Wednesday Factors: Lilly, Bedoya, More..

Seems like a lot of news for a new year, no?

Lilly ran away from defenders and everyone in the stats department...

• Bigger than MJ….seriously

Kristine Lilly has just announced her retirement from the US Women’s National Team this morning after 6,435,943 caps.

Kidding, after 392…that’s just amazing and in fact more than any other player, man or women, in FIFA history.

We caught up with Kristine earlier this year. Interview is here.

• The Ambassador to Brazil now in Sweden

A few moments ago, Ale Bedoya tweeted that he was on his way back to Orebro Sweden.

Bedoya responds that his club wanted him back for preseason. He’s due back in camp on January 15th.

Preston Zimmerman, one hell of a European story...

• Running the Mainz maze

MLS Soccer caught up with our good friend Preston Zimmerman, who after moving to the midfield, is now suiting up at righback on occasion. You get a little bit of insight into German football–and the value of Jozy Altidore–when Zimmerman comments in the exchange that he was moved because Mainze like their strikers to have bigger frames than his.

You can read more on Preston here.

If you are new to our publication and haven’t read about Preston’s amazing experiences the past two years, you can begin here.

• EPL Midweek

Some good ones out there today:

» Arsenal – Manchester City

The big headliner. Let’s just call it the Disgruntled Former Arsenal Player Bowl.  You think Arsene Wenger–despite his own central defense challenges–is having a laugher over the Emmanuel Adebayor-Kolo Toure fracas.

Wenger, “Whew…done with that…”

Meanwhile Everton fans’ frowns have turned upside down as Joleon Lescott continues to do his best interpretation of a League Two player at City.

Will Gareth Bale be Seamus'd at Goodison today?

» Everton-Tottenhan Hotspur

Seamus Coleman vs. Gareth Bale. Does the young Eli Manning-look-a-like Toffee have the stones to showcase his stuff on Bale’s flank…or will either be moved to the other side.

In other news, Yakuba may be on the pitch in this one, but will anyone notice?

» The Bolton Sperms vs. Wigan Lactics

Stu Holden confined to the stands with the thigh bruised earned versus Chelsea.

Johan Elmander reports to the box score with at least one deposit in the mesh.

• An apology: Becks to Tottenham looking real possible.

We’re never one to claim that we’re smarter than front offices or managers here at TSG. Less than a week ago we commented that Beckham to Tottenham was nothing more than hyperbole.

Turns out we were wrong…our apologies.

That said, what in the world are Tottenham…or the Galaxy thinking?!

It appears that David Beckham controls all the cards here…and in the case of MLS it sets a dangerous precedent.

• Birmingham Keanne on Robbie.

St. Andrew’s gets Irishman Keanne to help front their toothless attack. Word is somewhere around a $7M transfer that is close to finalized.

Edson Buddle, more and more a Galaxy man everyday.

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15 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Eric on 2011/01/05 at 11:55 AM

    Bedoya just included this in a tweet

    “My club wanted me back for start of preseason”

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    • Posted by Dylan on 2011/01/05 at 12:41 PM

      Wasn’t he the most capped player in the camp?

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      • Posted by dth on 2011/01/05 at 1:08 PM

        He was indeed. I wonder if this is the prelude to some sort of transfer–they didn’t have a problem with Bedoya cupcaking it last year.

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  2. Posted by dikranovich on 2011/01/05 at 12:00 PM

    wasnt mainz the home of one conor casey. they must like them big, and slow.

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  3. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/01/05 at 1:07 PM

    Got to love the Romford Pele’s pre-match bland statements. I don’t know why, but I still think he’s great!

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  4. Posted by John on 2011/01/05 at 1:52 PM

    This Liverpool performance is one for the ages.

    No Spark
    No Ideas
    No Aggression
    No Defense

    Joe Cole looks awful
    Johnson looks lost
    Konchesky is missing completely
    Skrtel seems to be regressing

    If Roy hasn’t lost the team I don’t know what you call this then. Collective professional amnesia?

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    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/01/05 at 5:20 PM

      I must admit, I do have quite a high Liverpool-Schadenfreude-Quotient! I was grinning like a Cheshire cat, SMSing my London-born Liverpool supporting mates with relish! Love it.

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      • Posted by dth on 2011/01/05 at 5:52 PM

        What team do you support?

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        • Posted by John Henry on 2011/01/05 at 7:11 PM

          What’s funny is Liverpool’s travails are drawing me to fandom. Been following the Premier League for two years now, and aside from rooting against Chelsea and for Fulham (Dempsey), haven’t been able to really latch onto a team. I like Aresenal’s philosphy and style, but they’re just a tease.

          It’s kind of like reverse bandwagon, but Liverpool is catching on hard for me.

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        • Posted by John Henry on 2011/01/05 at 7:13 PM

          Sorry for hijacking your question to George there.

          I will add that the only thing that originally turned me off of LFC was their assault on Cohen and WFD. But…there are lunatics of every persuasion. So that objection isn’t holding much weight with me any more.

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        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/01/07 at 7:14 AM

          Crystal Palace.

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  5. Posted by Antonio H. on 2011/01/05 at 10:27 PM

    Anyone else think Seamus looks like Gareth?

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  6. Posted by dth on 2011/01/05 at 11:02 PM

    By the way, this may have been the hugest story to come out today:

    http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/news/_/columnist/carlisle_jeff/id/5936218/danny-mwanga-tony-tchani-andy-najar-us-radar

    Very good reporting by Jeff Carlisle in figuring out the citizenship timelines of Mwanga, Najar and Tchani. I’d take any of the three but I’d like Najar most.

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    • Posted by Iggystar on 2011/01/07 at 2:51 AM

      Carlisle Twitter
      Sorry guys. My statement that Najar received his green card in 2006 proved to be inaccurate. I apologize for making such a careless error.

      humph

      Reply

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