Archive for March, 2009

25
Mar
09

Opening Weekend Recap

We beat New York! Wait, so did everyone last year...

We beat New York! Wait, so did everyone last year...

The first weekend of the 2009 season has come and gone, but there were plenty of story lines. Here are the five biggest stories after Week 1!

5. Away Teams Start Strong

  • In 2008 away squads did not fair nearly as well as those on their home pitch. Away squads had an appalling 47 wins and 106 losses with 57 draws — a .224 winning percentage, compared to home teams who posted a .505 winning percentage. The first weekend in 2009, though close to an even split, saw the away squads holding the upper hand, going  3-2-2 (W-D-L) in the 7 contests.

4. Most Start Similar to ’08

  • If your squad played well in ’08, there’s a good chance they were one of the strong teams this past weekend and if they were terrible, well you can see where I’m going with this. Reigning champs Chicago started off with a with a 3-1 drubbing of FC Dallas and despite a championship game appearance, New York was pretty awful during the ’08 regular season and started off just as bad in ’09, losing to the expansion Seattle Sounders, 3-0.

3. New Schedule Means Bye Weeks

  • Now that there are 15 squads participating in the 2009 MLS season, the league now has to deal with one squad not participating each week. How will it affect teams? First to find out: Real Salt Lake. Will the squad play as strong as it did last season or will it drop its opener against expansion Seattle coming off its week one victory?

2. Goals-a-Plenty For Top Stars

  • Landon Donovan was one of five players, including KC breakout Davy Arnaud and Seattle stud Fredy Montero, to post two goals opening weekend. Donovan, coming off a 20-goal season for LA — tops in 2008 — looks to be the leading force for a Galaxy squad without the services of middy David Beckham until July 1. Dallas’ Kenny Cooper — 2008’s league #2 scorer — put his name in the “Top Goals of 2009” hat with his spectacular goal, scoring from past midfield in the 9th minute. Arnaud has gone from league’s best-kept secret to superstar and Montero may not be in Seattle long if he keeps playing at his current level.

1. Expand Your Mind, MLS!

  • The new expansion squad in Seattle definitely impressed in its debut match. Besides Montero’s 2 goal, 1 assist performance, Seattle played a fantastic overall game, pounding on the Red Bulls from New York, 3-0. Qwest Field also proved to be a rather loud and intimidating local for the game as players had to ask coaches to use hand signals to relay information due to the volume of the crowd. Let’s hope Philly (2010), Portland (2011) and Vancouver (2011) prove to have the same type of atmosphere in each team’s inaugural season.

After a great opening weekend, we here at Philadelphia Soccer News can’t wait to see what happens this weekend. If you want some more soccer insight, check out the weekly Power Rankings by the folks over at ESPNSoccerNet. Always keeping the nation up to date on MLS news!

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19
Mar
09

“are you ready for some…” soccer?!

Okay… so Hank Williams Jr. probably isn’t going to be heard belting lyrics through his trademark beard, but excitement is still in the air tonight as the 2009 MLS season kicks off at Seattle’s Qwest Field.
Philadelphia soccer fans will glimpse their future as Seattle Sounders FC, the league’s 15th franchise, make their debut against those Red Bulls of New York.
The match gets under way at 9pmEST, and can be seen on ESPN2.
Too busy surfing the Web or not near a TV? Do what I do… jump on ESPN’s gamecast, and follow the action 2.0 style.seattlesoundersfc

17
Mar
09

Soccer in 2010: Not Just For The Boys!

wpsphilly2010

That’s right ladies, not only will 2010 be the return of professional men’s soccer to Philadelphia, but it will also be the inaugural season for a professional women’s soccer team.

The newly formed Women’s Professional Soccer league will be bringing a franchise to Philadelphia for its second professional season in 2010. The team, which will be officially the 8th team in WPS, will also take up residence in the to-be-constructed stadium in Chester, which is home to the yet-to-be-named men’s team.

The WPS will begin its inaugural season in 2009 with seven current franchises and hope to expand to 10 by 2010. The seven franchises currently getting ready to take the pitch this season are:

Besides Philadelphia, WPS is looking at Atlanta and Dallas as possible expansion locations.

The WPS schedule starts March 29th when the LA Sol take on the Washington Freedom.

16
Mar
09

2009 MLS Preview – 3/3

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We’ve hit the end of the previews! Thanks to ESPNSoccerNet for doing such a great job with each team.

Also added to this post is an over-arching preview of the whole league for 2009. My favorite part is the fact that the SoccerNet boys point out that ex-Team USA skipper Bruce Arena is now on the hotseat for the LA Galaxy almost instantaneous of the time that he gain almost total control over soccer operations. I’m not sure, but if it’s me, first move, get as much € or £ that you can for Becks and then cut your losses.

Last part of the preview:

11
Mar
09

2009 MLS Team Preview – 2/3

MLS

Round two of the 2009 MLS preview is here, thanks to the wonderful folks over at ESPNSoccerNet!

This round features an expansion team and a fallen powerhouse. Check them out below…

10
Mar
09

Soccer in Philly before 2010?

The word is in! Philly is gonna see some World Class Soccer before 2010!

CONCACAF

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football — a long winded name for CONCACAF — announced that Lincoln Financial Field will hold one of the 2009 Gold Cup quarterfinal matches on July 18th.

There is more information on mlsphilly2010.com.

06
Mar
09

Can I Interest You In A ‘Timeshare?’

David Beckham has gotten what he wanted… well, close to it anyway.  The England star has reached a deal between current loan squad, AC Milan and LA Galaxy that will allow him to remain in Italy through the remainder of the summer.

Becks will return to the U.S. to join up with his Galaxy teammates after the conclusion of the Serie A season.

The ‘timeshare’ deal came at a cost — nearly £2 million — a sum Beckham will pay personally.  He must really like the pizza over there… hey, can you blame him?  They invented it.

Oy!  That's-a-one spicy meatball!!

Oy! That's-a-one spicy meatball!!




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