Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Some News for Wed Jun 1, 2011


Bayern Munich made its first offseason signing in Manuel Neuer from Schalke. He is also the German national team keeper.


Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch talking new stadium with Crew brass.


Andrew Dampf of the AP reports on 16 arrests that were made yesterday in Italy for alleged match fixing, including an attempt to influence the outcome of Inter v Lecce on Mar 20. Former Lazio star Giuseppe Signori was one of the people arrested. Via the Miami Herald.


Most of Wednesday at the annual FIFA meetings have been taken up by country after country pounding the crap out of England - They who dared stand up alone and make accusations of corruption. Oof.

The vote for FIFA President went like this:
208 votes
203 cast
186 for Blatter
-Leaving 17 blanks, and 5 no shows

The Guardian has held a running blog all week long, and today's has been the most England-centric for them.
Here is a perfect example: "It looks like England is always complaining so please I say will you leave the Fifa family alone! We always have attacks from England. Their journalism is more busy lying than telling the truth."
-Julio Grondona of Argentina (you might also know him as Maradona's latest enemy)

More from Grondona:
"Yes, I voted for Qatar, because a vote for the US would be like a vote for England. And that is not possible."
-What the frick did we ever do to you buddy?!?!

The Guardian also has this fantastic picture from Blatter's speech today:

FIFA's big new and improved plan is to have all 208 federations vote for future World Cup placements, instead of just the 24 executive members.
-Yes, there are now 184 more people to bribe.

I don't see much change coming from any of the turmoil of the past week. And my suspicion is that only 1 person is going to fall in the end. And that person will be Chuck Blazer, the guy who set it all off in the first place. FIFA will conduct their investigation into Jack Warner and Mohamed Bin Hammam, discover that there was just a misunderstanding, and welcome the two back with open arms. Leaving Blazer naked in the street. Not a pretty site. There is no chance that Jack will ever trust Chuck again. Their love affair is over for good.

Paul Kelso of the Telegraph looks at where FIFA has been in the past week, and where it could be headed in the near future.

IMSoccer News with more on the alleged bribe given to the Puerto Rican federation.

The German federation appears to be calling for an investigation into the voting for the 2022 World Cup.
-I think its highly doubtful that this will lead to much of anything.

From now on all problems within FIFA will be dealt with by the newly formed Solution Committee. Wow.

After the election Sepp Blatter held another press conference. See it here.
-Don't you wish videos came with smell-o-vision? I bet it smells like old sweat socks in there.


Simon Evans of Reuters reports that acting CONCACAF President Lisle Austin has sent out yet another press release saying that Chuck Blazer has very much been fired no matter what anybody else says. Touche.

Mark Bisson of World Football Insider talks to Chuck Blazer today about the stability within CONCACAF at the moment.


Gold Cup

The team is training in Cary NC.


There is only one acceptable outcome for the USA team at this upcoming tournament. Win it. Then they get a spot in the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil. If they do not win it, then I think its time for a change at the top. I defend Bob Bradley as strongly as anyone out there, but results are results are results. Git 'er done Bob!


Ridge Mahoney writing for USA Today with an article on Clint Dempsey.


John Godfrey of the NY Times looks a little deeper at the USA roster.


US Soccer has video interviews with Jozy & Mo. And then they talk to some supporters who made it out to watch training.


The official team blog.


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


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
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


All team rosters


Matches & Scores:

Group Stage
-Sun Jun 5
Costa Rica v Cuba - 5pm CT
Mexico v El Salvador - 7pm CT
-Mon Jun 6
Jamaica v Grenada - 8pm CT
Honduras v Guatemala - 10pm CT
-Tue Jun 7
Panama v Guadeloupe - 5pm CT
USA v Canada - 7pm CT
-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
-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

-Sat Jun 18
A2 v B2 - 4pm CT
A1 v B/C3 - 7pm CT
-Sun Jun 19
B1 v C2 - 2pm CT
C1 v A/B3 - 5pm CT

-Wed Jun 22
Q1 v Q2 - 6pm CT
Q3 v Q4 - 9pm CT

-Sat Jun 25
S1 v S2 - 8pm CT


Today US Soccer announced a new video series focused on member of the national team that play their club ball in England.

Hitting lead off is Tim Howard.


The FIFA presidential election ballot:

I wonder if this is what ballots look like in Cuba, Zimbabwe, North Korea or Iran.


We now know that there are still soccer fans in the New England area.

Last weekend saw the LA Galaxy come to town and the Revs drew over 21,000 to the game. When was the last time a regular season game not attached to double header drew that many.

And this coming weekend the USA is playing Spain at Gillette Stadium and at least 60,000 are expected.

So its up to you New England Revolution ownership to start taking your team seriously and give your hard working staff and hard core fans the respect they deserve - support this team with real money.

Not to mention supporting your coach with real money for a real roster.


With Inter's win in the Coppa Italia last weekend, midfielder Esteban Cambiaso has now won 23 various titles in his professional career. Amazing.


Week 12

-Wed Jun 1
CD Chivas USA v Vancouver Whitecaps - FC 9:30PM CT on Direct TV
Venue: The Home Depot Center


20 Philadelphia Union (+5 GD) (11 GP)
18 New York Red Bulls (+7 GD) (12 GP)
15 DC United (-4 GD) (11 GP)
15 Houston Dynamo (+2 GD) (13 GP)
14 Columbus Crew (-2 GD) (11 GP)
13 New England Revolution (-5 GD) (12 GP)
12 Toronto FC (-10 GD) (13 GP)
9 Chicago Fire SC (-4 GD) (11 GP)
5 Sporting Kansas City (-7 GD) (9 GP)

29 LA Galaxy (+8 GD) (15 GP)
22 FC Dallas (+4 GD) (13 GP)
20 Seattle Sounders FC (+3 GD) (14 GP)
18 Colorado Rapids (+2 GD) (13 GP)
17 Real Salt Lake (+6 GD) (9 GP)
17 Portland Timbers (-2 GD) (11 GP)
13 CD Chivas USA (+1 GD) (11 GP)
13 San Jose Earthquakes (0 GD) (11 GP)
9 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (-4 GD) (12 GP)


General News

During the month of May none of Chicago, Columbus, Houston, Kansas City, New York and Vancouver won a single MLS game! (Added, thanks to Steve)


Charlie Corr of ESPN on Frank Klopas assuming the head coaches position.

Orrin Schwarz of the Daily Herald on the Klopas take over.
-Everyone sings the praises of De Los Cobos as a human being.


The team website has answers to 11 questions from coach Schellas Hyndman.


Jose Ortiz of the Chronicle looks at the players the Dynamo are losing during the Gold Cup, and how they will fill those gaps.


Both Matt Kassel and Austin da Luz made their Red Bulls senior team debuts last weekend in Vancouver. And they both had positive appearances.


James Edward of the Deseret News looks at RSL's winless life without Javier Morales.

Michael C Lewis of the Tribune reports that RSL has signed forward Artur Aghasyan from PDL team Ventura County Fusion.
-He is the cousin of former Lakers forward Yura Movsisyan.


Robert Jonas of Center Line Soccer checks in on the Quakes during Tuesday training.


Joshua Mayers of the Times talks to coach Sigi about the injury recovery of forward O'Brian White.


Bruce Constantineau of the Sun fills us in on the Caps hitting the reset button on their virgin season in MLS.
-What can we expect?

John Molinaro of the CBC thinks that the Caps decision to fire head coach Teitur Thordarson was too hasty.


Who are the coaches hanging onto their jobs with fine strings, and most likely to depart during the season?
#1 Peter Vermes - Sporting Kansas City
#2 Aron Winter - Toronto FC
#3 Robert Warczycha - Columbus Crew
#4 Sigi Schmid - Seattle Sounders FC
#5 Frank Yallop - San Jose Earthquakes
#6 Dominic Kinnear - Houston Dynamo
#7 Steve Nicol - New England Revolution


Matches & Scores:
-Tue May 31
FC Edmonton 4-0 FC Tampa Bay
-Wed Jun 1
Puerto Rico Islanders v NSC Minnesota Stars


Standings (as of Mon May 31):
22 Carolina RailHawks (+12 GD) (9 GP) 2.44 PPG
16 FC Edmonton (+2 GD) (8 GP) 2.00 PPG
13 NSC Minnesota Stars (+3 GD) (9 GP) 1.44 PPG
10 Puerto Rico Islanders (0 GD) (6 GP) 1.67 PPG
10 FC Tampa Bay (-4 GD) (9 GP) 1.11 PPG
8 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (-2 GD) (8 GP) 1.00 PPG
5 Montreal Impact (-1 GD) (7 GP) 0.71 PPG
2 Atlanta Silverbacks (-8 GD) (8 GP) 0.25 PPG


Matches just announced today.

First Round

-Tue Jun 14
NY Pancyprian Freedoms (USASA) v Brooklyn Italians (NPSL)
FC New York (USL PRO) v Western Mass Pioneers (PDL)
Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) v Reading United AC (PDL)
Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO) v Phoenix SC (USASA)
Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO) v Chattanooga FC (NPSL)
Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) v Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO)
Carolina Dynamo (PDL) v Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO)
Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO) v Central Florida Kraze (PDL)
Orlando City SC (USL PRO) v ASC New Stars (USASA)
Charleston Battery (USL PRO) v Regals FC (USASA)
Madison 56ers (NPSL) v AAC Eagles (USASA)
Iowa Menace (USASA) v Chicago Fire PDL (PDL)
Real Colorado Foxes (PDL) v DV8 Defenders (USASA)
Chivas El Paso Patriots (PDL) v Winner Kitsap Pumsa (PDL)/Portland Timbers U-23 (PDL)
Los Angeles Blues (USL PRO) v Hollywood United (NPSL)
Ventura County Fusion (PDL) v Doxa Italia (USASA)

Second Round

-Tue Jun 21
Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2
Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4
Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 6
Winner Game 7 v Winner Game 8
Winner Game 9 v Winner Game 10
Winner Game 11 v Winner Game 12
Winner Game 13 v Winner Game 14
Winner Game 15 v Winner Game 16

Third Round

-Tue Jun 28
MLS teams join in.


International Friendlies

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Jun 1
Canada v Ecuador
Mexico v New Zealand
Guatemala v Venezuela


Nigel Reed of the CBC lays out his wishes for the Canadian Gold Cup team.


Spin the giant wheel to see which crotchety old bastard gets a new coaching job: Oh, ok ... here we go ... Sam Alardyce to West Ham. There you go. Same old story, same old song and dance, my friends.

And in a not so surprising move Gerard Houllier is no longer in charge at Aston Villa. Another old boy is in line I'm sure.


Raphael Honigstein of the Guardian hands out his 2010-11 Bundesliga awards.


Antonio Conte has officially been named the new head coach at Juventus.


And of course Delio Rossi is back out again as coach at Palermo. He started last season in charge, was fired in the winter, re-hired two months later, kept them from getting relegated, and is now re-fired for his efforts. That must be a lovely place to work.


Diego Simeone has quit as coach of Catania.


Roberto Gotta of ESPN on the disastrous relegation of Sampdoria.



Matches & Scores:
2nd Leg (with 1st Leg scores included)
-Wed Jun 1
Club Cerro Porteno v Santos Futebol Clube (0-1)
-Thu Jun 2
Club Atletico Velez Sarsfield v Club Atletico Penarol (0-1)


Matches & Scores:
-Wed Jun 1
Nigeria v Argentina
Canada v Ecuador
Mexico v New Zealand
Japan v Peru
Guatemala v Venezuela
Ukraine v Uzbekistan
-Fri Jun 3
Hong Kong v Malaysia
S Korea v Serbia
Luxembourg v Hungary


Anonymous jw7 said...

Glazer gave them video evidence which is why they are going to hire an "expert forensic person" to make sure it's real. This is not even close to being over.

More here then people are seeing. :)

9:41 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

To make sure it's real? I think you meant to say "to find some way to disprove it". You'd think that if some sort of transaction was occurring involving Puerto Rico that perhaps one could get US law enforcement involved on some sort of sting operation.

This whole thing is going to play out the same damn way it always does unless someone else is willing to stick their heads out. Kleptocracy!

3:41 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

It would be extra fun if someone like Malcom Glazer got tangled up in all of this!

I think JW7 meant Blazer.

4:03 PM  

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