Friday, June 22, 2007
It promises to be another ill-tempered affair on Sunday afternoon. The action begins at 3 pm EDT and can be viewed on Fox Soccer Channel or Telefutura. I'd suggest that you go with Telefutura and avoid the ridiculously annoying commentary of Max Bretos and Christopher Sullivan. But that's just me.
But once again Team USA's inability to put the match beyond reach is concerning. Canada's final goal should have stood and the match should have gone to extra time. But the USA lacked the quality to see things out in a comfortable manner. Up 2-0, it was obvious that Canada would get a goal and then the U.S. would get nervous. Shockingly, the Mexican ref robbed the Maple Leafs and not the Yanks.
Mexico 1 - 0 Guadeloupe
Argentina Copa America Squad:
Goalkeepers: Roberto Abbondanzieri (Getafe), Juan Pablo Carrizo (River Plate), Agustin Orion (San Lorenzo)
Defenders: Roberto Ayala (Valencia), Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan), Hugo Ibarra (Boca Juniors), Gabriel Milito (Real Zaragoza), Gabriel Heinze (Manchester United), Daniel Diaz (Boca Juniors), Nicolas Burdisso (Inter Milan)
Midfielders: Luis Gonzalez (Porto), Javier Mascherano (Liverpool), Esteban Cambiasso (Inter Milan), Fernando Gago (Real Madrid), Pablo Aimar (Real Zaragoza), Juan Sebastian Veron (Estudiantes), Juan Roman Riquelme (Boca Juniors)
Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Hernan Crespo (Inter Milan), Diego Milito (Real Zaragoza), Carlos Tevez (West Ham United), Rodrigo Palacio (Boca Juniors)
Will Timmy become a Goodison Legend??
++ Transfer Talk: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/article1971797.ece
Sanford Says, "UGH!!"
Thursday, June 21, 2007
June 21 -- Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill.
7 p.m. ET, U.S. vs. Canada (Fox Soccer Channel, Telefutura)
10 p.m. ET, Mexico vs. Guadeloupe
June 24 -- Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill.
3 p.m. ET (Fox Soccer Channel, Telefutura)
U.S. team looking to close out games better:
Preview: United States vs. Canada
Preview: Mexico vs. Guadeloupe
England lost 13-12 on penalties
Drenthe (hit post) 2-1
De Ridder 5-5
Kruiswijk (miss) 7-7
De Ridder (saved) 12-12
Thursday's Rumours: http://football.guardian.co.uk/rumourmill
++ Transfer Talk: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/article1966298.ece
Dave Sarachan has been sacked by the amazing John Guppy and the Chicago Fire front office. This comes as some surprise as his contract was extended at the end of last season and the teams amazing run of bad results has coincided with some extended absences of key players due to injury and national team duty. Still, this move comes about two years too late for most fans of the team. Dave certainly seemed to alienate some long standing team members over the years and his stifling 3-5-2 formation often disguised serious problems in the team through meaningless possession. Certainly his legacy with the Fire was more positive than negative; he has shown to be an astute scout of domestic talent and he brought home a number of US Open Cup titles. He also took the team to MLS Cup in his first year with the team, though he essentially presided over Bob Bradley's squad that year and was badly out-coached in the final. Long time assistant Dennis Hamlett has been named interim Head Coach and there will be a great deal of speculation about the identity of the new head coach. The popular choice among the fans will be Ring of Fire member Peter Nowak, though it's unlikely that he'd be interested in giving up his post with the US Olympic team so shortly after taking the job. I think it's more probable that we'll get a Hispanic coach to coincide with Blanco's arrival in August. This represents John Guppy's best chance to change the course of what has been to this point been a disappointing tenure; he's widely seen to have bungled the sale of stadium naming rights and jersey sponsorship and ticket sales have been largely underwhelming.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Copa Libertadores Final Second Leg Preview: Gremio (Porto Alegre) vs Boca Juniors Wednesday, 20th of June 2007 Time: 20:45 (ET). Venue: Olimpico Monumental, Porto Alegre, Brazil. Referee: Oscar Ruiz (Colombia). First Leg Result: Boca Juniors 3-0 Gremio.
++ Transfer Talk: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/article1960781.ece
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Ball on Madrid's Title:
Ball's Team of the Season in La Liga:
"You know, there's no accounting for bad taste. The fact that a segment of the world worships an inferior product in the Premiership is their business.
"In England our league is considered second-class but I honestly believe if you took a helicopter and grabbed a bunch of MLS players and took them to the perceived best league in the world they wouldn't miss a beat and the fans wouldn't notice any drop in quality."
Defense -- Tony Beltran, Amaechi Igwe, Ofori Sarkodie , Nathan Sturgis, Julian Valentin, and Tim Ward.
Midfield -- Freddy Adu, Bryan Arguez, Michael Bradley, Dax McCarty, Danny Szetela , and Anthony Wallace.
Forwards -- Andre Akpan, Josmer Altidore, Gabriel Ferrari, Robbie Rogers, Johann Smith, Sal Zizzo.
With Mrs Beckham and Spain, the smell of garlic has never gone away. Early in her husband’s four-year stint here, she was quoted as saying something about Spanish people reeking of garlic.
Madrid are neither brilliant champions nor the greatest football side in the world, but at least, at last, they are a team.
Uli updates us on Volker Finke:
Monday, June 18, 2007
Real Madrid 3 - Real Mallorca 1
David Beckham bade farewell to Real Madrid last night by celebrating the first major trophy of his four-year spell in Spain, even if the former England captain was denied a suitably Hollywood-esque ending and was upstaged by José Antonio Reyes, on loan from Arsenal, at the last on a dramatic final evening to the Primera División season.
Gimnastic 1 - 5 Barcelona
Barca win but things turn ugly in the stands...
Real Sociedad and Celta Vigo Relegated
Mexico 1 - 0 Costa Rica, OT
Honduras 1 - 2 Guadeloupe
Ives Galarcep on the USA Victory: