Friday, May 13, 2016

Some Soccer News for May 13, 2016

It's Day 134 of 2016.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a free agent!
  • Dr. McGuire get out your checkbook and bring the fisherman to his natural home - the land of 10,000 lakes.
Humble till the end: (thanks Daniele)

  • He could fish in a different Minnesota lake every day for the next 32 years. Never repeating a single one.


Brutally Bob Bradley + Le Havre came up very very very short in the battle for the final promotion spot in France's Ligue 2. His team HAC needed a win, a Metz loss, and then make up a goal differential of -7 to capture 3rd place.
-They got the win 5-0.
-And Metz lost 1-0.
-Thats the 3 pts but only 6 goals, but dammit they needed 7.
-The two teams end tied on Pts and GD, but the 2nd tie breaker was goals scored.
-And Metz had that one on their side: 54-52.
What a tough way to end a pretty good season.


Lets check out what the election of Canadian Vitor Montagliani as the new president of CONCACAF really means. By Simon Evans of the Guardian.


FIFA has named Fatma Samoura of Senegal its new Secretary General. Why is this important? Its a woman. That is a radical move for FIFA.
-Here is the press release of the announcement and a description of her background.


Liga MX Clausura Laguilla Quarterfinals:
  • A couple of ties in both of last nights 1st Leg games gives the favorite tag to the higher seeds who will host 2nd leg games this weekend.
  • Omar Gonzalez + Jorge Villafana both played the full 90 for their respective clubs Pachuca + Santos.
1st Leg
-Thu May 12
Santos Laguna (7) 1-1 Pachuca (2)
Guadalajara (5) 0-0 America (4)
2nd Leg
-Sat May 14
Monterrey v Tigres (3-1)
Leon v Morelia (1-1)
-Sun May 15
Pachuca v Santos Laguna (1-1)
America v Guadalajara (0-0)


A preview of this weekends NASL games. By Jake Nutting of Empire of Soccer.


NASL Week 7
Sat May 14
Fort Lauderdale Strikers v Indy Eleven
Carolina RailHawks v Miami
Tampa Bay Rowdies v Rayo OKC
Minnesota United v Jacksonville Armada - 7pm CT on MY29 + beIN Sports.
-Sun May 15
Edmonton v New York Cosmos
-Bye: Ottawa Fury


This article on Kansas City's struggles and inner turmoil could shed a little insight on why Benny Failhaber has been on the outs with the USMNT. From ESPNFC.


What can Kei Kamara add to New England? By Kyle McCarthy of the Boston Herald.


MLS Week 11
-Fri May 13
DC United v New York Red Bulls
-Sat May 14
Montreal Impact v Philadelphia Union - who had these two as tops in the East?
Toronto v Vancouver Whitecaps - a Canadian rivalry
Columbus Crew v Colorado Rapids - downward spiral v upward spiral
New England Revolution v Chicago Fire - its desperation time already for both
Houston Dynamo v Real Salt Lake
Dallas v Seattle Sounders - supposed to be two of the best
-Sun May 15
Sporting Kansas City v Orlando City - SKC needs a win very badly
Portland Timbers v New York City


The only one of Europe's top leagues still without a champion on the last week:
La Liga
88 Barca (+80) - Sat May 14 at Granada
87 Real (+74) - Sat May 14 at Deportivo La Coruna


Belated congrats to PSV Eindhoven on winning their 23rd Dutch Eredivisie championship last weekend.

The Bird Is The Word


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont get the medias infatuation for Zlatan...he is by far the biggest a-hole in sports.
I really cant think anyone worse (and I like Joey Barton off the field. hes a c*nt on it but when he talks he is a totally different and introspective human being) in how me behaves with media, opponents, fans and especially his own teammates.
Cristiano gets 1000X more flack and honestly I believe a lot of it has to do with jealousy (we ALL wished we were built like that). He's as much a diva as other top players, doesnt say much of anything (he sounds kinda dense so he does well to keep his mouth shut) but somehow gets singled out more than any other top player.
Zlatan is a crass, abusive bully who like other top players was always told his sh*t dont smell and was never, ever told no by anyone. (sort of like US football players who spend theuir highschool and college years being treated like diety's) The one time that he was sort of held to a team concept by Pep, guess what happened? He didnt like it.

I used to tell kids for years to never behave on the field like Drogba, that he is the embodiment of everything wrong in soccer.
But off the field, no one holds a candle to Zlatan's behavior outside of a few NFL wife beaters.

To think that both those two embarassments could both end up in the MLS isnt something to cheer.

Bill The Cat

11:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't sugar coat it. What do you really think.


10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill The Cat has his say. Bravo. I appreciate the passion Bill.


10:27 AM  

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