Kick Off: "Charlie and Wolffy" show in DC
It was the “Charlie and Wolffy” show in D.C. United’s 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday night at RFK Stadium.
Forwards Charlie Davies and Josh Wolff set up one another for both strikes. Davies said: “After tonight, everyone knows, Charlie and Wolffy, you have to watch out for both of them.”
The result represented the first career loss for Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller at RFK Stadium.
Sounders manager Sigi Schmid thought that his team could get an equalizer after being down 2-0 but playing with 10 men in the final 12 minutes ruined those chances. There was no red card involved.
After two massive errors cost the Houston Dynamo against Colorado in their second home defeat of the year, 2-1 on Wednesday night, Houston manager Dominic Kinnear believes that after games like these “the best thing to do is get back on the field.” Up next is a trip to face Toronto FC on Saturday night.
Here’s a video to take the minds of players and fans off the loss. They’re going bear-happy in Houston right now – the dancing variety. (VIDEO)
Houston’s next opponent on the weekend received a boost of confidence as Toronto FC ousted FC Edmonton in the Nutrilite Canadian Championship semifinals, adding a 1-0 result in the second leg on Wednesday night. Joao Plata was the star in a convincing display which even had TFC manager Aron Winter pleased for a change.
In the NCC finals, Toronto will face fellow MLS club Vancouver in what should be a memorable home-and-home series with the Whitecaps hosting the first match. But Vancouver had to sweat it out to advance on Wednesday, with an extra time goal from a defender allowing them to get by the Montreal Impact, who say the Whitecaps were not the best team in the series.
Returning to league play, ex-RBNY and current Galaxy forward Juan Pablo Ángel has just one goal in seven games for his new club. The Colombian striker says that the lack of scoring has been “very concerning” and is a topic of discussion among his LA teammates as they get ready to face “the best team ever to play in New York.”
In an interview with ESPNDeportes Radio, LA’s Landon Donovan says there are more than just three points at stake against New York this weekend, mainly because, “New York finally has a good team.” Listen to the interview here in which he admits he’s a fan of Argentine club Boca Juniors. (AUDIO - SPANISH)
A good team is what Sporting Kansas City owner Robb Heineman wants to see. Although his team has more than tripled season ticket sales heading into the opening of new LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, Heineman says the team’s 1-4-1 record is a “missed opportunity,” but that Peter Vermes’ job is safe this year.
Another owner is looking to effect change. FC Dallas owner Clark Hunt, who saw his team’s league MVP David Ferreira go down with an ankle fracture, suggests potential new targets for disciplinary measures to counteract physical play in MLS “if that means some sort of discipline for the coach or for teams that play physical.”
FC Dallas manager Schellas Hyndman provided his opinion on the Brek Shea goal against LA and says he believes it wasn’t a “blind kick.” He also outlines his future plans for Shea, who has played at center back, left back and now left midfield.
The Philadelphia Union are involved in Friday’s “Soccer Night In America” match in Portland and they could be missing a second key starter on their much vaunted back line due to illness.
In Real Salt Lake camp, manager Jason Kreis is dealing with an Álvaro Saborío issue. He confirms that the forward has a knee issue he’s battling.
The Columbus Crew’s Dilly Duka, a native of New Jersey, admits to watching the Jersey Shore and a Crew executive says that Duka has “a lot of Jersey in him.” Fans saw it with his outburst last year due to lack of playing time, when he says he was “being messed with a little mentally.” He’s a fixture in the lineup now.
A Californian who finds himself in Glasgow, Scotland, may have won a championship without even playing on Wednesday. After Celtic suffered a shock loss on Wednesday, Maurice Edu’s Rangers are in pole position for the Scottish league title.
While Manchester United and Barcelona have set up a rematch of the 2009 UEFA Champions League final, the story in the Europa League is whether there will be a Porto vs. Benfica final. Both teams carry leads into their semifinal second legs today. Porto have a 5-1 lead on Villarreal (3 pm ET, GolTV) while Benfica will manage a 2-1 edge over fellow Portuguese side Braga (5 pm ET, GolTV).
In the Mexican league playoffs, Cruz Azul downed Atlante 2-1 in the first leg while Guadalajara built a 3-1 first-leg advantage on No. 1 seed Tigres, where American Jonathan Bornstein came on as a sub at halftime but was subbed off himself after 27 minutes. The other two quarterfinals kick off today.
The Copa Libertadores just got a lot more interesting as the quarterfinal field is nearly set. Four Brazilian teams crashed out on Wednesday night, making the tournament a wide-open affair. Colombian side Once Caldas, coached by former MLS coach Juan Carlos Osorio, are one of the teams to advance. Tonight’s final two Round of 16 matches take place at 7 pm and 10 pm ET (Fox Deportes).
Colombian-born Juan Agudelo of the New York Red Bulls tells Fox Deportes that Kim Kardashian is the woman of his dreams and he has actually crossed paths with her in the street. He says he’d love a kiss on the cheek. (SPANISH)
Finally, former MetroStars star Lothar Matthäus wasn’t blowing any kisses to the German media after they howled about this tirade caught on tape before a recent UEFA Champions League broadcast on Al-Jazeera. “You think you can play with me? I’m not a child.” (VIDEO)
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