Thursday, August 11, 2011

Some News for Thu Aug 11, 2011


From Twitter this morning: "Stay tuned" - Freddy Adu

And a few hours later we hear this from the rumor mill - Freddy Adu signing with Philadelphia Union. Reunites with coach he should have listened to a lot more way back when - Peter Nowak!

The story is that MLS signed him and Chivas USA had the first selection to pick him, and as with Benny Feilhaber, they passed. Philly had also passed on Feilhaber but Nowak could not resist his little buddy Freddy. Well well well. This could get interesting.

Jonathan Tannenwald of has more on the story.
-He will be introduced at 11am CT on Friday.


The English Premier League begins a new season this weekend, but the Tottenham v Everton game has been postponed due to London's civil unrest.


Again this season the Barclays Premier League provides us with a fantastic statistical preview and a more analytical preview of every weeks games.


Players in Spain's Primera Division are prepared to go on strike at the first game of the new season unless their is progress made in negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement.


Another USA v Mexico Un-Friendly

A good draw against a great rival begins the new era of US Soccer's US Men's National Team.


Match & Score:
-Wed Aug 10
USA 1-1 Mexico - USA goal by Robbie Rogers. Mex goal by Oribe Peralta.
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field - Philadelphia
Atten: 30,138

Match report from US Soccer.
Player ratings by Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America.
Post game analysis by Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated.
Player ratings by Steve Davis of Sports Illustrated.
Match report by Marc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Post game analysis by Jonathan Tannenwald of (includes lots of photos and links to post game video)
Post game analysis by Kerith Gabriel of Philadelphia Daily News.
Player ratings by Greg Seltzer of


My Thoughts:

After 13 years of Bruce Arena and Bob Bradley keeping almost everything from the media and playing everything close to the vest its downright weird to hear a USA coach so effusive.

Why was Klinsmann not wearing USA gear?

I took a look at the Twitter feeds of lots of American professional soccer players who were watching the game and the one time when they all came alive was when Robbie Rogers got behind the Mexico defense and Gerardo Torrado just grabbed him and brought him down, then the ref produced a yellow, not a red card.

When a guy runs past the last defender with the ball and is blatantly grabbed and hauled down how is that not a red card?

Landon Donovan was really good as always. He needs more help on the field. There was a point late in the game when he had the ball in the left corner and made some moves back downfield then put on a burst of speed that blew my mind. I didn't know it was him at first, but could not figure out who else it was with that kind of speed.

Its easy to say the subs helped - Brek Shea is playing with so much confidence in Dallas, and Juan Agudelo has the poise of someone 10 years older.

Robbie Rogers just had to tuck the ball in to the net. Mission accomplished.

I was overjoyed for Ricardo Clark. I know that seeing him come back on the field was a nightmare for many of you, but I hated the way he went out in the World Cup and felt so bad for him as a person. It was just nice on a human level.

On the Mexico goal you can clearly see Tim Howard screaming at his defenders to push out as the ball goes short and all of them to it except 1 - Michael Bradley keeps tight to Peralta leaving him onside and able to muscle the ball into the net. Big mistake.

Edgar Castillo is NOT the answer at left back. End of story.
-And remember, this is the guy who ripped Jonathan Bornstein in the Mexican press for his poor Gold Cup final performance.

And say all the great things about Jose Torres you want, but how many times did he get caught in bad spots on the field giving up possession because he held the ball too long. And Mexico pounced!

Jermaine Jones is playing himself off the team.

Finally, playing 3 defensive midfielders at once does not work - ever. Just ask Bob Bradley who has tried it as well. Michael Bradley, Kyle Beckerman and Jermaine Jones all play the exact same position. 1 at a time please. And do not play them out of position just to have them on the field.

PS. ESPN again showed little to no respect for American soccer by pushing the game off to another of their channels while Little League baseball playoffs ran long on ESPN2. I would love to see them do that to an NFL, NBA, MLB game. They say, "Sorry 'bout that. But we did show it on another channel. And hey how about that extra big pre-game." Thats like saying "Hey don't you like my expensive tux?" And I reply, "You mean the beautiful one that you spilled food down the front of?"
-I thought the pre/half/post game crew of Lee, Lalas, Twellman, and Rodriguez were quite good. Twellman dominated.


USA Roster
Bill Hamid - DC United
**Tim Howard - Everton
**Carlos Bocanegra - Saint-Etienne
**Edgar Castillo - America
Zach Loyd - Dallas
**Steve Cherundolo - Hannover
**Michael Orozco Fiscal - San Luis
Heath Pearce - Chivas USA
Tim Ream - New York Red Bulls
**Kyle Beckerman - Real Salt Lake
**Michael Bradley - Monchengladbach
%%Ricardo Clark - Eintracht Frankfurt
**Jermaine Jones - Schalke
%%Robbie Rogers - Columbus
%%Brek Shea - Dallas
**Jose Torres - Pachuca
Freddy Adu - Benfica
%%Juan Agudelo - New York Red Bulls
DaMarcus Beasley - Puebla
**Edson Buddle - Ingolstadt
**Landon Donovan - LA Galaxy



Mexico Roster
Guillermo Ochoa - Ajaccio
Alfredo Talavera - Toluca
Paul Aguilar - America
Efrain Juarez - Zaragoza
Rafael Marquez - New York Red Bulls
Hector Moreno - Espanyol
Jorge Torres Nilo - UANL Tigres
Francisco Rodriguez - Stuttgart
Carlos Salcido - Fulham
Pablo Barrera - West Ham
Christian Bermudez - Atlante
Israel Castro - Cruz Azul
Andres Guardado - Deportivo la Coruna
Antonio Naelson - Toluca
Gerardo Torrado - Cruz Azul
Jesus Zavala - Monterrey
Omar Arellano - Guadalajara
Javier Aquino - Cruz Azul
Oribe Peralta - Santos Laguna
Giovani Dos Santos - Tottenham


Brian Homewood of Reuters fills us in on the details surrounding Lisle Austin's 1 year suspension from all of soccer by FIFA. There are other stipulations at play too.


And FIFA has officially begun an investigation of 16 Caribbean Football Union officials who have been accused of taking a bribe from Mohamed Bin Hammam.
-They are from Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Guyana, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & Grenadines and US Virgin Islands.


Greg Seltzer of says the USA national team wants to be Ajaxesque.


West Brom
Aston Villa
Manchester City
Manchester United
Queens Park Rangers


-"It can take a tragic incident to give you perspective. I've never been this happy & at peace my whole life! Thankful for your support!"
-"I actually ran w/ the ball & did some dribbling, passing, & light touches today! Wow I never thought I'd be where I am just 3 months on."
Steve Zakuani, Seattle Sounders winger who suffered a horrifically broken leg this spring.


I fully expect to see US Soccer fill several if not all of the 4 remaining FIFA international dates left on the 2011 calendar. 2 in October and 2 in November.


Club America held a special tribute match last night to honor their former star player Salvador Cabanas who had been shot in the head 2 1/2 years ago. Reuters has details on the game in which Cabanas played a few minutes for each team as American took on his former national team Paraguay.
-Its really fantastic just to see him looking so healthy again. I was afraid he would struggle with even the simplest tasks in life.



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



The Fire has signed 17 year old forward Kellen Gulley from their Fire Juniors-Mississippi program. Very cool.


It was tough watching the Stars lose at home last night to Ft Lauderdale and see them play so poorly for most of the first 80 minutes, especially after playing so great last Saturday in their win at Montreal.

Goalkeeper Joe Warren and central midfielder Kentaro Takada had good games, but everyone else was either just off a notch or two, looked sluggish, or were perhaps playing in molasses filled shoes.


Matches & Scores:
-Wed Aug 10
Montreal Impact 3-3 FC Tampa Bay - MI goals by Eduardo Sebrango(2) & Ian Westlake. TB goals by Shane Hill, Aaron King & Mozesh Gyorio.
Puerto Rico Islanders 2-0 Atlanta Silverbacks - PRI goals by David Foley & Kevon Villaroel.
NSC Minnesota Stars 0-1 Fort Lauderdale Strikers - FLS goal by Martin Nunez.


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


Michael Moruzzi of Regista, writing for In Bed With Maradona, looks at the growth of American supporter culture.


Greg Seltzer of MLSsoccer reports that more than one team is trying to buy Mo Edu from Rangers.


Game Action:

ENGLAND - League Cup - First Round
Jon-Paul Pittman - Oxford United - Wed Aug 10 - started and went 62 minutes but lost 1-3 v Cardiff City.


Tom Marshall of gives us the most complete story on Joe Benny Corona that we have seen yet.

CONCACAF with a feature article on the US Virgin Islands team. They appear to have a sense of humor!


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


League Cup

First Round matches & scores.
-29 of 35 matches have been played now.


Sid Lowe of Sports Illustrated on Barcelona's attempt to buy Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal that is all but completed.


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


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


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


Recap du Nord: Corinthians got a point last night (in the only league game played) and moved back into 1st place, over-taking Flamengo on the "Games Won" tie breaker. There is a full slate of games this weekend, hightlighted by #4 Vasco da Gama hosting #5 Palmeiras.

Brazil - Serie A Standings (15 of 38 games played):
33 Corinthians (10 W) - LAST: Wed Aug 10 D 0-0 at Santos - 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


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

Round of 16

Matches & Scores:
-Tue Aug 9
1 Portugal 1-0 Guatemala - Por goal by Nelson Oliveira(PK).
2 Argentina 2-1 Egypt - Arg goals both by Erik Lamela(both via PK). Egy goal by Mohamed Salah(PK).
3 Cameroon 1-1 Mexico - Mex advances 3-0 in Penalty Kick Shootout - Cam goal by Franck Ohandza. Mex goal by Carlos Orrantia.
4 Colombia 3-2 Costa Rica - Col goals by Luis Muriel, Pedro Franco & James Rodriguez(PK). CR goals by John Ruiz & Mynor Escoe.
-Wed Aug 10
5 Spain 0-0 S Korea - Spa advances 7-6 in Penalty Kick Shootout.
6 Brazil 3-0 Saudi Arabia - Bra goals by Henrique, Gabriel Silva & Dudu.
7 France 1-0 Ecuador - Fra goal by Antoine Griezmann.
8 Nigeria 1-0 England - Nig goal by Edafe Egbedi.



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



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


Matches & Scores:
-Wed Aug 10
Portugal 5-0 Luxembourg
USA 1-1 Mexico
Bolivia 1-3 Panama
Honduras 2-0 Venezuela
Costa Rica 0-2 Ecuador
Tunisia 4-2 Mali
Liberia 0-0 Angola


Each day writers from The Guardian and The Observer are picking their favorite music album and writing about it. Some great picks so far.


This is some great stuff:
I clearly stumbled upon the revival of Luis Bueno's blog Sideline Views at the right time - today is a tribute to Bob Bradley, in a way.


Anonymous stpljsh said...

Didn't even notice that Klinsmann want wearing US gear. Surprisingly, I found myself bothered that he was wearing your average coaches ensemble. You'd think that after seeing Joachim and his posse strutting their Sprocket inspired threads on the sidelines, Juergen would've shown up. But he didn't. Subpar IMO.

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