Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Some Soccer News for Feb 28, 2017

It's Day 59 of 2017.

The 2017 MLS season kicks off on Friday night:
-Fri Mar 3
Portland Timbers v Minnesota United - 8:30pm CT on FS1

My MLS 2017 Season Predictions
  • Win East: Toronto
  • Win West: Dallas
  • East Playoffs: Chicago, Montreal, NYC, NY Red Bulls, Orlando, Toronto
  • West Playoffs: Dallas, Kansas City, LA, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver
  • MLS Cup Champion: Dallas
  • MVP: Nicolas Lodiero
  • Golden Boot: Sebastian Giovinco
  • Breakout: Walker Zimmerman
  • Newcomer: Nemanja Nikolic
  • Coaches Hot Seat:
  • 7 Curt Onalfo
  • 6 Jay Heaps
  • 5 Veljko Paunovic
  • 4 Jeff Cassar
  • 3 Jim Curtin
  • 2 Dominic Kinnear
  • 1 Carl Robinson
  • Teams with the most questions: Chicago, Columbus, Houston, LA, Minnesota, Orlando, San Jose.

My Minnesota predictions are coming tomorrow.


The fluid, baffling and now virtually unknown set of rules for immigrants has sent many in America into turmoil. Miguel Aguilar of the LA Galaxy is one of them. He has lived in the USA since 11, is a legal resident, and has been approved for a Green Card, but it is now being held up. Like many he is afraid he will be deported. By Kevin Baxter for the LA Times.


DC United officially broke ground on their new stadium and the construction process is ready to begin.


MLS has announced that team rosters have been expanded from 28 to 30 players, but those 2 new spots MUST be homegrown players.


Rob Stone of Fox Sports goes off on the Kraft's who own the New England Revolution:

  • Bravo!


2017 MLS predictions. By the staff of ESPNFC.



A preview of Minnesota and coach Adrian Heath for an English audience. By (Minnesota's own) Jeff Reuter for the Guardian.

Lots of Minn fans will be in Portland for their first ever MLS game. By Wes Burdine for MLSsoccer.

Kevin Molino has a rep for loving his party-time? He wants to change that. By Andy Greder of the Pioneer Press.

Preseason trialists Marco Carducci and Raul Gonzaelz are now gone. None left.

Draftee Thomas de Villardi is going to be signed by the team - just a matter of finalizing the deal.
  • Leaving them still 2 below the roster limit of 28.

Twin Cities craft beer king Surly will have a Minnesota United inspired beer just in time for the home opener on Mar 12 - Surly's United Crushers Pale Ale! Fantastic! Named after some famous graffiti on the enormous grain silos in the Surly's Minneapolis neighborhood. By Keith Grauman for The Growler.



Opening Weekend Schedule:
-Fri Mar 3
Portland v v Minnesota - 8:30pm CT on FS1
-Sat Mar 4
Columbus v Chicago - 1:00pm CT
LA v Dallas - 3:00 Univ
Salt Lake v Toronto - 3:30
Colorado v New England - 5:00pm CT
DC v KC - 6:00pm CT
Houston v Seattle - 7:30pm CT
San Jose v Montreal - 9:00pm CT
-Sun Mar 5
Orlando v NYC - 4:00pm CT on ESPN
Atlanta v NYRB - 6:30pm CT on FS1
Vancouver v Philadelphia - 8:30pm CT


USMNT U20s at the CONCACAF Championship and U20 World Cup qualifying

A very big and surprising 1-0 win for the USMNT over Mexico. First time they have beat El Tri in 31 years at this age level.
  • And it wasn't a fluke. The USMNT comprehensively out played Mexico, and got stronger as the game wore on.
  • The USMNT high press was a thing of beauty. They kept Mexico a step off and slightly rattled.
  • Then the USA got their goal on a set piece by Erik Palmer-Brown from Sporting Kansas City.
  • Tyler Adams, a central midfielder from New York Red Bulls, was terrific all game long. He destroyed the Mexican midfield and started the attack. Great game.
  • Erik Williamson, from Univ Maryland, playing alongside Adams, was also very strong.
  • This leaves the USMNT on the verge of qualifying for the World Cup. What they need next will hinge on the outcome of El Sav v Mex on Wednesday.

Group D Matches:
-Mon Feb 27
USA 1-0 Mexico - USA goal by Erik Palmer-Brown.
-Wed Mar 1
Mexico v El Salvador
-Fri Mar 3
USA v El Salvador
  • Game on Univision networks + CONCACAF Facebook.

Group D standings: (top 2 go to World Cup)
3 USA (+1)
0 ES -
0 Mex (-1)

Final is on Mar 5 in Costa Rica.

USA roster:
  • G: Jonathan Klinsmann - U California, JT Marcinkowski - Georgetown
  • D: Marlon Fossey - Fulham, Justen Glad - Real Salt Lake, Aaron Herrera - U New Mexico, Erik Palmer-Brown - Sporting Kansas City, Tommy Redding - Orlando City, Auston Trusty - Philadelphia Union
  • M: Danny Acosta - Real Salt Lake, Tyler Adams - New York Red Bulls, Coy Craft - Dallas, Luca De la Torre - Fulham, Jonathan Gonzalez - Monterrey, Jeremiah Gutjahr - Indiana U, Jonathan Lewis - New York City, Sebastian Saucedo - Real Salt Lake, Eryk Williamson - U Maryland
  • F: Jeremy Ebobisse - Portland Timbers, Brooks Lennon - Real Salt Lake, Emmanuel Sabbi - Las Palmas
  • C: Tab Ramos



The first semifinalist will be revealed late tonight.

2nd Leg
-Tue Feb 28
Pachuca v Saprissa (0-0) - 9pm CT
-Wed Mar 1
Arabe Unido v Dallas (0-4) - 7pm CT
Pumas v Tigres (1-1) - 9pm CT
-Thu Mar 2
Vancouver v Red Bulls (1-1) - 9pm CT
-All games on Univision Deportes & CONCACAF Facebook

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