Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Some Soccer News for Mar 16, 2016

It's Day 76 of 2016.


You can't make this up!
So far the US Justice Department has confiscated nearly $200 Million from defendants in the FIFA scandal. And today FIFA officials admitted that in the past bribes have been paid in exchange for votes for World Cup bids. FIFA is also playing the "victim" card now and says some of that $200 Million is their money that was improperly used by its members and they want it back. That is rich! By Graham Dunbar of the AP.

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Doing things the Ben Olsen way at DC United. By Charles Boehm of Four Four Two.

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After a rough first season in MLS it looks like Mix Diskerud is off to a much better start in 2016 under new head coach Patrick Viera. By Dave Martinez of Empire Of Soccer.

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What does Didier Drogba still have left in his 38 year body that can benefit Montreal Impact this season? By David Amoyal of GianlucaDiMarzio.com.

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Do you remember back when I had a podcast and we talked excitedly about Cubo Torres all the time? What happened? He can barely get on the field for Houston Dynamo, and when he does not much gets accomplished. By Jeff Carlisle of ESPNFC.

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Yet another article asking the question, "Why hasn't America produced a worldwide soccer superstar yet?" At least this article seeks some answers and gets feedback from many different sources.. Some of those answers are very messy. By Elliot Turner of the Guardian.

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There are FIVE really good looking games coming up this weekend in MLS:
New York Red Bulls v Houston Dynamo
Dallas v Montreal Impact
Seattle Sounders v Vancouver Whitecaps
LA Galaxy v San Jose Earthquakes
Sporting Kansas City v Toronto

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The results of several big and yet conflicting games are on the line in 10 days time for the USMNT and Men's Olympic team in important qualifiers. By Brian Straus of Sports Illustrated.

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The home of two Washington Spirit players (NWSL) was completely destroyed by fire recently. They are trying to put things back together. By Steven Goff of the Washington Post.

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The Twin Cities market does not make the Top 30 American soccer rankings as compiled by Gilt Edge Soccer Marketing - a reputable agency. Read all about the criteria and the top markets.
  • 5 of the top 11 are in Texas! And 6 in California are top 30, including the #1.

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Minnesota United got a 1-1 tie in a friendly at Cruz Azul today in Mexico City.
  • The center of the defense was again purged for a goal.
  • Damion Lowe scored on header from a free kick. He attacks the ball like a fiend on set pieces. Minn has not had one of those type guys in a long time.
  • The team heads back to Minnesota tomorrow with 1 win and 2 draws in Mexico.

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Be-All/End-All: du Nord Music Mix Vol 75 (download + extract)

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CONCACAF Champions League - Semifinal matchups:
1st Leg
-Tue Mar 15
Queretaro 0-0 Tigres UANL
-Wed Mar 16
Santos Laguna v Club America

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UEFA Champions League - Rd of 16 2nd Leg matches.
-Tue Mar 15
Atleti 0-0 PSV - series ended tied 0-0, Atl advanced 8-7 in Penalty Kick Shootout.
Man City 0-0 Dynamo Kyiv - MC advanced 3-1 on aggregate.
-Wed Mar 16
Barca v Arsenal (2-0)
Bayern v Juve (2-2)
Already advanced to the Quarterfinals: Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Wolfsburg, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, and Benfica.



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