Archive for July, 2010

Ronaldinho Buddies Up With Fiddy

Ronaldinho may shortly be In Da Club with Donovan and the Galaxy, but the Milan star is off on vacation now practicing his freestyle moves off the pitch.

Last night, DJ ‘Dinho took the stage with 50 Cent at a concert in Rio.

Maybe he is trying to ward off that Nike commercial curse or something.

Michael Bradley Back at Bo’Munchen

Michael Bradley was back at the Borussia Mönchengladbach training grounds Monday. Here’s an interview conducted by the club (translated via Google from German) that Bradley issued after training today.

Junior in May 2009 versus Turkey (courtesy, Matt Mathai)

No talk of the silly Blackpool rumors (unfortunately) or other player movement discussion.

Michael, welcome back in the Borussia-Park. Are you a little sad that the holiday is over already?

Michael Bradley: Of course I have enjoyed some time off and mentally and physically recharge.I was with my family and my girlfriend in my home. The first time we were in New Jersey, then in California. This has done really well. But who knows me knows that I always have a mind on football and I’m glad it starts again.

Too much you ought not to have lost in three weeks so …

Michael Bradley: That’s right. I have naturally regenerated predominantly, but nevertheless I have kept fit, so I should be back relatively quickly at 100 percent.

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Your MLS Stars To Battle The Devil

MLS announced its first 11 selections last week for the July 28th showdown against Manchester United Red Devils at Reliant Stadium.

David Ferreira, busting out for Dallas this year...Now the full squad has been distinguished.

To add to the starters below are the following–and the Commissioner pick of Brian Ching leaked on Sunday are:

Reserves:

GK: Nick Rimando

DEF: Jonathan Bornstein, Kevin Alston, Heath Pearce, Wilman Conde

MID: Shalrie Joseph, Jeff Larentowicz, Sebastien Le Toux, David Ferreira, Brad Davis

FW/STR: Juan Pablo Angel, Jamie Moreno*, Brian Ching*

* Commish’s picks.

Last week’s eleven:

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Joe Cole Doesn’t Walk Alone

England nattie Cole to Reds...

From a Liverpool official site:

Liverpool FC are delighted to confirm the signing of Joe Cole on a four-year deal.

The England midfielder has agreed personal terms with the Reds and will undergo a medical in the next 48 hours.

Cole becomes the club’s second signing of the summer after Milan Jovanovic.

The 28-year-old arrives from Chelsea, where he won three league titles and two FA Cups during a seven-year spell.

Roy Hodgson gets the English version–certainly more accomplished–of Clint Dempsey.

World Cup Jerseys Made In America

A few weeks ago TSG brought you a top-ten list of World Cup jerseys you could flaunt from nations around the globe that balanced uniqueness, hipness, and longevity.

TSG writer Brian Mechanickwho penned our popular first piece on US jerseys–is back after some deliberation to share with you what jerseys to consider heading out of 2010’s festivities, through the next qualification and into World Cup 2014.

Which USA Jersey?

A "DeMerit" will be nostalgic, but might need updating...

You go into your closet to find a suit to pretty-up for your cousin’s wedding, and you see it lying there, crumpled on the floor: your white ’10 Jay DeMerit kit. You see it in all its glory: beer stains from celebrating Donovan’s 91st minute goal, beer stains from crying after Asamoah Gyan’s heartbreaker. It reeks of trying too hard to hit on that cute girl in the Heather Mitts jersey (albeit somewhat masked by the smell of your friend Big Mike, who loves man-hugs after goals).

But then a realization: it’s that time again!  Time to head over to your local soccer shop and buy a new USA kit. But your favorite player Brian Ching is too old for the USMNT and Carlos Bocanegra is off to star on billboards, so whose jersey should you get?

11. Landon Donovan- [GASP] How could America’s hero, the man who saved the US versus Algeria, who scored three goals in the World Cup, not even be in the top ten? Well, after appearing on every media-outlet from Regis & Kelly to The Daily Show to throwing out the first pitch at a Dodgers game, as Madison Avenue types would say, LD’s Q-rating has never been higher. Great news for American soccer, but bad news for your new Donovan kit.

The original L.A. Cobi...

Showing up to the Brazil friendly in a crisp Donovan shirt screams, “I have no idea who Cobi Jones and Claudio Reyna are, but I love the US Soccer team!”

Appreciate you jumping on the soccer bandwagon and are glad to have you supporting the squad, but you can’t exactly go reminiscing about USA-Portugal in ’02 with that type. Love Landon unconditionally in your heart, but keep him off the back of your new jersey.

10. Alejandro Bedoya- One of the last men cut from the 2010 US World Cup squad, Bedoya is relatively anonymous in the States. But a budding club career with Örebro in Sweden has the right winger on a path to bigger and better things. The man has produced in his brief time with the USMNT, attacking the Dutch right side in a March friendly with similar verve as Barca’s Pedro brought for Spain against the Oranje in the World Cup Final.

Getting a 2010 Bedoya means you get to drop knowledge on people who don’t know about the Boston College prospect now, then brag in four years with your 2010 kit that you were setting up his 2014 fan club since the beginning.

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Weekend Bullets: Jol, Cole, Benny, Etc.

• Sunday: We mentioned on Saturday that Joz Altidore had another potential location in Turkey and Beşiktaş. MLS Soccer picked it up and ran with it today so hopefully they have another source on it as well.

Suarez first?

Some chatter today that Jozy Altidore may be Ajax bound. This rumor surfaced last week when winger-forward Dennis Rommendahl moved to Olympiacos. Conjecture is all it is. With Ajax boss Martin Jol a frontrunner for the Fulham gig–and with Luis Suarez still in their pocket–it would be shocking to me if Ajax made a move for Altidore: 1) before knowing the fate of their coach or who was next in succession or 2) before moving Luis Suarez. Hard for Ajax to play the “he’s untouchable” card if they go out and acquire another physical striker before a move.

Just saying…(Need more help on the cheese maze of transfer news, go back to our “first-to-press” decipher schematic for U.S. tranfers.)

• Martin Jol looks Cottage-bound as multiple publications report he has agreed to terms with Fulham. Like we said, we don’t believe Bob Bradley was ever in serious consideration.

Free Benny!...the club version

• Benny Feilhaber was held out of today’s match for AGF Aarhus as the team tries desperately to sell him. We’ve tried numerous times to get in contact with Feilhaber’s agent. They are, let’s say nicely, unresponsive.

• Ashley Cole will remain at Chelsea according to pitch boss Carlo Ancelotti. Jose Mourinho won’t get his Maicon-lite.

• Gallas likely gone, but Schwarzer not in yet for Arsenal.

• Michael Bradley’s club teammate and striker for U.S. World Cup opponent Algeria, Karim Matmour is rumored headed to….Charlie Davies’ Sochaux. Again, Matmour is a striker.

• ESPN Deportes is already reporting that Nery Castillo has signed with the Chicago Fire in advance of tonight’s player announcement by the Chitown side. Given Deportes completely incorrect USMNT roster announcement, let’s all just wait a few hours.

• Tummi Gummi (Blanco) is officially set to debut with a new club. That is Irapuato.

• The latest Jozy Altidore rumors have him headed to…..Turkey to join up with former Villarreal player Nihat Kahveci as Beşiktaş.

(If you weren’t hanging around TSG in July of last year….”Wait…hey…we turned 1-year-old on July 12th”…anywho…TSG launched a campaign on Soccer House in Chicago to get Feilhaber more playing time.)

Fulham Set To Name Manager; Bradley Being Extended?, More

Not getting his own Cottage in London....

A BBC report (so if you go back to our transfer rumor equation piece) is out suggesting that Martin Jol (heavens forbid) and Sven Goran Eriksson are the lead candidates for the Fulham manager role vacated by Roy Hogdson.

According to the report–this not from the book of we told you so–it suggests that Bob Bradley’s contract may be extended by USSF.

Neil Buethe–who is doing yoeman’s work traveling with the woman’s team–was nice enough to provide some feedback and context here.

“I provided the BBC writer with a statement yesterday that he seems to have interpretted incorrectly. The BBC report is misleading.”

Per Buethe, Bob Bradley, Dan Flynn and Sunil are in preliminary discussions right now with what is best for U.S. Soccer.

It would be incorrect to characterize these discussions as “extension talks.”

Elsewhere:

• Rennes announce they’ve agreed to sell USA captain and ex-Fulham man Carlos Bocanegra to Saint-Etienne for around €500,000.

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