Thursday, June 23, 2005

That's A Spicy Meatball

Adu in Action (Action Images)
Originally uploaded by mfishkin.
The US U-20 team crashed out of the FIFA World Youth Championship in the 2nd round after blowing a 1-0 halftime lead to Italy by allowing three second half goals, two off of US defenders. The US, which hadn’t allowed a goal in its three first-round matches, got off on the right foot after D Hunter Freeman scored on a penalty kick in the 44th minute. The US ended the tournament in Holland with a 2-1-1 record, with three goals for and three against.

If you can’t beat ‘em…
After being stung by successful European club tours in the US over the past two seasons, MLS and its marketing arm, Soccer United Marketing, got into the act by announcing a July “World Series of Football” schedule in New York, Foxboro, DC, and Chicago that will include English Premier League champion Chelsea and Italian Serie A powerhouse AC Milan. This season, however, the Euro clubs will match up against MLS teams Chicago Fire (vs. AC Milan at Soldier Field on July 27th) and DC United (vs. Chelsea at RFK on July 28th). Earlier today it was announced that David Beckham and Michael Owen will return to the US with their Real Madrid squad to play Chivas of Mexico in Chicago on July 16th and the LA Galaxy at the Home Depot Center on July 18th.

Last/This Week’s Results
Wednesday, June 15th
DC United 4-3 Chicago
Colorado 1-0 LA Galaxy

Saturday, June 18th
US U-20s 1-0 Egypt
Chicago 1-1 Kansas City
MetroStars 3-2 Columbus
DC United 2-0 New England
FC Dallas 1-0 LA Galaxy
San Jose 3-0 Salt Lake
Chivas USA 1-3 Colorado

Tuesday, June 21st
US U-20s 1-3 Italy

Wednesday, June 22nd
Columbus 1-3 New England
FC Dallas 2-1 Chivas USA
Salt Lake 1-1 LA Galaxy

Standings (Team, Points, GD)
MLS Eastern Conference
New England 28, +13
Chicago 23, +2
MetroStars 20, +7
DC United 19, +3
Kansas City 18, +3
Columbus 13, -12

MLS Western Conference
FC Dallas 30, +12
LA Galaxy 24, +5
San Jose 18, +3
Colorado 14, -3
Salt Lake 12, -13
Chivas USA 6, -20

This Weekend’s Matches
Saturday, June 25th
New England v MetroStars, 7:30pm, MSG
Kansas City v Chivas USA, 8pm
Colorado v FC Dallas, 9pm
San Jose v LA Galaxy, 10pm, ESPN2

Sunday, June 26th
Chicago v Salt Lake, 7pm


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