Posted 2012/03/31 by matthewsf in Uncategorized. 21 Comments
The weekend already in action, including a marquee RSL-Timbers match-up with 50-yard dash between Perlaza and Olave.
Clint Dempsey has–yawn–scored.
Posted by Crow on 2012/03/31 at 6:32 PM
Eric Lichaj is back! And the Union have a point!!!
Posted by mbw on 2012/03/31 at 6:58 PM
He was darn good today. The guy’s got all the tools; just needs some experience.
Posted by KickinNames... on 2012/04/02 at 1:48 PM
He has looked really solid the last few times I’ve seen him against good quality competition. Bodes well for the MNT going forward if we can find a CB pairing.
Haven’t heard much from Ream lately. How is he doing at Bolton?
Posted by mbw on 2012/04/02 at 3:07 PM
By and large, Ream has been very good. He’s formed a good partnership with Wheater, has learned to use his athleticism well, and might be Bolton’s best player with the ball (leaving Ryo Miyaichi aside). But . . .
. . . he’s still a big liability in the air. His failure to clear a long ball allowed Wolves to pull one back late in the game on Saturday. More generally, opposing forwards are posting him up and holding the ball up pretty easily. This remains the big hole in his game.
Posted by Crow on 2012/03/31 at 6:34 PM
By the way Aston Villa is coming this summer to play the Philly Union. Could this be a matchup of the two worst coaches in all of world soccer??
Posted by dth on 2012/03/31 at 6:39 PM
When did Steve Kean sign up to manage Villa?
Posted by dth on 2012/03/31 at 6:40 PM
Going to see Gil/Morales combo for RSL and an interesting lineup for Portland. Should be a good one.
Posted by dth on 2012/03/31 at 8:31 PM
RESOLVED: Nagbe needs to be central, in-the-hole at all times.
Posted by mbw on 2012/03/31 at 9:18 PM
LA need a solution at center half, but where are they going to get the cap space?
Posted by dth on 2012/03/31 at 9:22 PM
Dunno, but George John and Chris Schuler would seem to be available.
Kelyn Rowe looks pretty good pinching in from a wide position. Revolution figuring things out, perhaps?
Posted by mbw on 2012/04/01 at 8:38 AM
Hard to imagine RSL parting with Schuler, considering their starters’ age and tendency to get injured and their need to rotate during CCL.
Re: the Revs — after suggesting early last year that they had the balance of talent and experience to make the playoffs, I’ve resolved not to venture any more predictions. But I do think Simms and Rowe were good pickups.
Posted by californiaredskins on 2012/03/31 at 9:54 PM
Touching display from the Galaxy back line; they refuse to play defense until Omar Gonzalez’s knee heals.
Posted by dth on 2012/03/31 at 10:15 PM
Bad week for SUPERTEAM hype. MLS parity is like gravity, mayne.
Posted by Andy on 2012/04/01 at 6:43 AM
Man. Nagbe. Man.
Tough loss, but man.
Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/04/01 at 7:28 AM
Newcastle United 2 Liverpool 0
Queen sent off. Seeing Liverpool implode is brilliant. Especially given how much money King Kenny has spent. 8th in the League, a couple of points ahead of Sunderland and Swansea City. Said it before, and I will say it again, Liverpool aren’t a big club any more. Just wish Scousers would wake up and stop being delusional. Yes, they won the League Cup, but finishing in the top four is more important. Currently 12 (15?) points off, depending on the later game.
How long will the Ownership keep patience with Dalglish? Not sure the League Cup is in their plans for globalization and competing with the royalty of European football.
They should have gone after Martin O’Neill.
Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/04/01 at 7:37 AM
Not hearing any more nonsense about “net spend” either. This is brilliant!!
Posted by Jared on 2012/04/01 at 8:52 AM
It is hilarious watching them implode after what the fans did to Hodgson and the anti American stance they took over the terrible owners only for them to turn around to welcome the new American owners as saviors. Dalglish is clearly in over his head in terms of tactics and transfers. Is he even averaging as many points per game as Hodgson at this point? I doubt it.
The only downside to this is that it will cost the owners a lot of money to restore Liverpool to anything close to a Champions League team which will cost my Red Sox. Heck, the Sox had to trade away their starting shortstop so that they wouldn’t go over the tax limit this year.
Posted by KickinNames... on 2012/04/02 at 7:10 AM
The Curse of The Pony Tailed Giant will become a scary legend told to children in the rills and hills of Merseyside for centuries to come. One of the worst overvaluations of a player in memory.
Fire Kenny and 1970s coaching philosophy and rebuild the squad around Suarez.
Posted by dth on 2012/04/01 at 10:15 AM
Posted by KickinNames... on 2012/04/03 at 7:24 AM
Possibly the best shouldered goal I’ve seen this campaign. I play with a guy on sundays who drives me nuts and I just figured out why…incredible physique, speed, great feet…..and the soccer sense and intensity of a door jamb. Jozy!!
Posted by Joel on 2012/04/02 at 1:38 PM
am I the only one who laughed at the dude in the stands who is flipping off Deuce?
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