Some quick bits for Wednesday morning:
• FC Stanky Legg
Update: Charlie Davies not in the 18 today for the match.
Charlie Davies and Sochaux head south to face relegation-hovering AS Monaco. Game time is 10AM EST, 1pm PST. Beyond Davies in this one, check out Monaco’s Park Chu-Young, who dazzled for South Korea in South Africa and has been linked to a January transfer to Premiership clubs Aston Villa and Fulham among others.
On the Davies front, the club has advised him to head on loan. Word is Charlie’s not having it. We are set to speak with the striker in early January.
Also in action Wednesday. Ricardo Clark and Hot Dog City play in the German Cup and Carlos BocaJuniors and St Etienne take on top’o'the table Lille.
• Lanverton Breather
Smart move by Landon Donovan to rest his body this winter. If Donovan couldn’t bring it at the end of the MLS campaign, he’ll be stepping up to an even more physical EPL league where the pace of play is quicker and the time on the ball shorter.
Not a recipe for success, especially with the mounds of expectations that Toffee fans would have–who are desperate for offense and wide play–if he ditched the beach for Goodison.
Donovan will be on Everton radio Wednesday and his tweet last night make it certainly seem that Everton was the only option he would consider…and there might something a year out in the offing.
Conspiracy theory: Donovan tells Bababooey..I mean Bruce Arena…that he wants to push for a move. Arena reminds him that he hasn’t won an MLS Cup in Los Angeles (since 2005) and that he shortchanged his club team by having a World Cup focus in 2010.
Donovan agrees to defer for a year and tells Bruce he’ll give him the year. Arena stockpiles all his national team cronies for one last hurrah as he sunsets to the shuffleboard pavement up in Santa Barbara.
Okay a stretch, but still.
• More Asterisks on the Galaxy
Two quick notes about the team I seem to be talking a lot about this week:
First, doesn’t it seem like the Galaxy are reversed. Most teams hold on to aging defenders and swap out youth up. As we’ve mentioned before this is primarily for two reasons: a) a mistake further away from the goal is less costly and 2) goal scoring is at a premium, age matters less.
The Galaxy though boost a youthful backline of, potentially: Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Leonardo and AJ De La Garza while ahead of them are the speed merchants of David Beckham and 34-year-old Juan Pablo Angel. Just note this.
Second, on Tristan Bowen….let me throw out a few names for you that you will definitely not know: Kevin Mmahat, Steve Adkins, Clay Parker and Brien Taylor. All four of those players were, at one time, New York Yankee pitching prospects that were supposed to be the next Ron Guidry or Roger Clemens.
Didn’t happen–and especially with offensive players (as we’ve seen with the likes of Eddie Johnson and Freddy Adu to name two) it’s just such a roll of the dice.
With Los Angeles going for it, you can’t condemn the Tristan Bowen trade though a Plan B to bring in young talent must be set into effect shortly.
• Buddle and the Gooch
Sounds like a bad Tom Hanks spinoff, no?
Add Bari, FC Basel to Palermo and Standard Leige on the list of rumored destinations for Oguchi Onyewu come January. Chances that Gooch remains at Milan for the 2nd half? 1%, max. Our odds on? Back to Leige.
English tabloids are reporting that the services of Edson Buddle are wanted at other Premiership stops. Until we have a better source, we’ll leave this alone.
• Bug Juice!
Some exciting selections by Bob Bradley Wednesday with his January camp roster, but I still would have liked to see Dynamo man Geoff Cameron get in there. TSG’s Jay Bell spoke with Geoff a few months ago and he had this to say about January camp:
TSG: Are you looking forward to hopefully being in the January camp with the national team again?
Geoff: Yeah, I think so. I think I would like to get another opportunity. To be honest I’m just focusing on being in rehab and getting back for preseason. I’m just kind of taking it one day at a time because I’m not sure if I’ll be called in, especially only playing half of a season.
No Rogers, no Marshall, no Cameron and no Hartman leads me to think it may have been a fitness thing. But the Ike Opara call in–and subsequently declination–refutes that assessment.
So, still kind of missed.
On the Excite-O-Meter, here’s a few thoughts with a few hours to digest the roster:
» Hoping to take to camp and see both Sean Johnson and Dominic Cervi in action. Matt Pickens, not so much.
» Dax McCarty and Jeff Larentowicz, your Chile midfield starters?
» Curious to eyeball little known defender Ryan Miller out of Halmstads BK in Sweden’s top league. Miller started all but four games for the club this season. That said, HBK had a pathetic -11 goal differential.
» While I favor the leftback battle as the most interesting one and continually favor AJ De La Garza for a run out there, don’t rule out De La Garza or Marvell Wynne and being to small of frame to play in the interior. Names like Cannavaro (5’9”), Roberto Ayala (5’9”) and even Rafa Marquez (5’10”) come to mind as little guys that held their own among the trees.
• DC and Najar….United.
Andy Najar re-ups with DC United. Either he’s sticking or it will drive his price tag up. The frisky winger is also now on Twitter.
• Not A Special One?
It’s not clear that Rafa Benitez is out at Inter (though it looks likely).
What is clear is that Jose Mourinho is loving every minute of the Spaniard’s misfortune with the team he took to the treble last year.
Said Mourinho today: “What Rafa says doesn’t deserve commenting on. I expected at least a ‘thank you’ for the success that I presented him with.”
Houston broadcaster drops a David Suazo-to-Houston rumor. Called him the best DP candidate for the Dynamo back in August.
The Colombian ball trafficker, David Ferreira, re-ups with FC Dallas (that team is stacked, huh).