A few of you have written in or asked TSG to comment on a few stories….here we go:
• England U-21 squadman and Tottenham’s Danny Rose with a candidate for Goal of the Year
Blurry video is the best we can do for now.
I’m not meaning to burn your toast here, but we’re still really early for full season comparisons. A team like the Bullets or the Clippers are only drawing around 10,000 of less in the waning days of the NBA season.
The MLS number is helped by a few things: a) an opening season bump b) a team like Philadelphia playing in larger capacity venues like Lincoln Field for now and c) pomp and circumstance around the Red Bull Stadium opening.
There are three barometers that I think I want to use to show growth in MLS: attendance, television ratings, and ticket availability (soldout?) and prices (activity of trading on the secondary market, a rise in face value, etc.)
I’ll look for these and watch them through the season.
• Sweatpants Jr. gets top billing on ESPN.com
A good bid by ESPN here. If I scold them for their ineptitude I have to praise them for their efforts as well.
Best move by ESPN here on the home page? Getting folks to sign-up for their World Cup game. This will allow ESPN to re-market the World Cup to the casual fan. Worst move? How about updating the stories in the right column on Soccernet for the United States. The announcement of the Australian tune-up is really still a top story on the right? Come on guys, if the tech is program just do a quick release, I’m begging you.
About Michael Bradley, decent article. I’m not sure it is best to romanticize one of the USMNT’s minutes leaders volatility and inability to control his temper on the pitch to the detriment of the team (MB90 has largely curbed that behavior this year as well). Otherwise a decent read for the lay fan and fanatic as well.
I do find it ironic that for how stoic Bob Bradley is, his son is quite the opposite.
And I might have mentioned that Mikey Bradley (and to some extent Rico or Edu) will have the Herculean task of chasing Wayne Rooney up and down the pitch.
• Battle of Bald Eagles today
Brad Friedel goes up against Big T today as Aston Villa, desperate for a win, go up against Everton.
Benny Feilhaber is already manning the left flank today for Aarhus as well.
Mo Edu and DaMarcus Beasley’s Rangers play top fiver Dundee.
• Rumble at Rustenburg
Yes, that’s our semi-creative name for the England-USA match that kicks of World Cup 2010.
Aywho, we did a four-column series earlier this week, worth checking out:
Part I: Overview
Part II: The Key Tactical Battle
Part III: England’s Offense and Neutralization
Speaking of England’s offense, those groin injuries can be downright pesky and Aaron Lennon is having a tough time shaking his.
• The Flag Remains Down
Jonathan Wilson at the Guardian has an excellent piece today on the impact of tweaks to the offsides rule and how they’ve impacted the game. Solid read.