Archive | September, 2009

One year ago in American Soccer News

Posted on 30 September 2009 by ASN Staff

A marketing study found Major League Soccer’s “customer experience” to be “less than stellar,” ranking at the bottom of a list of 25 companies reviewed (ASN, Sept. 30, 2008).

MLS fans continue to have mixed experiences, as this recent First Touch Online article documents. At least it’s not all of MLS though. The Seattle Sounders have been received almost unbelievably well by the local fanbase, due in no small part to the efforts of its front office. Elsewhere (New York and New England come to mind) fans feel disenfranchised, apathetic or downright hostile by the efforts (or lack thereof) of their local clubs. The signs from the Pacific Northwest may be promising, but the league clearly has its work cut out for it.

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Quote of the week: Preki

Posted on 29 September 2009 by ASN Staff

Preki didn't like what he saw from his team

“It’s really hard to comment on a game like this because I thought that we were the better team the whole 90 minutes.”–Chivas USA head coach Preki, after his team drew the lowly New York Red Bulls 1-1 at the Home Depot Center Saturday night. The tie keeps Chivas in a tie for fourth place in the Western Conference.

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Defeat Chelsea FC Academy, 3-1

Posted on 28 September 2009 by ASN Staff

The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team defeated Chelsea FC Academy U-17 in Cobham, England, on Saturday, Sept. 23. The game is part of an international training camp which runs until Sept. 30 and will serve as part of final preparations for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria. The trip will also include an international friendly against Gambia on Sept. 27, and a friendly against Arsenal Academy on Sept. 30.

U.S. U-17 Training Camp Roster by Position

GOALKEEPERS (2): Earl Edwards (Nomads SC; San Diego), Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier; Seattle)
DEFENDERS (7): Zachary Herold (West Pines United FC, Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic; Indianapolis), Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire; Marietta, Ga.), Boyd Okwuonu (Celtic Green; Edmond, Okla.), Tyler Polak (CSA Legacy; Lincoln, Neb.), Jared Watts (North Meck SC; Statesville, N.C.), Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Marlon Duran (Latino Americana; Duncanville, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), Carlos Martinez (Wilmington Jr.; San Pedro, Calif), William Packwood (Birmingham City; Concord, Mass.), Nick Palodichuk (Washington Premier FC; Battleground, Wash.), Alex Shinsky (Super Nova FC; York, Pa.)
FORWARDS (7): Juan Agudelo (N.Y. Red Bulls Academy; Barnegat, N.J.), Victor Chavez (Real So Cal; Fontana, Calif), Andrew Craven (First Coast Kickers; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Stefan Jerome (West Pines United FC; Davie, Fla.), Alfred Koroma (Solar SC; Arlington, Texas), Jack McInerney (Cobb SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Dominick Sarle (BW Gottschee; Huntington, N.Y.)

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DC United fades in 2-1 loss to San Jose

Posted on 28 September 2009 by Chris Snear

Moreno gave DC the lead but it wouldn't hold

DC United’s playoff hopes took a severe blow Sunday with a 2-1 loss to San Jose at RFK Stadium. Despite taking a lead through Jaime Moreno and controlling possession through most of the match, mental lapses and an overall flat second stanza doomed the home side, which has fallen for the second consecutive time in an MLS game in their once friendly confines.

Chris Snear reports from the nation’s capital.

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DC United fades to 2-1 loss to San Jose

Posted on 28 September 2009 by Chris Snear

DC United’s playoff hopes took a severe blow Sunday with a 2-1 loss to San Jose at RFK Stadium. Despite taking a lead and controlling possession through most of the match, mental lapses and an overall flat second stanza doomed the home side, which has fallen for the second consecutive time in an MLS game in their once friendly confines.

The win was the Quakes first away from home this season and snapped a 20-game road losing streak dating back to June 7, 2008, a 2-0 result over Columbus.

Moreno gave DC the lead but it wouldn't hold

Jaime Moreno gave United the lead in the 26th minute but United were lucky to go into the halftime break with the lead after a goal by Ryan Johnson was disallowed for a questionable offside call.

Johnson put the ball in the net again at the start of the second half but the play was blown down by referee Baldomero Toledo so an obviously injured Josh Wicks could be immediately attended to by United staff. Wicks dislocated his left shoulder on the perilous sequence and was replaced by Milos Kocic. Wicks could miss 1-3 weeks.

“We had every opportunity to run away with the game in the first half. We were unable to put our chances away and any team you keep around it’s going to come back to haunt you,” said United Head Coach Tom Soehn.

“We came out flat in the second half, on a day – any day you can’t afford it – but on a day when we’re trying to make the playoffs, it’s thoroughly disappointing. I have to go back and evaluate whether I had the right blend of guys on the field.”

Soehn chose not to start Christian Gomez but brought the playmaker on in the 76th minute, just four minutes after United fell behind.

The personnel move that changed the match however was San Jose coach Frank Yallop’s decision to insert Arturo Alvarez at the start of the second half. The quick and crafty Alvarez changed the tempo of the match and earned the Earthquakes some long needed possession and a threatening presence in the attacking third of the field.

“Putting Arturo on made a big difference to our team. He’s dynamic, he’s quick; it gave Ryan Johnson a bit more space to run around,” said Yallop. “At halftime we have made some adjustments before and they have really worked and today was the same thing. We went out trying to make sure were nice and solid defensively and see how the game pans out.”

“I think the game looked so easy to us the first 45 minutes of the game, the first half, that I think that we thought we were just going to go out and keep doing what we were doing,” said United midfielder Santino Quaranta.

“It seemed like they didn’t touch the ball in the first half and we could do whatever we wanted. We come out in the second half and they had Alvarez who changed the game. It just wasn’t good enough and that’s devastating, this loss.”

United had no answer for the sturdy Johnson the entire match and he became even more effective, along with running mate Chris Wondolowski, once Alvarez put his stamp on the match.

Luciano Emilio should have put United in front in the 18th minute but his uncontested header off a Quaranta corner kick bounced over the crossbar in front of goalkeeper Andrew Weber.

Moreno’s goal was indicative of the action at that time of the match, as the league’s all time leading scorer stepped in front of Daniel Hernandez to collect a Chris Pontius cross from the left flank near the tip left corner of the 6-yard box, turned and powered a left footed shot through Weber to give United a 1-0 lead.

Ben Olsen had sprung Pontius with a simple ball out of midfield with the West Covina, CA native playing a low cross into Moreno, who had darted to the spot with a slashing run from the top of the penalty area.

As rain finally broke through the ominously dark clouds that enveloped the Washington area all day, the Quakes fortunes turned clear and bright as the whistle blew to start the second half with the Wicks injury being the only sour moment.

Wicks jettisoned his goal to contest a high, floating corner from Simon Elliott, and as Johnson was doing the same, the two rose up, Wick’s extended left arm got caught under Johnson body as the rest of his body went forward and the keeper fell to the turf in obvious pain.

Johnson collected the rebound and banged a shot that deflected high off a United defender but the rightfully cautious Toledo blew the play down before the ball bounced inside the right post in the 49th minute.

Nine minutes later, Julius James took down Johnson in a plum location some 26-yards from goal straight on and Ramon Sanchez made United pay. The Salvadoran’s curving left footer over the wall drifted away from Kocic who barely made a stab at the equalizer.

The Johnson and Alvarez tandem combined to surge the Quakes ahead in the 72nd minute. Alvarez scooped up a poor United clearance and stumbled briefly but got off a shot that was deflected onto the crossbar by Clyde Simms.

The ball caromed directly to Johnson and with Kocic out to cut down the angle for the original shot, his diving header from some 11-yards out bounced into the vacated net for his 9th goal of the season.

“I kind of anticipated that the ball was going to hit the post and when it did, it came to me pretty fast but where the ball landed I saw an opportunity for a diving header,” said Johnson.

With their fading playoff hopes staring them squarely in the face, United did have a late resurgence but could not finish.

James rose well above the crowd to get his head onto a Moreno corner in the 74th minute but his attempt missed just wide of the right post.

Eight minutes later, Corrales swept a superb Pontius bicycle kick off the line from 10-yards out and Boyzz Khumalo’s left footed effort from the top of the penalty as the match went into stoppage time skimmed the top of the crossbar.

“We addressed a lot at halftime, talked about shoring up our shape a little bit better and I thought our energy was terrible in the second half. They came out with a little bit of bite and we didn’t adjust to it. We kind of just stayed in a lull,” said Soehn.

“It wasn’t until after they scored that we put in some legs and realized we had to get back in the game. It’s disappointing [because] it comes at a time when we’re desperate for points to get in the playoffs and we sure didn’t show that urgency.”

“It’s devastating but in the end we didn’t finish the game well,” added Quaranta. “We came out in the second half and it was a letdown and for the first 15-minutes we let them back in the game. It just wasn’t good, it’s not good.”

Scoring Summary:
DC — Jaime Moreno 8 (Chris Pontius 3, Ben Olsen 1) 26
SJ — Ramon Sanchez 2 (unassisted) 58
SJ — Ryan Johnson 9 (unassisted) 73


San Jose Earthquakes — Andrew Weber, Chris Leitch, Bobby Burling (Arturo Alvarez 46), Brandon McDonald, Jason Hernandez, Ramon Sanchez, Ramiro Corrales, Simon Elliott, Bobby Convey, Ryan Johnson, Chris Wondolowski,

Substitutes Not Used: Quincy Amarikwa, Mike Graczyk, Aaron Pitchkolan, Antonio Ribeiro, Michael Zaher

D.C. United — Josh Wicks (Milos Kocic 52), Lawson Vaughn, Julius James, Marc Burch (Christian Gomez 76), Santino Quaranta, Ben Olsen, Clyde Simms, Rodney Wallace, Chris Pontius, Luciano Emilio, Jaime Moreno (Thabiso Khumalo 78),

Substitutes Not Used: Fred, Dejan Jakovic, Avery John, Devon McTavish

Statistical Summary:

D.C. United / San Jose Earthquakes
Total shots: 18 (4 tied with 3) 11 (Ryan Johnson 3)
Shots on goal: 4 (Jaime Moreno 2) 4 (4 tied with 1)
Fouls: 9 (Julius James 3,
Chris Pontius 3) 8 (Bobby Convey 2,
Simon Elliott 2)
Offsides: 3 (Chris Pontius 2) 3 (Ryan Johnson 3)
Corner kicks: 8 (Jaime Moreno 3) 3 (3 tied with 1)
Saves: 2 (Josh Wicks 2) 3 (Andrew Weber 3)

Misconduct Summary:
SJ — Brandon McDonald (caution; Reckless Foul) 28
DC — Rodney Wallace (caution; Reckless Foul) 54
DC — Chris Pontius (caution; Simulation) 68

Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee’s Assistants: C.J. Morgante; James Conlee
4th official: Jeff Gontarek
Time of game: 1:51
Attendance: 14,375
Weather: Cloudy -and- 72 degrees

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Red Stars draft pair of international players

Posted on 27 September 2009 by mwkajdas

The Chicago Red Stars acquired the rights to two players in the WPS international draft last week. While the names of the pair will not be released until Wednesday, October 30th, ASN has learned that one may be a player from England and the other a graduate of Notre Dame.

Before the Red Stars can sign their new acquisitions, however, they need to make room for additional international players on their 2010 roster. That may already be a fait accomplit as the Red Stars waived the 2010 options for four of their players on the day before the international draft was held while retaining the rights for nine others the following day. The names of all the players whose options have been retained or waived is scheduled to be released Monday, September 27th.

Besides the players for whom the Red Stars held options, there are also four unnamed players who had one-year deals and four developmental players—Lydia Vandenbergh, Jamiel Johnson, Mary Therese McDonnell and Michelle Wenino—who will all become free-agents on September 30th.

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Chivas draw Red Bulls 1-1

Posted on 27 September 2009 by tbruce

Sacha Kljestan

Sacha Kljestan missed an injury time penalty and Chivas USA missed out on three points as they tied 1-1 against the New York Red Bulls, Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

In the 64th minute Kljestan put the Red and Whites in the lead with a shot from the edge of the box that appeared to take a deflection on the way to beating Red Bull goalkeeper Bounda Coundoul.

With Juan Pablo Angel up front the New York team was always going to be dangerous, and it was Angel who would prove to be the spoiler for the Red Bulls. He scored a typical Angel goal, with a powerful header in the 84th minute to draw the New Yorkers level.
Although Chivas came close several times, in fact outshooting their opponents 18 to 4 , they could not get that all important second goal.

In the 92nd minute, after a goalmouth scramble, referee Alex Prus pointed to the spot indicating there was a hand ball, giving the Red and Whites a chance at all three points.
Kljestan stepped up to the spot but drove his shot past the left post with keeper Coundoul moving to the right.

Chivas head coach Preki was bitterly disappointed at the end of the game. “It’s really hard to comment on a game like this because I thought that we were the better team the whole 90 minutes. It was tough for us to find a breakthrough and once we did we failed to score a second. We had so many opportunities and that’s what in the end cost us the game.”

The tie keeps Chivas in a tie for fourth place in the Western Conference. The Red and Whites travel to Washington D.C. to play DC United next Saturday before returning home October, 10 to match up with the Kansas City Wizards at 7:30 p.m. at the Home Depot Center.

Match Facts

Chivas USA (11-9-5) 1:1 New York Red Bulls (4-17-6)
September 26, 2009 — The Home Depot Center

Scoring Summary:
CHV — Sacha Kljestan 4 (Maykel Galindo 2) 64
CHV — Juan Pablo Angel 10 (Sinisa Ubiparapovic 1) 84

Chivas USA — Zach Thornton, Carey Talley, Jonathan Bornstein, Yamith Cuesta, Ante Jazic (Claudio Suárez 85), Jesus Padilla (Maykel Galindo 45), Paulo Nagamura, Michael Lahoud, Sacha Kljestan, Maicon Santos, Justin Braun
Substitutes Not Used: Jon Conway, Shavar Thomas, Mariano Trujillo, Jesse Marsch, Eduardo Lillingston

New York Red Bulls — Bouna Coundoul, Carlos Johnson, Albert Celades, Seth Stammler, Juan Pablo Angel (Luke Sassano 89), Macoumba Kandji, Danleigh Borman (Sinisa Ubiparapovic 65), Mike Petke, Jeremy Hall, Dane Richards, Andrew Boyens
Substitutes Not Used: Danny Cepero, Matthew Mbuta, Leo Krupnik

Game Stats
New York Red Bulls / Chivas USA
Total Shots: 4 18
Shots on Goal: 2 7
Total Saves: 6 1
Fouls: 11 8
Offsides: 5 6
Corner Kicks: 4 6

Referee: Alex Prus
Referee’s Assistants: Frank Anderson; Jeff Hosking
4th Official: Ramon Hernandez
Time of Game: 90:00
Weather: Partly Cloudy -and- 70 degrees
Attendance: 14,211

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Kljestan misses PK and Chivas miss out on victory over RBNY

Posted on 27 September 2009 by tbruce

Sacha Kljestan

Sacha Kljestan missed an injury time penalty and Chivas USA missed out on three points as they tied 1-1 against the New York Red Bulls, Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

ASN’s Tony Bruce attended the game and filed the following report.

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Revs come back to defeat Sounders

Posted on 27 September 2009 by tbruce


The New England Revolution got a pair of goals by Shalrie Joseph, one in the waning moments of the game to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat Saturday night at Gillette Stadium. The victory moves the Revs into third place in the Eastern Conference.

Check out Mark Claypool’s match report or skip right to the Revs player ratings.

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Revs come back to defeat Seattle

Posted on 27 September 2009 by mclaypool


After failing to win in their past three games, the New England Revolution were getting desperate for a victory, especially needed given the tight playoff race in the East and a difficult schedule looming at the end of the season (away games at Dallas and Colorado, as well as games versus Chicago and Columbus twice). With their injury list finally getting down to a manageable level, the Revs were looking to beat Seattle for the second time in about a month. Seattle, however, was also looking for a result on the road, needing points to stay in the thick of the playoff hunt in the West.

At game time, the evening New England air had cooled from summer warmth to a noticeable Fall chill. But with little wind and no rain, it was a perfect evening for soccer, for players and spectators alike.

The Revs starting lineup featured:

Keeper: Matt Reis
Defenders: Emmanuel Osei, Darrius Barnes, Kevin Alston, Jay Heaps
Midfielders: Wells Thompson, Jeff Larentowicz, Shalrie Joseph, Sainey Nyassi
Forwards: Steve Ralston, Edgaras Jankauskas

The Revs were under pressure early after a goal in the sixth minute by Seattle striker Fredy Montero. Montero made a quick run through the middle past several defenders until about 25 yards out, where he launched a wicked strike that hit the bottom part of the crossbar and went in. Revs keeper Matt Reis was left standing flat-footed, and the crowd stunned. The pressure on the Revs mounted as captain Steve Ralston went off with a kneed injury in the 20th minute. Kheli Dube came in as a replacement. Half-time saw the Revs still down 1-0.

The second half saw the Revs start quickly, and a cross by Sainey Nyassi resulted in a hand-ball in the box and a penalty kick opportunity. With Ralston, who usually takes the penalty kicks for the Revs, out, Shalrie Joseph stepped up to the line. His blast to the left side was nearly touched by Seattle keeper Kasey Keller, but the power behind the kick left little doubt it was going in.

The Revs kept the pressure up for most of the half, but with less than 10 minutes to go, the game seemed like it might be heading for a draw. That was until a beautifully placed crossing ball by Jeff Larentowicz found Joseph on the far side of the box, whereupon Joseph powered a header to the far post past a diving Keller.

The Revs did a good job of killing the last few minutes of the game, with Kheli Dube and Kevin Alston taking the ball into the corner and holding off multiple Seattle defenders several times. A last desperate push by Seattle, resulted in the only yellow card of the match to Nate Jaqua.

Final score: New England Revolution 2, Seattle Sounders 1

Ratings for the Revolution players on a Scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high), ranked from best to worst:

Shalrie Joseph: 8
Strong at holding the ball in the mid-field, but did lose the ball several times more often than he usually does. Transitioned well to forward in the second half. Solid PK and beautiful beast of a header boost his rating.

Emmanuel Osei: 7
Good positioning, aggressive play and good footwork shut down many Seattle attacks.

Jay Heaps: 6
Secured the left flank well for most of the night, winning balls in the air, too.

Jeff Larentowicz: 6
Good defensive pressure in the mid-field, and perfectly placed cross to Joseph setting up the game winning goal.

Sainey Nyassi: 6
Played well on the wing, with less speedy runs than in previous games but more control. Several dangerous crosses in, but a few errant ones as well.

Kevin Alston: 6
Shut down Seattle attackers on the left side several times during the night. Did not come forward as often as he has in previous games, but did have one near-breakaway shot on goal.

Darrius Barnes: 6
Held the back-line well, keeping dangerous attacks out of the middle.

Kheli Dube: 5
Less threatening than in pervious games, but still made a menace of himself at times with quick runs and opportunities to strike. Failed to hold the ball a few times when he needed to.

Edgaras Jankauskas: 5
Battled hard up top for most of the night, willing to take knocks while winning and holding balls. Had an onside pass he failed to pull the trigger on, thinking he was offsides.

Matt Reis: 5
Did not have to make many saves for most of the game, but did so when he had to. The early goal by Seattle caught him just off the line and standing and watching.

Wells Thompson: 5
A bit less sharp than in previous games, but hustled well forward and back.

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