Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Some Soccer News for Mar 22, 2017

It's Day 81 of 2017.

First Chuck Berry and now Chuck Barris. RIP fellas.
  • Chuck's around the country are all changing their name to Charlie right about now.


Silver Lining! Today FIFA wrote about our supporters group Dark Clouds community service trip to Haiti with the Tony Sanneh Foundation! Fantastic. Spread the Word.


In case you were wondering, it doesn't look like there will be an International Champions Cup game in the Twin Cities this summer.



How many times over the past year, on this blog and on Twitter, did I warn Minnesota United about the consequences of not spend enough time, money and effort getting their defense right for MLS? Yeah, its a real big problem for them.
  • Only 6 teams have scored more goals than MNUFC - and over the past several years goal scoring has been a good team trait.
  • On the flipside, the 13 goals allowed is a complete disaster. The 2nd worse defense in the league is a tie between Houston and DC who have each allowed 6 goals. Oof.
  • It took Toronto 9 years to figure this out and fix it.

We hear from Collen Warner on the start of the season, plus other MNUFC tidbits. By Jeff Rueter for Fifty Five One.

What is the progress on the lacerated knee suffered by goalkeeper John Alvbage in the Atlanta game? By Andy Greder for the Pioneer Press.

MNUFC keeper Bobby Shuttleworth returns to play his former team this weekend - New England Revolution. He is well liked back there. Jeff Lemieux for New England Revolution.

Match Schedule/Results:
-Sat Mar 25
New England Revolution v Minnesota United - 1pm CT on MY29



A few versions of the Bastian Schweinsteiger to Chicago Fire story:

Dom Dwyer of Sporting Kansas City is now a USA citizen. This is the road he took. By Brian Straus for Sports Illustrated.

Week 4 Schedule/Results:
-Sat Mar 25
New England v Minnesota
RBNY v Salt Lake - 3pm CT on UniMas + Facebook
Columbus v Portland


Crest: du Nord Music Mix Vol 116 (download + extract)



Jordan Morris still not training with the team due to an ankle injury. The pickin's are slimmin'.

World Cup qualifying schedule/results:
-Fri Mar 24
USA v Honduras - 9:30pm CT on FS1 + UDN
Avaya Stadium, San Jose
-Tue Mar 28
Panama v USA - 9:00pm CT on beIN + Telemundo
Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City

USMNT Roster:
  • G: David Bingham, Tim Howard, Nick Rimando
  • D: DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, John Brooks, Geoff Cameron, Omar Gonzalez, Michael Orozco, Tim Ream, Jorge Villafana, Walker Zimmerman, Graham Zusi
  • M: Kellyn Acosta, Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Sacha Kljestan, Sebastian Lletget, Dax McCarty, Darlington Nagbe, Christian Pulisic
  • F: Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris, Chris Wondolowski

Honduras Roster:
  • G: Ricardo Canales, Donis Escober, Luis Lopez
  • D: Ever Alvarado, Brayan Beckeles, Felix Crisanto, Henry Figueroa, Maynor Figueroa, Emilio Izaguirre, Cesar Oseguera, Allans Vargas
  • M: Bryan Acosta, Erick Andino, Jorge Claros, Carlos Discua, Roger Espinoza, Boniek Garcia, Mario Martinez, Oliver Morazan, Andy Najar, Romell Quioto
  • F: Rubilio Castillo, Michaell Chirinos, Eddie Hernandez, Alberth Elis, Anthony Lozano

Panama Roster:
  • G: Jose Calderon, Jaime Penedo
  • D: Felipe Baloy, Erick Davis, Fidel Escobar, Adolfo Machado, Amir Murillo, Luis Ovalle, Roman Torres, Jean Carlos Vargas
  • M: Edgar Barcenas, Miguel Camargo, Armando Cooper, AnĂ­bal Godoy, Gabriel Gomez, Amilcar Henriquez, Josiel Nunez, Alberto Quintero, Oscar Villarreal
  • F: Abdiel Arroyo, Blas Perez, Tony Taylor, Luis Tejada, Gabriel Torres

THE HEX - CONCACAF World Cup qualifying

(2 of 10 games played)
6 Costa Rica (+6)
4 Mexico (+1)
4 Panama (+1)
3 Honduras (+1)
0 T+T (-4)
0 USA (-5)

Matchday 3 + 4 Schedule/Results:
-Fri Mar 24
USA v Honduras
T+T v Panama
Mexico v Costa Rica
-Tue Mar 28
Panama v USA
Honduras v Costa Rica
T+T v Mexico

The Bird Is The Word


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