Friday, July 24, 2009
The United States and Mexico will meet in the 2009 Gold Cup final on Sunday, July 26th, 2009. This marks the third time these two rivals will have played each other for the CONCACAF crown.
Match is this Sunday on Fox Soccer Channel at 3pm EDT.
As we approach 2010, Goal.com's Sulmaan Ahmad selects his Premier League best XI from the past decade...
As we approach 2010, Goal.com's Greg Ptolomey selects his Scottish Premier League best XI from the past decade...
Maurice Edu believes that Rangers can copy the United States in confounding the odds when they embark on their Champions League campaign this season.
The England midfielder Steven Gerrard was today found not guilty of affray over a brawl he had in a Merseyside bar. Liverpool’s club captain admitted punching Marcus McGee, 34, a businessman, but said he acted in self-defence after a row over the music being played at the Lounge Inn in Southport.
From England scraping through to Italia 90 to a Le Tissier special that didn't go in, we recall half a dozen butterfly effects that changed football's landscape forever.
The Premier League team was impressed by the American youngster during his trial at Everton in March. Arnoux is set to sign a contract with the Liverpool-based club, making him the second American player to join Everton this summer. Midfielder Anton Peterlin also signed earlier this month.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Inter have been in negotiations with Eto'o and his agent for the past few days after Barca had an offer of €45m plus the Cameroon striker for Zlatan Ibrahimovic accepted. Alexander Hleb will also join Inter on loan.
What: Gold Cup semifinal
When: 7:00 ET, Thursday, July 23
Where: Soldier Field; Chicago IL
TV: Fox Soccer Channel and Telefutura
U.S. vs. Honduras hardly a replay
Ives: U.S. faces a familiar foe
As we approach 2010, Goal.com’s KS Leong selects his all-star La Liga XI from the past decade...
No spot for you!
Goal.com’s Cyrus C. Malek explains that Joan Laporta’s callous treatment of Samuel Eto’o this summer crossed an unspoken boundary…
"I do not know anything about the statement made by my coach," Eduardo said.
"It cannot be true. I am completely ready physically.
Le boss goofed
Perfect for Lando...buncha commie bastards...
Can you believe it? Major League Soccer spokesmodel David Beckham has taken something innocent and pure and turned it into something where vicious fan abuse could easily spill over into mindless violence. I couldn't be more proud of him.
Many of the 53,600 fans at the Georgia Dome cheered Onyewu in his debut with AC Milan. After getting a welcome hug from midfielder Clarence Seedorf, Onyewu was announced to replace defender Alessandro Nesta."He introduced himself with a lot of personality," Seerdorf said of his new teammate." He's still trying to fit in, but he's going to be an important player for us."
Some things never change...
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
It was a great experience to see the stars on the field as well as the Special One and Ancelotti. When you think about it, with Cech, Cole, Terry, Essien, Lamps and Drogba it still somewhat feels like Mourinho's team, so it was a bit weird to see him coach the "inferior" team.
It was weird also to see Vieira play so much. He still has the skills but he appears a tad fragile.
There was a fight with Essien decking Vieira in the head on purpose after a bit of a forceful intervention from the Long One.
Anelka was fast and full of skills if a little off on the finishing.
-The French Guy
Back in the days when Chivas USA headed the MLS table, the Red-and-White could have expected multiple berths on the MLS All-Star team. With Chivas USA sputtering down the table, Houston head coach Dominic Kinnear looked elsewhere when he added six players to the MLS All-Star team on Monday. Kyle McCarthy thinks the omission, while somewhat surprising, shows just how far the Goats have fallen.
The Seattle Sounders and D.C. United will meet in the U.S. Open Cup final after winning their semifinals on Tuesday. Seattle got a late equalizer and then beat Houston Dynamo 2-1 after extra time, while D.C. beat the lower-league Rochester Rhinos by the same score.
Oguchi Onyewu, the first U.S.-born player to sign with prestigious Italian club AC Milan, is eager to prove he belongs at football's highest professional level. He'll get a first chance, of sorts, on Wednesday, when AC Milan plays Mexico's Club America in a friendly at the Georgia Dome.
Tough preparations in progress...
Arsenal fans have been hit with more bad news as manager Arsene Wenger revealed to the clubs official website that Eduardo will also miss the start of the new season.
Footage has been released of Liverpool and England footballer Steven Gerrard with friends in a Southport bar.
Sven-Goran Eriksson has insisted he joined Notts County for "the biggest football challenge in my life", not for money – and plans to take the club all the way to the Premier League.
Eriksson, who has signed a five-year contract at Meadow Lane and will work alongside current manager Ian McParland and former England assistant Tord Grip, also revealed he would be moving to live in the Nottingham area.
As we approach 2010, Goal.com's Stefano Federici selects his Lazio best XI from the past decade...
As we approach 2010, Goal.com's Vince Masiello selects his Roma best XI from the past decade.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Two former Rams directors and the director of football have been jailed for taking 'secret commissions' from the debt-ridden club.
The England international allegedly "totally lost it" and launched an attack on Marcus McGee, a 34-year-old businessman, after the victim refused to hand over control of a CD player to the footballer, a jury at Liverpool crown court heard.
The 22 year-old was reportedly crying in pain as he was taken to a nearby hospital in the Hartberg region of Austria by two of the club's medical staff.
As we approach 2010, Goal.com's Alan Dawson selects his Chelsea best XI from the past decade...
No Le Saux...?
As we approach 2010, Goal.com's Graham Lister selects his best Arsenal XI from the past decade...
Sad, but true...
A year before the 1990 World Cup, the U.S. lined up Philip Gyau and Bruce Murray at striker for a qualifier against Guatemala in New Britain, Conn. Ten years later, Jovan Kirovski and Brian McBride were the U.S. forwards. This summer, Jozy Altidore and Charlie Davies are contending for starting roles.
These three sets of strikers illustrate the evolution of the U.S. striker.
Monday, July 20, 2009
"The separation is amicable," says a spokesperson for the couple.
In the opening stages of the 2009 MLS campaign, Chivas USA shocked just about everyone by rising to the top of the table. A recent four-match losing streak sent the Goats plummeting down the Western Conference pecking order, so Kyle McCarthy checks in with Preki and Paulo Nagamura to see why the Goats' form has dipped so precipitously.
Kyle's Player of the Week...
A couple of decades ago when I worked in the West End of London, I used to frequent a little Italian café, sadly no longer in existence, so I could watch the Serie A on their satellite TV.
The main draw for me was a Brazilian midfielder called Toninho Cerezo. One of his compatriots once ingeniously described Cerezo as having the appearance of two little men, one on top of the other, both trying to run in different directions. He could indeed look a little ungainly. But few players have ever run a midfield with so much elegance.
Manchester City were not always a laughing matter. The sneering is a modern phenomenon index linked to the evolving mythology at the Theatre of Dreams.
One of the more startling sights following Chelsea on their pre-season tour of the United States has been the presence of Andrei Shevchenko. He sticks out like a sore thumb. Or rather a bleached beacon. Not least because of the state of his hair. It’s a kind of bouffant throw-back to some past era – complete with dodgy highlights.