USSoccerPlayers - Feb 24th, 2012

Friday's TV

Borussia Monchengladbach - Hamburg
2:30pm - GolTV

On a usual slow Friday for live games, GolTV brings us an interesting option from the Bundesliga.  With all teams level on 22 games played, 'Gladbach trail Dortmund by three points at the top of the table.  Hamburg are 7th, just out of the European places and tied with 6th-place Bayer Leverkusen on points. 'Gladbach haven't lost a league game since December 10th.  

In Mexico's second division, GolTV has Correcaminos - Cruz Azul at 9:30pm.  All Times Eastern

Their Words

"I don't think there is ever a good time to face Chelsea. They'll probably be thinking that it's a good time to play Bolton. What I do know is that it'll be two teams going all out to pick up three points." Bolton manager Owen Coyle.

Europa League: Americans Advance To Round Of 16

In the Europa League meeting of US National Team players, Jozy Altidore's AZ got the better of Sacha Kljestan's Anderlecht 1-0 on the night and 2-0 on aggregate.  Maarten Martens scored AZ's goal in the 54th minute.  Kljestan got the start and Altidore subbed on in the 44th minute.  Kljestan was yellow carded in the 53rd.  Hannover 96 move on at the expense of Club Brugge, winning 1-0 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate.  Steve Cherundolo was unavailable due to injury.  Jermaine Jones missed Schalke 04's overtime heroics to win 3-1 at home against Viktoria Plzen to take the series 4-2.  Klaas Jan Huntelaar was the hero, scoring in the 7th minute only for Viktoria Plzen to equalize in the 88th.  Huntelaar scored in the 106th and 120th minutes to advance Schalke.  Oguchi Onyewu's injury meant he took no part in the second leg of Sporting's series with Legia Warsaw.  Sporting won 1-0 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate.

Questions: India, San Diego, Houston, Liverpool, Fairness

By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Feb 23, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's Five Questions, Tony looks at a delayed start in India, Brad Davis's recovery, and Franz Beckenbauer's Fair Play ideas.

So how's it working out with the fledgling Premier Soccer League?

Not so well. As expected with any startup league, the problems began to mount.  Player clearances were the first hurdle, both domestic and international.  Now, it's the stadiums.  The promoters are pushing for an April start, good news for Santino Quaranta, who signed as a player, and Marco Etcheverry, who is coaching one of the teams.

Which is the “third most popular team in San Diego”?

Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles (the Xolos)?  Maybe, but we're talking about a market without the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, or a major college or two like are found in other California markets like LA and the Bay Area.  Hey, credit Tijuana for trying to fill a gap in the marketplace.  Chivas USA and Tijuana played an exhibition game last night, drawing 4,238 at the University of San Diego's stadium.  As has been discussed before on this website, for the most part, clubs in Mexico not named C.D. Guadalajara do a poor job marketing themselves in the United States. Tijuana has said before that their reach includes San Diego, but it's going to take some work to prove that.  Tijuana is only two points behind first place UANL in the Clausara, yet they're fighting off relegation in Mexico's two season promotion/relegation percentage system.

After missing MLS Cup last year, how is Houston's Brad Davis' recovery going?

In a significant boost for Houston, Davis was cleared this week to return to practice. Coach Dominic Kinnear might be optimistic that “[t]here's a good possibility he'll be ready for the opening of the season,” but there's no doubting Davis' work ethic.  Continue reading "Questions: India, San Diego, Houston, Liverpool, Fairness" »

MLS teams & USMNT representation - from MLSsoccer.com's Elijah Miller: The lowest number used by an American team a year ago was two, by the New England Revolution.

With New York City faltering, Orlando makes MLS push - from The Sporting News's Brian Straus: Last fall, Rawlins told Sporting News that entry into MLS by 2014 wasn’t out of the question.

Nowak stresses 'pressure' at Union camp - from The Philadelphia Daily News's Kerith Gabriel: "We want them to have an understanding of our playbook, but use their own imagination to achieve the goal."

Red Bulls in the Valley of the Sun - from The NY Times' Jack Bell: "I kind of like these kinds of camp where you can work closely with the players."

Regular maintenance keeps Whitecaps Joe Cannon blast-ready - from The Vancouver Sun's Bruce Constantineau: "If I don't get to bed by 11 or midnight, I'm in trouble."

As the Ibrox drama continues, questions must be asked about a past beyond Craig Whyte's acquisition of the club - from The Herald's Hugh Macdonald: It would also open up a line of inquiry into financial fair play during this period.

Your step-by-step guide on how NOT to appoint a manager... brought to you by Wolves - from The Daily Mail's Neil Moxley: Ten days on from Mick McCarthy’s sacking and the club are still no closer to finding his replacement.

Weekend TV: London

Saturday

Chelsea - Bolton
9:30am - Fox Soccer

After making his debut in London last week in the FA Cup against Millwall, Tim Ream could see the big time against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Even Bolton's manager is being realistic about their chances.

Queens Park Rangers - Fulham
10am - Fox Soccer Plus

Clint Dempsey and company get a London derby against a team that bought their striker during the transfer window. It's lost on no one involved that Fulham beat QPR six to nothing at Craven Cottage earlier this season, and it's Fulham nine points ahead in the table.

Also in the Premier League on Fox Soccer: Manchester City - Blackburn at 12pm and Newcastle - Wolverhampton at 5pm. On FS+: WBA - Sunderland at 2pm, Wigan and Aston Villa at 4pm. Championship on FS+: West Ham - Crystal Palace at 7:30am and Middlesbrough - Reading at 6pm.  Continue reading "Weekend TV: London" »

 




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