Friday, October 30, 2015

Some Soccer News for Oct 30, 2015

MLS Cup Playoffs

What a night! Again!

Montreal crushed Toronto in 40 dramatic opening minutes. Patrick Bernier & Ignacio Piatti in particular were outstanding in the attack.
-After the game I posted this on Twitter to a huge reaction:
Existential question: If @torontofc fails to show up for their first playoff game in history were they ever actually in the playoffs?
-Bernier was on his way out the door under coach Frank Klopas, not dressing for games, and even posting on Facebook that he was done with soccer. But then Klopas got fired, Mauro Biello took over, Didier Drogba arrived and the ramp up to this moment began for Bernier and the whole team, hell, the whole city.
-Giovinco, Bradley, Altidore - did they play on Thursday night? Cuz I never saw them on the field.
-After 9 years TFC has still done nothing to fix their defense. Nothing. Sure they keep signing defenders and goalkeepers, but that is not FIXING a problem, that, as Mike Martin of United Mania likes to say, is just rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

Portland went the other direction from Montreal last night taking 3 hours to finally subdue Kansas City.
-After the game finished 2-2 in 120 minutes, the Penalty Kick Shootout saw 13 goals, 5 saves, 2 total misses and 3 hit posts, including the craziest shot I have ever seen in a PKS - Adbul Salaam had the chance to win it for SKC in the 9th round but his low hard shot hit the right post, then rolled straight across the goal line to hit the left post (YES BOTH POSTS!) and spun out, keeping the Timbers alive.
-Here is that crazy shot:

-"Are you kidding me?"
-It took 2 great goals in Extra Added Time to get us to the PKS. Kristian Nemeth of KC thought he won it with this beauty, and then Max Urruti of Portland hit back with a sucker punch to tie it again.
-The drama finally concluded with PT keeper Adam Kwarasey stepping up make his shot, then turning right around and immediately saving the attempt from KC backup keeper Jon Kempin.
-Kempin was only in the game because starter Tim Melia had taken a foot to the head on a save and was eventually removed from the game after failing a concussion test.
-The sad part about the Melia incident is that the team doctor tried to remove the keeper right after the collision and appeared to be overruled by the bench. This should NEVER HAPPEN on a head injury. A several minutes later it was apparent to a reluctant Melia that he could not continue and took himself out of the game.
-Ooooooooooooooh, forget all that, lets just watch the whole stupid-fun Penalty Kick Shootout.

Knockout Round Schedule
Thu Oct 29
Montreal Impact 3-0 Toronto
-Match report by Stu Cowan of the Gazette.
-Match report by Kurt Larson of the Sun.
Portland Timbers 2-2 (7-6PKS) Sporting Kansas City
-Match report by Jamie Goldberg of the Oregonian.
-Match report by Sam McDowell of the Star.

On to the next round!

Quarterfinals - 1st Leg Schedule
Sun Nov 1
DC United v New York Red Bulls - 2pm CT on ESPN
Portland Timbers v Vancouver Whitecaps - 4pm CT on ESPN + TSN
Montreal Impact v Columbus Crew - 6pm CT on FS1 + TSN
Seattle Sounders v Dallas - 8:30pm CT on FS1 + TSN
-2nd Leg matches will be played on Sun Nov 8


Jermaine Jones on Instagram. What does it mean?


DC centerback Bobby Boswell has been suspended for the MLS Quaterfinal 1st Leg on Sunday after a foul he committed on Juan Agudelo of New England was deemed excessive.
-This has not been officially announced by the team or league, but Boswell himself told the press today, and there could be more suspension coming from the committee.


The head of the Brazilian World Cup committee Jose Maria Marin has agreed to extradition to the United States to face bribery charges.


Matt Fondy of Louisville City who scored 22 goals this season has been named USL Most Valuable Player.



Its official - Carolina RailHawks have a new owner. Fantastic!

Last weekend of the regular season with plenty still to achieve for 4 teams:
-2 teams battle for #1 playoff seed
55 Ottawa Fury (+19 gd)
Sat Oct 31 at AS
53 New York Cosmos (+17 gd)
Sat Oct 31 v TBR
-2 teams battle for the 4th and final playoff seed
39 Tampa Bay Rowdies (-2 gd)
Sat 10/31 at NYC
38 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (+8 gd)
Sun 11/01 at JA

Dont forget:
Dark Clouds End of the Year Charity Auction and Awards Ceremony! November 16th!
-Everyone is welcome. Not just Dark Clouds members.

The Bird Is The Word


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