The Weekend…


• Jozy chucked at the KC (along with Allan Hutton of Sunderland) Hutton through the ball; Altidore a tirade.

• A goal for Jonathan Spector! An OG that is….West Ham message boards are going to go Christmas tree over that.

Apologies folks. Duty called today and TSG had to travel to NYC–you know investors and such.

Did I make the right decision? Yup!

I’ve got two op-ed pieces for you next week now…just not finished yet.

Games I will be trying to catch this weekend:

• Arsenal – Manchester City

• Tottenham – Manchester United

• Everton – Fulham

• Columbus – Real Salt Lake

More to follow by Sunday….

51 responses to this post.

  1. Columbus 3 Salt Lake 0. Just wait


  2. Posted by i like tuesday on 2010/04/24 at 5:12 AM

    Up early to watch tottenham man u. Nothing to say about this one so far. Either that or the coffee hasn’t kicked in yet.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/24 at 5:19 AM

      These early games are so much eaiser from the east coast.

      Amazing how pedestrian united is without rooney.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/24 at 5:21 AM

      The only player who’s been good is King. United have been wasteful, and Spurs can’t keep hold of the ball – nobody wants it., so it’s been pumped forward…

      Looking forward to the New York – Philadelhphia game later. Need to make sure Mrs. Cross enjoys it more than Yankees, Mets, Knicks, Nets, Rangers…


      • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/24 at 5:23 AM

        Finally writing this comment that I’ve thought for awhile and now miss shinguardian confirms.

        Nani looks like a young Charlton from Fresh Prince of Bel Air.


  3. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/24 at 5:29 AM

    How many chances does Berbatov need before he registers an attempt on target? United have been poor in the final third.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/24 at 5:32 AM

      Uh George he’s been doing this for two seasons now. Modric is precisely who United could use next season.


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/24 at 5:35 AM

        It was a great bit of business for Spurs.
        Modric always looks like he has time on the ball. I think it comes from his fantastic first touch.

        Now we have to listen to that muppet, Lalas at HT. Where’s the mute button!


  4. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/24 at 5:32 AM

    Huddlestone has so much technique and ability. Just wish he had more pace…


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/24 at 5:34 AM

      Defoe getting the better of Evans in post up play.


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/24 at 5:37 AM

        Tottenham’s collective offensive play is getting a little better, but the forwards are too isolated and just end up turning over posession.


  5. Posted by Len on 2010/04/24 at 5:54 AM

    Berbatov’s misses just made Evra spew.


  6. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/24 at 6:22 AM

    Lennon playing is a great sight!


  7. Posted by Len on 2010/04/24 at 6:42 AM

    Fantastic for Tottenham and England. Whoever is playing left back for the US better eat their wheaties. I just wish I could be as delighted to see Palacios return. He was poor today. Tottenham should start the next game with Modric and Huddlestone in the middle with Bale left and Lennon right.


  8. Posted by icculus on 2010/04/24 at 7:06 AM

    No, Jonathan, No! OG


  9. Posted by Alex on 2010/04/24 at 7:58 AM

    Altidore just sent off for going crazy on some englishmen after he threw a ball at him.

    heres my take:
    better at the relegation-bound Hull City than in South Africa Jozy. A vital lesson you’ll never forget


    • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/04/24 at 8:05 AM

      Hutton is scottish. Apparently Jozy was punching and headbutting!


      • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/24 at 8:09 AM

        Good and bad. Bad he got caught because you know Terry will be doing the same in RSA.

        Mind you. This is probably at Dowie’s request who wanted Jozy to be more physical.


  10. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/24 at 10:03 AM

    Surely that Hull City relegated? It goaling to take a miracle goalfest to keep them up… And Burnley have to get a result against the Scousers – not looking good, however Benitez might rest some players for the must with UEFA Cup game, no?

    With Altidore’s red card, that’s an automatic 3 match suspension. As there are only tow games left, under FIFA Law 12, Altidore will miss the next competitve game – 12th June. With Davies increasingly looking like missing the WC, that might mean a front line of Buddle and Ching. Nice.


    • Posted by BW on 2010/04/24 at 11:59 AM

      george, are you being a troll? or are you serious? can anyone else verify this?


    • Posted by BW on 2010/04/24 at 12:26 PM

      so i just did a bit of research. i see the 3 match issue with the EPL league rules regarding additional suspensions (more than 1 match) for violent play. (SI reporting Jozy red was for a headbutt) BUT, where in law 12 do you see anything about league suspensions carrying over into international matches? i didn’t see anything in law 12 regarding length of suspensions at all, only that players were “sent off” for various offenses.


      • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/24 at 12:43 PM

        There is no suspension and there are 2 friendlies first anyway.

        Tsg strike 2 on george.


      • Posted by Jennifer on 2010/04/24 at 2:37 PM

        Even if Jozy gets suspended for more than one game, it wouldn’t affect the WC.
        Article 36 Carrying over cautions
        1. Cautions received during one competition are not carried over to
        another competition.

        Ex: Ribery has a one-game suspension for the red card mid-week, but misses the next Champion League game, not his next game which would have been today’s Bundesliga game.

        I would guess general suspensions (i.e. non doping, etc issues) would follow under the same rule as cautions. Even if they don’t, like Matthew said, we have 2 friendlies, plus the Australia game before the WC starts.


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/25 at 5:55 AM

          Sorry fellas, I couldn’t resist a little Tomfoolery and attempt a little wind-up (albeit feeble)!

          Please forgive me, after all, it is a St George’s Day weekend!!


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/25 at 6:00 AM

          And what do you mean “strike 2”? Where was No. 1??!!


        • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/25 at 6:49 AM

          Strike 1 was posting lyrics in the comment section. You should have know that was a strike for sure…thought you did. :>


  11. Posted by BW on 2010/04/24 at 2:22 PM

    thanks matthew – here’s the link for those interested:


  12. Posted by vocab252 on 2010/04/24 at 5:22 PM

    TSG! Do an article on your thoughts of Jozy’s next move in professional football, please:-)


  13. Posted by i like tuesday on 2010/04/24 at 8:08 PM

    Excuse me guys but Klejstan just scored a golazo. One of those that would just never happen at the international level. Yes, I’m watching MLS. The Mrs and aren’t currently on speaking terms and I’m taking full advantage.

    Jozy’s done for the season and that’s fine with me. Hull Shitty are a singularly poor team.


  14. Posted by i like tuesday on 2010/04/24 at 8:21 PM

    Johnny Bornstein gives up a penalty, I guess. Was that what just happened? Well, they’re taking a penalty and Johnny B featured prominently in the replay. One per match, due to his deal with the devil.


  15. Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/04/24 at 9:47 PM

    Any video of the Jozy temper tantrum? I’ve been at calculus camp for the past 2 days therefore no sports -____-


  16. Posted by Brad on 2010/04/24 at 10:20 PM

    Calculus Camp? You don’t deserve to see soccer videos.😉

    I kid:


  17. Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/04/24 at 10:24 PM

    Haha. Thanks Big Bird. It’s tough out here in the mountains man….


  18. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/25 at 8:59 AM

    Ashley Cole is looking good today, albeit against a poor Stoke. He is motoring up and down that left wing, although I am not sure he’ll be able to do it for 90 minutes. Frank Lampard has had a couple of decent efforts on target, leading to the second Chelsea goal. Immaculate penalty too. All I need is for Joe Cole to come on as a sub, and work his magic. Happy days at The Bridge.


  19. Posted by Dylan on 2010/04/25 at 9:50 AM

    I wonder sometimes if Donovan is wearing himself thin before the Cup. When was the last lay off of games he’s had? I’m sure he’ll be fine, but with the European leagues coming to a close, he’ll keep playing all the way to the cup, I kind of hope he gets some breathing time in between camp and the league. Anyone care to comment or put to rest my concerns?


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/25 at 9:59 AM

      I am sure he will be released from MLS when Bradley selects his preliminary squad in mid-May. He had a small break at the end of 2009 MLS season and the January transfer window. He’ll be fine, he’s a modern, top level pro-athlete. You worry too much!


  20. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/26 at 11:42 AM

    Is anybody else annoyed with all the hoopla surrounding Lampard’s second goal? As much as it was a good finish, it mustn’t be forgotten that it highlights the weekness of Lampard’s left foot / over reliance of his right. Over critical? Maybe. But just saying…


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