Friday, August 19, 2011

Some News for Fri Aug 19, 2011


There is still no agreement between players and Spain's Primera over a new collective bargaining agreement, so you can expect the players to go on strike and boycott this weekend's first round of games.
-Sid Lowe of the Guardian explains the principles behind the strike.


Brian Phillips of The Run Of Play writing for Grantland with a history of scandal at FIFA. (thanks to BQ for the link)


This has been brought to my attention, and I thought you all might be interested.

There is a fairly new authentic Nike/US Soccer USA men's team t-shirt for sale with a version of the American flag and the word Indivisible.

But there is a problem with the design of that shirt.

This is how the shirt looks now:

It could simply look like this (photoshopped):

The problem is that on the original the flag is positioned wrong. And not as in someone doesn't like it, but wrong as in legally wrong. Literally.

Section 7.i. of "The United States Flag: Federal Law Relating to Display and Associated Questions" reads as follows: "When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right, that is, to the observer’s left. When displayed in a window, the flag should be displayed in the same way, with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street."

The story behind the shirts being made at all is that Nike offered to make the shirts for the American Outlaws supporters group for the Gold Cup.

However the American Outlaws did not see the design until it was already being manufactured. When they realize the mistake they felt it was made too late to be rectified. And they went ahead and used the shirts anyway. They "currently have no plans to sell the shirt."

Buuuuuuuut US Soccer is still selling the shirt. And when the problem with the shirt was pointed out to US Soccer this was their response: "While the latest U.S. Soccer t-shirt designed by Nike uses the U.S. flag for inspiration, the designer intended the artwork to be emblematic of the flag but not an exact representation. When presenting the flag across other platforms, such as at events or on apparel, we adhere to the guidelines you cited in your email."

So you the reader can decide for yourself what you think of the issue. Is it a problem or not? Should they keep selling the shirt or not?


Toronto went to Panama last night and got the job done very efficiently. Well done!


That ends the first week of the CCL group stage with MLS teams going 5-0 and Dallas getting the first ever win in Mexico by an American team. That is a HUUUUGE accomplishment.


Video highlights from all the games. Via CONCACAF.


Group Stage

Round robin home & away - matches played Aug 16 to Oct 20

Matches & Scores:

Matchday 1
-Tue Aug 16
Seattle Sounders 4-1 Comunicaciones - SS goals by Brad Evans, Mike Fucito(2) & Rigoberto Gomez(OG).
LA Galaxy 2-0 Motagua - LAG goals by Adam Cristman & Landon Donovan.
Santos Laguna 3-2 Real Espana - SL goals by Juan Enriquez, Sergio Bica(OG) & Christian Suarez. RE goals by Eder Delgado & Allan Lalin.
Alajuelense 1-0 Morelia - Ala goal by Jonathan McDonald.
-Wed Aug 17
Colorado Rapids 3-2 Isidro Metapan - CR goals by Macoumba Kandji(2) & Andre Akpan. IM goals by Allan Kardeck & Paolo Suarez.
Pumas 0-1 Dallas - 11:30pm CT - Dal goal by Marvin Chavez.
Herediano 0-5 Monterrey - Mon goals by Abraham Carreno(3), Jesus Corona & Aldo De Nigris.
-Thu Aug 18
Tauro 1-2 Toronto - Tau goal by L Moreno(PK). TFC goals by Ryan Johnston & Julian De Guzman.

Matchday 2
-Tue Aug 23
Monterrey v Seattle Sounders - 7pm CT
Real Espana v Colorado Rapids - 9pm CT
Comunicaciones v Herediano - 9pm CT
-Wed Aug 24
Toronto v Dallas - 7pm CT
Metapan v Santos Laguna - 9pm CT
-Thu Aug 25
Tauro v Pumas - 7
LA Galaxy v Alajuelense - 9pm CT
Morelia v Motagua - 9pm CT



3 LA Galaxy (USA) (+2)
3 Alajuelense (Costa Rica) (+1)
0 Monarchas Morelia (Mexico) (-1)
0 Motagua (Honduras) (-2)
3 Santos Laguna (Mexico) (+1)
3 Colorado Rapids (USA) (+1)
0 Isidro Metapan (El Salvador) (-1)
0 Real Espana (Honduras) (-1)
3 Dallas (USA) (+1)
3 Toronto (Canada) (+1)
0 Tauro (Panama) (-1)
0 UNAM Pumas (Mexico) (-1)
3 Monterrey (Mexico) (+5)
3 Seattle Sounders (USA) (+3)
0 Comunicaciones (Guatemala) (-3)
0 Herediano (Costa Rica) (-5)


Atalanta has been deducted 6 points to start the season as punishment for involvement in match fixing.


Rogan Taylor of Leaders In Football on the scene in Turkey.


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Aug 20
Arsenal v Liverpool - a couple of challengers trying to build some early momentum.
Bayern Munich v Hamburg - the Nordsudderby
-Sun Aug 21
PSTPDMalaga v Barcelona - the new new new money of Malaga tries to show up the kings on opening day.
Bolton v Manchester City - the two teams that both won 4-0 last weekend faceoff. can we expect 8 more goals?
-Mon Aug 22
Manchester United v Tottenham - we will find out which of these two is for real in the early season.


Do you think the escalating feud between Barcelona and Real Madrid will cause conflict between players when they join up to play of the Spain national team?

I think that the longer it goes on and the worse it gets it will harm their great national team.


Chicago Fire set a new MLS record with its 15th tie of the season last night. A horrendous benchmark if you ask me.


Bobby McMahon of the Fox Soccer Report answers viewer mail at the Soccer Report Extra site.
-Bobby is the real deal when it come to analysis.


The LA Galaxy has just a little bit of firepower:



Matches & Scores:
-Wed Aug 17
New England Revolution 1-1 Houston Dynamo - NER goal by Ryan Cochran. HD goal by Bobby Boswell.
Venue: Gillette Stadium
Atten: 10,963
Sporting Kansas City 3-1 Portland Timbers - SKC goals by Graham Zusi(2) & Soony Saad. PT goal by Bright Dike.
Venue: LIVESTRONG Sporting Park
Atten: 15,271
-Thu Aug 18
Chicago Fire SC 1-1 DC United - CF goal by Sebastian Grazzini. DCU goal by Josh Wolff.
Venue: Toyota Park
Atten: 15,818
-Sat Aug 20
New England Revolution v New York Red Bulls - 6:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Gillette Stadium
Columbus Crew v Philadelphia Union - 6:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Crew Stadium
Houston Dynamo v Real Salt Lake - 7:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Robertson Stadium
FC Dallas v Seattle Sounders FC - 8:00PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Pizza Hut Park
Colorado Rapids v CD Chivas USA - 8:00PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Portland Timbers v Vancouver Whitecaps FC - 9:00PM CT on FOX Soccer
Venue: JELD-WEN Field
LA Galaxy v San Jose Earthquakes - 9:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: The Home Depot Center
-Sun Aug 21
Chicago Fire SC v Toronto FC - 6:00PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Toyota Park
Sporting Kansas City v DC United - 7:30PM CT on Galavision
Venue: LIVESTRONG Sporting Park


Any more points gained by LA or lost by Vancouver and the Whitecaps will be the first team eliminated from the race. Chicago(4), New England(2) and Toronto(1) are only a few more points from that same ignominious feat.

48 LA Galaxy (25 GP) (+15 GD)
43 FC Dallas (25 GP) (+8 GD)
42 Seattle Sounders FC (25 GP) (+8 GD)
40 Colorado Rapids (26 GP) (+5 GD)
37 Columbus Crew (24 GP) (+4 GD)
36 Real Salt Lake (22 GP) (+13 GD)
34 Philadelphia Union (24 GP) (+8 GD)
33 Sporting Kansas City (24 GP) (+4 GD)
32 Houston Dynamo (25 GP) (+1 GD)
31 DC United (23 GP) (0 GD)
31 New York Red Bulls (25 GP) (+4 GD)
30 CD Chivas USA (24 GP) (+4 GD)
26 Portland Timbers (24 GP) (-10 GD)
25 San Jose Earthquakes (24 GP) (-6 GD)
23 Toronto FC (26 GP) (-21 GD)
22 New England Revolution (25 GP) (-13 GD)
21 Chicago Fire SC (24 GP) (-7 GD)
18 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (24 GP) (-15 GD)


The 10 teams:

1 LA Galaxy
2 FC Dallas
3 Seattle Sounders

1 Columbus Crew
2 Philadelphia Union
3 Sporting Kansas City

1 Colorado Rapids
2 Real Salt Lake
3 Houston Dynamo
4 DC United


General News

Dallas has traded midfielder Eric Alexander to Portland for fullback Jeremy Hall.


No word yet on now bad the injury to goalkeeper Bill Hamid is. Last night in Chicago Hamid pulled up with a hamstring strain right as the first half ended.


Joshua Mayers of the Times writes about Brad Evans wearing the captains armband for the first time the other night.


Matches & Scores:
-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


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Aug 20
Montreal Impact v Minnesota Stars
Carolina RailHawks v Fort Lauderdale Strikers
FC Tampa Bay v Puerto Rico Islanders
-Sun Aug 21
FC Edmonton v Atlanta Silverbacks


Standings (as of Wed Aug 17):
*45 Carolina RailHawks (+22 GD) (21 GP)
38 Puerto Rico Islanders (+8 GD) (21 GP)
31 FC Tampa Bay (+4 GD) (21 GP)
29 NSC Minnesota Stars (+2 GD) (21 GP)
28 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (+2 GD) (21 GP)
26 FC Edmonton (-7 GD) (21 GP)
- - - OUT OF PLAYOFFS - - -
19 Montreal Impact (-2 GD) (21 GP)
12 Atlanta Silverbacks (-27 GD) (21 GP)
*Secured playoff birth


Noah Davis writing for The Run Of Play looks at what makes Clint Dempsey effective as Clint Dempsey.


Game Action:

GERMANY - 2 Bundesliga
Edson Buddle - Ingolstadt - Fri Aug 19 - came on as a sub in the 62nd min but lost 3-0 at Greuther Furth.
Bobby Wood - 1860 Munich - Fri Aug 19 - on the bench at they lost 3-1 at Fortuna Dusseldorf.

NETHERLANDS - Eerste Divisie
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - Fri Aug 19 - played the whole game as they won 2-3 at Go Ahead Eagles.


Coming Up:

BELGIUM - Pro League
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht - Sun Aug 21 v Mons

Stefan Jerome - Sigma Olomouc - Sun Aug 21 v Slovacko

DENMARK - Superliga
Clarence Goodson - Brondy - Sun Aug 21 at AGF
Conor O'Brien - SonderjyskE - Mon Aug 22 v AAb
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - Sun Aug 21 at MIdjylland
Chris Rolfe - AaB - Mon Aug 22 at SonderjyskE
Brad Rusin - HB Koge - Sun Aug 21 v Silkeborg

ENGLAND - Premier League
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - Sun Aug 21 at Wolverhampton
Brad Friedel - Tottenham - Mon Aug 22 at Man United
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa - Sat Aug 20 v Blackburn
Tim Howard - Everton - Sat Aug 20 v Queens Park Rangers
Eric Lichaj - Aston Villa - Sat Aug 20 v Blackburn
Zak Whitbread - Norwich - Sun Aug 21 v Stoke

ENGLAND - Championship League
Conor Doyle - Derby County - Sat Aug 20 v Doncaster
Robbie Findley - Nottingham Forest - Sat Aug 20 v Leicester
Mike Grella - Leeds - Sun Aug 21 at West Ham
Jonathan Spector - Birmingham - Sun Aug 21 at Middlesbrough

ENGLAND - League One
Anton Peterlin - Wallsall - Sat Aug 20 v Yeovil Town

FINLAND - Veikkausliiga
Giuseppe Funicello - Mariehamn - Sun Aug 21 v JJK
Etchu Tabe - RoPS - Sun Aug 21 at HJK
Mason Trafford - Mariehamn - Sun Aug 21 v JJK
Josh Wicks - Mariehamn - Sun Aug 21 v JJK

FINLAND - Ykkonen
Dan Stevens - PS Kemi Kings - Sat Aug 20 v Lahti
Jeremy Vuolo - AC Oulu - Sun Aug 21 v Hammeenlinna
Kellan Wilson - HIFK - Mon Aug 22 at PoPa

FRANCE - Ligue 1
Quentin Westberg - Evian - Sat Aug 20 at Ajaccio

GERMANY - Bundesliga
John Anthony Brooks - Hertha Berlin - Sun Aug 21 at Hannover
Timmy Chandler - Nurnberg - Sat Aug 20 at Dortmund
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - Sun Aug 21 v Hertha
Jermaine Jones - Schalke - Sun Aug 21 at Mainz
Alfredo Morales - Hertha Berlin - Sun Aug 21 at Hannover
Daniel Williams - Freiburg - Sat Aug 20 at Bremen
David Yelldell - Bayer Leverkusen - Sat Aug 20 at Stuttgart

GERMANY - 2 Bundesliga
Ricardo Clark - Eintracht Frankfurt - Sun Aug 21 at FSV Frankfurt
Luis Robles - Karlsruher - Sun Aug 21 at Energie Cottbus
Matt Taylor - Paderborn - Sun Aug 21 at Dynamo Dresden

ISRAEL - Ligat Al
Ryan Adeleye - Hapoel Be'er Sheva - Mon Aug 22 v Beitar Jerusalem
Bryan Gerzicich - Ironi Kiryat Shmona -Sat Aug 20 v Hapoel Haifa
Leo Krupnik - Maccabi Netanya - Sat Aug 20 v Maccabi Haifa

NETHERLANDS - Eredivisie
Jozy Altidore - AZ Alkmaar - Sun Aug 21 v NEC Nijmegen

NORWAY - Eliteserien
Joe Bendik - Sogndal - Sun Aug 21 v Start
Erik Benjaminsen - Stabaek - Sun Aug 21 v Brann
Sean Cunningham - Molde - Mon Aug 22 v Lillestrom
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek - Sun Aug 21 v Brann
Josh Gatt - Molde - Mon Aug 22 v Lillestrom

NORWAY - 1 Divisjon
Rhett Bernstein - Mjondalen - Sun Aug 21 v Randaberg
John Borrajo - HamKam - POSTPONED at Alta
Colin Burns - Sandefjord - Sun Aug 21 v Bodo-Glimt
Steve Clark - Honefoss - Mon Aug 22 v Ranheim
Kyle Helton - Mjondalen - Sun Aug 21 v Randaberg
Kenneth Di Vita Jensen - Honefoss - Mon Aug 22 v Ranheim

PORTUGAL - Primeira Liga -
Oguchi Onyewu - Sporting - Sun Aug 21 at Beira-Mar
Alex Zahavi - Vitoria Setubal - Mon Aug 22 at Olhanense

RUSSIA - Premier Division
Yevgeni Starikov - Tom' Tomsk - Sat Aug 20 at CSKA Moskva

SCOTLAND - Premier League
Alejandro Bedoya - Rangers - Sun Aug 21 at Motherwell
Carlos Bocanegra - Rangers - Sun Aug 21 at Motherwell
Dominic Cervi - Celtic - Sun Aug 21 v St Johnstone
Mo Edu - Rangers - Sun Aug 21 at Motherwell

SWEDEN - Allsvenskan Liga
Ryan Miller - Halmstad - Sun Aug 21 at Helsingborg
Samuel Petrone - Mjallby - Mon Aug 22 at Orebro

SWEDEN - Superettan
Lester Dewee - Angelholms - Sat Aug 20 at Deferfors
Brian Edwards - Degerfors - Sat Aug 20 v Angelholms
Nick Noble - Ljungskile - Mon Aug 22 at Landskrona
Matt Pyzdrowski - Angelholms - Sat Aug 20 at Deferfors
Michael Thomas - Ljungskile - Mon Aug 22 at Landskrona


Interesting - in case you missed this the other day - Tigres of Mexico signed Ricardo Salcido from Fulham, and he just happens to play left fullback, the same position as Jonathan Bornstein.


Tom Marshall of reports that Isaac Acuna has been "removed" from the America first team for disciplinary reasons. Whoa.


Coming Up:

Daniel Antunez - Estudiantes Tecos - Fri Aug 19 v Pachuca
DaMarcus Beasley - Puebla - Sun Aug 21 v UNAM Pumas
Jonathan Bornstein - Tigres UANL - Sat Aug 20 v San Luis
Joe Benny Corona - Tijuana - Sat Aug 20 at Cruz Azul
Edgar Castillo - America - Sun Aug 21 v Atlas
Herculez Gomez - Estudiantes Tecos - Fri Aug 19 v Pachuca
Sonny Guadarrama - Atlante - Sun Aug 21 at Toluca
Frankie Lopez - Chiapas Jaguares - Sat Aug 20 at Queretaro
Ernest Nungaray - Morelia - Sat Aug 20 at Santos Laguna
Sammy Ochoa - Estudiantes Tecos - Fri Aug 19 v Pachuca
Michael Orozco Fiscal - San Luis - Sat Aug 20 at UANL Tigres
Adrian Ruelas - Chiapas Jaguares - Sat Aug 20 at Queretaro
Jose Torres - Pachuca - Fri Aug 19 at Estudiantes Tecos

LIGA DE ASCENSO (2nd division)
Joaquin Alonso Hernandez - Indios - Fri Aug 19 at Necaxa
Marco Vidal - Leon - Sat Aug 20 v Toros Neza


Arsenal of England has signed 19 year old Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell from Saprissa.


Coppa Italia 3rd Round on Sat Aug 20 & Sun Aug 21, matches & scores here.


Recap du Nord: Two of the top 5 played on Thu night with #2 Flamengo losing, and Sao Paolo drawing to move them back into a tie for 3rd, but ahead on goal differential.

Brazil - Serie A Standings (17 of 38 games played):
37 Corinthians - NEXT: Sat Aug 20 v Figueirense
34 Flamengo - LAST: Thu Aug 18 L 1-4 v Atletico GO - NEXT: Sun Aug 21 at Internacional
33 Sao Paulo (+7 GD) - LAST: Thu Aug 18 D 1-1 at America Mineiro - NEXT: Sun Aug 21 v Palmieras
33 Vasco (+5 GD) - NEXT: Sun Aug 21 v Fluminense
28 Botafogo - NEXT: Sat Aug 20 v Atletico Mineiro


Syria has been disqualified from the 2014 World Cup for using an illegal player during their playoff series against Tajikistan. The Tajik's have now been reinstated to replace Syria.


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


Match & Score:
-Sat Aug 20
Portugal v Brazil - 4:30pm CT on ESPNU


Matches & Scores:
-Sun Aug 21
Trinidad & Tobago v India
-Mon Aug 22
Jordan v Tunisia
Indonesia v Palestine
-Wed Aug 24
Guyana v India
Thailand v Singapore
-Thu Aug 25
United Arab Emirates v Qatar


What do these 5 people have in common?
-Jimmy Banks
-Neil Covone
-Eric Eichman
-Paul Krumpe
-John Stollmeyer


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think US Soccer needs to respect the flag and only sell a correct version. But...US Soccer doesn't want to give up the revenue, or admit that it's made a mistake. So, they continue to sell the wrong version. I think American Outlaws should also pressure US Soccer to give them away, or perhaps sell them for a reduced amount, and donate all the proceeds to a charity.

7:05 PM  
Anonymous Bill_Urban said...


I know all five were part of the 1990 Cup squad. So, they all have in common at one point during their careers wearing far too tiny shorts?

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i would agree with anyone who says the flag should be displayed properly. however, to the best of my knowledge, that isn't a flag on the shirt. the "flag" says,"indivisible." it also doesn't have 50 stars. sooo, the law doesn't really apply to it.

nike sucks. but just not here.

9:51 PM  
Anonymous hartley said...

While I agree that the "corrected" shirt should be used, technically the shirt isn't wrong or illegal.

Though we "see" a flag in the shirt, the flag of the United States of America is not on the shirt. There are blue stripes on a red background [shirt]. Our nation's flag has red and white stripes with a blue field covered with 50 white stars.

10:56 PM  
Anonymous @geoffkorb said...

Bruce, thanks for bringing this to light. I don't know if it will force or encourage any accountability, but it's a well communicated account of the story. Bravo Zulu.

12:41 AM  
Anonymous Nordy said...

I wonder if Ricardo Salcido likes transvestite prostitutes as much as Carlos Salcido.

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dang I went and looked up flag codes and see a whole slew of violations being carried out by American soccer fans. Did you know that American Outlaws shouldn't be using the flag as a bandana or that the flag should not be unfurled before a game or after a goal because the flag should never be horizontal or flag.

Also and this is for all that silly folks who complain about Gold Fringe flags, there is nothing that states the gold fringe flag is a federal gov't flag only or indicating martial law of that the Constitution does not apply in the area a gold fringe flag is flying. neat.


7:50 AM  

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