Daily Shibby for 2/14

Daily Shibby for 2/14

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On February 14, 2007
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Get your lover a Valentine card, and if you don’t have a lover then more power to you I guess. Anyways, there is some news going on in the soccer world. As stated earlier, the Copa America announcement started off the day saying the US would face Argentina in the summer tournament.

The rest of the draw will be in another post later tonight.
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New FIFA Rankings show Italy on top, knocking Brazil off the top of the mountain for the first time in four and a half years. Brazil losing in a friendly to # 8 Portugal 2-0, is the main reason the five time world champs fall.
FIFA World Ranking as of February 14, 2007
1, Italy
2, Brazil
3, Argentina
4, France
5, Germany
6, England
7, Netherlands
8, Portugal
9, Czech Republic
10, Spain.

As you see no US in the top 10, they come into the polls at #29, up three spots from the last poll. My other soccer love, Sweden comes in at 16.

Lastly, America Samoa and Timor-Leste come in a dead last in the poll at #199.

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Tim Howard is breaking away from his contract with Man U and moving permanently to Everton FC following this season. Howard had been on loan to Everton since the start of the season. Great news for Timmy, he has really come together since he started getting the confidence back in his game. It really showed against Mexico and with 11 shutouts this season, it is no surprise to me that Howard is a big reason why Everton is doing quite well this season.
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Maria Burns wrote a nice article on Freddy Adu’s younger brother Fro. Interesting story about how Fro is going on his own and doing “his thing”. George Mason gets the younger Adu, who like Freddy, can’t drive. I do think Freddy can drive by now but we all know Momma Adu was driving the young lad to the training pitch when he began in the league.

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College to the Pros has this great read about the Boomerang Effect that some Yanks Abroad are experiencing. This is something I have talked about in the past. You see a lot of guys that get a few years of experience in Europe and take that back with them to the MLS. There are plenty of kids like Ryan Guy (who passed on FC Dallas) that go abroad to try and see their worth. I can bet that someone like Guy will return to the league someday down the road. We are seeing this effect more and more. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. It helps the league and these players with valuable experience, look at Kenny Cooper…a great example of this effect.

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TFC Blog is reporting coach Mo Johnston put to rest that they will not get rid of striker Alecko Eskandarian. Putting rest to rumors in previous articles saying that they would send him to his homeland of New York. To me, its not a bad deal if he goes and not a bad option to keep him.

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Two tryout hopefuls are still working out with the LA Galaxy in their bid to potentially play with soccer star David Beckham.  Out of over 800 tryouts, two remain, Rui Fortes and Laurent Merlin. Fortes is a Portuguese player who recently played in the USL’s 4th tier development Division with the Rhode Island Stingrays. And Merlin is a French player who was brought up in the Olympique Marseille development system. Both players carry green cards so there would be no penalty against the senior international roster limit. Good luck to the two of them.
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Pre-Season Updates:

Red Bull New York defeated DC 2-1… Altidore and Toure score for New York and Gomez for DC

Toronto FC gets their first win over Florida International University 1-0…Hector Hurtado will forever go down in TFC history scoring the clubs first goal…even if it were a pre-season match…it is a stat that probably will be forgotten

RSL had a split squad action beating University of Central Florida 4-3 and losing 1-0 to Swedish side GAIS

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