Friday, July 07, 2017

Some Soccer News for Jul 7, 2017

It's Day 188 of 2017.

Heavens to Murgatroyd.


CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier
-Fri Sep 1
USMNT v Costa Rica
Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ
5:30pm CT on ESPN


Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio will not be on the bench for the Gold Cup - he has been given a 6 game suspension by FIFA for aggressively cursing at the assistant referee during the 3rd place Confederations Cup game. From FIFA.


I got an email last night about renewing my MNUFC season ticket for next year. My seat will increase by $2 per game. Of course I want the price to go down. But I have no issue with this increase. I will be renewing my seat in Sec 138.


Thursday afternoon I was on the radio talking with Patrick Reusse at 1500ESPN. You can listen to the show here. My segment starts at the 26:30 mark.


2017 MLS All-Star XI as voted on by the fans:
  • G: Tim Howard - Colorado
  • D: Greg Garza - Atlanta, Graham Zusi - Kansas City, DaMarcus Beasley - Houston
  • M: Bastian Schweinsteiger - Chicago, Miguel Almiron - Atlanta, Kaka - Orlando, Michael Bradley - Toronto
  • F: David Villa - New York City, Nemanja Nikolic - Chicago, Sebastian Giovinco - Toronto

More additions to the team coming soon. Like, maybe some centerbacks.
  • MLS-AS coach is Veljko Paunovic of Chicago Fire.
  • Game is Aug 2 v Real Madrid at Soldier Field in Chicago.



First Gold Cup opponent Panama will test this USA team. By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.
  • Panama has been to the Semifinals of the last 3 Gold Cups.

The late career rise of Dax McCarty. By Steve Goff for the Washington Post.

Some lesser known USA players will get their shot at the Gold Cup. Its become the norm for the USMNT in this tournament. By Peter Barzilai for the Tennesseean.

Justin Morrow is hampered by a quad strain. No word on if he will be available to play, but the USA can replace him on the roster up to 24 hours before the first game if they want to make a change.

Gold Cup Group Stage Schedule:
-Sat Jul 8
USA v Panama - 3:30pm CT on FOX
Nissan Stadium - Nashville
-Wed Jul 12
USA v Martinique - 8:00pm CT on FS1
Raymond James Stadium - Tampa
-Sat Jul 15
USA v Nicaragua - 6:00pm CT on FXX
FristEnergy Stadium - Cleveland

USA Gold Cup Roster
  • G: Brad Guzan - Atlanta United, Bill Hamid - DC United, Sean Johnson - New York City
  • 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, Alejandro Bedoya - Philadelphia Union, Joe Corona - Tijuana, Dax McCarty - Chicago Fire, Chris Pontius - Philadelphia Union, Cristian Roldan - Seattle Sounders, Kelyn Rowe - New England Revolution, Kenny Saief - Gent, Gyasi Zardes - LA Galaxy
  • F: Juan Agudelo - New England Revolution, Dom Dwyer - Sporting Kansas City, Jordan Morris - Seattle Sounders

Panama Gold Cup Roster
  • G: Jose Calderon - Marathon, Orlando Mosquera - Tauro, Alex Rodriguez - San Francisco
  • D: Roberto Chen - Arabe Unido, Eric Davis - DAC 1904, Fidel Escobar - no club, Roderick Miller - Atletico Nacional, Michael Amir Murillo - New York Red Bulls, Luis Ovalle - no club, Angel Patrick - Arabe Unido, Jan Carlos Vargas - Tauro
  • M: Edgar Yoel Barcenas - Cafetaleros de Tapachula, Miguel Camargo - New York City, Armando Cooper - Toronto, Anibal Godoy - San Jose Earthquakes, Gabriel Gomez - Atletico Bucaramanga, Leslie Heraldez - Arabe Unido, Josiel Nunez - Plaza Amador, Valentin Pimentel - Plaza Amador
  • F: Abdiel Arroyo - Danubio, Ricardo Clarke - no club, Ismael Diaz - Porto, Gabriel Torres - Lausanne-Sport

I'm watching the USMNT at Town Hall Brewery in the Seven Corners neighborhood of Minneapolis. Come find me in the back room.


Gold Cup

A look at the lesser known teams and players with talent who will be in the Gold Cup. By Elliot Turner for Four Four Two.


Group A
-Fri Jul 7
French Guiana v Canada
Honduras v Costa Rica
-Tue Jul 11
Costa Rica v Canada
Honduras v French Guiana
-Fri Jul 14
Costa Rica v French Guiana
Canada v Honduras

Group B
-Sat Jul 8
USA v Panama
Martinique v Nicaragua
-Wed Jul 12
Panama v Nicaragua
USA v Martinique
-Sat Jul 15
Panama v Martinique
USA v Nicaragua

Group C
-Sun Jul 9
Curacao v Jamaica
Mexico v El Salvador
-Thu Jul 13
El Salvador v Curacao
Mexico v Jamaica
-Sun Jul 16
Jamaica v El Salvador
Mexico v Curacao

-Wed Jul 19
1 A1 v B2
2 B1 v A/C3
-Thu Jul 20
3 C1 v A/B3
4 C2 v A2

-Sat Jul 22
5 Winner 1 v Winner 2
-Sun Jul 23
6 Winner 3 v Winner 4

-Wed Jul 26
Winner 5 v Winner 6

-Follow the entire Gold Cup here.



There have been 5 MNUFC players who have so far exceeded my expectations this season: Kallman, Ramirez, Shuttleworth, Taylor, Thiesson.

The teams needs to take this break to find a new twist for the attack. They played 5 games in Jun and scored just 6 goals, with 3 coming in one game, and 2 in another.



"Midseason" analysis for each of the 22 teams, and what they need to improve upon. By Matt Doyle for MLS.

Jason Kreis, head coach of Orlando, spending more time whining about referees. I can't stand that. By Kurt Larson for the Toronto Sun.

Week 19 schedule/results:
(11 Games)
-Tue Jul 4
Atlanta 4-2 San Jose
Minnesota 0-1 Columbus
Dallas 4-2 DC
Colorado 1-3 Seattle
LA 2-6 Salt Lake
-Wed Jul 5
New England 2-3 New York Red Bulls
Orlando 1-3 Toronto
Houston 3-1 Montreal
Vancouver 3-2 New York City
Portland 2-2 Chicago
-Thu Jul 6
Kansas City 1-1 Philadelphia

49 goals scored in 11 games = 4.5 goals per game. That is what I like to see.


Topoff: du Nord Music Mix Vol 129 (download + extract)


Matheus Silva, the San Jose Earthquakes player who drown on the 4th of July but was revived has now come out of his coma! He has been playing this season on loan at Reno in the USL. Press released from San Jose Earthquakes.


Clint Dempsey of Seattle Sounders named MLS Player Of The Week.


Vincenzo Rennella of Miami named NASL Player Of The Month for June.


The team has been drawn into a group with with hosts India, Colombia, and Ghana at the World Cup. Tournament begins Oct 6 with the USA taking on the host nation.
  • There are 24 teams in 6 groups. #1 + 2 from each group advance, plus the top 4 third place teams. Meaning only 8 are eliminated after group stage.

USMNT schedule:
-Fri Oct 6
USA v India
-Mon Oct 9
USA v Ghana
-Thu Oct 12
USA v Colombia


My columns for 1500ESPN.

The Bird Is The Word


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