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Stars and Strikes is Back

After some time away due to School I am back to relaunch Stars and Strikes just in time for the world cup. I am hoping to be able to bring back all of the old readers since we had some real good conversations going. Anyone who has requests or advice let me know and I will try and make this site as good as it was before if not better.

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ESPN Cofirmed!

Here's Hoping

Here's Hoping

Update: In a horrible twist in this never ending saga there will be no Jozy Altidore tomorrow. He has said via twitter:

“Still in the States trying to sort things out with my work permit,”

Its official! From EPLtalk.com:

It’s confirmed. ESPN2 will show the opening game of the 2009-2010 season between Chelsea and Hull City at 7:45am ET Saturday.

“Chelsea v Hull 7:45 AM on ESPN2 – and look for the EPL every or most Saturdays in that time slot,” reported ESPN Spanish-language announcer Roberto Abramowitz on the North American Soccer List. The news of the game being shown on ESPN2 has also been confirmed on ESPN News and ESPN Soccernet.

In the meantime, we’re working on getting confirmation from ESPN that the Disney-owned network will also carry the Monday 3pm ET kickoffs for the 2009-2010 season in addition to the 7:45am ET game each Saturday (and at 10am ET when there is no 7:45am ET game available).

This is truly a historic day in the rise of soccer in the United States.

Great news and I’m excited to see Jozy tomorrow!

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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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American Youth Vincenzo Bernardo To MLS

Bernardo

Bernardo

Vincenzo Bernardo, a 19 year old striker has left Napoli of Serie A in Italy and is reported by ESPN to want to join the MLS.  A star on the American U-20 team Bernardo has trained with the first team at Napoli but only saw action with the youth squad.  If he returns to the MLS via the MLS allocation policy Dallas will have the first chance to sign him, followed by Colorado, and then Kansas City. He came up with the Red Bulls youth system and is from New Jersey.

Hopefully this is a good sign that he is commited to the US National team unlike another Italian-American, *cough* Rossi *cough*, becasue he is one of the stars of the future who could make an impact quite soon.

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ESPN to show Jozy/EPL?

epl_logo_2EPL Talk is reporting that ESPN may have reached a deal with the EPL to show two games a week on ESPN here in the US.

“ESPN has acquired the TV rights to two of the weekly Premier League slots on US television for the 2009-2010 season. Beginning on August 15, 2009, each week ESPN will feature the 7:45am ET Saturday game and the 3pm ET Monday game.”

The first game to be shown by ESPN? Presumably Chelsea v Hull City on August 15th, Jozy Altidore’s first game in the EPL for Hull.  There will also be games featuring teams with American players including: Fulham (Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson), Aston Villa (Fridel, Guzan), Everton (Tim Howard) on the prospective schedule.

However ESPN’s Ives Galarcep says not to get too excited yet as the deal is in the works and not yet official.

“UPDATE-Sources tell me no deal is finalized yet, but that talks are underway. In other words, you might want to hold off on the celebration until something official is announced.”

Hopefully this works out becuase it would be great to see Americans suceeding with their European Club teams, especially as it seems that more and more players are entering the top European Leagues.

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