Archive for December, 2010

Villamericas: Cummings To Train With Aston Villa

Cummings to go across the pond...

According to the Denver Post, which oddly and usually doesn’t pick up Rapids stories, Rapids striker Omar Cummings is Aston Villa bound for a training session with an eye on perhaps more.

Rapids managing director Jeff Plush on Monday said the team has allowed the 28-year-old Cummings to train with EPL’s Aston Villa, but stopped short of saying they’ve loaned him outright.

Though they get him back this weekend, Villa have been without the services of Gaby Agbonlahor for most of the early part of the campaign and are sorely in need of a speedy striker option up top.

Also interesting about this is that Stan Kroenke has developed Arsenal and not Villa as a sister club (is that what they’re called?) to Colorado.

(Reaching out for more comment now….gotta love the TSG community, thanks to “BW” for this info.)

(And since it’s a holiday week, I’ll echo my long standing comments. Let’s get on Barack America to annex Jamaica. Beyond access to rum and other things, the USMNT gets access to Omar Cummings, Ryan Johnson, Ricardo Fuller and Dane Richards. Forward problems, at least temporarily, solved!)

Arsenal Make Chelsea Blue

Arsenal vanquished Chelsea at the Emirates on Monday, 3-1, marking the first time that Arsene Wenger left the pitch with a smile on his face in more than 2 years against the Blues.

Arsenal pressured high up the pitch, using surprise starter Theo Walcott, to expose Chelsea poor ball management out of the back. Two of Arsenal’s three goals came on gaffes in their central third, but that might have been a chain reaction as Chelsea missing Nicolas Anelka due to a bum knee and Didier Drogba, due to playing defense continually in his own defensive third, had no outlet over the top.

By the time Chelsea inserted Gael Kakuta to attempt to stretch Arsenal defense vertically it was too late, despite an Drogba-to-Ivanovic set play score. It didn’t help that Kakuta looked very much his 19-years-of-age.

The game was not without some questionable play from Arsenal who saw Robin Van Persie dispossessed in his few possessions and Jack Wilshere continue his uneven play. However, stellar play from the captain Cesc Fabregas and stand-in center back Johan Djourou far outweighed the few subpar home time performances by Arsenal as they dominated possession and the rest of the score sheet.

Notes: Lichaj’s Start, Gooch, Celtic(s), Stu, More

Lichaj...doing some serious clubbing too....(photo credit: Matt Mathai)

The Big Nasty, Eric Lichaj, acquitted himself well in a 2-1 Aston Villa loss to Tottenham Hotspur going up against one of the best wingers in the Prem on Sunday, Gareth Bale.

You can ballpoint it that Lichaj is at least second on the rightback depth chart for 2014 at this point and likely 2011 as well (despite some folks at ESPN suggesting Jonathan Spector already has the starting 2014 spot locked-up. In our best Discovery Channel voice, when you don’t do your research….critics attack.)

Villa faithful give Lichaj MOTM.

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• Rumor: Calling this a rumor right now. A friend’s email to us out of Mexico suggests Benny Feilhaber will sign for Cruz Azul this week. Not a “report” until there is another confirmed source.

• While Freddie Ljundberg might head to Celtic in the Scottish Premier League, word is the US star of the 2010 Milk Cup, Adrian Ruelas is set to sign with the storied franchise come the January transfer window. Again, we need confirmation here before this is more than a rumor.

• Multiple reports have Oguchi Onyewu FC Twente-bound in Jan. Not surprising given Twente’s Michel Preud’homme coached Gooch at Standard Leige less than two years ago.

• Stu Holden went 90, again, as Bolton beat-up on West Brom, 2-nil. We chatted with the great tactical writer Jonathan Wilson last week, who had this to say about Holden’s game.

• Arsenal v. Chelsea, Monday….excellent.

• Edson Buddle now linked with Sheffied United as well as Birmingham….getting interesting…

• A little more like it here. At least if Manchester City is going to overpay for player they might as well go young and home grown and create some flexibility. Man City through the acquisitions of Milner, Adam Johnson, Joe Hart and more doing a great job of stockpiling young Brits. Now word comes Mancini wants Andy Carroll.

Happy Holidays From The Shin Guardian

TSG will be publishing on an abbreviated scheduled through the end of the year as Little Miss Shinguardian visits family in NorCal and elsewhere.

Merry [insert holiday that you celebrate].

A moment to share our very favorite gift (besides the little one this morning). In the mail today arrived an picture-and-audio book from my dad.

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Tim Howard Gets More Bulletproof…

Tim Howard’s superb performance vs. Manchester City this past week.

PSA: Don’t Mess With Free Beer

The Free Beer Movement in action....

The Free Beer Movement is all about “Spreading American Soccer One Beer at a Time” and because of the generous support of The Shin Guardian we’ve grown into a successful grassroots organization for helping build this great American game that we all love.

Because of our efforts and your help we’ve been recognized in the Movement’s hometown and nominated for one of the 2011 Austin-American Statesman Texas Social Media Awards.
We know how great the TSG community has been in supporting us in the past and reading our contributions to the publication and we hope that you’ll take the time to stop by our Texas Social Media Awards nomination page, vote for us, and leave a few kind words. It would go a long way to helping build the FBM’s legitimacy and strength as an organization here and across the nation.
Thank you all for your support.
P.S. And if we get enough of the TSG community’s comments on the nomination page we’ll finally buy Matt all those beers we’ve been promising him.

Studio 90: Jonathan Spector

Jonathan Spector talks to scruffy Michael Kammarman (street cred?)

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