Friday, July 24, 2009

Friday MLS Forecast: Week Nineteen

The Forecast tips its hat to Seattle and D.C. United for their efforts to drum up interest in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup before proceeding to the Week Nineteen slate.

CONCACAF Gold Cup Final Preview: United States vs. Mexico

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.

Premier League Team Of The Decade 2000-2010

As we approach 2010,'s Sulmaan Ahmad selects his Premier League best XI from the past decade...

Scottish Premier League Team Of The Decade 2000-2010

As we approach 2010,'s Greg Ptolomey selects his Scottish Premier League best XI from the past decade...

Maurice Edu expects Rangers to spring surprise in Europe

Maurice Edu believes that Rangers can copy the United States in confounding the odds when they embark on their Champions League campaign this season.

Steven Gerrard found not guilty of affray

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.

The Joy of Six: Footballing What Ifs

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.

Wake Forest's Arnoux set to sign with Everton

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.

COCACAF Gold Cup: Semifinal Reports

United States 2 - 0 Honduras

Holden pushes U.S. to final
Carlisle: Understrength U.S. perseveres
Winners & Losers
Player Ratings

Mexico 1 - 1 Costa Rica

El Tri advance on penalties
Player Ratings

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Friday's Rumours



Adebayor blames fans for Arsenal departure

Adebayor said: ''The way the fans behaved towards me was not nice at all. I can't understand why they were after me. I did my best for them and I was very happy there.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Eto'o agrees personal terms for Inter move

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.

Gold Cup Semifinal Preview: United States vs. Honduras

What: Gold Cup semifinal
: 7:00 ET, Thursday, July 23
: Soldier Field; Chicago IL
Fox Soccer Channel and Telefutura


U.S. vs. Honduras hardly a replay

Ives: U.S. faces a familiar foe

Gold Cup Semifinal Preview: Mexico vs. Costa Rica

Gold Cup Semifinal
10 p.m. ET, Thursday, July 23
Where: Soldier Field, Chicago
TV: Univision


Serie A Team Of The Decade 2000-2010

As we approach 2010,'s Adam Scime selects his Serie A best XI from the past decade...

No spot for you!

La Liga Team Of The Decade 2000-2010

As we approach 2010,’s KS Leong selects his all-star La Liga XI from the past decade...

No spot for you!

Spanish Inquisition: The Mistreatment Of Samuel Eto’o’s Cyrus C. Malek explains that Joan Laporta’s callous treatment of Samuel Eto’o this summer crossed an unspoken boundary…

Arsenal Striker Eduardo: I Am Not Injured

"I do not know anything about the statement made by my coach," Eduardo said.

"It cannot be true. I am completely ready physically.

Oh, wait!

Le boss goofed

Quick Kicks: Jozy Altidore, USA And Villarreal

Altidore sat with for an exclusive interview and answered the Quick Kicks questions.

Dream Car: Bentley coupe, either white with black rims or black on black.

Agent Confirms Livorno Interest In Donovan And Clark

The news of Livorno’s interest in Donovan, the U.S. National Team’s all-time leading scorer, emerged on Tuesday when club president Aldo Spinelli claimed he was preparing a bid. He is looking to bolster his attacking corps, which currently includes former Italy international Cristiano Lucarelli and veteran Francesco Tavano. Questions linger whether the small Tuscan side has the financial capabilities to wrest Donovan from MLS, given the striker’s raised profile after a strong performance at the Confederations Cup.

Perfect for Lando...buncha commie bastards...

Marina Hyde: The Beckham Experiment? Job Done

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.

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Thursday's Rumours


AC Milan 1 - 2 América: Onyewu Debut

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...

Cole wants City to nudge Gunners out of top four

They may gel, click, straight away and it's magic. But we can't really say until we see them play. I hope they do it. I have friends there and I hope they do really well - and that they finish above Arsenal.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

SSN Match Report: Inter vs. Chelski @ the Rose Bowl

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

McCarthy's Musings: All-Star Snub Underlines Chivas USA's Decline

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.

Seattle, D.C. United into US Open Cup final

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.

Onyewu prepares for first game with AC Milan

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...

Eduardo Will Be Back For Arsenal In Two Months - Arsene Wenger

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.

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Wednesday's Rumours


CCTV footage of alleged assault involving Steven Gerrard

Footage has been released of Liverpool and England footballer Steven Gerrard with friends in a Southport bar.

I'm at Notts County for the challenge not money, says Sven-Goran Eriksson

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.

Lazio Team Of The Decade 2000-2010

As we approach 2010,'s Stefano Federici selects his Lazio best XI from the past decade...

Roma Team Of The Decade 2000-2010

As we approach 2010,'s Vince Masiello selects his Roma best XI from the past decade.

Porto find success as a stepping stone

Like nearly all Portuguese clubs, FC Porto have been struggling under the millstone of debt but, remarkably, the side who have won the league for the past four years have continued to develop despite a transfer policy that sees them sell their best players almost every season. Since Jose Mourinho brought the UEFA Champions League title to Portugal in 2003-04, the club have raised an incredible €300m from a succession of top quality internationals who have sought to further their careers at some of Europe's top clubs.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Four men sentenced to prison for Derby County fraud

Two former Rams directors and the director of football have been jailed for taking 'secret commissions' from the debt-ridden club.

Steven Gerrard 'punched victim with speed of a professional boxer'

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.

Samir Nasri Out For Three Months With Broken Fibula

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.

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Tuesday's Rumours



Chelsea Team Of The Decade 2000-2010

As we approach 2010,'s Alan Dawson selects his Chelsea best XI from the past decade...

No Le Saux...?

Arsenal Team Of The Decade 2000-2010

As we approach 2010,'s Graham Lister selects his best Arsenal XI from the past decade...

Sad, but true...

Dell'Apa: Davies and Altidore highlight the new breed of U.S. striker

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

Bianca Kajlich and Soccer Star Landon Donovan Split

"The separation is amicable," says a spokesperson for the couple.

Monday MLS Breakdown: Chivas USA Seeks Return To Form

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...

Tim Vickery in South America

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's lack of credibility making the pressure on Mark Hughes more absurd

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.

Surely Andrei Shevchenko’s hair won’t save him from Chelsea chop?

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.