Friday, November 24, 2017

Record Shopping - Don't Even Think About Bothering Me

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Stuffed

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Puttin' Shrimp On The Barbie

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Some Soccer News for Nov 21, 2017

It's Day 323 of 2017.


The dream of a USL team in a prime section of Chicago is now a plan. By Ryan Ori for the Chicago Tribune.
  • I have no idea how real this idea actually is though. Sounds like they have a lot of hurdles before they could play in 2020 (Which is just over 26 months from now.)

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MINNESOTA UNITED

I saw MNUFC Director of Player Personnel Amos Magee today and he looked me in the eyes and said, "Yes Bruce, I know you think we need to be focused on improving our defense." (Or something like that.) Hahaha. You never know if you are being heard or not. Now I know. I love you Amos.

The first steel beams are going up at Allianz Field today!

Video shot from the "floor" of under-construction Allianz Field:


Jamie Watson is clearly the winner today:


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MLS

REMINDER: In the last du Nord MLS Hot Team Hot List Power Rankings of the regular season this is how our 4 semifinalists ranked:
  • 1 Columbus Crew
  • 2 Toronto
  • 5 Seattle Sounders
  • 8 Houston Dynamo

Previews:
  • Columbus - The Crew knows that TFC being without Altidore and Giovinco will not make the game easier. By Andrew Erickson for the Columbus Dispatch.
  • Toronto - It'll be a battle of hot goalkeepers. By Kurtis Larson for the Toronto Sun.
  • Houston - Three Honduran's lead the team. By Corey Roepken for the Houston Chronicle.
  • Seattle - Can Gustav Svensson bring some of the magic he had in helping Sweden knock Italy out of the World Cup? By Geoff Baker for the Seattle Times.
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My thoughts:
  • Columbus - Expecting a rowdy sold out stadium.
  • Toronto - 2 wins, 1 tie and 3 losses this season without their two star forwards.
  • Houston - Since Oct 1 they have given up 2 goals in 6 games. While scoring 8.
  • Seattle - Have never won a game in Houston.

More Media:

Semifinal Schedule:
1st Leg
-Tue Nov 21
Columbus (#5) v Toronto (#1) - 7pm CT on ESPN
Houston (#10) v Seattle (#7) - 9pm CT on FS1
2nd Leg
-Wed Nov 29
Toronto v Columbus - 6:30pm CT on FS1
-Thu Nov 30
Seattle v Houston - 9:30pm CT on ESPN

Its been a very bad year for scheduling MLS playoff games. By Steven Goff for the Washington Post.

A local steps forward with a plan for a new Crew stadium in Columbus. By Mark Ferenchik for the Columbus Dispatch.

An interview of new New England head coach, and long time USMNT standout, Brad Friedel. By Kristan Hegeage for the Guardian.

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USL

Chris Wehan of Reno 1868 named USL Rookie Of The Year

Sebastien Ibeagha of San Antonio named USL Defender Of The Year

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AMERICANS ABROAD

Christian Pulisic and Dortmund were knocked out of the Champions League today with just 2 points from 5 games. Pulisic was not in uniform, still dealing with some sort of muscle injury.

Omar Gonzalez is not going to let huge disappointment stop him from reaching all of his goals. By Tom Marshall for ESPNFC.

Things are certainly going the right way for a lot of young American players these days. By Brian Sciaretta for American Soccer Now.

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LIGA MX

Liguilla Quarterfinals 1st Leg Schedule:
-Wed Nov 22
Toluca-5 v Morelia-4 - 7:30 CT
Leon-7 v Tigres-2 - 9:30 CT
-Thu Nov 23
Cruz Azul-6 v America-3 - 7:30 CT
Atlas-8 v Monterrey-1 - 9:30 CT

2nd Leg:
-Sat Nov 25
Tigres v Leon - 7:00 CT
Morelia v Toluca - 9:00 CT
-Sun Nov 26
Monterrey v Atlas - 6:00 CT
America v Cruz Azul - 8:00 CT
(pairings are re-seeded each round)

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MEXICO - COPA MX

Semifinals Schedule:
-Tue Nov 21 Atlante v Pachuca

Final
-Date TBA
Monterrey v Atlante/Pachuca winner

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COPA LIBERTADORES

Final Schedule:
1st Leg
-Wed Nov 22
Gremio v Lanus
2nd Leg
-Wed Nov 29
Lanus v Gremio

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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE - GROUP STAGE

Besiktas (beating Porto, Leipzig + Monaco to the #1 seed in G) and Real Madrid are on to the next round!

  • ADVANCED: Bayern, Besiktas, Manchester City, PSG, Real Madrid, Tottenham
  • OUT: Anderlecht, APOEL, Celtic, Dortmund, Feyenoord, Maribor, Monaco

Matchday 6
-Tue Dec 5 + Wed Dec 6
Round of 16 Draw
-Mon Dec 11

M5 Schedule:
-Tue Nov 21
Spartak Moskova 1-1 Maribor - E
Sevilla 3-3 Liverpool - E
Napoli 3-0 Shakhtar Donetsk - F
Man City 1-0 Feyenoord - F
Besiktas 1-1 Porto - G
Monaco 1-4 Leipzig - G
Dortmund 1-2 Tottenham - H
Apoel 0-6 Real Madrid - H
-Wed Nov 22
CSKA Moskova v Benfica - A - 11:00am CT on ESPN3
Basel v Man United - A - 1:45pm CT on FS2
PSG v Celtic - B - 1:45pm CT on ESPN3
Anderlecht v Bayern - B - 1:45pm CT on ESPN3
Qarabag v Chelsea - C - 11:00am CT on ESPN3
Atletico Madrid v Roma - C - 1:45pm CT on ESPN3
Sporting CP v Olympiacos - D - 1:45pm CT on ESPN3
Juventus v Barcelona - D - 1:45pm CT on FS1

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BIG TEAMS + GAMES IN EUROPES TOP LEAGUES

-Sat Nov 21
Levante v Atletico Madrid
Valencia v Barcelona
Monchengladbach v Bayern
Liverpool v Chelsea
Dortmund v Schalke
Cagliari v Internazionale
Leipzig v Werder Bremen
Man United v Brighton + Hove
Real Madrid v Malaga
Tottenham v West Brom
-Sun Nov 22
Burnley v Arsenal
Juventus v Crotone
Huddersfield v Man City
Marsielle v Guingamp
Milan v Torino
Monaco v PSG
Udinese v Napoli
Genoa v Roma



The Bird Is The Word

Monday, November 20, 2017

Some Soccer News for Nov 20, 2017

It's Day 322 of 2017.


It will be very interesting to see who Portland Timbers hire as their new head coach. This has to be one of the Top 5 primo jobs in the league. I think this will tell us a lot about the leadership of the owners.

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Its worse than we thought! The first of the FIFA bribery scandal trials is unearthing/corroborating an extensive amount of unsavory bullshit. By Graham Dunbar and Rob Harris for AP.
  • Testimony: "22 FIFA executive committee voters took million-dollar bribes to support Qatar."
  • Sadness: "Jorge Delhon (Argentine government) killed himself (by walking in front of a train) hours after the court was told he took millions in bribes."
One guy even kept accurate records of the bribery. By Ron Blum for AP.
  • "including a pair of payments labeled Q2022"

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Christian Pulisic, wonder boy, does an interview. By Jack Pitt-Brooke for the Independent.

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MLS

Tuesday night - big night. I will be at Town Hall Brewery in Seven Corners, Minneapolis.

Match previews from the Armchair Analyst. By Matt Doyle for MLS.

Previews: They've had 2 weeks to prepare for 2 or 3 games. By Brian Straus for Sports Illustrated.

When Houston first signed centerback Phillpe Senderos I like many others snickered. He had the reputation as a bumbler. And we figured he was over the hill. But he has been a force down the stretch for the Dynamo. By Ben Valentine for Goal.

Semifinal Schedule:
1st Leg
-Tue Nov 21
Columbus (#5) v Toronto (#1) - 7pm CT on ESPN
Houston (#10) v Seattle (#7) - 9pm CT on FS1
2nd Leg
-Wed Nov 29
Toronto v Columbus - 6:30pm CT on FS1
-Thu Nov 30
Seattle v Houston - 9:30pm CT on ESPN

No one in MLS has currently coached the same team longer than Peter Vermes at Kansas City. By Sam Kovan for MLS.

Centerback Joao Meira will not sign a new deal with Chicago for next season. Replacing him will be a big key to the off season.

David Villa is very happy with his decision to move to America and play for NYC. By for ESPNFC.
  • "it was more than three years ago when I made the decision to come here and every day I am more convinced that it was the right decision."

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USL

Diego Restrepo of San Antonio named USL Goalkeeper Of The Year

Mark Briggs of Real Monarchs named USL Coach Of The Year

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NWSL

Today the league closed down FC Kansas City and transferred all players to the new club in Salt Lake City.

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AMERICANS ABROAD

Jonathan Gonzalez went the full 90 for Monterrey on Saturday night as they claimed the #1 seed for Liga MX Liguilla. He has had one helluva debut season.

Shaquille Moore got his 1st start for Levante on Sunday, playing right fullback. He went the full 90 and they won 0-2 at Las Palmas. Fantastic for him.

DeAndre Yedlin set up the games first goal for Newcastle, but then Manchester United rattled off 4 straight. Oof.

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LIGA MX

A review of the 5 top story lines from the last week of the Apertura. By Tom Marshall for ESPNFC.

The Last Round Of Apertura Season.

Final Standings:
IN-37 Monterrey
IN-32 Tigres
IN-30 America
IN-29 Morelia (+8)
IN-29 Toluca (+3)
IN-27 Cruz Azul
IN-26 Leon
IN-25 Atlas
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OUT-24 Necaxa
OUT-23 Lobos
OUT-21 Tijuana
OUT-19 Pachuca
OUT-18 Guadalajara (-2)
OUT-18 Santos Laguna (-3)
OUT-16 Puebla (-6)
OUT-16 Queretaro (-8)
OUT-15 Veracruz
OUT-12 Pumas

Liga MX final round Results:
Puebla 0-1 Lobos
Atlas 1-1 Pachuca
Cruz Azul 1-0 Veracruz
Quertaro 1-1 Pumas
Monterrey 2-0 Tigres
Leon 0-2 Guadalajara
Necaxa 1-2 Morelia
Toluca 3-1 Tijuana
Santos Laguna 0-1 America

Liguilla Quarterfinals 1st Leg Schedule:
-Wed Nov 22
Toluca-5 v Morelia-4 - 7:30 CT
Leon-7 v Tigres-2 - 9:30 CT
-Thu Nov 23
Cruz Azul-6 v America-3 - 7:30 CT
Atlas-8 v Monterrey-1 - 9:30 CT

2nd Leg:
-Sat Nov 25
Tigres v Leon - 7:00 CT
Morelia v Toluca - 9:00 CT
-Sun Nov 26
Monterrey v Atlas - 6:00 CT
America v Cruz Azul - 8:00 CT
(pairings are re-seeded each round)

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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE - GROUP STAGE

  • ADVANCED: Tottenham, Manchester City, PSG, Bayern
  • OUT: Feyenoord, Celtic, Anderlecht

Matchday 6
  • Tue Dec 5 + Wed Dec 6
Round of 16 Draw
  • Mon Dec 11

M5 Schedule:
-Tue Nov 21
Spartak Moskova v Maribor - E - 11:00am CT on ESPN3
Sevilla v Liverpool - E - 1:45pm CT on ESPN3
Napoli v Shakhtar Donetsk - F - 1:45pm CT on ESPN3
Man City v Feyenoord - F - 1:45pm CT on ESPN3
Besiktas v Porto - G - 11:00am CT on FS2
Monaco v Leipzig - G - 1:45pm CT on ESPN3
Dortmund v Tottenham - H - 1:45pm CT on FS2
Apoel v Real Madrid - H - 1:45pm CT on FS1
-Wed Nov 22
CSKA Moskova v Benfica - A - 11:00am CT on ESPN3
Basel v Man United - A - 1:45pm CT on FS2
PSG v Celtic - B - 1:45pm CT on ESPN3
Anderlecht v Bayern - B - 1:45pm CT on ESPN3
Qarabag v Chelsea - C - 11:00am CT on ESPN3
Atletico Madrid v Roma - C - 1:45pm CT on ESPN3
Sporting CP v Olympiacos - D - 1:45pm CT on ESPN3
Juventus v Barcelona - D - 1:45pm CT on FS1

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EUROPEAN NEWS

I think the Dortmund head coach Peter Bosz has to be in his last legs with the club. After a fast and prosperous start to the 17/18 season they lost again this weekend and are now sitting on 2 wins in the last 10 games in all competitions (and 1 of those was against 3rd division team in the league cup.)

The president of the Italian FA has resigned today after they failed to qualify for the Mens World Cup. The same should have happened in the USA.

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BIG TEAMS + GAMES IN EUROPES TOP LEAGUES

4 biggies got beat - a rare occurrence:
  • Dortmund lost yet again.
  • Tottenham lost to another big team.
  • Milan lost to another big team.
  • Juventus lost.

Schedule:
-Fri Nov 17
Stuttgart 2-1 Dortmund
Amiens 1-1 Monaco
-Sat Nov 18
Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham
Atletico Madrid 0-0 Real Madrid
Bayern 3-0 Augsburg
Leganes 0-3 Barcelona
West Brom 0-4 Chelsea
Leverkusen 2-2 Leipzig
Liverpool 3-0 Southampton
Leicester 0-2 Man City
Man United 4-1 Newcastle
Napoli 2-1 Milan
PSG 4-1 Nantes
Roma 2-1 Lazio
-Sun Nov 19
Inter 2-0 Atalanta
Sampdoria 3-2 Juventus
Bordeaux 1-1 Marsielle
Schalke 2-0 Hamburger
Espanyol 0-2 Valencia



The Bird Is The Word

Friday, November 17, 2017

Some Soccer News for Nov 17, 2017

It's Day 319 of 2017.


Li Yonghong stepped forth with lots of money to save AC Milan from a terrible financial situation. It turns out he probably doesn't have the money either. And things are getting very messy - literally. From the New York Times.

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Has the World Cup money machine gone too far? By Barney Ronay for the Guardian.

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A friend from Puerto Rico (now a soccer coach) is trying to build a database of all current soccer players in the world with a Puerto Rican background. Please help spread this around.

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MLS

Caleb Porter has walked away from Portland Timbers. He has been the head coach since 2013. By Jamie Goldberg for the Oregonian.

Christian Roldan of Seattle Sounders moves up the ladder toward MLS star. By Matt Pentz for ESPNFC.

Why does Earnie Stewart keep supporting head coach Jim Curtin in Philadelphia? By Jonathan Tannenwald for Philly.com.
  • Hint: Its a fairly weak answer.

With no Altidore + Giovinco in the 1st Leg Toronto will need Victor Vazquez to step up. By Jeff Rueter for ESPN.

Semifinal Schedule:
1st Leg
-Tue Nov 21
Columbus (#5) v Toronto (#1) - 7pm CT on ESPN
Houston (#10) v Seattle (#7) - 9pm CT on FS1
2nd Leg
-Wed Nov 29
Toronto v Columbus - 6:30pm CT on FS1
-Thu Nov 30
Seattle v Houston - 9:30pm CT on ESPN

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Lemon Scented: du Nord Music Mix Vol 147 (download + extract)

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AMERICANS ABROAD

Who is this latest teen sensation Josh Sargent? By Charles Boehm for Four Four Two.

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LIGA MX

This will be the last round Of Apertura season.

  • IN PLAYOFFS - Monterrey, Tigres, America
  • OUT OF PLAYOFFS - Queretaro, Pumas, Veracruz, Guadalajara, Puebla, Santos Laguna, Pachuca, Lobos

Standings (1 round remaining):
IN-34 Monterrey (+15)
IN-32 Tigres (+14)
IN-27 America (+4)
26 Morelia (+7)
26 Leon (+6)
26 Toluca (+1)
24 Necaxa (+5)
24 Atlas (+4)
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24 Cruz Azul (-1)
21 Tijuana (-4)
OUT-20 Lobos
OUT-18 Pachuca
OUT-18 Santos Laguna
OUT-16 Puebla
OUT-15 Guadalajara (-4)
OUT-15 Queretaro (-8)
OUT-14 Veracruz
OUT-12 Pumas

All Liga MX final round games on TV:
(only 2 of the 9 games have NO playoff implications)
-Fri Nov 17
NO IMPL - Puebla v Lobos - 6:30 CT on UniDep
Atlas v Pachuca - 9:00 CT on UniDep
-Sat Nov 18
Cruz Azul v Veracruz - 5:00 CT on UniDep
NO IMPL - Quertaro v Pumas - 5:00 CT on Gala
Monterrey v Tigres - 7:00 CT on Univ
Leon v Guadalajara - 7:00 CT on Gala
Necaxa v Morelia - 8:00 CT on UniDep
-Sun Nov 19
Toluca v Tijuana - 11:30 CT on Univ
Santos Laguna v America - 6:00 CT on UniDep

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EUROPEAN NEWS

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend. From the Guardian.

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BIG TEAMS + GAMES IN EUROPES TOP LEAGUES

Schedule:
-Fri Nov 17
Stuttgart v Dortmund
Amiens v Monaco
-Sat Nov 18
Arsenal v Tottenham
Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid
Bayern v Augsburg
Leganes v Barcelona
West Brom v Chelsea
Leverkusen v Leipzig
Liverpool v Southampton
Leicester v Man City
Man United v Newcastle
Napoli v Milan
PSG v Nantes
Roma v Lazio
-Sun Nov 19
Inter v Atalanta
Sampdoria v Juventus
Bordeaux v Marsielle
Schalke v Hamburger
Espanyol v Valencia



The Bird Is The Word

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Some Soccer News for Nov 16, 2017

It's Day 318 of 2017.


Columbus Crew ownership, MLS, and Columbus city leaders met on Wednesday and could not find any common ground to keep the team in Columbus. By Andrew Erickson for the Columbus Dispatch.
  • The city is very unhappy with how it went down. Team ownership says the city brought nothing to the table.
  • Its just keeps getting uglier:

  • The home playoff game next week is supposedly sold out.

This is what I think is going on in Columbus:
  • It seems like it comes down to corporate sponsorship and ticket sales.
  • And owner Anthony Precourt seems to be convinced that sponsorship dollars & ticket sales are maxed out in Columbus, and have a big upside in Austin.

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CONCACAF

As if the CONCACAF Gold Cup wasn't hard enough to take serious, CONCACAF will announce another confederation tournament called the Nations League. By Simon Evans for Reuters.
  • Great for the small and medium teams, not so hot for the big teams.

From Brian Straus: "None of the top 10 CONCACAF WCQ scorers are going to the World Cup."

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WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

Peru is the last team in!
  • They join Australia, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Sweden, Switzerland, and Tunisia in the World Cup next summer.

Final elimination rounds Results:

-Wed Nov 15
Peru 2-0 New Zealand

The World Cup Group Stage draw will be held on Fri Dec 1.

The 32 World Cup Teams:
  • CAF (5): Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia
  • AFC (5): Australia, Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea
  • CONCACAF (3): Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama
  • CONMEBOL (5): Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay
  • UEFA (14): Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden

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A friend from Puerto Rico (now a soccer coach) is trying to build a database of all current soccer players in the world with a Puerto Rican background. Please help spread this around.

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Lemon Scented: du Nord Music Mix Vol 147 (download + extract)

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MINNESOTA UNITED

Michael Boxall and New Zealand were eliminated from World Cup qualifying last night by Peru.

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MLS

Clint Dempsey has agreed to a new 1 year contract with Seattle Sounders.

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Tim Melia of Sporting Kansas City named MLS Goalkeeper Of The Year

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USL

Its official - North Carolina has left NASL to join USL for the 2018 season.

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NWSL

Real Salt Lake will launch a team for next season.
  • Rumor has it that they bought FC Kansas City, but there has been no official word on that.

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US SOCCER

"The US Soccer Presidential Election will take place on Sat Feb 10, in the morning."

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AMERICANS ABROAD

Jonathan Gonzalez started for Monterrey last night in the Copa MX Semifinals, but he was taken off on a stretcher in the 58th minute with an unknown leg injury. Monterrey won on PKS. He will need to recover quickly as Liga MX playoffs begin next week.

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LIGA MX

1 Round Left in Apertura Liguilla Race:
  • IN - Monterrey, Tigres, America
  • OUT - Queretaro, Pumas, Veracruz, Guadalajara, Puebla, Santos Laguna, Pachuca, Lobos

Standings (1 round remaining):
IN-34 Monterrey (+15)
IN-32 Tigres (+14)
IN-27 America (+4)
26 Morelia (+7)
26 Leon (+6)
26 Toluca (+1)
24 Necaxa (+5)
24 Atlas (+4)
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24 Cruz Azul (-1)
21 Tijuana (-4)
OUT-20 Lobos
OUT-18 Pachuca
OUT-18 Santos Laguna
OUT-16 Puebla
OUT-15 Guadalajara (-4)
OUT-15 Queretaro (-8)
OUT-14 Veracruz
OUT-12 Pumas

All Liga MX final round games on TV:
(only 2 games have NO playoff implications)
-Fri Nov 17
NO IMPL - Puebla v Lobos - 6:30 CT on UniDep
Atlas v Pachuca - 9:00 CT on UniDep
-Sat Nov 18
Cruz Azul v Veracruz - 5:00 CT on UniDep
NO IMPL - Quertaro v Pumas - 5:00 CT on Gala
Monterrey v Tigres - 7:00 CT on Univ
Leon v Guadalajara - 7:00 CT on Gala
Necaxa v Morelia - 8:00 CT on UniDep
-Sun Nov 19
Toluca v Tijuana - 11:30 CT on Univ
Santos Laguna v America - 6:00 CT on UniDep

Apertura top 5 goal scorers:
  • 11 Mauro Boselli - Leon
  • 10 Aviles Hurtado - Monterrey
  • 9 Julio Furch - Santos Laguna
  • 9 Julian Quinones - Lobos
  • 9 Enner Valencia - Tigres

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MEXICO - COPA MX

Monterrey heads to the final after beating America on Penalty Kicks. America's PKs were a regular clown show.

Semifinals Schedule:
-Wed Nov 15
Monterrey 0-0 America - Mon adv 3-0 on Penalty Kicks
-Tue Nov 21
Atlante v Pachuca

Final
-Date TBA
Monterrey v Atlante/Pachuca winner

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BIG TEAMS + GAMES IN EUROPES TOP LEAGUES

Schedule:
-Fri Nov 17
Stuttgart v Dortmund
Amiens v Monaco
-Sat Nov 18
Arsenal v Tottenham
Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid
Bayern v Augsburg
Leganes v Barcelona
West Brom v Chelsea
Leverkusen v Leipzig
Liverpool v Southampton
Leicester v Man City
Man United v Newcastle
Napoli v Milan
PSG v Nantes
Roma v Lazio
-Sun Nov 19 Inter v Atalanta
Sampdoria v Juventus
Bordeaux v Marsielle
Schalke v Hamburger
Espanyol v Valencia



The Bird Is The Word

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Some Soccer News for Nov 15, 2017

It's Day 317 of 2017.


Briana Scurry will be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Huge congrats to her.

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The LAFC expansion draft is coming on Tue Dec 12: "Clubs may protect up to 11 players. LAFC may select up to 5 players. Only 1 player can be drafted from a club."

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USMNT

My USMNT Notes:
  • I know most of you didn't care, much less watch. So I am your surrogate. I always care and always watch. If you feel that makes me an idiot, well I don't think its anywhere near the top of the list of what makes me an idiot.
  • I will take a tie score against #3 ranked Portugal.
  • USA created 7 or 8 solid chances.
  • Weston McKennie was the best player for the USA.
  • McKennie scored a great goal in the 21st min. With a nice move past a defender and a great low near post strike that fooled the keeper.
  • Tyler Adams, while good, was not nearly as fast or quick as I thought he was.
  • Ethan Horvath with a horrendous botch that allowed the Port-u-goal.
  • Cameron Carter-Vickers was strong at the back.
  • The USA defense allowed only a couple clear/clean chances for Port.
  • Both teams traded sustained pressure. Entertaining to watch.
  • Danny Williams was the USA captain, but was not very impressive, again. (OK, he was fine, but like I said, not impressive.)
  • Kellyn Acosta had his best game for the USA since Mexico City in June. He didn't have a great season in MLS or many other strong showings with the USA in 2017.
  • Good Game: Brooks, Carter-Vickers, Lichaj, McKennie, Acosta
  • OK Game: Hamid, Yedlin, Miazga, Villafana, Williams, Adams, Bedoya, Agudelo, Gooch, Sapong, Dwyer
  • Bad Game: Horvath
  • For Portugal - I thought 23 year old forward Goncalo Paciencia looked great. Poised and powerful. He is currently on loan from Porto to Vitoria.

Media:

Friendly Schedule:
-Tue Nov 14
Portugal 1-1 USA - USA goal by Weston McKennie.
Estadio Dr. Magalhaes Pessoa, Leiria

Game highlights:


USA Roster
  • G: Jesse Gonzalez - Dallas, Bill Hamid - Midtjylland, Ethan Horvath - Club Brugge
  • D: John Brooks - Wolfsburg, Cameron Carter-Vickers - Sheffield United, Eric Lichaj - Nottingham Forest, Matt Miazga - Vitesse, Tim Ream - Fulham, Jorge Villafana - Santos Laguna, DeAndre Yedlin - Newcastle United
  • M: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Tyler Adams - New York Red Bulls, Alejandro Bedoya - Philadelphia Union, Lynden Gooch - Sunderland, Weston McKennie - Schalke, Kelyn Rowe - New England Revolution, Danny Williams - Huddersfield
  • F: Juan Agudelo - New England Revolution, Dom Dwyer - Orlando City, CJ Sapong - Philadelphia Union, Josh Sargent - St. Louis Scott Gallagher
  • C: Dave Sarachan

Some people are very very upset that Bruce Arena was on Fox Sports yesterday as a pre and post game analyst. I honestly don't care either way. I always like to hear him speak. But many do not want him to come out of a deep dark cave for a very long time. I understand that.

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WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

If you think people in the USA are pissed off about missing the World Cup next summer you should see the inferno raging in Italy. By Rory Smith for the New York Times.

Australia + Denmark advance while Honduras + Ireland recede.

Australia, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Sweden, Switzerland, and Tunisia have qualified for the World Cup.
  • Only 1 spot left that will be filled on Wed night.

Final elimination rounds Schedule/Results:

Inter-Federation
2nd Leg
-Wed Nov 15
Australia 3-1 Honduras Aus advances to WC 3-1 on agg.
Peru v New Zealand (0-0) - 8:15pm CT on beIN

UEFA
-Swi qualifies for World Cup
-Cro qualifies for World Cup
-Swe qualifies for World Cup
-Tue Nov 14
Ireland 1-5 Denmark Den advances to WC 5-1 on agg.

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The owners of FC Cincinnati have said they will pay for their new stadium in full, but are asking the city to upgrade roads and infrastructure around the stadium. By Paul Daugherty for the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Lemon Scented: du Nord Music Mix Vol 147 (download + extract)

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MLS PLAYOFFS - SEMIFINALS

Toronto tried to appeal the red card suspension of Jozy Altidore from the 1st Leg of the Semifinals and were denied. As it should be.

Games return next Tuesday.

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MLS

Atlanta United will have their own USL team next season, playing out of a baseball stadium in Gwinnett county (northeast of Atlanta.)

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USL

Harrisburg City Islanders has a new name and image - Penn FC.
  • The logo is a bit confusing. Is that a P? An R?.
  • There is also a new component to the team owners ship with worldwide youth academy Rush Soccer buying a piece of the team.

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MEXICO - COPA MX

Semifinals Schedule:
-Wed Nov 15
Monterrey v America - 6:30pm CT on UniDeportes
-Tue Nov 21
Atlante v Pachuca



The Bird Is The Word

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Some Soccer News for Nov 14, 2017

It's Day 316 of 2017.


Huge congrats to Louisville City on winning the USL Championship last night.

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El Chelis is back baby! He was at Chivas USA. And now the new head coach of Las Vegas Lights! Ka-boom!
  • What makes him so special you ask? One time he compared coaching to sticking his head in a barrel of feces. Sweet!

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These 6 countries are going to the NIT next summer:
  • Chile
  • Cote D'Ivoire
  • Ghana
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • USA

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USMNT

What might we see today as the USA takes on Portugal? By Brian Straus for Sports Illustrated.

There are a lot of things that can be accomplished in a game like this. By Matt Doyle for MLS.

Friendly Schedule:
-Tue Nov 14
Portugal v USA - 2:45pm CT on FS1
Estadio Dr. Magalhaes Pessoa, Leiria

USA Roster
  • G: Jesse Gonzalez - Dallas, Bill Hamid - Midtjylland, Ethan Horvath - Club Brugge
  • D: John Brooks - Wolfsburg, Cameron Carter-Vickers - Sheffield United, Eric Lichaj - Nottingham Forest, Matt Miazga - Vitesse, Tim Ream - Fulham, Jorge Villafana - Santos Laguna, DeAndre Yedlin - Newcastle United
  • M: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Tyler Adams - New York Red Bulls, Alejandro Bedoya - Philadelphia Union, Lynden Gooch - Sunderland, Weston McKennie - Schalke, Kelyn Rowe - New England Revolution, Danny Williams - Huddersfield
  • F: Juan Agudelo - New England Revolution, Dom Dwyer - Orlando City, CJ Sapong - Philadelphia Union, Josh Sargent - St. Louis Scott Gallagher
  • C: Dave Sarachan

Portugal Roster
  • G: Anthony Lopes - Lyon, Beto - Goztepe, Jose Sa - Porto
  • D: Antunes - Getafe), Edgar Ie - Lille, Kevin Rodrigues - Real Sociedad, Joao Cancelo - Inter, Luis Neto - Fenerbahce, Nelson Semedo - Barcelona, Pepe - Besiktas, Ricardo Ferreira - Braga, Ricardo Pereira - Porto
  • M: Bernardo Silva - Manchester City, Bruno Fernandes - Sporting, Danilo Pereira - Porto, Joao Mario - Inter, Manuel Fernandes - Lokomotiv, Ruben Neves - Wolverhampton
  • F: Andre Silva - Milan, Bruma - Leipzig, Eder - Lokomotiv, Gelson Martins - Sporting, Goncalo Guedes - Valencia, Rony Lopes - Monaco
  • C: Fernando Santos

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WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

3 spots left that will be filled on Tue and Wed.

Final elimination rounds Schedule/Results:

Inter-Federation
1st Honduras (CONCACAF) 0-0 Australia (Asia)
1st New Zealand (Oceania) 0-0 Peru (CONMEBOL)
2nd Leg
-Wed Nov 15
Australia v Honduras
Peru v New Zealand

UEFA
1st Denmark 0-0 Ireland
-Tue Nov 14
Ireland v Denmark (0-0)

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MLS

Brad Freidel has a plan for turning the New England Revs around again. By Kyle McCarthy for the Boston Herald.

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USL FINAL

Schedule:
-Mon Nov 13:
Louisville 1-0 Swope Park
  • Winning goal scored by Cameron Lancaster in the 88th min.

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US SOCCER

As John Lydon once said, "Anger is an energy." The USMNT now needs to take their failure and turn it into fuel. By Steve Davis for Four Four Two.



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Monday, November 13, 2017

Some Soccer News for Nov 13, 2017

It's Day 315 of 2017.


How great is my life? I got to visit the Minnesota United stadium site today and tour the grounds! Work boots - check. Hard hat - check. Bright yellow vest - check. Protective eye wear - check. Got to spread a little concrete for a photo-op. Walked through the dirt and rock, and into the concrete caves forming on the south end where the big trucks will drive in and lots of storage and stadium systems will be housed. Even got a glimpse into where the lockers room will be. Those cranes you can see in the sky are massive! Finally, we were standing right at midfield! Its gonna be glorious.
-Thanks to Nick Rogers and Greg from Mortenson for the tour.



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Hope Solo says former FIFA president Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her backstage at a FIFA awards ceremony. From Reuters.
  • No one doubts that Blatter is a horrible human being, but this is a whole new low for that creep.

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I will be watching Tuesday's USMNT friendly against Portugal at Town Hall in Seven Corners, Minneapolis.
-Tue Nov 14
Portugal v USA - 2:45pm CT
Come and join me if you can.

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Christian Pulisic tells his own story, from how lucky he was to have a European passport, to his obsession with winning. From the Players Tribune.

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WORLD CUP QUALIFYING
Croatia, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Sweden, Switzerland, and Tunisia have qualified for the World Cup.
  • 3 spots left that will be filled on Mon, Tue and Wed.

Italy is OUT of the World Cup for the 1st time since 1958.
  • Do you think the Italian version of the Tinfoil Tweekers are baying for the whole Federation and Serie A to be burned to the ground?

Final elimination rounds Schedule/Results:

Inter-Federation
1st Honduras (CONCACAF) 0-0 Australia (Asia)
1st New Zealand (Oceania) 0-0 Peru (CONMEBOL)
2nd Leg
-Wed Nov 15
Australia v Honduras
Peru v New Zealand

UEFA
1st Northern Ireland 0-1 Switzerland
2nd Switzerland 0-0 Northern Ireland
  • Swi qualifies for World Cup
1st Croatia 4-1 Greece
2nd Greece 0-0 Croatia
  • Cro qualifies for World Cup
1st Sweden 1-0 Italy
2nd Italy 0-0 Sweden
  • Swe qualifies for World Cup.
1st Denmark 0-0 Ireland
-Tue Nov 14
Ireland v Denmark

Africa
Group A
Tunisia 0-0 OUT-Libya
DR Congo 3-1 OUT-Guinea
  1. Tunisia qualifies for World Cup
Group B
  • Nigeria already qualified
Group C
Ivory Coast 0-2 Morocco
  • Morocco qualifies for World Cup
Group D
South Africa 0-2 Senegal
  • Senegal qualifies for World Cup
Group E
  • Egypt already qualified

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NASL FINAL

In their first and probably last season as a team San Francisco Deltas have won the NASL championship. Huge congrats to them.

-Sun Nov 12
San Francisco Deltas 2-0 New York Cosmos

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USL Final tonight - see details below.

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USMNT

Another friendly has been announced:
-Sun Jan 28
USA v Bosnia + Herzegovina - 6:30pm CT on FS1
Stub Hub Center in Carson CA

Friendly Schedule:
-Tue Nov 14
Portugal v USA - 2:45pm CT on FS1
Estadio Dr. Magalhaes Pessoa, Leiria

DeAndre Yedlin finds himself in the role of veteran leader at age 24. By Paul Kennedy for Soccer America.

Who will step forward to claim the #1 goalkeeper position? By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.
  • My guess is that if there was a big game today that Brad Guzan would get the start.

Tyler Adams gets his first look with the USMNT senior team, and he has tremendous momentum behind him from this season with New York Red Bulls. By Brian Sciaretta for American Soccer Now.

Several players will get a chance to make a mark against Portugal tomorrow. By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.

You know that with the USMNT not going to the World Cup people are going to go looking for any positive repercussions they can find. Accelerated youth advancement anyone? By Sam Stejskal for Four Four Two.

USA Roster
  • G: Jesse Gonzalez - Dallas, Bill Hamid - Midtjylland, Ethan Horvath - Club Brugge
  • D: John Brooks - Wolfsburg, Cameron Carter-Vickers - Sheffield United, Eric Lichaj - Nottingham Forest, Matt Miazga - Vitesse, Tim Ream - Fulham, Jorge Villafana - Santos Laguna, DeAndre Yedlin - Newcastle United
  • M: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Tyler Adams - New York Red Bulls, Alejandro Bedoya - Philadelphia Union, Lynden Gooch - Sunderland, Weston McKennie - Schalke, Kelyn Rowe - New England Revolution, Danny Williams - Huddersfield
  • F: Juan Agudelo - New England Revolution, Dom Dwyer - Orlando City, CJ Sapong - Philadelphia Union, Josh Sargent - St. Louis Scott Gallagher
  • C: Dave Sarachan

Portugal Roster
  • G: Anthony Lopes - Lyon, Beto - Goztepe, Jose Sa - Porto
  • D: Antunes - Getafe), Edgar Ie - Lille, Kevin Rodrigues - Real Sociedad, Joao Cancelo - Inter, Luis Neto - Fenerbahce, Nelson Semedo - Barcelona, Pepe - Besiktas, Ricardo Ferreira - Braga, Ricardo Pereira - Porto
  • M: Bernardo Silva - Manchester City, Bruno Fernandes - Sporting, Danilo Pereira - Porto, Joao Mario - Inter, Manuel Fernandes - Lokomotiv, Ruben Neves - Wolverhampton
  • F: Andre Silva - Milan, Bruma - Leipzig, Eder - Lokomotiv, Gelson Martins - Sporting, Goncalo Guedes - Valencia, Rony Lopes - Monaco
  • C: Fernando Santos

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MLS PLAYOFFS - SEMIFINALS

Toronto is hoping to get Jozy Altidore's red card overturned. They blame the whole thing on the Red Bulls. By Kurt Larson for the Toronto Sun.
  • What they seem to forget is that it was Altidore who started the whole mess.

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MINNESOTA UNITED

Michael Boxall and his New Zealand team tied Peru 0-0 in their home leg of their World Cup qualifying series. -Boxall played the full 90 and received a yellow card in the 75th minute. He also used a bicycle kick to clear a ball off their goal line.
1st Leg
-Sat Nov 11
New Zealand (Oceania) 0-0 Peru (CONMEBOL)
2nd Leg
-Wed Nov 15
Peru v New Zealand

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USL FINAL

Schedule:
-Mon Nov 13:
Louisville v Swope Park - 8:00pm CT on ESPNU

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SOUTH AMERICA

Brazil has a no-name no-nonsense coach bringing them back to prominence, and his name in Tite (pronounced CHEE-chay). By Jon Cotterill for the Guardian.



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