Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Some Soccer News for Jul 19, 2017

It's Day 200 of 2017.

Why are there 7 MLS games tonight when the USMNT is playing in the Quarterfinals of the Gold Cup?
  • And 8 more MLS games on Saturday that would conflict with a Semifinal game if the USMNT advances.
  • I am not searching for an answer here. We all know why. I just get frustrated some times and lash out facetiously.


My latest column for 1500ESPN: Mid-season roster changes are happening for Minnesota United, and I answer your soccer questions.


Dortmund beat AC Milan 3-1 is a preseason friendly last night. Christian Pulisic got the assist on the 1st and 3rd and drew the penalty for the 2nd. Video highlights. The 18 year old is off to a good start for 2017/18.



A very important run of 4 home games will be crucial to the rest of the season. By Megan Ryan for the Star Tribune.

Houston is DESPERATE for a road win. Like MN they have none this season. Tonight is huge for them too, and they have serious playoff aspirations.
  • But they are missing four key attackers, Erick Torres with Mexico, and Romell Quioto, Alberth Elis + Boniek Garcia who are with Honduras, at the Gold Cup.

MNUFC could/will be missing tonight:
  • At Gold Cup - Calvo, JVenegas, Taylor
  • Potentially injured - Schuller, KVenegas, Danladi, Kallman, Molino
  • Out injured - Burch, Anor, De Villardi
  • Being released by team - Alvbage, Demidov
  • Don't have international clearance - Boxall, Nicholson
  • That leaves 14 players on the roster and not a whole lot of depth for tonight.

Stadium Cam

Schedule (4 more in a row at home):
-Wed Jul 19
Minnesota v Houston 0 7:00pm CT on My29
-Sat Jul 22
Minnesota v New York Red Bulls - 3pm CT on ESPN
-Sat Jul 29
Minnesota v DC - 7pm CT on My29
-Sat Aug 5
Minnesota v Seattle - 7pm CT on My29


Scumbag Dean Johnson who drove Minnesota Thunder into the ground is at it again, this time in Poland. By Wes Burdine for Fifty Five One.



Quarterfinal Schedule:
-Wed Jul 19
USA v El Salvador - 8pm CT on FS1
Lincoln Financial Field - Philadelphia

Reminder: If tonight's game ends tied after 90 min the game will go directly to PKs.

A little bit on the opponent El Salvador. By Paul Kennedy for Soccer America.
  • This team doesn't just sit back and counter attack, they go for it.

The US coach sees El Salvador as an improving team. By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.

Altidore + Dempsey are key to the machine. By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.

Does winning Gold Cup actually matter? To the US insiders it does. By Brian Straus for Sports Illustrated.

USA Roster
  • G: Jesse Gonzalez - Dallas, Bill Hamid - DC United, Tim Howard - Colorado Rapids
  • D: Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City, Omar Gonzalez - Pachuca, Matt Hedges - Dallas, Eric Lichaj - Nottingham Forest, Matt Miazga - Chelsea, Justin Morrow - Toronto, Jorge Villafana - Santos Laguna, Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City
  • M: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Paul Arriola - Tijuana, Michael Bradley - Toronto, Joe Corona - Tijuana, Dax McCarty - Chicago Fire, Darlington Nagbe - Portland Timbers, Chris Pontius - Philadelphia Union, Gyasi Zardes - LA Galaxy
  • F: Juan Agudelo - New England Revolution, Jozy Altidore - Toronto, Clint Dempsey - Seattle Sounders, Jordan Morris - Seattle Sounders

El Salvador Roster (have not announced any roster changes yet)
  • G: Oscar Arroyo - Alianza, Derby Carrillo - IBV, Benji Villalobos - Aguila
  • D: Roberto Dominguez - Santa Tecla, Alexander Larin - Alianza, Ivan Mancia - Alianza, Ruben Marroquin - Alianza, Milton Molina - Isidro Metapan, Henry Romero - Alianza, Bryan Tamacas - Santa Tecla
  • M: Junior Burgos - Reno 1868, Darwin Ceren - San Jose Earthquakes, Oscar Ceren - Alianza, Andres Flores - New York Cosmos, Victor Garcia - Aguila, Gerson Mayen - Santa Tecla, Richard Menjivar - New York Cosmos, Narciso Orellana - Alianza, Denis Pineda - Santa Clara, Edwin Sanchez - Aguila
  • F: Harold Alas - Santa Tecla, Nelson Bonilla - Nacional, Rodolfo Zelaya - Alianza

My USMNT viewing spot in the Twin Cities is Town Hall Brewery in the Seven Corners neighborhood of Minneapolis. Look for your fellow fans in the back room.


Gold Cup

Quarterfinals Schedule:
-Wed Jul 19
1 Costa Rica v Panama - 5:00pm CT on FS1
2 USA v El Salvador - 8:00pm CT on FS1
-Thu Jul 20
3 Mexico v Honduras - 6:30pm CT on FS1
4 Jamaica v Canada - 9:30pm CT on FS1



An interesting look behind the Seattle acquisition of Nicolas Lodeiro, including interviews with all the involved parties. By Kyle McCarthy for the Seattle Sounders magazine The Ninety.

Based on where last season ended Montreal was expecting big things this year. That hasn't happened. And its all on the line now as the 2nd half begins. By Stu Cowan for the Montreal Gazette.

Week 20 schedule/results:
(18 Games)
-Wed Jul 19
Montreal v Philadelphia
New York Red Bulls v San Jose
New York City v Toronto
Minnesota v Houston
LA v Vancouver
Portland v Salt Lake
Seattle v DC
-Fri Jul 21
Orlando v Atlanta - 6pm CT on ESPN
-Sat Jul 22
New York City v Chicago
Minnesota v New York Red Bulls - 3pm CT on ESPN
DC v Houston
Toronto v Colorado
Columbus v Philadelphia
Montreal v Dallas
New England v LA
Salt Lake v Kansas City
-Sun Jul 23
Vancouver v Portland - 5:30pm CT on FS1
Seattle v San Jose


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree about playing games when the gold Cup is on. The Timbers started Laurence Olum at defensive Mid. The three starters and another potential starter out due to international call ups and a number of others injured, players were entering the field no one had ever heard of before, and they way they played, likely after.


10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Olum played his whole career as a d-mid until KC started using him as an emergency centerback.
But I know that is not your point. Well said otherwise.


10:31 AM  
Blogger Demko said...

Leapin Larry is the best player in MLS

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Larry is top 5 all time for me.

Top 5
1. Marco Etcheverry
2. Landon Donovan
3. Lawrence Olum
4. Robbie Keane
5. Chad Barrett


2:19 PM  

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