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Monday Kickaround

*Congratulations to Bruce Arena, who was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame over the weekend in the builders category. His portfolio includes almost eight years as national team coach, two World Cups, including a quarterfinal run in 2002, five NCAA title at Virginia, two MLS Cup crowns and two MLS runners-up awards.

In this Hall of Fame class, Arena joins former players Thomas Dooley and Preki. Bob Gansler finished second and Tony DiCicco third in the builders category. (Unlike the player voting, only one builder is elected.) Results of the veterans player voting will be revealed soon.

*Jose Mourinho, on his Inter Milan squad defeating AC Milan. 2-0, despite two red cards: "We would have won this game even with seven men. Maybe with six we would have struggled, but we would have won with seven."

*After 10 years and 131 caps, plus stints in both the WUSA and WPS, midfielder Aly Wagner has retired.

*At the CONCACAF under-20 women's championship in Guatemala, the United States needs a victory or draw tonight against Mexico to secure first place in the group (streaming video available at the CONCACAF Web site starting at 5:30 ET). The participants in Thursday's semifinals are already set: USA, Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica; three will qualify for the U-20 World Cup in Germany this summer.

*All the goals from Algeria's 3-2 extra-time win over Ivory Coast in the African Cup quarterfinals (pump up the volume, dance along):

By Steve Goff  |  January 25, 2010; 8:53 AM ET
Categories:  Africa , CONCACAF , History , Italy , MLS , Women  
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Comments

I guess an underwhelming performance from Landon over the weekend, the USA B-Minus/C-Plus beat down, Aresnal crashing out of the FA Cup has darkened my football atmosphere.

Will this be a week where MLS and the new CBA really lay the groundwork for growth? Will this be the week that DC United finds a stadium partner/location in a community not named Baltimore? Will this be the week that half of the England squad tears an ACL?

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | January 25, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Club America and Paraguay national team striker Salvador Cabanas was shot in the head overnight in a Mexico City bar.

According to his wife he was still conscious when he was admitted to the hospital - which is seen as a good sign. I didn't see any English language version of the news yet but here's an account in Spanish:

http://www.mediotiempo.com/futbol/mexico/noticias/2010/01/25/recibe-salvador-cabanas-balazo-en-la-cabeza

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | January 25, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Meh, Landon was no worse than the rest of his uninspired teammates. Birmingham has found the secret to making the other team play uninspired in the attack. 15 unbeaten 'on the trot'...

Posted by: JkR- | January 25, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Wow. 2 arrested. Grave condition.

Posted by: Reignking | January 25, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

It's been a while since I reffed, so I may have a muddled memory, but if I'm right, Mourihno would indeed have struggled to win with six players, since the game requires seven or it is ended.

Posted by: seahawkdad | January 25, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

61 days until United's first match!

Posted by: Curious99 | January 25, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Guess that explains why the Sol left Aly Wagner unprotected.

What she might have been with factory original ACLs in both knees, I guess we'll never know. Even with all the replacement parts, one of the most creative and fun-to-watch US mids.

Good luck to Aly Wagner in her onward journey.

Posted by: OWNTF | January 25, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

One week until no CBA!

Posted by: Reignking | January 25, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of reffing, I got around to watching the USMNT debacle. The ref completely lost the plot. The first yellow on Conrad was totally unnecessary, as was the yellow for diving at 12 mins, and then the totally shocking second yellow, PK. An unbelievable reffing display for a friendly.

To me, it made the whole affair totally pointless, just 17 minutes in. The rest of the 'match' was a camp kick-about. IMHO.

Posted by: JkR- | January 25, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: joe_hill | January 25, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Oh yippee another 6 month contract! Better than waiting on a CBA I guess.

Posted by: Reignking | January 25, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of reffing, I got around to watching the USMNT debacle. The ref completely lost the plot. The first yellow on Conrad was totally unnecessary, as was the yellow for diving at 12 mins, and then the totally shocking second yellow, PK. An unbelievable reffing display for a friendly.

To me, it made the whole affair totally pointless, just 17 minutes in. The rest of the 'match' was a camp kick-about. IMHO.

Posted by: JkR- | January 25, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse
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It would be easy to think that, but when you consider how many red cards the US has earned over the last 4 years in major games, we could certainly use the experience playing down a man.

'06 World Cup vs Italy - Mastroeni @ 45 min, Pope @ 47 min

'09 Confed Cup vs Italy - Clark red @ 33 min
'09 Confed Cup vs Brazil - Kljestan @ 57 min
'09 Confed Cup vs Spain - Bradley @ 85 min

'09 Gold Cup (F) vs Mexico - Heaps @ 88 min


I'm just saying.

Posted by: TCompton | January 25, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

we really had a chance in the gold cup final until the Heaps send-off...

but yeah, for whatever reason, this team has a problem with red cards in important matches. this wasnt one of them obviously, but it still likely cost us the game.

I think the official was very inconsistent, to the point that Sullivan and the other guy were openly discussing it. Honduras wasn't even cautioned for professional fouls near the penalty area in the 2nd half. it was very inconsistent, though not unexpected from a mexican CONCACAF official.

Posted by: VTUnited | January 25, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Some pretty horibble defending from Ivory Coast . . . 4 Algerians at the 6, 3 defenders standing around.

Posted by: delantero | January 25, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Let's be honest, the US didn't lose to Honduras because of the officiating and probably not even because of the red card. Our defense was atrocious and our midfield was pretty shotty.

Posted by: TCompton | January 25, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I didn't mean to say it was the reason we lost, just that it forced an already poor team in to an even more difficult situation.

Posted by: VTUnited | January 25, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: TCompton

Let's be honest, the US didn't lose to Honduras because of the officiating and probably not even because of the red card. Our defense was atrocious and our midfield was pretty shotty.

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It's what happens when the majority of the players are from MLS. You have guys who can't think/create on their own and have to rely on the coach to tell them when and where to pass etc. I find it hard to remember at all if they strung together 3 passes in a row. Most of Sat night, they had 2 passes and the next would be turnover.

Posted by: Charisma_Man | January 25, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Charisma_Man - I recall one relatively brilliant series in the final 10 minutes or so in which a series of short passes ended with Robbie Findley heading a great through ball on to Casey, who promptly pushed a far post chance just wide. other than that, I got nothing.

Posted by: VTUnited | January 25, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

"other than that, I got nothing."

Brad Davis had a nice free kick.

Posted by: delantero | January 25, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

"other than that, I got nothing."

Brad Davis had a nice free kick.

Rogers barely missed from distance.

Posted by: delantero | January 25, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

JkR:

The first Conrad yellow was entirely justified. Martinez was off to the races, and Conrad took him down in the Honduran half to prevent what was going to very quickly become a goalscoring chance. If that's not the definition of a professional foul, I don't know what is.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | January 25, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and curling...

Posted by: DadRyan | January 25, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Chest, I didn't see it that way. Unnecessary in the 4th minute of a friendly.

Not saying the call was incorrect.

Posted by: JkR- | January 25, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Arena, Preki, Gansler and Diccio on making the Hall of Fame.

Mourinho shouldn't be saying cocky statements like that...some of his opinions are better left kept to himself, it's likely he'll get in trouble with the club for an unnecessary quote like that.

As for the US U-20 women in Guatemala for the U-20 CONCACAF Cup, they'll probably win their group. The USA cruised over Jamaica and Trinidad, teams that-yes-Mexico beat-but not by margins like four or six. They were margins by a goal or two.

Seems interesting about Algeria's win over the Ivory Coast. Wasn't expecting that, especially after Algeria's loss to Malawi in group stage. Though I see CAF's setup for team v. team, it really (in my opinion) been Ivory Coast v. Mali.

Egpyt though will definitely try to seek revenge against the Desert Foxes after the Sudan game last November.

Posted by: TylerWalter | January 25, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

From what I read in Soccernet, looks like Davies might make it back for the WC. Simply amazing that he is up and jogging already.

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/world-cup/story/_/id/4856256/ce/us/davies-remarkable-path-recovery?cc=5901&ver=us

Posted by: nats_fan | January 25, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Arena, Preki, Gansler and Diccio on making the Hall of Fame.
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Just to clarify, Gansler and DiCicco did not get into the Hall. As Goff noted, only one person at a time is admitted in that category.

Posted by: universityandpark | January 25, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

At least a few people have questioned whether the ref's decisions, especially with regard to sending someone off early in the action, were appropriate for a friendly. These comments are based on the dubious premise that it should make a difference to the ref that the match is a friendly. First, as someone pointed out in a previous thread, the ref himself is likely being evaluated for his fitness to work international matches, possibly including the WC itself.

Second, as someone pointed out in an earlier post in this thread, the USA has garnered more that its share of red cards in top-flight international competition in recent years. USA players, more than almost anyone else, need to get a realistic sense of what the consequences of their actions will be when they get to the big show in South Africa.

Posted by: universityandpark | January 25, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Curling! I can't wait for the Winter Olympics. I still remember fondly the women's curling final in 2002 when the announcer said "this is the most difficult (shot? push?) in women's curling history" which the Great Britain team nailed and won a gold.

It's weird that Great Britain competes in the Olympics (most of the curling team are Scots). The BPL (British Premier League) is an idea whose time has come. Welsh teams already play in the Championship (Cardiff City has come close to promotion) so the Scottish teams should be brought into the fold as well.

Posted by: diego_r | January 25, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

"Scottish curler Martin needed nerves of steel to knock out a Swiss counting stone at the climax of the final, but she managed to pull it off." (from the Beeb)

The stone that Martin used in the crucial in the final is known as the "Stone of Destiny" and is on display in a museum in Scotland.

Curling insider!

Posted by: diego_r | January 25, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

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