Thursday, October 12, 2017

Some Soccer News for Oct 12, 2017

It's Day 285 of 2017.

The celebrations in Egypt were incredible looking when they qualified for the World Cup:

  • We don't get nice things like this here.



Regional politics could be causing Qatar even more trouble than the accusations of horrible working and living conditions for stadium builders. By Dan Roan for BBC.

An interview with Qatar's world cup director. From the New York Times.

A Qatari who is President of both beIN Sports and Paris Saint-Germain FC is being accused of bribing FIFA officials for TV rights. From Swiss justice department. Thanks to Jonathan Tannenwald for the link.



Sunil Gulati has to step down immediately. He cannot be the one leading the hiring of a new USMNT head coach.

This interview with Bruce Arena is not his finest hour. By Steven Goff for the Washington Post.
  • "There’s no finger-pointing or excuses; it’s all on us." But then he offers up excuses galore. On the other hand he has this one hanging over his head, not ours.

Trying to sum up the USMNT failure. By Brian Straus for Sports Illustrated.

Amidst all the criticism don't forget that US Soccer has helped bring forth some very exciting young prospects. By Mike Woitalla for Soccer America.

Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes has to be a candidate to coach the USMNT next. What did he think about the elimination of the senior men's team from the World Cup? By Sam McDowell for the KC Star.

More reasonable examinations of failure. By Gabriele Marcotti for ESPNFC.



If you are at the Minnesota United game in LA this weekend I hope to see you there.

Loons trying to figure out ways to keep Ramirez and Danladi on the field at the same time. By Megan Ryan for Star Tribune.

Minn will train in California next week.

Joe Greenspan is back on loan to Pittsburgh for their last game of the season.

-Sun Oct 15
LA Galaxy v Minnesota - 6:30pm CT on Ch 29
-Sun Oct 22
San Jose Earthquakes v Minnesota


USMNT - U17 World Cup

Yikes! USA plonked a hard one and the loss drops them all the way to 3rd on tie breakers. Oof.
  • They must now play the winner of Group B or C, on only a couple days rest.

Group stage schedule:
-Fri Oct 6
USA 3-0 India - USA goals by Josh Sargent(PK), Chris Durkin and Andrew Carleton.
-Mon Oct 9
USA 1-0 Ghana - USA goal by Ayomide Akinola.
-Thu Oct 12
USA 1-3 Colombia - USA goal by George Acosta.
Dr. DY Patil Stadium - Navi Mumbai

USA 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

Group A Standings:
6 Ghana (+3)
6 Colombia (+2)
6 USA (+2)
0 India (-5)



Kansas City stumbled with yet another chance to clinch playoff berth last night.
-Houston was the beneficiary. And now has a 4 point cushion.

Week 32 Schedule:
-Wed Oct 11
KEY Houston 2-1 Kansas City
-Sun Oct 15
Chicago v Philadelphia
New England v New York City
New York Red Bulls v Atlanta - 4pm CT on FS1
Orlando v Columbus
Toronto v Montreal
KEY Colorado v Salt Lake
KEY Kansas City v Houston
LA v Minnesota
KEY Seattle v Dallas - 6:30pm CT on FS1
KEY Vancouver v San Jose
Portland v DC

Western Playoff Race:
48 Kansas City (12W) (+12GD) (v HD, at RSL)
47 Portland (13W) (+5GD) (v DC, v VW)
47 Seattle (12W) (+6GD) (v D, v CR)
46 Houston (12W) (+9GD) (at SKC, v CF)
43 Dallas (10W) (0GD) (at SS, v LAG)
42 Salt Lake (12W) (-6GD) (at CR, v SKC)
42 San Jose (12W) (-22GD) (at VW, v MU)



-Sat Oct 14
North Carolina v Portland - 2:30pm CT on Lifetime



  • G: Adrianna Franch - Portland Thorns FC
  • D: Abby Dahlkemper - North Carolina Courage
  • D: Ali Krieger - Orlando Pride
  • D: Becky Sauerbrunn - FC Kansas City
  • D: Casey Short - Chicago Red Stars
  • M: Jess Fishlock - Seattle Reign FC
  • M: Samantha Mewis - North Carolina Courage
  • M: McCall Zerboni - North Carolina Courage
  • F: Marta - Orlando Pride
  • F: Samantha Kerr - Sky Blue FC
  • F: Christen Press - Chicago Red Stars


Josh Cohen of Phoenix Rising named USL Player Of The Month for September



-Fri Oct 13
Lyon v Monaco
-Sat Oct 14
Atletico Madrid v Barcelona
Liverpool v Manchester United
Manchester City v Stoke
Dortmund v Leipzig
Juventus v Lazio
Roma v Napoli
Crystal Palace v Chelsea
Dijon v PSG
Tottenham v Bournemouth
Watford v Arsenal
Bayern v Freiburg
Hertha v Schalke
Getafe v Real Madrid
-Sun Oct 15
Inter v Milan
Strasborg v Marseille

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