Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Some News for Tue Jun 7, 2011


Please join all your soccer friends in the Twin Cities for a special Fund Raising screening of Rise & Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story

Sat Jun 11 at 4:30pm - The Sweetwater in St Paul

USA v Panama game kicks off at 7pm

The movie is still a work in progress and the filmmakers are on a mission to raise funds to finish it. They are using the Kickstarter website to bring in donations and we here at du Nord want to do our part to help them reach their goals. They are still a long way off.

Find out more about the movie here, and we will see you on Saturday.


Two trips to Kansas City in the next week for me. Heading down to the Livestrong Sporting Park grand opening on Thu Jun 9 for SKC v Chicago Fire. Then next week Tue Jun 14 its USA v Guadeloupe. I would love to see you all there. Lemme know if you are attending!


Martin Jol is the new manager of Fulham.


Jack Bell of the New York Times has words from US Soccer president Sunil Gulati - Bob Bradley isn't going anywhere.


Clarence Rambharat of the Trinidad Express takes a deeper look at Jack Warner's infrastructure in FIFA, CONCACAF and T&T government. He has built a fortress.
-Very well put.

Sky Sports claims to have the email sent to CONCACAF members pertaining to the investigation of Warner and Bin Hammam. Here is that document.

Simon Evans of Reuters says Caribbean Football Union members are unhappy with FIFA's investigation in bribery allegations against Jack Warner and Mohamed Bin Hammam.

An unnamed CFU official:
"The investigation is tainted and biased and clearly has a U.S. driven agenda. Two America complainants, an American investigator, an investigation and an interrogation being conducted on American soil while FIFA remains a Swiss registered entity and none of the persons under investigation being U.S. citizens."

Evans also reports that most of the CFU members have decided that they will not go to Miami for questioning on the allegations.

Owen Gibson of the Guardian of England with words from Chuck Blazer regarding new accusations of an American conspiracy.

"To say there is an American conspiracy is nonsense. The only things that were American in this were the $100 bills."

Pastor Clive Dottin of the T&T Guardian looks at the powerful reign of King Sepp.

The T&T Guardian also reports that Oliver Camps and Captain Horrace Burrell the heads of the T&T and Jamaica federations respectively are standing with Jack Warner.

T&T Newsday says that the police commissioner is being pushed to investigate the bribery charges as well.

A Newsday editorial says Warner is hurting the T&T government.


Gold Cup

USA plays its first game today Tue Jun 7.


Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America sets the stage for USA v Canada.

Andrew Das of the NY Times looks at the USA defense.

Steven Goff of the Washington Post on what the USA needs to achieve against Canada.

Who else would the Detroit Free Press turn to for USA soccer analysis - Alexi Lalas.

Jo-Ann Barnas of the Freep sees the USA check out the stadium.

The Freep has notes on all 4 teams playing at Ford Field tonight.

The Freep has photos from USA training on Tuesday.

John Niyo of the Detroit News looks at the latest USA wunderkind Juan Agudelo, and another from years past Freddy Adu.

Tim Twentyman of the News with an article on the main man Landon Donovan.

Some Gold Cup facts from US Soccer:
-The USA has played the most games 49
-The USA has the most wins 38
-The USA scored 93 goals
-The USA allowed 34 goals

US Soccer has video from behind the scenes of USA prep for the tournament. See it here.

The official team blog.


Canadian centerback Dejan Jakovic suffered a hamstring injury, so he was removed from the team's roster and will miss the whole tournament.

Russell Berrisord of the Vancouver Sun previews Canada's tournament.

Dave Waddell of the Sun looks at this first group stage game for Canada against the USA.

Eric Koreen of the National Post previews Canada.

Lori Ewing of the Globe & Mail says Canada is looking forward to a Gold Cup rematch against with USA.

Ewing also profiles Canada's Milan Borjan.


Matches & Scores:
Gold Cup Group Stage
-Tue Jun 7
USA v Canada - 7pm CT on Fox Soccer Channel
Venue: Ford Field - Detroit MI
-Sat Jun 11
USA v Panama - 7pm CT on Fox Soccer Channel
Venue: Raymond James Stadium - Tampa FL
-Tue Jun 14
USA v Guadaloupe - 8pm CT on Fox Soccer Channel
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
Alejandro Bedoya - Orebro
Michael Bradley - Aston Villa
Clint Dempsey - Fulham
Landon Donovan - LA Galaxy
Maurice Edu - Rangers
Jermaine Jones - Blackburn
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht
Robbie Rogers - Columbus Crew
Juan Agudelo - New York Red Bulls
Jozy Altidore - Bursaspor
Chris Wondolowski - San Jose Earthquakes


US Soccer video series focused on member of the national team that play their club ball in England:

-Jonathan Spector: International Transfer
-Stuart Holden: Gameday
-Clint Dempsey: Texas To The Thames
-Clint Dempsey: An American Midfielder In London
-Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones & Tim Howard talk loan deals
-Tim Howard at home


Jamaica continued the trend of major goal grabs on Mon night, while Guatemala stifled Honduras.


FIFA.com talks to Honduras head coach Luis Fernando Suarez about his team in the tournament.


Matches & Scores:
Group Stage
-Sun Jun 5
Costa Rica 5-0 Cuba - CR goals by Marcos Urena(2), Alvaro Saborio, Heiner Mora & Christian Bolanos.
Mexico 5-0 El Salvador - Mex goals by Efrain Juarez, Aldo De Nigris & Javier Hernandez(3, one via PK).
-Mon Jun 6
Jamaica 4-0 Grenada - Jam goals by Luton Shelton, Ryan Johnson, Demar Phillips & Omar Daley.
Honduras 0-0 Guatemala
-Tue Jun 7
Panama v Guadeloupe - 5pm CT
USA v Canada - 7pm CT on Fox Soccer
-Thu Jun 9
Costa Rica v El Salvador - 6pm CT
Cuba v Mexico - 8pm CT
-Fri Jun 10
Jamaica v Guatemala - 6pm CT
Grenada v Honduras - 8pm CT
-Sat Jun 11
Canada v Guadeloupe - 5pm CT
USA v Panama - 7pm CT on Fox Soccer
-Sun Jun 12
El Salvador v Cuba - 5pm CT
Mexico v Costa Rica - 7pm CT
-Mon Jun 13
Guatemala v Grenada - 6pm CT
Honduras v Jamaica - 8pm CT
-Tue Jun 14
Canada v Panama - 6pm CT
Guadeloupe v USA - 8pm CT on Fox Soccer


3 Costa Rica (+5)
3 Mexico (+5)
0 Cuba (-5)
0 El Salvador (-5)

3 Jamaica (+4)
1 Guatemala (0)
1 Honduras (0)
0 Grenada (-4)

- Canada ()
- Guadeloupe ()
- Panama ()
- USA ()


All team rosters


Week 13

-Wed Jun 8
Columbus Crew v Real Salt Lake - 6:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Crew Stadium
-Thu Jun 9
Sporting Kansas City v Chicago Fire - 9:00PM CT on ESPN2
Venue: LIVESTRONG Sporting Park
-Fri Jun 10
New York Red Bulls v New England Revolution - 7:30PM CT on FOX Soccer
Venue: Red Bull Arena


General News

The Daily Item of Sunbury, PA introduces us to their native son Jon Radke who is director of operations for MLS.

Don Ruiz of the Tacoma News Tribune on the run up to the first Seattle-Vancouver MLS game this Saturday at Qwest Field.


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


Omar Bravo has been named a Global Envoy for Livestrong. The connections between the team and the foundation grow stronger.

The team has brought former centerback Nick Garcia in to training. Is it a try out?
-I refuse to believe they are that desperate.


Bulls midfielder Matt Kassell introduces himself to us via a column at NJ.com.


Jeff Gammage of the Inquirer with an article about a plan to add nearly 2000 seats to PPL Park, and beyond that even. Thanks to George for the tip.


Rachel Bachman of the Oregonian writes about the Timbers efforts to connect with Portland's latino community.


Russell Berrisord of the Sun on the Caps desperate need to get the team on track.


Matches & Scores:
-Tue Jun 7
Houston Dynamo 1-0 Colorado Rapids - HD goal by Kofi Sarkodie.
DC United 2-2 New England Revolution - DCU goals by Joseph Ngwenya & Collin Martin. NER goals both by Kenny Mansally.
Seattle Sounders v Vancouver Whitecaps
-Sat Jun 11
New York Red Bulls v New England Revolution
-Mon Jun 13
Seattle Sounders FC v LA Galaxy


Standings Etc.


Josh Hakala of Mlive.com in Michigan with another article on a possible MLS team in Detroit. An ownership group has submitted a formal proposal to the league.


Matches & Scores:
-Wed Jun 8
Atlanta Silverbacks v Montreal Impact
-Fri Jun 10
FC Edmonton v Carolina RailHawks
-Sat Jun 11
Fort Lauderdale Strikers v NSC Minnesota Stars
-Sun Jun 12
FC Tampa Bay v Atlanta Silverbacks
Puerto Rico Islanders v Montreal Impact


Standings (as of Sat Jun 4):
25 Carolina RailHawks (+13 GD) (10 GP) 2.50 PPG
17 NSC Minnesota Stars (+5 GD) (11 GP) 1.55 PPG
16 FC Edmonton (0 GD) (9 GP) 1.78 PPG
11 Puerto Rico Islanders (-1 GD) (8 GP) 1.38 PPG
11 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (-1 GD) (9 GP) 1.22 PPG
10 FC Tampa Bay (-5 GD) (10 GP) 1.00 PPG
8 Montreal Impact (+1 GD) (8 GP) 1.00 PPG
2 Atlanta Silverbacks (-12 GD) (9 GP) 0.22 PPG


The PA reports that Aston Villa has still not decided on whether or not to sign Michael Bradley. Via the Guardian.


Jo-Ann Barnas of the Detroit Free Press on two young-local-soccer-players-done-good - Josh Gatt and Sean Cunningham at Molde in Norway.


Cesena has hired Marco Giampaolo as their new coach.



Recap du Nord: Germany and Sweden got very good wins today, while Bosnia bounced back from a bad loss over the weekend.

Matches & Scores:
-Tue Jun 7
Azerbaijan 1-3 Germany - GROUP A
Faroe Islands 2-0 Estonia - GROUP c
Belarus 2-0 Luxembourg - GROUP D
Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-0 Albania - GROUP D
Sweden 5-0 Finland - GROUP E
San Marino 0-3 Hungary - GROUP E




Recap du Nord: After a big round on Monday a lot more questions have been answered and we are technically down to only 3 teams left to fight for the title, but only 2 in reality. #1 Velez and #2 Lanus both won, while #3 Godoy lost to Velez. Everyone else is now out of the running.

Primera Division Clausura - Standings - 2 games to go
33 Velez Sarsfield (+16) - Mon Jun 6 W 2-0 v Godoy Cruz - Next: Sat Jun 11 at Huracan - Final: Sat Jun 18 v Racing Club
32 Lanus (+13) - Mon Jun 6 W 1-2 at Independiente - Next: Sat Jun 11 v Argentinos Juniors - Final: Sat Jun 18 at River Plate
28 Godoy Cruz (+3) - Mon Jun 6 L 2-0 at Velez Sarsfield - Next: Sun Jun 12 at Racing Club - Final: Sat Jun 18 v All Boys
- - - - -
26 Olimpio (+4) - Fri Jun 3 L 2-0 at Arsenal
26 Argentinos
26 Boca Juniors
25 Independiente (+6) - Mon Jun 6 L 1-2 v Lanus


Carolyn Bandel of Bloomberg reports on FIFA's ongoing efforts to keep court records from a prior scandal out of the hands of the press.


Matches & Scores:
-Mon Jun 6
Ukraine 1-4 France
-Tue Jun 7
Norway 1-0 Lithuania
Russia 0-0 Cameroon
Australia 0-0 Serbia
Singapore 4-0 Maldives
S Korea 2-1 Ghana
Austria 3-1 Latvia
Italy 0-2 Ireland
Gabon v Gambia
Paraguay v Bolivia
Brazil v Romania
Japan v Czech Republic
Ecuador v Greece
Venezuela v Spain

-Wed Jun 8
Uruguay v Netherlands
China v N Korea
-Thu Jun 9
Poland v France


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