Friday, September 23, 2011

Tevez left off roster

Friday headlines...

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.

 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Men Banned from Match; 41,000 women & children show up

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

Monday, September 19, 2011

Highest-paid MLS players?

Monday Musings...

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.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Chatting with Jurgen...

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.

Ronaldo an egomaniac?

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?

Friday, September 02, 2011

U.S. v. Honduras in Miami! Confirmed!

The U.S. men's national soccer team will play a rare Miami game on Oct. 8 against Honduras at Sun Life Stadium. It is the first U.S. match in South Florida in seven years.

The match falls on an international fixture date, which gives new U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann the opportunity to call in a full "A'' roster, including players based overseas.

Kickoff for the nationally-televised friendly (Univision, Fox Soccer) is set for 6 p.m., which will pose a conflict for Jewish fans, many of whom observe Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year, until sundown.

“Honduras is a team that we may see in World Cup qualifying, so this is a very good opportunity for our players,” said Klinsmann. “Honduras is a skillful team, and you could see their quality in the last World Cup. These are important experiences for our team as we prepare for next summer.”

The U.S. holds an 11-3-3 edge over Honduras dating back to 1965.

The series has included meaningful games in recent years. On Oct. 10, 2009, in San Pedro Sula, the U.S. won 3-2 to secure a place in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Four days later, Honduras earned a spot in the World Cup thanks to a dramatic 2-2 tie between the U.S. and Costa Rica.

"The Catrachos'', as the Honduran players are known, were semifinalists in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The last time the U.S. played in Miami was March 13, 2004, a 1-1 tie against Haiti.

Advance tickets start at $18 and go on sale Sept. 15, at 10 a.m. through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster locations, and the Sun Life Stadium ticket office. For groups of 20 or more, go to ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (VIP packages which include a premium ticket, a custom U.S. national team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game) are also available through ussoccer.com.

 

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