Monday, October 24, 2011

Some Soccer News for Mon Oct 24, 2011


Fort Lauderdale here I come! The team that nobody wanted is going to win the cup. See all the details below in the NASL section.


New England Revolution head coach Steve Nichol was relieved of his duties today.
-Who will replace him? Who would want to?


It was a great weekend for soccer all over the place with 2 huge events going down:
-There is a new king of English football and its the blue side of Manchester.
-After 8 Rounds in Spain's La Liga who is in first place? Barcelona? No! Real Madrid? No! Really? Who? Levante!!! Who?
-The MLS playoffs are all set!


MLS saw an average attendance of 20,144 for the final round of the regular season.

Dwayne De Rosario is the 2011 MLS Golden Boot winner with 16 goals.
-Chris Wondolowski also had 16, but De Ro had 12 assists compared to Wondo's 3, which was the tie breaker.


The Championship

My Stars won leg one 3-1 in convincing fashion at home in front of a rabid crowd.

Match report by Roman Augustoviz of the Star Tribune.

Here is some amazing video from in the stands after MN Stars scored their 3rd goal. Shot by TE!

Video of match highlights.

The Dark Clouds, Stars supporters, would love to thank Surly, and Rusty Taco!

And a huge thanks has to go out to the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Wild and Minnesota Vikings for stepping up and supporting our team by buying blocks of tickets!


Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Sat Oct 22
NSC Minnesota Stars 3-1 Fort Lauderdale Strikers - NMS goals by Neil Hlavaty, Luke Mulholland & Lucas Rodriguez. FLS goal by Own Goal(Justin Davis).
Venue: NSC Stadium, Blaine MN
Atten: 4511
2nd Leg
-Sat Oct 29
Fort Lauderdale Strikers v NSC Minnesota Stars - 6:30pm CT


As you can see I have already claimed the NASL Soccer Bowl Cup for my team!


ALL NEW: du Nord at the Controls - Fri Oct 21, 2011 - music mix at Spotify


With just 3 weeks until the friendly game in Lubljana, Slovenia has fired head coach Matjaz Kek.


Richie Williams has been hired as the new USA U18 head coach.
-The team will now be known as the ankle biters!

Tony Lepore will coach the U15 national team.


International Friendlies
Matches & Scores:
-Fri Nov 11
France v USA
-Tue Nov 15
Slovenia v USA


The draw for the knock out rounds will be held... (I don't know)... soon.

#1 Seeds: Morelia, Santos Laguna, UNAM Pumas, Monterrey

#2 Seeds: LA Galaxy, Isidro Metapan, Toronto, Seattle Sounders


Investigative reporter Andrew Jennings will be in Brazil on Wednesday morning to testify in front of the Senate’s Education, Culture and Sports Committee about FIFA corruption and Brazilian soccer federation leader Ricardo Teixeira. Stay tuned.


"It's the worst result in my history. Ever."
-Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of Manchester United after lost 1-6 to cross town rivals Manchester City on Sunday


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Oct 22
Malaga 0-4 Real Madrid - new money is no match for sheer quality
Barcelona 0-0 Sevilla - oooooooooooo, the champs can't get the job done against #4 and fall all the way to #3! Chaos?
Aston Villa 1-2 West Brom - a Birmingham derby
-Sun Oct 23
Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City - ooooooo-weeeeeee, the game of the season so far sees a massive beating take place and a changing of the guard in English soccer!
Queens Park Rangers 1-0 Chelsea - a London derby gives us a giant upset!
Villarreal 0-3 Levante - this years biggest strugglers fall hard to this years biggest surprise who are now alone at #1!
Lille 3-1 Lyon - the defending champions (3rd place currently) clobbered the challengers (fell to 5th place).
Ajax 1-1 Feyenoord - Netherlands biggest rivalry game ends in a tie.


Leicester City has fired head coach Sven Goren Erickson.


2011 MLS regular season average attendance is said to be 17,872.


Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian reports that based on factual analysis the English Premier League is not the most competitive in the world like the league claims it is.


This is the last week of the regular season.

Week 32
-Wed Oct 19
DC United 1-1 Portland Timbers - DCU goal by Dwayne DeRosario. PT goal by Kenny Cooper.
Venue: RFK Stadium
Atten: 14,317
-Thu Oct 20
New York Red Bulls 1-0 Philadelphia Union - NYRB goal by Dane Richards.
Venue: Red Bull Arena
Atten: 25,044
-Sat Oct 22
Toronto FC 2-2 New England Revolution - TFC goals by Nick Soolsma & Danny Koevermans. NER goals by Monsef Zerka & Milton Caraglio.
Venue: BMO Field
Atten: 21,600
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-2 Colorado Rapids - VW goal by Alain Rochat. CR goals by Jeff Larentowicz & Wells Thompson.
Venue: BC Place
Atten: 21,000
DC United 0-1 Sporting Kansas City - SKC goal by Matt Besler.
Venue: RFK Stadium
Atten: 15,965
Chicago Fire SC 3-2 Columbus Crew - Cf goals by Jalil Anibaba(2) & Diego Chaves. CC goals by Emilio Renteria & Dilly Duka.
Venue: Toyota Park
Atten: 20,237
Real Salt Lake 1-1 Portland Timbers - RSL goal by Alvaro Saborio. PT goal by Futty Danso.
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium
Atten: 20,378
San Jose Earthquakes 4-2 FC Dallas - SJE goals by Simon Dawkins(2), Rafael Baca & Chris Wondolowski(PK). FCD goals by George John & Ruben Luna.
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium
Atten: 10,744
CD Chivas USA 1-3 Seattle Sounders FC - CUSA goal by Victor Estupinan. SS goals by Own Goal(Andrew Boyens), Alvaro Fernandez & Sammy Ochoa.
Venue: The Home Depot Center
Atten: 22,137
-Sun Oct 23
Houston Dynamo 3-1 LA Galaxy - HD goals by Adam Moffat, Bobby Boswell & Carlo Costly. LAG goal by Jack McBean.
Venue: Robertson Stadium
Atten: 30,018



Wild Card Round
(Seed included)
-Wed Oct 26
FC Dallas(1) v New York Red Bulls(4) - 8:00PM CT on Fox Soccer
-Thu Oct 27
Colorado Rapids(2) v Columbus Crew(3) - 9:00PM CT on Direct Kick

1st Leg
-Sat Oct 29
Real Salt Lake v Seattle Sounders FC - 9pm CT on Fox Soccer
Higher seeded WC winner v Sporting Kansas City - 6pm CT on Fox Soccer
-Sun Oct 30
Philadelphia Union v Houston Dynamo - 3pm CT on ESPN2
Lowest seeded WC winner v LA Galaxy - 7pm CT - TV TBA
2nd Leg
-Wed Nov 2
Seattle Sounders FC v Real Salt Lake - 7pm CT on ESPN2
-Thu Nov 3
Houston Dynamo v Philadelphia Union - 7:30pm CT on ESPN2
LA Galaxy v Lowest seeded WC winner
Sporting Kansas City v Higher seeded WC winner

-Sat/Sun Nov 5/6

-Sun Nov 20
Semifinal Winners
8:00pm CT on ESPN
Venue: The Home Depot Center, Carson CA


Chris Tierney - New England - 2 yellow cards
Emmanuel Ekpo - Columbus - 2 yellow cards


End of Regular Season

E1-51 Sporting Kansas City (34 GP) (+10 GD)
E2-49 Houston Dynamo (34 GP) (+4 GD)
E3-48 Philadelphia Union (34 GP) (+8 GD)
WC-47 Columbus Crew (34 GP) (-1 GD)
WC-46 New York Red Bulls (34 GP) (+6 GD)
OUT-43 Chicago Fire SC (34 GP) (+1 GD)
OUT-39 DC United (34 GP) (-3 GD)
OUT-33 Toronto FC (34 GP) (-23 GD)
OUT-28 New England Revolution (34 GP) (-20 GD)

W1-67 LA Galaxy (34 GP) (+20 GD)
W2-63 Seattle Sounders FC (34 GP) (+19 GD)
W3-53 Real Salt Lake (34 GP) (+8 GD)
WC1-52 FC Dallas (34 GP) (+3 GD)
WC2-49 Colorado Rapids (34 GP) (+3 GD)
OUT-42 Portland Timbers (34 GP) (-8 GD)
OUT-38 San Jose Earthquakes (34 GP) (-5 GD)
OUT-36 CD Chivas USA (34 GP) (-2 GD)
OUT-28 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (34 GP) (-20 GD)

The first tiebreaker between two team tied on points is Head-to-Head record.


The 10 teams are all set for the playoffs:

W1 67 LA Galaxy
W2 63 Seattle Sounders
W3 53 Real Salt Lake

E1 51 Sporting Kansas City
E2 49 Houston Dynamo
E3 48 Philadelphia Union

WC1 52 FC Dallas
WC2 49 Colorado Rapids
WC3 47 Columbus Crew
WC4 46 New York Red Bulls


67 LA Galaxy
63 Seattle Sounders FC
53 Real Salt Lake
52 FC Dallas
51 Sporting Kansas City
49 Colorado Rapids*
49 Houston Dynamo
48 Philadelphia Union
47 Columbus Crew
46 New York Red Bulls
43 Chicago Fire SC
42 Portland Timbers
39 DC United
38 San Jose Earthquakes
36 CD Chivas USA
33 Toronto FC
28 New England Revolution*
28 Vancouver Whitecaps FC

*Won Head-to-Head match tie breaker with another team tied on points


General News

Steve Davis of Sports Illustrated eyes up the playoff race.


Chicago rookie defender Jalil Anibaba named MLS Player of the Week.


ESPN's Top 10 Goals Of The Year. Video.


Steve Goff of the Washington Post contemplates the future of Charlie Davies.


16 year old Jack McBean scored his first professional goal on Sunday against Houston.


Local TV Fox 12 does a video feature with Timbers owner Merritt Paulson.


For the TFC fans sake I sure hope this team fixes the horrible defense that they have fielded since day 1. They have used what seems like hundreds of players back there in 5 years and absolutely nothing has changed. I read all the time about their good young talent that they brought in this season and got some experience for, but they are not going to cut it either. They did not get better in defense as the season wore on. The worst defense record in the league for 2011 says it all.


Ryan Wolstat of the Sun likes what he sees for TFC's future.


Woltat also looks at the teams 2 quality goalkeepers - Stefan Frei & Milos Kocic.


Daniel Girard of the Star on the team's off season plans.


TFC is setting out to retain loan players Richard Eckersley and Joao Plata. Both contributed at times this season.


"This is just the fifth time in 36 seasons of play that a Whitecaps club has missed the playoffs."


Bruce Constantineau of the Sun on the start of the Martin Rennie era with the Whitecaps.
-How will they get a road win?


Constantineau also writes that the team fell short of their stated goals for the first season in MLS.


Here is the schedule of when the official league winners will be announced:

Mon Nov 7
MLS Awards Finalists Announced

Tue Nov 8
Rookie of the Year

Wed Nov 9
Defender of the Year

Thu Nov 10
Best XI

Mon Nov 14
Coach of the Year
Comeback Player of the Year

Tue Nov 15
Goalkeeper of the Year
Newcomer of the Year

Wed Nov 16
Goal of the Year
Save of the Year

Fri Nov 18
Most Valuable Player


Like many other short sighted people, there are those that don't like the idea of soccer academies running 10 months a year and not allowing their kids to play on the high school team.
-The Minneapolis Star Tribune is the latest local paper to write this same article.


The 2011 Boys High School Championship Tournaments

Class A Section Bracket:

-Thu Oct 27
AT Hopkins HS
Prairie Seeds Academy v St Paul Humboldt
Rochester Lourdes v Sartell-St Stephen
AT St Cloud St U
Benilde-St. Margaret's v Cloquet-Esko-Carlton
St Paul Academy v Mankato West

-Mon Oct 31
AT Minneapolis Metrodome

-Thu Nov 3
AT Minneapolis Metrodome

- - - - -

Class AA Section Bracket:

-Thu Oct 27
AT Park HS
Eastview v Rochester Mayo
Minneapolis Southwest v Anoka
AT Roseville HS
North St Paul v Maple Grove
Eden Prairie v Blaine

-Tue Nov 1
AT Minneapolis Metrodome

-Thu Nov 3
AT Minneapolis Metrodome


Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated assess what Fox landing the 2018/22 World Cup broadcasting rights will mean for the game.


Mike Woitalla of Soccer America does a Q & A with the new U20 head coach Tab Ramos.


The team was in Spain for the Albir Garden Sports Cup and finished with 2 wins and 2 draws.


The now head directly to France for the Val de Marne tournament.


AGS Matches & Scores:
-Sat Oct 15
USA 1-1 Mexico- USA goal by Chris Lema (PK).
-Mon Oct 17
USA 1-1 UAE - USA goal by Herber Mejia-Flores
-Wed Oct 19
USA 2-0 Russia - USA goals both by Wesley Wade.
-Thu Oct 20
Valencia(Spain) 0-5 USA - USA goals by Wesley Wade(2), Angel Heredia, Conor Donovan & Rubio Rubin.


VDM Matches & Scores:
-Tue Oct 25
USA v France
-Thu Oct 27
USA v Peru
-Sat Oct 29
USA v Netherlands


Paul Christensen - Seattle Sounders FC - Woodinville WA
Evan Louro - New York Red Bulls - South River NJ
Conor Donovan - NC Alliance - Fuquay Varina NC
Elijah Martin - Cal Odyssey - Fresno CA
Shaquell Moore - Cobb FC - Powder Springs GA
Matt Nance - Vardar SC Freiburg - Washington MI
Kevin Politz - New York Red Bulls - Morganville NJ
John Requejo Jr. - Real So Cal - Carpinteria CA
Tyler Turner - South Central Premier - West Haven CT
Steven Echevarria - New York Red Bulls - Slate Hill NY
Angel Heredia - San Jose Earthquakes - San Jose CA
Guyllain Kabala - New England Revolution - Manchester NH
Christopher Lema - New York Red Bulls - Ridgefield NJ
Declan McCabe - New England Revolution - Weston MA
Herber Mejia-Flores - McLean Youth Soccer - Manassas Park VA
Thomas Ziemer - Atletico Santa Rosa - Glen Allen CA
Corey Baird - San Diego Surf - Escondido CA
Bradford Jamieson - CD Chivas USA - Los Angeles CA
Danya Kafai - Juventus Sports Club - Redwood City CA
DeAndre Robinson - Concorde Fire - Atlanta GA
Rubio Rubin - Westside Metros - Beaverton OR
Wesley Wade - New York Red Bulls - South Orange NJ


US Soccer has a Q & A with FC Dallas Academy leader Oscar Pareja, who has recently also joined the USA U15 team as an assistant coach.


Michael Bradley has become a regular starter now at Chievo but on Saturday it was his poor marking that allowed Thiago Motta of Inter a free header for a goal off a corner kick. That will not endear him to the coach.


Steve Cherundolo got fouled in the box that led to a goal but also saw 2 yellow cards come his way as Hannover triumphed over Bayern Munich.


Jozy Altidore was back in the first 11 for AZ this weekend.


Chris Rolfe scored 2 goals (one from the penalty spot) to lead his team Aalborg to victory.


Clarence Goodson has a new head coach at Brondby after a rotten season so far led to the top man being fired today. Thanks to Henrik for the info.


Bold in Denmark with an article on the great season Michael Parkhurst is having for Nordsjaelland. He has moved beyond his centerback role to have great fill-in performances at both fullback spots as well. (In Danish) Thanks to Henrik for this one too.


Bryan Gerzicich scored his first goals by Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona in Israel.


Game Action:

BELGIUM - Pro League
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht - started and played 62 min as they won 1-2 at Westerlo.

Stefan Jerome - Sigma Olomouc - came on as a sub in the 76th min but lost 4-1 at Pribram.

DENMARK - Superliga
Clarence Goodson - Brondy - went the full 90 but lost 2-1 at Silkeborg.
Conor O'Brien - SonderjyskE - came on as a sub in the 84th min but they lost 1-4 v Horsens.
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - went the distance as they won 1-3 at Kobenhavn.
Chris Rolfe - AaB - went the full 90 scoring both goals as they won 2-1 v OB.
Brad Rusin - HB Koge - played the entire match as they drew 1-1 v Midtjylland.

ENGLAND - Premier League
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - played the whole game but lost 1-3 v Everton.
Brad Friedel - Tottenham - played the entire match as they won 1-2 at Blackburn
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa - on the bench as they lost 1-2 v West Brom.
Tim Howard - Everton - went the distance as they won 1-3 at Fulham.

ENGLAND - Championship League
Conor Doyle - Derby County - on the bench as they lost 2-0 at Middlesbrough.
Robbie Findley - Nottingham Forest - on the bench as they won 1-2 at Blackpool.
Jonathan Spector - Birmingham - on the bench as they won 0-2 at Bristol City.

ENGLAND - League One
Mike Grella - Brentford - on the bench as they drew 1-1 at Notts County.
Anton Peterlin - Wallsall - played the full 90 but lost 2-1 at Tranmere.

FINLAND - Veikkausliiga
Etchu Tabe - RoPS - played the whole game but lost 1-0 at KUPS.
Mason Trafford - Mariehamn - started and went 68 min as they won 1-0 v Inter Turku.
Josh Wicks - Mariehamn - played the full 90 as they won 1-0 v Inter Turku.

FINLAND - Ykkonen
Kyle Luetkehans - PS Kemi Kings - on the bench as they lost 3-0 at Oulu.
Dan Stevens - PS Kemi Kings - started but came off at half time as they lost 3-0 at Oulu.
Jeremy Vuolo - AC Oulu - started but was subbed off in the 76th min as they won 3-0 v Kemi Kings.

GERMANY - Bundesliga
Terrence Boyd - Dortmund - on the bench as they won 5-0 v Koln.
Timmy Chandler - Nurnberg - went the distance as they tied 2-2 v Stuttgart.
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - started and set up the first goal but got 2 yellow cards and was ejected on a huge day when they won 2-1 v Bayern.
Fabian Johnson - Hoffenheim - started and went 68 min stepping up a goal as they won 1-0 v Monchengladbach.
Jermaine Jones - Schalke - went the full 90 getting a yellow card as they won 0-1 at Leverkusen.
Daniel Williams - Hoffenheim - played the full 90 as they won 1-0 v Monchengladbach.
David Yelldell - Leverkusen - on the bench but lost 0-1 v Schalke.

GERMANY - 2 Bundesliga
Edson Buddle - Ingolstadt - came on as a sub in the 47th min and scored a goal but they lost 3-1 at Alemannia Aachen.
Luis Robles - Karlsruher - on the bench for a scoreless draw v Bochum.
Matt Taylor - Paderborn - came on as a sub in the 69th in picking up a yellow card as they drew 1-1 at 1860 Munich.
Bobby Wood - 1860 Munich - came on as a sub in the 88th min as they drew 1-1 v Paderborn.

ISRAEL - Ligat Al
Ryan Adeleye - Hapoel Be'er Sheva - on the bench as they lost 2-1 at Maccabi Netanya.
Bryan Gerzicich - Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona - played the whole game scoring a goal as they won 3-0 at Maccabi Haifa.
Leo Krupnik - Maccabi Netanya - went the distance as they won 2-1 v Hapoel Be'er Sheva.

ITALY - Serie A
Michael Bradley - Chievo Verona - went the distance but lost 1-0 at Inter Milan.

NETHERLANDS - Eredivisie
Jozy Altidore - AZ Alkmaar - started and came out in second half stoppage time as they won 1-0 v Roda JC.

NETHERLANDS - Eerste Divisie
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - played the entire game as they drew 2-2 v Fortuna Sittard.

NORWAY - Eliteserien
Joe Bendik - Sogndal - on the bench for a scoreles tie at Tromso.
Erik Benjaminsen - Stabaek - on the bench as they drew 1-1 v Molde.
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek - played the full 90 as they drew 1-1 v Molde.

NORWAY - 1 Divisjon
Jonathan Borrajo - Hamarkameratene - on the bench as they lost 1-4 v Sandefjord.
Steve Clark - Honefoss - played the entire match as they won 3-0 v Mjondalen.
Kenneth Di Vita Jensen - Honefoss - went the full 90 and won 3-0 v Mjondalen.

PORTUGAL - Primeira Liga
Oguchi Onyewu - Sporting - Mon Oct 24 v Gil Vicente

PORTUGAL - Liga de Honra
Caleb Patterson-Sewell - Atletico CP - went the full 90 as they won 0-1 at Leixoes.
Tony Taylor - Atletico CP - started and played 83 min as they won 0-1 at Leixoes.

RUSSIA - Premier Division
Yevgeni Starikov - Tom' Tomsk - sitting on the bench as they lost 4-0 at Spartak Moscow.

SCOTLAND - Premier League
Alejandro Bedoya - Rangers - dressed but did not play as they won 0-2 at Hearts.
Carlos Bocanegra - Rangers - went the distance as they won 0-2 at Hearts.
Mo Edu - Rangers - played the full game as they won 0-2 at Hearts.

SWEDEN - Superettan
Lester Dewee - Angelholms - came on as a sub in the 67th min but came back off in the 87th as they lost 0-1 v Hammarby.
Brian Edwards - Degerfors - went the distance as they tied 1-1 at Brage.
Nick Noble - Ljungskile - went the full 90 but lost 2-1 at Brommapojkarna.
Matt Pyzdrowski - Angelholms - in goal as usual but lost 0-1 v Hammarby.
Michael Thomas - Ljungskile - started and played 75 min as they lost 3-1 at Brommapojkarna.


Coming Up:

ENGLAND - Championship League
Jonathan Spector - Birmingham - Wed Oct 26 v Leeds

ENGLAND - League One
Mike Grella - Brentford - Tue Oct 25 v Stevenage
Anton Peterlin - Wallsall - Tue Oct 25 v Exeter

FINLAND - Veikkausliiga
Giuseppe Funicello - Mariehamn - Wed Oct 26 at JJK
Etchu Tabe - RoPS - Wed Oct 26 v HJK
Mason Trafford - Mariehamn - Wed Oct 26 at JJK
Josh Wicks - Mariehamn - Wed Oct 26 at JJK

GERMANY - DFB Pokal - Second Round
Villyan Bijev - Fortuna Dusseldorf - Tue Oct 25 v 1860 Munich
Edson Buddle - Ingolstadt - Wed Oct 26 at Bayern Munich
Timmy Chandler - Nurnberg - Wed Oct 26 at Erzgebirge
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - Wed Oct 26 v Mainz
Ricardo Clark - Eintracht Frankfurt - Wed Oct 26 v Kaiserstlautern
Fabian Johnson - Hoffenheim - Tue Oct 25 v Koln
Jermaine Jones - Schalke - Wed Oct 26 at Karlsruher
Alfredo Morales - Hertha Berlin - Wed Oct 26 at Rot Weiss Essen
Luis Robles - Karlsruher - Wed Oct 26 v Schalke
Matt Taylor - Paderborn - Tue Oct 25 at Greuther Furth
Daniel Williams - Hoffenheim - Tue Oct 25 v Koln
Bobby Wood - 1860 Munich - Tue Oct 25 at Fortuna Dusseldorf

ITALY - Serie A
Michael Bradley - Chievo Verona - Wed Oct 26 v Bologna

PORTUGAL - Primeira Liga
Oguchi Onyewu - Sporting - Mon Oct 24 v Gil Vicente


Herculez bags a pair in the early minutes of the game to get Tecos off to a great start in a big upset of first place Santos Laguna.
-Take that you punk Osvaldo!


Game Action:

DaMarcus Beasley - Puebla - played the full 90 getting a yellow card and they lost 4-3 at Toluca.
Joe Benny Corona - Tijuana - came on as a sub in the 64th min as they tied 1-1 at Atlante.
Herculez Gomez - Estudiantes Tecos - started and went 69 min scoring 2 goals as they won 5-2 v Santos Laguna.
Sonny Guadarrama - Atlante - on the bench as they drew 1-1 v Tijuana.
Michael Orozco Fiscal - San Luis - on the bench as they lost 3-1 at Jaguares.


Brian Sciaretta of Yanks Abroad introduces us to Alejandro Melean who is playing for Oriente Petrolero in Bolivia.

Game Action:

Alejandro Melean - Oriente Petrolero - went the distance as they won 4-1 v Real Mamore.


Recap du Nord: Fantastic weekend for Gaudalajara sees them beat their biggest rivals America on the road then watch the two teams above them both lose jumping them forward to #1 in the table. Santos Laguna and Cruz Azul both lost dropping them to 2nd and 5th (oof) respectively. A win for Jaguares bumps them from 5th to 3rd. Tigres, Pachuca and Pumas all drew leaving them where they were at 4th, 6th and 7th. Monterrey also drew, but Queretaro won from below them and hopped over them and into 8th.


And mid-week clashes coming up too.


Mexico - Primera Top 8 Standings (14 of 17 games played):
25 Guadalajara - LAST: Sun Oct 23 W 1-3 at America - NEXT: Wed Oct 26 v Tigres
23 Santos Laguna (13 GP) (+4) - LAST: Sat Oct 22 L 5-2 at Tecos - NEXT: Wed Oct 26 v America
23 Jaguares (+4) - LAST: Sat Oct 22 W 3-1 v San Luis - NEXT: Wed Oct 26 v Tijuana
22 Tigres (+8) - LAST: Sat Oct 22 D 0-0 v Monterrey - NEXT: Wed Oct 26 v Guadalajara
22 Cruz Azul (+3) - LAST: Sat Oct 22 L 1-0 at Queretaro - NEXT: Wed Oct 26 v Toluca
21 Pachuca (-1) - LAST: Sat Oct 22 D 0-0 v Pumas - NEXT: Tue Oct 25 at Morelia
21 Pumas (-3) - LAST: Sat Oct 22 D 0-0 at Pachuca - NEXT: Wed Oct 26 v Atlante
20 Queretaro - NEXT: Wed Oct 26 at San Luis
- - - - -
18 Monterrey (+2) - LAST: Sat Oct 22 D 0-0 at Tigres


Gregg Roughley, Ian McCourt and Jacob Steinberg of the Guardian give us five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend.


Manchester United has signed Javier Hernandez to a new 5 year contract.


League Cup - Round of 16

Matches & Scores:
-Tue Oct 25
Arsenal v Bolton
Aldershot v Manchester United
Crystal Palace v Southampton
Cardiff City v Burnley
-Wed Oct 26
Wolverhampton v Manchester City
Stoke v Liverpool
Blackburn v Newcastle
Everton v Chelsea


FA Cup - 4th Qualifying Round coming up on Saturday.


Sid Lowe of the Guardian describes a wild wild scene that swirled all around the stoic Lionel Messi and Javi Varas, and in the end the Sevilla keeper bested the Barca striker for a scoreless draw that dropped Barcelona to 3rd in Spain. And a round up of the rest of the weekend in La Liga. (includes some great video footage)


There is a full round of La Liga games coming up on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week.


Coupe de la Ligue - Round of 16

Matches & Scores:
Tue Oct 25
Marseille v Lens
-Wed Oct 26
Dijon v PSG
Montpellier v Lorient
Saint-Etienne v Lyon
Auxerre v Caen
Nice v Sochaux
Lille v Sedan
Le Mans v Stade Rennes


Raphael Honigstein of the Guardian on the accusations and anger that came from Bayern Munich after they lost at Hannover, and the rest of the weekend's results from the Bundesliga.


DFB Pokal Second Round games played this week on Tue & Wed.


Juventus is the only big name team in the top 5 after 7 rounds!


Paolo Bandini of the Guardian on a dramatic Milan comeback, a big game for Kevin Prince Boateng, and the rest of the latest Serie A round.


There is a full round of Serie A games coming up on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.


Recap du Nord: Vasco da Gama again takes the top spot with a win, while Corinthians' lost and drops back to 2nd place. Botafogo, Flamengo and Fluminense remain 3,4 and 5 with a loss, tie and loss respectively.

Serie A Top 5 Standings (31 of 38 games played):
57 Vasco da Gama - LAST: Sun Oct 23 W 0-2 at Bahia - NEXT: Sun Oct 30 v Sao Paulo
55 Corinthians - LAST: Sun Oct 23 D 1-1 at Internacional - NEXT: Sun Oct 30 v Avai
52 Botafogo (15 W) - LAST: Sat Oct 22 L 3-2 at Avai - NEXT: Sat Oct 29 v Cruzeiro
52 Flamengo (13 W) - LAST: Sun Oct 23 D 1-1 v Santos - NEXT: Sun Oct 30 at Gremio
50 Fluminense - LAST: Sat Oct 22 L 0-2 v Atletico Mineiro - NEXT: Sat Oct 29 at Ceara

Just 7 rounds left to play.


So so sad. RIP Marco Simoncelli.


Anonymous wes said...

First we relegated Montreal to the MLS, then we relegated Martin Rennie to the MLS.
Minnesota rocks.

10:45 PM  
Blogger Erick said...


I got there an hour early to find no Surly (cans yes, beer no) and not even a whiff of a taco.

When should I have gotten there, and where were these Moby Dick-ensian tacos?

2:33 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

Both Surly and Rusty Taco arrived shortly after 5 and began serving soon after. We were all blown away by how many people arrived early and how quickly 200 tacos and 12 cases of beer can vanish. Sorry about that! It sure was fun though.

2:36 PM  

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