Friday, November 06, 2015

Some Soccer News for Nov 6, 2015


Sat Nov 7
New York Cosmos v Fort Lauderdale Strikers - 1 pm CT on
Sun Nov 8
Ottawa Fury v Minnesota United - 2 pm CT on Ch.45 in the Twin Cities and on

Minnesota United training report. By Jon Marthaler of Northern Pitch.



The first 2 games are right around the corner. Get prepared.
Rd 4 Game 1
-Fri Nov 13
USA v St Vincent + The Grenadines - 5:30pm CT in St Louis, Missouri at Busch Stadium on ESPN2
Rd 4 Game 2
-Tue Nov 17
Trinidad + Tobago v USA - Time TBA at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad on beIN Sports

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
-Darlington Nagbe + Matt Miazga get their first calls to the USA.
-Miguel Ibarra + Jordan Morris are back with the team.
-These recent call ups were NOT included: Dempsey, Gonzalez, Brooks, Wondolowski, Rimando, Yarbrough, Evans, Beasley, Chandler, Garza, Bedoya, Williams, Zusi, Morales, Davis, Corona, Johannsson, Agudelo
-The roster would indicate that the plan is still to play Fabian Johnson out of position.
-Only 1 actual fullback on this roster, Shea, and he is just converted a year ago and is very green.


MLS Cup Playoffs

Bruce Arena will be part of the MLS playoffs studio crew on Sunday for FS1. YES!

2nd Leg Schedule
Sun Nov 8
New York Red Bulls v DC United (1-0) – 2pm CT on ESPN
Columbus Crew v Montreal Impact ((1-2) – 4pm CT on ESPN, TSN1 + RDS1
Dallas v Seattle Sounders (1-2) – 6:30pm CT on FS1 + TSN
Vancouver Whitecaps v Portland Timbers (0-0) – 9pm CT on FS1, TSN1 + RDS1

Semifinals - Sun Nov 22 + Sun Nov 29
Final - Sun Dec 6


Three new stadiums for MLS teams are being designed and built right now. What will they they be all about? From Tim Newcomb at Sports Illustrated.
-By the way, the same people are designing all 3 of them - Orlando, DC and Minnesota. Is there really no one else capable?!


Bob Bradley gets ready to head for the next vista. The strong rumor is that he is going to be named the new head coach at Le Harve (aka HAC) in the French 2nd division in the next week or so. An interview with Bradley, one of my favorites by Rob Harris of the Big Story from AP.
-Harris posted more Bradley quotes on Facebook.


Who are the 6 most favored soccer teams of the hipster-gencia? By Barry Glendenning of the Guardian.
-You definitely know who one of those teams is don't you?


HBO's new documentary about basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Minority of One - is very good. You should watch it.


Athletic Club from the Basque Country city of Bilbao in Spain has always used only Basque players, and gets consistent solid results on and off the field. From the NY Times.

The Bird Is The Word


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