Thursday, August 30, 2007

Panthers 3 - Panthers 2

I spend alot of my time amazed and confused over the way bureaucracies operate and today is no different. My stupid question of the day: How is it a that a new high school is allowed to pick the same colors and mascot as a school in the same conference that has been around for thirty years?

JV: Patton 1 - Hibriten 1

picture courtesy N.M. Lewis

Hibriten 3 - Patton 2
Patton went up early with a converted PK, followed by a good finish of a mishandled ball. Hibriten pulled one back near the end of the half, then had two more unanswered goals in the second half.

picture courtesy N.M. Lewis

Sunday, August 26, 2007

CVAC, State Rankings, 8/26

1 Lake Norman 2-0-0
2 Western Guilford 1-0-0
3 TC Roberson 3-0-0
4 Jacksonville 2-1-0
5 Charlotte Catholic 1-0-1
6 South Point 3-0-0
7 Rocky Mount 1-1-0
8 Forestview 2-1-0
9 Fred T Foard 2-1-0
10 Asheville 2-1-0
11 Hickory 2-0-1 13
12 SW Guilford 1-1-0
13 Porter Ridge 2-1-0
14 Fike 2-0-0
15 Walter Williams 0-0-0

1 Mt Pleasant 2-0-0
2 Swansboro 3-0-0
3 Cardinal Gibbons 0-0-1
4 First Flight 1-0-0
5 Starmount 2-0-0
6 Brevard 2-1-0
7 Richlands 2-0-0
8 Shelby 0-0-0
9 Salisbury 0-0-1
10 Wilkes Central 2-0-1
11 Cedar Ridge 2-1-0
12 Newton-Conover 0-2-1 13
13 West Davidson 2-0-0
14 Forbush 1-0-0
15 Croatan 1-0-0

United Wins Fifth in a Row

DC United guts out another road game to beat Toronto FC 1-0. For once I don't get to write "we need to finish our chances!". Fred scored the game winner in the eigth minute, on DC United's first shot. United's second shot wouldn't come until the sixty-second minute. Toronto FC out shot the Black and Red 12-5. Toronto's attack was very predictable with all of their injury problems and DC United's defense kept their shape. Here's what Vanney had to say:

"It's tough because you know, obviously Dichio -- he's a house, he's tough to move, and you know he's going to win it. But the game it's predictable -- what they do is predictable, and we did a great job of picking up second balls, tracking runners, getting balls that are knocked down. We knew that if we could do that we could eliminate a good portion of their attack."

My Man Of The Match: Troy Perkins

UNCG ties #12 Clemson, 2 - 2, August 18th

Sorry missed this last week.

UNCG link.

Clemson report.




SCORING: CU – Cava (unassisted), 37:33; CU – Parrish (Cava), 39:29; UNCG – Manyama (Masters) 41:20; UNCG - Campbell (Bonilla) 58:31. SHOTS: UNCG 12, CU 12. Saves: UNCG 2 (Janda 1, Dickerson 1), CU 4 (Bednick 3, Rosman 1). Corner Kicks: UNCG 4, CU 2. Fouls: UNCG 10, CU 6.

NC State ties #1 UCLA

Hopefully in the last game to be held at Method Road, NC State Men's soccer team tied the Nation's #1 team, 2 - 2. To battle the heat the game was played in three thirty minute periods. State missed a PK early and the Bruins missed a break away late that could have broken the tie. Here's the official report.

Scoring: UCLA – Leopoldo (unassisted) at 10:32
NCSU – Cisse from Sanchez at 27:44
UCLA – McAthy from Stephens at 43:46
NCSU – Ward from Pires at 48:26

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Catawba Valley Athletic Conference - 8/21 results

East Burke 7 West Caldwell 0

Fred T Foard 3 Mooresville 0

Hickory 2 Statesville 1

Newton-Conover 0 Freedom 3

Jozy HELP! Brasil announces roster

Brasil has announced their roster for the Sept. 9th match in Chicago. Guess there's no worries about getting your money's worth.

Unless they are playing Daaa Bears, this could be ugly.

Doni (Roma), Julio Cesar (Inter Milan).

DEFENDERS: Maicon (Inter Milan), Daniel Alves (Sevilla), Alex Silva (São Paulo), Lúcio (Bayern Munich), Juan (Roma), Alex (Chelsea), Kleber (Santos), Gilberto (Hertha Berlin).

Gilberto Silva (Arsenal), Mineiro (Hertha Berlin), Josué (VfL Wolfsburg), Fernando (Bordeaux), Elano (Manchester City), Kaká (AC Milan), Julio Baptista (Real Madrid), Diego (Werder Bremen).

FORWARDS: Ronaldinho (Barcelona), Robinho (Real Madrid), Vagner Love (CSKA Moscow), Afonso (SC Heerenveen).

DC United 3 RBNY 1

Okay it wasn't a shut out, but we beat New York. We've got another cup for the trophy case. Of course the big news was Jaime finally getting 109. The flip side of that was he got it from the 'mark'. Much has been made of the fact that Jaime hasn't had a goal in the run of play this year and some are doubting his usefullness. But take a look at what DC United's Technical Director, Dave Kasper has to say:

"Hopefully we won't have to think about that for a long time," said Kasper with a grin, "but when that day comes, whether it's four years, five years, six years, we hope he's part of the organization."

That is why DC United is the class of Major League Soccer.

The bigger news for the rumor mongrels seems to be the fact that Boswell is sitting the bench. All kind of conspiracy theories are being floated, like he's been benched because of his comments about ESPN's soccer coverage or he's indicated he's heading to Europe and DC doesn't want to invest more time in him. Personally I think it's simple math, the organization is stuck with $115K of Vanney's salary this year and we're paying Boz $45,000. Who would you sit? Let's be honest Bobby isn't having a stellar year, a little motivation will do him wonders. Depth and competition within the squad produces champions and I'm ready to see us playing for the Cup at home this year!

NC High School News, 8/23

Rams hit for one dozen

Asheville Citizen-Times Wednesday Scores

Elon School prepares for first athletic events

Cats help to kick cancer

BRS soccer team has tough hill to climb

Charlotte Observer prep results

Concord Independent Tribune local scores

Elizabeth City Daily Advance local scores

2007 prep soccer season promises many big changes (Forest City Courier)

Jags in another title match

Greenville Daily Reflector prep roundup

Knights fight past Avery County

Pirates defeat Vikings

Patriots wear down Mariners 9-1

Freedom, East Burke advance in Region 11 Cup

Murphy team kicking it up a notch

Prep roundup (New Bern Sun Journal)

JV ties, varsity loses against Terry Sanford

Jackets romp past Jets

Measuring up(Wake Weekly)

Fall sports teams at Ashe County HS

Wednesday's High School Roundup (Clayton at New Hanover)

Panthers fall in Johnston Co. tourney

Prep Notes: Soccer matches postponed (W-S-Journal)

Starmount standout inks with Salem

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

There Can Be Only One

And now there is! Jaime Moreno became the all time leading goal scorer for MLS. Jaime Moreno put a PK away, which padded DC's lead (3-1) over New York and put him in the record book with 109 goals.

Please enjoy the moment and don't say a word about it not coming in the run of play.

DCU vs RBNY, Aug 22, 7:30pm


Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic (Baltimore/Washington)
Madison Square Garden Network (MSG) - New York

This game will determine the winner of the Atlantic Cup. A win or draw and the cup stays in DC. More importantly, this game is all about taking three points against a Conference rival. Ben Olsen said,
"It's about us being tied in a tight Eastern Conference and everybody needs points to make the playoffs. I like the new playoff system -- I think the fight to get in the playoffs now is harder, and these games get more meaningful as we wind down the year a little bit."

Josh gros will not be able to play, actually his season may be over with more concussion problems. It will be interesting to see if Moose gets the nod. If he does he will have his hands full with Dane Richards speed. Richards absolutely owned the wing in the LA game, hopefully we'll be able to slo him down. Ben Olsen has been training and will be ready to go.

It will be interesting to see what Soehn will do tonight in central defense. When Steven Goff asked him about his options he replied:

"From a coaching standpoint, it's a great thing to have. Everybody is better when you have someone looking over your shoulder. It pushes each other to stay sharp."

I think the keys to the game will be closing down Mathis or Reyna in the midfield, not allowing Juan Pablo to drift, and closing down Richards. Without good service I believe Altidore becomes a non factor. Obviously on the other side of the coin we have to finish. Waterreus is the weak link for New York so hopefully we'll actually shoot tonight instead of trying to dribble the ball into the net.

USMNT vs Sweden, 8/22, 2:30pmEST, FSC&Galavision

As much as I hate to, I have to give Donovan his due. All the hype about Beckham flying to England for the Germany game and flying back to face Chivas hasn't mentioned Donovan will be doing the same. I find that interesting given the fact that Donovan will go a full 90 and Beckham won't. According to Donovan looks to take over the record books:

"The stat book is running out of room for the records set by the 25-year-old two-time U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year as he continues to cement his place in the history books. Already the USA’s all-time leader in assists (26), his game-tying goal in the Gold Cup final against Mexico put him tied for first place for three separate records. In addition to tying Eric Wynalda for most goals ever (34) for the national team, he has equaled the mark for most goals in a single year (9) set by Wynalda in 1996, and most points in a year along (21), sharing the record with Cobi Jones. The USA’s all-time capwinner with 164 appearances, Jones recorded six goals and nine assists in 2000."

U.S. MNT Roster-By-Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Marcus Hahnemann (Reading FC), Tim Howard (Everton FC)
DEFENDERS (6): Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Bobby Convey (Reading FC), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)
FORWARDS (5): Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Kamani Hill (VfL Wolfsburg), Sal Zizzo (Hannover 96)

Sweden Roster vs. USA

GOALKEEPERS (2): Rami Shaaban (Fredrikstad FK)*, Johan Wiland (IF Elfsborg)
DEFENDERS (6): Matias Concha (VfL Bochum), Erik Edman (Stade Rennais FC)*, Petter Hansson (Stade Rennais FC)*, Daniel Majstorovic (FC Basel), Olof Mellberg (Aston Villa)*, Mikael Nilsson (Panathanaikos)*
MIDFIELDERS (9): Niclas Alexandersson (IFK Göteborg)*, Daniel Andersson (Malmö FF)*, Kennedy Bakircioglü (Ajax Amsterdam), Dusan Djuric (Halmstads BK), Samuel Holmén (IF Elfsborg), Kim Källström (Lyon)*, Tobias Linderoth (Galatasary)*, Fredrik Ljungberg (West Ham United)*, Christian Wilhelmsson (Bolton FC)*
FORWARDS (5): Marcus Allbäck (FC Copenhagen)*, Johan Elmander (Tolouse)*, Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan)*, Rade Prica (Aalborg BK), Markus Rosenberg (Werder Bremen)*

NC High School News, 8/22

Cougars bounce back, blank Wildcats (Asheville-Country Day)

Charlotte Observer prep results (region 11 covered)

Central Kickers Start Hot (Harnett Central - Jack Britt)

Gaston Gazette local sports roundup(Covenant Day - Gaston Christian)

Haskins’ hat trick puts South Point in championship match

Wilson Fike edges C.B. Aycock

Prep Roundup (TCR-Brevard)

Swansboro soccer opens with 5-1 win(Dixon - East Duplin)

Local scores(Kannapolis Independent Tribune)

No county soccer tournament this season(Salisbury Post)

Hadlock Resigns Soccer Post

Tuesday's High School Roundup (Wilmington Star)

Horton's late goal lifts Fike in season opener

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Monday, August 20, 2007


Almost forgot Patton is a new three A school in the Conference.

Ashe County vs. West Wilkes 6:00 PM
Asheville vs. Fred T Foard 5:00 PM Neutral Site @at Freedom
Atkins vs. RJ Reynolds 6:00 PM @Mt. Tabor WS/FC Tournament
Bandys vs. North Lincoln 7:00 PM
Bartlett Yancey vs. Orange 6:00 PM
Beddingfield vs. Nash Central 5:00 PM
Brevard vs. Madison 6:00 PM
Broughton vs. Cary 6:30 PM
C B Aycock vs. Fike 7:00 PM
Camden vs. Currituck 6:00 PM
Cape Fear vs. Triton 7:00 PM
Cape Hatteras vs. First Flight 5:00 PM
Chase vs. Patton 6:00 PM
Clayton vs. Lumberton 7:00 PM
Clinton vs. Union 6:00 PM
Concord vs. Mt Pleasant 6:30 PM
Crest vs. Shelby 7:00 PM
D H Conley vs. Jacksonville 7:00 PM
Davie County vs. Forbush 7:00 PM
Durham Academy vs. Fayetteville Acdy 5:00 PM
East Bladen vs. West Brunswick 7:00 PM
East Forsyth vs. Glenn 7:00 PM @Mount Tabor Soccer Spectacular
Enloe vs. Southeast Raleigh 6:30 PM
Erwin Clyde vs. West Henderson 7:00 PM
Forest Hills vs. Anson 6:30 PM
Forestview vs. TBA 7:00 PM
Franklinton vs. Southern Nash 6:00 PM
Freedom vs. West Caldwell 7:00 PM Region 11 Cup
Green Hope vs. Wakefield 6:30 PM
Harnett Central vs. Jack Britt 7:00 PM JV: 5:30 pm
Hendersonville vs. North Henderson 7:00 PM
Hibriten vs. South Caldwell 7:00 PM
Highland Tech vs. Berry Academy 6:00 PM
Holly Springs vs. Fuquay-Varina 6:30 PM
Jesse C Carson vs. Salisbury 6:00 PM
Jordan vs. Durham School Of Arts 6:00 PM
Mcdowell vs. Avery County 6:30 PM
Mcmichael vs. Northern Guilford 7:00 PM
Metrolina Christian vs. Union Academy 4:00 PM
Middle Creek vs. Leesville Road 6:30 PM
New Bern vs. Laney 7:00 PM
New Hanover vs. Whiteville 6:00 PM
Newton-Conover vs. East Burke 5:00 PM Region 11 Cup @Tournament Region 11 Cup
North Johnston vs. Johnston Christian 5:00 PM Herald Cup
North Wilkes vs. Mt Airy 6:30 PM
Northside vs. Lejeune 6:00 PM
O'Neal School vs. North Moore 6:00 PM
Overhills vs. Seventy-First 7:00 PM
Owen vs. Smokey Mountain 7:00 PM
Page vs. SE Guilford 7:00 PM
Pasquotank vs. Manteo 5:00 PM
Piedmont vs. West Stanly 6:30 PM
Pine Forest vs. Hoke County 7:00 PM
Porter Ridge vs. Hickory Ridge 6:30 PM
Randleman vs. Southern Guilford 5:00 PM @ Trinity Tournament
Richlands vs. Dixon 6:00 PM
Robert B Glenn vs. East Forsyth 7:30 PM @Mt. Tabor 1st Round Forsyth County Spectacular
SW Randolph vs. North Davidson 7:00 PM
South Central vs. Southwest Onslow 6:00 PM
South Point vs. North Gaston 6:00 PM @Poston Park Tournament
South Stanly vs. East Montgomery 6:30 PM
Southern Lee vs. Richmond County 7:00 PM
St Stephens vs. Lincolnton 7:00 PM
Starmount vs. Central Davidson 7:00 PM
Sun Valley vs. Olympic 6:30 PM
Thomasville vs. West Davidson 6:30 PM
Trinity vs. East Davidson 4:30 PM
Vandalia Christian vs. Caldwell Academy 6:00 PM
Wake Forest-Rolesville vs. East Wake 6:30 PM
Webb vs. Person Co 7:00 PM
West Iredell vs. South Iredell 7:00 PM
West Stokes vs. Surry Central 7:00 PM JV - 5:30
Williamston vs. J A Holmes 5:30 PM

RBNY 5 LAG 4, Highlights

I'm sorry I just can't get this image out of my head. Don Garber played by Joaquin Phoenix and Ante Jazic played by Russell Crowe. Garber walking through the tunnel, pregame, and cutting the hamstring of every defender.

Back to reality MLS hit a homerun in New Jersey. Over 66,000 in the stands to see an extremely exciting match. The good news, it wasn't the David Beckham show, Altidore, Angel, Donovan and Pavon all showed their class.

The big surprise for me was the stadium booing when Beckham took his first free kick. The flashbulbs were going off but the crowd was still cheering the home team. Where have they been for ten years?


DC 2 Columbus 0

After an ugly first half (seven shots between the two teams) DC United took control of the game."We came out [of the locker room] a totally different team than the first half and we actually went at them a little bit," said Perkins.In league play, United has now won three games in a row, all by shutout.

"I always say that defending starts with your forwards. And when they do a good job of making them play predictable, it is easy for everyone else behind," Soehn said. "I think that our performance defensively as a unit has been much better. Anytime you're throwing shutouts, that is important."

Boswell was on the bench, Olsen is having bone spur problems, and Gros had to come out with more concussion issues.

Fred's Game Winner

Friday, August 17, 2007

Yeah, It's Official, I'm an old fart

MLS and Adidas have teamed up with their new marketing campaign "REPRESENT".
Each club has had an anthem made for them by a 'local' band and you can download the music at the website, as well as create your own video using Jumpcut. DC United's anthem was written and performed by "Bad Brains", which apparently, according to almost all accounts, is "FREAKIN' UNBELIEVABLE!".What ever I've got to go trim my ear hair.

UNC vs UNCA in Morganton, 8/25, 7:00pm


Hickory Scrimmages, 8/18, Henry Fork Complex

8:00 AM-
F1- Elkin vs. Enka
F2- Burns v. S. Caldwell
F3- Ashe Co. v. Patton
F4- Kings Mtn. v. Bandys
F5- TC Roberson v. South Point

9:05 AM-
F1- East Meck v. Mallard Creek
F2- Providence Day v. Polk Co.
F3- Catholic v. Forestview
F4- Vance v. Erwin
F5- Lake Norman v. Watauga

F1- Enka v. Bandys
F2- Elkin v. Kings Mtn.
F3- Patton v. South Caldwell
F4- Ashe Co. v. Burns
F5- TC Roberson v. East Meck

F1- South Point v. Mallard Creek
F2- Vance v. Catholic
F3- Erwin v. Forestview
F4- Providence Day v. Lake Norman
F5- Polk Co. v. Watauga

F1- Elkin v. Bandys
F2- Enka v. Kings Mtn.
F3- Ashe Co. v. S. Caldwell
F4- Patton v. Burns
F5- TC Roberson v. Mallard Creek

F1- Erwin v. Catholic
F2- Vance v. Forestview
F3- South Point v. East Meck
F4- Providence Day v. Watauga
F5- Polk Co. v. Lake Norman

F1- Hickory v. Ashbrook
F2- South Meck v. FT Foard
F3- Hickory Ridge v. Shelby
F4- N. Buncombe v. N. Forsyth
F5- Avery v. Northern High

F1- Bunker Hill v. East Wilkes
F3-Shelby v. FT Foard
F5- Ashbrook v. N. Forsyth

F1- Hickory v. N. Buncombe
F2- Northern High v. East Wilkes
F3- Hickory Ridge v. FT Foard
F4- Shelby v. South Meck
F5- Avery v. Bunker Hill

F1- Ashbrook v. N. Buncombe
F2- Avery v. East Wilkes
F3- Northern High v. Bunker HIll
F4- Hickory Ridge v. South Meck
F5- Hickory v. N. Forsyth

West Iredell Jamboree, August 18

CVAC teams in yellow. Hibriten plays at 10, 12 & 1.

Field 1 (Soccer Practice)
10-Forbush vs Hibriten
11-St Stephens vs South Iredell
12-Wilkes Central vs Newton Conover
1-East Burke vs North Iredell
2-Alexander Central vs North Iredell
3-Statesville vs West Forsyth

Field 2 (Football Practice)
10-Newton Conover vs East Burke
11-North Iredell vs West Forsyth
12-Statesville vs Hibriten
1-A. Central vs Newton Conover
2-South Iredell vs Forbush
3-St Stephens vs Wilkes Central

Stadium Field
10-Alexander Central vs West Iredell
11-Wilkes Central vs Statesville
12-St Stephens vs West Forsyth
1-South Iredell vs Hibriten
2-West Iredell vs East Burke
3-West Iredell vs Forbush

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Beckham, first goal, first yellow, first assist video





Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Roy Keane: Tail WAGS the dog

Roy Keane blasts players as weak.

"Football must be your priority. You don't need to live in London or Manchester to be happy; you don't need to be surrounded by expensive shops or fancy cafes. What's your priority - your wife and her shopping or your football? Or money?"

"I could name three or four big players now and clearly their wives are running their lives."

"Priorities have changed in footballers and they're being dictated to by their wives and girlfriends - there's no getting away from that," blasted Keane.

Pachuca-Dynamo Highlights

It took 120 minutes and PKs for Pachuca to knock Houston out of the SuperLiga competition. Houston was down to nine men while Pachuca played with ten as the game was decided by penalties. This was another fabulous game in what hopefully becomes a classic competition.

Here are the highlights:

Monday, August 13, 2007

Bob Bradley, please call Jozy up for Brasil (Altidore highlights)

I don't care how old he is, this kid plays like a man. We are desperate for a striker on the USMNT and if his second goal this weekend didn't say "Coach, I'm ready", I don't know what it will take.
Beside his great skill the kid seems to be a class act. Every interview I've seen with him, he always says the right things.
What I remember about Adu at this age was getting caught drinking and pouting about having to learn to play defense and wing. Adu's interview after leaving for Benfica said basically "I'm a middle of the park player and nobody in the U.S. was smart enough to let me play there."
On the other hand Altidore was forced to play wing a couple of weeks ago and when Allen Hopkins interviewed him his response was, " As a freshman I need to learn all of the positions.".

Here are some highlights:
This weekend's 2nd goal

Yes he can use his head

How did he do against Brasil's U20s?

And let's not forget his first MLS goal

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

The latest 'news' is the cancellation of the USMNT upcoming match versus Mexico to be held at Azteca Stadium. The word is that this will be replaced by the USMNT playing Brasil in Chicago at Soldiers Field on September 9.
Hopefully this news will allow some National Team fans to cut back on their medication that was prescribed when Bradley's Copa America roster was published.
Amazing how things work out some time. Now we'll be able to see the U.S. play the Copa America Champions with a rested 'A' team.

Also let me go on record early that I want to see Altidore called up for this one!


Arguably the best team in the League, Houston Dynamo, drop two games this week. First losing to Real Salt Lake then to the Colorado Rapids.

"It's embarrassing losing to the two worst teams in the league," said striker Brian Ching."


Damarcus beasley faced racist taunts during his first Champions League game with the Rangers. Fans of FK Zeta were were making monkey sounds targeted at Beasley and team-mate Jean-Claude Darcheville. Beasley said:
"That's not normal, not just for us, black players, that's not normal for all other normal people."
The American speedster responded in the best way possible by putting the game winner in the back of the net.
FIFA will investigate the incident.
ESPN article

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Goff says Mexico out, Brasil in Sept. 9th

According to Steve Goff at Soccer Insider the September ninth match between the USA and Mexico at Azteca has been cancelled and the USA will be playing Brasil on that date at Soldiers Field.

Sweatin' Like a Poodle at Vick's Place

Hibriten's Alumni Game was a success yesterday. There were over twenty years of Hibriten graduates on hand (enduring heat and cardio activity) to salute the Panther's soccer tradition.

Former coach John Howarth was on hand to referee. The first game saw alumni versus alumni with five JV players on the field to fill out the sides. This was obviously a ploy to wear the old men out before they went on to play the Varsity side.

The Varsity eeked out a 1-0 victory and then played the JV for the last game of the evening.

There was a lot of good fellowship, good food and good soccer. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves despite the heat.

Next year plans are to organize and expand to an Alumni weekend.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Hibriten Alumni Game Today at 5:00pm

Come out and see Hibriten's first scrimmages of the new season tonight!
There are enough Alumni returning that there will be an all Alumni game, Alumni versus Varsity and Alumni versus Junior Varsity.

Tradition doesn't graduate!

Friday, August 10, 2007


A lot of good news from last night's game. Emilio takes sole possession of League scoring leader, Fred looked good playing in the middle (actual position), creative playmaking and plenty of chances. Jaime Moreno looked dangerous. The back line is starting to gel, hopefully Soehn won't try to stick Vanney out there.
The bad news; didn't finish LA off. The game could have been 4-0 but just as easily 1-2. LA will be much more difficult Wednesday in SuperLiga action.

Beckham debut watch over

The circus came to town last night to a sold out RFK Stadium.

"Yeah, but it's great," said Ben Olsen, when asked about the commotion generated by the former England captain's presence. "If that's a circus, I'd like to play in a circus every week. With that many fans cheering -- I was on the bench looking around, and it was just such a nice venue atmosphere. That whole side over there, all cheering -- one great, great night."

Then in the 72nd minute despite a heavy downpour and Kyle Martino being sent off David Beckham made his MLS debut.

"Honestly, I told myself if he comes in, I'm going to give him five seconds, look at him, and then go on with the game," admitted Devon McTavish with a smile. "He came in, I looked over at him, I looked at all the flash bulbs going off, and said 'this is pretty cool.' And then I got back to it. But you've got to take a moment like that in."

He immediately began directing his LA Galaxy teammates, and even a man down LA looked like an entirely different team with him on the field.

"We have to look forward to the next game and work hard because it's a process that we have to get right," Beckham said. "And we will because we've got a lot of talent in this team. It's just about getting it onto the pitch and proving it."

After the game Ben Olsen got the #23 jersey. Steve Goff at the Post had this exchange on his blog:

Ben Olsen was the lucky dude with Beckham's jersey afterward, adding to his collection that includes Raul's and Gattuso's.

What will happen to it?

"My wife will probably steal it and wear it."

Who initiated the jersey exchange?

"Who do you think?"

Thursday, August 9, 2007

The Signs tonight should be great!

Screaming eagles already have this up:

Barra Brava is looking at:


Big, big game tonight. Three points could give DC United sole possession of second place in the East. The problem is the fact that LA seems to have United's number at RFK. I'm sure the Galaxy players are going to want to redeem their showing in Sunday's match against Toronto. The major problem will be the weather. As we saw in Toronto if you pressure LA's midfield they will turn the ball over. Let's hope Emilio hasn't put his mojo down since the New England game.Gomez will be a game time decision but it is not looking good.

Possible line ups:

A lot of story lines tonight.

Steve McClaren will be at the game to evaluate MLS' level of play first hand.

With a goal Jaime Moreno could finally take sole possession of MLS' scoring record.

With a goal Christian Gomez could tie Marco Etchevery for fourth in DC United goals.

We'll get to see which Abel Xavier shows up, he looked pretty good against Toronto, so hopefully we get the revolving door tonight.

If Beckham comes on we'll get to see how long it takes Ritchie Williams to channel himself through Ben Olsen (it could be ugly).

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

It's not the heat, it's the dew point!!

According to the Washington Post:

"The August heat not only slowed down pedestrians trudging along baking downtown sidewalks, but also Metro trains below. Because excessive heat can bend steel rails, trains were being held to speeds of less than 45 miles per hour this afternoon, rather than a usual speed of 59 miles per hour. Metro trains also were being operated manually rather than automatically."

So if it is unsafe for the Metro to run at full speed, what's that mean for your midfield? Wow, McClaren is going to get a representative League match tomorrow.

"It is, of course, a Code Orange day, signifying unhealthy air quality."

McBride Gets Armband

Brian McBride, always lauded as the consummate professional has been named captain of Fulham Football Club. The fact that McBride is 35 years old, playing for a new coach and hit a slump towards the end of last season, serves to underscore the respect his new coach and obviously his teammates have for him. His courage on the field has always been painfully (and I do mean painfully) obvious. But his work ethic and values off the field have always impressed me more.

"Put your head down and work as hard as you can because there is always someone better out there."

"Basically I say a few prayers before a game and let that direct me, not superstitions."

"It's not any one person. It's not any one coach. It's the team."



ASU will warm up for the season with a pair of exhibition matches at Campbell (Aug. 20) and against Atlantic-Sun Champion Gardner-Webb (Aug. 25) before beginning the regular season with the Broyhill Inn & Conference Center Appalachian Classic on August 31 and September 2.

The Mountaineers’ challenging slate features six teams that played in the NCAA Tournament last season, five conference champions and teams from six different conferences in addition to the always difficult Southern Conference schedule.

Aug. 20,at Campbell (Exhibition),Buies Creek, N.C.,5 p.m.

Aug. 25,GARDNER-WEBB (Exhibition),Boone, N.C.,2 p.m.

Aug. 31,Georgia Southern vs. VMI (Appalachian Classic),Boone, N.C.,2 p.m.

Aug. 31,WESTERN ILLINOIS (Appalachian Classic),Boone, N.C.,4:30 p.m.

Sept. 2,Western Illinois vs. Georgia Southern (Appalachian Classic),Boone, N.C.,Noon

Sept. 2,VMI (Appalachian Classic),Boone, N.C.,2:30 p.m.

Sept. 7,vs. IUPUI (WKU Invitational),Bowling Green Ky.,5 p.m.

Sept. 9,vs. Butler (WKU Invitational),Bowling Green Ky.,Noon

Sept. 12,vs. HIGH POINT,Boone, N.C.,4:30 p.m.

Sept. 19,at Winthrop,Rock Hill, S.C.,7 p.m.

Sept. 22,vs. RADFORD,Boone, N.C.,2 p.m.

Sept. 26,vs. UNC GREENSBORO*,Boone, N.C.,4 p.m.

Sept. 29,CHARLOTTE,Boone, N.C.,2 p.m.

Oct. 3, WOFFORD*,Boone, N.C.,3:30 p.m.

Oct. 6, at Elon*,Elon, N.C.,7 p.m.

Oct. 10,at Wake Forest, Winston-Salem, N.C.,7 p.m.

Oct. 14,FURMAN*,Boone, N.C.,2 p.m.

Oct. 17 at Davidson* Davidson, N.C. 7 p.m.

Oct. 20 at Georgia Southern* Statesboro, Ga. Noon

Oct. 27 at College of Charleston* Charleston, S.C. 6 p.m.

Oct. 30 VIRGINIA TECH Boone, N.C. 3 p.m.

Nov. 4 UNC ASHEVILLE Boone, N.C. 2 p.m.

Nov. 10 SoCon Tournament First Round TBA (Higher seeds) TBA
Nov. 16 SoCon Tournament Semifinal Greensboro, N.C. TBA
Nov. 18 SoCon Tournament Final Greensboro, N.C. TBA

Great Highlight Video with Nelly Furtado's Forca


Altidore on FIFA 08 Cover

WOW! Not bad company for a seventeen year old!

Technorati Profile

FC Dallas will face Seattle, Railhawks advance in U.S. Open Cup

Seattle Sounders destroyed the Colorado Rapids, 5-0, to advance to the semifinals in the U.S. Open Cup. FC Dallas will face the Sounders September 4, in Seattle. The Railhawks advanced to the semifinals, defeating the Richmond Kickers 1-0. The Railhawks will travel to New England if they defeat the Islanders tonight. If Harrisburg wins the Sept 4th semifinal will be at home in Cary. Keep up with all the Railhawk action here.

Official USOC web site.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

FC Dallas needs OT to advance in Open Cup

The Charleston Battery opened up the scoring with a goal by Stephen Armstrong in the seventeenth minute. Clarence Goodson evened the score with a header five minutes later.
Arturo Alvarez stopped a repeat of last year's penalty kicks by scoring the winning goal in overtime. FC Dallas will wait for the results of the Seattle Sounder-Colorado Rapids game to see who they will meet in the semis.

The Changing Face of Youth Soccer

US Soccer has completed choosing the clubs that will participate in the first year of the newly created Development Academy. “The Development Academy has been implemented to shift the focus of the young elite player toward a ‘meaningful training and competition’ model, with the U.S. Soccer Federation taking the initiative to extend its National Team program into the daily environment of the elite player,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “The response thus far has been unprecedented for a youth initiative.” There are sixty four clubs that will compete against each other in an eight month season. The group of sixty four was selected from over one hundred and fifty clubs, That applied in less than two months. The competition component of the Academy will feature 63 clubs, representing 24 states and the District of Columbia, plus the U.S. National Team from U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program, playing at the Under-15/16 and Under-17/18 age levels.

Here is the link to the USSF page that explains the rationale behind this shift in the focus of elite youth soccer.

Atlantic Conference

* Bridge FA
* Greensboro Youth SC
* North Meck SC
* Richmond Kickers SC
* Richmond Strikers
* South Charlotte SA
* VA Rush SC

Northeast Conference

* Albertson SC
* B/W Gottschee
* FC Greater Boston Bolts
* FC Westchester
* Met Oval
* Oakwood SC
* Seacoast United
* South Central Premier

Mid-Atlantic Conference

* Baltimore Bays Soccer Club
* DC United
* Match Fit Academy FC
* New York Red Bulls
* PA Classics
* Potomac Soccer

Southeast Conference

* AFC Lightning Soccer Club
* Atlanta Fire United SA
* Birmingham United SA
* Clearwater Chargers SC
* Concorde Fire SC
* IMG Soccer Academy
* Kendall Soccer Coalition
* Schulz Academy

Great Lakes Conference

* Carmel United Soccer Club
* Columbus Crew
* Empire United SA
* Internationals SC
* Michigan Wolves
* Ohio Elite SA
* Vardar

Mid-America Conference

* Chicago Fire Soccer PDA
* Chicago Magic Soccer Club
* FC Milwaukee
* Metro United Soccer Club
* Scott Gallagher
* Sockers FC Chicago
* Solar SC
* U.S. National Team (U-15/16 & U-17)

SoCal Conference

* Arsenal SC
* Chivas USA
* Irvine Strikers
* L.A. Galaxy
* Nomads SC
* Pateadores SC
* Real So Cal
* San Diego Surf

West Conference

* Colorado Rapids
* Colorado Rush
* Crossfire Premier SC
* De Anza Force SC
* FC Portland SA
* Mustang FC
* Real Colorado
* Washington Premier FC
Player Development Academy Information

The Development Academy kicks off in September with a two-day orientation in Chicago. The first matches of the inaugural season will then begin during the first week of October. Teams will compete in three different types of game weekends – individual conference games, travel partner weekends and showcase weekends to provide them with the optimum balance of playing rhythm, economy of travel and exposure to scouts.

In addition to improving the daily environment for players, the Academy will also provide a better development platform for coaches and referees. Each club will receive two invitations to attend the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Best Practices seminars, providing coaches with the opportunity to keep updated on the latest styles and methods of coaching being used at the national level. U.S. Soccer will assign referees to the Academy matches, providing them with more opportunities to develop.

College Soccer News Releases Preseason Picks


Their choice of number one was made prior to UCLA standout midfielder Sal Zizzo signing with Bundesliga team Hannover 96.

2. Duke
"The Blue Devils have as much experienced top-notch talent returning as any team in the country. Ten starters are back from the 2006 team that won the ACC title and advanced to the Elite Eight in NCAA Tourney play. The 2007 seniors, who played a key role as freshmen in Duke’s 2004 run to the Final Four, have stayed together and will have their sights set on nothing less than a national championship. This team has the skill to beat you in a number of different ways. Seniors include All-American midfielder Michael Videira (8g, 7a), forward Spencer Wadsworth (8g, 14a), midfielders Joe Germanese (4g, 6a), Tomek Charowski (2g, 4a), and Zach Pope (1g, 9a), defender Tim Jepson, and goalkeeper Justin Papadakis. Junior midfielder Pavelid Castaneda (1g, 1a) adds defensive toughness and junior forward Mike Grella (13g, 6a) is as good as they get up-top. Juniors Graham Dugoni and Darrius Barnes round out what should be a very solid Blue Devil backline. John Rennie reinforced the old adage that the rich get richer when he added a five member recruiting class that includes three NSCAA Youth All-America selections."
3. UC Santa Barbara
4. Wake Forest
"A solid core returns from the 2006 team that earned the programs first ever trip to the Final Four and had a school record eighteen victories. The Demon Deacons are an ultra-athletic bunch on the offensive side of the ball with great touch and movement off the ball but their greatest strength in 2007 may be their backline led by seniors Julian Valentin and Pat Phelan and goalkeeper Brian Edwards. Junior forward Marcus Tracy (6g, 4a) is among the most dangerous finishers in the ACC. Sophomores Zack Schilawski (6g, 4a) and Cody Arnoux (1g, 2a) will also add to the attack up-top. Juniors Michael Lahoud (3g, 6a) and Sam Cronin (4g, 4a) will anchor a midfield that will require some rebuilding due to the graduation of Steven Curfman (6g, 8a), Wells Thompson (7g, 3a) and Ryan Solle (5g, 4a). Junior Jamie Franks (0g, 4a), sophomore Austin Da Luz (1g, 3a) and freshman midfielder Corben Bone who was the NSCAA Player of the Year are among those who Deacon coach Jay Vidovich will likely count on to pick up the slack in the midfield. Wake Forest could be a great team this year, but might have a tough time reflecting it with their record since the Atlantic Coast Conference will again be extremely competitive."
5. Santa Clara
6. Virginia
7. SMU
8. Indiana
9. Maryland
10. New Mexico
11. Notre Dame
12. St. John’s
13. California
14. West Virginia
15. Harvard
16. Lehigh
17. Washington
18. Connecticut
19. Saint Louis
20. Northwestern
21. Creighton
22. Clemson
23. Towson
24. Rutgers
25. San Diego State
26. Northern Illinois
27. Old Dominion
28. UNC Greensboro
29. Rhode Island
30. Winthrop

Monday, August 6, 2007

The Good, Bad and Ugly

Toronto's fans continue their great support:

Rhain Davis signed with Manchester United following his grandfather sending in a four minute video. The most impressive thing is his ability to lay off the ball. What's bad about this? THE KID IS NINE YEARS OLD!!!!!!

The Brasilians do everything with flair, even own goals.


Emilio scores in the 31' and the 76' adding to Josh Gros' opening toe poke in the 22' for a dominating win over the New England Revolution yesterday. With Gomez and Moreno on the bench United looked solid and maintained possession through out the game. Having Namoff return to the back line seemed to be key to solving our defensive woes. I think DCenters said it best about how they looked:

"The team that never gives up, the team that possesses and passes beautifully, the team that kills off opponents instead of games, the team we fans expect when we see the shirt. In short they played like they were DC United against a team that has never known what winning a championship is like."

For those screaming for Emilio to be benched, it should be noted that he is tied with Eddie Johnson for most goals in the league (12) and three goals ahead Juan Pablo Angel.

The next game will be MLS Primetime Thursday on ESPN2 at 7:00pm, as DC hosts LA Galaxy.

We then play LA, away in SuperLiga semifinals, Wednesday, Aug 15th At 10:00pm.

Hibriten Two a Days begin Today

Mandatory Week of Tryouts:
Monday August 6th – Friday August 10th

2 A Days: Morning Conditioning 8:00 – 9:15
(running shoes & water)

Afternoon Training Session 5:30 – 7:30
(physical, cleats, tennis shoes, shin guards, water bottle, & ball)


Friday, August 3, 2007


ESPN2 Primetime Thursday makes a special engagement this week when the network broadcasts LA Galaxy at Toronto FC live on Sunday, Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Beckham is looking doubtful to play. It should be interesting to see how the Toronto fans greet him. Here's some video on their welcome for Chicago's new 'Designated Player', Cuauhtemoc Blanco.


Here are a couple of pics of signs seen at the Dallas game that Beckham missed:

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Revolution 2 - Kansas City 0

Entertaining soccer tonight. Revolution get the three points to extend their lead nine points ahead of fifth placed DC United. Halftime saw the game scoreless with even possession and New England out shooting the Wizards nine to eight. Noonan finally finished one in the 55' and Cristman put the icing on the cake in stoppage time. There were alot of players with North Carolina connections on the field.


Jay Heaps-played soccer and basketball at Duke '95-'98
Wells Thompson-played soccer at Wake Forest '03-'06-played HS at Forsyth Country Day in Lewisville, NC
Michael Parkhurst-played soccer at Wake Forest '02-'04
Khano Smith-played soccer at -Lees McCrae then with the Carolina Dynamo after school


Michael Harrington-played soccer at UNC '03-'06 MLS record holder
from Greenville, NC went to residency in Bradenton in 2001
Kerry Zavagnin-played soccer at UNC '92-'95 This week's MLS Goal of the Week, see below:

Don't Forget MLS Primetime Thursday at 7:00pm

When you get in from summer soccer, turn on the Deuce. New England battles Kansas City for first place in the East. The game begins at 7:00. Random prediction NE 2 - KC 1.

Wednesday SuperLiga Highlights

I didn't watch the Club America, Morelia game so you'll have to get your game report here. I do have one comment though. When the FMF starts spouting their line about how this is a meaningless preseason tournament, just review the highlights of the game at Toyota Park last night.

Now on to the ugliness that took place in Houston. Both teams have had full schedules and their legs showed it last night. MLSnet captured it best combining quotes from both coaches:

"I think you saw two teams that were a little bit ... talking to Tommy (Soehn), their coach before the game, I mean it was like their fifth game in 13 days too, so there were some heavy legs out there," said Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear.

The problem is that this is not going to get any better, look at what Bobby Boswell has to say about it.

Speaking of Boswell, he missed a sitter last night, completely whiffed on a rolling cross, five yards out, with an open net. The thing is, he's a central defender and if you want to start holding people accountable for our scoring woes you need to start with forwards.

Emilio still hasn't snapped out of his slump. The good news was Jaime Moreno put in some minutes. For those that think his days are done need to look no further than last night's game to see that United is a much, much better team with him on the field.

Bench Fred! If the guy's not going to play his position let him sit! The experiment isn't working.

With this schedule Soehn is going to have to find a way to get more out of the bench.




Houston defeated DC 1-0 and Club America holds back Morelia 3-2 in last night's Superliga action. The results mean Houston and United will join Pachuca and LA in the semifinals. The semis are scheduled for Tuesday, August 14, which will see Houston host Pachuca at 10:00pm,and Wednesday, August 15, with DC traveling to face the Galaxy at 10:00pm.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007






Wednesday SuperLiga

Houston and Dynamo currently lead Group B in points but both need a win to guarantee their advancement. Let's hope DC can do something they have never done before, win in Houston. Hopefully this game will be the end of Houston's streak and the beginning of United's. Not counting the Dynamo's Open Cup loss, they have not lost since May, May 26th, when the Black and Red beat them 2-1 at RFK. Could be some weird karma going on. Boswell says he's got his swagger back and if Emilio could find his mojo anything is possible.

If Morelia fails to defeat Club América, the two MLS clubs will advance.



What happened to Abel Xavier? I thought he looked good against Chelsea but last night he reminded me of Kenny Arena. Maybe after going up four goals he was having a hard time keeping his head in the game. Enjoy your four minutes of screaming:

Here is FC Dallas' post game press conference. Toja looks like he's so excited to be the chosen one to be there with Steve Morrow. You'll notice the coach isn't patting his team on the back for not folding, he's upset with the twenty minutes of lax play that put them in the hole.