Yes, we’ll have a column up tomorrow for the Manchester United vs. Ameriton. (Everton)
Have you been reading our comments section?
Honestly some really, really good stuff in there this week.
Thanks for all the contributions. A quick thank you to GeorgeCross, who by being dually a supporter of the Three Lions and a repeat contributor to TSG has added some contrarian commentary to balance our American-esque commentary. Thank you.
More stellar commentary like:
• GeorgeCross on Steven Gerrard and others diving lately: “We English talk about our fair play vs European / Latin dirty tricks etc, but we’re the one’s who are trophyless since 1966…”
• Killer photog man Matt Mathai on injuries on the USMNT: “A partially fit Davies might be useful, but a sub-100% Onyewu might be a liability.”
• ChrisR on Arsenal: “How do you have a squad that is seemingly competing for trophies with two of the more mental keepers around (Almunia, Fabianski)? Arsene should have signed a keeper in the summer and if not then, he surely should have signed one in January.”
• Sam on soccer growth in America and ESPN: “….the ball in MLS’ court to do two things. Generate ticket revenue and secure primetime ratings. A long run by MLSers in the USMNT at the World Cup could do that, however with talent escaping the league as soon as it pops up the problem gets a little more stretched.” …and more.
And even more…take a read today if you haven’t got there yet.
And I’d like to thank everyone for keeping the commentary informative and non-personal. I seriously enjoy reading you’all. Thanks.
On to the weekend:
TSG Battles Sweatpants Jr. (TSG Hoffenheim v. Bo’Munchen)
TV: GolTV, Today, 11:30 PST
Wait, why didn’t anyone tell us this:
That’s right folks its Michael Bradley vs. The Shin Guardian today as our German arm TSG Hoffenheim takes on Bo’ Munchen. 1899 Hoffenheim–as they like to be called–was in the German 5th league as recently as 2000. A stratospheric rise to the top…hey sounds like….did I say that out loud?
One more goody here, the team nickname is “Hoffe”…as in Don’t Hassle the Hoff. A German team adopting Knight Rider’s (sorry youngsters) nickname…amazing…simply amazing.
Everton roll out the blue carpet for Manchester United at Goodison
TV: ESPN2, Saturday, 4:45AM PST – Yikes!
This is the big one for American fans….Tim Howard once again taking on the side that vanquished him in the mid 2000’s. Everton man-of-the-month Landon Donovan getting the once over by the Red Devil defense.
TSG surmises that you’re going to see Ji Sung Park on Landon’s side and you can guarantee Donovan will be on the bad end of one filthy tackle by the Scotsman Darren Fletcher.
More? Landon taking runs, potentially, at Rio Ferdinand who might make a return….or even Nemanja Vidic who the US might face in a Serbian showdown after the Group Stages 2010.
This is going to be a tough one for Everton. And they would be wise to keep the ball wide. Maroune Fellaini is out and Tim Cahill is ailing making Everton very vulnerable in the interior midfield.
Hull City Tigers go way down the road, about 200 milers, to face the West Ham Zolas.
TV: Setanta, Saturday, 2pm PST, delay
C’mon, admit it.
There will be a ton of bad jokes Saturday afternoon if Jozy Altidore turns Johnny Spector and scores a goal. I’m torn between being beat on top of the head with that angle in the media or Big Jeezy depositing in the back of the net.
Alright, I’m going with the Jolazo….and if Illunga starts for Spector…well it will be disappointing (but might just save that storyline too.)
The Arsenal welcome Sunderland to the Emirates.
TV: Setanta, Saturday, 7AM PST
Did you see this video that we posted last week? Just phenomenal. Still it doesn’t distract from that keeper and defense situation for Arsene Whiner.
Gael Clichy, welcome to the MLS….kidding. But seriously already, forget about your back injuries and get it together.
Sorry, nothing is interesting about playing Sunderland these days.
Wolves vs. Blues… (FSC, Saturday, 9:30 EST)
TV: FSC, Saturday, 7AM PST
Kevlar? Check. Foam padding? Check. Elbow pads? Check. Box cutter? Uh, check. Okay, suit up Marcus Hahnemann with all of those things except that last one as he enters the firing line against Drogba and crew. Doesn’t matter that this one is away, it’s trouble for Wolverhampton.
Any chance Mick McCarthy rests the guys at home this time around? Nah…seems fair though.
St. Johnstone welcome the Ibrox crew of Mo Edu and DaMarcus Beasley
Owen Coyle’s former side St. Johnstone host Rangers.
Will Mo Edu make his third start of the season?
Will DaMarcus be back from the reserve squad?
Will either of these players step up and solve the temporary injury void created by Benny, Ricardo and Clint?
Wigan vs. Tottenham (FSC, Sunday, 8:30 EST) &
Aston Villa vs. Burnley
Main plot: I’m looking to see who is the better target man or striker sidekick if you prefer. Peter Crouch or Emile Heskey? I know who I currently favor and I’m giving them one a one day audition.
Here’s the assessment of TSG Commenter GeorgeCross below:
Problem with Crouch is that he is too static. One of our biggest threats throughout WCQ has been to exploit the space Heskey creates. Plus, IMO, Heskey is a better target man, better hold-up and link-up play.
If England go for route one football, then Crouch is your man. He’s had plenty of practice this season – Tottenham have played significantly more passes greater than 30 yards than any other team in the Prem…
Yup, sounds about right.
Just how long will this run of form go for Big Bird Friedel?
How about Jermain Defoe’s run?
How far away from Match Fit is Aaron Lennon?
Does Brad Guzan stay rooted to the pine?
Blackburn vs. Bolton
Well Iceman Holden if you’re lucky enough, you’ll be evaluating here whether you made the right selection in following Coyle vs. Allardyce…not that Blackburn’s interest in your services was ever confirmed.
Hopefully, Stuie gets to make that eval first hand from the bench or better yet from the pitch.
Possible in this one as Blackburn is just dreadful in the middle.
More in this piece as the day goes on…including:
The Champion League Placement Cup: Manchester City vs. Liverpool
TV: FSC, Sunday, 7AM PST