Monday, November 06, 2017

Some Soccer News for Nov 6, 2017

It's Day 310 of 2017.

  • John Coltrane documentary film on PBS tonight.
  • Denzel Washington narrates this documentary about John Coltrane, directed by John Scheinfeld.


The North American Soccer League says they are fighting for the lives or their teams and league, and have sued the US Soccer federation saying the Fed has no authority to set qualifications for divisions. This all started late in summer when USSF demoted the NASL from Div 2 to Div 3. On Saturday a federal judge denied the NASL request to maintain Div 2 status. On Sun NASL filed an appeal. This could drag on.
  • I support the idea of the NASL as an independent, almost rebel, voice in American soccer. (We need as much of that as we can find.) But from the start they have been poorly run, had ulterior motives, and acted in a very arrogant fashion. Oof, oof and oof.
  • As time has gone on the NASL has shown any humility in the way they run their league, in fact they have gotten more obnoxious and arrogant.
  • Let's see what happens next.
  • A more succinct summary than mine. By Paul Kennedy for Soccer America.


Three of the super-scumbags of FIFA begin their trials this week in New York City. First up are Manuel Burga (Peru), Jose Maria Marin (Brazil) and Juan Angel Napout (Paraguay). By David Conn for the Guardian.
  • 23 people have already plead guilty.



The winner of the Toronto/Columbus series is hosting MLS Cup on Sat Dec 9.

Not to insult all the great players that succeeded in the Quarterfinals but the 2 biggest events were Toronto's key players acting like immature children and getting suspended for the next playoff game.
  • Giovinco got a yellow for yelling at ref (actually he got one in each Leg) and earning a suspension from Semifinal first leg.
  • Altidore got into a yelling and shoving match with Kljestan for which they both got yellows, then continued the fracas in the tunnel at half time which saw them both get tossed from the game. Altidore will miss the first leg of the Semifinals. And due to the severity of the whole event I could see him getting a 2nd or 3rd game suspension for a justified punishment. (He won't, but will probably get a small fine, which will mean nothing seeing as he gets paid more than $5 million per year.)

Columbus and Houston both pulled off great upsets! Congrats to them.

My Quick Reviews for Each Team on Sunday:
  • Tor - squeeked by in ugly fashion, and the 2 suspensions will hurt them a lot.
  • NYRB - didn't have enough offense clearly the 2nd best team on the field, but had chances.
  • NYC - lacked a cohesive idea on how to get the important goal.
  • Colum - rose above and beyond, maybe pushed by the state of their team in Columbus.
  • Port - injuries slowed them and then key players went invisible.
  • Hou - rock solid defense, and only their 2nd road win of the whole season.

Weekend Match Reviews:

Quarterfinals Results:

2nd Leg
-Thu Nov 2
Seattle 2-0 Vancouver - SS adv 2-0 on agg.
-Sun Nov 5
Toronto 0-1 New York Red Bulls - series ends tied at 2-2 but T adv on away goals tie breaker.
New York City 2-0 Columbus - CC adv 4-3 on agg.
Portland 1-2 Houston - HD adv 2-1 on agg.

Semifinals Schedule:
1st Leg
-Tue Nov 21
Columbus (#5) v Toronto (#1) - 7pm CT on ESPN
Houston (#10) v Seattle (#7) - 9pm CT on FS1
2nd Leg
-Wed Nov 29
Toronto v Columbus - 6:20pm CT on FS1
-Thu Nov 30
Seattle v Houston - 9:30pm CT on ESPN



This next week will be the 2nd time this year that MNUFC doesn't play during the international break...

MNUFC Academy and Minnesota Thunder Academy teams faced off in inter-city rivals for the first time.
-Sun Nov 5
U-13 - Thunder 0-1 United
U-14 - Thunder v United (not sure of the score but I was told unofficially that it was 0-5 for United)



Andrea Pirlo has retired from soccer. His stint at NYC will not have any impact on his legacy.

The opposite of old players is Real Salt Lake, going all in on the youth! By Brad Rock for the Deseret News.



Semifinals Results:
-Sat Nov 4
Louisville 1-1 NYRB II - LC adv 4-3 on PKs
Swope Park 0-0 OKC - SPR adv 7-6 on PKs

Final Schedule:
-Date TBA
Louisville v Swope Park - Time and Place TBA



Cosmos with the upset, and San Fran holding serve to host the final.

Semifinals Results:
-Sun Nov 5
Miami(#1) 0-0 New York Cosmos(#4) - NYC adv 6-5 on PKs.
San Francisco(#2) 1-0 North Carolina(#3)

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


Daniel Vega of Miami named NASL Golden Glove Award winner for 2017 season.



Christian Pulisic is said to have played his best game of the season for Dortmund, and was the best player on the field for either team, but they lost 3-1 at Bayern.

Caleb Stanko made his senior debut for Freiburg, going the full 90 minutes. But they lost 0-1 to Weston McKennie, 90 minutes also, and his Schalke team.

Dortmund and Schalke are now tied for 3rd most points in the Bundesliga with 20.
  • Freiburg is in 16th, the 1st of 3 relegation spots.



Apertura Liguilla Race:
  • IN - Monterrey, T‏igres, America
  • OUT - Queretaro, Pumas, Veracruz, Guadalajara, Puebla, Santos Laguna, Pachuca, Lobos

Weekend Results:
-Fri Nov 3
Morelia 1-2 Cruz Azul
Tijuana 2-1 Leon
-Sat Nov 4
Lobos BUAP 2-1 Monterrey
Pachuca 0-1 Queretaro
America 1-1 Puebla
Guadalajara 1-2 Atlas
-Sun Nov 5
Pumas UNAM 2-2 Santos Laguna
Tigres UANL 1-0 Necaxa
Veracruz 0-1 Toluca

Standings (2 round remaining):
IN-33 Monterrey (+15)
IN-32 Tigres (+14)
IN-27 America (+4)
26 Morelia (+7)
26 Leon (+6)
26 Toluca (+1)
24 Necaxa (+5)
24 Atlas (+4)
24 Cruz Azul (-1)
21 Tijuana (-4)
OUT-20 Lobos
OUT-18 Pachuca
OUT-17 Santos Laguna
OUT-16 Puebla
OUT-15 Guadalajara (-4)
OUT-15 Queretaro (-8)
OUT-14 Veracruz
OUT-12 Pumas

Mid-Week Schedule:
-Thu Nov 9
Monterrey v Santos Laguna



Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action. From the Guardian.

Who is currently the worst team in each of the big 5 leagues:
  • Premier: Crystal Palace - 4 points and -18GD in 11 games
  • Bundesliga: Koln - 2 points and -18GD in 11 games
  • Serie A: Benevento - 0 points and -26GD in 12 games
  • La Liga: Malaga - 4 points and -17GD in 11 games
  • Ligue 1: Metz - 3 points and -19GD in 12 games



The top 4 teams in France won 6-0, 5-0, 5-0 and 5-0. Damn. That is one ugly league to try to cheer for a team.

The only Big teams to lose this weekend lost to OTHER Big teams. No upsets to be found.

-Sat Nov 4
Dortmund 1-3 Bayern - #2 v #1
Liepzig 2-1 Hannover - #3 v #4
West Ham 1-4 Liverpool
Barcelona 2-1 Sevilla
Angers 0-5 PSG
La Coruna 0-1 Atletico Madrid
Freiburg 0-1 Schalke
Valencia 3-0 Leganes
Monaco 6-0 Guingamp
-Sun Nov 5
Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal - #1 v #5
Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United - #4 v #2
Real Madrid 3-0 Las Palmas
Juventus 2-1 Benevento
Chievo 0-0 Napoli
Tottenham 1-0 Crystal Palace
Inter 1-1 Torino
Fiorentina 2-4 Roma
Sassuolo 0-2 Milan
Marseille 5-0 Caen

No more games until Fri Nov 17 due to international break.

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