Monday, November 07, 2011

Some Soccer News for Mon Nov 7, 2011


Landon Donovan has withdrawn from the USA roster for the friendly against France on Nov 11.
-I said I would be surprised if this DIDN'T happen.


The Colorado Rapids announced on Monday that the club will not renew the contract of Head Coach Gary Smith. The Rapids will begin a search for a new head coach immediately.

“After meeting with Gary, we decided it would be in the best interest of both parties to move in a different direction,” said Colorado Rapids Managing Director Jeff Plush. “We’d like to thank Gary for his many contributions to the Colorado Rapids organization. He was instrumental in the Rapids winning our first-ever MLS Cup last year, and we wish him nothing but the best as he explores new opportunities.”

Incredible! Just one year removed from a Championship they could not agree with their head coach on a way forward. Smith talked to the press last month about his inability to work with the team's technical director Paul Bravo, and basically stated "Its him or me." I guess it was him! Boom!


It'll be the 1st best team in MLS against the 6th best for the Cup! LA Galaxy at home versus Houston Dynamo.
-And the Anschutz Entertainment Group has 1 1/2 teams in the Final! They own the Galaxy outright, half of the Dynamo too.


A quiet nod of the head in the direction of all my friends in Kansas City. One hell of a ride comes up painfully short for you!


Zenit St Petersburg has won another Russian Premier League championship. Huge congrats to them and my old F-I-F Sean.


Al Sadd of Qatar won the Asian Champions League final. Huge congrats to them.


Matches & Scores:
-Sun Nov 6
Sporting Kansas City 0-2 Houston Dynamo - HD goals by Andre Hainault & Carlo Costly.
Venue: Livestrong Sporting Park - Kansas City KS
Atten: 20,839
LA Galaxy 3-1 Real Salt Lake - LAG goals by Landon Donovan(PK), Mike Magee & Robbie Keane. RSL goal by Alvaro Saborio.
Venue: The Home Depot Center - Carson CA
Atten: 23,437





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

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

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


Match & Score:
-Sun Nov 20
LA Galaxy v Houston Dynamo - 8:00pm CT on ESPN
Venue: The Home Depot Center - Carson CA


General Playoff News

Nick Green of the Daily Breeze/100 Percent on the Galaxy win and video of an interview with Houston's Brad Davis talking about how badly injured he is - he says he is "Done."

Steve Davis of Sports Illustrated reviews the semifinals.

Arash Markazi of ESPN looks at the step by step rise of MLS in the American sports hierarchy.


Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Chronicle with post game analysis of the Dynamo's big win.


Terez Paylor of the Star with a match reflection and post game notes.

Paylor talks to head coach Peter Vermes about next season already.


Kevin Baxter of the LA Times with a match report.

Scott French of ESPN with post game analysis.

Phil Collin of the Daily News with a match report.


Martin Renzhofer of the Tribune on what the Lakers could not overcome in the semifinals.

Renzhofer with a match report.

James Edward of the Deseret with a match report.

Edward with post game notes on RSL.


US Soccer has words from Jurgen Klinsmann on what he hopes to accomplish with these 2 upcoming games.
-More from Klinsmann.

The senior team began prep outside Paris today. While the juniors are holding forth up in Duisburg, Germany.

Teal Bunbury & Luis Gil were added to the U20/23 roster today.

Mike Woitalla of Soccer America gives us Part 2 of his Q & A with Jurgen Klinsmann where they discuss youth development.

International Friendlies
Matches & Scores:
-Fri Nov 11
France v USA - 2pm CT on ESPN2
-Tue Nov 15
Slovenia v USA - 11am CT on ESPN2

USA Roster-
Bill Hamid - DC United
Tim Howard - Everton
Carlos Bocanegra - Rangers
Timmy Chandler - Nurnberg
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover
Clarence Goodson - Brondby
Alfredo Morales - Hertha
Michael Orozco Fiscal - San Luis
Oguchi Onyewu - Sporting CP
Kyle Beckerman - Real Salt Lake
Michael Bradley - Chievo
Clint Dempsey - Fulham
Maurice Edu - Rangers
Fabian Johnson - Hoffenheim
Jermaine Jones - Schalke
Robbie Rogers - Columbus Crew
Brek Shea - Dallas
Danny Williams - Hoffenheim
Jozy Altidore - AZ
DaMarcus Beasley - Puebla
Edson Buddle - Ingolstadt
Landon Donovan - LA Galaxy

USA U20/23 Training Camp Roster-
David Bingham - San Jose Earthquakes
Cody Cropper - Ipswich Town
Sean Johnson - Chicago Fire
Jon Kempin - Sporting Kansas City
Gale Agbossoumonde - Eintracht Frankfurt
Anthony Brooks - Hertha Berlin
Sean Cunningham - Molde
Royal-Dominique Fennell - Stuttgart Kickers
Greg Garza - No club
Perry Kitchen - DC United
Will Packwood - Birmingham
Zarek Valentin - Chivas USA
Sheanon Williams - Philadelphia Union
Ethan White - DC United
Joe Corona - Tijuana
Mixx Diskerud - Stabaek
Dilly Duka - Columbus Crew
Luis Gil - Real Salt Lake
Jared Jeffrey - Mainz
Sebastian Lletget - West Ham
Tyrone McCargo - Nurnberg
Amobi Okugo - Philadelphia Union
Charles Renken - Hoffenheim
Caleb Stanko - Freiburg
Jose Villarreal - LA Galaxy
Juan Agudelo - New York Red Bulls
Terrence Boyd - Hertha Berlin
Teal Bunbury - Sporting Kansas City
Conor Doyle - Derby County
Josh Gatt - Molde
Joe Gyau - Hoffenheim
Jerome Kiesewetter - Hertha Berlin
Jack McInerney - Philadelphia Union
Omar Salgado - Vancouver Whitecaps
Tony Taylor - Atletico CP
Bobby Wood - 1860 Munich
Andrew Wooten - Kaiserslautern


Now showing in movie theaters across the country.

Here is the Minnesota schedule:

Twin Cities
AMC Rosedale 14 - Wed Nov 9
Marcus Oakdale Cinemas - Thu Nov 10
Marcus Parkwood Cinemas - Thu Nov 10

Marcus Duluth 10 - Thu Nov 10

More showings have been scheduled.


The draw for the knock out rounds (#1 seeds v #2 seeds) will be held tomorrow - Tue Nov 8.

Pairings will be set for the Quarters, Semis and Finals.
All rounds will be home and away.
And away goals will be the first tie breaker.
Q Mar 6-8 & 13-15
S Mar 27-29 & Apr 3-5
F Apr 17-19 & 24-26

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

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


Inside World Football brings us a column from the hand of Mr Sepp Blatter himself. He is out to fix FIFA's wrongs.


English newspaper the Guardian ran minute-by-minute reports of both MLS semifinals last night!!!! Amazing!


Bruce Arena set a new MLS coaching record with his 21st playoff win. He was tied with Sigi Schmid previously at 20.

And Landon Donovan added to his record MLS playoff goal tally now standing at 19.


General News

On Mon Nov 7 the finalists will be announced for all the MLS post-season awards.

Coach of the Year
-Bruce Arena
-Sigi Schmid
-Peter Vermes

Comeback Player of the Year
-David Beckham
-Charlie Davies
-Dominic Oduro

Defender of the Year
-Nat Borchers
-Omar Gonzalez
-Jamison Olave

Goalkeeper of the Year
-Kevin Hartman
-Kasey Keller
-Faryd Mondragon

Most Valuable Player
-Brad Davis
-Dwayne DeRosario
-Brek Shea

Newcomer of the Year
-Eric Hassli
-Kuke Rodgers
-Mauro Rosales

Rookie of the Year
-Michael Farfan
-Perry Kitchen
-CJ Sapong


Tom Marshall of reports that Mexican club Atlas is trying to acquire Rafa Marquez from the Bulls.
-Marquez wants to go.
-Hit the road Jack.


Jozy bagged another goal for AZ!

Oguchi Onyewu is said to be suffering from an unspecified injury.


Game Action:

BELGIUM - Pro League
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht - went the full 90 but lost 1-0 at Cercle Brugge.

DENMARK - Superliga
Clarence Goodson - Brondy - played the full whole game as they tied 0-0 at OB.
Conor O'Brien - SonderjyskE - came on as a sub in the 66th min as they tied 1-1 v AGF.
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - played the full match as they won 0-2 at Koge.
Chris Rolfe - AaB - went the full 90 as they won 2-0 v Horsens.
Brad Rusin - HB Koge - went the distance getting a yellow card but losing 0-2 v Nordsjaelland.

ENGLAND - Premier League
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - played the whole game but lost 1-3 v Tottenham.
Brad Friedel - Tottenham - went the distance winning 1-3 at Fulham.
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa - on the bench as they won 3-2 v Norwich.
Tim Howard - Everton - went the full 90 but lost 2-1 at Newcastle.

ENGLAND - Championship League
Conor Doyle - Derby County - started and played 64 min but lost 3-2 at Peterborough.
Robbie Findley - Nottingham Forest - started and played 90 min but lost 3-0 at Portsmouth.
Jonathan Spector - Birmingham - played the whole game getting a yellow card and losing 1-0 at Reading.

ENGLAND - League One
Mike Grella - Brentford - came on as a sub in the 86th min of a scoreless game at Sheffield Wednesday.
Anton Peterlin - Wallsall - started and went 55 min as they drew 1-1 at Huddersfield.

GERMANY - Bundesliga
Timmy Chandler - Nurnberg - went the full 90 but lost 1-2 v Freiburg.
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - on the bench as they drew 2-2 v Schalke.
Fabian Johnson - Hoffenheim - played the whole game as they tied 1-1 v Koln.
Jermaine Jones - Schalke - went the distance getting a yellow card as the tied 2-2 at Hannover.
Daniel Williams - Hoffenheim - came off the bench in the 60th min getting a yellow card and drawing 1-1 v Koln.
David Yelldell - Bayer Leverkusen - on the bench as they tied 2-2 v Hamburg.

GERMANY - 2 Bundesliga
Edson Buddle - Ingolstadt - started but came off at half time as they lost 3-2 at Karlsruher.
Luis Robles - Karlsruher - went the distance in goal as they won 3-2 v Ingolstadt.
Matt Taylor - Paderborn - came on in the 67th min as they won 0-2 at Energie Cottbus.
Bobby Wood - 1860 Munich - on the bench but they lost 1-3 v Bochum.

ISRAEL - Ligat Al
Bryan Gerzicich - Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona - played the entire match as they tied 1-1 v Maccabi Petah Tikva.
Leo Krupnik - Maccabi Netanya - played the whole game but lost 2-1 at Ashdod.

ITALY - Serie A
Michael Bradley - Chievo Verona - played the whole game and won 1-0 v Fiorentina.

NETHERLANDS - Eredivisie
Jozy Altidore - AZ Alkmaar - started and went 86 min scoring a goal as they won 3-0 v ADO Den Haag.

NETHERLANDS - Eerste Divisie
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - went the distance and won 3-2 v Veendam.

PORTUGAL - Liga de Honra
Caleb Patterson-Sewell - Atletico CP - went the distance as they won 0-1 at Portimonense.
Tony Taylor - Atletico CP - started and played 71 min and won 0-1 at Portimonense.

RUSSIA - Premier Division
Yevgeni Starikov - Tom' Tomsk - came on as a sub in the 58 min but lost 2-1 at Rostov.

SCOTLAND - Premier League
Alejandro Bedoya - Rangers - came on as a sub in the 74th min as they won 3-1 v Dundee United.
Carlos Bocanegra - Rangers - went the full 90 as they won 3-1 v Dundee United.
Mo Edu - Rangers - played the entire match as they won 3-1 v Dundee United.


Sonny Guadarama got his first goal of the season for Atlante in the final game.


Game Action:

DaMarcus Beasley - Puebla - played the whole 90 min getting a yellow card as they lost 0-1 at Tigres.
Joe Benny Corona - Tijuana - started and played 54 min as they drew 1-1 at Pumas.
Herculez Gomez - Estudiantes Tecos - started and played 64 min but lost 3-0 at Queretaro.
Sonny Guadarrama - Atlante - started and went 85 min scoring the first goal but lost 3-2 at Monterrey.
Michael Orozco Fiscal - San Luis - played the whole game as they won 5-1 v Toluca.


The last round of the Apertura was played this past weekend. Next up is Laguilla. The top 8 teams have advanced to the playoffs. The round began with 13 teams still in the race.

Recap du Nord: #1 Chivas only needed a draw to secure the top seed and they got just that. Jaguares came into the round in 2nd but a bad loss saw them fall all the way to 5th place. Allowing Cruz Azul, Tigres and Santos Laguna to move up to 2, 3 and 4 respectively. Pachuca's draw at Chivas saw them drop from 5th to 6th. Morelia got a win and moved up 8th to 7th. Another big winner was Queretaro who came from 9th spot into the playoffs at 8th after #7 Pumas could only get a draw and have now missed the playoffs completely.

Mexico - Primera Top 8 Standings (17 of 17 games played):
30 Guadalajara Chivas (+6) - LAST: Sat Nov 5 D 2-2 v Pachuca
29 Cruz Azul Maquina (+7) - LAST: Sat Nov 5 W 3-1 v America
28 UANL Tigres (+9) - LAST: Sun Nov 6 W 0-1 at Puebla
27 Santos Laguna Guerreros (+4) - LAST: Sat Nov 5 W 3-0 v Atlas
26 Chiapas Jaguares (+5) - LAST: Fri Nov 4 L 1-0 at Morelia
26 Pachuca Tuzos (+3) - LAST: Sat Nov 5 D 2-2 Guadalajara
26 Morelia Monarcas (+3) - LAST: Fri Nov 4 W 1-0 v Jaguares
26 Queretara Gallos Blancos (+3) - LAST: Sat Nov 5 W 3-0 v Tecos
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25 UNAM Pumas (-6) - LAST: Sun Nov 6 D 1-1 v Tijuana
24 San Luis Gladiadores (+3) - LAST: Sat Nov 5 W 5-1 v Toluca
24 Monterrey Rayados (+1) - LAST: Sat Nov 5 W 3-2 v Atlante
22 Puebla Camoteros (-3) - LAST: Sun Nov 6 L 0-1 v Tigres
20 Toluca Diablos Rojos (-8) - LAST: Sat Nov 5 L 5-1 at San LUis

Laguilla - Quarterfinals
Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Sat Nov 19
Queretaro v Guadalajara
Morelia v Cruz Azul
-Sun Nov 20
Pachuca v Tigres
Jaguares v Santos Laguna
2nd Leg
-Sat Nov 26
Guadalajara v Queretaro
Cruz Azul v Morelia
-Sun Nov 27
Tigres v Pachuca
Santos Laguna v Jaguares


Alan Gardner and Ian McCourt of the Guardian with five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend.


Sid Lowe of the Guardian on more fumbles for Barca and the latest round of La Liga.


Raphael Honigstein of the Guardian sees Claudio Pizarro help bring Werder back to life, and the rest of the round in the Bundesliga.


Two games in Italy got canceled this weekend due to crazy flash flooding - Genoa v Inter and the big one Napoli v Juventus.

Paolo Bandini of the Guardian on the flooded out games and the opening it left for Udinese and Lazio to step through for the time being, plus the rest of the round in Serie A.

Fiorentina has fired head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic. He will be replaced by veteran manager Delio Rossi.


Recap du Nord: #1 & #2 Corinthians and Vasco both lost, but neither paid any price. #3 Botafogo did suffer though, losing and falling to 4th. Flamengo won but fell from 4th to 5th. Fluminense won twice this week and jump up to 3rd. Are they challengers for the title now. Looks like it.

Serie A Top 5 Standings (33 of 38 games played):
58 Corinthians (17 W) - LAST: Sun Nov 6 L 2-1 at America Minerio - NEXT: Sun Nov 13 v Atletico PR
58 Vasco da Gama (16 W) - LAST: Sun Nov 5 L 2-0 at Santos - NEXT: Sun Nov 13 v Botafogo
56 Fluminense - LAST: Sun Nov 6 W 1-2 at Internacional - NEXT: Sat Nov 12 v America Mineiro
55 Botafogo (16 W) - LAST: Sat Nov 5 L 0-1 v Figueirense - NEXT: Sun Nov 13 at Vasco
55 Flamengo (14 W) - LAST: Sun Nov 6 W 5-1 v Cruzeiro - NEXT: Sun Nov 13 at Coritiba


Recap du Nord: Big weekend of change in places 2-5, but #1 stayed steady at Boca kept their big lead with a tie game. AR fell 2 to 4 with a draw. Racing got a win and claimed the #2 spot. #4 Colon last and fell all the way to 8th place. Lanus won and moved up to 3rd. And Tigre won to become the new 5th place team.

Primera Division - Apertura - Top 5 Standings (14 of 19 played):
32 Boca Juniors - LAST: Sun Nov 6 D 0-0 at Velez Sarsfield - NEXT: Sat Nov 19 v Racing Club
24 Racing Club - LAST: Sat Nov 5 W 1-0 v Argentinos Juniors - NEXT: Sat Nov 19 at Boca Juniors
23 Lanus (+5) - LAST: Sun Nov 6 W 1-2 at Banfield - NEXT: Sat Nov 19 v Arsenal
23 Atletico Rafaela (+1) - LAST: Fri Nov 4 D 0-0 v Belgrano - NEXT: Sat Nov 19 at Colon
21 Tigre (+3) (16GF) - NEXT: Sat Nov 19 at Newell's Old Boys
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21 Colon - LAST: Sat Nov 5 L 2-1 at Tigre


Al Saad of Qatar won the Asian Champions League this weekend.

The Qatar Tribune says the team overcame a lot of negativity to win.


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