Monday, March 12, 2012

Some Soccer News for Mon Mar 12, 2012


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108 teams in our league so far. Lets go for 150! Come On!

Agoos SC - managed by Kyle Nelson is in 1st Place!


I wasn't even paying attention - du Nord Futbol turned 7 years old last Wednesday.


Two more goals for Hercules! This guy is on another of his amazing runs! Scoring a total of 5 goals in 4 consecutive games for Santos Laguna.
-After playing a total of 52 min and not scoring in the first 7 games of the Primera season Gomez has now scored 4 goals in the last 3 games, coming on at half time in the first and starting the most recent 2. He also scored in the only Champions League game they have played so far.


MLS First Kick 2012 - follow the bouncing ball. Video.


Oh My! The Reverse Rooster makes its debut in MLS this weekend! Sebastian Velasquez of Real Salt Lake is a Hair of the Year finalist already! I hope hope hope hope he does not cut this thing off, and really gets creative with it.
-Thanks to Tim for the image.


Just seconds before posting today the roster for Olympic qualifying came across the wire.

The goalkeepers, midfielders and forwards all look very very strong, BUUUUUUUT the defense looks frighteningly thin! Only 6 defenders on the roster to begin with, and only 3 of them are actually defenders, the other 3 play midfield for their club teams and will be asked to perform at a high level out of position.

The team will play 3 games in just 6 days for the group stage of qualifying beginning on Thu Mar 22 in Nashville. If they advance beyond that then the big date to mark on your calendar is the Semifinals on Sat Mar 31 where the two winners will acquire passage to the Olympic Games in London.

Training begins tomorrow in Nashville.


Bill Hamid - DC United
Sean Johnson - Chicago Fire
Josh Gatt - Molde
Perry Kitchen - DC United
Ike Opara - San Jose Earthquakes
Kofi Sarkodie - Houston Dynamo
Zarek Valentin - Montreal Impact
Jorge Villafana - Chivas USA
Freddy Adu - Philadelphia Union
Joe Corona - Tijuana
Mix Diskerud - Gent
Jared Jeffrey - Mainz
Amobi Okugo - Philadelphia Union
Michael Stephens - LA Galaxy
Juan Agudelo - New York Red Bulls
Terrence Boyd - Dortmund
Teal Bunbury - Sporting Kansas City
Joe Gyau - Hoffenheim
Brek Shea - FC Dallas


Group Stage
Matches & Scores:
-Thu Mar 22
USA v Cuba - 8pm CT
-Sat Mar 24
USA v Canada - 6pm CT
-Mon Mar 26
USA v El Salvador - 8pm CT

All 3 to be played at LP Field in Nashville TN and can be seen on Universal Sports Network (DirecTV channel 625).


The 2nd Leg of the Round of 16 continues.

Round of 16 - 2nd Leg

Matches & Scores:
-Tue Mar 13
Inter Milan v Marseille (0-1) - 2:30pm CT on Fox Soccer
Bayern Munich v Basel (0-1) - 5:00pm CT on Fox Soccer
-Wed Mar 14
Chelsea v Napoli (1-3) - 2:30pm CT on Fox Soccer
Real Madrid v CSKA Moscow (1-1) - 5:00pm CT on Fox Soccer


Adv: APOEL, Barcelona, Benfica, Milan
OUT: Arsenal, Leverkusen, Lyon, Zenit



Duncan Fletcher of Sports Net sees a very big task in front of Toronto when they travel to LA on Wednesday.


Matches & Scores:
2nd Leg (including 1st Leg scores)
-Tue Mar 13
Monterrey v Morelia (3-1)
-Wed Mar 14
Santos Laguna v Seattle Sounders (1-2) - 7pm CT on Fox Soccer
LA Galaxy v Toronto (2-2) - 9pm CT on Fox Soccer
-Thu Mar 15
UNAM Pumas v Isidro Metapan (1-2)


Going way beyond the leave of absence he took last week Ricardo Teixeira has now fully resigned from the Brazilian Futebol Federation and the 2014 World Cup organizing committee! This is huge.
-He is under intense scrutiny for alleged financial irregularities going way way back and across a very wide swath.


The amazingly talented Adriano has been dumped by yet another team, Corinthians. This guy is sick, and I really hope he gets some help before its too late.


Awesome season tickets packages for Toronto FC were delivered today. Lookin' gooooooood!


It was very interesting to see that Chivas USA has tarped over the upper-deck and North end of the Home Depot Center to create a more intimate space.


Sports Business Daily published their yearly 40 under 40 today, and 4 soccer people are on the list:
-Robb Heinemann - Sporting Kansas City
-Chris McGowan - LA Galaxy
-Merritt Paulson - Portland Timbers
-David Wright, MLS/SUM


Bobby McMahon of Forbes on the lineage of the North American goalkeepers having success in England, all the way up to today's elite stars Brad Friedel and Tim Howard.


Portland TV station goes live with MLS commissioner Don Garber today.


The Beautiful Gear posted this amazing photo of a new sculpture showing Zidane headbutting Matterazi!




Matches & Scores:
-Sat Mar 10
Colorado Rapids 2-0 Columbus Crew - CR goals by Drew Moor & Quincy Amarikwa.
Venue: Dick's Sporting Good Park
Attendance: 14,746
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2-0 Montreal Impact - VW goals by Sebastien Le Toux & Camilo Sanvezzo.
Venue: BC Place
Attendance: 21,000
DC United 0-1 Sporting Kansas City - SKC goal by CJ Sapong.
Venue: RFK Stadium
Attendance: 16,314
San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 New England Revolution - SJE goal by Chris Wondolowski.
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium
Attendance: 10,525
LA Galaxy 1-3 Real Salt Lake - LAG goal by Edson Buddle. RSL goals by Sean Franklin(OG), Javier Morales & Fabian Espindola.
Venue: Home Depot Center
Attendance: 27,000
-Sun Mar 11
FC Dallas 2-1 New York Red Bulls - FCD goals by Zach Loyd & Ricardo Villar. NYRB goal by Kenny Cooper.
Venue: Pizza Hut Park
Attendance: 20,906
CD Chivas USA 0-1 Houston Dynamo - HD goal by Andre Hainault.
Venue: The Home Depot Center
Attendance: 14,464
-Mon Mar 12
Portland Timbers v Philadelphia Union - 8:30pm CT on ESPN2
Venue: JELD-WEN Field


First 7 games total attendance was 124,955. For an average of 17,850.


Salt Lake was the most dominant of the winners. Looking especially strong when Javi Morales entered the game.

Montreal looked particularly feeble.

DC and New England didn't look much more capable.

LA seemed massively overconfident once they scored the first goal.

Sean Franklin was directly responsible for all 3 RSL goals, putting their first one in himself and then getting torched down his right side for a cross on #2 and his guy again torched him down the right side for #3.

Dallas struggled once Fabian Castillo went out injured.

New York came to life when Kenny Cooper came on the field.

Thierry Henry seemed almost disgusted by the lack of talent his teammates possessed, constantly throwing his arms in the air, throwing his head back and turning his back to the action.
-How great would it have been though if his quick free kick had gone in. Dallas was completely asleep and Henry hit the post. Damn.

Houston and Kansas City both stole all 3 points with their games only goals coming in second half stoppage time.

Quincy Amarikwa of Colorado had the goal of the week. Video.

Ricardo Villar of Dallas had the second best goal. Video.

And Camilo Sanvezza of Vancouver lit it up pretty good too. Video.

Not a single new player scored a goal over the weekend.

No red cards were handed out.


3 Houston Dynamo (+1)
3 Sporting Kansas City (+1)
- Chicago Fire SC (-)
- Philadelphia Union (-)
- Toronto (-)
0 New York Red Bulls (-1)
0 DC United (-1)
0 New England (-1)
0 Columbus Crew (-2)
0 Montreal Impact (-2)

3 Real Salt Lake (+2)
3 Colorado Rapids (+2)
3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (+2)
3 FC Dallas (+1)
3 San Jose Earthquakes (+1)
- Portland Timbers (-)
- Seattle Sounders FC (-)
0 CD Chivas USA (-1)
0 LA Galaxy (-2)


General News

Kyle McCarthy of with his Monday MLS Breakdown.


Jack Bell of the NY Times on the huge MLS buzz across Canada and more from the opening weekend of the new season.


Brian Straus of Sporting News with a First Kick review.


Steve Davis of NBC Sports with observations and highlights of First Kick.


Graham Parker & Joe Prince-Wright of the Guardian with five things we learned in week one of MLS.


Michelle Kaufman of the Miami Herald still lamenting the vanquishing of the Fusion, but appreciating the growth of MLS in the 10 years since.



Dilly Duka suffered a hamstring strain and is most likely OUT of the USA Olympic qualifying team.


Brian Straus of Sporting News with a feature on Dwayne DeRosario. The man.


Jose Ortiz of the Chronicle has some words from the head coach Dominic Kinnear after they got the season started with a win.


Ortiz also gives us 12 reasons the Dynos will be hot in 2012. (posted on Sunday, but still completely relative)


Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer puts the NY loss squarely in the lap of the head coach.


Jonathan Tannenwald of gets us ready for the Union season opener with a plethora of interviews:
-Q & A TV with color analyst Taylor Twellman.
-Q & A with goalkeeper Zac MacMath.
-Q & A with midfielder Brian Carroll.
-Q & A with president Nick Sakiewicz.
-Q & A with head coach Peter Nowak.


Geoffrey Arnold of the Oregonian says the Timbers have very high expectations for this season.


Arnold also talks to Scottish forward Kris Boyd about a new season in a new league. This is a little background on who Boyd is.


Kip Kesgard of the Oregonian has written an 8 part season preview, mainly focues on the Timbers:
PART 1 - Home Field
PART 2 - Eastern Conference
PART 3 - Western Conference
PART 4 - Coaching & Off Field Staff
PART 5 - Goalkeeping
PART 6 - Defenders
PART 7 - Midfielders
PART 8 - Forwards


Scott Pierce of the Tribune gives high marks for the RSL TV broadcast.


The previous 24 times that RSL had given up the first goal they had not won a single game.


Michael C Lewis of the Tribune has some words on the youngsters who made an impact for RSL.
-4 very inexperienced players were in the starting 11, and all held their own.


Joshua Mayers of the Times does a Q & A with young forward David Estrada who scored a huge goal against Santos last week.


Russell Berrisford of the Sun with the Caps Good and Bad of opening weekend.


The reserve season begins today.

Matches & Scores:
-Mon Mar 12
LA Galaxy v Chivas USA
-Tue Mar 13
Houston Dynamo v Colorado Rapids
FC Dallas v Real Salt Lake


Sacha Kljestan & Anderlecht secured 1st place in the regular season with a win this weekend - they lead by 8 points with 2 rounds left. Then the enter the championship playoffs.
-Mix Diskerud & Gent currently in 3rd and are assured a place in the playoffs as well. (He did not dress this round.)


Our FIF Henrik Hogholt Lonne sent us the following link from Denmark:
-Sporten quotes long time Danish international Stig Tofting as blaming Clarence Goodson for the teams poor form. (in Danish)
-Brondby is currently 9th in the 12 team league. But they have earned 4 points in 2 games since the season resumed.


Jermaine Jones ended his 8 game ban at Schalke and can return on Sun Mar 18 at Kaiserslautern.


Game Action:

BELGIUM - Pro League
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht - went the distance as they won 4-0 v Cercle Brugge.

DENMARK - Superliga
Clarence Goodson - Brondy - went the entire game as they drew 0-0 v Aarhus.
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - went the full 90 as they won 0-1 at Odense.

ENGLAND - Premier League
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - went the distance but lost 1-0 at Aston Villa.
Brad Friedel - Tottenham - played the full match but lost 1-0 at Everton.
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa - on the bench as they won 1-0 v Fulham.
Tim Howard - Everton - played the whole game and won 1-0 v Tottenham.
Eric Lichaj - Aston Villa - on the bench as they won 1-0 v Fulham.
Tim Ream - Bolton - went the full 90 and they won 2-1 v QPR.
Zak Whitbread - Norwich - played the entire game getting a yellow card as they drew 1-1 v Wigan.

ENGLAND - Championship League
Jonathan Spector - Birmingham - played the whole game as they tied 1-1 at Coventry.

ENGLAND - League One
Mike Grella - Bury - played the entire game but lost 4-1 at Carlisle.
Frank Simek - Carlisle United - went the full 90 as they won 4-1 v Bury.

FRANCE - Ligue 1
Quentin Westberg - Evian - on the bench as they lost 2-3 v Sochaux.

GERMANY - Bundesliga
Timmy Chandler - Nurnberg - started and went 64 min but lost 2-1 at Mainz.
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - played the full 90 but lost 3-0 at Werder Bremen.
Fabian Johnson - Hoffenheim - on the bench as they got drilled 7-1 at Bayern.
Alfredo Morales - Hertha Berlin - on the bench as they lost 1-0 at Koln.
Daniel Williams - Hoffenheim - played the full match as they lost 7-1 at Bayern.
Andrew Wooten - Kaiserslautern - on the bench for a scoreless game at Stuttgart.

GERMANY - 2 Bundesliga
Matt Taylor - Paderborn - played the entirety of a scoreless game v Bochum.

ISRAEL - Ligat Al
Ryan Adeleye - Hapoel Be'er Sheva - started and played 61 min but lost 5-1 at Bnei Yehuda.
Bryan Gerzicich - Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona - went the distance as they won 2-0 v Hapoel Acre.
Leo Krupnik - Maccabi Netanya - played the full match and won 0-1 at Ironi Ramat Hasharon.

ITALY - Serie A
Michael Bradley - Chievo Verona - played the entire match but lost 0-2 v Inter Milan.

NETHERLANDS - Eredivisie
Jozy Altidore - AZ Alkmaar - started and went 65 min as they won 0-2 at De Graafschap.

NETHERLANDS - Eerste Divisie
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - started but came out after just 29 min as they won 2-1 v Oss.

PORTUGAL - Primeira Liga
Alex Zahavi - Vitoria Setubal - on the bench as they lost 3-0 at Rio Ave.

PORTUGAL - Liga de Honra
Caleb Patterson-Sewell - Atletico CP - went the full 90 as they won 1-0 v Leixoes.
Tony Taylor - Estoril - on the bench as they lost 2-0 at Desportivo Aves.


Coming Up:

ENGLAND - Premier League
Tim Howard - Everton - Tue Mar 13 at Liverpool

ENGLAND - Championship League
Conor Doyle - Derby County - Tue Mar 13 v Nottingham Forrest
Robbie Findley - Nottingham Forest - Tue Mar 13 at Derby
Jonathan Spector - Birmingham - Tue Mar 13 at Leicester


Game Action:

DaMarcus Beasley - Puebla - started and played 79 min scoring a goal but they lost 3-1 at Santos Laguna.
Jonathan Bornstein - Tigres UANL - on the bench as they tied 2-2 at Chiapas.
Edgar Castillo - Tijuana - played the whole game as they tied 1-1 v America.
Joe Benny Corona - Tijuana - started and played 69 min as they tied 1-1 v America.
Greg Garza - Tijuana - came on as a sub in the 79 min as they drew 1-1 v America.
Herculez Gomez - Santos Laguna - went the distance scoring 2 goals as they won 3-1 v Puebla.
Michael Orozco Fiscal - San Luis - played the full 90 as they tied 0-0 v Pachuca.
Jose Torres - Pachuca - went the distance in a scoreless game at San Luis.


Evan Fanning, Rob Smyth, Ian McCourt & Sachin Nachrani of the Guardian with five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend.


Sid Lowe of the Guardian sees Valencia now claiming the role of 3rd best, and a round of the rest of the weekend in La Liga.


Raphael Honigstein of the Guardian sees Koln & Hamburg really bumbling their way toward the bottom of the table, and the rest of the weekend in the Bundesliga.

dN does a Q & A with German goalkeep legend Oliver Wrath Of Kahn, talking retirement and current German fussball.


Paolo Bandini of the Guardian looks at Napoli's high flying confidence (and their Champions League game at Chelsea) plus the rest of the round in Serie A.


PSV fired head coach Fred Rutten today after another loss saw them fall from 2nd to 4th.


The Top 5 Title Races

-Bundesliga is a 4 team race: Dortmund(56), (51), Gladbach(48) & Schalke(47)
-Premier League 2 team race: Man U(67) & Man City(66)
-Serie A is sort of a 4 team race: Milan(57), Juve(53), Lazio(48) & Napoli(46)
-Ligue 1 is a 2 team race: PSG(58) & Montpellier(57)
-Primera Division is all but over: Real Madrid(70) leads Barca by 10 points (60)


The Top 5 Relegation Battles

Serie A (27 of 38 played)
-bottom 3 relegated
32 Siena
31 Parma
31 Cagliari
25 Lecce
20 Novara
17 Cesena

Premier League (28 of 38 played)
-bottom 3 relegated
33 Aston Villa
25 Blackburn
23 Bolton
22 Queens Park Rangers
22 Wolverhampton
21 Wigan

Ligue 1 (27 of 38 played)
-bottom 3 relegated
28 Lorient
27 Nice
27 Nancy
27 Dijon
24 Auxerre
24 Sochaux

La Liga (26 of 38 played)
-bottom 3 relegated
29 Getafe
28 Granada
27 Villarreal
24 Racing Santander
24 Sporting Gijon
18 Real Zaragoza

Bundesliga (25 of 34 played)
-bottom 2 relegated - then - 3rd from bottom play 2.Bundes 3rd from top in 2 legs
28 Koln
27 Hamburg
23 Augsburg
23 Hertha
22 Freiburg
20 Kaiserslautern


Blogger Mark said...

Happy seventh (blog)-birthday! I've been reading du Nord for probably most of those seven years: I want to say going back to 2006 or whenever Grant Wahl wrote about you as having one of the top soccer blogs. I think it was in the spring of that year? My day is not complete until I skim your blog. Again, Happy Birthday!

9:03 PM  
Anonymous Doug said...

Ditto on the blog-birthday congrats. My day is not complete until I check du Nord. Ref. the Gals vs. RSL match, I don't think RSL was "dominant" until the last 15 minutes. L.A. could easily have been up
3-0 before RSL got rolling.

10:56 PM  

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