Archive for August, 2009

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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Freddy: Adun’t Make A Mistake

Freddy: Take charge!

Freddy: Take charge!

We’ve all seen the talent and we’ve all heard the hype–though both have quieted a bit on all levels over the past two years.

Take a look at a USMNT message board and you’ll see his name come up more times than Bob Bradley vilifications.

Freddy Adu is the answer! Freddy Adu doesn’t do anything.

Where’s Freddy Adu in the squad for the game?

Now, news comes yesterday that Freddy Adu’s loan move from Benfica’s Stadium of Light is scuttled until further notice and TSG is going to weigh in with a little commentary after taking an evening to think about it. ESPN, as well as a number of other sources, are reporting that Adu’s loan move hit the skids because of an issue over compensation, specifically Odense not wanting to pay the full salary for the 20-year-old….which I guess brings us to our main point.

What is Adu thinking and, more appropriately, how is Adu’s agent playing this one? Freddy, you’re all of 20-years-old. You’ve made money through both play and promotion (Adu is still signed to Nike). On that playing front, you’ve been making wages since you were 14! Sir Alex Ferguson annointed your potential at 17….others that Ferguson has knighted go just by their last name: Rooney, Giggs, Ronaldo. (and maybe Macheda, but we’ll see on that one)

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Thank you American Outlaws!

My brother and I want to give a really loud “Let’s go US!” to the American Outlaws for selecting us as USMNT commentary for their fan club supporters.

TSG got an email two month ago from Justin Brunken who fronts the up-and-coming supporter club. Brunken was appreciative of our commentary and a phenomenal spokesman for his group–he certainly conveyed the sincerity of their support for the USMNT. Mark, on our side, and Justin got it going and voila.

Check out the American Outlaws and check out where we’ll be appearing.

More importantly check Sunil Gulati addressing the support group before the Honduras game in Chicago in June of this year.

(Holy smokes, guys, I just got goosebumps watching this! Thanks!)

Iran – USA, Not So Friendly on the Pitch Either

Do we need cap leader Kobi Jones to step in and make this happen?

Do we need cap leader Cobi Jones to step in and make this happen?

According to the Tehran Times (TSG has no idea the rep of this paper) this evening and Iran football personnel, the US-Iran friendly eleven match scheduled for the Fall is likely not to be.

Ali Kaffashian, Iran Football Federation president, “We have announced our readiness to hold matches with the U.S. team via letters but have not received any answer yet. In this case, the matches will be canceled.

Far be it from TSG to even slightly interpret fact accuracy, rhetoric and political correctness, however regardless of who, what or how, we feel it would be phenomenal for soccer to be the ambassador sport for opening up relations between the two countries.

In fact, chalk another one up for soccer in the US, it’s not like we can send an American football or baseball team to Iran, Indonesia or even Iraq and have a sport that involves the largest portion of the opponents fanbase.

Clint Dempsey through Marvin Gaye’s Words

C'mon Clint: What's going on?

C'mon Clint: What's going on?

(Update:  How Clint Looked Versus Chelsea)

“What’s going on?
Tell me what’s going on.”

A few days ago we launched a little primer entitled, “What’s Up With Clint?,” to get us thinking on how the still very young (CD is all of 26 years old) and in the prime of his career Deuceman has become virtually irrelevant for the US team over the past few months. Mind you, when we say irrelevant, we’re talking about being a difference-maker within the game. Clint has scored goals–but those moments have accounted for easily less than 2% of the time he’s been on the pitch for the USMNT. Remember the fierce Clint Dempsey attacking the Italian iron curtain defense at will and with reckless abandon (though not successfully) in the 2006 World Cup, yeah so do we. We want him back.

Today, we were jogged with the news that Fulham have signed former Chelsea and Newcastle left flanksman Damien Duff to their squad. Note, if you had the pleasure of watching Chelsea’s first year under supercoach Jose Mourinho in the 2003-2004 EPL campaign, their midfield, from right to left, of Joe Cole, Frank Lampard, Claude Makelele, and Damien Duff was just a pleasure to watch.

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