Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Some Soccer News for Aug 17, 2016

It's Day 230 of 2016.

Giveaway Sweepstakes Time:
  • I am going to be asking some soccer questions and compiling answers throughout the week to give away a customized ESPN Deportes soccer jersey with "du Nord" on the back.
  • One winner will be drawn from all the entries posted on the du Nord Futbol blog, and my Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.
  • Today's question: Do you have a favorite player of all time? Any particular performance that sealed it?
Post your reply in the comments section to win.


Dr. Bill McGuire, Don Garber, Taylor Twellman, Mark Dayton and Chris Coleman will speak at the Minnesota United Is Moving To MLS announcement on Friday night. I would suggest you be there if you are in the Twin Cities.


As to be expected tension is running high in training for Minnesota United these days, with futility on the field growing. Training report by David LaVaque of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

More from Minn training this week: League standings, team health and the mental aspect of the game are on the docket. By Jeff Rueter of Fifty Five One.
  • While MU is in the 4th and final playoff spot in the standings, they are 10, 9 and 8 points behind the top 3 now, and only 3 points ahead of a pack of teams chasing them.


NASL Week 18 - mid-week matches tonight:
-Wed Aug 17
Jacksonville v Fort Lauderdale
Minnesota v Tampa Bay


Marc Dos Santos is now officially the first head coach of SF Deltas who will begin play in NASL in 2017. We hear from Dos Santos and team ownership. By Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America.


In 2017 US Open Cup 2nd Qualifying Round action:
  • Minneapolis City SC will host the winner of Ann Arbor FC/Oakland County FC on Sat Oct 22 in Blaine on NSC Field U2.
  • There are 5 rounds of qualifying to get to the First Round next May.


Official: USMNT will face New Zealand in a friendly on Tue Oct 11 in Washington DC at RFK Stadium - 7pm CT on on ESPN and UniMas.

In the meantime it's just 16 days until the next World Cup Qualifier!
  • Fri Sep 2, St Vincent + The Grenadines v USA - Arnos Vale Stadium, St Vincent - 2:30pm CT on beIN SPORTS
  • St Vincent is just off the coast of Venezuela, next too Greneda, Barbados and Trinidad + Tobago.


Freejack: du Nord Music Mix Vol 92 (download + extract)


CONCACAF Champions League group stage Matchday 2 schedule:
  • Neither SKC or RBNY could travel all that distance (T+T and El Salv respectively) and snatch the 3 points. But 1 point is just fine, as long as they take care of business at home.
  • SKC has the tougher path though with Vancouver in the group with them.
  • Monterrey is at home tonight, while Tigres goes to Costa Rica.
  • Viewing options: Univision Deportes. Streaming on Facebook too but this feed is a fucking joke! Constant buffering. Its 2016, sort this out.
-Tue Aug 16
Central (T+T) 2-2 Sporting Kansas City (USA)
Olimpia (HON) 4-0 Police United (BEL)
Alianza (SAL) 1-1 New York Red Bulls (USA)
-Wed Aug 17
Monterrey (MEX) v Arabe Unido (PAN)
Herediano (CR) v Tigres UANL (MEX)
-Thu Aug 18
Suchitepequez (GUA) v Real Esteli (NIC)
Pumas UNAM (MEX) v Progreso (HON)
Saprissa (CR) v Dragon (SAL)


Fabian Johnson and Monchengladbach won 1-3 at Young Boys of Bern Switzerland in the 1st Leg of the UEFA Champions League Playoff Round.
  • Johnson came on as a sub in the 81st minute.
  • 2nd Leg is in Germany next week on Wed Aug 24.

UCL Group Stage draw will be held on Thu Aug 25.


Season 4 of the Eric Andre Show is off to a rip roaring start with guests TI, Abbey Lee Miller, Jack McBrayer and Stacey Dash all truly unnerved and last seen fleeing the premises. Plus the Blindfolded Rapper Olympics was fantastic - Walk the Plank; Kiddie Pool of Snakes; 100 Mousetraps on the Floor; Swinging Medicine Balls... You get the gist.


I wrote my couple of sentences about the big season Dallas is having on multiple fronts yesterday, and now today the big boys tell the full story for us. By Jeff Carlisle of ESPNFC.


Tom Gores is the one trying to bring MLS to Detroit. So, who is he? By Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.

Others don't see any need for another team in Detroit - they say that they are doing just fine with Detroit City FC. By Noah Trister of the Associated Press. Thanks to Kieran for the article.


FC Cincinnati has been a big success in its first year in the USL, in the stands with huge attendance numbers, and on the field in 3rd place of the 29 team third division league, and their head coach is none other than John Harkes. (Harkes once tried to put me in a headlock at a party!) By Brian Sciaretta of American Soccer Now.


Olympic Tournament Semifinals Match Schedule:
  • The boys in bright yellow certainly have their swagger back.
  • And Ze Germans will be hoping for an Olympic W/M double.
-Wed Aug 17
Brazil 6-0 Honduras
Nigeria 0-2 Germany

-Fri Aug 19
Sweden v Germany
-Sat Aug 20
Brazil v Germany


Dick Advocaat has become the 13th coach in the last 15 seasons for Fenerbahce. Who would want that job?
  • The previous head coach Victor Pereira (and his coaching staff) fled the country after being knocked out of the Champions League last week.

The Bird Is The Word


Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Bruce, did John Harkes just lose his grip or what?


12:57 AM  
Blogger Rich said...

I have wanted MLS in Detroit since day 1. Unfortunately, not close enough anymore to make it to a DCFC game, but as long as a decent group can work towards a Detroit MLS team I will be happy.

8:32 AM  
Blogger Demko said...

So unfair that we have to play St. Vincent AND the Grenadines.

1:24 PM  

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