All Over the Pitch: Monday Musings

Just wanted to get some commentary out there this morning after going through the headlines, reviews and considering our pieces from Sunday evening.

♦ US U-17 is in action today against Spain on ESPN 360 (11am PST) and if I get a chance I’m going to check it out. Two of the three players I wanted

All eyes to be on Jack

All eyes to be on Jack

to watch aren’t in the squad, Charles Renken and West Ham United academy attendee Sebastian Lletget. That leaves me focused on  Jack McInerney who apparently doesn’t have all the physical tools, but still is considered a great prospect. Some in the commentary on TSG have suggested he’s the next Wayne Rooney — is that aggressive? For a preview of the US in the tourney, head over to Match Fit USA.

♦ Following up on our review of Fernando Torres performance right now and considering him a legend in the making. Is he not the best striker right now? Who else is up there with him? Maybe David Villa, Zlatan, perhaps Drogba (if he remains consistent). Rooney, Eto and others are clearly a step below.

Confirming the U.S. friendly in Bratislava against Slovakia on November 14th. That’s three planned friendlies against three quality teams: Slovakia (Fifa ranking #33), Denmark (#27) and the Netherlands (#3).

More on Jonathan Spector. Despite the visual rating here, commentary from West Ham fans suggest the US rightback played admirably against Arsenal.

Decent game review of the Fulham – Manchester City clash here. The point that USMNT fans should take note of? The importance of Jonathan Greening maintaining possession in the midfield that allowed Fulham to go toe-to-toe with the Citizens and finally draw. A good read.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by matthewsf on 2009/10/26 at 11:11 AM

    So far 10 mins in in the U-17 Spain vs. US match, Jack McInerney has made a run that led to a red card and then challenged the goalie on a free kick in that he then tipped in for a goal.

    The kid is certainly aggressive — would have liked to see him against a full Spain side today. So far, impressive.

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  2. Sounds impressive. Can’t get 360 at work unfortunately. Mathtracker says weather conditions are 97 degrees and mostly cloudy – wow, that sounds oppressive. Hopefully the kids can make 85 minutes with a man advantage tell.

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  3. Posted by matthewsf on 2009/10/26 at 11:33 AM

    Wow – 2-1 Spain (Sorry Tuesday).

    US backline is not respecting the skill of Spain. They are overmatched, true, but they are drifting from their marks.

    Sarabia (spl?) for Spain just laced an EPL quality shot under the right corner roof off a one-touch on complete width cross.

    US looks good in possession, but is having trouble on the final touch.

    Spain is making rushes that the US can’t contend with yet. Spain is tearing up the right flank of the US as the US tries to move the ball to the other flank.

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  4. Posted by matthewsf on 2009/10/26 at 11:36 AM

    There’s a few players on the Spain bench that look like they are starving for a nap and a peanut and jelly sandwich — I don’t know what that means — they’re young.

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