Monday, December 19, 2016

Some Soccer News for Dec 19, 2016

It's Day 354 of 2016.

Minnesota United looks set to train in Casa Grande AZ in late January/early February and play at least 1 friendly, on Jan 31 v New England Revolution.


From out of nowhere we get the general layout for the 2107 Gold Cup! (It so CONCACAF that we get no warning this was coming.)

USMNT games in Group B
Jul 08 in Nashville - Nissan Stadium
Jul 12 in Tampa - Raymond James Stadium
Jul 15 in Cleveland - FirstEnergy Stadium

Group A top seed yet to be determined
Group B top seed USA
Group C top seed Mexico

Other teams qualified:
French Guiana
Five more teams coming:
Top 4 from Copa Centoamericana (Jan 13-22)
Playoff winner: Caribbean zone 5th place v Central America 5th place

Group Stage dates, groups + stadiums:
Fri Jul 07 - Group A - Harrison - Red Bull Arena
Sat Jul 08 - Group B - Nashville - Nissan Stadium
Sun Jul 09 - Group C - San Diego - Qualcomm Stadium
Tue Jul 11 - Group A - Houston - BBVA Compass Stadium
Wed Jul 12 - Group B - Tampa - Raymond James Stadium
Thu Jul 13 - Group C - Denver - Sports Authority Field
Fri Jul 14 - Group A - Frisco - Toyota Stadium
Sat Jul 15 - Group B - Cleveland - FirstEnergy Stadium
Sun Jul 16 - Group C - San Antonio - Alamodome

Knockout Round games stadiums (in alphabetical order):
Arlington - AT+T Stadium
Glendale - University of Phoenix Stadium
Pasadena - Rose Bowl
Philadelphia - Lincoln Financial Field
Santa Clara - Levi's Stadium


Cuauhtemoc Blanco, the Mexican footballing hero/villain and Hunchback of the DF won an election in June to be come Mayor of Cuernavaca, but the state legislature has begun proceedings to have him impeached because they feel he is in way over his head.
  • On Saturday Blanco went on "a hunger strike" in protest of the investigation!
  • Some say the impeachment is going forward because he beat the candidate from the powerful PRI party that has ruled Mexico at all levels for many decades.
  • Oh, the saga continues today as the Mexican Supreme Court has struck down the impeachment attempt, and Blanco is back to solid foods.


Minnesota United reportedly trying to bring back Miguel Ibarra. By Jeff Rueter of Fifty Five One.


What is the talk among soccer fans about the new Minnesota United stadium? By Michael Rand of the Star Tribune.


A great remembrance of MLS Cup 2016 from a Toronto media member. By Mitchell Tierney of Waking The Red.


In my book, every free kick goal is a fantastic goal. Here is someone's list of the Top 5 from the 2016 MLS season. [VIDEO]



Two American's in the Bundesliga scored goals over the weekend - Bobby Wood for Hamburg and Alfredo Morales for Ingolstadt. (Hamburg lost 3-1 at Mainz. And Ingolstadt won 1-2 at Leverkusen.)


The Bob Bradley + Swansea City Tracker:
  • Note - another terrible road loss, and the English media unloaded on BB for saying "road game" instead of "away match" and "PK" instead of "Penalty." Oof. You can't win with these people. The fans are restless, but have been since Day 1 of of BB's tenure.
  • Results - Sat Dec 17 L 3-0 at Middlesbrough
  • Standings - 18th Place, 3 Points and -13 GD into Relegation
  • Up Next - Mon Dec 26 v West Ham

This is how pathetic the haranguing of Bradley over terminology really is:


After a futile trip to the Club World Cup in Japan Club America now has to regroup and play in 2 real games, the Mexican Final.

Liga MX Apertura Liguilla Final Schedule:
1st Leg
-Thu Dec 22
America v Tigres - 8:30pm CT on Univision + Univision Deportes
2nd Leg
-Sun Dec 25
Tigres v America - 6:00pm CT on Univision + Univision Deportes


FIFA has sanctioned one CONCACAF team and is investigating another:
  • "Honduras has been banned from playing at the Olympic Stadium in San Pedro Sula for one match and fined $40,000US for several incidents during the Honduras v. Panama match. The suspension will be served at Honduras’ 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica on Mar 28."
  • "Procedure opened against Mexico is currently on going, involving unsporting conduct by fans, including homophobic chants."


Nominees for The CONCACAF Awards
Male Player of the Year:
Christian Bolanos - Costa Rica + Vancouver Whitecaps
Clint Dempsey - USA + Seattle Sounders
Javier Hernandez - Mexico
Bryan Ruiz - Costa Rica
Hirving Lozano - Mexico + Pachuca
Wes Morgan - Jamaica
Keylor Navas - Costa Rica
Christian Pulisic - USA
Romell Quioto - Honduras + Deportivo Olimpia
Rubens Sambueza - Mexico + Club America

Female Player Of The Year:
Janine Beckie - Canada + Houston Dash
Shirley Cruz - Costa Rica + Paris Saint-Germain
Crystal Dunn - USA + Washington Spirit
Tobin Heath - USA + Portland Thorns
Carli Lloyd - USA + Houston Dash
Alex Morgan - USA + Orlando Pride
Mallory Pugh - USA + Real Colorado
Becky Sauerbrunn - USA + Kansas City
Christine Sinclair - Canada + Portland Thorns
Karla Villalobos - Costa Rica + Union Deportiva Moravia
-You can vote here for these 2 awards and many others.
-In classic CONCACAF fashion no date was announced for when the winners would be announced.


Results from the big games last weekend in Europe:
-Fri Dec 16
Hoffenheim 2-2 Dortmund - now #3 + #5
-Sat Dec 17
Juventus 1-0 Roma - still #1 + #2 with a 7 point gap
Leipzig 2-0 Hertha - now #2 + #3
-Sun Dec 18
Man City 2-1 Arsenal - now #2 + #4
Barcelona 4-1 Espanyol - The Barcelonian Derby
Monaco 1-3 Lyon - still #2 + #4

A couple more coming up mid-week:
-Mon Dec 19
Everton v Liverpool - The Merseyside Derby - 2:00pm CT on NBCSN
-Wed Dec 21
Bayern v Leipzig - #1 v #2 seperated by goal difference - 1:00pm CT on FS1


Carlos Tevez is leaving Boca Juniors in the winter transfer window to go play in China and earn $761,000 per week, or $39.5M per year.
  • English journalists like to insult Chinese soccer by saying it is "even below the standards of Major League Soccer."


Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action. By the Guardian.


The creepy-being with a sharp-bloody-axe heads for the Bundesliga Managers List, and its never pretty. By Raphael Honigstein of the Guardian.

The Bird Is The Word


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well the English have never liked anything but their own football any it would make sense that they insult people by saying that they are below even our standards...I guess. It just seems like a bad idea to run down leagues that are trying to better their standards of play. I guess that is their opinion and they are entitled to it. Though I can't believe that the Boca fans are really happy to lose Lodiero and Tevez as well.

P.S. Can't wait to see the MNUFC kits for next year, hope they keep the loon wing on the front. Also want to make a trip out to see the new stadium once it is done. Looks like it will be amazing and it makes me a little jealous... :-)

An Interested Sounders Fan.

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