Posted 2012/02/25 by matthewsf in Uncategorized. 24 Comments
Will the Deuce get loose?
Posted by Turd Ferguson on 2012/02/25 at 8:09 AM
Wow, stellar back heel from Dembele to spring Pogrebnyak for a goal.
Posted by matthewsf on 2012/02/25 at 8:44 AM
Ream has been extremely solid here in the 1st half.
Posted by BernieBernier on 2012/02/25 at 9:22 AM
There was Ream’s bone head move. Horrible pass started a break but Bolton luckily recover. I hope he can get rid of these lapses. He has been solid so far.
Posted by EFG on 2012/02/25 at 9:13 AM
Milan host Juventus today, Napoli host Inter tomorrow. That is all.
Posted by Antonio H. on 2012/02/25 at 9:39 AM
McLeish is a damned idiot. Hard times being a Villa fan right now :(
Posted by dth on 2012/02/25 at 1:05 PM
Nocerino with a deflected strike to go up on Juventus. The passion in San Siro is brimming. Wish Milan had stuck with their tradition of playing playmakers–it really feels a piece short to me for that exact reason.
Posted by dikranovich on 2012/02/25 at 7:26 PM
the most dangerous lead in soccer was on full display today, wow. i tell you one thing though. if you go up two goals early, you better be sure to get that third, otherwise. look out.
Posted by dth on 2012/02/26 at 6:42 AM
Turn on game, 10th minute, Arsenal’s already down. Impulse for self-destruction, man…
Posted by Dikranovich on 2012/02/26 at 8:03 AM
Does anyone else think Stuart Pearce looks a little German with his hair and get up
Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/02/26 at 7:19 AM
Bale took a leaf out of [former Tottenham favourite] Lineker’s book with that penalty- he manufacturered contact and earned that penalty. And Lineker was “brilliant” at it.
With the current Laws of the game, the ref didn’t have too much choice. But that is something that needs to be changed. Bale just made sure he got to the ball first, and that cannot be right because there was no way he had control of the ball or would have retrieved it.
This is not aimed at any one player in particular, because it’s rife throughout the game. But this “gamesmanship” spoils the game, but awarding a penalty and/or a sending off. As long as the forward is rewarded, then they will do it if they can create an edge. That is why FIFA must change the Law appropriately.
Posted by dth on 2012/02/26 at 9:00 AM
Should be Bellamy instead of Carroll in the starting XI for Liv’pool.
Posted by dth on 2012/02/26 at 9:22 AM
LFC about to pull an Arsenal? Down 1-0 against the run of play.
Posted by Bode on 2012/02/26 at 2:57 PM
Bellamy had just recovered from an injury, so I’d assume he was left on the bench for fitness reasons. Also, he makes for a wonderful impact sub.
Posted by dmn on 2012/02/26 at 9:10 AM
Sweet strike by Jozy Altidore a moment ago! (20-somthing minute).
Posted by dmn on 2012/02/26 at 9:51 AM
Altidore 58th minute! Received square pass on the 18 facing goal. Nice. He just missed wide right on his 3rd try a moment ago.
Posted by dmn on 2012/02/26 at 10:28 AM
If I understood correctly, Altidore was voted man of the match with 40% of the Dutch vote. AZ might consider importing a goal keeper from MLS anytime soon. AZ’s penalty box defense was absolutely horrible in the 2nd half.
Posted by dth on 2012/02/26 at 3:16 PM
Actually, I’m kind of surprised there isn’t more demand for MLS keepers. I watch leagues on a fairly regular basis, and the ratio of competent GKs to awful GKs is never as good as it is in MLS.
Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/02/26 at 5:35 PM
Care to expand / give examples?
Posted by dth on 2012/02/26 at 6:32 PM
Well, of the projected starting GKs in the league, I think there are only one or two really awful ones, like Fabianski-level WTF? moments (NY and Vancouver). Meanwhile, there are a number of really very good ones–even someone like Dan Kennedy for Chivas USA doesn’t get talked about a lot but is really quite excellent.
Posted by cpjuengel on 2012/02/26 at 10:16 AM
kill me now #coys #sulking #inneedofsomeUSMNT
Posted by Crow on 2012/02/26 at 11:52 AM
I have not seen Zak Whitbread play once, and I know everyone seems to rate him low, but how can he not get a call up to the National Team with the lack of depth at defense. He plays for a team in the top half of the table in the EPL and is consistently rated as one of their highest players (looking at sky sports rating the last few months). I’ve heard he isnt really mobile or doesnt excel as distribution, but still doesn’t he deserve a look?
Posted by Berniebernier on 2012/02/26 at 1:50 PM
Here is my take.
First I look at players and depth two ways 1) can he help the US today and 2) if he can’t is he young and could improve as to help us in the future
Today he is not one of the top 3 CBs (assuming everyone is healthy). I have watched Norwich a couple of times. He was average. Not as good as Boca, Gooch, or Goodson IMO. This makes him depth to me.
When it comes to people that maybe depth I look at it like we don’t care much about Italy (thinking big picture – that doesn’t mean I haven’t been this excited for a game since Mexico in last summer). This means that when creating a depth chart I give heavy favor to young guys that may improve and I am hoping will be one of the top 3 in the coming years. This means that players even if not quite as good. This makes Omar , Cameron , ream, ahead of Whitbread if I am picking. At 28 I don’t think Whitbread gets better between now and Brazil.
If you want to argue he should get a look over Parkhurst I won’t argue. That said I feel strongly about Cameron over Whitbread (and I am not a big Cameron guy) because that’s the best big picture option.
Being a starter on an EPL team doesn’t guarantee a spot anymore. Talk about progress from just a short time ago.
Posted by Ufficio on 2012/02/26 at 2:29 PM
He’s always injured. He had to pull out of a camp last year, and was injured when Klinsmann put together this roster.
Posted by Jared on 2012/02/26 at 4:06 PM
I think he’s been injured virtually every time any USMNT coach has tried to make a roster in the past however many years that he’s been playing at a high level either in the Championship or the Premier League. I don’t think we need another defender who will be in his 30′s at the next World Cup who is always injured when we already have Gooch.
I agree with Bernie that Ream, Cameron and when healthy Omar all belong ahead of Whitbread. I’d rather see those guys get the chance even if a guy like Ream has struggled when given the opportunity so far.
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