• Wanderlust in EPL Land
Bolton Stu Holden takes to Stamford Bridge today as the Owen Coyle’s surprising crew has a big one against the Blues. Nicolas Anelka is due back for Chelsea.
Elsewhere, Wigan will lose at home to a rejuvenated Arsenal and Liverpool will eek out a boring home win against Wolves.
• DeRosario & The Art of War
The oft-quoted Sun Tzu book tells us all we need to know about the DeWayne DeRosario sneaking out the window of his Toronto FC home for a secret rendezvous with the training pitch of Celtic. If you’re not familiar with the latest on the situation, you can check it out here.
No, the quote is not “All war is based upon deception.”
The following is spot-on: “Every battle is won before it is fought.”
First, how did Toronto FC not see this coming. The much publicized check-writing goal celebration in season should have been the final, not first, inclination that a malcontent DeWayne DeRosario was starting–perhaps rightly or wrongly–to put his own well-being and future before the team.
Now this week, DeRosario goes to Celtic. Is that surprising? Be clear on this notion: The whole TFC-DeRo mess began long before this Celtic training row.
The point? Toronto FC should have addressed its star player predicament long before even that negative goal celebration. They had two actions they could take: (1) Work with the player to understand his concerns and try to reach an amicable outcome, that likely would have lea to a Celtic training approval or (2) Accept the player is disgruntled and keep tabs on him as well as look at possibilities for movement…that would have possibly led to a Celtic training approval.
They did neither. Poor move Toronto FC. A reap-what-you-sow sort of thing. And don’t blame it’s
• No Dotted Line Yet
An MLS Soccer report seems to corroborate what a friend (a player actually) told TSG late Sunday: Benny Feilhaber has serious interest from Cruz Azul…and it would appear a few other clubs.
My bet is that Feilhaber–who is currently on holiday in California–heads south to Bornstein country and a solid payday.
• You Should Get a Honda, Now a VW
Via BBC, Man City’s long-standing love affair with Edin Dzeko is about to be satisfied. Baffling why no one is prying away CSKA’s Honda. Honda would real nice right now anywhere in that Manchester United midfield-forward area or really anywhere else.
• Just Chillin’
Resigned WC 2010 head coach Marcelo Bielsa makes nice with Chile’s FA and will butt heads with Bob Bradley in Home Depot Land in January as interim steward of Chile.