Archive for December, 2009

Fort Wayne Stand Up: DMB Back On The Scene

DaMarcus Beasley, forcing his way back into USMNT contention?

Beasley certainly is making a case for that–as well as perhaps being showcased for a January transfer.

A goal today for the Beas as the 2nd place Rangers wiped out 4th-in-the-table Dundee United in front of their own fans 3-0.

Beasley’s score tacks on to the two assists he had in Saturday’s win–a third start in row for the erstwhile World Cup hopeful. Here’s some vid of the game today.

In homage to the product and pride of one Fort Wayne, Indiana, TSG thought we’d celebrate the return to form of  Mr. Beasley with a shout out to one of our favorite bands Left Lane Cruiser…also hailing from Fort Wayne.

….And something tells me might be hearing this band at future American Outlaw tailgating sessions….

(I’ve been waiting to use this clip with DaMarcus as my lone avenue for it for a very long time….)

In other news:

♦ A mixed bag for US goaltenders as Brad Friedel keeps Villa red hot with a 2-0 shutout over Sunderland; meanwhile, USMNT #3 Marcus Hahnmann’s club not to hot showing up at Old Trafford and departing with a 3-0 loss in hand. Wayne Rooney bagged a PK for Manchester against Hanhny, so Jermain Defoe is off the hook for now.

♦ Jonathan Spector to the bench in favor of Ilunga again as West Ham fight relegation. Didn’t win the fight today as boring Bolton take it 3-1.

♦ In a non-American pat on the back, new EPL entrant Birmingham won again–this time vs. Blackburn. Bravo to the no names.

♦ Mike Grella breaks into the starting rotation for Leeds….alas against League Two side Accrington Stanley….Exactly!

We Want USMNT Stuff!

TSG is priming a piece for next year on a historic review of USMNT memorabilia.

It doesn’t have to be only World Cup garb. Nor does it need to be just kits. Scarves, hats, painted faces, crazy pictures, stalker/fanatic pictures…they all count.

We don’t want just the pictures. If there is link where it’s available for purchase on eBay or World Soccer Shop, etc or a story behind it, we want that too!

And then, we want your opinion….what do you like….what do you not like….what is the story behind that picture or kit? Is there a memory that goes with it?

Let us know. Just email your submission to shinguardian@gmail.com or begin by throwing it in the comment section below.

Thanks and happy holidays.

Camp Cupcake Invites: Kljestan’s Last Stand?

(My brother told me referencing a printing press for invites is a stretch…so we’ve thrown out the old title, “Dust Off the Gutenberg: Camp Cupcake Invites?” and now have a new one….)

No better time to start pontificating on who should be present in the customary January 2009 camp….an invitation is the ultimate stocking stuffer.

Last year, the camp was essentially MLS pre-season with more than 80% of the players under contract in America’s soccer league. With the Scandinavian leagues the only other major leagues out of session, expect 95% of the players to come from nordic lands or America proper. Note, the Mexican league is in training so potential midfielder invitees JFT and Edgar Castillo are out. (You like how I keep hyping Castillo as a halfback….)

Given Bradley’s latest friendly roster selections, specifically MLSers Dax McCarty and Jeff Cunningham, it’s easily confirmed through selection that Bradley has an affinity players where he’s either run them out on the pitch before or coached against them on multiple occasions. There are exceptions of course, Charlie of Hammerby making the journey overseas last year–though remember CD9 barely factored until the Confederation Cup.

One odd note from Cupcake 2009, the Chicago Fire had a host of  invitees last year  (John Thorrington, Chris Rolfe, Jon Busch), but none of that crew got any run after 2009’s first trimester. Who will be this year’s MLS team du jour? RSL? Galaxy?

So with the camp less than one month away, let’s just break down the elementary questions:

What’s BB’s mix? Last year, Coach USA brough a mix of veterans and rooks; expect just a slightly different tweak on that from Bradley.

There is no reason to look beyond 2010 at this point. The USMNT number one priority is to compete in the 2010 World Cup as of qualification this past October. Coach B will use the camp to solidify the two or three remaining roster spots up in the air for a trip to South Africa if possible. Expect to see two types of player vying for those roles–those with the resume to suggest they belong (Beckerman, even Dax) and those that contribute a wrinkle to the roster complexion, be it oustanding pace, service or ability to knock a header on goal (Tracy, Findley, etc.)

Lastly, the presence of a Jimmy Conrad, Frankie Hedjuk and Brian Ching (and all will probably be in training), does not necessarily signify they are making the roster next year so much as Bradley relying on veterans to provide stability and know-how in camp to set the tone for the youngsters. There is good chance that Conrad in particular is purely serving as mentor as he’s active in the MLS labor situation and likely for that to be his primary focus.

Striker! Striker! Striker! Yes, CD9 replacement. Yes, Conor Casey’s chops are being highly questioned. Last year we saw a mix of Brian Ching, Kenny Cooper, Chuck Deezer and Chris Rolfe? All of those later saw USMNT senior team pitch time, with only Rolfe, due to injury and play, falling off the map. Will we see even more strikers added this year as it is clearly a position of deficiency?

Will this be Tracy's first time donning the kit?

° Here are some possible invites: Jeff Cunningham, Chris Pontius, Marcus Tracy, Robbie Findley, Nate Jaqua, Conor Casey, Brian Ching

° Here are some unlikely candidates: Chris Rolfe, (Kenny Cooper-not coming), Mike Grella, Eddie Johnson

° Redux:

Chris Rolfe will be interesting. Rolfe goes overseas on transfer to Danishland. He’s most likely out as he makes that move, but there is probably a 5% or so shot he gets a call.

Kenny Cooper, who didn’t get any more calls after the Gold Cup and is nursing an injury is likely not in play–not now and not next year until he gets back to his goal scoring ways in Germany. It’s not hard to see Coops is not invited to Coach Bradley’s card games either.

Brian Ching? Ching should be there. Is this a big moment for the Ching-Casey battle for the target man role? Has Ching already lost it? Has Casey already won it?.

Speaking of target man, can we give Nate Jaqua a shot. With the Big Aloha aging and Conor Casey really not showing much over in Friendlyville, should Coach B be at least snooping around some other options for the holdup role? Jaqua, in particular,  provides height, has a decent amount of speed and can play more than one position–we know Coach USA likes versatility. The 6’0′ Chris Pontius also fits the versatile, target man role and he’s more attack minded to boot. TSG is willing to wager that Pontius is in camp; Jaqua, not.

Marcus Tracy, another question, as recent form dictates an invite, but oddly he’s never been in the national team system–will Tracy’s move to the starting rotation at Aalborg and his Wake Forest pedigree be enough to get him to California? Yup.

EJ and Grella are still committed for the winter term to overseas club in session and won’t be released–no matter how little playing time they are currently seeing.

Shh….he didn’t mention it above, but an outside chance puts Brek Shea in camp. TSG is not in that corner.

Midfield: If there is any place that has an abundance of senior team talent all around the same level, it’s the USMNT midfield. We learned that during the WCQ trials after learning it in the Gold Cup as well. Gold Cup alumni (and camp vets from 2008) Stu Holden and Robbie Rogers graduated from the Gold Cup rosters to the qualifiers’ rosters. So what is the USMNT looking for in the midfield? My guess is that Bob Bradley will really test out the wing positions as only Stu Holden, Clint and obviously Landon are shoo-ins for RSA still and their back-ups have not been set.

° Here are some possible invites: Dax McCarty, Sam Cronin, Alejandro Bedoya, Robbie Rogers, Sacha Kljestan, Kyle Beckerman, Benny Feilhaber

° Here are some unlikely candidates: Ricardo Clark, Stu Holden, Jose Francisco Torres

° Redux:

Coach B will want to have a little bit of experience in camp. Last year’s camp found the quadrumvirate of Kljestan, Holden, Rogers and Clark. Kljestan lives in the area and will be in the fold, though Clark is probably brushing up on his Italian with the rumored move to Serie A side Livorno still in the offing; he’ll be absent. Rogers is there.

Will Coach USA be able to capture a little Charlie-In-A-Bottle with Bedoya? For those not familiar with Bedoya, here’s the best available clip on him. The two-time Hermann trophy MVP candidate missed a shot at the Beijing Olympics and promptly headed overseas to Swedish top division club Örebro SK where he netted twice in 13 games in 2009.

We originally had our man Benny Exclamation off the list, but given it appears Coach B is trying him out at a few pitch locations, might Benny make the 230 hour journey from Denmark?

Stu Holden might be wearing a kilt before the new year to go along with a new contract overseas.  The TSG fave we think is out though there are rumblings that the MLS is trying desperately to keep him at the Dynamo.

• Defense: In the summer of this year, TSG would have said Coach Sweatpants looks to the future here as the World Cup roster has been crystalized, but with injuries galore along the backline, the VIP list here is all over the board.

Gonzalez: He's earned his shot...

° Here are some possible invites: Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Geoff Cameron, Clarence Goodson, Chad Marshall (assuming he’s fully fit), Heath Pearce,  Kevin Alston, Jonathan Bornstein, Jimmy Conrad, Frankie Hedjuk

° Here are some unlikely candidates: Chris Wingert, Eric Lichaj

° On the fence in the far corner of the ranch: Marvell Wynne, Patrick Ianni

° Redux:

TSG will go on the record and say watch out for MLS 2008 Rookie of the Year Sean Franklin who’s a little bit like Cherundolo…with increased speed at the wingfull. An injury robbed Franklin of most of his 2009 MLS campaign, but in our mind the youngster–who started to come on for the Galaxy at the end of the year–should be back for his second camp.

Can we please get this Lichaj guy a shot? I’ve never seen him play but the Interwebs are alive with songs of his praise. Alas, he’s committed for January.

We’re putting Geoff Cameron in defense, but he could easily move up the pitch. Watch to see where he plays in camp, it might tell you a lot about Bob’s first team and second team thinking on the left and right back roles.

Alston and Gonzales, both are green and both should be looking comfortably at a shot at the roster….in 2014.

Heath Pearce’s last stand? Frankie trying to sing another Redemption Song?

After an injury plagued 2009, any chance that Coach USA gives speedy Marvell Wynne another shot? Is he even close to fit enough? Not likely. Similarly, there a chance 24-year-old Seattle Sounder Patrick Ianni gets a phoner from Bradley? Again a near definite no, but TSG wanted to throw his name out there.

• Goalie: Not much to add here. Big T mans the pipes with Guz backing him up and Hanhneman likely earning the 3rd nod as he picks it up for Wolverhampton (MH shutout Tottenham on Saturday). That’s as stone as it gets.

° Here are some possible invites: Troy Perkins, Jon Busch, Luis Robles, Will Hesmer, Matt Pickens

° Here are some unlikely guaranteed non-candidates: Marcus Hahnemann

° Redux:

Hahnemann is starting to play now at Woverhampton. No plane ticket, invite for him obviously.

Not much else to add here, I’d wager on any other keeps coming from the MLS. Maybe Nick Rimando gets a reward for his MLS Cup play?

Who’d we miss? Who’s the next Charlie-In-A-Bottle? Our best shot at getting in Bob Bradley’s head?: (Note, we’ve moved up Geoff Cameron to midfield and slotted Pontius back into it and are aware that Frankie Excitement can play there in scrimmages)

GOALKEEPERS (3): Troy Perkins, Luis Robles, Will Hesmer
DEFENDERS (9): Jonathan Bornstein, Sean Franklin, Chad Marshall, Jimmy Conrad, Clarence Goodson, Frankie Hedjuk, Omar Gonzalez, Heath Pearce, Kevin Alston
MIDFIELDERS (8): Geoff Cameron, Kyle Beckerman, Sacha Kljestan, Dax McCarty, Alejandro Bedoya, Robbie Rogers, Chris Pontius, Benny Feilhaber
FORWARDS (5): Brian Ching, Conor Casey, Marcus Tracy, Jeff Cunningham, Robbie Findley

Maurice Edu is the new Jermaine Jones

Mo: Dancing onto a pitch near you soon....we hope..

We have no idea what the title means either.

Reports out of Scotland seem to suggest that Maurice Edu will be back in the line-up in the next few weeks, however it’s his ankle, not his knee that is now holding him back. I think that’s a good thing.

No word as of yet from the USMNT’s leader in Twitter followers.

C’mon Mo, you need to make TSG’s forthcoming 23 for the Redemption Tour column…I feel like it’s Christmas time and I’m about to unwrap a shiny new defensive midfielder.

Other morning bullets:

According to this report, Sochaux are lining up Charlie Davies in-season replacement.

Onetime USMNT striker extraordinaire turned Mr. Hot Air Balloon Eric Wynalda sniffing around the Chicago Fire managing job….so says a Fire blog.

Who’s the Big Man on Campus: The Cavs

A very defensive game in North Carolina today as the Cavs come away with their 6th title in a game both teams deserved to win.

Will Bates and UVA come out on top of Akron...

The tightly contested match saw Akron dominate possession Barcelona-style, but fail to convert on numerous chances and build-ups.

Some bullets from this one:

• Virginia’s defense was stellar as advertised and most impressive to this writer was not one failure by the Cavs to stay with their men in crucial man marking situations. Each player was stellar on the backline for the Cavs with left back Hunter Jumper continually staying with crossing runs and making plays and right outside fullback Mike Volk nearly unbeatable when faced with one-on-one attacking threats. Kudos to the Cavs.

• Virginia midfielder Ross LaBeaux is a professional in waiting. LaBeaux consistently won possession in the middle of the field for UVA and knew when to push the play and when to lay back. Without getting to verbose, his game harkens the likes of the offensive d-mids for Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal squads past and present. While that’s a strong compliment, it’s deserved on the day for LaBeaux.

• Where Akron can be faulted in this one is trying to get to cute on some offensive buildups. The best chance for the Zips to score was when they moved the ball quickly into and around the Cavs defensive third. Too often, striker Teal Bunbury held up the play or failed to unleash a shot when he had space–trying to play for the perfect one. A few more shots would have likely equaled a few more rebounds on a very rainy and wet day and maybe an Akron score.

Instead the Zips often delayed the strike allowing the Cavs to pack it in and making the opportunities all the more difficult.

• A well-called game both on the field and in the press box. Supremely enjoyable from a spectator standpoint in that regard.

• The best chance in this one came in the opening minutes with Will Bates smacking a cross from Jonathan Villanueva off the post. That being said, UVA super mid Villanueva was often too cute on the day culminating with an attempt at a Ronaldo-esque stutter step penalty kick that he duffed into Akron keeper David Meves arms.

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Villanueva: Hardly cavalier...

The zippy Blair Gavin

Admittedly, TSG is not the best pub to preview this game. We’ve watched just a little of the college series this year.

From our rudimentary review, we’ll go out on a limp today and say the confidence, big college experience and a defense that looks downright comfy under pressure pushes Virginia to the top of the college soccer world.

You tell us who wins. Oh and if you didn’t see it, you must see UVA’s game winner on Friday.

Sunday Feature: Looking Back at South Africa

One of the things I’m going to love about the World Cup in South Africa, is that it’s in South Africa.

Having traveled and worked there for a bit, when I hear recognizable names of cities, the discussions about the weather, the concerns about the infrastructure, I recollect my own excursion to South Africa and mental images drift through my mind.

My trip to RSA was in 2001, nearly 10 years ago as the World Cup rolls by. From reports, as well as the exchange rate, I can easily see that South Africa is making progress. A note on that exchange rate, when I traveled it was 12 Rand to the $1USD. Now? 7.5 Rand to the dollar. Damn me!

A brief about my trip. I traveled to Lonehill, a satellite community of Johannesburg for a few months of work at an upstart would-be National Geographic and then did a week in Capetown, one of my first surfing sojourns.

The Cape of Good Hope...how about a USMNT visit?

To begin painting, South Africa is a gorgeous country. Balancing atop the Cape of Good Hope, the dramatic differences in the weather between the Atlantic Ocean (storms, great whites and cold water) and the Indian Ocean (warm, polluted water, aggressive grey sharks, mild weather conditions) have served to shape the country drastically from one kilometer to the next. Above the coasts, sits the richness of the bush–most of it animal-less as the animals that are not on game reserves have largely been butchered for food many years ago–and wide mining landscapes that still has the DeBeers family all asmiles.

My entrance to the nation–and location of the USMNT’s forthcoming action–is Jo-burg, but more precisely around Jo-burg.

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Interjection: Here’s a good point to note that the crime is more rampant actually in the Johanesburg city centre, and most of the stadiums that the teams the USMNT will play in are an hour or two from those cities. That being said–and here’s a major point that you may want to take note of if you are traveling to the land of Mandela and diamonds next summer–crimminals will descend on the stadiums. From what I’ve read on the World Cup there will be ample security, but the  comparision point is the city of Capetown. A trend of moving to Capetown for South Africans late in life became popular about two decades ago. As emigration to the coastal town rose, so rose the crime. Robbers and thieves follow the money and the WC soccer stadiums will be easy pickings for the sophisticated against the unsuspected. Please be careful.

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The day I arrived in RSA tells a similar tale, there was also a headline in the paper about a video circulating among gangs on how to terrorize families when robbing them.

While I rather not dwell on crime and poverty, it was both visual and a feeling elicited as I moved about the area.

Typical... (courtesy BBC)

As for the crime, just a commute from work at close of day to my bedroom (in a family home, not a hotel) should help give you an idea: Depart the work compound, arrive at a gated community with a guard at the fence. The guard opens the blockade and waves you through. Arrive at the house, open the gate, open the garage. The car progresses into the garage after the gate has closed, the garage closes. Unlock the gated door go into the house. Upstairs is yet another gate for the sleeping quarters, this gate serves to attempt protection if you are being robbed and the criminals are satisfied with the loot in the common areas. They may not try to force entry to sleeping quarters because they’ve gotten enough value on the night.

Lest I paint too dreary a picture, most of these gates are/were left unlocked and the guard waving you into the community might as well be swatting flies. The gates and guards are a deterrent, not necessarily security–a game of one-upsmanship so that burglars head to a different community with less inferred protection.

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G’night Petr Cech and More Saturday Cowbell

• Disgusting: Peter Cech plays for a top 2 team in the EPL. Chelsea would have won their 3-3 Everton draw at home if they had a scarecrow, beer keg or corn husk between the pipes. A mishandle on the first goal and a hesitant departure from his line on the third leaves Chelsea without all 3 points. Only Tiger Woods is falling apart faster than the Human Traffic Cone…thank you, thank you.

• However, not as disgusting as the Everton defense. I think two of Chelsea’s goals were taken while Drogba and Anelka were shaking hands with Timmy Howard–no defense and deep penetration in the box. A sieve in the middle and Tony Hibbert on the outside doing everything possible short of an own goal to make the Blues look good at the ‘Bridge.

If I’m Everton I might even deploy Donovan at right back at this point–it’s that bad.

• On the flip side of the Toffee ball, should Louis Saha stay in form, it’s the type of form that had Red Devil fans salivating some years ago before his injury spells. The man looks good out there, even with Everton’s atrocious away kits.

Club Ball: USA 2, England 0....

• More Yanks’ defense as England’s Jermaine Defoe and the rest of his Tottenham crew get stoned by Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton….you have to like this little message that USMNT keepers are sending the past two weeks. 1-0 win on the road at White Hart.

• Continuing with USMNT salutations, Mr. Jay DeMerit, please report to the pitch. You’ve reclaimed you’re starting spot. A full 90+ for the US big man in Watford’s 1-0 loss. DeMerit–if Gooch is still ailing–will have to take away that cut-in move from Wayne Rooney in RSA Game 1.

Big JZA comes off the bench in the 69th as Hull looks to steal a victory at home against Blackburn. Doesn’t happen as the game ends 0-0 in the Tigers’ first one with Jimmy Bullard icing his hinge. Phil Brown didn’t try to camouflage anything, coming out in a defensive 4-5-1 with defensive striker Craig Fagan getting the starting nod.

• Honduran Maynor Figureoa, who factored in our national team “trade” column earlier this year, lashing a beaut of a free kick for Wigan in the weekend’s opener. Looking for that vid….Darren Bent is calling it the goal of the season.

Michael Bradley gets a goal for Bo’Munchen! after his sublime assist last week. By the way, yes…it was the game winner, but it put Bo’Munchen up 4-1…..so let’s describe this strike more correctly.

• Fresh off his two goal game this week, Mike Grella makes the 18 for Leeds and remains riveted to the bench.

• If you saw the Man City game, you know Craig Bellamy giveth and taketh away. This time he taketh away as the Welshman gets called for a dive in the 66th, fails to shut his trap and ends up with two yellows in two minutes. Oddly enough Man City seemed to play inspired ball after Bellamy’s dismissal and even up the score 3-3 as Tevez beats the keeper with a ground ball, right corner pocket in the 77th.

Man City’s defense looked non-existent in this one with Micah Richards given up ground and the left side of Joleon Lescott and Sylvinho generously ushering in Bolton striker after Bolton striker. Let’s hope Lescott gets run in RSA…I know, I know…body of work….body of work….

In other news Robinho was on the pitch, sniffling and doing absolutely squat after his substitution to push the Citizens ahead.

DaMarcus Beasley goes full time for the Rangers in a 3-0 win, hocks some jewelry, and blames some poor corner that TSG didn’t see on his boots. Even Mo Edu is making fun of him. Despite the shank, is Beasley’s candidacy slowly building?

• Our Eric Lichaj Report rolls on with the young American going 90′ for Lincoln City….now what excuse can we use to get him to say, Home Depot Center in January.

• Bobby Z scores again for the Fulham Dempseys–wondering what gesture the crowd received on that one. Another 1-1 draw there.

• Yikes! Ilunga’s return relegates Jonathan Spector to the bench as Birmingham remain white-hot and take care of West Ham. Not a good sign there for Specs…

Hey TSG! If Marcus gets a pic today, so do I.....

On to Manchester United vs. the Friedels at Old Trafford….

Time! Big win away for Aston Villa. Trafford is silent. Agbonlahor’s early strike stands up–it wasn’t the Red Devil defense that hurt them today — it was their lack of offensive punch even with 3 strikers (Owen, Rooney, Bebatov) on the pitch.

United miss a clear chance to gain ground on Chelsea failing to protect their undefeated record at home this season.

(92nd) Berbatov gets space, dribbles into traffic, dribbles out, loses the ball….wow…ugly…DB is my whipping boy today, but rightfully so. It’s not like he was just brought in late in his career like Larsson or something.

(91st) “Just passed the post Michael Carrick” — saw that one coming from Oakland  over in my neck of the woods.

(91st) Nothing better than the standard shot of the fan in the stands praying his team can come back. It doesn’t quite work though if you have the talent, budget and tradition of Man U…..

(90th) Villa doing just enough in defense. C’mon Brad, make it another USA shutout in goal today against a quality opponent.

(87th) Friedel save on Berbatov — a good shot, but the elder American make this commentary look good. If I was ESPN I would have just written Berbatov duffs it or something. But this is soon to be an award winning publication?

(86th) Ashley Young splits the defense…but then loses the marble on a long run. Ashley Young is like Pao Gasol. If it is just him, you can make it to the quarters or semis of the playoffs. Make him the second fiddle and he’ll shine. That’s who I would have pried with my Ronaldo money if I were Man U this summer…..oh and AY he’s the one that grabbed the mantle from Stuart Downing on the Three Lions left wing.

(84th) Home side reffing coming out — free kick given on a questionable handball, Evra ticks the ball out and then is promptly allowed to throw it in….in other news Dimitar just got the ball on the 18th in the 82nd minute and distributed it beautifully….to the right fullback on the flank…huh?

(81st) Stuart Downing rescues Friedel’s clean sheet with a goal line clearance on a Vidic header. Wait did I just say Stuart Downing. Welcome back…or have you been back for awhile. I thought maybe you had went back to Middlesborough. I remember when they said you would own the left wing for the Three Lions….

(80th) You sure that’s John Carew out there and not Tim Duncan. TSG’s has to do an all big man piece. This game alone we’ve got Friedel, Carew, Vidic maybe?

(78th) Villa’s going to pull this one out I believe–unless Sir Alex recommends 27 minutes of stoppage time–then I can see them coming back…thanks…you know the humor is free?

(75th) – Friedel’s gut receives a Rooney shot. Honestly, if I’m a striker and Friedel is eyeing me with that intense, scowled, bald mug–I’m not concentrating–I’m running from the pitch. I just saw on TV without HD and I’m scared.

(73rd) – “Berbatov misses it” — Now where have I heard that before….

(58th) – “Carrick is off target” — I’ve barely ever heard “on target” with MC.

2nd half – Michael Owen for Ryan Giggs. Another Capello consideration….he honestly should be. He scores goals–Owen has nearly a 45% goal to appearance ratio for country. And remember, he doesn’t take most of the penalties.

(44th) You think Dimitar Berbatov is public enemy #1 for the home side. How much did Fergie piss away on that one–about 30M on the transfer I think I remember. You think with Darren Fletcher at RB, Sir Alex doesn’t want that one back–especially with Michael Owen’s recent form. Enough excuses about Berbatov being effective though it looks like he’s lazy….

To balance that comment, I would gladly take both Anderson and Ji Sung Park on the USMNT.

(29th) You know how announcers talk about a team “pouring it on”–that’s exactly what Man U’s offense is doing right now, but they haven’t found the Contra code to the goal yet.

Rooney off the limbo bar…you should be watching this game

As I say that Polish stalwart Kuszczak, toe pokes away a sure Villian goal as he disrupts an Agbonlahor cross.

Wayne Rooney booked for a yellow on a dive in the box. Certainly a dive…but ref you deprived us of a Rooney vs. Friedel PK!

Wow! Great goal from Agbonlahor who first holds up the play perfectly against United defense lays it off, then receives a header after perfectly slotting in…finds the net. Hey Capello…don’t you realize that’s your man? 1-0 Villians…

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