Friday Bullets: Bambi on Ice, J. Bizzle & Rico

Some thoughts and links on Friday:

• Rico Clark, who will be a pivotal players in the England game–yes the England game–inked an extension with Eintracht Frankfurt. He must be showing something in practice after that injury bug bit him.

What’s even cooler than this bit of news is that Clark is likely going to be in the starting line-up Saturday the Frankfurters take on VFL Wolfsburg who sport Algerian playmaker Karim Ziani. A pre-World Cup match-up worth watching….if Ziani is done with some nagging injuries.

Bambi on Ice...

• Peter Crouch is the Pau Gasol of the EPL. Weird comparision I know. With Gasol who expect him to get some points, but be beat on the boards and not be able to rebounds against more beefy types like Paul Milsap. Exact opposite. Gasol is the third leading rebounder in the NBA playoffs.

I had a chance to watch some of the Spurs game on Wednesday and Crouch is having just a great campaign for the Spurs. You expect him to be “bodied” by bigger types, but he contorts his body in such ways that either you’re going to follow him trying to go for the ball on a 50/50 or he’s going to collect possession and keep the marble far enough way to do something with it.

Peter Crouch, not Emile Heskey, not Jermain Defoe should start for England against the Yanks on June 12th if you had to pick the sides today.

• More Tottenham, congratulations again Spurs fan, you get future EPL first team leftback Gareth Bale for four more years.

• Hindsight: Alejandro Bedoya goes 90 mins in Orebro’s loss Thursday. Stay tuned for a solid interview with the USMNT winger next week.

• Speaking of four more years, Barack Obama is apparently causing nightmares in South African security divisions by not communicating his plans to attend the World Cup…or not.

• Gareth Barry–thanks Brian Louchis for passing along–might be ruled out of the World Cup or at the least a starting spot. Frankly I’d rather see Barry in there for England than back-up Michael Carrick, who is much better on both recognizing a developing play and positioning than Barry.

Owen Hargreaves meanwhile would be John O’Brien 2006, but worse for England.

• Just checked the schedule — Thursday Night MLS returns next week! Dynamo vs. Real Salt Lake. Done and done. Not sure what I’ll be watching this weekend yet.

• TSG fave Jonathan Bornstein’s now on Twitter (this is hopefully a good thing) and has the team nickname of “Johnny Bizzle.” Really.

• He’s 19. His name is Bill Hamid. And you will be hearing a lot about him. (Photo: Courtesy of Matt Mathai)

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15 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/07 at 11:25 AM

    4th bullet typo – should read Barry not Bale.

    I have a feeling that Milner might even be in with a shout. I’ll guess we’ll see in the friendly vs. Mexico on the 24th, eh? Also, I don’t think Defoe was ever going to start alongside Rooney. But with Crouch’s form, it’s a nice problem for Mr. Capello to have.

    It’s perhaps a little late to experiment now, but I wouldn’t mind playing Rooney as a lone striker and moving Gerrard a little more centrally and having a pacey winger on the left, perhaps Young, Johnson or Downing. And perhaps might go back to the old problem with Gerrard and Lampard occupying the same space…

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  2. Posted by Bob on 2010/05/07 at 11:42 AM

    Hamid did look awesome this past week. Oh what has happened to Perkins? Wasn’t he our no. 4 just a few months ago?

    Clark over Edu? Are you sure about that or do you think BB may save Edu for CB as was hinted at his last news conference?

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    • Posted by Shane_K83 on 2010/05/07 at 12:01 PM

      I say Edu over Rico, but I like them both honestly.. Edu at CB good be a possibility.. If i had it my way and everyone was fit then the backline would look like this
      RB- Spector/Cherundolo <– Toss up..
      CB- Gooch
      CB- Demerit
      LB- Bocanegra

      Note: this was the line that absorbed Spain's barrage during the confed cup..

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      • Posted by Wilson on 2010/05/08 at 1:54 PM

        I would do this for a back line:
        RWB-Cherundolo
        RCB-Gooch
        SWB-Demerit
        LCB-Captain Boca
        LWB-Bornstein

        2 subs- Spector, Goodson

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  3. Posted by Shane_K83 on 2010/05/07 at 12:03 PM

    The thing that impressed me about Hamid, the young keeper was how Vocal he was… He let them boys in front of him know what he wanted…

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    • Yeah, Hamid is loud. You can REALLY hear it in reserve games. He yelled so much in his debut game that he had lost his voice when asked to do the post-game interview.

      It’s great to see a decisive keeper.

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  4. Posted by cesar on 2010/05/07 at 12:36 PM

    This weekend actually has a lot of interesting games on tap for MLS. In the early games you have Philly visiting Salt Lake (expect them to get hammered again), LA going up to Seattle for what’s sure to be a terrific, attacking game, and Chicago travel to BMO to play TFC, who’ve held the Fire completely winless up North.

    Later in the day there’s DC at Dallas playing for last place in the East. If it weren’t for DC last week, both teams would still be winless this season.

    New York at San Jose is going to put up two teams who are doing much, much better this year than they did last, so I fully expect that one to be good, too.

    MLS this weekend is going to be a lot of fun.

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  5. Posted by Tom M on 2010/05/07 at 1:55 PM

    For anyone interested, the Mexico v Ecuador game is at 9 eastern tonight. I believe its on Telemundo. This will be the christening of the New Meadowlands stadium.

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    • Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/05/07 at 5:20 PM

      See if Caicedo is playing(for Ecuador). Big, black forward with braids(unless he cut them off). I’m nowhere near a television right now

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  6. That’s one solid looking 19 year old. Or solid looking anything-year old for that matter.

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    • Posted by pino on 2010/05/07 at 3:05 PM

      yeah he’s like 6’3″ 230 or something. as they would say in Mexico he is ENOOOOORME!!! I hope he goes bald soon just to ensure his greatness.

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      • Posted by Bob on 2010/05/07 at 6:07 PM

        He already broke one record: youngest goalie to win an MLS game (beat Tim Howard’s record by 4 days). Good things are coming his way for sure … next up a Man United call up (just kidding just kidding). I think it is a little surprising then that he will not be playing for the U-20s this month. How good then are the two that did get called up?

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  7. Matthew, not sure what to watch yet? Just started a new beer and soccer series over at the FBM!

    We’ve got a guest writer who will preview a game and a beer each weekend.

    http://www.thefreebeermovement.com/2010/05/guest-column-this-weekends-soccer-and.html

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  8. Posted by Wilson on 2010/05/08 at 2:02 PM

    Rico gaining confidence? Awesome. Right now I think Bradley Juniho and Edu where the best midfield combo. They may be too similar in play. If Rico is healthy and can find the players on the wing with passes he can be a part of the starting 11. I am not expecting Cambiasso play, that is Jermaine Jones and then there would be no question the starting midfield is with Jones and Bradley.

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