Monday, May 21, 2012

Drogba, Chelsea, Strikers, etc...

Monday Musings...

1. WOW! How else to describe the ending of that Champions League final? No score for 83 minutes, then two goals, Didier Drogba has a chance to win it for Chelsea in extra time, doesn't, but winds up hero of the day with the clinching PK in one of the most dramatic CL finals in history. So, Chelsea -- 6th place in Premier League -- wins the Champions League title, and in doing so, earns automatic berth in next year's CL, and relegates fourth-place Tottenham to the Europa League. Did you watch? What are your thoughts? Do you like the PK system or should they keep playing for a golden goal?

2. For the second year in a row, South Florida fans will get to see the Champions League winner up close! Chelsea plays AC Milan in a July 28 friendly at Sun Life Stadium. Tickets on sale through Ticketmaster. Also, on June 23, Lionel Messi, Didier Drogba, Diego Forlan, Falcao are among the stars playing at Sun Life in the World Soccer Masters tour.

3. Tuesday night, the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers host the Fresno (Calif.) Fuego in the second round of the US Open Cup (our version of FA Cup). The Fuego is an amateur team made up primarily of college players. They play in the USL-Premier Development League and last year topped their division with a 13-0-3 record. They were riding a 28-game regular-season unbeaten streak before losing 3-1 to OC Blue Star this past Saturday night. The Strikers (2-3-3) are coming off a 3-1 home loss to the Minnesota Stars. Winner of Tuesday's match plays the San Jose Earthquakes of MLS next week in Stanford, Calif.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Duke's Wenger No. 1 MLS pick

MLS Draft...Top 20 picks.

1. Andrew Wenger, Duke, D. Montreal

2. Darren Mattocks, Akron, F. Vancouver

3. Kelyn Rowe, UCLA, M. Revolution

4. Luis Silva, UC-Santa Barbara, M. Toronto.

5. Casey Townsend, Maryland, F. Chivas

6. Sam Garza, UC-Santa Barbara, F, San Jose.

7. Nick DeLeon, Louisville, M, DC United

8. Andrew Jean-Baptiste, UConn, D. Portland

9. Austin Berry, Louisville, D, Chicago

10. Ethan Finlay, Creighton, F. Columbus Crew.

11. Matt Hedges, NC, D, Dallas

12. Aaron Maund, Notre Dame, Toronto

13. Chandler Hoffman, UCLA, F. Philadelphia

14. Tony Cascio, UConn, M. Colorado

15. Andrew Duran, Creighton, D. Seattle

16. Dom Dwyer, USF, F. Sporting FC

17. Enzo Martinez, NC, MF. Real Salt Lake

18. Colin Rolfe, Louisville, F, Houston

19. Tommy Meyer, Indiana, D. LA.

Friday, October 21, 2011

ManU v. ManCity, Strikers, Brazil 2014

Friday Free Kicks...

Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the NASL Championship series vs. Minnesota Stars. Game 1 Saturday night 8:30 p.m. at Minnesota, Game 2 Sat. Oct. 29 at Lockhart Stadium, 7:30 p.m. Strikers won only one game first two months of the season, but have gone 6-1-1 in Sept-Oct and outscored opponents 10-2 in the playoffs. Look for preview feature on coach Daryl Shore in Saturday Miami Herald. He has local ties you may not know about...

Sao Paulo will host the 2014 World Cup opening match and Rio will host the final...

Akron University coach Caleb Porter was hired as U.S. Under-23 national coach, and former US midfielder Tab Ramos will coach the U20 team. Porter won the 2010 NCAA title and is 90-13-10 over five years...

Is there a bigger match this weekend than Man U vs. Man City derby in England? City leads the EPL with 22 points and Man U is second with 20 points. Who will win? Predictions??...

Fox won the TV bid for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups...

Tickets for the Strikers game start at $10. Go to for more information. They are hoping for a big home crowd for the deciding game.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Meet Jozy, watch US team practice!

It's a big week for South Florida soccer fans... Sunday: UM women vs. No. 11 North Carolina at Cobb Stadium on UM campus, 1 p.m. UM has upset Tar Heels on their last two visits, 1-0 both times.

 Monday: US national team arrives and they practice Tuesday through Thursday (closed to public)

Thursday: Meet and Greet with Jozy Altidore at Mickey Byrnes Irish Pub -- 1921 Hollywood Blvd. Altidore will be interviewed, play FIFA2012 with fans and sign autographs. Also, the pub is sending a bus to the game on Saturday, $25 includes food, beer and bus. Leaves 4 p.m.

Friday: US national team practice OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, 5-6 p.m. Sun Life Stadium. Register and get more details at

Saturday: USA vs. Honduras, 6 p.m. Sun Life Stadium.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

MagicJack playoffs, UM vs. UF!

It's a big week for women's soccer in South Florida.

MagicJack, the Boca Raton-based Women's Professional Soccer team, hosts a quarterfinal Wednesday night (7:30 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel) against the Boston Breakers at FAU Soccer Stadium. MagicJack is led by Women's World Cup stars Abby Wambach (who doubles as player-coach), goalie Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, Shannon Boxx, and 36-year-old mother-of-two Christie Rampone. MagicJack finished third in the six-team league with a 9-7-2 record. Boston finished fourth at 5-9-4.

Solo is recovering from a right shoulder injury, and has been replaced by Jill Loyden.

The winner advances to a semifinal at second-place Philadelphia (11-4-3), and that winner plays first-place Western New York Flash (13-2-3), the team that features Brazilian star Marta, U.S. forward Alex Morgan and Canadian Christine Sinclair.

League attendance has jumped nearly 90 percent since the World Cup. Average attendance before the World Cup was 2,714, and it has been 5,176 since. MagicJack crowds have been between 3,000-4,000. Tickets are available through TicketMaster.

On Friday night, the University of Miami women's team takes on 9th-ranked University of Florida at Cobb Stadium. Anytime the Canes and Gators face off, it's a good time. It will be the UM debut for coach Tom Anagnost, who was hired from Central Michigan University.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Rough ACC start for 'Canes

The University of Miami's women soccer team slogged through a brutal nonconference schedule, going 5-4 and earning a degree of optimism for the remainder of the season.

The Hurricanes' reward for their early work: An even more perilous Atlantic Coast Conference schedule, which began with Thursday's home match against Boston College, the nation's sixth-ranked team.

The Hurricanes controlled the midfield but struggled in the offensive end, and Boston College capitalized on its few opportunities for a 2-0 victory at Cobb Stadium.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

College soccer glance

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI WOMEN (3-2-0): The Hurricanes sure aren't ducking quality opponents early. After opening with a loss to Florida (ranked 14th in the latest poll), UM beat Western Carolina 1-0 in the first round of the Hurricane Cup. The 'Canes fell to Navy 1-0 in the final, but won't have long to bounce back. They will appear in the Nike Invitational this weekend. First up: Washington. No. 2 Portland is also in the tournament.

FIU MEN (2-1-0): The Golden Panthers haven't exactly faced national powers to start the 2009 season, but at least Munga Eketebi's bunch has finally tasted victory after disappointing seasons in 2007 and 2008. The campaign started with 1-0 loss to Florida Gulf Coast, but the Panthers rebounded with wins over St. Thomas and UNC Wilmington. FIU, which has allowed just two goals on the season, next faces Stetson on Friday.

FIU WOMEN (1-2-2): Thomas Chestnutt's group has had its share of good moments (3-0 victory over Stetson in the opener) and bad (a 5-0 loss to UCF at the Dafeldecker classic in Tampa Sunday) just four games into the season. The Panthers, with just three goals in five matches, better find some offense quick. Sun Belt action starts in two weeks.

BARRY MEN (2-1-1): Lightning in a bottle or a sign of things to come? The Buccaneers hope sophomore Mark Anderson's four-goal explosion against Lander is the latter. Evidence would point that way, with Anderson, from Durham, England, scoring in 14 of his 18 games with Barry. The Bucs are back in action this weekend, competing in the Lynn/Embassy Suites Classic. They'll have Christian Brothers Friday and Webber on Sunday.

BARRY WOMEN (1-2-0): The Bucs have gotten off to a slow start, but it might be more of a reflection of the level of competition. Barry hung with North Georgia, one of the better teams in the nation, before falling 3-2. After a 4-0 rout of Florida Memorial, Barry lost its SCC opener NOVA Southeastern 2-0 at home. Next up: Northwood at home on Friday.

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN MEN (3-2-0): Early bright spots for the Sharks, with the most encouraging sign being a 1-0 home win over No. 25 Florida Tech on Wednesday. NOVA didn't allow a shot in the match's second half and David Wahlberg tallied the game-winner in the 86th minute. Florida Tech is up next on Monday, setting up a showdown with No. 6 Lynn late next week.

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN WOMEN (2-0-0): So far, so good for the Sharks, who have opened the season with 2-0 victories over Embry-Riddle and Barry. Anchoring the NOVA defense has been junior goalkeeper Sarah Glass, who was named the conference player of the week after her shutout of Embry-Ridde. With a relatively light schedule for the next few weeks, the Sharks could be undefeated when they face No. 2 West Florida on Sept. 26.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

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

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."

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Camping Trip: NOVA Southeastern Men


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 Men

Coach: Giuseppe DePalo (11th season)

Conference: Sunshine State (Division II)

2008 record: 10-9-1 (3-5)

Opened camp: Aug. 10

Key players: F Romain Onteniente, M David Wahlberg, M Craig Heenighan, D Alvin Quaye,

Key dates: Sept. 18 at Lynn, Sept. 22 at Barry, Oct. 25 vs. Tampa

DePalo's take: "We have nine returning starters and we did fairly well last year. We kind of faded toward the end, but we proved that on any day we can compete with any team. We're a fairly experienced side. We know what our strengths and weaknesses are. We learned some lessons last year and hopefully we can compete and be near the top ofthe league."