Monday, February 20, 2012

Some Soccer News for Mon Feb 20, 2012



Tim Ream made his debut for Bolton as they won in the FA Cup.
-The Bolton News has words from Ream's head coach who praised his latest signing.


A brutal debut at Leeds for Robbie Rogers who came on in the 79th min but left in the 90th with a concussion. Damn. Lets hope he recovers quickly.


In a fairly risky trade on Friday night Seattle acquired forward Eddie Johnson from Montreal in exchange for forward Mike Fucito and midfielder Lamar Neagle. It will be a stiff price to pay giving up 2 solid reserves if Johnson does not pan out.
-Johnson has been running around from team to team like hypnotized chicken since he left Kansas City in 2007.
-Eddie looks like he is in shape to me.
-Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times talks to GM Adrian Hannauer about the trade.


ESPN has suspended commentator Max Bretos 30 for unintended racial slur. In a talking-heads section of an ESPN news program about New York Knicks basketball phenom Jeremy Lin Bretos was heard commenting on the teams first loss during the Lin run asking other commentator is there was a "chink in the armor." It was not said as a Chinese slur, it was said to be an unfortunate idiotic mistake.


Gary Smith, the coach that Colorado fired just 1 year after winning MLS has taken his new team Stevenage into the Round of 16 in the English FA Cup tied Tottenham forcing a replay! Great for him.


Round of 16 - 1st Leg

If you are gonna skip out on one day of work this week I would go with Tuesday over Wednesday based on perceived quality.

Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Tue Feb 21
CSKA Moscow v Real Madrid - live at 10:55am CT on Fox Soccer
Napoli v Chelsea - live at 1:45pm CT on Fox Soccer
-Wed Feb 22
Marseille v Inter - live at 1:45pm CT on Fox Soccer
Basel v Bayern - delayed at 4:00pm CT on Fox Soccer


Kristian Dyer at Big Apple Soccer writes that a source inside the Red Bulls sees academy players being ignored by the senior team.

A man named Will Smith (highly doubtful its that guy) also writing for Big Apple with the counter argument.

Leander Schaerlaeckens of ESPN wonders about the development that Juan Agudelo is getting from the Red Bulls.


Landon Donovan's Everton Adventure Part 2 ended with a whimper this past weekend as he sat out his last game due to the flu.

Everton FC gives us video of team captain Phil Neville commenting on LD's time with the team. (Begins at 2:36)

Scott French of ESPN compiles a great batch of Landon Donovan Twitter activity from his recent time with Everton.


@frankdellapa : Robert Kraft gave Revolution send-off for Tucson pre-season trip. Told me he is committed to giving team what it needs to succeed.
-Frank Dell'Apa of the Boston Globe


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Feb 18
Getafe 1-1 Espanyol - a tie game in a smaller Madrid v Barcelona derby.
-Sun Feb 19
Barcelona 5-1 Valencia - it was the Lio Messi show as #2 blew out #3.
PSG 2-2 Montpellier - a draw leaves them at #1 & #2 and only 1 point between them and no other teams really in the race.


Who is this poor sap Liam Bridcutt who had not one but two Own Goals for Brighton & Hove Albion in an FA Cup match this past weekend at Liverpool?
-Talk about a day to forget.
-B&H also had another player score an Own Goal in the game too!


DC United fans prepare for an ambitiously abundant supply of EPL references during every broadcast of you teams games this season - John Harkes is back in the booth with Dave Johnson!


Word from Spain is that Argentine midfielder Ever Banega of Valencia suffered a badly broken ankle while he was filling his car up with gas and forget to put it in gear or set the parking break and it rolled over his foot.
-In my opinion Banega was the most impressive player last spring with the USA hosted Argentina against the USA at Giants Stadium.


General News

Scott French of ESPN reviews the 8 teams who just finished training stints in the greater LA area.


The MLS Reserve League schedule was announced today, and will begin on Mon Mar 12 with LA hosting neighbors Chivas.


Nick Rosano of talks to David Ferreira about his broken ankle and recovery.


Todd Date of 3rd Degree reports that Bruno Guarda has been suspended indefinitely by the team for an undisclosed violation of team rules.


Date also reports that midfielder Daniel Cruz who played sparingly last season is no longer on the team.


DCU has signed their star player Dwayne DeRosario to a contract extension.


Steven Goff of the Post with the basic DCU team notes.


The Irish Times on Robbie Keane's loan time at Aston Villa.
-And it really sounds like he does not want to go back to LA.


Luke Wileman of TSN takes a look at the style of head coach Jesse Marsch.
-Not fashion style, although I would link to that too.


ESPN season preview of the Revs.


Last years goalkeeper Frank Rost has announced his retirement.


When is Simon Dawkins coming to SJE? He was on the 18 man roster this past weekend for Tottenham in the FA Cup, but he did not play.


The Times has a transcript of coach Sigi Schmid's press conference today. Lots of team news.


Marc Weber of the Province looks at the 2012 Caps team is coming together.


Bruce Constantineau of the Sun talks to John Thorrington about his desires for the new season.


Matches & Scores:

-Sat Feb 18
Houston Dynamo 4-0 SMU(NCAA) - HD goals by Brian Ownby, Will Bruin, Emerson Sato & Colin Rolfe.
Venue: Houston TX
Chicago Fire 0-2 San Jose Earthquakes - SJE goals by Steven Lenhart & Brad Ring.
Venue: Ventura CA
Philadelphia Union 1-1 Orlando City(USL Pro) - PU goal by Danny Califf. OC goal by Max Griffin.
Venue: Citrus Bowl - Orlando FL
FC Dallas 5-1 U Tulsa(NCAA) - FCD goals by Blas Perez(2, one via PK), Scott Sealy(2, one via PK) & Dogba. Tul goal by Omar Mata(PK).
Venue: FC Dallas training facility - Frisco TX

-Sun Feb 19
Seattle Sounders 5-0 Florida Gulf Coast U(NCAA) - SS goals by Eddie Johnson, Christian Sivebaek(PK), David Estrada, unnamed trialist & Own Goal.
Venue: Bradenton FL
Vancouver 2-1 U Victoria(college) - VW goals by Davide Chiumiento(PK) & Matt Watson. Vic goal by Craig Gorman(PK).
Venue: Victoria BC

-Mon Feb 20
Houston Dynamo 9-0 Houston Dynamo Academy - HD goals by Will Bruin, Alex Dixon, Colin Clark, Emerson Sato, Cam Weaver(2), Brian Ownby, Colin Rolfe & Macoumba Kandji.
Venue: Amateur Sports Park - Houston TX


Coming up:

-Tue Feb 21
Colorado Rapids v Hawaii Pacific U(NCAA)
Venue: Honolulu HI

-Wed Feb 22
Seattle Spounders v Atlante(Mexico)
Venue: Cancun MX
New York Red Bulls v Real Salt Lake - Desert Diamond Cup
Venue: Tucson AZ
LA Galaxy v New England Revolution - Desert Diamond Cup
Venue: Tucson AZ
Chivas USA v Tijuana(Mexico)
Venue: San Diego CA
FC Dallas v USA U23
Venue: FC Dallas Stadium training center - Frisco TX

-Thu Feb 23
New York Red Bulls v UNAM Pumas(Mexico) - 9pm CT on MSG (for those with Direct TV like me!)
Venue: Chase Field - Phoenix AZ
Colorado Rapids v Yokohama(Japan) - Hawaiian Islands Invitational
Venue: Honolulu HI


The Washington Post with a little update on a possible stadium.
-Some positive words from politicians for a change.


Kevin Baxter of the LA Times with the story of one of those classic American soccer guys who has his hands in a million different pots - Ralph Perez.


Head coach Tab Ramos has called in 26 players for a training camp from Mon Feb 20 to Thu Mar 1 in Clermont FL.

The team will play 2 friendlies:
-Sun Feb 26
USA U20 v FC Dallas reserves
-Wed Feb 29
USA U20 v Montreal Impact reserves
Venue: both at Disney Wide World of Sports

Tomas Gomez - Georgetown U
Jesus Guzman - Santos Laguna
Kamil Kaminski - Legia Warsaw
AJ Cochran - U Wisconsin
*Sean Cunningham - Molde
Christian Dean - U California
Mobi Fehr - no club
Eric Miller - Creighton U
Juan Pablo Ocegueda - UANL Tigres
Boyd Okwuonu - U North Carolina
Javan Torre - LA Galaxy Academy
Walker Zimmerman - Furman U
Seth Casiple - U California
Daniel Cuevas - Santos Laguna
Matt Dunn - OFK
Daniel Garcia - FC Dallas Academy
Alejandro Guido - no club
Benji Joya - Santos Laguna
Mikey Lopez - U North Carolina
Collin Martin - DC United Academy
Daniel Metzger - U Maryland
Victor Pineda - Chicago Fire
Villyan Bijev - Fortuna Duesseldorf
Alfred Koroma - Solar Chelsea
Sean Okoli - Wake Forest U
Andrew Oliver - Chicago Fire Academy
Omar Salgado - Vancouver Whitecap

I think that 10 college players is an awful lot for a U20 team.

*Cunningham was removed from the roster due to injury recovery.


Javier Perez of the New York Soccer Club has been hired as the team's new head coach.


The Times Herald Record of Hudson Valley with an article on Red Bulls and USA prodigy Steve Echevarria.


Oguchi Onyewu suffered an injury to his right knee over the weekend and had to come out of the game in the 26th min. The extent of the injury will be known later today.
-Also, Onyewu's team Sporting fired head coach Domingos Paciencia late last week and replaced him with Ricardo Sa Pinto, who had been the coach of their youth team.


Davidde Corran of ESPN does a Q & A with Michael Bradley.


Tim Howard stopped another penalty kick to keep a clean sheet in the FA Cup for Everton.


Robbie Findley scored his 3rd goal for Nottingham Forest.


Game Action:

BELGIUM - Pro League
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht - started and went 80 min as they won 3-1 v Westerlo.

ENGLAND -FA Cup - Round of 16
Brad Friedel - Tottenham - as the bench for a scoreless game at Stevenage.
Marcus Hahnemann - Everton - on the bench as they won 2-0 v Blackpool.
Tim Howard - Everton - went the distance as they won 2-0 v Blackpool.
Tim Ream - Bolton - went the distance as they won 0-2 at Millwall.
Jonathan Spector - Birmingham - came on as a sub in the 13th min as they drew 1-1 at Chelsea.

ENGLAND - Championship League
Robbie Findley - Nottingham Forest - came on as a sub at half time and scored a goal as they won 2-0 v Coventry.
Robbie Rogers - Leeds - came on as a sub in the 79th min but was injured and subbed back off after the 90th min as they won 3-2 v Doncaster.

ENGLAND - League One
Anton Peterlin - Wallsall - came on as a token sub after the 90th min as they won 2-0 v Wycombe.
Frank Simek - Carlisle United - played the whole game but lost 4-0 at Brentford.

FRANCE - Ligue 1
Quentin Westberg - Evian - on the bench as they drew 2-2 at Caen.

GERMANY - Bundesliga
Timmy Chandler - Nurnberg - started and played 82 min as they won 2-1 v Koln.
Alfredo Morales - Hertha Berlin - on the bench as they lost 0-1 v Dortmund.
David Yelldell - Bayer Leverkusen - on the bench as they won 4-1 v Augsburg.

ISRAEL - Ligat Al
Bryan Gerzicich - Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona - played the full 90 as they won 0-2 at Maccabi Petah Tikva.
Leo Krupnik - Maccabi Netanya - played the whole match as they won 1-0 v Ashdod.

ITALY - Serie A
Michael Bradley - Chievo Verona - went the distance getting a yellow card as they won 0-1 at Genoa.

NETHERLANDS - Eredivisie
Jozy Altidore - AZ Alkmaar - came on as a sub at half time but lost 3-0 at Utrecht.

PORTUGAL - Primeira Liga
Oguchi Onyewu - Sporting - started but came off in the 26th min as they won 1-0 v Pacos de Ferreira.

PORTUGAL - Liga de Honra
Caleb Patterson-Sewell - Atletico CP - went the full 90 but lost 1-0 at Trofense.
Tony Taylor - Estoril - came on as a sub in the 83rd min as they won 3-0 v Freamunde.

SCOTLAND - Premier League
Carlos Bocanegra - Rangers - played the whole game but lost 0-1 v Kilmarnock.
Mo Edu - Rangers - went the distance picking up a yellow card but lost 0-1 v Kilmarnock.


Coming Up:

ENGLAND - Championship League
George John - West Ham - Tue Feb 21 at Blackpool
Danny Potts - West Ham - Tue Feb 21 at Blackpool
Jonathan Spector - Birmingham - Tue Feb 21 at Barnsley


Game Action:

DaMarcus Beasley - Puebla - started and went 75 min but lost 1-2 v Morelia.
Ricardo Bocanegra - Atlas - on the bench as they drew 0-0 at Tigres.
Jonathan Bornstein - Tigres UANL - on the bench as they drew 0-0 v Atlas.
Edgar Castillo - Tijuana - played the full 90 as they won 0-2 at Queretaro.
Joe Benny Corona - Tijuana - started and went 84 min getting a yellow card as they won 0-2 at Queretaro.
Herculez Gomez - Santos Laguna - came on as a sub in the 79th min as they drew 1-1 v Monterrey.
Michael Orozco Fiscal - San Luis - on the bench as they drew 0-0 at Guadalajara.
Jose Torres - Pachuca - played the whole match getting a yellow card as they lost 1-0 at America.

LIGA DE ASCENSO (2nd division)
Isaac Acuna - Merida - on the bench as they won 1-0 v Irapuato.


Jonathan Wilson of Sports Illustarted tries to determine the origin of Arsenal's decline.


FA Cup

Evan Fanning, Tom Bryant and Ian McCourt of the Guardian with five things we learned from the FA Cup this weekend.

Round of 16
Matches & Scores:
-Sat Feb 18
Chelsea 1-1 Birmingham
Everton 2-0 Blackpool
Norwich 1-2 Leicester
Millwall 0-2 Bolton
Sunderland 2-0 Arsenal
-Sun Feb 19
Crawley 0-2 Stoke
Stevenage 0-0 Tottenham
Liverpool 6-1 Brighton & Hove

-Sat Mar 17
Liverpool v Stoke
Chelsea/Birmingham v Leicester
Stevenage/Tottenham v Bolton
Everton v Sunderland


Sid Lowe of the Guardian writes that La Liga has such a dearth of quality teams that a terrible one like Malaga is probably going to qualify for the Champions League for next season.


Coupe De France - Round of 16
Matches & Scores:
-Tue Feb 7
Rennes 3-2 Evian
-Wed Feb 8
Lyon 3-1 Bordeaux
Valenciennes 2-1 Lille
Chateauroux 0-2 Montpellier
Gazelec Ajaccio 2-0 Drancy
-Wed Feb 15
Bourg Peronnas 1-3 Marseille
Dijon 0-1 PSG
-Tue Feb 21
Quevilly v Orleans

-Mon Mar 19
Valenciennes v Rennes
Gazelec Ajaccio v Montepellier
PSG v Lyon
Quevilly/Orleans v Marseille


Recap du Nord: #1 Dortmund won leaving them at the top, and their lead grew when Bayern tied allowing Munchengladbach who won to leap over them and into 2nd place 3 points back. Bayern falls to #3 just 1 point ahead of Schalke who also won and remain 5 points off the lead.

Die Bundesliga Standings (21 games played):
49 Dortmund (+33 gd) - LAST: Sat Feb 18 W 0-1 at Hertha - NEXT: Sun Feb 26 v Hannover
45 Bayern (+35 gd) - LAST: Sat Feb 18 D 0-0 Freiburg - NEXT: Sun Feb 26 v Schalke
46 Gladbach (+23 gd) - LAST: Sat Feb 18 W 2-3 at Kaiserslautern - NEXT: Fri Feb 24 v Hamburg
44 Schalke (+22 gd) - LAST: Sun Feb 19 W 4-0 v Wolfsburg - NEXT: Sun Feb 26 at Bayern


Week #4 in a row for Paolo Bandini of the Guardian showing his hatred of Inter, and the rest of the week in Serie A.
-This is not in any way to down play how awful they are right now. But he rarely featured them when they were soaring.


As for the other 4 top leagues in Europe are approximately the 2/3s mark:
-English Premier League is a 3 team race: Man City, Man U & Tottenham.
-Italian Serie A is a 2 team race: Milan & Juve
-Spanish Primera Division is basically over: Real Madrid
-French Ligue 1 is a 2 team race: PSG & Montpellier

The Dutch Eredivisie is the tightest race in all of Europe with 6 teams within 5 points of the top: PSV, AZ, Heerenveen, Twente, Feyenoord & Ajax. Nice.


Group Stage

Matches & Scores:
-Tue Feb 21
Penarol v Atletico Nacional
Bolivar v Union Espanola
Arsenal v Zamora
Cruz Azul v Deportivo Tachira
-Wed Feb 22
Universidad Chile v Godoy Cruz
Velez Sarsfield v Guadalajara
-Thu Feb 23
Olimpia v Lanus
The Strongest v Juan Aurich
Universidad Catholica v Junior

ALL AROUND THE WORLD does a Q & A with Pele. What's goin' on with you buddy?


Romanian newspaper National has this wild article on a remodeling project at Thierry Henry's London home that includes a three story tall fish tank!


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