Monday, October 23, 2017

Some Soccer News for Oct 23, 2017

It's Day 296 of 2017.

I am going to give Minnesota United their top 5 priorities for starters for 2018 in order:
  • Defense
  • Defense
  • Defense
  • Goalkeeper
  • Defensive midfielder
And as I have for many years I will keep repeating this until they fully address the issue. Trust me Minn will improve considerably this off-season if they focus on DEFENSE!


14th Annual Dark Clouds End of Year Awards and Auction
Tue Oct 24
6:30pm (Auction runs 7:00 - 9:00 pm)
Lake Monster Brewing - St Paul



Knock Out Round Schedule:
-Wed Oct 25
Chicago v Red Bulls - 7:30pm CT on FS1
Vancouver v San Jose - 9:30pm CT on UniMas
-Thu Oct 26
Atlanta v Columbus - 6:00pm CT on ESPN2
Houston v Kansas City - 8:30pm CT on UniMas

Knockout Round Preview. By Matt Doyle for MLS.



That was one hell of a season ending day on Sunday. Wow. Drama everywhere:
  • Toronto tied Atlanta and set a new record for most points in a season at 69.
  • San Jose grabbed the 6th and final spot in the West with a game winner in 2nd half stoppage time.
  • Dallas + RSL were also chasing SJE but their wins were not enough to jump over the Quakes.
  • Portland beat Vancouver and leaped to the top of the West and a #1 seed.
  • Vancouver's loss saw them fall from #1 to #3.
  • Portland also claimed the Cascadia Cup, over Vancouver and Seattle.
  • Minnesota set an ignominious record by allowing 70 goals, a new league record.
  • Clint Dempsey got a red card against Colorado and I assume will miss the first playoff game.
  • More people in the stands in Atlanta throwing cups of beer at a player on the field. Last time it hit a ref. This time it hit no one but Giovinco picked it up and had a taste. Another dumbass in the stands.
  • Another MLS attendance record was set in Atlanta just weeks after they had set a new top number - 71,874 were in attendance on Sunday.

Toronto is the favorite for MLS Cup. By far. By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.
  • My other picks are: Seattle (defending champs), NYCFC (David Villa), Portland (champs in 2015 and #1 in West) and Atlanta (dark horse.)

Mike Petke was given a contract extension by Real Salt Lake.

Decision Day recap. By Avi Creditor for Sports Illustrated.

Week 33 Results:
-Sun Oct 22
Salt Lake 2-1 Kansas City
San Jose 3-2 Minnesota
Dallas 5-1 LA
Atlanta 2-2 Toronto
DC 1-2 New York Red Bulls
New York City 2-2 Columbus
Portland 2-1 Vancouver
Seattle 3-0 Colorado
Houston 3-0 Chicago
Montreal 2-3 New England
Philadelphia 6-1 Orlando

46 goals in 11 games = 4.2 goals per game. Wow.

Montreal head coach Mauro Biello fired today
  • From Aug 27 to Oct 22 the Won 1 game (over Tor on Sep 20).
  • They lost the other 9 (in streaks of 4 and 5 in a row).
  • They had 0 ties in those 10 games.
  • Thats why they are looking for a new head coach.

Is there any chance the Crew can stay in Columbus. The supporters are giving it their all. By Michael Arace for the Columbus Dispatch.



-Sun Oct 22
San Jose Earthquakes 3-2 Minnesota

The improvements that Minnesota made throughout the season. By Jeff Rueter for ESPNFC.

My MNUFC Notes:
  • Game highlights [VIDEO]
  • Loons fought hard but could not keep the Quakes from their destiny of making the playoffs for the 1st time in 6 years. San Jose had to win and they did what ever it took to make that happen.
  • Calvo made a big mistake whiffing on a clearance allowing the 1st SJE goal.
  • Calvo then made up for that error by clearing a sure goal off the line.
  • Calvo further upped his day by scoring the tying goal at 2-2 on a looping header off a corner. Great job redeeming himself.
  • Thiesson scored a sweeping long range left footer to tie the game at 1s.
  • Thiesson later fell asleep at the back post allowing SJE to take a 2-1 lead. He has done this too many times in 2017. His weakness.
  • Taylor got the start at left fullback over Burch and kept that side of the field quiet until he got hurt late. SJE swarmed Burch when he came on and then scored the game winner from that side of the field with Burch left out to dry by his teammates.
  • When SJE used their last sub on Marco Urena I was having flashbacks to USA v Costa Rica when Urena killed the Yanks. He did the same to MNUFC.
  • Chris Wondowlowski willed his team to the playoffs. Not just scoring their 2nd goal but showing tons of leadership and never say die spirit. He is also just 11 goals away from Landon Donovan's all time MLS record. Unless he has a career ending injury I don't see him missing out on being the new #1.
  • Good game: Calvo
  • OK game: Shuttleworth, Thiesson, Boxall, Taylor, Finlay, Ibson, Warner, Nicholson, JVenegas, Danladi
  • Bad game: Molino, Ramirez, Burch

That's all folks. See you next year for game analysis.


Jack Blake of Jacksonville Armada named NASL Player Of The Week


USMNT - U17 World Cup

Heavy loss for the USA youth on Saturday. They were never in the game. England dominated from the start.

Quarterfinal results:
-Sat Oct 21
USA 1-4 England - USA goal by Josh Sargent.

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

Quarterfinals Results:

USA 1-4 England (Oct 21)
Germany 1-2 Brazil (Oct 22)
Mali 2-1 Ghana (Oct 21)
Spain 3-1 Iran (Oct 22)

Semifinals Schedule:
-Wed Oct 25
England v Brazil
Mali v Spain

Final Schedule:
-Sun Oct 28
England/Brazil v Mali/Spain



5 of the 8 favorites won their first playoff game, except for these upsets:
  • #1West Monarchs got toppled by #8West Sacto in penalties.
  • #2East Charleston got blown out by #7East NYRBII.
  • #3West Reno were bleeped by #6East OKC.

Eastern Conference Round of 16 Results:
-Fri Oct 20
Louisville City (#1) 4-0 Bethlehem Steel (#8)
-Sat Oct 21
Rochester Rhinos (#4) 2-1 Charlotte Independence (#5)
Charleston Battery (#2) 0-4 New York Red Bulls II (#7)
Tampa Bay Rowdies (#3) 3-0 Cincinnati (#6)

Western Conference Round of 16 Results:
-Fri Oct 20
Real Monarchs (#1) 1-1 Sacramento Republic (#8) - SR advances 1-3 on Penalty Kicks
-Sat Oct 21
Swope Park Rangers (#4) 1-1 Phoenix Rising (#5) - SPR advances 4-2 on Penalty Kicks
San Antonio (#2) 2-1 Tulsa Roughnecks (#7)
Reno 1868 (#3) 0-1 OKC Energy (#6)

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Schedule:
-Sat Oct 28
Louisville v Rochester
Tampa Bay v Red Bulls II

Western Conference Quarterfinals Schedule:
-Sat Oct 28
Sacramento v Swope Park
OKC v San Antonio



The candidates for US Soccer president so far. By Grant Wahl for Sports Illustrated.



Bill Hamid of DC United signs with Danish club Midtjylland:

  • I assume he will join them in January.

Fabian Johnson scored the games 1st goal for Gladbach, but they went on to lose 1-5 at home to Leverkusen.



Semifinal Schedule:
(no TV in America)
1st Leg
-Tue Oct 24
River Plate v Lanus
-Wed Oct 25
Barcelona v Gremio



Lieke Martens named FIFA best Female Player Of The Year.
Cristiano Ronaldo named FIFA best Male Player Of The Year.



Results of interest:
  • Man United was the only top team to suffer a loss this weekend.
  • The big Napoli-Inter game ended scoreless.
  • Similarly in France the heated Marseille-PSG derby finished tied.
  • Dortmund was held to a tie, but still top the Bundesliga via goal difference.

-Fri Oct 20
Schalke 2-0 Mainz
-Sat Oct 21
Napoli 0-0 Internazionale
Hamburger 0-1 Bayern
Barcelona 2-0 Malaga
Chelsea 4-2 Watford
Huddersfield 2-1 Manchester United
Manchester City 3-0 Burnley
Eintract Frankfurt 2-2 Dortmund
Leipzig 1-0 Stuttgart
Monaco 2-0 Caen
-Sun Oct 22
Marseille 2-2 PSG - #4 v #1
Tottenham 4-1 Liverpool - #3 v #8
Real Madrid 3-0 Eibar
Everton 2-5 Arsenal
Udinese 2-6 Juventus
Milan 0-0 Genoa
Torino 0-1 Roma
Celta de Vigo 0-1 Atletico Madrid

-Tue Oct 24
Inter v Sampdoria
-Wed Oct 25
Chievo v Milan
Genoa v Napoli
Juventus v SPAL
Roma v Crotone

The Bird Is The Word


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