Monday, October 10, 2011

Some Soccer News for Mon Oct 10, 2011


The LA Galaxy has won the 2012 ML Supporters Shield with the most points in the regular season. They still have 2 games left to play but have a 7 point lead that cannot be topped. Huge congrats to head coach Bruce Arena and the Galaxy team.


Bob Bradley's new team Egypt won their first game since he was hired 3-0 over Niger. Bradley was in the stands but not on the bench for this game.
-Zak Abdel has officially been named an assistant coach, along with Egyptian U20 coach Diaa Al-Sayed, with fitness manager Pierre Barrieu expected to be coming on board soon.
-Bradley's first game in charge will be a real easy one - against Brazil, Nov 14 in Doha, Qatar.


The field is all set for the 2012 African Cup Of Nations that will be played in January. See section below for all the details.


Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated on the great season David Beckham is having for the LA Galaxy.

I agree 100%, and while Wahl sees Becks as a MVP candidate I have him as the front runner.



Stars win again! That makes 3 in a row for my red hot team! The 2nd leg of the Semifinals is in Cary next Saturday night. If you are in the area please go cheer for my team!

Here are video highlights of the Stars win.

IM Soccer News with a feature on Stars forward Luke Mulholland who joined the team late in the season from Willmington of the 3rd division and has had an immediate impact. (posted before last Saturday's game)


Ft Lauderdale went down to Puerto Rico and put a beating on the Islanders, making things very very good for the Strikers in home leg 2.


Semifinals - Home & Home Series
Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Sat Oct 8
NSC Minnesota Stars 1-0 Carolina RailHawks - NMS goal by Andrei Gotsmanov.
Puerto Rico Islanders 1-3 Ft Lauderdale Strikers - PRI goal by Jonathan Fana. FLS goals by Martin Nunez, Walter Restrepo & Brian Shriver.
2nd Leg
-Sat Oct 15
Carolina RailHawks v NSC Minnesota Stars (0-1)
Ft Lauderdale Strikers v Puerto Rico Islanders (3-1)


du Nord at the Controls - Sun Oct 9, 2011 - my brand new music mix at Spotify.


The USA won their first game under new head coach Jurgen Klinsmann on Saturday night, 1-0 over Honduras in Miami Florida.

Two of the more significant changes in this game for the team was the use of a two striker formation (Altidore and Dempsey), and the use of 5 subs (we had previously seen minimal subs.)

Danny Williams got his first cap, starting on the right side of midfield.

Oguchi Onyewu came on as a sub at half time for his first USA appearance since the 2nd game of the World Cup.

Timmy Chandler started at left fullback for the second straight game.

The attendance of 21,000 was better than had been dreadfully predicted earlier in the week.

Jozy Altidore is from Boca Raton just an hour north of Miami and had 300 guests at the game!!!!


Match report by US Soccer.

Post game quotes from coach and players by US Soccer.

Player ratings by Ridge Mahoney.

Post game analysis by Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated.

Match report by Brian Sciaretta of Yanks Abroad.

Post game analysis by Brian Straus of the Sporting News.

Franco Panizo of Soccer by Ives talks to Oguchi Onyewu about his performance against Honduras.

Video from US Soccer.
-Match highlights
-Players post game reaction
-Post game press conference


US Soccer's preview for the Ecuador game.

Jeff Carlisle of ESPN on a confident and anchored Jozy Altidore.

Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated on Ecuador, Clint Dempsey and more.

Brian Sciaretta of Yanks Abroad talks to Mo Edu about Ecuador.

Video from US Soccer as the team arrives in New Jersey.


International friendlies
Matches & Scores:
-Sat Oct 8
USA 1-0 Honduras - USA goal by Clint Dempsey.
Venue: Sun Life Stadium, Miami
Atten: 21, 170
-Tue Oct 11
USA v Ecuador - 6pm CT on ESPN2
Venue: Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ


USA Roster.

USA v Honduras:
x 11 starters
+ came on as a sub
x- subbed out
b on the bench
s scratched from the game day roster

bBill Hamid - DC United - not on the game day roster for Ecuador.
xTim Howard - Everton
sNick Rimando - Real Salt Lake - not on the game day roster for Honduras.
xCarlos Bocanegra - Rangers
x-Timmy Chandler - Nurnberg
xSteve Cherundolo - Hannover
+Oguchi Onyewu - Sporting
x-Michael Orozco Fiscal - San Luis
sTim Ream - New York Red Bulls
+Jonathan Spector - Birmingham
+DaMarcus Beasley - Puebla
xKyle Beckerman - Real Salt Lake
+Michael Bradley - Chievo
xClint Dempsey - Fulham
x-Maurice Edu - Rangers
bJeff Larentowicz - Colorado Rapids
xBrek Shea - FC Dallas
x-Danny Williams - Hoffenheim
+Juan Agudelo - New York Red Bulls
x-Jozy Altidore - AZ
sEdson Buddle - Ingolstadt
sTeal Bunbury -Sporting Kansas City


Ecuador roster.

Ecuador's game last Friday in the World Cup qualifier v Venezuela which they won 2-0 at home:
x starters
+ subbed in
x- subbed off

xMaximo Banguera - Barcelona (Ecuador)
Adrian Bone - SD Quito
Alexander Dominguez - LDU Quito
Gabriel Achilier - Emelec
xWalter Ayovi - Monterrey Rayados
Giovanny Caicedo - LDU Quito
Diego Calderon - LDU Quito
xJairo Campos - SD Quito
xFricson Erazo - CD El Nacional
Eduardo Morante - Emelec
xJuan Carlos Paredes - SD Quito
+Alex Bolanos - SD Quito
Segundo Castillo - Pachuca
+Edison Mendez - Emelec
Jefferson Montero - Betis
x-Cristhian Noboa - Rubin
xLuis Saritama - SD Quito
xAntonio Valencia - Man United
+Michael Arroyo - San Luis
xJaime Ayovi - Pachuca
x-Christian Benitez - America
Joffre Guerron - Atletico PR
x-Cristian Suarez - Santos FC


Honduras roster.
Donis Escober - Olimpia
Donaldo Morales - Motagua
Bryan Beckeles - Olimpia
Osman Chavez - Wisla
Maynor Figueroa - Wigan
Erick Norales - Marathon
Johnny Leveron - Motagua
Mauricio Sabillon - Marathon
Roger Espinoza - Kansas City
Oscar Garcia - Olimpia
Julio Cesar De Leon - Shandong Luneng Taishan
Mario Martinez - Espana
Alfredo Mejia - Espana
Jerry Bengtson - Motagua
Marvin Chavez - Dallas
Carlo Costly - Houston
Roger Rojas - Olimpia


Play The Game has quotes from journalist James Corbett of World Football Insider who followed the 2018 & 22 World Cup bidding very closely and he feels that Qatar did NOT offer any bribes, they just used international business deal to do their work.


Jonathan Wilson of Sports Illustrated on a horrendous mess at the Greece-Croatia Euro qualifier last Friday that saw Molotov cocktails, bottles, chairs and other debris launched by Greece supporters at the Croatia fan section.


Russ Thaler of NBC Sports Talk did a video interview with MLS commissioner Don Garber last week - Pt1 - AND - Pt2


Week 30

Matches & Scores:
-Tue Oct 4
New York Red Bulls 2-0 LA Galaxy - NYRB goals by Luke Rodgers & Thierry Henry.
Venue: Red Bull Arena
Atten: 25,186
-Thu Oct 6
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3-0 Real Salt Lake - VW goals by Camilo(2, both via PK) & Nizar Khalfan.
Venue: BC Place Stadium
Atten: 20,113
-Sat Oct 8
New England Revolution 1-2 San Jose Earthquakes - NER goal by Benny Feilhaber. SJE goals both by Chris Wondolowski.
Venue: Gillette Stadium
Atten: 9,111
Seattle Sounder FC 0-2 Philadelphia Union - PU goals by Freddy Adu & Brian Carroll.
Venue: CenturyLink Field
Atten: 36,304


Week 31

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Oct 12
Chicago Fire SC v FC Dallas - 7:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Toyota Park
Vancouver Whitecaps FC v DC United - 9:00PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: BC Place


Collen Warner - Salt Lake - red card


47 Philadelphia Union (32 GP) (+9 GD) (Max 53)
45 Sporting Kansas City (32 GP) (+7 GD) (Max 51)
44 Columbus Crew (32 GP) (-3 GD) (Max 50)
43 New York Red Bulls (32 GP) (+7 GD) (Max 49)
43 Houston Dynamo (32 GP) (0 GD) (Max 49)
38 DC United (30 GP) (0 GD) (Max 50)
37 Chicago Fire SC (31 GP) (0 GD) (Max 46)
OUT-31 Toronto FC (32 GP) (-23 GD)
OUT-27 New England Revolution (32 GP) (-17 GD)

*64 LA Galaxy (32 GP) (+21 GD) (Max 70)
*57 Seattle Sounders FC (32 GP) (+16 GD) (Max 63)
*51 Real Salt Lake (32 GP) (+8 GD) (Max 57)
46 FC Dallas (31 GP) (+2 GD) (Max 55)
45 Colorado Rapids (32 GP) (+2 GD) (Max 51)
40 Portland Timbers (31 GP) (-6 GD) (Max 49)
OUT-36 CD Chivas USA (32 GP) (+1 GD)
OUT-35 San Jose Earthquakes (32 GP) (-6 GD)
OUT-25 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (31 GP) (-18 GD)

*Playoff berth


With a Seattle loss over the weekend LA has clinched the supporters shield for the second straight season! Huge congrats to them.

64 LA Galaxy (32 GP) (+21 GD)


The 10 teams (and the 3 remaining challengers):

64 LA Galaxy - NEXT: Sun Oct 16 v Chivas USA
57 Seattle Sounders - NEXT: Sat Oct 15 v San Jose
51 Real Salt Lake - NEXT: Fri Oct 14 at Colorado

47 Philadelphia Union - NEXT: Sat Oct 15 v Toronto
45 Sporting Kansas City - NEXT: Sat Oct 15 v New York
44 Columbus Crew - NEXT: Sat Oct 15 at New England

46 FC Dallas - NEXT: Wed Oct 12 at Chicago
45 Colorado Rapids - NEXT: Fri Oct 14 v Salt Lake
43 New York Red Bulls - NEXT: Sat Oct 15 at Kansas City
43 Houston Dynamo - NEXT: Fri Oct 14 at Portland
- - - - -
40 Portland Timbers - NEXT: Fri Oct 14 v Houston
38 DC United - NEXT: Wed Oct 12 at Vancouver
37 Chicago Fire - NEXT: Wed Oct 12 v Dallas



Robbie Keane injured his adductor muscle playing for Ireland on Friday. He will not play for his national team on Tuesday, and the extent of the injury is not fully known yet.


Kyle Beckerman got a three game suspension for his head butt on Daniel Paladini two weeks ago. He will be out until the playoffs now.


Matches & Scores:
-Sun Oct 9
Real Salt Lake 0-1 Chicago Fire SC - CF goal by Kellen Gulley/
-Mon Oct 10
Columbus Crew 3-0 New York Red Bulls - CC goals by Justin Meram, Cole Grossman & Johnny Owoeri.
LA Galaxy 1-2 CD Chivas USA - LAG goal by Hector Jimenez. CUSA goals by Marcos Mondaini & Victor Estupinan.
Seattle Sounders FC v San Jose Earthquakes
-Sat Oct 15
Colorado Rapids v Real Salt Lake
-Sun Oct 16
Philadelphia Union v Toronto FC
New England Revolution v Columbus Crew
-Tue Oct 18
Sporting Kansas City v Houston Dynamo
CD Chivas USA v Vancouver Whitecaps
-Tue Oct 25
LA Galaxy v San Jose Earthquakes


Standings Etc.


Matches & Scores:
-Wed Oct 12
Sporting Kansas City v Guadalajara Chivas (Mexico)
Venue: Livestrong Sporting Park


MLive reports on the latest plans from a Detroit developer who is looking to renovate the Pontiac Silverdome for MLS.


Sky Sports reports that Brek Shea's agent is stirring up interest in Europe for his boy.


David Smith of Yanks Abroad talks to Bobby Woods about life at 1860 Munich.


Game Action:

ENGLAND - League One
Anton Peterlin - Wallsall - played the full 90 as they drew 1-1 at Wycombe.

NORWAY - 1 Divisjon
Kyle Helton - Mjondalen - went the distance as they drew 0-0 at HamKam.
Kenneth Di Vita Jensen - Honefoss -

SWEDEN - Superettan
Brian Edwards - Degerfors - went the distance as they tied 3-3 at Brommapojkarna. (NOTE: they were down 3-0 in the 80th min!)
Nick Noble - Ljungskile - played the entire game as they won 1-4 at Qviding.
Matt Pyzdrowski - Angelholms - played the full 90 as they won 3-0 v Osters.


Game Action:

Isaac Acuna - America - came on as a sub in the 74th min as they drew 1-1 v Morelia.
Joe Benny Corona - Tijuana - came on as a sub in the 55th min as they drew 2-2 at Atlas.
Herculez Gomez - Estudiantes Tecos - came on as a sub in the 65th min scoring a goal but they lost 2-3 v Monterrey.


Recap du Nord: Crazy movement all over the playoff table as the race gets tighter and tighter. Pumas & Jaguares both lost and fell from the top 2 spots all the way to 5th & 6th respectively. Tigres beat Pumas to move up to the #1 overall position. A Cruz Azul win saw them go from 4th to 2nd. Santos goes from 6th to 3rd with a big win. And Pachuca goes 8th to 4th. Chaos! Guadalajara falls from 5th to 7th with a draw, thats how close the teams are, gain a point, lose two spots. Queretaro lost and dropped out of the top 8, replaced by the defending champs Monterrey.

Mexico - Primera Top 8 Standings (12 of 17 games played):
21 Tigres (+10) - LAST: Sat Oct 8 W 4-1 v Pumas - NEXT: Fri Oct 14 at Morelia
21 Cruz Azul (+4) - LAST: Sat Oct 8 W 2-0 v Puebla - NEXT: Sat Oct 15 at San Luis
20 Santos Laguna (11 GP) (+6) - LAST: Sat Oct 8 W 1-3 at Queretaro - NEXT: Sat Oct 15 v Toluca
20 Pachuca (0) (18 gf) - LAST: Sat Oct 8 W 1-0 v Jaguares - NEXT: Sat Oct 15 at Tijuana
20 Pumas (0) (16 gf) - LAST: Sat Oct 8 L 4-1 at Tigres - NEXT: Sun Oct 16 v Atlas
19 Jaguares (+2) - LAST: Sat Oct 8 L 1-0 at Pachuca - NEXT: Sat Oct 15 v Atlante
19 Guadalajara (0) - LAST: Sun Oct 9 D 0-0 at Toluca - NEXT: Sat Oct 15 v Tecos
17 Monterrey (+5) - Next: Sat Oct 15 v America
- - - - -
17 Queretaro (0) - LAST: Sat Oct 8 L 1-3 v Santos Laguna


The very last day of the group stage is Tuesday.


England, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Spain have clinched their groups.

4 more group winners are still to be decided. And the 2nd place finisher with the most points will also qualify. Then the other 8 second place finishers will be paired up to qualify the last 4 teams. The two host countries, Poland and Ukraine, qualified automatically.


Wayne Rooney of England again lost his marbles and deliberately kicked an opponent earning a red card that will see him miss the first game of the Euro 2012 tournament next summer, and there is a chance he could get more games because of the nature of the offense.


Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian on the great play of Armenia.


Jacob Steinberg of the Guardian with five things we learned from the Euro 2012 qualifiers last Friday.


Matches & Scores:
-Fri Oct 7
Andorra 0-2 Ireland
Portugal 5-3 Iceland

-Sat Oct 8
Liechtenstein 0-1 Scotland

-Tue Oct 11
Albania v Romania
Bulgaria v Wales
Croatia v Latvia
Denmark v Portugal
France v Bosnia-Herzegovina
Georgia v Greece
Germany v Belgium
Hungary v Finland
Ireland v Armenia
Italy v N Ireland
Kazakhstan v Austria
Lithuania v Czech Republic
Macedonia v Slovakia
Malta v Israel
Moldova v San Marino
Norway v Cyprus
Russia v Andorra
Slovenia v Serbia
Spain v Scotland
Sweden v Netherlands
Switzerland v Montenegro
Turkey v Azerbaijan

Group Standings


Recap du Nord: Vasco de Gama suffered a loss and lost the #1 spot which was claimed by Corinthians who had a strong win. #3 & 4 Sao Paolo & Botafogo both drew and Bota fell a spot, while #5 Fluminense fell to 6th losing to rivals Flamengo who are now up to 4th place.

Serie A Top 5 Standings (28 of 38 games played):
51 Corinthians - LAST: Sun Oct 9 W 3-0 v Atletico GO
50 Vasco - LAST: Sun Oct 9 L 3-0 at Internacional
47 Sao Paulo - LAST: Wed Oct 5 D 3-3 at Cruzeiro
47 Flamengo - LAST: Sun Oct 9 W 3-2 v Fluminense
46 Botafogo (27 GP) - LAST: Sat Oct 8 D 2-2 v Bahia
- - - - -
44 Fluminense - LAST: Sun Oct 9 L 3-2 at Flamengo


Qualifying is now complete and 16 teams are all set for the big tournament next January.


Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Senegal and Zambia are the 11 group stage winners.

Group 11 had an extra team so the second place team from their qualified: Tunisia.

The 2 next best second place teams qualified: Sudan and Libya.

Equatorial Guinea and Gabon the co-hosts qualified automatically.

The draw for 4 teams in 4 groups will take place on Sat Oct 29.


Matches & Scores:
-Fri Oct 7
Congo DR 2-3 Cameroon

-Sat Oct 8
Cape Verde Islands 2-1 Zimbabwe
Liberia 2-2 Mali
Nigeria 2-2 Guinea
Ethiopia 4-2 Madagascar
Mozambique 3-0 Comoros
Gambia 1-1 Burkina Faso
South Africa 0-0 Sierra Leone
Egypt 3-0 Niger
Sudan 0-2 Ghana
Swaziland 0-1 Congo
Guinea-Bissau 0-2 Angola
Uganda 0-0 Kenya
Chad 2-2 Malawi
Zambia 0-0 Libya
Tunisia 2-0 Togo

-Sun Oct 9
Mauritius 0-2 Senegal
Cote d'Ivoire 2-1 Burundi
Benin 0-1 Rwanda
Morocco 3-1 Tanzania
Algeria 2-0 Central African Republic

Group Standings


Matchday 3 of 6 was played on Friday, with 4 coming on Tuesday.

Matches & Scores:
-Fri Oct 7
St Lucia 0-7 Canada
Bermuda 2-1 Trinidad & Tobago
Dominican Republic 1-2 El Salvador
St Vincent/Grenadines 0-3 Guatemala
US Virgin Islands 0-7 Haiti
Barbados 0-2 Guyana
Belize 1-4 Grenada
Dominica 0-5 Panama
Cayman Islands 0-1 Suriname
Puerto Rico 1-1 St Kitts & Nevis
Curacao 0-1 Antigua & Barbuda

-Oct 11
Antigua & Barbuda v US Virgin Islands
Bermuda v Guyana
Canada v Puerto Rico
Guatemala v Belize
Haiti v Curacao
Panama v Nicaragua
St Kitts & Nevis v St Lucia
El Salvador v Cayman Islands
Suriname v Dominican Republic
Trinidad & Tobago v Barbados

-Oct 15
Grenada v St Vincent/Grenadines

Group Standings
-The 6 group winners advance to the next round.


Matches & Scores:
-Tue Oct 11
Australia v Oman
China v Iraq
Indonesia v Qatar
Iran v Bahrain
Japan v Tajikistan
Lebanon v Kuwait
N Korea v Uzbekistan
Singapore v Jordan
Thailand v Saudi Arabia

-Sat Oct 15
Indonesia v Iran
Jordan v Iraq
Kuwait v United Arab Emirates
Lebanon v S Korea
N Korea v Japan
Qatar v Bahrain
Saudi Arabia v Oman
Singapore v China
Thailand v Australia
Uzbekistan v Tajikistan

Group Standings


Argentina, Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay got off to a good start already today on Matchday 1 with home wins.


Matches & Scores:
-Fri Oct 7
Argentina 4-1 Chile
Ecuador 2-0 Venezuela
Peru 2-0 Paraguay
Uruguay 4-2 Bolivia

-Tue Oct 11
Bolivia v Colombia
Chile v Peru
Paraguay v Uruguay
Venezuela v Argentina


Matches & Scores:
-Fri Oct 7
Gabon v Equatorial Guinea
Costa Rica 0-1 Brazil
China v United Arab Emirates

-Sat Oct 8
USA 1-0 Honduras

-Tue Oct 11
Equatorial Guinea v Cameroon
Estonia v Ukraine
Ghana v Nigeria
Honduras v Jamaica
Mexico v Brazil
Philippines v Nepal
Poland v Belarus
USA v Ecuador

-Sat Oct 15
Algeria v Cameroon
Brazil v Egypt
Costa Rica v Spain
Italy v Uruguay


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hooray sober goalkeeper!

8:15 AM  

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