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BARCLAYS NEW YORK CHALLENGE – COMPLETE ROSTERS, SCHEDULE

July 21, 2010

2010 BARCLAYS NEW YORK CHALLENGE – COMPLETE ROSTERS, SCHEDULE

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Goalkeepers : Carlo Cudicini (ITA), David Button (ENG), Oscar Jansson (SWE)

Defenders : Gareth Bale (WAL), Calum Butcher (ENG), Vedran Corluka (CRO), Alan Hutton (SCT), Younes Kaboul (FRA), Kyle Naughton (ENG), Adam Smith (ENG), Kyle Walker (ENG),

Midfielders : Tom Huddlestone (ENG), Jermaine Jenas (ENG), Niko Kranjcar (CRO), Luka Modric (CRO), Andros Townsend (ENG)

Forwards : Robbie Keane (IRE), Ryan Mason (ENG), Jonathan Obika (ENG), Roman Pavlyuchenko (RUS)

MANAGER: Harry Redknapp

MANCHESTER CITY FC

Goalkeepers : Shay Given (IRE), David Gonzalez (COL), Joe Hart (ENG), Stuart Taylor (ENG)

Defenders : Dedryk Boyata (BEL), Wayne Bridge (ENG), Greg Cunningham (IRE), Javier Garrido (ESP), Vincent Kompany (BEL), Joleon Lescott (ENG), Ben Mee (ENG), Nedum Onuoha (ENG), Micah Richards (ENG), Kieran Trippier (ENG), Kolo Toure (COI), Pablo Zabaleta (ARG)

Midfielders : Abdisalam Ibrahim (NOR), Stephen Ireland (IRE), Adam Johnson (ENG), Michael Johnson (ENG), Scott Kay (ENG), Yaya Toure (COI), Andrew Tutte (ENG), Patrick Vieira (FRA), Shaun Wright-Phillips (ENG)

Strikers : Emmanuel Adebayor, Craig Bellamy (WAL), John Guidetti, Jeremy Helan, Alex Nimely, Jo Silva

MANAGER : Roberto Mancini

SPORTING CLUBE DE PORTUGAL

All players are Portugese unless otherwise noted.

Goalkeepers : Rui Patricio, Tiago Ferreira, Vitor Golas (BRA)

Defenders : Marco Torsiglieri (ARG), Daniel Carrico, Anderson Polga (BRA), Evaldo Fabiano, Leandro Grimi (ARG), Nuno Coelho, Joao Pereira, Abel Ferreira

Midfielders : Pedro Mendes, Marat Izamilov (RUS) , Maniche, Matías Fernández (CHL), Jaime Valdes (CHL), Miguel Veloso, Ander Santos, Simon Vukcevic (MNG)

Forwards : Carlos Saleiro, Florent Sinama-Pongolle (FRA), Yannick Djalo, Helder Postiga, Andre Martins, Liedson, Diogo Salomao, William Owusu Acheampong (GHA)

MANAGER : Costinha

BARCLAYS NEW YORK CHALLENGE – COMPLETE SCHEDULE

NOTE: ALL TIMES EASTERN, ALL MATCHES AT RED BULL ARENA, HARRISON NJ, ALL MATCHES BROADCAST LIVE ON FOX SOCCER CHANNEL

July 22  – New York Red Bulls v Tottenham Hotspur, 8pm

July 23 – Manchester City v Sporting Lisbon, 8pm

July 25 – New York Red Bull v Manchester City, 3:30pm

July 25 – Tottenham Hotspur v Sporting Lisbon, 1pm

CELTIC-SPORTING: ROSTERS FOR FENWAY FOOTBALL CHALLENGE

July 21, 2010

ROSTERS FOR FENWAY FOOTBALL CHALLENGE

Football at Fenway Park will kick off again Wednesday Night at 8pm ET Glasgow Celtic take on Sporting CP at the famous Boston ball park.

The match will be show on Live on Fox Soccer Channel.

SPORTING CLUBE DE PORTUGAL:

All players are Portugese unless otherwise noted.

Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio, Tiago Ferreira, Vitor Golas (BRA)

Defenders: Marco Torsiglieri (ARG), Daniel Carrico, Anderson Polga (BRA), Evaldo Fabiano, Leandro Grimi (ARG), Nuno Coelho, Joao Pereira, Abel Ferreira

Midfielders: Pedro Mendes, Marat Izamilov (RUS) , Maniche, Matías Fernández (CHL), Jaime Valdes (CHL), Miguel Veloso, Ander Santos, Simon Vukcevic (MNG)

Forwards: Carlos Saleiro, Florent Sinama-Pongolle (FRA), Yannick Djalo, Helder Postiga, Andre Martins, Liedson, Diogo Salomao, William Owusu Acheampong (GHA)

MANAGER: Costinha

CELTIC ROSTER:

Goalkeepers: Dominic Cervi (USA), Lukasz Zaluska (POL)

Defenders: Andreas Hinkel (GER), Glenn Loovens (NET), Jos Hooiveld (HOL), Darren O’Dea (IRE), Mark Wilson (SCO), Paul Caddis (SCO), Milan Misun (CZE), Charles Mulgrew (SCO), Cha Du Ri (KOR), Thomas Rogne (NOR)

Midfielders: Scott Brown (SCO), Joseph Ledley (SCO), Shaun Maloney (SCO), Patrick McCourt (IRE), Marc Crosas (ESP), Aiden McGeady (IRE), Simon Ferry (SCO), James Forrest (SCO), Ki Sung Yueng (KOR)

Forwards: Marc Fortune (GUI), Georgios Samaras (GRE), Morten Rasmussen (DEN), Benjamin Hutchison (ENG), Paul McGowan (SCO)

MANAGER: Neil Lennon

BOLTON WANDERERS v TORONTO FC – ROSTER, LIVE STREAM

July 21, 2010

BOLTON WANDERERS v TORONTO FC – ROSTER, LIVE STREAM

United States international Stuart Holden has joined his Bolton Wanderers teammates in Toronto ahead of the clubs pre-season match with Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC.

Holden had been given time off after his World Cup duty with the United States, but after speaking with Bolton manager Owen Coyle, he decided to meet the team in Canada from his time off with his family in Houston.

“The gaffer gave me the option of coming out here or meeting the squad back in England with Chungy (Korea Republic midfielder Lee Chung-Yong, who also has time off in the wake of the World Cup)  but for me, being from the US, I really wanted to finish off the tour with the guys and get back amongst it,” Holden told the Bolton News. “I wanted to make a stand and show I’m committed to this season.”

Familiar with the Canadian side from his time in MLS with the Houston Dynamo, the 24-year-old had nothing but praise for Toronto and Toronto FC.

“Toronto are a really well-supported team. They’re fairly young and since they have been in the league had some mixed results, but this year is the best they have done. The stadium is probably the second to Seattle in MLS in terms of atmosphere.”

Will Holden contribute after joining the squad so late before the match?

“I’d love to play a part although I haven’t had a long chat with the gaffer about it yet. I’ll only have one day of training under my belt, so if he chooses to leave me out, that’s his decision.”

The match, the 2010 edition of the Carlsburg Cup which annually pits Toronto FC against an International opponent, is scheduled to kickoff Wednesday Night at 7:30pm ET from BMO Field.

BOLTON WANDERERS TOUR ROSTER

GOALKEEPER: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Adam Bogdan

DEFENDERS: Sam Ricketts, Gary Cahill, Zat Knight, Paul Robinson, Andy O’Brien, Jlloyd Samuel, Gretar Rafn Steinsson,

MIDFIELDERS: Martin Petrov, Ricardo Gardner, Fabrice Muamba, Matthew Taylor, Chris Basham, Mark Davies, Tamir Cohen, Sean Davis, Joey O’Brien, Mustapha Riga, Stuart Holden

FORWARDS: Kevin Davies, Robbie Blake, Johan Elmander, Danny Ward

Two player not on the squad for the TFC match are Danny Shittu of Nigeria and Lee Chung-Yong of Korea Republic, both of whom served their countries in World Cup action this summer, will meet up with the team back in England.

Toronto FC may also feature some players that are not on the Red’s senior roster. The Red’s will finally have the services of recently signed designated player Mista, who is expected to make his debut tonight and play 45 minutes in the match.

TFC Academy players Matt Stinson, Doneil Henry, Nicholas Lindsay, Oscar Cordon and Brennan McNicoll all trained with the team this week and may make it in the squad.

Four trialists may also factor into Preki’s squad. Defender Mirko Medic from the Serbian White Eagles and midfielder Drazen Vukovic and forward Miodrag Andjelkovic of Brantford Galaxy all are on trial from their Canadian Soccer League teams and Bas Ent rounds out the list from the Premier Development League’s Dayton Dutch Lions FC.

WATCH THE MATCH LIVE HERE

TORONTO FC LIVE STREAM AND CHAT HERE

2010 SUPERLIGA: WHAT TO WATCH FOR

July 14, 2010

2010 SUPERLIGA – WHAT TO WATCH FOR

FAMILIAR FOES – PACHUCA v HOUSTON

Possibly the best rivalry between an MLS club and a Mexican Club, these two have put on some of the best club matches seen on this continent in the CONCACAF Cahmpiosn League/Cup. The two sides played a memorable  SuperLiga semifinal goal fest in 2007 with the 10 man Dynamo getting a late equalizer to send the match to extra time only to see Pachuca take the match on penalties. The 2010 edition of this rivalry will be the Group A opener for both clubs. If you see only one SuperLiga match this year, make it this Thursday at Robertson Stadium.

SISTER SIDES? MORELIA v CHICAGO

The Chicago Fire and Mexican club Morelia have a sister club relationship.  They have had since 2003 and the Fire even sported Morelia colors for a few matches in the clubs 2004 MLS Season. What this relationship means, I have no idea, as the two clubs haven’t met since before the deal was made..

It was the quarterfinals of the  CONCACAF Champions Cup (Precursor to the current Champions League) in 2002 and the Fire came back in the 2nd leg of the tie at then home Cardinal Stadium in Naperville IL, only to see their efforts couldn’t stave off elimination.

So Wednesday Night the sister-clubs meet for the first time in eight years.  Outside of the Houston-Pachuca match, this may be, on paper anyway, the tie of the group stages.

PACHUCA: TEAM (MEXICAN) AMERICA

CF Pachuca is fast becoming a breeding ground for talent; American talent. Pachuca has not one but THREE Americans on it’s roster.  Two of them saw (more…)

MLS NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS and WEEK 13 PREVIEW

June 25, 2010

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER RETURNS TO ACTION – MLS WEEK 13 PREVIEW

Most everyone’s eyes will be on the World Cup this weekend, and rightly so, the sheer weight of match-ups over the next four days is incredible.

Having said that, lets take a look at what we have in store for ourselves this weekend and touch on some of the stories we may have missed while over-indulging in the World Cup Garden of Eden.

PPL PARK OPENS IN PHILADELPHIA THIS SUNDAY
The Philadelphia Union fans will agree with Tom Petty, the waiting is the hardest part, but now the wait is over as Peter Nowak’s boys will christen their new home, PPL Park on Sunday against Seattle Sounders at 5pm ET. The match will be shown on ESPN2 and will see Union attempt to turn around a less than stellar Expansion campaign. Union are dead last in the East having garnered 7 points from 10 matches. Philly fans will be hoping that the League’s newest Soccer Specific gem will provide the inspiration for some points down the stretch.

SACHA KLJESTAN MOVES TO EUROPE
Belgian Champions Anderlicht acquired Chivas USA captain Sacha Kljestan during the World Cup break leaving the Goats, who are in the midst of a five game losing streak, missing some key talent.  Manager Martin Vasquez has brought for Chivas USA midfield standout Paulo Nagamura back into the side with an aim to fill the missing Kljestan’s shoes. Another help for Chivas might come in the form of Venezuelan international
Giancarlo Maldonado who is training with the team.

BLAISE NKUFO IS COMING TO SEATTLE
This deal was done early in the season, but since then we have all had a chance to see Nkufo play for Switzerland in (more…)

US v GHANA PREVIEWS: IN OTHER WORDS

June 25, 2010

US v GHANA PREVIEWS: IN OTHER WORDS

US v GHANA

USA v GHANA: POSITIONAL BREAKDOWN (GREG SIETZER-MLSSOCCER.COM)

US CAN’T AFFORD TO BE COMPLACENT (JEFF CARLISLE-ESPN)

GHANA A HARD TEAM TO OPEN UP (JONATHAN WILSON-SI.COM)

US v GHANA PREVIEW (JOHN LEY-TELEGRAPH)

US v GHANA PREVIEW (CBSSPORTS.COM)

WORLD CUP PREVIEW: USA-GHANA (SUBHANKAR MONDAL-GOAL.COM)

BRADLEY FACES DECISIONS APLENTY FOR GHANA MATCHUP (GREG SIETZER-MLSSOCCER.COM)

HOW THE US CAN OVERCOME THE GHANA CHALLENGE (RIDGE MAHONEY-SOCCER AMERICA)

THE BLACK STARS ARE IN THE ZONE (JEFF BRADLEY-ESPN)

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2010 WORLD CUP: ENGLAND v UNITED STATES – WHAT TO WATCH FOR

June 11, 2010

2010 WORLD CUP: ENGLAND v UNITED STATES – WHAT TO WATCH FOR

BEST FINISH

England – Champions (1966)

United States – 3rd (1950)

UNITED STATES

The United States, like South Korea, Japan and Mexico are teams that are better than most in the World except maybe the top 15. The States have a solid starting XI and good subs, and even have a bit of a style and tactical acumen. None of these attributes, as any longtime fan of the United States will tell you, were present 20 years ago.

The States even have gifted individual talent in the wonderful vision of Landon Donovan, the grit of Clint Dempsey, the sheer power and finesse of Jozy Altidore and the raw speed that is present amongst so many of the forwards in the US side.

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2010 WORLD CUP: SOUTH KOREA v GREECE – WHAT TO WATCH FOR

June 11, 2010

2010 WORLD CUP: SOUTH KOREA v GREECE – WHAT TO WATCH FOR

BEST FINISH

South Korea – 3rd (2002)

Greece – Group Stage (1994)

SOUTH KOREA

South Korea had a miracle run at the 2002 World Cup, as hosts. The general opinion that South Korea had arrived on the International scene as a power, were roundly dismissed after a poor performance in Germany four years ago.

The difference this year might be the number of players with European league experience.

Manchester United midfielder and team captain Park Ji-sung. Bolton Wanderers midfielder Lee Chung-Yong as well as Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-Yong have all put (more…)

2010 WORLD CUP: FRANCE v URUGUAY – WHAT TO WATCH FOR

June 11, 2010

2010 WORLD CUP: FRANCE v URUGUAY – WHAT TO WATCH FOR

WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS:

France: 1 – 1998

Uruguay: 2 – 1930, 1950

FRANCE

France was the first team to ever hold both the World Cup (1998) and European Championships (2000) at the same time. That French team defined a generation, but this France team is not THAT French team. This is not even the same team that made it all the way to the 2006 Final, only to be beaten on penalty’s by Italy, though some of the names are still there.

Thierry Henry, once one of the most loved and feared strikers in the world, is now 32, and though he is the (more…)

SOCCER ON THE BOX – Soccer on TV this Week

May 25, 2010

SOCCER ON THE BOX – Soccer on TV this Week

The big match of this mid-week is the US against the Czech Republic tonight. With Bob Bradley set to name his 23-man World Cup Roster tomorrow, this match will be the last chance for many of the bubble players in the United States 30-man camp. Previews for the US v Czech Republic match can be found here.

Mexico keeps up it’s intense World Cup preparations Wednesday as they take on the Netherlands in Germany. Mexico’s build up schedule has been packed with matches (this will be El Tri’s 6th match in May), and yet it still seems Javier Aguirre still seems unsure of the direction he wants this team to take. The Dutch, on the other hand haven’t played a match since the March encounter with the United States.

Amidst a few intriguing World Cup tune-up matches this week, don’t overlook the domestic game. Chicago Fire v FC Dallas should provide an intriguing encounter on the Major League Soccer schedule. the match, on ESPN2 Thursday Night, features two teams that face more questions than answers going into Week 10.

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IN OTHER WORDS – SOCCER ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

May 25, 2010

IN OTHER WORDS – SOCCER ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

US NATIONAL TEAM CAMP

GOALIE’S REACH EXTENDS ACROSS THE ATLANTIC (JERÉ LONGMAN-NEW YORK TIMES)

US NATIONAL TEAM MAKES FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR WORLD CUP (STEVEN GOFF-WASHINGTON POST)

GOMEZ EXCITED TO BE WITH NATIONAL TEAM (BRIAN SCIARETTA-YANKS ABROAD)

LANDON DONOVAN HAS MIND, GAME IN SYNCE FOR WORLD CUP (KELLY WHITESIDE-USA TODAY)

US DEFENSIVE DILEMMA (BRIAN LEWIS-NEW YORK POST)

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IN OTHER WORDS – US v CZECH REPUBLIC PREVIEWS

May 25, 2010

UNITED STATES v CZECH REPUBLIC PREVIEWS

CZECH IS FINAL CHANCE FOR US FRINGE PLAYERS TO IMPRESS (GRANT WAHL-SI.COM)

US NATIONAL TEAM TO MEET CZECH REPUBLIC TONIGHT (RANDY CAPPS-MAJORLEAGUESOCCERTALK.COM)

TIME TO GET FRIENDLY (DREW EPPERLY-WVHOOLIGAN.COM)

SCOUTING REPORT: CZECH REPUBLIC (CLEMENTE LISI-USSOCCERPLAYERS.COM)

PREVIEW: US v CZECH REPUBLIC (BRIAN SCIARETTA-YANKS ABROAD)

DECISION TIME FOR BOB BRADLEY (JERÉ LONGMAN-NEW YORK TIMES)

US ROSTER PICTURE STILL GETS NO CLEARER AS CZECH REPUBLIC GAME NEARS (STEVE DAVIS-SI.COM)