Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
On Twitter: SoccerInsider and PostSports  |  Facebook  |  Sports e-mail alerts  |  RSS
Posted at 6:56 AM ET, 02/22/2011

Tuesday kickaround: CONCACAF Champions League, Gold Cup, Americans abroad, TV listings

By Steve Goff

*The MLS season is upon us in the form of a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal (first leg) between the Columbus Crew and Real Salt Lake. The Columbus Dispatch and Salt Lake Tribune provide primers. Game-time forecast: 27 degrees with a light wind and a slight chance of snow. Bundle up, Buckeyes.

In other matches, Cruz Azul hosts Santos Laguna tonight, Monterrey visits Toluca on Wednesday and Saprissa welcomes Olimpia on Thursday.

*The Gold Cup groups and pairings won't be set by CONCACAF for at least another week or two, but it appears the United States' route will go from Detroit's Ford Field to Tampa's Raymond James Stadium and then to Kansas City's new soccer-specific arena in the first round. Assuming they win the group, the Americans would likely play a quarterfinal at Washington's RFK Stadium on June 19. Defending champion Mexico seems set to play in Dallas, Charlotte and Chicago (Soldier Field) before heading to New Jersey's Meadowlands for the quarters. Houston's Reliant Stadium will host the June 22 semifinals and the Rose Bowl is set to stage the June 25 final.

*Americans abroad:
Monday
MF Jonathan Spector 17 in West Ham's 5-1 FA Cup win over Burnley
Tuesday
GK Brad Guzan and Hull at Derby
F Eddie Johnson and Preston vs. Nottingham Forest
D Eric Lichaj and Leeds vs. Barnsley
F Conor Doyle and Derby vs. Hull
D Zak Whitbread and Norwich vs. Doncaster
D Frank Simek and Carlisle vs. Exeter
MF Anton Peterlin and Plymouth at Brighton

*American winger Alejandro Bedoya has been granted a week off from preseason training with Swedish club Orebro to train with England Premier League side Birmingham City. He is eyeing a move to a bigger club later this year. Orebro's season opens April 4.

*After drawing with Arsenal in the FA Cup, Leyton Orient is going to Las Vegas.

For the full TV listings.....

*Soccer on TV:
All times Eastern
CONCACAF Champions League
Columbus-Real Salt Lake 8 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel, Galavision
Cruz Azul-Santos Laguna 10 p.m. Telefutura

UEFA Champions League
Copenhagen-Chelsea 2 p.m. FSC (tape at 5 on FSP)
Lyon-Real Madrid 2:30 p.m. Fox Sports Net, Comcast SportsNet/DC, Fox Deportes, foxsoccer.tv (tape at 5 on FSC)

Others
Europa League, CSKA Moscow-PAOK 11 a.m. DirecTV (481)
England, Blackpool-Spurs 3 p.m. FSP, foxsoccer.tv
Copa Libertadores, San Martin-San Luis 7:30 p.m. Fox Deportes
CONCACAF U-17s, USA-El Salvador 3 p.m. ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com

By Steve Goff  | February 22, 2011; 6:56 AM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad, CONCACAF, CONCACAF Champions League, England, Gold Cup, TV, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  Americans abroad, CONCACAF, Gold Cup  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: D.C. United roster status and analysis
Next: D.C. United defeats UC Santa Barbara, 1-0

Comments

Okay, I'll stream the Crew game live and watch NCIS online later...

Posted by: SportzNut21 | February 22, 2011 7:29 AM | Report abuse

That Leyton Orient story is pretty neat.

Excited for CCL tonight. Fully expect RSL to win by at least one. I think Columbus' completely revamped defense having it's first real test against a solid, veteran, and returning RSL attack can't bode well for the Crew.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | February 22, 2011 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Sorry for off-topic comment, but more trouble for for DC United player Danny Szetela back home in Clifton, N.J.
http://www.nj.com/soccer-news/index.ssf/2011/02/clifton-raised_soccer_player_d.html

Posted by: billindmd | February 22, 2011 8:12 AM | Report abuse

billindmd: already discussed here in detail when it happened last week.


Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | February 22, 2011 8:32 AM | Report abuse

@Bill: No need to apologize, Playah! Thanks for the Szetela info.

Posted by: yankiboy | February 22, 2011 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Watch for FCK to "upset" Chelski at Parken this afternoon. The US U-17's should easily handle El Salvador, shouldn't they?

Posted by: soccerman | February 22, 2011 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Steve, I see on a Dutch site that DC United have signed former Ajax defender Sonny Silooy to be head of training. Is this correct? It also notes that he wants to see the team move to an attacking 4-3-3 formation (great move in my estimation).

Posted by: agoldhammer | February 22, 2011 8:58 AM | Report abuse

@agoldhammer -- Sonny, has your sock puppet moved here from Big Soccer? Nice to quote a "site" without a link.

Posted by: griffin1108 | February 22, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

If the US wins the group and the opponent is one that doesn't have fans known for stadium drama then the RFK quarterfinal will probably be 5 year old daughter's first cap outside the womb (she got her first one at the WCQ against Panama back in '04).

I'm really looking forward to that.

Posted by: yankiboy | February 22, 2011 9:41 AM | Report abuse

@JacobfromATL Dont teams always win by at least 1? :) but I agree with you, RSL should win comfortable. So many games on today, I'm
recording all the Champions League games (both regions)

Man United fans, rio tweeted earlier that he is still injured and might miss tomorrow. I wonder if Fergie trusts Smalling on a big European night or if he goes back to Oshea/Brown? In my view they all are at the same level.

I second the Chelsea shock.

Posted by: grubbsbl | February 22, 2011 9:49 AM | Report abuse

@griffin1108; don't get in a huff about this. It was from Voetbal International and the link is: http://www.vi.nl/Nieuws-item/195805/DC-United-biedt-Silooy-nieuw-Amerikaans-avontuur.htm I wanted confirmation from our beat writer.

Posted by: agoldhammer | February 22, 2011 9:54 AM | Report abuse

On Silooy, there's 4 or 5 articles (all in Dutch) that I can find. One blog post in English, and nothing from the American press/DC United right now.

So he went from supposed candidate for head coach to Academy director? Strange.

http://orangelegion1.blogspot.com/2011/02/2222011-former-dutch-lions-manager.html

http://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/?JavaScript=1&search=silooy

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | February 22, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

On Silooy, there's 4 or 5 articles (all in Dutch) that I can find. One blog post in English, and nothing from the American press/DC United right now.

So he went from supposed candidate for head coach to Academy director? Strange.

http://orangelegion1.blogspot.com/2011/02/2222011-former-dutch-lions-manager.html

http://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/?JavaScript=1&search=silooy

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | February 22, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Heads up for those interested in catching our U-17s slug in out with El Salvador for a spot in the World Cup: the game can be streamed for free (and legally!) at concacaf.com

Posted by: BooThisMan | February 22, 2011 10:56 AM | Report abuse

On Silooy -- Even the MLSSoccer kickoff is linking the Dutch report. Hard to imagine a more definitive source other than the team itself.

Also, they have a link to a moment i Turkish league play which put the lie to the claim that soccer is grown men playing a children's game.

http://www.marca.com/2011/02/21/futbol/futbol_internacional/1298319834.html

Posted by: fischy | February 22, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Fischy, that links is brilliant. Thanks for posting it.

Posted by: grubbsbl | February 22, 2011 11:11 AM | Report abuse

If the US wins the group and the opponent is one that doesn't have fans known for stadium

Are we to read this as "anyone but Mexico"?

Posted by: BooThisMan | February 22, 2011 11:15 AM | Report abuse

I won't believe it until I see a Twitter photo of Silooy signing a contract in someone's cubicle.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 22, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Isn't that the position that was first offered to Jaime Moreno?

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | February 22, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I won't believe it until I see a Twitter photo of Silooy signing a contract in someone's cubicle.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 22, 2011 11:20 AM

I heard he won't sign until he is given control over at least 5 television remotes.

Posted by: VTUnited | February 22, 2011 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Grubbs, you're right about that. I meant by it that Columbus' D doesn't seem likely to even hold on to a draw, and I feel like RSL could end it here.

The U-17 will also be on ESPN 3, I believe. Likely a little better video quality, based on experience.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | February 22, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Going back to that highlight video from yesterday. Web though the team looked slow, I thought Boscovic looked good in the ball, even fighting a little defensively.


Also, I've fired up the FIFA machine this afternoon, and been reminded of something: Carey Talley started for this team last year. Things are better now.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | February 22, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Jacob, the real question is can RSL beat their semi-final opponent? I actually think RSL are going to win the ship this year. They have proven they can compete in Mexico and I don't see them losing in Utah.

Posted by: grubbsbl | February 22, 2011 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I won't believe it until I see a Twitter photo of Silooy signing a contract in someone's cubicle.

Posted by: I-270Exit1

+1

Posted by: Pedalada | February 22, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

OT -- Maybe Will Chang can spring for Coach Olsen to visit the Special One's tailor.

From WSJ:

"When Coaches Must Dress For Success

The secret to a long, prosperous career in coaching: less time analyzing film, more time poring over fashion magazines. A new study in the International Journal of Sport Psychology found that lean soccer coaches in dapper suits, like Real Madrid manager José Mourinho, earned the most respect from players for their X's and O's, while thin coaches in tracksuits enjoy reputations as the best trainers. Based on 97 respondents' reactions to photographs, plump coaches in suits were ranked last as motivators and strategists."

Posted by: OWNTF | February 22, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

PS -- Don't tell Bruce or Sigi.

Posted by: OWNTF | February 22, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I've said before, Ben Olsen is a sharp dressed man, and apparently every player's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed coach.

Grubbs, I think their semi should be there for the taking. They'll get either Marathon or Saprissa. Saprissa isn't playing that well right now (didn't make Costa Rican playoffs), and they're simply more talented than Marathon.

And yes, I'm also confident they can more than hold their own in the final against whatever Mexican side they get. We saw them dominate in Mexico City last year until the unimaginable happened at Cruz Azul.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | February 22, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Memo to DC United marketing:

Hair Cuttery: Ben needs a haircut about every 3 days, so getting them as a sponsor makes sense.

Brooks Bros.: see OWNTF, above.

Dax Restaurant: Duh!

AARP: Pat Onstad as TV pitch man

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | February 22, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Carlos Ruiz to Philly now official, after a month or so of everyone knowing it.

The press release makes no mention of him coming back now that Rico Clark is in Europe, and Dema having just retired, as he feels he's safe this time around.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | February 22, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

PPS -- Don't tell Sir Alex.

Posted by: OWNTF | February 22, 2011 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Well played JfA-ish

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 22, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

@OWNTF,

I guess we know where Bob Bradley fits in that study.

How does a coach dress if he wants fans to agree with his player selection?

Posted by: benonthehill | February 22, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

[Little Fish] feels he's safe this time around.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | February 22, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse
=============

We'll see what Mr. Burch has to say about that.

Posted by: OWNTF | February 22, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I've said before, Ben Olsen is a sharp dressed man, and apparently every player's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed coach.

Sorry to break it to ya Jacob, but a dress shirt straight out of the box is normally not a sign of a fashionable man, but a fish out of water... just sayin'. :) Benny gets a B for the effort but his execution last season was poor. I'm sure he's studied up in the off season...

Posted by: DadRyan | February 22, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

And curses to you Chest_Rockwell for topping the table as of this afternoon! RK looking dangerous...

Posted by: DadRyan | February 22, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

He's been rocking the sweater/tie/shirt combo pretty well, and he's got a good build for fashion, if you ask me.


Mario Rodriguez scores in the 95th to take a 2-1 lead over El Salvador. Not stoppage time, extra time. Winner goes to Mexico, loser sits at home.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | February 22, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Mark Pelosi in the 112th! Guido splits two, gets to the end line, cuts it back, Pelosi taps it in. That'll wrap it up.


And now the left back Perry Acosta has been shown a second yellow. Referee didn't realize he'd already shown him one, until Salvadorean players reminded him.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | February 22, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

And NOW on the ensuing free kick, out goalie commits a foul, gives up a penalty, and gets a red card in the process. In retaliation, El Salvador's #9 is shown one himself.

Here's the craziest part...

The US had two subs up on the sideline after the original foul, but pulled one back. Had they not, it would have been our third sub, and a field player would have had to defend the penalty. 114th when all this happened, now 119th. Backup goalie will come in for the PK and added time.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | February 22, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Penalty coverted in the 120th. 4 minutes added, USA playing with 9, ESV with 10

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | February 22, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Shown a replay, our goalie went up for an easy catch, and stuck his studs up, landing in Salvadorean's shoulder/chest/neck area.


TERRIBLY embarrassing for us. Just sad. Dumb.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | February 22, 2011 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Now the ref blows the whistle 3:30 into stoppage time.

Lots of weird stuff going on.

Either way, we qualify for the U-17 World Cup in Mexico this summer.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | February 22, 2011 5:38 PM | Report abuse

What bizarre officiating. I hope we have enough players to field a team against Panama.

Posted by: BooThisMan | February 22, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I made some changes today because I thought it was the second leg...whoops.

Posted by: Reignking | February 22, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Here's the matchtracker w commentary from the just concluded u17 US-El Sal game:

http://matchtracker.ussoccer.com/?id=b21c2e620c5d450cb19976df2c87f11a

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | February 22, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

want to get on the record predicting a Columbus victory before tonight's game starts. mostly because everyone is talking as if RSL has already won, yet they are playing on the road in frigid weather and are in preseason form themselves. who wants to give me odds? whatever the outcome, let's hope for an entertaining match.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | February 22, 2011 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Jacob, I agree that Ben is trying, and is coming along fine for a bit of a hipster, but he's no Pep quite yet...;)

Posted by: DadRyan | February 22, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

That, dear sir, I did not claim he was ;)

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | February 22, 2011 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Still snow on the ground in Columbus. Forgot about the Crew losing Gidden. Looks odd to see their shirt without a sponsor. Crew with a couple of shots in the first minute, one a volley that goes just a couple yards over from Mendoza.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | February 22, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Well this Crew-RSL match is a wretched, sterile bore. I've watched about as much as I can stand.

Posted by: Ron16 | February 22, 2011 8:40 PM | Report abuse

If you guys start debating button-down vs straight collars and pleated v flat-front pants, I'm leaving.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 22, 2011 8:40 PM | Report abuse

brrrr. who wants to have a winter MLS season?

Posted by: fedssocr | February 22, 2011 8:45 PM | Report abuse

there can be no debate about flat front vs pleated. so you should be safe

Posted by: fedssocr | February 22, 2011 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Why not evening dress? Or do I watch too much Masterpiece Theater? Ben's black beard would go well with black formal wear.

Posted by: b18bolo | February 22, 2011 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Well this Crew-RSL match is a wretched, sterile bore. I've watched about as much as I can stand.

Posted by: Ron16

You are a sterile, wretched boring curmudgeon, get ye' back to the new episode of Glee!

Posted by: DadRyan | February 22, 2011 8:59 PM | Report abuse

b18bolo, how about a tuxedo t-shirt?

Posted by: DadRyan | February 22, 2011 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Well, it's about to get really interesting.

Posted by: BooThisMan | February 22, 2011 9:18 PM | Report abuse

25 days until United's first 2011 league match!

Posted by: Curious99 | February 22, 2011 9:22 PM | Report abuse

I retract my previous statement.

Posted by: BooThisMan | February 22, 2011 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Go see "Unkown". Good flick.

Glad to read the U17s advanced. The Beckerman/Abe Thompson/Landon D U17 team made it to the semis back in '99 or 2000. Perhaps this team will surpass that.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | February 22, 2011 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Brettschneider on fro 2 minutes and does what the rest of the team couldn't, tallying his 3rd goal of the Cali trip. Could be a good pick.

Posted by: fischy | February 22, 2011 11:53 PM | Report abuse

My recollection is that at the time, the big stars of that side were considered to be Donovan, Beasley, and Convey. It's interesting how things have turned out.

Posted by: universityandpark | February 22, 2011 11:53 PM | Report abuse

b18bolo, how about a tuxedo t-shirt?

Posted by: DadRyan | February 22, 2011 9:02 PM
________________________________________

Interestingly, a tuxedo t-shirt figured in a story I heard on the radio this morning:

http://www.npr.org/2011/02/22/133957879/marathoners-wed-during-austin-race

Posted by: universityandpark | February 23, 2011 12:00 AM | Report abuse

@universityandpark -- Don't forget Gooch. The big 3 were really LD, Beas and Gooch. And all 3 were able to make a mark in Europe at one time or another.

Posted by: fischy | February 23, 2011 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps this team will surpass that.

From what I saw today, it doesn't seem too likely. This team needs a lot of work on this thing called "passing". They're not very good at it.

Posted by: BooThisMan | February 23, 2011 12:18 AM | Report abuse

@universityandpark -- Don't forget Gooch. The big 3 were really LD, Beas and Gooch. And all 3 were able to make a mark in Europe at one time or another.

Posted by: fischy | February 23, 2011 12:06 AM
________________________________________

Donovan and Beasley were awarded the Gold and Silver Balls, respectively, at the 1999 U17 tournament. Those two plus Convey made a list of the world's top 100 youth players compiled by World Soccer Magazine the next year. I don't think Gooch got quite as much attention at the time, although perhaps he deserved to.

http://www.mlssoccer.com/player/bobby-convey

Posted by: universityandpark | February 23, 2011 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Flat front. Easy. Pleats makes it all look too busy, in my not-so-professional opinion.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | February 23, 2011 5:46 AM | Report abuse

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge washingtonpost.com's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.




characters remaining

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2011 The Washington Post Company