Friday, August 17, 2012

FOUND: Some Soccer News for Thu Aug 16, 2012

There was a great fear that swept through the land last night when it was discovered that yesterday's regular soccer news post had glitched out and seemingly gone off to the ghostland of 1's and 0's. But this morning we managed to recover the first half, so here it is in all its post-Mexico City elation.



The du Nord Futbol Show Podcast Ep. 7 is ready - download or listen here.

History was made! The USA gave a full 100% effort and were rewarded with an unprecedented win in Mexico City.

Fox 26 Sports in Houston reports that NBA Houston Rockets ownership is negotiating to buy the Houston Dynamo MLS team.

Lost in in the incredibleness of the USA winning at Azteca last night is that Puerto Rico only lost 1-2 to Spain!

Damn, I just read that the Guardian Football Weekly will NOT have English Premier League preview. Season debut on Monday to recap opening weekend.


Sid Lowe of the Guardian writes about the total domination of two teams in Spain's Primera which has lead to the devolution of the other teams in the league.


Matches + Scores:
-Sat Aug 18
Atlanta Silverbacks v Minnesota Stars
Venue: Atlanta Silverbacks Park - Atlanta GA
-Sat Aug 25
Minnesota Stars v Edmonton
Venue: NSC Stadium - Blaine MN


Two good ones on Sat: starting with the teams tied for 3rd in the West and part of the Cascadia derby its Seattle Sounders FC v Vancouver Whitecaps FC, and then a chance to see if this playoff contender is for real against the best in the league we have Montreal Impact v San Jose Earthquakes.


du Nord at the Controls - Tue Aug 14, 2012 - new music mix at Spotify.


Friendly in Mexico

Fabulous goalkeeping and sheer dumb luck lead to an astonishing and historic victory in Mexico City!

The USA got their first ever win in Mexico against El Tri!

How do you begin to put a game like that into words? In the seconds after the USA scored I just kept saying "How did that happen?" One person asked me for my thoughts after the game and I could only come up with one: surreal.

The one thing about the game that was not lucky was Tim Howard. He did it again like he has so many times before. I love that guy.

In hindsight the under strength USA roster took the pressure off the team completely and they were able to just go out and do there thing. They were SUPPOSED to use. All us experts predicted a terrible result. I find new ways to show I dont' know anything every day.

One of the people I felt happiest for last night after the game was Tab Ramos who was on the USA bench last night and had been on the other end of USA losses in Mexico as a player. His smile said it all.

It took me nearly 6 hours to define how I feel after such an unexpected and monumental USA win, that word is relief. Not joy or excitement. Relief that another streak has been broken. Lets just hope it doesn't take another 25 games for the USA to get a win in Mexico City.

You can't look past the fact that 6 players took the field for the USA last night that play professionally in Mexico. There is no doubt it my mind that helped them.

Can we also keep in mind that Mexico was pretty terrible last night. That played a big factor in the outcome too.

I kept thinking about how much the USA looked like Bob Bradley's USA last night.

Tim Howard looked sharp in the all white uniform.

US Soccer with a match report.
-Post game quotes from coach and players.

Ryan Madden of the Huffington Post with a great tale of his first trip to Azteca.

Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated on the historic win.

Some player ratings:
-Brian Sciaretta of Yanks Abroad.
-John Godfrey of the New York Times.
-Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America.
-Jeff Carlisle of ESPN.
-Avi Creditor of Sports Illustrated.

Video from US Soccer:
-Game highlights.
-Player post game reaction.

Next up for the USA is back to back World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica - Sep 7 in Kingston and Sep 11 in Columbus.


Match + Scores:
-Wed Aug 15
Mexico 0-1 USA - USA goal by Michael Orozco.
Venue: Estadio Azteca


USA Roster.
S-Tim Howard - Everton
dnd-Sean Johnson - Chicago Fire
nu-Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake
nu-Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City
dnd-Steven Beithashour - San Jose Earthquakes
S-Geoff Cameron - Stoke City
S-Edgar Castillo - Tijuana
su-Michael Orozco - San Luis
S-Fabian Johnson - Hoffenheim
su-DaMarcus Beasley - Puebla
S-Kyle Beckerman - Real Salt Lake
su-Joe Corona - Tijuana
S-Maurice Edu - Rangers
S-Jermaine Jones - Schalke
S-Jose Torres - Pachuca
su-Brek Shea - Dallas
S-Danny Williams - Hoffenheim
su-Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City
su-Terrence Boyd - Rapid Vienna
S-Landon Donovan - LA Galaxy
S-Herculez Gomez - Santos Laguna
dnd-Alan Gordon - San Jose Earthquakes
nu-Chris Wondolowski - San Jose Earthquakes

S- starter
su- sub
nu- not used
dnd- did not dress


Mexico roster.
Memo Ochoa - Ajaccio
Alredo Talavera - Toluca
Adrian Aldrete - America
Hugo Ayala - Tigres
Severo Meza - Monterrey
Hector Moreno - Espanyol
Jorge Nilo - Tigres
Enrique Perez - Morelia
Francisco Rodriguez - Stuttgart
Pablo Barrera - Cruz Azul
Andres Guardado - Valencia
Edgar Lugo - Santos Laguna
Angel Reyna - Monterrey
Manuel Viniegrea - Tigres
Jesus Zavala - Monterrey
Elias Hernandez - Tigres
Javier Hernandez - Manchester United
Aldo de Nigris - Monterrey


Univision's broadcast of the Mexico-USA game was the top rated show of the night in America among Adults 18-49. They had 9.4 million viewers.


Lastly, we have this awesome photo that Maurice Edu posted last night on his Twitter feed of the USA team in the locker room after that surreal victory over Mexico. My fave part of this photo is Jermaine Jones channeling his inner Frank Booth.


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