Posts Tagged ‘HANS BACKE’


July 18, 2010



  • Everton captain Phil Neville told reporters this weekend that he knows L.A. star Landon Donovan wants to return to Everton.
  • US Team captain Carlos Bocanegra moved was sold from Rennes of Ligue 1 fellow French side Saint-Etienne.
  • According to the BBC, former Chicago Fire head coach Bob Bradley will sign an extension to stay on as head coach of the US national team.
  • Jozy Altidore is in high demand.  The latest clubs showing interest in legendary Dutch side Ajax and Turkish side Besiktas. Altidore’s current club Villareal has said they are entertaining offers for the 20-year-old American striker. Since then a myriad of European clubs from shown an interest. From Serie A sides Napoli and Palermo to Glasgow Celtic of the Scottish Premier League.
  • The sale of Michael Bradley from Bundesliga side Borussia Moenchengladbach to Everton has gained steam, according to the Express. Newly promoted Premier League side Blackpool is also rumored to be interested.
  • AC Milan defender Oguchi Onyewu has been targeted as Celtic’s back-up plan if the Glasgow super club can’t sign former England international Sol Campbell. Gooch has resisted all offers to be moved from the San Siro, longing for an opportunity to play in Serie A. He is even playing for free this season as a sign he wants to prove himself at Europe’s highest level. “He is adamant about staying at AC Milan,” Onyewu’s agent, Lyle Yorks, told the MLS website. “I’m really not even listening when something comes in anymore.” That doesn’t seem to stop the rumors surrounding the 28-year-old defender.
  • US midfielder Jermaine White may be pricing himself out of the reach of many clubs that could and would use him. After a trial with the Chicago Fire, Chicago (more…)


July 18, 2010


If, early in this 2010 Major League Soccer campaign, I told you a Seattle Sounders standout was discontented and looking to be transfered, you would have assumed I meant Fredy Montero.  The Colombian 23-year-old was visibly not interested on the field, while off the field rumors were circulate about a move to European club.

Now, approaching the midway point in the season, the Sounder most likely to want out of Seattle is designated player Freddie Ljungberg. The rumors are raging that Ljungberg is back in Sweden, and there is growing concern that he is not returning.

A move back to a European club is possible, as is a potential move to New York. If the Red Bulls are unsuccessful in landing Barcelona’s Mexican international midfielder Rafael Marquez, they may look to grab Freddie as quickly as they can.  New York boss Hans Backe is a big fan of Ljungberg and has made no secret of the fact.

Where the 33-year-old will end up is only half speculation.  What is more intriguing is how we got to this point.

Ljungberg practiced with the team last week, but didn’t play against FC Dallas, and didn’t make the trip to DC for Thursday Night’s showdown with United. In reality, (more…)


April 29, 2010




Red Bull and Union met on Tuesday to play against each other for the second time in four days and though the matches were in different competitions the scorelines were the same.

New York eliminated Philadelphia from their first ever US Open Cup appearance 2-1 on a Conor Chinn brace in front of just over 3,000 at Red Bull Arena.

Red Bull manager Hans Backe kept only one starter from Saturdays 2-1 win over Union and went with a very young lineup, including Chinn, a rookie third round draft pick.

Chinn popped in the first goal in the 16th minutes when Union goalkeeper Chris Seitz saved the young strikers first attempt.

The rookie then converted a Luke Sassano cross in the 68th minute to double the Red Bull lead.

Philadelphia’s hat-trick hero from their home opener, Sebastian LeToux was brought on in the 64th minute and scored soon after Chinn’s second goal and it looked as if Union were going to make it a game after all but LeToux suffered a knee injury late in the match and Philadelphia, having used all it’s substitutes, played the rest of the match down a man.

Disgruntled Union manager Peter Nowak made his team run wind sprints on the field after the loss.

“I won’t tolerate half-efforts and if you don’t enjoy playing on the field, you have to enjoy running,” Nowak said. “And if you are not running during the game, then you have to run after the game.”


Major League Soccer’s two winless teams came into Wednesday nights US Open Cup Play-in match with more than advancing to play Real Salt Lake on their mind.  Visiting FC Dallas and host DC United are struggling to find any kind of form or momentum that they could apply toward resurrecting their season.

FC Dallas would be starting a difficult stretch of four matches – three on the road – in the next twelve days and that comes at a bad time as they club cannot seem to gel on the field and are in desperate need of points for fear of being left behind in a tough Western Conference.

DC United, riddled with injuries and without a point after 4 matches DC United had little choice but to go with an inexperienced lineup, but the player that could be the most inexperience was the one that stepped up in front of the 2,800 or so fans at RFK Stadium.

17-year-old Andy Najar set up the first goal in the 4th minute by flicking a neat ball to Adam Cristman who returned the favor in the 51st minute by crossing a ball in that the youngster blasted home.  By this time the score was 3-0 to DC United and tie seemed to have been decided.

FC Dallas would not go quietly and scored two goals in quick succession and it appeared that DC might not have all their problems sorted out after all.

Cristman, however scored his second goal of the match in the 59th minute put the tie out of reach and eliminated FC Dallas from the US Open Cup for the second consecutive year.



Toronto FC continued it’s fine home form and drew first blood in the Nutrilite Canadian Championship by defeating Montreal Impact 2-0 at BMO Field on Wednesday Night.

TFC Captain and current MLS Player of the Week, DeWayne De Rosario opened the scoring in the 12th minute when he pounced on a loose ball in the box and slotted it home.

Defender Ty Hardin was injured on the same play on a collision with Montreal Goalkeeper Matt Jordan. Hardin left the match and received 22 stitches on his knee.

the bad blood from last seasons NCC was evident as the match descended into cynical fouls and cards.

“Rivalries are usually like that, especially for the first 20, 25 minutes it’s going to be very intense,” De Rosario told the Globe and Mail “Both teams are trying to stamp their authority on the game.”

“I think the fans came to see a soccer match not a boxing match,” Toronto forward Chad Barrett said.  “Whatever, they got both… you are going to get (that), especially playing against Montreal.”

Former MLS player and Impact veteran Roberto Brown brought the ill-will to a crescendo when he struck Toronto defender Nick Garcia in the face prompting an instant red card.  the match became more one sided after Browns dismissal.

Barrett made the most of the ample space he was allowed down the left flank in the 60th minute when he cut inside and blasted home the final goal of the contest.


April 27, 2010


Two matches in the US Open Cup qualifying tournament for Major League Soccer teams are scheduled to take place this week.

Tuesday will see New York Red Bull host Philadelphia Union at Red Bull Arena. The two teams met in MLS Week 5 play on Saturday with the Red Bulls posting a 2-1 victory. The winner will host New England Revolution on May 12.

What will be different when the two teams tussle again Tuesday? For a start, there is a big difference in the approach of the two managers.

After initially saying that he would field his usual starting lineup for Hans Backe has stated that he will not field his strongest XI for the Cup-tie due to New York’s fixture congestion.

“If we win in the Cup” Backe told the New York Post “we would probably play nine games from today until June 5th, and I don’t think this squad is able to cope with that. So we would play mostly the players who haven’t been involved in the first five games.”

Peter Nowak thinks more on the lines of, well Peter Nowak. “Is there a trophy?” Nowak asked “then we’ll play the best players.” Simple as that.

Nowak won two US Open Cup Championships during his time with the Chicago Fire, a team that has won more open cups than any other MLS team.  A focus was put on silverware with the Fire, something he clearly wants to establish with the Philadelphia Union. Though his side are only a few weeks into their existence and this is their first ever Cup match, there are players on Union that do have Cup experience.  Danny Califf, Shavar Thomas and Fred have all won Cups before and Alejandro Moreno has seven career Open Cup goals.

The Chicago Fire and Seattle Sounders both won the trophy in their inaugural seasons (1998 and 2009 respectively), a mark that Nowak is both aware of and feels he can take advantage of.  He knows that victories in any competition can build confidence in a fledgling side and give players a chance to play at the highest level away from the spotlight of being the new kids on the block.

Look for Philadelphia to play with a purpose on Tuesday Night and come out with their guns blazing.

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