Saturday Commentary: Landon’s Last Stand

We’re back and so is Landon, to LA that is.

Paul Simon-esque - "Homeward Bound"

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  1. Posted by dth on 2012/02/18 at 8:20 AM

    Dortmund-Hertha scoreless at HT, which makes sense when you consider Dortmund are without Goetze and Kagawa. Impressive that Dortmund have been better away without their two main inspirations out.

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    • Posted by dth on 2012/02/18 at 8:20 AM

      Imagine how good Dortmund would be if Real Madrid hadn’t reinstituted their hoarding policy and vacuumed up Sahin.

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  2. Posted by dikranovich on 2012/02/18 at 8:46 AM

    he is number 1 in our hearts, but he is #6 on the game day roster for leeds united. double R robbie rogers. go get em son. ream is manning the back for bolton in FA cup action.

    its not getting a lot of play, but robbie findley is toughing it out with a bum shoulder needing surgery at the end of the season. he is still making game day rosters and he is going to come back from this a stronger player.

    hopefully nottingham forest can avoid religation. it is intersting to note that forest are on 25 points in 23 place, with a negative 25 goal difference. portsmouth are in safety in 21st place, also with 25 points, but they have a plus 1 goal difference. that really is pretty amazing.

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    • Posted by dikranovich on 2012/02/18 at 9:51 AM

      and robbie findley puts a a final nail in the coventry city coffin.

      double R enters in the 79th minutes, and leeds ties the game a minute later.

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  3. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/02/18 at 10:06 AM

    Mighty Crystal Palace spanked Watford, 4-0.

    15 games to close a 8 point gap. With the exception of West Ham United away, the others are extremely “win-able” games.

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    • Posted by Bode on 2012/02/19 at 7:13 AM

      I wish it were easier to follow the Championship in America– seems like a crazy league where anything can happen any year!

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      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/02/19 at 8:31 AM

        It’s tough, for sure Bode. But there are some games on FS+ most weekends.

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    • Posted by dikranovich on 2012/02/19 at 7:44 AM

      george, you are aware that birmingham have not lost even once all season at home, and palace do have a game on the road there, in one of those 15 games. plus the teams ahead of palace have a game in hand.

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      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/02/19 at 8:29 AM

        Keep the faith, dikranovich. But Chris Houghton is a proven manager, and an under-rated one.

        It’s a long shot. But to be 100% honest with you, we’re not ready to be in the PL – we’d get relegated straight away. We need to consolidate for a season or two, without losing players, give the gaffer a transfer budget, and we might have a chance of PL survival.

        Remember, it was only 2 years ago that we escaped liquidation from the skinof our teeth.

        True Red Blue.

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      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/02/21 at 10:23 PM

        And you know that we beat BCFC at Selhurst Park, right?

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        • Posted by dikranovich on 2012/02/22 at 11:54 AM

          sorry george, the teams ahead of palace are too good, and these are teams not even in the top six. crystal palace draw to many games at home and they dont draw enough on the road.

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  4. Posted by dth on 2012/02/18 at 11:48 AM

    Not sure why Sunderland are allowing themselves to get so stretched against Arsenal, who appear…Arsenal-like. Oxlade-Chamberlain is the only player with any enthusiasm.

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  5. Posted by Kay20 on 2012/02/18 at 3:45 PM

    Intriguing final numbers for LD at Everton:

    http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/blog/_/name/five_aside/id/7589110/analyzing-landon-donovan-second-loan-everton-five-aside

    Wondering how Jurgen is going to use him as his playmaking abilities look to be on the upswing. You’d think on the right, but I wouldn’t be averse to seeing him in the center as we’ve watched him operate in traffic at Everton in the last few weeks.

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    • Posted by dikranovich on 2012/02/18 at 4:42 PM

      its a good bet we will see donovan attacking from the right side and the left side, and probably right up the middle as well. in old hot dogger terms, we call that a rudi garmisch.

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    • Posted by Berniebernier on 2012/02/19 at 12:12 PM

      What I think we will see

      It will be listed as a 4-3-3 but will look like

      Altidore
      Fabian – Dempsey- donovan
      Bradley – Beckerman
      Chandler – Boca – Gooch – Dolo

      What I would really like to see

      Dempsey
      Donovan – sasha – chandler
      Bradley – Williams
      Fabian – Boca – Gooch – Dolo

      It puts players in the spots they are playing at the club level. Donovan and Bradley can help Fabian if need be on D.

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  6. Posted by dth on 2012/02/19 at 11:40 AM

    Luis Suarez showed today why Liverpool put up with The Crazy (especially since Suarez’s crazy–not unlike, say, Kobe Bryant–is winning-directed rather than ego-directed e.g. Tevez). Henderson also quietly contributed with his passing as well.

    Liverpool still strikes me as a half-of-one-thing, half-of-the-other team.

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    • Posted by Jared on 2012/02/19 at 11:46 AM

      I disagree on Suarez’s brand of crazy being at all like Kobe’s. Suarez is just plain crazy. He does all sorts of stupid things like biting someone on the field and lying to his manager about how he was going to handle the handshake situation. He’s frequently about a half second away from doing something to get himself in trouble like diving or kicking the ball away.

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      • Posted by dth on 2012/02/19 at 11:50 AM

        Different flavors of crazy, yeah, but still winning-directed rather than ego-directed.

        Kobe’s crazy leads him to do dumb things all the time too–see: every time he decides it’s a GREAT IDEA to take a shot against a triple team.

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  7. Posted by dikranovich on 2012/02/19 at 1:37 PM

    junior bradley and the little engine that could keep on chugging along. big win for chievo, in the same city which will host the us mens team next week. the win also moves chievo into the top half of the table.

    sacha looks like he is the man at anderlecht. he started and left the game with his team 2 nil up and he was the third sub. third sub is usually a top performer who the coach is taking off for a rest and so he can be applauded by the fans. sacha, jones, and junior should form the triangle of death which will go up against italy next week.

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  8. Posted by dikranovich on 2012/02/25 at 6:25 AM

    i tell you, crystal palace on the road putting some nice pressure on west ham, but the uniforms are as bad as the arsenal chanpions league get up. worse actually because of the jelly belly ad on the back. west ham are still able to attack, this game can go either way.

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    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/02/25 at 7:35 AM

      How we didn’t score in the first half, I just don’t know. To be fair, West Ham have been the better side in the second half, although not creating too much / troubling Speroni. If it remains 0-0, it will be a good point, although, on chances created, it should have been three.

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