Monday, September 17, 2012

Some Soccer News For Mon Sep 17, 2012


3 more monster goals for Jozy Altidore of Alkmaar Zaanstreek. See them right here. This gives him 7 goals in 5 games this season.
-What this shows me is that the USA has no idea how to feed the ball to the red hot striker.


Real Madrid v Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday is huge for the two managers - both successful at Inter Milan, one moreso than the other - Jose Mourinho v Roberto Mancini.


The current LA Galaxy lineup is better than the one that won MLS Cup last season.


After 8 games Tijuana is #1 in Mexico!


German website Fluter has an interview with an unnamed Bundesliga player that is gay, but is reluctant to come out of the closet due to a fear of the media overkill that will ensue.
-The New York Times has some follow up on the story.
-Thanks to Wes for the link.


One regular season game left now.


And the team is destined to finish in 6th place or win next week with Ft Lauderdale tying or losing and moving up to 5th place. Either way they will open the playoffs with a road game in the first round.

Matches + Scores:
-Sat Sep 15
Puerto Rico Islanders 2-0 Minnesota Stars
Venue: Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel
-Sun Sep 23 San Antonio Scorpions v Minnesota Stars
Venue: Heroes Stadium


Real Madrid lost 1-0 at Sevilla to put it in 14th place with 1 win, 1 draw and 2 losses to start the season. In RM speak that is near disaster.

Juventus won 1-3 at Genoa for its 49th consecutive Serie A game WITHOUT a loss.

Chelsea drew 0-0 at Queens Park Rangers to stay unbeaten and #1 in the EPL.

Liverpool has 2 losses and 2 ties and is off to its worst start since 1911.

Marseille won 0-1 at Nancy to go to 5-0-0 and lead the league in France!

PSG won 2-0 v Toulouse for a 2nd consecutive win after starting the season with 3 straight tie games.

Newly promoted Eintracht Frankfurt is 3-0-0 in Germany, good for 2nd place.


And we are back, with most teams set to play game 3 of 4 in the group stage.


Matches + Scores:
-Tue Sep 18
Tauro v Real Salt Lake - 7pm CT on Fox Soccer
Xelaju v W Connection
Real Esteli v Tigres UANL
-Wed Sep 19
Puerto Rico Islanders v LA Galaxy - 7pm CT on Fox Soccer
Aguila v Santos Laguna
Marathon v Seattle Sounders - 9pm CT on Fox Soccer
-Thu Sep 20
Houston Dynamo v FAS - 7pm CT on Fox Soccer
Municipal v Chorrillo

All games are shown on the internet at CONCACAF TV.


Group 1
6 Santos Laguna(+7)
3 Toronto(+2)
0 Aguila(-9)
Group 2
4 Herediano(+2)
3 Real Salt Lake(+1)
0 Tauro(-4)
Group 3
4 Olimpia(+3)
4 Houston Dynamo(+2)
0 FAS(-5)
Group 4
6 Seattle Sounders(+4)
1 Marathon(0)
OUT-1 Caledonia AIA(-4)
Group 5
6 LA Galaxy(+7)
3 Metapan(-1)
0 Puerto Rico Islanders(-6)
Group 6
4 Tigres UANL(+4)
4 Alajuelense(+1)
0 Real Esteli(-5)
Group 7
6 Monterrey(+6)
3 Municipal(0)
0 Chorrillo(-6)
Group 8
4 Xelaju(+1)
3 Guadalajara(+3)
1 W Connection(-4)


How much longer will Markus Babbel be in charge of Hoffenheim as they lost their 3rd straight to begin the season?


Philadelphia's young centerback Amobi Okugo writes for and tells us about his experiences as in the league on + off the field.


Another week with no red cards in MLS makes it feels as though the Disciplinary Committee is having the desired effect as the amount of ejections has dropped to almost NONE as the season has worn on.
-There have been few if any red cards in the past month.


The LA Galaxy gives us a sit down interview with Landon Donovan - Part 1 - and - Part 2 - as conducted by Time Warner Cable for their new Sports Channel launch in LA on Oct 1.


Jimmy Conrad of Kick TV does an interview with Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson.
-Conducted before the Timber v Sounders game last weekend.



Matches + Scores:
-Wed Sep 12
Toronto FC 1-2 Chicago Fire SC - TFC goal by Eric Hassli. CF goals by Alvaro Fernandez + Chris Rolfe.
Venue: BMO Field
Atten: 14,623
-Fri Sep 14
Sporting Kansas City 1-1 Houston Dynamo - SKC goal by CJ Sapong. HD goal by Brad Davis.
Venue: Livestrong Sporting Park
Atten: 19,877
LA Galaxy 2-0 Colorado Rapids - LAG goals by Robbie Keane + Chippen Wilhelmsson.
Venue: The Home Depot Center
Atten: 20,204
-Sat Sep 15
Toronto FC 1-1 Philadelphia Union - TFC goal by Eric Hassli. PU goal by Sheanon Williams
Venue: BMO Field
Atten: 15,669
Portland Timbers 1-1 Seattle Sounders FC - PT goal by Rodney Wallace. SS goal by Freddy Montero.
Venue: JELD-WEN Field
Atten: 20,438
New York Red Bulls 3-1 Columbus Crew - NYRB goals by Thierry Henry(2) + Dax McCarty. CC goal by Milovan Mirosevic.
Venue: Red Bull Arena
Atten: 17,134
DC United 2-1 New England Revolution - DCU goals by Chris Pontius + Lewis Neal. NER goal by Kellyn Rowe.
Venue: RFK Stadium
Atten: 15,,104
FC Dallas 1-0 Vancouver Whitecaps FC - FCD goal by Julian DeGuzam.
Venue: FC Dallas Stadium
Atten: 17,685
Chicago Fire SC 3-1 Montreal Impact - CF goals by Sherjill MacDonald, Alex + Alvaro Fernandez. MI goal by Marco DiVaio.
Venue: Toyota Park
Atten: 17,691
CD Chivas USA 0-2 San Jose Earthquakes - SJE goals by Chris Wondolowski(PK) + Alan Gordon.
Venue: The Home Depot Center
Atten: 11,317

Salt Lake had a buy this week.


Who picked Chicago as the 3rd team to hit the 50 point mark this season? Not many, if any! Wow, what a run they are on. And its all about the mid-season offensive minded pickups too! Chris Rolfe, Alex, Sherjill MacDonald and Alvaro Fernandez.
-But stalwart centerback Arne Friedrich went out injured on Saturday. Will that pull the solid defense apart?


Dallas' win over Vancouver moved them to within 1 point of the Whitecaps for the last playoff spot.
-Vancouver has played 1 less game then Dallas.


LA and San Jose just continue to roll.
-But the Galaxy's chances of catching the Earthquakes for the supporters shield are all but over. SJ is gonna have to fall flat to open the door.


In the East:
-DC goes back up to #5 and into the playoff picture, over Columubus who drop back out.
-New England was eliminated from the playoffs.

In the West:
-LA takes over #3, meaning Salt Lake which was idle falls to #4.
-Portland climbs up off the floor and moves to #8 above Chivas.

51 Sporting Kansas City (35GF/28GP)
69 50 Chicago Fire SC (40GF/28GP)
68 49 New York Red Bulls (49GF/28GP)
67 46 Houston Dynamo (41GF/29GP)
61 44 DC United (45GF/28GP)
62 -----
42 Columbus Crew (34GF/28GP)
60 39 Montreal Impact (44GF/30GP)
51 @28 New England Revolution (36GF/29P)
43 27 Philadelphia Union (26GF/26GP)
51 @22 Toronto FC (32GF/29GP)
*56 San Jose Earthquakes (58GF/28GP)
74 48 Seattle Sounders FC (44GF/28GP)
66 46 LA Galaxy (50GF/29GP)
61 46 Real Salt Lake (38GF/29GP)
61 37 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (29GF/29GP)
52 -----
36 FC Dallas (35GF/30GP)
48 29 Colorado Rapids (36GF/29GP)
44 28 Portland Timbers (28GF/28GP)
46 28 CD Chivas USA (21GF/27GP)
49 -(Goals For/Games Played)

* clinched a playoff berth.
@ eliminated from the playoff race

The first tie breaker is goals scored.


General News

New York forward Thierry Henry was named MLS Player of the Week.


Kyle McCarthy of with the Monday Morning Breakdown - DC's challenge, SKC shoots and lot and does not score much, LA depth, great action on NBC, Henry!, and de Guzman earns his pay (finally.)


Graham Parker of the Guardian with 5 things we learned in Week 28.

Player Transactions

Colorado signed 22 year old American centerback Chris Klute on a loan deal from the Atlanta Silverbacks. The deal went down on Friday before the roster freeze took effect.


Luke Wileman of TSN wonders how TFC fans will react to another offseason after a terrible year.


Matches + Scores:
-Sat Sep 15
Atlanta Silverbacks 1-0 Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Puerto Rico Islanders 2-0 Minnesota Stars
-Sun Sep 16
Edmonton 0-3 Tampa Bay Rowdies
San Antonio Scorpions 1-2 Carolina RailHawks
-Wed Sep 19
Atlanta Silverbacks v San Antonio Scorpions
Tampa Bay Rowdies v Carolina RailHawks
-Sat Sep 22
Carolina RailHawks v Tampa Bay Rowdies
Puerto Rico Islanders v Atlanta Silverbacks
-Sun Sep 23
FC Edmonton v Fort Lauderdale Strikers
San Antonio Scorpions v Minnesota Stars

Watch online

**46 San Antonio (+21)
*43 Tampa Bay (+7)
*40 Puerto Rico (+2)
*38 Carolina (-2)
*35 Fort Lauderdale (-6)
*34 Minnesota (+1)
24 Edmonton (-10)
26 Atlanta (-13)
*Clinched Playoff Berth
**Clinched 1st Round Buy


Game Action:

AUSTRIA - Bundesliga
Terrence Boyd - Rapid Vienna - started and went 67 min as they tied 0-0 v Admira.

BELGIUM - Pro League
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht - played the entire game but tied 1-1 at Lierse.

BELGIUM - Second Division
Devann Yao - Boussu Dour Borinage - came on as a sub in the 74th min and they won 0-2 at Sint-Niklaas.

DENMARK - Superliga
Charlie Davies - Randers - came on as a sub in the 59th min but lost 4-0 at Aalbourg.
Clarence Goodson - Brondy - went the full 90 but tied 2-2 v Horsens.
Conor O'Brien - SonderjyskE - played the whole game but lost 0-2 v Silkeborg.
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - went the distance but lost 2-1 at Kobenhavn.

ENGLAND - Premier League
Geoff Cameron - Stoke City - came on as a sub in the 85th min as they tied 1-1 v Manchester City.
Clint Dempsey - Tottenham - came on as a sub in the 78th min and won 1-3 at Reading.
Brad Friedel - Tottenham - went the distance and won 1-3 at Reading.
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa - went the full 90 winning 2-0 v Swansea.
Tim Howard - Everton - played the entire match as they tied 2-2 v Newcastle.
Eric Lichaj - Aston Villa - played the whole game getting a yellow card as they won 2-0 v Swansea.

ENGLAND - Championship League
Conor Doyle - Derby County - started and went 64 min but lost 1-0 at Huddersfield.
Jonathan Spector - Birmingham - played the whole game as they tied 2-2 at Nottingham Forest.

FINLAND - Veikkausliiga
Daniel Antunez - Inter Turku - started but lasted only 40 min as they tied 3-3 v TPS.
Mike Banner - Jaro - played the whole game as they tied 1-1 v KuPS.
Etchu Tabe - KuPS - went the full 90 and tied 0-0 at Jaro.

GERMANY - Bundesliga
Timmy Chandler - Nurnberg - played the whole game as they won 2-3 at Gladbach.
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - went the distance and won 3-2 v Werder.
Fabian Johnson - Hoffenheim - played the whole game getting a yellow card and losing 5-3 at Freiburg.
Jermaine Jones - Schalke - went the full game and won 0-2 at Greuther Furth.
Daniel Williams - Hoffenheim - went the distance getting a yellow card as they lost 5-3 at Freiburg.

GERMANY - 2 Bundesliga
John Anthony Brooks - Hertha Berlin - on the bench as they won 2-0 v Aalen.
Joe Gyau - St Pauli - on the bench as they tied 0-0 at Koln.
Andrew Wooten - Sandhausen - on the bench as they drew 1-1 v Dynamo Dresden.

ISRAEL - Ligat Al
Leo Krupnik - Maccabi Netanya - played the whole game as they won 0-1 at Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona.

NETHERLANDS - Eredivisie
Jozy Altidore - AZ - played the whole game scoring 3 goals and setting up the 4th as they won 4-0 v Roda JC.

NETHERLANDS - Eerste Divisie
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - went the full 90 as they won 3-4 at Eindhoven.

NORWAY - Eliteserien
Chad Barrett - Valerenga - started and went 56 min but lost 3-0 at Rosenborg.
Steve Clark - Honefoss - played the whole game as they tied 2-2 v Viking.
Mikkael Diskerud - Rosenborg - played the whole game as they won 3-0 v Valerenga.

NORWAY - 1 Divisjon
Kyle Helton - Mjondalen - played the full 90 and won 2-1 v Ranheim.

SPAIN - Segunda Division
Carlos Bocanegra - Racing Santander - on the bench as they won 3-0 v Recreativo Huelva.

SWEDEN - Allsvenskan Liga
Brian Span - Djurgarden - came on as a sub 2 minutes into second half stoppage time as they lost 0-3 v AIK.

SWEDEN - Superettan
Brian Edwards - Degerfors - went the full 90 but lost 3-0 at Umea.
Patrick Hopkins - Ljungskile - went the distance but lost 1-0 at Halmstad.
Ryan Miller - Halmstad - played the whole game as they won 1-0 v Ljungskile.


A big game winning goal for Jose Torres for Pachuca.


At Merida Isaac Acuna scored for the first time! But that is nothing compared to Sonny Guadarama who scored for the 4th consecutive game in all competitions.


Game Action:

DaMarcus Beasley - Puebla - went the distance but lost 2-3 v Monterrey.
Edgar Castillo - Tijuana - played the whole game as they won 1-2 at Atlante.
Joe Corona - Tijuana - came on as a sub in the 65th min and they won 1-2 at Atlante.
Greg Garza - Tijuana - on the bench as they won 1-2 at Atlante.
Herculez Gomez - Santos Laguna - came on as a sub in the 67th min but lost 2-0 at America.
Benji Joya - Santos Laguna - on the bench as they lost 2-0 at America.
Michael Orozco - San Luis - on the bench as they won 0-1 at Pumas.
Jesus Padilla - Guadalajara - came on as a sub in the 69th min as they won 1-2 at Leon.
Jose Torres - Pachuca - started and went 71 min scoring a goal as they won 3-2 v Morelia.

Isaac Acuna - Merida - came on as a sub in the 70th min and scored a goal as they won 3-1 v Correcaminos.
Sonny Guadarrama - Merida - started and went 70 min scoring a goal as they won 3-1 v Correcaminos.
Marco Vidal - Lobos BUAP - started and played 82 min bt lost 1-3 v Estudiantes Tecos.


Tijuana is in 1st place after 8 rounds. Pretty incredible.


Apertura - Round 8 of 17
Matches + Scores:
-Fri Sep 14
Jaguares 2-0 Toluca
Pachuca 3-2 Morelia
Leon 1-2 Guadalajara
-Sat Sep 15
America 2-0 Santos Laguna
Tigres UANL 2-0 Cruz Azul
Atlas 0-0 Queretaro
-Sun Sep 16
Puebla 2-3 Monterrey
Pumas UNAM 0-1 San Luis
Atlante 1-2 Tijuana

Back for the final schedule of games in the group stage.

Matchday 6
Matches + Scores:
-Tue Sep 18
Toros Neza v Altamira
Pumas Morelos v Necaxa
Est Tecos v Dorados
Univ Guadalajara v La Piedad
Merida v Celaya
Toluca v Puebla
Morelia v Leon
Cruz Azul v Atlas
Correcaminos v Veracruz
Irapuato v Lobos BUAP
-Wed Sep 19
Jaguares v San Luis
Queretaro v America
Pachuca v Atlante
Tijuana v Pumas UNAM


Group Stage

Group 1
10 Morelia
10 Leon
9 Dorados
OUT-2 Est Tecos
Group 2
9 Cruz Azul
9 Altamira
8 Toros Nexa
5 Atlas
Group 3
12 Pachuca
7 Atlante
OUT-6 La Piedad
OUT-4 Univ Guadalajara
Group 4
12 Necaxa
11 San Luis
OUT-5 Pumas Morelos
OUT-4 Jaguares
Group 5
11 America
9 Correcaminos UAT
6 Queretaro
OUT-5 Veracruz
Group 6
9 Tijuana
8 Merida
6 Pumas UNAM
5 Celaya
Group 7
10 Puebla
8 Toluca
8 Lobos BUAP
7 Irapuato


The Guardian with 10 talking points from the Premier League weekend.


Sid Lowe of the Guardian on Sevilla's masterful dispatch of Real Madrid and the rest of the round in La Liga.


Raphael Honigstein of the Guardian on Hannover's big win and a possible conspiracy at Hoffenheim, plus the rest of the weekend in the Bundesliga all rounded up.


Paolo Bandini of the Guardian on Milan slumping to break an 80 year old record and the rest of the weekends games in Serie A.


Palermo has fired head coach Giuseppe Sannino after starting the season with no wins, one tie and 2 losses. He has been replaced by Gian Piero Gasperini who got Inter off to a winless start in 5 games last season.

Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian sees the big spending Russians and Ukraines doing some damage in the Champs League group stage.


Anonymous Jeff said...

I picked the Fire to go all the way, but that's mostly because my fandom knows no rational reality.

Please note that this does not mean I am not secretly pleased we're in second and coming on strong, especially after the loss of Pappa. But, I expected to do much better this year with the departure of our last head coach.

8:27 PM  
Blogger jim crist said...

jozy's combination play with az is awesome to see. hope every midfielder in the pool is watching.

8:40 PM  

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