Thursday, September 21, 2017

Some Soccer News for Sep 21, 2017

It's Day 264 of 2017.

It is BAD in Puerto Rico. And they aren't getting nearly the love Texas and Florida got. Fellow Americans, you do know this is a USA Territory right?
  • The damage from Hurricane Maria is extreme. From the New York Times.
  • The island is 100% without power. 100%!
  • Please help me find a great organization coming to the aid of Puerto Rico where I can direct donations.


US Open Cup

Final Schedule:
-Wed Sep 20
Sporting Kansas City 2-1 Red Bull New York

KC won the Open Cup for the 4th time. Huge congrats to them!

Let's be honest though, that was not a very good game. Ugly hacking. Ugly diving. Ugly whining.

Happy for my friends in KC on another trophy. Its quite the accomplishment.

Sympathy for my friends in NY on losing another Final. Its hard to imagine the futility.

The trophies are starting to pile up. By Sam McDowel for the Kansas City Star.

No joy in Harrison, again. By Mark Cannizzaro for the New York Post.



Got a report from the team today: The MNUFC Academy teams played their 3rd and 4th games, and 1st ever on the road. The results were not as flattering as the first weekend at home, as it ended with 3 losses and 1 tie.
Crew SC Academy Wolves 2-1 MNUFC
Vardar 2-0 MNUFC
Crew SC Academy Wolves 2-2 MNUFC
Vardar 3-2 MNUFC
  • They travel to Chicago to take on Sockers next weekend.


Curious: du Nord Music Mix Vol 139 (download + extract)



My MLS Notes:
  • 12 goals scored in 2 games last night.
  • Atlanta just clobbered the Galaxy.
  • How bad is LA? They lost to Toronto at home last weekend with TFC leaving Altidore + Giovinco at home. Then last night Montreal beat TFC in Toronto, who was still without their 2 stars.
  • How bad is LA pt 2? Seemed to me that Jermaine Jones kicked an Atlanta player just so he could get kicked out of the game. His wish was granted.
  • How bad is LA pt 3? They were trailing Atlanta 4-0 at half time and Atlanta just pulled over the car over to the side of the road, shut the engine off, left the radio on, left all 4 doors and the trunk open, walked away, and LA still couldn't steal anything at all.
  • Montreal got a huge win they desperately needed, over their big rival, and on the road. That is a triple threat victory.

Week 29 Schedule:
(13 games)
-Wed Sep 20
Atlanta 4-0 LA
Toronto 3-5 Montreal
-Sat Sep 23
New York City v Houston
New England v Toronto
DC v San Jose
Philadelphia v Chicago
Columbus v New York RB
Minnesota v Dallas
Salt Lake v Seattle
Vancouver v Colorado
-Sun Sep 24
Kansas City v LA - 1pm CT on FOX
Atlanta v Montreal
Portland v Orlando - 7pm CT on FS1



Barcelona of Ecuador and Brazilain club Gremio move into the semi finals. -A review of the situation. By Tim Vickery for ESPNFC.

Quarterfinals Schedule:
Leg Two
-Wed Sep 20
Santos (Bra) 0-1 Barcelona (Ecu) (1-1)
Gremio (Bra) 1-0 Botafogo(Bra) (0-0)
-Thu Sep 21
River Plate (Arg) v Wilstermann (Bol) (0-3)
Lanus (Arg) v San Lorenzo (Arg) (0-2)



The U17 World Cup is 1 month away. And the USMNT announced their roster today:
USMNT U17 World Cup Roster:
  • G: Alex Budnik - Sockers, Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos - SL Benfica, Justin Garces - Atlanta United
  • D: Sergino Dest - Ajax, Christopher Gloster - New York Red Bulls, Jaylin Lindsey - Sporting Kansas City, James Sands - New York City, Tyler Shaver - New York City, Akil Watts - Portland Timbers
  • M: George Acosta - North Carolina, Taylor Booth - Real Salt Lake, Christopher Durkin - DC United, Blaine Ferri - Solar, Chris Goslin - Atlanta United, Indiana Vassilev - Unattached
  • F: Ayo Akinola - Toronto, Andrew Carleton - Atlanta United, Jacobo Reyes - Monterrey, Bryan Reynolds - Dallas, Joshua Sargent - St Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri, Tim Weah - Paris Saint-Germain
  • C: John Hackworth
-17 of the 21 players are with pro academies or senior teams.

Group stage schedule:
-Oct 6
USA v India (host country) - 9:30am CT on FS2 + Universo
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium - New Delhi
-Oct 9
USA v Ghana - 6:30am CT on FS2 + Universo
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium - New Delhi
-Oct 12
USA v Colombia - 9:30am CT on FS2 + Universo
Dr. DY Patil Stadium - Navi Mumbai



Hoooo hoooo! Real Madrid has already lost 2 games in La Liga in just 5 played. They also lost their string of scoring in 73 consecutive games.

The other six favorites all won.

Mid week Schedule:
-Wed Sep 20
Real Madrid 0-1 Betis
Juventus 1-0 Fiorentina
Bilbao 1-2 Atletico Madrid
Benevento 0-4 Roma
Lazio 1-4 Napoli
Milan 2-0 SPAL
Sevilla 1-0 Las Palmas

Weekend Schedule:
-Fri Sep 22
Bayern v Wolfsburg
-Sat Sep 23
Alaves v Real Madrid
Girona v Barcelona
Juventus v Torino - The Turin derby
Manchester City v Crystal Palace
Southampton v Manchester United
Dortmund v Monchengladbach
Stoke v Chelsea
Roma v Udinese
Montpellier v PSG
West Ham v Tottenham
SPAL v Napoli
Hoffenheim v Schalke
Leicester v Liverpool
Atletico Madrid v Sevilla
Lyon v Dijon
-Sun Sep 24
Sampdoria v Milan
Inter v Genoa
Marseille v Toulouse
-Mon Sep 25
Arsenal v West Brom

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