Posts Tagged ‘FINANCIAL TIMES’

SHORT CORNERS – SOCCER NEWS AND RUMORS

April 27, 2010

SHORT CORNERS

SHALRIE JOSEPH LEAVES REVOLUTION

Shalrie Joseph has left the New England Revolution on an indefinite leave of absence to attend to family matters, according to the team website.  The leave of absence was granted by the team and apparently has to do with matters having nothing to do with soccer.

“It’s a completely personal matter, non soccer-related,’’ said Mike Burns, Vice President of Player Personnel for the Revolution “He asked for some time on a personal matter and it was granted, and it would be speculation to say how long he will be gone.’’

HERCULES GOMEZ CLAIMS MEXICAN SCORING TITLE

For the first time in history, and American can say he is the golden Boot winner in a foreign league. More exciting is that the foreign league is the Mexican First Division.

Hercules Gomez of Puebla ended the Mexican campaign with ten goals which gives him a share of the three way tie for leading goal scorer in Mexico’s top league.  Gomez, who many are clamoring for inclusion in the United States 23-man roster ahead of this summer’s World Cup, is also being courted by many teams as his contract with Puebla is up at the end of the Mexican Playoffs.

What MLS team couldn’t use a guaranteed goal scorer that has a history and familiarity with the league? Especially a Spanish speaker of Mexican lineage. Wake up Chivas USA!

CHARLIE DAVIES RETURNS TO FULL TRAINING AT SOCHAUX

US National Team striker Charlie Davies has returned to full training at his Ligue 1 side Sochaux. The club commented last week that Davies would not see action in the remaining weeks of the French season, but Davies return to full fitness after the horrific accident he was involved in mere months ago, suggests that he will get at the least a full two weeks of first team training before the end of the season.  Best case scenario, however, is that the 23 year old will see some top flight minutes before Bob Bradley needs to make a decision regarding Davies inclusion in the 23-man squad headed for South Africa.

HOUSTON INJURY WOES CONTINUE; CAMERON OUT FOR SEASON

The Houston Dynamo  injury situation went from bad to worse on Monday, when it was reported that midfielder Geoff Cameron is out for the season after tearing his PCL on Saturday against the Chicago Fire.

BECKHAM TO MISS OUT ON 2010 SEASON

David Beckham, Major League Soccer’s first and biggest Designated Player signing will miss out on the 2010 season completely. The England super star told Good Morning America on Monday that he is aiming for a November return to fitness.

YURA SCORING IN DENMARK

Former Major League Soccer standout Yura Movsisyan continues to score for his Danish club Randers.  The Armenian forward scored both his teams goals in 12 minutes this weekend giving him 5 goals in 9 appearances for Randers who sit in 9th position in the Danish Superliga.

RUMORS…

With ‘Every Player for Sale’ at West Ham United, could Jonathon Spector be heading to Major League Soccer?

Steve Cherundolo will be in Major League Soccer come the close of the summer transfer window, according to a prediction from the valuable du Nord.  The 31 year-old has played his entire senior career at German Bundesliga side Hannover 96, making 284 appearances in over ten years.

Olof Mellburg currently of Greek powerhouse Olympiakos is the latest in the post World Cup to Red Bull rumors.

FURTHER READING (NORTH AMERICA)

MLS: A PEEK BEHIND THE CURTAIN (BEN BURGER-FOOTIEBUSINESS)

IMPACT’S STAR RISES UNDER SAPUTO (RANDY PHILLIPS-THE GAZETTE)

BECKHAM, CANUCKS AND THE SOUTH BAY (NICK GREEN-100 PERCENT SOCCER)

DC UNITED GETTING CROWDS, BUT…(STEVE GOFF-WASHINGTON POST)

WHERE WAS EVERYONE? (BIG APPLE SOCCER)

FURTHER READING (WORLD)

IRELAND: TRAPATTONI CALLS IN EIGHT UNCAPPED PLAYERS FOR SUMMER CAMP (DANNY HART GOAL.COM)

HOW BARCELONA SPAWNED MOURINHO AS IT’S NEMESIS (SIMON KUPER-FINANCIAL TIMES)

FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED FROM THE PREMIER LEAGUE THIS WEEKEND (GUARDIAN)

FRENCH STARS+PROSTITUTES=BIG MESS (JAMIE TRECKER-FOX SPORTS)

HULL ATTEMPT TO ADDRESS COST OF THE DROP (SOCCERNET)