Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Some Soccer News for Apr 26, 2017

It's Day 116 of 2017.

Did you ever watch the HBO series The Wire? You should if you haven't. Its pretty much brilliant. See a trailer right here, and then go watch the episodes on demand or some streaming service. Pronto.
  • Jimmy
  • Bunk
  • Omar
  • Stringer
  • Avon
  • Marlo
  • Carcetti
  • Snoop
  • Prop Joe
  • Bubbles
  • Brother Mouzone
  • Cutty
  • Lester
  • Kima
  • Clay Davis
  • Bunny
  • Prez
  • Dukie
  • The Greek
  • Sobotka
(Did I miss anyone important?)



2nd Leg
-Wed Apr 26
Pachuca v Tigres (1-1) - 9pm CT on Univision Deportes


How is Borussia Dortmund dealing with life post-bus attack? A reporter visits the team from America and looks at the reality. By Grant Wahl for Sports Illustrated.


A look at the Top 50 paycheck earners in MLS. By Steven Goff of the Washington Post.


USMNT-U17 team takes on Mexico today in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying/Championship tourney. (See details below)


FIFA is proposing that a Video Assistant Referee system be used at the next World Cup.



Minnesota has still never lost to Colorado Rapids or Real Salt Lake - The Rocky Mountain Cup competitors. Going back to 2005 Minn beat both of them in the Open Cup. In 2012 Minn again topped RSL in the Open Cup. This year in preseason MN v RSL ended in a tie. In this regular season Minnesota has a tie and win over Colorado and a win over Salt Lake. Like magic. 5 Wins - 0 Losses - 2 Ties!

Does Miguel Ibarra stay in the starting line up when Schuller and Kadrii are both healthy? By Jeff Rueter for MLS.

Some feel that head coach Adrian Heath has been over-criticized early in the season. By Paul Tenorio for Four Four Two.

Kortne Ford of Colorado Rapids has been suspended for 1 game by the MLS Disciplinary Committee for delivering an elbow to the head of Minnesota's Christian Ramirez during their game last Sunday. Here is video of that encounter. [VIDEO] From MLS.
-Ford does not think he deserved a 1 game suspension. By John Meyer and Daniel Boniface for the Denver Post.
-For the record I thought it was a foul, at the time, and deserved a yellow card.

Joe Greenspan seeing lots of playing time on loan at Pittsburgh. Could a couple more guys be heading out on loan too? By Megan Ryan for the Star Tribune.
-Includes a video clip of coach Heath talking about Miguel Ibarra. [VIDEO]

You certainly can't deny that the Loons have improved from the start of the season 7 weeks ago. And other team notes. By Andy Greder for the Pioneer Press.

A deeper look at the salaries being paid to MNUFC players. Info is released every year by the Players Union. By Wes Burdine for Fifty Five One.

-Sat Apr 29
Minnesota v San Jose Earthquakes - 7:00pm CT on My29


Sheer: du Nord Music Mix Vol 121 (download + extract)


Djiby Fall of Cinicinnati FC has been given a 6 game suspension after he bit a player from Louisville City. Oof. By Danielle Lerner.



Coaching is the biggest area of needed improvement in MLS and the lack of diversity is just a part of it. By Tim Froh for the Guardian.

THEY ARE PAYING FOR IT THEMSELVES: Portland shows off their plan for a 4000 seat expansion of their stadium Providence Park. From Portland Timbers.

Week 9
-Fri Apr 28
Toronto v Houston
-Sat Apr 29
Montreal v Vancouver
Orlando v Colorado
Columbus v NYC
NYRB v Chicago
Dallas v Portland
Minnesota v San Jose
Kansas City v Salt Lake
Seattle v New England
LA v Philadelphia
-Sun Apr 30
Atlanta v DC



Another story questioning the quality of the American goalkeeper. By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.

John Brooks suffered some sort of hip injury in Hertha's game against Wolfsburg on Saturday. He did play the full 90 minutes though. No word on the severity.


CONCACAF U17 Men World Cup Qualifying and Championship:

April 21 - May 7 in Panama.

Up next is a Wednesday showdown with Mexico.
  • Mex beat El Salvador 6-0 in their first game.

USMNT U-17 Roster:
  • G: Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos (Benfica), Justin Garces (Kendall)
  • D: Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City), James Sands (New York City), Arturo Vasquez (Golden State), Akil Watts (IMG Academy)
  • M: George Acosta (Weston), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake AZ), Christopher Durkin (DC United), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea), Christopher Goslin (Atlanta United), Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers)
  • F: Ayomide Akinola (Toronto), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United), Zyen Jones (Atlanta United), Bryan Reynolds Jr (Dallas), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri) Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain)
  • C: John Hackworth

Group C - USA Schedule/Results:
-Sun Apr 23
USA 5-0 Jamaica - USA goals by Christopher Durkin, Timothy Weah, Joshua Sargent + Ayomide Akinola(2)
-Wed Apr 26
USA v Mexico - 5:30pm CT
-Sat Apr 29
USA v El Salvador - 10:30am CT
-Broadcast on Univision Deportes and Streamed live on the CONCACAF Facebook page.

  • 1st Group stage (round robin) - 3 groups of 4 teams - top two advance
  • 2nd Group stage (round robin) - 2 groups of 3 teams - top two qualify for World Cup
  • Final - 1st place teams in each group play for CONCACAF championship
  • World Cup is Oct 6-28 in India.



DeAndre Yedlin and his team Newcastle got a win on Monday which vaults them back to the English Premier League for next season. Huge congrats to them.

Tim Chandler went the distance as Eintract advanced to the DFB Pokal Final.
  • They beat Monchengladbach who were without injured Fabian Johnson.


English Championship division promotion race:

(4 Americans involved)
(2 games left)
(Two 2 promoted automatically. 3-6 go into playoff for 1 more promotion spot)
*92 Brighton + Hove Albion
*88 Newcastle United - DeAndre Yedlin
79 Reading - Danny Williams - NEXT: Sat Apr 29 v Wigan
78 Sheffield Wednesday - NEXT: Sat Apr 29 at Ipswich
78 Huddersfield Town - David Wagner (coach) - NEXT: Sat Apr 29 at Birmingham
76 Fulham - Tim Ream - NEXT: Sat Apr 29 v Brentford
73 Leeds United - NEXT: Sat Apr 29 v Norwich
*Promotion Earned


There is a place in football management for intellectual theorizing. Really. Vitor Frade is that person. By Rory Smith of the New York Times.


Infamous English soccer player Joey Barton has been given an 18 month suspension by the English Football Association because he was betting on soccer games. 1260 games to be precise. And that is forbidden in England. By Paul MacInnes for the Guardian.



DFB Pokal Semifinals
-Tue Apr 25
Monchengladbach 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt - EF advances 7-6 in Penalty Kick Shootout.
-Wed Apr 26
Bayern Munich v Dortmund

Coupe de France Semifinals
-Tue Apr 25
Angers 2-0 Guingamp
-Wed Apr 26
PSG v Monaco

Premier League
-Thu Apr 27
Manchester City v Manchester United - the Manchester derby + #4 v #5

The Bird Is The Word


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