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MLS, CONCACAF, WPS, USL

*Playing without suspended David Beckham and Eddie Lewis, the Los Angeles Galaxy defeated the Chicago Fire, 2-0, at sold-out Toyota Park. Mike Magee scored on a nice cutback midway through the first half and set up Landon Donovan's partial breakaway nine minutes after halftime as the Galaxy (8-4-10) pulled within five points of Western leader Houston. Next stop: RFK Stadium on Saturday night.

The Fire (9-5-8) remained four points behind Eastern front-runner Columbus. Bakary Soumare was not on the game-day roster again after his locker room incident with Chicago Coach Denis Hamlett on Aug. 9.

*A CONCACAF Champions League shocker in Panama as Arabe Unido defeated Mexican power Pachuca, 4-1. Meantime in Houston, Brian Ching scored in the 68th minute to lead the Dynamo to a 1-0 victory over Salvadoran club Metapan.

*Fourth-seeded Sky Blue executed its second consecutive WPS playoff upset, winning 1-0 at No. 2 St. Louis to set up a championship meeting with top-seeded Los Angeles on Saturday at Home Depot Center (3:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Net).

*Real Maryland, the fifth seed making its USL2 playoff debut in its second season, was ousted in the first round by the fourth-seeded Charlotte Eagles, 3-1. Saturday's semifinals: Charlotte at Wilmington and Harrisburg at Richmond.

*D.C. United and Toronto FC shouldn't feel too bad about their three- and four-goal losses respectively to Real Madrid. On Wednesday, the Galacticos won a friendly at Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund, 5-0.

*Americans abroad:
MF Jose Francisco Torres 90 in Pachuca's 4-1 loss at Arabe Unido
F Jozy Altidore not available (permit issues) for Hull's 5-1 loss to Spurs
D Michael Parkhurst 90 in Nordsjaelland's 1-0 loss at Aalborg
D Frank Simek didn't play in Sheffield Wednesday's 1-0 loss at Newcastle
F Marcus Tracy didn't play in Aalborg's 1-0 win over Nordsjaelland

Keep reading this thread for Thursday's TV listings.....

*Soccer on TV:
Copa Sudamericana, La Paz-Cerro Porteno 4 p.m. Fox Sports Espanol
Copa Sudamericana, Boca Juniors-Velez Sarsfield 7 p.m. FSE
CONCAFAF Champions League, San Juan Jabloteh-Toluca 8 p.m. Galavision
MLS, Seattle-New England 10 p.m. ESPN2
CONCACAF Champions League, Real Espana-W Connection 10 p.m. Galavision

By Steve Goff  |  August 19, 2009; 10:59 PM ET
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , MLS , Real Madrid , TV , USL , Women  
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Comments

Stephen hunt keeps scoring for Hull - I hope that doesn't impact Jozy's playing time when he becomes eligible. We don't need another Adu situation here.

And 3 cheers for Burnley! What a great achievement for them. It would be nice to have some drama atop the EPL this year, though Everton and Villa may not be up to challenging.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | August 19, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Also, I will say it again - why can't Ching score like that (read: ever) for the USMNT?

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | August 19, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Burnley, did you know they toured the U.S. this summer?

Here's a good story from the NYT (sorry Goff.)

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/25/sports/soccer/25soccer.html?scp=1&sq=burnley&st=cse

Posted by: Lucius2 | August 19, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, since Madrid beat Dortmund 5-0, this means that DC United > Dortmund. :)

Posted by: VercengetorixII | August 19, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Not to speak for the Gaffer . . er . . Goffer, but that's a sweet Time's piece on Burnley, my new favorite EPL side.

"We're not the Ferrari and Diamond Ear-ring Brigade . . . We're a football club. That's our brand," Chief Exec. Paul Fletcher.

Posted by: delantero | August 19, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

I really can't think of a better side for DC United to play next, given their current state of affairs . . . Becks, Landy and Arena. Next Saturday should be a good show.

Posted by: delantero | August 19, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

I don't get how Pachuco could be playing this badly. They were so solid last year. And please don't say Torres sprinkled his anti-defense dust, I still don't buy that.

As far as Hunt, no, he doesn't compete with Jozy, he's a midfielder.

I actually think this might help Jozy in the long run. The coach won't see him as part of the problem, and will give him minutes as a result. Can't wait.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | August 19, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget Liverpool vs Stoke 8pm, FSC, that's the game from today

Posted by: StewartDC8 | August 19, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Jozy's issues with his work permit must be related to the Eurosnobs' hatred of America

Posted by: Konoha7 | August 20, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Also, I will say it again - why can't Ching score like that (read: ever) for the USMNT?

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | August 19, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse
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Cause he scores against weaker defenses not strong ones. He becomes isolated 70% of the time. Technically a sub option is wasted when he plays against a stronger opponent.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | August 20, 2009 12:23 AM | Report abuse

did any one else hear about the "USL being up for sale and MLS in the front running to buy it" rumor?

just trying to shed light on it if any one else picked anything up on their radar.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | August 20, 2009 12:25 AM | Report abuse

I heard MLS is nowhere near the front.

Posted by: sitruc | August 20, 2009 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Clearly, since Madrid beat Dortmund 5-0, this means that DC United > Dortmund. :)

Posted by: VercengetorixII | August 19, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

By the end of the season people will be saying how they can't believe DC United only lost to them by 3 goals...some of these smaller Spanish clubs aren't going to know what hit them.

Posted by: Southeasterner | August 20, 2009 1:14 AM | Report abuse

@WashDips -- I saw it on OleOle.com and on FanNation.com's Soccer Truth and Rumors. T&R seems to think that a non-MLS investment group has an inside track over MLS.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | August 20, 2009 1:37 AM | Report abuse

Given the state of the salary cap and roster sizes, MLS isn't even in the front of the line to invest in its own league.

Posted by: Ron16 | August 20, 2009 6:22 AM | Report abuse

Stephen hunt keeps scoring for Hull - I hope that doesn't impact Jozy's playing time when he becomes eligible. We don't need another Adu situation here.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | August 19, 2009 11:11 PM
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It shouldn't. Hunt is a midfielder and Altidore is a forward, so they aren't competing directly for playing time.

Posted by: schmuckatelli | August 20, 2009 6:45 AM | Report abuse

Simek needs to find a new club.

Posted by: no_recess | August 20, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Last night's WPS semi was the first time I noticed Keeley Dowling's Spockesque eyebrows.

Posted by: universityandpark | August 20, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

If only Jozy had sorted his visa issues, it could have been at least 5-2 last night.

'arry has done wonders with Spurs thus far this year. Although I imagine we'd already have been playing about this good if we hadn't fired Jol.

Posted by: M__N | August 20, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

I did not notice the brows, but I have noticed this year that Dowling can play some ball. Wonder if the NJ uniform is considered "Volunteer Orange." She and LePeilbet should be seeing some major time with the nats. Kacey White is real solid as well.

Maybe Sky Orange is on to something with Rampone as player coach? She certainly seems to have them all on the same page.

Posted by: OWNTF | August 20, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Ching doesn't score ever for the USMNT? He scored a goal last month at RFK. If anyone says it doesn't count then Tino's doesn't either.

Posted by: DadRyan | August 20, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Analysis of last Saturday's WPS first-round action:

http://www.beulahsports.com/wps_8_15_09.html

Posted by: universityandpark | August 20, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

did any one else hear about the "USL being up for sale and MLS in the front running to buy it" rumor?

just trying to shed light on it if any one else picked anything up on their radar.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | August 20, 2009 12:25 AM
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This is interesting news, especially in light of the discussion in the previous thread. Most USL-1 clubs would love to be able to draw the kinds of crowds that WPS clubs are drawing. If people are questioning WPS' viability, shouldn't USL have succumbed long ago?

http://www.kenn.com/the_blog/?p=2063

Posted by: universityandpark | August 20, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised NY still averaged 12,000, I thought the numbers were WAY down for them. Is anyone else excited for East Coast road trips next year? Chester and Harrison should be a lot of fun.

Also, does anyone have real news sources about the possible USL takeover? It would be brilliant if MLS could pull off a takeover, however improbable and possibly foolhardy it would be at this moment in time.

Posted by: TassieTiger | August 20, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

did any one else hear about the "USL being up for sale and MLS in the front running to buy it" rumor?

just trying to shed light on it if any one else picked anything up on their radar.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | August 20, 2009 12:25 AM
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MLS Talk had it:
http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com/usl-buyout-discussion-filled-with-ignorant-discourse/5644

Posted by: Juan-John | August 20, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Konoha7 | August 20, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

MLSnet reports attendence at LA @ Chicago as 20,000. EXACTLY 20,000? Doubtful. Moreover, why does that shameless MLS shill Dellacamera insist on saying it's a "sell-out crowd" and a "full house" when the three center sections behind the benches, the most expensive seats, were at best 2/3 filled? Were those all no-shows? MLS has been lying about "attendence" figures for 14 years. Why not just call it what it is: tickets distributed?

Posted by: lgm6986 | August 20, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

During last night's WPS broadcast on FSC, they mentioned the seven finalists for the player of the year award. Interestingly, all seven came from just three teams (Sol, Athletica, Freedom). The Freedom finalists are Bompastor and Wambach:

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/ballot/2009-poy.aspx

Posted by: universityandpark | August 20, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I don't mean to be crass but is their an American soccer announcer and commentator that the posters on this blog do like? Every single comment I have ever read is negative towards these guys. Personally, I count myself lucky that we can watch soccer on the Spanish language channels, ESPN, CSN, FSC, and GolTV. I remember growing up with almost no soccer on television to include the World Cup.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | August 20, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Why not just call it what it is: tickets distributed?

Posted by: lgm6986 | August 20, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

"sell out crowd" and "full house" sound sexier.
You and I know the truth, the common person doesn't really care.

Posted by: LAfanofSI | August 20, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Chicago looked really poor last night, aside from the last 10 minutes of the first half. With Soumare possibly leaving, I can see them falling out of the automatic playoff spot and into the scrap with the rest of us. It seemed like they were just waiting for some golden chance to present itself, with no one willing or able to create such a chance.

LA's back four was very strong, and you have to credit their work in midfield in preventing Chicago from exploiting the obvious speed mismatch they had with Nyarko against Gonzalez and Berhalter. It's fairly easy to play balls into the space behind guys like that, but LA mostly forced Chicago to the wings or into meaningless possession along their back line. Considering they were without Beckham and Lewis, and Donovan was mostly shackled, you have to give LA a ton of credit for playing beyond themselves and really winning in Chicago with ease.

LA will probably employ a similar approach on Saturday against us, but with better players (Beckham instead of Birchall, for example). The important thing will be not wasting possession in central midfield. I'm also really hoping Pontius will be fit enough to play some part, since I think his speed as a forward could be very useful against LA's defenders.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | August 20, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

What Gambrills4 said.

We have come a long way since only being able to watch Soccer Made in Germany and English soccer on PBS in a condensed hour long show...

Posted by: yankiboy | August 20, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Everybody has their own personal taste, Gambrills4. What people don't like is poor researched and biased commentary.

Posted by: sitruc | August 20, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I don't mean to be crass but is their an American soccer announcer and commentator that the posters on this blog do like? Every single comment I have ever read is negative towards these guys. Personally, I count myself lucky that we can watch soccer on the Spanish language channels, ESPN, CSN, FSC, and GolTV. I remember growing up with almost no soccer on television to include the World Cup.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | August 20, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse
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I totally agree, Gambrills4. Everyone always complains, and it gets old. I say folks should relax about the announcers and just enjoy the game. It's great to have so many games on TV compared to years past.

Posted by: WorldCup | August 20, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Gambrills, I like Dave Johnson.

Posted by: DadRyan | August 20, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I don't mean to be crass but is their an American soccer announcer and commentator that the posters on this blog do like?

As it happens, this poster happens to really enjoy DC United radio guy Tony Limarzi.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | August 20, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I just have to say that I find it disheartening that a story about Ronaldo's jersey and a 12 year old gets an entire colulmn and a picture (heartwarming as that may be) and the WPS Semifinal outcome gets 1 sentence in the middle of a bunch of other misc. stuff. Did I miss the real coverage?

Posted by: Janescomment | August 20, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Janescomment: I sympathize with your position. However, this blog is something that Goff maintains, over and above his primary role as a print journalist. He is not likely to spend too much time worrying about how much space he devotes to any particular item. The best solution is for you to take advantage of the wiki-like nature of this blog. Anyone is free to volunteer any information over and above Goff provides. For instance, I contributed several WPS-related posts to this thread, as did others; you should feel free to do likewise.

Further, Goff has mentioned in the past that there are things that he just doesn't have the time to cover to any great extent, most notably the college game. There is no shortage of alumni and partisans of various women's and men's college squads in this crowd, so a lot of NCAA news will come from them.

Posted by: universityandpark | August 21, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

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