Thursday, September 15, 2016

Some Soccer News for Sep 15, 2016

It's Day 259 of 2016.

Even the women who are drawn in to work for FIFA are idiots! I had hoped they were smarter than the men:


MLS covets that Hispanic and Latino market. The players are arriving in droves. by Luis Miguel Echegaray of the Guardian.


The Loons are supposedly looking for a new head coach for next year. Anyone got a barf bag handy? By Jeff Carlisle of ESPNFC.
  • The two names listed in the article would make worse head coaches then having me do the job.


Interview with MLS commissioner Don Garber. Covering many topics. By Brian Straus of Sports Illustrated.
  • He tells the story of why Minnesota remained United.


A reminder of my MLS Preseaon Predictions: (CURRENT REMARKS)
  • Champion: Vancouver Whitecaps - NOT GONNA HAPPEN
  • MVP: Mauro Diaz - Dallas - VERY VERY POSSIBLE
  • Golden Boot: Kei Kamara - Columbus Crew - HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
  • Breakout: Gonzalo Veron - Red Bull New York - MOVING ON
  • Newcomer: Shkelzen Gashi - Colorado Rapids - NOT BAD BUT NOT WINNING
One out of the five is close. Right?


Minnesota MLS Players No Go List:
(These are players currently in MLS that I don't want to see anywhere near a Minnesota United roster next Spring.)
Jalil Anibaba
Mehdi Ballouchy
Chad Barrett
Marc Burch
Bobby Burling
Hassoun Camara
Servando Carrasco
Brian Carroll
Conor Casey
Nick DeLeon
Conor Doyle
Andrew Dykstra
Eric Gehrig
Ned Grabavoy
Connor Hallisey
Michael Harrington
Atiba Harris
Jordan Harvey
David Horst
Andrew Jacobson
Adam Jahn
Jack Jewsbury
Jon Kempin
Brad Knighton
Daigo Kobayashi
Jeff Larentowicz
Abdoulie Mansally
Darren Mattocks
Jack McInerney
Tyrone Mears
Ashtone Morgan
Chance Myers
Paulo Nagamura
Dominic Oduro
Jacob Peterson
Alvaro Saborio
Josh Saunders
Chris Schuler
Bobby Shuttleworth
Nathan Sturgis
Steven Taylor
Nelson Valdez
Zarek Valentin
Tyson Wahl
Collen Warner
Je-Vaughn Watson
Joe Willis
Chris Wingert
Ben Zemanski


Grasshopper: du Nord Music Mix Vol 96 (download + extract)


Two of Stanley Kubrick brilliant movies are returning to the movie houses starting this weekend! Dr Strangelove kicks it off. I got my ticket thanks to Bill.
  • Next month is Kubrick's The Shining.
  • And also next month is Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver! (Just in time for the election.)


My declaration of the day: Kellyn Acosta must play the defensive midfield role for USMNT. He is a freakin pitbull.


CONCACAF Champions League group stage Matchday 4 schedule:
  • Oh! Monterrey got picked off last night in Panama. Upset City. Tigres fans are overjoyed! Mighty Monterrey is OUT of the competition!
  • Portland went to the Purple Monster's Cave and had the usual done to them. They scored first by still lost.
-Thu sees Red Bulls (home) and Pumas (away) in action.
-Wed Sep 14
Arabe Unido 2-1 Monterrey
Saprissa 4-2 Portland Timbers
-Thu Sep 15
New York Red Bulls v Alianza
Honduras Progreso v Pumas UNAM
Herediano v Plaza Amador


NASL Mid-Week 22 schedule:
-Wed Sep 14
Miami 1-0 Carolina
Edmonton 0-0 OKC

NASL Up To Date Standings:
48 New York Cosmos
42 Edmonton
39 Indy Eleven
36 Minnesota United
32 Miami
31 Fort Lauderdale
30 Carolina RailHawks
29 Rayo OKC
29 Tampa Bay Rowdies
23 Ottawa Fury
17 Jacksonville Armada
10 Puerto Rico


Biggest games of MLS Week 28:
-Sat Sep 17
Seattle v Vancouver - 3pm CT on MLS Live
New York City v Dallas - 6pm CT on MLS Live
-Sun Sep 18
Kansas City v LA - 1pm CT on FOX.
Toronto v Red Bulls - 4pm CT on FOX.


Dallas got jealous of LA making a splash with Landon Donovan, so they hooked a fish of their own - they brought back Guatemalan super-villain Carlos Ruiz:


3 Americans in a big game south of the border this weekend:
-Sat Sep 17
Pachuca v Tijuana
  • Its Omar Gonzalez v Michael Orozco + Paul Arriola


Bob Bradley + Le Havre Tracker:
  • Standings - 8th place, 4 points out of 1st after 6 played
  • Up Next - Fri Sep 16 at Bourg en Bresse


Leicester starts off the Champions League the right way, with a strong win. They aren't off to the best of starts in English Premier League, so this give hope for a turn around. By Rory Smith of the New York Times.

The Bird Is The Word


Blogger Nathan Duin said...

Veron might be doing better with more time, but Marsch is one of the few coaches who will start a club developed teenager in front of a DP because that's there plan and they are sticking to it. To his credit, Veron hasn't been a moaner.

4:59 PM  
Blogger Nathan Duin said...

The plan, not there.

5:00 PM  
Blogger Nathan Duin said...

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5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With Garber in charge, if MLS reaches 28 teams, there will already be a plan to move it to 30, then 34, then 44, then 50. The US is big enough to take a 50 team top tier.


10:21 AM  
Blogger Dave DuJour said...

I never realized that you were a better coach than Sigi!

3:36 PM  

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