Best I could do...
Not done with the weekend preview…but I thought I would get it out there to start the discussion….more coming.
FSC Schedule here. ESPN schedule here.
More spanning, no cheesy globe this time (unless I can find a good one….and I took my best shot).
Yes, we apologize to those heckling in email:
“When are you going to talk about MLS?” and my favorite, “You’re not talking about MLS at all right now because you’re afraid that your boy Borny is going to look horrendous in the opener.”
Love getting heckled.
Well folks, we’re not going to talk about a lot of MLS…yet, but a big thank you to the TSG community for getting me interested in MLS. Last night after the Syracuse Orangemen succumbed, I was flipping back and forth between the Sounders-Union opener and March Madness and found myself watching a lot more of the Sounders game–and christening David Myrie of the Union the next Maldini or something.
You see why I need to ease my way into MLS. That said, very good entertainment last evening.
Onto the weekend:
League One – England
Leyton Orient vs. Brentford
A huge inter-London game of the week.
Our feature game of the week. 8am PST, Saturday March 27th AM. Gonna be huge…
Actually, the big news here? Leyton’s got a new fullback, he goes by the name of Eric Lichaj just loaned by mothership Aston Villa.
Brentford only thing I know about them is they have that Polish goalie on loan from Arsenal.
We actually asked USSF about Eric Lichaj last week and they reminded that he was a guest in Chicago last year. Okay USSF…and?
Some pub for the pride of Downers Grove, Illinois
Arsenal up to St. Andrews to face Birmingham
Arsenal is hanging around the top of the table there…legitimate shot at the top? You bet.
They’re in form, but it will be a big statement to go up to Birmingham and come away with a win, not a draw. Birmingham, the promoted darlings, are downright feisty at home. Watch this game if you can, great mix of splendid possession and passing (Arsenal) vs.a squad that thrives on teamwork (Birmingham).
Will Arsenal rest any of their eleven in favor of the big Barca showdown Wednesday?
Joe Hart, please step up. Robert Green, shaky. David James, really shaky.
Anyone else starting to see this face on Ancelotti?
Chelsea defends The Bridge versus Friedel’s Villians
Saturday, ESPN Classic, 7:55AM PST
Chelsea look to right the ship against a squad that customarily heads south down the stretch. Aston Villa are doing that once again this year.
Do you believe in Martin O’Neill more or Carlo Ancelotti?
Does it say something that the Blues have had little success and optimism at coach since The Special One graced the pitch? I think it does. A lot of ego, a lot of entrenched veterans at Chelsea. Scolari, Grant and maybe Ancelotti run out of town the past few years. I say–as rumors abounded this week–shake it up. Time for some new blood.
Oh and a quick note here on the viewing, that’s a better time slot for ESPN here for an EPL game, but they have it on Classic. Interesting….
Altidore vs. Dempsey (Hull City welcomes Fulham to KC Stadium)
Saturday, FSC, 3PM PST (Delay)
I can’t believe there isn’t a YouTube compilation on Altidore vs. Dempsey…really?
Reports have Altidore all set fitness-wise for this one.
Ponder this for a second, one might argue that the two best attackers in this game are American. Bobby Zamora is battling a stomach bug and might miss this one; though Stephen Hunt might take issue with that statement.
Both teams need this one, but Hull City surely more as they dropped a big one at Portsmouth (I didn’t mean for that to be a pun…but looks like it is). Fulham though have not won in the Premiership in over a month.