Posted 2011/09/10 by matthewsf in Uncategorized. 47 Comments
Did Quaranta used to play CB or something?
Drop your game comments here so we can read them and pretend we’re smart.
Posted by Jared on 2011/09/10 at 7:00 AM
Asamoah Gyan to UAE on loan to play for Al-Ain. That’s a little bizarre.
Posted by matthewsf on 2011/09/10 at 7:32 AM
Wow — Sunderland needs the cash or something — that is bizarre.
Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/09/10 at 8:16 AM
Makes no footballing sense to go there at this stage of your career.
Posted by dth on 2011/09/10 at 8:29 AM
Effs my fantasy team a little bit this week.
Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/09/10 at 8:22 AM
I have been excited about Frimpong for a while now. Very p1ssed off about that as it has been all for nothing as he has chosen to represent Ghana. The thought of Frimpong and Wilshere [and McEachran] playing for England in the next few years to come, was effing fantastic…
Posted by matthewsf on 2011/09/10 at 8:28 AM
Substitute Cleverly for McEachran — Maybe Muamba or someone else steps up. Frimpong is like the next coming of Essien…funny that he is now playing for them.
Posted by dth on 2011/09/10 at 8:31 AM
Frimpong looked like a special class of destroyer, but I think long run England will be fine at that position (Rodwell et. al.).
What I think is strange is Villas-Boas’s stated intention to turn McEachran into a “6.” Now, Villas-Boas is a smart guy who values creativity, but it seems to this guy McEachran should be playing higher up the pitch.
Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/09/10 at 9:29 AM
I must admit, Rodwell has failed to live up to all the hype over the last 18 months. I think Cattermole will be a very good player if he can improve his decision making re. diving in / going to ground.
Posted by Dylan on 2011/09/10 at 7:28 PM
Yeah, Frimpong is a monster, couldn’t be more happy that he choose Ghana.
Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/09/11 at 5:54 AM
Posted by Turd Ferguson on 2011/09/10 at 8:31 AM
Just a heads up for everyone. Nurnberg is on ESPN3 tomorrow morning for those that might want to check out Timmy Chandler with his club.
Posted by jwrandolph on 2011/09/11 at 8:11 AM
Really good, really bizarre game. Nuremberg goes up 2-0 on two penalties, absolutely dominates, then their striker got sent off at ’45 for a questionable red. Now Cologne have a few penalty claims brushed off by the ref (including one involving Chandler, where the Cologne player got a yellow for diving), and get a player sent off as well. So its now 2-1 Nuremberg, 10 v 10 with about 7 minutes to go. Timmy is playing well,getting forward, having some beautiful crosses, playing an integral part in the attack, and Nuremberg deserves the scoreline (or better).
Posted by EFG on 2011/09/10 at 8:43 AM
I’d really hate to say I “wasted” these two hours, but Sunderland’s lack of, well, everything has been pretty disappointing. Chelsea is able to do whatever they please whenever they please.
That being said, Sturridge’s finish was cheeky. I may have to try that in my next game.
Posted by matthewsf on 2011/09/10 at 9:19 AM
That’s a typical Jay Leno game there though, no?
Posted by dude on 2011/09/10 at 10:29 AM
Can I please just comment on the picture?
If you were to guess which player would lead the national team in goals and in spirit, which would start his own jewelry line, which would get addicted to pain killers, and which would turn into an obnoxious punk… Not sure I’d guess correctly.
Posted by Ufficio on 2011/09/10 at 11:34 AM
Yeah, I’d probably pick Donovan for all four based on the picture.
Posted by BernieBernier on 2011/09/10 at 12:53 PM
Not sure if anyone can answer this but figure ShinGuardian comment section is my best shot…
How should I feel about Terrence Boyd? He scored again today. On one hand he has a pro contract with Dortmund, on the other hand he is playing in the 4th division. How is the transition from “B” to “A” team handled. Seems unfair to just throw someone in the 4th division into the Bundesliga but then again these are supposed to be Dortmund’s prospects.
Posted by crow on 2011/09/10 at 1:47 PM
Excited. I know I am. Well to a realistic degree. I brought this up in the ussoccer forums after seeing the news on yanks abroad. He impressed at Berlin and he’s off to a great start with Dortmund. I’m sure another team will pick him up if he can’t break through at Dortmund. Hopefully it works out like it did for Eric Lichaj or even better.
Posted by Martin on 2011/09/10 at 7:48 PM
“How should I feel about Terrence Boyd? He scored again today. On one hand he has a pro contract with Dortmund, on the other hand he is playing in the 4th division. How is the transition from “B” to “A” team handled. Seems unfair to just throw someone in the 4th division into the Bundesliga but then again these are supposed to be Dortmund’s prospects.”
What is it you expect people to tell you?
Boyd is a promising 20 year old forward who is doing well in Dortmund’s reserves. They play in Regionalliga West. A number of the teams are reserve sides of Bundesliga clubs.
You have things reversed when you say they threw “someone in the 4th division into the Bundesliga”.
It’s the exact opposite.
I couldn’t tell you about the quality of the teams, how they rate against MLS teams for example. Harry Redknapp for one is not a big fan of reseve leagues :
Of course that is in England and perhaps the system is better in Germany. Doing well for the reserves guarantees Boyd’s success at the next level about as much as being a AAA star means you wiill succeed in Major league Baseball.
However, it certainly beats not doing well. And I hope you aren’t going to jump on a band wagon and instantly declare him the next savior of US soccer. It’s probably too early for that.
Maybe if you wait until after the USMNT fails to score in the next friendly, then there will be a huge band wagon, as always.
Posted by BernieBernier on 2011/09/11 at 7:38 AM
I have no intent to jump on the bandwagon to make him even part of the USMNT. Lets call it I am investigating the bandwagon (checking out the features, seating, etc) but will not jump on until I see him do something at a level that I can put in context. Fourth division doesn’t excite me, reserves for a CL quality team does….
What I was hoping for was something to the effect of whether this is AAA (to use your baseball analogy) or Arizona Fall League rookie ball, whether people go from reserves to the top level team directly or is this a loan to 3rd division for a year (etc). Does this type of performance mean that we could see him in the first team next year?
I don’t have any context as to what it means to be tearing it up in a reserve team for a CL quality team.
Posted by Ufficio on 2011/09/10 at 9:29 PM
Seven goals in seven games for Dortmund II, and 15 in 18 games going back to last season. It’s probably safe to say that he’s too good to be playing in the Regionalliga much longer.
Posted by crow on 2011/09/10 at 3:15 PM
TSG prediction for sporting kc is not looking so good but my word- they are redefining back from the dead. Who wouldve guessed this a FEW months ago?
Cmon Union! Must win tonight!
Posted by mbw on 2011/09/10 at 6:07 PM
Agudelo with his first really important goal. . . .
Posted by dth on 2011/09/10 at 8:20 PM
You mean other than his game-winning goal against Seattle, his goal against Dallas, his goal against Argentina or against South Africa? Other than those goals, you’re saying?
Posted by dikranovich on 2011/09/10 at 9:06 PM
well two of those goals were in exhibition matches, and according to the new process, friendlies are not so importaint.
Posted by Martin on 2011/09/11 at 7:34 PM
All the USMNT games are important, especially for players who are lesser-known quantities than a Dempsey, a Donovan or a Howard.
Friendlies are important in ways that are different from, for example, a World Cup qualifier.
They can be important in a positive way. Even though Agudelo’s goals all have come in friendlies, it’s better than if he had not scored at all. Strikers are all about confidence and scoring against South Africa and Argentina, even though they were friendlies, they will help build his confidence. All of his goals for the US are important because it is clear Juan is going to be an important player for the US and his confidence levels matter.
They can be important in a negative way. If Castillo, for example, keeps failing to produce what JK wants him to produce it will be hard for him to get on the field when the games really matter.
Of course, it’s hard to know exactly what JK asked him to produce and how long a leash JK has but that is a separate discussion. Fans usually view games through a different prism from a manager, especially managers like JK who are rebuilding.
Everyone hates the “R” word but I think of it as JK has bought a house from Bradley and now he’s renovating it to suit his family. It will be curious to see what that house looks like, how much it has been renovated, by the time Qualifying rolls around.
Posted by mbw on 2011/09/10 at 9:09 PM
A stretch game with the playoffs possibly on the line carries no more import than a couple of friendlies and an early season match, you’re saying?
Posted by dth on 2011/09/10 at 9:27 PM
The Dallas game was highly important. So, no, not his first important goal.
Posted by dikranovich on 2011/09/10 at 9:34 PM
dth, you are too much buddy. maybe we can just say its his first really importaint goal.
Posted by mbw on 2011/09/10 at 9:35 PM
Ha, ok. “Other than the Dallas game,” his first important goal. Did I miss any others?
Posted by dikranovich on 2011/09/10 at 9:44 PM
ohh, agudelos goal was not a game winner, new york only drew tonight. that makes a difference. i think the main point in all of this is that the red bulls coach did say that the winner of the regular season was really what he would recognize as the champion. that was early in the season, when red bulls were high on the hog. so now red bull might sneek into the playoffs and they will lose in the first round because the team has the wrong mentality
Posted by crow on 2011/09/10 at 7:32 PM
Another crossbar for the Union in the dying moments. It’s amazing to think that their last win was against Everton.
Posted by dikranovich on 2011/09/10 at 7:53 PM
we got a charlie davies sighting. fourteen minutes two goals.
Posted by dikranovich on 2011/09/10 at 9:09 PM
charlie with his third of the evening. with dero and najar on the field at the same time, dc united is a most dangerous team.
Posted by Ufficio on 2011/09/10 at 9:35 PM
This Chris Pontius guy can ball a little bit, as well.
Posted by Matt Mathai on 2011/09/10 at 11:53 PM
Hope his injury isn’t as bad as I fear it is.
Posted by Andrew Nowlan (@amnowlan) on 2011/09/12 at 7:32 AM
I didn’t see the play, and although Lopes got a red card, what I have been reading is that it was more Pontius’s fault being late. Can anyone here comment?
Posted by jwrandolph on 2011/09/10 at 9:18 PM
Dumb question from somebody who hasn’t been able to watch the MLS as much this year. What is happening with Jay Demerit in Vancouver? Is he gone from the USMNT forever?
Posted by matthewsf on 2011/09/12 at 8:36 AM
Been off and on injured. With his age and Klinsmann’s focus on youth, I don’t think you’ll see him back in the US set-up.
Posted by jwrandolph on 2011/09/12 at 7:05 PM
Damn. Just like that huh? Nobody has ever wanted to make me play pickup soccer, OR root for the USMNT more than that guy. Not saying he’s the best defender (I don’t think anybody ever said that), but here’s my salute to an American hero whether theres a USMNT shirt on his back or not.
Posted by EFG on 2011/09/11 at 6:10 AM
Michael Bradley starts on the bench at Chievo this morning. Progress from Monchengladbach, I suppose.
Posted by EFG on 2011/09/11 at 8:12 AM
Posted by Jared on 2011/09/11 at 12:03 PM
At least he had a nice cushy seat to watch the game. Definitely a step forward though considering he’s only been with them for about 2 weeks.
Posted by EFG on 2011/09/11 at 1:50 PM
I agree, it’s only a matter of time.
Posted by jwrandolph on 2011/09/11 at 7:52 PM
Apparently Bradly was warming up, seemingly ready to go in, but one of his teammates was sent off and the manager used the last sub for another defender. Here’s hoping we’ll see him next week.
Posted by EFG on 2011/09/12 at 6:27 AM
Good to know, I was tracking on Soccernet Gamecast but didn’t get that information. Thanks.
Posted by Mike on 2011/09/11 at 5:16 PM
Question for anyone who watched the Kansas City match: did they really start off in a 5-2-3? This is based on the positions listed on the mls site for their starting line-up. Just the other day it looked like they came out with a diamond of strikers up top.
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