Monday, November 21, 2016

Some Soccer News for Nov 21, 2016

It's Day 326 of 2016.

Jurgen Klinsmann is gone.

I did not think US Soccer would do this. But seriously, what the fuck do I know.

Bruce Arena is wide speculated to be the next head coach, possibly as soon as Tuesday. We shall see.

These two interviews with Jurgen Klinsmann were probably the end of the line. He was defiant and contradictory and insulting:

Regardless of all of this, I loved how much attention Klinsmann brought to soccer in America. He really raised the profile as few others could have.

How did things go in the five big rivalry matches in Europe over the weekend:
-Sat Nov 19
Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Bayern Munich
Atletico Madrid 0-3 Real Madrid
-Sun Nov 20
Fenerbahce 2-0 Galatasaray
AC Milan 2-2 Inter Milan

  • The biggest fall out from rivalry weekend is Bayern falling out of the first place in Germany for the first time since September 2015!
  • Due to that loss for Bayern the new surprise leader in the Bundesliga is RB Liepzig!
  • Now American Terrence Boyd needs to get full healed and join the Liepzig first team on the field!


The Bob Bradley + Swansea City Tracker:
  • Results - Sat Nov 19 D 1-1 at Everton
  • Standings - 20th Place, 5 Points into Relegation
  • Up Next - Sat Nov 26 v Crystal Palace


The Miguel Herrera + Tijuana Tracker:
  • Results - Fri Nov 18 L 2-1 at Veracruz
  • Standings - 1st Place - Regular season is over
  • Up Next - Playoffs - Quarterfinals - Wed Nov 23 at Leon, Sat Nov 26 v Leon


MLS Playoffs - Semifinals Schedule:
1st Leg
-Tue Nov 22
Montreal Impact v Toronto - 7:00pm CT on ESPN
Seattle Sounders v Colorado Rapids - 9:00pm CT on FS1
2nd Leg
-Sun Nov 27
Colorado Rapids v Seattle Sounders - 3:00pm CT on ESPN
-Wed Nov 30
Toronto v Montreal Impact - 6:00pm CT on FS1

Seeding for hosting MLS Cup:
1 Colorado Rapids
2 Toronto
3 Seattle Sounders
4 Montreal Impact


All hail the great and powerful Ignacio! By Paul Tenorio of Four Four Two.


Nicolas Lodeiro of Seattle Sounders named MLS Newcomer Of The Year.
  • Other two finalists were Ola Kamara of Columbus Crew and Jelle Van Damme of LA Galaxy.


The time is ripe for more cooperation between MLS and Liga MX. By Tom Marshall of ESPNFC.


In 2015 the top-seven largest sporting crowds in Canada were all soccer matches.
  • Montreal v America in CCL and 6 Women's World Cup games.


Liga MX Apertura Liguilla Quarterfinals:
  • Leon bumped Toluca out of the final playoff spot in the final round of the regular season.
-Wed Nov 23
Leon(8) v Tijuana(1)
Necaxa(7) v Pachuca(2)
Pumas(6) v Tigres(3)
America(5) v Guadalajara(4)
-Sat Nov 26
Tijuana v Leon
Necaxa v Pachuca
Tigres v Pumas
Guadalajara v America


UEFA Champions League - Group Stage - Big Teams - Matchday 5:
  • Advanced to the knock out rounds: Arsenal (A), Atletico Madrid (D), Bayern Munich (D), Dortmund (F) and PSG (A).
-Tue Nov 22
Sporting v Real Madrid
Sevilla v Juventus
-Wed Nov 23
Celtic v Barcelona
Monchengladbach v Manchester City

Americans in the UCL:
  • Christian Pulisic - Dortmund - Tue Nov 22 v Legia
  • Fabian Johnson - Monchengladbach - Wed Nov 23 v Man City


USWNT in Women's U20 World Cup group stage:
  • It will be USA v Mexico in the Quarterfinals on Fri Nov 25!
-Mon Nov 14
USA 0-0 France
-Thu Nov 17
USA 3-1 New Zeland
-Mon Nov 21
USA 1-1 Ghana

Group Stage Standings
5 France
3 New Zealand
2 Ghana

-Thu Nov 24
North Korea v Spain (Game 25)
Japan v Brazil (Game 26)
-Fri Nov 25
USA v Mexico (Game 27) - 12:00am (end of Thu) Fri Nov 25 on FS1.
Germany v France (Game 28)
-Tue Nov 29
Winner 25 v Winner 27
Winner 26 v Winner 28
-Sat Dec 3


The Bird Is The Word


Blogger Rich said...

You were not alone, I did not think US Soccer would get rid of Klinnsman, but it also seems if there was a time to do it before the WC, this was the only time. My only guess is that they truly felt he lost the player's trust (perhaps had conversations with some of them?).

Maybe we'll see Arena AND Landon Donovan back in a US jersey!!!

Really curious how the squad will look going forward. I think JK did a great job bringing in some good talent, so I definitely give him credit as doing a good job as technical director. I liked the overall look of the team, when we were getting back to a 4-4-2 and JK wasn't messing around. Wood/Altidore up top; Pulisic, Bradley, Klejstan, and 1 more at midfield; and Johnson, Brooks, Cameron, and Yedlin at the back (might need some work here). Goalie is usually decent, so not too concerned in this area.

Anyways, we shall see, and hopefully the players can get some confidence and dominant the final round of qualifying.

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 things we know

-the coach is gone and a new one will most likely be announced asap

-us soccer has a lot of questions that need answering, but its no telling if we will hear anything substantial from them

Gulati has a press conf at 1pm CT on Tuesday


8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If any other major nation tap Klinsmann to be their national team coach, that will be an indication of how poorly the US National team is viewed. That was a flop of King Kong sized proportions.


10:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know he will get that job somewhere.
I head a rumor yesterday that Galatasaray had already approached him.
The faster he gets a job the faster US Soccer gets off the hot seat. Cuz he will be found out.

A friend of mine posted a note on Facebook yesterday saying that he always found Klinsmann to be a charlatan. Good word.


10:37 AM  

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