Going Live: The MLS All-Stars vs. Chelsea; Roma vs. Liverpool

DeRosario, the difference maker last time versus the Blues….

Massive Wednesday of soccer upon us, though it will hardly be pressure-packed contests.

The appetizer so to speak: Liverpool vs. Roma up in Beanville

The main event: The MLS All-Stars vs. Chelsea down in Libertyland.

Thought we would just provide a catch-all posts with some fodder for discussion to-and-through the matches.

» MLS released it’s list of “in-active” All-Stars — those selected as All-Stars who weren’t brought in to play in the affair.

….and the list is quite shocking. It is.

G: Jon Busch (San Jose Earthquakes), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEF: Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Jámison Olave (Real Salt Lake)

MID: Marvin Chávez (San Jose Earthquakes),  Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Roger Espinoza (Sporting Kansas City), Marco Pappa (Chicago Fire), Brek Shea (FC Dallas)

FWD: Fabián Espíndola (Real Salt Lake), Kei Kamara (Sporting Kansas City), Kenny Cooper (New York Red Bulls), Fredy Montero (Seattle Sounders FC)

Jon Busch over Andy Gruenebaum? Um, no. Fredy Montero, but no Saer Sene? Disagree. Brek Shea over Dax McCarty? I think not. And…Brek Shea? .. Where’s Victor Bernardez? That’s disrespectful.

» Sticking with San Jose, it bears watching how Steven Lenhart’s progress from a concussion goes. Alan Gordon has been every bit as good or better then Lenhart at target striker, but San Jose needs both to remain fresh to continue to dominate on the attacking end.

» Most important to the performance of their team in the second half? David Ferreira, Freddy Adu, Tim Cahill or….

» Santi Cazorla to Arsenal? I know, TSG has been lagging with their Euro love, but what a coup for the residents of the Emirates. It shows that Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal brand still have some cache and obviously some intent.

» Can we call out golden boy Landon Donovan? Rafa Marquez makes comments on teammates and loafs it on the pitch and get excoriated (rightfully by the media). Donovan comes out in an interview on Monday and says “I don’t think I did a great job in the beginning of the year of being a captain and leader.

And…crickets?

You’re damn right you didn’t and your team paid the price for it. That along with your motivational comments and continued public flirtation with the nostalgia of Everton is disrespectful to Los Angeles Galaxy fans who hold you in the highest of esteem.

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26 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jason on 2012/07/25 at 4:43 PM

    Bradley had a quiet but decent half overall. Maybe some smart runs that weren’t rewarded but has looked just a little lost at times.

    I do really enjoy these friendlies because we get to see some unusual line-ups that make for interesting games even if both sides aren’t at “full-strength”. Anyway, excited for the second half.

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    • Posted by KickinNames.. on 2012/07/25 at 5:20 PM

      It seems as if they didn’t trust him with the ball much except when open. After the goal they started to feed him more and he really made use of the ball extremely well. Fantastic through ball prior to his goal that should have been an assist. He looks like a guy who’s comfortable at this level and has some upside.
      Goal was fantastically taken.

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      • Posted by Hal on 2012/07/25 at 10:09 PM

        i noticed that when Bradley scored the goal his teammates were a little “meh” in running over to celebrate with him.

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        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/07/26 at 6:23 AM

          It was a pre-season friendly. What do you expect, a wild goal celebration in the iconic Tardelli mould? People on here slaughtered the Brazilians for celebrating too much during the recent friendly, now players aren’t celebrating enough…

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        • Posted by Jared on 2012/07/26 at 6:25 AM

          I think it’s because MB90 doesn’t smile at all. His teammates don’t know how to celebrate with someone like that.

          George, I think MB90 should pull off some sort of Robbie Keane silly somersault celebration just because it would be hilarious to see him do that since he’s always so serious.

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  2. Posted by Nelson on 2012/07/25 at 5:02 PM

    Jr. with the goal off the post!

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  3. Posted by dth on 2012/07/25 at 5:18 PM

    Quick check-back to last night’s Galaxy-Spurs friendly–Jose Villarreal played 60 minutes or so and played pretty interestingly. He played as one of those line-stretching forwards, only occasionally doing what I think he wants to do–i.e. drop deep and play in midfield. But given the presence of Keane he had to stay disciplined, which he did admirably (the lack of playing discipline is why Henry and Agudelo largely couldn’t mesh). Villarreal thinks quickly, has good quickness though not necessarily exceptional top-end speed, and is pretty technical. Those are the upsides. The downside, at the moment at least, is that kid needs to hit the weight room. They were bullying him off the ball pretty easily. So Villarreal either needs to get the tactical nous to avoid those kinds of physical challenges, get stronger to endure them, or, preferably, both.

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    • Posted by dth on 2012/07/25 at 5:19 PM

      Oh, and I’d argue Villarreal is more than qualified to play a super-sub offensive role for Galaxy. So hopefully Arena follows through with playing him.

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    • Posted by KickinNames.. on 2012/07/25 at 5:22 PM

      Tactical…..nous…..DTH dropping knowledge….keeps me coming back here every time.

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    • Posted by Nelson on 2012/07/25 at 6:57 PM

      I think the Galaxy youth performed well as a whole. They quelled a pretty good Tottenham second-half team. Although, I think the ref did miss a few PKs. I’m just hoping Van der Vaart and Walker didn’t pick up serious injuries.

      Great to see Huddlestone return…

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  4. Posted by dth on 2012/07/25 at 7:38 PM

    That lazy non-run is a big reason why Eddie Johnson is back in MLS.

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    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/07/25 at 7:49 PM

      Are you talking about him not busting his gut to get on the end of that cross? I couldn’t believe his lack of effort and anticipation.

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  5. Posted by Steve NJ-DC-Seoul on 2012/07/25 at 7:46 PM

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL johnson! Injury time! YES

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  6. Posted by mbw on 2012/07/25 at 7:51 PM

    I still can’t believe no European team wanted Jay Demerit.

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  7. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/07/25 at 8:05 PM

    Listening to Alexi Lalas’ constant insecurity is amusing. He really does have a systematic inferiority complex. He would make an interesting subject in a Post Colonial Theory thesis for a PhD student…

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  8. Posted by Nelson on 2012/07/25 at 8:05 PM

    Pontius for USMNT? or why does D’Ro have to be Canadian…

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    • Posted by Spiritof76 on 2012/07/25 at 9:06 PM

      +2

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    • Posted by Kay20 on 2012/07/27 at 12:22 AM

      Pontius was very impressive. Don’t think many new players will get to taste the Mexico friendly unless several veterans have to pull out due to new clubs, an don’t think he should be in for qualifiers (not the right time), but the friendly against Russia? That could be interesting. And he should be a lock for January camp.

      His rush up the right to beat a Chelsea defender and put a cross in that EJ lazily let float by – spectacular. His effort and energy and smarts – solid.

      De Ro continues to amaze. The man has a soccer brain and it shows. It’s a pleasure to watch him even on TV.

      And Wondo seems like one of the nicest people in existence. I’m an LA fan, so I hope he never scores against us, but I love his smile of glee every time he scores a goal. It’s like he’s a kid that just can’t believe he’s there and playing soccer. It’s awesome.

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  9. Posted by dth on 2012/07/26 at 8:42 PM

    Luis Suarez had some very nice combination play for Uruguay today. Obviously the guy’s a jerk but when he’s on, he’s on. Intrigued to see how he fits into Rodger’s Liverpool.

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  10. Posted by Kay20 on 2012/07/27 at 12:19 AM

    Matt, there are days where I think you just don’t like Landon Donovan. Your overall tone when you write about him tends to be negative, in contrast to some of your guest authors. (Just an observation and an opinion, really not meant to piss you off. For instance, did you really need to put “golden boy” sarcastically in your post?) And it prompts my long responses.

    Yes, LD was lethargic at the beginning of the LA season – I’m an LA fan and watch every game. He was lethargic like a crap ton of other athletes can be at times, and like a crap ton of his teammates were. He wasn’t the only one sucking donkey balls (cough *Robbie Keane* cough). Now, he is Captain, so he takes more of the blame – and he should. And he helped put this team in a hole. More is expected of him as Captain and as a leader.

    However, what makes it not “disrespectful” to LA fans is his performance since returning from the Nats and his open and honest comments to the press owning up to his lethargy. How many athletes – let’s use Rafa as an example – admit, “you know what, I sucked back there. Let’s make it right.” Since LD came back from the national team he has been involved in the majority of LA’s goals – #1 on the team. In reading Mike Magee’s comments today, LD was one of the one’s that turned around the locker room – befitting his role.

    Most LA fans have zero grudge and feel zero disrespect on the boards I visit. Why? He was lethargic for a grand total of 3 months out of the 7-8 years he has given the club. And he is on the way – with the other DPs – to making it right. But he was the catalyst for the change. Hence a distinct lack of public outrage.

    No one is saying “oh, that’s okay” for the lethargy. But they are saying, “yeah, you sucked. Thanks for making it right.” Everyone cannot be on 365 days a year. And since LD has a mike shoved in his face wherever he goes and of late he tends to not hold back, sometimes you hear the crummy in addition to the pep.

    As for his flirtation with Everton: Most LA fans reaction to it? He deserves to go if he wants it. It’s not a question about LA vs. Everton. He’s given his peak years to LA. It could be time to move on.

    To compare his three months of motivational issues and lethargy – something even Jurgen Klinsmann, Kyle Martino and Julie Foudy said was normal – to the daily dbaggery that is Rafa Marquez? (Man who has missed wide swaths of season and playoffs to suspension, who escapes press scrutiny whenever possible, who has half assed it through the vast majority of his time in MLS, who throws teammates under the bus for his own mistakes, and is a locker room cancerous sore).

    C’mon man. Too far.

    And that’s why you’re getting crickets.

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  11. Posted by dth on 2012/07/27 at 2:33 PM

    Fernandez to Fire is a pretty Fire move. Chicago: where discarded DPs go to play.

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