Spanning The Weekend Soccer Globe: A Tall Portugese Man, John Lithgow & More

It's back baby...

Maybe 6 or 7 months, more, since we did a spanning the weekend soccer globe.

Our first one in what seems like ages and upstaged by USSF and Sunil Gulati.

Lame. But off we go.

Friday

International U-20

• England vs. North Korea

Completely torn on who to root for here…Thoughts?

MLS

• The Philly Union look to Ben Franklin’s bridge to cross the Rapids.

Statement 2nd half opening game for the Union? A win vs. Everton, a Farfantastic performance against Real Madrid. Would be a shame to know not put away an uneven Rapids side who just saw Conor Casey go down for the year, no?

The Fish has flopped thus far this season in our eyes...

Anyone else surprised that Carlos Ruiz came in 3rd in the player All-Star voting at forward? Was it the only name that some guys could recognize?

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Saturday

MLS

• RSL defends Rio Tinto against the Crew from Columbus

Bad juju.

Ever since David Checketts announced that he wanted to retire the #9 jersey in honor of boach Jason Kreis the following has happened at what once was a fortress in Salt Lake.

Can you take it down though?

» Charlie Davies dove and earned a penalty at Rio Tinto preserve a draw for United.

» Key playmaker Javier Morales went down with a probable-season-ending injury.

» A bogus red card on Nat Borchers allowed the mighty (visiting) Revolution to preserve a draw.

» And Wednesday night, Jamison Olave strained an MCL and will be out of action up for 10 days to 2 weeks. (Not at Rio Tinto, but 3 out of 4 isn’t bad.)

Go ahead Checketts. Retire another one.

• Will the Dynamo dust themselves off with a win at home against visiting Seattle?

First of all, a huge +1 for the Timbers in their war with archrival Seattle.

The Timbers have a chainsaw-weilding lumberjack to rile up the crowd.

Seattle. Well Seattle has this John Lithgow-looking camera hog who either needs a bigger Polo shirt,  a few less salmon sandwiches or for someone to asphyxiate him with his own scarf.

(Courtesy Dave for sending over.)

As for Houston, issued a mini-Twitter rant after the All-Star game on Wednesday where Geoff Cameron upon our umpteeth observation of his game looked fantastic (granted it was mop-up, close-lights time) on the backline against United.

He is oh-so-much better with his face-up game than with his back to the basket.

Heard from Dynamo fans Wednesday night that they are tiring on Dom Kinnear. Can’t blame’em. The Dynamo should just adopt the chant “Set Piece or Die!” because that’s their game right now.

No speed option. No creative central midfielder. Might as well try Cameron and Ashe on opposite wings and run the flanks for a little bit here in the 2nd half and see what materializes.

• The Argonauts head to Tillamook Country to take on the Timbers.

The Perlaza Fan Club doesn't discriminate...

Hey TSG readers. You thought the Sean Franklin gushing was bad? You–may have–ain’t seen nothing.

A few more solid game out of superb complementary forward Jorge Perlaza (who’s often asked to man up top all by his lonesome) and I’ll be accepting applications for “Portlandians Love Perlaza”or whatever you want to call it as of now.

Perlaza’s work up top makes it all the more magnifying that Kenny Cooper. Kenny? You out there? That Kenny Cooper is contributing very little up in P-Town. Next time the Timbers go on the road, the home supporter section should just chant “Nery Castillo” every time he has the ball.

Oh and someone take a picture of Cooper going up against Joao Plata in this one. Can just see that one coming out a bit awkward.

(By the way, in case you missed in yesterday’s news, the Portland Timbers treated like dignitaries by the refs this season.)

• Livestrong (no caps for me) and Sporting KC look to put down the Revolution

Speaking of complementary forward-strikers. CJ Sapong. Just wow. I don’t know if it’s Teal Bunbury lagging so much in the 1st half or just Sapong’s hold-up work with Bravo, Kamara and company running off.

Peter Vermes has got folks excited in Kansas City–though hard not to have an uptick once Curt Onalfo leaves town. Right, Ben?

Must have been tough for Sapong never to get a look in the youth system coming from the small state of Virginia and the tiny youth system of DC United.

Anyway, Camp Cupcake invite extended from TSG right here, right now for Mr. Big Afrika.

International U-20

• Portugal vs. Uruguay

Easily the best game of the bunch. Player to watch? Amido Baldé, the 6’4” 19-year-old forward will play in the Spain’s 2nd division this upcoming season. Throw a Benfica jersey on him and you might as well call him Oscar Cardozo.

Check out  a good review on who else to watch over at Friend of TSG, A Football Report.

World Football Challenge

• Manchester United vs. Barcelona

Highly anticlimactic showdown happening this time in Washington D.C.

Apparently Manchester United has sent a memo to Barcelona asking them to borrow the ball for more than 3 passes in a row. Response by Barca? If Cesc says it’s ok.

• FC Dallas attempt to corral the Goats

Will our dream of seeing a runout of Heath Pearce at centerback die with Bob Bradley’s shredded contract.

Yup.

More coming….perhaps…

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15 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by dth on 2011/07/29 at 4:48 AM

    Hoyos got in a car accident in buenos aires months ago and last I heard his career is in danger.

    Also, I don’t think we wouldve started over Iturbe and Lamela.

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  2. Posted by Kevin O' on 2011/07/29 at 6:42 AM

    Seattle fan = lovechild of John Lithgow + Neville Longbottom.

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    • I think you mean Seattle fan = guy from Despicable Me + Neville Longbottom

      No seriously he’s creepier than Bob Bradley’s death stare directed towards the field 24/7.

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  3. Fair summary of the Dynamo situation. I’m planning to watch the game on tv tomorrow night with interest but not much optimism.

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  4. Posted by Johninho on 2011/07/29 at 7:31 AM

    How do you span the globe and miss Myanmar vs. Oman WCQ being abandoned because, hey, who knew it’s risky to schedule a national team match in such a dysfunctional country? What could go wrong with that FIFA-as-separate-world-government strategy?

    Speaking of which, Belize is trying to take some action about their FA chairman, and is about to get vacated from CONCACAF quals because Sepp don’t like actual elected officials messing with his puppets.

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  5. Posted by kaya on 2011/07/29 at 9:10 AM

    So stoked to see the soccer globe again!
    Aaannndddd the bookmakers on twitter were right re Klinsmann

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  6. On your Houston thoughts, I am not so much losing confidence in Kinnear as much as I am starting to dislike Canetti. He doesn’t seem to have the passion for the team that Oliver Luck had. I’m starting to think that the lack of passion in players now is an accurate representation of Canetti’s attitude towards the club. More and more for Canetti I think its just business.

    As for putting Ashe and Cameron on the flanks, I don’t like that idea at all. I think we should try that 4-3-3 again, and put Moffat at defensive mid, Cameron and Davis at CM and Clark and Cruz on the wings, with Ching in the middle. If we don’t have any one person who can drive the attack in the 4-1-2-1-2, then we shouldn’t be playing it. Turning my back on that formation is rare but with one striker that should keep Weaver from seeing the field, and Cameron from having too much offensive responsibility.

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  7. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/07/29 at 8:06 PM

    No mention of the 2014 WC draw?

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  8. Posted by Kevin on 2011/07/31 at 12:22 AM

    After my rant about why the Dynamo have been playing poorly… I’m honestly shocked by the performance against Seattle.

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    • Seconded. Ching apparently had a players only meeting on Thursday and it looks to have done some good, he looked highly motivated out there and was very effective.

      Moffat and Cameron also impressed, really a great performance all around.

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      • Posted by Kevin on 2011/07/31 at 3:30 PM

        Moffat played really well. It was a 100% improvement than how he played against Chivas USA. He did what Palmer never did, pick up the ball from the back, pick his head up, and distribute to initiate the attack.

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  9. Posted by Antonio H. on 2011/07/31 at 4:37 PM

    Fantasy premier league this year???

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