Going to be a little lighter week here at TSG. Enterprise taxes and things like that.
Some observations from the weekend:
• Anybody who bestowed the “best ever” talent tag on the New York Red Bulls want to step up now. Do I have this right? The Red Bulls have two goals for the year. In short–with that line-up–that’s pathetic.
No faulting the DeWayne DeRosario acquisition, but leaders (at least those that are paid like them) lead by example and it sure looks like Thierry Henry is having a swell time enjoying NYC, going out on Saturday, and just casually kicking the ball around.
Or not even making it that far.
Oddly enough, both David Beckham and Thierry Henry went across the pond to train this past off-season with Beckham getting flack and Henry praise for the understated manner in which the training was handled.
Let’s leave that for the comment section.
• No horn tooting, but TSG’s ROY pick Will Bruin with a scorcher on Saturday night. Now, the pride of Indiana U will probably be lapped for the ROY (Sapong? Soares?), but Bruin is a new breed of MLS target man: one that can play the hold-up game, but is also good and nimble on his feet.
Still wondering how teams passed right by Bruin in the draft. Specifically the Union and the team he helped thump, the Whitecaps.
• “Houl In the Hell”
Conspiracy theory? US owner Randy Lerner wanted Michael Bradley at Villa.
Hard to explain how Bradley, a solid if unspectacular Bundesliga midfielder, “chooses” to head to Villa and summarily is sent to the reserves and not called into the 18 for Villa this past weekend.
The starters for Villa? Old man Sylvan Petrov and teacher’s pet Jean Makoun while Nigel Reo-Coker relieved a faltering Makoun.
Let’s say that if this was basketball and I asked you why the Oklahoma Thunder picked up Kendrick Perkins–wouldn’t you say that is for some toughness, beating down weaker teams and standing up to the likes of the Lakers etc.
Seems to me that a Newcastle game is precisely the game Michael Bradley may have thrived in. Chippy, physical affair and all.
Interesting goings-on at Villa, but don’t let the American media snow you. While Gerard Houllier is temperamental, if a player can help them avoid the drop, he’s playing. (And remember not only Bradley, but Reo-Coker is out of contract at the end of the year too–so it has nothing to do with playing “your guys going forward.”)
The story here is Bradley, not Houllier.
Here’s the background–if you haven’t read it yet–on Michael Bradley and the Villa midfield.
• Hula, Hoops
Colorado came back down to earth this weekend upon their visit to Frisco, Texas. Chalk it up for now as an anomaly for the Rapids, while FC Dallas might have shocked their team into action.
A glimpse on Friday evening of what the “new-look” Dallas squad can do, highlighted by Brek Shea now at leftback (calling all national team fans–all national team fans please pick up your megaphones) attacking down that flank. Didn’t look half-bad ether.)
• Goals, galore
Deposits this weekend for Herculez Gomez (2), Jozy Altidore, Alejandro Bedoya and assists for Eddie Johnson, Eric Lichaj and Benny Feilhaber among others.
TSG, for one, is going to dial down (as we did this weekend), the “oh-my-gosh-an-American has scored” broadcasting.
With now more than a handful of Americans playing in the various top leagues, shouldn’t goals be expected from Americans and perhaps not a magnanimous announcement every time?
And continuing on the curmudgeon theme of this bullet, Jozy Altidore’s goal was “well-taken,” but I’d like to see a few more here from the American and a few where he goes and gets them. Hell of a service on that play to Altidore’s skull shot.
• Omar Gonzalez’s inbox
Subject: Saw your DCU vs. LAG match.
Message: Don’t use your hands
• Goodbye Tea Time
So let me see if I have this right. With Stan Kroenke’s Arsenal bid, only one of the top six teams in the EPL table is owned by an Englishman, that being Tottenham Hotspur.
Somewhere Montgomery Burns–I mean Don Garber–is flickering his fingers.
• Today: Liverpool vs. Manchester City
Following-up: I still like (Somtimes You Have To Splash)–independent of Fernando Torres’ struggles for Chelsea–Liverpool’s move to bring in Andy Carroll. Don’t look now, but Liverpool is in 6th–though they need some help to move further up the table–and Jamie Carragher is boasting about transfer expectations this summer.
Big change from where Liverpool was around December 2010, no?
Some moves are more than just about the dollar amount versus the player’s skill-set.