• Finally got a chance to see glimpses of the highlights last night of the Chelsea-Everton affair.
Love to see Donovan getting service and attacking at will. Perhaps this point was made in the comment section but a wonderful job by Lando of selling the penalty in the 45th min if you watch in slo-mo. Of course, the call was I am sure helped on by Ricardo Carvalho’s less than stellar reputation on contact.
Other bullets from this game:
» Shoddy fundamentals again by Phil Neville as he didn’t position himself correctly (again) and had to make a full hip turn to attempt to track down Malouda on the first goal. Poor Timmy.
» Didn’t see the Landon-Ashley tackle that resulted in Cole going to the Medic! for 3 months. Tried to find a clip. No luck.
• ESPN suggesting that Big Bird Friedel is a contender for lead goalkeep should Big T go down. Friedel is in fine, fine form for Aston Villa and would certainly warrant a discussion. That being said, you don’t disrupt “team” and so I believe Guzan is the odds-on leader to fill Howard role should the unthinkable happen.
One more note–and this is not a Guzan strength by the way–TSG favors keepers tha can come out on the ball–highly important against errant runaway strikers like Torres and Gervinho.
• Stu Holden, with Bolton’s injuries and form, might be in line for a showing in the 18 coming up. Holden as mentioned on the right went 60 minutes. Apparently the Iceman played in the central midfield last evening.
• This one goes out to TSG commentor GeorgeCross whose team Crystal Palace is rumored to an apple of Richard Branson’s eye. Can’t wait to see those uniforms.
• More on Lanverton. Fox Soccer has an opinion that it was a gamble by Landon to sign a deal to secure a loan to Everton this year. I fail to see the logic behind this being a huge gamble for LD10.
Both MLS and Landon stand to benefit from a loan stint overseas. The contract that Donovan signed will only seek to enhance a potential transfer fee. Odd logic, but maybe I’m missing something here. In two years, Donovan will effectively be 30 so his marketability was now….not in two years.
• Continued discussion on Hull City message boards on Altidore, his growth and the lack of service to him.
• Yes, yes….I think now is about the right time to be at least a little concerned that Maurice Edu isn’t seeing the pitch regularly.
More coming, including follow-up and commentary on our “What Is American Brand Soccer?” column….