Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2007

Szetela's decision imminent

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Danny Szetela has not signed with Roma, Brescia or even new player Newcastle United. At least not yet.

Conflicting reports have the Clifton-born midfielder headed to everywhere from Rome to England but as of early this evening Szetela has yet to sign a deal with anybody. Sources close to Szetela insist that the Columbus Crew midfielder has yet to decide where he will move to next.

Champions League Groups Drawn

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The Groups for the 2007/2008 UEFA Champions League were drawn on Thursday and the draw is offering up some juicy match-ups as usual.

Here is the group rundown (With a skinny on each group):

Group A: Liverpool, Porto, Marseille, Besiktas- Porto's a strong team but Liverpool gets an easy draw here.

Beckham likely out six weeks

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You knew David Beckham was finished as soon as the challenge happened.

Beckham will be sidelined for up to six weeks with a sprained ligament in his right knee suffered during the LA Galaxy's SuperLiga final loss to Pachuca on Wednesday night. It is an injury that will force Beckham to miss England's upcoming European Championship qualifiers as well as most of the remainder of the MLS season.

Szetela to Brescia?

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Word is trickling down early this morning that Clifton native and Columbus Crew midfielder Danny Szetela is set to sign with Italian Serie B side Brescia. There are conflicting accounts about this situation, with sources placing Szetela in Italy while other sources say no deal is done yet. What is clear at this point is that Szetela's transfer future will be determined in the next 24 hours.

SuperLiga Final (Running Commentary)

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Good evening folks. We have the Los Angeles Galaxy and Pachuca facing off in the inaugural SuperLiga final.

The match is on Telefutura so for those of you who can't see it I will try to provide you with some commentary on the match. Fellow SBI readers can also chime in on the match.

Share your comments and thoughts on the match below.

A little soccer for breakfast

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For those of you who are morning people there is some soccer for you to watch.

The U.S. Under-17 national team will face Germany on Thursday morning (7am Eastern Time) in the second round of the U-17 World Cup. The game will be shown live on ESPNU.

The young Americans reached the secound round of the World Cup after a 2-0 win against Belgium.

SuperLiga Final (Running Commentary)

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Good afternoon folks. I'll be taking a break from the blog this afternoon but will be back tonight to follow the SuperLiga final between the Galaxy and Pachuca.

Feel free to share some comments on tonight's match, and whatever else is going on in the soccer world, between now and the final.

Riquelme to join Atletico Madrid

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Atletico Madrid continued its busy summer transfer period by adding Argentine playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme. Reports out of Spain are reporting that Riquelme is set to sign a two-year deal with Atletico after spending last season with Boca Juniors following his falling out with Villareal.

Riquelme will join Simao Sabroso, Diego Forlan and Jose Antonio Reyes as Atletico's top summer additions, with Fernando Torres the big name to depart.

Prelude to a Gooch deal?

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Good morning all. Nothing major going on in the European transfer front but one deal announced this morning makes you wonder if an American will be on the move.

Fulham sold defender Zat Knight to Aston Villa for 3.5 million pounds, which could clear the way for Fulham to add central defender Oguchi Onyewu. No, there aren't any reports surfacing on that potential move yet but Fulham had been linked to Onyewu earlier in the summer.

Beckham set to play in tonight's SuperLiga final

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David Beckham appears ready to play for the LA Galaxy in tonight's SuperLiga final against Pachuca.

Beckham and Landon Donovan are set to return to the lineup after missing the Galaxy's 3-0 loss to Colorado with various injuries. Will that be enough to defeat the Mexican champions? I'm not so sure about that one.

Rumors of Frank Yallop stepping down as Galaxy head coach have been swirling throughout the weekend but Yallop is still in charge as of today.

Transfer window set to close

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Good afternoon folks. We stand three days away from the close of the European transfer window and teams and players are scrambling to make moves.

Whether it is Dani Alves still trying to leave Sevilla or Manchester United and Manchester City searching for forwards, there should be some good action in these coming days.

Here is my question to you.

You Write the Caption (Monday's Best)

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You guys haven't lost your collective touch. There were some very funny entries for Monday's You Write the Caption. The picture of Sepp Blatter wearing a size small uniform was classic, as were some of your captions.

Here are the 10 best:

10. In a stunning turn of events, Grandpa Munster made his triumphant debut from the grave, joining the Transilvanian National Team, only to be red carded for biting!

Solskjaer to retire

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Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solkjaer will officially retire today, ending a prolonged battle with injuries and putting an end to a career that deserved a better finish.

Solskjaer will forever be remembered for scoring the game-winning goal in Man U's amazing comeback victory over Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.

His sudden retirement leaves Man U with just one healthy forward, Carlos Tevez, adding fuel to the speculation that the club will find another forward before the transfer window closes on Friday.

How big a deal is Denilson?

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FC Dallas introduced its first designated player signing on Monday, hailing Brazilian midfielder Denilson as a player second only to Beckham in terms of significance among the league's recent high-profile signings.

Is he really? Yes, we all know he was once sold for a record transfer fee (which was nine years ago and you won't find many people who will call that a successful purchase) and yes he is a World Cup winner (though unlike the previous three world cup winners to sign with MLS, Denilson wasn't a key figure on the World Cup winner he played for).

You Write the Caption

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Yes, it has been a while, but You Write the Caption is back. I had to bring it back after seeing this photo.

It is a picture of none other than Sepp Blatter, looking spry in a snug soccer uniform that makes you wonder what the video of this event must have looked like. Enjoy.

Referee Marcus Merk gives Sepp Blatter a red card for trying to wear a size medium jersey.

(The rest of) Your Questions Answered (Finally)

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As promised, here are the rest of your questions from two weeks ago finally answered. Apologies for the extended delay but you folks set a new record for questions and it coincided with a busy time for me. I'll be sure to put a cap on questions next time so I can get the answers out more quickly.

Now, without further ado, your questions answered:

RAUL- You wrote about how the central defender for the Chicago Fire is on the trading block and how Tony Sanneh rights are owned by the Rapids.

Monday Morning Center Back (Don't call it a comeback)

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Good morning folks. Sorry for not posting sooner but I got caught up trying to finish off the Q&A leftovers from two weeks ago. That will post later this morning so look out for that.

This morning I wanted to focus on the suddenly rejuvenated MLS playoff race. Just when the playoff's eight teams seemed settled, we have had two teams re-emerge from their early-season struggles to make things interesting.

The Own Goal

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If you're still in shock from this weekend's Red Bulls-Revolution match you aren't alone. The game-deciding own goal left many speechless and left the Red Bulls wondering why they are so cursed at Gillette Stadium.

If you actually missed the own goal when it originally happened you are not alone. Not only did I not see the ball go in the net (I was typing away before hearing the loud roar from the crowd) but Carlos Mendes didn't see it go in the net either.

Red Bulls vs. Revolution (Running commentary)

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Hello folks. We're about to kick off. Check here for a running commentary on the match:

PRE-GAME- The Red Bulls are 7-0-2 in their past nine meetings at Gillette Stadium. Will they turn it around? It depends on whether Reyna, Mathis and Vide can win the battle of the central midfield. Do that and they win.

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PRE-GAME- Just came from the stands where the ESC and Kearny Army are representing Red Bulls fans well.

Red Bulls starting lineup tonight

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Here is the lineup for tonight:

--------------Angel---------Altidore-------------

Mathis-------------------------------------Richards

------------------Vide----Reyna-------------------

Goldthwaite----------------------------------Leitch

------------Stammler-------Parke-----------------

----------------------Conway-----------------------

Freeman goes to the bench following his disastrous showing vs.

Conway to start tonight

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Good afternoon all. I'm at Gillette Stadium and just got word that Jon Conway will start in goal. Ronald Waterreus is not with the team due to personal reasons so Danny Cepero will be the back-up.

I'll have the lineup shortly so check back here in a bit.

For those of you who haven't seen it, here is my preview story on tonight's Red Bulls-Revs match.

Red Bulls sign Francis Doe

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The Red Bulls officially signed Francis Doe today, clearing the way for him to dress for tonight's match against New England.

The 21-year-old Liberian-born forward/wing midfielder will provide the Red Bulls with cover on the flanks and makes it even more likely that Markus Schopp won't play another minute this year.

The Red Bulls put Santino Quaranta on season-ending injured reserve to make room on the roster for Doe, who is a senior roster player.

My crack at the Red Bulls lineup vs. New England

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Good evening folks. I'm in Massachusetts ahead of Saturday's New England-Red Bulls match and here is my take on the lineup Bruce Arena will use against the Revs:

----------Angel---------Altidore-------------

Mathis--------------------------------Richards

---------------Vide----Reyna-------------------

Leitch----------------------------------Freeman

---------Stammler-----Mendes-----------------

-------------------Conway-----------------------

The players I'm unclear on are Conway and the fullbacks.

Beckham will not play vs. Colorado

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To the surprise of no one, David Beckham will not travel with the Los Angeles Galaxy for their upcoming road game against the Colorado Rapids. A source confirmed on Friday night that Beckham will stay home and rest his injured left ankle.

Fresh off three full matches in a six day span, Beckham will not be able to recover in time for Sunday's match and his status for Wednesday's SuperLiga final against Pachuca is in doubt.

TGIF: A great soccer weekend

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Good afternoon all. Apologies for the lack of posts today but I'm heading to Boston for the Red Bulls-Revolution game so I've been a bit busy. I did manage to crank out an ESPN.com column on the sad state of the LA Galaxy. Not sure when that is running but keep an eye out for that this weekend.

With all the great soccer action on TV as well as some good MLS matches for people to attend I couldn't help but wonder what you folks will be doing this weekend soccer-wise.

This weekend's soccer on TV

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The start of the Serie A and La Liga seasons highlight this weekend's soccer TV action. Barcelona, led by the trinity of Messi, Henry and Ronaldinho, will look to win back the title it lost to Real Madrid last season. Juventus will make its return to the first division after a one-year banishment to Serie A.

You name the big club and it will be on TV this weekend.

McBride out until Christmas

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Former US national team forward Brian McBride will be sidelined until Christmas after knee surgery for a dislocated patella.

McBride is back in the United States, where he is about to embark on a lengthy rehab.

Fulham just recently signed American goalkeeper Kasey Keller to bring the number of Americans on its roster to four, but only three will be around until Christmas now.

Chivas USA thrashes the Galaxy, 3-0 as Beckham plays 90 minutes (Again)

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Maykel Galindo scored two goals and David Beckham played yet another 90 minutes, but it wasn't enough as the LA Galaxy dropped a 3-0 decision to arch-rival Chivas USA on Thursday night.

Beckham played his third full match in six days and left the field with a pronounced limp after spending the last minutes of the match grimacing in pain.

Brazil announces roster for USA-Brazil match

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Ronaldinho, Kaka and Robinho will lead Brazil when it takes on the US national team on Sept. 8th in Chicago.

Brazil announced its 23-man roster on Thursday and the squad is a full-strength team. Here it is:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Doni (Roma), Julio Cesar (Inter Milan)
DEFENDERS (8): Maicon (Inter Milan), Daniel Alves (Sevilla), Alex Silva (São Paulo), Lúcio (Bayern Munich), Juan (Roma), Alex (Chelsea), Kleber (Santos), Gilberto (Hertha Berlin),
MIDFIELDERS (8): Gilberto Silva (Arsenal), Mineiro (Hertha Berlin), Josué (VfL Wolfsburg), Fernando (Bordeaux), Elano (Manchester City), Kaká (AC Milan), Julio Baptista (Real Madrid), Diego (Werder Bremen)
FORWARDS (4): Ronaldinho (Barcelona), Robinho (Real Madrid), Vagner Love (CSKA Moscow), Afonso (SC Heerenveen)

Fulham signs Kasey Keller

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Kasey Keller has found a job and it is with a team that has shown an affinity for signing Americans.

Fulham has signed Keller, who should step in and become the team's starter. If you haven't seen the amazing blunder by current Fulham goalkeeper Tony Warner last weekend you missed a real howler. Regular starter Antti Niemi is injured, which means Keller could have a chance to play a key role for the Cottagers.

Real Madrid building a monster

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Good morning folks. I'm sure you were expecting me to start the morning off with some comments on either the US national team's loss to Sweden or the Red Bulls loss to DC United on Wednesday. Those are coming. I wanted to start this Thursday off by talking about Real Madrid's construction of a team that is now set to challenge Barcelona not only for the La Liga title, but the Champions League title.

Chelsea gives up on Alves, signs Belletti

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Chelsea's on-again, off-again chase for Sevilla star right back Dani Alves has ended with the London club moving on and landing Barcelona defender Belletti instead.

Reports out of England suggest that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich squashed Chelsea's bid for Alves because of the outrageous transfer fee Sevilla was demanding for the young Brazilian.

US Under-17 team routed by Tunisia, 3-1

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So much for the current US Under-17 national team being the best US team ever.

The Americans suffered their second straight loss in two matches on Thursday, dropping a 3-1 decision to Tunisia in the Under-17 World Cup in South Korea. A pair of first half penalties gave Tunisia the lead and US penalty in the 90th minute was too little, too late.

Beckham's world tour a disaster waiting to happen

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When David Beckham walked off the field against the Red Bulls on Saturday, it was tough to believe that he just played 90 minutes on the Giants Stadium turf. Even more mind-boggling than that is the fact that Beckham played ANOTHER 90 minutes on Wednesday for England against Germany.

Despite the fact that Beckham could barely break a full sprint, England manager Steve McLaren kept him on the field for the full 90 minutes in a friendly against Germany that England wound up losing.

Red Bulls lineup tonight vs. DC United

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Hello all. I'm here at RFK Stadium, or as the Red Bulls like to call it, hell. I'm hearing that the crowd tonight will be pretty good. The Red Bulls will be in for a tough one tonight.

Here are the starting lineups for tonight's match between the Red Bulls and DC United at RFK Stadium:

RED BULLS

-------------Angel------------Wolyniec---------------

VDB-----------------------------------------------Richards

-----------------Vide----------Mathis------------------

Leitch---------------------------------------------Freeman

----------------Parke--------Mendes----------------

-----------------------Waterreus--------------------------

Claudio Reyna is NOT on the bench for the Red Bulls.

Red Bulls vs. DC United (Running Commentary)

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Hello all. We're close to kickoff here at RFK Stadium for the Red Bulls-DC United match. It should be a good one.

Do not panic of Altidore's benching. It's mainly a move to get him some rest during a busy week. In case you don't remember, Altidore wore himself out in the Galaxy game and could barely walk off the field on Saturday.

Now, onto the commentary.

US lineup vs. Sweden

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Here's the lineup:

--------Donovan--------Dempsey------------

Beasley-------------------------------Bradley

----------Feilhaber----Mastroeni---------

Bornstein--------------------------Cherundolo

---------Bocanegra----Onyewu---------------

-------------------Howard-------------------

Bradley does play the right flank at Heerenveen so he could go there, or the formation could be this also:

Beasley-----------Dempsey----------------Donovan

--------------------Feilhaber-------------------------

----------Mastreoni--------Bradley-----------------

Bornstein--------------------------------Cherundolo

-----------Bocanegra-------Onyewu----------------

---------------------Howard-------------------------

What do you think of this lineup?

USA vs. Sweden (Your running commentary)

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Good afternoon all. We're getting close to kickoff and I figured I should get a post up on the game where you all can place your comments on the match. I won't be able to do a running commentary on this match but feel free to comment throughout the match.

Fire away and enjoy the match.

SBI Reader Roll Call

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(Okay folks, I tried this and got a great response a month ago. The the number of readers growing so much each month I figured I would give it a try again to get more information on the people reading this blog.)

You've heard about the SBI Mafia, but what remains unknown is where all the readers are checking in from. There have been comments from all over the US, Europe and Asia.

Where will you be watching USA-Sweden?

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Good morning all. I'll be in DC tonight for the Red Bulls-DC United tilt and I couldn't help but wonder where most of you will be watching this afternoon's USA-Sweden friendly. The 2:30pm kickoff isn't great for you 9-to-5ers out there but I know many of you will be sneaking out of work to see this game live.

Where will you be watching? Let us know where you'll be checking the game out.

Who starts vs. Sweden?

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We're a day away from the US national team's friendly against Sweden and it is time to think about what starting XI Bob Bradley will use.

Sweden boasts deadly forwards and a dynamic midfield, but their defense can be beaten. With that in mind, here is my shot at a starting US lineup:

---------------------Ching----------------------

Beasley-----------Donovan------------Dempsey

-------------Bradley------Mastroeni----------

Bornstein----------------------------Cherundolo

--------------Onyewu----Bocanegra------------

--------------------Howard---------------------

DeMerit for Onyewu/Bocanegra are possibilities but I think this will be the lineup.

My last Beckham column (for a while)

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Good morning folks. If you're looking for some early-morning reading here is a link to my Herald News column today. The column is on Saturday's match and why the Red Bulls need to capitalize on the momentum.

For those of you wondering about how the English star is doing over in England, Beckham took part in some light jogging in Monday's practice and looks like a long-shot to play.

Former Spain and Real Madrid coach takes over Benfica

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Former Spain and Real Madrid coach Jose Antonio Camacho has taken over as Benfica's new coach, two days after the club fired Fernando Santos (Camacho is on the right).

What will this mean for Freddy Adu. We will soon find out.

Tottenham bids on Riquelme

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Struggling EPL side Tottenham may have found the answer to spark its floundering attack. Reports surfacing out of Europe have the London club making a move for Argentine playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme. It may not help save manager Martin Jol's job, but acquiring Riquelme could help Tottenham salvage a season that started terribly before last weekend's romp over Derby.

You write the Caption (Last week's winners)

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What can I say? Finding funny soccer pictures is getting tougher and tougher.

I really couldn't find any good ones so I didn't do another YWTC last week after Monday. Then again, Monday's entry was probably worth a week of laughs.

So here they are, the best entries for this rather unfortunate photo of Ricardo Clark and Pablo Mastroeni:

  1. So you think you can dance?

Your chance to see Red Bulls/Galaxy AGAIN

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Did you miss the insane nine-goal display on Saturday between the Red Bulls and Galaxy? Don't fret. You'll have several chances to watch it again.

MSG is showing replays of the match this week. Here is the schedule:

  • Tuesday- 9pm, 11pm and 1am
  • Wednesday- 12pm, 2pm, 6pm

That's six chances to see the best MLS soccer game all year, the kind of game you need to make a DVD for your archives.

Tajikistan shocks United States at U-17 World Cup

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Tiny Tajikistan scored four goals, coming from behind on two occasions, to beat the United States, 4-3, in the Under-17 World Cup in South Korea.

A stunning game-winning goal from Fatkhulio Fatkhuloev capped a back-and-forth affair that saw the Americans take 1-0 and 3-2 leads, only to have Tajikistan come back with some stellar strikes.

Monday Morning Centerback (A look back at Saturday)

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Good morning all. Here we are, two days removed from one of the most exciting and entertaining games in MLS history and there is still so much to discuss.

You have David Beckham putting on a show, Juan Pablo Angel stating his case as the best forward in MLS history, Jozy Altidore leaving us in awe over his skills at the ripe old age of 17 and Clint Mathis reminding us that he is a big-game player.

Eddie Lewis completes Derby move

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The rumored Eddie Lewis to Derby County move has been completed.

Lewis joins fellow American Benny Feilhaber on a Derby squad that is off to a rough start in the EPL.

I still think it's safe to say that Lewis will come back and play for the expansion San Jose team in 2008 but he will have at least one year to strut his stuff in the EPL after playing really well in the lower levels of England the past few years.

Welcome to Europe Freddy

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Freddy Adu is getting a quick education in how different European soccer is from Major League Soccer.

Benfica manager Fernando Santos was fired after one league match, a draw against newly-promoted Leixos. That's right. One match. Santos should send his resume to clubs in MLS, where you can go months without a win and still keep your job.

Red Bulls topple Beckham's Galaxy in 5-4 goal-fest

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They came to see David Beckham, but were treated to much, much more. A crowd of 66,237 converged on Giants Stadium to see Beckham play his first Major League Soccer match in the area on Saturday night and he treated them to an early display of his magic, assisting on a pair of goals just eight minutes into the match.

Little did the fans know that those early goals were just the start of one of the most exciting soccer matches ever played here.

Starting Lineups (Red Bulls vs. Galaxy)

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Here are the starting lineups for tonight's match:

RED BULLS

------------Angel-------Altidore------------

VDB------------------------------------Richards

------------Mathis-------Vide---------------

Leitch---------------------------------Freeman

------------Stammler----Parke---------------

------------------Waterreus-------------------

GALAXY

-------------Pavon-------Gordon-------------

Martin------------------------------------Donovan

-------------Beckham-----Harmse-------------

Randolph------Jazic-------Harden-------Klein

----------------------Cannon---------------------

No Reyna for the Red Bulls and no Abel Xavier for the Galaxy.

Red Bulls vs. LA Galaxy (Running commentary)

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Okay folks, I'm going to try and do a running commentary. I have two stories going for the Herald News so I may not post as frequently as normal. Please add your comments on the match below:

3rd minute- Beckham's first touch went out of bounds, shortly after the Galaxy defense nearly helped the Red Bulls score in the first minute.

David Beckham is STARTING tonight

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David Beckham will be in the starting lineup for tonight's match between the Galaxy and Red Bulls. I just got the word from a good source. That should help to the already good buzz surrounding tonight's match.

I'm at Giants Stadium and the fans are already out in full force. Should be a good day.

Remember where you heard it first.

Michael Bradley starts, plays 90 for Heerenveen in draw

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U.S. national team midfielder Michael Bradley started and played 90 minutes in Heerenveen's season-opening scoreless draw with Willem II on Friday.

Fresh off a busy summer that saw him play well for the US national team at the Gold Cup and be nominated for the Gold Ball Award at the Under-20 World Cup, Bradley has earned a starting role with the Dutch club after a season in which he struggled for playing time.

Eddie Lewis heading to Derby County

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U.S. national team left winger Eddie Lewis is leaving the disaster known as Leeds and is heading to newly-promoted EPL side Derby County. Lewis will join fellow American Benny Feilhaber, who just recently completed a move to Derby from Hamburg.

Lewis, Leeds player of the year last season, reunites with Derby coach Billy Davies, who was his coach at Preston North End.

(Some of) Your Questions Answered

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Hello folks. I'm sure some of you are waiting for me to finish the latest Q&A session. I was able to answer some of the questions but there were way too many to get to, particularly this week.

In honor of David Beckham's arrival in the area this weekend I will post my answers to the first 23 questions posted by you, the SBI readers (I'll post the rest over the weekend):

JOE- What's your take on the Toronto supporters' insistence on throwing streamers and the like at players taking corners?

The All-American EPL Best XI

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In honor of Eddie Lewis' arrival in the EPL (and thanks to the suggestion of an SBI reader) here is the All-American EPL Best XI:

-------Brian McBride-----------Johann Smith------

Bobby Convey--------------------------Clint Dempsey

------Benny Feilhaber----Carlos Bocanegra-------

Eddie Lewis--------------------------------Eric Lichaj

---------Jay DeMerit*---Jonathan Spector---------

--------------------Tim Howard--------------------

Okay, so we need DeMerit to be sold to Fulham (Which is a possibility) to fill out a full starting XI.

Pre-sale for Galaxy-Red Bulls surpasses 60,000

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As you might have expected, tickets for Saturday's match between the Red Bulls and Galaxy are going fast.

The number of tickets already sold has gone past 60,000 and could reach 70,000 by Saturday afternoon, especially given weather forecasts that are calling for a sunny afternoon followed by a clear night. A strong walk-up crowd could result in a crowd comparable to the one that saw the Red Bulls play Barcelona last year.

All Beckham all the time

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If you're tired of hearing about David Beckham then this isn't the weekend for you.

Beckham will be training with the LA Galaxy at Montclair State today at noon. After that he will join Juan Pablo Angel and Jozy Altidore at a soccer clinic in Harlem at 3pm. He will then cap his media tour with a press conference in Manhattan at 5pm.

Red Bulls Practice Report (Thursday)

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Hello all. Apologies for the delay in getting this posted but I had a bunch of stuff to get out of the way ahead of tomorrow's Beckham marathon. Here is the rundown from Red Bulls practice:

This is what the starting lineup looks like based on how the team trained today:

-----------Angel---------Altidore-------------

VDB------------------------------------Richards

--------------Vide---------Mathis-------------

Leitch---------------------------------Freeman

-----------Stammler------Parke----------------

-------------------Waterreus-------------------

Claudio Reyna did not train with the team.

Off to Red Bulls practice

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Hello all. I'll be heading to Montclair State for Red Bulls practice so I won't be posting for a short while.

Check back in this afternoon for a Red Bulls update along with posts on other topics. Also, feel free to comment on whatever soccer subjects you want to below.

Beckham's gem makes Saturday match a can't-miss

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If you were waiting to see what David Beckham did on Wednesday night before buying tickets for Saturday's Red Bulls-Galaxy match you had better hurry. Tickets aren't likely to last much longer.

Beckham's stunning goal and assist performance in Los Angeles' 2-0 win against DC United on Wednesday served to re-ignite the buzz surrounding Saturday's match at Giants Stadium, making the remaining 20,000 or so tickets that had been available a must-have.

Chelsea's Alves bid rejected

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Chelsea's search for a quality right back was thought to have ended with the acquisition of Brazilian starlet Dani Alves, at least until Sevilla rejected Chelsea's bid for Alves.

Does this mean Chelsea's quest is over? Not really. You should expect Chelsea to up their offer. Whether it will be enough to make Sevilla budge remains to be seen.

Beckham shines in first start, leads LA to SuperLiga victory

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David Beckham made his first start for the Galaxy a memorable one, delivering a picture-perfect free kick goal (his first) and assisting on a Landon Donovan goal (his first assist) to help the Galaxy beat DC United in the SuperLiga semifinal on Wednesday night at Home Depot Center.

Beckham left DC goalkeeper Troy Perkins helpless as he curled home a 27th-minute free kick from 30 yards out to give LA the lead.

Beckham Starting Tonight

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I just got word that David Beckham will be starting tonight against DC United in their SuperLiga semifinal.

If Beckham is starting then he must be ready to play more than just a half. It will be interesting how much of an effect he'll have on the struggling Galaxy attack.

I won't be doing a running commentary on the match but you can feel free to share your thoughts on the match in the comments section of this post.

Beckham set to play tonight (Good news or bad news?)

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David Beckham will play for the Los Angeles Galaxy tonight against DC United in the SuperLiga semifinal at Home Depot Center. That is good news for Galaxy fans that have had little else to feel good about recently. Or is it?

Beckham has yet to play in consecutive matches and the combination of playing tonight and having to travel cross-country to come to New York on Thursday makes the chances of him playing at Giants Stadium on Saturday slim.

SBI Fantasy MLS League (Week 20)

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Yes, I know, it has been two weeks since I posted the results of the SBI Fantasy MLS League but here they are again.

Not much has changed at the top, with a lot of the same names holding places in the Top 10. Hudson FC is still in top of the standings while Atletico SBI slipped to seventh after I failed to change my lineup for the first time this season.

English Premier League: Midweek Action

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It is Wednesday and the first week of the English Premier League includes some quality mid-week action. If you're lucky enough to be around a TV today, or can sneak away to a soccer bar, this could be a good day to watch some soccer.

Here are the games on the EPL schedule today:

  • Chelsea at Reading (3pm, Fox Soccer Channel)
  • Bolton at Fulham (5pm, Fox Soccer Channel)
  • Sunderland at Birmingham
  • Manchester United at Portsmouth
  • Derby at Manchester City
  • Middlesbrough at Wigan

For you early birds, there is some morning action to take in.

SUPERLIGA: Pachuca downs Houston in PKs

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The Houston Dynamo pushed Pachuca to the brink yet again and again the MLS champions fell short in their bid to knock off the Mexican champions.

Missed penalty kicks by Brian Ching and Joseph Ngwenya doomed Houston to lose to Pachuca in the penalty kick shootout, 5-3, in the SuperLiga semifinals.

Pachuca will now face the winner of the LA Galaxy-DC United semifinal, set for Wednesday night at Home Depot Center.

Adu debuts for Benfica

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Former MLS star and Benfica midfielder Freddy Adu made his debut for the Portuguese club on Tuesday, playing 53 minutes in Benfica's Champions League qualifying win against FC Copenhagen.

Adu came in with the match tied and was on the field when Rui Costa scored his second of two goals to win the match. I'm sure we'll hear more about how he did in the next 24 hours.

USA roster vs. Sweden announced

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The US national team announced the XX-man roster for the upcoming friendly against Sweden in Sweden on Aug. 22nd.

Here is the roster:

  • GOALKEEPERS- Tim Howard, Marcus Hahnemann
  • DEFENDERS- Oguchi Onyewu, Steve Cherundolo, Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Spector, Jay DeMerit, Jonathan Bornstein,
  • MIDFIELDERS- DaMarcus Beasley, Clint Dempsey, Benny Feilhaber, Michael Bradley, Pablo Mastroeni, Bobby Convey
  • FORWARDS- Landon Donovan, Josh Wolff, Charlie Davies, Kamani Hill, Sal Zizzo

With this roster being set, here is the starting 11 I see Bob Bradley using:

----------------Donovan------Wolff---------------------

Beasley----------------------------------------Dempsey

---------------Feilhaber-----Bradley--------------------

Bornstein-------Onyewu-----Bocanegra-----Cherundolo

-----------------------Howard---------------------------

Donovan and Wolff are the only veteran forwards on the roster and should get the nod.

Chelsea closing in on Alves

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As if Chelsea wasn't strong enough the Blues are moving closer to strengthening their weakest position, right back, by signing Sevilla star Dani Alves. The Brazilian was left out of Sevilla's Champions League qualifying match against AEK Athens, which is a clear sign that Alves is heading out of Spain.

Glen Johnson is currently manning the right back position but Alves would be a considerable upgrade.

Who should start vs. Sweden?

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We are eight days away from the U.S. national team's upcoming friendly against Sweden (Aug. 22nd, 2:30pm, ESPN2) and while we wait for an official roster to be announced we may as well start thinking about who will be in the starting lineup for that match.

Since it is an international fixture date the US team should have all hands on deck for the match, key word being should.

Meola to sign with Newark Ironmen

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Former MetroStars and Red Bulls goalkeeper Tony Meola is ready to play soccer again in New Jersey.

Meola is set to sign a deal to play for the New Jersey Ironmen of the Major Indoor Soccer League. No word on the terms of the deal have been released yet but the team is expected to announce the deal on Tuesday.

Meola spent the 2006 with the Red Bulls, posting a 2-9-9 record in his last of 11 MLS seasons.

USA to face Brazil in Chicago

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In what has to be considered a shocking and exciting change of affairs, the US national team will now be playing Brazil on Sept. 9th in Chicago rather than traveling to Mexico City to play Mexico as originally planned.

Brazil, which will be making a mini-tour of the USA that week which will also include a match against Mexico at Gillette Stadium, will bring a full-strength team to Chicago to face the US team.

You Write the Caption (Monday edition)

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I know it has been a while since the last installment of You Write the Caption but I heeded the concerns of some of you who thought I was doing it too often.

It isn't easy finding good photos on a consistent basis but when a photo comes along that begs for funny captions then YWTC must come back.

Such a photo exists for this Monday.

Altidore's stock keeps rising

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So it's a day after watching Jozy Altidore record his first two-goal game as a pro and couldn't help but think about the recent trend of young American players making the move to Europe and the realization that Altidore will leave MLS far sooner than I ever expected.

As recently as five months ago I would scoff at people who suggested that Altidore was going to leave MLS early.

With Rooney out, Man U turns to Tevez

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Wayne Rooney is set to miss two months with a broken foot but Manchester United isn't quite in panic mode. Why? Because the crazy guy pictured above has shown that he is capable of being a top EPL goal scorer.

Carlos Tevez may look like a caveman but he has the skill to make up for the absence of Rooney. At least that is what Manchester United is hoping for.

Monday Morning Center Back (The Beckham Mess)

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Another Galaxy match and another chance to watch David Beckham parading around in something other than a game uniform.

Beckham missed his second match in three and the Galaxy dropped yet another one of its handful of games in hand. The playoffs are quickly fading, almost as much as the Beckham buzz.

In case you missed it, here is my latest piece on David Beckham that ran this weekend on ESPN.

Red Bulls rout Toronto FC, 3-0

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Jozy Altidore's two goals and Juan Pablo Angel's goal and assist helped the Red Bulls toast Toronto FC, 3-0, at Giants Stadium on Sunday.

The win moves the Red Bulls into a tie for second place with DC United.

It was a solid all-around performance for the Red Bulls but it should be noted that Toronto is decimated by injuries and has been just plain awful in past weeks.

Rooney fractures foot

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Just when you thought that Manchester United settling for a draw in their home opener was bad enough, now there's word that star forward Wayne Rooney suffered a hairline fracture in his left foot during the team's 0-0 tie with Reading.

Good thing for Man U that it signed Carlos Tevez, who should slide right in to Rooney's starting spot.

Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC (Running Commentary)

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Hello all. I'm here at GIants Stadium and I'll be keeping you posted on all things going on here.

Share your comments on the match below.

Enjoy.

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30th minute- The announcement on Reyna's injury is a "right groin strain". Apparently Reyna has two groins. Who knew?

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26th minute- Mathis whips a ball into the box and it deflects off Tyrone Marshall before falling to Angel, who blasts it home from 12 yards out.

EPL Matchday One: The wait is over

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The English Premier League season began on Saturday and it was complete with upsets, stunning goals and the type of quality soccer that makes so many of us fans of the EPL.

Here is a rundown of the day's results:

  • Sunderland 1, Tottenham 0- Roy Keane's wins his EPL managerial debut
  • Newcastle 3, Bolton 1- Sam Allardyce beats his old club
  • Derby 2, Portsmouth 2- The new boys get a point in their debut
  • Everton 2, Wigan 1- TIm Howard and Co.

The SBI Fantasy EPL League is ready to kick off

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The English Premier League season is set to get under way on Saturday and the SBI Fantasy EPL League is shaping up to be a fun competition.

A grand total of 211 teams will do battle for SBI bragging rights. I think an incredibly high number of invited participants actually signed up, somewhere around 95 percent. If you didn't get an invite it was because I never got your email address.

It's Q&A Time

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Good morning all. Apologies for the lack of posts. I had to take a break and will be taking a break today. Since I will be taking a break I figured I could have you folks take part in the latest Question & Answer session.

Post your soccer questions in the comments section and I will provide some answers next week.

Fire away!

Manchester United completes Tevez transfer (no seriously, they have him now)

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The long and shady transfer saga that took Carlos Tevez from West Ham to Manchester United has finally been completed. Tevez will join the EPL champions in time for their opener against Reading this weekend but it remains unclear whether Alex Ferguson will use him.

Now that this ordeal is over what do you make the deal? Share your thoughts below.

The latest on Szetela's Roma move

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As you know by now the Herald News was the first to report that Clifton native Danny Szetela had reached an agreement with AS Roma on a transfer. Here is an update on the deal:

AS Roma is set to sign Danny Szetela to a three-year contract worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.2 to 1.5 million, which doesn't include the housing and car he will also receive from the Italian club.

Feilhaber secures work permit to complete Derby County transfer

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US national team midfielder Benny Feilhaber has secured a UK work permit, which will allow him to move from Hamburg to Derby County.

Feilhaber, who enjoyed a strong summer for the United States this summer, joins the newly-promoted English club on a move that should help him earn first-team action in the English Premier League.

What do you think of Feilhaber's move to England?

Altidore considering European move

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Red Bulls fans, prepare to be concerned.

Young star forward Jozy Altidore expressed his interesting in a move to Europe after the current season. In an interview with SBI earlier this week, Altidore stated that he will consider a move to Europe if the right offer comes this off-season.

"It's something to definitely look at come the offseason; you just have to wait and see," Altidore said.

How do you see the EPL shaking out this season?

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With the English Premier League season set to kick off on Saturday I figured it was a good time to ask you folks how you see the upcoming season shaking out.

Do you see Manchester United repeating? Will Chelsea return to the top? Does Liverpool have the horses to beat them both? Did Manchester City and West Ham add enough talent to be considered serious contenders?

Beckham is doubtul for DC United game

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The nightmare continues. David Beckham has been ruled as doubtful for the Galaxy's upcoming match against DC United at RFK Stadium on Thursday night, news that won't be received kindly by the sell-out crowd expected to attend.

If you're wondering about the Beckham game at Giants Stadium. Last I heard there were 55,000 tickets distributed for the match, meaning many were still available.

Giovanni Dos Santos shining for Barcelona

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Just when you thought Mexican phenom Giovanni Dos Santos had crashed down to earth after a disappointing Under-20 World Cup, the young playmaker has responded by starring for Barcelona on its tour of Asia.

Dos Santos scored the game-winning goal for Barca in a 1-0 win against Yokahama on Tuesday, just a few days after scoring in the team's 3-0 win against a Chinese club.

A look at the Red Bulls' visit to Central Park to play Steve Nash

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As some of you found out about on SBI yesterday, members of the Red Bulls went to Central Park to play against Steve Nash and one of his soccer teams in an informal game. Unfortunately for all involved Central Park officials put a halt to the game.

Adam Spangler of This is American Soccer was there and chronicled the event.

Did you make your way to Central Park to check this out?

SBI Fantasy EPL League Ready to Go

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Let's get ready to rumble.

The SBI Fantasy EPL League is locked and loaded and as of midnight Tuesday there were 134 teams registered to compete. I have sent out 190 invitations so there are still some stragglers who have yet to register.

If you have yet to receive your invitation, or would like to join the league, please post your email address below and I will send you an invite ASAP.

You Write the Caption (Monday's and last Wednesday's best)

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Have you started to go through You Write the Caption withdrawal? If so, I apologize. I've struggled to find photos and have been busy dealing with some news this week.

Enough waiting. Here are the best captions for the past two YWTC entries. The first is the picture of David Beckham dressed for success, the second is of Alex Ferguson posing with his newest winger.

Brazil vs. Mexico at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 12th

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The national teams of Brazil and Mexico will face off in a friendly at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts on Sept 12th.

The match falls on an international fixture date, meaning both teams should field their full-strength squads. The match also comes three days after Mexico plays the US national team.

Brazil is expected to call in top European stars Ronaldinho and Kaka for the match.

Surreal moment of the day

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So I'm at Red Bulls practice today for a handful of interviews and I finish talking to Bruce Arena outside on the practice field. As we're walking back up to the locker room Arena is greeted by an older gentleman who shakes his hand. This man proceeds to ask Arena if Arena received his resume and he tells Arena that he really believes he can do the job.

Ubiparipovic trains, Kovalenko's healing facial injuries

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Red Bulls midfielder Sinisa Ubiparipovic trained today and looked pretty sharp doing it. He showed no signs of having been in a car accident that left teammate Dema Kovalenko needing stitches in his face.

Both players escaped serious injuries from the accident, which took place during the weekend. Kovalenko did not attent practice and Bruce Arena said he didn't know when Kovalenko would return, stating that what matters is that Kovalenko survived the accident.

Claudio Reyna: I'm not retiring

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Even though I knew the answer to the question I still asked Claudio Reyna about suggestions that he would retire after the 2007 season. Reyna stated pretty clearly that he will come back in 2008 and think about his future toward the end of that season.

"I feel good right now and I've been able to play most of the season, except for some games early in the season," Reyna said.

Red Bulls to face Steve Nash at Central Park

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If you're in New York City this afternoon and want a chance to sneak a peak at some Red Bulls, as well as NBA star Steve Nash, you might want to make your way to Central Park. A handful of Red Bulls, including Juan Pablo Angel, will be facing off against Nash's soccer team in a very informal scrimmage at Central Park at about 3pm.

The team isn't making this game public but it is happening.

Red Bulls to announce practice facility in Hanover

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The Red Bulls are set to announce plans to build their permanent practice facility in Hanover, New Jersey. No word yet on a target completion date.

Hanover, located in Morris County, is near Florham Park, where sources say the team had originally planned to build a facility.

An announcement is expected later today.

Szetela to sign with Roma

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Clifton native and Columbus Crew midfielder Danny Szetela has reached a contract agreement with Serie A power AS Roma and will join Roma once his MLS contract expires on Dec. 31st.

Szetela still has to go to Italy to sign the deal, which should take place in the next week or so.

Roma beat out several European clubs for Szetela's services, including Rangers, Lazio, Galatasaray and Everton.

Jozy Altidore, video game star

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Jozy Altidore is just 17 but he has already achieved a dream, making the cover of a video game. Altidore has been chosen as a cover athlete for EA Sports' new FIFA 08 (The North American cover), alongside Ronaldinho and Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, becoming the second youngest athlete to don the cover of an EA Sports game (Freddy Adu being the first).

Kovalenko and Ubiparipovic injured in car accident

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Red Bulls midfielders Dema Kovalenko and SInisa Ubiparipovic were injured in a car accident over the weekend. Sources say the players, who are roommates, avoided serious injuries and will be evaluated this week to measure the extent of their injuries. Kovalenko did sustain an injury in the accident while Sinisa is believed to have sustained lesser injuries.

You Write the Caption (Monday)

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Good afternoon folks. Apologies for failing to post the winners of the weekend YWTC entry but I was a bit busy today. I figured I could at least post a new photo for today.

So here's the thing. I couldn't find any truly outrageous photos but I did find a photo that looked like it might have some potential for good potential. It is a picture of none other than Mr.

Your Questions Answered (Part II)

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Monday Morning Center Back (European soccer is coming. Be afraid)

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That sound you hear is the European Soccer season fast approaching. Hide the women and children, life as we know it is about to change.

Okay, so maybe you're not one of the many American-based fans of European soccer. If not then count yourself lucky. Nothing can devour free time like trying to keep up with what's going on in the EPL, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Eredivise, Portuguese League, oh and the Champions League.

SBI Fantasy Premier League Invites have been sent

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Hello all. I have sent out invitiations to all readers who requested to be included in the SBI Fantasy EPL League. If you don't have your invite by Monday morning than let me know in a comment below. Also, if you had yet to send me your info, and are interested in joining, simply post your email address below and I will add you ASAP.

Overall, I have sent out 138 invitations.

SBI Fantasy EPL League (You Make the Call)

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So here is the situation. The Yahoo Fantasy EPL site only allows leagues of 50 teams so I think we're going to go in another direction.

The official Premier League fantasy game looks to be a solid alternative. The registration process doesn't take long at all and doesn't require that you create some email account like Yahoo does. It's pretty straight forward and it also has a few more toys than the Yahoo game, such as the ability to create your own uniform and a team screen that lists all the players.

Community Shield: Chelsea vs. Man U (The European soccer season is here)

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Good morning all. We're about 45 minutes away from the Community Shield match between Chelsea and Manchester United, which marks the unofficial kickoff to the European soccer season.

Fox Soccer Channel is showing the game live. I was just going to watch the match without a running commentary but I'll do a light commentary for those of you who can't watch the game (and those of you who want to hear me take shots at Chelsea.

Carlos Vela joins Osasuna on loan

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Mexican Under-20 national team star Carlos Vela is joining Spanish First Division side Osasuna on loan. Arsenal is loaning Vela out with hopes of getting him more first team action.

Vela, 18, spent last season playing with Spanish second division squad Salamanca.

SBI Fantasy EPL League Problem

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Okay, here's the deal. Private Yahoo leagues have a max of 50. That leaves us with one of two options. We will either create a public league OR I will do a blind draw for the 49 slots in the SBI Private League.

If we wind up only being able to do one main league I will have a second SBI league for another 49 owners. That would give us 99 slots.

Anyone else watching Scotland-England 1979?

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So last night I'm tinkering with TIVO, trying to set the Community Shield so I make sure to tape it when I find out Fox Soccer Channel is showing an England-Scotland match from 1979. At first I wasn't going to watch it but I started watching today and can't stop.

So why in the world would a 28-year-old match be at all interesting? There are a variety of reasons.

SBI Fantasy EPL League invitations have been sent

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Okay folks, I have sent out the invitations for the SBI Fantasy EPL League. I sent out 100 invitations and am not sure what the maximum allowed number of owners so I'll re-open this thing up for those of you who didn't get me your information. The league already has 40 registered owners.

If you want to join the league simply post your email address in the comments section below.

The wait is over: Tevez to join Man U

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The Carlos Tevez transfer saga is finally over. Tevez has joined Manchester United after the conflict between West Ham United and Tevez's agent, Kia Joorabchian. The deal is actually a two-year loan deal that will cost Manchester United about 2 million pounds. Yes, just 2 million pounds.

Good luck trying to untangle the legal maze surrounding this confusing transfer.

Beckham 'likely' to miss Toronto FC match

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In what is slowly becoming a public relations nightmare, David Beckham is set to miss another game, this time his actual MLS debut in Toronto this weekend. He is traveling with the LA Galaxy but reports say doubtful to play.

For those of you wondering, Beckham's New York bow is scheduled for Aug. 18th. With close to 70,000 expected to attend, there is a lot riding on him actually playing.

The SBI Fantasy EPL League WILL happen

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OK folks, you have spoken and there is more than enough interest to have an SBI Fantasy EPL League.

I will have more details on Sunday or Monday but I will be using the Yahoo League site, which Joamiq and KPugs recommended.

Start doing your homework folks. Winning this league won't be easy. Don't worry, I won't be contending. I'll be happy if I'm in the top half of the league.

AC Milan signs teen sensation Pato

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After a summer spent promising fans that big signings were on the way, AC Milan announced its first major signing of the summer. It wasn't Ronaldinho or Samuel Eto'o. It is 17-year-old Brazilian forward Alexander Pato. Milan purchased Pato from Brazilian club Internacional for $30.1 million.

Don't be alarmed by the fact that Pato is 17. He turns 18 next month and will be able to play in games for Milan after Sept.

(Some of) Your Questions Answered

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Hello all. I'm about to hit the road (I'll be back tomorrow) so I figured I could update you on a few things.

I will be doing a Fantasy EPL league. I haven't decided on which site or how we'll determine who is in the league (since some sites have limits). What I can say is that the league will be free and if I have to pick who is in the league I will definitely factor in involvement on the blog.

Which European League Do You Prefer?

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With the European soccer season fast approaching, and many of you reacting to my posting of the Italian Serie A schedule, I got to wondering what European league SBI readers prefer to watch.

Personally, I used to prefer the EPL but last season I found myself watching La Liga more and more. It's a pretty close call there. I watched my share of Serie A games but not as much as the EPL or La Liga.

Who's ready for a Fantasy EPL League?

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Some of you have inquired about an SBI Fantasy EPL League. It is time to start one.

What I want to hear is how many of you would be interested in joining a Fantasy EPL League and more importantly, which Fantasy EPL site you all prefer. If there's enough interest then we'll do a league.

I will take all your feedback consideration and try to have something ready for Sunday or Monday so you'll have a week to get ready.

SuperLiga: Houston wins, three MLS teams in semifinals

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Brian Ching scored the lone goal of the match to help Houston defeat DC United, 1-0, in their SuperLiga match in Houston. DC United got some help from Club America though after America defeated Morelia, 3-2, in the final group match of the SuperLiga Tournament.

The results mean Houston and DC join the LA Galaxy in the SuperLiga semifinals along with Mexican champions Pachuca.

Red Bulls eyeing another forward

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Heading into their two week break you would have expected the Red Bulls to do something about their back-line, which is the most poorly populated defense since the Iraq army. What you probably wouldn't expect is the team to be taking a look at a forward.

Well, Bruce Arena is doing just that. The Red Bulls are taking a look at Liberian forward Francis Doe, who most recently played in Greece.

Hahnemann on track to face Man U

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US national team goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann is close to returning from a broken hand and is on track to play for Reading in its EPL season opener against Manchester United.

Hahnemann broke his right hand in Reading's final game last season, an injury that forced him to miss the US national team's participation in the Gold Cup and Copa America.

You Write the Caption (Wednesday)

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I know some of you must be going through caption withdrawal. It's been five days since the last YWTC so I hope you're ready to deliver some real humor.

I think it is safe to say that today's photo won't offend anybody, at least it shouldn't, so we should hopefully avoid the drama of the last YWTC.

Here goes, a photo for Man U lovers and Man U haters alike to make fun of:

'Polly want Alan Smith?

USA-Mexico 'Friendly' at Estadio Azteca now official, set for Sept. 9th

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The U.S. national team will travel to Mexico City on Sept. 9th to face arch-rival Mexico. No, World Cup qualifying isn't two years early. This is actually a friendly set up by the rival federations.

The match had been rumored for months but the squads didn't finalize the deal until today. The match will take place just three months after the United States defeated Mexico in the Gold Cup final.

Italian Serie A Schedule Released

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Italy's Serie A released its schedule for the upcoming season, meaning you can start planning your trips to Italy and figuring out when you want to gather around with your fellow Serie A fans for some group match watching.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Inter Milan vs. AC Milan- Dec. 23rd and May 4th, 2008
  • Roma vs.