Archive for February, 2010

Orange Wedges: Coach Bob, Pick Me! Pick Me!

Orange Wedges is TSG’s gameday post that  is updated until kick-off.

Though it won't repeat itself tomorrow, this happened the last time the US faced El Salvador.

With top division club soccer in the US nearing the nuclear option, soccer fans may witness that last meaningful match on American soil for some time when the USMNT takes on El Salvador in friendly tomorrow evening.

The game kicks-off from Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium — complete with giant fake pirate ship — at 4pm Pacific on ESPN Classic and Galavision.

Though the game is more of a tryout for end of the bench selections for the Yanks World Cup roster, fans can still hope that the team wakes up from its post-qualifying funk to show some semblance of quality and notch its first win since October.


  • Tonight will be the last match for the USMNT in their white and horizontal pinstripe jersey. Nike “unveils” the new kits tomorrow from what we understand.
  • At last count, TSG readers would overwhelmingly like to see Clarence Goodson start over Chad Marshall in defense and a Ching / Findley pairing up-top.
  • If the recent Honduras friendly brought back great memories for Jonathan Bornstein, then tomorrow’s match may bring the opposite as the last time JB faced El Salvador (9/5) it was his shank-a-roni on a clearance attempt that led to El Salvador taking a 1-0 lead. (Kyle Beckerman showed poorly in his limited time in that match as well.)
  • El Salvador travels to Tampa with an interim coach, José Luis Rugamas, performing double duty guiding his country’s U-21 team as well. Rugamas replaced new Chicago Fire coach Carlos de los Cobos who managed the Salvdorans through World Cup qualifying.
  • Somewhat ironically, the US will take the pitch against the Los Cuscatlecos with 20 MLS players and 1 Tippeligaen player (IK Start’s Clarence Goodson).
  • The appetizer to tomorrow’s main course will feature the men’s U-17 squad taking on Mexico at1:15pm Pacific. FYI for those heading to US-ES, your ticket is good for both games.
  • For TSG’s full preview see: Tampa Play: Thirteen Still In Contention

Champ’s: Brazil’s Hitman & The Shackled One

The Shackled One

Big soccer day. You’ve got the Champ’s League with Sevilla and Luis Fabiano (love this clip…it’s what a striker should be all about…okay here’s a top goals clip too…) go up against CSKA Moscow.

You’ve got Chelsea, Drogba, Terry and company head to Ye Old San Siro (opened 1926) to face-off against Mr. Handcuffs Jose Mourinho and Inter.

(Plus, you’ve also got Stu Holden going London Bridge to White Hart Lane to take down Harry and the Huddlestones)

Drop all your commentary here.

Mark, will be along shortly with our customary “Orange Wedges” USMNT game day post. You know that’s our real main feature, sort of.

Who’s Got More “Damage?” USA or England

TSG came up with our Match Fit Index a few weeks ago. Now we go one level deeper with our Operation Schematic.

In light of all the injuries (Benny…oh, no!) and non-injuries (Bocanegra is just fine…physically), we thought we’d pose the question, which team, England or the United States, is dealing with the most “damage” right now?

We put together the little helper chart below. You be the judge.

Get the horse placenta!



Rico Clark (calf) (USA): Returned to training (02/22)

Not pictured:

Stu Holden (thigh) (USA): Expected to start Wednesday (02/23) for Bolton in the FA Cup.

Glen Johnson (knee) (ENG): Glen J is expected back next week (03/01) by Liverpool.

Champ’s League: Messi, Barca, Big Russian


Video of Lionel Messi’s hat trick on March14th for Barca against Valencia.

It’s Messi, it’s Xavi…and they are already playing some seriously clinical soccer.

For Stuttgart, they counter with 7’8” 370lbs (6’2”, 200lbs)  Pavel Pogrebnyak up top also known as “the big Russian.”

It’s already live–throw your comments below–and we’re late so we’ll go to the archives one more time below…


From August 7th….

As you may know TSG’s northern headquarters are in SF. This is from a fan, a true fan, at TSG North:'re the man!'re the man!

From Chris in San Francisco.

“I just tried to crash the Barca press conference at the Intercontinental in SF to hang with Henry, Messi et all.  Once I made it in the hotel and into the elevator I found my way to the floor hosting the press conference only to be ushered back into the elevator by hotel security. It was a good try, not great, but good. For what it is worth and those of you in SF, practice tomorrow at Kezar either at 9am or 10am.”

Nice work Chris. Do you know where they are partying tonight?

This also gives me the opportunity/excuse to insert one of my favorite “soccer” scenes of this past year.

Lionel Messi dressed up as Papa Smurf being completely hammered at Barcelona’s Champion’s League celebration.

Stu Holden Finally Revving Up The Engine?

Hey Stu, we need an action shot in that jersey....

Rumors–well they can’t really be called rumors when they emanate from the official site, can they–abound that relegation-threatened Bolton are going to trot out the pride of the Houston Dynamo, Stu Holden in tomorrow’s FA Cup clash with Tottenham. Owen Coyle suggesting he’s focused exclusively on the Premiership (not a bad idea.)

Here’s some thoughts from the Bolton faithful on their boards.

Looking forward to the Iceman getting some run before taking DeJong, Kuyt and company.

And what’s with Stu not having a picture up on his Bolton profile or a position labeled…..Wilshere and Weiss have one. (Clark, you have to get on that…)

And one from the archives:

02/02 – TSG’s commentator KL’s take on the “State of the Bolton midfield..“…keep pushing Stuie.

Revisited: The Counterattack

I was just thinking of this play…and I’ve got no problem posting it up here again…and again.

The TSG-dubbed: Counterattack Heard ‘Round The World.

The video is high quality, the commentary foreign. All I recognize from the announcers are the following words: “Landone Donovan,” “Charlie Davies,” and “precision”…that’s it.

Quite possibly the best goal I’ve witnessed in USMNT history so I’m hoping everyone enjoys the quick clip….again.

…and we’ll play it again…don’t worry.

Thanks Dad: A Top 50 Goal Compilation

Soccer Dad sent us this video with the following note yesterday, “This is soccer, any interest?”

My Dad was a catcher in baseball and an accomplished member of the rifle team at St. John’s University. He was also the youngest person to have the nuclear codes on a Navy frigate….a story I have honestly heard about 1,200 times in my life.

I, however, played soccer and, yes, ultimate frisbee. So when he sends me soccer “stuff” I kind of feel obliged.

This is pretty good.

Thanks Dad..for the email…not the Navy stories.


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