Friday, July 22, 2011
Just a month after impressing American coach Bob Bradley at the Gold Cup by earning spots in the starting lineup for of the knockout round matches, Alejandro Bedoya has impressed Ally McCoist and the brass at Glasgow Rangers enough to earn a three-year contract that both sides agreed upon.
Rangers kick off the season on Saturday against Hearts but do not expect McCoist's side to be first when the campaign ends.
The Forecast evaluates the deal between Houston and Portland and sorts through the weekend fixture list.
Off The Ball never rests in its mission to scratch around the underbelly of professional football to find the most bizarre, humorous and inexplicable stories.
This week, Bayern's ultra's issue Manuel Neuer with a restraining order, Thiyab Awana scores the best penalty of all time, Sepp Blatter is voted the "worst villain" of the last decade, a Malaysian Manchester United fan is stripped by Liverpool supporters and Newcastle's new signing Yohan Cabaye is kicked in the teeth.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
On Wednesday, the well-traveled Altidore engineered a transfer to AZ, a Dutch club based in the central city of Alkmaar, and signed a four-year contract with the Eredivisie club.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
After four upsets in the quarter-finals, normal service was resumed in the Copa América as Uruguay beat a limited Peru side 2-0 to reach Sunday's final. Two goals in the space of five minutes in the second half from Luis Suárez were enough for Oscar Washington Tabárez's side to make it through, and their task was made easier when Peru's captain, Juan Vargas, was sent off after 69 minutes.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Peru vs. Uruguay
Principled Peru must stop Uruguay playing their game
And yet here are Peru in the last four.
As it headed home following Japan’s incredible and thrilling victory on penalty kicks, the U.S. shed some tears, pondered what might have been and shared a common message that regularly featured the word “London.”
That city is where the Americans will seek some form of redemption for a World Cup that looked to be theirs when the Olympic women’s soccer tournament begins in a little over 12 months time. And early indications are that largely the same group of players will be in England to seek the only thing that could make Sunday’s loss more palatable: a gold medal.
The scorer of the backheeled penalty which has become a viral hit online is facing possible disciplinary action from the United Arab Emirates Football Association.
Liverpool manager has spent a lot of money on players but it is necessary to compete with Chelsea and Manchester United.
The Republic of Ireland international completed a medical over the weekend and the formality of his signing on Monday on a five-year contract.
Monday, July 18, 2011
The phone-hacking scandal, the Royal Wedding, the death of Osama bin Laden or even a television appearance by Justin Bieber – none of these events or people can compete with the Women's World Cup final. At least not in terms of Twitter use.
AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri's assertion on Wednesday that Riccardo Montolivo "is one for the big stages, one of the best Italian midfielders blessed with great skills and athleticism" will have done little to soothe the discomfort Fiorentina fans have felt about their captain for a long time now. Call it ambivalence, mixed feelings, contradictory perspectives. Or downright disdain.
Amid the sorrow that lingers throughout Japan, perhaps a little joy -- courtesy of the determined women on its World Cup team. They beat the Americans for the title in a riveting final Sunday night, 3-1 on penalty kicks, after coming from behind twice in a 2-2 tie. The star of the shootout was feisty goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori, who made two brilliant saves in the shootout.
Solo: Japan had The Force
Grant Wahl: Three Thoughts
Ann Killion: U.S. women create own legacy
Looking Beyond the World Cup Final
Manchester City's manager, Roberto Mancini, has confirmed that an agreement has been reached with Corinthians for the sale of Carlos Tevez. City turned down a £40m bid from the Brazilian club last week, with City believed to be holding out for £50m for a player who finished as joint top scorer in the Barclays Premier League last season with 20 goals.
However, speaking on the club's pre-season tour of North America, Mancini said: "We have an agreement with Corinthians but Carlos now is still a City player."
Back to Brazil...?
Sam Kelly: If you had a speculative fiver on this semi-final line-up before the tournament started - or even on Saturday morning before the quarter-finals kicked off - then congratulations. A Copa America that's already been full of surprises sprung more on us over the weekend. Not one, not two, not three, but all four of the favourites to go through were eliminated, including both the holders and the hosts.
Jonathan Wilson: There was a total absence of logic in the last eight as Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela made it into the semi-finals -- Argentina and Brazil lead the fall of the Copa América giants.