Archive for February, 2010

Lando & Timmy Take on Ferguson United

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3-1 EVERTON – TWEET: Goodison all a-song as the game closes

• Donovan fades down the stretch….missed in the box…but as ESPN said (and so does TSG), “It was not an easy chance”

• Moyes outmanages Sir Alex. Ferguson introduces Scholes and Obertan and Everton counters by going with youth…and more importantly speed…proves to be the difference down the stretch.

• Wayne Rooney played a “contained” game…some poor service to him…the only thing consistent today offensively after the 1st half was Gary Neville’s service.

• While Howard’s corner defenders were average to below average, Heitinga and Distin manned capably in the middle…Distin looking younger than his 30 years.

91st min: David Moyes has sent an assistant to look for Landon…oops he’s still on the pitch…Van Dar Saar joins the outfield as Everton were about to break…convincing day for the Toffees.

90th min: It’s youngsters day! Jack Rodwell GOAL. The first EPL goal for the 18-year-old Rodwell as his pace takes him right passed Johnny Evans on an Arteta service, 3-1 …put it in the books.

89th min: Everton proving up to the challenge as the fouls start to rack up.

87th min: This is where Howard makes his money…Rooney attempting a free kick from above the 18 and directly in the center….England vs. US and Rooney fires wide …Howard was beaten…(I know didn’t want to write that but it’s true)…Howard saved by Rooney’s poor placement…another U-2o player (Jack Rodwell) introduced for Pienaar.

86th min: Rooney draws a foul; Leon Osman is bestowed a yellow on the play.

85th min: Distin clears for the 324th time as Dan Gosling breaks for Everton and knocks into the left corner where Saha pulls up the attack…Everton goes around the horn with it as they waste time….

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Team USA Jerseys By Phil Knight & Nike

(If you want to send/Twitter around, here’s a little url: http://bit.ly/usmntjersey)

Straight from Nike.com, the new USMNT jerseys. Not all that bad….

Very choreographed

“Hey Landon, you need to fill-up that sash with some merit badges, Mr. Boy Scout.”

Should we dub the jersey “The Semi-Finaler” or “The Redemption Jersey?”

Thanks to TSG commenter Joe for passing along….

Dutchspotting: Those Called To Face The Yanks

Heitinga, van der Wiel, van Bronckhorst, Mathijsen .....the Dutch backline.....

We haven’t even launched our El Sal preview and already we’ve got some info on the Nether players called in for the Yanks’ March 3rd Test.

This is the provisional roster (I don’t know what that means) with the final squad being called February 26th.

Way to early, but here’s the likely starters if this were the extent of the squad…with the rest of the roster below them.

G: Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax)

DEF: Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Feyenoord), John Heitinga (Everton), Gregory van der Wiel (Ajax), Joris Mathijsen (Hamburg )

MID: Nigel de Jong (Manchester City), Mark van Bommel (Bayern Munich), Rafael van der Vaart (Real Madrid)

STR: Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), Eljero Elia (Hamburg), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)

Beyond: Michel Vorm (FC Utrecht),  Piet Velthuizen (Vitesse Arnhem);  and Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord),  Edson Braafheid (Celtic), , Andre Ooijer (PSV), Otman Bakkal, Orlando Engelaar and Ibrahim Afellay (all PSV),  Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan), Wout Brama (Twente), Stijn Schaars (AZ Alkmaar), Demy de Zeeuw (Ajax), Ryan Babel  (Liverpool), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (AC Milan)

Disclaimers:

» Wesley Sneijder is in form and may sneak into de Jong’s spot.

» Pic above: Mathijsen is going to need to dye his hair and van der Wiel for Ewen McGregor is a little bit of a stretch.

More Recovery: Gooch, In Person

Courtesy U.S. Soccer

Weekend: Junior & The Shin Guardian Clash

Yes, we’ll have a column up tomorrow for the Manchester United vs. Ameriton. (Everton)

Have you been reading our comments section?

Cheesy soccer globe #(something)

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:

Friday:

We always bet on TSG....except this time...

TSG Battles Sweatpants Jr. (TSG Hoffenheim v. Bo’Munchen)

TV: GolTV, Today, 11:30 PST

UPDATE: 2-2 tie…TSG holds its own against Baby Bradley

Miss Shinny applies the jab to Matt under the Rocky statue...

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.

Saturday:

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.

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Charlie Davies: In Video

Charlie Davies, one month from seeing the training pitch…

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