Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day Monday

It's Memorial Day here in the United States, so before I get into a quick look at what happened in the world of footy over the weekend, I want to highlight how soccer can be used for good.

Earlier this month, Mitch Howard wrote an article for MLS Talk about U.S. Soldiers using soccer to foster partnership with Iraqi soldiers.

Meanwhile, a team from the Utah National Guard recently played a team from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guard, and the Brits won that match.

Here in Houston, Craig Waibel will have his Bald is Beautiful fund raiser before Saturday's match against Toronto FC. Proceeds will go to Nick's Team for children with cancer.

Houston Midfielder Brad Davis has started Brad's Brigade to help support military families.

Those of us in border States have a sense of the violence going on along the border and in border cities like Juarez. Soccer provided a small reprieve to the citizens of Mexico's murder capital as their team,Indios, made it into the 2009 Clausura semifinals against Pachuca. Indios came close to moving onto the Finals, but a late goal from Pachuca means that Pumas and Pachuca will face off for the title.

In a thrilling 3-2 victory over A.C. Milan at the San Siro, Roma secured its Europa League berth. Meanwhile, both Reggina and Lecce are headed back to Serie B next season. Bologna and Torino are on the cusp of relegation.

Sunday was the last day of matches in the English Premier League. Manchester United obtained the title last week, so it was the relegation battle that everyone was focusing on this weekend. The big news is that Newcastle United is getting relegated, along with Middlesbrough and West Bromwwich Albion. At the top of the table, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal are headed to the Champions League while Everton and Aston Villa will play in the new Europa League.

In Houston, the Dynamo destroyed the San Jose Earthquakes, 3-1. Hear my report on an upcoming episode of MLS Talk.

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