Archive for November, 2008

21
Nov
08

USA Continues Stellar Play

The youth movement of USA Soccer has really paid off as of late. That was no more evident than the Red, White, and Blue’s most recent victory, a 2-0 shutout of Guatemala. Two young superstars-in-training made the difference for coach Bob Bradley‘s national squad, Freddy Adu and Jozy Altidore.

Freddy Adu

Adu has finally cashed in on his incredible skill, netting his first goal in a USA jersey in the 69th minute. Although no assist was given, one should have gone to Altidore, who drew the penalty on Guatemala’s Yony Flores just outside the box, giving the US and Mr. Adu a free-kick. From there, Freddy knew exactly what to Adu, as he curled a shot over the wall and into the top-left corner of the net past a diving Ricardo Jerez to cap the scoring and sealing the victory for the US, 2-0.

Jozy Altidore

Even though he did not receive an assist on Adu’s goal, Altidore did receive one on Kenny Cooper’s spectacular sliding goal in the 54th minute. Surrounded by three defenders, Altidore remained calm and found a streaking Cooper heading for the net. With all the poise of a 10-year veteran, Altidore hooked a perfect ball right into the box, just beyond the defender and just in front of Jerez, allowing Cooper to slide behind the defender and deposit the ball five-hole on Jerez, to put the US up 1-0.

The 19-year-old duo has been the backbone of Bradley’s youth movement and both are starting to show why. For more on this game, go here.

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21
Nov
08

Ground-Breaking Ceremony Scheduled!

Groundbreaking Date Announced!

It is official people! The ground-breaking ceremony for the new MLS stadium for the new Philadelphia team will be on Monday, December 1st, at 2:30 PM. MLS Commissioner Don Garber will join front office members to officially break ground on the new stadium site in Chester. All supporters and residents are encouraged to attend. The address of the new stadium is:

MLS Philadelphia 2010 Stadium Site

2501 Seaport Drive

Chester, PA 19013

SoB members will be gathering at 2:00 PM to “tailgate” and gather donations for the ‘Help Kick Cancer’ charity fund. Remember, the team is matching up to $500 in donations. Be sure to come out to enjoy and support the new team.

20
Nov
08

Sprechen Sie Deutsches?

landon_donovan U.S. National Team and LA Galaxy star, Landon Donovan is heading to Bundesliga – that’s “Federal League” for those who no comprendo German.  Actually, I had to look it up.  Check out babel fish.  It’s nice if you desire the appearance of a hexalingual genius.

Donovan will be loaning his ball skills to German club, Bayern Munich.  The deal would start January 1 and continue into March, possibly further.  The striker is the second member of the Galaxy to go on loan during their MLS offseason.  England’s Uber-Star, David Beckham, is currently on loan with AC Milan.  Hey, if it’s good enough for Becks…

The upside is the quality of play Donovan will face in Germany, and what it could mean for his continued improvement – something we all hope carries over into his international play for the U.S. team.  This is actually Donovan’s second lap in Germany.  He played for Bundesliga club, Bayer Leverkusen between 1999 and 2001.

16
Nov
08

Crew v. Bulls

The Cup Final is set! The New York/New Jersey/Whatever Red Bulls will take on the Crew from Columbus, (everyone’s favorite political melting pot) Ohio.  Both squads will represent their respective club’s first appearance in the league’s championship match.

Juan Pablo Angel

Crew's crew

The Bulls squeaked their way into the playoffs this season, but have managed to get it done when it has mattered most.  They now charge into The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA to face a Columbus team that finished atop the table in regular season standings.

The 2008 MLS Cup Final will be aired on ABC at 3:30pm, this coming Sunday, November 23rd.

07
Nov
08

Second City… First in Hearts of MLS Corp.?

Last night Chicago decisively handled New England 3-0 advancing the Fire one step closer to the 2008 MLS Cup.
The Second City squad are now forced to wait the result of Crew v. Wizards tonight – both teams tied at one goal apiece after the first leg. (here’s a preview of tonight’s match)
Chicago will face its next opponent in the upcoming Eastern Confernce Championship match.

Chicago finished the regular season third overall in points total behind Columbus and Houston, but according to one blogger the league would greatly benefit and are subsequently “praying” for a Chi-Town Cup triumph.

If what Freedman says is true I would have to argue that MLS is likely drooling over the Philly prospect. When Philadelphia finally plants its imprint on the MLS map starting in 2010, the league will finally have the catalyst it needs to begin building rivalries between its clubs. With New York and D.C. just a short, horse-drawn carridge ride away, Philadelphia’s Phantactical Phan base – starting with the beloved SoBs – will help make the Mid-Atlantic region (stretching from New York/New Jersey… whatever… to the banks of the Potomac) soccer central for MLS. Rivalries are a cornerstone of sports fanaticsm… Yanks/Sox, Bears/Packers, Fighting Irish/Trojans, Leafs/Canadiens, Ali/Frazier, Obama/McCain… you get the idea.

All the more reason to get psyched for first kick in 2010. Who needs David Beckham when you’ve got Phila and a few SoBs?!

07
Nov
08

Year-End Awards


Major League Soccer has started to hand out the league’s year-end awards. The first awards being given out went to Chicago Fire goalkeeper Jon Busch, New England Revolution defender Michael Parkhurst and the Revolution themselves.

Read the full story here.




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