27 August, 2011

Western New York wins WPS in shootout

The final of Women's Professional Soccer between the Philadelphia Independence and the Western New York Flash ended in a 1-1 draw, forcing a dramatic shootout in Rochester, NY. Former Portland Pilot Christine Sinclair of Canada put Western New York ahead in the 67th minute, and the Flash seemed to be in control of the match with Brazilian Marta, the undisputed best player in the world, controlling the midfield. But USWNT and former USC star Amy Rodriguez equalized for Philadelphia in the 87th minute and regulation time finished 1-1. In the final minute of overtime, Philadelphia goalkeeper and USWNT backup Nicole Barnhart, former Stanford Cardinal, made a miraculous save on what looked like a sure goal to send the game to shootout.

All five shooters scored for Western New York, and Philadelphia's first four shooters also scored, despite Flash goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris getting a piece of Poway, CA resident and former USD Torero Leigh Ann Robinson's attempt, which spun backwards into the goal. Then in the last attempt of the shootout, former North Carolina Tarheel Ashlyn Harris saved Spanish international Laura del Rio's shot and won the title for Western New York.

26 August, 2011

QPR Gets Their Criminal

That's right, QPR just signed 28yo Joey Barton on a free from Newcastle earlier today. The term is for 4 years. Joey was made expendable after his latest outrages on Twitter and surprisingly not for permanently ending the career of a teammate or going to jail on another assault.

Reportedly, Barton claims it was QPR's ambition that spurred him to make the move after completing his medical earlier in the week.

No word yet if Newcastle threw in team owner Mike Ashley as a team punching bag to sweeten the deal.

With Barton gone, Newcastle has now turned over half the lineup that started for them at the beginning of last season and we fully expect to see them get a workout holding up the rest of the table from the relegation zone.

At right, you see local police leading Joey to QPR for his medical (we kid).

Photo: 2uptop

US Roster v Costa Rica and Belgium Announced

Goalkeepers: Tim Howard (Everton, England), Bill Hamid (DC United).

Goalkeepers: Carlos Bocanegra (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), Edgar Castillo (Club America, Mexico), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg, Germany), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover, Germany), Clarence Goodson (Brondby, Denmark), Zach Loyd (Dallas), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis, Mexico), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Tim Ream (New York)

Goalkeepers: Kyle Beckerman (Salt Lake), Clint Dempsey (Fulham, England), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim, Germany), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht, Belgium), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado), Robbie Rogers (Columbus), Brek Shea (Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca, Mexico)

Goalkeepers: Juan Agudelo (New York), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar, Netherlands), Teal Bunbury (Kansas City), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles).

Now I know you are saying to yourself... where's Bradley Jr.? Where is Adu if he just started back in MLS? And where is Bradley Sr.'s buddy Ricardo Clark?

Well, to answer that, junior can't even get starting time, let alone the travel team as of late for Borussia Mongladbach and the coach there stated that Bradley will be sold or cut loose, because he's never playing for them again. Clark, well, he sucks, and Adu, we got our looks at him, he's on the radar, but time to see the euro players and some of the other MLS (not in that order).

Bill Hamid is getting another chance for a look. Is he a future USMNT guy in the goal? Not sure yet. And I know some of you are glad to see Timmy Chandler called in as well as Bunbury, Rogers and Loyd.

But I know you are scratching your head wondering, 'who the hell is Fabian Johnson?" Well, there is a good article here, about him. He plays the all important weak spot on the USMNT... left back and... he also plays a mean left wing. So far this season for Hoffenheim, in the Bundesliga, he's put in a goal in just 6 minutes of action in the German Cup. He's bounced around some, never really establishing himself until he got to Hoffenheim. Apparently, he's a late bloomer, because he's been tearing it up ever since. And since he has an American parent... da dah da dah! We get to call him up.

You may wonder about Fabian's credentials. Finalist in the U21 Euro Championships 2 years ago work? How about the fact that he is young and faster than anything we have at left back? I know we have him listed as a mid, but we'll most likely use him back there as he plays that position for Hoffenheim. Hoffenheim... hmmm, that name rings a bell. Of course, it's because we also have Charles Renken and Gyau, future USMNT players playing on their U19 and U23 squads respectively. Keep an eye out for them and this surprisingly "American" Bundesliga club.

Photo: USSF

Adebayor Loaned to Tottenham

Yeah buddy. He may be a blight in the dressing room, but he's an even bigger one to opponent's nets.

Ade had his medical yesterday and but as Spurs play Man City on Sunday, he won't take part in the match because of FA rules preventing loaned players from playing against their parent clubs.

The deal is for the full season with Man City picking up a majority of the tab with Spurs taking on only £75,000 of his weekly £180,000 wages.

Sweet deal for Spurs? You betcha.

Photo: soccerjones

25 August, 2011

Europa League Draw Announced

Games will run from September 15th to December 15th with one home/one away match for each team against an opponent in their group.

Group A

  1. Tottenham Hotspur FC (ENG)
  2. FC Rubin Kazan (RUS)
  3. PAOK FC (GRE)
  4. Shamrock Rovers FC (IRL)

Group B

  1. FC København (DEN)
  2. R. Standard de Liège (BEL)
  3. Hannover 96 (GER)
  4. FC Vorskla Poltava (UKR)

Group C

  1. PSV Eindhoven (NED)
  2. Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC (ISR)
  3. FC Rapid Bucureşti (ROU)
  4. Legia Warszawa (POL)

23 August, 2011

Eto'o Becomes Highest Paid Player

Yeah, this is like the idiot that bid up oil over $100 a barrel a few years back so he could say he was the one who did it first. You remember his name? We don't either. So Man City drops mad cash on players like they were NCAA football players at a strip joint and now Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala decides to sign Eto'o on a 3yr contract paying him ~$29mil/season. You read that right, ~$29mil a season.

This is straight up ridiculous. He's good, but not that good. And with the Russian league constantly talking about contraction because many of the teams can't even pay their players, this team comes out of nowhere to pay that kind of money?

As a comparison, CR7 makes $17.4mil/season and Messi makes in the range of $15.5mil/season.

The best part is that Anzhi doesn't even train in their home town because of separatist violence. The players live and train in Moscow and just fly to their "home" stadium 15 times a year for home games. Must be nice when your owner is the 118th richest person in the world.

And not trying to sound bitter, but no one is that good that they deserve to make that much money playing a game. Especially for a team that doesn't operate in the same town it claims to represent.

Photo: fotolia

22 August, 2011

EPL: Manchester United v Tottenham Highlights

Wow, this was brutal to watch. Man U was on fire and honestly, if they play like this for even 3/4 of the season, they are going to run rampant on the competition. In a night that saw Brad Friedel extend his run of consecutive EPL matches to 276 (perhaps he should have taken the night off after getting crushed in the Scholes Testimonial against Man U, he didn't fair any better here), Walbeck, Anderson and Rooney all scored late goals at home as the Red Devils run out 3-0 winners at home.

Video: unitedzoneLink

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