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Morning Kickaround

*Argentina's new leader has a 3-8-12 career record as a coach. But it's Diego Maradona? Oh, never mind.

*Freddy back in MLS? No, it's Freddie.

*The Rothenberg Trophy is out, the Anschutz Trophy is in.

"Phil Anschutz has transformed the face of soccer in America," said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. "Through his commitment and support, Major League Soccer has become an important part of the American sports landscape and an emerging player in the global soccer scene. Phil's vision and deep love of the game have helped establish a vibrant 'Soccer Nation' in America. We are honored to name the MLS championship trophy the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy."

*With the playoffs approaching, Houston played mostly reserves and settled for a 1-1 tie at Firpo, meaning the Dynamo must beat the Salvadoran club at home Nov. 26 to reach the Champions League quarterfinals. Watch the late equalizer:

*TV today:
Germany, Hamburg-Stuttgart 3 p.m. GolTV
England, Liverpool-Portsmouth 4 p.m. Setanta
England, Manhcester United-West Ham 4 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel
Germany, Eintracht-Bayern Munich 5 p.m. GolTV
England, Liverpool Arsenal-Spurs 6 p.m. Setanta
England, Hull-Chelsea 6 p.m. FSC
England, Middlesbrough-Manchester City 7:45 p.m. Setanta
CONCACAF Champions League, D.C. United-Marathon 8 p.m. FSC
CONCACAF Champions League, Tauro-Puerto Rico 11 p.m. FSC
England, Aston Villa-Blackburn 11:15 p.m. Setanta

*Virginia bounced back from a loss to Duke with a 4-2 victory over American.

Join me again later for a player-by-player breakdown of DCU's roster heading into this uncertain offseason.

By Steve Goff  |  October 29, 2008; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  Argentina , CONCACAF , College Soccer , MLS , TV  
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Comments

So if it's the AEG trophy (and face it - that's the only way he's lifting one any time soon) can we get away from this crap knock-off of the Tiffany's desing of the Lombardi Trophy, the Larry O'Brien Trophy and make it an actual Cup or some other design?

The first one wasn't great - the second one wasn't bad - but let's get a new one!

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | October 29, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Steve:

It's the North London derby, Arsenal/Spurs, at 6 on Setanta, not Liverpool/Spurs...

Posted by: BillUrban | October 29, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

And now, a head-to-head comparison of two DPs:

Ljungberg: Right winger
Beckham: Ditto

Ljungberg: Former EPL player
Beckham: Ditto

Ljungberg: Captained his national team
Beckham: Ditto

Ljungberg: Moonlighted as a fashion model
Beckham: Ditto

Ljungberg: Tattooed
Beckham: Ditto

Ljungberg: Hasn't won an MLS Cup yet
Beckham: Ditto

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 29, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

A lot could change before next season but it looks like the Sounders are planning on using Ljungberg as a CAM.
The press conference video on the Sounders site is worth checking out, Joe Roth has some incredible things to say.
Especially the part about putting Freddie in XXX III:-)

Posted by: DadRyan | October 29, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Setanta's main channel will have Liverpool-Pompey. Their DirecTV Xtra and Broadband 2 channels will show Arsenal-Spurs live. Both kickoff at 4pm Eastern. Setanta will also show the derby on delay (if you only have it via FIOS/Cox/etc)

Confusing? Sure - and add the fact that there is only a 4 hour time difference with the clocks in Great Britain falling back last weekend. :-)

Posted by: Kev29 | October 29, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Anshultz bought a trophy - great news. Garber is in his back pocket too . . .

Posted by: LCR-54 | October 29, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

NPR story about Barra Brava from yesterday:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=96220020

Posted by: universityandpark | October 29, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Unheralded Campbell upset 7th-ranked UNC, 2-0. The strange thing is that this is the third straight time. Talk about a jinx!

Posted by: universityandpark | October 29, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

If they are gonna change they name, they might as well change the design and make it a real Cup

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | October 29, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

People forget how much Anschutz has done for this league, especially at the lowest time back in 2002. Alan Rothenberg hasn't done much of anything since the 94 WC. Before criticizing the name switch, please name one person that has invested more into soccer in this country over the last 15 years.

Congratulations Phil.

Posted by: callmesanchezzz | October 29, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

FYI Jozy will start today for Villarreal in the Copa del Rey (no TV).

Posted by: Reignking | October 29, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

So you throw 250 million dollars into a competition and you get your name on a small trophy? I think you get the same thing for playing skee ball in ocean city for enough tickets and a lot less investment.

Posted by: IamAM | October 29, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Not criticizing the name change - other than hoping it's the only name change. Phil has done a lot and deserves the recognition. It was his league really.

Just saw the image on Ives' site - a tad busy - but the best of the 3 so far.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | October 29, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

OT -- nice feature on local player from USSF website

http://centercircle.ussoccer.com/fullStory.jsp_5-10682376.html

Posted by: OWNTF | October 29, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Why do bad things happen to good people (leauges), instead of Garber. He has yet AGAIN tarnished the face of what many fans have stood up for, for years. Until he is overthrown like the idiotic tyrant he is, I am afraid that we will continue to be the but of every serious soccer/football conversation worldwide. True fans love many things about the game but we all hold Tradition as a standard that is not to be disgraced around for ANY reason. I dont disagree with his comments but he could have named another trophy or award in Phil Anschutz's name (I maybe wrong but isnt this the 3rd name change in the short history of our leauge?)

Posted by: coastalsoul | October 29, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

What Anschutz should say:
"I am not yet dead. Name it after Gordon Bradley."

I remember reading that John Rockefeller resisted attempts to name the U. of Chicago and Spelman College after him, because he apparently had a sense of proportion and humility . . .

Posted by: fallschurch1 | October 29, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

@costalsoul

What are you talking about?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 29, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

@costalsoul

What are you talking about?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 29, 2008 12:25 PM

+1


(doin' it Bigsoccer style...)

Posted by: Late2Bass | October 29, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

People just love to complain, don't they?

Posted by: Reignking | October 29, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

So I read the new Cup article on MLSnet. Anschutz, as one would expect, is not in the photo. The trophy looks nice to me. OK, so there's an artistic element wherein the handles don't join the jug where there supposed to, but no-one is going to use this thing for water or wine, it's purely decorative.

Here's what struck me as the most offensive part:

Volkswagen "The Road to MLS Cup" scheduled tour stops are as follows:

• November 6 - Chicago
• November 8 - Houston
• November 19-23 - Los Angeles

The MLS Cup tour bears the name of DC United's shirt sponsor and the tour does not come to Washington, DC, where FOUR of the MLS Cups reside?

I hope they're stuck in traffic, and get lots of flat tires!

http://web.mlsnet.com/news/mls_news.jsp?ymd=20081029&content_id=200102&vkey=pr_mls&fext=.jsp

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 29, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Why do bad things happen to good people (leauges), instead of Garber. He has yet AGAIN tarnished the face of what many fans have stood up for, for years. Until he is overthrown like the idiotic tyrant he is, I am afraid that we will continue to be the but of every serious soccer/football conversation worldwide.

Posted by: coastalsoul | October 29, 2008 11:57 AM

WORLDWIDE?!?!?!?! Are you sure you're not talking about Blatter, cause I'm pretty sure the vast majority of soccer fans outside of the US have no idea who Don Garber is

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | October 29, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Why do bad things happen to good people (leauges), instead of Garber. He has yet AGAIN tarnished the face of what many fans have stood up for, for years. Until he is overthrown like the idiotic tyrant he is, I am afraid that we will continue to be the but of every serious soccer/football conversation worldwide.

Posted by: coastalsoul | October 29, 2008 11:57 AM

WORLDWIDE?!?!?!?! Are you sure you're not talking about Blatter, cause I'm pretty sure the vast majority of soccer fans outside of the US have no idea who Don Garber is

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | October 29, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

@coastalsoul,

You my friend have lost the plot of this book.

The name changed on the US Open Cup to be the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup for his dedication to the sport.

I have no problem that Phil gets this honor. But let's leave it alone from here on out. Phil has done far more for soccer in the USA than Alan Rothenberg, who only appeared as the namesake because he was the man who helped get the World Cup to the USA in 1994 but has largely been out of the game since then. Phil owned the league for the better part of a decade and has taken a lot of the risks that have brought MLS to where it is now.

But you sir - you have LOST the plot of this book.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | October 29, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

@coastalsoul,

You my friend have lost the plot of this book.

The name changed on the US Open Cup to be the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup for his dedication to the sport.

I have no problem that Phil gets this honor. But let's leave it alone from here on out. Phil has done far more for soccer in the USA than Alan Rothenberg, who only appeared as the namesake because he was the man who helped get the World Cup to the USA in 1994 but has largely been out of the game since then. Phil owned the league for the better part of a decade and has taken a lot of the risks that have brought MLS to where it is now.

But you sir - you have LOST the plot of this book.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | October 29, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Those ribbon handles look like they are going to snap off as soon as the Crew lifts it up!

Posted by: GoCrew | October 29, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

To everyone,
I doubt I lost the meaning of what Garber was doing, it is a basic matrketing ploy to get extra money by blowing up someone's ego. Also I have lived and still travel around the world and soccer/football fans are by far the most educated on what goes on outside of their own leauge. I got frustrated at Garber because this shows his ignorance outside of the American Marketing World. Please if someone has the freetime site some other leauge big/small that has changed the name (honor) of their highest award for someone before they have passed away and within a few years. MLS' stated goal has been to strive to the standards of the most succesful leauges in the world and this is a far cry from that. I agree he has done leaps and bounds beyond most to further soccer/football in this country but that isnt the point, the point is this is OUR commisioner trying to make a dollar and not a better leauge( guess it depends what people care about)!

Posted by: coastalsoul | October 29, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Renaming the trophy seems kind of petty to me. There would be no MLS without Alan Rothenberg. Now, he may not be the nicest guy in the world, but let's remember that the idea of bringing the World Cup to the USA and then using that as a springboard to a new pro league was his doing.

Sure, Anschutz has kept MLS going, but why do you have to dis Rothenberg to honor Anschutz? Name something else after him instead. Why is MLS wiping away its history?

Posted by: fedssocr | October 29, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Nobody has had more to do with the development of soccer in the USA than Alan Rothenberg. It is a travesty that Garber is doing nothing more than sucking up to Anschutz and making sure his cash stays in MLS. Without Rothenberg there would have been no World Cup 1994 and if there is no WC 94, there is no MLS, period, end of story. I can't believe the MLS governors allowed Garber to do this. To discontinue the honor bestowed upon the MLS founder is terrible. Find some other way to honor that right-winger if we have to.

Posted by: lgm6986 | October 29, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

"Find some other way to honor that right-winger if we have to."
----------
You had me until this statement, which ruined everything up to it. The guy spends hundreds of millions to jump-start the league, but it ain't good enough because he's a "right-winger."

Laughable.

Posted by: joedoc1 | October 29, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

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