Thursday, July 28, 2011

Some News for Thu Jul 28, 2011


Bob Bradley was fired today as head coach of the USA national team. The federation has stated that they will have another announcement tomorrow. Don't know if that will be about a new coach, or an interim, or etc etc etc.

We here at du Nord are big fans of coach Bradley and want to thank him for all his hard work, and wish him all the best in his next endeavor. Rock on Bob.

The heavy rumors tonight say Jurgen Klinsman will be named the new head coach.

Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated with his thoughts.


"Some days just put a smile on your face."
-Brian Ching

"Wishing Bob Bradley the best of luck. He helped me become a better player and person."
-Charlie Davies

"This Just In! - No one thought it was possible but Johnny Bornstein's summer just got a little worse."
-Jimmy Conrad

"Yes i heard the news tweet fam and I Wish Bob Bradley nothing but the best in the future. #esoesfutbol" (#thatsfootball)
-Jozy Altidore

"I wish only the best for Bob Bradley and his future! Really helped me these past few years!"
-Robbie Rogers

"hmmmm so this changes everything... :)"
-Lee Nguyen

"Really sad to see Bob Bradley go! Maybe Klopas will bring him to coach the @ChicagoFire - anyway, all the best to Bob."
-Mark Lisi

"cannot believe that Bob Bradley got fired! This is ridiculous!!"
-Cody Cropper

"I would like to say thank you to Coach Bradley for his service to U.S. Soccer and best of luck on his next venture."
-Cobi Jones


Preliminary Round

Home and away play-in round before the group stage.
-The 8 teams who win these series have already been drawn into groups that will begin play the week of Mon Aug 15.


Toronto gets the win at home, but gives up a late road goal that they have to hope does not come back to haunt them.


Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Tue Jul 26
San Francisco (Panama) 1-0 Seattle Sounders FC (USA) - 7pm CT on Fox Soccer - SF goal by Roberto Brown(PK).
Herediano (Costa Rica) 8-0 Alpha United (Guyana) - Her goals by Jorge Barbosa(3), Jose Cancela, Olman Vargas, Yosimar Arias, Pablo Salazar & Jose Cordero.
-Wed Jul 27
Toronto FC (Canada) 2-1 Real Esteli (Nicaragua) - TFC goals both by Joao Plata. RE goal by Alesandro Calero.
Isidro Metapan (El Salvador) 2-0 Puerto Rico Islanders (Puerto Rico) - IM goals by Edwin Sanchez & Allan Kardek.
Santos Laguna (Mexico) 3-1 Olimpia (Honduras) - SL goals by Oribe Peralta, Juan Rodriguez & Carlos Quintero. Oli goal by B Beckeles.
-Thu Jul 28
Monarcas Morelia (Mexico) v Tempete (Haiti)
Alianza (El Salvador) v FC Dallas (USA) - 9pm CT on Fox Soccer
Motagua (Honduras) v Municipal (Guatemala)


2nd Leg matches will be played next week.


Group Stage begins Aug 16.


The size difference between Andy Iro and Joao Plata of Toronto is borderline creepy:



Matches & Scores:
-Fri Jul 29
Philadelphia Union v Colorado Rapids - 6:30PM CT on FOX Soccer
Venue: PPL Park
-Sat Jul 30
Vancouver Whitecaps FC v LA Galaxy - 6:30PM CT on FOX Soccer
Venue: Empire Field
Houston Dynamo v Seattle Sounders FC - 7:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Robertson Stadium
Sporting Kansas City v New England Revolution - 7:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: LIVESTRONG Sporting Park
Real Salt Lake v Columbus Crew - 8:00PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium
San Jose Earthquakes v DC United - 9:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium
Portland Timbers v Toronto FC - 10:00PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: JELD-WEN Field
-Sun Jul 31
FC Dallas v CD Chivas USA - 6:00PM CT on Galavision
Venue: Pizza Hut Park



Chicago acquired defender Dan Gargan and a future draft pick from Toronto in exchange for defender Dasan Robinson.


FCD opened up two roster spots today by releasing veteran forward Milton Rodriguez and young forward Pari Marosevic.


Centerback Aurelien Collin will miss up to 6 weeks due to a fractured vertebrae.


Andrew Wiebe of does a Q & A with injured captain Davy Arnaud.


Star centerback Jamison Olave is thought to have a sprained MCL suffered in the All Star game, but the diagnosis is not official yet. No word on how long he is out until he has been fully examined.


TFC acquired defender Dasan Robinson from Chicago in exhcange for defender Dan Gargan and a future draft pick.


Toronto also signed forward Pari Marosevic who was released by Dallas earlier today.


Another year, another brutal beating at the hands of Manchester United.

Yes the stats say the game was very even, but we all know thats a bunch of crap as there is only 1 stat that matters - the score.

And coach Hans Backe's "tactics" were awful to watch. Its a frickin All Star game. ATTACK! ATTACK! ATTACK! That is what we all want to watch.

Match & Score:
-Wed Jul 27
MLS 0-4 Manchester United - MU goals by Anderson, Ji Sung Park, Dimitar Berbatov & Danny Welbeck.
Venue: Red Bull Arena - Harrison NJ
Atten: 26,760


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

Games Played

A scoreless draw down in Charleston.

-Wed Jul 27
Charleston Battery (USL Pro) 0-0 Portsmouth (England)
Venue: Blackbaud Stadium - Daniel Island SC



-Thu Jul 28
Juventus (Italy) v Guadalajara (Mexico) - World Football Challenge
TV: 7pm CT on ESPN2, & GalavisiĆ³n
Venue: Carter-Finley Stadium - Raleigh NC
-Sat Jul 30
Barcelona (Spain) v Manchester United (England) - World Football Challenge
TV: 6pm CT on ESPN2, & ESPN Deportes
Venue: FedExField - Landover MD


Emirates Cup in London
-Sat Jul 30
New York Red Bulls v Paris St Germain
Arsenal v Boca Juniors
-Sun Jul 31
Paris St Germain v Boca Juniors
Arsenal v New York Red Bulls


Matches & Scores:
-Wed Jul 27
FC Tampa Bay 3-1 FC Edmonton - TB goals by Aaron King, Shane Hill & Pascal Millien. FCE goal by Alex Semenets.
-Sat Jul 30
Carolina RailHawks v Atlanta Silverbacks
Fort Lauderdale Strikers v FC Edmonton
-Sun Jul 31
Montreal Impact v Puerto Rico Islanders


Standings (as of Wed Jul 27):
41 Carolina RailHawks (+24 GD) (17 GP)
29 Puerto Rico Islanders (+3 GD) (17 GP)
25 NSC Minnesota Stars (+3 GD) (17 GP)
25 FC Edmonton (-3 GD) (18 GP)
24 FC Tampa Bay (-2 GD) (18 GP)
18 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (-3 GD) (17 GP)
- - - OUT OF PLAYOFFS - - -
12 Montreal Impact (-5 GD) (17 GP)
12 Atlanta Silverbacks (-17 GD) (17 GP)


The Milk Cup tournament


USA came from behind to tie their nemesis Mexico.

And now on Friday the USA will play in the 3rd/4th place game against Georgia.

Matches & Scores:
-Mon July 25
USA 2-0 Israel - USA goals by Omar Salgado & Jerome Kiesewetter.
-Wed Jul 27
USA 1-1 Mexico - USA goal by Jalen Robinson.
-Fri Jul 29
Placement match

Cody Cropper - Ipswich
Jon Kempin - Sporting Kansas City
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
Luis Gil - Real Salt Lake
Will Packwood - Birmingham City
Victor Pineda - Chicago Fire
Marcus Salandy-Defour - DC United Academy
Jose Villareal - Pateadores
Jerome Kiesewetter - Hertha Berlin U19
Luis Rendon - Richmond Magic
Omar Salgado - Vancouver Whitecaps


Overall Tournament

Matches & Scores:
-Mon Jul 25
USA 2-0 Israel
Mexico 1-2 Georgia
N Ireland 1-1 Denmark
-Wed Jul 27
Denmark 3-1 Israel
USA 1-1 Mexico
Georgia 1-3 N Ireland
-Fri Jul 29
Placement matches:
1st/2nd Denmark v N Ireland
3rd/4th USA v Georgia
5th/6th Mexico v Israel

Team standings:
4 Denmark (+2) (4 GS)
4 N Ireland (+2) (4 GS)
4 USA (+2) (3 GS)
3 Georgia (-1)
1 Mexico (-1)
0 Israel (-4)


Game Action:

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE - 3rd Qualifying Round - 1st Leg
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - Thu Jul 28 - did not dress as they drew 0-0 at Split (Croatia).
Jozy Altidore - AZ - Thu Jul 28 - out injured as they won 2-0 v Jablonec (Czech Republic).
Clarence Goodson - Brondby - Thu Jul 28 - went the distance picking up a yellow card but losing 2-0 at Ried (Austria).


Coming Up:

GERMANY - DFB Pokal - 1st Round
-Fri Jul 29
Bobby Wood - 1860 Munich - at Osnabruk
-Sat Jul 30
Timmy Chandler - Nurnberg - at Arminia Bielefeld
Ricardo Clark - Eintracht Frankfurt - at Hallescher
Matt Taylor - Paderborn - at Rot Weiss Ahlen
David Yelldell - Bayer Leverkusen - at Dynamo Dresden
-Sun Jul 31
Edson Buddle - Ingolstadt - at Oberneulund
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - at Anker Wismar
Alfredo Morales - Hertha Berlin - at Meuselwitz
Luis Robles - Karlsruher - v Alemannia Aachen
Daniel Williams - Freiburg - at Unterhaching


68 teams are in the 3rd Qualifying Round with 1st Leg matches on Thu Jul 28, and 2nd Leg matches on Thu Aug 4. Here is the full schedule.


Recap du Nord: Three of the top 5 played today, and they all won, but there was no movement in the standings.

Brazil - Serie A Standings (12 of 38 games played):
28 Corinthians (11 GP) - NEXT: Sun Jul 31 at Avai
25 Sao Paulo - LAST: Wed Jul 27 W 3-4 at Cortiba - NEXT: Sun Jul 31 v Vasco da Gama
24 Flamengo - LAST: Wed Jul 27 W 4-5 at Santos - NEXT: Sat Jul 30 v Gremio
22 Palmeiras - LAST: Wed Jul 27 W 0-1 at Figueirense - NEXT: Sat Jul 30 v Atletico Mineiro
20 Vasco da Gama (11 GP) - LAST: Thu Jul 28 v Bahia - NEXT: Sun Jul 31 at Sao Paulo


AFC 2014 World Cup Qualifying

The eight 1st Round winners and the next 22 lowest ranked teams are playing a home and away series in the 2nd Round on Jul 23 & 28.
-Those 15 winners will meet up with the 5 highest seeds and formed into a group stage competition.

Round 2

Advanced: Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Syria, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan

Matches & Scores:
2nd Leg
-Thu Jul 28
Palestine 2-2 Thailand - Tha adv 3-2
Bangladesh 2-0 Lebanon - Ban adv 11-4
Laos 1-6 China - Chi adv 13-3
Indonesia 4-3 Turkmenistan - Ind adv 5-4
Philippines 1-2 Kuwait - Kuw adv 5-1
Myanmar SUSP Oman - Oma adv 2-0
Hong Kong 0-5 Saudi Arabia - SA adv 8-0
Maldives 0-1 Iran - Ira adv 5-0
Tajikistan 0-4 Syria - Syr adv 6-1
Vietnam 2-1 Qatar - Qat adv 4-2
Yemen 0-0 Iraq - Ira adv 2-0
Malaysia 1-1 Singapore - Sin adv 6-4
Kyrgyzstan 0-3 Uzbekistan - Uzb adv 7-0
India 2-2 United Arab Emirates - UAE adv 5-2
Nepal 1-1 Jordan - Jor adv 10-1


The qualifying draw will take place on Sat Jul 30 at 1:00pm CT streamed live on
-Asia, CONCACAF, Oceanian and CONMEBOL all have a 1/2 place - draw will be made to determine which confeds will face off. (two legged play-off)
-CONCACAF: drawing for 2nd Round - five 1st Round winners (Belize, Dominican Republic, US Virgin Islands, St. Lucia and Bahamas) join the 19 next highest-ranked teams (FIFA rankings from March 2011) in 6 groups of 4 teams. Round robin home and away tournament. 6 winners advancing to Round Three. Then a drawing for 3rd Round - Pot 1: USA, Mexico & Honduras. Pot 2 Jamaica, Costa Rica & Cuba. Pot 3: 6 group winners. Drawn into 3 groups of 4. Again round robin home and away. Top 6 will move on to the Final Round, the Hexagon, with top 3 going to World Cup and 4th place going to playoff for final WC spot.


And here are the details for the other confederations draws.


Why is this man smiling? No no no no no no no! Stop it.


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