Monday, May 23, 2011

Some News for Mon May 23, 2011


Lille has won the French Ligue 1 Championship. It is their first title since 1954!


NSC Minnesota Stars game watch party Mon May 23 8:30pm - Sweetwater in St Paul - the team is in Edmonton for the first time ever.


UNAM Pumas has won the Mexican Primera Clausura championship. Huge congrats to them. Mas Cerveza Por Favor.


Fenerbache won the Turkish Super Lig over Trabzonspor by goal differential.


CSKA Moskva won the Russian Cup.


Celtic has won the Scottish League Cup.


Head coach Carlo Ancelotti was fired by Chelsea.


Former MLS striker Alecko Eskandarian graduated from college at Virginia over the weekend.


The Return of Freddy.

Gold Cup

The team will begin training Thu May 26 in Cary NC.

On a press conference call today Bob Bradley commented on a few players in particular who were left off the roster, and one who was included:
-Brad Guzan - left off for personal reasons
-Timmy Chandler - didn't make sense at this time as he is physically and mentally worn out (a bad cut on his foot kept him out of 2 games late in the season)
-Charlie Davies - still not ready
-Teal Bunbury - potential, but is not the right time for him, he has not been sharp, Wondo beat him out with his quality
-Alejandro Bedoya - seen good things from him, tough decision to leave off
-Robbie Rogers - has ability, build on things that Bradley has seen, push him further

Matches & Scores:
-Sat Jun 4
USA v Spain
Venue: Gillette Stadium - Foxborough MA
Group Stage
-Tue Jun 7
USA v Canada
Venue: Ford Field - Detroit MI
-Sat Jun 11
USA v Panama
Venue: Raymond James Stadium - Tampa FL
-Tue Jun 14
USA v Guadaloupe
Venue: Livestrong Sporting Park - Kansas City KS

USA Roster
Marcus Hahnemann - Wolverhampton
Tim Howard - Everton
Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake
Carlos Bocanegra - Saint-Etienne
Jonathan Bornstein - UANL Tigres
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover
Clarence Goodson - Brondby
Eric Lichaj - Aston Villa
Oguchi Onyewu - Twente
Tim Ream - New York Red Bulls
Jonathan Spector - West Ham
Freddy Adu - Rizespor
Michael Bradley - Aston Villa
Clint Dempsey - Fulham
Landon Donovan - LA Galaxy
Maurice Edu - Rangers
Benny Feilhaber - New England Revolution
Jermaine Jones - Blackburn
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht
Robbie Rogers - Columbus Crew
Juan Agudelo - New York Red Bulls
Jozy Altidore - Bursaspor
Chris Wondolowski - San Jose Earthquakes


Jere Longman of the New York Times with a feature story on the best player in the world Lionel Messi.


"There's no issue with our club. There's no issue with our manager. There's no issue with our players. The only issue will be from people who ask questions."
-David Beckham responding to reporters asking if there is any problem with him missing a LA Galaxy game this week so he can go to England and play in an exhibition match honoring his former teammate Gary Neville.

He is quick to forget one group who might have an issue with it are the FANS WHO PAY FOR TICKETS, JERSEYS ETC ETC ETC.

Who does this jack-a-lope think he is kidding?


Here is the draw for the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League.

Preliminary Round (2 Legs) - matches played Jul 26-28 & Aug 2-4

Motagua (Honduras) v Municipal (Guatemala)
Mexican runner-up (Monarcas Morelia or Pumas UNAM) v Caribbean Football Union 2nd-place finisher
Isidro Metapán (El Salvador) v Caribbean Football Union 1st-place finisher
Santos Laguna (Mexico) v Olimpia (Honduras)
Alianza (El Salvador) v FC Dallas (USA)
Canadian champion (Toronto FC or Vancouver Whitecaps FC) v Nicaragua qualifier (Real Esteli or Walter Ferreti)
San Francisco (Panama) v Seattle Sounders FC (USA)
Herediano (Costa Rica) v Caribbean Football Union 3rd-place finisher


Group Stage (round robin home & away) - matches played Aug 16 to Oct 20

LA Galaxy (USA)
Alajuelense (Costa Rica)
Winner Loser Pumas v Morelia v Caribbean 2nd place
Winner Motagua v Municipal

Colorado Rapids (USA)
Real Espana (Honduras)
Winner Santos Laguna v Olimpia
Winner Metapan v Caribbean 1st place

Winner Pumas v Morelia
Tauro (Panama)
Winner Alianza v FC Dallas
Winner Toronto v Vancouver v Winner Real Esteli or Walter Ferreri

Monterrey (Mexico)
Comunicaciones (Guatemala)
Winner Seattle v San Francisco
Winner Herediano v Caribbean 3rd-place



FC Porto has won the crown for 2010-11! Huge congrats to them.
-They also won the Portuguese Primera League and the League Cup. What a season.

-Wed May 18
Porto 1-0 Braga - Por goal by Radamel Falcao.
Venue: Dublin Arena - Dublin


Frank Dell'Apa of the Boston Globe reports that under new ownership Roma's sporting director Walter Sabatini is going strong after Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley.


Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid finished the season 40 league goals, setting a new record, which was previously 38 set up Telmo Zarra of Athletic Bilbao 1950-51 and Hugo Sanchez of Real Madrid in 1989-90. Wow.

The Spanish award for most goals scored each season is called the Pichichi.


Amazing Seattle tifo from last week's big Northwest showdown with Portland:


Ajax has taken a shot at trying to upstage Real Madrid's drop the trophy off the top of the bus trick. See it here.


Hear the 4th and final part of my appearance with Derek and Brett from The Straight Red Card. Download or listen here.


The front office of the San Jose Earthquakes should be embarrassed every single time they can't sell out a home stadium that holds less that 11,000. This week they only drew 9,736. Come on! Why did the owner want a team back in the Bay Area again? Do your hard working players and excellent fans some justice and get to work marketing this team like they are something to be proud of.


Week 10

Matches & Scores:
-Sat May 21
Philadelphia Union 2-1 Chicago Fire SC - PU goals by Michael Farfan & Carlos Ruiz. CF goal by Dominic Oduro.
Venue: PPL Park
Attendance: 18,327
Houston Dynamo 2-2 New York Red Bulls - HD goals by Brad Davis(PK) & Koke. NYRB goals by Dane Richards & Mehdi Ballouchy.
Venue: Robertson Stadium
Attendance: 25,314
CD Chivas USA 0-1 LA Galaxy - LAG goal by Chad Barrett.
Venue: The Home Depot Center
Attendance: 27,000
Seattle Sounders FC 1-0 Sporting Kansas City - SS goal by Jeff Parke.
Venue: Qwest Field
Attendance: 36,098
San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 New England Revolution - SJE goals by Ellis McLoughlin & Bobby Convey. NER goal by Chris Tierney.
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium
Attendance: 9,736
Portland Timbers 1-0 Columbus Crew - PT goal by Eric Brunner.
Venue: JELD-WEN Field
Attendance: 18,627
-Sun May 22
FC Dallas 0-0 Real Salt Lake
Venue: Pizza Hut Park
Attendance: 10550
Colorado Rapids 0-0 Toronto FC
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Attendance: 13,598


Week 11

There are 4 Wednesday games to start us off.

-Wed May 25
New York Red Bulls v Colorado Rapids - 6:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Red Bull Arena
Toronto FC v Vancouver Whitecaps FC - 7:00PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: BMO Field
Seattle Sounders FC v FC Dallas - 9:00PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Qwest Field
LA Galaxy v Houston Dynamo - 9:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: The Home Depot Center


EJECTIONS: None this week. can you believe that?


17 Philadelphia Union (+1 GD) (10 GP)
16 New York Red Bulls (+7 GD) (10 GP)
14 Houston Dynamo (+3 GD) (11 GP)
13 Columbus Crew (-2 GD) (10 GP)
13 New England Revolution (-4 GD) (11 GP)
12 DC United (-5 GD) (10 GP)
12 Toronto FC (-6 GD) (12 GP)
8 Chicago Fire SC (-4 GD) (10 GP)
4 Sporting Kansas City (-7 GD) (8 GP)

23 LA Galaxy (+6 GD) (13 GP)
18 FC Dallas (+3 GD) (11 GP)
17 Real Salt Lake (+7 GD) (8 GP)
17 Portland Timbers (-1 GD) (10 GP)
17 Seattle Sounders FC (+3 GD) (12 GP)
16 Colorado Rapids (+2 GD) (11 GP)
12 CD Chivas USA (+1 GD) (10 GP)
12 San Jose Earthquakes (0 GD) (10 GP)
8 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (-4 GD) (11 GP)


Chris Wondolowski is our Player of the Week. He has been playing his ass off lately, and looking great doing so. On Saturday he had a phantastic point perfect precision pass all the way across the 18 yard box to a storming Ellis McLoughlin who equaled the effort with his header back across to the far post for a skewering goal against New England. Wondo has been on fire! See it here.


General News

Steve Davis of Sports Illustrated with five things you should know from Week 10 in MLS.

Kyle McCarthy of with a look at set pieces and the week just finished in MLS.


One time Chicago Fire goal scorer and MLS Rookie of the Year Damani Ralph is now a player agent.


Last week Chivas signed 23 year old forward Chris Cortez from their academy team, and he made his senior debut on right away.


Colorado is said to be looking to add depth at centerback.


International Friendly against the new Dutch champs.
-Sun May 22
DC United 1-2 Ajax (Netherlands) - DCU goal by Blake Brettschneider. Aja goals by Miralem Sulejmani & Vurnon Anita.

During that game forward Charlie Davies was out injured so he went into the stands with the fans banging on drums and singing songs.
-This has become something like a tradition in DC with Cristian Gomez first spotted with fans at a New York road game while he was serving a suspension, and then Jaime Moreno joining in at a home game.

DC United has a brief video interview with former USA and Ajax great John O'Brien. He is not a man of many words, but its always great to see him.


LA has signed defender Kyle Davies who was released from Dallas earlier this month.


Philly midfield phenom Zach Pfeffer had surgery to remove his appendix on Monday.


Aaron Fentress of the Oregonian on the continuing war or words between Timbers head coach John Spencer and Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid.

Fentress with a feature on Timbers centerback Eric Brunner.


RSL got its first point EVER in Dallas. Had lost in all 9 previous trips.


Joao Plata of TFC called in to Ecuador squad pre-Copa America for the first time ever


23 LA Galaxy (+6 GD) (13 GP)
18 FC Dallas (+3 GD) (11 GP)
17 Real Salt Lake (+7 GD) (8 GP)
17 Philadelphia Union (+1 GD) (10 GP)
17 Portland Timbers (-1 GD) (10 GP)
17 Seattle Sounders FC (+3 GD) (12 GP)
16 New York Red Bulls (+7 GD) (10 GP)
16 Colorado Rapids (+2 GD) (11 GP)
14 Houston Dynamo (+3 GD) (11 GP)
13 Columbus Crew (-2 GD) (10 GP)
13 New England Revolution (-4 GD) (11 GP)
12 CD Chivas USA (+1 GD) (10 GP)
12 San Jose Earthquakes (0 GD) (10 GP)
12 DC United (-5 GD) (10 GP)
12 Toronto FC (-6 GD) (12 GP)
8 Chicago Fire SC (-4 GD) (10 GP)
8 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (-4 GD) (11 GP)
4 Sporting Kansas City (-7 GD) (8 GP)


Matches & Scores:
-Wed May 18
NSC Minnesota Stars 2-0 Puerto Rico Islanders - NMS goals by Justin Davis & Devin Del Do.
-Sat May 21
Carolina RailHawks 3-0 Puerto Rico Islanders - CRH goals by .
FC Tampa Bay 3-0 Montreal Impact - FTB goals by .
Atlanta Silverbacks 0-0 Fort Lauderdale Strikers
-Mon May 23
FC Edmonton v NSC Minnesota Stars


Standings (as of Sat May 21):
19 Carolina RailHawks (+10 GD) (8 GP) 2.38 PPG
12 NSC Minnesota Stars (+4 GD) (7 GP) 1.71 PPG
10 Puerto Rico Islanders (0 GD) (6 GP) 1.67 PPG
10 FC Edmonton (-3 GD) (6 GP) 1.67 PPG
9 FC Tampa Bay (0 GD) (7 GP) 1.29 PPG
7 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (-2 GD) (7 GP) 1.00 PPG
4 Montreal Impact (-1 GD) (6 GP) 0.67 PPG
2 Atlanta Silverbacks (-8 GD) (7 GP) 0.29 PPG


MLS Qualifying: - 3rd Stage
-Tue May 24
San Jose Earthquakes v Chicago Fire
-Wed May 25
Sporting Kansas City v New England Revolution - venue TBA

-The 2 winners of this stage advance to the tournament proper.


One time New York Cosmos goalkeeper, Playgirl model, chewing tobacco enthusiast, Friend-In-Football of du Nord, and current Red Bulls TV commentator Shep Messing has been named by the newly rebuilding New York Cosmos as an International Ambassador.
-Here is Shep signing his original contract with the 'mos:


In France for a couple of friendly matches, the USA drew game 1 and lost game 2.

Matches & Scores:
-Tue May 17
France 3-3 USA - USA goal by Conor Doyle, Josh Gatt & Luis Gil.
-Thu May 19
France 1-2 USA - no details available

Cody Cropper - Ipswich Town
Brian Sylvestre - Vancouver Whitecaps
Anthony Brooks - Hertha
Sean Cunningham - Molde
Sacir Hot - New York Red Bulls
Sebastien Ibeagha - Duke
Daniel Potts - West Ham
Kofi Sarkodie - Houston Dynamo
Luis Gil - Real Salt Lake
OUT INJURED-Sebastian Lletget - West Ham
Dillon Powers - Notre Dame
Kelyn Rowe - UCLA
Conor Shanosky - DC United
Victor Ulloa - FC Dallas
Terrence Boyd - Hertha
Conor Doyle - Derby County
Josh Gatt - Molde
OUT INJURED-Joe Gyau - Hoffenheim
Jerome Kiesewetter - Hertha
Donny Toia - Real Salt Lake


USA U18 team in Portugla for Lisbon International

Matches & Scores:
-Wed May 25
USA v Netherlands
-Thu May 26
USA v Portugal
-Sat May 28
USA v Finland

Jeff Gal - Sockers FC
Jon Kempin - Sporting Kansas City
Michael Ambrose - FC Dallas Academy
Jack Coleman - FC Dallas Academy
Bryan Gallego - New York Red Bulls Academy
Jordan McCrary - U North Carolina
Juan Pablo Ocegueda - Tigres
Boyd Okwuonu - FC Dallas Academy
Walker Zimmerman - Furman
Luis Gil - Real Salt Lake
Daniel Metzger - New York Red Bulls Academy
William Packwood - Birmingham City
Victor Pineda - Chicago Fire
Alex Shinksy - U Maryland
Christopher Somerville - Baltimore Bays Chelsea
Wil Trapp - Crew Soccer Academy
Villyan Bijev - Cal Odyssey
Luis Rendon - FC Richmond Magic
Khiry Shelton - Lonestar SC
Jonathan Top - FC Dallas Academy


US Dev Ac teams in the Texas Division, the SoCal Division and the Northwest Division are all moving to a 10 month season.
-US Soccer with more on the story.


Michael Parkhurst & Nordsjaelland won the League Cup or Landspokal in Denmark on Sunday. He looks happy:


Clarence Goodson and Parkhurst will face off in league play on Wednesday!
-They have 2 rounds left in the Superliga season.


Yevgeni Starikov got the start this weekend for Tom' Tomsk against the club he is on loan from, Zenit St Petersburg, and the scored the first goal on a fantastic header as they won!
-Watch video highlights of the game here.


Alejandro Bedoya also scored this weekend for Orebro.


Game Action:

DENMARK - Landspokal - Final
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - played the whole game as they won the League Cup 3-2 v Midtjylland.

DENMARK - Superliga -
Clarence Goodson - Brondy - played the full 90 as they won 1-2 at Lyngby.
Chris Rolfe - AaB - went the distance but they lost 4-3 at Silkeborg.

ENGLAND - Premier League
Michael Bradley - Aston Villa - came on as a sub in the final minute as they won 1-0 v Liverpool.
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - played the whole game and they drew 2-2 v Arsenal.
Brad Friedel - Aston Villa - played the entire match and won 1-0 v Liverpool.
Marcus Hahnemann - Wolverhampton - on the bench as they lost 2-3 v Blackburn.
Tim Howard - Everton - went the distance as they won 1-0 v Chelsea.
Jermaine Jones - Blackburn - went the full 90 as they won 2-3 at Wolverhampton.
Jonathan Spector - West Ham - not dressed as they lost 0-3 v Sunderland.

FINLAND - Veikkausliiga -
Giuseppe Funicello - Mariehamn - on the bench as they won 2-0 v HJK.
Etchu Tabe - RoPS - went the distance getting a yellow card and losing 3-4 v Inter Turku.
Mason Trafford - Mariehamn - went the full 90 getting a yellow card as they won 2-0 v HJK.
Josh Wicks - Mariehamn - played the full game and got the win 2-0 v HJK.

FRANCE - Ligue 1
Carlos Bocanegra - Saint Etienne - went the full 90 but lost 2-1 at Rennes.

David Yelldell - Duisburg - played the full match but lost 5-0 v Schalke in the League Cup final.

NORWAY - Eliteserien
Erik Benjaminsen - Stabaek - game POSTPONED due to a players strike.
Sean Cunningham - Molde - game POSTPONED due to a players strike.
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek - game POSTPONED due to a players strike.
Josh Gatt - Molde - game POSTPONED due to a players strike.

RUSSIA - Premier Division
Yevgeni Starikov - Tom' Tomsk - started and played 77 min scoring a goal and they won 2-1 v Zenit.

SWEDEN - Allsvenskan Liga
Gale Agbossoumonde - Djurgarden - played the whole game getting a yellow card and losing 3-0 at Mjallby.
Alejandro Bedoya - Orebro - went the full 90 getting a yellow card and scoring a goal in a 3-1 win v GAIS.
Ryan Miller - Halmstad - dressed but did not play as they lost 3-2 at Elfsborg.

TURKEY - Super Lig
Jozy Altidore - Bursaspor - started and played 68 min and they won 1-0 v Genclerbirligi.


Coming Up:

DENMARK - Superliga -
Clarence Goodson - Brondy - Wed May 25 v Nordsjaelland
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - Wed May 25 at Brondby
Chris Rolfe - AaB - Wed May 25 v SonderjyskE

NETHERLANDS - Eerste Divisie - Promotion Playoff
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - 1st Leg Thu May 26 v Excelsior
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - 2nd Leg Sun May 29 at Excelsior

TURKEY - 1. Lig Promotion Playoffs
Freddy Adu - Caykur Rizespor - 1st Leg Mon May 23 at Orduspor
Freddy Adu - Caykur Rizespor - 2nd Leg Thu May 26 v Orduspor


It was the Joe Benny Show in Tijuana as the Xolos have been promoted to the Primera and American forward Joe Benny Corona scored a goal in the 2nd Leg finale!


Game Action:

LIGA DE ASCENSO - Promotion Playoff
Joe Benny Corona - Tijuana - 1st Leg - Wed May 15 - did not suit up for a 0-0 draw at Iraputo.
Joe Benny Corona - Tijuana - 2nd Leg - Sat May 21 - went the full 90 scoring a goal as they won 2-1 v Iraputo.


Laguilla - Clausura Final

Pumas wins its 7th championship. The last one was in the spring of 09. Huge congrats to them.

Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Thu May 19
Morelia 1-1 UNAM Pumas - Mor goal by Joao Rojas. UP goal by Paco Palencia.
2nd Leg
-Sun May 22
UNAM Pumas 2-1 Morelia - UP wins 3-2 on aggregate - UP goals by Paco Palencia(PK) & Javier Cortes. Mor goal by Jaime Lozano(PK).


The 2011 Canada Gold Cup Roster
Milan Borjan - FK Rad
Lars Hirschfeld - Valerenga
Haidar Al-Shaibani - Nimes
Andre Hainault - Houston Dynamo
Dejan Jakovic - DC United
Mike Klukowski - no club
Nik Ledgerwood - Wehen Wiesbaden
Kevin McKenna - Koln
Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault - Preussen Munster
Terry Dunfield - Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Julian de Guzman - Toronto FC
Atiba Hutchinson - PSV
Simeon Jackson - Norwich
Will Johnson - Real Salt Lake
Marcel de Jong - Augsburg
Issey Nakajima-Farran - Horsens
Pedro Pacheco - Santa Clara
Jaime Peters - Ipswich
Josh Simpson - Manisaspor
Rob Friend - Hertha
Ali Gerba - Montreal Impact
Tosaint Ricketts - Politehnica Timipoara
Dwayne De Rosario - New York Red Bulls


The season is over.

Alan Gardner of the Guardian with five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend.

Top of the Premier League Table: (38 of 38 GP)
**80 Man United - Sun May 22 W 4-2 v Blackpool
71 Chelsea - (+36 GD) Sun May 22 L 1-0 at Everton
71 Man City - (+27 GD) Sun May 22 W 0-2 at Bolton
68 Arsenal - Sun May 22 D 2-2 at Fulham
62 Tottenham - Sun May 22 W 2-1 at Birmingham
** 2010/11 Champions


Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson and Nemanja Vidic have been named as Barclays Manager and Player of the Season 2010/11.


Championship Division - Promotion to Premier League - Final
-Mon May 30
Swansea City v Reading


The season is over.

Sid Lowe of the Guardian on the relegation of Deportivo La Coruna and the rest of the final round of the season in La Liga.

Top of the Primera Division Table: (38 of 38 GP)
**96 Barcelona - Sat May 21 W 1-3 at Malaga
92 Real Madrid - Sat May 21 W 8-1 v Almeria
71 Valencia - Sat May 21 W 0-2 at Deportivo La Coruna
61 Villarreal - Sat May 21 L 1-0 at Osasuna
58 Sevilla - Sat May 21 W 2-3 at Espanyol
** 2010/11 Champions

dN has a Q & A with Barcelona fullback Dani Alves.


Lille Olympique Sporting Club Lille Metropole (yes the name of the city is listed twice in their official name) has won the Ligue crown for 2010-11. Fantastic season for them.
-This is only be their 3rd title ever, the last one coming in 1954! What a party that town will see.
-And they are one half of the Derby du Nord!

1 round left to play now.

Top of the Ligue 1 Table: (37 GP of 38)
**73 Lille - Sat May 21 D 2-2 at PSG
67 Marsielle - Sat May 21 D 2-2 v Valenciennes
61 Lyon - Sat May 21 D 0-0 v Caen
59 PSG - Sat May 21 D 2-2 v Lille
56 Rennes - Sat May 21 L 0-2 v Nancy
** 2010/11 Champions



Schalke is the League Cup champion!

-Sat May 21
Duisburg 0-5 Schalke


Bundesliga - 0 games to go (two lowest placed teams relegated, with third lowest in playoff against third highest in 2.Bundesliga)
RP-36 Monchengladbach (-17)
- - - - -
REL-34 Eintract Frankfurt (-18)
REL-29 St Pauli (-33)
- - - - -
Promotion/Relegation Playoff:
Thu May 19
Monchengladbach 1-0 Bochum
Wed May 25
Bochum v Monchengladbach (0-1)


The season is over.

Paolo Bandini of the Guardian on Udinese qualifying for the Champions League and the rest of the last round of the season in Serie A.

Top of the Serie A Table: (38 of 38 GP)
**82 Milan - Sun May 22 D 0-0 at Udinese
76 Inter - Sun May 22 W 3-1 v Catania
70 Napoli - Sun May 22 D 2-2 at Juventus
66 Lazio - Sun May 22 W 2-4 at Lecce
66 Udinese - Sun May 22 D 0-0 v Milan
** 2010/11 Champions


Juventus has fired head coach Gigi Del Neri and will replace him with Antonio Conte.

Football Italia reports that in a radical departure from team history Milan will now only offer 1 year contracts to all players over 30 years old.
-Andrea Pirlo is the first who will be pushed out the door.
-Alessandro Nesta has signed a new one year contract.


Scottish Cup

Celtic is the League Cup champion!

Matches & Scores:
-Sat May 21
Motherwell 0-3 Celtic



The two biggest teams left have both advanced to the Semifinals - Santos and Velez Sarsfield.

2nd Leg (with 1st Leg scores included)
-Wed May 18
Santos 1-1 Once Caldas - San advances 2-1 on aggregate - San goal by Neymar. OC goal by Wason Renteria.
Libertad 2-4 Velez Sarsfield - VS advances 7-2 on aggregate - Lib goals by Rodrigo Rojas & Manuel Maciel. VS goals by Maximiliano Moralez(2), Guillermo Franco(PK) & Augusto Fernandez.
-Thu May 19
Universidad Catolica 2-1 Penarol - Pen advances 3-2 on aggregate - UC goals by Fernando Meneses & Roberto Gutierrez. Pen goal by Fabian Estoyanoff.
Cerro Porteno 1-0 Chiapas Jaguares - CP advances 2-1 on aggregate - CP goal by Pedro Benitez.



Teams from Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay & Argentina will vie for the crown.

Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Wed May 25
Santos Futebol Clube v Club Cerro Porteno
-Thu May 26
Club Atletico Penarol v Club Atletico Velez Sarsfield
2nd Leg
-Wed Jun 1
Cerro Porteno v Santos
-Thu Jun 2
Velez Sarsfield v Penarol


Alexandre Pato seperated his shoulder in Milan's last game of the season and will not be ready to play for Brazil in the Copa America.


FIFA declares that Japan will be ready to host the World Club Cup in December as planned.


James of Unprofessional Foul shows us the FIFA Committees list, and who is on each one. Fascinating.


Terrence Malick's new film The Tree of Life has won the Palme d'Or (Best Picture) at this years Cannes Film Festival. See a trailer here.


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