Monday, November 16, 2015

Some Soccer News for Nov 16, 2015

Nick Bockwinkel RIP


TONIGHT! Dark Clouds Annual End of Season Awards and Silent Auction - Mon Nov 16 at Turf Club in St Paul 6PM to 9PM


SPECIAL NOTE: Come Say Goodbye to the Sweetwater - Tue Nov 17 USA v Trinidad + Tobago (5:25pm CT). Be there cuz this is the last hurrah. The beloved(?) bar + grill is closing forever at end of November, and this is the final USA game before then. Its been our home for over 10 years and deserves a righteous send off.


“We thought it might be a good idea to keep consistency with the position Fabian Johnson is playing with his club.”
-USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann seems to be picking up on a few things.



Rd 4 Game 1 Group C
-Fri Nov 13
USA 6-1 St Vincent + The Grenadines - USA goals by Jozy Altidore(2), Bobby Wood, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron + Gyasi Zardes.

-In the bigger picture this game, beyond the 3 points, tells us nothing about where the USA team is at right now. Tuesday will tell us a whole lot more.
-USA tried to make it difficult for themselves by giving up a goal to St V in just the 5th minute. Oalex Anderson of Seattle Sounders 2 singlehandedly burned the right side of the defense badly (I'm looking at you DeAndre Yedlin, Gyasi Zardes and Geoff Cameron.) T+T wingers and strikers must be licking their chops in anticipation of Tuesday night.
-4 of the USA goals came on set pieces.
-Jozy Altidore now has 31 goals for the USA, just 3 behind Eric Wynalda for third on the all time list.
-USA players with good solid performances: Wood, Altidore, Johnson, Bradley, Ream, Besler.
-Matt Miazga + Darlington Nagbe made their debuts and are now cap tied to the USA.
-Jermaine Jones pulled up lame with more than 5 minutes left to play but the USA had already made their 3 subs so they chose to leave him on the field. It looked to be a hamstring injury.
-The USA was only whistled for 2 fouls in the game.
-Attendance was 43,433.

Rd 4 Game 2 Group C
-Tue Nov 17
Trinidad + Tobago v USA - 5:25pm at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad on beIN Sports

-T+T went to Guatemala for their first game and dominated the home team. 2nd half goals by Khaleem Hyland and Kenwyne Jones paved the way.
-This will be a very tough game for the USA on Tuesday, and I do not feel confident about a positive outcome.
-Tim Howard is expected to start in goal.
-Will there be other lineup changes for the USA? Kyle McCarthy of Fox examines the situation.
-T+T still has revenge on its mind for Tuesday stemming from the Nov 19, 1989 Paul Caligiuri goal that sent the USA to the World Cup and T+T packing. Still. From the T+T Guardian.
-T+T wants their fans to makes their presence felt in the stands. From the T+T Newsday.

USA Roster:
G: Brad Guzan, Bill Hamid, Tim Howard
D: Ventura Alvarado, Matt Besler, Geoff, Cameron, Fabian Johnson, Matt Miazga, Michael Orozco, Tim Ream, Brek Shea
M: Kyle Beckerman, Michael Bradley, Mix Diskerud, Miguel Ibarra, Jermaine Jones, Darlington Nagbe, DeAndre Yedlin
F: Jozy Altidore, Alan Gordon, Jordan Morris, Bobby Wood, Gyasi Zardes

Here is the other results for CONCACAF Rd 1 from Fri Nov 13:
Mexico 3-0 El Salvador - GA - Andres Guardado, Hector Herrera + Carlos Vela with the goals.
Canada 1-0 Honduras - GA - who else but Cyle Larin with the goal.
Costa Rica 1-0 Haiti - GB - Cristian Gamboa scoring.
Jamaica 0-2 Panama - GB - Alice Cooper + Wes Morgan(OG) with the tallys.
Guatemala 1-2 Trinidad + Tobago - GC - Carlos Mejia scoring for Guat, with Khaleem Hyland + Kenwyne Jones getting goals for T+T.

Rd 4 Game 2 - Tue Nov 17
Honduras v Mexico - GA
El Salvador v Canada - GA
Haiti v Jamaica - GB
Panama v Costa Rica - GB
St Vincent + The Grenadines v Guatemala - GC


A video feature story on USA international and American-Peruvian-German midfielder Alfredo Morales of Ingolstadt. From Deutsche Welle.



Huge congrats to the 2015 champions New York Cosmos.
-They have captured the trophy in 2 of their 3 years back in the NASL.

Sun Nov 14
New York Cosmos 3-2 Ottawa Fury

Gaston Cellerino was the hero for the Cosmos scoring all 3 goals. Tom Heinemann tried to keep pace for Ottawa with 2 goals of his own, but teammate Mason Trafford derailed the Fury with a 68th minute red card.
-A packed house of 10,166 witnessed the home win.


Indy Eleven will have a reserve team in the NPSL next season.


Euro 2016 Qualifying Playoffs: (4 winning teams will be the last to advance to the tournament next summer)

1st Leg
-Thu Nov 12
Norway 0-1 Hungary
-Fri Nov 13
Bosnia + Herzegovina 1-1 Ireland
-Sat Nov 14
Ukraine 2-0 Slovenia
Sweden 2-1 Denmark
2nd Leg
-Sun Nov 15
Hungary 2-1 Norway - Hungary advances 3-1 on aggregate.
-Mon Nov 16
Ireland v Bosnia + Herzegovina
-Tue Nov 17
Slovenia v Ukraine
Denmark v Sweden

Hungary qualifies for #EURO2016, its 3rd EURO appearance, 1st since 1972. Hungary's last major tournament was the 1986 World Cup.
-Tweet by Paul Carr of ESPN.


As murder and chaos reigned down on Paris last Friday night the story at the France-Germany soccer match was surreal. By Sam Borden of the New York Times.


The original Major League Soccer fantasy game MFLS created by Mark Wheeler is closing up shop after 20 years. A real shame. Thanks to Marc from Salem for the heads up.


New music for you, recommended by me.
-Mountain Singers "Listening Devices"
Find it and listen at Bandcamp, then buy it for a real cheap price.

The Bird Is The Word


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