Weekend Wrapup...A Trio of Hat Tricks! (DeRo, Messi, Ronaldo)
Dwayne DeRosario scored three goals in nine minutes for D.C. United Saturday night in a 4-1 win over Real Salt Lake. It was the fastest hat trick in MLS history and put him smack in the middle of the league MVP conversation. He scored in the 22nd, 27th, and 31st minutes and all were beauties. The first was a header, second was a 25-yard rocket, and the third was a 35-yard bending free kick to put DC up 4-0. The 33-year-old Canadian has 13 goals and 11 assists, best in MLS. Some feel, despite DeRo's numbers, that the MVP should go to Landon Donovan, Brek Shea or Kyle Beckerman. But DeRo certainly deserves a look.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo also delivered hat tricks over the weekend...Messi for Barcelona in a 5-0 win over Atletico Madrid and Ronaldo for Real Madrid in a 6-2 win over Rayo Vallecano.
Manchester United's perfect season is perfect no more after a 1-1 tie with Stoke. ManU was without Wayne Rooney, who leads the EPL with nine goals. Rooney injured his hamstring in training last Friday and could be out for a few weeks. He is expected to miss Tuesday's Champions League match against Basel. Man U and Manchester City are tied with a 5-0-1 record.
Good weekend for the Bradley family. Dad, Bob, the former U.S. coach, was hired as Egypt's national coach, and son, Michael, set up two goals for Chievo in Serie A in Italy. Dad's first match with Egypt is in November against Brazil.
US teammates Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu scored for Glasgow Rangers in a 4-0 win over Dunfermline.
Finally, closer to home, the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers lost to Tampa Bay Mutiny, but had already clinched a home playoff game. They face Edmonton Saturday night at Lockhart Stadium.
Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella left Manchester City's Carlos Tevez off the roster for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Venezuela. He didn't impress during Copa America, but still, a big name. Should he be on the roster?
Abby Wambach may be getting old, but she sure can score! The US veteran forward scored two goals (one header, one left-footed) in a 3-0 friendly win over Canada late Thursday night in Portland. Meanwhile, Hope Solo survived Week 1 on Dancing With the Stars, for those who care.
Tim Howard is not the only U.S. goalkeeper at Everton anymore. They just signed 39-year-old Marcus Hahnemann.
Ft. Lauderdale Strikers on the road at rival Tampa Bay Saturday night in battle for sole possession of 3rd place in NASL standings. Both already clinched home field advantage for Oct. 1 playoff games. Rowdies won two and tied one against Strikers this year, so Strikers looking for payback.
I'd like to see the Miami Dolphins try this some day...:)
ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey tried a new approach to curbing crowd violence at soccer games -- kick out all of the men, but let women and children attend for free.
Under new rules approved by Turkey's soccer association, only women and children under 12 will be admitted to games involving teams sanctioned for unruly fan behavior.
On Tuesday, Fenerbahce handed out free tickets and more than 41,000 women and children attended the game against Manisaspor in Istanbul. Women formed long lines around Sukru Saracoglu stadium, some carrying babies in the team's colors, for an opportunity to watch the club.
Before the game, Fenerbahce and Manisaspor players tossed flowers at the fans. The visiting team was greeted with applause, instead of the usual jeering, the Anatolia news agency reported.
"This memory will stay with me forever," Fenerbahce captain Alex de Sousa said. "It's not always that you see so many women and children in one game."
Manisaspor midfielder Omer Aysan added: "It was such a fun and pleasant atmosphere."
The fans were searched by female police officers.
"This really is a historic day," Yasemin Mercil, a female member of Fenerbahce's executive board, said before the game. "For the first time in the world, only women and children will watch a game. The women know all the chants. The same anthems, the same chants will be sung."
In July, Fenerbahce was ordered to play two home games without spectators after its fans stormed the field during an exhibition game against Ukrainian champion Shakhtar Donetsk. Fans also attacked journalists for what they regarded as critical coverage of a match-fixing investigation involving the league champion.
This week, the federation changed its rules to allow women and children at the games.
Fenerbahce president Aziz Yildirim is among 30 suspects detained in the match-fixing case, and the club faces the threat of being stripped of its title and possible relegation. It also lost its chance to play in the Champions League this season.
Some women showed support for Yildirim, wearing T-shirts emblazoned with his photograph.
"We have to thank the ladies for coming to support us," Fenerbahce defender Joseph Yobo told Lig TV. "It's difficult playing without the fans."
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
In case you missed it over the weekend, Chelsea's Fernando Torres is still trying to forget this open-net blunder against Manchester United. He'll be having nightmares about that one for a long time!
The MLS Players Association released salary info. Here's the Top 5:
1. David Beckham (LA Galaxy) $6.5 million
2. Thierry Henry (NY Red Bulls) $5.6 million
3. Rafa Marquez (NY Red Bulls) $4.6 million
4. Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy) $3.4 million
5. Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy) $2.3 million
Across the Pond...Manchester United remains the only EPL team with an unblemished record after beating Chelsea 3-1. Wayne Rooney has 9 goals through 5 games and has scored in every game...Real Madrid lost 1-0 to Levante. Yes, Levante. Meanwhile, Barca rolled over Osasuna 8-0.
You think anyone will catch ManU or Barca this year? Share your predictions with the group!
PS USA vs. Honduras in Miami Oct. 8. Sun Life Stadium. 6 p.m. Tix on sale.
Just got off a conference call with Jurgen Klinsmann. It was a call for local media to meet him heading into the US - Honduras game in Miami Oct. 8. First impression: super-easy to talk to, doesn't shy away from questions, has lots of opinions and ideas about how to make American soccer better. (Read Sunday's column!)
News that came out of it: Expect to see most of the full squad for the Oct. 8 game at Sun Life Stadium. Jurgen likes to field his best players all the time, so Europe-based players should be here. Roster will be announced the week before..Expect an open-to-the-public training session sometime on Oct. 7. He likes to invite fans to one training session...also, Fabian Johnson, a dual citizen of Germany and US, may make his US debut here if FIFA paperwork gets done in time.
Apparently, Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is very fond of himself. His latest quote, complaining about the officiating in a Champions League match: "Some referees allow them to give me stick like [the Dinamo players] did today. I think it's because I'm rich, handsome and a great player. They envy me, there's no other explanation.''
Well, ok, then...
In other news, former US coach Bob Bradley is being hired as Egypt's national coach...Jozy Altidore continues to do well in the Dutch league, scoring a goal for AZ Alkmaar vs. Malmo in a Europa League victory...Inter Milan lost a Champions League stunner 1-0 to Turkish club Trabzonspor, which is in the tournament only because Fenerbahce is under investigation for match fixing.
BTW, have your tickets yet for USA v. Honduras Oct. 8 at Sun Life Stadium?