Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Football News

barclays-logo_54CONCACAF Champions League Update

The Houston Dynamo fell to Atlante in Cancun last night 3-0 (4-1 on aggregate).  Overall the Dynamo held possession for most of the game but failed to d0 much when they were able to get inside the box, with the Atlante forwards doing well to cash in on the counter-attack.  Of note is the harassment Kei Kamara received throughout the match: not five minutes went by without him being shoved around by the Atlante defenders away from play. This was the third meeting in the last year  between the two teams with the first match ending 4-0 in Houstons favor during the last Superliga and last weeks 1-1 tie at home. Atlante will now move on to the semifinals to face the winner of the Montreal/Santos Laguna match.  Montreal leads 2-0 on aggregate with the advantage of having surrendered no away goals last week.  The game will air at 9PM CST on Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Sports Canada.   The other side of the bracket will see the Puerto Rico Islanders, who advanced tonight against Marathon (Guatemala) 3-1 on aggregate, face Cruze Azul (Mexico), beat Universidad Nacional (Mexico) 2-0 on aggregate.

Barclay's Premiership

Arsene Wenger today admitted that he believes the best Arsenal can hope for is a fourth place finish.

A full slate of matches was played today in England's top flight:  Man City defeated the Villans 2-0 at the City of Manchester Stadium, Blackburn and Everton drew zeros at Ewood, Manchester United bested Newcastle 2-1 at St. James', Hull over Fulham 1-0 at Craven Cottage, Spurs blew out Borough 4-0 at White Hart Lane, Stoke beat Bolton 2-0 at Brittannia, and the Hammers were 1-0 winners over Wigan.  Updated table

Scottish FA Says WTF to Politicians

The debate rages on in Britain about the possibilty of a unified Great Britiain team participating in the London Olympic games.  The Welsh, Northern Irish, and Scottish FAs have repeatedly stated their case that they do not back any such measure as it could jepordize their singularity with FIFA, even though FIFA representatives have said what happens at the London games in this regard will have no bearing on their FIFA standing.  Apparently the magistrates of Scotland didn't get the memo: as they formed a committe and wrote to FIA to argue their case.  Needless to say the Scottish FA was a little pissed that this action was taken and without their consultation.  FIFA does always try to keep politics and football seperate after all.

SFA warns politicians to stay out of Olympic debate - ESPNsoccernet

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