Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Some Soccer News for Nov 8, 2017

It's Day 312 of 2017.

Looks like 2 of the 3 MLS teams currently without a head coach are about to change that:
  • Montreal has hired Frenchman Remi Garde.
  • New England is hiring former USA star Brad Friedel.
  • That leaves Colorado as the only team currently looking for a head coach. They are still searching. By Daniel Boniface for the Denver Post.


CONCACAF is lining up a 3rd international tournament for its members - World Cup Qualifying, Gold Cup and now Nations League. By Simon Evans for Reuters.
  • Its a pure cash grab.


Univision has signed a 3 year deal to air Bundesliga games and a weekly highlights show.
  • Sharing games with Fox Deportes, which is a channel I swear that no one gets.



Not sure if I made this official but the MNUFC Academy U14 team beat their cross town rivals Minnesota Thunder 0-4 last Sunday.
  • The U13 + U14 teams will conclude their Fall season on Sun Nov 19 at Indiana Fire Academy.

As most people figured Julian Gressel has been named MLS Rookie of the Year, with Abu Danladi coming in 2nd place:


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



Check out my 2017 PRESEASON Coaches Hot Seat list:
(I believe I posted this around March 1st)
  • 7 Curt Onalfo - OUT
  • 6 Jay Heaps - OUT
  • 5 Veljko Paunovic
  • 4 Jeff Cassar - OUT
  • 3 Jim Curtin
  • 2 Dominic Kinnear - OUT
  • 1 Carl Robinson
4 of the 7 got fired. And I am stunned Curtin is still in his position.


Julian Gressel of Altanta United named MLS Rookie Of The Year



USL names their 2017 Best 11:
2017 USL All-League First Team
  • G: Diego Restrepo - San Antonio
  • D: Paco Craig - Louisville City, Harrison Delbridge - Cincinnati, Sebastien Ibeagha - San Antonio, Forrest Lasso - Charleston Battery
  • M: Marcel Schafer - Tampa Bay Rowdies, Sebastian Velasquez - Real Monarchs SLC, Chris Wehan - Reno 1868
  • F: Chandler Hoffman - Real Monarchs SLC, Dane Kelly - Reno 1868, Enzo Martinez - Charlotte Independence


  • Jack Blake of Jacksonville Armada named NASL Young Player of the Year
  • Austin da Luz of North Carolina named NASL Humanitarian of the Year



Quarterfinals Schedule:
-Wed Nov 8
Pachuca v Tijuana



World Cup Qualifying - final elimination rounds:
  • Inter-Federation
1st Leg
-Fri Nov 10
Honduras (CONCACAF) v Australia (Asia)
-Sat Nov 11
New Zealand (Oceania) v Peru (CONMEBOL)
2nd Leg
-Wed Nov 15
Australia v Honduras
Peru v New Zealand

  • UEFA
1st Leg
-Thu Nov 9
Northern Ireland v Switzerland
Croatia v Greece
-Fri Nov 10
Sweden v Italy
-Sat Nov 11
Denmark v Ireland
2nd Leg
-Sun Nov 12
Switzerland v Northern Ireland
Greece v Croatia
-Mon Nov 13
Italy v Sweden
-Tue Nov 14
Ireland v Denmark

  • Africa
Group A
-Nov 11
Tunisia v OUT-Libya
DR Congo v OUT-Guinea
13 Tunisia (+7) 10 DR Congo (+5) Group B
Nigeria already qualified from this group
Group C
-Nov 11
Ivory Coast v Morocco
9 Morocco (+9) 8 Ivory Coast (+4) Group D
-Nov 10
South Africa v Senegal
-Nov 14
Burkina Faso v Cape Verde
Senegal v South Africa
8 Senegal (+4) 6 Burkina Faso (0) 6 Cape Verde (-4) 4 South Africa (0) Group E
Egypt already qualified from this group

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