Monday, July 18, 2011

Some News for Mon Jul 18, 2011


Japan won the Women's World Cup! Huge congrats to them. Hooray saki!


Argentina and Brazil the powers of South America are both OUT of the Copa America in the Quarterfinal stage (beaten by Uruguay and Paraguay.) While Peru and Venezuela the whipping boys of South America are through to the Semifinals (beating Colombia and Chile.) Amazing.


The new season begins in Mexico on Friday, and in Scotland on Saturday.


Manchester City sold their best player from last season Carlos Tevez back to his team in Brazil Corinthians? Or have they? We get conflicting stories every few minutes.
-I have no idea where Corinthians is getting the money.


Huge success was achieved in the fund raising for the film Rise & Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story. Producers were looking to raise $215,000 by today, and the final tally came out to $223,422 pledged by 1,937 people.


It was a couple of weeks since the New England Revolution front office management and their most ardent supporters got into a brouhaha over treatment at the hands of security. The team says stop chanting "You Suck Asshole" and the supporters say "stop sending in the goon squad." They had a meeting to clear the air, but it didn't seem to solve much. Their first home game since the clash happened on Sunday and the fans made their point.

In a letter from the teams fans who occupy the stand known as The Fort posted on the website The Drug Is Football they address the New England Revolution players, coaches, and technical staff. Here is a taste of what they have to say:
For purposes of the Revolution vs. Union match, supporters in The Fort will protest by wearing black while refraining from standing, chanting, singing, waving flags or drumming for the first fifteen minutes of the match. The protest will conclude in the 16th minute with supporters walking out of the stadium for the remainder of the match, this in recognition of 16 seasons of (as yet) unresolved issues between fans and the Revolution organization.

The Revs hardcore supporters did exactly what they said they would do this weekend - they got up en masse and all walked out during the game. Do you think team ownership will get it now? Doubtful. See the video here.
"The supporters all wore black shirts and sat in silence until the 17th minute, at which point they rose, made noise, and all filed out. Sons of Ben applauded. It’s now a mausoleum in Gillette."

Most of the media ignored the story.

Expect Kyle McCarthy of the Boston Herald who opened his game report on the topic.

The Midnight Riders supporters group posted this today:
july 18, 2011 07:19am
Yesterday's Protest
Thank you to everyone who participated and/or offered support. Now we must move forward and work with the team to bring about change in the Fort and make it the supporters' section we all want it to be. Please keep an eye out here, on the message boards, and in your inbox for further developments.


Doreen Carvajal of the New York Times takes us inside the absurd luxuries that FIFA executive committee members conduct their business inside of.


The Women's World Cup - Germany 2011



You dominate the first half, you score the first goal, you score another goal to go ahead in Added Extra Time, and then you lose the World Cup final in a Penalty Kick Shootout. Rough. It was all there for the USA to walk away easily with the title, but they lacked the fortitude to put the game away, and Japan slid through the small cracks to steal it all.


Match & Score:
-Sun Jul 17
USA 2-2 Japan - Jap wins 3-1 in a Penalty Kick Shootout.
Venue: Commerzbank-Arena - Frankfurt


Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal puts it about as well as it can be put. (thanks to Brian for the link)

Match report from US Soccer.


I really dislike that major soccer tournaments end in a shootout. I have said it many times before, it would be like ended the baseball World Series with a home run derby.
-On the other hand, you cannot deny the insane drama that the shootout provides.


Read full tournament coverage by Jerrod Roh (U of M Women's asst coach) at IMSoccer News.


The 2011 South American championship is being hosted by Argentina.

All games live on You Tube, and TeleFutura or Univision.



All 4 games ended in major upsets! Wow! Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Chile all out.
-Peru, Uruguay, Paraguay and Venezuela advance!


Gabriele Marcotti of the Wall Street Journal examines the Lionel Messi of Argentina v the Lionel Messi of Barcelona.

Tim Vickery of the BBC tells us about head coach Sergio Markarian who has somehow lead Peru to the Semifinals.

Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian on the fall of the giants.


I think the words translate as "We laid an egg, and as good looking as it is, this shirt kinda smells like it."


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Jul 16
1 Colombia 0-2 Peru - Per goals by Carlos Lobaton & Juan Vargas.
2 Argentina 1-1 Uruguay - Uru wins 5-4 in Penalty Kick Shootout - Arg goal by Gonzalo Higuain. Uru goal by Diego Perez.
-Sun Jul 17
3 Brazil 0-0 Paraguay - Par wins 0-2 in Penalty Kick Shootout.
4 Chile 1-2 Venezuela - Chi goal by Humberto Suazo. Ven goals by Oswaldo Viscarrondo & Gabriel Cichero.



Matches & Scores:
-Tue Jul 19
Peru v Uruguay - 7:45pm CT on Univision and YouTube
-Wed Jul 20
Paraguay v Venezuela - 7:45pm CT on Univision and YouTube



Match & Score:
-Sun Jul 24
Winner 1 v Winner 2 - 2pm CT on Univision and YouTube


I have no idea what this really means - The final minutes of the Japan-USA Women's World Cup set a new Twitter usage record of 7,196 tweets per second.


13 goals were scored in 7 MLS games this past week, with 7 of them coming in one game.

There were also 3 more scoreless ties.

That is not pretty.


Week 18

Matches & Scores
-Sat Jul 16
PORTPONED Vancouver Whitecaps FC v Real Salt Lake - 3:00PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Empire Field
Seattle Sounders FC 4-3 Colorado Rapids - SS goals by Alvaro Fernandez, Roger Levesque, Fredy Montero & Mauro Rosales. CR goals by Wells Thompson, Jeff Larentowicz & Caleb Folan.
Venue: CenturyLink Field
Attendance: 36,424
Columbus Crew 0-0 San Jose Earthquakes
Venue: Crew Stadium
Attendance: 14,109
Houston Dynamo 1-1 Sporting Kansas City - HD goal by Brad Davis. SKC goal by Aurelien Collin.
Venue: Robertson Stadium
Attendance: 12,047
Chicago Fire SC 0-1 Portland Timbers - PT goal by Jack Jewsbury(PK).
Venue: Toyota Park
Attendance: 16,419
FC Dallas 0-0 DC United
Venue: Pizza Hut Park
Attendance: 10,802
CD Chivas USA 0-0 New York Red Bulls
Venue: The Home Depot Center
Attendance: 14,838
-Sun Jul 17
New England Revolution 0-3 Philadelphia Union - PU goals by Carlos Ruiz, Carlos Valdes & Sheanon Williams.
Venue: Gillette Stadium
Attendance: 13,414

Week 19

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Jul 20
DC United v New England Revolution - 7:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: RFK Stadium
Toronto FC v FC Dallas - 7:00PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: BMO Field
Colorado Rapids v New York Red Bulls - 8:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
LA Galaxy v Columbus Crew - 9:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: The Home Depot Center
San Jose Earthquakes v Vancouver Whitecaps - 9:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium


Colin Clark - Houston - red card
Brian Ching - Houston - red card
Yamith Cuesta - Chicago - yellow cards
Benny Feilhaber - New England - yellow cards


31 Philadelphia Union (+8 GD) (19 GP)
29 New York Red Bulls (+10 GD) (21 GP)
28 Columbus Crew (+2 GD) (19 GP)
24 Houston Dynamo (+1 GD) (20 GP)
23 DC United (-5 GD) (18 GP)
23 Sporting Kansas City (-1 GD) (19 GP)
18 Chicago Fire SC (-5 GD) (20 GP)
18 Toronto FC (-19 GD) (21 GP)
16 New England Revolution (-11 GD) (19 GP)

39 LA Galaxy (+11 GD) (21 GP)
38 Seattle Sounders FC (+9 GD) (22 GP)
35 FC Dallas (+7 GD) (20 GP)
30 Real Salt Lake (+11 GD) (17 GP)
27 Colorado Rapids (-2 GD) (21 GP)
23 San Jose Earthquakes (+1 GD) (19 GP)
23 CD Chivas USA (+1 GD) (20 GP)
21 Portland Timbers (-9 GD) (18 GP)
14 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (-9 GD) (20 GP)


All courtesy of

A high flyin' kung fu goal by Carlos Ruiz for Philly.


Houston gets a goal on yet another smashing free kick by Brad Davis. What happened to the KC keeper on this one?


Aurelien Collin of KC became a huge villian for Houston fans after drawing not one but two red cards on Dynamo players, then scoring the game tying goal in the 90th minute.


A diving header from Fredy Montero caps a strong Seattle attack. And he finishes it all off with a little baseball.


And just moments later the Sounders kill off the game with a strong counter attack that ends with Mauro Rosales firing low and hard to the backpost - he made it look easy.


General News

Vancouver's game against Salt Lake was postponed due to a flooded field. They put real grass over the fake turf and hard rains turned it into a rice paddy.
-The traveling RSL fans got the old screwgie.


Steve Davis of Sports Illustrated gives us five things we learned from Week 18.


Seattle midfielder Maura Rosales was named MLS Player Of The Week.
-He is quickly becoming a huge favorite here at du Nord WHQ.


And there is a monstrous 5 game Wednesday on tap this week!


Conor Casey appeared to suffer some sort of an achilles injury on Saturday. No word yet on the extent of the damage. It did not look good when he went off. He seemed to be in a lot of pain. The club says they will no more in a few days.


DCU has acquired midfielder Austin Da Luz from New York. I have no idea what they gave in return.


SKC has signed a new Designated Player, 27 year old attacking midfielder Jeferson from Vasco de Gama in Brazil.
-Terez Paylor of the Star tells us more about Jef.


KC also signed a loan deal for 20 year old Trinidad & Tobago centerback Daneil Cyrus from FC Santa Rosa in T&T.


Frank Dell'apa of the Globe reports on the Revs efforts to shore up their roster. The big bag of stiffs they brought in since last season are mostly already gone.


NER releases veteran French fullback Didier Domi. He did play about half their games so far this season, but he made to differnce on the field.


And their other veteran player Ousmane Dabo has retired. Unfortunately yet another bust.


New goalkeeper Frank Rost had a very unmemorable debut. And that is a good thing in Red Bulls land because their keepers have been making headlines for blunders nearly every week lately.


Brian Lewis of the Post talks to coach Hans Backe on how he keeps Juan Agudelo from imploding under the weight of his own hype.


Lewis also has some basic NYRB team notes for a Monday.


I have a been a bit mystified over the past couple of weeks listening to the pundits on various podcasts and radio shows talking about LA, Seattle and Dallas the the cream of the league, with RSL being put into the second batch with Philly, New York, Columbus and Colorado. To those pundits I say, "What is it you jammed into your pipe?" All RSL did in their last MLS game was hammer Dallas into a pulp.
-Kurt Kragthorpe of the Salt Lake Trib sees it like I do, RSL is a front runner.


TFC roster shuffle recap:
Terry Dunfield
Torsten Frings
Leadre Graffit
Andy Iro
Ryan Johnson
Danny Koevermans
Nana Attakora
Alan Gordon
Jacob Peterson
Tony Tchani


Commissioner Don Garber picked two players for the All Star roster - Omar Bravo of Sporting Kansas City and Juan Agudelo of New York Red Bulls.

And here are the others named to that squad:
Tally Hall - Houston Dynamo
Faryd Mondragon - Philadelphia Union
Corey Ashe - Houston Dynamo
#Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City
Geoff Cameron - Houston Dynamo
Bobby Convey - San Jose Earthquakes
*Sean Franklin - LA Galaxy
Jamison Olave - Real Salt Lake
Heath Pearce - Chivas USA
*Tim Ream - New York Red Bulls
Kyle Beckerman - Real Salt Lake
*David Beckham - LA Galaxy
Brad Davis - Houston Dynamo
*Jack Jewsbury - Portland Timbers
Shalrie Joseph - New England Revolution
Nick LaBrocca - Chivas USA
@Juan Agudelo - New York Red Bulls
@Omar Bravo - Sporting Kansas City
Omar Cummings - Colorado Rapids
*Landon Donovan - LA Galaxy
*Thierry Henry - New York Red Bulls
*Chris Wondolowski - San Jose Earthquakes

Inactive All-Stars:
*Kasey Keller - Seattle Sounders FC
*Omar Gonzalez - LA Galaxy
*Rafa Marquez - New York Red Bulls
*Brek Shea - FC Dallas

(NOTE: 6 more players will be named as All Stars but not on the game day roster by their peers)

*Original 11
#Text voting winner
@Commissioner's picks

And this is my list of players who have been fantastic and possibly got robbed:
-Osvaldo Alonso
-Nat Borchers
-Conor Casey
-Davide Chiumiento
-Aurelien Collin
-Charlie Davies
-George John
-Joel Lindpere
-Andres Mendoza
-Drew Moor
-Nick Rimando
-Carlos Valdes

And why NO ONE ELSE from Seattle? Jebus!

Keep in mind that Dallas and Seattle both begin their CONCACAF Champions League campaigns the night before the All Star game etc etc.

The defensive choices are particularly insane: Corey Ashe, Geoff Cameron and Bobby Convey? No offense to any of these guys personally but are you kidding me? All 3 are natural midfielders.

And Omar Cummings and Juan Agudelo? Really? There has to be 6-8 more deserving forwards this season.
-I bet anything that Agudelo is more of an Adidas pick than a Don Garber pick.

Match & Score:
-Wed Jul 27
MLS v Manchester United - 7:30pm CT on ESPN2
Venue: Red Bull Arena - Harrison NJ


Matches & Scores:
-Mon Jul 18
New England Revolution 3-1 Philadelphia Union - NER goals by Alan Kroger, Andrew Sousa & Diego Fagundez. PU goal by Roger Torres.
-Thu Jul 19
Sporting Kansas City v Chicago Fire
-Tue Jul 26
Chivas USA v San Jose Earthquakes
-Sun Jul 31
Vancouver Whitecaps v LA Galaxy


Standings Etc.


Randy Phillips of the Montreal Gazette says there is trouble with paying for expansion on Saputo stadium for MLS next season.


Phillips also reports that the Impact is planning to name their new head coach who will lead them into MLS very soon.


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


The Galaxy got run OFF the field by Real Madrid. It was a real pounding. It was 4-0 before LA pulled one back.

A San Jose Earthquakes sized crowd turned up to see Man City and America at a 42,000 capacity baseball stadium in San Francisco. Oof.


Games Played

-Sat Jul 16
LA Galaxy 4-1 Real Madrid (Spain) - World Football Challenge
Venue: Memorial Coliseum - Los Angeles CA
Attendance: 56,211
Match report from Real Madrid CF.
-Sat Jul 16
Manchester City (England) 2-0 Club America (Mexico) - World Football Challenge
Venue: AT&T Park - San Francisco CA
Attendance: 11,250
Match report from Manchester City FC.
-Sun Jul 17
Orlando City SC (USL Pro) 1-3 Bolton Wanderers (England)
Venue: Florida Citrus Bowl - Orlando FL
Attendance: 6,932
Match report from Bolton Wanderers FC.


Up Coming

-Mon Jul 18
Vancouver Whitecaps FC v Manchester City (England) - World Football Challenge
TV: 9pm CT on ESPN2, ESPN3 & ESPN Deportes
Venue: Empire Field - Vancouver BC
-Wed Jul 20
Philadelphia Union v Everton (England)
Venue: PPL Park - Chester PA
-Wed Jul 20
Houston Dynamo v Bolton Wanderers (England) - Dynamo Charity Cup
Venue: Robertson Stadium - Houston TX
-Wed Jul 20
Sporting Kansas City v Newcastle United (England)
Venue: Livestrong Sporting Park - Kansas City KS
-Wed Jul 20
Seattle Sounders FC v Manchester United (England)
Venue: Qwest Field - Seattle WA
-Wed Jul 20
Real Madrid (Spain) v Guadalajara (Mexico) - World Football Challenge
TV: 10pm CT on ESPN2, & ESPN Deportes
Venue: Qualcomm Stadium - San Diego CA


Matches & Scores:
-Sun Jul 17
Montreal Impact 2-2 Atlanta Silverbacks - MI goals both by Eduard Sebrango. AS goals both by Matt Horth.
FC Edmonton 1-2 FC Tampa Bay - FCE goal by Kyle Porter. TB goals by Aaron King & Mike Ambersley.
NSC Minnesota Stars 0-1 Puerto Rico Islanders - PRI goal by Jarad Van Schaik.
-Wed Jul 20
Puerto Rico Islanders v Fort Lauderdale Strikers


Standings (as of Sun Jul 17):
38 Carolina RailHawks (+21 GD) (16 GP) 2.38 PPG
26 Puerto Rico Islanders (+1 GD) (16 GP) 1.63 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 (-1 GD) (16 GP) 1.13 PPG
- - - OUT OF PLAYOFFS - - -
12 Montreal Impact (-4 GD) (16 GP) 0.75 PPG
9 Atlanta Silverbacks (-18 GD) (16 GP) 0.56 PPG


Pateadores is the 2011 U18 champion and LA Galaxy is the 2011 U16 champion. Huge congrats to both of them.


2011 U17/18 Championship:


Match & Score:
-Fri Jul 15
FC Dallas 1-2 Pateadores - FCD goal by Bryan Leyva. Pat goals both by Jose Villareal.

Placement Matches

Matches & Scores:
-Fri Jul 15
3rd/4th - Dallas Texans 2-2 CASL Chelsea FC Academy - DT wins 4-3 in Penalty Kick Shootout.
5th/6th - New York Red Bulls 1-4 Baltimore Bays Chelsea
7th/8th - Players Development Academy 3-3 Weston FC - Wes wins 4-3 in Penalty Kick Shootout.


U15/16 Championship:


Match & Score:
-Sat Jul 16
LA Galaxy 4-1 PA Classics - LAG goals by Sean Dhillon, william Raygoza, Justin Dhillon & Drew Murphy. PAC goal by Kyle Bitterman.

Placement Matches

Matches & Scores:
-Sat Jul 16
3rd/4th - Real So Cal 0-0 Real Salt Lake AZ - RSL wins 8-7 in Penalty Kick Shootout.
5th/6th - Seattle Sounders 2-1 North Carolina Fusion
7th/8th - Dallas Texans 3-1 CASL Chelsea FC Academy


Brian Sciaretta of Yanks Abroad tells us why Gale Agbossemonde has not been playing at Djurgarden for the past 6 weeks - they are not going to to pick up or extend his loan that ends next week.
-Chalk up another un-success story for Traffic!


Game Action:

DENMARK - Superliga
Clarence Goodson - Brondy - played the whole game as they tied 2-2 v AaB.
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - went the distance but lost 2-0 at OB.
Chris Rolfe - AaB - started and went 71 minutes as they drew 2-2 at Brondy.

FINLAND - Veikkausliiga -
Giuseppe Funicello - Mariehamn - on the bench as they lost 2-0 at TPS.
Etchu Tabe - RoPS - played the full game getting a yellow card and they lost 1-2 v Honka.
Mason Trafford - Mariehamn - came on as a sub at half time but lost 2-0 at TPS.
Josh Wicks - Mariehamn - played the full match but lost 2-0 at TPS.

FINLAND - Ykkonen (2nd Division)
Kellan Wilson - HIFK - in goal but they lost 3-2 at PK-35.

GERMANY - 2 Bundesliga
Edson Buddle - Ingolstadt - came off the bench in the 76th min but they lost 2-0 at St Pauli.
Ricardo Clark - Eintracht Frankfurt - on the bench as they won 2-3 at Greuther Furth.
Luis Robles - Karlsruher - on the bench as they won 3-2 v Duisburg.
Matt Taylor - Paderborn - came on as a sub in the 68th min and they won 2-1 at Hansa Rostock.

NORWAY - Eliteserien
Joe Bendik - Sogndal - on the bench as they won 1-0 v Sarpsborg.
Erik Benjaminsen - Stabaek - on the bench as they won 2-1 v Rosenborg.
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek - played the entire game as they won 2-1 v Rosenborg.
Josh Gatt - Molde - on the bench fora 3-1 win v Haugesund.

NORWAY - 1 Divisjon
John Borrajo - HamKam - went the full 90 as they tied 2-2 v Sandnes Ulf.
Colin Burns - Sandefjord - on the bench as they won 0-2 at Strommen.
Steve Clark - Honefoss - in goal as usual and they won 2-1 v Kongsvinger.
Kyle Helton - Mjondalen - on the bench but did not play in a 4-1 loss at Alta.
Kenneth Di Vita Jensen - Honefoss - came on as a sub in the 73rd min as they won 2-1 v Kongsvinger.

SWEDEN - Allsvenskan Liga
Gale Agbossoumonde - Djurgarden - on the bench as they won 1-0 v Mjallby.
Ryan Miller - Halmstad - played the whole 90 but lost 1-2 v Elfsborg.
Samuel Petrone - Mjallby - on the bench as lost 1-0 at Djurgarden.

SWEDEN - Superettan
Brian Edwards - Degerfors - went the full 90 but lost 0-2 v GIF Sundsvall.
Nick Noble - Ljungskile - went the distance but lost 1-2 v Angelholm.
Matt Pyzdrowski - Angelholms - in goal for the full 90 and won 1-2 at Ljungskile.
Michael Thomas - Ljungskile - played the whole game getting a yellow card and lost 1-2 v Angelholm.


Preliminary Round

Five matchups between the 10 lowest rated teams in the region.
-The 5 winners will advance to join the next 19 lowest rated teams in a six group, four team stage.

Belize is the last of the 5 to advance.

Matches & Scores:
2nd Leg (1st Leg scores included)
-Sun Jul 17
Belize 3-1 Montserrat - Bel advances 8-3 on aggregate - Bel goals by Daniel Jimenez, Deon McCauley & Luis Mendez. Mon goal by Joel Hodgson.


On July 30, twenty four teams will be drawn into 6 groups in Round 3 of qualifying. The winner of each of those groups will move on to Round 3. The 4th and final round will be the infamous Hexagon!


34 teams are in the 2nd Qualifying Round and the 2nd Leg matches will be play next week on Tue/Wed Jul 19/20. See all the matchups and scores here.


Huge round where all 6 top teams face off against each other!

Brazil - Serie A Standings:
25 Corinthians (9GP) - NEXT: Wed Jul 20 at Botafogo
*21 Sao Paulo (10GP) - LAST: Sun Jul 17 W 0-3 at Internacional
19 Flamengo (9GP) - NEXT: Wed Jul 20 at Palmeiras
18 Palmeiras (9GP) - NEXT: Wed Jul 20 v Flamengo
*17 Vasco da Gama (10GP) - LAST: Sat Jul 16 W 2-1 v Atletico PR
16 Botafogo (9GP) - NEXT: Wed Jul 20 v Corinthians
*Already played a game this round.


The 2011 Manchester United second kit:


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