TSG Weekender: Globes ‘R’ Us

Absolutely no reason for the title. It’s just as lame as our globe pic this week is, well, wacky. For those new…we feature a cheesy soccer ball graphic on the weekends for no reason and we select a few games to profile. Note: We usually have more depth and use less video.

DaMarcus, that's not your car, right?



• Bundesliga: BoMunchen go down the road to FC Cologne

We don’t really follow Baby Bradley all that much


Ligue 1

The Official Charlie Davies Watch is On!

Who’s Sochaux playing? Who cares! (They play Lens)

“Davies In, Davies Shot, Davies Goal.

Goal for the United States at Azteca. Only the 4th man to do it for the Red, White & Blue and they’re going crazy in the corners!”


Rennes hope Toulouse don’t cut loose

Good test here for the in-form Boca. French nattie 1st teamer  André-Pierre Gignac should square up against Captain America a few times throughout the 90+.

(How come the French video has the tunes you’d expect?)



Aston Villa host Wolverhampton

5:30AM PST – ESPN2

COACH A said: “Once we develop somebody in our team, I’m sure we would do it. We’ve got young PLAYER B, who’s very good in the reserves, I think it’s a natural thing. I think some players can throw the ball decent distances and other players can’t.

Coach A is Martin O’Neill, Player B is Eric Lichaj and I don’t care that he’s just talking about Rory-Delap-like throw-ins. How does Heath Pearce get run out by Coach Bradley, but Lichaj not get a sniff. Care to explain?

Oh, Brad Friedel continues his disarmament of EPL strikers as does Marcus Hahnemann…rooting for 2010 roster players in this one.

Oh and in case you’ve missed it.


Portsmouth attempt to cage Hull

Hull are sporting a new manager hoping to keep them up. It’s gang up on USMNT South Africa opponent Algeria in this one perhaps if Amr Zaki (Egypt) partners Jozy Altidore. They go up against Nadir Belhadj of Algeria. The dynamite fullback for Algeria, who’s been playing in the midfield for Pompey, was rumored to be on Barcelona’s shopping list earlier this year in the January window and is now banned for Algeria’s critical first game of the World Cup against Slovenia.

Lot of drama.

Boom: Nadir Belhadj


Holden-less Bolton wander into Goodison to faceoff with Everton

8:00 AM PST – FSC

…and then there was one. Can Everton and Tim Howard bounce back at home against a listless performance up in Birmingham? Bolton come in with fine form. Tamir Cohen mans Holden’s spot with Chung Yong Lee breaking ankles on the flank.

How can we add Omar Gonzalez to pair with the elder Sylvain Distin in the middle for the Toffees. I like the idea of that duo.


Emirates won’t let the Hammers pass at home

10:30 AM PST – FSC

How can you not watching Barcelona Jr. ball around? Ha…go back a few years ago and you would have flip-flopped that “junior” status.

What do Nasri and Bendtner do for an encore? Will Cesc dazzle in his return?

Better yet, and for me, I’d like to see what lessons Jonathan Spector learned from covering Eljero Elia and how he applies them when a spry Theo Walcott comes fluttering down his pitch…likely out of control.



Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Bayern Munich

7:25AM PST – ESPN360

It’s Rico vs. Robben and Ribery. Come on Ricardo! Don’t make us start cracking jokes like, “Wow, even with an MLS strike, Ricardo Clark would have got more playing time with the Dynamo….”

VfB Stuttgart vs. Hannover ’96

Does Stuttgart stumble after they Died Roten at Camp Nou? More importantly, is vice-cap Stevie D back on the pitch for the visitors.


Sunday, forthcoming, including the big one Sir Alex’s Red Army vs. Rafa “My Head Is About To Be On A Plate” Benitez’s Reds.

24 responses to this post.

  1. The big one on Sunday (for me) has to be Fulham vs Man City. Dempsey always scores against them.


  2. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/03/19 at 2:32 AM

    Davies’ goal against Mexico was class. Quality through ball by Donovan, but Davies still had a lot to do. What is impressive, is that he had so much time to ‘think’ about it, and a lot of times players overthink, and get caught by a recovery tackle or actually shank it. That should not be overlooked.

    The French clip has Jamiroquai playing and the English clip has Daft Punk – go figure…


  3. Even Wikipedia hates Bornstein:

    “Bornstein got his first cap, and first goal on an assist from Justin Mapp, for the US national team on January 20, 2007 against Denmark; and since that time he has truly solidified himself as one of the most pathetically awful players to ever become a mainstay with the United States men’s national soccer team.”


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/03/19 at 8:44 AM

      I’m going down with USS Bornstein…it’s too late! Save yourselves.

      That’s amazing…


    • Posted by i_like_tuesday on 2010/03/19 at 9:16 AM

      I think Lichaj has to crack the 18 before he’s really an option for the national team. He’s knocking on the door, but he’s still a reserve player for now. A LB making the bench at Villa is a pretty good option compared to Bornstein.


      • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/03/19 at 9:25 AM

        Fair point tuesday.

        But in respect to that again heath pearce didn’t make it and played a few token games for dallas last year.



        • In terms of Pearce having made the roster for friendlies, I think that’s more an effect of him being a somewhat known commodity whereas Lichaj is a total wildcard at this point. Lichaj is also YOUNG, something that excites me as we add him to the potential mix of young guys playing in Europe heading towards 2014.

          Has he seen any time with the U-17s or U-20s? Seems like he’d be a worthy candidate if not.


      • Posted by Sinn Fein on 2010/03/19 at 9:32 AM

        This is a bit high-school-football-recruiting-website of me, but has anyone seen Lichaj play in a reserve game? You can get reports on his reserve games (with a gamecast-like feature if you click the match report) here:


        Still, it is not the same as actually watching him live, so I am wondering what an actually viewer’s thoughts are.


  4. Posted by Tom M on 2010/03/19 at 11:15 AM

    And another is on his way. According to Stu’s twitter he had the cast removed today and is walking without crutches.


  5. Posted by kaya on 2010/03/19 at 12:56 PM

    You guys are on a roll today.
    I’m a little disappointed with the return of the soccer globe. Way too badass and not enough cheese.
    I thought there was a reason for the soccer globes and that was Mark. Speaking of whom, why did you run him off?
    I’m excited/bummed about the Arsenal/Barca matchup.


  6. Posted by i like tuesday on 2010/03/19 at 12:57 PM

    How cool is it that CD9 will be back in training next week? Miraculous recovery.

    Who knows with the type of nagging problems J. Jones has had in his recovery but he seems like he should be about ready to turn the corner.

    Holden will be a bit touch and go, I reckon. I hope he recovers and Bolton stay up, which is looking fairly likely at the moment.

    BTW, who cares what happens to Hull City, Jozy won’t be there next season if they go down. He may not be there even if they stay up – he’ll either be recalled to Villareal, re-loaned to another team or sold on. Hull likely can’t afford the transfer fee to make it permanent, even if they do stay up – http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2010/mar/19/hull-city-portsmouth-finances


  7. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/03/19 at 2:38 PM

    It does crack me up listening to you guys getting excited about US players who *might* become very good! Reminds me a little of all of the jibba jabba about Bornstein circa 2004/5.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/03/19 at 2:48 PM

      Circa 2007…he was sort of the David Bentley if you will of the US roster hopefuls then… :>


    • Does it also remind you of all the England hopefulls that you guys annoit before their 20th birthdays? Theo Walcott has been on the cusp of becoming a star for the last 4 years, and I have yet to see him hit respectable enough form to actually live up to your smothering media’s potential.

      And, let’s not even start on the keepers you’ve been hoping will pan out and replace David Seaman ;~)


      • Oh yeah and I almost forgot about that Stewart Downing guy. While a useful player, he’s not exactly what everyone made him out to be, yet.


        • This reminds of the people who still refer to Messi as being 19. Although in his defense he turned out ok😉


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/03/21 at 4:53 AM

        You must be talking about that American Idol, Freddy Adu while I am talking about Wayne Rooney…


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