Daily Archives: August 7, 2009

New Tabs: American’s Abroad

Due to the overwhelming response that people want to hear more about Americans playing outside the US I’ve added a new link to the top of the blog that lists all of the players and where they play.  If anyone knows someone I missed or if someones information is wrong please leave a comment.  Hope you like it…

Update: I’ve also added a separate tab that lists all of the goals scored and clean sheets by American players abroad that is made by bigsoccer.com member ZACicker. Tell me if you like these new additions and if there is anything else you would like to see in a Tab…

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Toronto FC 1- Real Madrid 5

real-madrid-vs-toronto-fc-live-streamReal Madrid’s new stars were all on show in their impressive 5-1 win over Toronto FC.  Goals were scored by Raul at 13′ and 26′, Ronaldo at 18′, Benzema at 65′, and Robben at 85′ for Madrid. For Toronto the lone goal was scored by Gala at 75′.  Kaka was all over the field while he was in taking a few shots and Xabi Alonso subbed in early in the second half for Ronaldo.

There was a FK from the top of the box for Madrid late in the first half that Ronaldo lined up to take and the crowd got very excited with camera flashes going off all over.  Much to the dismay of the fans an other Madrid player, Guti, standing right next to the ball crept up and tried to sneak one in unsuccessfully while all attention was on Ronaldo.  Needless to say the crowd was very unhappy. The Ronaldo goal was not too impressive and probably should have been saved but the crowd was very pleased to see a Ronaldo goal anyway…

Later in the game Ronaldo was chasing down a lead pass up the sideline and seems to have a clear path to the goal when out of nowhere Marvell Wynne just flew past him from out of nowhere and took the ball away.  An extremely impressive play by Wynne against the worlds most expensive player.  Wynne has made an appearance with the National Team this year and is a young player that we expect to have major impact in the future, and possibly make the World Cup Team.

Who did you think looked good? What did you think of all the attackers for Real Madrid?

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Beckham MLS Owner?

Beckham

Beckham

David Beckham has an option to buy an MLS team in his contract and today said that he is interested says ESPN:

“Asked on Friday what he would do next, Beckham said he was “definitely interested” in becoming a Major League Soccer owner. He couldn’t say for sure whether he would play for the team as well.”

Hopefully he does this and uses his connections to bring over some more stars to the MLS.

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Toronto FC v Real Madrid

Ronaldo

Ronaldo

UPDATE: 5-1 Final for Real Madrid on Raul goals in 13th and 25th min, Ronaldo goal in the 19th min, Benzema goal in 66th min, and Robben in 86th min! Alonso subbed in for Ronaldo at 62nd min. Toronto goal in 76th min by Gala.

Real Madrid may be debuting their new star studded lineup in the MLS on ESPN tonight:

“According to AS, Madrid and Pellegrini are not obliged by the contract of their tour to field all their megastar signings but the Chilean trainer nevertheless is expected to summon, for the first time, the Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Karim Benzema attacking trident.

However, “El Ingeniero” would not guarantee who will be playing when he simply said during a press conference that there’s a “big possibility” Kaka and Xabi will debut as a Blanco in Friday’s friendly against Toronto FC.”

I will be watching the game and adding updates here as the game goes on. Anyone have predictions for the game? Feelings about Madrid’s spending? Leave a comment…

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Weekends Games on TV

Here is a list of games on TV in the US this weekend courtesy of Steven Goff:

SATURDAY
Germany, Borussia Dortmund-Cologne 9:30 a.m. GolTV
Liverpool-Atletico Madrid 10 a.m. FSC
Germany, Hoffenheim-Bayern Munich 12:30 p.m. ESPN Deportes
(more below)
France, Grenoble-Marseille 3 p.m. Setanta
England, West Brom-Newcastle 5 p.m. FSC (also on ESPN 360)
Brazil, Santos-Avai 5:30 p.m. GolTV
New England-Los Angeles 6 p.m. FSC
Mexico, Cruz Azul-Monterrey 6 p.m. ESPN Deportes
Mexico, Queretaro-Puebla 6 p.m. Telefutura
Colombia, Santa Fe-Medellin 7:30 p.m. GolTV
San Jose-Columbus 8:30 p.m. FSC
Colombia, Cucuta-Millonarios 9:30 p.m. GolTV
France, Montpellier-PSG 10:15 p.m. FSC Setanta
Barcelona-Chivas 11 p.m. FSC, Telefutura
SUNDAY
Netherlands, Twente-PSV 8:30 a.m. ESPN Deportes
Community Shield, Manchester United-Chelsea 10 a.m. FSC, Setanta
Germany, Bochum-Borussia Moenchengladbach 10:30 a.m. GolTV
Germany, Freiburg-Hamburg 11:30 a.m. ESPN Deportes
Mexico, Morelia-San Luis 1 p.m. Fox Sports Espanol
D.C. United-Real Madrid 3 p.m. FSC, Telefutura
Brazil, Flamengo-Corinthians 3 p.m. GolTV
France, Bordeaux-Lens 3 p.m. Setanta
WPS, Boston-Los Angeles 6 p.m. FSC

*Bold*- American game/in America/includes American player

Which are you going to watch? What channels do you actually get, and use to watch your soccer? leave a comment…

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Biggest Snub?

Who do you think was left out that should be playing? Who would you replace in order to add them? Leave a comment to explain…

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Roster vs. Mexico!

Bradley

Bradley

Here is the official roster for the US team’s August 12 game v Mexico:

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION Full Roster Click Here
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 5/3 SO), Tim Howard (Everton FC: 11/7 SO)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 21/3), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA, 2/0), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover: 18/0), Jay DeMerit (Watford: 2/0), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew: 0/0), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan: 16/1), Jonathan Spector (West Ham: 2/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach: 10/4), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo: 5/0), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC: 17/4), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus: 1/0), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo: 0/0), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca: 5/0)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal: 8/5), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids: 5/0), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 15/6), Charlie Davies (FC Sochaux: 2/1), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy: 30/11)
*numbers indicate all-time World Cup Qualifying caps/goals

Players left off who could have made it: Beckerman, Rogers, Beasley, Pearce, Adu, Kljestan, Mastroeni, Cooper. Of these I think Beasley and Kljestan are the most surprising just because of the fact that Bradley seems to really like them.  Adu is also a little suprising but a think its good to leave him off becuase he hasnt had any sort of action recently that would makes us think hes in playing shape, and really needs to work for all the playing time he can get in Europe.

Surprising additions: Marshall, Torres, Casey. Marshall must have made a good impression on Bradley during the Gold Cup or maybe it was just that Pearce has not looked good for a while now.  The Torres selection maybe becuase Bradley thinks he will be motivated vs Mexico, but he seems to be very popular with US fans (it seems just because hes young and Mexican-American) without proving himself too much internationally.  Casey is probably selected for his strenght, in hope that he can be physical late in the game as a sub and control the ball.

Also of note: I find it a little odd that the US site lists Donovan and Dempsey as Fowards, as they will most definilty start as midfielders, although Bradley likes to sub out a foward and move Dempsey up recently.

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