Thursday, September 08, 2011

Some News for Thu Sep 8, 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.

And drop me a line if you want to go to this game for FREE, I can take care of you. (See email at right.)


New England pulled off one of the season's great choking dog performances last night. Leading 1-4 at half time they let the game completely slip away and end tied 4-4 in Philadelphia. If that game had gone 2 minutes longer they would have lost.
-Almost worse is that New England's offense looked fantastic in the first half, only to vanish completely after half time. What happened? Full credit to Philly for never stopping.


Bob Bradley is still the man Egypt wants for their new head coach.
-And we hear that Santos Laguna is NOT offering Bradley the job running their show.


Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America has a big interview with Carlos Bocanegra, about his move to Rangers.

Did you know BocaBoca3 had been named captain of St Etienne for this season before being sold to Rangers?


ESPN with a look at the harsh realities of what concussions are doing to MLS players.

(This story is really important to me, so I won't ruin it to much by going off on an anti-ESPN rant about the photo they chose for the article that has nothing to do with MLS.)


Matchday 3 begins next Tuesday, Sep 13.


We all know that the little things that have come out about FIFA, Jack Warner, Chuck Blazer, Mohammed Bin Hammam are just the surface of their decades long shell game right?

Here is the latest "discovery":
Martyn Ziegler of the Press Association reports that Jack Warner had a company that controlled the World Cup TV rights in the Caribbean and was profiting from selling those rights himself instead of FIFA, CONCACAF or CFU selling them. Not even remotely shocking.
-FIFA has canceled that contract for 2014.


Speaking of Bin Hammam, his appeal of this lifetime ban from soccer by FIFA will be heard on Thu Sep 15.


With the season set to open this weekend very little has been resolved in the scandal, and almost no fallout has come to any teams.

The only punishment handed out so far is Fenerbahce being denied their place in the UEFA Champions League.

That's it.

The police investigation is still ongoing, but it would be hard to imagine punishments being handed for this season out once the games are underway. Who knows.


Matches & Scores:
-Fri Sep 9
Milan v Lazio - to kick off the Serie A season a couple weeks late.
-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.


DC United fielded a women's team for the first time this year, in the W-League. Great move.


Gazzetta dello Sport has great video footage of the opening of the Juventus amazing new stadium today.


Photographs galore from the Juventus, including these two of the grand opening today from Gazzetta:

And this one from La Stampa:

Plus many more (especially of the outside) in a great slide show from La Repubblica Torino.



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


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)
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)
32 Portland Timbers (26 GP) (-8 GD)
31 DC United (24 GP) (-1 GD)
31 CD Chivas USA (27 GP) (+2 GD)
OUT-27 Chicago Fire SC (26 GP) (-3 GD)
OUT-26 San Jose Earthquakes (26 GP) (-8 GD)
OUT-24 New England Revolution (27 GP) (-13 GD)
OUT-24 Toronto FC (28 GP) (-23 GD)
OUT-21 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (26 GP) (-15 GD)


General News

I am starting to gather my intel for the post season awards. This years rookie list looks as thin as it has ever been, if not thinner.
-Here is my initial list of the best for ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:
Jalil Anibaba - Chicago Fire
Rich Balchan - Columbus Crew
Will Bruin - Houston Dynamo
Perry Kitchen - DC United
Stephen McCarthy - New England Revolution
Darlington Nagbe - Portland Timbers
CJ Sapong - Sporting Kansas City
AJ Soares - New England Revolution
Zarek Valentin - Chivas USA
Ethan White - DC United

Who am I missing?


"The two Ghanaian strikers, Patrick Nyarko and Dominic Oduro, speak the Twi language to each other during games so the other teams don't understand."

John Kass of the Tribune on the Fire's late season surge. Will they earn enough points in time to make the playoffs? They have no real room for error mainly due to the league record 15 ties they have played to so far.


As they do each week, FCD with 11 questions for the head coach Schellas Hyndman.
-David Ferreira is on the field with the trainers building up strength and endurance so he can start practicing with the first team again, and maybe even contribute this season.


Terez Paylor of the Star sees Chance Myers finally starting to make good on his promise.
-But don't forget, it was Myers who was torched not once but twice in the dying minutes to lose a game to Dallas just two weeks ago.


Kyle McCarthy of the Herald on the Revs gruesome failure in Philly last night.


Zac McMath made his MLS debut in goal for the Union last night but got smoked for 4 goals.
-At least none of them were like the Chris Seitz routine of last season.


Joshua Mayers of the Times reports that former Chicago fullback Bratislav Ristic is getting a look from the Sounders.
-Many Fire observers feel Ristic did not get a fair shake with their club, and that he is quite talented.
-And the Sounders really could use a great right back to solidify their lineup.


Matches & Scores:
-Thu Sep 8
Philadelphia Union 2-0 New England Revolution - PU goals by Jack McInerney & Danny Mwanga.
-Sat Sep 10
Sporting Kansas City v Houston Dynamo
-Sun Sep 11
Columbus Crew v Toronto FC


Standings Etc.


Edmonton claimed a playoff spot with a win last night.


Ft Lauderdale simply needs to earn 1 point or have Montreal drop 1 point in the remaining 3 games to claim a playoff spot.


So that final place in the 6 team playoff will go down to the wire between Minnesota and Montreal. The Impact trail by 3 points, but have a better goal differential: +1 to -5.


Carolina and Puerto Rico are guaranteed the top 2 spots and will have a bye in the first playoff round.


Matches & Scores:
-Wed Sep 7
Puerto Rico Islanders 1-1 Montreal Impact - PRI goal by . MI goal by .
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1-0 Carolina RailHawks - FLS goal by .
FC Edmonton 2-1 Atlanta Silverbacks - FCE goals by . AS goal by .
-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
%Playoff first round bye
#Eliminated from playoff berth


Stuart Holden played in his 2nd reserve game for Bolton on his return to full health. He should be ready for the first team very very very soon.
-The Bolton News talks to Holden who can't wait to get back into the starting 11.


Nick Leyden of Yanks Abroad talks with Caleb Patterson-Sewell about his new team in Portugal's 2nd division Atletico CP.


Tom Marshall of checks in with Diego Restrepo down in Colombia, who just experienced playing for America de Cali against their rivals Atletico Nacional de Medellin.
-He was one of those guys who got snubbed by MLS after a strong college career including a NCAA championship so he has set off to earn his stripes elsewhere.


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

The bottom 3 are Atlante, Tijuana and Atlas.


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


Both tournaments begin the group stage next week.


Recap du Nord: Big changes as the 2 teams who played on Wednesday both won and swept to the top of the standings. #2 Sao Paolo moved to 1st place and 4th place Botafogo went to #2 on goal differential. HUGE. The other 3 in the top five play on Thu night - #3 hosts #5!

Brazil - Serie A Top 5 Standings (21 of 38 games played):
41 Sao Paulo (22GP) - LAST: Wed Sep 7 W 2-1 v Atletico Mineiro - NEXT: Sun Sep 11 at Gremio
40 Botafogo (+16) - LAST: Wed Sep 7 W 4-0 v Ceara - NEXT: Sun Sep 11 at Coritiba
40 Corinthians (+12) - NEXT: Thu Sep 8 v Flamengo
38 Vasco - NEXT: Thu Sep 8 v Coritiba
36 Flamengo - NEXT: Thu Sep 8 at Corinthians


Arabian Business has an article on a German economist who predicts Qatar will spend many many billions to host the World Cup. WTF?


Blogger gMark said...

Does the new Juve stadium has a memorial to the Heysel disaster? Would've been nice to see Notts County lay a wreath there, or see them make a similar gesture.

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