Some States bullets for Tuesday:
That's rightback Jonathan Spector
• I’m not sure why media and fans continue to insist that Jonathan Spector is a viable option at left back for the Yanks. Spector is having a rough go of it right now at West Ham, but in his defense the entire West Ham defense is not that solid.
Since 2008, Specs owns 14 USMNT caps. Twelve times he’s been at right back…the other two? Center back. Gotta look somewhere else for your left back option.
• As questions continue on whether Herculez Gomez or Edson Buddle should be called, remember that Jeff Cunningham was called after not participating in the national team in 5 years and at the age of 33.
• Speaking of USMNT strikers, a Hull City message board claim states that Jozy Altidore–in what is a totally believable instance for us–returned a tweet to a Tigers supporter that commented, “thank you for your continued support, but unfortunately i was only on loan for this season and the club have not informed me about staying, i will go back to my parent club. once again sorry for Saturday.”
Check out the thread here.
In our piece yesterday on Jozy’s relocation package, TSG commenter Freegle pointed out West Hammerville was an option to which I replied that a certain Carlton Cole was the key to any move there. If you read our piece, check this story on Cole’s possible relocation. Seems like the TSG community is on the right track….and West Ham could be a possible option for the Big Jeezy.
• 713 to 154. Minutes. Since the March friendly, World Cup wing candidates Alejandro Bedoya (high man) and DaMarcus Beasley (low man) have gone in opposite direction. Excluding stoppage time, Aljeandro Bedoya has featured in all but 7 minutes of Orebro’s 8-game season thus far.
DaMarcus Beasley, forcing his way back into USMNT contention?
Beasley certainly is making a case for that–as well as perhaps being showcased for a January transfer.
A goal today for the Beas as the 2nd place Rangers wiped out 4th-in-the-table Dundee United in front of their own fans 3-0.
Beasley’s score tacks on to the two assists he had in Saturday’s win–a third start in row for the erstwhile World Cup hopeful. Here’s some vid of the game today.
In homage to the product and pride of one Fort Wayne, Indiana, TSG thought we’d celebrate the return to form of Mr. Beasley with a shout out to one of our favorite bands Left Lane Cruiser…also hailing from Fort Wayne.
….And something tells me might be hearing this band at future American Outlaw tailgating sessions….
(I’ve been waiting to use this clip with DaMarcus as my lone avenue for it for a very long time….)
In other news:
♦ A mixed bag for US goaltenders as Brad Friedel keeps Villa red hot with a 2-0 shutout over Sunderland; meanwhile, USMNT #3 Marcus Hahnmann’s club not to hot showing up at Old Trafford and departing with a 3-0 loss in hand. Wayne Rooney bagged a PK for Manchester against Hanhny, so Jermain Defoe is off the hook for now.
♦ Jonathan Spector to the bench in favor of Ilunga again as West Ham fight relegation. Didn’t win the fight today as boring Bolton take it 3-1.
♦ In a non-American pat on the back, new EPL entrant Birmingham won again–this time vs. Blackburn. Bravo to the no names.
♦ Mike Grella breaks into the starting rotation for Leeds….alas against League Two side Accrington Stanley….Exactly!
DaMarcus, during the Carter administration...
Rumors…just running rampant on the transfer front in advance of the January window.
We learned yesterday that Fulham is sniffing around for someone to pick up the tab on Eddie Johnson.
Today, the NY Post of England, the Daily Mirror is suggesting that DaMarcus Beasley might in the offing for a trip to the Cottage.
Our thoughts? Not likely.
We’re rolling up our two polls today at the close of the halfway mark of round four of World Cup qualifying. The poll questions seem apropos.
Nguyen in action
What better intro than Lee Nguyen. Tucked into the “other” category for our first poll, “What absent USMNT player are you most interested in seeing on the pitch?” was a single write-in vote for Lee Nguyen–I think that’s the first time I heard his name since I saw him sub in for the US of A at Spartan Stadium in 2007.
Nguyen is a US U-23 rostered player who just missed the cut for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He is currently playing in Vietnam after a cup of coffee at PSV Eindhoven (DaMarcus Beasley is an alum of the club). Nguyen is having a more than solid year with 12 and 16 through 24 games. More on Nguyen at Goal.com.
Nguyen plays like a mishmash of Shaun Wright Phillips, Jose Francisco Torres and Ji-Sung Park. Very staccato like moves, can keep attack in possession, and an indefatigable motor. Wow, I think someone just gave TSG our darkhorse Aaron Lennon-Jermaine Defoe-Theo Walcott X factor…though not in time for 2010. We’ll follow-up more on Nguyen at another point.