Friday, August 12, 2011

Some News for Fri Aug 12, 2011

FREDDY ADU RETURNS

Freddy goes to Philly. Freddy Adu is now officially a Union player, and is eligible to play tomorrow. (Coach Peter Nowak said Freddy will be in the game day 18.)
-Video of the introduction by the Union.
-Peter Nowak: "Freddy's natural position is starting 11."
-Its hilarious watching Freddy crack up every time Nowak goes after the people asking the questions. (Which happens more than once.)

Kerith Gabriel of the Philadelphia Daily News on trying to track the story of the Adu signing.
















STARTERS


The MLS transfer window closes at the end of Sun Aug 14. However, player who are not under contract can still be signed after that day.

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CONCACAF Champions League, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League all return to action next week. Group stage begins for CONCACAF and the last round of prelimary playoffs for UEFA. Can't wait!

FIFA SCANDAL

The Nation News of Barbados on the 2 officials from that countries football federation that are being investigated by FIFA.
-This article from the Advocate has quotes from the federation.

T & T News Day has a quote from that countries federation official who is being investigated.

The Trinidad Express has an article on the new ethics probe of the CFU members, and for me the sad part is reading the reaction of the T&T people in the comments section. They are seriously embarrassed by Jack Warner.

The Express also reports that Jack Warner has decided to take his ball and go home - his personally owned team Joe Public has withdrawn from league play effective immediately (with the new season scheduled to start in just 2 weeks.) Warner sent a letter to the league explaining why, but those have not been shared with the press.
-The TT Pro League article on the Joe Public situation.

On a political front the Express says Warner is stiffing arming anyone who did not vote for him by withholding all government aid under his jurisdiction - one area of the country has now taken to building burning roadblocks to get his attention.
-And to further scrutinize Warner's means of doing business the countries Prime Minister has installed an oversight committee above him to keep an eye on a new $7 Billion dollar roads project.
-News Day's front page story is on the burning road blocks.
























THE GUARDIAN 2011-12 PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON PREVIEWS


Wigan
Wolverhampton

And a graphic of every team's 2011-12 uniform.

















Arsenal
Aston Villa
Blackburn
Bolton
Chelsea
Everton
Fulham
Liverpool
Manchester City
Manchester United
Newcastle
Norwich
Queens Park Rangers
Stoke
Sunderland
Swansea
Tottenham
West Brom

VERY SAD NEWS

Rob Hughes of the New York Times tells us about the sudden death of Japanese star Naoki Matsuda of an apparent heart attack at training.

OF COURSE THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED

"You can’t have it both ways."

Ben Grossman of Broadcasting & Cable with a nice smackdown of ESPN for its decision to show Little League baseball instead of the first 20 minutes of USA v Mexico.

PS. On a great note, ESPN left Steve McManaman back in England where he belongs.

THIS IS WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT

Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports that things are back on the upswing for the Crew supporters pub Hudson Street Hooligans Club which was shut down by the city last week due to code violations.

MLS MATCHES, SCORES & STANDINGS

WEEK 22

Matches & Scores:
-Sat Aug 13
Seattle Sounder FC v CD Chivas USA - 3:00PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: CenturyLink Field
Toronto FC v Real Salt Lake - 6:00PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: BMO Field
New York Red Bulls v Chicago Fire SC - 6:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Red Bull Arena
DC United v Vancouver Whitecaps FC - 6:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: RFK Stadium
Columbus Crew v New England Revolution - 6:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Crew Stadium
Philadelphia Union v FC Dallas - 7:00PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: PPL Park
San Jose Earthquakes v Colorado Rapids - 9:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium
-Sun Aug 14
Houston Dynamo v Portland Timbers - 8:00PM CT on Galavision
Venue: Robertson Stadium

LA Galaxy and Sporting Kansas City are off this week.

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Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
34 Columbus Crew (23 GP) (+2 GD)
33 Philadelphia Union (22 GP) (+7 GD)
30 Sporting Kansas City (23 GP) (+2 GD)
30 New York Red Bulls (24 GP) (+4 GD)
28 Houston Dynamo (23 GP) (0 GD)
27 DC United (21 GP) (-4 GD)
21 New England Revolution (23 GP) (-11 GD)
20 Toronto FC (25 GP) (-22 GD)
19 Chicago Fire SC (22 GP) (-7 GD)

WESTERN CONFERENCE
48 LA Galaxy (25 GP) (+15 GD)
42 FC Dallas (24 GP) (+7 GD)
41 Seattle Sounders FC (24 GP) (+8 GD)
37 Colorado Rapids (25 GP) (+4 GD)
36 Real Salt Lake (21 GP) (+14 GD)
29 CD Chivas USA (23 GP) (+4 GD)
26 Portland Timbers (22 GP) (-7 GD)
25 San Jose Earthquakes (23 GP) (-5 GD)
18 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (23 GP) (-11 GD)

MLS TEAM & PLAYER NEWS

PHILADELPHIA UNION

Marc Narducci of the Inquirer tells us about the growth process of forward Jack McInerney who scored a crucial goal last week.

PORTLAND TIMBERS

Kenny's Chicken Coop! Score one for Cooper and the Timbers! And for chickens!

SEATTLE SOUNDERS

Joshua Mayers of the Times has quotes from coach Sigi Schmid on the chances of the Sounders making any transfer moves.

MLS/USA RELATED RUMORS

LA is reported to be seeking the signing of Irish forward Robbie Keane.
-I believe that he is a forward who could get the job done for them.

MLS RESERVE LEAGUE

Matches & Scores:
-Mon Aug 15
New York Red Bulls v Philadelphia Union
-Sun Aug 21
Houston Dynamo v Real Salt Lake
Columbus Crew v Philadelphia Union
New England Revolution v New York Red Bulls
Portland Timbers v Vancouver Whitecaps FC
-Sun Aug 28
Chicago Fire SC v Colorado Rapids
Sporting Kansas City v FC Dallas
Philadelphia Union v New England Revolution

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Standings Etc.

MLS EXPANSION

The Las Vegas Review with news on the latest proposal to build a stadium and lure an MLS team to Vegas. This plan is for suburban Henderson (Southeast of the city.)
-The property is LITERALLY in the desert.

NASL SCOREBOARD

Matches & Scores:
FC Tampa Bay v NSC Minnesota Stars
Puerto Rico Islanders v Carolina RailHawks
-Sun Aug 14
FC Edmonton v Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Montreal Impact v Atlanta Silverbacks

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Standings (as of Wed Aug 10):
*44 Carolina RailHawks (+24 GD) (19 GP)
35 Puerto Rico Islanders (+6 GD) (20 GP)
28 NSC Minnesota Stars (+4 GD) (19 GP)
28 FC Tampa Bay (+2 GD) (20 GP)
27 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (+2 GD) (20 GP)
25 FC Edmonton (-7 GD) (20 GP)
- - - OUT OF PLAYOFFS - - -
16 Montreal Impact (-6 GD) (20 GP)
12 Atlanta Silverbacks (-23 GD) (20 GP)

*Secured playoff birth

SOCCER IN AMERICA

Mike Woitalla of Soccer America wonders what kind of impact Jurgen Klinsmann will have at a youth grass roots level.

US SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY

The New York Cosmos appear to have given up on the idea of having youth academies on both coasts as their Cosmos Academy West was absorbed by Chivas USA. I would assume that Cosmos will now concentrate on their east coast set up.

ENGLAND

The Premier League season begins on Sat Aug 13:
Matches & Scores:
-Sat Aug 13
POSTPONED Tottenham v Everton
Blackburn v Wolverhampton
Fulham v Aston Villa
Liverpool v Sunderland
Queens Park Rangers v Bolton
Wigan v Norwich
Newcastle v Arsenal
-Sun Aug 14
Stoke v Chelsea
West Brom v Manchester United
-Mon Aug 15
Manchester City v Swansea

SPAIN

Super Cup
Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Sun Aug 14
Real Madrid v Barcelona
2nd Leg
-Wed Aug 17
Barcelona v Real Madrid

FRANCE

Ligue 1 games this weekend:
-Sat Aug 13
Lorient v Bordeaux
Lyon v Ajaccio
Rennes v PSG
St Etienne v Nancy
Sochaux v Caen
Toulouse v Dijon
Valenciennes v Brest
-Sun Aug 14/08/11
Auxerre v Marseille
Evian v Nice
Lille v Montpellier

GERMANY

Bundesliga games this weekend:
-Sat Aug 13
Schalke v Koln
Hamburg v Hertha
Nurnberg v Hannover
Freiburg v Mainz
Hoffenheim v Dortmund
Wolfsburg v Bayern
Gladbach v Stuttgart
-Sun Aug 14
Kaiserslautern v Augsburg
Leverkusen v Bremen

ITALY

Coppa Italia 2nd Round on Sat Aug 13 & Sun Aug 14, matches & scores here.

BRAZIL

Brazil - Serie A Standings (15 of 38 games played):
33 Corinthians (10 W) - NEXT: Sun Aug 14 v Ceara
33 Flamengo (9 W) - NEXT: Sun Aug 14 at Figueirense
31 Sao Paulo - NEXT: Sat Aug 13 v Atletico PR
27 Vasco - NEXT: Sun Aug 14 v Palmeiras
27 Palmeiras - NEXT: Sun Aug 14 at Vasco

COLOMBIA 2011 U20 WORLD CUP

Official World Cup website - tournament runs Jul 29 - Aug 20.

Quaterfinals

Matches & Scores:
-Sat Aug 13
Portugal v Argentina
Mexico v Colombia
-Sun Aug 14
Spain v Brazil
France v Nigeria

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Semifinal

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Aug 17
1/2 v 7/8
3/4 v 5/6

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Final

Match & Score:
-Sat Aug 20
Semifinal winners

SPECIAL NOTE TO JOHN HARKES

Dear John, Please stop dry humping the English Premier League during MLS and USA broadcasts. Thanks, Bruce.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Bruce, please fix "drying humping" to "dry humping," if in fact that was your original intention and I'm guessing it was. Thanks, Mark.

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the special note to John Harkes...and I second that note.

7:32 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

hahahahahahahaha.

Thanks Mark

Damn, I can't proof read to save my life! Actually I just don't do it. So double thanks.

7:51 PM  
Blogger locust said...

I took a survey today about soccer in the US. When asked who is my favorite announcer, I simply put "Not John Harkes."

8:46 PM  

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