Thursday, October 06, 2011

Some Soccer News for Thu Oct 6, 2011


Rumors began pouring out this afternoon that Chuck Blazer would step down as General Secratary of CONCACAF at years end. Confirmation came a short while later. It will be interesting if we hear any story behind this move.
-Bill Archer at Big Soccer with the story.
-Blazer will NOT step down from his FIFA executive committee post though. Interesting.
I have decided that I want Chuck Blazer's job!
Here is my CONCACAF Platform: "Fuck reform, burn it down! Lets Party! Everyone is too uptight!"


Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times reports that "More than 55,000 tickets sold for (the Sounders) home finale on Oct. 15." Woooooooooow!!!!!


The story of today is easily the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. No one person has changed our lives in the last 30 years more than him.

RIP Mr. Jobs

My first computer was a Mac Power Book. 8 megs of RAM. 80 megs of hard drive. I think my watch has more than that now.



All tix for the Star home Semifinal game are just $10. You have NO excuse.

And the Twin Cities own Surly Brewing is providing free beer for the Dark Clouds pre-game tailgate party if you are 21 years old or over. Be there.

Semifinals - Home & Home Series
Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Sat Oct 8
NSC Minnesota Stars v Carolina RailHawks
Ft Lauderdale Strikers v Puerto Rico Islanders
2nd Leg
-Sat Oct 15
Carolina RailHawks v NSC Minnesota Stars
Puerto Rico Islanders v Ft Lauderdale Strikers


So why isn't Paul Gardner raving about the huge Latino influence on the Seattle Sounders? He is always crying for MLS and the USA to adapt a more South American flair. Well dude, it doesn't get much more Latino then the Sounders outside of Latin America.
-These guys are regulars in the lineup:
Osvaldo Alonso
Servando Carrasco
Alvaro Fernandez
Leonardo Gonzalez
Jhon Kennedy Hurtado
Fredy Montero
Maurro Rosales


"the play-in concept for MLS teams stinks."
-Portland Timbers owner @MerrittPaulson

I could not agree more.
The whole tournament needs a house cleaning.

First off we can all agree that it should be a lot more popular. And that takes times money and effort. Real effort. Not just talk about making it more popular.

Then I think these ideas should be implemented immediately:
-All MLS teams in the USA should be entered in.
-All NASL teams in the USA should be entered in.
-All USL-Pro teams in the USA should be entered in.
-Play-in for entrance by PDL teams.
-Play-in for entrance by all amateur teams.
-There should be NO bidding for home field, it should be a blind draw.

And finally, lets get some more games beyond the last round or two on TV. And if so many teams are already streaming their games online why can't there be a hub to find all of them, why do we have to play Sherlock Holmes to figure out where to watch something.


-And photos from Wednesday via Facebook.

Jaime Hill of Yanks Abroad also writes about Bradley.

Its interesting to look at the racial mix of players on this USA roster as 8 of 22 are Caucasian while the other 14 have a mix of Latin and African backgrounds.

Wilson Palacios has been scratched from the Honduras roster due to a knee injury.

International friendlies
Matches & Scores:
-Sat Oct 8
USA v Honduras - 5pm CT on Fox Soccer
Venue: Sun Life Stadium, Miami
-Tue Oct 11
USA v Ecuador - 6pm CT on ESPN2
Venue: Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ


USA Roster.
Bill Hamid - DC United
Tim Howard - Everton
Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake
Carlos Bocanegra - Rangers
Timmy Chandler - Nurnberg
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover
Oguchi Onyewu - Sporting
Michael Orozco Fiscal - San Luis
Tim Ream - New York Red Bulls
Jonathan Spector - Birmingham
DaMarcus Beasley - Puebla
Kyle Beckerman - Real Salt Lake
Michael Bradley - Chievo
Clint Dempsey - Fulham
Maurice Edu - Rangers
Jeff Larentowicz - Colorado Rapids
Brek Shea - FC Dallas
Danny Williams - Hoffenheim
Juan Agudelo - New York Red Bulls
Jozy Altidore - AZ
Edson Buddle - Ingolstadt
Teal Bunbury -Sporting Kansas City


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
Wilson Palacios - Stoke
Jerry Bengtson - Motagua
Marvin Chavez - Dallas
Carlo Costly - Houston
Roger Rojas - Olimpia


So why is THIS not being called match fixing???

What does that even mean? Usually it means that they used insider information to make bets on a game, but when a player from said game is involved what does that mean?


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
-Thu Oct 6
Vancouver Whitecaps FC v Real Salt Lake - 8:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: BC Place Stadium
-Sat Oct 8
New England Revolution v San Jose Earthquakes - 6:30PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: Gillette Stadium
Seattle Sounder FC v Philadelphia Union - 9:00PM CT on Direct Kick
Venue: CenturyLink Field


45 Sporting Kansas City (32 GP) (+7 GD) (Max 51)
44 Philadelphia Union (31 GP) (+7 GD) (Max 53)
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 (31 GP) (-16 GD)

*64 LA Galaxy (32 GP) (+21 GD) (Max 70)
*57 Seattle Sounders FC (31 GP) (+18 GD) (Max 66)
*51 Real Salt Lake (31 GP) (+11 GD) (Max 60)
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-32 San Jose Earthquakes (31 GP) (-7 GD)
OUT-22 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (30 GP) (-21 GD)

*Playoff berth


As of Thu Oct 6

14 Dwayne De Rosario
14 Thierry Henry
12 Landon Donovan
12 Dominic Oduro
12 Chris Wondolowski
11 Charlie Davies
11 Andres Mendoza
11 Fredy Montero
10 Juan Pablo Angel
10 Fabian Espindola
10 Eric Hassli
10 Alvaro Saborio
10 Brek Shea
10 Sebastien Le Toux

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


Matches & Scores:
-Wed Oct 5
New York Red Bulls 1-1 DC United - NYRB goal by Corey Hertzog. DCU goal by Cristhyan Najar.
-Sat Oct 8
Real Salt Lake v Chicago Fire SC



Upcoming International Friendlies

Matches & Scores:
-Fri Oct 7
Costa Rica v Brazil
-Sat Oct 8
USA v Honduras


There are the 2 final dates of group play, and the Guardian breaks down what is on the line in each group.

Germany, Italy and Spain are already through.

Matches & Scores:
-Fri Oct 7
Czech Republic v Spain
Netherlands v Moldova
Turkey v Germany
France v Albania
Montenegro v England
Portugal v Iceland
Serbia v Italy
Wales v Switzerland
Slovakia v Russia
Belgium v Kazakhstan
Finland v Sweden
N Ireland v Estonia
Romania v Belarus
Andorra v Ireland
Cyprus v Denmark
Greece v Croatia
Bosnia-Herzegovina v Luxembourg
Armenia v Macedonia
Latvia v Malta
Azerbaijan v Austria
-Sat Oct 8
Liechtenstein v Scotland
-Tue Oct 11
Spain v Scotland
Italy v N Ireland
France v Bosnia-Herzegovina
Germany v Belgium
Denmark v Portugal
Ireland v Armenia
Malta v Israel
Croatia v Latvia
Macedonia v Slovakia
Turkey v Azerbaijan
Albania v Romania
Hungary v Finland
Sweden v Netherlands
Switzerland v Montenegro
Norway v Cyprus
Slovenia v Serbia
Moldova v San Marino
Georgia v Greece
Bulgaria v Wales
Russia v Andorra
Lithuania v Czech Republic
Kazakhstan v Austria


Serie A Top 5 Standings (27 of 38 games played):
50 Vasco - NEXT: Sun Oct 9 at Internacional
48 Corinthians - NEXT: Sun Oct 9 v Atletico GO
46 Sao Paulo - NEXT: Wed Oct 5 at Cruzeiro
45 Botafogo (26 GP) - NEXT: Sat Oct 8 v Bahia
44 Fluminense - NEXT: Sun Oct 9 at Flamengo


Matches & Scores:
-Fri Oct 7
Congo DR v Cameroon
-Sat Oct 8
Cape Verde Islands v Zimbabwe
Liberia v Mali
Nigeria v Guinea
Ethiopia v Madagascar
Mozambique v Comoros
Gambia v Burkina Faso
South Africa v Sierra Leone
Egypt v Niger
Sudan v Ghana
Swaziland v Congo
Guinea-Bissau v Angola
Uganda v Kenya
Chad v Malawi
Zambia v Libya
Tunisia v Togo
-Sun Oct 9
Mauritius v Senegal
Cote d'Ivoire v Burundi
Benin v Rwanda
Morocco v Tanzania
Algeria v Central African Republic


Matches & Scores:
-Fri Oct 7
St Lucia v Canada
Bermuda v Trinidad & Tobago
Dominican Republic v El Salvador
St Vincent/Grenadines v Guatemala
US Virgin Islands v Haiti
Barbados v Guyana
Belize v Grenada
Dominica v Panama
Cayman Islands v Suriname
Puerto Rico v St Kitts & Nevis
Curacao v Antigua & Barbuda
-Oct 11
Canada v Puerto Rico
Panama v Nicaragua
Trinidad & Tobago v Barbados
Guatemala v Belize
El Salvador v Cayman Islands
Haiti v Curacao
Antigua & Barbuda v US Virgin Islands
Suriname v Dominican Republic
Bermuda v Guyana
St Kitts & Nevis v St Lucia
-Oct 15
Grenada v St Vincent/Grenadines

-The 6 group winners advance to the next round.


Matches & Scores:
-Tue Oct 11
Australia v Oman
Japan v Tajikistan
Indonesia v Qatar
Singapore v Jordan
Iran v Bahrain
China v Iraq
N Korea v Uzbekistan
Lebanon v Kuwait
Thailand v Saudi Arabia
-Sat Oct 15
Lebanon v S Korea
N Korea v Japan
Thailand v Australia
Singapore v China
Jordan v Iraq
Uzbekistan v Tajikistan
Kuwait v United Arab Emirates
Indonesia v Iran
Qatar v Bahrain
Saudi Arabia v Oman


Matches & Scores:
-Fri Oct 7
Ecuador v Venezuela
Uruguay v Bolivia
Argentina v Chile
Peru v Paraguay
-Oct 11
Bolivia v Colombia
Paraguay v Uruguay
Chile v Peru
Venezuela v Argentina


Matches & Scores:
-Fri Oct 7
Ukraine v Bulgaria
Japan v Vietnam
S Korea v Poland
Singapore v Philippines
China v United Arab Emirates
Indonesia v Saudi Arabia
Gabon v Equatorial Guinea
Costa Rica v Brazil
Australia v Malaysia
-Sat Oct 8
USA v Honduras
-Tue Oct 11
Estonia v Ukraine
Mexico v Brazil
Ghana v Nigeria
Honduras v Jamaica
Philippines v Nepal
USA v Ecuador
Poland v Belarus
Equatorial Guinea v Cameroon
-Sat Oct 15
Italy v Uruguay
Algeria v Cameroon
Brazil v Egypt
Costa Rica v Spain


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And finally, lets get some more games beyond the last round or two on TV. And if so many teams are already streaming their games online why can't there be a hub to find all of them, why do we have to play Sherlock Holmes to figure out where to watch something."

& I'm a Sounder fan that just wants to see the other matches.

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Katemiya said...

I could not agree more with the assertion that it should not require detective skills to locate where to watch the U.S. Open Cup games. It was beyond lame that the MLS Matchday application decided to show U.S. Open Cup games starting with the final. I mean, really.

FSC can cut some of their match reruns and replace them with some U.S. Open Cup games. The U.S. Open Cup website could offer links on the schedule to where you can watch the live games online.

12:29 AM  
Anonymous sasha said...

I think you put a curse on RSL. Once you posted that statement about them looking like the most solid MLS Cup contenders, they have lost 4 straight

2:11 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

i hope i do have magic powers.

i know that i put out street lights all the time when i walk or drive past them. it has happened hundreds of times in my life.

so lets try this: RSL stinks, they are going down in the first round if they even make the playoffs at all.

(you think that will reverse it?)

8:19 AM  
Blogger Zathras said...

I would imagine that it's not match fixing if the player involved only passed along some information which wasn't public -- player availability etc. -- so he wasn't setting out to affect the result of the game itself, just giving these guys some better info to bet on. Still illegal, but not the same as match fixing.

10:07 AM  

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