Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Some Soccer News for Wed Jan 4, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: The NSC Minnesota Stars will ring in 2012 with the unveiling of a new logo, designed by our good Friend-In-Football Kevin Joseph, on Mon Jan 9 at 7:30pm at Brits Pub in downtown Minneapolis. See you there!


The 2012 NSCAA Convention will take place January 11-15 in Kansas City MO. Included in this will be the MLS SuperDraft on Thu Jan 12. du Nord will be there. Will you?


Landon Donovan was in the starting lineup but Tim Howard stole the spotlight as he scored a goal for Everton! Yes he did! He put his foot through a slow roller just outside the 6 yard box and the wind took it the full length of the field and with one hop it went over the Bolton keepers head and into the net!!! See it right here.
-On the other hand Everton lost and you know Timmy would trade that fluke goal for a win every single time.


Dallas has signed big strong Panama forward Blas Perez.
-If he can play as good as he always seems to play against the USA then MLS defenders will be in for a long season.
-On the negative side, this is his 15th team!


Colorado is hoping to announce their new head coach on Thursday. That would be Dallas academy director Oscar Pareja.
-Nick Groke of the Denver Post with more on the story.


Paul Tenorio of the Washington Post reports that MLS is trying to sign 15 year old prodigy Junior Flores.
-If you remember he lead the USA U17 team to a commanding performance last month a the Nike Invitational and a big win over Brazil.
-Dortmund is supposedly interested as well.


Liverpool head coach Kenny Dalglish says that Luis Suarez's use of the word Negro to Patrice Evra was not a racial slur because Suarez's wife uses the word to the player regularly. So are we to suppose that Suarez's wife uses it to demean her husband? Its not the word, its how its used, what was the intent. Suarez intended it to irritate and insult Evra, not flatter. These arguments supporting Suaurez are a joke.


du Nord at the Controls - Tue Jan 3, 2011 - new music mix at Spotify


Sandy Macaskill of the NY Times with a feature story on Clint Dempsey.


The annual January training camp is currently in effect in Phoenix AZ then moves to Carson CA, and ends with the game in Panama.


Robert Jonas of Center Line Soccer talks to Chris Wondolowski about this training camp.


International Friendlies
Matches & Scores:
-Sat Jan 21
USA v Venezuela - 8pm CT
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium
-Wed Jan 25
Panama v USA - Time TBA
Venue: TBA

NOTE: Still no TV details for these two games. It would be a huge step backwards if they were not broadcast.


USA Roster
Bill Hamid - DC United
Sean Johnson - Chicago Fire SC
Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake
Geoff Cameron - Houston Dynamo
AJ DeLaGarza - LA Galaxy
Omar Gonzalez - LA Galaxy
George John - FC Dallas
Zach Loyd - FC Dallas
Michael Parkhurst - FC Nordsjaelland
Heath Pearce - CD Chivas USA
Kyle Beckerman - Real Salt Lake
Ricardo Clark - Eintracht Frankfurt
Benny Feilhaber - New England Revolution
Jeff Larentowicz - Colorado Rapids
Brek Shea - FC Dallas
Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City
Juan Agudelo - New York Red Bulls
Teal Bunbury - Sporting Kansas City
CJ Sapong - Sporting Kansas City
Chris Wondolowski - San Jose Earthquakes


Tickets go on sale Jan 11 for the Semifinals and Final of CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying in Kansas City.


Apple Insider says that Apple and Google are interested in bidding for TV rights to the English Premier League.
-TV rights or internet/mobile rights?
-Thanks to Joe for the link.


Raphael Honigstein at the BBC examines the winter break the Bundesliga takes (and a few other factors) and wonders if it doesn't help the German national team players be fresher for their national team.


LD looking pretty snappy in his new blue #9.


General News

Ramona Shelburne of the ESPN feels that David Beckham re-singing with the Galaxy would be even more significant than his initial signing.
-I disagree almost completely with that theory, but it would be a fairly big moment.

The Federal Way Mirror talks to local player Kelyn Rowe who recently signed a Generation Adidas contract with the league.


Player Transactions

-FC Dallas has signed 30 year olf Panamanian striker Blas Perez from now defunct Indios in Mexico's 2nd division.

-FC Dallas has signed 22 year old Colombian centerback Hernan Pertuz from Independiente Medellin.

-The Sounders officially signed fullback Marc Burch from DC United.

-The Crew has signed 31 year old Chilean attacking midfielder Milovan Mirosevic from Universidad Catolica.

-MLS makes Uruguaian attacking midfielder Enzo Martinez from UNC the 6th college player signed to a Generation Adidas contract this season.



Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Chronicle writes that the Dynamo want centerback Eddie Robsinson to stay with the organization should he decide to retire, and apparently he is leaning in that direction.


Word on the internets is that the Timbers signed forward Brent Richards from their academy team.


The Timbs will begin preseason on Sat Jan 21.


TFC has re-signed their diminutive poacher Joao Plata.


This is the new TFC second shirt:


Silly name of the day: Luca Toni


Elliot Almond of the San Jose Mercury News reports that a citizens group has successfully filed an appeal against the cities plan to issue building permits for the Earthquakes new stadium. The appeal will not be looked at for at least a couple of weeks.


Landon Donovan started and went the full 90 for Everton today.


Hammarby and Gregg Berhalter have signed North Carolina college player forward Billy Schuler.


Game Action:

ENGLAND - Premier League
Landon Donovan - Everton - Wed Jan 4 - went the full 90 but lost 1-2 v Bolton.
Tim Howard - Everton - Wed Jan 4 - played the whole game scoring an improbable goal but losing 1-2 v Bolton.


Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian ponders Liverpool's home goal scoring struggles.


Premier League Standings - Top 5 teams (20 games played)
48 Manchester City
45 Manchester United
42 Tottenham (19 GP)
37 Chelsea
36 Arsenal


Copa Del Rey - Round of 16
Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Tue Jan 3
Mirandes 2-0 Racing Santander
Albacete 0-0 Athletic Bilaboa
Alcorcon 2-1 Levante
Real Madrid 3-2 Malaga
-Wed Jan 4
Real Sociedad 2-0 Mallorca
Barcelona 3-0 Osasuna
-Thu Jan 5
Cordoba v Espanyol
Valencia v Sevilla


Here's a great gift that @fittedsweats got me for Christmas. Its for my old Atari 2600 set up.


Anonymous Sam Schroeder said...


I'm headed to the convention. We need to meet up so that I can buy you a beer.
I'm a big fan of your work and I feel like I owe you at least that much.

I'll email ya.

8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is what's a joke:

That somehow Luis Suarez is an "unreliable witness" in the report.

It's a joke to get an 8 game ban for a his word vs his word situation.

3:14 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

Anonymous - So you have read this report? I have not. It has not been posted anywhere that I know of. I have seen it referred to, but no media company that I have seen has posted so much as an excerpt, or even quoted a line directly. Its all hearsay. What we do know is that Suarez insulted Evra at least 10 times and many of the 22 players on the field that day heard it. So "his word v his word" is not quite accurate. And if you lie about what you said then yes, you are an "unreliable witness."

8:14 AM  
Blogger saxdaddy said...

the US v venezuela match on Jan 21 is showing up on espn3 as a match they will televise, so my assumption is it will also be shown on espn or espn2 live as well. Nothing listed for the Jan 25 match.

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:32 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

thank you

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brucio - I have not read it either, just going off multiple news articles, but I will read it now. I provided the link above.

I think Suarez should be punished, but 8 games is incredible harsh, as it seems Evra had taunted him first about being South American. I have a feeling the severity of the ban has more to do with making an example than the severity of the incident. John Terry's is MUCH worse.

My first impressions of skimming the report is that this is ALL unreliable. For example, in the section on Suarez's account of what happened, all of the Spanish they use is grammatically incorrect.

Anyways, I'll read through this thing (well most of it) and get back to you. Perhaps my opinion will change.

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, in Suarez' version, his account goes through at least two or three translations in MULTIPLE languages, while Evra's is just in English. Things get misinterpreted all the time. Apparently, Suarez talked to Kuyt about what happened after the game in Dutch. They say Suarez speaks excellent Dutch, but as somebody (myself) who speaks excellent Spanish, with near fluidity, it's very easy to accidently misstate things all the time or give slightly different meanings. The guy who first heard Suarez's story claims he doesn't even speak fluent Spanish.

Anyways, I will actually read the whole thing now....

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, here's a good post in the Liverpool forum about the language issues of the report:

Ignoring the obvious bias of the post, there really are lots of language issues in regards to Spanish in the report. The Dutch I cannot comment on.

4:51 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

thats great stuff. i can't wait to read it. thanks so much for digging it up.

always appreciate the banter too.

8:20 AM  

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