Friday, September 29, 2017

Some Soccer News for Sep 29, 2017

It's Day 272 of 2017.

Maybe this hasn't sunk in yet - Chicago Fire are in the MLS playoffs with several games to spare.
  • 2017 - currently in 4th place, already clinched playoff berth
  • 2016 - 20th place, dead last
  • 2015 - 20th place, dead last
  • 2014 - 15th place
  • 2013 - 12th place
  • 2012 - 6th place, and last time they were in playoffs



Are you starting to feel nervous? A week from today its USMNT v Panama in a very crucial World Cup qualifier. Its a MUST-WIN game.

-Fri Oct 6
USA v Panama - 6pm CT on ESPN2
Orlando City Stadium, Orlando
-Tue Oct 11
Trinidad + Tobago v USA - 7pm CT on beIN
Ato Boldon Stadium - Couva

The USA will probably announce their team roster on Sunday.
  • Panama and the final opponent Trinidad + Tobago have already announced theirs.

T+T Roster
  • G: Adrian Foncette - Police, Greg Ranjitsingh - Louisville City, Glenroy Samuel - Morvant Caledonia United
  • D: Daneil Cyrus - Juticalpa, Kevan George - Jacksonville Armada, Curtis Gonzales - Defence Force, Triston Hodge - DirecTV W Connection, Alvin Jones - DirecTV W Connection, Josiah Trimmingham - Club Sando, Kevon Villaroel - North East Stars, Mekeil Williams - Colorado Rapids
  • M: Neil Benjamin Jr. - DirecTV W Connection), Levi Garcia - Alkmaar Zaanstreek, Khaleem Hyland - Al-Faisaly Harmah, Joevin Jones - Seattle Sounders, Jared London - Club Sando, Kevin Molino - Minnesota United, Nathan Lewis - San Juan Jabloteh, Leston Paul - Pasaquina, Kathon St. Hillaire - St. Ann's Rangers
  • F: Trevin Caesar - Sacramento Republic, Akeem Roach - Vida, Shahdon Winchester - Murcielagos

Panama Roster
  • G: Jose Calderon - Marathon, Jaime Penedo - Dynamo Bucharest
  • D: Felipe Baloy - Municipal, Erick Davis - Dunajska Streda, Fidel Escobar - New York Red Bulls, Adolfo Machado - Houston Dynamo, Michael Murillo - New York Red Bulls, Luis Ovalle - Deportes Tolima, Roman Torres - Seattle Sounders, Jan Carlos Vargas - Tauro
  • M: Edgar Barcenas - Tapachula, Ricardo Buitrago - Juan Aurich, Armando Cooper - Toronto, Anibal Godoy - San Jose Earthquakes, Gabriel Gomez - Atletico Bucaramanga, Jose Gonzalez - Arabe Unido, Alberto Quintero - Universitario
  • F: Abdiel Arroyo - Danubio, Roberto Nurse - Zacatecas, Blas Perez - Municipal, Luis Tejada - Universitario, Gabriel Torres - Lausanna-Sport

A long interview with the head coach of the struggling Trinidad + Tobago team Dennis Lawrence. By Lasana Liburd for Wired 868.
  • For several years now Liburd has been the best source for T + T news.
  • Lawrence chose 10 players under the age of 24 with little international experience for this upcoming roster because he is planning for the future and wants to test them.


There will be a feature story on Christian Pulisic this Sunday night on 60 minutes. From CBS.


Frrriendz: du Nord Music Mix Vol 140 (download + extract)



Houston is another beatable team for MNUFC. But not as likely as the last two.

The Dynamo are in a slump and this is possibly why. By Corey Roepken for the Houston Chronicle.

Some Houston Stats:
  • 4 games in a row they have allowed 1st goal. (sounds familiar)
  • 6 games in a row without a win - 3 loss + 3 tie (including 1 tie and 1 loss at home)
  • Last 2 games in a row were ties
  • 14 goals for Cubo Torres (5 of those goals from the penalty spot)
  • 9 goals for Mauro Manotas
  • 9 goals for Alberth Elis
  • 5 goals for Romell Quioto
  • (Yeah, they can score goals)
  • 10 assists by Alex
  • Other well known players: DaMarcus Beasley, Ricardo Clark, AJ DeLaGarza, Boniek Garcia

Kevin Molino has been named to the Trinidad + Tobago World Cup qualifying roster for games on Oct 6 and 11.

Molino has also delivered the best and most consistent free/corner kicks this season for the team.

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

MNUFC Academy schedule this weekend:
(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



Ignacio Piatti has signed a new contract with Montreal Impact. Great move for the team.

Patrice Bernier of Montreal has announced that this will be his last season. He has been a very steady leader and sneaky-good player for the Impact.

Paul Arriolo is very happy that he signed with DC United and is excited about the future. By Brian Sciaretta for American Soccer Now.

Another team besides Chicago that has turned it around this season is Real Salt Lake. Although they still need to qualify for the playoffs to cement the comeback. By Maddie Lee for the Salt Lake Tribune.

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 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



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

Final Round of Regular Season Schedule:
-Sat Sep 30
Portland v Chicago
North Carolina v Orlando



An interview with Tab Ramos, USMNT U20 head coach and US Soccer mens development director. By Brian Sciaretta for American Soccer Now.



Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend. From the Guardian.

If I was forced to pick just one: Huddersfield v Tottenham

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
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
Nice v Marseille
Napoli v Cagliari

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