Friday, July 20, 2007
Major League Soccer All-Stars coach Steve Nicol has hit back at critics of the Los Angeles Galaxy and insisted David Beckham will help raise the standard of the MLS.
Argentina 3 - 0 Chile
Czech Republic 2 - 0 Austria
Members of the Chilean soccer team fought with police and security officers after a semifinal loss at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup tournament.
Oh, and as the ass continues to fall out of the Dollar, as of today it'll cost you 1.38 dollars to get one Euro and a whopping 2.05 Dollars just to get one frickin' Pound. No wonder Becks came over...
He was never able to reproduce his Roma form for the Azzuri. Sadly, this will be my lasting impression of him playing for Italia.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Preview: MLS All-Stars vs. Celtic FC
Celtic not taking the MLS All-Stars lightly
Jeff Carlisle's Mid-Season Awards
MLS Commissioner Don Garber confirmed during his State of the League address in
MLS Power Rankings: Houston Dynamo Dominating
And...Beckham's LA Galaxy dismissed as pub team by media
But will they explain how a man so young can look so old? Is that Teddy Sheringham?? I know someone else who has the Robben Syndrome...
But how effective a captain will he be if he's always in hospital or in the training room?
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
I like to see this, but I still think Gilberto is a better fit. I mean, come on, a 20-year-old captain??
Goal.com takes a look at what the upcoming season has in store for Pompey...
When Times Online listed its 50 worst Premiership players last week, there were howls of protest from supporters of Newcastle United about Jean Alain Boumsong – not at his inclusion, but at his omission.
However, the France defender, who is seen as one of the poorest signings made by the club, has not always been regarded as a joke. Although the circumstances of the arrival of Boumsong and Amdy Faye, his former Auxerre team-mate, at St James’ Park have been questioned, Boumsong’s £8 million transfer from Rangers was hardly controversial.
And in case your French is up to the task and you'd like to know more about the Geordie flop, here's his website officiel: http://www.jeanalainboumsong.fr/
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Forget competition for places, there will be competition for pegs at Old Trafford. Presuming Tevez joins Nani, Anderson and Owen Hargreaves among United's summer signings, there will be 45 footballers jostling for Sir Alex Ferguson's attention.
A frightening amount of money is in top-flight football so where has it all gone wrong for English players? http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/sport/2007/07/17/premiership_spending_power_sti.html
The 21-year-old Dalby, who is part of the under-23 United States squad, had agreed to financial terms with Preston. Dalby's application for a work permit was turned down by British immigration officials. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=446008&cc=5901
The score line may have read 2-1, but the real winners of the Chelsea v Club America friendly in Palo Alto, California were the fervent Club America supporters, who turned out in droves on Saturday for what was billed as the Disney Friendship Cup.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Now that was some good tailgating. But we’ve graduated to the land of soccer-specific, and the Fire’s
Since Bobbie S. is a charter season ticket holder, he’s got some sweet seats. Check us out in the accompanying photo. Not too shabby, I’d say, with only some minimal obstruction when the play shifts to the far corner. One great plus is that when the subs are called into the match, they run by the seats and you can give them a high-five. Or a low-five, should you desire.
Andthere was a pretty strong crowd, which was cool. It was the ESPN2 Thursday night broadcast, and for some reason if a game is on TV a lot of folks are more inclined to try to see it live. A bit odd, but true.
So, yeah, the match itself was poor but the experience was lovely. Thanks to Bobbie S. and Wyatt for being such gracious hosts. Next time, a victory!!
Brazil produced a ruthlessly efficient performance to beat old rivals Argentina 3-0 on Sunday and win the Copa America for the second time in a row.
After Argentina’s shock 3-0 defeat against Brazil in the Copa America final on Sunday Carlos Tevez told the press that the reason for the result was because “Brazil played very well”.
The Copa América was widely seen as a success across South America - even if Venezuelan politics were never far from the surface. Adios...
Tim Vickery's Opinion
The United States was eliminated from the FIFA Under-20 World Cup with a 2-1 overtime loss to Austria in the quarterfinals Saturday as Erwin Hoffer scored the go-ahead goal in the 105th minute, just two minutes after he entered the game.
Jen Chang's Post-Tournament Wrap
In the end, it just wasn't to be yet again.
The United States U-20 team had its chances, but just couldn't find the goal it needed to beat a quality Austrian squad and advance to its first U-20 World Cup semifinal since 1989. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=445703&root=us&cc=5901
Walcott provided Arsenal's chief attacking threat here in a side that contained a handful of first-team regulars, with Kolo Touré, who appears to have spent most of the close season on the weight machines, prominent in more ways than one at the back.
Palacio on the way to the Emirates?
The Sun's big back-page story on Monday claims that Premiership side Arsenal are about to break their transfer record by splashing £15 million on Argentine striker Rodrigo Palacio. Wow! Actual speculation regarding a potential Arsenal target.
Wenger calls on attacking trio to raise standards. Or else he'll buy Palacio?
19 ROY KEANE (Nottingham Forest to Manchester United, £3.75 million, 1993)
Nearly joined Blackburn Rovers before setting his heart on a move to Old Trafford. Kenny Dalglish’s loss was United’s gain. Anyone who doubts just how good he was should watch a video of his performance away to Juventus in 1999. “It was the most emphatic display of selflessness I have seen on a football field,” Alex Ferguson said. “Pounding over every blade of grass, competing as if he would rather die of exhaustion than lose, he inspired all around him. I felt it was an honour to be associated with such a player.”
The Complete List
The Beckhams' extraordinary arrival in the United States has already had a huge impact on the MLS, but it is questionable how long this will last.