Monday, August 01, 2011

Some News for Mon Aug 1, 2011


Jonathan Spector has signed with Birmingham of the English Championship (2nd division) today.


Jurgen Klinsmann was officially introduced this morning as the new head coach of the USA, but he didn't answer any question on what his plan is to revive the team, and US Soccer president Sunil Gulati gave no answers to questions on whey Bob Bradley was replaced.


Here is a complete transcript of the event. No video available yet.


ESPN has 3 video clips though: an interview with Klinsmann, a roundtable discussion and words from Alexi Lalas.


We could know the USA roster for the Mexico game as early as Wednesday. I would think it will be Thu or Fri before we see that list.

Claudio Reyna will remain as the director of youth, and Tab Ramos who is currently the interim U20 coach will be a part of the new set up, but no word on his exact role.

Who those other people around Klinsmann will make a BIG BIG difference.


George Vecsey of the NY Times on the Klinsi persona.


Raphael Honigstein of Sports Illustrated breaks down the abilities of Klinsmann.
-He is a manager, not a coach. So who will he hire as his #2, the coach.


Brian Straus of Sporting News interviews US Soccer youth director Claudio Reyna on the future development of Team USA.


Steve Davis of Sports Illustrated tries to figure out some of the players who will benefit from the new coach and who will suffer.

dN on the introduction of Klinsmann.


Gabrielle Marcotti of the Wall Street Journal is not as sold on Klinsmann as many others are, and lays out his doubts.


Jack Bell of the New York Times at the Klinsmann introduction today.
-Here is a photo from that intro session:


"stalls in Alianza locker rooms have a place to keep lit cigarettes."
-Andrew Wiedeman of FC Dallas who traveled to El Salvador last week to play against Alianza in the CONCACAF Champions League


"There were a lot of fans here in the stands that were pretty biased towards Carlos (Ruiz) from the start. They have made bad comments about him being a diver, not working hard enough and it was really getting tired from all of us, that's why we accepted the offer."
-Peter Nowak - head coach of the Philadelphia Union

Kerith Gabriel of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that Union forward Carlos Ruiz is being sold to an undisclosed team (rumor says Veracruz of the Mexican 2nd div, but that is being disputed in other rumors), mainly because fans have rejected him as a player.

Union players are said to be very disappointed in the transfer.


Preliminary Round

2nd Legs of the home and away play-in round before the group stage.
-The 8 teams who win these series have already been drawn into groups that will begin play the week of Mon Aug 15.


Dallas was the only road team to win in the 1st leg matches.


Matches & Scores:
2nd Leg
-Tue Aug 2
Real Esteli (Nicaragua) v Toronto FC (Canada) (1-2)
-Wed Aug 3
Seattle Sounders FC (USA) v San Francisco (Panama) (0-1)
Puerto Rico Islanders (Puerto Rico) v Isidro Metapan (El Salvador) (0-2)
Olimpia (Honduras) v Santos Laguna (Mexico) (1-3)
Tempete (Haiti) v Monarcas Morelia (Mexico) (0-5)
FC Dallas (USA) v Alianza (El Salvador) (1-0)
-Thu Aug 4
Alpha United (Guyana) v Herediano (Costa Rica) (0-8)
Municipal (Guatemala) v Motagua (Honduras) (0-4)


Group Stage begins Aug 16.


Aston Villa
Manchester City
Manchester United
Newtcastle (sp?)
Queens Park Rangers
West Brom


RO/LU: "the goal shall consist of two upright posts, eight yards apart (inside measurement) joined by a horizontal crossbar the lower edge of which shall be eight feet from the ground." from the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) rule book


Red Bulls fullback Jan Gunnar Solli launched his own DJ website today! DJ Solli.


Scott Kessler of The Brotherly Game reports that a couple of braindead idiots got involved in a fairly large fight in the supporters section of the Philadelphia Union game on Friday night. With video.

Deadspin has a round up of the story too. (Thanks to Daryl for this link)


This is really frickin cool! Skydivers land at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey for MLS All Star game - from their perspective! (get the picture cranked up to as big as you can, its well worth it)


Jonathan Dos Santos of Mexico and Barcelona: “I’ve had problems this summer and the truth is that what I have to do is to show myself on the field to silence a lot of people.”
-Not to apologize and make it up to a lot of people. To silence them. Like he didn't do anything wrong. And he took unnecessary heat. Come on dude.



Matches & Scores:
-Fri Jul 29
Philadelphia Union 1-2 Colorado Rapids - PU goal by Roger Torres. CR goals by Pablo Mastroeni & Sanna Nyassi.
Venue: PPL Park
Atten: 18,770
-Sat Jul 30
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0-4 LA Galaxy - LAG goals by Landon Donovan(2, 1 via PK), Sean Franklin & Adam Cristman.
Venue: Empire Field
Atten: 27,500
Houston Dynamo 3-1 Seattle Sounders FC - HD goals by Brian Ching(2) & Colin Clark. SS goal by Alvaro Fernandez(PK).
Venue: Robertson Stadium
Atten: 18,465
Sporting Kansas City 1-1 New England Revolution - SKC goal by Teal Bunbury. NER goal by Rajko Lekic.
Venue: LIVESTRONG Sporting Park
Atten: 17,418
Real Salt Lake 0-2 Columbus Crew - CC goals by Eddie Gaven & Tommy Heinemann.
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium
Atten: 18,516
San Jose Earthquakes 0-2 DC United - DCU goals both by Dwayne DeRosario.
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium
Atten: 10,525
Portland Timbers 2-2 Toronto FC - PT goals by Eddie Johnson & Jack Jewsbury(PK). TFC goals by Peri Marosevic & Danny Koevermans.
Venue: JELD-WEN Field
Atten: 18,627
-Sun Jul 31
FC Dallas 1-0 CD Chivas USA - FCD goal by Marvin Chavez.
Venue: Pizza Hut Park
Atten: 10,023.


Sheanon Williams - Philadelphia - red card
Andy Najar - DC - red card
AJ Soares - New England - red card


34 Columbus Crew (+4 GD) (22 GP)
31 Philadelphia Union (+7 GD) (20 GP)
30 New York Red Bulls (+7 GD) (23 GP)
27 Sporting Kansas City (+1 GD) (21 GP)
27 Houston Dynamo (0 GD) (21 GP)
26 DC United (-4 GD) (20 GP)
21 New England Revolution (-10 GD) (22 GP)
19 Toronto FC (-22 GD) (24 GP)
18 Chicago Fire SC (-5 GD) (20 GP)

45 LA Galaxy (+16 GD) (23 GP)
42 FC Dallas (+9 GD) (23 GP)
38 Seattle Sounders FC (+7 GD) (23 GP)
34 Colorado Rapids (+2 GD) (24 GP)
33 Real Salt Lake (+13 GD) (19 GP)
26 CD Chivas USA (+3 GD) (22 GP)
24 San Jose Earthquakes (-5 GD) (22 GP)
22 Portland Timbers (-10 GD) (20 GP)
15 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (-13 GD) (22 GP)


45 LA Galaxy
42 FC Dallas
38 Seattle Sounders FC
34 Columbus Crew
34 Colorado Rapids
33 Real Salt Lake
31 Philadelphia Union
30 New York Red Bulls
27 Sporting Kansas City
27 Houston Dynamo
26 DC United
26 CD Chivas USA
24 San Jose Earthquakes
22 Portland Timbers
21 New England Revolution
19 Toronto FC
18 Chicago Fire SC
15 Vancouver Whitecaps FC


The 10 teams that would be in:

1 Columbus
2 Philadelphia
3 New York
1 LA
2 Dallas
3 Seattle
1 Colorado
2 Salt Lake
3 Kansas City
4 Houston


Pari Marosevic sat on the bench in Dallas, gets traded and days later he plays for TFC then scores a great long range goal.


Dwayne DeRosario's second goal for DC against San Jose was a fantastic give and go with Pontius. Not to mention the exact placement of the shot.


Two important goals happened when centerbacks fell down and assassins were turned loose on helpless goalkeepers. Landon Donovan - and - Dwayne De Rosario.


Portland rings up a powerful counter attack and Eddie Johnson buries it - courtesy of their two most dynamic players - Sal Zizzo and Diego Charra.


A classic Houston goal that we have seen few of this season - Brad Davis clears space, drops it off for Geoff Cameron to quickly cross, and who is there to slam home the header? Brian Ching of course.


Lazy defending off a throw-in lets Pablo Mastroeni of Colorado stroll in on goal, make a great move and then curl one to the back post. Great goal.


Colorado gets another goal on a midfield turnover that sees end to end burners Omar Cummings and Sanna Nyassi fly down field with Cummings making the perfect pass and Nyassi the powerful finish. Damn those guys are faaaaaaaaaast.


And the my fave goal of the week comes from Philadelphia as young Roger Torres chests down a 40 yard pass in traffic, shimmies around two different defenders and cranks a shot to the near post for a dynamite goal. Then he does the Carlos Ruiz tribute mohawk celebration.


General News

Dallas became the second team this season to break the 40 point barrier.
-And their goalkeeper Kevin Hartman has already registered 12 shut outs this season.


Avi Creditor of Sports Illustrated with some weekend notes on Landon Donovan, Jamison Olave, Teal Bunbury and the Houston Dynamo.


DC United midfielder Dwayne DeRosario has been named Player Of The Week.


Kyle McCarthy of visits Livestrong Sporting Park and declares that Sporting Kansas City are one of most ambitious clubs in MLS.


Matches & Scores:
-Sun Jul 31
Vancouver Whitecaps 2-2 LA Galaxy - VW goals both by Long Tan. LAG goals by Paulinho Le Petit & Hector Jimenez.
-Sun Aug 7
DC United v Toronto FC
San Jose Earthquakes v Portland Timbers
-Mon Aug 8
Sporting Kansas City v Colorado Rapids
-Tue Aug 9
Vancouver Whitecaps FC v Seattle Sounders FC


Standings Etc.


Big friendlies are being played this summer all around North America featuring mainly European teams in their preseasons.


Games Played

Man U got a little payback by beating Barcelona.

-Sat Jul 30
Barcelona (Spain) 1-2 Manchester United (England) - World Football Challenge - Bar goal by Thiago Alcantara. MU goals by Nani & Michael Owen.
Venue: FedExField - Landover MD
Atten: 81,807



-Wed Aug 3
Barcelona (Spain) v Guadalajara (Mexico) - World Football Challenge
TV: 7pm CT on ESPN2, & Galavision
Venue: Sun Life Stadium - Miami FL
-Sat Aug 6
Barcelona (Spain) v Club America (Mexico) - World Football Challenge
TV: 3pm CT on ESPN, ESPN Deportes &
Venue: Cowboys Stadium - Arlington TX


Emirates Cup in London

Can you believe this?!?! The Red Bulls won the tournament!

Matches & Scores:
-Sat Jul 30
New York Red Bulls 1-0 Paris St Germain - NYRB goal by Joel Lindpere
Arsenal 2-2 Boca Juniors
-Sun Jul 31
Paris St Germain 3-0 Boca Juniors
Arsenal 1-1 New York Red Bulls - NYRB goal by Kyle Bartley(OG).

4 New York Red Bulls
3 Paris St Germain
2 Arsenal
1 Boca Juniors


Carolina is now just 2 points away from clinching a playoff spot with 10 games to play.


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Jul 30
Carolina RailHawks 1-0 Atlanta Silverbacks - CR goal by Etienne Barbara.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3-0 FC Edmonton - FLS goals by Brian Shriver(2) & Abe Thompson.
-Sun Jul 31
Montreal Impact 1-0 Puerto Rico Islanders - MI goal by Eduard Sebrango.
-Sat Aug 6
Atlanta Silverbacks v FC Tampa Bay
Fort Lauderdale Strikers v Carolina RailHawks
Montreal Impact v NSC Minnesota Stars
FC Edmonton v Puerto Rico Islanders


Standings (as of Sun Jul 31):
44 Carolina RailHawks (+25 GD) (18 GP)
29 Puerto Rico Islanders (+3 GD) (18 GP)
25 NSC Minnesota Stars (+3 GD) (17 GP)
25 FC Edmonton (-6 GD) (19 GP)
24 FC Tampa Bay (-2 GD) (18 GP)
21 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (0 GD) (18 GP)
- - - OUT OF PLAYOFFS - - -
15 Montreal Impact (-4 GD) (18 GP)
12 Atlanta Silverbacks (-17 GD) (17 GP)


Stuart Holden is back training (not full throttle yet though) with Bolton for the first time since he had his knee split open in a terrible tackle last spring.


Josh Gatt scored the game winner for Molde!


Centerback Brad Rusin took the ball from midfield and cruised all the way into the 6 yard box to score his first goal in Denmark. It was very impressive, and seemed to stun his teammates.


Clarence Goodson was out sick and missed Brondy's bad home loss on Saturday.


Matt Taylor scored 3 goals for Paderborn in the German DFB Pokal on Saturday.
-But I have to ask, why they were pouring it on when they had a 0-5 lead at half time? They scored in the 79th, 83rd, 84th and 86th. Where they getting pay back for something in the past. Otherwise that was pretty out of line.
-Schalke did a similar thing at Teningen, after leading 1-6 at half time they finished off 5 more to win 1-11. Why?


Alex Labidou of does a Q & A with Alejandro Bedoya on Bob Bradley, and his January move to Rangers.


Game Action:

DENMARK - Superliga
Conor O'Brien - SonderjyskE - Sun Jul 31 - on the bench as they drew 1-1 at Silkeborg.
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - Sat Jul 30 - went the full 90 but lost 2-0 at Kobenhavn.
Brad Rusin - HB Koge - Sun Jul 31 - went the distance, scored a goal and got a yellow card but lost 3-1 at Lyngby.
Chris Rolfe - AaB - Mon Aug 1 v Midtjylland
Marcus Tracy - AaB - Mon Aug 1 v Midtjylland

FINLAND - Veikkausliiga -
Giuseppe Funicello - Mariehamn - Sat Jul 30 - came on as a sub in the 85th in a 1-0 loss at HJK.
Mason Trafford - Mariehamn - Sat Jul 30 - came on as a sub at half time but lost 1-0 at HJK.
Josh Wicks - Mariehamn - Sat Jul 30 - went the distance but lost 1-0 at HJK.
Etchu Tabe - RoPS - Mon Aug 1 at Inter Turku

FINLAND - Ykkonen
Jeremy Vuolo - AC Oulu - Mon Aug 1 v PoPa
Kellan Wilson - HIFK - Mon Aug 1 v KooTeePee

GERMANY - DFB Pokal - 1st Round
-Sat Jul 30
Timmy Chandler - Nurnberg - went the distance as they won 1-5 at Arminia Bielefeld.
Ricardo Clark - Eintracht Frankfurt - didn't play but they won 0-2 at Hallescher.
Matt Taylor - Paderborn - went the distance and scored 3 goals as they won 0-10 at Rot Weiss Ahlen.
David Yelldell - Bayer Leverkusen - went the distance but lost 4-3 at Dynamo Dresden.
-Sun Jul 31
Edson Buddle - Ingolstadt - came on as a sub in the 87th as they won 1-4 at Oberneulund.
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - came on as a sub in the 64th min as they won 0-6 at Anker Wismar.
Alfredo Morales - Hertha Berlin - won 0-4 at Meuselwitz.
Luis Robles - Karlsruher - won 3-1 v Alemannia Aachen.
Daniel Williams - Freiburg - lost 3-2 at Unterhaching.

NORWAY - Eliteserien
Joe Bendik - Sogndal - Sat Jul 30 - rode the pine as they drew 1-1 v Rosenborg.
Erik Benjaminsen - Stabaek - Sun Jul 31 - on the bench as they won 4-1 v Start.
Sean Cunningham - Molde - Sat Jul 30 - on the bench as they won 2-1 v Valerenga.
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek - Sun Jul 31 - played the whole 90 as they won 4-1 v Start.
Josh Gatt - Molde - Sat Jul 30 - went the full 90 scoring the decisive goal as they won 2-1 v Valerenga.

NORWAY - 1 Divisjon
Rhett Bernstein - Mjondalen - Sun Jul 31 L 6-0 at Sandefjord.
John Borrajo - HamKam - Sun Jul 31 L 4-0 at Nybergsund.
Colin Burns - Sandefjord - Sun Jul 31 W 6-0 v Mjondalen.
Steve Clark - Honefoss - Sun Jul 31 - in goal as they won 0-4 at Hodd.
Kyle Helton - Mjondalen - Sun Jul 31 L 6-0 at Sandefjord.
Kenneth Di Vita Jensen - Honefoss - Sun Jul 31 - on the bench as they won 0-4 at Hodd.

RUSSIA - Premier Division
Yevgeni Starikov - Tom' Tomsk - Sat Jul 30 - started and played the first half as they lost 0-1 v Terek Grozny.

SCOTLAND - Premier League
Mo Edu - Rangers - Sat Jul 30 - started and went 83 min as they won 0-2 at St Johnstone.

SWEDEN - Allsvenskan Liga
Alejandro Bedoya - Orebro - Sun Jul 31 - went the full 90 picking up a yellow card as they won 0-1 at Gefle.
Ryan Miller - Halmstad - Mon Aug 1 at GAIS
Samuel Petrone - Mjallby - Mon Aug 1 at Kalmar

SWEDEN - Superettan
Brian Edwards - Degerfors - Sat Jul 30 - kept a clean sheet as they won 0-1 at Osters.
Nick Noble - Ljungskile - Sun Jul 31 - on the bench as they won 5-1 v Varnamo.
Matt Pyzdrowski - Angelholms - Sat Jul 30 - went the distance and won 0-1 at Brommapojkarna.
Michael Thomas - Ljungskile - Sun Jul 31 - played the full 90 as they won 5-1 v Varnamo.


Coming Up:

NORWAY - Eliteserien
Joe Bendik - Sogndal - Wed Aug 3 at Haugesund
Erik Benjaminsen - Stabaek - Fri Aug 5 at Fredrikstad
Sean Cunningham - Molde - Thu Aug 4 at Start
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek - Fri Aug 5 at Fredrikstad
Josh Gatt - Molde - Thu Aug 4 at Start

NORWAY - 1 Divisjon
Rhett Bernstein - Mjondalen - Wed Aug 3 v Hodd
John Borrajo - HamKam - Wed Aug 3 v Bodo/Glimt
Colin Burns - Sandefjord - Thu Aug 4 at Honefoss
Steve Clark - Honefoss - Thu Aug 4 v Sandefjord
Kyle Helton - Mjondalen - Wed Aug 3 v Hodd
Kenneth Di Vita Jensen - Honefoss - Thu Aug 4 v Sandefjord


Joe Corona has played two Primera games and scored two Primera goals!


Herculez Gomez scored his team's only got in a losing effort.


Michael Orozco and a player from Tecos got into it in the 90th min and both were shown red cards.


Game Action:

Isaac Acuna - America - Sun Jul 31 - on the bench but did not play as they drew 1-1 at Toluca.
DaMarcus Beasley - Puebla - Sun Jul 31 - went the distance getting a yellow card as they tied 2-2 v Pachuca.
Joe Benny Corona - Tijuana - Sat Jul 30 - started and went 56 min scoring a goal but losing 4-2 at Monterrey.
Edgar Castillo - America - Sun Jul 31 - on the bench but did not play as they drew 1-1 at Toluca.
Herculez Gomez - Estudiantes Tecos - Sat Jul 30 - came on as a sub in the 46th and scored a goal but they lost 2-1 at San Luis.
Frankie Lopez - Chiapas Jaguares - Sun Jul 31 at Guadalajara
Michael Orozco Fiscal - San Luis - Sat Jul 30 - started but got a red card in the 90th min as they won 2-1 v Estudiantes Tecos.
Adrian Ruelas - Chiapas Jaguares - Sun Jul 31 at Guadalajara
Jose Torres - Pachuca - Sun Jul 31 - came on as a sub in the 83rd min as they drew 2-2 at Puebla.

LIGA DE ASCENSO (2nd division)
Marco Vidal - Leon - Fri Jul 29 - went the distance as they drew 3-3 at Correcaminos UAT.


Coming Up:

Isaac Acuna - America - Wed Aug 3 v Estudiantes Tecos
Daniel Antunez - Estudiantes Tecos - Wed Aug 3 at America
DaMarcus Beasley - Puebla - Wed Aug 3 at Atlante
Jonathan Bornstein - Tigres UANL - Wed Aug 3 v Toluca
Edgar Castillo - America - Wed Aug 3 v Estudiantes Tecos
Herculez Gomez - Estudiantes Tecos - Wed Aug 3 at America
Sonny Guadarrama - Atlante - Wed Aug 3 v Puebla
Sammy Ochoa - Estudiantes Tecos - Wed Aug 3 at America
Jose Torres - Pachuca - Wed Aug 3 v Cruz Azul


Nigel Reed of the CBC examines Canada's World Cup qualifying path.


David Hytner of the Guardian on Mario Balotelli's latest act of childish behavior: "I am not happy in Manchester. I do not like the city. The city is not to my tastes. I miss the chance to be at home with my family and with my friends."


Sid Lowe of Sports Illustrated looks at Malaga who are one of the latest teams to gain a huge influx of Middle East cash. Will they make it work?


Ben Lyttleton of Sports Illustrated gives us 10 storylines to follow as the new Ligue 1 season starts.
-From PSG suddenly having Qatari money to Lyon, from Eden Hazard to Carlos Bocanegra.


Netherlands - Super Cup

Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica scored the game winner as Twente claimed the Super Cup.

-Sat Jul 30
Ajax (Cup winner) 1-2 Twente (league winner)


3rd Qualifying Round - 2nd Leg matches this week on Tue & Wed. All matchups and scores are here.


Recap du Nord: A wild weekend sees #1 Corinthians lose but still hold on to their lead, but #2 Sao Paulo lost as well and fell to 4th place on goal differential. #3 Flamengo won and jumps to #2, and #4 Palmeiras won and jumps to #4. Vasco da Gama at #5 are the ones who beat Sao Paulo and move to within 1 point of them.

And there is a full round of midweek games ahead to keep up the pressure at the top.

Brazil - Serie A Standings (13 of 38 games played):
28 Corinthians (12 GP) - LAST: Sun Jul 31 L 3-2 at Avai - NEXT: Wed Aug 3 v America Mineiro
27 Flamengo (+11) - LAST: Sat Jul 30 W 2-0 v Gremio - NEXT: Wed Aug 3 at Cruzeiro
25 Palmeiras - LAST: Sat Jul 30 W 3-2 v Atletico Mineiro - NEXT: Wed Aug 3 at Cortiba
25 Sao Paulo (+3) - LAST: Sun Jul 31 L 0-2 v Vasco da Gama - NEXT: Thu Aug 4 v Bahia
24 Vasco da Gama - LAST: Sun Jul 31 W 2-0 at Sao Paulo - NEXT: Wed Aug 3 v Santos


Jul 29 - Aug 20.

World Cup website


The first game of the group stage is complete for all teams.

Group A
3 Colombia (+3)
3 S Korea (+2)
0 France (-2)
0 Mali (-3)
Group B
1 Cameroon (0)
1 New Zealand (0)
1 Portugal (0)
1 Uruguay (0)
Group C
3 Spain (+3)
1 Australia (0)
1 Ecuador (0)
0 Costa Rica (-3)
Group D
3 Nigeria (+5)
3 Saudi Arabia (+2)
0 Croatia (-2)
0 Guatemala (-5)
Group E
1 Austria (0)
1 Brazil (0)
1 Egypt (0)
1 Panama (0)
Group F
3 Argentina (+1)
1 England (0)
1 N Korea (0)
0 Mexico (-1)


Group Stage

Matches & Scores:
-Fri Jul 29
England 0-0 N Korea
Austria 0-0 Panama
Argentina 1-0 Mexico
Brazil 1-1 Egypt
-Sat Jul 30
Mali 0-2 S Korea
Cameroon 1-1 New Zealand
Colombia 4-1 France
Portugal 0-0 Uruguay
-Sun Jul 31
Costa Rica 1-4 Spain
Nigeria 5-0 Guatemala
Australia 1-1 Ecuador
Croatia 0-2 Saudi Arabia
-Mon Aug 1
Argentina v England
Mexico v N Korea
Brazil v Austria
Egypt v Panama
-Tue Aug 2
Colombia v Mali
France v S Korea
Portugal v Cameroon
Uruguay v New Zealand
-Wed Aug 3
Ecuador v Spain
Saudi Arabia v Guatemala
Australia v Costa Rica
Croatia v Nigeria
-Thu Aug 4
Argentina v N Korea
Mexico v England
Brazil v Panama
Egypt v Austria
-Fri Aug 5
Colombia v S Korea
France v Mali
Portugal v New Zealand
Uruguay v Cameroon
-Sat Aug 6
Ecuador v Costa Rica
Saudi Arabia v Nigeria
Australia v Spain
Croatia v Guatemala


The new New York Cosmos head to England this week to play a game. Yes a game. They will take on Manchester United in the Paul Scholes Testimonial match.
-The team they will field is like an old guys All Star team from around Europe mixed in with a few kids from their academy teams. Including Brian McBride and Brad Friedel.

-Fri Aug 5
Manchester United v New York Cosmos - 1:30pm CT on Fox Soccer.
Venue: Old Trafford


Welcome aboard Jay Goppingen!


Anonymous Minnesota Nice FC said...

Regarding the "pouring it on" late in the game by Paderborn. If I pay money to see a match, I am paying money to watch my team play. If the other team happens to be terrible, fine, but I am not going to watch them go up 5-0 and then just pass the ball around so as to take it easy on the other team. It wasn't a friendly.

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