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NEW NIKE AD: PAVING THE WAY

July 7, 2010

NEW NIKE AD: PAVING THE WAY

TUESDAY’S SHORT CORNERS – INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEW, NOTES AND RUMORS

June 29, 2010

Something to Cheer About at Eastlands

TUESDAY’S SHORT CORNERS – INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEW, NOTES AND RUMORS

MANCHESTER CITY SPENDING SPREE LOOMING

It is getting increasingly difficult for Manchester City fans to get a handle on all the signings that MAY take place at Eastlands, as there are so many and some contradict each other.

The most recent is the long rumored signing of Yaya Toure as part of a $100 million spending spree that also includes David Silva and Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko.

Toure’s move to City, which will put him on the same club as his brother Kolo, was all but confirmed by the Barcelona website.

“In the case of Toure,” the statement read “[Barcelona director-general Joan] Oliver has recognized an understanding between the club interested in the midfielder, Manchester City, and Barca, but the transfer cannot be made official yet.”

Silva is reported to be joining Toure in the midfield on the blue side of Manchester this season. The Spanish international, currently (more…)

SOCCER ON THE BOX: US WORLD CUP TV SCHEDULE

June 29, 2010

SOCCER ON THE BOX: US WORLD CUP TV SCHEDULE

RE-AIRS

ESPN Classic will re-air all 64 matches between 6pm and midnight ET and ESPN and ESPN2 will air the best match of the day on select evenings. Spanish-language Univision family of Networks will re-air matches on Telefutura and Galavision in the evening.

ONLINE /MOBILE OPTIONS

ONLINE: All matches will be available online by ABC/ESPN at ESPN3 and by Univision at futbol.univision.com.

MOBILE: Most matches will be available on ESPN Mobile TV on many mobile carriers.

2010 WORLD CUP TV SCHEDULE (US)

Schedule by Date

All Listed Times are KICKOFF TIMES

All Times are Eastern

QUARTERFINALS

Friday, July 2

10:00am ESPN – Netherlands v Brazil (Match 57) Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

2:30pm ESPN – Uruguay v Ghana (Match 58) Soccer City Stadium

Saturday July 3

10:00am ABC – Argentina v Germany (Match 59) Cape Town Stadium

2:30pm ABC – Paraguay v Spain (Match 60) Ellis Park

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WORLD CUP TV RATINGS, WEB TRAFFIC CONTINUE TO IMPRESS

June 25, 2010

WORLD CUP TV RATINGS, WEB TRAFFIC CONTINUE TO IMPRESS

TV numbers in the United States continue to be massive for the World Cup broadcasts on ESPN, ABC and Univision, as well as on the internet.

The United States last minute win over Algeria on Wednesday was viewed by an average of 6.12 million people on ESPN. That is the largest ever audience for a soccer match on the ESPN networks. Combined with the Spanish language numbers from Univision it hits 8.32 million.

Through Wednesday, Univision is averaging 1.98 million viewers a game, up 6 percent from 2006.

Thursday’s Mexico-France game was the Spanish-language network’s most-watched match, with 5.8 million viewers.

5.2 million viewers saw ESPN’s broadcast of the United States-Slovenia game on Friday and the United States-England game June 12 drew 12.9 million viewers on ABC.

The numbers through Wednesday are impressive. 2.6 million viewers on average per game saw the World Cup on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC, up from 1.8 million for the 2006 edition of the tournament in Germany.

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VIDEO: DONOVAN’S GOAL CELEBRATED EVERYWHERE

June 24, 2010

VIDEO: DONOVAN’S GOAL CELEBRATED EVERYWHERE

HUGE US TV RATINGS FOR WORLD CUP BROADCASTS

June 15, 2010

HUGE US TV RATINGS FOR WORLD CUP BROADCASTS

Saturdays much hyped World Cup battle between US and England drew the fifth-best rating ever for a World Cup game in the United States, falling behind the 1994 Brazil-Italy Final, the 1994 Brazil-U.S. game and the 2006 Italy-France final and the 1994 Romania-U.S. game.

The match drew higher numbers than all of the Stanley Cup Finals Games, including the impressive Game 6 numbers, which had 8.3 million viewers, the highest in the NHL for 36 years.

Combined with Spanish language Univision’s telecast numbers, the match reaches 17 million, according to Sports Media Watch, and thereby had a large audience than the first four games of the NBA Finals.

The South Africa-Mexico opening game had an audience of 5.3 million on Univision alone, making it the most watched soccer game ever on Univision.

Through the first five matches of the 2010 World Cup, ESPN and ABC averaged 3,427,000 households and 4,937,000 viewers — up 95% and 108% from the 2006 tournament numbers.

ESPN3’s numbers are also astonishing, the broadband network had 73.6 million minutes generated on the site in the tournaments first three days, more than the entire month of June 2009.

US v ENGLAND – IN OTHER WORDS (…AND NUMBERS)

June 14, 2010

US v ENGLAND – IN OTHER WORDS (…AND NUMBERS)

UK PERSPECTIVE

HISTORY INSISTS WINNERS DO NOT APPEAR IN BLAZE OF GLORY (JAMES LAWTON-THE INDEPENDENT)

ENGLAND SHRANK WHEN THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN AIMING HIGH (KEVIN MCCARRA-THE GUARDIAN)

US NEGATES ENGLAND MIDFIELD (JONATHON WILSON-SI.COM)

NORTH AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE

USA 1, ENGLAND 1 – POST GAME THOUGHTS (GRANT WAHL-SI.COM)

WHAT WE LEARNED FROM ENGLAND-USA (JEFF CARLISLE-SOCCERNET.COM)

WC: ENGLAND 1 – USA 1 (USSOCCERPLAYERS.COM)

US REBOUND AGAINST ENGLAND AFTER EARLY SETBACK TO EARN DRAW (STEVE DAVIS-SI.COM)

DEMPSEY, DEFENSE INSPIRE US TO DRAW WITH ENGLAND (BRIAN STRAUS-FANHOUSE)

HOWARD, CHERUNDOLO HELP US RIGHT SHIP, FORGE TIE WITH ENGLAND (STEVE DAVIS-SI.COM)

‘RESILIENT’ US TEAM AGAIN FINDS A WAY TO RALLY (KELLY WHITESIDE-USA TODAY)

US GOT LUCKY AGAINST ENGLAND; IT MUST BE BETTER AGAINST SLOVENIA IN MUST WIN (JOHN SMALLWOOD-PHILLY.COM)

TIME FOR USA TO CAPITALIZE ON GIFT (JAY MARIOTTI-FANHOUSE)

REACTIONS TO US-ENGLAND (DREW EPPERLY-WVHOOLIGAN)

GROUP C NEWS

FIVE THINGS FROM GROUP C (J HUTCHERSON-USSOCCERPLAYERS.COM)

WORLD CUP FOOTBALL BUSINESS

FOR USA’S WORLD CUP OPENER, ESPN WENT BRITISH WITH MARTIN TYLER (MICHAEL HIESTAND-USA TODAY)

LOTS OF PEOPLE SATURDAY WERE WATCHING USA v ENGLAND (JOSHUA MAYER-SEATTLE TIMES)

USA-ENGLAND DRAWS RECORD CROWD FOR ABC (ANTHONY CRUPI-MEDIA WEEK)

WORLD CUP 2010: ORGANIZERS WILL NOT BAN VUVUZELAS (BBC)

VUVUZELA: LONG LIVE THE HORN, DESPITE EUROPEAN SCORN (KEVIN BLACKISTONE-FANHOUSE)

AMERICAN FANS TAKE THE WORLD CUP PUBLIC (CLEMEMTE LISI-USSOCCERPLAYERS.COM)

2010 WORLD CUP – USA 1-1 ENGLAND HIGHLIGHTS (SORT OF…)

June 14, 2010

2010 WORLD CUP – USA 1-1 ENGLAND HIGHLIGHTS (SORT OF…)

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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SACHA KLJESTAN TO JOIN ANDERLECHT

June 10, 2010

SACHA KLJESTAN TO JOIN ANDERLECHT

United States and Chivas USA Midfielder Sacha Kljestan has completed a move to Belgian side Anderlecht.

The Chivas USA captain, who is the club’s all-time leader in assists and matches played, completed the transfer to the Belgian First Division champion on Thursday.

Kljestan, who had a brief loan spell with Celtic in 2009, will join an Anderlecht team that won the 2009-10 Belgian Jupiler League and qualifies for the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

“I’m very excited and proud to be joining a club like Anderlecht,” Kljestan said, “and I wouldn’t be there to sign with them today if I hadn’t been for Chivas USA.

“I’m ready to take this exciting step in my career.”

Kljestan will join his new team when the summer transfer window opens in July.

SOCCER ON THE BOX – SOCCER ON TV THIS WEEKEND

June 3, 2010

SOCCER ON THE BOX – SOCCER ON TV THIS WEEKEND

ESPN2 to provide 24 straight hours of World Cup Pre-game

World Cup coverage will start a day early on ESPN2, next week as the channel will be offering a 24 hour pregame. That is straight World Cup coverage, discussion, documentaries, interviews and even a concert featuring the Black Eyed Peas and Shakira. Well done ESPN2.

MLS in talks with cable channel Versus

Major League Soccer’s deal with Fox Soccer Channel is up at the end of this season and league officials have met with exec’s from Comcast owned sports network Versus. It is certainly to early to tell if MLS is courting other broadcast partners to influence later negotiations with Fox, which currently has rights to MLS games as well as matches organized by the MLS owned Soccer United Marketing, or to discuss Versus’ strategy for development of the MLS and it’s broadcasts. Versus has certainly done a very good job for the NHL in a similar capacity. We shall see.

Soccer on TV this weekend

Certainly the match that has everyone excited, is the final tune-up for the US national team ahead of next week’s World Cup Group C opener against England on June 12.

Saturday morning’s match against Australia on ESPN2 / Galavision should be more than a final dress rehearsal for the side, it should be a good chance to see how the US’s Ultimate XI looks over 90 minutes.

In MLS action, DC and RSL renew the extra time US Open Cup thriller from Wednesday night, with RSL hoping for a different (more…)

SOCCER ON THE BOX: ESPN2 TO OFFER 24 HOUR WORLD CUP PRE-GAME

June 3, 2010

SOCCER ON THE BOX: ESPN2 TO OFFER 24 HOUR WORLD CUP PRE-GAME

ESPN2 will be airing an unprecedented 24 straight hours of World Cup coverage, discussion, documentaries, interviews and even a concert featuring the Black Eyed Peas and Shakira.

SCHEDULE FOR ESPN2 24-HOUR PRE-GAME

ALL TIMES EASTERN

Thursday, June 10
10 am 2010 FIFA World Cup Preview
1 pm 2010 U.S. National Team Preview
2 pm 2010 FIFA World Cup Kick-off Celebration Concert
5 pm SportsNation Presented by Toyota
6 pm Outside the Lines: Robben Island – A Greater Goal
6:30 pm E:60 (with in-depth profile of Clint Dempsey)
7 pm Re-air 2010 FIFA World Cup Preview
10 pm MLS Game of the Week (Seattle-DC United)
Friday, June 11
12:30 am Re-air SportsNation Presented by Toyota
1:30 am Re-air 2010 U.S. National Team Preview
2:30 am Homecoming with Rick Reilly: Landon Donovan
3:30 am The 2006 World Cup Film – The Grand Finale
6–9:30 am Mike and Mike in the Morning Presented by Progressive Insurance
9:30–10 am SportsCenter

JUNE 2 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

June 2, 2010

JUNE 2 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

ROSSI LEFT OFF ITALY WORLD CUP SQUAD

New Jersey born Giuseppe Rossi was left off the Italian National Team’s 23-man World Cup roster. The 23-year-old Villareal striker was omitted from Marcelo Lippi’s squad in an announcement made Tuesday.

Scoring 33 goals in 91 appearances for his club side always insured Rossi a call-up to the national team where he has scored 3 times in 14 appearances for the Azzurri, since his debut in 2008.

Though a product of the United States, Rossi represented Italy at every youth level from U-16 through U-21 and was viewed as having a good shot at making the 23-man team.

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ESPN ADVERT: 2010 WORLD CUP: GLORY (ENGLAND v UNITED STATES)

June 1, 2010

ESPN ADVERT: 2010 WORLD CUP: GLORY (ENGLAND v UNITED STATES)

SHORT CORNERS: Man U Belittles Fan Movements, 3 Yanks at Pachuca?, More…

May 31, 2010

SHORT CORNERS – MONDAY, MAY 31

MANCHESTER UNITED DERIDES FAN MOVEMENT AND CLAIMS THE CLUB IS NOT FOR SALE

Manchester United chief executive David Gill denied the club is for sale at gives no credence to the either the Red Knights or the ‘Green and Gold’ movement.

These statements come amid persistent rumors that fan-run group Red Knights are close to a take over. The Glazers, owners of United since 2005, have regularly denied that they are accepting bids for the club.

The fan driven ‘Green and Gold’ movement, designed to oust the Glazer family, is a vocal collection of (more…)

WEEKEND WORLD CUP WRAP – US wins send-off, Japan scores every goal in England win, Group C News

May 31, 2010

WEEKEND WORLD CUP WRAP

UNITED STATES WINS SEND-OFF AGAINST TURKEY

The United States won their final World Cup tune-up on home soil Saturday, coming from behind to beat Turkey in front of 55,000 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Second half goals by Altidore and Dempsey put the United States on top and capped off a thrilling final 45 minutes for the US, who trailed after Arda Turan put the Turks up in the 27th minute.

Landon Donovan set up both goals in the comeback for the US who hadn’t looked in sync in the first half.

“We’re going to be as good as we want to be,” Donovan said. “And if we play the way we’re capable of (more…)

2010 WORLD CUP – The United States will Certainly Entertain – Scrappiness is the Key to the teams World Cup Ambitions

May 29, 2010

The United States will entertain – Scrappiness is the Key to the teams World Cup Ambitions

The World Soccer Community will be able to count on one thing from the United States this summer at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa; entertainment.

The United States national team possesses one key soccer attribute, and attribute that is unlikely to lift the World Cup come July 11, but one that will thrill fans and neutrals alike; they are scrappy. For a fan, it is my least favorite attribute as it can only lead to frustration as one watches their team struggle, dodge and survive, but at the same time it is a quality that can put a team in a position to do just that, survive.

A fan wants his or her team to be the Superman of the sport. Indestructible, fluid and unfazed. A team that will win 2-0 against most teams in (more…)

BRAZIL v UNITED STATES TO PLAY IN AUGUST

May 29, 2010

BRAZIL TO PLAY UNITED STATES AT NEW MEDOWLANDS

The U.S. men’s national team is scheduled to play Brazil at the New Meadowlands on August 10 in its first match following the 2010 World Cup.

The match is scheduled on an official FIFA date, so there is a chance both the full line-ups of both teams will be called in for the match.

Though the match will be the first time either Brazil or the United States play at New Medowlands, it will be the fourth time in three years the two teams have tangled, including two meetings in last summers Confederations Cup.

UNITED STATES NAMES 23-MAN ROSTER FOR WORLD CUP

May 26, 2010

UNITED STATES NAMES 23-MAN ROSTER FOR 2010 WORLD CUP

Bob Bradley named his 23-man roster for the US National Team Wednesday, and there were surprises for many fans.

UNITED STATES 23-MAN ROSTER FOR THE WORLD CUP

Goalkeepers

Brad Guzan – Aston Villa

Marcus Hahnemann – Wolverhampton Wanderers

Tim Howard – Everton

Defenders

Carlos Bocanegra – Rennes

Jonathan Bornstein – Chivas USA

Steve Cherundolo – Hannover 96

Jay DeMerit – Watford

Clarence Goodson – IK Start

Oguchi Onyewu – AC Milan

Jonathan Spector – West Ham United

Midfielders

DaMarcus Beasley – Out of Contract

Michael Bradley – Borussia Monchengladbach

Ricardo Clark – Eintract Frankfurt

Landon Donovan – Los Angeles Galaxy

Maurice Edu – Glasgow Rangers

Benny Feilhaber – AGF Aarhus

Stuart Holden – Bolton Wanderers

Jose Francisco Torres- CF Pachuca

Forwards

Jozy Altidore – Villarreal

Edson Buddle – Los Angeles Galaxy

Clint Dempsey – Fulham FC

Robbie Findley – Real Salt Lake

Herculez Gomez – CF Pachuca

The most glaring was the omission of Brian Ching. An established, experience striker, Ching was healthy and performing well in camp, but the decision was to go with Findley who is neither established nor experienced at this level. Though recovering from hamstring problems, Ching looked a bright spot in the Tuesday night match against the Czech Republic.

Findley is a quality player and can olnly get experience at the top level by playing at the top level. He has, no doubt, been brought in to replace some of the speed the team lost when it lost Charlie Davies

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BRADLEY TO ANNOUNCE 23-MAN US TEAM AT 1PM ET ON ESPN

May 26, 2010

BRADLEY TO ANNOUNCE 23-MAN US TEAM AT 1PM ET ON ESPN

United States National Team coach Bob Bradley will announce his 23-man squad for the 2010 World Cup during the 1pm ET SportsCenter on ESPN.

The 23 players that have been named to the roster will be in attendance.

The United States 2010 World Cup team will them resume training at Princeton NJ ahead of Saturday’s match against Turkey at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia PA.

The team leaves for South Africa on Sunday and begins training at Irene Country Lodge between Johannesburg and Pretoria at an altitude of 4,000 ft.

The States will take on Australia in it’s final World Cup tune-up on Saturday, June 5 at Ruimsig Stadium in Roodepoort, South Africa.

Once there, the team will back off on physical prep while getting acclimated to the altitude at its Pretoria base (altitude: 4,000 feet).