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