Some Soccer News for Apr 28, 2017
Omar Gonzalez celebrates Pachuca's winning the CONCACAF Champions League in style:
Pachuca wins its 4th CCL Championship, then prepares for players to leave. Both sides of that saga. By Jon Arnold for Goal.
Football hooligans, okolofutbola, in Russia have gone to the next level - sobriety, fitness, martial arts training, organization - but locals say there should not be a fear of them at next years World Cup. Local authorities have already let the ultras leaders know that violence will NOT be tolerated. By Patrick Reevell for the New York Times.
FIFA is seeking to suspend CONCACAF exec Gordon Derrick for 4 years. He is currently the head of the Caribbean Football Union, a job previously held by Jack Warner, and he is also the General Secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association. He has been charged with "Conflicts of interest, offering and accepting gifts and other benefits, mismanagement of funds, abuse of position, and disloyalty."
- Thanks to Tariq Panja for the heads up.
Deep delving examination of the Minnesota win over Colorado. By Jeff Rueter for Fifty Five One.
MN United leader Manny Lagos recalls his connection to San Jose Earthquakes. By Andy Greder for the Pioneer Press.
- Includes video of one helluva Donovan to Lagos goal!
Will MNUFC start the same 11 as the previous game for the first time in MLS? By Megan Ryan for the Star Tribune.
-Sat Apr 29
Minnesota v San Jose Earthquakes - 7:00pm CT on My29
Sheer: du Nord Music Mix Vol 121 (download + extract)
"This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier." Guess who?
du Nord Futbol's MLS Coaches Hot Seat for Apr 28, 2017:
6 Mauro Biello - Montreal
5 Jay Heaps - New England
4 Dominic Kinnear - San Jose
3 Carl Robinson - Vancouver
2 Curt Onalfo - LA
1 Jim Curtin - Philadelphia
Sporting KC has hired a highly accomplished Belgian as the technical director of their academy. Building that infrastructure. By Sam McDowell for the Kansas City Star.
The LA Galaxy has stumbled out of the blocks, and they are searching for good answers to turn it around. By Steve Davis for Four Four Two.
Giovanni Dos Santos is confident that LA Galaxy can turn things around. And he looks forward to his next games with Mexico. From ESPNFC.
Philadelpia is in even worse shape than the Galaxy because their off season signings haven't paid off yet. By Paul Tenorio for Four Four Two.
-Fri Apr 28
Toronto v Houston
-Sat Apr 29
Montreal v Vancouver
Orlando v Colorado
Columbus v NYC
NYRB v Chicago
Dallas v Portland
Minnesota v San Jose
Kansas City v Salt Lake
Seattle v New England
LA v Philadelphia
-Sun Apr 30
Atlanta v DC
CONCACAF U17 Men World Cup Qualifying and Championship:
April 21 - May 7 in Panama.
Final game of 1st group stage for USA is on Saturday evening. Tune in.
- USA has 2 wins from first 2 games.
USMNT U-17 Roster:
- G: Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos (Benfica), Justin Garces (Kendall)
- D: Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City), James Sands (New York City), Arturo Vasquez (Golden State), Akil Watts (IMG Academy)
- M: George Acosta (Weston), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake AZ), Christopher Durkin (DC United), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea), Christopher Goslin (Atlanta United), Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers)
- F: Ayomide Akinola (Toronto), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United), Zyen Jones (Atlanta United), Bryan Reynolds Jr (Dallas), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri) Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain)
- C: John Hackworth
Group C - USA Schedule/Results:
-Sun Apr 23
USA 5-0 Jamaica
-Wed Apr 26
USA 4-3 Mexico
-Sat Apr 29
USA v El Salvador - 5:00Pm CT
-Broadcast on Univision Deportes and Streamed live on the CONCACAF Facebook page.
The Terrence Boyd + Torstan Frings + Darmstadt Tracker:
- Standings - Last place, despite winning 2 in a row they are still 11 points below relegation playoff and 13 points from safety - just 4 games left
- Up Next - Sat Apr 29 v Freiburg
The Miguel Herrera + Several Americans + Tijuana Tracker:
- Standings - Retake 1st place with just 1 rounds left in the regular season.
- Up Next - Sat Apr 29 at Tigres
The rebirth of Miguel Herrera, a coach of great passion and success who also gets himself into trouble. Currently head coach of Tijuana, in case you weren't aware. By Cesar Hernandez for Four Four Two.
With just 2 games and 6 possible points available in the Liga MX Clausura regular season 17 of the 18 teams are still officially in contention for the 8 team playoffs.
*28 Tijuana (+10) - NEXT: Sat Apr 29 at Tigres
*27 Monterrey (+10) - NEXT: Fri Apr 28 at Veracruz
*26 Toluca (+2) - NEXT: Sun Apr 30 v Queretaro
25 Guadalajara (+3) - NEXT: Sat Apr 29 v Leon
24 Santos Laguna (+5) - NEXT: Sat Apr 29 at Chiapas
24 America (+2) - NEXT: Sat Apr 29 v Atlas
23 Atlas (+4) - NEXT: Sat Apr 29 at America
20 Pachuca (-1) - NEXT: Sat Apr 29 v Cruz Azul
19 Tigres (+7) - NEXT: Sat Apr 29 v Tijuana
19 Leon (-1) - NEXT: Sat Apr 29 at Guadalajara
18 Morelia (-2) - NEXT: Sat Apr 29 v Pumas
18 Pumas (-4) - NEXT: Sat Apr 29 at Morelia
18 Veracruz (-6) - NEXT: Sat Apr 29 v Monterrey
17 Cruz Azul (-2) - NEXT: Sat Apr 29 at Pachuca
17 Necaxa (-6) - NEXT: Sun Apr 30 at Puebla
16 Queretaro (-3) - NEXT: Sun Apr 30 at Toluca
15 Chiapas (-11) - NEXT: Sat Apr 29 v Santos Laguna
OUT 13 Puebla
*clinched a playoff spot
BIG MIDWEEK GAMES IN EUROPE:
-Sat Apr 29
Espanyol v Barcelona - the Barcelona derby
-Sun Apr 30
Roma v Lazio - the Rome derby - #2 v #4
Nice v PSG - #3 v #2
Tottenham v Arsenal - big North London derby - #2 v #7
The story behind some of the world's most interesting soccer crests. From Sports Illustrated.
- One question that pops to mind is, "What is a strawberry tree?"
- Until today I never noticed the G in the Schalke logo.
- And they missed my favorite hidden gem on the Loons logo - the 11 wings on the bird stand for the 11 players on the field.
The brand is said to be everything, right? Be careful if you tinker with it. By Jack Williams for the New York Times.
The Bird Is The Word