Saturday Morning Kick-Off

Lots of football coming up this weekend. Barcelona-Valencia for me is the pick of the lot in Europe, though Serie A looks more exciting now with Inter losing to Catania on Friday 3-1. Victory for AC Milan against Chievo on Sunday will bring them within a point of their city rivals and ensure a great finish with 10 matches left (let’s not forget a Roma win would bring them to within four points).

Anyway, on to today’s Morning Kick-Off.

Good Day for Godoy

Godoy Cruz de Mendoza find themselves at the top of the Torneo Clausura standings in Argentina thanks to a 2-1 win over Atletico Tucuman on Friday. Outside of Argentina this is not necessarily a known club and there is a reason for that. Godoy Cruz was founded in 1921 and the club has spent most of its existence in the Argentine provincial leagues. In 1994 the team reached the 2nd division and finally the Primera Division twelve years later.

Since then they have been sort of a yo-yo club between the top two divisions. The team seems to have solidified their place in the top flight now and it remains to be seen whether they can maintain a title charge as the season progresses.

Hugs For Haiti

I think we have to give kudos to the sportsmanship showed by the U.S. Women’s U-17 at the recent CONCACAF Championships in Costa Rica.

Here is a link which will give you the story: http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/blog/sow_experts/post/U-S-U-17-women-beat-Haiti-9-0-then-offer-hugs?urn=sow,227662

The fact that these Haitians are even playing is a testament to their courage and resilience. They deserve so much credit, but the U.S. team deserves a bit too thanks to this good gesture.

The Hand of OZ

Controversy reigns in Australia where a handball in the A-League semifinal second leg between Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix FC caused a big ruckus. With the score 1-1, teenage strker Chris Payne appeared to use his hand to guide the ball into the net. The goal was allowed by the referee and Sydney FC went on to win 4-2 and reach the A-League Final. Surely all at Wellington Phoenix were irate and this only a few days after FIFA had decided against implemented video technology to help clear up instances like this.

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