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SPURS AND CITY US TOUR ROSTERS, SCHEDULES TV TIMES

July 17, 2010


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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR & MANCHESTER CITY ROSTERS, SCHEDULES FOR 2010 US TOUR

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2010 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS: (3) Carlo Cudicini (ITA), David Button (ENG), Oscar Jansson (SWE)

DEFENDERS: (8) 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: (5) Tom Huddlestone (ENG), Jermaine Jenas (ENG), Niko Kranjcar (CRO), Luka Modric (CRO), Andros Townsend (ENG)

FORWARDS: (4) Robbie Keane (IRE), Ryan Mason (ENG), Jonathan Obika (ENG), Roman Pavlyuchenko (RUS)

HEAD COACH: Harry Redknapp

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2010 US TOUR SCHEDULE, TV TIMES

July 17 – San Jose Earthquakes v Tottenham Hotspur, Buck Shaw Stadium, San Jose CA 4pm  ESPN

July 22 – NEW YORK FOOTBALL CHALLENGE – New York Red Bulls v Tottenham Hotspur, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ 8pm  Fox Soccer Channel

July 25 – NEW YORK FOOTBALL CHALLENGE – Tottenham Hotspur v Sporting Lisbon, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ 1pm  Fox Soccer Channel

MANCHESTER CITY 2010 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ROSTER

Goalkeepers: (4) Shay Given (IRE), David Gonzalez (COL), Joe Hart (ENG), Stuart Taylor (ENG)

Defenders: (12) 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: (9) 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: (6) Emmanuel Adebayor, Craig Bellamy, John Guidetti, Jeremy Helan, Alex Nimely, Jo Silva

MANCHESTER CITY 2010 US TOUR SCHEDULE, TV TIMES

July 17 – Portland Timbers v Manchester City, Merlo Field, Portland OR 10pm

July 23 – NEW YORK FOOTBALL CHALLENGE – Manchester City v Sporting Lisbon, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ 8pm Fox Soccer Channel

July 25 – NEW YORK FOOTBALL CHALLENGE – New York Red Bull v Manchester City, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ 3:30pm  Fox Soccer Channel

July 28 – Manchester City v Club America – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA

July 31 – Inter Milan v Manchester City – M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore MA

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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…)

2010 MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER SALARY LIST RELEASED

June 15, 2010

2010 MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER SALARY LIST

Leave it Major League Soccer and the MLS Players Union to release the 2010 salary numbers when the whole world is watching the action in South Africa.

Needless to say, David Beckham is still the highest-paid player in Major League Soccer.

Beckham, who hasn’t played this season for the Los Angeles Galaxy because of a torn Achilles tendon, again tops the league at $6.5 million in guaranteed compensation this year, according to the list released Monday.

Landon Donovan, Beckham’s Galaxy teammate, is second at $2.13 million, followed by Juan Pablo Angel of the New York Red Bulls at $1.92 million. Toronto FC’s Julian de Guzman ($1.72 million) and Seattle Sounder Freddie Lungberg ($1.31 million) round out the top 5.

U.S. World Cup team players, aside from Donovan, include the Galaxy’s Edson Buddle ($188,448), Chivas USA’s Jonathan Bornstein ($100,000) and Real Salt Lake’s Robbie Findley ($87,316).

THE 2010 MLS SALARY LIST (ALPHABETICALY)

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THE 2010 MLS SALARY LIST (BY MLS CLUB)

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MLS WEEK 11 – IN OTHER WORDS… AND NUMBERS

June 8, 2010

MLS WEEK 11 – IN OTHER WORDS… AND NUMBERS

MONDAY MLS BREAKDOWN: WONDER GOAL COULD END SEATTLE SCORING DROUGHT (KYLE MCCARTHY-GOAL.COM)

MLS WEEK 11: SAME STORY DIFFERENT PLAYER FOR LA (USSOCCERPLAYERS.COM)

MLS WEEK 11 THOUGHTS AND RECAP (DREW EPPERLY-WVHOOLIGAN.COM)

FIVE THINGS TO TAKE AWAY FROM MLS WEEK 11/POWER RANKINGS (STEVE DAVIS-SI.COM)

WVH POWER RANKINGS WEEK 11 (DREW EPPERLY-WVHOOLIGAN.COM)

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME: WEEK 11 (PETER C-MAJORLEAGUESOCCERTALK.COM)

2010 MLS ATTENDANCE (MLS DAILY)

SUMMER FRIENDLIES UPDATE: SPURS VISIT SAN JOSE

April 28, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLIES UPDATE: SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES v TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Lost amid the announcements last week of Tottenham Hotspur playing in the New York Football Challenge along with hosts New York Red Bull, fellow Premiership side Manchester City and Sporting Lisbon of Portugal was the details of the date Spurs has with San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium on July 17.

The two clubs signed a partnership agreement in 2008 hoping to open a dialogue on both soccer and commercial development and exchanging ideas that could be effective in both organizations.

So far the Earthquakes technical staff has visited Spurs Lodge on numerous occasions, and the Quakes have used the Tottenham Hotspur training facility as a base for this season’s pre-season preparations. Now comes Spurs plans to visit San Jose.

“The summer camp will be a very important part of our preparations for the new campaign and we’re looking forward to heading out to the United States in the summer,” said Spurs manager Harry Redknapp.  “I spent some time out there during the 1970s playing and coaching in Seattle and any chance I get to go back there is something I always look forward to.”

Tickets for the match are included in the package for Earthquake season ticket holders but go on sale to the public on May 10.

FANTASY UPDATE- ROOKIES THAT WILL GET YOU POINTS

March 24, 2010

Mwanga at the 2010 SuperDraft (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

FANTASY UPDATE- THE ROOKIES THAT WILL GET YOU POINTS

Rookies are cheap and make your fantasy bench look colorful, they fill in roster spots while taking up a small amount of salary cap space.  But what if there were a few who could return on investment or even… Gasp… get you serious points?

Here is the class of the 2010 Class

Danny Mwanga
Forward
Philadelphia Union
Quite a bit of pressure on this kid as there is on the entire Union team. He was the number one overall pick in the 2010 SuperDraft and he’ll be thrown into a Philadelphia bunch that will have many holes to fill.  There will be growing pains in for Peter Nowak’s bunch and I think Mwanga will start, get minutes and score.

Fantasy Fact: He counts as a foreign player

Tony Tchani
Midfielder
New York Red Bulls
This Cameroonian talent played for Virginia and went number two overall in the draft. He may find work in what last season was a woeful mid-field.  I don’t see him starting right away, but he will log minutes as the season goes on.

Fantasy Fact: He counts as a foreign player and he does a lot of the toiling midfield work that doesn’t show up on the score sheet

Ike Opara
Defender
San Jose Earthquakes
I never have a handle on what Frank Yallop is doing, but I find it hard to believe that Opara won’t walk into the non-existent San Jose back line and instantly make it better.  Taken number three overall and the first defender selected in the SuperDraft, Ike is a big and talented kid. I think the ACC Defensive Player of the year in 2008 and 2009 will be up to the challenge of MLS attackers and is a no brainer to start on Bay Side, but tell that to Frank Yallop.  This kid may be a future back line man for the United States.

Fantasy Fact: Opara didn’t play a whole heckuva lot in preaseason, not sure if there is an injury concern or again the mystical Frank Yallop.

Teal Bunbury
Forward
Kansas City Wizards
Taken fourth overall Bunbury has everything he needs to be a future star in Major League Soccer, he is likely to be called in to play for Canada any day now and in addition to being Generation Adidas, he is the first second generation MLS player as his father Alex played in the league.  My problem with the young Canadian is that he had the misfortune of being drafted into a team that has a load of talent up that Perter Vermes brought in special to get some needed goals, not sure if he’ll get the minutes.

Fantasy Fact: Canadians don’t count as foreigners!

Zach Lyod
Defender
FC Dallas
Loyd is expected to step right in to the FCD defense and contribute. He left them stunned at the MLS Combine and he is versatile and may even be more comfortable at defensive midfield than on the backline, but that is where he will play for the Hoops.  Many have their eye on this former Tar Heel standout to be Rookie of the Year.

Fantasy Fact: Loyd’s versatility may provide him with a chance to collect more minutes and starts than your average rookie

Jack McInerney
Forward
Philadelphia Union
Peter Nowak likes this kid, he is a hard worker and only 17 years old.  He has a stunning 11 goals in 15 appearances for the US U-17 team, but I am not sure how many minutes young Jack will get.

Fantasy Fact: I see Jack Mac as a super sub, he may get points but coming in late when the Union needs a lift.

Zach Schilawski
Forward
New England Revolution
The Revolution love drafting from Wake Forest and though other teams have begun to catch on to New England’s little secret, Steve Nichol and co. may have picked the one Demon Deacon who can provide them with goals right out of the gate.

Fantasy Fact: Remember Noonan? This kid might have a points per salary ratio on par with him.

Michael Stephens
Midfield
Los Angeles Galaxy
The word from Galaxy camp is that this Chicago Fire Premier product fits right in to the needs of the team. He was a standout player in an always standout UCLA program.  He can play on the flanks or in the middle of the park and has done just that in the preseason.  I didn’t think he could see minutes in such a clogged midfield but as the preseason progressed he earned the plaudits of Bruce Arena and Landon Donovan and really, that’s all I needed to hear. Stephens is having a phenomenal spring and there is talk of him becoming the Galaxy’s third rookie of the year in a row.

Fantasy Fact: Stephens will likely see minutes in every game. His versatility can provide a 70th minute answer to any number of aged Galaxy midfielders, he will see minutes and when he does he will get points

Tim Ream
Defender
New York Red Bulls
Ream is my early pick for Rookie of the Year.  Though he was a 2nd round pick, he will come into a rebuilt Red Bull team and share the center of the defense with Mike Petke, who can only serve to make the kid better.  I think he will start and that this New New York team will get goals and keep clean sheets. Besides Tim played for the Chicago Fire Premier and you how much love I have for that organization.

Fantasy Fact: Ream will start and play 90 right from jump street

THE OFF-SEASON PART TWO – MLS STADIA

March 22, 2010

THE OFF-SEASON PART TWO – MLS STADIA

The off-season produced a number of news stories surrounding stadia in Major League soccer, most of which was welcome news.

Red Bull Arena

Red Bull Arena

The Main story is of course Red Bull Arena.  Before we dive into it though let us take a look back at a stadium that will NOT be missed.  Giants Stadium, though an amazing venue for soccer, was a disaster for Major League Soccer on almost every level.  The plastic pitch was horrible, the gridiron lines, the vast emptiness that made even a decent crowd look pathetic.  Just moving out of there would be a step up for the leagues most under-achieving and over hyped team.

Owners Red Bull, not only ponied up for a soccer specific stadium, but did so in style and have constructed what is, without question the best stadium of it’s kind in North America.  The 200 million dollar Arena’s debut match, Red Bull New York hosting Brazilian powerhouse Santos FC was held last night showed us just how wonderful it can be to play with an completely soccer atmosphere (not to mention have a New York team play an exciting brand of football). There are still issues such as serious traffic and parking concerns, not to mention the pitch that seems to have been planted on a bed of sand, but the venue is undoubtedly the new benchmark for Major League Soccer.

PPL Park in Chester PA

Let us not forget that there is another new venue coming into the league this year as fledgling Philadelphia Union will open another soccer specific stadium in nearby Chester PA.  PPL Park as it’s called after a Pennsylvania Energy Company which bought the naming rights and supplies the power to the 120 million dollar facility. The Union will play a few home matches at the NFL’s Lincoln Financial Field, which like Giants Stadium is a great venue for the sport, just not for the day-to-day machinations of the Union. The choice to play at ‘The Linc’ will be fun for the short time they are there, but all eyes are on Chester come the end of June.

The Kansas City Wizards finally broke ground on Wizards Stadium Complex at Village West this past January. The $165 million dollar project will open in 2011 and hold 18,500 Wizards fans.  Located near Kansas KC’s temporary home, Community America Ballpark and the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.

The Epicenter?

Last week, the San Jose city council voted unanimously to rezone the property west of the San Jose Airport to allow for development of the new Earthquakes stadium.  This is seemingly the final hurdle in the Quakes plans for a new home.  Lew Wolff, the Quakes owner can now precede with what hope is a 2011 opening for the 15,000 seat stadium. The new site is walking distance from the Quakes temporary home of Buck Shaw Stadium and the teams front office, both of which are located on the Campus of Santa Clara University.  The Santa Clara transit center is also nearby which should make traffic easier.

In what can only be considered poetic irony for San Jose Earthquake fans, the Houston Dynamo, the former San Jose franchise that moved out of the bay area because they could not secure a stadium deal anywhere in the Bay Area, are still struggling to complete a stadium deal in downtown Houston and have consequently started entertaining offers outside of the city center.

Both Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS expansion teams slotted to enter the league in the 2011 season made off-season stadium news.  Portland owner Merritt Paulson secured the governmental approval to construct a minor league baseball facility for his Portland Beavers team, clearing the way for the a renovation of PGE Park and allowing the Timbers to start their inaugural MLS campaign in a new 22,000 to 23,000 seat stadium more suited to soccer, though they will still be sharing the stadium with the Portland State football team.

Vancouver’s BC Place, which played host to the opening and closing ceremonies of the recent Vancouver Winter Olympics, will also be renovated for soccer and come complete with a retractable roof, not dissimilar to the one we saw built in Frankfurt for the World Cup in Germany.  The problem is that the renovation will not be completed in time for the Whitecaps 2011 season, which means the venerable Canadian team will open it’s inaugural campaign at a stadium called Empire Fields, to be built on the site of old Empire Stadium.  Construction of the temporary home will begin soon and is expected to be completed this summer.  The temporary facility will hold 27,500, 7400 of which are bench seats, and it will contain 12 hospitality suites.  Most of the seats will be covered. This all seems oddly permanent for a ‘temporary structure’ but even more unsettling is that the Vancouver team will have played in three different stadia in three years. The team is still hoping to secure a long-term deal that could see the Whitecaps playing in a downtown waterfront stadium.

Vancouver will share their stadium (both the temporary facility and BC Place) with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League.  With Portland sharing PGE with a college football team and Seattle Sounders not likely to move out of Qwest stadium, which they share with the NFL Seahawks, we will likely be seeing gridiron lines in the Northwest for some time.

Speaking of Canadian Football League teams, there was some buzz in the Toronto area that the CFL Argonauts were trying to move into BMO Field, home of Toronto FC.  Though true, the likelihood of that deal happening has lost it’s momentum, which will make TFC fans happy.  Better news for the BMO faithful is that after years of fans complaints, a natural grass surface will be laid for the Reds 2010 season. No more plastic pitch north of the border.

Toronto FC has put a bid in to host the 2010 MLS Cup, which was thought to go to Red Bull Arena for sure, but there is a feeling that MLS might take a longer view and not jump into the leagues newest crown jewel until all the kinks and bugs have been worked out.  MLS may get it’s first north-of-the-border championship game in 2010.