An abbreviated, short and sweet weekend preview from TSG this time around. The cheesy globe thing will be back next week.
• The main fare this weekend for Americans will be Jozy and the Tigers taking on Lando, Timmy and Everton Sunday at Goodison.
» Update: Opportunity for Donovan to switch galaxies to Goodison….from the official Everton site.
» For the second game in a row Altidore takes it to Dutchman Johnny Heitinga who pairs in the back line with Sylvin Distin in the center. It is Distin who might hold the key to keeping Jozy tamed as the centerback in his 30’s has found the fountain of youth. Not only has he helped shore up the Toffee defensive four, last week against Spurs he could be seen barreling up the wing on an overlap run; wow!
Hull for their part scored have not scored in the four previous away games. Yikes.
» Speaking of Jozy’s “attackability,” he’ll likely be paired once again with Jan Venegoor of Hesselink. Watch how Altidore uses the pairing in this one as I’m sure Bob Bradley’s staff will be there watching as well. He’ll also have Geovanni as well to dump off to, a player similar in style to Landon Donovan.
» For Everton, and the form they’re in, this should be assured win. Hull City’s defense behind stellar goalkeeper Boaz Myhill is leaky to say the least and is allergic to stopping pacey runs in the gaps. Could be a long day for Myhill there.
• Jonathan Spector and the West Hammer go up against Holden-less (sniffle) Bolton in yet another relegation battle for the Wanderers Saturday.
• Emirates plays host to Burnley Saturday: An exercise in the beautiful game vs. by any means necessary. Can Arsenal at home dominate a team that plays physically?
• Wolverhampton sees Manchester United don their pitch on Saturday. The only thing in doubt here is if Mick McCarthy will rest his starting 11 or the full 18 squad.
• AC Milan kicks it over to the Eternal City to take on Roma: Our Gooch Watch begins: One Oguchi Onyewu is back with the Milan squad in training we’ve heard.
Put your head down and get to to work big guy.
• The subject of much TSG debate, Mr. Michael Bradley and his Bo’Munchkins take on Borussia Dortmund and perhaps the best striker not to get a turn for his nattie team side yet, Lucas Barrios (11 goals in 23 games on the Bundesliga campaign) of Argentina.
• You think Jermaine Jones will be checking out “the competition” this weekend?
Schalke play Eintracht Frankfurt and USMNT starter incumbent Ricardo “Rambo” Clark looks set to cleat up and take to the pitch.