Danny Szetela's first-half header gave the U.S. Under-20 national team the lead but it didn't
last long as South Korea equalized before halftime. Chris Seitz bailed out a shaky U.S. defense
with a handful of quality saves as the U.S. team settled for a 1-1 tie in its opening match of the
Under-20 World Cup.
Hello folks. I'm not in Columbus for tonight's match but I'll be watching and offering up some
observations. If you want to follow along and add your own thoughts on the match then follow along
on this thread.
Let's have some fun.
32nd minute- So the Red Bulls are struggling to maintain possession even though
the Crew aren't really applying much pressure.
Those of you wondering what happened to those questions I never got around to answering more
than a week ago, here they are. They got lost in the Gold Cup sauce but I was able to dig them up
and answer them.
Here you go:
DANNY- adu is supposed to be the difference maker for the U20's in the upcoming
tournament, but personally i think bradley will shine brighter and be the real engine of our
Good morning all. I know some of you are still bummed out after the U.S. national team's 4-1
loss to Argentina but after watching the match three more times last night (yes, I had insomnia and
had to crank out an ESPN.com piece) I can say that the match wasn't as bad as it might have
Was the Eddie Gaven for Ben Olsen substitution terrible?
The U.S. national team played tough, solid defense and stayed right with Argentina in the first
half but slowly fell apart in the second half as Argentina began finding the cracks in the American
defense en route to a 4-1 victory in Copa America action on Thursday.
So there is a US national team starting XI for tonight's game against Argentina floating around
the web. I haven't gotten confirmation of it (ESPN.com's match tracker and the Copa America site
have it but USSoccer.com's matchtracker isn't up yet) so I'm not buying this one. I figured I could
still toss it out to see what you folks thought of it:
This group doesn't make much sense since it doesn't include either of the team's natural left
backs, Bornstein and Pearce.
After clearing roster space by parting ways with three defenders on Thursday, the Red Bulls are
set to sign Clifton native and former Rutgers forward Chris Karcz to a deal. I haven't received
word yet on the type of deal he is being signed to but odds are he will slide into the
developmental roster spot vacated by Hugh McDonald.
Karcz has spent the past two months training with the Red Bulls and secured a deal after proving
that he was capable of staying healthy.
The Mexican national team coach needed his team to have a good showing in Copa America and the
team has gotten off to a great start by scoring to beautiful goals to beat Brazil, 2-0, on
Wednesday night. Nery Castillo (pictured below) and Ramon Morales netted highlight-reel striikes
while goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa played a stellar match.
You've heard it over and over, Argentina is going to blow out the U.S. national team in Copa
America. You've heard that a thousand times a day since the U.S. roster was announced and it became
clear that the Americans were sending a C team to face what is basically Argentina's full senior
Well, the matchday is here and we are left to ponder what the U.
So much for Mexico's turmoil and Hugo Sanchez losing control of his team.
Mexico has rebounded from its Gold Cup loss to the USA on Sunday by scoring two beautiful goals
to take a 2-0 halftime lead against Brazil tonight. Mexico is playing well and Brazil looks
completely disjointed and not like the Brazil we're used to seeing.
For those of you who hadn't seen it, here is my Herald News story on the Red Bulls trade with
The one detail you'll need to see is the fact tht the Red Bulls dealt Dunivant AND $75,000 in
cash for Goldthwaite. With Toronto only paying a third of Dunivant's salary this deal wasn't about
cap space as first thought. The Red Bulls just wanted to get rid of Dunivant.
Inter Milan introduced new signing David Suazo on Wednesday. The move ends a long-running quest
by Inter to land the Honduran star. Suazo wasted no time squashing any suggestion that he ever
considered signing with AC Milan, which made a last-ditch bid for him.
Suazo joins a loaded Inter Milan forward line including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Adriano, Hernan
Crespo and Julio Cruz, though recent reports have suggested that Ibrahimovic is ready for a move,
either to Man United or AC Milan.
Day two of Copa America features one of the tournament's most highly anticipated matches, Brazil
vs. Mexico (8:45pm, GolTV, Telefutura).
Brazil doesn't have Ronaldinho or Kaka but still has enough firepower to be considered the
favorite tonight against a Mexico squad that is reportedly in turmoil. Diego and Robinho (below)
lead the Brazil attack and they'll be looking to punish a Mexico defense that will be without key
starting defenders Ricardo Osorio and Carlos Salcido.
The Red Bulls have released defenders Taylor Graham and Tim Regan. Word came down late Tuesday
night. No word on when the Red Bulls will actually announce the moves, particularly since they have
yet to announce the Todd Dunivant-Kevin Goldthwaite deal.
The move doesn't come as a big surprise. Both Graham and Regan were given chances to play and
both struggled badly in the time they were given.
So much for Hugo Sanchez having things under control.
The Mexican national team is apparently in crisis as it prepares for Copa America. There are
reportedly riffs within the team, with some players who were fans of former coach Ricardo LaVolpe
forming one camp and supporters of Sanchez in another camp. There is even word that LaVolpe spoke
to some Mexican players during the Gold Cup, offering them advice.
The 2007 Copa America kicks off today with a pair of interesting matches. Uruguay faces Peru at
6pm and Venezuela meets Bolivia at 8:45pm. Both matches will air on GolTV. I'm not going to lie. I
will have the Peru flag out and will be cheering my family's nation on.
If you're looking for good info on the Copa America, here is the official website.
The Red Bulls and Toronto FC have made their second deal of the season. The Red Bulls shipped
left back Todd Dunivant to Toronto FC for left back Kevin Goldthwaite.
A source with knowledge of the trade has just informed me that the trade is not a straight swap.
The Red Bulls will actually pay a portion of Dunivan't salary in the deal, meaning the trade
doesn't even free up the large amount of cap space first thought to be created by this deal.
Hello all. I'm on the plane, getting ready for the trip back to New Jersey and I have to say
this was a great trip. Chicago has always been one of my favorite cities and I think I like it even
more. It's actually one of the few cities I would leave the New York/New Jersey area for (Hey, if
Henry can leave Arsenal, I suppose I could leave new Jersey).
Okay folks, I'm still not sure if I'll be able to handle a running commentary for this match
since I'm trying to catch a flight after the game and need to write as much of my Herald News as
possible but I will at least do a basic one. Let's get a roll call of readers who plan on following
along and taking part. That'll help me decide whether to crank out a full commentary or not.
Hello all, I'm here in Chi-town getting ready to go to the US national team press conference.
Nothing much going on over here but as news surfaces I'll pass it along. Keep an eye out for a
US-Mexico piece from me on ESPN.com. That should post later in the afternoon.
So here's the obvious question. What starting lineup would you use on Sunday if you were Bob
Amidst all the controversy surrounding the U.S. team's Copa America roster it was easy to forget
about Mexico's roster situation. As I reported last night, Mexico's European-based stars begged out
of the competition, leaving Hugo Sanchez to try and fill in the blanks.
I'm heading to downtown Chicago for today's press availability with the US national team. No,
still no word on the Copa America roster, but that's coming soon enough.
For those of you who haven't seen it, here is my column on the US-Canada game for ESPN.com.
There are player grades included so take a look at this and feel free to offer your own take on
grades and other observations from the game.
Good morning all. It's Friday and we're still waiting for the release of the U.S. Copa America
roster. No sign of them yet even though I was told last night that they would be out by 10am.
It was a crazy night at Soldier Field. You all know about the blown offside call already, as
well as Mexico's tough win against Guadeloupe. After the match Mexican players had some interesting
things to say about the final.
The dream Gold Cup final is now set. Mexico played some beautiful soccer but couldn't break
through on Guadeloupe until midfielder Pavel Pardo delivered a 30-yard blast into the top right
corner of the Guadeloupe goal to give Mexico a 1-0 victory on Thursday night.
The Mexicans will now face the United States in the highly-anticipated Gold Cup final on Sunday
at Soldier Field.
The Copa America rosters will be officially released on Thursday and the US national team won't
be the only team missing top players. Several of Mexico's top players have asked to be excused from
the Copa America roster. Pavel Pardo, Ricardo Osorio, Carlos Salcido and Nery Castillo have stated
their preference not to play in the tournament, citing a need for rest and important European
The offside call that negated Canada's potential equalizing goal against the US team was wrong.
The bad decision provided a disappointing ending to a rather exciting match. The United States won
2-1, but we'll never know what would have happened if the game had gone into overtime tied with
Canada playing a man up.
It was a disappointing performance by the Americans, particularly the way they handled
protecting their lead.
Some time tonight, US national team coach Bob Bradley will submit his roster for Copa America.
We haven't heard much about who may be on the roster but theories abound.
How many Gold Cup players will Bradley take? What European-based players that he hasn't taken a
look at yet will he call on now? What MLS players who have fallen off the radar is Bradley ready to
give a chance to?
Hello all, I've taken a little chill time in Chi-town today and I have to tell you the weather
here is amazing. Sunny but with a cool breeze off the lake.
After knocking out a portion of the Q&A (the rest is coming, I promise) I met up with the
Chicago Tribune's Luis Arroyave for lunch. Now it's his town and the guy can take me anywhere for
lunch and where do we wind up?
Okay folks, I know it's been a few days past when I was supposed to have the Q&A done but it's
been a bit of a busy week. That and some of the more elaborate questions from some of you made it
longer than usual for me to get through the questions.
Rather than keep you waiting, here are some of your questions answered (The rest will come
What a busy Wednesday in the soccer world. I thought I would be coming to Chicago for a simple
assignment, but news of Dave Sarachan's firing, word that there was no chance Peter Nowak would
take the job, as well late word of an MLS trade on the west coast kept me a bit swamped. Because of
that I wasn't able to finish the Q&A last night. I am working on it right now and will post as much
as I have done later this morning.
When the Chicago Fire announced the firing of Dave Sarachan today one name jumped to the top of
most people's lists as a leading candidate to replace him, Peter Nowak. Fire fans have long dreamed
of their former captain coming back to lead the team he captained to the 1998 MLS Cup title.
It's not happening.
According to sources in Chicago, Nowak has no intention of taking the job vacated by
Just a day after introducing newly-signed Honduran forward Carlos Pavon, the LA Galaxy have
added yet another attacking weapon to the bunch. According to sources on the West Coast, the Galaxy
have acquired veteran winger Chris Klein, dealing talented U.S. Under-20 national team
defender/midfielder Nathan Sturgis and talented young forward Robbie Findley to Real Salt Lake in
The press conference with Bob Bradley, Landon Donovan and Carlos Bocanegra just finished and one
of the interesting aspects of the session was Bradley revealing that he wouldn't submit the US
team's Copa America roster until after Thursday night's Gold Cup semifinal against Canada. The team
has until midnight Thursday night to submit it, meaning Bradley will have a few hours to make final
After taking two trains and a cab I have completed the treck from O'Hare Airport to Soldier
Field. The US team is about 45 minutes away from arriving and I'll be heading over for the
As you may have heard by now Dave Sarachan has been fired by the Chicago Fire. I swear I had
nothing to do with it (Unless Chicago dropping to 11th in the SBI rankings served as the last
Hello all. Apologies for the post-less morning but I was on my way to Chicago for the Gold Cup.
I've just landed at O'Hare and will be heading to Soldier Field for US and Mexico practice. Check
back later as I keep you all informed of my travels in the Windy City. It should be fun.
Just when you thought the Honduran star striker was all signed and sealed to go to Inter Milan
there is word out of Italy that AC Milan have swooped in to sign the best striker in CONCACAF. It
seems as if Suazo's current club, Cagliari, agreed to a transfer with AC Milan after Inter Milan
had already agreed to terms with Suazo. This should make for an interesting tug of war between the
Sorry to tease you kind folks but I will not be posting on the league's expansion situation.
What I will say is that nothing has changed as far as the New York area getting a second team
before 2010. The 2010 season is the earliest another area team could arrive. Reports have linked
the Mets to potentially buying a franchise but that's still more than two seasons away.
It is as an exciting a Gold Cup semifinal as we could have hoped for based on the brackets.
Canada, with its dynamic midfield, against a US team that has yet to lose and has allowed just one
It is no secret that the key to the match will be the play in midfield. Canada boasts a quintet
of midfielders in Julian DeGuzman, Atiba Hutchinson, Dwayne DeRosario, Paul Stalteri and Patrice
As I have stated in the past few months, I am working on a series of stories on the Red Bulls
youth program. The first of those stories ran in Tuesday's Herald News. This story is an overview
on the new league guidelines and how the Red Bulls are ahead of the league's other teams in this
area because they already had a quality system in place when most other teams had no real
Lost in the wake of the US national team's Gold Cup quarterfinal victory against Panama was
Landon Donovan stating that he would speak to Bob Bradley after the Gold Cup regarding Copa
America. When asked if he would play in the tournament Donovan would only say "I'm available". In
other words, a final decision has yet to be made, at least that's what his words suggested.
For those of you who didn't catch it this weekend, here is my column off the US-Panama match for
ESPN.com. Nothing earth-shattering, just some player analysis. I offered a bit of criticism of
Taylor Twellman, who still can't finish, and Frankie Hejduk, who still can't cross, but there were
more positives than negatives from that game.
I didn't touch on it in the column but I was impressed with Panama this tournament.
If you haven't heard by now, the Gold Cup has been rigged by CONCACAF to be a showcase
tournament for the US and Mexico, with the rest of the tournament's teams there just for show and
to provide some speed bumps before the pre-determined final between the Americans and Mexicans.
At least that's what seemingly every other team in the tournament is saying after a week filled
with questionable cards and bad officiating that didn't do much to hurt the US team or Mexico.
What a weekend of soccer action. Whether you're a Eurosnob (I mean fan of European soccer),
Major League Soccer, Latin American soccer or the US national team, there was some entertaining
soccer for you to enjoy.
What were the top stories this weekend? Here are some:
Real Madrid clinches La Liga title after comeback victory.
Guillermo Barros Schelotto put on a show for the Columbus Crew on Saturday night, scoring a
great goal and setting up another to help his team salvage a 3-3 tie against New England. Revs fans
had to be impressed by the Argentine's performance. What may set those same Revs fans off is word
that their own team could have signed Schelotto.
After the match, Schelotto admitted to Boston-based soccer writer Gerardo Cordero that the Revs
were in contact with Schelotto and they could have signed the Boca Juniors star before Columbus
The Red Bulls play host to the Wizards tonight in a battle for first place in the East. Juan
Pablo Angel has already scored just six minutes in to make it 1-0. Feel free to share your thoughts
on the game in this post. I'm writing Gold Cup stuff but will be checking in here at some
For those of you who missed it early today, I didn't have ESPN.com game previews for this
weekend's matches because there was no usual Friday piece this week (I'll be doing a column off the
With that in mind, here are my predictions for this week:
Columbus Crew at New England Revolution- Revs roll, even though the Crew does
give them fits everytime they play.
Okay folks, I'm at GIllette Stadium and will do a running commentary for those of you who can't
see the game or who just want to share some comments about the game. If you're going to be taking
part and following along please let me know in the comments section so I know there are folks who
For those of you who hadn't heard by now, the U.S. national team will be facing the Mexican
national team in an exhibition at Eztadio Azteca in Mexico City on Sept. 9th. Mexican federation
president Justino Compean let the cat out of the bag early last week when he told ESPN Deportes
that the rivals would meet in a friendly in Mexico.
The match is not completely official as there are still some contracts to be signed, but the
agreements have been made in principle and an announcement from the US side should come soon.
I just got word that the deal Carlos Pavon signed with the LA Galaxy is a four-year deal, with
only the 2007 season guaranteed. The rest of they years are option years. The deal will be
announced on Monday. Pavon will stay in the United States after Honduras completes its Gold Cup
run, but must still await the always exciting work visa process.
So I'm struggling to get out of bed today (casinos are the devil) but I will soon be ready to
roll to Gillette Stadium for today's tripleheader, featuring a pair of Gold Cup quarterfinals and a
Revs-Crew MLS match.
What do I see happening today? I think Canada handles Guatemala, the US team contains Panama's
defense in a 2-0 win and the Revs thrash Columbus.
The Los Angeles Galaxy's quest to land the signature of veteran Honduran forward Carlos Pavon
has come to a successful end. According a source with knowledge of the situation, Pavon has
completed a deal to join the Galaxy.
As first reported by the Washington Post, the Galaxy have been in hot pursuit of Pavon for a few
weeks now and managed to secure his services just as he has starred for Honduras during the Gold
Head coach Thomas Rongen announced the 21-man roster for the U.S. Under-20 national team ahead
of the upcoming Under-20 World Cup in Canada. Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Freddy Adu, Gabriel
Ferrari and Danny Szetela were among the players named to the squad.
Here is the full roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brian Perk (UCLA), Steve Sandbo (SMU), Chris Seitz (Real Salt
Lake) DEFENDERS (6): Tony Beltran (UCLA), Amaechi Igwe (New England Revolution), Ofori
Sarkodie (Indiana University), Nathan Sturgis (Columbus Crew), Julian Valentin (Wake Forest), Tim
Ward (Columbus Crew) MIDFIELDERS (6): Freddy Adu (Real Salt Lake), Bryan Arguez (D.
Jose Angulo, who is in the midst of a week-long training stint, has lined up his next MLS
training stint. The destination is none other than Columbus. He will be joining the Crew later this
month for a training, where he'll take the field alongside fellow Jersey products Danny Szetela and
As I stated in the post about his training stint with New England, Angulo cannot be signed
directly by an MLS team.
The quarterfinals are two days away and Bob Bradley has some tough decisions to make regarding
the US national team's starting ineup against Panama. After just watching Panama's group matches
over again (thanks, TIVO) I can tell you that the Panamanian attack will offer a much tougher test
than the Americans have seen to date, but their defense is vulnerable.
You knew it was going to happen. The question was when and where. Two players from the Cuban
Gold Cup team defected, one in New Jersey and another in Houston. One of the players, Lestor More,
was long regarded as the team's top forward, and was its star during the 2005 World Cup qualifying
One player who appears to have stayed with the team is Reynier Alcantara, the team's top goal
scorer during the tournament.
Hello folks. Sorry for the lack of posts today but yesterday's drive up to Foxboro, the slate of
stories I had to write, and today's drive back home to Jersey left me needing some time off. I'm
back though and will be checking out your comments and looking to catch you all up and whatever I
I wrote a column for ESPN.com on the US national team and its group stage performance in the
Gold Cup but it hasn't posted yet.
Jose Angulo's quest for a professional soccer contract has brought him to New England, where the
former St. Benedict's star and long-time Passaic County resident is training with the New England
Angulo went through his first training session with the Revs on Tuesday morning and will spend
the week with the club. The training stint is not a trial, because MLS rules prevent New England
from signing a player directly out of high school.
After months of uncertainty, Landon Donovan has finally revealed that he will be playing in Copa
America. Donovan told the Boston Globe that he will be playing in Copa America. The news shouldn't
have come as much of a surprise because it was no secret that US coach Bob Bradley and USSF
president Sunil Gulati wanted Donovan to play in the South American championship.
Since some of you can't watch the game, and some just want to talk about the game, I will be
doing a running commentary on the game. It won't be minute by minute but I will try to update
regularly. Feel free to discuss the match in the comments section below.
------------------------------------------------ 29th minute- The US team is content to knock the ball around and seems to have six
players in midfield at times with Dempsey, Donovan and Beasley dropping deep to get the ball.
What a week to have Ben Olsen. The DC United midfielder proved to be last week's winning lottery
ticket for the lucky owners who started him and collected his hat trick.
The week also saw long-time SBI League leader Taurine Machine knocked off the top spot, with
Hudson FC moving into first place. Both teams are still representing the league well, with Hudson
FC checking in at seventh overall and Taurine Machine at ninth.
So I read the reader comments regarding potential lineups and must say that there's one trend
that needs to be addressed.
Far to many observers of the national team fall into the trap of judging players solely on what
they do, and not on who they are doing these things against. Player B can have a better game than
Player A and for some, that's proof enough that they are better.
Houston Dynamo midfielder Dwayne DeRosario scored both goals for Canada to lift the Maple Leafs
to a 2-0 win and berth in the quarterfinals.
Costa Rica also reached the quarterfinals by virtue of its 1-0 victory against Guadeloupe.
Walter Centeno's highlight-reel free kick sealed it for the Ticos.
Canada will play the 1pm quarterfinal at Gillette Stadium on Saturday against the second place
team in Group B, which could be El Salvador or Guatemala (and yes, could even be Trinidad & Tobago,
if they beat Guatemala by two or more goals and El Salvador loses by less than what Guatemala
After watching more Gold Cup matches in five days than perhaps I have watched in the past two
tournaments combined I can safely say that this Gold Cup has been the most entertaining installment
of the tournament in years.
Here is how I see the 12 teams in the tournament looking so far this tournament (remember, just
for the games of this tournament):
2007 GOLD CUP POWER RANKINGS
USA (2-0)- Only team with two victories, Americans have managed to overcome
shaky refs without complaining, unlike certain other teams (cough, Mexico).
There are sore losers and then there is the Mexican national team.
To the surprise of no one, Mexico wasn't in much of a mood to give credit to Honduras after
Sunday's shocking 2-1 loss to 'Los Catrachos' at GIants Stadium. From coach Hugo Sanchez to the
king of sportsmanship, goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez, 'El Tri' was chock full of excuses as to how
they lost to a supposedly inferior Honduras squad.
The 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup is earning the name Tournament of Surprises after a pair of stunning
results at Giants Stadium. Carlos Costly scored two goals, including a 91st-minute game-winner, to
lift Honduras past Mexico, 2-1.
Mexican midfielder Cuauhtemoc Blanco lost his temper yet again, drawing a red card after
elbowing Honduran defender Samuel Caballero in the 48th minute to force Mexico to play the rest of
the match a man down.
Ben Olsen scored a hat-trick to lead DC to a 4-2 romp ahead of the Red Bulls at RFK Stadium.
Yes, you read that right. Ben Olsen scored three goals. The game was ugly, at least for the Red
Bulls, most of which looked like they were wearing lead uniforms considering how sluggish they
looked. Yes, the Red Bulls are still in first place but they aren't exactly playing great soccer
Just when I go and peg Canada as a Gold Cup title contender tiny Guadeloupe steps in and spoils
the party. The French island moved into first place in Group A with a stunning 2-1 upset of Canada
Jocelyn Angloma (above, left), yes the 42-year-old former French national team player, scored to
help push Guadeloupe into the driver's seat for a Quarterfinals berth.
Goals from Brian Ching and Eddie Johnson off beautiful plays from Justin Mapp and Landon Donovan
were enough to give the US national team a 2-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago in Gold Cup action
I will be digging into this match later on tonight. Fee free to post your thoughts on the game.
Did you like the young defense?
As many of you know, Friday night's Honduras-Panama match was Amado Guevara's first match back
at Giants Stadium. It was my first chance to talk to him in months, first chance to ask him about
his departure from MLS and about his return to Giants Stadium.
Guevara refused to talk. Not to the media in general, he just refused to talk to me.
After an early Cuba goal stunned the pro-Mexico crowd, and led to Honduran and Panamanian fans
cheering hard for Cuba, Mexico recovered and scored two goals to pull out a tougher than expected
2-1 victory at Giants Stadium on Friday night. Jared Borgetti and Nery Castillo scored goals for a
Mexico squad that played without a handful of regulars.
Hello all, I'm here at Giants Stadium and you will be surprised to hear that Honduran fans are
making up a majority of the fans in the stadium so far. Then again, Mexican fans are probably just
partying in the parking lot until it's time to watch 'El Tri' in the second game.
Amado Guevara is in the starting lineup for Honduras. We will see what he does tonight in his
first match back at Giants Stadium since the Red Bulls' playoff win against DC United last
Real Madrid and Barcelona are tied atop the Spanish First Division standings with two games to
play. Real Mardid holds the tie-breaker on better head-to-head record and Barcelona heads into its
derby game against Espanyol without Ronaldinho, who is suspended with a red card. Oh, and by the
way, Sevilla is sitting two points behind the co-leaders, hoping for a double slip.
So it's the morning after the US national team's 1-0 victory against Guatemala and I'm curious
to hear what the mood is among you US fans. Were you happy with the performance? Were you upset
with it? Do you accept it as the type of game to expect as a tournament favorite?
I happened to like the US team's performance, except for a 20-minute stretch in the second half
where they were on their heels and giving Guatemala too much of the ball and too much space.
I hate to be a spoiler but T&T's Silvio Spann hit a 50-yard free kick into the top corner of the
net against El Salvador. Yes, 50 yards. Insane. You have to see it. I'll post it as soon as someone
puts it on YouTube.
You would think that heading into a second leg of a home-and-home series down 3-1 would be too
tough to overcome. Not so for Boca Juniors, which overwhelmed Colombian club Cucuta, scoring a 3-0
victory to reach the Copa Libertadores final.
Hello all, sorry for the afternoon hiatus. I spent the day taking care of a few things but I am
I went to Giants Stadium to pick up my Gold Cup credential for tomorrow night. I tried to track
down Amado Guevara at the Honduras team hotel but had no luck. I'll try to talk to him after
tomorrow's game to see if he will talk about his Chivas USA divorce.
The US national team opens Gold Cup play tonight against Guatemala in a rematch of a scoreless
draw played in March. The Guatemalans bunkered in the last time around and we can expect a similar
strategy even though they have a new coach in charge and Freddy Thompson, Guatemala's top
midfielder, is injured.
Haiti was the heavy favorite and had the clear crowd advantage at Miami's Orange Bowl but they
couldn't turn that into an advantage on the field as Guadeloupe outplayed the Haitians in a 1-1 tie
in their Gold Cup opener.
If you didn't see the match you missed what was actually an exciting match. Guadelope has indeed
succeeded in bring in its European-based players and the team's quality showed throughout the
Deportivo La Coruna midfielder Julian DeGuzman scored a pair of beautiful goals to lift Canada
past Costa Rica in the opening match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. It was a well-played game that
either team could have won and it's definitely a good tone-setter for the tournament.
DeGuzman hit a top of the box blast just a minute after Costa Rica's Walter Centeno hit a nice
curling shot for the opening goal, then he added his second in the second half on a perfect chip
over Costa Rica's goalkeeper.
What any ugly 45 minutes for the Red Bulls? I get it, they have injuries, but that excuse
doesn't explain some of the stuff going on tonight.
The Markus Schopp at right back experiment failed. Here's a question. Why didn't the Red Bulls
sign Chris Leitch? To be fair it may be a red tape problem, since Columbus has to be given a chance
to match any offer the Red Bulls make.
Tonight marks the first set of games in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and I can tell you that the
opening match is an exciting one. Canada vs. Costa Rica. The second match, Haiti vs. Guadaloupe,
isn't as appealing but it could wind up being just as entertaining.
Here is a closer look at these teams:
CANADA vs. COSTA RICA
Two teams with dangerous attacks and less than stellar defenses square off in what could be a
With injuries still plaguing the Red Bulls, Bruce Arena must try to put together a starting 11
that can not only punish Toronto FC's vulnerable defense, but can also contain TFC's dangerous
attack. That's no easy task with your two starting fullbacks out injured.
Here is the starting lineup I see Arena using tonight:
Today is a good day to be a soccer fan. There are games all day. If you want some European
flavor then you have some Euro qualifiers in the afternoon. If MLS and CONCACAF is more your taste
then you have matches in the evening. There is even a tantalizing South American club match worth
watching. There's something for everybody.
Here is the full slate of soccer games on TV on Wednesday.
The CONCACAF Gold Cup is set to begin in two days and I know some of you can't wait for it to
If you're fiending for your Gold Cup fix, I've got the thing for you. Here is my preview of the
tournament, with breakdowns of all 12 teams. Now it isn't overly in-depth. Obviously there were
some issues getting information on some teams, but it's something good to digest before the
When I decided to blog about Landon Donovan's Copa America quandary I knew it would bring about
a strong reaction from two very vocal contingents, the Landon lover and the Landon haters. The
thing is, I'm not in either camp.
After listening to some of the arguments, and looking at the LA Galaxy's schedule in July, I
have changed my mind.
We have ourselves a pretty good two-horse race atop the SBI Fantasy MLS League standings, with
Taurine Machine holding steady but Hudson FC closing in on the leaders. Both teams are currently in
the top five in the entire MLS fantasy game.
It was a very good week to have Eddie Johnson and Andrew Boyens, but not such a good week to
have Roberto Brown, Kevin Harmes or Chris Gbandi (all of which I had and none of which who
The Kansas City Wizards are for real. Yes, they may have gotten some help from an overzealous
referee on Saturday but still did their part to thrash the Red Bulls and move into first place in
the Eastern Conference.
Now we will find out whether the Wizards can keep it going without top scorer and hat-trick
master Eddie Johnson. At least KC won't be alone in losing players to the Gold Cup, though the Red
Bulls and DC United are poised to take advantage of not losing any players to the tournament.
Since I know there's plenty of clamor for Chris Leitch to be signed, and many of you were
dreading what might come from negotiating with the Columbus Crew, I made a few phone calls to find
out just what Leitch's status was. Here is what I found out.
The new league rule regarding waived free agents states that a team has the right of first
refusal on any offer made to the player they waived.
Former US national team defender Tony Sanneh is set to join the Red Bulls. No he hasn't signed a
deal just yet. He is recovering from off-season hip surgery (may not be his hip, source wasn't
clear) and will join the team starting Tuesday for rehab. The thought process is that he will get a
serious look once he is healthy.
This news isn't a surprise given the shaky state of the defense, what with Jeff Parke dealing
with hamstring tightness and Taylor Graham looking shaky as the No.
There isn't really any new to the story that Landon Donovan is uncertain about going to Copa
America but I haven't really chimed in on the subject. After reading the latest round of stories on
Donovan's indecision I came away feeling as if he should probably either make a decision or keep
quiet about it until he does.
Every time Donovan starts with the hemming and hawing about Copa and wanting to stay with the LA
Galaxy, who are struggling, it all just feels a bit phony.
Goals from DaMarcus Beasley, Benny Feilhaiber, Clint Dempsey and Oguchi Onyewu gave the US
national team a 4-1 win against China in San Jose on Saturday.
Solid performances all around, particularly in midfield, where Feilhaber and Michael Bradley
looked good in making their cases to start in the Gold Cup. Clint Dempsey didn't have a great game
before his goal and the back-line was okay.
Some absolute craziness from Denmark. Long story short, Sweden and Denmark in a crucial Euro
qualifier and Sweden jumps out to 3-0 lead, Denmark fights back and ties match 3-3 but before the
match ends a Denmark defender punches a Swedish player. The referee red cards the Danish defender
and awards a penalty kick. This is when some whacked out Danish fans storms the field and takes a
swing at the referee.
Clint Mathis got an unwarranted red card and Jeff Parke left the match at half-time. Those two
events helped the Wizards slice and dice the Red Bulls defense like a Japanese chef. Eddie Johnson
netted a hat-trick but the story was the Wizards ability to pick apart the Red Bulls.
Is it panic time in Red Bulls land? What Saturday showed us is that not even Bruce Arena can
find a a way to win missing three of four defenders, his goalkeeper and play a man down against one
of the league's best.
(I will be updating this post repeatedly so check back in throughout the evening)
Hello folks. We're less than a half hour away from the marathon that will be watching Red
Bulls-Wizards and USA/China. I'm Tivoing both and will be flipping back and forth, offering my take
on the games. If you're reading this then chances are you didn't A) get to go to either game or B)
didn't make it to a bar or gathering for it.
Good afternoon folks. It's a beautiful Saturday, that is unless you're my fantasy soccer
As some of you may have already noticed, my SBI Fantasy League team is fielding not one, but
three players this weekend who will not be playing MLS matches. Roberto Brown, Kevin Harmes and
Chris Gbandi are away on international duty. I suppose I deserve that after not spending much time
throwing my team together.
Ronald Waterreus, Hunter Freeman and Todd Dunivant did NOT travel to Kansas City and are
therefore out for this weekend's game against the Wizards. (And last I heard, there were no
injuries from the practice facility to the plane. I can't account for anything that happened
in-flight. As you know, traveling in economy can sometimes by rough.)
Okay, so maybe it wasn't overly exciting, but the Brazil-England friendly still offered some
good glimpses of skill and I think it suffered a bit from Brazil's players looking a bit tired and
England's players looking a bit like they didn't want to get hurt before the next Euro
No, there weren't any real Wow goals but just watching Kaka and Ronaldinho on the ball made the
match worth watching.
No players were injured in today's practice session, the final session before the team travels
to Kansas City for Saturday's match against the Wizards.
For those of you who haven't been paying attention, the Red Bulls had lost starters to injuries
in the final practice before gameday for two straight weeks (Claudio Reyna two weeks ago and Todd
Dunivant last week).
I know, it's only a friendly, but if you can't get excited about the star power on display for
the England-Brazil friendly at Wembley Stadium today then I don't know what to tell you. The game
starts at 3pm and is airing on Fox Soccer Channel. Needless to say, I will be watching this
Ronaldinho and Kaka vs. Lampard and Gerrard. It should be fun.
After getting some requests from members of the SBI Posse to add a podcast to the rotation I
have begun to give serious though to doing just that. Before I make a decision and go to my
newspaper's internet people to make a podcast happen I figured I would ask you all if a weekly
podcast is something you would be interested in.
Everybody's favorite Peruvian striker is close to joining Chelsea on a free transfer. Claudio
Pizarro, whose contract at Bayern Munich expired, is set to join the Blues where he will provide a
potential partner for Didier Drogba.
As someone who isn't a big fan of Chelsea's style of play but is obviously a fan of Pizarro I'm
torn on this over.