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SUPERLIGA SEMIFINALS SET

July 24, 2010

SUPERLIGA SEMIFINALS SET

Final Standings for Group Stage – Dates, Venues and TV Times for the Knockout Round

Two Mexican League teams and two Major League Soccer teams have advanced out of the group stages of the 2010 SuperLiga and will face each other on August 4 and 5.

2008 SuperLiga Champions New England Revolution were the only team to take maximum points from the group stage as well as having allowed no goals thus far in the tournament, but with only a +3 goal difference and they will be challenged by Puebla FC who have score 5 goals in their three matches.

Runners-up in the 08 edition, this years Houston Dynamo won Group A. The Texas side will be facing a powerful Morelia club that, although they only won one of their group matches, have scored 7 goals.

Both Mexican survivors are hoping to appear in their first ever SuperLiga Final, while both MLS clubs advance, the teams will compete in a rematch of the 2008 edition.

Here is the schedule for the Semifinals followed by the final group stage standings.

TV schedule will be posted when available.

2010 SUPERLIGA SEMIFINAL SCHEDULE

ALL TIMES EASTERN

SuperLiga Semifinal 1

7pm – Wednesday, April 4 – Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA

New England Revolution v Puebla FC

SuperLiga Semifinal 2

8pm – Thursday, April 5 – Robertson Stadium, Houston TX

Houston Dynamo v Monarcas Morelia

2010 SUPERLIGA GROUP STAGE FINAL STANDINGS

GROUP A

Team Points GP Wins Losses Ties GF GA GD
1 Houston Dynamo 7 3 2 0 1 4 2 2
2 Puebla 6 3 2 1 0 5 3 2
3 Chivas USA 4 3 1 1 1 3 3 0
4 Pachuca 0 3 0 3 0 2 6 -4

GROUP B

Team Points GP Wins Losses Ties GF GA GD
1 New England Revolution 9 3 3 0 0 3 0 3
2 Morelia 4 3 1 1 1 7 4 3
3 Chicago Fire 3 3 1 2 0 2 6 -4
4 Pumas 1 3 0 2 1 2 4 -2

SUPERLIGA UGLY : PROMOTING FAN INTERACTION?

July 23, 2010

SUPERLIGA UGLY : PROMOTING FAN INTERACTION?

Ugly dustup at Toyota Park during the Chicago Fire’s 1-0 SuperLiga win over UNAM Pumas Tuesday Night.  I know Section 8 very well and they are a hardcore supporters group, but they don’t go cruising around Toyota Park looking to swat people with flag poles. What were those Pumas fans doing right on top of Section 8?

Oh, and just out of curiosity, Where the F was the security? From what I’ve gathered this went on for 8 to 10 minutes during the match.  Monterrey Security has been used at every Spanish language Chicago area soccer event, since I can remember, you’d think they’d eventually get better at their job.

Below is a link to a Chicago Tribune photographer Scott Strazzante’s ‘Shooting from the Hip’ page.  Strazzante post’s a wonderful photo of the brawl, but the comments section is full of first hand accounts, complaints, finger pointing and a bit of bitterness too.

CLICK HERE… CHICAGO TRIBUNE: SCOTT STRAZZANTE ‘SHOOTING FROM THE HIP’

JULY 17: DESIGNATED PLAYER WATCH

July 17, 2010

UPDATED: DESIGNATED PLAYER WATCH

FIRE SIGN DP – MEXICAN INTERNATIONAL NERY CASTILLO

The Chicago Fire have announced the Designated Player signing of  Mexican International Nery Castillo who has been negotiating with Greek side Olympiacos, where he played from 2000-2007.

The 26-year-old Castillo, who played at Manchester City in 2008 as part of a loan deal; with his then club Shakhtar Donetsk, is a much more versatile player than Blanco.  Castillo can play up front, on the wing or can play an attacking role out of the midfield.

Castillo may be the answer to the Fire’s problems in terms of attack, but one can only hope that Carlos de los Cabos and Frank Klopas now turn their sights toward some defensive help.

The designated player announcement was made Saturday between Games 1 and 2 of the SuperLiga double header at Toyota Park.

RSL’S CHECKETTS HELPS RONALDINHO RUMOR STAY ALIVE

Real Salt Lake owner Dave Checkett’s has intimated that a DP signing may be headed to Los Angeles.

Checketts told radio listeners on KALL 10 Sports that he expected another big designated player signing in the league sooon, but quick assuaged people of the notion that it was a potential RSL signing.

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FIRE SIGN DP – MEXICAN INTERNATIONAL NERY CASTILLO

July 17, 2010

FIRE TO ANNOUNCE DP – MEXICAN INTERNATIONAL NERY CASTILLO?

FIRE SIGN DP – MEXICAN INTERNATIONAL NERY CASTILLO

The Chicago Fire have announced the Designated Player signing of  Mexican International Nery Castillo who has been negotiating with Greek side Olympiacos, where he played from 2000-2007.

The 26-year-old Castillo, who played at Manchester City in 2008 as part of a loan deal; with his then club Shakhtar Donetsk, is a much more versatile player than Chautemoc Blanco.  Castillo can play up front, on the wing or can play an attacking role out of the midfield.

Castillo may be the answer to the Fire’s problems in terms of attack, but one can only hope that Carlos de los Cabos and Frank Klopas now turn their sights toward some defensive help.

The designated player announcement was made Saturday between Games 1 and 2 of the SuperLiga double header at Toyota Park.

SOCCER ON THE BOX – Soccer on US TV This Weekend

July 16, 2010

SOCCER ON THE BOX – Soccer on US TV This Weekend

There is some serious international flavor on the box this weekend.  European Clubs tuning up for the season by playing MLS teams, Mexican clubs battling MLS teams!

MLS teams against MLS teams!! Where will it all end? (Toronto, in November most likely.)

Don’t forget the U20 Women’s World Cup on ESPNU and ESPN3 to continue the international theme.

Friday, July 16

7:00pm International Friendly – Manchester United v Celtic – ESPN2

Saturday, July 17

10:00am Women’s Soccer – FIFA U-20 World Cup – Ghana v United States – ESPNU

Noon Women’s Soccer – FIFA U-20 World Cup: Switzerland v United States – ESPNU

3:30pm MLS – Philadelphia Union v Toronto FC – MLSDK

4:00pm International Friendly  – San Jose Earthquakes v Tottenham Hotspur – ESPN

7:00pm SuperLiga – Chicago Fire v New England Revolution – TeleFutura

7:30pm MLS – Columbus Crew v New York Red Bull – MLSDK

8:30pm MLS – FC Dallas v Real Salt Lake – MLSDK

9:00pm MLS – Colorado Rapids v Kansas City Wizards – MLSDK

9:30pm SuperLiga – Morelia v UNAM Pumas – TeleFutura

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SOCCER ON THE BOX: SOCCER ON US TV THIS MID-WEEK

July 14, 2010

SOCCER ON THE BOX: SOCCER ON US TV THIS MID-WEEK

Welcome back to the TV folks. The 2010 SuperLiga kicks off tonight and the Women’s U20 World Cup as well. Every match from the U20 WWC can be seen on ESPN3 but the US matches will be played on ESPNU, stay here for details of the American matches.

MLS Week 16 also kicks off tonight with the Wizards visiting Columbus in a match that will air on the MLS Direct Kick package at 7:30pm Eastern. Friday marks the next phase of the Summer Friendly cornucopia, with Manchester United and Celtic in a match that is NOT being billed as the Tussle in Toronto.

Next Week we will have SuperLiga, Friendlies, CONCACAF Champions Cup and the start of the Major League Soccer stretch drive.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, July 14

Noon U20 Women’s World Cup – United States v Ghana – ESPNU

7:30pm MLS – Columbus v Kansas City – MLSDK

8:00pm Superliga – New England v UNAM Pumas – TeleFutura

9:30pm Supeliga – Chicago v Morelia – Galavision

Thursday, July 15

8:00pm MLS – DC United v Seattle – ESPN2

8:00pm Superliga – Houston v Pachuca – TeleFutura

10:30pm Chivas USA v Puebla – Galavision

Friday, July 16

7:00pm Manchester United v Celtic (from Rogers Centre, Toronto ON) – ESPN2

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION REGARDING SUPERLIGA TV TIMES

CLICK HERE FOR MORE SUMMER FRIENDLY NEWS, DATES, ROSTERS AND TV TIMES

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…)

2010 SUPERLIGA ROSTERS

July 14, 2010

2010 SUPERLIGA OFFICIAL TEAM ROSTERS

CLICK HERE FOR SUPERLIGA SCHEDULE AND TV TIMES

NOTE: The Rosters for Group B have been finalized and are included below with Uniform numbers, whereas Group A rosters are still only preliminary.

PRELIMINARY TEAM ROSTERS – GROUP A

CHIVAS USA

Head Coach: Martin Vásquez

Goalkeepers:Dan Kennedy, Zach Thornton

Defenders: Carlos Borja, Jonathan Bornstein, Yamith Cuesta, Darío Delgado, Jorge Flores, Ante Jazic, Mariano Trujillo, Michael Umaña

Midfielders: Rodolfo Espinoza, Blair Gavin, Michael Lahoud, Gerson Mayen, Paulo Nagamura, Osael Romero, Marcelo Saragosa, Cesar Zamora, Ben Zemanski, Alex Zotinca

Forwards: Justin Braun, Chukqudi Chijindu, Maykel Galindo, Eduardo Lillingston, Giancarlo Maldonado, Jesús Padilla

HOUSTON DYNAMO

Head Coach: Dominic Kinnear

Goalkeepers: Pat Onstad, Tyler Deric, Tally Hall

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2010 SUPERLIGA: SCHEDULE, TV TIMES

July 14, 2010

2010 SUPERLIGA: SCHEDULE, TV TIMES

SuperLiga 2010 Schedule, TV Times

All Times Eastern

Wednesday, July 14

8:00pm New England Revolution vs. Pumas UNAM Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, MA – TeleFutura

9:30pm Chicago Fire vs. Monarcas Morelia Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL – Galavision

Thursday, July 15

8:00pm Houston Dynamo vs. Pachuca Robertson Stadium – Houston, TX – TeleFutura

10:30pm Chivas USA vs. Puebla Home Depot Center – Carson, CA – Galavision

Saturday, July 17

7:00pm Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL – TeleFutura

9:30pm Monarcas Morelia vs. Pumas UNAM Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL – TeleFutura

Sunday, July 18

8:00pm Houston Dynamo vs. Chivas USA Robertson Stadium – Houston, TX – TeleFutura 10:30pm

Pachuca vs. Puebla Robertson Stadium – Houston, TX – TeleFutura

Tuesday, July 20

8:00pm New England Revolution vs. Monarcas Morelia Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, MA – TeleFutura

9:30pm Chicago Fire vs. Pumas UNAM Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL – Galavision

Wednesday, July 21

8:00pm Houston Dynamo vs. Puebla Robertson Stadium – Houston, TX – TeleFutura

10:30pm Chivas USA vs. Pachuca Home Depot Center – Carson, CA – Galavision

CLICK HERE FOR 2010 SUPERLIGA ROSTERS

SHORT CORNERS – International News, Notes and Rumors 5-28-2010

May 28, 2010

SHORT CORNERS – International News, Notes and Rumors 5-28-2010

US NATIONAL TEAM STOPS IN AT THE WHITE HOUSE

Bob Bradley and his 23-man US National Team stopped by the White House for a World Cup send off Thursday. The team got to meet the President and Vice President as well as Former President Bill Clinton.

AVRAM GRANT TO MANAGE WEST HAM UNITED

Many will feel that Avram Grant is a glutton for punishment. After do his best in the worst possible situation at Portsmouth, Grant will take the reigns at struggling West Ham United, replacing Gianfranco Zola in the position. Grant resigned from his post at Portsmouth after the team’s unlikely appearance in the FA Cup Final.

ESSIEN RULED OUT OF WORLD CUP

A huge blow was dealt to Ghana’s World Cup ambitions as Michael Essien was ruled out of the World Cup due to a knee injury suffered during January’s African Nations Cup. Ghana manager Milovan Rajevac had been hopeful that Essien would be ruled fit in time but the FA released a statement stating that the Chelsea star would not be fully fit until late July.

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WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

April 30, 2010

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Pachuca scored a wonder goal in the 93rd minute to beat Cruz Azul on aggregate Wednesday night and claim the CONCACAF Champions League title and secure a place in the World Club Cup. Cruz Azul had won the first leg 2-1 in Mexico City last Wednesday and it set up a thrilling second leg that culminated in a thrilling finish. A truly entertaining affair, if anyone had cared enough to watch it.

The 2009-10 edition of the CONCACAF Champions League was entertaining at times, but lets face it, this competition is never going anywhere until the Major League Soccer teams start to show that they belong in the tournament. Aside from the Pachuca-Houston matches a few years ago the MLS sides have looked woeful, outmatched and out of shape, and there are reasons for that, to be sure, but let us not, however, take anything away from the prowess of the teams from south of the Rio Grande.

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SUPERLIGA: DATES AND VENUES

April 30, 2010

SUPERLIGA: DATES AND VENUES ANNOUNCED

Major League Soccer and the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF) unveiled the dates and venues for the 2010 edition of SuperLiga on Thursday.  SuperLiga features MLS and Mexican soccer clubs and awards the winner with a big cash prize.

The four Major League Soccer teams in the 2010 Superliga qualified based on their 2009 regular season record and excluding teams already competing in the CONCACAF Champions Cup.  2009 Finalists Chicago Fire will lead the MLS sides, with Chivas USA, Houston Dynamo and New England Revolution rounding out the field.

The four invited Mexican clubs have yet to be named but an announcement is expected following the conclusion of current season.

The 2010 Superliga will be the fourth consecutive year of the tournament and will be played over eight days beginning on Wednesday, July 14 at Chicago’s Toyota Park and at New England, though Gillette Stadium has yet to be confirmed as the venue. Attention then shifts west where on Thursday July 15 Houston’s Robertson Stadium and Home Depot Center, home of Chivas USA, will host matches.

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