Friday, September 01, 2017

Some Soccer News for Sep 1, 2017

It's Day 244 of 2017.

Help Houston - Red Cross


du Nord Futbol's MLS Coaches Hot Seat for Sep 1, 2017:
  • 5 Ben Olsen - should have been gone 2 or 3 years ago, but probably won't get fired before new stadium next year
  • 4 Adrian Heath - will not be fired because ownership doesn't want to pay someone to no work, but clearly the team has gone stale
  • 3 Mauro Biello - the owner demands perfection, but won't pay his best players
  • 2 Jay Heaps - still winless on the road, only Colorado is worse, and this ship is rudderless
  • 1 Jim Curtin - too many years in a row with no change in the standings


USMNT - World Cup Qualifying

Key: Who plays in the center of midfield with Michael Bradley? By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.

Graham Zusi will most likely get the start at right fullback. When he was pulling the strings in the Kansas City attack a few years ago this fullback spot was hard to envision. By Brian Straus for Sports Illustrated.

Christian Pulisic has always had huge support from his family - meet his dad. By Michael Lewis for Front Row Soccer.

USA has always avoided the NYC metro for qualifying due to the large number of immigrant communities. Has the program turned the corner and can now fill the stadium with a pro-USA crowd? By Kevin Baxter for the LA Times.

-Fri Sep 1
USA v Costa Rica - 5:55pm CT on ESPN
-Tue Sep 5
Honduras v USA - 4:30pm CT on beIN

USA Roster
  • G: Brad Guzan - Atlanta United, Tim Howard - Colorado Rapids, Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake
  • D: DaMarcus Beasley - Houston Dynamo, Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City, Geoff Cameron - Stoke City, Omar Gonzalez - Pachuca, Matt Hedges - Dallas, Eric Lichaj - Nottingham Forest, Tim Ream - Fulham, Jorge Villafana - Santos Laguna, Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City
  • M: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Paul Arriola - DC United, Alejandro Bedoya - Philadelphia Union, Michael Bradley - Toronto, Fabian Johnson - Borussia Monchengladbach, Dax McCarty - Chicago Fire, Darlington Nagbe - Portland Timbers, Christian Pulisic - Borussia Dortmund, Cristian Roldan - Seattle Sounders
  • F: Jozy Altidore - Toronto, Clint Dempsey - Seattle Sounders, Jordan Morris - Seattle Sounders, Chris Wondolowski - San Jose Earthquakes, Bobby Wood - Hamburger

US Soccer has announced that it will add two supporters to its Board and a 5 person Fan Council to its infrastructure. Plus other federation news.

The (long -time) biggest personality in American soccer sits down for a Q + A - Alexi Lalas. By Scott French for Four Four Two.


CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying:

Big night tonight with just 4 games left.
  • Mexico can clinch
  • Costa Rica can solidify
  • USA can solidify
  • Panama, Honduras and T+T are all desperate

Hexagonal Schedule/results:
Matchday 7
-Fri Sep 1
USA v Costa Rica - 5:55pm CT on ESPN
T+T v Honduras - 7:00pm CT on beIN
Mexico v Panama - 8:30pm CT on FS2
Matchday 8
-Tue Sep 5
Honduras v USA - 4:30pm CT on beIN
Panama v T+T - 7:00pm CT (No USA TV)
Costa Rica v Mexico - 9:00pm CT on beIN

Hexagonal Standings:
(6 of 10 games played)
14 Mexico (+7)
11 Costa Rica (+5)
8 USA (+3)
7 Panama (0)
5 Honduras (-8)
3 Trinidad +Tobago (-7)


If you love beautiful (non-dance) electronic music you need the 3 new tracks from Four Tet: SW9 9SL, Planet, and Two Thousand And Seventeen.

If you want some (non-dance) electronic music that is a little more agitated then you need this new album: Mountain Singers - Reservoir of Diffidence


Crocus: du Nord Music Mix Vol 136 (download + extract)



It's official - Baskim Kadrii is no longer a Loon. One year loan from Kobnhaven ended early, and he signs with Randers.



Even with lots of players missing there are several teams in important games on Saturday, such as:
  • Dallas
  • Chicago
  • New York Red Bulls
  • Orlando

Week 26 Schedule:
(4 games)
-Sat Sep 2
New England v Orlando
Montreal v Chicago
Dallas v New York RB
LA v Colorado



Brazil becomes the first CONMEBOL team to qualify for Russia.

The next 7 teams in the standings are within 5 points of one another.
  • 3 of them will go automatically and a 4th will go into a playoff for a final spot in Russia.

A good review of all of last night's action tells where everyone really sits in the race. By one of the best - Tim Vickery for ESPNFC.

Matchday 15 Schedule:
-Thu Aug 31
Brazil 2-0 Ecuador
Uruguay 0-0 Argentina
Chile 0-3 Paraguay
Venezuela 0-0 Colombia
Peru 2-1 Bolivia

36 Brazil
25 Colombia (+3 GD)
24 Uruguay (+9 GD)
23 Chile (+2 GD)
23 Argentina (+1 GD)
21 Peru (0 GD)
21 Paraguay (-5 GD)
20 Ecuador (+1 GD)
10 Bolivia
7 Venezuela

Matchday 16 Schedule:
-Tue Sep 5
Bolivia v Chile
Colombia v Brazil
Argentina v Venezuela
Ecuador v Peru
Paraguay v Uruguay


All of my columns for 1500ESPN.

The Bird Is The Word


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe add Siggi to the hot sat list. Not only has the Galaxy not turned around or played any better, but they also hired Dom, which either maybe helpful or Dom is hanging over Siggi's head like a sword of Damocles.


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