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You Called It, Donovan Is Player Of The Year

Player of the Year Fan PollAccording to Goal.com Landon Donovan just won the Honda Player of the Year award given to the best performer on the US Men’s National Team.

An ESPNsoccernet article confirms that it was a “Landoslide” with Donovan receiving 424 points/votes, Howard coming in second with 275 and Jozy checking in third with 175. With the 2009 POY award, Donovan was also named Player of the Decade.

Congratulations, Landon. Well deserved. You elevated your game and kept your foot on the gas throughout a terrific 2009 campaign for the USMNT.

In TSG’s initial commentary on the award, we were in favor of handing the trophy over to Tim Howard while noting that Donovan was just as deserving.

However, following Donovan’s heroics in the Honduras match TSG requested a mulligan in our Unconvetional Hardware piece to allow us to vote for the now six-time winner. That being said, TSG’s readers pegged it right; Howard may have had an early lead, but he was soon overtaken by Donovan in the voting.

For those wondering, Charlie Davies came in 4th place in TSG’s Fan Poll and there was even a vote for Dilly Duka! (the voter actually included the exclamation mark). Also of note, Clint Dempsey, the Bronze Ball winner at the Confederations Cup, received just one vote. For the full list player receiving votes, see Fan Stats.

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And in minor, but hopeful news, Jermaine Jones’ paperwork making him eligible to be called up to the USMNT was finally approved by FIFA. With Jones’ fitness setbacks and the terrible injury cloud that is currently enveloping the national team these days, I’ll consider him on the team the first time he steps on the pitch in a US jersey.

Jermaine Jones Watch: Grab A Seat, Pretzels…

…and a cooler of Doppelbock, Jermaine Jones is out for at least six more weeks after surgery to remove a metal plate in his bum shin.

Hat tip to Jason Davis over at Match Fit USA who was on the story.

Here is a longer Bild article that is entitled “New Jones Shock” (as translated by Google). Let me just say, any article having “shock” in the title followed by a picture of an athlete on crutches can’t be a good thing.

Athlete + Crutches = Not Good

Athlete + Crutches = Not Good

Seems like Jones had a second surgery after all despite reports to the contrary out of Schalke last month. With his leg continuing to cause him trouble, the metal plate was removed from his shin via a surgery on Tuesday. Minimum time to pitch is at six weeks according to Schalke skipper, Felix Magath.

As for the mid-fielder’s prospects of joining the USMNT, Magath had this to say (via Google translator), “He wants to continue with the Yanks to South Africa. But that is currently far away.”

Okay, forget the cooler and grab a keg it’s bigger and we can all drown our sorrows. But don’t forget to raise a glass to toast a full and timely recovery for Mr. Jones.

Medic!…Jermaine Jones Woes [UPDATE]

JJ: More time in cardigans than jerseys lately

JJ: More time in cardigans than jerseys lately

September 17th Update

A short piece posted on the Schalke website yesterday (9/16) revealed that Jones is NOT slated for a second surgery. However, all is not well with the metal plate that was inserted in his leg. Here is a quote from the Schalke update:

During surgery at the end of June the midfielder had a metal plate inserted that is now causing him problems. There are no plans to perform a second operation, however. The 27-year-old will spend the next three weeks working with Egil Eliassen, the new head of the physiotherapy department, in an attempt to remedy the problem.

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[TSG: Originally posted on September 14th]

A big thank you to Goal.com (via German publication Bild) who alerted us this morning that everyone’s favorite German might be delayed even further in reaching the U.S.

Good job on getting that out there Goal.com–thank you.

Read the short piece here.

The US hasn’t had an injury saga like this since the days of standout Claudio Reyna.

Fan Stats: Jones, Hedjuk…and Nguyen?

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

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.

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Jermaine Jones, Video Kick

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Jones: Watch your legs...and teeth

Jones: Watch your legs...and teeth

TSG ran a feature last week proposing that one of our multitude of quality defensive central mids should take a stab at a wingback position.

With with wealth of talent at holding midfielder, it would be difficult–a player would have less than a 17% shot–of starting on the pitch there.

Obviously Jermaine Jones, he of the lore, but not the USMNT cap resume, factored into our discussion. There is probably no other player in terms of ability, place, and role who’s inclusion is as much a factor.

TSG reader Kevin made some good comments in our piece and also did one better by sending us  a video. Thanks Kevin for getting our piece started.

What follows are two videos of the German enigma.

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USMNT: Common Sense in Defense

Clark

Clark

Bradley

Bradley

Michael Bradley, Bundesliga, age 22, 34 US Caps

Jermaine Jones, highly touted, Bundesliga, age 27

Ricardo Clark, Serie A Livorno perhaps?, age 26, 33 caps

Sam Cronin, 2008 Herman Trophy Finalist, age 22, 2 caps

Kyle Beckerman, Real Salt Lake Captain, MLS Allstar, age 27, 9 caps

Maurice Edu, Scottish Premier League powerhouse Rangers, age 23, 4 caps

Edu

Edu

JJ

JJ

I’ve got some old news for you guys. You all play the same position.

The math: 6 viable options, 1, yes 1 (see Issue 1 below) starting nod. Chances of making the staring XI (all things being equal which they, of course, are not): 16.7%

Take that 16.7% and let’s consider some observations at TSG (and probably in many other locations and hopefully in Bob Bradleys office) on the US’s “Summer of Soccer” 2009:

Issue 1: The USMNT is extremely challenged by employing two defensive midfielders — hence this two defensive pairing in the middle needs to end. It can’t be Bradley and Clark. It has to be defensive holder and Benny, Dempsey, or even Freddy Adu.

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