Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2006

What a Day for Americans in the EPL

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Who would have guessed that the Fulham Yankee to down Chelsea with a clutch goal would be Carlos Bocanegra? Well it was. The U.S. national team defender delivered a clutch equalizer in the 84th minute to give Fulham a 2-2 tie against Chelsea that drop

This weekend's soccer TV schedule

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Unless you're into watching taped matches from earlier in the year there isn't a ton to choose from on Saturday. Here are the three live games being show on Saturday:

7am- FSC- Chelsea vs. Fulham-Can McBride work his magic against Chelsea yet a

Red Bull fans take a deep breath and RELAX

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I knew it from the moment I saw the news. Paulo Wanchope's signing with FC Tokyo would elicit a panic in Red Bull fandom not seen since the day Bora Milutinovic gave up on the MetroStars and throw out arguably the worst team in MLS history against the

Wanchope signs with FC Tokyo (It was true all along)

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Paulo Wanchope, the Costa Rican striker who seemed like just the type of player MLS might be going after, is heading to FC Tokyo. Here is the press release from the FC Toyko website. The heading on that release was translated via babelfish as 'News of

Figo heading for the Middle East

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Those of you who were still holding out hope that Luis Figo would wind up a Red Bull can finally give up. The Portuguese midfielder signed a deal to play in Saudi Arabia.

The fact that Figo isn't coming to the Red Bulls shouldn't be too much

MLS unveils flawed 2007 week one schedule.

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Okay, so I wrote this post almost three weeks ago, but basically held it because at one point I was going to write an ESPN piece on this very subject. Since I never did, I still had this laying around and figured I could post it now to give you guys so

Happy Boxing Day (Okay, I'm kidding)

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We should call it "Thank Goodness Chelsea got a taste of its own late-goal medicine" Day. If you haven't seen the own goal that cost Chelsea two points today against Reading I suggest you keep an eye out for the YouTube clip, which I'm sure w

Your Questions Answered (Christmas Edition)

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Merry Christmas folks. Sorry for no Christmas Eve posts but between there being no soccer to watch and me being in a roast pork-induced coma I didn't manage to keep my streak alive.

Here are my answers to the questions you posted this weekend.

Seton Hall's Giusfredi staying in school

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Even when I'm trying to take a day off some soccer news seems to find me. I'm at the Kenneth Cole outlet in Secaucus when who do I see strolling in but Seton Hall sophomore forward and All Big-East selection Eliseo Giusfredi. I have done a few stories

Time for another Question & Answer session (ask away)

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I promised I would make the Q&A session a regular part of the SBI blog experience so here it is once again. Feel free to fire away questions about any soccer related topics and I'll provide my take on things. Just add your question to the comments sect

Saturday's European Soccer TV action

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If you're not busy doing last minute Christmas shopping on Saturday here is the list of games that will be shown on TV tomorrow (No Spain or Germany so it's a steady diet of England and Italy):

MLS keeps busy as we get closer to Christmas

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While some of us are trying to use vacation days and do some shopping MLS insists on going about its business with even more action Friday. Here's a rundown.

DC trades Alecko Eskandarian to Toronto FC for a partial allocation:

A busy day on the soccer scene

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So folks, I have something to confess. I'm an addict. I'm addicted to playing Football Manager. As I told you guys last week I finally received my copy of the 2007 version and have gone into full game-play mode now that I'm on a vacation from my newspa

Howard admits his Man U days are likely over

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Tim Howard saw the writing on the wall well before Edwin Van Der Sar signed a new deal with Man United earlier this month. Howard told the Associated Press that he doesn't expect a Man U return.

The Van Der Sar deal simply confirmed what Howar

Wanchope to Japan (Don't buy it)

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Some readers have asked me about a reported Paulo Wanchope to Tokyo move, which I hadn't heard a peep about. Turns it this rumor stemmed from a Big Soccer posting which linked to a story from Japan that you can't even read.

Why am I not buying

And then there was one (MLS head coaching job left)

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The following teams will have new coaches for the 2007 season:

  • FC Dallas
  • Kansas City
  • DC United
  • Chivas USA

Only one of those teams doesn't have a new coach hired yet, Chivas USA. With Tom Soehn

Peter Nowak out

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Who would have thought that? When DC got rid of Freddy Adu you figured Peter Nowak would stick around but apparently that isn't the case. According to this Washington Post report, Nowak is gone.

Who takes over? Tom Soehn was always going to be

Bob Bradley calls 29 into national team camp

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So here it is, the list of the 29 guys Bob Bradley wants to get an extended look at next month, the MLS guys who will likely make up the roster to face Denmark on Jan. 18 at Home Depot.

Goalkeepers (4) – Joe Cannon (Los Angeles Galax

Don't believe the hype on these MLS moves

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In case you missed it Real Salt Lake and the Los Angeles Galaxy both added amazing forwards to their stables recently, goal scorers who send shivers down the necks of opposing defenders. Am I serious? Not at all, but these teams would have you believe

A look back at the weekend in soccer

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While I wait for someone to provide me with some Photoshop magic showing Richie Williams and Paulo Wanchope together I figured I could share some insights into the weekend that was world soccer:

Barcelona loses to Internacional in Club World C

Materazzi is a maniac

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If you passed up watching the Inter-Messina match this morning on GolTV you missed one heck of a match by Zinedine Zidane's good buddy Marco Materazzi. The guy is an animal and is arguably the most exciting defender in the world. You just never know w

Wanchope Update

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So much for that impromptu meeting between Richie Williams and Paulo Wanchope that I proposed earlier this week. Apparently that meeting already took place a week ago. I received word late last night that part of Williams' trip to Argentina last week

This weekend's TV soccer action

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After receiving some positive comments about the addition of a weekend TV soccer schedule I am going to try and make this a regular staple of the blog. I can't promise that it will be here ever weekend but I will try my best.



Wanchope confirms contact from Red Bulls

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Costa Rican striker Paulo Wanchope has confirmed that he has been contacted by the Red Bulls about potentially joining the club. He revealed this in a story on his personal website.

Here's Wanchope's quote:

"Representatives have c

Kevin Hartman traded to Kansas City

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Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman is on his way to Kansas City for an undisclosed package of draft picks. The deal was completed today and will be announced tomorrow.

This gives KC a quality goalkeeper, gives Hartman a starting job again and likely mean

Not a creature is stirring (soccer observations)

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Talk about a bad time to cover the Red Bulls. Things have slowed to a crawl as Bruce Arena and company do a great job of keeping their activities under wraps this off-season. We have been reduced to reading Spanish-language newspapers in South America

Must See TV: Boca vs. Estudiantes

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I received late word Tuesday night that Fox Sports Espanol will be showing the Argentina Apertura playoff final between Boca Juniors and Estudiantes (The game wasn't going to be televised until a late reprieve from FOX). The game is set for 3pm. If you

Alecko a Red Bull? Spit that one out

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Soccer America had a throwaway line in its Freddy Adu trade piece regarding the possibility of Alecko Eskandarian coming to the Red Bulls. Should it be believed? That's the thing about throwaway lines, if they were really serious they wouldn't be thro

Wanchope a free agent, time for Red Bull to pounce

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Costa Rican forward Paulo Wanchope has left Rosario Central after a falling out with their coach.  This means that if the Red Bulls are, in fact, after him they have an easier chance if signing the Costa Rican legend.

If the club thinks he is

Freddy Adu traded

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In what has to be considered stunning news, Freddy Adu has been traded by DC United to Real Salt Lake, along with goalkeeper Nick Rimando, for a major allocation, goalkeeper Jay Nolly and future considerations. WOW.

More news to follow...

FC Dallas will hire Steve Morrow as head coach

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Yes, the Hoops did it. They are going to hire assistant coach Steve Morrow as their head coach. The team is set to make the announcement on Monday.

I know I've been critical of Morrow's status as a candidate but I'll give him the benefit of th

Altidore missed chance to train with Manchester United

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As I have written before, Red Bulls rookie sensation Josmer Altidore was set to train with an undisclosed European club after the MLS season before a broken thumb scrapped those plans. Nobody wanted to tell me which club that was but I finally unearth

Tom Soehn pulls out of FC Dallas coaching search

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FC Dallas did it now. They named a crazy final four coaching candidates and have now lost the only truly qualified candidate out of the bunch after DC assistant Tom Soehn pulled out of the running.

That leaves FC Dallas with three finalists to

Bradley is the new US coach. (my take)

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I can't say that I'm surprised by the reaction of people who were just stunned to learn that Bob Bradley would be the new U.S. national team. While I can understand the disappointment on some levels, I think the backlash directed at Bradley is undeser

Bob Bradley is the new U.S. national team coach

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Yes, it is true. Bob Bradley is the new U.S. national team manager. The appointment is an interim one, meaning U.S. Soccer will continue its search (or re-open it) after the European season ends.

More details to follow

Red Bull coach heads south for the winter

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Red Bulls assistant coach Richie Williams is in Brazil and Argentina this week on what a source told me is a serious scouting mission. I don't know more than that. It could mean the club is looking for some quality developmental slots. It could also me

Today's observations

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It's a slow day in the soccer world (American soccer world anyway) and I'm struggling a bit for things to blog about today. I am placing a self-imposed ban on any talk regarding the U.S. national team coaching job because there is nothing more to say a

Add Paolo Wanchope to the rumor mill (and my Wanchope story)

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So it's Monday night and I'm sitting at home trying to figure out who in the world Bruce Arena might be considering bringing to the Red Bulls when one name popped in my head. None other than Costa Rican forward Paolo Wanchope. I go on the internet to

Klinsmann to be hired (or maybe not)

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So my buddy Jamie Trecker is reporting that Juergen Klinsmann will be named the new U.S. national team coach in a story he wrote today. Sounds believable enough but the word around town is that Gulati has not, in fact, made a decision yet. fo

This could be the week.....No really

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The rumblings are beginning. I got hit with a handful of emails from a few sources last night saying that this really is the week. And who is Sunil Gulati hiring? I'm hearing Klinsmann. Do I buy it? After waiting five months I'll buy anything. You kno

Barcelona-Werder Bremen (Must See TV)

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After so many Champions League match-days where ESPN made the wrong choice on which game to show, the bosses have made a good choice for Tuesday. ESPN2 will be showing the Barcelona-Werder Bremen Champions League at 2:30pm.

So why is it a can'

No Watterreus for Red Bulls

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I'm not really sure where this Ronald Waterreus to Red Bull rumor came from but it died pretty quickly after Waterreus signed a new deal with Dutch club AZ Alkmaar on Monday.

For those of you who don't remember him, Waterreus was the Dutch goal

And we STILL don't have a new U.S. national team coach

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So I was up late last night writing a column for on the ridiculously long search for Bruce Arena's replacement as U.S. national team coach and I kept thinking that U.S. Soccer would send out an email announcing a new coach just hours after my

A good showing for rumored Red Bulls targets

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If Ronaldo and Ivan De La Pena are in fact at the top of Bruce Arena's list of transfer targets then Red Bulls fans had to be happy on Sunday. De La Pena put on a masterful performance for Espanyol, setting up both of the team's goals in a 2-1 comebac

Rumors gone wild

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Stop me if this is too funny. Univision is reporting that David Beckham is joining forces with Malcolm Glazer to buy the Los Angeles Galaxy. Now, you wonder where something as crazy as this might come from? Well Univision took it from La Opinion, whic

Real Madrid interested in Onyewu

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I was researching Real Madrid's transfer activity (the signings of young Brazilian left back Marcelo and Argentine midfielder Fernando Gago are impressive) when I came across this story linking U.S. national team midfielder Oguchi Onyewu to a possible

Your questions answered (finally)

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Sorry for the delay in answering your questions. I a problem with the blog forced a day-long delay. I had two options, Hold off the posting of the answers until I could get the problem resolved or post them and let you guys read it wi

THis weekend's soccer TV sked

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I put this sked together and figured I can pass it along to you guys, sorry if you missed some games already:

9:30am- GolTV- Werder


vs. Hertha


10am-Fox Soccer Channel- Bolt

Your questions answered (finally)

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Sorry for the delay in answering your questions but I received more questions, and more in-depth questions, than I expected. I think I underestimated how many readers the blog has been able to bring in during its first month. N

Another MLS blockbuster

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Another day and another blockbuster trade in MLS. Joe Cannon, the man who single-handedly kept Colorado from being the worst team in MLS, is packing backs and heading to the Galaxy in exchange for Ugo Ihemelu and Herculez Gomez. The trade is intriguin

How Cannon to the Galaxy affects the Red Bulls

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Does Friday's big trade between Colorado and Los Angeles mean Kevin Hartman is on his way here? Don't bet on it. Bruce Arena isn't exactly crazy about Hartman and probably wouldn't be interested in him at his six-figure salary.

The Galaxy mig

My answers to your questions coming tonight

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The high number of questions is making me take a little longer than I'd like to get to them all. I will post all my answers to all your questions tonight. Stay tuned.

Before those come I will have a breakdown of today's blockbuster deal between

The latest addition to the Red Bull Rumor Mill

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According to a Toronto FC fan blog (yes, even foreign fan blogs speculate now) the Red Bulls are interested in acquiring Spanish midfielder Ivan De La Pena.

Is it legit? It's the first I heard of it, and I have no clue who does this blog. The