Friday, August 31, 2007
(Related question: the guy has not really impressed in MLS. What gives? Why do some teams pluck young players that haven't really succeeded in MLS? And why don't they succeed in MLS? Convey played well in D.C., but seemed to fade his last season in the league, as if he was not really into it, so perhaps these players lack motivation in this league? The book is out on Adu. But, does MLS not develop players well? Beasley certainly does NOT fall into this category, nor does Bocanegra or McBride. And Jozy seems to be coming along nicely. Maybe, though, every player is different, and responds differently to different stimuli. Thoughts?)
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
1. ManU was really lucky to get 3 points against Tottenham. That said, Scholes was great.
2. I love Reading manager (and economic historian) Steve Coppell:
“I’m old school, I suppose, but I want someone to say to me: ‘I made my fortune in
electronics, you know about football. I’ll look after the business, you take
care of the football, and we’ll both get on with it’. That’s my environment to
3. Dempsey opened his account for the season (1:12 into video) for Fulham in his first start of the year. Keller also got his first start with Fulham. Usual result on the road, though, as the Cottagers go down to Villa 2-1.
4. Team Friedel (Blackburn) and Team Howard (Everton) battled to an entertaining 1-1 draw.
5. Really enjoyed the ManCity-Arsenal match. And glad to see Sven lose.
1. Slurpo-san summed up the DC-Toronto match about right. Zzzzzzz.
2. That's all I saw. Not sure if I had the option of watching anyone else.
3. Enjoyed the recent Q&A on Ives Galarcep's blog. Lots of Q's about MLS expansion. 18 teams by 2012??? Yowsers. Might be a tad many for the US player pool to support. But are you thinking what I'm thinking? Get the boots out and go for a jog, and let's get ready to walk on!!!
I'm going to try and make it as a reserve right back for "PSV Cleveland." Who's with me?
Finally, MLS goal of the week: Jozy's 25-yard field goal attempt (check out video highlights): it's long enough, it's...GOOD!
EXTRA BONUS EXTRA!
We noted last week the signing of Denilson by FC Dallas. We figured we were talking about the 30-year old member of the 2002 World Cup-winning Brazil side, and former member of Balompie Blog-favorite Real Betis (Beeeee-tis!). Well, not so fast. The article announcing the signing in the Fort Worth Star Telegram posts a picture of the 19-year old Arsenal midfielder who goes by the same name. Typically ignorant MLS reporting or an amazing coup by the league? (I personally think Denilson is making an unwise career choice by leaving Arsenal for FC Dallas.)
The Colorado Rapids, with strikes from Conor Casey, Mike Petke and Colin Clark, have just won yet another victory against the evil Galaxy empire. After the battle, journalist spies managed to steal secret plans to the empire’s ultimate weapon, the KLINSMANN, a legendary striker with enough power to destroy the entire league. Pursued by the empire’s sinister agents, KLINSMANN is the only coaching hope to save Beckham and restore winning to the Galaxy…
As we all know, newly promoted Derby County (aside: should we henceforth dub Derby "DAAAAARGH-by?") recently signed America's hopeful-savior in the midfield, Benny Feilhaber. Benny, by all accounts, has looked good in practice, and has been in good form for the Nats since summer. Yet, not only did he not see any action in Saturday's brutal loss to fellow-promotee Birmingham, he didn't even dress. What gives? The Rams are, frankly, not looking good thus far, and, logic would suggest that the team would be eager to try out their new (and creative) midfield acquisition.
So, what's the story? I have yet to find an answer, though there are all sorts of curious theories afloat.
In separate Ram news, new-Derby-signee Eddie Lewis, aka "Lazarus", made a pretty good debut against Birmingham. One of the few brightspots, Eddie even notched an assist on a pin-perfect cross from the left flank that should cause all U.S. fans to get all dewy-eyed from nostalgia.
Off to my violin...
Friday, August 24, 2007
I guess MLS decided to start the game before the television coverage switched over and we finally got to the game about 12 minutes in. I hope this isn't a sign of the pecking order over at ESPN. I can kind of sort of understand not switching over during what might have been the most thrilling game in WNBA history (I can't say for sure as this marked my first WNBA viewing experience--it was FAN-God awful). But, I thought maybe, just maybe, one of the twenty other ESPN channels might have switched to the game. Well, ESPN Classic did switch from its normally scheduled program...to the WNBA game. Ouch ouch.
Once we finally got to the game, though, we saw Chivas beat down a thoroughly miserable-looking Galaxy side. Galaxy bruiser and purported midfielder Kevin Harmse (pictured) finally got tossed from a game for a sly uppercut thrown during a scrum that ensued after a hard foul on Beckham by Chivas MF Jesse Marsch. I say "finally" because it's hard to watch Galaxy games and not dislike Harmse. He's kind of like Robbie Savage for Blackburn but without any positive soccer skills whatsoever.
Anyway, no way Becks should have come back for the second half. He was exhausted and ineffective (not surprising), but with a big Galaxy middle finger to Fortuna, out he came for the entire 2nd half. Oy...were they tempting fate. He ended up limping off the field at the end. He went 90 with a man down! ARGHHHHH! Sub him out, for the love of God! It was painful to watch. I wanted to strangle Galaxy manager Frank Yallop through the TV. Yallop seemed to push it off on Beckham--"he said he wanted to go." Of course he's going to say that. Manage him! Take him out. You were getting trounced anyway!
Oh well. Nice job by Chivas. MoM: a lively Maykel Galindo and an effective Sacha Kljestan (tie).
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Separate Q: With now 4 yank keepers plying their trade in the EPL, are we finally seeing the fruits of Sylvester Stallone's starring role as Hatch in "Victory"? Forget Bradenton, it's time to make a stirring WWII-era football pic with a stud American forward.
(Separate Q: how long before Derby comes a'courting for Tony Meola?)
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Will our midfield be overmatched?
Will Bradley get a yellow for his bad habit of constantly grabbing opposing players' arms?
Find out today as the U.S. Men's National Team takes on Sweden in a friendly from Ullevi Stadium in Goteborg (is there anywhere nicer than Goteborg in August?). 2:30 p.m. EST.
However, yours truly will not watch it live, so media blackout in effect until further notice!!!
Marcus: So, you really want me to ask management about you coming over to play at Reading?
Landon: Yeah, if it's not too much trouble.
Marcus: Alright, I'll see what I can do.
Landon: Tell them I'll make them forget Sidwell.
Marcus: So what's it like playing w/ Beckham?
Landon: He's, um, he's okay, I guess. So about Reading's need for an attacking mid...