Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Some News for Wed May 25, 2011

STARTERS

Ben Rycroft of Canadian Soccer News brings us a great inspirational video, and an ethos I firmly believe: Support Local Soccer
-There is a funny part in there where a guy from Toronto begs you to love your local team, all the while wearing a Boston Red Sox baseball hat. Its hilarious how much the guy comes off looking a bit like a bumpkin.

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Copa Libertadores Semifinal 1st Leg games tonight and tomorrow night. See section below for details.

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A sneak peak at the Barcelona 2011-12 shirt:



















STORY OF THE DAY


The other shoe has dropped! And the charge is flat out bribery.

“I conducted the investigation. I interviewed a number of parties and collated a number of documents including sworn affidavits. I then passed the report to Fifa on Mr Blazer’s behalf.”
-John Collins, a Chicago based lawyer on the FIFA Legal Committee who investigated Jack Warner and Mohamed Bin Hammam. See full article from the Telegrah below.

CONCACAF General Secretary & USA FIFA representative Chuck Blazer turns the table on his blood brother Jack Warner and reports him to FIFA for possible ethics violations! Wowser!
(Thanks to Brian for the heads up.)

The man running for FIFA president Mohamed bin Hammam has also been reported.

Paul Kelso of the Telegraph reports that a lawyer named John Collins lead the investigation into Bin Hammam giving Warner $40,000 in cash during a meeting May 10 or 11.

The Press Association follows up with two articles: (via the Guardian)
-The first stating that the violations stem from a meeting between Warner, Bin Hammam, and 2 Caribbean Football Union representatives.
-The second contains a statement from Bin Hammam denying any wrong doing.

David Conn of the Guardian wonders if now is the time to be holding an election for the FIFA presidency (Jun 1.)
-I think that the only reason all this trash talking is going on is BECAUSE of the election. Without that event we would most likely be hearing nothing.

But Matt Snow of the Guardian thinks they might all be headed down the toilet together.

Al Jazeera with an article on the Qatar federation and Bin Hammam who deny that anything illegal has taken place.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL

Who ya got? Why them?

FIFA.com has a Q & A with Man U's Michael Carrick.

Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian contemplates what strategy Man U will deploy against Barca.

To avoid any air travel muck-ups caused by the Icelandic volcano Grimsvotn Barcelona flew to London yesterday rather than tomorrow. Good plan.

Match & Score:
Barcelona v Manchester United - 1pm CT on Fox
Venue: Wembley Stadium - London

TEAM USA

Friendly & Gold Cup

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

Steven Goff of the Washington Post on Freddy Adu's return to the good graces of the national team.

US Soccer has an article on some of the veteran players that are headed home from Europe to play for the national team again.

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Matches & Scores:
Friendly
-Sat Jun 4
USA v Spain
Venue: Gillette Stadium - Foxborough MA

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Here is the Spain roster for the Jun 4 game. Note no Puyol, Xavi or Fabregas!
G:
Iker Casillas - Real Madrid
Pepe Reina - Liverpool
Victor Valdes - Barcelona
D:
Alvaro Arbeloa - Real Madrid
Raul Albiol - Real Madrid
Joan Capdevila - Villarreal
Andoni Iraola - Athletic Bilbao
Carlos Marchena - Villarreal
Gerard Pique - Barcelona
Sergio Ramos - Real Madrid
M:
Xabi Alonso - Real Madrid
Sergio Busquets - Barcelona
Santiago Cazorla - Villarreal
Andres Iniesta - Barcelona
Bruno Soriano - Villarreal
Borja Valero - Villarreal
F:
Fernando Llorente - Athletic Bilbao
Manu Del Moral - Sevilla
Alvaro Negredo - Sevilla
Pedro Rodriguez - Barcelona
David Silva - Manchester City
Fernando Torres - Chelsea
David Villa - Barcelona

PICTURE OF THE DAY

Here is a picture of the best birthday gift a boy could ever dream of. From Jam-es H Christ.
























MLS MATCHES, SCORES & STANDINGS


Week 11

Matches & Scores:
-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
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

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Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
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)

WESTERN CONFERENCE
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)

MLS TEAM & PLAYER NEWS

COLUMBUS CREW

The Other Paper talks to former Crew fullback Gino Padula about the new academy he has started in Cow-Town with legend Guillermo Barros Schelotto.

FC DALLAS

The team's website posts their weekly Q & A with head coach Schellas Hyndman.

SPORTING KANSAS CITY SC

Pete Grathoff of the Star talks to Teal Bunbury about not making the roster for the USA Gold Cup team.

Charles Gooch of the Star with 11 topics relating to SKC's ongoing terrible season.

NEW YORK RED BULLS

Patrick MacDonald of the Star Ledger on the limited playing time so far this season for Juan Agudelo.

PORTLAND TIMBERS

How did I miss this:

International Friendly
-Wed May 25
Portland Timbers v Ajax (Netherlands)
Venue: JELD-WEN Field

NSC MINNESOTA STARS

The Stars will debut their new second kit this Saturday when they take on FC Tampa Bay.

US OPEN CUP

Chicago advanced to the main section of the tournament.

MLS Qualifying: - 3rd Stage
Matches & Scores:
-Tue May 24
San Jose Earthquakes 2-2 Chicago Fire - CF wins 5-4 in Penalty Kick Shootout - SJE goals by Ellis McLoughlin & Justin Morrow. CF goals by Orr Barouch & Yamith Cuesta.
-Wed May 25
Sporting Kansas City v New England Revolution

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

USA U18 TEAM

USA U18 team in Portugal for the Lisbon International tournament.

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

Roster
G:
Jeff Gal - Sockers FC
Jon Kempin - Sporting Kansas City
D:
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 - UANL Tigres
Boyd Okwuonu - FC Dallas Academy
Walker Zimmerman - Furman U
M:
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
F:
Villyan Bijev - Cal Odyssey
Luis Rendon - FC Richmond Magic
Khiry Shelton - Lonestar SC
Jonathan Top - FC Dallas Academy

AMERICANS IN EUROPE

Stuart Holden has been named Bolton's Player of the Year. (thanks to Jeff for the link)
-The team also has a great interview with Holden.

















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Greg Seltzer of MLSsoccer.com talks to Michael Parkhurst about winning the League Cup in Denmark this past weekend with his club Nordsjaellan.
-After playing and losing 3 straight MLS Cup games with New England, he has now won 3 of the last 4 straight he has played in - New England Open Cup, USA Gold Cup and now Nordsjaelland 2 Denmark League Cups. [CORRECTED] (thanks to Brian for the corrections)

dN

Josh Gatt scored two goals today for Molde in Norwegian Cup play.

dN

Game Action:

DENMARK - Superliga -
Clarence Goodson - Brondy - Wed May 25 - played the full game and drew 1-1 v Nordsjaelland.
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - Wed May 25 - went the distance and tied 1-1 at Brondby.
Chris Rolfe - AaB - Wed May 25 - started and went 69 min but lost 1-2 v SonderjyskE.

NORWAY - NM Cupen - 3rd Round
-Wed May 25
Joe Bendik - Sogndal - W 2-0 v Asker
Erik Benjaminsen - Stabaek - L 3-1 at Honefoss
Rhett Bernstein - Mjondalen - L 1-2 v Stromsgodset
Colin Burns - Sandefjord - D 0-0, but L 5-4 on PKs at Lillestrom
Steve Clark - Honefoss - W 3-1 v Stabaek
Sean Cunningham - Molde - W 1-7 at Tiller
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek - L 3-1 at Honefoss
Josh Gatt - Molde - W 1-7 at Tiller - scoring 2 goals
Kyle Helton - Mjondalen - L 1-2 v Stromsgodset
Kenneth Di Vita Jensen - Honefoss - W 3-1 v Staebek - scoring a goal

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Coming Up:

NETHERLANDS - Eerste Divisie - Promotion Playoff
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - 1st Leg Thu May 26 v Excelsior

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

CANADA

Canadian Championship

Final
2nd Leg (1st Leg scored included)
-Wed May 25
Toronto FC v Vancover Whitecaps (1-1)

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

ENGLAND

Paolo Bandini of the Guardian reports on Manchester United's first new signing for next season - Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea from Atletico Madrid, who has been compared to current Man U keeper Edwin Van Der Sar.

GERMANY

Monchengladbach has won their promotion/relegation playoff and will remain in the top flight for next season.

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:
2nd Leg
Wed May 25
Bochum 1-1 Monchengladbach - Mon win 2-1 on aggregate.

ITALY

Clarence Seedorf has signed a new 1 year deal to remain at Milan.

dN

But Andrea Pirlo was not interested in a 1 year contract that Milan is now offering to players over 30 and has signed for Juventus.

COPA LIBERTADORES

Semifinals

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

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Btw, Goodson scored Brondby's goal in today's 1-1 draw.

7:42 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Parkhurst was part of the 2009 Gold Cup team that lost in the final to Mexico 5-0.

1:22 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

thanks for the heads up on Goodson

and thanks Brian for the correction

8:21 AM  

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