It’s a Gonzalo Higuain and JFT Wednesday

We can only hope that Wednesday’s champ’s league affairs are as offensive as Tuesday.

The years have been kind...

• Old Trafford plays host to AC Milan and Pato, Nesta and family. Man United are up one in aggregate here, but may have to do without the Shrekster Wayne Rooney. With Valencia in form and a home field advantage Sir Alex’s devils should put this one away easily. TSG, and the Old Trafford audience, should get a chance to see Dimitar Berbatov be the focal point in a major game for the first time in his Manchester career. Sink or swim? We say sink.

The best pure striker in the world RIGHT NOW? Probably...

• Real Madrid come off the weekend in a fine form after a comebacker over Sevilla. Gonzalo Higuain–veteran of River Plate and number 7 on our World Cup attackers to watch list–netted twice in that one, but also banged the marble off the the limbo bar three other times. Scary!

Lyon…playing at the Bernabeau? Little chance.

And in less impressive action, all USMNT eyes will be on Jose Francisco Torres as Pachuca go to Guatemala City to face C.S.D. Comunicaciones in the CONCACAF Pion’s League.

(Note: I recognize UEFA Champion’s League as “the Champion’s League”…CONCACAF? Pion’s League for now…)

14 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/03/10 at 12:52 PM

    Surely United are taking the piss – Neville just had a shot on goal!!


  2. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/03/10 at 1:02 PM

    I don’t believe it. Rooney has scored with *another* header. He put it away well, but Milan’s defence must do better.


  3. Posted by Brad on 2010/03/10 at 1:38 PM

    Milan can’t defend headers in the box? Sounds like they could use a healthy Gooch just as much as the Nats.


  4. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/03/10 at 2:07 PM

    I think this probably speaks more voluminously about Nesta’s impact on Milan’s defense…even at his age.

    He is that impactful a player. That being said, “Gooch Wins Headers”….should be a t-shirt or something.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/03/10 at 2:14 PM

      With Nesta out, and Silva having a shocking game, Onyewu must be confident of getting in the first team as soon as he is fit.


      • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/03/10 at 2:19 PM

        Leonardo loves Silva and Nesta…I just don’t see a lot of time for Gooch this year with Milan fighting for the Serie A.



        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/03/10 at 2:45 PM

          I do see them as the No. 1 centre back pairing, but I am not too sure how much patience Leonardo has? Milan got their trousers pulled down, and United spanked their bare arses tonight.

          Rooney is still on fire. Give that man half a chance and he’s going to put it away. Long may that continue!


  5. Posted by kaya on 2010/03/10 at 2:23 PM

    Wow. Raul for Kaka. What the hell were Lyon doing the first half? I can sense CR is ready to go into auto-crumple mode.


  6. Posted by CJ on 2010/03/10 at 3:36 PM

    I just read that JFT is out of the Pachuca lineup due to a 1-game suspension carried over from group stage.


  7. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/03/10 at 4:57 PM

    I am very happy that the Portugese winker & Co. have been knocked out of the European Cup.


  8. Posted by Bob on 2010/03/10 at 6:53 PM

    I would love it if ESPN did a recap of these UEFA CL games using Chris Berman as the commentator. I can hear him now on Wayne’s first goal: “This just in … Wayne Rooney is good.” Man, if we had coverage like that, soccer would be more popular in the U.S. Not as popular than the NFL, but better than it is now.

    Also, it was amazing to see the contrast of the game last night where there were maybe 2,000 people in attendance for a champions league game, and then today where both CL games were standing-room only sellouts.


  9. Posted by Swa on 2010/03/11 at 9:59 AM

    Really encouraging to see Sportscenter’s coverage of yesterday’s two matches both last night and this morning. This time of year Spring Training and March Madness dominate the headlines (as they should) and there’s also the Ben Roethlisberger situation and uncapped NFL free agency and the draft to worry about, but to see some legitimate time devoted to the Champion’s League is incredibly encouraging.


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