Friday, September 09, 2011

Some News for Fri Sep 9, 2011


The NSC Minnesota Stars, Minnesota Youth Soccer Association and Bricks Pub are pleased to present Minnesota Soccer History Night this Saturday, September 10, at NSC Stadium.

This free event will take place before the Stars' final home game against the Atlanta Silverbacks.

Former members of the Minnesota Kicks, Strikers and Thunder will take the stadium field for an exhibition game. Come watch Minnesota soccer legends like Alan Willey and Alan Merrick in action as the Stars, MYSA and Bricks commemorate more than 35 years of professional soccer history in Minnesota. The stadium gates open at 5:30 for the 5:45 p.m. event. A ticket to the Stars' game at 7:30 is not required for admission to the event as all patrons will need to leave the stadium following the event.

The first 1,000 fans through the gates to the Stars game (gates open at 7) will receive a free Minnesota Soccer History Night autograph poster courtesy of MYSA.


Brian Sciaretta of Yanks Abroad gives his review of the team after 3 games under the new regime.


Bolton Wanderers website has a big article on Jurgen Klinsmann's visit to Bolton to check on the progress of Stuart Holden.
-The club has a video interview with Holden too.


International friendlies.
Matches & Scores:
-Sat Oct 8
USA v Honduras - 5pm CT on Fox Soccer
Venue: Sun Life Stadium, Miami
-Tue Oct 11
RUMOR USA v Ecuador
Venue: Unknown


As recently as two seasons ago the 3 daily newspapers in Toronto could not get enough of writing about Toronto FC, but with their complete lack of improvement through 5 long seasons the editors of those papers have sent their writers elsewhere to find stories. The team has not played a game since Aug 27, and there has barely been a whisper in print since the post game writeups. The Sun's top soccer headline today read "Beckham cuts his own hair." And thats about as close to TFC as they got all week long.

None of them mentioned Saturday's rivalry game in Columbus in today's editions. Hopefully tomorrow will at least have cursory previews.


Matchday 3 begins next Tuesday, Sep 13.

Martin Renzhofer of the Salt Lake Tribune attributes recent American team success in the tournament to Real Salt Lake and their run in the tournament last spring.
-Can someone remind me which Mexican team it was that RSL beat on the road last season?


Trinidad Newsday has lots of quotes from Jack Warner laying all his underhanded problems into the lap of his former runnin & gunnin buddy Chuck Blazer. Warner talks about lots money, but never tells us why it was paid in the first place.
-Jack says everyone warned him that Blazer was bad news, but.......

You can be pretty much guaranteed that for every dollar a guy like Blazer may have skimmed off the top of CONCACAF, Warner had already skimmed off more than his fair share.


The Press Association talks to Warner who says FIFA is now out to destroy the Caribbean Football Union and all its member countries. Via the Guardian.
-Jack has some barely cloaked racist comments too.


Seattle's backup keeper Terry Boss who had a very strong showing down in Monterrey Mexico a couple weeks ago will miss the rest of the season due to a concussion. That is terrible news.

Will untested rookie Josh Ford become the backup to Kasey Keller?

I would expect the team to try and find an experienced keeper to sign asap.


Matches & Scores:
-Fri Sep 9
Milan 2-2 Lazio - two of the favorites kicked off the Serie A season with all 4 goals in the first 33 minutes.
-Sat Sep 10
Villarreal v Sevilla - battle of the Spanish also-rans Pt.1
Valencia v Atletico Madrid - battle of the Spanish also-rans Pt.2
Real Madrid v Getafe - a mini Madrid derby
-Sun Sep 11
Istanbul BB v Galatasaray - a minor Istanbul derby with the newly promoted team playing the host


Match previews for Barclays Premier League on Sat Sep 10 to Mon Sep 12.


I am sorry I missed this from a few weeks back, but its excellent stuff about a soccer road trip!

Marc Weber of the Province heads south from Vancouver to Portland with diehard fans (pitifully named The Handbags), and another fantastic soccer road trip story is told. I love it!



Matches & Scores:
-Wed Sep 7
Philadelphia Union 4-4 New England Revolution - PU goals by Roger Torres, Freddy Adu & Sebastian Le Toux(2 - 1 via PK). NER goals by AJ Soares, Rajko Lekic(PK), Moncef Zerka & Benny Feilhaber.
Venue: PPL Park
Atten: 16,148
-Fri Sep 9
LA Galaxy v Colorado Rapids - 10:00PM CT on FOX Soccer
Venue: The Home Depot Center
-Sat Sep 10
Seattle Sounders FC v Real Salt Lake - 3:00PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: CenturyLink Field
Sporting Kansas City v Houston Dynamo - 3:00PM CT on Telefutura
Venue: LIVESTRONG Sporting Park
Columbus Crew v Toronto FC - 6:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Crew Stadium
New York Red Bulls v Vancouver Whitecaps - 6:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Red Bull Arena
Philadelphia Union v Portland Timbers - 6:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: PPL Park
New England Revolution v FC Dallas - 6:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Gillette Stadium
San Jose Earthquakes v Chicago Fire SC - 9:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium
CD Chivas USA v DC United - 9:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: The Home Depot Center


40 Columbus Crew (26 GP) (+1 GD)
37 Sporting Kansas City (27 GP) (+4 GD)
35 Philadelphia Union (26 GP) (+5 GD)
35 Houston Dynamo (27 GP) (+1 GD)
32 New York Red Bulls (26 GP) (+4 GD)
31 DC United (24 GP) (-1 GD)
27 Chicago Fire SC (26 GP) (-3 GD)
24 New England Revolution (27 GP) (-13 GD)
24 Toronto FC (28 GP) (-23 GD)

52 LA Galaxy (27 GP) (+17 GD)
48 Seattle Sounders FC (27 GP) (+13 GD)
46 FC Dallas (27 GP) (+7 GD)
42 Real Salt Lake (25 GP) (+14 GD)
41 Colorado Rapids (28 GP) (+3 GD)
32 Portland Timbers (26 GP) (-8 GD)
31 CD Chivas USA (27 GP) (+2 GD)
26 San Jose Earthquakes (26 GP) (-8 GD)
21 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (26 GP) (-15 GD)



John Meyer of the Denver Post talks to Drew Moor about his former teammate Bobby Rhine. And then some other team notes.


The Daily Record of Glasgow Scotland with an article on their local son Adam Moffat.
-The article calls him a rising star, and while he has had a good run with Houston so far, how many rising stars are on their third team in less than a year?


Scott French of ESPN on the terrific season Omar Gonzalez is having in his third year as a pro.


Phil Collin of the Daily News looks at a 4 point lead at the top of the MLS standings and a brutal schedule for the next 5 weeks ahead for the Galaxy.


Jack Bell of the Times looks at where the Bulls, who haven't played a league game since Aug 20, stand in the race for the playoffs.


Left fullback Roy Miller is out for at least this game after suffering a muscle strain playing for Costa Rica.


Brian Lewis of the Post talks to Thierry Henry who calls their game against Vancouver a must-win.


Martin Renzhofer of the Salt Lake Tribune on the expected date of return from a broken wrist for Chris Wingert.


Joshua Mayers of the Times sees midfielder Eric Friberg as an unheralded quality contributor to the Sounders success this season.
-We also get video of Roger Levesque looking like a kid again. He's still a punk, but a fresher looking punk.


Marc Weber of the Province sees Vancouver as the hot team compared to their weekend opponent New York.


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Sep 10
Sporting Kansas City v Houston Dynamo
-Sun Sep 11
Columbus Crew v Toronto FC


Standings Etc.


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Sep 10
Puerto Rico Islanders v FC Tampa Bay
NSC Minnesota Stars v Atlanta Silverbacks
-Sun Sep 11
Montreal Impact v Carolina RailHawks
FC Edmonton v Fort Lauderdale Strikers


Standings (as of Wed Sep 7):
%*54 Carolina RailHawks (+27 GD) (25 GP)
%*46 Puerto Rico Islanders (+7 GD) (26 GP)
*37 FC Tampa Bay (+4 GD) (25 GP)
*36 FC Edmonton (-2 GD) (26 GP)
34 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (0 GD) (25 GP)
29 NSC Minnesota Stars (-5 GD) (25 GP)
- - - OUT OF PLAYOFFS - - -
26 Montreal Impact (+1 GD) (25 GP)
#15 Atlanta Silverbacks (-32 GD) (25 GP)

*Secured playoff berth
%First playoff round bye
#Eliminated from playoff berth


Mexico - Primera Top 5 Standings (7 of 17 games played):
16 Guadalajara Chivas - NEXT: Sat Sep 10 at Santos Laguna
14 Cruz Azul - NEXT: Sat Sep 10 v Morelia
13 UANL Tigres - NEXT: Sat Sep 10 v Pachuca
12 Monterrey - NEXT: Sun Sep 11 at Puebla
11 UNAM Pumas (+2) - NEXT: Sat Sep 10 at Queretaro
11 Chiapas Jaguares (-1) - NEXT: Fri Sep 9 at Estudiantes Tecos


"Our young players do not watch soccer. Our players do not immerse themselves in the game. They do not watch live games; they do not read about the game in newspapers or online; they are not inundated with news of transfer speculation and match reports summarizing the latest victory or defeat. The only time they think about the game is when they go to one of their own practices or games."

Jason De Vos of the CBC tells a great story of taking members of his youth club to the Canada game last week. Great reading from an excellent advocate of the game.

A story that rings true just the same here in America.


The CEO of Manchester City has resigned after it came to light that he sent an email to a players mother in which he mocked her cancer. Who does that?


The official start of the Serie A season is upon us:
-Fri Sep 9
Milan v Lazio
-Sat Sep 10
Cesena v Napoli
-Sun Sep 11
Juventus v Parma
Catania v Siena
Chievo v Novara
Fiorentina v Bologna
Genoa v Atalanta
Lecce v Udinese
Roma v Cagliari
Palermo v Inter


Ewan Murray of the Guardian sees a very rough road ahead for Rangers.


Leonel Alvarez has been hired as the new head coach of the Colombian national team.


Recap du Nord: After a 1 day absence Corinthians are back on top with a win. A win moves Vasco da Gamo up to 3rd, behind Sao Paolo on goal differential. #5 Flamengo lost, but did not drop in the standings.

Brazil - Serie A Top 5 Standings (22 of 38 games played):
43 Corinthians (+12) - LAST: Thu Sep 8 W 2-1 v Flamengo - NEXT: Sun Sep 11 at Fluminense
41 Sao Paulo (+8) - NEXT: Sun Sep 11 at Gremio
41 Vasco (+6) - LAST: Thu Sep 8 W 2-0 v Coritiba - NEXT: Sun Sep 11 at Figueirense
40 Botafogo (21 GP) - NEXT: Sun Sep 11 at Coritiba
36 Flamengo - LAST: Thu Sep 8 L 2-1 at Corinthians - NEXT: Sun Sep 11 v Atletico PR


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