Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Some Soccer News for Tue Jun 19, 2012


The television rights in England for the Premier League went for $6 billion in a three-year deal announced on Wednesday -- an increase of 70 percent. BSkyB bought five packages covering 116 games a season, while British Telecom acquired the other two for 38 games.
-ESPN, ITV, BBC and others got no games.


A completely crazy round in MLS starts Wednesday, ends Sunday, and includes all 19 teams playing in 15 games.


AFP reports that Bob Bradley's Egypt team lost at home in their first leg match of qualifying. The return leg is at Central African Republic on Jun 29.
-They twice lead, but gave it up to a team not expected to be up to their level.


Still a rumor but looking more and more likely: Wed Aug 15 - Mexico v USA - Friendly - Estadio Azteca, Mexico City - Time + TV TBA


Chelsea has officially made Roberto Di Matteo as the manager of the club. As interim he lead them to the UEFA Champions League title.


This is a disturbing financial story and a warning to every city that finances a sports stadium.

Chicago Tribune sees the Chicago Fire's Toyota Park stadium in suburban Bridgeview as a financial disaster for the small town.
-Thanks to Joe for the heads up.


du Nord at the Controls - Tue Jun 19, 2012 - new music mix at Spotify.


It just keeps getting worse in Toronto!

Daniel Girard of the Toronto Star reports that 3 Toronto FC players were arrested at a nightclub in Houston after a confrontation with police.
-Complete with mugshots!

The team is scheduled to play on Wed night in Houston and had flown there on Sunday after their Saturday night game in Kansas City.

Here is the official team statement on the incident.
-And its a deep and well thought out one too. Much like their game plans this season.

Maybe the most embarrassing part is that one article claims the cops "ran down" a TFC player. Which leads one to ask, Are the cops that fast or TFC players that slow?



After a long long run without a loss in all competitions the high is over and the hangover is in full effect as them team has lost for the 3rd game in a row. A very tough skid!

Match and Score:
-Sat Jun 16
Minnesota Stars 1-2 Tampa Bay Rowdies
Venue: NSC Stadium - Blaine MN

-Sat Jun 23
Minnesota Stars v Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Venue: NSC Stadium - Blaine MN


du Nord at the Controls - Tue Jun 5, 2012 - new music mix at Spotify.



Group A
4 USA (+2)
4 Jamaica (+1)
1 Guatemala (-1)
1 Antigua + Barbuda (-2)
Group B
6 Mexico (+3)
4 Costa Rica (+4)
1 El Salvador (-1)
0 Guyana (-6)
Group C
6 Panama (+3)
4 Canada (+1)
1 Honduras (-2)
0 Cuba (-2)


Great drama in Group C ended with the two favorites advancing anyway. And even though Ireland have probably been the weakest team in the tournament, no one has been nearly as big a failure as Netherlands. They were ultra-stinky!

Top news sources:

France Football
Gazzetta Dello Sport
World Soccer



7 Spain
5 Italy
4 Croatia
0 Ireland
4 France
4 England
3 Ukraine
0 Sweden

REMINDER: The first tie-breaker is head to head.


Matches + Scores:

Group Stage
-Mon Jun 18
Croatia 0-1 Spain - Spa goal by Jesus Navas.
Italy 2-0 Ireland - Ita goal by Antonio Cassano + Mario Balotelli.
-Tue Jun 19
Sweden v France - 1:45pm CT
England v Ukraine - 1:45pm CT

-Thu Jun 21
Czech Republic v Portugal
-Fri Jun 22
Germany v Greece
-Sat Jun 23
Spain v D2
-Sun Jun 24
D1 v Italy

-Wed Jun 27
Czech Republic/Portugal winner v Germany/Greece winner
-Thu Jun 28
Spain/D2 winner v D1/Italy winner

-Sun Jul 1


Why in the world were there so many empty seats at the opening of the stadium in Montreal. It was surreal how many open seats there were. 3000 UNDER sold out. Wow. What a screw up that is.

Chicago's section debuted their second massive banner!
-The disappearance of the original is still a sad mystery.



-Sat Jun 16
Philadelphia Union 0-1 DC United - DCU goal by Chris Pontius.
Venue: PPL Park
Atten: 18,876
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-0 Colorado Rapids - VW goal by Sebastian Le Toux.
Venue: BC Place
Atten: 19,166
Houston Dynamo 2-1 FC Dallas - HD goals by Will Bruin + Adam Moffat. FCD goal by Jackson.
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium
Atten: 22,039
Montreal Impact 4-1 Seattle Sounders FC - MI goals by Felipe, Justin Mapp, Andrew Wenger + Lamar Neagle. SS goal by Eddie Johson.
Venue: Stade Saputo
Atten: 17,112
New England Revolution 0-0 Columbus Crew
Venue: Gillette Stadium
Atten: 12,218
Sporting Kansas City 2-0 Toronto FC - SKC goals by CJ Sapong + Julio Ceasar.
Venue: Livestrong Sporting Park
Atten: 20,488
CD Chivas USA 0-3 Real Salt Lake - RSL goals by Fabian Espindola(2) + Will Johnson.
Venue: The Home Depot Center
Atten: 13,816
-Sun Jun 17
Chicago Fire SC 3-1 New York Red Bulls - CF goals by Patrick Nyarko, Gonzalo Segares + Chris Rolfe. NYRB goal by Dax McCarty.
Venue: Toyota Park
Atten: 18,526
LA Galaxy 1-0 Portland Timbers - LAG goal by Todd Dunivant.
Venue: The Home Depot Center
Atten: 20,611



Matches + Scores:
-Wed Jun 20
Real Salt Lake v LA Galaxy - 8:00PM CT
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium
Houston Dynamo v Toronto FC - 8:00PM CT
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium
Colorado Rapids v San Jose Earthquakes - 8:30PM CT
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Seattle Sounders FC v Sporting Kansas City - 9:00PM CT
Venue: CenturyLink Field
CD Chivas USA v Montreal Impact - 9:30PM CT
Venue: The Home Depot Center
Vancouver Whitecaps FC v New York Red Bulls - 10:00PM CT
Venue: BC Place
-Sat Jun 23
Toronto FC v New England Revolution - 4:30PM CT
Venue: BMO Field
Philadelphia Union v Sporting Kansas City - 6:00PM CT
Venue: PPL Park
Montreal Impact v Houston Dynamo - 6:30PM CT
Venue: Saputo Stadium
Chicago Fire SC v Columbus Crew - 7:30PM CT
Venue: Toyota Park
Real Salt Lake v San Jose Earthquakes - 8:00PM CT
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium
FC Dallas v CD Chivas USA - 8:00PM CT on Galavision
Venue: FC Dallas Stadium
LA Galaxy v Vancouver Whitecaps FC - 9:30PM CT
Venue: The Home Depot Center
-Sun Jun 24
Portland Timbers v Seattle Sounders FC - 4:00PM EDT on ESPN
Venue: JELD-WEN Field
New York Red Bulls v DC United - 6:00PM EDT on NBCSN
Venue: Red Bull Arena


Darren Mattocks - Vancouver - 2 yellow cards
Jair Benetiz - Dallas - red card
Jhon Kennedy Hurtado - Seattle - red card


Justin Mapp glided through half the Seattle team to score a really nice goal for Montreal.

Hot Damn! Grazzini to Nyarko for a fantastically headed Chicago goal!

Eric Avila hits both posts with a shot for Toronto. He couldn't do that again even if he tried.

Chris Rolfe got his first goal for Chicago since returning to MLS.

It was good to see Josh Saunders back in goal for LA after nearly 2 months away for personal reasons.

Two new head coaches made their debuts this weekend - John Hackworth for Philadelphia and Paul Mariner for Toronto - and both saw little change in their bad performing teams. So much for a bump from a change in coaches.

Last week the chatter was all about Vancouver's Darren Mattocks diving all over the field, so this week he turns around and does it again, this time trying to draw a PK only to see the referee yellow card him, and then to make it much worse less than 2 minutes later he takes out his frustration on Drew Moor by lining him up and and taking him out with a poor tackle leaving the referee no choice but to book him again and send him packing with a red card.

Seattle needs a goalkeeper badly.

You can talk about it all day long, but the only reason TFC has been this rotten since day one is that they have never had any good defenders, and that trend continues. Nothing has changed in the back for TFC. Nothing.

How about that Jair Benetiz? Dallas battles back to tie their rival Houston and then the fullback throws an elbow that gets him tossed, puts his team down a man and they go on to lose, again, remaining winless in 10 games.

KC showed Toronto how to play the 4-3-3, and they didn't need a coaching staff full of Dutch to teach them how to do it.

Montreal just pounded Seattle! And the Impact is quickly becoming the best expansion team since the Sounders. Not as good, but the best since.

Seattle's Jhon Kennedy Hurtado got a red card for a play that may not have even been a foul.


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


Montreal midfielder Patrice Bernier has been named Player of the Week.
-He set up 3 of the teams 4 goals against Seattle.

Montreal has agreed with Italian forward Bernardo Corradi to a contract extension through the end of this season. He had previous only been signed until Jun 30.

Ives Galarcep of Fox Soccer with an article on DC United goalkeeper Bill Hamid who had a very rough start to his second season as the DCU 1st string keeper.

New York will be without 3 for their midweek game in Vancouver - centerback Wilman Conde will be rested, midfielder Mehdi Balouchy is waiting for his green card and can't leave the country, and head coach Hans Backe has to attend to some "personal matters."

Scottish midfielder Barry Robson has arrived in Vancouver and should be ready to go when the summer transfer window opens next week and he is eligible to play for his new team. The only question is will he be worth the huge contract they gave him? I don't see it.


Matches and Scores:
-Sat Jun 23
Carolina RailHawks v FC Edmonton
Atlanta Silverbacks v Puerto Rico Islanders
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs San Antonio Scorpions
Minnesota Stars FC v Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Watch online

22 San Antonio (+7)
20 Puerto Rico (+10)
17 Minnesota (+1)
16 Fort Lauderdale (-2)
15 Tampa Bay (-3)
14 Carolina (0)
11 Edmonton (-1)
8 Atlanta (-12)


They will play in the Copa Saprissa Internacional tournament in San Jose, Costa Rica.

The team will hold a training camp in Fort Lauderdale FL Jun 17-21, then head south.

Matches and Scores:
-Jun 23
USA v Linafa(Costa Rica)
-Jun 24
USA v Honduras
-Jun 25
USA v Costa Rica
-Jun 26
USA v Chorrillo FC(Panama)
-Jun 27
USA v Mexico

There is also a chance for 2 playoff games on Jun 29 and Jul 1, or they will play 2 friendlies before heading home.

Paul Christensen - Seattle Sounders Academy
Evan Louro - New York Red Bulls Academy
Adonis Amaya - Chivas USA Academy
Jordan Cano - FC Dallas Academy
Conor Donovan - NC Alliance
Elijah Martin - Cal Odyssey
Jorge Miranda - Real So Cal
Shaquell Moore - Cobb FC
Kevin Politz - New York Red Bulls Academy
John Requejo Jr - Real So Cal
Gonzalo Rolon - Central California Blues
Tyler Turner - South Central Premier
Junior Flores - McLean Youth Soccer
Angel Heredia - San Jose Earthquakes Academy
Christopher Lema - New York Red Bulls Academy
Cameron Lindley - Indiana United Academy
Aaron Meyer - FC Dallas Academy
Rolando Munoz - LA Galaxy Academy
Rubio Rubin - Westside Metros
Alan Winn - Solar Chelsea SC
Corey Baird - San Diego Surf
Bradford Jamieson - Chivas USA Academy
Ahinga Selemani - CSA Wolves
Wesley Wade - New York Red Bulls Academy


The team is playing this week in the Copa Mexico U15 Tournament

Matches and Scores:
-Mon Jun 18
USA v Spain
-Tue Jun 19
USA v Costa Rica
-Wed Jun 20
USA v Colombia

JT Marcinkowski - San Jose Earthquakes Academy
Abraham Romero - LA Galaxy Academy
David Chavez - Juventus Sport Club
Chris Gomez - PDA
Malcolm Jones - Chivas USA Academy
Pablo Pelaez - Albion SC
Peter Schropp - Omaha FC
Max Stiegwardt - Minnesota Thunder Academy
Sean Wilson - PDA
Amir Bashti - San Jose Earthquakes Academy
Coy Craft - FC Dallas Academy
Collin Fernandez - Chicago Fire Academy
Maduabuchi Obinwa - FC America Premier
Martin Salas - FC Dallas Academy
Ben Swanson - Columbus Crew Academy
Alejandro Vergara - LA Galaxy Academy
DJ Villegas - Davis Legacy
Mukwelle Akale - Minnesota Thunder Academy
Malcolm Dixon - New York Red Bulls Academy
Sebastian Elney - Boca United


Matches + Scores:

1st Leg
-Fri Jun 15
Egypt 2-3 Central African Republic

2nd Leg (1st Leg scores included)
-Thu Jun 14
Mozambique 1-1 Tanzania - Series ends tied 1-1 and Moz advances 8-7 in Penalty Kick Shootout.
-Fri Jun 15
Algeria 3-1 Gambia - Alg advances 5-2 on aggregate.
-Sat Jun 16
Cape Verde Islands 3-1 Madagascar - CVI advances 7-1 on aggregate.
Malawi 2-0 Chad - Mal advances 4-3 on aggregate.
Uganda 4-0 Congo - Uga advances 5-3 on aggregate.
Sierra Leone 4-2 Sao Tome e Principe - SL advances 5-4 on aggregate.
Namibia 0-0 Liberia - Lib advances 1-0 on aggregate.
Cameroon 1-0 Guinea-Bissau - Cam advances 2-0 on aggregate.
-Sun Jun 17
Benin 1-1 Ethiopia - Series ends tied 1-1 and Eth advances on away goal tie breaker.
Zimbabwe 1-0 Burundi - Series ends tied 2-2 and Zim advances on away goal tie breaker.
Congo DR 3-0 Seychelles - CDR advances 7-0 on aggregate.
Nigeria 2-0 Rwanda - Nig advances 2-0 on aggregate.
Togo 1-0 Kenya - Series ends tied 2-2 and Tog advances on away goal tie breaker.
-Fri Jun 29
Central African Republic v Egypt (3-2)


Anonymous stpauljosh said...

SO, Bridgeview has borrowed $72.5 million during the past 4 years to cover debt on a $100 million stadium? I feel bad for Bridgeview. Something like that is my worst fear for the new Vikings stadium. Although, to be fair, Stade de Wilf is in a better location with much more infrastructure surrounding the facility (I still think it's a bad idea)than Bridgeview. One has to wonder if the location has as much to do with the losses as dishonest local leadership.

3:44 PM  
Anonymous MinnesotaNiceFC said...

I think the moral with Bridgeview and Chester (for Philly) is don't pretend that a stadium in an undeveloped area is a good idea. Put it in a working and existing metro area that can support it.

8:33 PM  
Anonymous stpauljosh said...

mnfc- I'm sure there's some public financing lesson to get out of the story too.

1:47 PM  

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