Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Some Soccer News for Jul 26, 2017

It's Day 207 of 2017.

Please go VOTE for my friend in football Tony Sanneh in the MLS Community MVP contest. Minnesota United nominated Tony and his Sanneh Foundation for their great community work. Show your love and vote here.


Kansas City has sold striker Dom Dwyer to Orlando for approximately $1.6M, a record amount of money within the league. By Sam McDowell for the Kansas City Star.
  • Seems like an odd move despite the big $. How are SKC going to score? Do they have a seriously big name striker in the pipeline?
  • Only 3 teams have scored less goals than SKC this season.
  • And while the SKC defense has allowed the fewest goals this season, they are only 6th in goal differential. It should be much higher.
  • From what I can tell SKC fans are really bummed out about this move. Really down in the dumps.



Tonight. Gold Cup Final.

A comparison of the USA and Jamaica. By Matt Pentz for ESPNFC.

Life under Bruce Arena again has been very good for Michael Bradley. By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.

More on Michael Bradley, from his teammates and coaches. By Mike Woitalla for Soccer America.

The USA really wants this trophy tonight, but Jamaica will be a challenge, do not be fooled. By Brian Straus for Sports Illustrated.

The JA are relishing the underdog role. From the Jamaica Gleaner.

Gold Cup Final Schedule:
-Wed Jul 26
USA v Jamaica - 8:30pm CT on FS1
Santa Clara CA - Levi's Stadium
  • If the game end's tied after 90 minutes then they will go to 30 minutes of Added Extra Time (in which they can added a 4th substitute,) and if still tied after that they go to a Penalty Kick Shootout.

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

Jamaica roster
  • G: Andre Blake - Philadelphia Union, Damion Hyatt - Arnett Gardens, Dwayne Miller - Syrianska
  • D: Sergio Campbell - Rochester Rhinos, Oniel Fisher - Seattle Sounders, Shaun Francis - Montreal Impact, Rosario Harriott - Harbour View, Kemar Lawrence - New York Red Bulls, Damion Lowe - Tampa Bay Rowdies, Alvas Powell - Portland Timbers, Ladale Ritchie - Montego Bay United, Jermaine Taylor - Minnesota United
  • M: Michael Binns - Portmore United, Owayne Gordon - Montego Bay United, Ewan Grandison - - Portmore United, Kevon Lambert - Montego Bay United, Ricardo Morris - Portmore United, Je-Vaughn Watson - New England Revolution
  • F: Cory Burke - Bethlehem Steel, Jermaine Johnson - Tivoli Gardens, Darren Mattocks - Portland Timbers, Shamar Nicholson - Boys' Town, Romario Williams - Charleston Battery

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.

Nice last minute addition to squad, but can't suit up for the game:



The two saddest teams in MLS do battle on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. Are you ready for it? This will be Minnesota's best chance to rise above the 5 win threshold.

Stadium Cam

-Sat Jul 29
Minnesota v DC - 7pm CT on My29

Eight sports stadiums around the world are sponsored by Allianz Insurance company:
  • St Paul - Minnesota United FC - Allianz Field
  • Turin - Juventus FC - Allianz Stadium
  • Munich - FC Bayern + TSV 1860 - Allianz Arena
  • London - Saracens RC - Allianz Park
  • Sydney - Rooster RC, Waratahs RC + Sydney FC - Allianz Stadium
  • Nice - OGC Nice - Allianz Riviera
  • Sao Paulo - SE Palmeiras - Allianz Parque
  • Vienna - SK Rapid Wien - Allianz Stadion


Navel: du Nord Music Mix Vol 131 (download + extract)


The BBC has a radio documentary series on The Clash and their relationship with New York City. Hosted by Don Letts on the BBC.



Week 21 schedule:
(12 games)
-Wed Jul 26
Philadelphia v Columbus
-Sat Jul 29
Atlanta v Orlando
New England v Philadelphia
New York Red Bulls v Montreal
Dallas v Vancouver
Houston v Portland
Kansas City v Chicago
Minnesota v DC
Salt Lake v Columbus
San Jose v Colorado
LA v Seattle
-Sun Jul 30
Toronto v New York City


Megan Rapinoe of Seattle Reign named NWSL Player Of The Month for July.


Turkey national team coach Fatih Terim has resigned 2 weeks after getting into a fight at his son-in-laws restaurant. (Some ruckus with the restaurant next door apparently.) From the Hurriyet Daily News.
  • Other reports say he and his son-in-law beat up 5 guys.


The Afghan Premier League. 3 month season. 8 teams. 18 games. All in 1 city. By for the Guardian.
  • But, you know, without promotion and relegation its just more fake football.


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