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Dutch Digest – Week 16

Posted in WSR on December 9, 2009 by dtopp18

Ajax Amsterdam falls to FC Utrecht, a team I have said others should not sleep on, by a 2-0 score.  Reigning Eredivisie champions, AZ Alkmaar decided enough was enough and gave head coach Ronald Koeman his walking papers just before the mid-point of the season.

For the rest of the week 16 action and news:

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USMNT: A Closer Look At Group C

Posted in WSR on December 8, 2009 by dtopp18

On Friday, the groupings for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa were drawn.  Being the U.S. men’s national team correspondent for World Soccer Reader, it was kind of important that I watch this.

Well, the Yanks found themselves with a good draw.  Rounding out Group C was England, the U.S., Algeria and Slovenia.  While American supporters were thrilled with the group, I took the time to look a little closer at next summer’s competition.

Continue Reading “USMNT: A Closer Look At Group C” at World Soccer Reader.

Dutch Digest – Week 15

Posted in WSR on December 1, 2009 by dtopp18

It’s your source for everything Dutch football.  Ajax cruises by Vitesse.  PSV need three goals for three points.  I continue to be impressed by FC Utrecht.

For the rest of the week 15 action in the Eredivisie:

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Dutch Digest – Week 14

Posted in WSR on November 27, 2009 by dtopp18

The Eredivisie resumed play this weekend after a week off from an international break, returning with a flurry of goals across the table.

Continue Reading “Dutch Digest – Week 14” at World Soccer Reader.

(Faux) World Cup Draw

Posted in WSR on November 20, 2009 by dtopp18

In the early hours of Thursday morning, Richard Farley, Jared DuBois and myself went through the selection process of the upcoming World Cup.  The three of us explained the process at which teams are selected, we drew to the eight groups and shared our thoughts on the groupings.

It’s my second appearance on “Inside the Six” this week, and a bit different for me.  Still had a chance to talk U.S. soccer and show my bias for the Dutch (even if Farley seems to have it out for the Orange).

Click here to listen to “World Cup Mock Draw” at World Soccer Reader.

U.S. Downed by the Danes, 3-1

Posted in WSR on November 20, 2009 by dtopp18

Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. men’s national team faced Denmark in Aarhus.  Fielding what many considered to be a “B” team, the Yanks received a goal from a new face.  The lead slipped away though as the Danes overwhelmed the Americans to start the second-half. 

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Talking USMNT on “Inside the Six”

Posted in WSR on November 18, 2009 by dtopp18

For those who are unfamiliar, “Inside the Six” is the podcast series for World Soccer Reader.  “ITS” as it is sometimes referred to as, is hosted and produced by Richard Farley.  I joined Richard on Tuesday’s episode to talk about the U.S. men’s national soccer team (one of my beats for WSR).  We discussed a number of different topics:

  • The 1-0 loss to Slovakia on Saturday
  • Wednesday’s match versus Denmark
  • The selection of the squad
  • And we look forward to next summer in South Africa

Click here to listen to “Inside the Six”