Monday, April 23, 2012

Some Soccer News for Mon Apr 23, 2012


USA v Russia on Wed Nov 14 on US soil? Rumor has it.


With another win on Saturday Borussia Dortmund has won the German Bundesliga championship for the second year in a row. Huge congrats to them!
-At the same time Kaiserslautern becomes the first team from Europe's big leagues to be relegated.


No one is talking about him but DaMarcus Beasley scored his 5th goal of the Clausura season for Puebla!!


Jozy! Jozy! Jozy! Altidore scores another one for AZ, this time the game winner to keep them in slight contention for the title. (But they're 6 back with 3 to play.)
-Here's the goal beginning at 0:55.


Oguchi Onyewu made a return to the Sporting CP line up!


In Italy yesterday things went to a level of weirdness that I have never seen before.
-Genoa ultras forced a stoppage in play that lasted nearly 40 minutes after their home team went down 0-4 to Siena. The Genoa player tried to reason with the ultras and eventually were told they did not deserve to wear the red and blue jersey so some of the players took them off! Insanity!
-This just shows how out of control ultras culture is in Italy and how much power they have over teams.
-Gazzetta has the story, in Italian.
-Football Italia with a good summary in English.
-Serie A has declared that Genoa will play their final 2 home games of this season in an empty stadium.
-To tie things up in an ugly sloppy bow, today Genoa's deranged owner Enrico Preziosi fired head coach Alberto Malesani for the second time this season. No word on who will take over.
-Thanks to Josh for the heads up on this story.


The Stars won a dramatic game in the dying seconds, with both teams finishing with 10 players. A wild and wide open game.

Match & Score:
-Sun Apr 22
Edmonton FC 3-4 Minnesota Stars FC - EFC goals by Shaun Saiko, Paul Hamilton & Kyle Porter. MSFC goals by Neil Hlavaty(PK), Kyle Altman, Kentaro Takada & Devin Del Do.
Venue: Clarke Stadium

Next game on Sat Apr 28 at Atlanta.


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There are 135 teams in our league!

LateNight504FC managed by Alan Kansas is still in 1st Place!


Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star on Toronto FC's growing (AGAIN) inner turmoil.

The Toronto Sun points out a whole litany of failures on TFCs part.

Neil Davidson of the Toronto Globe & Mail has quotes from TFC ownership that they are monitoring the situation closely.

My question is this: Who is monitoring ownership? They are the dopes who keep hiring dopes who keep signing and managing dopes.


US Soccer does a Q & A with Jurgen Klinsmann where they look at the technical set up of the entire USA Men's program from youth to senior levels.



Jonathan Wilson of Sports Illustrated previews Barca v Chelsea.

Sid Lowe of the Guardian previews Barca v Chelsea too.

Matches & Scores:
2nd Leg (1st Leg scores included)
-Tue Apr 24
FC Barcelona v Chelsea FC (0-1) - 1:30pm CT on Fox Soccer
-Wed Apr 25
Real Madrid v Bayern Munich (1-2) - 1:30pm CT on FX


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Apr 21
Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Borussia Monchengladbach - Dortmund wins the Bundesliga championship with this victory.
Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid - Madrid wins the big one of big ones, El Clasico, for the first time in a long while.
Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea - a big London derby leaves Arsenal in the mix for Champions League spots next season and Chelsea on the outside.
Queens Park Rangers 1-0 Tottenham - another London derby sees Spurs continue their fall from fame.
-Sun Apr 22
Galatasaray 1-2 Fenerbahce - one of the world's great rivalries sees the road team win!!
Juventus 4-0 Roma - Juve moves closer to the crown.

Race for the title in the five biggest European leagues:
La Liga - 4 games left
88 Real Madrid - LAST: Sat Apr 21 W 1-2 at Barcelona - NEXT: Sun Apr 29 v Sevilla
81 Barcelona - LAST: Sat Apr 21 L 1-2 v Real Madrid - NEXT: Sun Apr 29 at Rayo Vallecano
Premier League - 3 games left
83 Manchester United - LAST: Sun Apr 22 D 4-4 v Everton - NEXT: Mon Apr 30 at Manchester City
80 Manchester City - LAST: Sun Apr 22 W 0-2 at Wolverhampton - NEXT: Mon Apr 30 v Manchester United
Bundesliga - 2 games left
CHAMPS!-75 Borussia Dortmund - LAST: Sat Apr 21 W 2-0 v Gladbach
67 Bayern Munich - LAST: Sat Apr 21 W 1-2 at Werder
Serie A - 5 games left
71 Juventus - LAST: Sun Apr 22 W 4-0 v Roma - NEXT: Wed Apr 25 at Cesena
68 Milan - LAST: Sun Apr 22 D 1-1 v Bologna - NEXT: Wed Apr 25 v Genoa
Ligue 1 - 5 games left
69 Montpellier - LAST: Sat Apr 21 W 1-0 v Valenciennes - NEXT: Fri Apr 27 at Toulouse
67 PSG - LAST: Sun Apr 22 W 6-1 v Lorient - NEXT: Sun Apr 29 at Lille


Eric Gorski of the Denver Post reports that the Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake signed up Subaru to be the "sponsor" of their rivalry trophy The Rocky Mountain Cup. The problem is that it was supporters of the two teams who invented and administer the Cup and they were never involved in the decision for the two teams to make money off the Trophy nor were they told about it until the day before the two teams met for the first time this season.
-It seems the fans are OK with it now, but.......


Brek Shea "writes" his recent column for and basically says he wants to play in Spain.


Thierry Henry made another of his humanitarian trips back to Europe on his day off by flying to Barcelona and visiting his old teammate Eric Abidal who just had a liver transplant.
-Do you think he is staying for the Champions League game tomorrow?


The Associated Press reports that American Jermaine Jones got in a fight at Schalke training last week with star striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar. The team says everything is A-OK now.


Week 7

-Wed Apr 18
DC United 1-1 Montreal Impact - DCU goal by Maicon Santos. MI goal by Bernardo Corradi.
Venue: RFK Stadium
Atten: 10,135
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-3 Sporting Kansas City - VW goal by sebastien Le Toux. SKC goals by Aurelein Collin, Martin Bonjour(OG) & Kei Kamara.
Venue: BC Place
Atten: 15,382
-Sat Apr 21
Toronto FC 2-3 Chicago Fire SC - TFC goals both by Reggie Lambe. CF goals by Dominic Oduro, Gonzalo Segares & Patrick Nyarko.
Venue: BMO Field
Atten: 19,255
Columbus Crew 2-2 Houston Dynamo - CC goals both by Eddie Gaven. HD goals by Will Bruin & Brian Ching.
Venue: Crew Stadium
Atten: 10,479
Colorado Rapids 1-2 LA Galaxy - CR goal by Omar Cummings. LAG goals by Marvell Wynne(OG) & Landon Donovan.
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Atten: 19,152
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-0 FC Dallas - VW goal by Camilo.
Venue: BC Place
Atten: 18,027
Portland Timbers 1-0 Sporting Kansas City - PT goal by Chance Myers(OG).
Venue: JELD-WEN Field
Atten: 20,438
CD Chivas USA 0-1 Philadelphia Union - PU goal by Freddy Adu.
Venue: The Home Depot Center
Atten: 14,127
San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 Real Salt Lake - SJE goals by Khari Stephenson, Simon Dawkins & Chris Wondolowski. RSL goal by Kyle Beckerman.
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium
Atten: 10,202
-Sun Apr 22
DC United 4-1 New York Red Bulls - DCU goals by Chris Pontius(3) & Nick De Leon. NYRB goal by Thierry Henry.
Venue: RFK Stadium
Atten: 13,262

Bye: New England Revolution & Seattle Sounders


Fabian Espindola - red card - Salt Lake
Jamison Olave - red card - Salt Lake
Keon Daniel - red card - Philadelphia
Gabriel Farfan - red card - Philadelphia


Another unbelievable gaff from the defense of Toronto FC, this one just 20 seconds into the game lets Dominic Oduro pounce and score.
-Torsten Frings, this one is on you!
-Excellent celebration as well.

Reggie Lambe of Toronto makes the fans happy at least for a few minutes with this powerful long range beauty.

Eddie Gaven of Columbus with a good old fashioned uncorking!
-Commentator Duncan Oughton lets out a nice giggle!

Omar Cummings of Colorado glides, rolls, stumbles for 30 yards and then finishes big from 19 yards out!

My buddy Neal loves a diving header, so this one by Simon Dawkins of San Jose is for him.

Thierry Henry makes a consolation free kick goal look soooooo easy. Wow.


Portland removes Kansas City from the perch of undefeated, even though it took an own goal to do it, they all count the same. And Portland were desperate for a win too.

Holy Moly did San Jose pull a rabbit out of a hat with a game winner and insurance goal in second half stoppage time!

Toronto scored for the first time at home this season, then took the lead for the first time in any game this year, and gave up that lead only 30 second later. All three Chicago goal scorers were wide open when they took the shot.

TFC really missed goalkeeper Stefan Frei this round as replacement Milos Kocic was part of the problem for all 3 goals.

Hoo hooo! Chris Pontius leads DC with 3 huge goals as they destroyed New York. I mean DESTROYED em.

Steven Beitashour of San Jose has been producing some great offence from his right back position all season long! This guy just might be for real. He has show glimpses over the past two seasons, but maybe he is putting it all together.


21 Sporting Kansas City (+9)
12 DC United (+4)
10 New York Red Bulls (+3)
8 Chicago Fire SC (0)
8 Houston Dynamo (0)
7 Philadelphia Union (-2)
7 Columbus Crew (-3)
6 New England Revolution (-3)
5 Montreal Impact (-8)
0 Toronto FC (-9)
16 San Jose Earthquakes (+8)
15 Real Salt Lake (+4)
11 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (0)
10 Seattle Sounders FC (+4)
10 FC Dallas (-2)
9 LA Galaxy (0)
9 CD Chivas USA (-1)
9 Colorado Rapids (-2)
7 Portland Timbers (-2)


General News

Chris Pontius of DC United was named Player Of The Week.

Kyle McCarthy of breaks down the latest round better than anyone else - emphasis on the Toronto debacle.

Avi Creditor of Sports Illustrated with a review of MLS Week 7.

Joe Prince-Wright and Graham Parker of the Guardian with 5 things we learned in week seven.

Player Transactions

Three moves from Portland:
-English forward Eddie Johnson has retired due to concussions. He moved up from the 2nd division with the Timbers.
-Acquired forward Mike Fucito from Montreal for a future consideration.
-Acquired midfielder Lawrence Olum from Kansas City. Details on the transaction have not been released.


Chris White at the Post with Rapids player ratings from the game on Saturday agianst LA.


Ives Galarcep of Fox Soccer does a rave-up on the relatively young team DCU is fielding right now.


Brian Lewis of the Post brings us post game quotes from New York coaches & players, plus DC coach and players.

Former goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul is the starting keeper at VPS in Finland this season.


Head coach Peter Nowak who was ejected from their game on Saturday at Chivas will be suspended for the next game.
-Kerith Gabriel of the Daily News with the details.

Jonathan Tannenwald of has lots of post game quotes from coaches and players of both the Union and Chivas USA.


Portland and Seattle get wins.

Matches & Scores:
-Sun Apr 22
Vancouver Whitecaps 0-3 Portland Timbers - PT goals by Brent Richards, Frank Songo'o & Bright Dike.
-Mon Apr 23
Chivas USA 3-4 Seattle Sounders
- CUSA goals by Laurent Courtois, Juan Pablo Angel & Casey Townsend. SS goals by Cordell Cato, Sammy Ochoa(2) & Andy Rose.
DC United v New York Red Bulls
-Tue Apr 24
Sporting Kansas City v Colorado Rapids



Matches & Scores:
-Sat Apr 21
Atlanta Silverbacks 1-1 Tampa Bay Rowdies
Puerto Rico Islanders 3-1 Carolina RailHawks
San Antonio Scorpions 2-2 Fort Lauderdale Strikers
-Sun Apr 22
FC Edmonton 3-4 Minnesota Stars FC

-Wed Apr 25
Fort Lauderdale Strikers v Puerto Rico Islanders
-Sat Apr 28
Carolina RailHawks v San Antonio Scorpions
Atlanta Silverbacks v Minnesota Stars
Tampa Bay Rowdies v Fort Lauderdale Strikers

10 Puerto Rico (+7)
5 Minnesota (+1)
5 Fort Lauderdale (+1)
5 Tampa Bay (0)
3 Carolina (0)
3 Atlanta (-2)
2 San Antonio (-4)
1 Edmonton (-3)

Watch online




Brian Sciaretta at the New York Times with an article on U20 coach Tab Ramos.


Oguchi Onyewu made a triumphant return to Sporting and they got a strong road win!

Andrew Wooten scored his first Bundesliga goal with Kaiserslautern this weekend.

Damn. Mike Grella bagged another pair of goals for Bury.

US Soccer has a chat with Steve Cherundolo at Hannover.

Alex Labidou of has an interview with Gregg Berhalter who is off to a strong start in his first season as head coach of Hammarby.


Game Action:

BELGIUM - Pro League
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht - went the distance getting a yellow card as they won 0-1 at Club Brugge.

BELGIUM - Second Division
Tristan Bowen - Roeselare - started and was subbed out in 2nd half stoppage time as they drew 1-1 v White Star Woluwe.
Devann Yao - Boussu Dour Borinage - went the full 90 but lost 4-0 at Tubize.

DENMARK - Superliga
Clarence Goodson - Brondy - played the whole match but lost 0-2 to Midtjylland.
Conor O'Brien - SonderjyskE - played the full game and won 2-1 v Koge.
Brad Rusin - HB Koge - came on as a sub in the 58th but lost 2-1 at SonderjyskE.

ENGLAND - Premier League
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - went the distance as they won 2-1 v Wigan.
Brad Friedel - Tottenham - went the full 90 but lost 1-0 v QPR.
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa - on the bench in a scoreless game v Sunderland.
Tim Howard - Everton - played the entire game as they drew 4-4 at Manchester United.
Eric Lichaj - Aston Villa - played the full 90 as they drew 0-0 v Sunderland.
Tim Ream - Bolton - played the whole game as they tied 1-1 v Swansea.

ENGLAND - Championship League
Robbie Findley - Nottingham Forest - came on as a sub in 41 min but lost 2-1 at Hull.

ENGLAND - League One
Mike Grella - Bury - started and went 88 min scoring 2 goals as they won 2-4 at Notts County.
Frank Simek - Carlisle United - played the full game getting a yellow card and losing 2-1 at Sheffield Wednesday.

FINLAND - Veikkausliiga
Daniel Antunez - Inter Turku - went the full 90 as they won 2-0 v MYPA.
Mike Banner - Jaro - went the full 90 getting a yellow card and losing 4-1 at HJK.

GERMANY - Bundesliga
Timmy Chandler - Nurnberg - went the full 90 min as they tied 1-1 v Hamburg.
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - played the entire match as they drew 0-0 v Freiburg.
Fabian Johnson - Hoffenheim - played the whole game but lost 0-1 v Leverkusen.
Jermaine Jones - Schalke - went the distance getting a yellow card as they tied 1-1 at Augsburg.
Daniel Williams - Hoffenheim - on the bench as they lost 0-1 v Leverkusen.
Andrew Wooten - Kaiserslautern - started and went 89 min scoring a goal as they won 1-2 at Hertha.

GERMANY - 2 Bundesliga
Matt Taylor - Paderborn - came on as a sub in the 65th min but lost 2-0 at Karlsruher.

ITALY - Serie A
Michael Bradley - Chievo Verona - played the whole game but drew 0-0 v Udinese.

NETHERLANDS - Eredivisie
Jozy Altidore - AZ - started and went 89 min as they won 2-1 v VVV Venlo.

NORWAY - Eliteserien
Ricardo Clark - Stabaek - went the distance getting a yellow card and they lost 2-1 at Sandnes Ulf.
Steve Clark - Honefoss - went the full 90 and and won 3-1 v Aalesund.
Sean Cunningham - Stabaek - played the whole game but lost 2-1 at Sandnes Ulf.
Kenneth Di Vita Jensen - Honefoss - came on as a sub in the 60th min getting a yellow card as they won 3-1 v Aalesund.

NORWAY - 1 Divisjon
Rhett Bernstein - Mjondalen - played the full 90 but lost 5-0 at Ullensaker-Kisa.
Kyle Helton - Mjondalen - went the whole game getting a yellow card and losing 5-0 at Ullensaker-Kisa.

PORTUGAL - Primeira Liga
Oguchi Onyewu - Sporting - went the distance as they won 2-3 at Nacional.

PORTUGAL - Liga de Honra
Caleb Patterson-Sewell - Atletico CP - went the full 90 as they drew 0-0 v Desportivo Aves.
Tony Taylor - Estoril - started and went 72 min scoring a goal and getting a yellow card as they lost 2-1 at Moreirense.

SCOTLAND - Premier League
Alejandro Bedoya - Rangers - on the bench as they won 0-3 at Hearts.
Carlos Bocanegra - Rangers - played the whole game as they won 0-3 at Hearts.
Mo Edu - Rangers - went the distance and they won 0-3 at Hearts.

SWEDEN - Superettan
Lester Dewee - Angelholms - came on as a sub in the 87th min but lost 2-1 at Osters.
Brian Edwards - Degerfors - played the entire match but lost 1-2 v Umea.
Patrick Hopkins - Ljungskile - went the full 90 as they drew 0-0 v Halmstad.
Ryan Miller - Halmstad - played the full 90 as they tied 0-0 at Ljungskile.
Matt Pyzdrowski - Angelholms - went the full match but lost 2-1 at Osters.
Billy Schuler - Hammarby - came on as a sub in the 66th min and they won 3-1 v Brommapojkarna.
Steffen Vroom - Ljungskile - started and went 79 min in a scoreless game v Halmstad.


Brian Sciaretta at the New York Times with an article on Joe Benny Corona and his Tijuana team.

DaMarcus Beasley scored his 5th goal of the Clausura season for Puebla.

Greg Garza got his first start at Tijuana, which saw 3 Americans in the first 11.


Game Action:

DaMarcus Beasley - Puebla - played the full 90 scoring a goal but they lost 2-3 v America.
Edgar Castillo - Tijuana - started and came out in the 64th min as they won 0-1 at San Luis.
Joe Benny Corona - Tijuana - went the distance as they won 0-1 at San Luis.
Greg Garza - Tijuana - played the whole game and they won 0-1 at San Luis.
Herculez Gomez - Santos Laguna - started and went 57 min as they won 3-0 v Tigres.
Michael Orozco - San Luis - played the whole 90 but lost 0-1 v Tijuana.
Jose Torres - Pachuca - played the entire game as they tied 1-1 at Monterrey.



Santos reclaims the #1 spot with just 1 round before the playoffs. And America moves up to #2 from seemingly out of nowhere!

Top 10 Standings after 16 of 17 Rounds:
33 Santos Laguna - LAST: Sat Apr 21 W 3-0 v Tigres - NEXT: Sat Apr 28 at Atlas
31 America - LAST: Sun Apr 22 W 2-3 at Puebla - NEXT: Sun Apr 29 v Cruz Azul
31 Morelia - LAST: Fri Apr 20 D 1-1 v Atlante - NEXT: Sat Apr 28 at Jaguares
31 Tigres - LAST: Sat Apr 21 L 3-0 at Santos Laguna - NEXT: Sat Apr 28 v Puebla
29 Monterrey - LAST: Sat Apr 21 D 1-1 v Pachuca - NEXT: Sat Apr 28 at Atlante
27 Tijuana - LAST: Sat Apr 21 W 0-1 at San Luis - NEXT: Sun Apr 29 v Pumas
25 Pachuca - LAST: Sat Apr 21 D 1-1 at Monterrey - NEXT: Sat Apr 28 v Guadalajara
24 Cruz Azul - LAST: Sat Apr 21 W 5-2 v Tecos - NEXT: Sun Apr 29 at America
24 Jaguares - LAST: Sun Apr 22 W 0-3 at Pumas
-The top 8 make the playoffs.

Jacob Steinberg, Rob Smyth and Gregg Roughley of the Guardian with five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend.

English players named Robin Van Persie as the Premier League Player of the Year.
-Why did they vote on this in February. Couldn't they vote when the season is over and announce it in the summer? Nah. That would make sense.


Sid Lowe of the Guardian on Real Madrid's decisive win over Barcelona to all but seal the league title, and a look at the rest of the round in La Liga.

Gabriele Marcotti of the Wall Street Journal on Jose Mourniho finally leading Real Madrid over Barcelona in league play.


Raphael Honigstein of the Guardian on Dortmund's championship and the rest of the week in the Bundesliga.


Paolo Bandini of the Guardian on the humiliating mess in Genoa and the rest of the weekend in Serie A.


Netherlands - the chase for the Eredivisie crown!

Ajax are in the drivers seat now with a 6 points lead and just 3 games to play.

And several of the contenders are matched up next weeked so it will be a huge round.
Standings: (31 of 34 games played)
67 Ajax - LAST: Sun Apr 22 W 2-0 v Groningen - NEXT: Sun Apr 29 at Twente
61 AZ - LAST: Sun Apr 22 W 2-1 v VVV - NEXT: Sun Apr 29 at Feyenoord
61 Feyenoord - LAST: Sun Apr 22 W 1-2 at ADO Den Haag - NEXT: Sun Apr 29 v AZ
60 Twente - LAST: Sat Apr 21 W 0-1 at Excelsior - NEXT: Sun Apr 29 v Ajax
60 PSV - LAST: Sun Apr 22 W 2-1 v NEC - NEXT: Sun Apr 29 at Roda JC
58 Heerenveen - LAST: Sat Apr 21 D 1-1 v Vitesse - NEXT: Sat Apr 28 at Heracles


The Knockout Stage

Games begin on Wednesday this week. Stay tuned.


Anonymous Neal said...

Thanks for sharing the diving header, my friend.

9:07 PM  
Anonymous Jay said...

What a debacle from the RSL front office on selling rights to something they don't fully own! Kudos to the writer for this, though:

"There is really no parallel in U.S. professional sports – no examples of fan-driven organizations league-wide being so influential and engaged."

Nice to see a sports reporter recognizing that MLS is unique among American leagues in this regard. The league is establishing an identity.

One other note: All three San Jose goals came in stoppage time: one at the end of the first half and two at the end of the second. So, ironically, RSL can say they kept a clean sheet for 90 minutes.

12:20 PM  

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