May 11, 2009
Le Toux opened the scoring for Sounders FC (4-2-2) in the 22nd minute and Alan Gordon equalized for the Galaxy (1-1-6) in the 35th.
Despite playing a man down for the last 30 minutes of the match Seattle out-shot the visitors 7-6. Defender James Riley was sent off the field with a red card in the 57th minute, moments after drawing a yellow card.
Seattle is now unbeaten (1-0-2) in its last three league games and four games (2-0-2) overall.
May 11, 2009
Do san Jose have a new player?Can anyone guess who it is not a easy task but great work been done on this player all we can say is guess who?
The San Jose Earthquakes soccer team is located in San Jose, California and participates in the top level soccer league in the United States and Canada, Major League Soccer (MLS). The Earthquakes participated in MLS from 1995 to 2005, and resumed operations in 2007.It is one of the original ten teams in the league, known as the San Jose Clash from 1995 to 1999. The Earthquakes defeated D.C. United 1–0 in the first game in MLS history. It is one of three teams from California to play in the league.
May 9, 2009
We’ve got Becks . They’ve got Obama. Say goodbye to our World Cup bid and make plans to visit the U.S. in 2018.
That was The Times of London’s take on President Barack Obama’s support for the 2018/22 World Cup Bid Committee in the U.S.
The USA Bid Committee is not calling the race over, yet. With Obama behind the bid, though, the U.S. surely has taken a huge step toward the goal. And, it wasn’t just that Obama sent a letter in April supporting the U.S. to FIFA secretary general Sepp Blatter. Obama actually composed the letter himself. He did not pawn it off to speechwriters, or even press secretary Robert Gibbs, once a backup goalkeeper at North Carolina State University. Obama made it perfectly clear those were his words during an interview with Univision’s Jorge Ramos.
And the epistle surely has Obama’s stamp.
Obama’s sporting affiliations mostly regard basketball. But Obama did play soccer as a youngster in Jakarta, Indonesia, and has attended West Ham United games with London relatives. He was able to tie together those experiences in Indonesia with those of being a soccer pop.
No one is certain whether Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympic Games, also backed by Obama, is a positive for the World Cup. Nor does anyone know if the overwhelming amount of stadia and infrastructure in the U.S. will be a factor. Everyone knows the U.S. is capable of playing host to the World Cup, and that the potential for audiences and sponsorships is enormous. But that does not necessarily mean FIFA will approve. FIFA needs only 12 adequate stadia to hold the party, and those can be found in many countries.
“The letter from the president was picked up nationally and internationally,” said David Downs, executive director of the USA Bid Committee. “With all the things he’s facing in the current state of affairs, to take the time to do that means a lot. In general, we were seeking some show of support, but this letter was so wonderfully written.”
The bid committee, which must submit paperwork to FIFA by May 14, received positive replies from 58 U.S. stadia regarding playing host to the World Cup in 2018 or 2022 (FIFA will announce the two host countries in December 2010).
Obama reflects this in his letter to Blatter:
“As a child, I played soccer on a dirt road in Jakarta, and the game brought the children of my neighborhood together. As a father, I saw that same spirit of unity alive on the fields and sidelines of my own daughters’ soccer games in Chicago. Soccer is truly the world’s sport and the World Cup promotes camaraderie and friendly competition across the globe. That is why this bid is about much more than a game. It is about the United States of America inviting the world to gather all across our great country in celebration of our common hopes and dreams.”
Obama’s words, certainly. And there are kids like him in Jakarta and Chicago right now emulating the moves of popular soccer players.
Indonesia is making a play for 2018. Other competition is coming from Australia, Belgium/Netherlands, England, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Portugal/Spain, Qatar, South Korea.
None can make a statement equivalent to one by the U.S.
Prime minister Gordon Brown appointed Becks as England’s representative for the bid. Obama appointed himself.
Obama might not be able to bend the ball but he can bend opinions as no other head of state can
May 8, 2009
Magee scored the third goal of stoppage time to give the Galaxy a 2-2 draw with Real Salt Lake on Wednesday night.Galaxy remain unbeaten on away this season with three draws in the past games.
With salt leading 1-0 heading into extra time, the Galaxy’s Landon Donovan scored on a penalty kick after RSL’s Will Johnson was called for a handball in the penalty box.Johnson made up for his mistake moments later when he converted a penalty kick of his own after RSL’s Fabian Espindola was fouled in the area by Los Angeles’ Sean Franklin.Robbie Findley scored on a diving header off a corner kick from Clint Mathis in the 34th minute to give RSL a 1-0 lead. The goal was Findley’s sixth of the season, while Mathis got his fifth assist.