Monday, March 21, 2005

The Week In Soccer

US Teams went 2-1 against foreign competition in the last week, as the US Men's National Team geared up for El Partido Grande in Mexico City this Sunday (1pm, ESPN2) with a 1-0 win over Honduras in Albuquerque, NM on the 19th. The MLS-based roster was led by Eddie Johson (FC Dallas), who tapped in a 40-yd Clint Mathis shot off the crossbar to score his seventh goal in his sixth USMNT match. Joe Cannon (Colorado) and Kevin Hartman (LA Galaxy) combined in goal for the shutout.

Look for the full complement of European-based players to head home for the Mexico clash, including Claudio Reyna (Manchester City, ENG), Landon Donovan (Bayer Leverkusen, GER), Kasey Keller (Moenchengladbach, GER), DaMarcus Beasley (PSV Eindhoven, NED), Brian McBride and Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham, ENG), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96, GER), and Cory Gibbs (Feyenoord, NED).

On the club side, DC United got goals from Jaime Moreno and Josh Gros to beat Jamaica's Harbour View FC 2-1 on Wednesday, and take their Concacaf Champions Cup Quarterfinal Series 4-2 on aggregate. DC now takes on Mexican champion UNAM Pumas in a home-and-home starting April 6th at RFK.

The Kansas City Wizards got a goal on the road from Jose Burciaga with only 12 minutes to go in their CCC quarterfinal 2nd leg match at Saprissa of Costa Rica, but gave up goals two minutes into injury time, then five minutes into overtime to drop their series, 2-1 on aggregate. Saprissa takes on Monterrey (MEX) in the semifinals.

The MetroStars signed five young players, including Jamaican Ramon Bailey, Chris Corcoran (St. John's), Jason Hernandez (Seton Hall), Abbe Ibrahim (Togo), and Carols Mendes, who spent 2003 and 2004 with the Rochester Rhinos of the USL 1st Divison (one level below MLS).

Metros GM Nick Sackiewicz announced that the March 30th meeting with NJ and NJSEA officials should "be the final, and hopefully positive," meeting regarding the Harrison, NJ, stadium project.

DaMarcus Beasley (PSV Eindhoven, NED), the only American remaining in the European Champions League, takes on Olympique Lyonnais in the quarterfinals on April 5 and 13th. The winner takes on the winner of the Inter-AC Milan derby in the semifinals.
Other matchups: Liverpool-Juventus and Chelsea-Bayern Munich.

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