Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Some Soccer News for Wed Sep 12, 2012


It was a rare double for me last night as both my Minnesota Stars won and the USA won.
-Minnesota ended a 9 game streak without a win, and clinched a playoff spot in a 4-0 rout of Puerto Rico. (2nd time this season the Stars beat the Islanders by that scoreline at home.)
-The USA dominated Jamaica but needed a 2nd half free kick to actually get the points. Many other chances in the 1st half were stopped by the Jamaican keeper Dwayne Miller who plays for Syrianska in Sweden.

Mexico clinched their spot on the CONCACAF Hexagonal for World Cup qualifying with their 4th win in as many games.


Ben Rycroft who has been covering Canadian soccer for several years finds himself in the middle of uncovering a matchfixing scandal that has seen him and his family receive death threats. Yes death threats. Unreal.

The CBC has done a special report for TV.
-And today Rycroft wrote about the past 18 months of his life for Metro News. This is just the first part of his story.


The Stars clinched the final NASL playoff spot last night with a complete 90 minute domination of Puerto Rico.

Matches + Scores:
-Tue Sep 11
Minnesota Stars 4-0 Puerto Rico Islanders - MS goals by Nate Polak, Miguel Ibarra, Jamie Watson + Amani Walker.
Venue: NSC Stadium - Blaine MN
-Sat Sep 15
Puerto Rico Islanders v Minnesota Stars
Venue: Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel


On Friday its #1 v #3 in the East on the NBC Sports Network with Kansas City v Houston!

Then on Saturday its a tripleheader, starting with the Cascadia Cup derby being the first ever MLS game on NBC at 2:30pm CT Portland v Seattle , followed by #2 v #5 in the East New York v Columbus, and ending with #6 v #5 in the West, Dallas v Vancouver.


du Nord at the Controls - Tue Sep 11, 2012 - new music mix at Spotify.


World Cup Qualifying

Before we do anything else, lets just look again at the faces Clint Dempsey was making during the game that everyone who was watching on TV was talking about!

Another win that felt more like a relief than a victory to me.
-Great first half performance though. Maybe the best the team has looked under Klinsmann.
-The USA followed their worst performance under Klinsi (2nd half in Jamaica) with their best (1st half in Columbus.)

US Soccer with a game recap.

Leander Schaerlaeckens of Fox Soccer with a review of the importance of Sep 11 and the impact it had on the atmosphere of the game.

Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch on the power of the night at Crew Stadium, which he calls "a veritable steel lunch bucket."

Shawn Mitchell of the Dispatch with the match report.

Brian Straus of Sporting News with a good post game breakdown.

Graham Parker of the Guardian has a very cautious post game analysis from last night that I find refreshing for not getting caught up in the "big win in Columbus" jubilation.

US Soccer gives us videos too:
-MNT vs. Jamaica: Highlights
-MNT vs. Jamaica: Post-game Reactions
-MNT vs. Jamaica: Post-game Press Conference

The raves were in for the crowd in Columbus. I can't wait to hear from my friends who were in attendance what they thought.
-And I can't wait to be attendance myself on Oct 16 in Kansas City where I know the crowd can be off the hook awesome.

Great freekick goal by Herculez Gomez won the game, in the 55th min, a little less than 30 yards from goal, straight down the middle of the field. Dempsey drew the foul. Herculez capitalized putting his shot the far right side where Jamaican keeper Dwayne Miller could only tip as it went into the back of the net. (Terrible goalkeeping on that play by the way.)
-Gomez also earned a Penalty Kick in the second half that the referee waved off.

Graham Zusi did well in his debut. How he didn't score we will never know. 3 great chances, 1 great save, 1 off the bar and 1 near miss.

Great to see Danny Williams finally play a game for the USA in his normal everyday position. He was very positive and productive. And should have scored a spectacular goal, only for a few inches of goal post.

Steve Cherundolo was also a big presence in the game Cherun and Doloing up and down the right flank all game long.

Player ratings:
-Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America.
-Greg Seltzer of
-Brian Sciaretta of the New York Times.
-Travis Clark of Top Drawer Soccer.
-Alecko Eskandarian of Sports Illustrated.

Words from Jamaica:

"The Americans gradually corralled the Jamaicans like sharks smelling blood."

Gordon Williams of the Gleaner: Wide Open.

Sean Williams of the Observer: Boyz Go Down.


Matches + Scores:
-Tue Sep 11
USA 1-0 Jamaica - USA goal by Herculez Gomez
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
v D:
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

Mexico became the first team to advance with their win last night. They have the maximum 12 points.


Matches + Scores:
Matchday 4
-Tue Sep 11
A - USA 1-0 Jamaica
A - Antigua + Barbuda 0-1 Guatemala
B - Guyana 2-3 El Salvador
B - Mexico 1-0 Costa Rica
C - Honduras 1-0 Cuba
C - Panama 2-0 Canada

And here are the games on the final 2 dates of this round:
Matchday 5
-Fri Oct 12
A - Antigua + Barbuda v USA
A - Guatemala v Jamaica
B - Guyana v Mexico
B - El Salvador v Costa Rica
C - Panama v Honduras
C - Canada v Cuba
Matchday 6
-Tue Oct 16
A - USA v Guatemala
A - Jamaica v Antigua + Barbuda
B - Mexico v El Salvador
B - Costa Rica v Guyana
C - Cuba v Panama
C - Honduras v Canada


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

* Clinched a berth in the Hex.


Many World Cup qualifying matches will be played today and one more tomorrow. Here is a the full run down:

England was the only top team not to win yesterday in UEFA, tieing 1-1 at home against Ukraine.


-Wed Sep 12
Tahiti 0-4 New Caledonia

Top teams goes into a home and away playoff with the 4th place team in CONCACAF for the a World Cup spot.

Standings (after 2 of 6 rounds:)
6 New Zealand
3 New Caledonia
3 Solomon Islands
0 Tahiti

Remaining matches:
-Thu Oct 11
Solomon Islands v New Caledonia
-Sat Oct 13
Tahiti v New Zealand
-Tue Oct 16
New Zealand v Tahiti
New Caledonia v Solomon Islands
-Fri Mar 22
New Zealand v New Caledonia
-Sat Mar 23
Tahiti v Solomon Islands
-Mon Mar 25
New Caledonia v Tahiti
Solomon Islands v New Zealand



No home teams won yesterday!

-Tue Sep 11
Chile 1-3 Colombia
Uruguay 1-1 Ecuador
Peru 1-1 Argentina
Paraguay 0-2 Venezuela


Resumes next week.


Toronto FC goalkeeper Milos Kocic's wife Evelyn gave birth to TRIPLETS!


Sporting News with the full list of the top 25 MLS jersey's sold for this season.


Dwayne DeRosario of DC united suffered a knee injury in the opening minutes of Canada's game in Panama last night - an MRI is scheduled for today to determine the damage.



Matches + Scores:
-Wed Sep 12
Toronto FC v Chicago Fire SC - 6:00PM CT
Venue: BMO Field
-Fri Sep 14
Sporting Kansas City v Houston Dynamo - 7:30PM CT on NBCSN
Venue: Livestrong Sporting Park
LA Galaxy v Colorado Rapids - 10:00PM CT on Univision Deportivo
Venue: The Home Depot Center
-Sat Sep 15
Toronto FC v Philadelphia Union - 12:00PM CT
Venue: BMO Field
Portland Timbers v Seattle Sounders FC - 2:30PM CT on NBC
Venue: JELD-WEN Field
New York Red Bulls v Columbus Crew - 6:00PM CT
Venue: Red Bull Arena
DC United v New England Revolution - 6:30PM CT
Venue: RFK Stadium
FC Dallas v Vancouver Whitecaps FC - 7:30PM CT
Venue: FC Dallas Stadium
Chicago Fire SC v Montreal Impact - 8:30PM CT
Venue: Toyota Park
CD Chivas USA v San Jose Earthquakes - 9:30PM CT
Venue: The Home Depot Center

Salt Lake has a buy this week.


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)
39 Montreal Impact (43GF/29GP)
28 New England Revolution (35GF/28P)
26 Philadelphia Union (25GF/25GP)
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)
29 Colorado Rapids (36GF/28GP)
28 CD Chivas USA (21GF/26GP)
27 Portland Timbers (27GF/27GP)
-(Goals For/Games Played)

*clinched a playoff berth.

The first tie breaker is goals scored.


With Puerto Rico's loss last night San Antonio clinched one of the two top seeds and a buy in the first round of the playoffs.

Matches + Scores:
-Tue Sep 11
Minnesota Stars 4-0 Puerto Rico Islanders
-Wed Sep 12
Edmonton v Carolina RailHawks
-Sat Sep 15
Atlanta Silverbacks v Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Puerto Rico Islanders v Minnesota Stars
-Sun Sep 16
Edmonton v Tampa Bay Rowdies
San Antonio Scorpions v Carolina RailHawks

Watch online

**46 San Antonio (+22)
*40 Tampa Bay (+4)
*37 Puerto Rico (0)
*35 Fort Lauderdale (-5)
*34 Minnesota (+3)
*34 Carolina (-3)
23 Edmonton (-7)
23 Atlanta (-14)
*Clinched Playoff Berth
**Clinched First Round Buy


Anonymous sasha said...

If Tahiti lost 4-0 to New Caledonia, I shudder to think what will happen to them at the Confederations Cup.

There could be one or more of those beatdowns like Australia would give to Oceania foes in the cards.

7:02 PM  

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