Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Some Soccer News for May 24, 2017

It's Day 144 of 2017.

SPECIAL NOTE - My very 1st column for 1500am ESPN: Loons Will Need To Fix Thin Roster + the tease of a new podcast.


Manchester is one city that knows exactly what to say to nihilistic fuckers! [CARTOON] By David Squires for the Guardian.


UEFA Europa League Final

Man U are the champions in Stockholm. Congrats to them.

-Wed May 24
Ajax 0-2 Manchester United

Even though its just the B-League of tournaments the fact that Ajax is in a championship of any kind again is a very good thing. One of the forgotten great of Europe lately. By David Winner for the Guardian.


Four Cup Finals on Saturday:
-FA Cup Final
Arsenal v Chelsea
-DFB Pokal Final
Eintracht Frankfurt v Borussia Dortmund
-Copa Del Rey
Barcelona v Deportivo Alaves
-Coupe De France
Angers v Paris St Germain



My Hot Tip for MNUFC: Stop leaking goals!!! I know its slowed down from the trainwrecks of Wk 1,2 + 4, but its still bad! We are all acting like its fixed! OK so Wk 8, 9 + 10 were very good at 0, 1, 0. But its back up again and far from problem solved.

From the LA game: LA's Baggio Husidic suffered a broken fibula in the 1st half and will be out 2 months. The fake turf played a big role in how his foot got caught up underneath him and caused his weight to pushed down on the leg trapped under his body.

A two topic reflection on MN v LA and the near future for the Loons. By Alex Schieferdecker for Fifty Five One.

Next Up:
-Sat May 27
Minnesota v Orlando - 7:00pm CT on My29

Orlando Facts:
  • 4th place in the East
  • Have not won since Apr 29
  • Played 5 games in May so far
  • 3 Losses and 2 Ties
  • 12 goals allowed
  • 4 goals scored
  • As for their road form: 3 games - 2 losses - 1 tie - 7 allowed - 2 scored

  • AR1: Kevin Klinger
  • AR2: Felisha Mariscal
  • 4TH: Juan Guzman



Yes, the start of this season is the best its been for the Chicago Fire in quite some time. But the GM is preaching modesty and patience. By Dan Santaromita for CSN Chicago.
  • The should be keeping their heads down and lips sealed cuz their success is modest and its only been 1/3 of the season. Still lots of time to fall on their face.

Top 10 goals of the season so far in MLS. [VIDEO] Chosen by Paul Mariner for ESPNFC.

All the goals from Week 12. [VIDEO] From MLS.

Most wins so far this season:
  • 7 Toronto

Most losses so far this season:
  • 8 Colorado
  • 8 Salt Lake

Most ties so far this season:
  • 5 Toronto

Top Goalscorers:
  • 10 Nemanja Nikolic (1 via PK)
  • 9 Erick Torres (5 via PK)
  • 8 David Villa (1 via PK)
  • 8 CJ Sapong (2 via PK)

Top 5 (6) Teams by Points Per Game:
  • 2.00 Toronto
  • 1.90 Dallas
  • 1.75 Chicago
  • 1.69 Kansas City
  • 1.67 New York City
  • 1.67 Orlando

Week 13 schedule/results:
(11 games)
-Thu May 25
Chicago v Dallas
-Fri May 26
Toronto v Columbus
-Sat May 27
Seattle v Portland - 1:30pm CT on FOX
Vancouver v DC
New York RB v New England
Colorado v KC
Minnesota v Orlando - 7:00pm CT on My29
Salt Lake v Philadelphia
San Jose v LA - 9:00pm CT on Univision
-Sun May 28
Atlanta v New York City - 4:00pm CT on ESPN
Dallas v Houston - 7:00pm CT on FS1
-Montreal are off this week.


Men's U20 World Cup - South Korea

Gedion Zelalem, an important part of the USA midfield, is out with a torn ACL. He will need 9-12 months for full recovery.

Derrick Jones of the Philly Union now becomes a key in the that midfield. Lets learn everything about Jones. By Jonathan Tannenwald for

USMNT - Group F - Schedule/Results:
-Mon May 22
USA 3-3 Ecuador - USA goals by Josh Sargent(2) + Luca De La Torre.
Incheon Stadium
-Thu May 25
USA v Senegal - 6:00AM CT on FS1
Incheon Stadium
-Sun May 28
USA v Saudi Arabia - 4:00AM CT on FS1
Daejeon Stadium

USA Roster
  • G: Jonathan Klinsmann - U California, JT Marcinkowski - Georgetown U, Brady Scott - De Anza Force
  • D: Danny Acosta - Real Salt Lake, Cameron Carter-Vickers - Tottenham, 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: Tyler Adams - New York Red Bulls, Luca De La Torre - Fulham, Derrick Jones - Philadelphia Union, Eryk Williamson - U Maryland
  • F: Jeremy Ebobisse - Portland Timbers, Lagos Kunga - Atlanta United, Brooks Lennon - Real Salt Lake, Emmanuel Sabbi - unaffiliated, Josh Sargent - St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri, Sebastian Saucedo - Real Salt Lake
  • C: Tab Ramos

Group F Standings:
3 Sengal (+2)
1 Ecuador (0)
1 USA (0)
0 Saudi Arabia (-2)

The tournament.


LIGA MX Clausura Liguilla

A preview of Thursday nights first leg - tigers v goats. By Tom Marshall for ESPNFC.

Final Schedule/Results:
Leg 1
-Thu May 25
Tigres v Guadalajara - 9:00pm CT on Univision Deportes
Leg 2
-Sun May 28
Guadalajara v Tigres - 6:00pm CT on Univision Deportes


Canadian Championship

Ottawa came from behind to claim a huge home win. Everyone now expects them to get crushed in the 2nd Leg. We shall see.

16 year old Fonzie Davis lead Vancouver to victory. Ehhhhh! (thumbs up) By Joshua Clipperton for Canadian Press, via Vancouver Sun.

Semifinals Schedule/Results:
1st Leg
-Tue May 23
Ottawa 2-1 Toronto
Vancouver 2-1 Montreal
2nd Leg
May 31
-Tue May 30
Montreal v Vancouver
-Wed May 31
Toronto v Ottawa

The Bird Is The Word


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