Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Some Soccer News for Feb 8, 2017

It's Day 39 of 2017.


The performance of Minn fullbacks Justin Davis and Kevin Venegas will be key indicators of the Loons chances for success in 2017. They are preparing for 3 games in Portland. By Andy Greder of Pioneer Press.

LATE ADDITION: MNUFC has signed 25 year old Danish midfielder Bashkim Kadrii on a 1 year loan deal from FC Kobenhavn of Denmark.

Portland Invitational
  • We have heard from several people that the games will all be streamed but MNUFC has barely even mentioned that the games are taking place, much less any broadcast details.
-Thu Feb 9
MNUFC v Vancouver Whitecaps - 7:00pm CT
-Sun Feb 12
MNUFC v Portland Timbers - 7:00pm CT
-Wed Feb 15
MNUFC v Real Salt Lake - 7:00pm CT

Training camp roster (28):
  • G: John Alvbage, Alec Ferrell, Patrick McLain
  • D: Francisco Calvo, Tiago Calvano (trialist), Justin Davis, Vadim Demidov, Thomas de Villardi, Joe Greenspan, Ismaila Jome, Alvin Jones (trialist), Brent Kallman, Jermaine Taylor, Kevin Venegas
  • M: Bernardo Anor, Raul Gonzalez (trialist), Ibson, Miguel Ibarra, Collin Martin, Kevin Molino, Mohammed Saeid, Rasmus Schuller, Eugene Starikov (trialist), Tanner Thompson, Johan Venegas, Collen Warner
  • F: Abu Danladi, Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Christian Ramirez


"Two Harvard scientists have succeeded in creating an entirely new substance long believed to be the “holy grail” of physics — metallic hydrogen." How huge of a discovery is this? Huge huge. Thanks to Rich for the link.


International Clash Day: du Nord Music Mix Vol 111 (download + extract)


This thing is insane:


A report on Clint Dempsey playing 45 minutes in a Sounders preseason friendly this week. By Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times.


Former Red Bulls player Dax McCarthy is very unhappy about the way he departed the club this winter. Very unhappy. By Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America.


MLS is upping the ante on its marketing plans in Canada. By David Ebner of the Toronto Globe and Mail.


How do youth soccer clubs in America draw more diversity in its players? By Jonathan Tannenwald of


Freddy Adu has been released from Portland Timbers preseason camp. On to the next team.


Stephen Lenhart, a long time MLS bad boy, goes to Japan to try his luck in the J League. By Brian Sciaretta of American Soccer Now.
  • This can't end well.


Paul Arriola is off to a strong start this season for Tijuana, and what does his future hold? By Paul Tenorio of Four Four Two.


For Hamburg the battle to avoid relegation has been getting more and more desperate. The past few years they have barely survived. They are the only team to compete in every season of the Bundesliga (more than 53 years!) By Andrew Keh of the New York Times.


Qatar is spending unthinkable amounts of money to prep for World Cup 2020. By Agence France-Presse via the Guardian.

The Bird Is The Word


Blogger Rich said...

Are you setting up, or re-activating, a Fantasy MLS league?

7:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Rich
I am not.

8:44 AM  

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