A quick check of the TSG bylaws reveals that the “Jumble” is reserved for Thursday. So, in a burst of uncreativity we present the Tumble…a quasi-Tuesday-version of the infamous Jumble.
Happy Champions League Day!
The big boy tournament begins its knock-out round today in fine style with Real Madrid v. Lyon and Milan v. Manchester United. Fox Soccer Channel has arm-wrestled the CL away from John Skipper and ESPN and broadcasts both games back-to-back starting at 11:45am Pacific. (SAF and Beckham will be getting the “delayed” treatment from FSC.)
While not as impressive as the first entry into the Don’t Tread Challenge, here is the 2009 – 2010 CL intro.
• Here’s hoping that Manchester United walks into the San Siro and plays an aggressive game, seriously looking for an away goal. However, let’s also hope that the biggest World Cup roster omission, the Duck…Mr. Alexandre Pato nets a brace and forces himself further into Dunga’s discussion.
• Lyon host Real Madrid in the other Champion’s League match-up. The pairing of Kaka and Ronaldo lately…better than peanut and jelly.
Donovan, Howard take on Europa!
The newly named UEFA Europa League gets going with its round of 32 with Everton versus CP Lisbon at Goodison Park. The Toffees gets an early jump on the rest of the Europa League to avoid a conflict with Liverpool’s home match in the same tourney versus Unirea on February 18th.
Everton’s recent victory over EPL leader Chelsea has given them some confidence according to Mikel Arteta heading into the tournament.
This one is only on DirectTV for those stateside, unless you can jimmy a Setanta Ireland or ESPN UK feed.
In the Elsewhere League:
• Plymouth Argyle fighting for their Championship spot up againt Swansea City. Up off the bench Kenny Cooper….
• Looking for Captain Watford or Mr. Jay DeMerit, as the lay person might know him, to pitch a shutout at Marcus Bent-less Queens Park Rangers?
Benny! Ankle! No!
According to news reports, the USMNT midfielder was knocked out of training yesterday with AGF and sent for x-rays. The early prognosis as the team “awaits results” is an ankle sprain so we are setting Benny! at Training Table status on the TSG Match Fit Index.
The silver lining to this injury cloud is that TSG has found a new “restaurant name” when reserving a table in the form of AGF team doctor, Jens Bo Vestergaard Jorgensen. Can’t wait for hostess to say that one out loud.
Update: Cartilage damage for the US super sub Feilhaber (1:30 PST)
Clarence Goodson Goes to Carson
USMNT defender Clarence Goodson hopefully had a window seat and blanket on his long trip from Spain to Los Angeles. Goodson will be joining the USMNT squad in preparations for their February 24 friendly versus El Salvador following his duty in IK Start’s preseason tilt versus KSP Polonia in Malaga, Spain.
Matthew believes Goodson’s late addition is a strong indicator for the World Cup, I’m not so sure.
Charlie Davies Tweets Make Me Happy
Good to see CD9 hitting us up with 140 characters of grit and determination. Let’s choose hope over cynicism today, consider what could be and send good thoughts Charlie’s way.
Jermaine Jones…More of the Same
Making progess…no timetable set for return…doesn’t want set-back according to this interview translated by Mr. Google.