Monday, September 10, 2012

Some Soccer For Mon Sep 10, 2012


Team USA World Cup Qualifying Viewing Party In The Twin Cities - Tue Sep 11 v Jamaica


Charleston are the 2012 USL Pro Champions! Huge congrats to them.


The USA U20 Women won the World Cup on Saturday beating heavy favorites Germany 1-0. Huge congrats to them.
-The USA has lost 0-3 to Germany in the group stage.


Alecko Eskandarian, former MLS player and Development Academy technical director, writing for Sports Illustrated on the dilemma that the new 10 month season has created for elite youth soccer players.
-This is a guy who has been there, done that and clearly gets it. So it doesn't surprise me at all the Eskie has some good ideas on improving things.


Another game another non-win. 9 in a row now, but miraculously still coasting into a playoff spot. 3 games remain and the Stars have an 8 point gap on the final playoff position. Their next shot to seal the deal is on Tuesday.

Jamie Watson made his Stars debut to the delight of the fans, who have ridiculed him in good humor for the past 7 years by deriding every player from every other team they play that appears to fall down without much assistance with a chorus of, "You dive like Jamie Watson."

Why they are playing on a night of international World Cup qualifiers is beyond more peoples comprehension, but shows a real lack of attention to detail on someone(s) part.

Matches + Scores:
-Sat Sep 8
Minnesota Stars 1-1 Edmonton - MS goal by Amani Walker. Edm goal by Shaun Saiko.
Venue: NSC Stadium
-Tue Sep 11
Minnesota Stars v Puerto Rico Islanders
Venue: NSC Stadium - Blaine MN


World Cup Qualifying

There were only 3 upsets in the whole world last week: USA (lost to Jamaica), Norway (lost to Iceland) and Uruguay (lost to Colombia).

I think that was one of the worst USA losses in modern history. Yes they have been humiliated by much better teams, and had some hard to take losses in the World Cup. But this Jamaica team was not good at all. They were amazing athletes with tons of speed and strength, not to mention determination and will, but they are a bad soccer team. That is what made it such a miserable loss for the USA.

The USA has also gone three qualifiers now without a convincing performance. They could not put away a nothing Antigua + Barbuda, they had Guatemala right where they wanted them on the road but got out foxed, and then were visibly inferior to Jamaica. That is 0 for 3 under Klinsmann in my book

Clarence Goodson will not be available for Tuesday after picking up his 2nd yellow card of the round.

Carlos Bocanegra will start on Tuesday in place of Goodson, so says the head coach.

Steve Cherundolo will also be back to full health after a calf muscle strain, and could be in the first 11 or at least on the bench.

Nick Rimando has replaced Sean Johnson on the roster as the 3rd goalkeeper as scheduled.

US Soccer with pre-game notes for tomorrow nights very important game.

US Soccer gives us 2 videos:
-Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann talks about the flop in Kingston.
-MNT Back Home in Columbus

The LA Galaxy had a reserve game against Portland today and Landon Donovan stepped on the field as a sub, the next thing you know he sets up Pat Noonan for a goal and scores one himself. The USA sure could use him tomorrow. Can he fly to Cowtown tonight and show up announced?!?!?

Greg Lalas of with 5 observations from USA training on Sunday.

Simon Borg at feels that Landon Donovan was deeply missed on Friday night. You can say that again.

Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch on the energy building there for the game on Tuesday.

Mitchell also writes about what the USA needs to improve so as to change the scoreline.

IN OTHER NEWS: Carlos Bocanegra will stay at Racing Santander after all. There had been questions as to whether or not the paper work had been properly filed for his loan from Rangers. And its not been answered in the affirmative.


Matches + Scores:
-Fri Sep 7
Jamaica 2-1 USA - Jam goals by Rodolph Austin + Luton Shelton. USA goal by Clint Dempsey.
Venue: National Stadium - Kingston
-Tue Sep 11
USA v Jamaica - 7pm CT on ESPN2
Venue: Crew Stadium - Columbus OH


USA Roster
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa
Tim Howard - Everton
Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake
Carlos Bocanegra - Racing Santander
Geoff Cameron - Stoke City
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover
Maurice Edu - Stoke City
Clarence Goodson - Brondby
Fabian Johnson - Hoffenheim
Michael Orozco - San Luis
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland
Jonathan Spector - Birmingham
Kyle Beckerman - Real Salt Lake
Joe Corona - Tijuana
Jermaine Jones - Schalke
Brek Shea - Dallas
Jose Torres - Pachuca
Danny Williams - Hoffenheim
Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City
Jozy Altidore - AZ
Terrence Boyd - Rapid Vienna
Clint Dempsey - Tottenham
Herculez Gomez - Santos Laguna
Jurgen Klinsmann


Jamaica roster
Jacomeno Barrett - Montego Bay United
Duwayne Kerr - Strommen
Dwayne Miller - Syrianska
Andrae Campbelll - Nottodden
Adrian Mariappa - Reading
Nyron Nosworthy - Watford
Lovel Palmer - Portland Timbers
Jermaine Taylor - Houston Dynamo
Shavar Thomas - Montreal Impact
Dicoy Williams - Toronto
O’Brian Woodbine - Vaasan Palloseura
Rodolph Austin - Leeds
Ewan Grandison - Portmore United
Jason Morrison - Aaelsund
Dane Richards - Vancouver Whitecaps
Joel Senior - Harbour View
Errol Stevens - Arnett Gardens
JeVaughn Watson - Houston Dynamo
Kavin Bryan - Vicem Hai Phong
Omar Cummings - Colorado Rapids
Ryan Johnson - Toronto
Darren Mattocks - Vancouver Whitecaps
Luton Shelton - Karabukspor
Tramaine Stewart - Aaelsund
Theodore Whitmore


World Cup Qualifying

Only one big surprise and that was the USA losing to Jamaica, other than that there was El Salvador being held to a tie by Guyana. Canada winning at home over Honduras was not really an upset, but a huge win for the Maple Leafs.


Matches + Scores:
-Fri Sep 7
A - Jamaica 2-1 USA - Jam goals by Rodolph Austin + Luton Shelton. USA goal by Clint Dempsey.
A - Guatemala 3-1 Antigua + Barbuda - Gua goals by Carlos Ruiz(2) + Dwight Pezzarossi. A+B goal by Peter Byers.
B - El Salvador 2-2 Guyana - ES goals by Jose Gutierrez + Osael Romero. Guy goals both by Travon Bobb.
B - Costa Rica 0-2 Mexico - Mex goals by Carlos Salcido + Jesus Zavala.
C - Cuba 0-3 Honduras - Hon goals by Jerry Bengtson, Victor Bernardez + Marvin Chavez.
C - Canada 1-0 Panama - Can goal by Dwayne DeRosario.
-Tue Sep 11
A - USA v Jamaica
A - Antigua + Barbuda v Guatemala
B - Guyana v El Salvador
B - Mexico v Costa Rica
C - Honduras v Cuba
C - Panama v Canada


Group A
7 Jam (+2)
4 Gua (+1)
4 USA (+1)
1 A+B (-4)
Group B
9 Mex (+5)
4 CR (+2)
2 ElS (-1)
1 Guy (-6)
Group C
7 Can (+2)
6 Pan (+2)
4 Hon (+1)
0 Cub (-5)


Many World Cup qualifying matches will be played over the next several days. Here is a the full run down:

-Tue Sep 11
Japan v Iraq
Uzbekistan v S Korea
Lebanon v Iran
Jordan v Australia


Matchday 1
-Sat Sep 8
Denmark 0-0 Czech Republic
Scotland 0-0 Serbia
Matchday 2
-Tue Sep 11
Georgia v Spain
Austria v Germany
England v Ukraine
Portugal v Azerbaijan
Italy v Malta
Hungary v Netherlands
Belgium v Croatia
Israel v Russia
Greece v Lithuania
France v Belarus
Sweden v Kazakhstan
Switzerland v Albania
Norway v Slovenia
Turkey v Estonia
Bosnia-Herzegovina v Latvia
Serbia v Wales
Slovakia v Liechtenstein
Scotland v Macedonia
San Marino v Montenegro
Romania v Andorra
Poland v Moldova
Bulgaria v Armenia
Cyprus v Iceland
N Ireland v Luxembourg


-Tue Sep 11
New Zealand v Solomon Islands
-Wed Sep 12
Tahiti v New Caledonia


-Fri Sep 7
Colombia 4-0 Uruguay
Argentina 3-1 Paraguay
Ecuador 1-0 Bolivia
Peru 2-1 Venezuela
-Tue Sep 11
Chile v Colombia
Uruguay v Ecuador
Peru v Argentina
Paraguay v Venezuela


NOTE: No games in Africa as they are in the final stages of qualifying matches for January's African Cup of Nations tournament. (See all of those results below.)


The coolest part of next years Colorado Rapids jersey is NOT that it looks similar to an old Arsenal shirt as the headline in the Denver Post says, but rather that in fine print the jersey contains the names of every season ticket holder from this season. Now THAT is cool.



Matches + Scores:
-Wed Sep 5
New England Revolution 2-0 Columbus Crew - NER goals by Dimitry Imbongo Boele + Chad Marshall(OG).
Venue: Gillette Stadium
Atten: 10,345
Colorado Rapids 3-0 Portland Timbers - CR goals by Andre Akpan, Tony Cascio + Jaime Castrillon.
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Atten: 13,086
-Thu Sep 6
Houston Dynamo 1-0 Real Salt Lake - HD goal by Colin Clark(PK)
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium
Atten: 18,452
-Sat Sep 8
Seattle Sounders FC 2-1 CD Chivas USA - SS goals both by Eddie Johnson. CU goal by Nick LaBrocca.
Venue: CenturyLink Field
Atten: 38,934


San Jose is the first team in the league to earn a playoff berth!

Eddie Johnson smashed in two more goals with his head for Seattle. Bravo my man.

Toronto is just one point from being the first team eliminated.

Honestly, how do you decide who is worse among these 5 teams: Chivas, Colorado, New England, Portland and Toronto?


In the West:
Seattle moved back into the #2 position.

50 Sporting Kansas City (34GF/27GP)
46 New York Red Bulls (46GF/27GP)
45 Houston Dynamo (40GF/28GP)
44 Chicago Fire SC (35GF/26GP)
42 Columbus Crew (33GF/27GP)
41 DC United (43GF/27GP)
62 39 Montreal Impact (43GF/29GP)
54 28 New England Revolution (35GF/28P)
46 26 Philadelphia Union (25GF/25GP)
53 21 Toronto FC (30GF/27GP)
*53 San Jose Earthquakes (56GF/27GP)
47 Seattle Sounders FC (43GF/27GP)
46 Real Salt Lake (38GF/29GP)
43 LA Galaxy (48GF/28GP)
37 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (29GF/28GP)
33 FC Dallas (34GF/29GP)
48 29 Colorado Rapids (36GF/28GP)
47 28 CD Chivas USA (21GF/26GP)
52 27 Portland Timbers (27GF/27GP)
-(Goals For/Games Played)
*clinched a playoff berth.

The first tie breaker is goals scored.


General News

Eddie Johnson of Seattle was named MLS Player of the Week.
-No offence to Eddie who was very good, but was there another nominee?


Kyle McCarthy of with the Monday Morning Breakdown - Columbus needs to resume their momentary breakdown in work ethic to continue their battle for the last playoff spot in the East.


-Sat Sep 8
Chicago Fire SC 2-2 Santos Laguna


Shane O'Neill who came up through the teams academy made his pro debut last Wednesday night. Very cool for him.


-Sun Sep 9
FC Dallas 3-3 Leon(Mexico) - Leo win 4-3 in a Penalty Kick Shootout.


Five of the six playoff spots have been confirmed. 1 left and its Minnesota's to lose.
-Over the final 3 games of the season the seedings will fill in.
-#1 + #2 get a first round buy. While #3 plays #6 and #4 plays #5 in single games.
San Antonio has all but secured a buy.

-The Semifinal and Final rounds are home and away.

Matches + Scores:
-Sat Sep 8
Carolina RailHawks 0-1 San Antonio Scorpions
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1-1 Puerto Rico Islanders
Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-1 Atlanta Silverbacks
Minnesota Stars 1-1 FC Edmonton
-Tue Sep 11
Minnesota Stars v Puerto Rico Islanders

Watch online

*46 San Antonio (+22)
*40 Tampa Bay (+4)
*37 Puerto Rico (+4)
*35 Fort Lauderdale (-5)
*34 Carolina (-3)
31 Minnesota (-1)
23 Edmonton (-7)
23 Atlanta (-14)
*Clinched Playoff Berth



Charleston are the 2012 Champions! Hooray beer.

Match + Score:
-Sat Sep 8
Charleston Battery 1-0 Wilmington Hammerheads
Venue: Blackbaud Stadium - Charleston, South Carolina


The team is in Holland for a series of friendlies from Sep 6th to the 17th.

Matches + Scores:
-Tue Sep 11
Netherlands v USA
-3 More TBA:
Feyenoord Rotterdam U-18
Borussia Dortmund U-18
Club Brugge U-18

Ethan Horvath - No Club
Zackary Steffen - Maryland
Michael Amick - De Anza Force
Suliaman Dainkeh - DC United Academy
Dylan Greenberg - Albertson SC
Trevor Haberkorn - Solar Chelsea SC
Jalen Markey - Seattle Sounders FC Academy
Kellyn Acosta - FC Dallas
Marco Delgado - CD Chivas USA
Romain Gall - FC Lorient
Jacori Hayes - Baltimore Bays
Piakai Henkel - Amiens FC
Kristian Scott - Stoke City
Jordan Allen - Real Salt Lake Arizona
Paul Arriola - LA Galaxy
Julian Green - Bayern Munich
Benjamin Lopez - Real Salt Lake Arizona
Zach Pfeffer - Philadelphia Union
Ben Spencer Jr. - CD Chivas USA
Travis Wannemuehler - Indiana Fire Academy



Huge victory by the USA over the heavily favored Germans. Fantastic!

Match + Score:
-Sat Sep 8
USA 1-0 Germany


Final Round - 1st Leg:

Matches + Scores:
-Sat Sep 8
Zambia 1-0 Uganda
Central African Republic 1-0 Burkina Faso
Gabon 1-1 Togo
Ghana 2-0 Malawi
Sierra Leone 2-2 Tunisia
Mali 3-0 Botswana
Cape Verde Islands 2-0 Cameroon
Sudan 5-3 Ethiopia
Cote d'Ivoire 4-2 Senegal
Liberia 2-2 Nigeria
-Sun Sep 9
Zimbabwe 3-1 Angola
Mozambique 2-0 Morocco
Guinea 1-0 Niger
Libya 0-1 Algeria
Congo DR 4-0 Equatorial Guinea

2nd Leg matches will be played on Oct 11.


Blogger Dominic said...

Coach Klinsmann is on contract for $2.5 million anually until August 2014. If the US doesn't make it to Brazil, do you think the contract has some clause to terminate employment or would US Soccer still be on the hook for 1-2 years? How unsuccessful would he have to be to cause a replacement of Sunil Gulati? I'm not hating here. As a US Soccer fan I want nothing but reasonable success, & was just wondering. Thanks.

7:43 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

you are asking all the big bold questions Dominic. I agree, I don't want to be negative cuz I love this team but those are real questions. Sorry but I dont have any answers for you. I would suspect that if by some insane act they got knocked out of this round or the next that the coaches contract says they can fire him. And you would have to think that Gulati would have to go with him. But who has the power over Gulati? I have no idea. Would he resign? Great stuff to ponder, and hopefully this is the last time we even consider it.
Thanks for making my brain work a little.

10:34 PM  

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