Friday, October 16, 2015

Some Soccer News for Oct 16, 2015

Highly respected German magazine Der Spiegel just posted this damning story: Germany Appears to Have Bought Right to Host 2006 Tournament
-The accusation says Adidas set up the bid committee with US$11M to use as bribes to buy votes from the Asian Football Confederation. FIFA was in on the movement of the money too.


Despite being suspended by FIFA and under investigation by Swiss prosecutors UEFA has announced that Michel Platini is still their leader! Defiance!


Teams can clinch all of the remaining MLS playoff positions this weekend:
-New England, Columbus and Montreal have the advantage over Orlando for the last 3 spots in the East.
-Kansas City, Seattle and Portland have the advantage over San Jose, Houston and Salt Lake for the last 3 spots in the West.
-Red Bulls, Dallas, LA, Toronto, KC and DC are still in the chase for the Supporters Shield.
-Here is a link to the 73 scenarios for Supporters Shield, playoffs and seeding.
-The games that matter most:
Fri Oct 16
Orlando v NYC
San Jose v Kansas City
Sat Oct 17
Toronto v Columbus
New England v Montreal
Salt Lake v Dallas
Sun Oct 18
Houston v Seattle
LA v Portland
-(check your local listing for channel and time)

I still can't quite believe that Toronto made the playoffs.


Maurice Edu of Philadelphia had hernia surgery on Thursday and is out for the rest of the season.


Rumors are growing louder in England that Sporting Kansas City will purchase Everton FC. This has been building for a few days and the BBC wrote about it today. But don't get too carried away just yet. Remember, this club really needs a new stadium badly and that can be a giant can of worms.

But now there is this:


Go buy this book: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James. On Monday night it was awarded the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.


Rochester Rhinos v LA Galaxy II for the USL championship tonight.
-Watch the game on ESPN3 and YouTube at 6:30pm CT.


In the NASL playoff hunt there is only 1 position still available, but all 8 teams in the league that have not yet qualified are still in the chase. There are 3 weeks to play in the season. Two teams have 2 games left. Six teams have 3 games left. And three teams have 4 games left.
-New York, Ottawa and Minnesota are in, but fighting for seeding and the Fall season title.

Minnesota United travels to Indy Eleven for a Saturday night game. I will be there. Will you?


Remember Copa America Centenario? Its supposed to be taking place in the United States next summer? We're still waiting to find out if its even happening at all, much less in the USA. Still waiting.

The Bird Is The Word


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