Thursday, October 13, 2011

Some Soccer News for Thu Oct 13, 2011

STARTERS

Kasey Keller will play his last regular season game in Seattle on Saturday night and they are expecting over 60,000! Wow! He is retiring from playing at the end of the season.
-They probably won't break their own attendance record set this past summer against Manchester United of over 67,000.

dN

Long Tan became the first Chinese player to score a goal in MLS last night. Vancouver fans are all singing "Me Love You Long Tan."

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American TV broadcasters will make their bids next week for the rights to the 2018 & 2022 World Cups.
-John Ourand of the Sporting News with some details on who is bidding etc.

dN

Photo Essay: Nike Takes du Nord to Manhattan & Queens

STORY OF THE DAY

John Meyer of the Denver Post reports that Colorado Rapids head coach Gary Smith has taken a stand - either he or technical director Paul Bravo has to go. They do not get along at all.

NASL SCOREBOARD

Playoffs

Semifinals
Matches & Scores:
2nd Leg (1st Leg scores included)
-Sat Oct 15
Carolina RailHawks v NSC Minnesota Stars (0-1) - 6:00pm CT
Ft Lauderdale Strikers v Puerto Rico Islanders (3-1) - 6:30pm CT

You can see both games live via the internet, just go to NASL.com and follow the links.

TEAM USA - EL EQUIPO DE TODOS

"The Americans have gone 23 games without scoring more than two goals, since beating Australia 3-1 in their last warmup before the 2010 World Cup."

Ron Blum of the AP reflects on the first 5 games of the Klinsmann era, and what lies ahead in the big picture.

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Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated with 3 quick topics after the loss to Ecuador - Lack of goals, Omar Gonzalez and veteran players.

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Amy Lawrence of the Guardian on Jurgen Klinsmann's grand scheme.

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George Vecsey of the New York Times on Klinsmann's humble yet exuberant approach.

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Leander Schaerlaeckens of ESPN looks at the team in the new era, strictly on the field.

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Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America points out the flaws in Klinsmann's call for more MLS games to be played.
-The games they already do play need to be more meaningful.

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Mike Nastri of Soccer By Ives on what looks to be a return to full strength (finally) for Oguchi Onyewu.

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Tom Marschall of MLSsoccer.com talks to Joe Benny Corona who plays for Tijuana in Mexico and says he is open to playing for the USA.
-He has already suited up for a Mexican youth team, and is eligible for a 3rd nationality El Salvador.

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Mike Woitalla of Soccer America questions Klinsmann's plan of attack.

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International friendlies
Matches & Scores:
-Tue Nov 15
France v USA

FIFASCANDALIZATIONINGS

Paul Kelso of The Telegraph gives us 2 secretly recorded videos of Jack Warner (off camera) talking to Caribbean Football Union members. In the first he tells them what to do with the cash they received from Mohamed Bin Hammam. He also appears to be chastising those who talked to Chuck Blazer about the alleged bribes. The second is his full address to the Union.

Kelso then gets Jack Warner to comment on the tape - Warner says it is a plot to destroy him and the Caribbean Union members, and Blatter is behind it. Huh? Did Warner bother watching this tape to see how bad it makes him look?

Full transcript of Warners speech.

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Reuters reports on the Brazilian police finally opening an investigation into Brazilian football fed & FIFA official Ricardo Teixeira regarding bribery acquisitions.

ITS ABOUT FRICKIN TIME

AFP reports that Poland will begin an anti-racism campaign directed at fans of their soccer clubs.
-No idea what has taken them so long. Next thing you know Russia will begin to consider the idea too.

BIG EUROPEAN CLUB MATCHES

Matches & Scores:
-Fri Oct 14
Werder Bremen v Borussia Dortmund - #2 this season v last seasons champs who are struggling
-Sat Oct 15
Liverpool v Manchester United - an old fashioned hatred
Milan v Palermo - the favorites v the surprisers
Zenit v Dinamo Moskva - #1 v #3 with 3 points between them and just 4 games left in the season
Ajax v AZ - the standard bearer v the hot shot league leaders
AEK Athens v Olympiakos Piraeus - old war horses do battle
-Sun Oct 16
Lazio v Roma - The Roman derby, always fierce
Levante v Malaga - the early season surprise #2 hosts the new oil money team

DID YOU KNOW?

Last night on the DC United broadcast commentator Thomas Rongen announced that he has been hired as the head coach of the national team of American Samoa! Whoa.

Steven Goff of the Washington Post fills us in with lots of details today.

American Samoa is ranked LAST in the world by FIFA.

HMMMMM, VERY INTERESTING

David Conn of the Guardian with a big two part article on Liverpool FC's American owner John Henry. Part 1 - and - Part 2.

THIS IS WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT

Elliot Turner of the great blog Futfanatico has a two part story on Fox Soccer about the hispanic role in the American game. Part 1 - and Part 2.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

The Original Winger links to a Deutsche Welle video interview with Jurgen Klinsmann. With a voiceover translation.

A printed article from the interview as well.

WHY NOT!

Brian Lewis of the NY Post reports that MLS has three investors considering a bid for a 2nd New York team, and that's besides the New York Cosmos who are still trying to get a deal done.

Is it possible that the Cosmos could be done before they ever really got going again, beyond a marketing campaign?

MLS MATCHES, SCORES & STANDINGS

Week 31

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Oct 12
Chicago Fire SC 1-2 FC Dallas - CF goal by Sebastian Grazzini. FCD goals by Jackson & Daniel Cruz.
Venue: Toyota Park
Atten: 10,362
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2-1 DC United - VW goals by Camillo Sanvezzo & Long Tan. DCU goal by Brandon McDonald.
Venue: BC Place
Atten: 17,288
-Fri Oct 14
Colorado Rapids v Real Salt Lake - 9:30PM CT on ESPN2
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Portland Timbers v Houston Dynamo - 9:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: JELD-WEN Field
-Sat Oct 15
Sporting Kansas City v New York Red Bulls - 3:00PM CT on Telefutura
Venue: LIVESTRONG Sporting Park
Philadelphia Union v Toronto FC - 3:00PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: PPL Park
DC United v Chicago Fire SC - 6:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: RFK Stadium
New England Revolution v Columbus Crew - 6:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Gillette Stadium
FC Dallas v Vancouver Whitecaps FC - 7:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Pizza Hut Park
Seattle Sounders FC v San Jose Earthquakes - 9:30PM CT on FOX Soccer
Venue: CenturyLink Field
-Sun Oct 16
LA Galaxy v CD Chivas USA - 8:00PM CT on ESPN
Venue: The Home Depot Center

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EJECTIONS:
Pavel Pardo - Chicago - red card

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Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
E1-47 Philadelphia Union (32 GP) (+9 GD) (Max 53)
E2-45 Sporting Kansas City (32 GP) (+7 GD) (Max 51)
E3-44 Columbus Crew (32 GP) (-3 GD) (Max 50)
WC-43 New York Red Bulls (32 GP) (+7 GD) (Max 49)
WC-43 Houston Dynamo (32 GP) (0 GD) (Max 49)
38 DC United (31 GP) (-1 GD) (Max 47)
37 Chicago Fire SC (32 GP) (-1 GD) (Max 43)
OUT-31 Toronto FC (32 GP) (-23 GD)
OUT-27 New England Revolution (32 GP) (-17 GD)

WESTERN CONFERENCE
W1-*64 LA Galaxy (32 GP) (+21 GD) (Max 70)
W2-*57 Seattle Sounders FC (32 GP) (+16 GD) (Max 63)
W3-*51 Real Salt Lake (32 GP) (+8 GD) (Max 57)
WC-*49 FC Dallas (32 GP) (+3 GD) (Max 55)
WC-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-28 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (32 GP) (-17 GD)

* - Playoff berth secured
E1/2/3 - Eastern Conference seeds
W1/2/3 - Western Conference seeds
WC - Wild Card (next best 4)

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

IF THE MLS PLAYOFFS STARTED TODAY

The 10 teams (and the 3 remaining challengers):

WEST
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

EAST
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

WILD CARD
49 FC Dallas - NEXT: Sat Oct 15 v Vancouver
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: Sat Oct 15 v Chicago
37 Chicago Fire - NEXT: Sat Oct 15 at DC

MLS TEAM & PLAYER NEWS

General News

Dallas clinched a playoff spot last night with their win.

Kerith Gabriel of the Philadelphia Daily News has quotes from commissioner Don Garber on a future second team in NYC, and the impressive success of the Philadelphia Union in their second year as a franchise..

dN

After Vancouver's win last night New England find themselves in a very strange position - last place in the whole league.

FC DALLAS

Dallas' win over Chicago last night gave them the rivalry trophy for 2011, the Brimstone Cup, which they dedicated to the memory of Bobby Rhine.
-That trophy has not left North Texas in 10 years now! Impressive.

SPORTING KANSAS CITY SC

Ives Galarcep of Fox Soccer has a feature story on Roger Espinoza.

LA GALAXY

Robbie Keane's adductor tear is worse than originally thought, and he could not miss up to 6 weeks.

REAL SALT LAKE

Martin Renzhofer of the Tribune looks at the teams brutal skid which now stands at 4 bad losses in a row.

dN

Renzhofer also writes about RSL's big rivalry game Friday night in Denver.

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James Edward of the Deseret looks at the giant pile of red cards the team has accumulated this season.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS

The Times with a transcript of coach Sigi Schmid's Wednesday press conference.

dN

Joshua Mayers of the Times with an article on the surprisingly strong season for Lamar Neagle.

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC

Russell Berrisford of the Sun does not see a place on the Caps for Davide Chiumiento.
-I can think of at least a dozen teams that would love to have him. And a look at other players on the up and down with the club.

MLS OFFENSIVE STATS LEADERS

As of Thu Oct 12

Goals:
14 Dwayne De Rosario
14 Thierry Henry
14 Chris Wondolowski
12 Camilo
12 Landon Donovan
12 Dominic Oduro
11 Charlie Davies
11 Andres Mendoza
11 Fredy Montero

Assists:
15 David Beckham
14 Brad Davis
12 Dwayne De Rosario
12 Mauro Rosales
9 Kyle Beckerman
9 Davide Chiumiento
9 Sebastien Le Toux
8 Jack Jewsbury
8 Fredy Montero
8 Patrick Nyarko

MLS EXHIBITION GAMES

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Oct 12
Sporting Kansas City 2-2 Guadalajara Chivas (Mexico) - SKC goals by Soony Saad & Kevin Ellis. GC goals by Marco Fabian(PK) & Erick Torres.
Venue: Livestrong Sporting Park
Atten: 17,142

Ejection:
Craig Rocastle - KC - red card

MLS YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

James Christie of the Toronto Globe & Mail looks a the building of the Toronto FC youth academy system.
-Daniel Girard of the Toronto Star on the actual building of the teams training facility. With video.

NASL NEWS

FC Edmonton is searching for a new home field for next season. Thank you. That was one of the most atrocious things I had ever seen. Fake turf, old fake turf, permanent football lines, giant yellow endzones, far away camera mounts. Please upgrade. We will all thank you.

AMERICANS IN EUROPE

Brian Sciaretta of Yanks Abroad talks to Jonathan Spector about life in Birmingham and his future with the USA national team.

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Brian Straus of Sporting News talks to Carlos Bocanegra about his move to Rangers.

MEXICO

Goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez has retired from the Mexican national team. Goodbye you hack!

dN

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

ENGLAND

Wayne Rooney has been given a 3 game suspension by UEFA after his red card in Euro 2012 qualifying, meaning he will not be available for ANY England's group stage games.

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

SPAIN

Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian looks at Argentine Marcelo Bielsa's reign so far as head coach at Athletic Bilbao.

GERMANY

Two days after naming an interim head coach Hamburg has now hired a different man as their new head coach - he is Thorsten Fink who has been the coach of Basel in Switzerland.

UEFA EURO 2012 QUALIFYING

The 8 second place finishers will face off in a home and home playoff series for the last 4 berths.

Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Fri Nov 11
Turkey v Croatia
Bosnia-Herzegovina v Portugal
Estonia v Ireland
Montenegro v Czech Republic
-Tue Nov 15
2nd Leg
Croatia v Turkey
Portugal v Bosnia-Herzegovina
Ireland v Estonia
Czech Republic v Montenegro

BRAZIL

Full round of midweek games yesterday and today.

Recap du Nord: #1 Corinthians lost but retain their spot, only because Vasco da Gama does not play until today. Botafogo who beat Corinthians moves up to 3rd, passing Sao Paolo & Flamengo who both got ties and fall to 4th & 5th respectively. So we could have a return to the top for Vasco tonight if they play it right.

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Serie A Top 5 Standings (29 of 38 games played):
51 Corinthians - LAST: Wed Oct 12 L 0-2 v Botafogo - NEXT: Sun Oct 16 at Cruzeiro
50 Vasco (28 GP) - NEXT: Thu Oct 13 at Atletico PR - NEXT: Sun Oct 16 v Atletico Mineiro
49 Botafogo (28 GP) - LAST: Wed Oct 12 W 0-2 at Corinthians - NEXT: Sun Oct 16 v Atletico PR
48 Sao Paulo - LAST: Wed Oct 12 D 0-0 v Internacional - NEXT: Sun Oct 16 at Atletico GO
48 Flamengo - LAST: Wed Oct 12 D 1-1 v Palmeiras - NEXT: Sat Oct 15 at Ceara

ARGENTINA

Primera Division - Apertura - Top 5 Standings (10 of 19 played)
24 Boca Juniors - NEXT: Sat Oct 15 v Belgrano
19 Atletico Rafaela - NEXT: Sat Oct 15 at Estudiantes
18 Racing Club - NEXT: Fri Oct 14 at San Martin San Juan
17 Colon - NEXT: Sat Oct 15 at Argentinos Juniors
16 Godoy Cruz - NEXT: Fri Oct 14 at Independiente

AFRICA

Morocco has stepped in on very short notice and will hosts African Olyympic qualifiers next month following a new outbreak of violence in Egypt who were to host.

AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS 2012

Gabriel Marcotti of the Wall Street Journal tries to find the direction that African soccer is headed in.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Long Tan became the first Chinese player to score a goal in MLS last night. Vancouver fans are all singing "Me Love You Long Tan."

I hope not cause uh that's not even about Chinese people and I doubt Thai people would really appreciate it either.

6:51 PM  

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