Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Some Soccer News for Wed May 2, 2012


Oh no! Early reports from the Netherlands say that Jozy Altidore fell into the advertising boards during AZ's game today and was knocked unconscious. No other details yet.


Real Madrid got the win it needed today to win the Spanish Primera championship for 2011-12! Huge congrats to them!


Juventus has still NOT lost a game in Serie A this season. 21 wins, 15 draws, a +44 goal differential, and 1 point lead over Milan in the standings with 2 games left to play.


The USA's home World Cup Qualifier against Jamaica is all set for Tue Sep 11 in Columbus OH at Columbus Crew Stadium at 7pm on ESPN2.


Ajax of Amsterdam has won the Netherlands Eredivisie championship for the 2nd consecutive season. Huge congrats to them.


Happy birthday to David Beckham today. I sent him a nice gift card. I wonder what he sent me for my birthday tomorrow?


Two for Wednesday

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

And only slightly less high profile is San Jose v DC United on Wed May 2 - 9:30pm CT at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara.


du Nord at the Controls - Tue Apr 24, 2012 - new music mix at Spotify.


During the Mon Apr 30 podcast of MLS Extra Time Radio commentator Simon Borg made statements about women soccer fans that some have found disparaging and caused quite an uproar. Who knows where this is going, but similar comments have gotten other soccer personalities fired from their jobs in the past few years.

Here is a sampling of the strong online response:
-The Goat Parade
-Women United FC
-From A Left Wing

MLS has since taken down the original podcast, edited out 1 minute and 53 seconds worth of Borg's comments and reposted it. Considered it cleansed.

We have got the original unedited mp3 file if anyone wants to listen to it.

Myself, I have no idea why Borg is even discussing the issue of women soccer fans. They are fans, just like all other fans, just like I am a fan. Why make a differentiation? Sure I know there are women who are fans. I see them all the time.l They are my fellow fanaticos of equal standing without question or notation. Borg got this one all wrong.

MLS later issued this statement and sent Borg on a seven day vacation to think about it:
"During the latest episode of the ExtraTime Radio podcast on, one of the hosts -- Simon Borg -- made inappropriate remarks regarding female fans of Major League Soccer. These remarks were unacceptable and in no way reflect the values of MLS, its clubs, players, staff, or We apologize on behalf of our organization for those remarks. Respect for diversity is a core principle of MLS and we are proud of the diversity of our League and its fans.
Mr. Borg will be suspended from his position at for seven days, effective immediately. All MLS employees undergo diversity and sensitivity training on an annual basis, and Mr. Borg and the entire MLS Digital group will receive additional sensitivity training promptly."

Borg should probably consider himself very lucky that he did not get fired. But I think he deserves a second chance.


The race for the title in the five biggest European leagues:

Great stuff going right down to the wire in England, France and Italy!

La Liga - 2 games left
CHAMPIONS! 94 Real Madrid - LAST: Wed May 2 W 0-3 at Athletic Bilbao
87 Barcelona - LAST: Wed May 2 W 4-1 v Malaga
Premier League - 2 games left
83 Manchester City (+61 GD) - NEXT: Sun May 6 at Newcastle
83 Manchester United (+53 GD) - NEXT: Sun May 6 v Swansea
Serie A - 2 games left
78 Juventus - LAST: Wed May 2 D 1-1 v Lecce - NEXT: Sun May 6 at Cagliari
77 Milan - LAST: Wed May 2 W 2-0 v Atalanta - NEXT: Sun May 6 at Inter
Ligue 1 - 3 games left
73 Montpellier - LAST: Tue May 1 D 2-2 v Evian - NEXT: Mon May 6 at Rennes
70 PSG - LAST: Wed May 2 W 2-0 v Saint Etienne - NEXT: Sun May 5 at Valenciennes
68 Lille - LAST: Wed May 2 W 0-1 at Nice - NEXT: Mon May 6 v Caen
CHAMPIONS! - Borussia Dortmund


Paul Kennedy of Soccer America tells us the wild story of former USA and Hartwick coach Al Miller being attacked by an ALIGATOR on a Florida golf course! Insanity!


SUM/MLS launched a YouTube channel called Kick last month. It has slowly been gaining speed and publicity.

Jack Bell of the New York Times tells us about Kick.


Ben Palosaari of The Pitch with a look inside the high-tech aspects of Sporting Kansas City's Livestrong Sporting Park stadium.


Delio Rossi, head coach of Fiorentina, subs off a player today who then sarcastically applauds the coach, and the coach melts down, charging into the dugout fists flying. And after the game, for all his efforts, Rossi gets fired!



-Wed May 2
New England Revolution v Colorado Rapids - 7:00PM CT
Venue: Gillette Stadium
Seattle Sounder FC v LA Galaxy - 9:00PM CT
Venue: CenturyLink Field
San Jose Earthquakes v DC United - 9:30PM CT
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium
-Fri May 4
CD Chivas USA v Chicago Fire SC - 10:00PM CT
Venue: The Home Depot Center
-Sat May 5
Toronto FC v DC United - 3:30PM CT
Venue: BMO Field
Seattle Sounders FC v Philadelphia Union - 3:30PM CT on NBCSN
Venue: CenturyLink Field
Vancouver Whitecaps FC v San Jose Earthquakes - 6:00PM CT
Venue: BC Place
Real Salt Lake v New England Revolution - 7:00PM CT
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium
LA Galaxy v New York Red Bulls - 7:00PM CT on ESPN
Venue: The Home Depot Center
Sporting Kansas City v Montreal Impact - 7:30PM CT
Venue: Livestrong Sporting Park
Portland Timbers v Columbus Crew - 9:30PM CT
Venue: JELD-WEN Field
-Sun May 6
FC Dallas v Colorado Rapids - 6:00PM CT on Galavision
Venue: FC Dallas Stadium

Bye: Houston Dynamo


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

Chris Wondolowski of San Jose has been named MLS Player of the Month for April!


Scott French of ESPN introduces us to new Chivas forward Jose Erik Correa.


Nick Groke of the Post says the Raps did not take Conor Casey (recovering from achilles rupture surgery) with them to New England due to the fake turf the game will be played on. Good idea.


Steven Goff of the Post with an article on Danny Cruz who came to DC during the offseason, and his military family.

Craig Stouffer of the Examiner on the surprise start to the season for left fullback Daniel Woolard.

DC injury update has centerback Emiliano Dudar & Dejan Jakovic staying at home as the team traveled to San Jose for tonights game.


Charles Gooch of the Star addresses 11 questions surrounding the teams progress so far this season.


David Beckham & Robbie Keane are both out of the game day 18 and did not travel with the team to Seattle.

Scott French of ESPN wonders if the Galaxy see the Sounders as rivals.

Tim Booth of the AP previews LA's trip to Seattle.


John Connoly of the Herald writes that the Revs are better than last year, but thats not saying much. Yet.

Julian Benbow of the Globe with an article on long time Revs keeper Matt Reis.
-Reis made Thierry Henry look like a genius with his terrible positioning last weekend.


Elliot Almond of the Mercury News writes that head coach Frank Yallop has the team headed in the right direction early in the season, which has not happened in a very long time.


Don Ruiz of the Olympian writes that the Sounders list beating LA as a big goal for this season.

Joshua Mayers of the Times with the story of Eddie Johnson's return.

Mayers with a match preview/breakdown.


Matches & Scores:
-Tue May 1
Sporting Kansas City 2-2 FC Dallas
- SKC goals by Michael Thomas & Dom Dwyer. FCD goals both by Ruben Luna.



The Houston Chronicle with some new photos from the grand opening of Houston's new BBVA Compass Stadium. The first official Dynamo game will be played their on Sat May 12 against DC United.


Matches & Scores:
-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)


Brian Sciaretta for the New York Times on Conor O'Brien at SonderjyskE in Denmark.

Alejandro Bedoya scored his first ever goal for Rangers in an easy win today. Fantastic for him.

The teams with all 10 Americans on them advanced to the next round of the Norwegian NM Cupen.


Game Action:

BELGIUM - Pro League
Mikkel Diskerud - Gent - Wed May 2 - came in as a sub in the 80th min but lost 1-0 at Anderlecht.
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht - Wed May 2 - came on as a sub in the 80th min as they won 1-0 v Gent.

DENMARK - Superliga
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - Wed May 2 - played the whole game as they won 1-0 v Kobenhavn.

ENGLAND - Premier League
Brad Friedel - Tottenham - Wed May 2 - played the entire match as they won 1-4 at Bolton.
Tim Ream - Bolton - Wed May 2 - went the distance but lost 1-4 v Tottenham.

FRANCE - Ligue 1
Charlie Davies - Sochaux - Wed May 2 - on the bench as they lost 1-2 at Ajaccio.

NETHERLANDS - Eredivisie
Jozy Altidore - AZ - Wed May 2 - started but was subbed out in the 35th min as they tied 1-1 at NEC.

Erik Benjaminsen - Stabaek - Tue May 1 W 0-3 at Lommedalen.
Rhett Bernstein - Mjondalen - Tue May 1 W 0-2 at Sprint-Jeloy.
Colin Burns - Sandefjord - Tue May 1 W 0-6 at Runar.
Ricardo Clark - Stabaek - Tue May 1 W 0-3 at Lommedalen.
Steve Clark - Honefoss - Tue May 1 W 1-6 at Roa.
Sean Cunningham - Stabaek - Tue May 1 W 0-3 at Lommedalen.
Josh Gatt - Molde - Tue May 1 W 0-4 at Sunndal.
Kyle Helton - Mjondalen - Tue May 1 W 0-2 at Sprint-Jeloy.
Kenneth Di Vita Jensen - Honefoss - Tue May 1 W 1-6 at Roa.
Sebastian Troupe - Baerum - Tue May 1 W 0-2 at Drammen.

SCOTLAND - Premier League
Alejandro Bedoya - Rangers - Wed May 2 - came on as a sub in the 75th min and scored a goal as they won 5-0 v Dundee United.
Carlos Bocanegra - Rangers - Wed May 2 -went the distance as they won 5-0 v Dundee United.
Mo Edu - Rangers - Wed May 2 - played the whole game getting a yellow card as they won 5-0 v Dundee United.


Coming Up:

DENMARK - Superliga
Clarence Goodson - Brondy - Thu May 3 v Silkeborg
Conor O'Brien - SonderjyskE - Thu May 3 at Horsens
Brad Rusin - HB Koge - Thu May 3 at Midtjylland

ENGLAND - Championship Division - Promotion Playoffs - Semifinals - 1st Leg
Jonathan Spector - Birmingham - Fri May 4 at Blackpool


Randal Archibold of the New York Times with a story on the growth of soccer in Cuba.


Clausura - La Liguilla

Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Wed May 2
Tijuana v Monterrey
Pachuca v America
-Thu May 3
Jaguares v Santos Laguna
Tigres v Morelia
2nd Leg
-Sat May 5
America v Pachuca
Monterrey v Tijuana
-Sun May 6
Santos Laguna v Jaguares
Morelia v Tigres

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


Canadian Championship

The winner earns a berth in the CONCAChampions.
-The format changed this year from a round-robin to a bracket.

Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Wed May 2
Montreal Impact v Toronto FC
FC Edmonton v Vancouver Whitecaps FC


Championship Division - Promotion Playoffs - Semifinals
Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Thu May 3
Cardiff v West Ham
-Fri May 4
Blackpool v Birmingham



Netherlands - the chase for the Eredivisie crown!

And with a win today Ajax has won the Eredivisie championship for the 2nd consecutive season. This is their 31st league title overall.

Standings: (33 of 34 games played)
73 Ajax (+53) - LAST: Wed May 2 - W 2-0 v VVV Venlo
67 Feyenoord (+29) - LAST: Wed May 2 - W 4-1 v Heracles


The Knockout Stage

Great games on Tues night for both Libertad (tied & scored on the road) and Velez (won & kept a clean sheet on the road) as the 1st Leg continued.


Round of 16

Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Tue May 1
Cruz Azul 1-1 Libertad
- CA goal by Javier Orozco. Lib goal by Pablo Velazquez.
Atletico Nacional 0-1 Velez Sarsfield
- VS goal by Ivan Bella.
-Wed May 2
Boca Juniors v Union Espanola
Emelec v Corintians
Vasco Da Gama v Lanus
-Thu May 3
Deportivo Quito v Universidad Chile

2nd Leg (with 1st Leg scores included)
-Tue May 8
Libertad v Cruz Azul (1-1)
Velez Sarsfield v Atletico Nacional (1-0)
-Wed May 9
Union Espanola v Boca Juniors (-)
Corintians v Emelec (-)
Lanus v Vasco Da Gama (-)
-Thu May 10
Fluminense v Internacional (0-0)
Universidad Chile v Deportivo Quito (-)
Santos v Bolivar (1-2)


Fluminense v Internacional
Union Espanola v Boca Juniors

Universidad Chilev v Deportivo Quito
Libertadv Cruz Azul
Corintians v Emelec
Lanus v Vasco Da Gama

Santos v Bolivar
Velez Sarsfield v Atletico Nacional


Asian Champions League - Group Stage - Matchday 5 was played on May 1 & 2. The final matchday will take place on May 15 & 16.

Advanced: Al Ahli(Saudi Arabia), Sepahan(Iran), Al Jazira(UAE), Al Ittihad(Saudi Arabia), Tokyo(Japan), Ulsan(S Korea)

Elimindated: Al Arabi(Qatar), Lekhwiya(Qatar), Al Nasr(UAE), Al Shabab(UAE), Tianjin Teda(China), Nasaf(Uzbekistan), Gamba Osaka(Japan), Beijing Guoan(China), Brisbane Roar(Australia)

Matches & Scores:
-Wed May 2
Adelaide United 0-0 Bunyodkor
Pohang Steelers 2-0 Gamba Osaka
Tokyo 4-2 Brisbane Roar
Beijing Guoan 2-3 Ulsan
Pakhtakor 1-2 Al Ittihad
Esteghlal 3-0 Al Rayyan
Al Jazira 4-1 Nasaf
Al Arabi 0-4 Bani Yas

-Standings etc.


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