Monday, August 22, 2011

Some News for Mon Aug 22, 2011


Brazil won the U20 World Cup over Portugal on Saturday. Mexico won the third place game. And American Marc Geiger was the referee for the final. See details below in U20 World Cup section.


Yahoo reports that the Mexican Primera match on Saturday between Santos Laguna and Morelia was stopped and suspended on Saturday after suspected drug gangs and police had a shootout on the streets right outside the stadium. The game was stopped in the 40th min. No spectators or team members were injured.


DaMarcus Beasley, Herculez Gomez and Adrian Ruelas all had memorable weekends in Mexico. See Americans In Mexico section for details.


Jozy Altidore bagged 2 for AZ in a great win.


Robbie Keane and Juan Pablo Angel both scored on their debuts at new teams this weekend. For LA Galaxy & Chivas USA respectively. Meanwhile Philadelphia lost and took a bad fall all the way down to the Wild Card spots, as Kansas City has shocked everyone and taken over 2nd place in the East.


Rumor has it that Dallas centerback George John has gone to Greece (where he is a duel citizen with the USA) to get his passport set so he can sign with English Premier League team Blackburn Rovers.


Did ya see Jimmy Conrad make his debut on Soccer Night In America on Fox Soccer last Saturday? They have a helluva trio: Wynalda-Sullivan-Conrad.


On Wed Jun 8th Sporting Kansas City sat in last place (18th) in all of MLS with just 6 points from 10 games.

Today they are in the 7th place overall and 2nd place in the Eastern Conference with 36 points from 25 games.

The beauty of playing games at home.


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

4 games all live on Fox Soccer this week featuring the 5 MLS teams.

Seattle has the tough trip of the week, going to Monterrey.

Matchday 2
Matches & Scores:-Tue Aug 23
Monterrey v Seattle Sounders - 7pm CT Live on Fox Soccer
Real Espana v Colorado Rapids - 9pm CT Live on Fox Soccer
Comunicaciones v Herediano - 9pm CT
-Wed Aug 24
Toronto v Dallas - 7pm CT Live on Fox Soccer
Metapan v Santos Laguna - 9pm CT
-Thu Aug 25
Tauro v Pumas - 7
LA Galaxy v Alajuelense - 9pm CT Live on Fox Soccer
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)
- Tauro (Panama)
- Toronto (Canada)
0 UNAM Pumas (Mexico) (-1)
3 Monterrey (Mexico) (+5)
3 Seattle Sounders (USA) (+3)
0 Comunicaciones (Guatemala) (-3)
0 Herediano (Costa Rica) (-5)


@TheFull90 Charles Gooch: SKC has the best bearded fans in mls. And that is just thanks to @Graham_Fox and @ZachIsHere

Oh yeah! Graham Fox of du Nord getting a beard shout-out from Charles Gooch of The Kansas City Star!


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Aug 20
Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool - the Liverpeople got 2 late goals to make life miserable for the Arse.
Bayern Munich 5-0 Hamburg - a crushing win in the Nordsudderby.
-Sun Aug 21
Bolton 2-3 Manchester City - Well, we didn't get 8 goals but we did get 5 and Man City showed their firepower taking an early lead and winning close by convincingly. Bolton looks good too.
-Mon Aug 22
Manchester United 3-0 Tottenham - we found out that nothing has changed at the top of the pops for Man U.


AP reports that the father of Chelsea and Nigeria player John Mikel Obi has been found and his kidnapper arrested.


Brian Sciaretta of Yanks Abroad introduces us to the 23 year old starting left back at Hoffenheim, Fabian Johnson, who has a USA passport! AND would be interested in playing for the USA.

Brad Friedel has now started in 276 consecutive Premier League matches. Astounding.


The Portland v Vancouver RESERVE league game drew 10,077 yesterday!!!!!!


Ben Lyttleton of Sports Illustrated tells us about the French crook that has again become a big time power broker in soccer - Jean-Pierre Bernes.


Luke Wileman of TSN takes in the Timbers Army and Portland's JELD WEN Field. He was knocked out.


Only days after announcing a new TV deal MLS is getting pimped on NBC already! Take that Sports Leader!

Jon Miller the President of Programming for NBC Sports Group takes to video to tell us about the deal.


Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle links us to video of the game winning goal by Alex Dixon of the Dynamo with audio by Jonathan Yardley, who goes a little crazy. Plus text of a post game interview with Yardley and team president Chris Canetti. Great stuff.


How about these for a view of Vancouver's new home BC Place - WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!



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 2-2 New York Red Bulls - NER goals both by Milton Caraglio. NY goals both by Dane Richards.
Venue: Gillette Stadium
Atten: 18,882
Columbus Crew 2-1 Philadelphia Union - CC goals by Emilio Renteria & Andres Mendoza(PK). PU goal by Veljko Paunovic.
Venue: Crew Stadium
Atten: 13,869
Houston Dynamo 3-2 Real Salt Lake - HD goals by Briand Ching, Bobby Boswell & Alex Dizon. RSL goals by Fabian Espindola & Luis Gil.
Venue: Robertson Stadium
Atten: 16,247
FC Dallas 0-1 Seattle Sounders FC - SS goals by Mauro Rosales.
Venue: Pizza Hut Park
Atten: 11,635
Colorado Rapids 2-2 CD Chivas USA - CR goals by Caleb Folan & Jeff Larentowicz. CUSA goals by Juan Pablo Angel & Laurent Courtois.
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Atten: 16,852
Portland Timbers 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC - PT goals by Diego Chara & Jorge Perlaza. VW goal by Camilo.
Venue: JELD-WEN Field
Atten: 18,627
LA Galaxy 2-0 San Jose Earthquakes - LAG goals by Robbie Keane & Mike Magee.
Venue: The Home Depot Center
Atten: 27,000
-Sun Aug 21
Chicago Fire SC 2-0 Toronto FC - CF goals by Dominic Oduro & Dan Gargan.
Venue: Toyota Park
Atten: 12,020
Sporting Kansas City 1-0 DC United - SKC goal by Kei Kamara.
Venue: LIVESTRONG Sporting Park
Atten: 15,352


Matt Reis - New England - red card
Adam Moffat - Houston - 2 yellow cards
Kenny Mansally - New England - 2 yellow cards
Teemu Tainio - New York - 2 yellow cards
Daniel Cruz - Dallas - 2 yellow cards
Steven Beitashour - San Jose - red card


40 Columbus Crew (25 GP) (+5 GD)
36 Sporting Kansas City (25 GP) (+5 GD)
35 Houston Dynamo (26 GP) (+2 GD)
34 Philadelphia Union (25 GP) (+7 GD)
32 New York Red Bulls (26 GP) (+4 GD)
31 DC United (24 GP) (-1 GD)
24 Chicago Fire SC (25 GP) (-5 GD)
23 New England Revolution (26 GP) (-13 GD)
23 Toronto FC (27 GP) (-23 GD)

51 LA Galaxy (26 GP) (+17 GD)
45 Seattle Sounders FC (26 GP) (+9 GD)
43 FC Dallas (26 GP) (+7 GD)
41 Colorado Rapids (27 GP) (+5 GD)
36 Real Salt Lake (23 GP) (+12 GD)
31 CD Chivas USA (25 GP) (+4 GD)
29 Portland Timbers (25 GP) (-9 GD)
25 San Jose Earthquakes (25 GP) (-8 GD)
18 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (25 GP) (-16 GD)


Vancouver, Toronto & New England have been eliminated from the Supporters Shield race.

Chicago could tie LA if they won every game and LA lost them all. And San Jose could even win with the same scenario happened for them. Otherwise they are both just a whisper from being out of the Supporters Shield for 2011.

51 LA Galaxy (26 GP) (+17 GD)
45 Seattle Sounders FC (26 GP) (+9 GD)
43 FC Dallas (26 GP) (+7 GD)
41 Colorado Rapids (27 GP) (+5 GD)
40 Columbus Crew (25 GP) (+5 GD)
36 Real Salt Lake (23 GP) (+12 GD)
36 Sporting Kansas City (25 GP) (+5 GD)
35 Houston Dynamo (26 GP) (+2 GD)
34 Philadelphia Union (25 GP) (+7 GD)
32 New York Red Bulls (26 GP) (+4 GD)
31 DC United (24 GP) (-1 GD)
31 CD Chivas USA (25 GP) (+4 GD)
29 Portland Timbers (25 GP) (-9 GD)
25 San Jose Earthquakes (25 GP) (-8 GD)
24 Chicago Fire SC (25 GP) (-5 GD)
OUT-23 New England Revolution (26 GP) (-13 GD)
OUT-23 Toronto FC (27 GP) (-23 GD)
OUT-18 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (25 GP) (-16 GD)


The 10 teams:

The big change sees both KC and Houston leap Philly into the 2 & 3 spots in the East with the Union dropping into the Wild Card zone.

Seattle's win in Dallas moves them to #2 in the West.

New York comes back into the final Wild Card place ahead of DC.

1 LA Galaxy
2 Seattle Sounders
3 FC Dallas

1 Columbus Crew
2 Sporting Kansas City
3 Houston Dynamo

1 Colorado Rapids
2 Real Salt Lake
3 Philadelphia Union
4 New York Red Bulls


General News

LA becomes the 1st team to crack the 50 point mark this season.

While Columbus is the 5th team to break into the 40's.

Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi was named Player Of The Week.

Avi Creditor of Sports Illustrated with five thoughts from the weekend's action.


Matches & Scores:
-Sun Aug 21
Houston Dynamo 1-0 Real Salt Lake - HD goal by Jason Garey.
Columbus Crew 1-0 Philadelphia Union - CC goal by Bernardo Anor.
New England Revolution 0-2 New York Red Bulls - NYRB goals by Carlos Mendes & Corey Hertzog.
Portland Timbers 3-2 Vancouver Whitecaps FC - PT goals by Peter Lowry(2) & Brian Umony. VW goals by Mustapha Jarju & Omar Salgado.
-Sun Aug 28
Chicago Fire SC v Colorado Rapids
Sporting Kansas City v FC Dallas
Philadelphia Union v New England Revolution


Standings Etc.


Fred Dreier of Sports Business Journal with an article on increased use of online and mobile services for MLS.
-As I have said many times over the years, Soccer is the sport of the internet in America.

The Columbus Crew announces a partnership with two other local professional sports teams, NHL Blue Jackets and minor league baseball Clippers to cross promote their sports to the city.


Puerto Rico become the 2nd team to qualify for the playoffs, with 6 games left to go.

Montreal can pull within striking distance the playoff teams if they win at Minnesota next weekend.

Atlanta is within 3 points of being eliminated from the playoffs.


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Aug 20
Montreal Impact 2-0 Minnesota Stars - MI goals by Ryan Pore & Eduardo Sebrango.
Carolina RailHawks 2-0 Fort Lauderdale Strikers - CR goals by Etiene Barbara & Matt Watson.
FC Tampa Bay 1-2 Puerto Rico Islanders - Tb goal by Mike Ambersley. PRI goals by Nicolas Addlery & David Foley.
-Sun Aug 21
FC Edmonton 3-0 Atlanta Silverbacks - FCE goals by Shaun Saiko & Michael Cox(2).


Standings (as of Wed Aug 17):
*48 Carolina RailHawks (+24 GD) (22 GP)
*41 Puerto Rico Islanders (+8 GD) (22 GP)
31 FC Tampa Bay (+3 GD) (22 GP)
29 NSC Minnesota Stars (0 GD) (22 GP)
29 FC Edmonton (-4 GD) (22 GP)
28 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (0 GD) (22 GP)
- - - OUT OF PLAYOFFS - - -
22 Montreal Impact (0 GD) (22 GP)
12 Atlanta Silverbacks (-31 GD) (22 GP)
*Secured playoff birth


Jozy Altidore lit up the scoreboard scoring his teams 1st and 3rd goals in a 4-0 rout! Huge game for him!
-The first was a header rebound from his own header on a corner kick. A rare site.
-Here are video highlights from the full match.

None of the 3 American Rangers suited up for the weekend match. Edu due to a red card suspension.

Ricardo Clark was not in uniform for the Frankfurt derby.

Evian signed a new starting goalkeeper this weekand Quentin Westberg has been moved to the bench.


Game Action:

BELGIUM - Pro League
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht - Sun Aug 21 - played the entire game but drew 2-2 v Mons.

DENMARK - Superliga
Clarence Goodson - Brondy - Sun Aug 21 - played the full 90 but drew 0-0 at AGF.
Conor O'Brien - SonderjyskE - Mon Aug 22 - came on as a sub in the 56th min as they drew 0-0 v AaB.
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - Sun Aug 21 - played the entire match but lost 1-2 at MIdjylland.
Chris Rolfe - AaB - Mon Aug 22 - went the distance as they drew 0-0 at SonderjyskE.

ENGLAND - Premier League
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - Sun Aug 21 - played the whole game but lost 2-0 at Wolverhampton.
Brad Friedel - Tottenham - Mon Aug 22 - played the whole game but lost 3-0 at Man United
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa - Sat Aug 20 - on the bench as they won 3-1 v Blackburn.
Tim Howard - Everton - Sat Aug 20 - worked the full 90 bu tlost 0-1 v Queens Park Rangers.

ENGLAND - Championship League
Robbie Findley - Nottingham Forest - Sat Aug 20 - subbed on at half time as they drew 2-2 v Leicester.
Jonathan Spector - Birmingham - Sun Aug 21 - started but came off after 72 min as they lost 3-1 at Middlesbrough.

ENGLAND - League One
Anton Peterlin - Wallsall - Sat Aug 20 - went the full 90 as they drew 1-1 v Yeovil Town.

FINLAND - Veikkausliiga
Giuseppe Funicello - Mariehamn - Sun Aug 21 - on the bench as they drew 2-2 v JJK.
Etchu Tabe - RoPS - Sun Aug 21 - started but was subbed out after 54 min as they lost 5-0 at HJK.
Mason Trafford - Mariehamn - Sun Aug 21 - played the whole game as they tied 2-2 v JJK.
Josh Wicks - Mariehamn - Sun Aug 21 - played the full game as they drew 2-2 v JJK.

FINLAND - Ykkonen
Dan Stevens - PS Kemi Kings - Sat Aug 20 - went the full 90 but lost 1-2 v Lahti.
Jeremy Vuolo - AC Oulu - Sun Aug 21 - in goal as they drew 0-0 v Hammeenlinna.

FRANCE - Ligue 1
Quentin Westberg - Evian - Sat Aug 20 - on the bench as they as they drew 1-1 at Ajaccio.

GERMANY - Bundesliga
Timmy Chandler - Nurnberg - Sat Aug 20 - played the entire game but lost 2-0 at Dortmund.
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - Sun Aug 21 - played the full 90 as they drew 1-1 v Hertha.
Jermaine Jones - Schalke - Sun Aug 21 - on the bench as they won 2-4 at at Mainz.
Alfredo Morales - Hertha Berlin - Sun Aug 21 - on the bnech as they tied 1-1 at Hannover.
Daniel Williams - Freiburg - Sat Aug 20 - went the full 90 but ost 5-3 at Bremen.
David Yelldell - Bayer Leverkusen - Sat Aug 20 - on the bench as they won 0-1 at Stuttgart.

GERMANY - 2 Bundesliga
Luis Robles - Karlsruher - Sun Aug 21 - on the bench as they lost 2-0 at Energie Cottbus.
Matt Taylor - Paderborn - Sun Aug 21 - on the bench as they won 1-2 at Dynamo Dresden.

ISRAEL - Ligat Al
Bryan Gerzicich - Ironi Kiryat Shmona -Sat Aug 20 - played the entire game and the won 0-1 v Hapoel Haifa.
Leo Krupnik - Maccabi Netanya - Sat Aug 20 - went the full 90 but lost 1-4 v Maccabi Haifa.

NETHERLANDS - Eredivisie
Jozy Altidore - AZ Alkmaar - Sun Aug 21 - went the full 90 scoring 2 goals as they won 4-0 v NEC Nijmegen.

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

NORWAY - Eliteserien
Joe Bendik - Sogndal - Sun Aug 21 - on the bench as they won 2-0 v Start.
Erik Benjaminsen - Stabaek - Sun Aug 21 - on the bench as they drew 1-1 v Brann.
Sean Cunningham - Molde - Mon Aug 22 - on the bench as they won 1-0 v Lillestrom.
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek - Sun Aug 21 - played the whole match as they drew 1-1 v Brann.
Josh Gatt - Molde - Mon Aug 22 - started and went 57 min as they won 1-0 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 - on the bench as they lost 1-2 v Bodo-Glimt.
Steve Clark - Honefoss - Mon Aug 22 v Ranheim
Kyle Helton - Mjondalen - Sun Aug 21 - came on as a very late sub in the 89th min as they won 3-1 v Randaberg.
Kenneth Di Vita Jensen - Honefoss - Mon Aug 22 v Ranheim

SWEDEN - Superettan
Lester Dewee - Angelholms - Sat Aug 20 - on the bench as they won 1-3 at Deferfors.
Brian Edwards - Degerfors - Sat Aug 20 - played the whole game but lost 1-3 v Angelholms.
Nick Noble - Ljungskile - Mon Aug 22 - went the full 90 as they drew 0-0 at Landskrona.
Matt Pyzdrowski - Angelholms - Sat Aug 20 - went the distance winning 1-3 at Deferfors.
Michael Thomas - Ljungskile - Mon Aug 22 - played the entire game and drew 0-0 at Landskrona.


Coming Up:

ENGLAND - League Cup 2nd Round
-Tue Aug 23
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa v Hereford United
Eric Lichaj - Aston Villa v Hereford United
Zak Whitbread - Norwich City v Milton Keynes Dons
Robbie Findley - Wycombe Wanderers v Nottingham Forest
Mike Grella - Doncaster Rovers v Leeds United
-Wed Aug 24
Tim Howard - Everton v Sheffield United

ISRAEL - Ligat Al
Ryan Adeleye - Hapoel Be'er Sheva - Wed Aug 24 v Beitar Jerusalem


DaMarcus Beasley scored a goal (with his head no less) that proved to be the game winner over defending champs Pumas. He got a yellow card for what I can only assume is bad dancing in the celebration.
-When do you think the last time was that Run DMB scored a goal? Its been a while.
-Beasley also drew the foul that lead to his teams first goal!
-See video of full game highlights here, with the play of the DMB goal starting around the 2:26 mark.

Herculez Gomez also grabbed the game winner in the 89th min for Estudiantes. He came on as a sub and made the difference!

Adrian Ruelas made his Jaguares debut going the full 90 in a win.


Game Action:

DaMarcus Beasley - Puebla - Sun Aug 21 - played the whole game scoring a goal and getting a yellow card as they won 2-1 v UNAM Pumas.
Joe Benny Corona - Tijuana - Sat Aug 20- started and played 66 min but lost 2-1 at Cruz Azul.
Edgar Castillo - America - Sun Aug 21 - came on as a sub in the 52nd min as they won 5-2 v Atlas.
Herculez Gomez - Estudiantes Tecos - Fri Aug 19 - came on as a sub in the 70th in and scored as they won 2-1 v Pachuca.
Sonny Guadarrama - Atlante - Sun Aug 21 - came on as a sub in the 63rd min getting a yellow card as they lost 2-1 at Toluca.
Michael Orozco Fiscal - San Luis - Sat Aug 20 - came on as a sub in the 66th min but they lost 1-0 at UANL Tigres.
Adrian Ruelas - Chiapas Jaguares - Sat Aug 20 - went the distance as they won 1-2 at Queretaro.
Jose Torres - Pachuca - Fri Aug 19 - started and was subbed off in the 67th min but they lost 2-1 at Estudiantes Tecos.

LIGA DE ASCENSO (2nd division)
Marco Vidal - Leon - Sat Aug 20 - went the distance as they drew 2-2 v Toros Neza.


The Guardian with 5 things we learned from the Premier League weekend.

League Cup 2nd round will be played on Aug 23, 24 & 25. Here are the matches & scores.


La Liga players did strike the first round of the season. Talks are underway to avoid a second week of a strike. Its not looking good.


Gabriel Marcotti of Wall Street Journal on the Qatar take over of Paris St Germain. (thanks to JJ for the link)


Raphael Honigstein of the Guardian tells us about exciting high flying Werder Bremen and the rest of round 3 in the Bundesliga.


Here are results from the Coppa Italia 3rd Round on Sat Aug 20 & Sun Aug 21.
-4th Round games will not be played until Nov 24.


The 2nd leg games of the final stage of qualify will take place on Aug 23/24 - Play-Off Round matches & scores.
-The 10 winners advance to the group stage.

Matches & Scores
2nd Leg
-Tue Aug 23
APOEL v Wisla Krakow (0-1)
Genk v Maccabi Haifa (1-2)
Malmo v Dinamo Zagreb (1-4)
Villarreal v OB (0-1)
Zurich v Bayern (0-2)
-Wed Aug 24
Plzen v Kobenhavn (3-1)
Sturm v BATE (1-1)
Benfica v Twente (2-2)
Udinese v Arsenal (0-1)
Rubin v Lyon (1-3)


Recap du Nord: Lots of dropped points at the top but no one stepped up to take any advantage. #1 Corinthians lost, but #2, 3 & 4 only got draws to move closer but not over take anyone. 5th place Botafogo did win, moving them to within 6 points of the lead. Basically a lot of teams had the chance to change things, and no one did.

Brazil - Serie A Standings (18 of 38 games played):
37 Corinthians - LAST: Sat Aug 20 L 0-2 v Figueirense - NEXT: Sun Aug 29 at Palmeiras
35 Flamengo - LAST: Sun Aug 21 D 2-2 at Internacional - NEXT: Sun Aug 29 v Vasco da Gama
34 Sao Paulo (+7 GD) LAST: Sun Aug 21 D 1-1 v Palmieras - NEXT: Sun Aug 29 at Santos
34 Vasco (+5 GD) - LAST: Sun Aug 21 D 1-1 v Fluminense - NEXT: Sun Aug 29 at Flamengo
31 Botafogo - LAST: Sat Aug 20 W 3-1 v Atletico Mineiro - NEXT: Sat Aug 28 at Fluminense


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

Brazil are champions. Huge congrats to them.


Match & Score:
-Sat Aug 20
Portugal 2-3 Brazil - Por goals by Alex & Nelson Oliveira. Bra goals all by Oscar.

Match report from

American Mark Geiger was the referee for the final.
-CONCACAF tells us about this prestigious assignment. (thanks to Gene for the link)


Matches & Scores:
-Sun Aug 21
Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 India
-Mon Aug 22
Jordan v Tunisia
Indonesia 4-1 Palestine
-Wed Aug 24
Guyana v India
Thailand v Singapore


Dave Dudley - Truck Drivin' Son Of A Gun


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

The correct answer is that they were all on the USA 1990 World Cup team. Did you know that. Do you know anything about any of them? Had you even heard of them before?


Anonymous Doug said...

I knew of Stollmeyer and Krumpe before 1990. Stollmeyer was a terrific player at Indiana University and Krumpe was a star at UCLA. He was on the 1985 team that won the NCAA tournament 1-0 over American. I saw that game in Seattle's Kingdome and the damn thing went EIGHT overtimes. It was horrible to watch but unforgettable.

11:04 PM  
Anonymous @geoffkorb said...

I didn't recognize any of the 1990 team and I feel bad about it. I'm off to the Internet to study. Thanks, as always, Bruce...really.

12:40 AM  
Anonymous @geoffkorb said...

Togetherness and unity mean victory in Italy:

1:03 AM  
Anonymous Dan M. said...

Jimmy Banks is the Men's Soccer coach at my Alma Mater - Milwaukee School of Engineering. Nice guy.

6:32 AM  
Blogger Super Rookie said...

I remember the day George John was drafted in the Super Draft very clearly.


Because Alexi Lalas said, "George John? Who is this guy? That is quite the stretch for a player of his caliber that high in the Super Draft."


6:53 AM  
Blogger Zathras said...

I knew Neil Covone is a lawyer in Florida, and that the other four all actually played for the U.S. a fair amount. Banks was a pretty decent left sided player whereas Eichman was a bruising defender. Krumpe and Stollmeyer generally have the distinction of being two of the harder guys for me to remember on that squad.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Zathras said...

Can it really be "shocking to everyone" for SKC to be in a playoff spot? Look at the seasons for each team that took a long, long road trip to start the season so that their stadium could be ready. They've ALL made the playoffs comfortably. That long homestand is as helpful as the long road trip is harmful.
I can see that it's 2nd in the East as surprising, but given how weak the east is, it's not that great a feat.

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Andrew Dunson said...

I am no mental giant, but here is my comment...

Why the constant sarcastic tone towards Sporting KC? Is it possible that the development of Zusi and Bressler, the signing of Collin, a career year from Myers, and the time it takes for a team with many new faces to find cohesion is more responsible for their fantastic run than playing these games at home?

We should be thankful that a team in the best SSS in the country is doing well, and attracting fifteen to eighteen thousand fans per the midwest, where the game needs to grow and can sometimes be 4th or even 5th on the sporting landscape.

Hatin' is bad.

10:26 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

great comments from everyone.

"Why the constant sarcastic tone towards Sporting KC?"

Where? I know I am a very sarcastic guy, and that can cause people to confuse my sincerity. But what are you talking about?

Playing at home makes ALL the difference for every single team.

I am not demeaning anyone. Its half of each teams yearly schedule.

I simply pointed out that on Jun 8 they had not played a home game yet and were in last place. Now they have played a full slate of home games just like everyone else and they are in 7th place.

I was not being sarcastic. Just factual.

End of story.

11:56 AM  

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