25 June, 2011

R.I.P. Dennis Marshall 1985-2011

The Costa Rica Federation announced on Thursday that defender Dennis Marshall, who plays for Danish club Aalborg BK, died following a car crash on the Braulio Carillo highway near San Jose, Costa Rica. Marshall, 25 years old, had scored the tying goal for Costa Rica in their quarterfinal match against Honduras on a header from a corner kick, sending the game into a penalty kick shootout, five days before the fatal accident. It was his first ever goal for the Costa Rican senior national team.

Marshall had emerged as a consistent starter for Los Ticos and also for Aalborg, where he was teammates with Americans Chris Rolfe and Marcus Tracy. Marshall's girlfriend, Meilyn Masis Castro, was also killed in the accident. I'm thinking to myself (but I'm not saying it out loud) that if Alvaro Saborio could have made his penalty kick late in regulation against Honduras, Costa Rica would have been playing on Wednesday and Dennis Marshall might still be with us today. Oh, wait, did I write that? I guess I did.

Photo: Aalborg BK Official Site

The Beautiful Game (pt. 47)

Found this one on Who ate all the pies. Awesome.

German photographer Peter Langehahn does a time lapse photo of an entire FC Augsberg match in the 2. Bundesliga.

Photo: Peter Langehahn

23 June, 2011

Gold Cup: Honduras v Mexico Highlights

It took until the 2nd minute of extra time for Mexico to finally score and then the floodgate opened with shot after shot for them. Final result, Mexico 2 Honduras 0. Mexico v US rematch Saturday 8pm CST.

Video: Anatoliy_65

Gold Cup: Panama v US Highlights

Don't adjust the horizontal on your screen. That really is the biggest midget in football, Freddy Adu lacing several great passes in, including the one down the right wing to Donovan for the assist on Dempsey's goal. Never mind that it honestly looked like Dempsey was off, the cameras never cut back to show the start of his run so we may never know.

Video: Anatoliy_65

22 June, 2011

Beasley to Puebla

Run DMB has a new club. After failing to make an impact with Hannover 96 last season, Beasley has come back across the pond and signed. Since MLS couldn't or was unwilling to meet his salary demands (expected to be $500K+ /season), he moved a little south and joined Puebla in the Mexican Primera Division.

Beasley has fallen a little since his days with Chicago and in Holland. Most recently, he exhibited an exceptionally thick layer of rust during the World Cup, mishandling several passes. While it is not expected that the move will get him back in the limelight of the USMNT, the exposure and first team playing time couldn't hurt.

Photo: the Damarcus Collection

Gold Cup: Panama v US Preview

US Soccer said today that Jozy had an MRI yesterday and the resulting hamstring strain is expected to keep him out of the remaining Gold Cup matches. Look for the US to start a 4-4-2 with Bedoya in place of Landycakes starting and Agudelo paring up with Dempsey up top. Bradley Jr. is currently showcasing his talents hoping someone will pick him up before he returns for his last year with Borussia Mongladbach.

Panama's star forward Blas Perez received a red card after the 90th minute equalizer against El Salvador (which was scored by Luis Tejada). Panama were a man down for extra time but most importantly, PEREZ IS SUSPENDED for today's game. Panama's best player is out.

Expected US lineup: Howard, 'Dolo, Boca, Goodson, Lichaj, Bradley, Jones, Kljestan, Bedoya, Dempsey, Agudelo

Game is on FSC at 6pm CST and The 2nd semi matchup Mexico v. Honduras follows at 9pm CST. No word yet on if we get our favorite Mexican ref that we had for the previous US v Panama match.


21 June, 2011


Lisle Austin, acting ex-commissioner of CONCACAF, has dug up some fun reading for you on the Caribbean Football Union's website.

According to the site, FIFA has no jurisdiction in telling him that he can't be President of CONCACAF and rather since it's an American conspiracy to get him out, it is between him and CONCACAF rather than CONCACAF and FIFA. Caught all that? Basically, it says because CONCACAF is registered in the Caribbean and not in NY where it's HQ is, then Bahamian law takes precedence and then therefor, he was right in firing Blazer and assuming Warner's position.

Now the funny thing is,

20 June, 2011

Jack Warner Resigns from CONCACAF

I don't know what to make of this. Is FIFA buying out Warner's contract and thus keeping everything under the rug? Or are they just saying he's leaving by "mutual agreement"? Either way, Warner's out but there is always that outside chance he may be back... he was never fired you know...

From FIFA's own website:
"Jack A. Warner has informed FIFA about his resignation from his posts in international football.

FIFA regrets the turn of events that have led to Mr Warner’s decision.
His resignation has been accepted by world football’s governing body, and his contribution to international football and to Caribbean football in particular and the CONCACAF confederation are appreciated and acknowledged.

Mr Warner is leaving FIFA by his own volition after nearly 30 years of service, having chosen to focus on his important work on behalf of the people and government of Trinidad and Tobago as a Cabinet Minister and as the Chairman of the United National Congress, the major party in his country’s coalition government.

The FIFA Executive Committee, the FIFA President and the FIFA management thank Mr Warner for his services to Caribbean, CONCACAF and international football over his many years devoted to football at both regional and international level, and wish him well for the future.

As a consequence of Mr Warner’s self-determined resignation, all Ethics Committee procedures against him have been closed and the presumption of innocence is maintained. "
I still feel dirty reading it, so how's that for transparency Blatter?

Photo: Daily Mail

Spurs Modric Hit Up By Chelsea

On the coattails of Chelsea throwing a ridiculous low ball offer of 22m Euro for Modric (Spurs paid 15mil not 3 years ago), Chelsea has now tried to tap Modric up with an offer for 35mil Euro.
"I wish to make it absolutely clear, as I have said previously, that none of our key players will be sold this summer. We are building a team for the future to consistently play at the highest level and retaining players is crucial to that. In respect of Luka Modric, we are not prepared to sell, at any price, to Chelsea or any other club." said Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy.
Modric, despite being a little on the less physical side, has proven to be a great addition to Tottenham, orchestrating the midfield. The problem is that he and left winger Garteth Bale have both been targets of speculation for approaches by deeper walleted clubs and now, seemingly, the approach by Chelsea has unsettled Modric (as Chelsea and Man U so frequently do to other clubs- to the tune of at least 2 a season each). Modric followed this approach up by saying to the Daily Mail (via Who Ate All the Pies):

Gold Cup: Jamaica v US Highlights

Bob Bradley came into the game with rumblings that if he didn't win, he'd be out as coach (like that would happen to the USSF). Instead, the US draws the same "impartial" Mexican ref that they did for the Panama loss early in the group stages and despite some ridiculous 2nd half calls, go on to exploit the Jamaican flat back line with some through balls to the back post and win. US 2 Jamaica 0. US takes on Panama in a rematch for the semis.

Video: Footytube

19 June, 2011

Little Father's Day Relaxing

I'm setting this to post today because right about now, I'm enjoying a nice beer and some time watching some soccer. Enjoy a little taste of a USMNT warmup.

Video: ussoccer

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