Thursday, May 04, 2017

Some Soccer News for May 4, 2017

It's Day 124 of 2017.

A really nice tribute/obituary for my friend in football Tom Donovan who passed away this week. By Brian Quarstad for Fifty Five One.


Philadelphia Union hasn't won a game in 247 days. Yes, that includes the offseason days, but its still awful.



Two road goals by Higuain all but end this series in Juve's favor.

1st Leg
-Tue May 2
Real Madrid 3-0 Atletico Madrid
-Wed May 3
Monaco 0-2 Juventus
2nd Leg
-Tue May 9
Juventus v Monaco (2-0)
-Wed May 10
Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid (0-3)



I would love it if someday every Minnesota United manager and coach spent time at Coverciano; the Italian managers school. The cream of the crop! By Paolo Bandini for Bleacher Report.

Beware the Kansas City high press - they are going to crank it up on Sunday against the Loons. And when it works for them its a sight to behold, even if they are the opponent/enemy. So then you decide to play long balls out of the back to beat the press, but they have 2 centerbacks in Besler and Opara who are good as any in MLS at winning the ball in the air and returning it to their attackers. Its gonna be a tough one.

8 plus minutes of MNUFC players/coach talking; Danladi, Brovsky, Heath, [VIDEO] By KSTP-5.

-Sun May 7
Minnesota v Kansas City - 12:30pm CT on FS1

AR1 - Apolinar Mariscal
AR2 - Kermit Quisenberry
4TH - Hilario Grajeda

By the way, Dom Dwyer and Sebastian Giovinco both put on shows last night - Minnesota faces them in the next two games. Beware. Be very aware.
  • And they didn't beat just anybody, they beat two highly acclaimed goalkeepers and two of the best teams in MLS.



Giovinco and Dwyer both bagged a pair of goals last night showing exactly why they are two of the very best in the league.

Week 10 Schedule/Results:
-Wed May 3
Toronto 2-1 Orlando
KC 2-0 New York RB
-Fri May 5
Colorado v Vancouver
-Sat May 6
Seattle v Toronto - 2:00pm CT on ESPN
DC v Montreal
Philadelphia v New York RB
Columbus v New England
Houston v Orlando
Salt Lake v Dallas
LA v Chicago
San Jose v Portland
-Sun May 7
Minnesota v KC - 12:30pm CT on FS1
New York City v Atlanta - 3:00pm CT on Univision


  • Rose Lavelle of Boston Breakers Named NWSL Player Of The Month for April.
  • Justin Braun of Indy Eleven Named NASL Player Of The Month for April.


Knowledge: du Nord Music Mix Vol 122 (download + extract)


CONCACAF U17 Men World Cup Qualifying and Championship:

April 21 - May 7 in Panama.

Another big win for the USA team. Sargent and Akinola crushing more goals into the back of the net.
  • How good is this USA team? One possible measuring stick shows that they completed 452 out of 503 passes. Honduras 111-143.

2nd Stage
Group D Schedule/Results:
-Mon May 1
Honduras 7-1 Cuba
-Wed May 3
USA 3-0 Honduras - USA goals by Josh Sargent(2) + Ayo Akinola.
-Fri May 5
USA v Cuba - 3:30pm CT
  • All games can be seen on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube (CONCACAF channels) and UniDep.

Group E Schedule/Results:
-Mon May 1
Costa Rica 2-1 Panama
-Wed May 3
Mexico 1-0 Panama
-Fri May 5
Mexico v Costa Rica

Tournament Format:
  • 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.
  • Championship game is played on Sun May 7.
  • World Cup is Oct 6-28 in India.


Canadian Championship

(winner advances to CONCACAF Champions League)

Prelim Round Schedule/Results:
1st Leg
-Wed May 3
Ottawa 1-0 Edmonton
2nd Leg
-Wed May 10
Edmonton v Ottawa (0-1)

Winner of this first match up will be paired off against Toronto. With Montreal and Vancouver meeting in the other semifinal series.



Race for the 8 playoff spots:
(1 game left in regular season)

*28 Tijuana (+7) - NEXT: Fri May 5 v Veracruz
*27 Monterrey (+9) - NEXT: Sat May 6 v Morelia
*26 Atlas (+5) - NEXT: Sat May 6 v Chiapas
*26 Guadalajara (+3) - NEXT: Sat May 6 at Necaxa
*26 Toluca (+1) - NEXT: Sun May 7 at Santos Laguna
*25 Santos Laguna (+5) - NEXT: Sun May 7 v Toluca
24 America (+1) - NEXT: Sat May 6 v Pachuca
22 Tigres (+10) - NEXT: Sat May 6 at Queretaro
21 Morelia (+2) - NEXT: Sat May 6 at Monterrey
21 Pachuca (-1) - NEXT: Sat May 6 at America
21 Veracruz (-5) - NEXT: Fri May 5 at Tijuana
20 Leon (-1) - NEXT: Sat May 6 v Cruz Azul
20 Necaxa (-5) - NEXT: Sat May 6 v Guadalajara
19 Queretaro (-2) - NEXT: Sat May 6 v Tigres
OUT Pumas
OUT Cruz Azul
OUT Chiapas
OUT Puebla
*clinched a playoff spot



-Sat May 6
Juventus v Torino - the Turin derby, and Juve could win the championship with a win and Roma loss or tie (Roma is at Milan on Sun)
Barcelona v Villarreal - #1 v #5
Dortmund v Hoffenheim - #4 v #3
-Sun May 7
Arsenal v Manchester United - #6 v #5
Marsielle v Nice - #6 v #3

The Bird Is The Word


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