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January 27, 2007

QUOTE OF THE DAY


by @ 2:33 pm.
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“If you are looking to add one of the best players to ever wear the US national team jersey, . . . [Claudio] Reyna is your man. Or, you could have phoned up Harry Keough in St. Louis.

– Dan Loney (America’s finest soccer writer), on the Red Bulls newest signing.

January 20, 2007

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY: 20 January 2007


by @ 1:01 pm.
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THE GOOD:
Dario Sala checks in with a post to the FC Dallas Blog. Dario and Margot are absolutely wonderful people; Cindy and I love them dearly. Everyone in section 116 is hoping he’ll be with FCD for years to come.

Petr Čech back in goal for Chelsea! He’s wearing the crazy-looking rugby helmet, but who cares? The guy almost died from a skull fracture a few months ago, now he’s back to his old self. He lost today (see below), but the goals he gave up can hardly be blamed on him. He is still aggressive and unafraid, and that’s all anybody was wondering about.

THE BAD:
Andre Ooijer of Blackburn Rovers suffered a nasty looking leg injury when Manchester City’s Bernardo Corradi fell into the back of his knee. It was awful to look at. I haven’t heard any further news on the extent of the injury, but it can’t be good. Corradi isn’t at fault in the least, it was just one of those things. UPDATE: Ooijer is out for the season with a broken leg. His knee wasn’t damaged, however, so he should play again next year.

THE UGLY:
Chelsea, my darling wife’s favorite team, crash out to Liverpool 2-0. Defensive injuries aren’t helping, but it’s odd that they were unable to generate any offense at all.

January 19, 2007

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY: 19 January 2007


by @ 2:40 pm.
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THE GOOD:
The award for best name in the history of soccer has to go to QPR’s Shabazz Baidoo.

The two Irelands are making sounds about combining their national teams. Irish Rugby has already taken this step, and it has strengthened not only the international stature of the Irish side, but also hopes for Irish re-unification as a whole (though not without problems). It only makes sense that sports should be an instrument for peace, not strife, in the world. Something that brings so much joy to so many people has to have some positive karma left over to spare, right?

THE BAD:
Bruce Arena and Eric Wynalda working together in the booth for USMNT broadcasts. Not that it won’t be entertaining, but it could lead to the first play-by-play vs. colorman fistfight in the history of broadcasting.


THE UGLY:

I’m not sure who the idiots are here. Is it Peter Kenyon and Roman Abramovich for alienating the best manager in all of football, or the English press for making up a story where there isn’t really a story? Either way, it’s ugly.

January 18, 2007

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY


by @ 2:04 pm.
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THE GOOD: Anytime Dan Loney writes a new column, it’s to the good. As a good Galaxy man, you just knew he’d have something to say about the whole Beckham deal.

THE BAD: My favorite under-achieving English side, Queens Park Rangers, are hovering perilously close to the relegation zone. 20th place in a league where 22-24 go down to League 1 (which, despite its name, is the 3rd tier of English football).

THE UGLY: Real Madrid chairman Ramon Calderon stabbed his players in their collective backs while speaking to a group of University students this week. He obviously didn’t think his remarks were oficialmente, as they say in Spain. Among the slurs, (as reported on Goal.com): . . . [H]e suggested that Beckham was “going to Hollywood to be half a film star,” and that his technical team “were right not to extend his contract, and that has been proved by the fact that no other technical team in the world wanted him except Los Angeles.”

“There is vanity, egoism and they all think they are superstars,” Calderon told the students when describing the Real Madrid dressing room.

Way to pull the troops together there, big guy. Did you forget, señor, that yours is an elected position? As I understand it, you’re employed at the pleasure of the stockholders of the club (read: fans). I’m sure they appreciate you gutting the team in the middle of the season. You and Fabio Capello have driven away Beckham, now you’re driving away Ronaldo, and the team is in third place, two points behind Seville for cryin’ out loud. Good luck in your next job.

January 17, 2007

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY


by @ 9:29 pm.
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THE GOOD:
Brucio, everyone’s favorite soccer blogger, is feeling better and posting again on the indespensable DuNord.

Preki, everyone’s favorite former National Team player, has been named coach of Chivas USA. If he’s as brilliant on the sideline as he was on the field, beware The Goats this season.

THE BAD:
David Vanole, the goalkeeper during the United States National Team’s run-up to the 1990 World Cup, died at the age of 43 Monday. He was the first ‘keeper I remember seeing back then, as I began to watch and appreciate the National Team. Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine; et lux perpetuam luceat eis.

THE UGLY:
Championship side Birmingham (say it: “birminum”) waled on poor Newcastle 5-1 in the FA Cup 3rd round replay today. The Magpies were at home, too. Heads will roll. Soon.

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