•More for Moyes
Edson Buddle set for a trial with Everton. Good move all around.
Buddle was going nowhere with Ingolstadt and neither was Ingolstadt. In fact, he was a liability in the compensation department.
The former Galaxy man didn’t get secured at West ham and now moves on to Everton looking to go for a ride (either on the pine or the pitch) until the end of the campaign.
Good moves. One may question why a player not picked up by a Championship side can be helpful a league up but Buddle’s skillset is precisely what the Toffees need and can afford–someone to take a beating up top and allow players like Landon, Tim Cahill, and Royston Drenthe to play off of him. Liverpool’s other team has sorely lacked that all season, diminishing the impact that the seemingly evergreen Cahill can have by moving up top where he gets banged by on by 175-200lbs centerbacks. Ouch.
Buddle–even if his goal scoring prowess doesn’t translate to the Prem–can take a beating. Just two seasons ago, Bruce Arena nearly ran the striker into the ground because he had no capable back-up. how did Buddle respond in a season where he was often called on to hold the ball by his lonesome and with some World Cup mileage? By scoring the first goal against Seattle in the playoffs that year and generally looking up to the task despite some wear-and-tear.
Again, good move if it goes through.
•Neymar’s Rose Ceremony
Yes the Bachelor was on at TSG headquarters last night. Ghastly!
here’s a solid idea for an award-winning footie reality show. have a little fun with it. Start with say 10 suitors (front office men) all dolled up and pining for the services of a Neymar or Mario Goetze. Each week, one or two get expunged because they don’t secure that dastardly rose–maybe it a jock strap, that would just be funny.
The GMs so to speak talk shit about one another, get in cat-or-dog fights, and have one-on-one dates with said youth sensation all attempting to win the heart of The Sensation (okay, that’s what we’re calling.) The teams even get to bring in player for challenges. Really want that Sensation, maybe Rooney has to shave his new rug or Frank Lampard has to go on a cleanse. Love it.
Okay, just told you that the Bachelor was emanating from TSG’s TV last night. Moving on….
• Say “Yes” To Pastries
First of all, ain’t nothing wrong with cupcakes. Ask Kyle Martino.
Our friend Steve Davis with a rant against the moniker “Camp Cupcake” for the USMNT’s January Camp.
C’mon Steve–that is more upsetting to you then say Sepp Blatter still in charge or violence at the African Cup of Nations? Just giving you a hard time Steve, but the players are comfortable and openly refer to Camp Cupcake as such and really soccer in the US of A needs more spice–and sweetness–rather than less.
• Good On This: Active, Not Reactive from Jurgy K
Jurgen Klinsmann in an interview with FIFA and his first piece of commentary was….symphonic.
Klinsmann with a “We are moving away from a reactive style of play to a proactive style.”
If you remember, this was TSG’s biggest point of (negative) contention with previous regime. While the excuse was often made that bringing players together quickly for a camp was the reasons that play was uneven, the reality is–with the exception of Mexico–the US has too much talent against other CONCACAF foes not to dismantle and dictate play to the weaker ones.
In fact, if you recall, TSG made it one of Bob Bradley’s key questions to answer at Gold Cup 2012. Bob didn’t fare well. And it was a hallmark of Jurgen Klinsann’s opening moments.
An interesting interview with the Kaiser, though I disagree with Klinsmann’s second statement that the US is training harder. Really? Prove it.
Eric Lichaj–remember him–back for the Aston Villa reserves.
Robbie Rogers gets his first action for Leeds.
MLS supplemental draft today.