Thursday, September 28, 2017

Some Soccer News for Sep 28, 2017

It's Day 271 of 2017.

#UnitedForEachOther The 5 TV networks that simulcast Liga MX games in the USA on Tue and Wed raised over $1 Million in donations. Fantastic.


FOX is laying out their plans for broadcasting the World Cup from Russia next summer. By Jonathan Tannenwald for
  • More than half the games will be shown live on FOX. The rest on FS1.
  • The #1 team of game broadcasters will be John Strong, Stuart Holden and Landon Donovan.


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  • IN EAST: (4 of 6) - Toronto, New York City, Atlanta, Chicago
  • OUT EAST: (1 of 5) - DC
  • IN WEST: (0 of 6) - (none)
  • OUT WEST: (2 of 5) - Colorado, LA



The coach says the players still have a lot of responsibility in the remaining games. Yes they do, their jobs and his. By Megan Ryan for the Star Tribune.

Sam Cronin who has been dealing with a concussion for a few weeks now is still not practicing with the team. Thanks to Andy Greder for that info.

Joe Greenspan has been loaned back to Pittsburgh for 1 game, will be back with Minn for 2 games, and then head back to Pittsburgh one last time before season ends.

-Sat Sep 30
Houston Dynamo v Minnesota United - 7:30pm CT on Fox 9+

MNUFC Academy schedule:
(All games at National Sports Center Grassbowl)
-Sat Sep 30
U13 MNUFC v Columbus Crew U13 - 9:30am CT
U14 MNUFC v Columbus Crew U14 - 11:30am CT
-Sun Oct 1
U13 MNUFC v Internationals U13 (from South of Cleveland) - 9:00am CT
U14 MNUFC v Internationals U14 - 11:00am CT



Colorado forward Kevin Doyle retired today due to repeated concussions and worrying about his future health.

MY MLS Notes:
  • A big night on Wednesday for playoff implications.
  • Both Atlanta and Chicago clinched playoff berths on Wednesday night.
  • New England got absolutely smoked 6-1 at Orlando. Brutal.
  • New England is the only team in the league without a road win this season.
  • You know what though - KC only has 2 road wins this season. Not very good for a team that wants to be a contender.
  • Atlanta is a joy to watch. Their supporters must be nearing rapture.
  • But Atlanta's dominance is a bit of a foggy situation. In the past 16 games they have only played 2 teams in current playoff contention. (Beaten Columbus twice. Tied Kansas City.)
  • Dallas won for the 1st time in 11 games.

A player truly on the rise is RBNY's Tyler Adams. He still lives with mom and dad. By Noah Davis for ESPNFC.
  • I have watched entire Red Bulls games just to watch Adams. He was their best player in the Open Cup Final.
  • And on Wednesday he went out and scored 2 goals.

Armchair Analyst - special Wednesday match recap edition. By Matt Doyle for MLS.

Current estimates have DC United playing the first 1/3 of next season on the road. That can't be good. Minnesota needs to avoid that in 2019.

Toronto has lost some of their glitzy glimmer in the past few weeks - Here are 10 questions the team must answer headed to the playoffs. By Kurt Larson for Toronto Sun.

NYCFC desperately needs to get out of Yankee Stadium - here is their latest attempt. By Andrew Das for the New York Times.

Sigi Schmid plans for rebuilding the Galaxy. By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.
  • This is assuming he has a job. The whole management team could be gone soon.

Does Seattle have what it takes to repeat as MLS Cup champs? By Matt Pentz for ESPNFC.

Week 30 Schedule:
(19 games)
-Wed Sep 27
Atlanta 3-0 Philadelphia
Montreal 0-1 New York City
New York RB 3-3 DC
Orlando 6-1 New England
Dallas 2-0 Colorado
Houston 3-3 LA
San Jose 1-4 Chicago
Seattle 3-0 Vancouver
-Sat Sep 30
Orlando v Dallas - 3pm CT on Univision
Toronto v New York RB
Columbus v DC
New England v Atlanta
Chicago v New York City
Houston v Minnesota
Colorado v Montreal
Kansas City v Vancouver
LA v Salt Lake
San Jose v Portland
-Sun Oct 1
Philadelphia v Seattle - 12pmCT on ESPN



In an odd twist, the 4 teams who are qualified for the plays will be matched up against each other in the final round of the regular season on Saturday.

49 North Carolina (#1 seed)
44 Portland (#2 seed)
39 Chicago (3 or 4 seed)
37 Orlando (3 or 4 seed)

Last Games Of Regular Season Schedule:
-Wed Sep 27
Houston 0-4 North Carolina
-Sat Sep 30
Portland v Chicago
North Carolina v Orlando



The attorney for NASL is an infamous lawyer who goes after sports leagues. Here is his plan. By Brian Straus for Sports Illustrated.



Jimmy Conrad gives his 2 cents on what its going to take for the USMNT to qualify. From FIFA.



Bayern has fired coach Carlo Ancelotti after getting beaten badly by PSG in the Champions League yesterday.

Weekend Schedule:
-Fri Sep 29
Monaco v Montpellier
Schalke v Leverkusen
-Sat Sep 30
Chelsea v Manchester City
Leganes v Atletico Madrid
Augsburg v Dortmund
Manchester United v Crystal Palace
PSG v Bordeaux
Sevilla v v Malaga
Huddersfield v Tottenham
-Sun Oct 1
Barcelona v Las Palmas
Real Madrid v Espanyol
Atalanta v Juventus
Hertha v Bayern
Milan v Roma
Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion
Newcastle v Liverpool
Benevento v Inter
Angers v Lyon
Nice v Marseille
Napoli v Cagliari

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