The Portland Timbers and Los Angeles Galaxy have produced some wonderfully fiery matches in their regular season meetings in Portland, and the May 11 match was no exception. After a tightly played, back and forth affair through the first 89 minutes, the teams exchanged goals in stoppage time that eventually led to a 1 all draw in front of another capacity crowd at Providence Park.
Anselmo Vendrechovsky Junior, mejor conocido como "Juninho" es el nuevo capitán de Tigres con la partida del medio campista argentino Lucas Lobos. Junior, defensa brasileño de origen polaco, ha demostrado a lo largo de los ocho torneos que lleva con el club felino, su capacidad de liderazgo en la zaga defensiva del club dirigido por Ricardo Ferretti, ganándose así el gafete de capitán del equipo universitario.
Como bien sabemos, esta semana han salido las noticias de las lesiones de Juninho y Hugo Ayala. A todos nos tiene preocupados. En las Ãºltimas temporadas, la defensa felina ha sido catalogada como una de las mejores del paÃs. Recordemos aquel torneo donde Tigres solamente recibiÃ³ nueve goles en temporada regular.
La próxima temporada Tigres podría contar en la cancha con un mexicano más. Juninho, defensa del conjunto felino estaría cerca de conseguir su naturalización tras varios años militando en nuestro país y contando con el respaldo y el beneficio de las nuevas reglas de la Liga MX sobre la naturalización.
Ayer por la maÃ±ana fue Juninho, ayer por la noche en el juego de la SelecciÃ³n fue Hugo Ayala. Antes de ellos dos habÃamos perdido a DamiÃ¡n Ãlvarez, y Salcido pidiendo descanso por fatiga muscular. Mucho antes que ellos, perdimos a Villa mÃ¡s de un mes.
Los problemas y complicaciones en el seno felino parecen brotar mÃ¡s rÃ¡pido que las flores. Lesiones, golpes y demÃ¡scircunstanciasestÃ¡ndejando al plantel de Tigres diezmados para cada juego del fin de semana.
Desatenciones en la defensiva, un tema que empieza, nuevamente, a prender los focos, si bien no de alerta, por lo menos de precauciÃ³n en Tigres.
Los felinos se han caracterizado, regularmente, por ser un equipo con un gran orden en la cancha. Tanto la defensiva, la media y la delantera, suelen demostrar que el entrenamiento dÃa a dÃa, rinden frutos al final de la semana pues cada jornada se jactan de ejecutar de manera casi perfecta lo planteado en estos mismos.
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New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke inherited a midfield rich in talent. Before he could even make a move to improve the roster, he already counted Designated Player Tim Cahill, 2012 hero Dax McCarty and veteran Brazilian playmaker Juninho as his immediate starters.
If anyone knows a thing or two about losing your head in the heat of a match, it's New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke.
Is it any surprise, then, that he feels a little compassion for Juninho? The 38-year-old playmaker lost his cool in the waning minutes of last Wednesday's 1-0 defeat to Sporting Kansas City, kicking a dead ball in the penalty area at goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen.
See, Juninho shouldn't do this and only because he's Juninho. Perhaps he's the type who doesn't understand his own strength, or has never really understood how good his free kicks really are. Not everyone can hit a ball like him. Obviously, the greater crime is Jimmy Nielsen completely hamming it up.
UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill will not be in the New York Red Bulls' starting lineup this weekend and there is a chance that Juninho won't be either.
Having recently returned from a calf strain that forced him to miss one game already, Juninho is somewhat of a concern ahead of the Red Bulls' battle withthe undefeated Montreal Impact at Olympic Stadium on Saturday.
Dax McCarty of New York Red Bulls (Wikimedia Commons)
The New York Red Bulls will look to stretch their unbeaten run against the Vancouver Whitecaps and will have to do so without Tim Cahill in the midfield. As the Aussie is off on international duty, Juninho and Dax McCarty must pick up the slack in order to continue their unbeaten run.
Whenever someone sits down to evaluate transfers, it is always difficult since what you have to go on is simply prior knowledge. You can guess and try to piece together how players will do, much like a puzzle with who will go where and how they will fit.
Robbie Keane #7 of the Los Angeles Galaxy-Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images
The Los Angeles Galaxy have begun their pre-season, beating USL Pro's L.A. Blues and the U.S. Under 17's in two friendly matches. Their road towards the start of the MLS seasons continues with an interesting matchagainst Mexican side Tijuana at Home Depot Center on February 19th.
David Beckham might not be returning to LA Galaxy for the 2013 season, but another big part of their back-to-back championship-winning teams is.
Juninho hassigned a multi-year deal with the Galaxy on Wednesday, ending any lingering speculation to where his future lied. The 24-year-old Brazilian midfielder had played for the Galaxy during the last three seasons on loan from Sao Paulo, but has now completed a full transfer that will keep him in Los Angeles for the foreseeable future.
Yes, the Seattle Sounders are still quiet. They are not the leakiest of organizations, but those that are (hello Toronto FC) are leaking rumors. Of course Merritt Paulson just tweets directly what he's working on completing this week. It is another very active day in MLS with the trades and signings again shifting power in the two conferences.
Now that Landon Donovan is retired, it won't be easy for him to stay in shape. There's no more constant running like in practice and for matches. Most soccer players do have an offseason workout set up, though. That helps them as they ease into retirement, to do whatever they usually did in the offseason when they didn't practice and play regularly.
Legendary Brazilian free kick specialist Juninho plays for New York now and though he hasn't scored his first goal for his new club yet, he has earned his first red card for kicking the ball an unsuspecting goalkeeper.
With New York down 1-0 to Sporting Kansas City, Juninho's night ended in the first minute of injury time when he showed off his dead ball skills by kicking what was supposed to be a goal kick at keeper Jimmy Nielsen for no good reason.