Thursday, April 12, 2012

Some Soccer News for Thu Apr 12, 2012


So, what is it really like to be the coach of Egypt. Check out this insanity! From Ahram:
-National team's American coach says his recent comments to BBC, in which he held SCAF responsible for Port Said violence, were taken out of context
-Egypt's FA considers suing BBC over Bradley's SCAF comments

Mohsen Saleh who last coached Egypt in 2004 went so far as to say this about Bob Bradley: "...accused him of being part of a "conspiracy" orchestrated by American NGOs operating in Egypt."


Four big European leagues had important mid-week games of consequence yesterday as we get closer and closer to the finish line:
La Liga - 6 games left
82 Real Madrid - LAST: Wed Apr 11 W 1-4 at Atletico Madrid - NEXT: Sat Apr 14 v Sporting Gijon
78 Barcelona - LAST: Tue Apr 10 W 4-0 v Getafe - NEXT: Sat Apr 14 at Levante
Premier League - 5 games left
79 Manchester United - LAST: Wed Apr 11 L 1-0 at Wigan- NEXT: Sun Apr 15 v Aston Villa
74 Manchester City - LAST: Wed Apr 11 W 4-0 v West Brom - NEXT: Sat Apr 14 at Norwich
Bundesliga - 4 games left
69 Borussia Dortmund - LAST: Wed Apr 11 W 1-0 v Bayern Munich - NEXT: Sat Apr 14 at Schalke
63 Bayern Munich - LAST: Wed Apr 11 L 1-0 at Borussia Dortmund - NEXT: Sat Apr 14 v Mainz
Serie A - 6 games left
68 Juventus - LAST: W 2-1 v Lazio - NEXT: Sun Apr 15 at Cesena
67 Milan - LAST: Tue Apr 10 W 0-1 at Chievo - NEXT: Sat Apr 14 v Genoa


The Stars posted a great video from Opening Day.


2011 Championship Rematch!

Join us at the Sweetwater in St Paul on Saturday night for the viewing party for the first road game of the season.

Match & Score:
-Sat Apr 14
Fort Lauderdale Strikers FC v Minnesota Stars FC - 6:30CT
Venue: Lockhart Stadium


The Stars signed centerback Mba Ernest Tchoupe Ndefotsing from Cameroon today.
-Can anyone out there give me a hand with that pronunciation?


du Nord at the Controls - Tue Apr 10, 2012 - new music mix at Spotify.


Brian Mullan of the Colorado Rapids will make his first appearance in Seattle since his awful foul on Sounder midfielder Steve Zakuani resulted in a several broken leg.

" advice (to the fans) is just let it go and support the team..."

Don Ruiz of the Tacoma News Tribune has several quotes from Zakuani, who is just starting to see minutes in reserve games, about Mullan coming to Seattle to play.
-Short comments from both Seattle GM Adrian Hanauer and head coach Sigi Schmid.

Art Thiel of Sportspress Northwest writes that fans should be beyond reproach when it comes to treating Mullan.


If World Cup qualifying began today I know who I would pick as 10 of my 11 USA starters.
F: Dempsey - Altidore - Gomez
M: Jones - Bradley - Donovan
D: Chandler - Bocanegra - ? - Cherundolo
G: Howard

So, who is my other centerback?
The list of possibles:
-Geoff Cameron
-Clarence Goodson
-Michael Orozco Fiscal
-Michael Parkhurst
-Tim Ream

Remember that Oguchi Onyewu is out injured.


That old Pele fella cracks me up!

Even Neymar is laughing at Pele for saying Messi could not be better than Pele because Messi was not even better than Neymar.

Its quite an accomplishment to sound dumber and more xenophobic than Maradonna.


Matches & Scores:
-Wed Apr 11
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Bayern Munchen - Oh Yeah! The win gives #1 a 6 point lead over #2 with just 4 games left to play.
Juventus v Lazio - the win jumps Juve back to #1 in Serie A
Atletico Madrid 1-4 Real Madrid - the Madrid derby is not even close, as usual

-Sat Apr 14
Schalke v Borussia Dortmund - a possible stumbling block for the league leaders


The house cleaning at Liverpool got started today as the highly touted Director of Football Damien Comolli left "by mutual consent."
-He was in charge for about 18 months and spent one helluva lot of money for some pretty mediocre results.

Its good to see Liverpool not just do the easy thing and get rid of the head coach, although he needs to go too, but must rebuild the whole unit not just the brain.


Nicholas Anelka's team in China, Shanghai Shenhua has gotten off to such a poor start this season under head coach Jean Tigana, France and Fulham fans know him, that they have named Anelka as an Assistant Coach.
-That should do the trick. Right?


I love this!

The Guardian goes with Joey Barton on a tour of the National Portrait Gallery in London - a video camera and microphone in hand.
-Hilarious hearing him comment on Lucian Freud's work.

FYI - the National Portrait Gallery in London might be my favorite art gallery I have ever been to. I love the place.


Week 6

-Sat Apr 14
Philadelphia Union v Columbus Crew - 2:30PM CT on NBCSN
Venue: PPL Park
New England Revolution v DC United - 3:00PM CT
Venue: Gillette Stadium
Seattle Sounders FC v Colorado Rapids - 3:00PM CT
Venue: CenturyLink Field
Toronto FC v CD Chivas USA - 3:30PM CT
Venue: BMO Field
New York Red Bulls v San Jose Earthquakes - 6:00PM CT
Venue: Red Bull Arena
FC Dallas v Montreal Impact - 7:30PM CT
Venue: FC Dallas Stadium
Sporting Kansas City v Real Salt Lake - 7:30PM CT
Venue: Livestrong Sporting Park
LA Galaxy v Portland Timbers - 9:30PM CT
Venue: The Home Depot Center
-Sun Apr 15
Chicago Fire SC v Houston Dynamo - 6:00PM CT on Galavision
Venue: Toyota Park

Bye: Vancouver Whitecaps FC


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



John Meyer of the Post gets the explanation from head coach Oscar Pareja on why he used Drew Moor in the midfield last weekend.

Meyer also writes that Conor Casey is almost ready to return from his ruptured achilles tendon.


Big Move - FCD has rescinded the loan deal for defender/midfielder/forward Jackson and recalled him from Cruzeiro in Brazil.
-3rd Degree fills in the details.


Brian Lewis of the Post reports that Wilman Conde looks likely to be out of the lineup for a month due to a groin injury.


Marc Weber of the Province with yet another article on Omar Salgado who has done nothing yet for the Whitecaps.
-He is a kid that has a lot to learn and the team knew that when they made him the #1 over all SuperDraft pick in 2011. So why write an article every other month on the kid? Let him be a kid and learn. And someone please tell him to shut up.

The director of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic John Furlong has been named as the new Executive Chair of Whitecaps.


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Apr 14
Carolina RailHawks FC v Atlanta Silverbacks
Tampa Bay Rowdies v FC Edmonton
Fort Lauderdale Strikers FC v Minnesota Stars FC
-Sun Apr 15
San Antonio Scorpions FC v Puerto Rico Islanders FC

Watch online


Matches & Scores:
-Fri Apr 13
Charlotte Eagles v Dayton Dutch Lions
-Sat Apr 14
Charleston Battery v Richmond Kickers
Los Angeles Blues v Rochester Rhinos
-Sun Apr 15
Orlando City v Wilmington Hammerheads



The team is training in Portland OR from Apr 9 to 16.

Matches & Scores:
-Thu Apr 12
USA v Univ Portland
-Sun Apr 15
USA v Opponent TBA

Tomas Gomez - Georgetown Univ
Jake McGuire - Chivas USA Academy
Christian Dean - Univ California
Bryan Gallego - Univ Akron
Jordan McCrary - Univ North Carolina
Eric Miller - Univ Creighton
Juan Pablo Ocegueda - UANL Tigres
Boyd Okwuonu - Univ North Carolina
William Packwood - Birmingham City
Jeffrey Payeras - LA Galaxy Academy
Javan Torre - LA Galaxy Academy
Derek Vogel - Pateadores
Seth Casiple - Univ California
Benji Joya - Santos Laguna
Mikey Lopez - Univ North Carolina
Collin Martin - DC United Academy
Victor Pineda - Chicago Fire
Wil Trapp - Univ Akron
Daniel Cuevas - Santos Laguna
Ethan Decker - New York Red Bulls Academy
Daniel Garcia - FC Dallas Academy
Jack McBean - LA Galaxy
James Rogers - Univ New Mexico
Jonathan Top - FC Dallas


USSoccer with some words on Jozy Altidore and his ever improving season in the Eredivisie.

J.R. Eskilson & Travis Clark of Top Drawer talk to Villyan Bijev who is at Fortuna Dusseldorf in the 2.Bundesliga on loan from Liverpool, and recently made his first team debut.



Top 8 Standings after 14 of 17 Rounds:
30 Santos Laguna - NEXT: Sat Apr 14 at America
28 Monterrey - NEXT: Sat Apr 14 at Atlas
28 Tigres - NEXT: Sat Apr 14 v Guadalajara
27 Morelia - NEXT: Sat Apr 14 at Pachuca
25 America - NEXT: Sat Apr 14 v Santos Laguna
24 Pachuca - NEXT: Sat Apr 14 v Morelia
23 Tijuana - NEXT: Fri Apr 13 at Jaguares
20 Jaguares - NEXT: Fri Apr 13 v Tijuana
18 Cruz Azul
18 Toluca
-The top 8 make the playoffs.


Ben Rycroft of the CBC looks at Canada's tricky World Cup qualifying group - Cuba, Honduras & Panama.
-With the top two teams advancing from that group Canada is currently ranked 3rd and going nowhere by many prognosticators.

John Molinaro of Sports Net looks at who might be suiting up for that Canada team.


FA Cup - Semifinals
Matches & Scores:
-Sat Apr 14
Liverpool v Everton
-Sun Apr 15
Tottenham v Chelsea


Sid Lowe of the Guardian on Cristiano Ronaldo's latest goal onslaught and news from the rest of the midweek round in La Liga.


Coupe de la Ligue - Final

Matches & Scores:
-Sat Apr 14
Marseille v Lyon


Raphael Honigstein of the Guardian writes about Dortmund who stuck a knife in Bayern yesterday, but is the Bavarian giant dead?, and the rest of the midweek round in the Bundesliga.


Paolo Bandini of the Guardian writes about Lecce who have the 3rd highest points total since Jan 1, but are still in the relegation zone, plus the rest of the midweek action in Serie A.



As of Wed Apr 11

Serie A (32 of 38 played)
-bottom 3 relegated
37 Bologna (31 gp)
37 Fiorentina
36 Genoa
34 Lecce
25 Novara
21 Cesena

Bundesliga (30 of 34 played)
-bottom 2 relegated - then - 3rd from bottom play 2.Bundes 3rd from top in 2 legs
35 Nurnberg
35 Freiburg
31 Hamburg
30 Augsburg
29 Koln
27 Hertha
20 Kaiserslautern

La Liga (32 of 38 played)
-bottom 3 relegated
37 Mallorca
36 Granada
32 Villarreal
28 Sporting Gijon
28 Real Zaragoza
25 Racing Santander

Premier League (33 of 38 played)
-bottom 3 relegated
31 Queens Park Rangers
31 Wigan
29 Bolton (32 gp)
28 Blackburn
22 Wolverhampton

Ligue 1 (31 of 38 played)
-bottom 3 relegated
34 Nice
34 Dijon
33 Brest
33 Caen
33 Ajaccio
32 Lorient
30 Sochaux
27 Auxerre


Portugal League Cup - Final

-Sat Apr 14
Gil Vicente v Benfica


Strong wins last night for some big teams Velez Sarasfield, Corinthians & Boca Juniors.

The loss for Fluminense meant nothing as they had already advanced.

Every team has now played 5 games and as you can see from the two lists below a majority of teams have already advanced or been eliminated.
-See the group standings below to get the best picture of who is in or out.

Round 6 games begin tonight and end next Thursday.


ADVANCED: (11 of 16) Atletico Nacional(Colombia), Boca Juniors(Argentina), Cruz Azul(Mexico), Corintians(Brazil), Fluminense(Brazil), Lanus(Argentina), Libertad(Paraguay), Universidad Chile(Chile), Union Espanola(Chile), Vasco Da Gama(Brazil), Velez Sarsfield(Argentina)

ELIMINATED: (9 of 16) Alianza Lima(Peru), Arsenal(Argentina), Godoy Cruz(Argentina), Juan Aurich(Peru), Nacional(Uruguay), Nacional Asuncion(Paraguay), Penarol(Uruguay), Deportivo Tachira(Venezuela), Zamora(Venezuela)


Group Stage

Matches & Scores:
-Tue Apr 10
Deportivo Quito 2-0 Defensor Sporting - DQ goals by Luis Checa & Julio Bevacqua.
Zamora 0-1 Arsenal - Ars goal by Juan Caffa(PK).
Union Espanol 2-1 Bolivar - UE goals by Braulio Leal & Emanuel Herrera. Bol goal by Ever Cantero.
Atletico Nacional 3-0 Penarol - AN goals by Oscar Murillo, Dorlan Pabon & Diego Alvarez.
-Wed Apr 11
Guadalajara 0-2 Velez Sarsfield - VS goals by Augusto Fernandez & Lucas Pratto.
Nacional Asuncion 1-3 Corinthians - NA goal by Carlos Ruiz Peralta. Cor goals by Jorge Henrique, Emerson Shiek & Elton.
Fluminense 0-2 Boca Juniors - BJ goals by Dario Cvitnaich & Juan Sanchez Mino.
-Thu Apr 12
Flamengo v Lanus
Olimpia v Emelec
Alianza Lima v Libertad
Nacional v Vasco da Gama



Group 1
10 Santos (+5)
8 Internacional (+5)
7 The Strongest (-4)
OUT-3 Juan Aurich (-6)
Group 2
ADV-10 Lanus (+8)
7 Olimpia (-5)
6 Emelec (-2)
5 Flamengo (-1)
Group 3
ADV-10 Union Espanola (+4)
7 Bolivar (-1)
6 Universidad Catholica (-2)
4 Junior (-1)
Group 4
ADV-12 Fluminense (+2)
ADV-10 Boca Juniors (+4)
OUT-6 Arsenal (0)
OUT-1 Zamora (-6)
Group 5
ADV-10 Vasco Da Gama (+3)
ADV-10 Libertad (+3)
OUT-6 Nacional (-1)
OUT-3 Alianza Lima (-5)
Group 6
ADV-11 Corintians (+5)
ADV-8 Cruz Azul (+4)
OUT-4 Nacional Asuncion (-4)
OUT-3 Tachira (-5)
Group 7
ADV-12 Velez Sarsfield (+4)
7 Deportivo Quito (+2)
6 Defensor Sporting (-3)
4 Guadalajara (-5)
Group 8
ADV-11 Atletico Nacional (+9)
ADV-10 Universidad Chile (+4)
OUT-5 Godoy Cruz (-4)
OUT-1 Penarol (-9)


Bob Bradley's Egypt has won another friendly match today beating Nigeria 3-2.

Ahram with a match report, saying Egypt won it in stoppage time against a Nigeria team made up of domestic club based players.

They will play 2 more friendly matches in the next few days:

Matches & Scores:
-Sat Apr 14
Egypt v Angola
-Tue Apr 17
Egypt v Iraq


Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, who is my other centerback?
Duh, I think I'll take Goodson who was the Italian media's MOTM in our great victory on forign siol ever....any other hardquestions???

6:49 PM  

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