Good morning folks. Today marks the final fulll day of soccer of the season and the English
Premier League has been kind enough not to take this weekend off.
Instead, we have a robust schedule of matches, all of which can be seen either on Fox Soccer
Channel or Setanta Sports USA. I will be busy attending to non-soccer matters today so I figured
the least I could do was give you folks a post where you could add your comments on today's
Fulham has named its permanent replacement for fired coach Lawrie Sanchez on Friday, choosing
veteran manager Roy Hodgson to take over. Hodgson will be on the sidelines for Fulham's match
What will this mean for the Americans? It shouldn't mean a thing for Clint Dempsey, who is a
first-choice player no matter who is the coach, but it will be interesting to see what becomes of
It's all England, all the time this weekend. With the other leagues on Europe on a winter break,
we will be forced to live on a steady diet of EPL action this weekend.
If the EPL isn't your cup of tea then you might consider watching GolTV, which will have several
replays of some of the year's best games, from the Colombia-Argentina World Cup qualifier to a good
Spain-Sweden Euro qualifier.
Good morning people. The end of the year is fast approaching and as we begin to find a slew of
year-end stories capping the best games, moments and stories (mine is coming on ESPN.com shortly) I
got to thinking about what exactly was the most memorable moment of 2007 for American soccer
American soccer players had a busy Boxing Day in England on Wednesday, with 10 of them playing
at least a half and nine earning starts (That's including Watford's Jay DeMerit and Millwall's Zak
There were mixed results, from Tim Howard posting yet another shutout for Everton to Carlos
Bocanegra watching his Fulham defense be torn to shreds yet again.
Good morning everybody. Let me start by apologizing for the low number of posts recently. I can
assure you that the action will pick up after New Year's Day. For now, I will try to keep you
updates on the goings on in the American and international soccer world.
Before we get into the day's events, I must make another request for SBI readers to take part in
the SBI reader roll call.
Good morning all. Today is arguably the best day of club soccer action of the year and I have
decided to try and take it all in. It is 7am and Man U-Everton is under way. We will have AC
Milan-Inter Milan at 9am, Atletico Madrid-Espanyol and Chelsea-Blackburn at 11am and arguably the
best of bunch, Barcelona-Real Madrid, at 1pm (all times Eastern).
Christmas came early for Red Bulls fans. According to a team source, Red Bulls defender Hunter
Freeman suffered a grade two MCL sprain in his left knee during the U.S. Under-23 national team's
3-3 tie with China last Sunday. The injury should sideline Freeman for six weeks, which means he
shouldn't miss any significant pre-season training.
Well, the weekend is here and it is time to prepare you for one of the best schedules of matches
you will see all season.
No fewer than five top-quality matches will be on display on Fox Soccer Channel and GolTV this
weekend. Barcelona-Real Madrid and AC Milan-Inter Milan is the kind of doubleheader soccer fans
dream of and it should keep most of us glued to our seats this weekend.
Good afternoon folks. It is the Friday before Christmas and I know most of the regulars are
hitting the stores or are stuck in traffic.
For those of you who happen to be in front of a computer, here are this week's European Club Top
25. Not a lot of change at the top, but that may not be the case next week after some very
high-profile matches this week.
America's favorite English Premier League team is looking for a new manager.
Fulham has fired manager Lawrie Sanchez. The decision comes just seven months after became the
full-time successor to Chris Coleman. Former Fulham player John Collins as emerged as a potential
candidate and you have to wonder if Bruce Arena won't stump for this job too.
Jo San everybody. It is Thursday morning and I'm sitting here trying to figure out how I will
get my Christmas shopping done. I'm technically on vacation (have been all week), but as you know,
SBI never really goes on vacation.
I will be taking a bit of a break from the blog today but before I do, here is some news to tide
Good afternoon folks. With the holidays upon us and New Year's around the corner, I couldn't
help wondering what was the best soccer game I saw all year. There were plenty of candidates for
the honor and picking one was downright impossible. I have some candidates I will discuss
For now, I want to hear from you, the SBI readers.
The news never stops in the soccer world, does it?
There are plenty of news stories to discuss today and I will try to go over some of them, as
well as other nuggets, this morning. Before I get to that, I will make the now daily reminder to
readers to take part in the SBI Reader Roll Call if you haven't already.
Guten Morgen everybody. There is plenty to get to on the American soccer news front this
morning. The Juan Carlos Osorio press conference took up most of my afternoon on Tuesday and
therefore kept me from blogging on two other newsworthy developments.
I will get to the U.S. Under-23 team's Olympic qualifying draw later this morning but for right
now I wanted to talk about Major League Soccer's announcement of changes to its roster
Hello again. Just checking in one last time before I head to Manhattan for the Juan Carlos
Osorio press conference.
What I can say to Red Bulls fans is that Osorio is extremely excited about the opportunity. I
spoke to Osorio at length last week and you could already tell he was ready to start work on
building the Red Bulls in his image.
Good afternoon everybody. It was a rather low-key weekend for Americans in Europe. There were no
hat-tricks or crazy goals to speak of, though there was a shutout (by Tim Howard) and another win
for Michael Bradley's Heerenveen. There was also another set of Did Not Play notes for Derby duo
Eddie Lewis and Benny Feilhaber.
Shubhu prabhaat everybody. Today is the day Juan Carlos Osorio is introduced as the Red Bulls
new head coach and I must say it is a long time coming for a coach who spent five years trying to
get a break in MLS and here he is, about to take what amounts to his dream job in MLS.
There will be plenty to discuss about Osorio later today and in the coming days.
The U.S. Under-23 national team is on the way back home after its two-game friendly series
against China in China and the Americans were forced to settle for a pair of ties after a goal-less
first match and some questionable officiating in the second match.
Robbie Rogers, Patrick Ianni and Charlie Davies scored first-half goals to stake the U.
The Red Bulls will introduce Juan Carlos Osorio as the team's 11th head coach at a press
conference in New York City on Tuesday at 1pm. The introductory press conference will be held at
the Hotel Gansevoort.
Osorio will become the club's 10th head coach (11th if you count Richie Williams' time as
interim head coach).
Those of you tired of waiting for an announcement on Juan Carlos Osorio's hiring as Red Bulls
coach will be able to relax soon. Osorio and the Red Bulls are dotting i's and crossing t's on
Osorio's contract at this point and an announcement will be made very soon, possibly tomorrow. One
source suggested that a press conference was set for New York tomorrow afternoon (at the Hotel
Fabio Capello was introduced as England's new manager on Monday. The new highest paid soccer
manager in the world must now figure out how to justify his HUGE salary in a year when England
won't play any meaningful games for a long while.
Perhaps the funniest, and most fitting aspect of Capello's press conference was him posing above
with an England jersey with THE TAG STILL ON IT.
Good afternoon folks. It was a wonderful Sunday of soccer and while I'll get more in detail
about this weekend's action tomorrow, I figured all the action today deserved a post and a place
for you to discuss.
Arsenal downed Chelsea, Manchester United held off Liverpool and AC Milan thrashed Boca Juniors
in the Club World Cup.
The weekend is almost here and if you are starving for some high-profile matches, this is your
English Premier League fans will be downright giddy as the top four square off in a pair of
Sunday blockbusters. Manchester United travels to Liverpool while Chelsea make the trip across
London to face arch-rival Arsenal.
Juan Veron's On again, Off again courtship with DC United has apparently ended in OFF mode.
According to a report out of Argentina, Veron has decided to stay with Argentine club
Estudiantes rather than accept a lucrative offer from D.C. united that would have made him the
club's Designated Player.
Good afternoon folks. If you were wondering what happened to the SBI European Club Top 25, the
Juan Carlos Osorio news earlier in the week forced me to move it to later in the week and the truth
is I think it will stay.
There wasn't much of a shake-up at the top of the rankings, with Inter Milan holding on to the
Major League Soccer announced the 54 college seniors who will take part in the MLS Combine in
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida from Jan. 11-15.
Here they are (Players to watch in bold):
2008 ADIDAS MLS PLAYER COMBINE LIST BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (5): Dominic Cervi (University of Tulsa);Brian Edwards (Wake
Forest University); Andrew Kartunen (Stanford University); Casey Latchem (Ohio
State University); Steve Sandbo (Southern Methodist University);
DEFENDERS (19): Scott Bolkan (Stanford University); Matthew Britner (Brown
University); Eric Brunner (Ohio State University); Adrian Chevannes (Southern
Methodist University); Sean Franklin (California State University Northridge); Matt Hatzke (Santa
Clara University); David Horst (Old Dominion University); Andy Iro (University of
California - Santa Barbara); Julius James (University of Connecticut);
Jonathan Leathers (Furman University); Rauwshan McKenzie (Michigan State
University); Ryan Miller (University of Notre Dame); Brandon Owens (University of
California - Los Angeles); Andre Sherard (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill);
Julian Valentin (Wake Forest University); Yomby William (Old Dominion University);
David Worthen (University of North Carolina - Greensboro); Mike Zaher (University of Tulsa); Geoff
Cameron (University of Rhode Island);
MIDFIELDERS (23): Jeremy Barlow (University of Virginia); Eric Burkholder (University
of Tulsa); El Hadj Cisse (North Carolina State University); Hugh Cronin (North Carolina State
University); Pavle Dundjer (University of Illinois - Chicago); Joe Germanese (Duke University);
Brian Grazier (Saint Louis University); Pat Healy (Towson University); Andrew Jacobson (University
of California); George Josten (Gonzaga University); Stephen King (University of
Maryland); AJ Kulp (Old Dominion University); Peter Lowry (Santa Clara
University); Ryan Maduro (Providence College); Pat Phelan (Wake Forest
University); David Roth (Northwestern University); Shea Salinas (Furman University); Luke
Sassano (University of California); Ben Shuleva (Southern Methodist University); Dan Stratford
(West Virginia University); Michael Videira (Duke University); Andy Wright
(University of West Virginia); Cesar Zambrano (University of Illinois -Chicago);
FORWARDS (7): Ely Allen (University of Washington); Xavier Balc (Ohio State
University); Ryan Cordeiro (University of Connecticut); Kevin Forrest (University of
Washington); Joseph Lapira (University of Notre Dame); Sherron Manswell (Boston
College); Lukasz Turnicz (University of Rhode Island)
If you are a Red Bulls fan who was working on your draft board ahead of next month's MLS Draft,
you can erase the first round.
The Red Bulls will be surrendering their first round pick, No. 7 overall, in the Juan Carlos
Osorio compensation package. That gives Chicago the No. 7 and No. 12 picks in what is expected to
be a deep draft.
If you were wondering why Seattle MLS co-owner Adrian Hanauer decided to have the USL Seattle
Sounders play in 2008 after it was initially believed that the team wouldn't play next year, you
can credit a shrewd bit of negotiating on Hanauer's part.
According to sources, Hanauer, who also owns the Sounders, basically told MLS that if the new
Seattle MLS team would not be able to retain the rights of any of the Sounders players then he was
going to disband the reigning USL champions after the 2007 season.
The English club must beat Marseille on the road today to secure a place in the knockout round
of the Champions League, and likely to salvage the job of under-fire manager Rafa Benitez. The
match will be shown on ESPN2 at 2:30pm.
With Juan Carlos Osorio on his way to the Red Bulls, the Chicago Fire is once again in need of a
head coach. Fire fans are up in arms about Osorio's departure but the focus should be on who will
be chosen to continue the work Osorio began.
With the MLS Draft five weeks away, and European transfer window three weeks away, Chicago needs
to hire a head coach ASAP.
The Red Bulls are set to name former Chicago Fire head coach Juan Carlos Osorio as the team's
new head coach, according to sources close to the deal. The decision came after the Red Bulls and
Fire reached an agreement late last week on compensation for Osorio, who joined Chicago as head
coach in July and helped lead the Fire to the Eastern Conference final.
You have probably heard the rumors by now. Toronto FC was supposed to gearing up for a major
shakeup involving head coach Mo Johnston moving into a front office position, with either New
England head coach Steve Nicol or Revs assistant Paul Mariner taking over.
The former U.S. national team and Red Bulls coach has expressed his interest in the vacant
Scotland job. It is a pretty smart move by Arena because coaching a UK national team is one way to
score a club manager job in England, which I believe is Arena's ultimate goal.
The U.S. national team midfielder netted his first career hat trick on Sunday to lead Heerenveen
to a 4-2 win against Groningen on Sunday. Bradley scored all three goals in the first half to help
Heerenveen win its derby.
When was the last time an American scored a hat-trick in European soccer?
If you were hoping to see some high-profile European club matches this weekend, I'm afraid to
break it to you. There aren't any can't-miss encounters.
That doesn't mean there isn't still some good soccer to watch. Fiorentina at Palermo and
Espanyol at Zaragoza are two of the better matches on offer this weekend, while EPL lovers can turn
to Liverpool-Reading and Manchester City-Tottenham for good match-ups.
The Red Bulls proposed 2008 season opening game against the expansion San Jose Earthquakes has
been called off.
The match, which had been approved by Major League Soccer, hit a snag when it became clear that
the Earthquakes new home, Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, would not have all of its renovations
completed in time for the proposed March 29th date for the season opener.
Goedemorgen everybody. It is bright and early and I would be feeling just fine if I wasn't in
the midst of an all-nighter. I just came from Atlantic City where some friends and I celebrated the
last night of bachelorhood for one our buddies (well, not THE last night, but the last night 10 of
us could pile into a limo and make a run to AC).
If you are sitting around wishing there was some soccer to watch this afternoon, you are in
The U.S. Under-17 national team will be playing Russia today on Fox Soccer Channel at 3pm. The
match is part of the Nike Friendlies down in Florida.
I'm not sure which players will be playing, but you may get a chance to see U-17 national team
standouts such as Maykell Bates (captain, standout defender, first-round MLS pick if he goes),
Billy Schuler (The next star from Jersey), Zach MacMath (Yes, the U-17 goalkeeper called up to the
U-23 tour of China) and Sheanon Williams (striker and another kid with a good pro future).
If you are a Red Bulls fan who was planning to make the trip to San Jose for the 2008 season
opener, you might want to hold off on making any travel arrangements just yet.
A source within Major League Soccer has informed me that there is a very real chance the
schedule could be changed and the Red Bulls-Earthquakes season opener slated for March 29th at Buck
Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara could be moved to a later date, thus no longer making it the season
opener (or official return of the Earthquakes).
Yia Sou people. Here are some soccer news nuggets to tide you over this morning:
AGENT: No Chelsea-Ronaldinho deal
Ronaldinho's agent (and brother) categorically denied reports surfacing from Spain linking
Ronaldinho to a move to Chelsea. The denials come after Spanish daily Marca reported that
Ronaldinho has an offer from Chelsea that would pay him 10 million euros a year.
Dobroye utro everybody. I finally made some time to finish off the rest of the most recent Q&A
session. There were some tough questions, and some familiar ones. I was impressed to see so many
questions and not have any of them be about the Red Bulls stadium or John O'Brien.
Now, without further delay, here are (the rest of) your questions answered:
MIKE- Ives, how can the US "fire" John Hackworth from the U-17 team only to
give him a job on Bob Bradley's staff?
Good afternoon folks. It is time to do another SBI reader roll call. Some of you may remember me
doing one during the summer. Now that Soccer By Ives has reached its first full year of existence,
it is time to do another one.
Here is what you need to do to take part. Simply post your name, where you live now (and
hometown if its very different) favorite clubs and nationality in the comments section of this
That's the question these days around Europe as the Italian champions keep plowing through the
competition. Led by Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Inter is riding an 11-0-2 streak in its
past 13 matches. Their only blemish this season was an early-season Champions League loss to
Turkish club Fenerbahce.
Red Bulls fans, you can start making your plans for the start of the 2008 MLS season. The Red
Bulls will open the season on the road against the expansion San Jose Earthquakes on March 29th at
Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The match will be the Red Bulls' first chance to see
former teammate Joe Vide, who is projecting to be a starting central midfielder for San Jose.
Good afternoon folks. A few SBI updates for you. I won't be doing Americans Abroad today (Fulham
plays today so I'll just wait a day) and I was unable to finish the rest of the Q&A (some real
tough ones in the latest batch). I'll try to finish them tonight. There will also be a second SBI
Roll Call coming in the near future.
The University of Massachusetts, Bradley University and Illinois-Chicago advanced to the Elite
Eight of the NCAA men's soccer tournament this weekend, making it three unseeded squads left with
national title aspirations.
Here is a rundown of the weekend's Sweet 16 action:
Dzien dobry folks. I will be posting Americans Abroad as well as a college soccer update
shortly. For now, consider the word coming out of England that former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
would consider coaching the English national team.
Does it really come as a surprise? It shouldn't. There is little debating Mourinho's class as a
manager, and his established relationships with England stalwarts John Terry and Frank Lampard
should only help matters.
Konichiwa people. It's Monday morning and I am struggling. Saturday night's frigid conditions in
Newark got the better of me and now I'm nursing a cold that has me dragging a bit so apologies if
you were looking for new posts on Sunday.
I will get to a wide range of topics today, from the NCAA tournament to the weekend's European
club soccer action, but I wanted to start the week off talking about the Euro 2008 draw.
Guess who's back? Yes, I have to apologize for neglecting SBI all day today but it was a bit
hectic, particularly tonight with the New Jersey Ironmen's home opener. I'm coming to you live from
what seems like a mile above the field at Prudential Center and I must tell you it was a pretty fun