Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Dinho Free Kick for AC Milan

Take a look, Ronaldinho scores again for Milan. Does Barcelona miss him even a little bit? Perhaps they miss his free kicks...

Sunday, November 23, 2008

MLS Cup 2008

The Cinderella story of the New York Red Bulls and their magical run ended today. After dominating the first 20 minutes, New York had nothing to show for its efforts, and Alejandro Moreno put Columbus on the board with a 31st minute goal against the run of the play. The angle of the shot was terrible, and Red Bulls 'keeper Danny Cepero really should have done better with the effort.

New York's Dane Richards diced up the Columbus defense in the 51st minute before slotting a beautiful ball into John Wolyniec for a tap-in, making it 1-1. Columbus scored almost immediately, however, with Chad Marshall heading home a Guillermo Barros Schelotto corner kick.

The goal was the eventual game-winner, and completely knocked New York out of its funk. Juan Pablo Angel could not seem to find the ball, and was completely taken out of the game. He was forced to drop deep into the midfield and still could not make things happen. The frustration was very evident on his face.

Perhaps the nicest highlight of the game was the third and final goal, with Schelotto playing in a perfect, deft chip from the 18-yard box that just made it over the heads of Red Bulls defenders for Frankie Hedjuk to head into the back of the net in the 82nd minute.

Really, the better team won on the evening. Columbus was by far the most consistent team throughout the season, and played remarkably throughout the playoffs. Really, it was a season of destiny for Columbus, whose 57 points were far and above most of the rest of the league. Schelotto has proved his worth now that he has won the MVP award for the regular season and MLS Cup, and provided one of the nicest goals of the season for MLS. Voter re-count on the Sierra Mist Goal of the Year? I think so. What a great way to end another solid season of Major League Soccer.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

In case you missed it at Soccer By Ives, here's a Bayern Munich training session with Landon Donovan.

One thing I take away from watching some of the video is how fast the play is. It gives you a good field view of the pace of the passing.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Eto'o: Will Retire in Paris

Eto'o is on a goal scoring tear this season but said he'd like to play in Paris at the end of his career:

"I dream of one day playing for Marseille, even though I am a Parisian," added Eto'o, who grew up in the French capital and owns an apartment in the city. "France, for me, is like Cameroon. So at the end of my career, when the time comes where my body is telling me to stop, I will perhaps play a last season in France.

"And also a season in Mallorca. I really owe them that."


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Surprise, Surprise: Red Bulls Win Again

By Jeff Kassouf

“Hit Left Post” was a common phrase used in the game report. It seemed as though the New York Red Bulls had made some sort of deal with the devil in order to secure their win against Real Salt Lake Saturday night.

After going up on a Dave van den Bergh goal in the 28th minute, the Red Bulls were on the defensive for much of the second half. Danny Cepero made seven saves on the night, but the woodwork made a few extra to catapult New York into its first-ever MLS Cup.

Will Johnson hit the post for Real Salt Lake in the 81st minute after stretching for a ball rolling across an empty net, all be it at a tough angle. Javier Morales than summed up the drama – and for Real Salt Lake, frustration – on the night when he hit the post in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

It just was not the night for Real Salt Lake, who was also appearing in its first conference final. The Red Bulls – the team with the worst record entering the playoffs – now travel to The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. to take on the Columbus Crew in the final. Neither team has ever won a title.

Watch the highlights...

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Eto'o Scores Four

I think Pep Guardiola should give Eto'o a huge bonus if he continues to play the way he's playing or at least not be so hesitant to give him a hug.

Before the season started Pep said he didn't need Eto'o and he wasn't in his plans. Eto'o has only scored goal after goal for Barcelona and everyone one them with a big smile. Sure, Messi has had a hand in nearly every goal, and is the engine that creates all the chances for Barca, but Eto'o is just a class player and turning into a legend at Barcelona.

Eto'o has scored 90 goals for Barcelona in total in his career with the club. His work ethic, passion, joy, passing, and goal scoring talent has made him a fan favorite. His four goals against Valladolid brought the fans to their feet when he came off late in the game.

On another note, I think Barcelona's Gudjonsson might be making more money playing for Barcelona than his country has in the bank. What a unique player Gudjonsson is, a surprise to most in the way he can deftly get around defenders and shield the ball. I don't think many thought he become the player he's become for Barcelona. If a player from Iceland can play for two of the biggest clubs in the world, in Chelsea and Barcelona, who can't achieve their dreams.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Stretching: The Truth

From the NY Times, article on stretching:

Stretching muscles while moving, on the other hand, a technique known as dynamic stretching or dynamic warm-ups, increases power, flexibility and range of motion. Muscles in motion don’t experience that insidious inhibitory response. They instead get what McHugh calls “an excitatory message” to perform.


Saturday, November 1, 2008

MLS: Why Not Figo?

Luis Figo, yes he's an aging legend of the game, but I would think he could give a team a few good years and pass along a ton of wisdom to young MLS players. Figo has played for Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan and Portugal, would he be willing to add an MLS team to that list?

Currently Figo is still injured but has yet to say if he's going to retire:

"I have been out for four weeks but I will be back to full training next week to continue the road to recovery," Figo told A Bola.

"The future? I will wait until the end of the season and then I will decide if I should continue playing or quit.

"Mourinho? He has brought an air of freshness to Italian football and thanks to him, I have new motivations.