Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Some News for Wed May 11, 2011


Barcelona are the 2010/11 Spanish Primera champions!!! Huge congrats to them. Hooray sangria.


Evidence was presented yesterday to the British Parliament that Qatar used bribes to secure the votes to host the 2022 World Cup. The 2018 World Cup hosting bid is part of this mess too.

And these are just supposed infractions that the folks in England know about.

The Telegraph of London spells out the exact charges being made.

Our FIF Bill Archer provides his always quality insight.

The Trinidad Express has a defiant denial from Jack Warner concerning the allegations against him.

T&T Newsday has an interview with Warner. Great quotes from the Ol' Slapper.


The Minnesota Vikings NFL team has been lobbying the state of Minnesota and several local municipalities for financial assistance in building a new start of the art stadium. And yesterday at their latest press conference they again threw around the three letters "MLS."

IMSoccer News with complete coverage.

The entire effort on the Vikings part at this point is purely grandstanding and they will say anything they want to get people to pay huge chunks of the bills for them. So don't take anything you read on this subject as permanent truth.

The question that needs answers is, "Is this for real or not?"

I am always skeptical.


The great folks at Dropping Timber bring us Kevin Fong's documentary on MLS opening night in Portland.


Week 9

Matches & Scores:
-Wed May 11
Philadelphia Union v LA Galaxy - 6:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: PPL Park
FC Dallas v Toronto FC - 8:00PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Pizza Hut Park
Vancouver Whitecaps FC v San Jose Earthquakes - 9:00PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Empire Field



SKC signed former New England fullback Seth Sinovic.


Matches & Scores:
-Wed May 11
Carolina RailHawks v Ft Lauderdale Strikers
FC Tampa Bay v FC Edmonton
-Sat May 14
Montreal Impact v Carolina RailHawks
Ft Lauderdale Strikers v FC Tampa Bay
NSC Minnesota Stars v Atlanta Silverbacks


Standings (as of Sun May 8):
10 Puerto Rico Islanders (+5 GD) (4 GP)
10 Carolina RailHawks (+4 GD) (5 GP)
9 FC Edmonton (-3 GD) (5 GP)
6 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (0 GD) (5 GP)
6 NSC Minnesota Stars (-1 GD) (5 GP)
5 FC Tampa Bay (-3 GD) (5 GP)
4 Montreal Impact (+3 GD) (4 GP)
1 Atlanta Silverbacks (-5 GD) (5 GP)


Of the 10 Americans who took part in the Norway Cup today 9 were winners! 3 more are in action tomorrow.


Game Action:

BELGIUM - Pro League - Playoff I
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht - Wed May 11 - played the whole game as they won 4-1 v Gent.

FRANCE - Ligue 1
Carlos Bocanegra - Saint Etienne - Tue May 10 - went the full 90 but lost 1-2 v Lille.

NORWAY - NM Cupen - 2nd Round
-Wed May 11
Erik Benjaminsen - Stabaek - W 1-2 at Hasle-Loren
Rhett Bernstein - Mjondalen - W 0-2 at Tonsberg
Colin Burns - Sandefjord - W 1-2 at Kvik Halden
Steve Clark - Honefoss - W 0-2 at KFUM
Sean Cunningham - Molde - W 0-2 at Traeff
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek - W 1-2 at Hasle-Loren
Josh Gatt - Molde - W 0-2 at Traeff
Kyle Helton - Mjondalen - W 0-2 at Tonsberg
Di Vita Jensen - Honefoss - W 0-2 at KFUM
Sebastian Troupe - Baerum - L 2-3 v Sarpsborg


Coming Up:

ENGLAND - Championship Division - Promotion Playoffs Semifinals
Robbie Findley - Nottingham Forest - 1st Leg Thu May 12 v Swansea City
Robbie Findley - Nottingham Forest - 2nd Leg Mon May 16 at Swansea City

NORWAY - NM Cupen - 2nd Round
-Thu May 12
Jonathan Borrajo - Ham-Kam - v Byasen
Joe Bendik - Sogndal - at Fyllingen
Joe Lapira - Nybergsund - v Lorenskog


Coming Up:

PRIMERA DIVISION - Liguilla Semifinals
Miguel Ponce - Guadalajara - 1st Leg Thu May 12 v Pumas
Miguel Ponce - Guadalajara - 2nd Leg Sun May 15 at Pumas

LIGA DE ASCENSO (2nd division) - Clausura Playoff Semifinals
Joe Benny Corona - Tijuana - 1st Leg Wed May 11 v Irapuato
Joe Benny Corona - Tijuana - 2nd Leg Sat May 14 at Irapuato


Simon Evans of Reuters reports on the recently held CONCACAF Congress meeting.


Laguilla - Semifinals

1st Leg
-Thu May 12
Guadalajara(8) v UNAM Pumas(2)
Cruz Azul(5) v Morelia(3)
2nd Leg
-Sun May 15
UNAM Pumas(2) v Guadalajara(8)
Moreli(3) v Cruz Azul(5)

If series ends tied the first tie breaker is seeding.


Barcelona are the 2010/11 Spanish Primera champions!!! Huge congrats to them.

Recap du Nord: Its aaaaaaaaall over! Barcelona claims the title today with a point. #2 Real Madrid won big but it was worthless. Villa and Val got ties, and Bilbao continued the inconsistency with a loss.

Top of the Primera Division Table: (36 of 38 GP)
**92 Barcelona - Wed May 11 D 1-1 at Levante
86 Real Madrid - Tue May 10 W 4-0 v Getafe
67 Valencia - Wed May 11 D 2-2 at Espanyol
61 Villarreal - Wed May 11 D 0-0 at Almeria
54 Athletic Bilbao - Tue May 10 L 1-0 at Deportivo La Coruna
** 2010/11 Champions


Recap du Nord: And then there were two - #1 Lille & #2 Marseille pulled away at the top with midweek wins, while #3 Lyon lost knocking them out of the title race. The other 2 in the top 5 drew.

Top of the Ligue 1 Table: (35 GP of 38)
69 Lille - Tue May 10 W 1-2 at St Etienne
65 Marsielle - Wed May 11 W 3-0 v Brest
59 Lyon - Wed May 11 L 4-0 at Auxerre
58 PSG - Tue May 10 D 2-2 v Nancy
53 Rennes - Wed May 11 D 1-1 v Caen



Palermo and Inter will play for the Cup, date TBA.

2nd Leg (1st Leg scores included)
-Tue May 10
2-1Palermo v Milan - Palermo advances 4-3 on aggregate.
-Wed May 11
Inter 1-1 Roma - Inter advances 2-1 on aggregate.



Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Wed May 11
Penarol v Univ Catolica
Once Caldas v Santos
-Thu May 12
Velez Sarsfield v Libertad
Chiapas Jaguares v Cerro Porteno


ESPN runs the "ultra-violence" flag up the pole for travelers to Brazil.
(I am very sorry but I can't remember who I got this link from. It was on Twitter yesterday, but I cannot find who posted it. You get the credit.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

DCU to MSP? I hope not, for DC's sake (and for tradition's sake), and I don't think the odds are great (many stadium projects have thrown around the MLS name, didn't Birmingham AL's mayor try to use that to build a domed stadium?)
With Chang wondering out loud whether he might have to move to Baltimore, I am interested to see if this results in other cities offering him a better deal in a newer stadium.

11:08 PM  

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