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Archives: May 2013

May
31st

Schmid: Carrasco deferred to Oba on PK

Here’s what Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had to say today about Obafemi Martins’ taking the penalty kick near the end of the game at Tampa Bay — the low/left kick that was saved, allowing the Rowdies to go on for a 1-0 win that knocked Seattle out of U.S. Open Cup.

“At the end of the day the players decide on the field who’s going to hit the PK. We always right down before the game who is in line to hit the PK. Obviously, Oba wasn’t on that list because he wasn’t starting the game. When the penalty kick

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May
31st

Schmid on his Sounders and Chivas

Sigi Schmid just took a conference call from local media. Here are some highlights:

*Osvaldo Alonso traveled to Chivas, but will be a game-day decision; Steve Zakuani didn’t travel.

* Didn’t give much opinion on MLS Disciplinary Committee on decision to double Shalrie Joseph’s suspension to two games. Said Joseph has the right to appeal, but doesn’t know if he will.

On the chaos around Chivas this week: I think it makes them all the more dangerous. I wish none of that would have happened this week. I wish they would still have the same coach. I wish they wouldn’t

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May
31st

Johnson, Evans on USA prelim roster for Gold Cup

GoldCup13Seattle Sounders Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans — currently with the U.S. national team for World Cup qualifying — also have been listed on the USA’s roster for CONCACAF Gold Cup. This does not mean they will be on the final 23-man roster, and in fact indications are that they will not be.

“The initial list was 35 players, so that’s kind of a catch-all,” Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said. “… They are allowed to name (23) for the actual competition. And then the Gold Cup has a unique twist in in where either after the group stage or after the quarterfinal … you’re allowed to trade out three or four players. So you can take three or four that where on your provisional list and add them to your roster and drop three or four, which is a unique element of the Gold Cup tournament. I’ve talked to Jurgen, we have sort of an understanding or where it is for them, and (I) wasn’t sure if Evans was going to stay all the way through the World Cup qualifiers. It looks now like he might be. So if he is, then I think his chances of being in the Gold Cup are decreased. And the same thing with Eddie.”

Here’s the release from CONCACAF:

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) unveiled today the preliminary rosters submitted by the 12 National Teams participating in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. These binding rosters will serve as the foundation for teams to select their final 23 players that will ultimately compete in the Confederation’s premier tournament from July 7 – July 28. The final 23-man roster selection will take place on June 27.
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May
31st

Sounders Women/U-23 doubleheader at Starfire

SoundersWomenSounders-U-23-bloglogoThis reminder in from the clubs:

The Sounders FC U-23 will face the Washington Crossfire FC during a special Friday night double header at Starfire Sports Stadium. The Sounders U-23 8:00 p.m. kickoff will follow a 5:30 p.m. Sounders Women match against the Colorado Rush. Then on Sunday the Sounders U-23 will take on the Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 at 2:00 p.m. at Sunset Stadium in Sumner, WA.

The Sounders U-23 will be looking for their first league win in what is proving again to be a very competitive Northwest Division of the PDL. With only three league matches played, the Sounders are 0-2-1, finding themselves in a three-way tie at the bottom of the division with one point. However, things can quickly change, and the Sounders will look to get back on track with their next five matches in a row coming at home.

First up is the Washington Crossfire, who are also looking for their first league win of the season. The Crossfire opened their season with back-to-back home matches against the Kitsap Pumas, playing them to a record of 0-1-1. Last season the Sounders and Crossfire faced each other three times. The Sounders U-23s outscored Washington 6-1 in the series winning all three matchups.
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May
31st

Philly’s McInerney voted MLS player of month

Philadelphia’s Jack McInerney has been voted MLS player of the month. (I went all Northwest on my votes: first for Portland keeper Donovan Ricketts, second for Sounders’ forward Eddie Johnson.)

Here the news from the league:

Philadelphia Union forward Jack McInerney was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Month by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for the month of May in the 2013 MLS season.

This is the second consecutive Player of the Month recognition for McInerney as he was voted Player of the Month for April 2013. In the Month of May, McInerney scored three goals, tying

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May
31st

MLS increases Shalrie Joseph’s suspension

This just in from Major League Soccer:

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended San Jose defender Victor Bernardez two games and fined him an undisclosed amount for violent conduct against FC Dallas forward Kenny Cooper, in the 66th minute of their game on May 25. Bernardez received a yellow card on the play, and the Committee unanimously determined that the act was egregious, an unequivocal red card, and endangered the safety of his opponent, who suffered a concussion

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May
30th

AS Roma will face MLS All-Stars in Kansas City

SKCallstarsThis news in today from MLS:

Today Major League Soccer announced that Italian giants AS Roma will face the MLS All-Stars in the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. The marquee match will be played Wednesday, July 31 at Sporting Park, home to Sporting Kansas City and one of the premier venues of its size in the world. The annual summer showcase will be broadcast live on ESPN2, UniMás, and in Canada on TSN and RDS starting at 6 p.m. PT.

For the 10th time in the event’s 18-year history, a top international club will take on the MLS All-Stars, who have a 6-2-1 record in this format – the most compelling among all-star games in North America. In addition to honoring the best players in MLS, the game has featured popular clubs such as Manchester United (2010 & 2011), Everton FC (2009), Chelsea FC (2006 & 2012), Fulham FC (2005), and Club Deportivo Guadalajara (2003).

“We are pleased to welcome AS Roma as the opponent for the MLS All Stars in the 2013 All-Star Game in Kansas City,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “As the winner of multiple Serie A and Coppa Italia titles, Roma is one of Italy’s most popular and successful clubs. We are also proud to welcome back Roma midfielder Michael Bradley. Michael began his professional career in MLS as a 16-year old and has become one of the most successful American players of this era.”
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May
30th

Last of PDL teams fall out of Open Cup

Here’s a note from the USL:

The final two amateur clubs in the U.S. Open Cup took their final bows on Wednesday night as the PDL’s Reading United and FC Tucson were eliminated by MLS opponents despite valiant efforts against the professional counterparts.

Reading-NYRB20529.jpgAs with fellow PDL sides the Des Moines Menace and Ocean City Nor’easters on Tuesday night, both Reading and Tucson competed strongly against the New York Red Bulls and Houston Dynamo, respectively, but in the end their opponent’s experience proved too much to overcome.

FC Tucson claims the U.S. Open Cup’s award of $15,000 for the

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