Friday Bullets: Clark & Junior Face Off Friday

There’s a Friday game worth watching: Frankfurt vs. Bo’Munchen

Uh, coach, can I get a minute over here...

• Do you realize that Ricardo Clark has not played a game yet in 2010…that would be a whole lot more spooky if Maurice Edu wasn’t tearing it up lately at Rangers. Actually speaking of Edu, TSG reader John C was kind enough to drop some info in the comment section Wednesday on Edu. Goes like this:

»Mo Edu went the full 90 today in a 3-1 win over Aberdeen, and got some rave reviews on the Rangers board I looked at.  Many of them mentioned that he should be starting for them in the Champ’s league next season.

Just finished watching the match, Edu bossed the midfield and was equally good at breaking up play and starting attacks. He should keep his place for next week. “

Okay, that’s positive.

• Junior Bradley should be back from getting his snout smacked–he’s likely to start. Did a little digging for this one and did you realize that: a) Bradley has only 30 fouls committed this year? b) or that he only have 5…that’s right F-I-V-E yellow cards this year and no reds on the campaign?

Or check this out: c) only 10 fouls suffered for Sweatpants Jr., 10….in 25 games…either Bradley never possesses the ball OR there is a little bit of a bias in there. Anyone want to way in?

Okay — I guess we can give Mikey B a little love on the year:

Elsewhere:

TSG got a little guff in the comment section for showing Livepool’s counter, but not giving love to Fulhamerica. Look I like Fulham…with their talent they should be where they are every year, no matter their size.

Here’s your quality Fulham clip…from yesterday. Eat your heart out:

Self-scribble: Marcus Hahnemann

• Marcus Hahnemann draws himself for charity…excellent. See more players here.

TSG community member Dilly Duka…I mean Antonio (in Antonio’s eyes Mr. Duka can du no wrong) pointed out that the Urban Dictionary is missing a crucial definition: “Flying Hovestad.” Easy to forget this one. Back in November during the friendly series up in Denmark, I translated an article that referenced a shot by Benny Feilhaber where he was airborne when kicking as a “Flying Hovestad.” Thus the term was born.

By the way, if you haven’t checked out the TSG glossary you really should.

• Please tell us you’ve checked out Little Feet. Word on the Little Feet Street that they are thisclose to making a stadium happen down in Honduras. Just a dime more folks…and thank you.

• After Man United made the city sob on Wednesday, the Daily Mirror hypothesizes upcoming transfers. Can’t say I disagree. Milner and Villa for Berbatov and Carrick. Michael Carrick’s relationship with Sir Alex has been something more volatile than on-again off-again. Meanwhile the Guardian says Man United have already said no to Villa.

More coming…

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15 responses to this post.

    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/09 at 6:43 AM

      As much as I love Clough, people forget that he did spend a lot of money; the first One Million Pound player (Trevor Francis) and he spent decent coin on Peter Shilton… My point is that the gap between the big (rich) and small (not-so-rich) clubs is much much bigger today than yesteryear, which IMO, makes Hodgson’s acheivements even more of a fairytale.

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      • Having read a portion of Cloughie’s biography (came with FourFourTwo subscription), I do recall him mentioning that he spent some coin on those players at Forest. While he brought them from mediocrity to the big time, and should be applauded for it, his achievements are viewed in a more significant light because Forest was prior to and post Clough not a “big club” capable of winning on a yearly basis.

        Hodgson’s knack for getting the most out of players Lawrie Sanchez and Cookie Coleman couldn’t is the true testement here. His purchases and loans in the transfer windows are some of the most shrewd acquisitions in a long time. His achievements in this manner aren’t really matched by anyone else in England, but I wonder what Hamburg’s budget is, or Standard Liege’s for that matter. For those two clubs to also make it about this far in Europe is pretty extraordinary.

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        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/09 at 11:11 AM

          Apart from QPR (Mittal billionaire backing), presently, I cannot see any other club getting into the Premier League and potentially giving the big boys a run…

          They were fully fledged England internationals Nick. Also, you should also watch The Damned United – shows you the dynamic between Cough and his No. 2 Taylor.

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  1. I don’t think 10 fouls suffered is necessarilly a negative reflection on Bradley (without having watched a Bo’Munchen game this year). He’s not scoring the goals he did in Holland so it could be that he’s possessing deeper on the field (and we’ve seen Bayern Munchen setting the standard for their league by only hacking down the playmakers in the opposition) and/or not carry the ball as much but instead making short quick passes to transition the ball from the back to the front.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/09 at 5:33 AM

      I concur Nick…anyone else watch the games.

      I looked all around starting middies in the Bundesliga and most were closer to 60/40 or 50/50.

      …and I just checked it out….ESPN3 (formerly ESPN360) has the game today…going to try and check it out.

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      • I love ESPN3 except for the fact that my current provider doesn’t carry it. When I lived in the Chicago area it was great because I never had to set a VCR, DirectTV DVR is pretty sweet, but I wish I also had ESPN the Tres…

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      • I have watched 4 or 5 of his games. He plays a much deeper role and doesn’t get into the attack that much, nor does he give up the ball that much. His level of thought is tremendous though. He sees 2 or 3 passes ahead and makes the correct runs. The only problem is that most of his teammates suck and don’t take advantage of this.

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        • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/09 at 7:28 AM

          Cannot wait to watch the game today…sounds like a rave review…thanks Evan.

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    • Posted by Scott on 2010/04/09 at 12:39 PM

      I have watched a number of MB’s games this yr. Most of them TIVO’d and slow viewed to try to understand why his game drives me nuts. I really want to like him due to his energy and resolve but…
      Re 10 fouls- he is tasked with possessing deeper as a stopper/def mid. He WILL NOT possess the ball under pressure. He receives the ball and turns and lays it off almost immediately, with occasional positive results but mostly just “safes”. When he does try to hold he will often lose possession or play a poor ball in the middle third to lose possession. Very little in the way of original play here, and almost plays scared in the middle third.
      Re 5 yellow cards. This part of his game is what drives me quite nuts. He does not work hard defensively at all. He tends to play zone and tackle those in his sphere of influence but you will rarely see him dogging a player with possession. It’s very odd because he presents as a high energy player but watching him he doesn’t use his energy very efficiently or effectively. And USMNT fans know what happens to him after 60 mins.
      I think he belongs in the side but I’m confused as to how he’s used by the old man.

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  2. Posted by JohnnyF on 2010/04/09 at 10:25 AM

    Does anyone score as many “ugly” goals as Michael Bradley?

    It’s really uncanny. We’re all familiar with the “Bradley Slide-Tackle Shot” – the stumbling, tumbling, falling, side swipe shot which invariably rumbles over a defender or two before going in. But look at the highlight reel posted here and check out how many goals he picks up from balls pinging around the box. They come in all hideous varieties.

    Don’t get me wrong. His first “crap” goal against Mexico in qualifying was glorious. And the “cruddy” one he scored in OT against cheap-shot, cynical Uruguay in the under-20s? Like a baseline facialling of Ron Artest as time runs out.

    Being in the right place on the field and being able to finish loose balls of every size and shape is instinctual. Hard to learn this skill. Every team needs one of these guys. (Inzaghi anyone?) My bet is Bradley will score at least one of these shite goals in the Cup – and what a beautiful thing to come after bouncing off Terry’s head and Ferdinand’s shin first.

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  3. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/09 at 1:09 PM

    I’ve watched nearly all of today’s game now.

    By the way, Frankfurt look horrendous–at least today–on defense. Yet again no minutes for Ricardo Clark.

    I can see why MB has only suffered 10 fouls…he’s not involved in the offense…others do the carrying and negotiating of the midfield — at least in this one.

    I would say Bradley is keeping shape well, he’s attempted to close out two players that were near the box–one stiff-armed him and got a shot off…the other one (who Bradley was lazy on) made a pass for a scoring opportunity.

    Bradley–against at least today–is playing exlusively in the holding role and has come up the pitch on offense all of 4 times.

    One time he should have one timed it, took a poor touch and dropped a pass to a midfielder right near him…

    Bo’Muchen is up 2-0

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  4. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/09 at 1:15 PM

    Bo’Munchen should be up–by my count- 7-0 in this one…just missed a 3 on 1, missed a breakaway two minutes ago.

    Frankfurt’s defense is leaking…badly.

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  5. Posted by Jon C on 2010/04/09 at 3:32 PM

    Speaking of Mikey B, there’s a great profile of him in the latest ESPN the Magazine by Luke Cyphers. The premise of the article is that Bradley would have a much higher profile if he wasn’t Bob’s son…but that alot of his success comes because of his father and his upbringing. Some choice quotes:

    “Bradley’s profile, which pales next to other U.S. players of his generation who’ve achieved less, would also be higher is father and son didn’t mostly avoid the topic of father and son.” (Seems like a subtle jab at Adu, possibly Jozy?)

    “On a March weekend before a U.S. friendly in the Netherlands, Bob found time to take a train to western Germany for a Gladbach-Freiburg match…One of only 32 men coaching in the biggest event in the world’s chosen sport, he could have chosen to don a suit and sit in the club director’s box. Instead, in jeans, sneakers, and a black windbreaker, he opted to sit, as always, with the players families.” (For some reason I expected them to say he was wearing sweatpants)

    “I know him…[he] runs the whole game.” – Edgar Davids when asked if he remembered playing against Bradley.

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  6. Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/04/11 at 8:24 AM

    Thanks for the Duke-out. Soon the whole Urban Dictionary universe will have a copy of the TSG Dictionary

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