Friday, February 23, 2007

Soccer News & Notes: 2/23/2007

Pachuca Win 2-0 in CONCACAF Champions Cup
Defending Copa Sudamericana champions Pachuca dropped Marquense of Guatamala 2-0 last night at home in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions Cup Quarter final match up. The second leg will be played Feb. 28 in San Marcos, Guatemala.

Carling Cup Final: Arsenal vs. Chelsea
The young guns vs. the millionaires. Chelsea captain John Terry has been ruled out of this match up due to an injury he picked up midweek in Porto. Arsene Wenger has stated that he will primarily use the same younger side that he has used through the entire Carling Cup campaign, which seems to mean that Henry will either not suit up or will be on the bench for this match up.

This could be the last chance for Jose. If he wins this title, he might, might stave off the executioners ax for a couple more weeks, but if Chelsea fails to win this match, especially against a less than full strength Arsenal, despite the defensive injuries, the Special One will (IMHO) become the Fired One. With the tools that he has been given, to have as many problems this season as he has, which in any normal club would be no problems, Mourinho is expected to be first in the league, and to be dominating like they did last year. Is the criticism warranted? Not really in my opinion. He still has Chelsea alive in all competitions and, which is a better situation than Sir Alex, Wenger, or Rafa can say for their clubs. However, if Chelsea fails to win their second Carling Cup in three years, expect the ball to be rolling for Mourinho.

Copa Libertadores: River Plate 2 – 1 Colo Colo
In a match up of former champions, Argentina’s River Plate picked up three important away points last night in their opening Copa Libertadores match at Chile’s Colo Colo, winning 2-1. River went ahead 1-0 with a goal taken from a contested free kick, not unlike Ryan Giggs goal midweek at Lille in the UEFA Champions League.

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