Wednesday Notes: Buddle, Bunbury, Draft, More…

Update: Did you follow all of that on the MLS Re-Entry Draft:

Captain Conrad....with his infamous bobblehead.

Round 1

  • D.C. United: Josh Wolff
  • Chivas USA: Jimmy Conrad
  • New England Revolution: Ryan Cochrane
  • LA Galaxy: Juan Pablo Angel
  • Chicago Fire: Cory Gibbs
  • Sporting KC: Frankie Hejduk
  • Seattle Sounders: Chris Seitz
  • Columbus Crew: Jeff Cunningham
  • LA Galaxy: Luke Sassano
  • Colorado Rapids: Tyrone Marshall

Round 2

  • New England Revolution: Fred

• Juan Pablo Angel to Los Angeles. That is a money move, however if you’re a Galaxy fan you have to wonder why the Galaxy couldn’t have found a way to bring in a second striker last year (so desperately needed). Angel should have enough in the tank and with Buddle battling at the target man he’ll play off him beautifully. Looking forward to that first LA-NY match.

• Don’t understand anyone taking a chance on Fred at this point, regardless of round. The last thing you want is inconsistency in someone who generates–or is supposed to–generate the offense.

• Chris Seitz meet Kasey Keller…for a year?

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Apologies TSG was “conferencing” in (beautiful) Half Moon Bay yesterday and is today. Reports still qualitative (ha), but sporadic.

Some things to both chase down and follow-up on today:

Ground control to Major Shea?

• The Next Gooch?

Just got turned on to Extratime Radio from MLS. Good work by those guys. They had a segment on Monday where they had a phenomenal interview with MLS talent director Alfono Mondelo who accompanied the Generation Adidas trip this month to Spain. He made sure to belabor and belabor one big takeaway.

That takeaway? That Euro scouts–Atletico Madrid specifically–raved about Brek Shea…at centerback. Shea moved back to the position later in the scrimmage against the Madrid reserves.

Mondelo went on to say that Bob Bradley should highly consider Shea for a centerback role at January Camp because of his aerial strength and because he was cool on the ball in distribution.

So that would leave January Camp with two lefties in Tim Ream and Brek Shea at worst to compete for that centerback spot if Coach Sweats heeds that advice. Sounds to me that Sweats should at least cover his ass because of the Real comment and trot Shea out at least for part of a scrimmage, no?

Might–and yes this point TSG has belabored and belabored–Bradley also try Shea on the outside at leftback. It would only seem natural that either Shea and or Robbie Rogers get a runout back there.

Also getting plaudits, the Columbus Crew’s Dilly Duka.

A good podcast, check it out.

• Buddle To Led Zeppland?

Word from Alexi Lalas on Twitter last night was that Edson Buddle is trialing for EPL side Birmingham FC. If you remember this piece from last year (and if you don’t just Google “Jozy Altidore Birmingham and…tada! TSG has the first result), we thought that Altidore would be a perfect complement to what Alex McLeish was trying to do up at St. Andrews.

As for Buddle, watch out if he impresses at Birmingham. He’s certainly got the talent and the body for the EPL and now matured, playing with slightly more service and being challenged away from MLS. Sounds interesting. The Galaxy have no comment on this as of reaching them this morning and the report of Buddle to Birmingham has not surfaced elsewhere…yet.

(And to go back in that article, spot on in the commentary… TSG was wrong. Hull City, in retrospect, bad move for Altidore.)

Sporting KC "stoked" and sure Bunbury is merely training.

• Striking Up Some Excitement

More from Generation Adidas folks in that Teal Bunbury and Juan Agudelo had a great partnership going on the trip that saw them play Atletico and Rayo Vallecano

Teal Bunbury is in Stoke City right now doing a training arranged through the league. It’s not a trial….it’s a training…specifically and without equivocation. He’ll be back in the United States in a few days according to Sporting KC and then on the field for the Faux Wizards come 2011 looking to honor the four, yes four, I believe remaining years on his contract.

As for Agudelo, the Red Bulls are talking brash after Mondelo said Atletico expressed interest in the promising striker.

• Re-Entry

Expect names like Juan Pablo Angel (Philly?), Cory Gibbs (DC United?), and Jimmy Conrad (Fire?) to go in today’s re-entry draft.

Miscellaneous

• Please to announce Gerard Houllier has approved TSG’s request for an interview with Eric Lichaj and apparently he didn’t want him interviewing before his first start. Pepper us with questions and we’ll try to sneak a select few in.

• Tim Howard wins US performance of the year for his gritty, rib-bruising effort against England June 12th. That’s the performance we voted for, you?

• The USMNT Camp Cupcake roster comes out tomorrow.

• Frank Simek, the forgotten defender. That 2007 Gold Cup seems so long ago, doesn’t it.

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31 responses to this post.

  1. DC is going to take Jimmy Conrad

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  2. Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/12/15 at 11:42 AM

    I disagree that Hull City was a bad move for Altidore. He had the opportunity to get first team action which he did with mixed results. Staying where he currently is isn’t helping as he can’t even get in the game.

    We saw a lot more of him and realized that he still has a lot to learn and maybe not as good as advertised. His role for Hull was very similar to that of the USMNT. He was asked to hold the ball up, and use his pace and size to unsettle defenses.

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    • Posted by maxq on 2010/12/15 at 12:40 PM

      Agree. Jozy was Top 20 in assists in the EPL last year – a fairly impressive stat considering how much Hull struggled to score. His hold-up play developed well during his time in England.

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  3. Sorry, I got Jimmy Conrad mixed up with the worst USMNT player of all time (Robbie Findley included)

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    • Posted by szazzy on 2010/12/15 at 11:04 PM

      Whatever. Josh Wolff provided the game winning assist to Brian McBride against Mexico to advance the US to the World Cup Quarterfinals in 2002. It was the biggest win in US Soccer history to that point and maybe still today. It was the ultimate scoreboard against our biggest rival ever. He scored the only goal in the US-Costa Rica WCQ I attended in 2001 in KC that helped get us there, and was involved in many other big moments for club and country.

      Wolff certainly has his limitations and flaws, and no shortage of critics here in Kansas City, but the lack of respect you’re showing him and our National Team is embarrassing.

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  4. would be interested if lichaj could give some insight into the relationship between the two american brads at villa, and how being on the edge of the first team (still playing with the reserves/cup matches) is different from now being a full part of the first team.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/12/15 at 12:35 PM

      Got it — thanks for the question.

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      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/12/15 at 4:48 PM

        That is a great question, Biggy. Especially as Guzan is 26 years old and should be playing first team football, and in turn, pushing Howard for that spot for the National Team.

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  5. Posted by dth on 2010/12/15 at 12:38 PM

    Not sure about the potential Buddle-JPA partnership–not a lot of pace there, and I don’t think big guy-big guy strike partnerships work well. (IMHO small guy, fast guy/small guy, fast guy partnerships work pretty well.)

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/12/15 at 12:43 PM

      Perhaps not the best physical complement DTH, however I witnessed Kirovski and Magee miss about 30 sitters last year….neither player can be considered all that fast either, you know?

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      • Posted by dth on 2010/12/15 at 12:55 PM

        True. But there was a fast guy with some attacking instincts who could’ve been played more often…rhymes with Mistan Showen. Who knows why Arena found Kirovski/Magee so far superior to him down the stretch. Kind of crazy, in my opinion.

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        • Posted by ernj on 2010/12/15 at 3:53 PM

          Mr. Showen is no Showen on the Galaxy any more. Traded to Chivas for allocation money. They also acquired the rights to Surfer Dude in exchange for the rights to Luke Sassano. Busy day in LA!

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        • Posted by dth on 2010/12/15 at 4:16 PM

          Yeah, I think the move is kind of crazy, as LA will probably find out. Playing Beckham, JPA and Buddle on the same team–are they trying to set a record low for counterattacking goals scored? (Not to mention the problems with wherever they play Beckham–Beckham is too reckless to be played centrally and too slow to be played as a winger. A particularly bad strategy if they go with Beckham-as-winger as that neuters Sean Franklin.)

          My opinion of Bruce Arena continues to plummet.

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        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/12/15 at 4:39 PM

          Beckham has never had pace and has never been considered a winger. He’s a wide midfielder – big difference. I think he has the ability to be a DLP, but I don’t think that’s his best position TBH.

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        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/12/15 at 4:45 PM

          I do agree with your assessment of Angel. Glad I won’t be watching him at RBA next season!

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        • dth – so you mean to say that Barcelona is bad because they don’t score very many counter attacking goals? That’s odd… I suppose big clubs like Arsenal and Chelsea are also fearful of the typical counterattacking play produced by most newly promoted clubs.

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        • Posted by dth on 2010/12/15 at 7:54 PM

          No, obviously counterattacking goals aren’t a necessity for a team to be very good. But it seems to me that if you’re going to virtually forswear counterattacking goals–as LAG is doing by putting a lineup with Angel, Buddle and Beckham on the field at the same time–you ought to be very good at the possession game. And that’s just not going to happen with this team because:

          Beckham doesn’t play possession; he likes going for the killer pass too often. LA doesn’t have the centerbacks to play out of the back–Gonzalez, in particular, is weak. Buddle isn’t great. Angel was once good, but he’s been dispossessed much more often as he ages. Ricketts is not an effective distributor. Sure, you have Juninho and Donovan, but two of eleven does not a possession side make. (There’s Stephens on the bench, but I’m not sure how he fits in. Can’t put him central because he and Junihno would get overrun. Can’t put him on the wings because Donovan and Becks have those spots.) Either you can do the work or you can make the ball do the work; LA won’t be able to do either. I think they’re going to get worse next season.

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        • dth – All I can really say to that is ditto. That’s kind of what I was getting at, but in a less straight forward manner. I really don’t think Arena is going for either styles of attack though. Obviously with JPA and Buddle you don’t need to move Donovan to striker. I’m not sure what Arena is planning to do with his central midfield, but clearly he is going for strong wing play crossing it into the box (similar to Houston 2006-2007). Both JPA and Buddle can head the ball well. The only problem is like you mentioned Beckham isn’t the fastest player in the world. Maybe he thinks Franklin can cover pressing up the field… but then why have Beckham. It seems like he has an idea, but it is flawed. The other possibility is a route one style, but then why would you have two DP’s in the midfield? His logic is flawed, but knowing Bruce Arena, it will somehow work out in a way he wasn’t intending what so ever and he will be praised.

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  6. Posted by Navi on 2010/12/15 at 3:06 PM

    I have a question for Lichaj. I would like to know how he felt when he got switched in and got his EPL debut.

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  7. Posted by Navi on 2010/12/15 at 3:10 PM

    I would also like to say that I’m upset about JPA going to LA. I just began to like soccer ever since the World Cup and started watching Red Bull games in July. I wished to see more JPA action here.

    I also feel bad for Jimmy Conrad. It’s sad that a good player has to go to a sucky team. However, I feel REALLY bad for anyone going to DC.

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  8. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/12/15 at 3:54 PM

    The LA Galaxy today acquired the rights to forward Juan Pablo Ángel and defender Frankie Hejduk. The Galaxy selected Ángel with the #5 pick in the first round of Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Process, which the Galaxy acquired earlier in the day from the Houston Dynamo in exchange for the Galaxy’s natural fourth round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. LA then selected midfielder Luke Sassano with the #14 pick, the Galaxy’s natural pick, in the first round of the Re-Entry Process.

    Following the completion of the Re-Entry Process, the Galaxy traded the rights to Sassano to Sporting Kansas City in exchange for the rights to Frankie Hejduk, who Sporting had selected with the #8 pick in the first round of the Re-Entry Process from Columbus.

    The club now has seven days to extend contract offers with the two players. If the Galaxy cannot reach an agreement with either player in that time, the club will hold the right of first refusal for that player in MLS.

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    • Oh no… the Dynamo practically gave LA Angel. I hope it’s just that they didn’t wan’t to waste their money on an over the hill forward. I say that now and watch us end up NOT signing JFT (the perfect solution to our midfield) and signing some old once good forward. While I’m on this anyone think Tevez to Houston is remotely possible? I know… HIGHLY unlikely, but according to MLS-rumors.net (basically they just write whatever they want) the telegraph is reporting that Tevez might end up in MLS. Tevez also gave a written transfer request right around the same time Dynamo Chris Canetti said we are closing in on other signings. He also apparently wants his kids to grow up in English speaking country? (yet again according to mls-rumors). Highly unlikely and I’d be close to labeling it as impossible at first thought, but I guess I’m just praying that when they say somebody big they mean not old and still good.

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  9. Posted by MesaATLien on 2010/12/15 at 4:10 PM

    I love your player interviews!

    Two questions I think alot of Americans want to know whenever we see dual nationals on the team: Who are his all-time favorite American players that inspired him and why he chose the good ole U.S. of A.?

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  10. Posted by Pardeep on 2010/12/15 at 4:14 PM

    A question for Eric Lichaj: How did he decide between Poland and the US? Was it a tough decision? And how was his experience playing for the national team?

    You don’t have to pick all of them…Just one is okay, if any.

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  11. Posted by Ravi on 2010/12/15 at 4:15 PM

    A question for Eric Lichaj: What’s his favorite junk food?

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  12. Posted by Soccernst on 2010/12/15 at 6:19 PM

    Q for Eric: which of our current crop of USMNT midfielders compliments your game the best when partnering on the right?

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  13. Posted by nelson on 2010/12/15 at 6:40 PM

    What’s it like playing as a Villain? jk that’s a very bad pun. What type/style of soccer does he see the USMNT playing in 2014 and how does it differ from previous teams?

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  14. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/12/15 at 7:21 PM

    Q. I know it’s early days under Gerard Houllier, but how does his training sessions differ from those under Martin O’Neill? Is there more tactical stuff in the class room? More ball work? More focus on fitness / biomechanics? Has the nutrition and diet demands changed? How how does Houllier’s / O’Neill’s approach differ from Bradley’s?

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  15. My question for Eric Lichaj: Why are you so freaking awesome?

    That might be a little fanboyish, so maybe we’ll go with: How do you think the USMNT is shaping up for the next World Cup cycle? Who has impressed you in camp so far?

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  16. Posted by SamsArmySam on 2010/12/16 at 9:26 AM

    So do I understand this correctly that Surfer Dude winds down his playing days in LA? I love a happy ending. Rock on, Frankie.

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  17. Posted by Tom on 2010/12/16 at 10:07 AM

    Is Gibbs any good these days? Remember seeing him for the USMNT a few years back, with speed at fullback as I recall, but does he have any value for my Fire in 2011? (Really terrified the Men in Red will be cellar dwellers all season.)

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