Category Archives: Soccer

Euro 2008 Excitement

Just finished watching Germany play Turkey in one of the semifinal matches of the Euro 2008 tournament. I enjoyed a smooth, malty Jubelfestbier from Bamberg during the match in support of Germany, though I’ve been very impressed by the Turkish team, and am sorry to see them go. They made some amazing comebacks, but time… Read More »

Earthquakes are Back

The San Jose Earthquakes played their first regular season home MLS match (though at the Oakland Coliseum) last Saturday since the team got moved to Houston by the low lifes at AEG. Sadly, they lost 1-0 to the Chicago Fire, though the Earthquakes far outplayed the Fire. Chicago is a pretty good team, but they… Read More »

San Jose Earthquakes Are Back

Tomorrow MLS Commissioner Don Garber will officially announce that the San Jose Earthquakes will return to Major League Soccer in 2008. The Bay Area lost the Quakes two years ago when hapless, disinterested owners AEG moved the team to Houston, where they became the Houston Dynamo. Fortunately, a dedicated group of fans lobbied to preserve… Read More »

US Beats Uruguay 2-1 in U-20 World Cup

Earlier tonight the US beat Uruguay 2-1 in extra time in an exciting second round match at the Under 20 Men’s World Cup. It would have been a lot more exciting if the Uruguayan team had focused on quality of play instead of alternating between diving throughout the match to draw fouls (and sadly receiving… Read More »

SoccerPhone 2007

SoccerPhone is a speech application I wrote about five years ago so I could get live updates on Major League Soccer scores whenever I was away from an Internet connection. I wrote the application in VoiceXML, JavaScript, and Python. Since SoccerPhone gathers the live data by scraping information from the HTML scoreboard page on the… Read More »

World Cup 2006 Tickets

We now have our tickets for the 3 first round matches in which the US national team will play at World Cup 2006 in Germany this summer. Woohoo!! We leave for Europe near the end of May, two weeks before the games begin. Our current itinerary has us heading first to Vienna, next to Budapest,… Read More »

US Qualifies for World Cup

The US became the first team from the CONCACAF region to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany by cruising to an easy 2-0 win over Mexico this Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. Mexico rarely threatened and took only one dangerous shot in the entire game. Keller dove to his right to block the shot,… Read More »

Ajax Investment in US Soccer

Tomorrow, Ajax America will announce that they are considering investing in either the San Jose Earthquakes or the Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer here in the US. Ajax is interested only in a supporting investment position, so both teams are still looking for lead investors. Having Ajax as part owners of the Earthquakes… Read More »

Soccerphone Update

It’s been ages since I’ve written about Soccerphone, or even about anything at all. The last few weeks have just been too hectic. But, I did find time this weekend to make a few updates to Soccerphone, which is an automated speech application I built a few years ago so I could receive live Major… Read More »

US Wins in Salt Lake City

Sandra and I attended the US vs. Costa Rica World Cup qualifier in Salt Lake City last weekend and watched the US easily beat Costa Rica 3-0. The US followed this win with another big win Wednesday night by putting together a simlarly convincing 3-0 victory against Panama in Panama. The US is now in… Read More »