:30pm CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Gillette Stadium - Foxborough MA
Chicago Fire SC v Vancouver Whitecaps FC - 7:30pm CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Toyota Park - Bridgeview IL
LA Galaxy v New York Red Bulls - 10:00pm CT on ESPN2
Venue: The Home Depot Center - Carson CA


14 New York Red Bulls (+8 GD) (8 GP)
13 Philadelphia Union (+3 GD) (6 GP)
12 Columbus Crew (+2 GD) (7 GP)
12 Houston Dynamo (+4 GD) (8 GP)
10 DC United (-5 GD) (8 GP)
9 New England Revolution (-4 GD) (8 GP)
7 Toronto FC (-6 GD) (8 GP)
6 Chicago Fire SC (-3 GD) (7 GP)
4 Sporting Kansas City (-3 GD) (6 GP)

15 LA Galaxy (+2 GD) (9 GP)
13 Colorado Rapids (+2 GD) (8 GP)
12 Real Salt Lake (+6 GD) (5 GP)
12 Seattle Sounders FC (+2 GD) (9 GP)
10 FC Dallas (0 GD) (7 GP)
10 Portland Timbers (-3 GD) (7 GP)
9 CD Chivas USA (+2 GD) (7 GP)
6 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (-3 GD) (8 GP)
5 San Jose Earthquakes (-4 GD) (7 GP)



The Laxy will play a friendly against Jose's team this summer
-Sat Jul 16
LA Galaxy v Real Madrid(Spain)
Venue: Memorial Coliseum - Los Angeles


Matches & Scores:
-Mon May 9
Columbus Crew v New England Revolution
Seattle Sounders v Chivas USA


MLS Reserve League Standings Etc.


Matches & Scores:
-Sat May 7
FC Tampa Bay v Carolina RailHawks
Atlanta Silverbacks v FC Edmonton
NSC Minnesota Stars v Fort Lauderdale Strikers


Standings (as of Sun May 1):
10 Puerto Rico Islanders (+5 GD) (4 GP)
7 Carolina RailHawks (+2 GD) (4 GP)
6 FC Edmonton (-5 GD) (4 GP)
5 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (0 GD) (4 GP)
5 NSC Minnesota Stars (-1 GD) (4 GP)
5 FC Tampa Bay (-1 GD) (4 GP)
4 Montreal Impact (+3 GD) (4 GP)
1 Atlanta Silverbacks (-3 GD) (4 GP)


Brian Sciaretta of Yanks Abroad talks to long time German leagues player Joe Enochs who has become head coach at Osnabruck and is trying to save them from relegation out of the 2 Bundesliga.


Game Action:

BELGIUM - Pro League - Playoff I
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht - Fri May 6 - went the distance getting a yellow card but lost 1-0 at Genk.


Coming Up:

PRIMERA DIVISION - Liguilla Quarterfinals
2nd Leg
Jonathan Bornstein - UANL Tigres - Sat May 7 v Guadalajara
Sonny Guadarrama - Atlante - Sat May 7 v Cruz Azul
Miguel Ponce - Guadalajara - Sat May 7 at Tigres UANL

LIGA DE ASCENSO (2nd division) - Promotion Playoff Semifinals
2nd Leg
Joe Benny Corona - Tijuana - Sat May 7 at Leon
Marco Vidal - Leon - Sat May 7 v Tijuana


Laguilla - Quarterfinals (2 Legs)

Recap du Nord: Monterrey continued their revival on Thu night with a big home win, and Morelia were even more impressive as they only road team to win in Leg 1.

Matches & Scores: (seeds included)
1st Leg
-Wed May 4
Guadalajara(8) 3-1 UANL Tigres(1) - Gua goals by Omar Arellano, Mario De Luna & Marco Fabian(OG). UT goal by Jesus Molina.
Cruz Azul(5) 2-1 Atlante(4) - CA goals both by Chaco Jimenez. Atl goal by Giancarlo Maldonado.
-Thu May 5
Monterrey(7) 3-1 UNAM Pumas(2) - Mon goals by Osvaldo Martinez, Walter Ayovi & Humberto Suazo. UP goal by Martin Bravo.
America(6) 1-2 Morelia(3) - Ame goal by Daniel Marquez. Mor goals by Manuel Perez & Rafael Marquez Lugo.
2nd Leg (1st Leg scores included)
-Sat May 7
UANL Tigres(1) v Guadalajara(8) (1-3)
Atlante(4) v Cruz Azul(5) (1-2)
-Sun May 8
UNAM Pumas(2) v Monterrey(7) (1-3)
Morelia(3) v America(6) (2-1)

If series ends tied the first tie breaker is seeding.


Canadian Championship

1st Leg
-Wed May 18
Vancover Whitecaps v Toronto FC
2nd Leg
-Wed May 25
Toronto FC v Vancover Whitecaps

The winner advances to the preliminary round of the CONCACAF Champions League.



Clausura - Final
1st Leg
-Sun May 8
Motagua v Olimpia
2nd Leg
-Sun May 15
Olimpia v Motagua



Claurusa - Semifinals
1st Leg
-Thu May 5
Malacateco 0-0 Municipal
Comunicaciones 2-0 Heredia - Com goals by Rigoberto Gomez & Transito Montepeque(PK).
2nd Leg
-Sun May 8
Municipal v Malacateco (0-0)
Heredia v Comunicaciones (0-2)


Costa Rica

Torneo De Verano - Final
1st Leg
-Sun May 8
Alajuelense v San Carlos
2nd Leg
-Sat May 14
San Carlos v Alajuelense


Barclays has named West Brom forward Peter Odemwingie the Player of the Month, and Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti the Manager of the Month for April 2011.


Top of the Premier League Table: (35 of 38 GP)
73 Man United - Sun May 8 v Chelsea
70 Chelsea - Sun May 8 at Man United
67 Arsenal - Sun May 8 at Stoke
62 Man City - Sat May 7 at Everton
55 Liverpool - Mon May 9 at Fulham


Top of the Primera Division Table: (34 of 38 GP)
88 Barcelona - Sun May 8 v Espanyol
80 Real Madrid - Sat May 7 at Sevilla
63 Valencia - Sat May 7 v Real Sociedad
60 Villarreal - Sun May 8 at Mallorca
52 Atletico Madrid - Sat May 7 v Malaga


Top of the Ligue 1 Table: (33 GP of 38)
63 Lille - Sat May 7 at Nancy
62 Marsielle - Sun May 8 at Lyon
56 Lyon - Sun May 8 v Marseille
56 PSG - Sat May 7 at Monaco
52 Rennes - Sun May 8 at Valenciennes


Top of the Bundesliga Table: (32 of 34 GP)
**72 Borussia Dortmund - Sat May 7 at Werder Bremen
64 Bayer Leverkusen - Sat May 7 v Hamburg
59 Bayern Munich - Sat May 7 at St Pauli
57 Hannover - Sat May 7 at Stuttgart
52 Mainz - Sat May 7 at Schalke

** 2010/11 Champions


Top of the Serie A Table: (35 of 38 GP)
77 Milan - Sat May 7 at Roma
69 Inter - Sun May 8 v Fiorentina
68 Napoli - Sun May 8 at Lecce
60 Lazio - Sun May 8 at Udinese
59 Udinese - Sun May 8 v Lazio



KNVB Beker - Final
-Sun May 8
Ajax v Twente


Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has been given a 5 game ban for comments he made about referees after the 1st Leg of their Champions League series against Barcelona.
-He has already served the first game, and the last 3 games are suspended if he remains uncharged again for the next three years.


Round Of 16

Recap du Nord: The variety of countries (7) represented in the Quarterfinals is extraordinary. We are so used to Brazil and Argentina dominating that this is a refreshing surprise indeed. Yes Santos has the biggest name, but you would have a hard time calling anyone the clear favorite now. Of the teams left Junior and Libertad had the best records in the group stage.

Last night in the last games of the Round of 16 Velez Sarsfield coasted to an easy win, Chiapas Jaguares of Mexico surprisingly moved forward and Cerro Porteno needed Penalties to win after 2 scoreless legs.


ADV: Cerro Porteno (Paraguay), Chiapas Jaguares (Mexico), Libertad (Paraguay), Once Caldas (Colombia), Penarol (Uruguay), Santos (Brazil), Universidad Catolica (Chile) & Velez Sarsfield (Argentina).

OUT: America, Cruzeiro, Estudiantes, Fluminense, Gremio, Internacional, Junior & LDU Quito.


Matches & Scores:
2nd Leg (with 1st Leg scores included)
-Tue May 3
America 0-0 Santos - San advances 1-0 on aggreagte.
-Wed May 4
Univ Catolica 1-0 Gremio UC advances 3-1 on aggregate. UC goal by Milovan Mirosevic.
Cruzeiro 0-2 Once Caldas - OC advances 3-2 on aggregate. OC goals by Diego Amaya & Dayro Moreno.
Internacional 1-2 Penarol - Pen advances 3-2 on aggregate. Int goal by Oscar. Pen goals by Alejandro Martinuccio & Juan Manuel Olivera.
Libertad 3-0 Fluminense - Lib advances 4-3 on aggregate. Lib goals by Rodrigo Rojas, Miguel Samudio & Jose Portelli.
-Thu May 5
LDU Quito 0-2 Velez Sarsfield - VS advances 5-0 on aggregate. VS goals by Ricardo Alvarez & Ivan Bella.
Cerro Porteno 0-0 Estuniantes - series ends scoreless, CP advances 5-3 in Penalty Kick Shootout.
Junior 3-3 Chiapas Jaguares - series ends tied 4-4, CJ advanes on away goals tie breaker. Jun goals by Juan Valencia, Luis Paez(PK) & Carlos Bacca. CJ goals by Jackson Martinez(2) & Edgar Andrade.



Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Wed May 11
Penarol v Universidad Catolica
Once Caldas v Santos FC
-Thu May 12
Velez Sarsfield v Libertad
Chiapas Jaguares v Cerro Porteno
2nd Leg
-Wed May 18
Libertad v Velez Sarsfield
Santos FC v Once Caldas
-Thu May 19
Universidad Catolica v Penarol
Cerro Porteno v Chiapas Jaguares


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