A little late on my weekend wrapping here.
Not as much tape for Bob Bradley to watch this weekend. His son Mike Bradley went featureless for Bo’Munchen (see nicknames). Jonathan Spector took a seat for West Ham. Oguchi Onyewu dressed, but didn’t play in Milan’s Bologna win. Milan, with a 1-0 win, are hardly looking dominating these days and with the center back a position where full field fitness rarely is a necessity, there is reason to be concerned about Onyewu’s long term playing prospects right now. TSG thinks he’ll now feature October 4th at best.
Beyond the usual starters (Howard, Dempsey, Friedel, Davies & Boca), you had Altidore playing 64 for Hull City. Marcus Hahnemann is slowly watching his RSA prospects diminish as he can’t get on the field for Wolverhampton, same for DaMarcus Beasley. Jay DeMerit didn’t dress for Watford as well and the odds are that Boca is centrally located again on 10/10 right now.
At least Jonathan Bornstein played locally against Seattle and Steve Cherundolo played 90 for Dortmund.
My brother did a great job already on the outstanding Manchester Derby. For my part, that pesky alarm that I switched off for Sunderland-Burnley (which turned out to be not-so-much of a yawner), I forgot to turn back on for the city of Manchester showdown. Needless to say I was bummed and relegated to highlights.
Craig Bellamy, though?! No Robinho, no Adebayor and Bellamy nails two. I have to tell you, despite their defense, I’m a Man City believer now when your possession midfielder (Barry) can pick up a goal and your 5th best striker knocks it in. With the returns of Adebayor and the pending return of the #2 scorer in the EPL two years ago (Roque Santa-Cruz), I’m not so sure that Robinho’s questionable attitude and play-when-he-wants to spirit stay around Citizens.
And how about Michael Owen knocking in the game winner. Earlier this year, when the Red Devils announced his signing, radio show World Soccer Daily called around to sport jersey outlets. You know how many Owen jerseys were sold across all outlets in the first week after his signing? Zero. Redemption.