Monday, April 30, 2012

Some Soccer News for Mon Apr 30, 2012


ESPN will roll out ESPNFC this week to co-incide with their coverage of the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship. Read all about it right here.


Has Thierry Henry's jet-set lifestyle caught up with him? He badly damaged a hamstring on Saturday just a few days after traveling to Europe and back earlier in the week, for the second time in a month. I am no doctor, but I can't imagine all the travel, no matter how luxurious, has helped him stay in peak condition. Athletes need rest to recover and I know that flying around the world has never been restful for me.


Real Madrid can win the Primera title on Wednesday with a victory or Barca dropping any points.


Lille has fought its way back in to the Ligue 1 title chase now trailing 2nd place PSG by just two points and leaders Montpellier by seven with 4 games to go.


With all the drama of a barking dog England will hire Roy Hodgson as their new national team manager. So much for Bobble Head Harry.


Like amazing ninja's the Stars stole another one on the road, this time a goal deep into stoppage time to tie the game In Atlanta and take home a point. They had trailed 2-0 and 3-1 late. It was a glorious draw, if there is such a thing. I know I was leaping around celebrating like an idiot!
-Between this game and last weekend in Edmonton the Stars entered second half stoppage time with 1 point in their hands and came home with 4! Thats how you make an average season great.

Match & Score:
-Sat Apr 28
Atlanta Silverbacks 3-3 Minnesota Stars FC - AS goals by . MS goals by Amani Walker, Devin Del Do & Justin Davis.
Venue: Silverbacks Stadium


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There are 138 teams in our league!

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


Seattle Sounder FC v LA Galaxy at 9:00PM CT on Wed May 2 at CenturyLink Field in downtown Seattle.


This coming weekend will see the final two spots filled for the 64 team tournament, and First Round will be played on Wed May 15!
-Here are the 62 so far qualified.

The draw for the First Round will be held Tue May 1.


Matches & Scores:
-Sun Apr 29
Udinese 2-0 Lazio - Udi wins to move from #5 to #4 while Laz falls from #3 to #6, with the #3 finisher going to the Champions League.
Lille 2-1 PSG - #3 is suddenly just 2 points back of #2.
-Mon Apr 30
Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United - Man City dominated the derby for all the marbles. How cool was that?

Race for the title in the five biggest European leagues:
La Liga - 3 games left
91 Real Madrid - LAST: Sun Apr 29 W 3-0 v Sevilla - NEXT: Wed May 2 at Athletic Bilbao
84 Barcelona - LAST: Sun Apr 29 0-7 at Rayo Vallecano - NEXT: Wed May 2 v Malaga
Premier League - 2 games left
83 Manchester City (+61 GD) - NEXT: Mon Apr 30 v Manchester United
83 Manchester United (+53) - NEXT: Mon Apr 30 at Manchester City
CHAMPS! - Borussia Dortmund
Serie A - 3 games left
77 Juventus - LAST: Sun Apr 29 W 0-4 at Novara - NEXT: Wed May 2 v Lecce
74 Milan - LAST: Sun Apr 29 W 1-4 at Siena - NEXT: Wed May 2 v Atalanta
Ligue 1 - 4 games left
72 Montpellier - LAST: Fri Apr 27 W 0-1 at Toulouse - NEXT: Tue May 1 v Evian
67 PSG - LAST: Sun Apr 29 L 2-1 at Lille - NEXT: Wed May 2 v Saint Etienne
65 Lille - LAST: Sun Apr 29 W 2-1 v PSG - NEXT: Wed May 2 at Nice


Did you know that long time Liverpool great Sami Hyypia is the head coach at Bayer Leverkusen?


Reports from Germany have Raul already signed by a club in Qatar.
-I will believe it when I see it. Remember when Beckham had already bought a house in Paris and was in that city to be introduced by PSG. It was never true.


In 21 Bundesliga appearances this season Jermaine Jones has 14 yellow cards.


Week 8

-Wed Apr 25 FC Dallas 1-1 Real Salt Lake - FCD goal by Brek Shea(PK). RSL goal by Emiliano Bonfigli.
Venue: FC Dallas Stadium
Atten: 10,069 -Sat Apr 28 Montreal Impact 2-0 Portland Timbers - Mon goals by Bernardo Corradi & Sinisia Ubiparipovic.
Venue: Olympic Stadium
Atten: 19,233

New York Red Bulls 1-0 New England Revolution - NYRB by Thierry Henry.
Venue: Red Bull Arena
Atten: 18,152
Philadelphia Union 1-2 San Jose Earthquakes - PU goal by Gabriel Gomez. SJE goals both by Steven Lenart.
Venue: PPL Park
Atten: 18,581
DC United 3-2 Houston Dynamo - DCU goals by Maicon Santos(2) & Dwayne DeRosario. HD goals both by Will Bruin.
Venue: RFK Stadium
Atten: 13,975
Columbus Crew 0-1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC - VW goal by Young Po Lee.
Venue: Crew Stadium
Atten: 11,978
Chicago Fire SC 1-2 Seattle Sounders FC - CF goal by Marco Pappa. SS goals by Arne Freidrich(OG) & Eddie Johnson.
Venue: Toyota Park
Atten: 14,166
Real Salt Lake 3-2 Toronto FC - RSL goals by Kyle Beckerman, Richard Eckersley(OG) & Jonny Steele. TFC goals by Eric Avila & Doneil Henry.
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium
Atten: 17,629
Colorado Rapids 4-0 CD Chivas USA - CR goals by Tony Cascio, Kamani Hill(2) & Jeff Larentowicz(PK).
Venue: Dick's sporting Goods Park
Atten: 10,969
LA Galaxy 1-1 FC Dallas - LAG goal by Pat Noonan. FCD goal by Brek Shea(PK).
Venue: The Home Depot Center
Atten: 23,249

Bye: Sporting Kansas City


Colorado scored 3 after the 80th min.

Why in the world would Landon Donovan let Robbie Keane take a Penalty Kick? Why? Donovan is nearly golden from the spot! Robbie Keane, eeeeehhhhh, not so much. He missed on Saturday and LA settled for a tie.

TFC loses AGAIN, this time giving up the winner in second half stoppage time.
NYRB gets iis first shut out of the season, when everyone is injured!

Off! Thierry Henry scored one of his more amazing goals of the season, and then a few minutes later he jacks up his hamstring and goes out of the game. Hey, the team held on to the 1 goal lead though!
-Although New England keeper Matt Reis is just as much to blame for his terrible positioning. What was Reis doing?


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


General News

Steven Lenhart of San Jose has been named Player of the Week.

Kyle McCarthy of with his breakdown of what he saw in week 8.

Graham Parker of the Guardian with 5 things we learned in week eight.


Matches & Scores:
-Tue May 1
Sporting Kansas City v FC Dallas



Here is the complete schedule of all the big club matches going on this summer pitting MLS teams against European teams.


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Apr 28
Carolina RailHawks 0-1 San Antonio Scorpions
Atlanta Silverbacks 3-3 Minnesota Stars
Tampa Bay Rowdies 3-1 Fort Lauderdale Strikers

-Wed May 2
Carolina RailHawks v Fort Lauderdale Strikers
-Sat May 5
Minnesota Stars v Atlanta Silverbacks
San Antonio Scorpions v Tampa Bay Rowdies
-Sun May 6
FC Edmonton v Carolina RailHawks

Watch online

10 Puerto Rico (+6)
8 Tampa Bay (+2)
8 Fort Lauderdale (0)
6 Minnesota (+1)
5 San Antonio (-3)
4 Atlanta (-2)
3 Carolina (-1)
1 Edmonton (-3)




Jonathan Spector & Birmingham finished 4th in the English Championship division which puts them in the promotion playoffs that begin later this week.

Great to see Oguchi Onyewu all the way back into the first 11 at Sporting this weekend.

Head coach Gregg Berhalter has his team Hammarby off to a perfect start with 12 points from 4 games in Sweden!
-And first year professional Billy Schuler is one of his regulars.

Sacha Kljestan was suspended for the teams 0-4 win on Friday at Genk due to yellow card accumulation.

In his first game in Finland last Wednesday Aaron Wheeler scored on 2 late Penalty Kicks to give his team KooTeePee a win in the league cup Round of 16.


Game Action:

BELGIUM - Second Division
Tristan Bowen - Roeselare - started and went 86 min in a scoreless game at Brussels.
Devann Yao - Boussu Dour Borinage - came on as a sub in the 53rd min but lost 1-2 v Tienen.

DENMARK - Superliga
Clarence Goodson - Brondy - played the full 90 and tied 3-3 at SonderjyskE.
Conor O'Brien - SonderjyskE - went the distance as they tied 3-3 v Brondby.
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - played the whole game as they won 5-3 v Aarhus.
Brad Rusin - HB Koge - started and went 88 min as they won 2-1 v Horsens.

ENGLAND - Premier League
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - played the whole game but lost 4-0 at Everton.
Brad Friedel - Tottenham - played the full match and won 2-0 v Blackburn.
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa - on the bench as they tied 0-0 at West Brom.
Tim Howard - Everton - in goal as usual and they won 4-0 v Fulham.
Eric Lichaj - Aston Villa - played the full 90 and tied 0-0 at West Brom.
Tim Ream - Bolton - went the distance as they tied 2-2 at Sunderland.

ENGLAND - League One
Mike Grella - Bury - started and went 84 min as they tied 0-0 v Oldham.
Frank Simek - Carlisle United - played the whole game as they won 4-1 v Exeter.

FINLAND - Veikkausliiga
Daniel Antunez - Inter Turku - played the full match as they won 0-5 at Lahti.
Mike Banner - Jaro - went the distance as they won 1-0 v KuPS.
Etchu Tabe - KuPS - came on as a sub at half time but lost 1-0 at Jaro.

FINLAND - Ykkonen
Justin Moose - SJK - started but came off at half time as they tied 1-1 at JIPPO.
Aaron Wheeler - KooTeePee - started and went 75 min as they won 0-3 at HIFK.

GERMANY - Bundesliga
Timmy Chandler - Nurnberg - went the full 90 getting a yellow card as they won 2-3 at Hoffenheim.
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - played the whole game but lost 1-0 at Leverkusen.
Fabian Johnson - Hoffenheim - went the distance but lost 2-3 v Nurnberg.
Jermaine Jones - Schalke - started and went 85 min picking up a yellow card as they won 4-0 v Hertha.
Andrew Wooten - Kaiserslautern - went the distance but lost 2-5 v Dortmund.

ITALY - Serie A
Michael Bradley - Chievo Verona - played the entire match as they tied 0-0 at Cagliari.

NETHERLANDS - Eredivisie
Jozy Altidore - AZ - started and played 85 min but lost 1-0 at Feyenoord.

NETHERLANDS - Eerste Divisie
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - came on as a sub at half time and they won 2-1 v Dordrecht.

NORWAY - Eliteserien
Erik Benjaminsen - Stabaek - on the bench but lost 0-2 v Odd Grenland.
Steve Clark - Honefoss - in goal for the whole game as usual and they tied 0-0 at Tromso.
Sean Cunningham - Stabaek - played the entire game but lost 0-2 v Odd Grenland.
Josh Gatt - Molde - on the bench as they lost 2-1 at Sogndal.
Kenneth Di Vita Jensen - Honefoss - played the whole game as they tied 0-0 at Tromso.

NORWAY - 1 Divisjon
Rhett Bernstein - Mjondalen - played the whole match as they tied 1-1 v Bryne.
Kyle Helton - Mjondalen - went the full 90 and tied 1-1 v Bryne.

PORTUGAL - Primeira Liga
Oguchi Onyewu - Sporting - went the full 90 as they won 2-1 v Academica.
Alex Zahavi - Vitoria Setubal - on the bench as they lost 0-3 v Nacional.
PORTUGAL - Liga de Honra
Caleb Patterson-Sewell - Atletico CP - went the distance as they tied 2-2 at Freamunde.
Tony Taylor - Estoril - started and went 84 min but drew 0-0 v Santa Clara.

SCOTLAND - Premier League
Alejandro Bedoya - Rangers - on the bench as they lost 3-0 v Celtic.
Carlos Bocanegra - Rangers - played the full 90 as they lost 3-0 v Celtic.
Mo Edu - Rangers - went the whole game but lost 3-0 v Celtic.

SWEDEN - Superettan
Brian Edwards - Degerfors - played the full match but lost 1-0 at Brommapojkarna.
Patrick Hopkins - Ljungskile - played the whole match getting a yellow card as they won 0-1 at Umea.
Ryan Miller - Halmstad - went the distance as they won 3-1 v Trelleborg.
Matt Pyzdrowski - Angelholms - went the full 90 and won 3-1 v Assyriska.
Billy Schuler - Hammarby - played the whole game as they won 0-2 at Brage.
Steffen Vroom - Ljungskile - started and went 68 min as they won 0-1 at Umea.


5 Americans who play regularly for their teams made the playoffs this weekend!
-Jose Torres - Pachua
-Herculez Gomez - Santos Laguna
-Edgar Castillo - Tijuana
-Joe Benny Corona - Tijuana
-Greg Garza - Tijuana

And three Americans were in the starting 11 at Tijuana on Saturday! Amazing! The new Team America.

Brian Sciaretta of Yanks Abroad with an article on Stevie Rodriguez who recently signed with Tijuana is getting close to making his first team debut.


Game Action:

DaMarcus Beasley - Puebla - played the entire match and they won 1-2 at Tigres.
Edgar Castillo - Tijuana - went the distance as they drew 1-1 v Pumas.
Joe Benny Corona - Tijuana - played the whole 90 as they tied 1-1 v Pumas.
Greg Garza - Tijuana - started and went 45 min as they tied 1-1 v Pumas.
Herculez Gomez - Santos Laguna - on the bench as they won 1-3 at Atlas.
Michael Orozco - San Luis - played the whole game but lost 2-1 at Toluca.
Jose Torres - Pachuca - went the full 90 as they won 3-1 v Guadalajara.



The regular season is over and the playoff pairings are all set. We are just waiting for exact game dates to be announced.

The final Top 8 Standings after all 17 Rounds have been played:
36 Santos Laguna - LAST: Sat Apr 28 W 1-3 at Atlas
32 Monterrey (+17) - LAST: Sat Apr 28 W 0-3 at Atlante
32 America (+12) - LAST: Sun Apr 29 D 2-2 v Cruz Azul
31 Morelia (+7) - LAST: Sat Apr 28 L 1-0 at Jaguares
31 Tigres (+6) - LAST: Sat Apr 28 L 1-2 v Puebla
28 Pachuca (+7)(24GF) - LAST: Sat Apr 28 W 3-1 v Guadalajara
28 Tijuana (+7)(17GF) - LAST: Sun Apr 29 D 1-1 v Pumas
27 Jaguares - LAST: Sat Apr 28 W 1-0 v Morelia

La Liguilla

Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
Jaguares v Santos Laguna
Tijuana v Monterrey
Pachuca v America
Tigres v Morelia
2nd Leg
Santos Laguna v Jaguares
Monterrey v Tijuana
America v Pachuca
Morelia v Tigres

If the teams are tied after the two legs, then the higher seed advances.


Rob Smyth, Evan Fanning and Tom Davies of the Guardian with five things we learned from watching English football this weekend.


Coupe De France - Final

Lyon are the France Cup champions!

Matches & Scores:
-Sat Apr 28
Lyon 1-0 Quevilly - Lyo goal by Lisandro Lopez.


Raphael Honigstein reports on lots of home stadium farewells from beloved players in the Bundesliga this week, and a round up of all the games too.


The following article is not nearly as big a deal as the screaming headline and first 3 paragraphs make it out to be:
Paolo Bandini of the Guardian tells us about the high drama surrounding the chase for the final UEFA Champions League spot in Serie A, and a round up of the rest of the league's action from the weekend.
-Turns out the wild play made no difference in who won, and that goal differential is the second tie breaker, but the first tie breaker "head to head" is already been determined if these two teams end up tied. So this story should be a footnote not a major story.


Netherlands - the chase for the Eredivisie crown!

Ajax has won the title in every way except officially. It has a 6 point lead with two games to play over Feyenoord, and a +24 goal differential advantage in the first tie breaker.

Standings: (32 of 34 games played)
70 Ajax (+53) - LAST: Sun Apr 29 W 1-2 at Twente - NEXT: Wed May 2 v VVV Venlo
64 Feyenoord (+29) - LAST: Sun Apr 29 W 1-0 v AZ - NEXT: Wed May 2 v Heracles
63 PSV - LAST: Sun Apr 29 W 1-3 at Roda JC - NEXT: Wed May 2 v ADO Den Haag
61 AZ - LAST: Sun Apr 29 L 1-0 at Feyenoord - NEXT: Wed May 2 at NEC
61 Heerenveen - LAST: Sat Apr 28 W 2-4 at Heracles - NEXT: Wed May 2 at Twente
60 Twente - LAST: Sun Apr 29 L 1-2 v Ajax - NEXT: Wed May 2 v Heerenveen


The Knockout Stage

Three days of matches this week to complete the 1st Leg.


Round of 16

Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Tue May 1
Cruz Azul v Libertad
Atletico Nacional v Velez Sarsfield
-Wed May 2
Boca Juniors v Union Espanola
Emelec v Corintians
Vasco Da Gama v Lanus
-Thu May 3
Deportivo Quito v Universidad Chile

Asian Champions League - Group Stage - Matchday 5 will be played on May 1 & 2.

-Standings etc.


Don't miss out on our review of Robert Andrew Powell's book This Love is Not for Cowards: Salvation and Soccer in Ciudad Juarez, reviewed by Paul Demko.


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