Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Some News for Wed Jun 29, 2011


There will be 4 MLS games shown on ESPN2 this weekend - 1 Saturday, 1 Sunday and 2 Monday. How weird is that?


I will be a guest this Sun Jul 3 on Vuvuzela - The World Soccer Show at 10am CT from WBCB in Levittown NJ, hosted by Eric Nash. Tune in to 1490am if you are a local, or dial em up on the web at


TFC announced the signing of two well known international players this afternoon, both to Designated Player contracts: 34 year old German defensive-midfielder Torsten Frings from Werder Bremen and 32 year old Dutch forward Danny Koevermans from PSV Eindhoven. These guys could definitely help if they are ready to play.
-Frings had a solid typical season for him last season, while Koevermans had a poor season by his standards.


The USA U17 team will take on Germany in the World Cup on Thu at 3pm CT. Tune in to for coverage.


“We’ll have something to say later this week.”
-Sunil Gulati - President of US Soccer

Jack Bell and Andrew Das of the New York Times with the latest on Bob Bradley rumors.

Marc Zeigler of the San Diego Union Tribune with a mini-treatise on the state of the USA men's national team. It ain't pretty.

Frank Dell'Apa of the Boston Globe reflects on the Gold Cup final and the bigger picture of Team USA, featuring a very interesting quote from Bruce Arena.

Nick Green of the Daily Breeze shares his views on the bigger picture of the men's team as well.


My Thoughts on the current state of the USA mens national team:

Bob Bradley has instilled a certain mentality of playing the game within "the group", as he likes to say, and If find that the word "managing" is a good description of his style. Not as in "I am the manager." but rather in "We can keep a good grasp on the situation."

Meaning that the team on the field does what it has to do to try and win. But nowhere in the plans is there room to attack, breakdown and dominate another team from beginning till end. (I am not referring to attacking with the ball, or breaking down a defense with a nice pass, but in the bigger picture.)

Intimidation, positive attitude, confidence - all gone out the window.

The idea is to keep the game contained right in front of you. Simple boxes, easy movements, team effort and an honest days work. Managing.

"I thought we managed most situations during the game well. Others not so well."

Its also ego-less football.
Manage-the-game-from-within football.
React to whats-going-on-around-you football.
Take-what-the-other-team-gives-you football.
Painful-to-be-a-fan football.

Its getting old.
Like the air the next morning inside a previously smoke filled bar.

And I am one of the people who defend Bob Bradley.


Germany 2011 is under way.


Matches & Scores:
-Tue Jun 28
USA 2-0 N Korea - USA goals by Lauren Cheney & Rachel Buehler.
-Sat Jul 2
USA v Colombia
-Wed Jul 6
USA v Sweden


Group C
North Korea


Great coverage by Jerrod Roh at IMSoccer News.


Soccer legend Jimmy Conrad and his wife Lyndsey have just brought another great one in the world, their new daughter Jane Mirabelle Conrad. Huge congrats to them, and warm hello to Jane.


Sports Illustrated has an article on the Jay DeMerit movie Rise & Shine. The producers still have a long way to go on their fund raising, and time is running out.


-A big day for American soccer podcasts yesterday as a promising new show debuted, and a long time favorite has re-emerged:

-The USA10Cast from the great blog the USA10Kit hosted by Jon Arnold and featuring Brent Latham who is currently in Mexico for the U17 World Cup.

MLS Talk, now hosted by Chris Riordan and new co-host Chris Webb who you all may know from the excellent United Mania podcast.
-Find it on iTunes only.


Week 16

Matches & Scores
-Wed Jun 29
Toronto FC v Vancouver Whitecaps FC - 6:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: BMO Field
-Sat Jul 2
DC United v Philadelphia Union - 6:00PM CT on FOX Soccer
Venue: RFK Stadium
FC Dallas v Columbus Crew - 8:00PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Pizza Hut Park
CD Chivas USA v Chicago Fire SC - 9:00PM CT on Galavision
Venue: The Home Depot Center
San Jose Earthquakes v New York Red Bulls - 9:30PM CT on ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium
Portland Timbers v Sporting Kansas City - 10:00PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: JELD-WEN Field
-Sun Jul 3
Colorado Rapids v Houston Dynamo - 8:00PM CT on ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
-Mon Jul 4
Real Salt Lake v New England Revolution - 7:30PM CT on ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium
LA Galaxy v Seattle Sounders FC - 9:30PM CT on ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Venue: The Home Depot Center


26 Philadelphia Union (+5 GD) (16 GP)
24 Columbus Crew (+3 GD) (16 GP)
24 New York Red Bulls (+6 GD) (17 GP)
19 Houston Dynamo (-1 GD) (17 GP)
18 DC United (-6 GD) (15 GP)
17 Sporting Kansas City (-2 GD) (15 GP)
17 Chicago Fire SC (-3 GD) (17 GP)
15 New England Revolution (-8 GD) (17 GP)
15 Toronto FC (-13 GD) (18 GP)

35 LA Galaxy (+10 GD) (19 GP)
31 FC Dallas (+7 GD) (17 GP)
31 Seattle Sounders FC (+7 GD) (19 GP)
26 Real Salt Lake (+9 GD) (15 GP)
22 Colorado Rapids (-2 GD) (17 GP)
20 San Jose Earthquakes (+3 GD) (15 GP)
18 Portland Timbers (-8 GD) (15 GP)
17 CD Chivas USA (-1 GD) (16 GP)
14 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (-6 GD) (17 GP)



Craig Stouffer of the Examiner tells us about the big deal that has brought Dwayne DeRosario to DCU.
-Other notes on United's roster moves.


SKC captain Davy Arnaud will have hernia surgery and will miss approx 6 weeks of action.


It looks all but certain that Brian Perk will make his MLS debut in goal this weekend. He was in the nets for the Open Cup win last night.


Rafa Marquez who hurt his right hamstring in the Gold Cup final is projected to miss at least two weeks.


Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer talks to Tim Ream and Juan Agudelo about playing for the USA in the Gold Cup.


Matches & Scores:
-Wed Jun 29
Fort Lauderdale Strikers v FC Tampa Bay
Montreal Impact v Puerto Rico Islanders


Standings (as of Sun Jun 26):
34 Carolina RailHawks (+20 GD) (13 GP) 2.62 PPG
23 FC Edmonton (+3 GD) (13 GP) 1.77 PPG
18 Puerto Rico Islanders (-1 GD) (12 GP) 1.50 PPG
18 NSC Minnesota Stars (+2 GD) (13 GP) 1.38 PPG
16 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (+2 GD) (12 GP) 1.33 PPG
13 FC Tampa Bay (-6 GD) (12 GP) 1.08 PPG
9 Montreal Impact (-2 GD) (12 GP) 0.75 PPG
5 Atlanta Silverbacks (-18 GD) (13 GP) 0.38 PPG


Third Round

There was only 1 upset last night, meaning that there will be 7 MLS teams in the Quarterfinals.

The lone invaders are the Richmond Kickers from USL Pro (third division).

Richmond was also 1 of only 2 teams to win on the road last night. The Chicago Fire being the other as they won in Rochester.

The Galaxy almost blew their game as they trailed the Blues until the 75th min.

Matches & Scores:
-Tue Jun 28
New York Red Bulls 2-1 FC New York - NYRB goals by Corey Hertzog & John Rooney. FCNY goal by Owen Morrison.
Rochester Rhinos 0-1 Chicago Fire - CF goal by Diego Chaves.
Columbus Crew 1-2 Richmond Kickers - CC goals Nicolas Grossman. RK goals by Nozomi Hiroyama & Matthew Delicate.
Real Salt Lake 2-0 Wilmington Hammerheads - RSL goals by Tony Beltran & Jean Alexandre.
FC Dallas 3-2 Orlando City - FCD goals by Jackson, Ricardo Villar & Milton Rodriguez. OC goals by Maxwell Griffin & Yordany Alvarez.
Sporting Kansas City 3-0 Chicago Fire PDL - SKC goals by Teal Bunbury, Milos Stojcev & Kei Kamara.
LA Galaxy 2-1 Los Angeles Blues - LAG goals by Omar Gonzalez & Mike Magee. LAB goal by Cesar Rivera.
Seattle Sounders 2-1 Kitsap Pumas - SS goals both by Mike Fucito. KP goal by Nik Besagno.



Matches & Scores:
-Tue Jul 12
Chicago Fire SC v New York Red Bulls
Venue: Toyota Park
Sporting Kansas City v Richmond Kickers
Venue: Livestrong Sporting Park
FC Dallas v Real Salt Lake
Venue: Pizza Hut Park
Seattle Sounders FC v LA Galaxy
Venue: Starfire Stadium


World Cup

The official team blog.

US Soccer previews the USA game against Germany on Thursday.


Matches & Scores
-Thu Jun 30
Germany v USA - 3pm CT on


USA roster
Wade Hamilton - Arsenal FC
Kendall McIntosh - San Jose Earthquakes Academy
Fernando Pina - Houston Dynamo
Kellyn Acosta - FC Dallas Academy
Joe Amon - South Carolina United
Zach Carroll - Vardar
Mobi Fehr - Tokyo Verdy 1969
Alessandro Mion - Kendall SC
Nathan Smith - Cal Odyssey
Matt Dunn - FC Cologne
Alejandro Guido - Aztecs Premier
Nico Melo - Florida Rush
Marc Pelosi - De Anza Force
Esteban Rodriguez - Cosmos Academy West
Tarik Salkicic - Strictly Soccer
Dillon Serna - Colorado Rapids Academy
Andrew Souders - Crew Soccer Academy
Paul Arriola - Arsenal FC
Alfred Koroma - Solar SC
Jack McBean - LA Galaxy
Mario Rodriguez - Central Aztecs


June 18 to July 10.

Maybe that USA loss to Uzbekistan wasn't so bad afterall. They look to be a serious darkhorse after blowing out Australia 4-0 today in the Round of 16.

Brazil also advanced. Today's other two games are later tonight.

Official website

All games are shown on, and some are shown on TV channel ESPNU.


Round of 16

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Jun 29
1 Congo v Uruguay
2 Uzbekistan 4-0 Australia - Uzb goals by Abbosbek Makhstaliev, Timur Khakimov, Conor Chapman(OG) & Davlatbek Yarbekov.
3 Japan v New Zealand
4 Brazil 2-0 Ecuador - Bra goals by Ademilson & Leo.
-Thu Jun 30
5 Germany v USA - 3pm CT on
6 England v Argentina
7 France v Cote d'Ivoire
8 Mexico v Panama



Matches & Scores:
-Sun Jul 3
Winner 1 v Uzbekistan
Winner 3 v Brazil
-Mon Jul 4
Winner 5 v Winner 6
Winner 7 v Winner 8


Greg Seltzer of fills in some of the gaps on USA prodigies around Europe - Charles Renken, Jared Jeffrey, Alex Molano, Will Packwood and Joseph Gyau.


Game Action:

NORWAY - Eliteserien
Sean Cunningham - Molde - Wed Jun 29 - on the bench for a 1-2 victory at Valerenga.
Josh Gatt - Molde - Wed Jun 29 - played the full 90 minutes as they won 1-2 at Valerenga.


Hector Cuper is the new head coach of Racing Santander.


San Martin San Juan and Gimnasia La Plata are the other two teams in a playoff to go up or down.

Matches & Scores
-Wed Jun 29
Gimnasia La Plata v San Martin San Juan (0-1)


River Plate, Quilmes and Huracan have already been relegated.

Atletico de Rafaela and Union de Santa Fe have been promoted from B Nacional (the 2nd division.)


Frank Rijkaard is the new head coach of the Saudi Arabia national team.


AFC 2014 World Cup Qualifying

The 16 lowest rated teams paired up to face off in a home and away series.


Matches & Scores:

1st Leg
-Wed Jun 29
Malaysia 2-1 Chinese Taipei
Bangladesh 3-0 Pakistan
Cambodia 4-2 Laos
Sri Lanka 1-1 Philippines
Afghanistan 0-2 Palestine
Vietnam 6-0 Macau
Nepal 2-1 Timor Leste
Mongolia 1-0 Myanmar

2nd Leg
-Sun Jul 3
Chinese Taipei v Malaysia (1-2)
Pakistan v Bangladesh (0-3)
Laos v Cambodia (2-4)
Philippines v Sri Lanka (1-1)
Palestine v Afghanistan (2-0)
Macau v Vietnam (0-6)
Timor Leste v Nepal (1-2)
Myanmar v Mongolia (0-1)


The 8 winners advance to be paired off with the next 22 lowest ranked teams for another home and away series

Then those 15 winners will meet up with the 5 highest seeds and formed into a group stage competition.


Anonymous Bill Urban said...


Zeigler's treatise may not have been pretty, but it was damn well-written and argued. That kind of penetrating analysis is rare in putatively mainstream US soccer journalism. Cheers for the linkage...

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bradley will go. No question.
However, the real problem is that we lack younger talent to replace Donovan, who has lost a step.
Jermaine Jones is average at best.
Bradley too. adu hasnt panned out. neither has altidore. Agudelo is too raw.

holden and dempsey the only two "world class" field players on the team.

when we put an emphasis on athletic ability rather than creativity, how else are you going to play? has the US regressed? or did Mexico improve? and if the answer is that we need to improve at a lower level to create technically sound/gifted long is that going to take? in time for the next world cup?

9:04 AM  
Anonymous leper said...

TFC announced the signing of two well known international players this afternoon, both to Designated Player contracts: 34 year old German defensive-midfielder Torsten Frings from Werder Bremen ...

BOO Creepy Handballmeister!

10:03 AM  

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