Friday, November 10, 2017

Some Soccer News for Nov 10, 2017

It's Day 314 of 2017.

Stefano Pinho of Miami named winner of NASL Golden Ball
-Huge congrats to him.


NASL Final on Sunday, and USL Final on Monday.
(see below for details)


du Nord Futbol's 2017 MLS Awards:

MVP: Diego Valeri

Newcomer: Josef Martinez

Rookie: Julian Gressel

Coach: Veljko Paunovic

Best 11:
  • G (1) Tim Melia
  • D (4) Tyler Adams, Roman Torres, Ike Opara, Justin Morrow
  • M (4) Diego Valeri, Michael Bradley, Romain Alessandrini, Victor Vazquez
  • F (2) David Villa, Josef Martinez


I was the guest on a podcast this week, talking MNUFC and many other hot topics, hosted by two slightly askew guys - The Dave's I Know. Download or listen here.


For those people who want the MLS season to move to the so-called "international" calendar here are the teams that are in cities with REAL winter:
  • Chicago
  • Colorado
  • Columbus
  • Minnesota
  • Montreal
  • New England
  • New York City
  • New York Red Bulls
  • Salt Lake
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
That's half the league. If MLS is going to get closer to the calendar many leagues follow then they will have to get creative. Real creative. Anyone running for US Soccer president who just says "we have to move to the international calendar" is short sighted and lazy. Its not doable. Lets get smart.



Morocco looking to return to football magic and the World Cup. Its been about 20 years since the heyday of the great Mustapha Hadji lead the team. By Ed Aarons for the Guardian.

Weekend Schedule/Results:
-Thu Nov 9
Northern Ireland 0-1 Switzerland
Croatia 4-1 Greece
-Fri Nov 10
Honduras v Australia
Sweden v Italy
South Africa v Senegal
-Sat Nov 11
New Zealand v Peru
Denmark v Ireland
Tunisia v OUT-Libya
DR Congo v OUT-Guinea
Ivory Coast v Morocco
-Sun Nov 12
Switzerland v Northern Ireland
Greece v Croatia


Picnic: du Nord Music Mix Vol 146 (download + extract)



Two long time American MLS veterans retired yesterday - Chris Rolfe and Justin Mapp. A hearty thanks to both of them, and good luck in the future.

Some quality coaches are in the American minor leagues and MLS should be giving them chances. By Paul Tenorio for Four Four Two.
  • The two obvious candidates are Marc Dos Santos and Giovanni Savarese who I have thought were great head coaches for years now.



-Mon Nov 13:
Louisville v Swope Park - 8:00pm CT on ESPNU



The league final is on Sunday. After a messy ride since the day the league was reformed could this be the last game? By Jeff Rueter for the Guardian.

-Sun Nov 12
San Francisco Deltas v New York Cosmos - 7:00pm CT on beIN Sports



Schalke's young American Weston McKennie is a talker. And a good soccer player. By Brian Straus for Sports Illustrated.

Friendly Schedule:
-Tue Nov 14
Portugal v USA - 2:45pm CT on FS1
Estadio Dr. Magalhaes Pessoa, Leiria

The Bird Is The Word


Blogger Dave DuJour said...

I've been to games in Seattle on Thanksgiving weekend. While they don't get the snow it does get cold. Sometimes really cold with the wind coming off the water. Right where the Sounders play.

Even without Seattle that list of winter cities is half of MLS. An "international" August - May calendar simply isn't possible.

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave gets it.
Wynalda doesn't.


2:40 PM  

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