Thursday, May 17, 2012

Some Soccer News for Thu May 17, 2012

STORY OF THE DAY

This is some of the most powerful stuff I have ever seen written on soccer!
Wayne Drehs of ESPN with an incredible report (words, photos, audio & video) on Bob Bradley and his life in Egypt as the national team manager! I love this!
-Drehs also writes about Bradleys relationship with the teams star player Mohamed Aboutrika.
-Try and imagine this meeting:















STARTERS

Two trades in MLS today see both Juan Agudelo and Danny Califf moving to new teams. See details in MLS Player Transaction section below.

dN

Yesterday in Germany a tie in a second leg playoff game sent Fortuna Dusseldorf up to the Bundesliga for next season, but losing Hertha Berlin has filed a complaint and want the game replayed. Late in the game, played in Dusseldorf, fans twice stormed the field and reigned down flares onto the field. The German federation has called an emergency meeting for Friday. It would be hard to see them not replay this game in an empty stadium.

dN

American centerback Zak Whitbread was released by Norwich today. He played a lot of minutes in a good Premier League season for the team, but he has also been plagued by injuries over the years.

dN

Smart Move! Vancouver will show the Champions League final on the jumbo-trons in BC Place stadium before the Whitecaps v Seattle game.

dN

The draw for the Asian Champions League knockout rounds is all set. See the brakets in the appropriate section below.

THIS IS WHY ITS SO GREAT BEING AN MLS FAN

MLS' supporters week series:

-How to create tifo, with the 1906 Ultras
-The Artist
-For Rancid drummer Branden Steineckert, supporting means being original
-A Rapids fan in his own words
-Going the extra mile for club and country
-This or That: Are you a fan or a supporter?
-Great moments in MLS fan history
-Respecting the original MLS "crazies"

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Graham Parker of the Guardian also writes about MLS supporters - focusing on Chivas USA fans just ahead of their rivalry match with the Galaxy.
-Even more amazing is the inclusion of actual quotes from the legendary "silent one" Marcin from Chicago's Section 8.

MINNESOTA STARS FC

Vote for the NASL Play of the Week - Watch this Kevin Venegas goal for the Stars, and then try to vote for someone else!

TASTIEST MLS GAME OF THE WEEKEND

The first Cascadia Cup clash of the season sees Vancouver Whitecaps host Seattle Sounders on Saturday afternoon at 4pm CT.
-Do you realize this is the 126th time these two teams have played!

Also on Saturday Toronto will try to break their streak of 8 losses in a row in MLS - DC United v Toronto FC - 6:30PM CT

DU NORD AT THE CONTROLS

du Nord at the Controls - Tue May 15, 2012 - new music mix at Spotify.

TEAM USA - EL EQUIPO DE TODOS

US Soccer gives us video of the beginning of this very important training camp.

Check out the official blog of the team, and you can read funny stuff like this:
"During the team's empty stomach run this morning before breakfast, one group of players and coaches ran along a small river and came upon two guys in a fishing boat. (No, this is not the start of a joke ...)
As they passed, one of the fishermen hooked a fish and got it on the boat. Kyle Beckerman shouted, "Right on!" The fisherman held up the fish and yelled back, "Goaaaaaaaal!"
Wonder if that man knows Clint?"

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Canada announced their roster for the friendly against the USA and 2 World Cup qualifiers.
G:
Milan Borjan - Vaslui
Lars Hirschfeld - Valerenga
Kenny Stamatopoulos - AIK
D:
David Edgar - Burnley
Andre Hainault - Houston Dynamo
Ante Jazic - Chivas USA
Mike Klukowski - Manisaspor
Nik Ledgerwood - Wehen Wiesbaden
Kevin McKenna - Koln
Ashtone Morgan - Toronto
M:
Julian de Guzman - Toronto
Atiba Hutchinson - PSV Eindhoven
Will Johnson - Real Salt Lake
Issey Nakajima-Farran - Brisbane Roar
Pedro Pacheco - Santa Clara
Samuel Piette - Metz
Josh Simpson - Young Boys
F:
Dwayne De Rosario - DC United
Iain Hume - Preston North End
Simeon Jackson - Norwich
Olivier Occean - Gruether Furth
Tosaint Ricketts - Politehnica Timisoara

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Matches & Scores:
Canada v USA - Friendly - 6:00pm CT on NBC Sports Network
Venue: BMO Field, Toronto ON

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Final

Please join me at the Sweetwater in St Paul to watch the finale!

Roger Bennet of ESPN asks, "Who ya rootin' for?"

UEFA.com has interviews with the two head coaches: Roberto Di Matteo of Chelsea, and Jupp Heynckes of Bayern.

The Telegraph has words from 2 Bayern players - Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.

dN

Match & Score:
-Sat May 19
Bayern Munich v Chelsea - 1:45PM CT
Venue: Allianz Arena - Munich, Germany

UEFA EURO 2012

The Telegraph with photos of 10 potential break out stars of this summer's tournament.

The Guardian's Euro 2012 section

UEFA's Euro 2012 section

Y'ALL READY FOR THIS?

Smart Soccer - the new TV commercial from Adidas - with Brek Shea, Javi Morales, Teal Bunbury & Darlington Nagbe.

DID YOU KNOW?

Italy's World Cup winning coach Marcello Lippi has taken the big money to coach in China at Guangzhou Evergrande.

HMMMMM, VERY INTERESTING

A documentary film is being made about the past 4 seasons of unprecedented success at Barcelona. Paul Greengrass is the director, best known for the second and third Jason Bourne movies.
-Thanks to Tommy for the link.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Eric Hassli of Vancouver scored an unbelievable goal last night in the Canadian Championship. See it right here. Its reminiscent of the amazing goal he scored against Seattle last year.

MLS MATCHES & SCORES

Week 11

Matches & Scores:
-Tue May 15
Houston Dynamo 0-0 Portland Timbers
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium
Atten: 22,039
-Wed May 16
DC United 2-0 Colorado Rapids - DCU goals by Dwayne DeRosario & Hamdi Salihi.
Venue: RFK Stadium
Atten: 11,593
-Sat May 19
Vancouver Whitecaps FC v Seattle Sounders FC - 4:00PM CT
Venue: BC Place
Montreal Impact v New York Red Bulls - 6:30PM CT
Venue: Olympic Stadium
DC United v Toronto FC - 6:30PM CT
Venue: RFK Stadium
New England Revolution v Houston Dynamo - 6:30PM CT
Venue: Gillette Stadium
FC Dallas v Philadelphia Union - 7:30PM CT
Venue: FC Dallas Stadium
Colorado Rapids v Sporting Kansas City - 8:00PM CT
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
CD Chivas USA v LA Galaxy - 9:30PM CT on ESPN2
Venue: The Home Depot Center
San Jose Earthquakes v Columbus Crew - 9:30PM CT
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium
-Sun May 20
Portland Timbers v Chicago Fire SC - 6:00PM CT on Galavision
Venue: JELD-WEN Field

Bye: Salt Lake

MLS STANDINGS

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

MLS TEAM & PLAYER NEWS

Punishment

I think MLS needs to crack down on players abuse of referees, and to that effect Brek Shea gets to feel the brunt of it with a 3 game suspension and a fine after kicking a ball at and hitting an assistant! How was he not instantly ejected for that move??

Portland centerback Futty Danso gets a 1 game suspension for clubbing Houston's Calen Carr in the head during a breakaway. And Carr wears protective headgear due to previous concussions. I think Danso got off light.

Player Transactions

Its a two deal day for Chivas USA:

Fullback Heath Pearce has been traded by Chivas USA to the New York Red Bulls.
-Official: Chivas USA has acquired forward Juan Agudelo in a trade with the New York Red Bulls, in exchange for Goat’s defender Heath Pearce and allocation money.

Philadelphia has officially announced that centerback Danny Califf has been traded to Chivas in exchange for midfielder Michael Lahoud.
-Chivas reported this: Chivas USA has acquired defender Danny Califf in a trade with the Philadelphia Union, in exchange for midfielder Michael Lahoud and allocation money.

Scott French of ESPN with details on both Goat-deals.

Brian Lewis of the New York Post on the trade that sent Juan Agudelo to the West Coast.
-Quotes from NYRB team GM Erik Soler.

CD CHIVAS USA

Forward Tristan Bowen is back with the team after the end of this loan to Belgian 2nd division team Roeselare.
-Scott French of ESPN talks with Bowen.

COLORADO RAPIDS

Conor Casey got his first start since tearing his achilles 10 months ago.

Andrew Villegas at the Post hands out Rapids player ratings from last nights game.

DC UNITED

This is how a team shows it is for real: Both starting forwards Maicon Santos & Chris Pontius were out with injury tweaks last night, but DCU still rolled and both forwards Dwayne De Rosario and Hamdi Salihi scored goals.

NASL SCOREBOARD

Matches & Scores:
-Wed May 16
Puerto Rico Islanders 3-0 Atlanta Silverbacks - PRI goals by David Foley, Hector Ramos & Tyler Wilson.
-Sat May 19
Carolina RailHawks v Puerto Rico Islanders
Atlanta Silverbacks v Tampa Bay Rowdies
Fort Lauderdale Strikers v Minnesota Stars FC
San Antonio Scorpions v FC Edmonton

Watch online

Standings
16 Puerto Rico (+10)
12 Minnesota (+4)
11 San Antonio (0)
9 Fort Lauderdale (-2)
8 Tampa Bay (-1)
7 Edmonton (+2)
4 Atlanta (-6)
4 Carolina (-7)

AMERICANS IN EUROPE

Brian Sciaretta of Yanks Abroad reports that several clubs are inquiring into the availability of Terrance Boyd.

dN

Game Action:

FINLAND - Ykkonen
Justin Moose - SJK - Thu May 17 - won 2-1 v PK-35 Vantaa.
Aaron Wheeler - KooTeePee - Thu May 17 - scored a goal for but lost 3-1 at RoPS.

NETHERLANDS - Eerste Divisie - Promotion Playoffs
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - Thu May 17 - was not in uniform as they lost 1-2 v VVV.

SWEDEN - Allsvenskan Liga
Brian Span - Djurgarden - Thu May 17 - on the bench as they drew 1-1 v Gelfe.

SWEDEN - Superettan
Ryan Miller - Halmstad - Thu May 17 - went the full 90 as they tied 0-0 v Angelholms.
Matt Pyzdrowski - Angelholms - Thu May 17 - played the whole scoreless game at Halmstad.

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Coming Up:

NETHERLANDS - Eerste Divisie - Promotion Playoffs
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - Sun May 20 at VVV - trail 2-1

AMERICANS IN MEXICO

Tom Marshall of MLSsoccer.com brings us up to date on what the future has in store during this offseason for the Americans playing in Mexico.

dN

Coming Up:


La Liguilla - Finals
Herculez Gomez - Santos Laguna - 1st Leg - Thu May 17 at Monterrey Herculez Gomez - Santos Laguna - 2nd Leg - Sun May 20 at Monterrey
MEXICO

Clausura - La Liguilla - Finals

Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Thu May 17
Monterrey v Santos Laguna
2nd Leg
-Sun May 20
Santos Laguna v Monterrey

If the teams are tied after the two legs, then the higher seed wins, which in this case is Santos Laguna.

CANADA

Canadian Championship - Finals

The Canadian Press with a match report from Leg 1 that ended tied.

Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Wed May 16
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-1 Toronto FC - VW goal by Eric Hassli. TFC goal by Ryan Johnson.
2nd Leg
-Wed May 23
Toronto FC v Vancouver Whitecaps FC (1-1)

EUROPE

Courts in Scotland have denied an appeal by Rangers against a 1 year transfer ban. So no new players for them.

dN

Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian shows us around a worn out Romanian soccer culture.

COPA LIBERTADORES

Quarterfinals

Both games ended in ties last night.

Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Wed May 16
Libertad 1-1 Universidad Chile - Lib goal by Victor Caceres. UC goal by Gustavo Lorenzetti.
Vasco da Gama 0-0 Corinthians
-Thu May 17
Boca Juniors v Fluminense
Velez Sarsfield v Santos
2nd Leg
-Wed May 23
Corinthians v Vasco da Gama (0-0)
Fluminense v Boca Juniors
-Thu May 24
Universidad Chile v Libertad (1-1)
Santos v Velez Sarsfield

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BRACKET

Fluminense v Boca Juniors
Universidad Chile v Libertad
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Corintians v Vasco Da Gama
Santos v Velez Sarsfield

ASIA

Asian Champions League - Round of 16

Matches & Scores:
-Tue May 22
Al Jazira(UAE) v Al Ahli(Saudi Arabia)
Sepahan(Iran) v Esteghlal(Iran)
-Wed May 23
Al Ittihad(Saudi Arabia) v Persepolis(Iran)
Al Hilal(Saudi Arabia) v Bani Yas(UAE)
-Mon May 28
Adelaide United(Australia) v Nagoya Grampus(Japan)
-Tue May 29
Seongnam(S Korea) v Bunyodkor(Uzbekistan)
-Wed May 30
Ulsan(S Korea) v Kashiwa Reysol(Japan)
Guangzhou Evergrande(China) v Tokyo(Japan)

1 Comments:

Blogger Martek said...

Even worse. Chris Penso so screwed up that Futty Danso call that not only was there no foul whistled on the play, not only was Carr on a breakaway and denied a clear-goal-scoring opportunity and not only was Carr clubbed on the head. Danso then stayed down, faking an injury and the Chris Penso told the Dynamo they had to throw the ball out of play to Troy Perkins. Not only should Danso get at least two games, but the ref should never coach an MLS game again.

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