Friday, July 22, 2011

Some News for Fri Jul 22, 2011

STARTERS

Lets all take a moment to remember those in Norway who were killed today by the terrorist attacks in Oslo, and have a good thought for those injured and shaken. Lykke til Norge.

STORY OF THE DAY

Keir Radnedge of the Leader tells us about an investigation by Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy that found that the 3 families who own Milan, Inter and Juventus respectively have spent over 600 Million English pounds in the past 5 years to try and keep their clubs competitive. Astonishing.
-And in the last financial year Milan has lost 65M, Inter 60M and Juve 55M.

THE FIFA SCANDAL STORY NEVER ENDS

News agencies are reporting that Mohamed Bin Hammam has decided not to show up in Zurich for the bribery hearings with the FIFA Ethics Committee this weekend. He will only send his lawyers to defend him.

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Bin Hammam target="new" target="new">defending himself on his own blog today.

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Robin Scott-Elliot of the Independent says Bin Hammam may be banned for life from football.

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Martyn Ziegler of the Press Association reports that Bin Hammam refused to share any bank records with investigators. Via The Independent.

COPA AMERICA

An All-Guay Finale for the 2011 South American championship. Uruguay v Paraguay.

Final

Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian says Paraguay has what it takes to upset favored Uruguay.

Match & Score:
-Sun Jul 24
Uruguay v Paraguay - 2pm CT on Univision and YouTube

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Why do we have to keep hearing all these non-soccer media pinheads who watched 1 Women's World Cup game ask each other outloud, "Do you think Hope Solo could play in MLS?"

Are you frickin kidding me? Do you ask that about WNBA players? Seriously? Get a clue! No offense at all to Hope Solo but she would not make a mens D3 college team. Seriously folks! Please stop talking about things you know absolutely nothing about.

Just stop it right now and go back to talking about golf with your buddy John Feinstein.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

This is beyond AWESOME!

Some Man U fans were standing in the street in Seattle when the team bus drove past. They the bus stops and invites them on board! Its all on video! AWESOME. (Thanks to Johnny for sending this to us.)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

How cool is it to be Real Madrid training in Los Angeles?

Cristiano Ronaldo dons the MMA gloves to challenge UFC Heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez!
















And two great comedians meet - Jose Mourniho and Will Ferrell.
















MLS MATCHES, SCORES & STANDINGS


Week 19

Matches & Scores:
-Sat Jul 23
New York Red Bulls v FC Dallas - 5:00PM CT on Galavision
Venue: Red Bull Arena
Columbus Crew v Portland Timbers - 7:00PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Crew Stadium
Sporting Kansas City v Toronto FC - 7:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Livestrong Sporting Park
Colorado Rapids v New England Revolution - 8:00PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Real Salt Lake v San Jose Earthquakes - 9:00PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium
CD Chivas USA v Houston Dynamo - 9:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: The Home Depot Center

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Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
31 Philadelphia Union (+8 GD) (19 GP)
29 New York Red Bulls (+7 GD) (22 GP)
28 Columbus Crew (+1 GD) (20 GP)
24 Houston Dynamo (+1 GD) (20 GP)
23 Sporting Kansas City (-1 GD) (19 GP)
23 DC United (-6 GD) (19 GP)
19 New England Revolution (-10 GD) (20 GP)
18 Chicago Fire SC (-5 GD) (20 GP)
18 Toronto FC (-20 GD) (22 GP)

WESTERN CONFERENCE
42 LA Galaxy (+12 GD) (22 GP)
38 FC Dallas (+8 GD) (21 GP)
38 Seattle Sounders FC (+9 GD) (22 GP)
30 Real Salt Lake (+11 GD) (17 GP)
30 Colorado Rapids (+1 GD) (22 GP)
24 San Jose Earthquakes (+1 GD) (20 GP)
23 CD Chivas USA (+1 GD) (20 GP)
21 Portland Timbers (-9 GD) (18 GP)
15 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (-9 GD) (21 GP)

MLS TEAM & PLAYER NEWS

COLUMBUS CREW

Steve Sirk's notebook on the Crew this week starts with Brian McBride being honored and then takes us on the usual journey of weird and wonderful inside the team.

HOUSTON DYNAMO

Houston has yet to win a game on the road this season. Will that change at Chivas this weekend?

NEW YORK RED BULLS

Brian Lewis of the Post says Thierry Henry is feeling the pressure.

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NY expects Rafa Marquez to be on the field this weekend.

REAL SALT LAKE

RSL has signed 20 year old forward Chris Agorsor, who was released by Philadelphia a month ago.

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC

Marc Weber of the Province looks at the Caps new DP Mustapha Jarju. Can he make a difference?

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Weber also reports on some surreal activities before Vancouver could kick off on Wednesday night in San Jose - They asked traveling supporters if they could BORROW THEIR SHIRTS! The team somehow did not bring enough for the whole team to wear in the game. I am not kidding. You can't make this up.

MLS LEAGUE LEADERS IN GOALS & ASSISTS

As of Fri Jul 22

Goals:
10 Thierry Henry
9 Landon Donovan
9 Brek Shea
8 Charlie Davies
8 Eric Hassli
8 Chris Wondolowski
7 Andres Mendoza
6 Eight players tied

Assists:
9 Brad Davis
8 David Beckham
8 Davide Chiumiento
7 Sebastien Le Toux
6 Jack Jewsbury
6 Mauro Rosales
6 Jan Gunnar Solli
5 Six players tied

NORTH AMERICA SUMMER CLUB FRIENDLY SCHEDULE

Big friendlies will be played this summer all around North America featuring mainly European teams in their preseasons.

Up Coming

Tim Howard will NOT play for Everton in DC on Saturday.

Matches:
-Sat Jul 23
Orlando City SC (USL Pro) v Newcastle United (England)
Venue: Florida Citrus Bowl - Orlando FL
-Sat Jul 23
DC United v Everton (England)
Venue: RFK Stadium - Washington DC
-Sat Jul 23
Chicago Fire SC v Manchester United (England) - World Football Challenge
TV: 4pm CT on ESPN2, ESPN3.com & ESPN Deportes
Venue: Soldier Field - Chicago IL
-Sat Jul 23
Philadelphia Union v Real Madrid (Spain) - World Football Challenge
TV: 8pm CT on ESPN Deportes & ESPN3.com
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field - Philadelphia PA
-Sat Jul 23
Juventus (Italy) v Sporting (Portugal) - World Football Challenge
TV: 6pm CT on ESPN Deportes & ESPN3.com
Venue: BMO Field - Toronto ON
-Sun Jul 24
LA Galaxy v Manchester City (England) - World Football Challenge
TV: 3pm CT on ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN3.com
Venue: The Home Deport Center - Carson CA

NASL NEWS

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers and FC Edmonton are going to play two "Throwback" games. Ft Lauderdale are already wearing retro style shirts, and Edmonton will don Edmonton Drillers shirts. Pretty cool. Check it out:
























NASL SCOREBOARD


Matches & Scores:
-Fri Jul 22
NSC Minnesota Stars v Montreal Impact
-Sat Jul 23
Carolina RailHawks v FC Edmonton
Atlanta Silverbacks v FC Tampa Bay

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Standings (as of Sun Jul 17):
38 Carolina RailHawks (+21 GD) (16 GP) 2.38 PPG
29 Puerto Rico Islanders (+3 GD) (17 GP) 1.71 PPG
25 FC Edmonton (+2 GD) (16 GP) 1.56 PPG
22 NSC Minnesota Stars (+2 GD) (16 GP) 1.38 PPG
21 FC Tampa Bay (-3 GD) (16 GP) 1.31 PPG
18 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (-3 GD) (17 GP) 1.06 PPG
- - - OUT OF PLAYOFFS - - -
12 Montreal Impact (-4 GD) (16 GP) 0.75 PPG
9 Atlanta Silverbacks (-18 GD) (16 GP) 0.56 PPG

USA U18 TEAM

The team begins play on Monday in Northern Ireland at The Milk Cup tournament

Matches & Scores:
-Mon July 25
USA v Israel
-Wed Jul 27
USA v Mexico
-Fri Jul 29
Placement match

Teams:
Denmark
Israel
Georgia
Mexico
N Ireland
USA

Roster
G:
Cody Cropper - Ipswich
Jon Kempin - Sporting Kansas City
D:
Michael Ambrose - FC Dallas Academy
Bryan Gallego - New York Red Bulls Academy
Jordan McCrary - U North Carolina
Juan Pablo Ocegueda - UANL Tigres U20
Boyd Okwuonu - FC Dallas Academy
Jalen Robinson - DC United Academy
Javan Torre - Pateadores
Walker Zimmerman - Furman U
M:
Luis Gil - Real Salt Lake
Will Packwood - Birmingham City
Victor Pineda - Chicago Fire
Marcus Salandy-Defour - DC United Academy
Jose Villareal - Pateadores
F:
Jerome Kiesewetter - Hertha U19
Luis Rendon - Richmond Magic
Omar Salgado - Vancouver Whitecaps

AMERICANS IN EUROPE

None of the Americans playing in Norway are based in Oslo, site of a terrorist bombing on Friday afternoon.
-I would not be surprised if all the games in Norway are postponed this weekend.

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Game Action:

FINLAND - Ykkonen (2nd Division)
Kellan Wilson - HIFK - Thu Jul 21 - went the distance in goal but they lost 4-0 at Viikingit

NORWAY - Eliteserien
POSTPONED Sean Cunningham - Molde - Fri Jul 22 at Start
POSTPONED Josh Gatt - Molde - Fri Jul 22 at Start

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Coming Up:

DENMARK - Superliga
Clarence Goodson - Brondy - Sat Jul 23 at Silkeborg
Conor O'Brien - SonderjyskE - Sun Jul 24 at Lyngby
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - Sun Jul 24 v Horsens
Chris Rolfe - AaB - Sun Jul 24 v AGF
Brad Rusin - HB Koge - Mon Jul 25 v Midtjylland
Marcus Tracy - AaB - Sun Jul 24 v AGF

FINLAND - Veikkausliiga -
Giuseppe Funicello - Mariehamn - Sun Jul 24 v KuPS
Etchu Tabe - RoPS - Mon Jul 25 at My Pa
Mason Trafford - Mariehamn - Sun Jul 24 v KuPS
Josh Wicks - Mariehamn - Sun Jul 24 v KuPS

FINLAND - Ykkonen (2nd Division)
Dan Stevens - PS Kemi Kings - Sat Jul 23 at Jippo
Jeremy Vuolo - AC Oulu - Wed Jul 27 v KPV

GERMANY - 2 Bundesliga
Edson Buddle - Ingolstadt - Fri Jul 22 v Erzebirge Aue
Ricardo Clark - Eintracht Frankfurt - Mon Jul 25 v St Pauli
Amaechi Igwe - Ingolstadt - Fri Jul 22 v Erzebirge Aue
Luis Robles - Karlsruher - Sat Jul 23 at 1860 Munich
Matt Taylor - Paderborn - Sun Jul 24 at Fortuna Dusseldorf
Bobby Wood - 1860 Munich - Sat Jul 23 v Karlsruher

NORWAY - Eliteserien
Joe Bendik - Sogndal - Sun Jul 24 at Haugesund
Erik Benjaminsen - Stabaek - Sun Jul 24 at Aalesund
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek - Sun Jul 24 at Aalesund

NORWAY - 1 Divisjon
Rhett Bernstein - Mjondalen - Sun Jul 24 v Hodd
John Borrajo - HamKam - Sun Jul 24 v Bodo Glimt
Colin Burns - Sandefjord - Sun Jul 24 at Honefoss
Steve Clark - Honefoss - Sun Jul 24 v Sandefjord
Kyle Helton - Mjondalen - Sun Jul 24 v Hodd
Kenneth Di Vita Jensen - Honefoss - Sun Jul 24 v Sandefjord

RUSSIA - Premier Division
Yevgeni Starikov - Tom' Tomsk - Sat Jul 23 v Kuban Krasnodar

SCOTLAND - Premier League -
Dominic Cervi - Celtic - Sun Jul 24 at Hibernian
Mo Edu - Rangers - Sat Jul 23 v Hearts

SWEDEN - Allsvenskan Liga
Alejandro Bedoya - Orebro - Sun Jul 24 v Norrkoping
Ryan Miller - Halmstad - Mon Jul 25 at Goteborg
Samuel Petrone - Mjallby - Sat Jul 23 v Gefle

SWEDEN - Superettan
Brian Edwards - Degerfors - Sat Jul 23 Qviding
Nick Noble - Ljungskile - Sun Jul 24 at Falkenberg
Matt Pyzdrowski - Angelholms - Sun Jul 24 v Brage
Michael Thomas - Ljungskile - Sun Jul 24 at Falkenberg

AMERICANS IN MEXICO

Coming Up:

The 2011 Apertura begins today!

PRIMERA DIVISION
Isaac Acuna - America - Sun Jul 24 v Queretaro
Daniel Antunez - Estudiantes Tecos - Fri Jul 22 v Toluca
DaMarcus Beasley - Puebla - Sat Jul 23 at Atlas
Jonathan Bornstein - Tigres UANL - Sat Jul 23 v Cruz Azul
Joe Benny Corona - Tijuana - Sun Jul 24 v Morelia
Edgar Castillo - America - Sun Jul 24 v Queretaro
Herculez Gomez - Estudiantes Tecos - Fri Jul 22 v Toluca
Sonny Guadarrama - Atlante - Sat Jul 23 v Guadalajara
Frankie Lopez - Chiapas Jaguares - Sun Jul 24 v Monterrey
Ernest Nungaray - Morelia - Sun Jul 24 at Tijuana
Sammy Ochoa - Estudiantes Tecos - Fri Jul 22 v Toluca
Michael Orozco Fiscal - San Luis - Sun Jul 24 at Pumas
Adrian Ruelas - Chiapas Jaguares - Sun Jul 24 v Monterrey
Jose Torres - Pachuca - Sat Jul 23 v Santos Laguna

MEXICO

This weekend is the 2011 Apertura open round.

Matches & Scores:
-Fri Jul 22
Estudiantes Tecos v Toluca
-Sat Jul 23
Tigres UANL v Cruz Azul
Pachuca v Santos Laguna
Atlas v Puebla
Atlante v Guadalajara
-Sun Jul 24
Pumas UNAM v San Luis
Xolos Tijuana v Monarchas Morelia
America v Queretaro
Jaguares Chiapas v Monterrey

SPAIN

Reuters reports that Jose Mourinho has added the title of "Sporting Manager of Futbol" to his head coaches role at Real Madrid.
-He is basically tacking on the job of his now-fired adversary from last season Jorge Valdano.

GERMANY

German Super Cup
-Sat Jul 23
Schalke (Cup winner) v Borussia Dortmund (league winner)

ITALY

Roma has signed Barcelona prodigy Bojan Krkic.

BRAZIL

Brazil - Serie A Standings:
28 Corinthians (10 GP) - NEXT: Sun Jul 23 v Cruzeiro
21 Sao Paulo (10 GP) - NEXT: Sat Jul 23 v Atletico GO
20 Flamengo (10 GP) - NEXT: Sat Jul 23 v Ceara
19 Palmeiras (10 GP) - NEXT: Sun Jul 24 at Fluminense
17 Vasco da Gama (10 GP) - NEXT: Sun Jul 24 at Atletico MG

ARGENTINA

Marcela Mora y Araujo of Sports Illustrated says that despite a distinct lack of success their is little sign of any changes to come for the Argentine national team.

ASIA

AFC 2014 World Cup Qualifying

The 8 1st Round winners and the next 22 lowest ranked teams will play another home and away series on Jul 23 and 28.
-Those 15 winners will meet up with the 5 highest seeds and formed into a group stage competition.

Round 2

Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Sat Jul 23
Thailand v Palestine
Lebanon v Bangladesh
China v Laos
Turkmenistan v Indonesia
Kuwait v Philippines
Oman v Myanmar
Saudi Arabia v Hong Kong
Iran v Maldives
Syria v Tajikistan
Qatar v Vietnam
Iraq v Yemen
Singapore v Malaysia
Uzbekistan v Kyrgyzstan
United Arab Emirates v India
Jordan v Nepal

TACTICS

A little used tactic in football is "I Love You Man!" Your team may need to pull it out of the trick bag someday. So see it in use here from mun2.

ENDERS

Do you dig the TV show 30 Rock? You know the goofy bastard that wears the baseball caps with stupid slogans on em? Turns out he is a footballing wizard and is demanding a place on the MLS All Star Team. See his audition video right here.

1 Comments:

Anonymous geoffkorb said...

Is that Will Ferrell's son in the photo with Mourinho? If so, what's with the Portugal shirt? Also, I'm typing this comment from Theater 1 at the Kicking and Screening film festival.

6:39 PM  

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