Friday, May 30, 2008
Last night DC United blew a 2 goal lead on the road to arch-rivals New England to come away with a point. While a point on the road is not normally something to be too upset about losing a 2 goal lead certainly is. I watched the second half and while neither goal they conceded seemed overly soft the marking that allowed the assists to come in certainly could be better. I guess shipping out Bobby Boswell isn't the magical cure-all one might hope.
On Wednesday night in the Texas DerbyDwayne DeRosario scored a injury time goal from a Brian Ching rebound which secured a 2-2 draw and a point on the road. After a rocky start to the season Houston is starting to find some form.
On to the weekend:
Jewel of MLS travels to BMO Field in Toronto in a battle of the English superstars, Danny Dicio v. Goldenballs. Toronto have had a good run of form lately with the arrivals of Amado Guevara and Laurent Robert, but Guevara will be away with Honduras and Robert is suspended. Expect LA to take at least a point.
Energy Drinks travel to Houston to battle Favored Military Team. Houston are on the way up and New Jersey are on the wane and will be missing Jozy Altidore to National Team service. Expect the Texans to take this one.
San Jose at Royal Salt Lake. Battle of the basement, too bad there's no relegation. Probably an RSL win but I guess you never know with teams this inconsistent.
Columbus at Chivas. Chivas are off form and Columbus had a stumble last weekend in New England. Expect them to rebound.
Dallas Burn FC at Arsenal Colorado. Could go either way, I'll take the home team as they're tops in the west but still not really that good.
The prospect of Portugal being genuine contenders depends completely on the best player in the tournament.
Fatih Terim has some tough choices to make from a squad strong in flair midfielders but frequently undone by shortcomings elsewhere.
Following the dismissals of Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant and Robert Mancini this season, Graham Lister considers the imperatives and tensions at Stamford Bridge and the San Siro, and wonders what defines success for a big club these days…
Roberto Mancini's place at the front of the queue to become Chelsea's new manager was enhanced tonight when Inter Milan finally confirmed he was no longer their boss.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
England 2 - 0 United States
England expose U.S. shortcomings
Terry and Gerrard Lead the Lions
No Cap for Donovan
U.S. Thoroughly Outclassed by England
Things We Learned
Karel Bruckner's men should continue their impressive recent record in the tournament with a quarter-finals place at least.
Four years ago the Swiss said this would be the tournament of truth. Unfortunately for them, it looks like the truth is the Nati aren't as good as they thought they'd be.
"After much consideration with my family, we have decided to leave Fulham after four and a half fantastic years. I have always stated my intention to return to America at some stage and this seems like the right moment in my career to move on," he said.
This combo would have been nice last night at Wembley...
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Who: England (Fifa Ranking 11th) v United States (Fifa Ranking 21st)
When: Wednesday, 28 May; Kick-off: 2:05 pm EDT -- ESPN Classic
Where: Wembley Stadium, NW London
England James; Brown, Ferdinand, Terry, A Cole; Bentley, Lampard, Barry, Gerrard; Rooney, Ashton
Subs from Hart, Lewis, Wheater, Johnson, Woodgate, Jagielka, Warnock, Bridge, Huddlestone, J Cole, Hargreaves, Downing, Walcott, Young, Agbonlahor, Defoe, Beckham, Crouch
United States Howard; DeMerit, Onyewu, Bocanegra, Cherundolo; Adu, Clark, Bradley, Beasley; Donovan, Dempsey
Subs from Califf, Cervi, Edu, Guzan, Hejduk, Jaqua, Johnson, Lewis, Orozco, Pearce, Spector, Wolff
Referee K Bassaras (Greece)Graham Lister's Preview
Capello Calls for Bulldog Spirit
Howard Expects England's Best
Rooney Needs to Be More Selfish
All Quiet on the England Front
Donovan: American Great of Great Failure?
It is simply not true to suggest that Chelsea came away from Moscow last week without a title appended to their name. For their behaviour before, during and after the Champions League final, those who run the place made a bold attempt to have their club installed as Britain's most hated sporting institution.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Another exiting weekend of MLS action; The Chicago Fire comprehensively dismantled the New York RedBull, The Jewel of MLS laid claim to the top spot in the West, DC United reclaimed a measure of dignity by beating Toronoto FC after losing to them on Wednesday and New England continued its rehabilitation. As usual the league is wide open and nothing much should be read into these results.
Fire Destroy Red Bull, send message to former coach.
MLS Saturday Roundup
Wonder Goal for Goldenballs Video
The Bruce wants back in.
MLS Power Rankings
When the U.S. men's national team squares off against England on Wednesday, it will mark the beginning of perhaps the most daunting stretch of friendly games the U.S. has ever undertaken. A matchup against host Spain in Santander will follow on June 4, with a home match against Argentina finishing off the run on June 8; all so the Americans can be in peak form for their World Cup qualifying series against Barbados one week later.
U.S. men's schedule:
U.S. vs. England
Wembley Stadium, London
3 p.m. ET, ESPN Classic
U.S. vs. Spain
Estadio El Sardinero, Santander, Spain
4 p.m. ET, ESPN2, ESPN360
Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN Classic
West Brom fans after a fan had his marriage proposal accepted by his girlfriend during half-time v Scunthorpe.
"Does your livestock know you're here?"
Colchester fans to Norwich.
"Does your butler know you're here?"
West Ham to Fulham fans.
"There is a no-smoking policy in all parts of the Layer Road ground. Anyone who is caught smoking will be taken away, strapped to an electric chair and electrocuted until they are dead. Thank you."
Colchester announcer at half-time against Leicester.
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