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.
• England vs. North Korea
Completely torn on who to root for here…Thoughts?
• 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?
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?
• RSL defends Rio Tinto against the Crew from Columbus
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.
» 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.
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.
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.