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.“
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.