Saturday, August 27, 2011

[VIDEO] Squirrel Interrupts WPS Championship Match

Western New York and Philadelphia are playing in the WPS 2011 Final today, in fact, the match has gone into extra time as I post this. During the first half of the match, play was temporarily halted because a squirrel was playing around on the pitch.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Episode 34 of The Zygo Soccer Report: Alex Dixon Gives Dynamo a 3-2 Win over Real Salt Lake

Homegrown Houston Dynamo player, Alex Dixon, picks up a late goal giving the Dynamo a crucial 3-2 win over Real Salt Lake this past Saturday evening at Robertson Stadium. Hear Alex Dixon and Dynamo Coach Dominic Kinnear talk to the press after the match:

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Santos - Morelia Match Suspended After Gun Battle Occurs Outside Stadium

UPDATED: 8/22/2011 at 5:36 am central time

Although they may not dwell on it, most citizens of the United States and Europe are familiar with the violence in Mexico connected to the drug trade. This violence has permeated much of everyday life in Mexico, especially in the big cities and along the borders. The one refuge, the one safe place to get away from the senseless bloodshed in Mexico has been the football stadiums, but today even that safety was shattered as a firefight erupted outside of the Territorio Santos Modelo in Torreon, Mexico, bringing a scary and abrupt end to the Santos - Morelia match.

The match was tied at 0-0 in the 40th minute when the sound of gunfire sent players running for the tunnels and fans diving to the ground.

Initial reports on Twitter, including Tweets from U.S. Footballer DaMarcus Beasley, indicated there was gunfire but it was uncertain as to whether it was occurring inside or outside of the stadium.

Initial reports coming out of Mexico indicate that a police patrol vehicle near, but outside of, the stadium was attacked by gunmen; however, more recent reports indicate that police tried to stop three trucks, but the trucks refused to stop resulting in a chase and shootout. So for it appears that nobody was killed, though a police officer was injured.

Although it appears that bullets found their way into the stadium, as seen in this picture:

Nobody in the stadium was injured.

At this time it is unclear what cartel was involved in this violence, which resulted in the first ever top flight match cancellation due to drug violence, but both the Sinaloa Cartel and the Zetas Cartel have been active in Torreon.

On Sunday,El Blog del Narco posted its story on Saturday's incident.

Baylor Starts Soccer Season with Win over Sam Houston State

One of the downsides of having gone to a SWC (now Big 12) school was the lack of men's soccer; however, there is women's soccer and Baylor University's soccer team started its 2011 season with a 3-0 win over the Sam Houston State Bearkats at Betty Lou Mays Field in Waco, Texas on Friday night.

Baylor's first goal came from Vic Hoffman in the 5th minute, and freshman Justine Hovden picked up the second goal in the 44th minute. Baylor's third goal came from Christine Clark in the 81st minute.

Baylor's next match will be Sunday afternoon at Nebraska.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

[VIDEO] Jose Mourinho Pinches/Gouges Barcelona Coach Villanova & Ray Hudson Goes Crazy for Messi

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Barcelona beat Real Madrid in Spain's Supercup on Wednesday, 3-2, with a 5-4 aggregate. Real Madrid Coach Jose Mourinho showed him self to be a bit of soar loser when he gouged the eye of Barcelona Assistant Coach Villanova following the dust-up that occurred after Marcelo picked up a red card for a tackle on Barcelona's newest player, Cesc Fabregas.

Here's bonus video from today's match, Messi's brace, gotta love Ray Hudson's reaction:

Monday, August 15, 2011

Dynamo Ruin John Spencer's Return to Houston, with 2-1 Win over Portland Timbers

Sunday night's match between the Houston Dynamo and Portland Timbers at Robertson Stadium in Houston began at a frenetic pace, with Portland looking like it was going to get an early goal, but despite the numerous early shots on goal by the Timbers, it was the Dynamo who scored first, with Adam Moffat picking up a golazo, against his former team, in the 17th minute. It only took another 10 minutes for the Dynamo to get their second goal, this time thanks to team captain, Brian Ching. Ching's goal proved to be the game winner as Portland prevented Tally Hall from keeping a clean sheet when Jack Jewsbury scored in the 56th minute.

Sunday marked the return to Houston of Timbers coach John Spencer, who was an assistant coach under Dominic Kinnear until last season, and Mike Chabala and Lovel Palmer, who the Dynamo recently traded to Portland for Adam Moffat and allocation money.

Thanks to the three points they picked up on Sunday night, the Dynamo are now tied in third place, on 31 points, in the East with RedBull New York. On Wednesday, the Dynamo head to New England and then host Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

Friday, August 12, 2011

[VIDEO] Players in Argentina Attack Referee

There's been more player on referee violence down in Argentina again, this time in a 5th Division match between Union San Guillermo and Atletico Tostado, this time the referee made the smart choice of running off the pitch and scaling a fence. Considering that I'm posting this on the eve of a new English Premier League season, makes me wonder whatever became of the England FA's respect campaign.

Note to kids & Ginge FC, no matter how much you disagree with the referee's call, you should never physically attack the ref.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Maradona Being Maradona

Football legend Maradona is now coaching Al Wasl in Dubai and the club has released video from recent training sessions with Maradona. If you watch closely, you can see Maradona is still up to his old tricks.

Friday, August 5, 2011

[VIDEO] Eric Cantona Looking Forward to Return to Old Trafford: Manchester United v. New York Cosmos

Manchester United and Football legend returns to Old Trafford today with the New York Cosmos, who will be playing United in a testimonial match for Paul Scholes, whom United coach, Sir Alex Ferguson, has called one of the greatest United players of all time. On Sunday, United will play Manchester City in the Community Shield.

Here's Cantona, who will be coaching the Cosmos, talking about his return to Old Trafford:

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Fabian Scores a Wonder Goal Against Barcelona

Fabian scored this beauty of a goal for Chivas against Barcelona in the World Football Challenge tonight:

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Episode 33 of The Zygo Soccer Report: Houston Dynamo 3-1 Seattle Sounders

The Houston Dynamo beat Seattle Sounders 3-1 on Saturday night here in Houston thanks to goals from Colin Clark and Brian Ching.

Featured music by El Général, Public Enemy, and Little Dragon.

-Photo by Katy Umaña

Monday, August 1, 2011

Houston Dynamo Beat Seattle Sounders, 3-1: Video Highlights

-Photo by Katy Umaña

Coming off of a rough 3-0 loss to Chivas USA in California, the Houston Dynamo were looking for redemption as they hosted the Seattle Sounders at Robertson Stadium on Saturday night, and redemption they found as captain Brian Ching led the Dynamo to a 3-1 victory.

The Dynamo picked up their first goal early in the match when Colin Clark scored in the 7th minute:

In the 23rd, Brian Ching, with assists from Geoff Cameron and Brad Davis, scored what would prove to be the game winning goal for the Houston Dynamo:

Seattle finally managed to get on the scoreboard in the first half when Fredy Montero picked up a penalty in the box, a penalty that Alvaro Fernandez converted, making the score 2-1 going into halftime:

In the 71st minute, Brian Ching picked up an insurance goal for the Houston Dynamo:

After this weekend's matches, the Houston Dynamo have 27 points on the season and sharing fourth place in the Eastern Conference with Sporting Kansas City. The Dynamo head to Philadelphia to face the Union on Saturday.