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.
• 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)