Spain (1st in FIFA Rankings, 2nd in ELO) / Netherlands(15th FIFA / 5th ELO) / Chile (14th FIFA / 10th ELO) / Australia (59th FIFA / 32nd ELO)
June 13 Spain v Netherlands
June 13 Chile v Australia
June 18 Australia v Netherlands
June 18 Spain v Chile
June 23 Australia v Spain
June 23 Netherlands v Chile
Group winner v Group A R-up / Group R-up v Group A winner
This is a very exciting group: Spain are defending World and European Champions, the Netherlands were runners up in South Africa, Chile were the most exiting team in the group stages, and ehm, Australia has the platypus. This will be the first World Cup where the finalists from the previous tournament meet in the group stages, and along with Chile, can be considered among the top few teams in the World. In contrast, Australia may be one of the weaker teams going to Brazil.
Huge day for the USL to Louisville movement.
A 10:30 media event at Mockingbird Valley Sports Complex offered us some new information on the effort to bring Orlando City’s USL franchise to Louisville in 2015. We met new faces among the investment group, including real estate developer Justin Brown. We learned about deals with Louisville Metro Government and the Louisville Bats to play in Slugger Field starting in 2015. We even heard the ownership group has identified a coach for our club (although he hasn’t been named yet).
Time is short for anyone who wants to invest in the club for a full share ($25,000) or a half share ($12,500). The Coopers have committed to establish a fan ownership share, with details to be announced once the rest of the financing is in place.
Here are today’s news clippings:
See renderings of Slugger Field’s proposed soccer configuration, courtesy TEG, after the jump…
Well, that was unexpected.
This season from the beginning has been filled with moments where the conventional wisdom of the Premier League has been defied. You would expect that Manchester United, even with the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, would be challenging for the title, at the very least up in the top 4 easily. You would expect Jose Mourinho to galvanize his Chelsea squad to run away with the title. You would expect Manchester City to be right on their heels. You would expect Tottenham, having lost the best player in the league but having replaced him with a cavalcade of top talent, would finally make that push to challenge Arsenal for top spot in London. You would even expect Arsene Wenger, having seen his greatest managerial rival finally bow out of the game, rise to the occasion and make a push to go get back the title that he lifted a gold version of back in 2004.
There are four possible outcomes for the Gunners with the remaining schedule. They are as follows:
-Win the FA Cup
-Finish in the Top Four of the Premier League
-Complete both tasks
-Fall short of both accomplishments
With the season winding down in an unfortunate fashion for Arsenal supporters, many are calling for the removal of Wenger as the clubs manager. At first I was I vehemently against this idea. The longevity of the manager was one of the key reasons I became a U.S. Arsenal Supporter. Likening it to the college dynasties with coaches who stay for decades to the few remaining pro coaches/managers in the pro sports arena, there is something to appreciate about long standing successes under one man. To go through thick and thin with the understanding there will be ups and downs, but the downs never quite hit rock bottom. That being said, there must always be proven improvement or change to move forward over time to prevent stagnation.
Brazil (9th in FIFA Rankings, 1st in ELO) / Croatia (16th FIFA / 23rd ELO) / Mexico (20th FIFA / 19th ELO) / Cameroon (59th FIFA / 56th ELO)
June 12 Brazil v Croatia
June 13 Mexico v Cameroon
June 17 Brazil v Mexico
June 18 Cameroon v Croatia
June 23 Cameroon v Brazil .
June 23 Croatia v Mexico
Group winner v Group B R-up / Group R-up v Group B winner
It is hard to imagine that any team will top Group A beyond Brazil. To be honest, it is hard to picture a bigger favorite for the World Cup than Brazil. Playing on home ground, with a solid squad and a proven manager, it seems to be all sewn up for them, and the bookies have them clear of the rest. It is hard to believe that just 4 years back, they were dumped out in the quarterfinals of the last World Cup. Their win in last year’s Confederations Cup has put them in pole position. However, it is worth remembering that no Confederations Cup winner has gone on to win the World Cup, and only once in the past 8 World Cups has the host won it. Read more »
Taylor and Tim cover the following topics.
-Updates on USL to Louisville
-UofL vs Indy 11 match updates
-US Men’s National Team vs. Mexico
-River City Rovers Update
Recorded and produced by Maplex Monk.
In this weeks podcast Taylor and Tim cover an update from the Insider’s Louisville meeting about the USL to Louisville efforts. They also discuss the idea of doing a public option to allow fans of soccer to own a part of the team. They also give us some updates on the March 22nd Cooper’s tailgate, followed by the University of Louisville men’s soccer team playing the NASL’s Indy 11.