Monday, February 27, 2012

Some Soccer News for Mon Feb 27, 2012



Jozy Altidore had 2 goals on Sunday for AZ - see them both - ONE - and - TWO - courtesy of 101 Great Goals.


A full slate of friendly International matches are on the card for Wednesday this week. See them all listed below in the appropriate section.

Three of those games are being played on US soil while the USA is in Italy:
-Chile v Ghana in Chester PA - PPL Park
-El Salvador v Estonia in Los Angeles CA - The Coliseum
-Mexico v Colombia in Miami FL - Sun Life Stadium


Huge congrats to Liverpool who won the English League Cup on Sunday.


The French Super Cup will be played next summer at Red Bull Arena in Harrison NJ - Sat Jul 28 will see the winners of Ligue 1 take on the winners of the Coupe de la France. Cool.


With players falling like leaves in Autumn the USA roster is down to 19 with 4 players gone and only 2 added.
-Landon Donovan (bronchitis), Jermaine Jones (calf), Jose Torres (hamstring) and Timmy Chandler (hamstring) are all out of the team, while Brek Shea and Sacha Kljestan have been added.


Jurgen Klinsmann talks to Allen Hopkins prior to the Italy game! Download or listen here.


Daniella Matar of the Associated Press talks to Michael Bradley about his team taking on Italy.


Brian Sciaretta of Yanks Abroad talks to Jurgen Klinsmann today after training in Genoa.


Sciaretta writing for the New York Times on Terrance Boyd. Why was this young man who has never played a senior level club match called into the full national team anyway?


Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated previews the game with lots of Team USA notes.


Alex Labidou of does a Q & A with Jozy Altidore.


International Friendly
-Wed Feb 29
Italy v USA - 1:45pm CT on ESPN2
Venue: Stadio Luigi Ferraris - Genoa


USA roster
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa
Tim Howard - Everton
Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake
Carlos Bocanegra - Rangers
Geoff Cameron - Houston Dynamo
Timmy Chandler - Nurnberg
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover
Clarence Goodson - Brondby
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland
Jonathan Spector - Birmingham
Michael Bradley - Chievo
Maurice Edu - Rangers
Fabian Johnson - Hoffenheim
Jermaine Jones - Schalke
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht
Brek Shea - Dallas
Jose Torres - Pachuca
Danny Williams - Hoffenheim
Jozy Altidore - AZ
Terrence Boyd - Dortmund
Edson Buddle - LA Galaxy
Clint Dempsey - Fulham
Landon Donovan - LA Galaxy


Italy Roster
Gianluigi Buffon - Juventus
Morgan De Sanctis - Napoli
Salvatore Sirigu - Paris St Germain
Emiliano Viviano - Palermo
Ignazio Abate - Milan
Davide Astori - Cagliari
Federico Balzaretti - Palermo
Andrea Barzagli - Juventus
Leonardo Bonucci - Juventus
Giorgio Chiellini - Juventus
Domenico Criscito - Zenit St. Petersburg
Christian Maggio - Naples
Angelo Ogbonna - Torino
Daniele De Rossi - Roma
Claudio Marchisio - Juventus
Riccardo Montolivo - Fiorentina
Thiago Motta - Paris St Germain
Antonio Nocerino - Milan
Andrea Pirlo - Juventus
Fabio Borini - Roma
Sebastian Giovinco - Parma
Alessandro Matri - Juventus
Giampaolo Pazzini - Inter


US Soccer gives us a 55 minute long video interview of head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, conducted by Allen Hopkins.

(This is totally different from the short audio interview linked to above)


Steven Goff of the Washington Post recently spoke with young American goalkeeper Samir Badr who plays professionally in Egypt, and asks about what comes next with the league being suspended after the violence in Port Said.


Bob Bradley led his Egyptian national team in their second friendly under his leadership, and first since the tragedy, as they won 5-0 over Kenya at Al-Gharafa Stadium in Doha Qatar.
-Match report by Ahmed Abd El Rasoul at Ahram.
-Goals by Mohamed Salah, Ahmed Hassan, Ahmed Eid Abdel-Malek, Ahmed Khairi & Ahmed Abdel-Zaher.


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Jun 25
Milan v Juventus - #1 v #2 in Serie A - a huuuuuge game!
Lyon v PSG - a grudge match
-Sun Feb 26
Arsenal v Tottenham - when is the last time this North London derby had so much riding on it? Maybe never in the Premier League before?!
Bayern v Schalke - #3 v #4 in the Bundesliga in the thick of a tight race.
Rayo Vallecano v Real Madrid - a Madrid derby, and Valle are exactly the type of team to spoil Real's party.
PSV v Feyenoord - long time rivals
AZ v Heerenveen - #2 v #3
Galatasaray v Besiktas - one of the crazy Istanbul derbies


English League Cup - Final
Match & Score:
-Sun Feb 26
Cardiff City 2-2 Liverpool - Liv wins 3-2 in Penalty Kick Shootout.


I just love that Chivas USA has a guy named Cesar Romero in their preseason camp - He played the Joker on the Batman TV show. I loooooooooooved that guy as a kid!


General News

Kyle McCarthy of gives us an update on the roster rules for 2012.


Duncan Fletcher of SportsNet talks to Toronto fans about the Independent Supporters Council, and supporters culture around MLS.

Player Transactions

Colorado has signed 31 year old Colombian left fullback Luis Zapata from Pasto.


DC has signed 26 year old American goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra who played with Chicago 2 seasons ago. Season Previews

Chicago Fire

San Jose Earthquakes
DC United
Club Deportivo Chivas USA
Toronto Football Club
Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club
New England Revolution


The team will unveil their new shirts on Thursday.


Steven Goff of the Post with some team notes from DCU.


TV3 in New Zealand talks to midfielder Dan Keat about his famous teammate David Beckham.


Jack Bell of the New York Times on the soccer/baseball connection for two young Red Bulls players - Ryan Meara & Tyler Ruthven.


Brian Strauss of Sporting News with a feature article on Chris Wondolowski. This is a big year for him and the Quakes.


Elliot Almond of the Mercury News with the latest Quakes team notes including word on Alan Gordon.
-Chris Wondolowski negotiated his new contract without an agent.


Almond also has an article on midfielder Jean Alexandre who is doing work back in his native Haiti in addition to joining a new team this offseason.


Don Ruiz of the News Trib reports that several Sounders players have returned from their training in Mexico with an illness, and they are trying to keep it from spreading throughout the whole team.


Martin MacMahon of SportsNet sees a future with the Caps for Long Tan and Darren Mattocks.


Matches & Scores:

-Fri Feb 24
Chivas USA 4-0 Loyola Marymount(NCAA) - CUSA goals by Casey Townsend(2), Allan Souza & Cesar Romero(PK).
Venue: Home Depot Center Field 2 - Carson CA

-Sun Feb 26
Municipal Perez Zeledon 1-0 Philadelphia Union
Venue: Costa Rica
FC Dallas Reserves 2-2 USA U20 - FCD goals by Jonathan Top & Ruben Luna. USA goals by Daniel Cuevas & Villyan Bijev.
Venue: Orlando FL

-Mon Feb 27
Columbus Crew 2-0 College of Charleston(NCAA) - CC goals Olman Vargas & Eric Gehrig
Venue: Patriots Point Athletic Complex – Mount Pleasant SC


Coming up:

-Tue Feb 28
Costa Rica U20 v Philadelphia Union
Venue: Costa Rica

-Wed Feb 29
Community Shield: Sounders Sounders v Chiapas Jaguares(Mexico) - FREE admission!
Venue: CenturyLink Field - Seattle WA


Preaseson Tournaments

Hawaiian Islands Invitational - Feb 23-25
Venue: Aloha Stadium - Honolulu HI

Busan I'Park won the tournament.

Colorado won the 3rd place game.

Matches & Scores:
-Thu Feb 23
Busan I'Park FC (Korea) 0-0 Melbourne Heart FC (Australia) - BIP wins 4-3 in Penalty Kick Shootout.
Colorado Rapids 1-2 Yokohama FC (Japan) - CR goal by Drew Moor. Yok goals both by Hiroaki Namba.
-Sat Feb 25
Melbourne Heart FC (Australia) 0-1 Colorado Rapids - CR goal by Tony Cascio.
Busan I'Park FC (Korea) 3-0 Yokohama FC (Japan) - BIP goals by Seungwhan Bang, Sanghyub Lim & Jose Fagner Silva Da Luz.


The Desert Diamond Cup - Feb 22-Mar 3
Venue: Kino Stadium - Tuscon AZ

2 of 4 rounds played.

6 New England Revolution (+3)
3 LA Galaxy (+1)
3 Real Salt Lake (-1)
0 New York Red Bulls (-3)

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Feb 22
LA Galaxy 2-3 New England Revolution - LAG goals by Edson Buddle & Mike Magee. NER goals by Benny Feilhaber, John Lozano & Jeremiah White.
Real Salt Lake 1-0 New York Red Bulls - RESL goal by Paulo Junior.
-Sat Feb 25
LA Galaxy 2-0 Real Salt Lake - LAG goals by Paolo Cardozo & Mike Magee.
New England Revolution 2-0 New York Red Bulls - NER goals both by Kelyn Rowe.
-Wed Feb 29
Real Salt Lake v New England Revolution
LA Galaxy v New York Red Bulls
-Sat Mar 3
Third place match
3 v 4
1 v 2


Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic - Feb 24-Mar 3
Venue: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex - Orlando FL

Group 1 has played 2 of 4 rounds, while Group 2 plays their second round Monday.

Group 1
6 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (+4)
2 Sporting Kansas City (0)
1 Houston Dynamo (-1)
1 Montreal Impact (-3)
Group 2
1 FC Dallas (0)
1 BK Hacken (Sweden) (0)
1 Orlando City SC (USL Pro) (0)
1 Toronto FC (0)

Matches & Scores:
-Fri Feb 24
Sporting Kansas City 0-0 Houston Dynamo
Montreal Impact 0-3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC - VW goals by Eric Hassli, Darren Mattocks & Sebastien Le Toux(PK).
-Sat Feb 25
Orlando City SC 2-2 Toronto FC - OC goals by John Rooney(PK) & Kevin Molino. TFC goals by Miguel Aceval & Torsten Frings.
BK Hacken 1-1 FC Dallas - BKH goal by Mattias Ostberg. FCD goal by Fabian Castillo.
-Sun Feb 26
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-0 Houston Dynamo - VW goal by Sebastien Le Toux(PK).
Sporting Kansas City 1-1 Montreal Impact - SKC goal by Soony Saad. MI goal by Mike Fucito.
-Tue Feb 28
Toronto FC v BK Hacken
Orlando City SC v FC Dallas
-Wed Feb 29
Sporting Kansas City v Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Houston Dynamo v Montreal Impact
-Thu Mar 1
Toronto FC v FC Dallas
Orlando City SC v BK Hacken
-Sat Mar 3
Consolation Game
G1-1 v G2-1
Championship Game
G1-2 v G2-2


Carolina Challenge Cup - Feb 25-Mar 3
Venue: Blackbaud Stadium - Charleston SC

The first of 3 rounds is complete.

3 DC United (+1)
1 Charleston Battery (0)
1 Columbus Crew (0)
0 Chicago Fire (-1)

Matches & Scores:
-Sat Feb 25
DC United 1-0 Chicago Fire - DCU goal by Hamdi Salihi.
Charleston Battery 2-2 Columbus Crew - CB goals by Dane Kelly & Jose Cuevas(PK). CC goals by Eddie Gaven & Mirovan Mirosevic(PK).
-Wed Feb 29
Columbus Crew v Chicago Fire
Charleston Battery v DC United
-Sat Mar 3
DC United v Columbus Crew
Charleston Battery v Chicago Fire


Jeld-Wen Field Tournament - Feb 27-Mar4
Venue: Jeld-Wen Field - Portland OR

Allmanna IdrottsKlubben (Sweden)
CD Chivas USA
Portland Timbers
San Jose Earthquakes

-Mon Feb 27
CD Chivas USA v AIK
San Jose Earthquakes v Portland Timbers
-Thu Mar 1
AIK v San Jose Earthquakes
CD Chivas USA v Portland Timbers
-Sun Mar 4
San Jose Earthquakes v CD Chivas USA
AIK v Portland Timbers


Mark Purdy of the Mercury News with an article on new stadiums in the Bay Area including the Earthquakes.


Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times on the new fake turf that was just laid at the Sounders Century Link Field.
-Don Ruiz of the Tacoma News Tribune with a few words from players and coach.


The team beat NASL team San Antonio on Friday with a big second half.


Match & Score:
-Fri Feb 24
USA U23 3-0 San Antonio Scorpions(NASL) - USA goals by Brek Shea, Dilly Duka & Jack McInerney.
Venue: FC Dallas Stadium - Frisco TX
-Wed Feb 29
USA U23 v Mexico - 9:00pm CT
Venue: FC Dallas Stadium - Frisco TX


Olympic qualifying begins Mar 22.


Bill Hamid - DC United
Sean Johnson - Chicago Fire
Greg Garza - Tijuana
Perry Kitchen - DC United
Alfredo Morales - Hertha Berlin
Ike Opara - San Jose Earthquakes
Kofi Sarkodie - Houston Dynamo
Zarek Valentin - Montreal Impact
Jorge Villafana - Chivas USA
Joe Corona - Tijuana
Mix Diskerud - Gent
Dilly Duka - Columbus Crew
Jared Jeffrey - Mainz
Sebastian Lletget - West Ham
Amobi Okugo - Philadelphia Union
Michael Stephens - LA Galaxy
Freddy Adu - Philadelphia Union
Juan Agudelo - New York Red Bulls
Terrence Boyd - Borussia Dortmund
Teal Bunbury - Sporting Kansas City
Joe Gyau - Hoffenheim
Jack McInerney - Philadelphia Union
Brek Shea - FC Dallas
Tony Taylor - Estoril Praia


Mexico Roster
Jeronimo Amione - Atlante - F
Javier Aquino - Cruz Azul - M
Nestor Araujo - Cruz Azul - D
Jahir Barraza - Atlas - M
Ricardo Bocanegra - Atlas - M
David Cabrera - UNAM - M
Nestor Calderon - Toluca - F
Darvin Chavez - Monterrey - D
Javier Cortes - UNAM - F
Jorge Enriquez - Guadalajara - M
Marco Fabian - Guadalajara - M
Hector Herrera - Pachuca - M
Israel Jimenez - Tigres - D
Hiram Mier - Monterrey - D
Miguel Ponce - Guadalajara - D
Alan Pulido - Tigres - F
Diego Reyes - America - M
Antonio Rodriguez - Veracruz - G
Hugo Rodriguez - Atlas - D
Liborio Sanchez - Queretaro - G


The team played the FC Dallas reserves to a 2-2 tie on Sunday in Orlando.
-Here was the lineup: Tomas Gomez, Boyd Okwuonu, Walker Zimmerman, Christian Dean, Juan Pablo Ocegueda, Mikey Lopez, Seth Casiple, Daniel Cuevas, Victor Pineda (Sean Okoli 79), Villyan Bijev (Dan Metzger 65), Daniel Garcia (Collin Martin 46).


Matches & Scores:
-Sun Feb 26
USA U20 2-2 FC Dallas Reserves - USA goals by Daniel Cuevas & Villyan Bijev. FCD goals by Jonathan Top & Ruben Luna.
Venue: Orlando FL
-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
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


Jozy Altidore scored 2 goals for AZ this weekend.


With a win this weekend Bryan Gerzicich and his team Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona have won the Israeli Ligat Ha'al Championship. Huge congrats to them.


Michael Bradley did not play for Chievo this weekend due to yellow card accumulation.


Mike Grella has moved from Brentford to Bury in England's Legaue One.


Michael Adubato of Yanks Abroad has a few words with Devan Yao about his good season at Boussu Dour Borinage in Belgium's Second Division.


Game Action:

BELGIUM - Pro League
Mikkel Diskerud - Gent - went the full 90 as they won 2-0 v Mons.
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht - played the whole of a scoreless game at Lierse.

BELGIUM - Second Division
Tristan Bowen - Roeselare - came on as a sub in the 63rd min and they won 3-0 v Dender.

ENGLAND - Premier League
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - went the distance and won 0-1 at QPR.
Brad Friedel - Tottenham - played the whole game but lost 5-2 at Arsenal.
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa - on the bench for a scoreless game at Wigan.
Tim Ream - Bolton - played the full 90 but lost 3-0 at Chelsea.
Zak Whitbread - Norwich - played the whole game but lost 1-2 v Manchester United.

ENGLAND - Championship League
Jonathan Spector - Birmingham - went the full 90 but lost 1-2 v Nottingham Forest.

ENGLAND - League One
Anton Peterlin - Wallsall - played the whole match as they drew 0-0 at Preston.
Frank Simek - Carlisle United - played the entire game and they won 3-2 v Yeovil.

FRANCE - Ligue 1
Charlie Davies - Sochaux - came on as a sub in the 79th min but they lost 2-0 v Toulouse.

GERMANY - Bundesliga
Timmy Chandler - Nurnberg - played the entire game and won 0-1 at Werder Bremen.
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - played the whole game but lost 3-1 at Dortmund.
Fabian Johnson - Hoffenheim - went the distance as they won 1-2 at Wolfsburg.
Alfredo Morales - Hertha Berlin - came on as a sub in the 68th min getting a yellow card but losing 3-0 at Augsburg.
Daniel Williams - Hoffenheim - played the full 90 getting a yellow card as they won 1-2 at Wolfsburg.
David Yelldell - Bayer Leverkusen - on the bench as they won 0-2 at Koln.

GERMANY - 2 Bundesliga
Matt Taylor - Paderborn - came on as a sub in the 89th min as they won 4-2 v Entracht Frankfurt.

NETHERLANDS - Eredivisie
Jozy Altidore - AZ Alkmaar - went the full 90 scoring two goals as they tied 3-3 v Heerenveen.

NETHERLANDS - Eerste Divisie
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - played the entire match getting a yellow card in a scoreless game at Den Bosch.

PORTUGAL - Liga de Honra
Caleb Patterson-Sewell - Atletico CP - played the full 90 as they won 1-0 v Arouca.

SCOTLAND - Premier League
Alejandro Bedoya - Rangers - on the bench as they won 1-4 at Inverness.
Carlos Bocanegra - Rangers - played the whole match as they won 1-4 at Inverness.
Mo Edu - Rangers - went the distance as they won 1-4 at Inverness.


Herculez Gomez and Joe Corona both scored goals this weekend!


Game Action:

DaMarcus Beasley - Puebla - started and played 62 min but lost 2-1 at Monterrey.
Jonathan Bornstein - Tigres UANL - on the bench as they tied 1-1 at Pachuca.
Edgar Castillo - Tijuana - went the distance as they tied 1-1 v Toluca.
Joe Benny Corona - Tijuana - started and went 58 min scoring a goal as they drew 1-1 v Toluca.
Herculez Gomez - Santos Laguna - came on at half time and scored a goal but they lost 2-1 at Guadalajara.
Michael Orozco Fiscal - San Luis - on the bench as they lost 0-1 v Atlas.
Jose Torres - Pachuca - went the full 90 but tied 1-1 v Tigres.


Jeff Cunningham scored his third goal of the season for Comunicaciones in Guatemala.


International Friendlies this week.

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Feb 29
Italy v USA
Mexico v Colombia
Bolivia v Cuba
Guyana v Guatemala
Armenia v Canada
Antigua & Barbuda v Trinidad & Tobago
Ecuador v Honduras
New Zealand v Jamaica
El Salvador v Estonia
Wales v Costa Rica
Paraguay v Panama


Nigel Reed of the CBC explores the reasons Canada is having trouble putting together a roster this week despite the fact that its an official FIFA international break.


Beyond having a tough time calling in a roster Canada faces Armenia who chose to split their team in two and play a game on Tuesday against Serbia as well as the Wednesday game against Canada.


The Guardian gives us five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend.


Sid Lowe of the Guardian on a special night at Rayo Vallecano, even though they lost the derby, and the rest of the round in La Liga.


Raphael Honigstein of the Guardian wonders if Otto Rehhagel can save Hertha, and the rest of the weekend in the Bundesliga.


Recap du Nord: Dortmund won to remain #1, but Gladbach could only manage a tie so they dropped back to 3rd place as Bayern won and re-lept them into the #2 position. Schalke lost to Bayern and fell off the pace a bit while remaining 4th.

Die Bundesliga Standings (23 games played):
52 Dortmund (+35 gd) - LAST: Sun Feb 26 W 3-1 v Hannover - NEXT:
48 Bayern (+37 gd) - LAST: Sun Feb 26 W 2-0 v Schalke - NEXT:
47 Gladbach (+23 gd) - LAST: Fri Feb 24 D 1-1 v Hamburg - NEXT:
44 Schalke (+20 gd) - LAST: Sun Feb 26 L 2-0 at Bayern - NEXT:


Paolo Bandini of the Guardian on the Milan-Juve draw, and the rest of the weekend in Serie A.


A look at the title race in the other 5 top leagues of Europe (besides Germany):
-Premier League is now a 2 team race: Man City(63) & Man U(61)
-Serie A is mostly a 2 team race: Milan(51) & Juve(50), but Udinese(45) & Lazio(45) are just 5 points back
-Primera Division is basically over: Real Madrid(64) leads by 10 points
-Ligue 1 is pretty much a 2 team race: Montpellier(53) & PSG(52), 4 points back to Lille(46)
-Eredivisie is a 6 teams race, where all are within 7 points of the top: PSV(48), AZ(46), Twente(45), Heerenveen(44), Ajax(43) & Feyenoord(41)


Arsenal has loaned their Russian star Andre Arshavin back to the team they bought him from Zenit St Petersburg.


And we are right back African Cup of Nations Qualifying. Since the tournament is switching from even to odd years it will be played again next year (2013) so before they can qualify for Brazil they must get these games out of the way.

Matches & Scores:
Seychelles v Congo DR
Gambia v Algeria
Ethiopia v Benin
Guinea-Bissau v Cameroon
Madagascar v Cape Verde Islands
Malawi v Chad
Tanzania v Mozambique
Liberia v Namibia
Kenya v Togo
Rwanda v Nigeria
Sao Tome e Principe v Sierra Leone
Congo v Uganda
Burundi v Zimbabwe




Matches & Scores:
-Wed Feb 29
Tajikistan v N Korea
Oman v Thailand
UAE v Lebanon
China v Jordan
Bahrain v Indonesia
Iraq v Singapore
Iran v Qatar
Japan v Uzbekistan
Australia v Saudi Arabia
S Korea v Kuwait




Lots of games this week. Here are the highlights, with Wednesday's full schedule being posted tomorrow.

Matches & Scores:
-Mon Feb 27
Egypt 5-0 Kenya
-Tue Feb 28
Bosnia-Herzegovina v Brazil
Armenia v Serbia
-Wed Feb 29
Spain v Venezuela
England v Netherlands
Germany v France
Italy v USA
Switzerland v Argentina
Poland v Portugal


In the wake of West Ham player Ravel Morrison being fined 7000 Pounds for homophobic Twitter messages, the English FA has accused 3 more players of the same charge - Federico Macheda of QPR, Nile Ranger of Newcastle and Manny Smith of Walsall.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bruce, the riot at the soccer match in Egypt should not be characterized as a "tragedy."

Rather, it was a riot. It was a deliberate act of violence.

Please don't minimize what happened there, by deliberately using a passive voice to characterize it.

11:48 AM  

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