May 14, 2009
USL Thursday Night/Friday Morning Football
If you plan on DVRing tonight's Fox Soccer Channel broadcast of the Rhinos game in Portland, then you won't need to stock up on your stimulant of choice.
If you are going to watch the game from your couch or you plan on heading out to The Distillery on Mount Hope to take part in the official viewing party, it should be interesting as the Rhinos take on a team that have been shut out 3 times in 4 matches. Although, Portland has put up 3 clean sheets of their own so far this season.
That is in contrast to the Rhinos that are tied for the league lead in goals for with 7 goals in 5 games.
Personally, I'm expecting the Rhinos to be in 1st place by the time I wake up tomorrow morning. But in this league, anything can happen.
I'll roll out the crystal ball and say that Salles nets his first and Gregor gets a late assist in a 2-0 Rhinos victory.
News & Notes:
- Devo also had a blog post on the City stepping up to help pay for up keep in their stadium.
- Toronto took out Montreal 1-0 last night in Nutrilite Canadian Championship action thanks to Chad Barrett's first half goal.
- Is the Alamodome as MLS friendly as BC Place? If it is, maybe they can get a Spu, like say Tony Parker, to become their city's Steve Nash?
- US Soccer.com has a podcast up with Gooch with his (perhaps final) season in Belgium nearing the end.
- Greg Roth in Seattle likes the Philadelphia Union expansion of MLS. And it appears that the Union will have a head coach within the next month. I wonder if they are going to go after Peter Nowak?
- It looks like Fredy Montero has gotten a little homesick.
- The schedule for the 2010 CONCACAF Champions League is out.
- Voting for the 2009 MLS All-Star Starting XI is open.
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