The American Hooligan

By Jason Gatties

Real Salt Lake & Red Bulls Hope To Continue MLS Success

This weekend the Real Madrid & Barcelona U.S. Tours continue as Real Madrid takes on Real Salt Lake, while Barcelona visits the New York Red Bulls. Both games can be seen on Fox Soccer Channel on Saturday.

If you miss out, check back here Saturday night for results.

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August 11, 2006 Posted by | Football (soccer), General, MLS, USA, World | Leave a comment

D.C. United Vs Real Madrid

Courtesy of D.C. UnitedYeah I know. It’s Friday and this game took place on Wednesday. But since I have DirecTV, I wasn’t able to watch the game until last night. See unless you shell out money for the MLS Package, live games get blacked out on Comcast Sports Net or Fox Sports Net. So I had to spend Thursday avoiding “spoilers” so I could actually enjoy the game.

Now I’m not a fan of D.C. United per say, I support the Chicago Fire because it’s the closest thing to a home team I have (although Chicago isn’t my favorite soccer team either, that honor goes out to the GUNNERS!!!), but I will say that D.C. United looked pretty damn impressive against Real. After Cassano’s goal in I believe the 22nd minute (can’t be sure, but I think it was the 22nd), I thought for sure the game would end up being a bit of a “white wash”. But D.C. United stepped up as Alecko Eskandarian scored a very impressive goal a few minutes later. The first half ended with a 1-1 tie.

The second half was fun to watch as Real had SEVERAL great scoring attempts but Troy Perkins was like a brick wall. He proved why he is the best MLS goalie, hands down. The game ended in a draw but in my world, chalk it up as a win for D.C. and yet another impressive effort from our boys against a European elite side.

August 11, 2006 Posted by | Football (soccer), General, MLS, World | Leave a comment

Sorry for the lack of posts

I’ve been rather busy this week, plus I’m trying to come up with a decent design for this blog. My custom header sucks and takes forever to load. So until I can figure something out, I will go with a pretty simple look.

I will be back later tonight for my weekend soccer preview.

August 11, 2006 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

USL W-League Semi’s-All Canada Finals

USLI’m sure the maple syrup is pouring through the streets in Canada tonight as the “canucks” proved to be superior in W-League Semi-Final action tonight from Vancouver.

In the opener, Ottawa knocked off Charlotte 2-1. Despite the 1 goal difference, Ottawa completely dominated the match, which was shown live on Fox Soccer Channel.

In the second game, the home side Vancouver rolled over Seattle 5-0. Vancouver scored 4 goals in the second half to put the Sounder-Saints away. Vancouver will take on Ottawa this Sunday in the W-League finals while Charlotte and Seattle will battle for 3rd place.

For more info visit USLSoccer.com

August 5, 2006 Posted by | General, Soccer, USL | Leave a comment

MLS All Star Game Saturday Night

MLS All Star GameTomorrow night at 6:30pm on ESPN, the MLS All Stars will take on the 2 -time defending English Premier League Champs Chelsea FC live from Toyota Park, home of the Chicago Fire. Last season the MLS All Stars knocked off Fulham, but Chelsea is a different animal all together. It will be pretty interesting to see if our boys can hang with the champs. And my god, Chelsea definately reloaded after last season.

Chelsea is lead by Frank Lampard,Michael Ballack & Petr Cech. When I first found out Chelsea would travel to the US to play our All Stars, I figured maybe they would send a “B” level team, but that is definately not the case.

The USA will be lead by Brian Ching, Freddy Adu, Clint Dempsey & Troy Perkins.

My quick prediction? Should be a fun game to watch. Look for Team MLS to start out strong, perhaps taking a 1-0 lead into half time. But I see Chelsea pulling this one off by a score of 2-1. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

So again..ESPN…6:30pm Eastern…tune in.

August 4, 2006 Posted by | English Premier League, MLS, Soccer | Leave a comment

Welcome To “The American Hooligan” Blog Site

Welcome to my brand new soccer/rugby blog! This blog is sorta an offshoot of my main blog website… KnockoutZone.com. I’m a passionate fan when it comes to Mixed Martial Arts, which is why I feel the need to have a MMA blog. But I’ve also become pretty passionate about Soccer (football to the rest of ya) and Rugby. So I figured I would just go right ahead and start a blog dedicated to soccer & rugby as well.

I will pass on news, notes,results & opinions to anyone who cares to read. Hopefully someone will read this shit but hell, I could care less. I just enjoy writing.

So…welcome…and be sure you check out my KnockoutZone.com blog as well.

August 4, 2006 Posted by | General, Soccer | Leave a comment