Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Da Beas' Knees

Beasley Scores (Reuters)
Originally uploaded by mfishkin.
DaMarcus Beasley had a hand in all three of the US goals in a 3-1 win over Jamaica in Saturday’s Gold Cup Quarterfinal at the Big Razor in Foxboro. The PSV midfielder scored two and assisted on a Josh Wolff goal to open the scoring in the early going. Both teams had a man sent off (for the US, Ben Olsen) and failed on a penalty kick (for the US, Landon Donovan). Next up, Honduras in the Semifinals at Giants Stadium on Thursday evening (6pm, Telefutura). Should the US prevail, they’ll face either Panama or Colombia, who did the US a favor by knocking off tournament favorite Mexico 2-1 in the quarters, on Sunday at 3pm (Univision). The US, on a seven-match unbeaten streak, has two Gold Cup titles to its credit, in 1991 and 2002. The US' 3-0-1 record in the continental championship has boosted its FIFA World Ranking to a best-ever#6, ahead of France, England, Spain, and Portugal in the top 10.

The Real Deal
A packed Home Depot Center saw top global club Real Madrid defeat a Landon Donovan-less LA Galaxy 2-0 on Monday night. While Real held possession for much of the match, LA didn’t embarrass themselves or MLS with its effort. Upcoming Europe vs. MLS matches in the next two weeks include Chicago vs. AC Milan, DC United vs. Chelsea, and the MLS All-Stars vs. Fulham in Columbus.

Recent Results
Gold Cup Quarterfinals
Saturday, July 16th

Honduras 3-2 Costa Rica
USA 3-1 Jamaica
Sunday, July 17th
Colombia 2-1 Mexico
Panama 1-1, 5-3pks South Africa

Friday, July 15th
DC United 3-0 San Jose

Saturday, July 16th
Chicago 1-1 Columbus
New England 3-2 FC Dallas
MetroStars 1-1 Colorado
Kansas City 3-2 Salt Lake
LA Galaxy 2-0 Chivas USA

Tuesday, July 19th
US Open Cup 3rd Round
Richmond Kickers 8-4 Ocean City (NJ) Barons

Standings (Team, pts, gd)
MLS Eastern Conference
Chicago 36, +7
New England 35, +15
Kansas City 28, +7
MetroStars 25, +6
DC United 25, +5
Columbus 15, -14

MLS Western Conference
FC Dallas 34, +13
San Jose 28, +5
LA Galaxy 28, +3
Colorado 18, -5
Salt Lake 13, -20
Chivas USA 9, -22

This Week’s Matches
Wednesday, July 20th
Columbus vs. MetroStars, 7:30pm FSNY
Kansas City vs. DC United, 8pm
Colorado vs. San Jose, 9:30pm

Thursday, July 21st
Gold Cup Semifinals

USA vs. Honduras, 6pm, TELE
Colombia vs. Panama, 9pm, TELE

Friday, July 22nd
Chivas USA vs. New England, 10:30pm

Saturday, July 23rd
LA Galaxy vs. DC United, 4pm, ESPN2
Columbus vs. Kansas City, 7:30pm, HDNet
Colorado vs. Chicago, 9pm
Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas, 9:30pm, FSC
San Jose vs. MetroStars, 10pm

Sunday, July 24th
Gold Cup Final, 3pm, UNI

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