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54 posts from August 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Jozy scores!

Boca Raton's Jozy Altidore scores in his Hull debut against Southend! Guess that visa was worth waiting for.

Traffic to buy USL?

We've heard the same whispers as everyone else. Nike wants to dump USL, and Traffic Sports -- you know, the company that owns your Miami FC Blues -- is leading an effort by the owners to buy it.

This makes sense on a lot of different levels. USL-1 will truly become an owner-operated league, the exact opposite of the top-down bureaucracy of MLS, which has no interest in buying the league, according to The New York Times.

The question is: How to make USL profitable? Two options: trying to compete with MLS head-on as the nation's premier league (a dicey prospect, considering MLS' deep pockets) or make it the minor league for international franchises, sort of like what the Blues plan to do with Gale Agbossoumonde.

We'll probably have some sort of resolution on this matter this week. Just wanted to let you know I'm in the loop, and when there's actual news, we'll be all over it.

Camping Trip: Florida Atlantic Women


This is the latest in a series of looks at South Florida's collegiate soccer teams as they prepare for the 2009 season.

Team: FAU Women

Coach: Brian Dooley

Conference: Sun Belt (Division I)

2008 record: 7-10-2 (5-4-2)

Key players: F Ashley Mannarino, M Jamie Greeny, GK Ashley Parrinello, GK Ashley Lantes

Key games: Lost 2-0 to Stetson on Aug. 23, at USF Aug. 28, vs. Ball State Aug. 30, at
Georgia Sept. 4, at Clemson Sept. 6, vs. North Texas Oct. 2, vs. Denver Oct. 4

Dooley's take: "It's an interesting scenario. We're kind of a team in transition right now. We have a large freshman class, two seniors on the field, and we're expecting to play a lot of young kids this year and get them the experience. With that in play, you never quite know which way you're going to turn. Sometimes if you get off to a good start, the young kids can build on that confidence. If you get off to a rough start, it's tough for them to fight their way out of it, because they haven't experienced anything other than struggle."

Monday, August 24, 2009

Miami World Cup bid update...

Yes, it's still 9 years away, but....

The Miami World Cup 2018 bid committee had a gathering this morning to get the ball rolling, so to speak...Emilio Estefan was there. Aaron Davidson of MiamiFC was there. Mike Dee was there representing Steve Ross. Marcelo Claure sent a representative. Several commissioners were there.

Bottom line: Miami needs to show that people here are excited about the bid. There will be some public events in the near future. In the meantime, fans are urged to go to www.gousabid.com, sign the petition, and spread the word.

Yours in Soccer,


Camping Trip: NOVA Southeastern Women


This is the latest in a series of looks at South Florida's collegiate soccer teams as they prepare for the 2009 season.

Team: NOVA Southeastern Women

Coach: Mike Goodrich (11th season)

Conference: Sunshine State (Division II)

2008 record: 8-5-3 (1-5-2)

Opened camp: Aug. 10

Key players: M Elizabeth Brauher, D Fiorella Booth, D Lindsey Nowland, GK Chrissy Hy, GK Sarah Glass

Key dates: Sept. 8 at Barry, Sept. 19 at Lynn, Oct. 2 vs. Tampa

Goodrich's take: "We graduated seven starters last year, so it's kind of a new chapter for us. We're returning 11 players and have 15 freshmen and transfers. They're so new to each other, they're just trying to feel their way through. They work hard, they're young, so they have a lot of energy. But the lack of expereince factors in. Being younger can make it tough. We might lose some games that we should win."

Blues drop another on West Coast

Talk about a bad 24 hours. Miami FC returns east from their two-day West Coast swing without a single point to its credit following Sunday night's 2-0 loss to Vancouver.

Like in the Blues' 3-1 loss to Portland the day before, Miami FC gave up two late goals -- this time by Charles Gbeke in the 80th minute and in stoppage time.

The two losses put Miami FC's playoff hopes in a deep hole. The Blues are six points behind Vancouver with just seven games to play. Up next: at Carolina on Wednesday.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Blues drop match to Timbers, Whitecaps next

Miami FC's playoff hopes continue to take a beating, as the Blues fell to first-place Portland 3-1 late Saturday night.

Trailing for most of the match, the Blues tied things in the 77th minute when Tim Merritt scored off a set piece. However, the Timbers, who haven't lost since the first game of the season, scored twice in the last 13 minutes.

No rest for the road weary, however. The Blues took a bus overnight to Vancouver, where they'll face the Whitecaps Sunday in a game that will go a long way in determining who makes the postseason, and who gets left out. Vancouver is currently in seventh place and would be the last team in if the season ended today. The Blues are three points back, although they have played one fewer game.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Ultras officially added to Sam's Army

From the fan club's website:

For the past 15 years, Sam’s Army has been promoting the sport of soccer by encouraging fans to attend games and stand and sing together. During this time, we have had unofficial Brigades in parts of the U.S. and we are excited to bring more structure and support to Brigades. We are now taking the next step in the evolution of Supporters Clubs in the U.S. by forming Official Brigades.

We are excited at the thought of having Brigades all over the country and around the world promoting the game and supporting the National Teams. Brigades will more than enhance the growth of the sport in the U.S. and will provide an infrastructure for Sam’s Army SC members to organize on a new level.

We are pleased to announce the first Official Brigade in Miami, FL. The Miami Ultras are a group of supporters about 300 strong.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Michelle's Musings, Burnley Edition

Manchester United lost to....Burnley? As in, the team that was just promoted? The team that goes by the nickname The Clarets? Fergie's Boys shouldn't be losing to Clarets. How quickly you think the talk of losing Cristiano Ronaldo came up? Ouch!!

ManU had won 17 in a row over newly-promoted teams, and outscored those opponents 44-4. Does this mean they won't win the crown again this year? Hardly. But stunning, nonetheless.

By the way, nice to see Miami still in the running to host World Cup matches in 2018 or 2022. This city would go nuts for La Copa.

Miami's World Cup hopes remain alive

According to U.S. Soccer, Miami is one of 27 cities still in the running to host World Cup matches, should the United States be award the world's biggest sporting event in either 2018 or 2022.

Much more to come, but for now, read the official statement.