Archive for August, 2009

Exciting: Altidore Adds to Score Sheet

"My time to shine"

"My time to shine"

Update on our Alitdore piece.

60th min  – JZA entered the game for Caleb Folan.

61st min – Altidore to Kamel Ghilas on a 180 volley for the game winner. Talk about getting the crowd behind you.

Wow!

Altidore stat sheet:

30 mins, 1 assist, 2 shots on goal, another pass for a shot on goal.

Better than even money says JZA makes the starting XI next time out.

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Sunday Morning Update (from Mark):

I just had the opportunity to fire up the DVR for the debut. Jozy got a standing O and even a 15-second chant of U-S-A! U-S-A! when he stepped on the pitch.

Click to watch JZA’s role in the game winner.

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There is a rivalry going on right now….

I have to be honest. I’m like a kid in a candy store this morning.

It’s an overcast dawn here in SF (nothing new really); justification to stay in side.

It's old timers day....

It's old timers day....

Man U and Man City are playing…..on different channels! I am pressing the “last” button on my remote more than if the Superbowl and World Series were on at the same time. I never had Setanta just Fox Sports so this is the first time this was possible for me.

I’m mostly watching the game at Old Trafford this morning. I want to see how the AIG’ers play without Ronaldo.

Some observations this morning across both games:

At the City of Manchester Stadium, Man City is already up 1-0 on a Adebayor poke 20mins in about.  Watching a few minutes of this game against Wolverhampton (another idea for my first son’s name), it’s clear to see against lesser competition this year Man City might just start pouring in goals. Today they are featuring Adebayor, Tevez and Robinho–Wolverhampton looks a second late to where the ball just was on the pitch.

Over at Wigan’s DW Stadium, your eyes are not deceiving you, this is not 1999, those are relics Paul Scholes and Gary Neville being featured by Sir Alex.

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Just 1 Goal: Well Done Thierry Henry, Kanu, et all

Focused on 1Goal

Focused on 1Goal

From time-to-time we will explore the power of The Beautiful Game to make a difference around the world.

We missed the launch of this yesterday, but it’s worth sharing today.

Thierry Henry, Michael Owen, and John Pantsil among other international supporters have joined up to begin a support campaign to, in general, bring education to children in Africa, entitled: The 1Goal Initiative.

Having a sister who works in Chad in central Africa, TSG thinks it’s great to see the focus that will be coming to the continent due to the World Cup next year. This campaign is coordinated for that moment of high exposure.

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US Soccer Takes a Hit…WSD’s Final Show

Condemned for High Treason

Condemned for High Treason

(Shaun here with a new post.)

World Soccer Daily has announced today that it is their last show. For those unfamiliar with World Soccer Daily, it is (or was) a daily radio show out of Redondo Beach, CA that made itself available through terrestrial radio, Sirius Radio, and podcasts and arguably was the most listened to show on soccer in the US.

Without getting into the longer version of the story, the show’s host Steven Cohen, made some ill-advised comments (though completely entitled through freedom of speech) about the Hillsborough disaster. A group of single mindedly frightening people have gone about destroying their show by contacting their sponsors and now even threatening their families.

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The Set-Up Couldn’t Be Sweeter for Jozy

Altidore: "I like what I see"

Altidore: "I like what I see"

Okay, we can finally put the Jozy quarantine stories to bed for good. Clean bill of health.

Things are only looking up for America’s version of Didier Drogba and I should say he should take advantage of them right now because there is nothing standing in his way.

Or shall we say little standing in his way. While Jozy has been AWOL from the Hull side, skipper Phil Brown has been desperately trying to secure another striker–not necessarily due to his absence, but due to the lack of quality depth on the Hull side.

You could say Caleb Folan is their lead striker right now, but Folan is closer to the camp of an Emile Heskey or Brian Ching-type rather than a ball lasher. 25-year-old Kamil Ghilas was just brought in from Celtic Vigo, but controversy and one-year stints seem to follow him wherever he goes.

Beyond Folan and Ghilas, Brown’s options are extremely limited. Brown went with Folan as the lone

Altidore's striker competition? You're looking at it

Altidore's striker competition? You're looking at it

striker in the opening Chelsea loss and as my brother commented last Sunday, Hull looked like they were playing a rope-a-dope for the entire game….only one problem: they never countered. Chelsea stood them up against the ropes and thrashed them until finally the levy gave way to the tune of 2-1.

Against Tottenham on Tuesday, it was much more of the same and then some. Brown, seeking more offense, deployed 32-year-old journeyman Daniel Cousin alongside Folan. Cousin was unceremoniously subbed for midfielder Geovanni at the 22-minute mark after a fairly unconvincing display. Beyond Cousin and Folan, you have Craig Fagan–he, of course, of the nasty broken leg last year and now in recovery from a hernia operation already this year.

Helmsman Phil recognized the striker deficiency even before JZA was held up. Before the season was even in effect, Brown tried to get the oft-injured Michael Owen to Hull (Man U pulled the trigger) and Frazier Campbell, who opted for Sunderland instead.

Recently, as in up to earlier this week, the Hull manager desperately tried to land Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Negreda, who opted to remain in the less physically intense Spanish Primera. And now there is news this morning that Hull is after David Nugent. If you think you’ve heard Nugent’s name lately, just Google “Marc Wilson,” the two of them had a little display of fisticuffs at 4am in a Portugal hotel just two weeks ago while

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Compelling Story Lines Waltzing into Week 2

Just a fun August for TSG and soccer in general.

We’ve got transfer rumors up the wazoo and we’ve got swine flu scares. By the way, is anyone else sick of this swine flu-Altidore-Hull story?

Don't worry Phil, Jozy's about to suit up.

Don't worry Phil, Jozy will suit up.

I am, it’s over-reported and it is what it is. Worse, how about reporters asking for commentary on the story! Like I know the first thing about Jozy having swine flu. Everything else is conjecture. TSG just hopes he doesn’t have….whatever.

If you want to learn the latest on Jozy’s situation, just click here and make your own judgments.

or

Just check-in with Jozy’s latest Twitter: Finally on the plane to england :) I just want to play. Once again thanks for all your support guys”

Let’s get back to soccer and transfer buzz and stop being the secondary or tertiary source of rumor-based “news.” It’s like this story is sitting at the grocery checkout counter and running next to Rachael McAdams (hottie) is having an alien baby or World Cup 2010 cancelled. Enough already.

Apologies for the diatribe. Here’s some of the soccer-based and factual things that TSG unearthed this week or will keep tabs on this weekend:

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