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Monday Kickaround

*Your eyes did not deceive you: The NCAA final between Maryland and North Carolina was not of the highest quality. Terps Coach Sasho Cirovski's explanation: "The game didn't have much flow. It was a championship game, both teams were exhausted [because of UNC's big effort Friday holding off Wake, Maryland going to overtime vs. St. John's, the warmer weather and gusty wind]. It was never going to be a game of beauty. We initially got frustrated because we couldn't play more and then after the first [TV] timeout, we just accepted the fact that this was not going to be a beautiful game and just did all the little things to battle and find a way to win. We showed some poise in that regard. It's just the way it went."

*We told you a few weeks ago that the Galaxy is very much interested in Real Salt Lake midfielder Dema Kovalenko. Now we're hearing that midfielder Dax McCarty, out of favor in Dallas, could be an L.A. target. On a side note, McCarty's younger brother, Dustin, is a sophomore reserve midfielder for North Carolina and played in the final.

*Toluca surrenders a two-goal aggregate lead at home, but then beats Cruz Azul on penalties, 7-6, to win the Mexican Apertura championship.

*The Club World Cup semifinals in Japan are set:
Wednesday: Pachuca vs. Liga de Quito 5:30 a.m. ET FSC
Thursday: Gamba Osaka vs. Manchester United 5:30 a.m. FSC

*Host Jamaica beats Grenada, 2-0, for the Caribbean championship.


*A week old, but still embarrassing: Celtic keeper Artur Boruc's howler against Hibernian:


By Steve Goff  |  December 15, 2008; 12:58 PM ET
Categories:  CONCACAF , Club World Cup , College Soccer , MLS , Mexico , Scotland  
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Comments

Wow, I would love to see Pachuca v Manu.

Posted by: EssEff | December 15, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

i remember going to watch UCLA vs Santa Clara when both were very highly rated a couple years ago. terrible match, and with little to no quality. just "our guys are bigger and stronger than your guys" approach (probably an effect of the lower level of coaching and rules of the college game?) haven't been back since, and i'll probably stick to the MLS and games on tv.

Posted by: willykirk | December 15, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that ball had some English on it...

Posted by: Reignking | December 15, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I would love to see Pachuca v Manu.

Posted by: EssEff | December 15, 2008 1:10 PM

Your wish is FSC's command...

Fox Soccer Channel
Thu 12/18/2008
5:30 am ET
FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP
SEMIFINAL - Winner match 3 v Manchester United (ENG)
Live

Posted by: Kev29 | December 15, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that ball had some English on it...

Posted by: Reignking | December 15, 2008 1:22 PM

Oooh, as if the Celtic fans weren't mad enough, you got to bring the English in to it :-)

Posted by: Kev29 | December 15, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Of course the Final wasn't pretty, it HAD TV TIMEOUTS!!

:)


Posted by: JkR- | December 15, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

are finals ever pretty?

Posted by: teo_68 | December 15, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

are finals ever pretty?

Posted by: teo_68 | December 15, 2008 2:00 PM

When it's the Crew beating the Pink Cows, yes. :)

Posted by: SportzNut21 | December 15, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

That was a reasonably well played final - well done Columbus.

Posted by: Kev29 | December 15, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

It does a raise a question. Even in basketball, they have almost a full 48 hours rest. Maybe, they should consider not playing the final that early on Sunday? Or, if Sasho has his way to extend the season, maybe they have 2 off days between games...

Posted by: fischy | December 15, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Post of the day: Kev29 | December 15, 2008 1:26 PM

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 15, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Cmon, kids that age are used to playing 5 games in a weekend tournament...

Posted by: Reignking | December 15, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

It's simple. If you want better quality in a Championship game, you need to have more time off between games. Since ESPN is apparently into Thursday night soccer (e.g. MLS), why not have the semis on Thursday and the final on Sunday afternoon (if in a northern climate) or early Sunday evening (if in a southern climate).

Also, given the ACC's dominance in recent years, might it make more sense to have the final four take place in Cary, NC?

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | December 15, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

The first half of the UMD-UNC game was really chippy and difficult to watch. Ball bouncing around back and forth no poessession but the second half was better and Maryland's quality came through with an excellent goal. These kids are not robots. NCAA should consider another day at least of rest but that makes it inconvenient for the TV deal. Even in the prelim rounds of the D3 tournament, teams play two games in a weekend. Having some depth on the roster helps. Congrats Maryland. Excellent season and deserved title.

Posted by: sbg1 | December 15, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Given that the semifinals were on ESPN U, it's shouldn't be a big deal to move them to Thursday (as someone else said). That thing about missing classes and finals doesn't apply to football or basketball players, so it shouldn't be an issue. Besides, aren't all classes in the 21st century taught by Adobe Connect, podcast, and blogs?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 15, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Any soccer game with TV timeouts is ugly....

Posted by: LloydHeilbrunn | December 15, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

It's simple. If you want better quality in a Championship game, you need to have more time off between games.

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | December 15, 2008 2:46 PM

I think the NCAA want to keep it as an all-inclusive weekend event. To maximize attendance and ease for fans, administrators, etc (like all their 'Final Fours'). They have a point... but soccer really is bad with only one day's rest. It's also bad with a clock that goes the wrong direction, timeouts and too many substitutions... but I digress ;-)

Posted by: Kev29 | December 15, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Steve: Have you ever thrown your shoe at a coach during a press conference? Do any reporters wear Doc Martens just in case?

Just wonderin'

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 15, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

LOL! I once tossed a set of cleats at Peter Nowak. He caught them in his teeth.

Posted by: Steve Goff | December 15, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Let's just use the college pointyball model and go 6 weeks between the last regular season game and the final. That seems to work out for them.

Also, as a rule, there must be at least 2 division I men's programs within 250 miles of the game being played to be a host site, which rules out Frisco from ever hosting again.

Posted by: IamAM | December 15, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

At the highest level the games in college soccer are 1000 mph based on fresh subs and crazy 'whip & a chair' coaching. It's the reason that many of our best youth don't play college ball and many leave early after a taste of the craziest. The US culture still values a college education but those with really big dreams and proper guidance go to Europe and play with the youth/reserves and develop for high level fist team action in the proper enviornment. Beckham didn't learn his trade in college but at Man U as a 10 year old. Granted it's not for everybody.

Posted by: euroman | December 15, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

college soccer is a bastardization of soccer, and expectations should be adjusted accordingly.

Posted by: dfunkt | December 15, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

"Who throws a shoe? Seriously, who throws a shoe?"

-Austin Powers, to Random Task

Posted by: Reignking | December 15, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

To continue from another thread . .

A bunch of naysayers are knocking Convey, saying he's always injured, etc . . .

Do you forget that our own Ben Olsen went through the same fate during his stint? Seems like he turned out pretty well for us when he came back . .

Posted by: delantero | December 15, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

A good "thrill of victory, agony of defeat" pic from the Mexican Final:

http://www.mediotiempo.com/fmf/primera/apertura_2008/cronica.php?id_partido=29914

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 15, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

A bit of whimsy -- seems Bayern Munich and the Allianz Arena aren't thrilled with a promo for the new movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still". In the promo, the Arena is destroyed.

http://www.bild.de/BILD/news/bild-english/sport-news/football/bundesliga/2008/12/12/bayern-munich-angry/after-tv-ad-for-film-shows-arena-stadium-being-destroyed.html

Posted by: fischy | December 15, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Bayern should be flattered. Just goes to show how BIG the club is, hopefully they'll recognize that.

Reminds me of the time our bike club was misrepresented on Grey's Anatomy. Yes, Dead Baby BC is real, but I don't remember anyone getting impaled on spokes... People knocked out and broken bones yes, but impaled on your own spokes? HOw would you do that? Should of trademarked the name like the Hells Angels...

Posted by: DadRyan | December 15, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Do you forget that our own Ben Olsen went through the same fate during his stint? Seems like he turned out pretty well for us when he came back . .

Posted by: delantero | December 15, 2008 4:14 PM
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Good point.

New Rule: DC United midfielders from Pennsylvania should not go to the lower divisions of the FA.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 15, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

New Rule: DC United midfielders from Pennsylvania should not go to the lower divisions of the FA.
_________________________________________

Josh Gros didn't even have to go abroad to take his knocks.

Posted by: universityandpark | December 16, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Also, as a rule, there must be at least 2 division I men's programs within 250 miles of the game being played to be a host site, which rules out Frisco from ever hosting again.

Posted by: IamAM | December 15, 2008 3:53 PM
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SMU, Anal Roberts (per a recent skit on A Prairie Home Companion), and Tulsa are all within 250 miles of Frisco. If this was a problem, Frisco wouldn't have been selected as a site in the first place.

Posted by: universityandpark | December 16, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

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