Friday, August 12, 2016

Some Soccer News for Aug 12, 2016

It's Day 225 of 2016.

Giveaway Time: I am going to be asking some questions and compiling answers over the next week to give away a customized ESPN Deportes soccer jersey with "du Nord" on the back.
  • Today's question: Tell me about the first time you saw (with your own two eyes) an amazing feat in pro-soccer.


The USA Women are OUT! Beaten by Sweden in a Penalty Kick Shootout. The cruelest way to go.

Women's Olympic Tournament
-Fri Aug 12
USA 1-1 Sweden - Swe wins 4-3 in Penalty Kick Shootout - USA goal by Alex Morgan. Swe goal by Stina Blackstenius.
  • How did the Penalty Kicks go?
USA: S123M
SWE: 12S34
  • Penalty Kicks are a horrible way to end a soccer game. But the drama they create is incredible and hard to top.
(More Olympic coverage below.)


International Football Association Board (IFAB), the group that oversees soccer rules, will be testing the Video Assistant Referee tonight during the USL game New York Red Bulls II v Orlando City B. Things are moving forward.
  • Red Bull Arena has been a testing ground for the system for a while now, and this is the first time it will be used during a live game.
  • The next 5 home games for RBNY II will see the system tested.

The VAR system will be used to check 4 things:
  • Verify Goals
  • Verify penalty calls
  • Verify straight red cards
  • Correct mistaken identity of red cards

But herein lies the rub! This week MLS said two calls in the LA v RBNY game last Sunday would have been called Penalties had the VAR been in use. But LA has since pointed out that one of those 2 plays should have been a moot point because the player that was later fouled was initially offside, yet wasn't called so by the referee. By Adam Serano of LA Galaxy.
  • Be prepared; video replay will not be perfect and will open new cans of worms.


MLS Week 23
Big Matches:
-Sat Aug 13
Dallas v Sporting Kansas City - 8pm CT on MLS Live
LA Galaxy v Colorado Rapids - 9:30pm CT on MLS Live


NASL Week 17
Big Matches:
-Sat Aug 13
Indy Eleven v Rayo OKC - 6:30pm CT on ESPN3
-Sun Aug 14
Edmonton v Minnesota United - 3pm CT on MY29 in Twin Cities + ESPN3


A report from Minnesota United training this week, including plenty of injury talk. By Jeff Rueter of Fifty Five One.
  • Ben Speas: “We have a lot of guys who are capable of stepping up and filling in." The problem Ben is that they are not doing that. In fact its almost he opposite, they are failing to contribute at all.


Montreal Impact still has 2 players on the roster today from their NASL days. Evan Bush and Henry Camara. Patrice Bernier was on the team even before that, in the USL days, then left and returned when the club moved to MLS. By Bill Beacon of the Canadian Press, via Montreal Gazzette.


Women's Olympic Other Quarterfinals Match Schedule:
-Fri Aug 12
Brazil v Australia
Germany v China
Canada v France


Brazil finally busted loose in the Men's Olympic tournament after over 2 years of really bad soccer for the national team. They beat Denmark 4-0 to advance to the knock out stages.

-Men's Olympic Tournament
Quarterfinals Match Schedule:
-Sat Aug 13
Portugal v Germany
Nigeria v Denmark
S Korea v Honduras
Brazil v Colombia


Bob Bradley + Le Havre Tracker:
  • [UPDATED]Up Next - Tied Fri Aug 12 1-1 at Gazelec Ajaccio


Managers are not the big factor in soccer today the way they once were. Not even the big big big names. By Simon Kuper of the Financial Times.
  • "Average tenure (of managers) in English football has dropped from 3.5 years in 1992 to 1.3 years now."
  • Its been way too long since I last linked to a story by Kuper who is one of my favorite soccer culture writers.


English Premier League team-by-team season previews. From the Guardian:

And here are previews of the other 18 teams in the 2016-17 season of the English Premier League:


Premier League: 10 things to look out for on opening weekend .From the Guardian.

The Bird Is The Word


Blogger Nordy said...

First amazing feat I saw with my own eyes was at the 94 World Cup when Nigeria's Finidi George scored a goal against Greece and celebrated by getting on all four like a dog, and lifting his leg like he was peeing on the field.

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nordy, you are entered into the sweepstakes.


10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it was 2009 I attended my first professional (USL PRO) soccer match, the Cascade Surge. I think they were playing the Spokane Shadow at McCulloch Stadium in Salem OR. The Roloffs happened to be there too, or at least a few of them.

I do not remember the keepers name but on a Spokane free kick the Surge's keeper jumped to his left and palmed a ball that was clearly going into the top ninety and finger-tipped it into the post where it dangerously bounced around on the turf. When the keeper regained his feet he immediately had to do a reaction save and palmed a point blank shot over the cross bar. Double save, not too shabby.

I don't think it was enough to save the game though. I think they lost.


10:18 AM  

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