Thursday, April 07, 2016

Some Soccer News for Apr 7, 2016

It's Day 98 of 2016.


On Saturday April 6, 1996 the first MLS game was played. You can watch the whole game right here, and see how much soccer in America has changed.

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But there is another side to all this 20 Years celebration!
Last week in DC a long time United supporter was banned from the stadium for 1 year after igniting a smoke flair in the tunnel outside the stadium when leading the most hardcore of supporters into the stands. I have no idea if he had been warned before or this topic was a serious issue with the team, but a 1 year ban is pretty significant. You won't be surprised to find out that many fans are quite upset by all of this. Here is an open letter to the club that was posted on Facebook today by a member of the supporters group District Ultras, the group whose member was punished.
  • The biggest point I take from all of this is that week-in and week-out we see MLS and many of the teams using images of supporters shrouded in smoke in their promotion of the games - and here is a guy getting a 1 year ban from all games for that exact thing, and it wasn't even done in the stadium!
  • My favorite line from the whole letter is this one: "Can you embrace us for who we are? Because we embrace you, good times and bad." Oh yeah.

Here is an earlier story from the Black And Red United blog with some more info on what actually went down from the club and supporters perspectives. There are still a lot of unanswered question here though.

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Do you remember that there was a time when the phrase, "Possession is 9/10ths of the law" held sway? Well, over the past 40 years that phrase has slowly been eroded and now completely replaced by, "Perception is 9/10ths of the law." The organization known as US Soccer finds it self with a terrible perception issue: "The women are great and massively underpaid, the men are mediocre and horribly coached." By Brian Straus of Sports Illustrated.

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The Panama Papers
  • Juan Pedro Damiani of the FIFA Ethics Committee has resigned due to his connections with the Panama Papers.
  • Swiss justice dept went right to work using the Panama Papers as a guide and executed a search warrant on UEFA headquarters.

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Wow! The Men In Blazers TV show will feature USA Attorney General Loretta Lynch on next weeks episode - Mon Apr 11 at 9:00pm CT on NBCSN.

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Rogue One

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Crater: du Nord Music Mix Vol 78 (download & extract)

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Pueblo Colorado has one of the worst gang and drug problems in the entire United States. By Julie Turkewitz of the New York Times.

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UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals - 1st Leg Key Points:
-Big upset for Wolfsburg!
-2 road goals and a tie game for Man City.
-1 road goal for Atleti.
-2nd Leg matches next week.
1st Leg
-Tue Apr 5
Bayern 1-0 Benfica
Barca 2-1 Atleti
-Wed Apr 6
Wolfsburg 2-0 Real
PSG 2-2 Man City
2nd Leg
-Tue Apr 12
Man City v PSG (2-2)
Real v Wolfsburg (0-2)
-Wed Apr 13
Benfica v Bayern (0-1)
Atleti v Barca (1-2)

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Bob Bradley and his club Le Havre AC are fighting for promotion. They are in the 3rd and final spot with 6 games left to play. Here is what's up next: Fri Apr 8 - Brest v Le Havre

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Matt Miazga talks about making his debut for Chelsea, and his USA future prospects. By Brian Sciaretta of American Soccer Now.

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Why does San Antonio want to be an MLS city so badly? by Tom Dart of the Guardian.

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MLS Week 6 begins on Fri Apr 8: Philadelphia Union v Orlando City - 6pm CT on UniMas

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Colorado Rapids team management can't really do much right these days. A whole new issue. By Daniel Boniface of the Denver Post.
  • I have said it many many times and can't imagine stopping - this team needs new ownership badly. The fans deserve at least that.
  • I realize the team and some fans will laugh at me and say, "Can't do much right? We just signed Tim Howard and Jermaine Jones." Fair enough, but they aren't going to help you fix all the problems and build for the future. They are last pieces to a nearly complete puzzle, just ask New England.

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Some updates on injuries, players etc from Minnesota United practice. By Jeff Rueter of Northern Pitch.

An analytic review of a big moment from last weeks MU game by former coach Buzz Lagos [VIDEO] and words from head coach Carl Craig along with a preview of Sunday's game in Edmonton. From Minnesota United.

Minn United forward Christian Ramirez's story. By Kristan Heneage of Four Four Two.

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A snapshot of the stretch run in the English Premier League with 6 games left:
69 Leicester (GD+24) - Sun Apr 10 at Sunderland
62 Tottenham (GD+32) - Sun Apr 10 v Man U
58 Arsenal (31 played) (GD+22) - Sat Apr 9 at West Ham

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Pumas UNAM(MEX) and Deportivo Tachira(VEN) join Atletico Nacional(COL) and Toluca(MEX) as the first four teams to advance to the Round Of 16 in Copa Libertadores.

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With 5 week left to go in the Mexican Clausura 7 of 8 teams currently in the playoff positions features Americans in regular starting or contributing positions:
1 Monterrey - Edgar Castillo
2 America - Ventura Alvarado
3 Pachuca - Omar Gonzalez
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5 Leon - William Yarbrough and Miquel Ibarra
6 Santos Laguna - Jose Villafana
7 Tigres - Jose Torres (finally healthy again)
8 Tijuana - Paul Arriola and Michael Orozco

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With a victory on Tuesday Rangers earn promotion to the Scottish Premiership for next season. Before the 2012/13 season the club was relegated to League Two (the 4th division) after filing for bankruptcy. It took them 1 year longer then expected to reach the top division again.



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1 Comments:

Blogger Bill McGuire said...

I completely forgot that they stopped the clock, didn't show the score and had a count down clock. How could I forget such idiotic ideas.

11:23 AM  

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