Operation: Recovered!

How could we not issue our 2nd update to the visual Match Fit Index; what with CD9 scoring goals, Bob Bradley commenting in the Big Apple yesterday, and (sigh) Ashley Cole hounding wingers on the pitch. (Last visual)

For those unfamiliar, TSG has the MFI, with four designations: Medic! (You don’t want to go to the Medic!, trust us. CD9, Gooch…they’ve been there this year), Training Table (A 6-to-8 weeker….could go either way), Magic Spray (Spritz, spritz….you’re good to go), Match Fit (Energizer…..bunny).

On the chart below….one Charles Desmond Davies is not in Tweezerland…he’s under Match Fit status. And so is Gooch (or as John Harkes calls him Onyewu Oguchi) and even Iceman Holden!

In the schematic below if you’re Magic Spray or better….you’re on the Match Fit list.

As of April 30th

Some Updates:

Both Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand are expected in the line-up for Manchester United this weekend

Steven Gerrard: Have you heard the news? Yet another scandalous, um, scandal just three fortnights before the World Cup.

Charlie Davies: Scoring goals and taking hits….in practice….but still.

Oguchi Onyewu: Not sure what is more impressive. That he’s got no restrictions on training or he used Twitter to deliver the news.

Stu Holden: Likely back for the final two Bolton fixtures….sure sounds like Owen Coyle’s got big plans for Mr. Haircut.

Ashley Cole: Back and in full effect.

Aaron Lennon: Still battling, but will likely be battle-tested.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/04/29 at 11:42 PM

    Oh how the tables have turned…1 guy for the USMNT who barely has a half chance of making the squad at this point compared to 3 starters will intangible injuries.


  2. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/30 at 3:57 AM

    Having Cole back is huge. And the thought of Lennon terrorising your defence bring lacrimation to my eyes.


  3. Posted by Eric ATL on 2010/04/30 at 4:58 AM

    I wish there was an opportunity to get these guys some Loan deals to the US to get them some pitch time when the European season ends. Seems like we could pull together as a country to work some of this stuff out. I would like to see cd9 get a LA spot to work with Landon a bit.


  4. I know Bob spent yesterday trying to lower expectations about Charlie Davies but I think we all have the same feeling about that whole thing. If Charlie needs to be 85 to go to camp, Charlie will be 85. Less than 2 weeks until provisional roster time – let’s go Charlie!

    Anyways, Holden back is huge because he can displace Dempsey from right midfield and push him up to play off Altidore. Holden’s ability to tuck inside and Dempsey’s ability to press just in front of the midfield makes us a much stronger team defensively.

    Gooch really goes without saying. Good timing on all counts.


    • Agreed on Holden, I think he also provides better service from the wing that can create more opportunities in the box for us, especially to a streaking Davies or Donovan from the opposite side.

      On Davies…MAN I want to see him there. It seems like if he can hit around that 85% mark he’d be an ideal supersub for us, pull Jozy around 60 -70 minutes and give an adrenaline-pumped CD9 a run at tired defenders. I almost think the intangibles of his sheer will to be back on the pitch would make up for that last 10-15%.

      Spurs v Bolton on Fox Soccer Plus Saturday morning at 9, let’s pray for a fit Stu appearance.


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/30 at 4:14 PM

        Dempsey also has that va-va-voom factor – that element of unpredictabilty and the balls to try something audacious. You cannot put a price on that. I personally am concerned if he plays in the hole against England.


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