Friday, June 29, 2007
Argentina 4 -1 USA
Argentina show their class
Bradley pragmatic about the loss:
Paraguay 5 - 0 Colombia
Santa Cruz hat-trick
Next up for the States is Paraguay on Monday. Kick-off is scheduled for 6:35 pm EDT.
Top clubs on alert as Tevez snubs Inter
According to Sky Sport News' Spanish expert Greame Hunter Barca President Laporta is determined to get Lamps. Personally I just think Frank is jealous of Henry hogging all the will-he-wont-he-go-to-Spain drama.
Lampard calls for talks on new contract
Perhaps Chelsea are finally going to spend some real wedge:
Chelsea's £12m bid for Malouda
From Russia to Brum, poor Garry O'Conner:
O'Connor finalises Birmingham move
Excellent news for Everton fans:
Duo stick with Toffees
Shock horror, Wenger is getting over the pain of losing Thierry by buying a young French prospect:
Auxerre: Sagna set for Gunners
Benítez makes striking move
USA Under-20 Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brian Perk (UCLA), Steve Sandbo (SMU), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): Tony Beltran (UCLA), Amaechi Igwe (New England Revolution), Ofori Sarkodie (Indiana University), Nathan Sturgis (L.A. Galaxy), Julian Valentin (Wake Forest), Tim Ward (Columbus Crew)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Freddy Adu (Real Salt Lake), Bryan Arguez (D.C. United), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Dax McCarty (F.C. Dallas), Danny Szetela (Columbus Crew), Anthony Wallace (F.C. Dallas)
FORWARDS (6): Andre Akpan (Harvard), Josmer Altidore (N.Y. Red Bulls), Gabriel Ferrari (Sampdoria), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Johann Smith (Bolton F.C.), Sal Zizzo (UCLA)
Thursday, June 28, 2007
When: 20:50 (local) / 20:50 ET / 00:50 GMT, June 28, 2007
Where: Estadio José Pachencho Romero, Maracaibo
Referee: Carlos Candía (Chile)
TV: Telefutura and GolTV
And they're calling it a mismatch. Wouldn't you?
Mexico striker Nery Castillo scored a sublime goal to set his team on their way to a shock 2-0 win over defending champions Brazil at the Copa America on Wednesday.
Ecuador 2 - 3 Chile: Comeback Kings
Chile twice came from behind and then scored a late winner to beat Ecuador 3-2 as drama dominated day two of the tournament. Luis Antonio Valencia and Cristian Benitez twice put Ecuador in front, only for Humberto Suazo to equalise each time.
'I haven't managed to talk it over with him personally because he is on holiday at the moment, but I did manage to speak to his son who is also his lawyer.' Nice!!
And Barcelona want Lampard. Come and get him -- he's all yours!
Freddie Ljungberg wants to stay at Arsenal for the rest of his career, quashing speculation linking him with a move away from the Gunners.
This picture is for my wife and her sisters...
The Kid Goes to Glasgow
This picture is for Bobbie...
And plans to make a big impact:
FIFA revised its ban on matches at high altitude, easing the restrictions to only apply to World Cup qualifiers above 9,840 feet rather than 8,200 feet.
Good luck to you, Cookie! Bring them back up where they belong. And enjoy San Sebastian while you're at it.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Hugo Chavez, his pal Diego Maradona (who does not really look all that sober), and Tony (The Goose) Siragusa enjoy the opening action of Copa America...
Uruguay stunned by Peru
Uruguay 0 - 3 Peru
Hosts in draw with Bolivia
Venezuela 2 - 2 Bolivia
And on tonight's menu is a mouthwatering clash between Mexico and Brazil:
The other match this evening is Ecuador vs. Chile:
And of course, the U.S. readies for Argentina:
The Sids 2007: Sid Lowe gives us the good, the bad and the downright bizarre from the past year in Spain
Barcelona president Joan Laporta, who opened the season by announcing: "People look back on the Five Cups Barça. We can go down as the Seven Cups Barça." Six months later and this latter-day, pork-pie pedalling Nostradamus was only five short as Barça brilliantly claimed Spain's Charity Shield and the Copa Catalunya.
Arsenal's chairman, Peter Hill-Wood, has criticised the manner of Thierry Henry's departure from the club, claiming that he used the uncertainty over Arsène Wenger's future as "an excuse" to allow him to join Barcelona with a clean conscience.
Having won the English Premier League title in 2004-05 with Chelsea, and back-to-back French Ligue 1 titles in 2005-06 and 2006-07 with Lyon, Tiago will now be targeting a fourth consecutive championship in a third different country with Juventus in Italy.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
All the shots are here:
Uruguay face Peru and Venezuela start things off against Bolivia in what most hacks are calling the strongest field ever. And the USA will have to face a giant flying Messi...
State Department warns travelers to Copa America; organizers shift semifinal from Caracas:
Dunga wary of Mexico threat:
The Guardian's Copa Preview:
Tim Vickery's Copa Preview:
Remember when a U.S. victory over Mexico was a thrilling surprise? When a win against the bad guys in green actually served to justify the U.S. team's standing on the world stage? Remember when such a victory legitimized American soccer? Those days are over. After scoring a ninth win over Mexico in 12 meetings, and ninth in 10 meetings outside of Mexico, the United States no longer measures itself by its results against its most bitter rival.
One man was killed and 14 others injured as rival soccer fans swinging metal pipes and throwing rocks clashed Monday after a promotional playoff match between two Argentine clubs that spilled out onto a busy rush-hour freeway, authorities said.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Let’s begin with Mr. Henry. I’ve been preparing myself mentally for this to happen for some time, but now that it has, I’m sadder than I anticipated. I realize that the move might be better for the club, and that the cash in the coffers can be used to fund more pieces of what will be the next generation of The Arsenal. And perhaps Henry was holding some of the kids back with his massive presence. That said, a player who at times was the best in the world has just departed for
The other main piece of news at the weekend was of course the Yanks' defeat of
But wait, it wasn’t the end of the story because as always, the Mexicans showed their true colors at the end of the match by complaining to the ref. Sanchez (who had been all over the fourth official and the linesman the entire match) and his chicos surrounded the ref complaining about God knows what. True class. I’ll enjoy it when he’s fired.
Next up for the
Five candidates to fill the Frenchman's boots:
They may have lost their best player but Arsenal are not in crisis:
With Thierry Henry now no more than a memory at Highbury the onus falls on Cesc Fabregas to lead his young teammates into a new era:
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach, Germany)
Defenders: Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Bobby Boswell (D.C.), Dan Califf (Aalborg BK, Denmark), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City), Jay DeMerit (Watford, England), Drew Moor (Dallas), Heath Pearce (Nordsjaelland, Denmark), Marvell Wynne (Toronto)
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Colorado), Ricardo Clark (Houston), Benny Feilhaber (Hamburg SV, Germany), Eddie Gaven (Columbus), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Justin Mapp (Chicago), Lee Nguyen (PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands), Ben Olsen (D.C.)
Forwards: Charlie Davies (Hammarby, Sweden), Herculez Gomez (Colorado), Eddie Johnson (Kansas City), Taylor Twellman (New England)
Jen Chang: Gold Cup Final a Classic...
And Feilhaber's brilliant strike:
Gabriele Marcotti's list provokes criticism...
Guillem Balague, leading world football expert and Gabriele Marcotti's close friend, takes his colleague to task over his choice of the world's top 50 footballers: