Friday, October 06, 2017

Some Soccer News for Oct 6, 2017

It's Day 279 of 2017.

Vote now: The Dark Clouds End Of Year Awards ballot for Minnesota United.


NOTE: Friday's Costa Rica v Honduras World Cup qualifier has been delayed 1 day due to heavy rain in San Jose, Costa Rica.



Bruce Arena has called in his old protege Bob Bradley to assist him in this important game.


Sit down interview with Alexi Lalas, passionately talking American soccer yesterday, today and tomorrow. [VIDEO] By Zito Madu for SB Nation.

Missing the World Cup would not be the end of civilization as we know it, but... By Grant Wahl for Sports Illustrated.

I will be at Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis for USA v Panama on Friday night and T+T v USA next Tuesday night.

-Fri Oct 6
USA v Panama - 6pm CT on ESPN2
Orlando City Stadium, Orlando
-Tue Oct 10
Trinidad + Tobago v USA - 7pm CT on beIN
Ato Boldon Stadium - Couva

USA roster
  • G: Brad Guzan - Atlanta United, Tim Howard - Colorado Rapids, Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake
  • D: DaMarcus Beasley - Houston Dynamo, Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City, Geoff Cameron - Stoke City, Omar Gonzalez - Pachuca, Michael Orozco - Tijuana, Tim Ream - Fulham, Jorge Villafana - Santos Laguna, DeAndre Yedlin - Newcastle, Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City
  • M: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Juan Agudelo - New England Revolution, Paul Arriola - DC United, Alejandro Bedoya - Philadelphia Union, Michael Bradley - Toronto, Benny Feilhaber - Sporting Kansas City, Dax McCarty - Chicago Fire, Darlington Nagbe - Portland Timbers, Christian Pulisic - Dortmund, Gyasi Zardes - LA Galaxy
  • F: Jozy Altidore - Toronto, Clint Dempsey - Seattle Sounders, Chris Wondolowski - San Jose Earthquakes, Bobby Wood - Hamburger
  • C: Bruce Arena

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
  • C: Hernan Dario Gomez

Hex Standings:
18 Mexico (+8)
15 Costa Rica (+7)
10 Panama (+2)
9 USA (+1)
9 Honduras (-7)
3 Trinidad + Tobago (-11)

Hex Schedule:
-Fri Oct 6
USA v Panama
Mexico v T+T
-Sat Oct 7
Costa Rica v Honduras
-Tue Oct 10
Honduras v Mexico
Panama v Costa Rica



The Loons will take part in the preseason Carolina Challenge Cup next February (17th-24th), facing hosts Charleston Battery, Atlanta United and Columbus Crew.

Sam Cronin won't return from concussion this week, but could be available in the final 2 games. Plus other player/injury news. By Megan Ryan for the Star Tribune.

A look at the salary's of United's recent signings. By Andy Greder for the Pioneer Press.

The guy who hit the referee in the head with a drink cup in Atlanta earlier this week has banned from all MLS games.

-Sat Oct 7
Minnesota v Sporting Kansas City - 7pm CT on Ch 29 and UniMas

Calvo, Taylor, Molino, Boxall and JVenegas will not be available Saturday due to international matches. Minn will have a very thin bench.

2018 Carolina Challenge Cup
-Sat Feb 17
MNUFC v Charleston Battery - 6:30pm
-Wed Feb 21
MNUFC v Atlanta United - 6:30pm
-Sat Feb 24
MNUFC v Columbus Crew - 4:00pm


Moon: du Nord Music Mix Vol 141 (download + extract)


USMNT U17 World Cup

Great start for the USA with a near complete domination of the host country.

Group stage schedule:
-Fri Oct 6
USA 0-3 India - USA goals by Josh Sargent(PK), Chris Durkin and Andrew Carleton.
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium - New Delhi
-Mon Oct 9
USA v Ghana - 6:30am CT on FS2 + Universo
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium - New Delhi
-Thu Oct 12
USA v Colombia - 9:30am CT on FS2 + Universo
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



When Atlanta plays its final home game of the regular season on Oct 22 they will break the MLS attendance record of 70,426 that they set just two weeks ago. (They have already sold more tickets than that.)

Week 31 Schedule:
-Tue Oct 3
Atlanta v Minnesota
-Sat Oct 7
New York RB v Vancouver
Minnesota v KC
Colorado v Dallas



IN EAST (5 of 6) - Columbus joins Toronto, New York City, Atlanta, Chicago
OUT EAST (1 of 5) - DC
IN WEST (1 of 6) - Vancouver is first
OUT WEST (2 of 5) - Colorado, LA


  • Josef Martinez of Atlanta United named MLS Player Of The Month for September
  • Jaime Chavez of Miami named NASL Player Of The Month for September
  • Marta of Orlando Pride named NWSL Player Of The Month for September



Semifinal Schedule:
-Sat Oct 7
Portland v Orlando - 2:30pm CT on Lifetime
-Sun Oct 8
North Carolina v Chicago - 2:30pm CT on Lifetime

-Sat Oct 14



Q +A with Hank Steinbrecher, one of the most important people in building modern American soccer. By Ahmet Guvener for Soccer America.
  • Some interesting and important topics discussed here.



Jupp Heynckes will return as head coach of Bayern Munich for the rest of this season.

Carolyn Radford is the Chair of the Board for Mansfield Town in England. And she says the sexism in football can be brutal at times. By Martha Kelner for the Guardian.

The Bird Is The Word


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