Archive for July, 2012

Gotham Puts Out Bat Signal: Red Bulls Trade For LeToux

LeToux, often pushed to the back of the attack this year in BC bud country.

So much for Kaka to the Red Bulls?

In a stunning move, the New York Red Bulls acquired Vancouver front man (and former Peter Nowak whipping boy) Sebastien LeToux in exchange for burner Dane Richards and allocation money.

It’s a thought-provoking move on the surface as LeToux likes to meander south in search of the ball on offense and that’s precisely the role that Thierry Henry has been playing. LeToux is not a true #10 and it will be interesting to see how the Red Bulls to deploy him.

Strange things are afoot in Vancouver where the pretenders were doing a create contender impression. Out went midfield maestro Davide Chumiento this week; in came the aging Barry Robson last week.

What will Dane Richards bring that Darren Mattocks doesn’t?

 

Report: MLS Agrees To Sell Geoff Cameron To Stoke City

We’re a go.

A US defender who grew up about 20 minutes from Providence, Rhode Island is going to the Providence of England.

Brian Sciaretta has the scoop. MLS agreeing Friday to send the Houston Dynamo center defender to Stoke City. The two sides are near completion on the financial terms and final announcement is expected on early next week.

The US defender has long been considered ready for the international game. His assuredness on the ball combined with his trackback ability makes him a nice complement to some of the other central defenders (Huth, Shawcross) in the mix at the EPL side.

TSG’s Interview with Geoff.

Poll: Will An American Please Report To The Champion’s League

Anyone? Bueller?

Simple stuff really….

The Beautiful Game: Bay Area Represent, Street Soccer USA In Full Effect

In the words of Chali 2na: “BAY……AREAAAAA!”

This piece by Chandrima Chatterjee. Find out how you can help the Bay Area Street Soccer USA team here.

There’s less than two weeks until the 2012 Street Soccer USA National Cup in NYC, yet there’s one team that’s been quietly yet diligently working away at practices, fundraisers and program building over the past few years and they are contenders both for the Cup and for the hearts of fans.

Stealth

After all in their first year competing in the SSUSA National Cup, 2009, they won the coveted Leonsis Family trophy. Then in 2010, they came in 2nd place to a visiting team from Russia. In 2011, they placed 3rd. Now they have expanded to include men and women’s teams and they are sending both to the National Cup in NYC in less than two weeks.

Spiriting….

From the moment I met the Bay Area team in 2011, I knew I’d love them – friendly, outgoing, spirited, natural team players and coaches. Frankly, their success early on and positive attitude, due in great part to director Rob Cann’s careful planning, training and persistence, led me to fathom founding a team in Philadelphia.

Watching Rob in his element this year during my trip out to San Francisco seeking guidance was eye-opening and inspiring. It’s rare to see someone fill the roles of mentor, coach, leader, director, friend and colleague so naturally and effortlessly. After all, his Bay Area Street Soccer van embodies his love and commitment for the program.

Their head coach Antoine Lagarde is no less remarkable, although I haven’t had the pleasure of witnessing him coach, I did have the luck of volunteering at the Homeless World Cup in Milan in 2009 where Antoine played for the USA team. It can sometimes be a struggle to remember all the players over the years, but he left me with the lasting impression with his immense skill and heart for the game. He went on to coach the National Team that competed in the Homeless World Cup in 2011 and is an integral coach of the Bay Area program while maintaining his job as a San Francisco Conservation Corps Teacher.

Antoine pretty much says it all with this quote back in 2009 while he was a player for Street Soccer Bay Area:

“Street Soccer USA has helped me empower myself and others by saying loud and clear, yes, I have struggled, I was one of those mentally ill people you see on the streets, but I wouldn’t trade my past for anything because whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

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Wispy Nostalgics: McBride, A Goal Made In The US of A

A Football Report creator’s Eric Beard on Twitter today:

Coming to terms with how McBride & Deuce-induced my Fulham support has been over the years. May have to write to@shinguardian about this…

Which just gives us license to trot this sucker out below once again:

Darren Mattocks Goes Russell Westbrook

Darren Mattocks with a well-timed ground departure against Toronto (in a 3-2 loss) Wednesday night.

And this video got us thinking….

MLS Midseason Review (Part II): One-Liners, Recanterizations & Observations

Jared DuBois: This year’s Nick Labrocca Award: Lee Nguyen – The Don Juan of Saigon is having a hell of a start to the season

In Part I, TSG reviewed the not-so-heady preseason MLS picks from our so-called panel of experts.

In Part II here, the lot of these previously-deemed experts attempts to backpedal and shade our original perspective to make it more palatable that we are not idiots.

Go:

On DC United:

Onstad sporting “The Mick”

Jared DuBois: Worst haircut to best player ratio: I’m not saying it’s bad I just wanna say, Pat Onstad is rocking a look I can only describe the Mick McCarthy.

Jay Bell, Observation, DC United-Stadium: Everything else is all fine and dandy, but if DC United can get a stadium built, it will be the story of the year for the league. Houston got their stadium and San Jose is a shining example of the great parity in MLS, which comes at a great time as they will be getting a new stadium as well. But DC United is DC United.

Great fans, great club, great history and hopefully at some point a great stadium. DC United has been a club itching to be as proactive as the so-called MLS 2.0 clubs. The team is doing well this season and things could only get better if a stadium finally gets cleared in the district.

Yo GAM-MA, GAM-MA!

On Eddie Johnson

Jason Price: Most Improved Player: Eddie Johnson: The fact that Eddie Johnson is playing competitive football is a pretty big improvement.

Matt Biggerstaff: ‘Best American: Biggerstaff: Eddie Johnson. Hahahaha. Brek Shea will go off again, likely leave during the summer transfer window for a top 8 club in the EPL.’

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