Weekend Reflections: CD9, Deuce, City More…

Some beginning weekend bullets:

Charlie Davies for Sochaux

Charlie Davies’ update: Sochaux coach Francis Gillot came out Saturday and said that Charlie Davies isn’t Ligue 1 ready yet, despite having played with the reserves for some time.

The coach also said that he is making slow progress, and that there is a possibility that he might go out on loan in January so he can get playing time.

[Matthew,] If he gets loaned to a French club, I’ll give you more information about the club when it happens. Anything below second division would be very bad. Ligue 2 is still better than the Swedish Allsvenskan though.

This report from our good friend Martin Michelot who writes Ligue1Talk.com — if you’re looking for Ligue 1 info, that’s the place to go.

• Everton knot Chelsea on the road.

First off, this is Chelsea’s modus operandi every year. Start out searing, face adversity and injury and swoon, battle back for a top three finish. (And note, this is Manchester United’s “mo” as well, start out extremely slow and then start revving up around December-January).

Anywho, Everton eek out a gritty win on the road with a moment of individual brilliance Saturday as Leighton Baines skips past three Blues’ defenders, skyballs a cross to who-else-but-Tim Cahill, who heads back beautifully for Jermaine Beckford to nod home.

What I was amazed at in this one as how one-dimensional Everton were for most of the game. Sure, Fellainiand Jack Rodwell played complementary and well in the middle of the field, but for nearly 65 minutes Everton kept trying to stuff the ball up Seamus Coleman’s right wing without employing the switch field often enough. Coleman did the best he could against Ashley Cole and some poor reffing decisions, but on the other side of the field Everton had space–of course they don’t have the opposing wide player in the front six to do anything with that space.

It wasn’t until David Moyes–finally–flipped Coleman for Everton to the left side that the offense opened up for the Toffees. Yet, they took advantage and earned the draw.

On the Chelsea side of the ball, you’ve got Frank Lampard coming back–and that’s it. Time for someone else to step up at the ‘Bridge.

Wait? Did we just mention Fellaini–Miss TSG’s favorite player–here?! Well then….

Just ask Argentina about this guy...

• Fulham may have lost to Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday, but if you had a chance to watch the small London club you can see that Clint is starting more and more to be the conduit for the offense. As we mentioned on Twitter, we once labeled the prolific Dennis Berkgamp as being a great possible mentor for Mr. Nacodelicious and the Deuce is starting to play more and more like him each day.

That said, Samir Nasri stole the show for the home side on Saturday.

• Bolton neglected to burnish Stu Holden at their opposition Manchester City on Saturday. A 1-0 loss nevertheless was enough to continue to suggest that the Wandering Sperm of Greater Manchester are poised to be at least a top eight club this year–they’ll need to keep free of injuries though with a rather light bench.

Afterward, Bolton captain Kevin Davies had this to say on Twitter–which he later apologized for–about Carlos Tevez and City:

Seeing Tevez reaction to being subbed assures me there is problems within at city, great players individually but as a team

Not a shocking conclusion, but you have to like the feistiness if you’re a Bolton fan.

• 90 minutes and a goal on a free kick into the box that looked redirected but wasn’t for Michael Bradley in Bo’Munchen’s loss to Hannover. You can see the kick here.

Meanwhile, our Gooch watched failed–miserably–as Titus Bramble’s former partner in central defense for Newcastle didn’t make the 11, the 18 or anything else for Milan.

• Some plain wild action Saturday in the College Cup. Akron zips up the victory in penalties to defeat the pesky Cal Bears of Berkeley. Michigan upends TSG favorite Maryland and UCLA goes up 3-1 on Lousville on the road…only to give up four more and fall 5-4 to the Cardinals.

We couldn’t find video of the victory so we give you the Louisville celebration.

• Spectornado goes today for West Ham…breathlessly waiting…

27 responses to this post.

  1. Atrocious goalkeeping. Why not go out and fight for that one in the air? Even if someone got a header on it sitting back in your goal like that leaves too much of a open target for a header. On your goal line in the exact middle of the goal… no mans land.


  2. ^re Bradley


  3. Posted by Alex on 2010/12/05 at 9:12 AM

    What do you have against the Allsvenskan??? Yes, its nowhere near being an elite league in Europe, but to say its worse than Ligue 2 might be pushing it. The Allsvenskan seems to be a good league for young players who want playing time, and who want to move on to bigger and better clubs.

    I definitely see Bedoya moving on come the summer.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/12/05 at 11:12 AM

      It’s an opinion and impersonal Alex as your comment should be. :>


      • Posted by Alex on 2010/12/05 at 1:48 PM

        Sorry to hurt your feelings there. Hug and make up????

        But seriously, did a Swedish girl dump you while back-packing through Europe???? Nude beaches not what you hoped??? Food sickness from some of the exotic seafood???? Does Zlatan Ibra just make you want to renounce something Swedish???


  4. Posted by Alex on 2010/12/05 at 9:29 AM

    GO CARDS!!!! still undefeated!! man I wish I was there.


  5. Posted by Alex on 2010/12/05 at 9:34 AM

    I agree with the other Alex, Ligue 2 sounds prestigious but it is actually a pretty bad league. I studied abroad in Dijon who had a middle of the table ligue 2 team. I went to about every home game and actually got to meet and hang out with some of the players, which should give you some idea of how good of a league it is.

    Don´t get me wrong, its a good league, a professional one with lots of talent, but like the other Alex said, the Allsvenskan is in my opinion a lot better of a league.


  6. Specs looks hungry for goals


    • Posted by phlub on 2010/12/05 at 10:00 AM

      Continuing right where he left off with attacking runs through midfield. Kind of unbelievable. Can only be positive news for the USMNT.


    • Posted by KMac on 2010/12/05 at 2:03 PM

      Have to say, it is good to see Spector playing, period. Also good to see him have the career game against Man U and this week still play some decent footy. Did you see his spin with the ball and run through 2 guys moves? I hope he parlays to a better club for him @ Jan transfer window, but from an US MNT perspective, he is playing himself well in a position we aleady too deep in talent…probably could do an article on that subject.


      • Posted by bunkelUSA on 2010/12/05 at 3:44 PM

        I agree, theres not much chance of him cracking the USA midfield unless something pretty remarkable happens. Still, like you said, its good to see him playing, and playing with confidence…which will hopefully translate to a good move in January. As for his position, it seems like he could really be a good center back if given the chance there, but who knows. I just don’t think he can cut it as a fullback.


        • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/12/05 at 5:10 PM

          We’re seeing new skills from Jonathan Spector (that maybe he had and displayed when we was younger…but obviously the tv coverage was not there).

          But–and maybe I’ll mention this tomorrow, you’re also looking at a Spector with Scotty Parker there who has been freed from playing man-up defense on quicker players a little bit. It will be interesting to see Spector play defense at center mid in a different setting.

          I still favor him for a central defense run out.


        • I think Spectorinho had the skills all along. When United scouted him playing on the Chicago Sockers, he was a striker after all. United converted him to the outside back position.

          As for KMac’s comment, can you ever be too deep in talent at any position? The more the merrier as long as it is not at the expense of another position, which it clearly isn’t based on his recent forrays as a left/right back. That’s a good headache for any coach to have.


  7. Quick plug for the alma mater: it’s the final for women’s soccer right now on ESPN2, with Stanford’s fabulous Christen Press looking to finish off a great career by winning the championship.


  8. Posted by Sinn Fein on 2010/12/05 at 11:14 AM

    Let’s plug the right school and my alma mater: go Irish.

    I have some great memories of watching those women from 1994-1998: Holly Manthai, Cindy Dawes, Jen Renola, Jenny Streiffer, Anne Makinen, and of course Shannon Boxx and Kate (Sobrero) Markgraf. Still remember vividly the 1997 2-2 regular season tie with North Carolina’s women in the freezing rain. (The game was suspended in the 77th minute due to lightning.)

    Anyway, don’t know much about the present team, but nonetheless, go Irish.


  9. Posted by dikranovich on 2010/12/05 at 1:06 PM

    wait, did everton beat chelsea, or did they tie?


  10. Posted by Aaron on 2010/12/05 at 2:31 PM

    U of Akron Highlights, a great game to be at. Sorry no Cal highlights on this video and no highlights of the Assistant Referee leaving the game on his own terms. funny stuff, never have I seen in all my years of soccer a referee leave the game on his own.

    GO ZIPS!!!


  11. Posted by LosAndrewless on 2010/12/05 at 5:44 PM

    What do you think of the rumors of a Gooch to Glasgow Rangers for Miller? Any thoughts …


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/12/05 at 7:11 PM

      Unless it’s too folks ridding themselves of players they don’t want –and Kenny Miller is needed by the Rangers. I don’t see it.

      A quick minor point. Miller is vital in the Champion’s League for the Rangers and losing him would mean being very thing at striker for the Rangers in that competition. Miller has typically started as the “1” in the 4-5-1 for the Rangers formation in Euro play.

      In terms of Gooch, he’s still valuable to Milan because his contract is not too prohibitive and he has a Belgium passport so we doesn’t count against Italy’s homegrown rules.

      I think he gets loaned out likely to a lower table Serie A team to defray the costs for Milan. That’s my bet.

      Percentages of Miller to Milan (you can find a much cheaper, young Inzaghi type…Miller is 30) for Gooch? 5% – 10%. I’d be surprised.


  12. Posted by nelson on 2010/12/05 at 6:38 PM

    Can we just go ahead and try Spector at forward. He played there at a younger age and obviously is more comfortable up the field. Not to mention i´ve never seen Jozy pull a


    • Posted by Tux on 2010/12/05 at 8:21 PM

      I couldn’t catch the game. Is that gonna wind up on youtube?


    • Posted by Alex on 2010/12/05 at 9:26 PM

      He had a few nice moves today. He looked pretty good to me. Hopefully he receives smore playing time despite West Ham’s poor result. I like him at midfield versus forward because he actually plays good defense and has the athleticism to track back on defense consistently, unlike MB90 and Jones who both play atrocious defense at times.


  13. Posted by nelson on 2010/12/05 at 6:41 PM

    spin move like that


  14. Posted by phlub on 2010/12/05 at 9:04 PM

    Boca scored on a header off a free kick. Good week for (non-forward) American’s scoring abroad.


    • Posted by Iggystar on 2010/12/06 at 2:03 AM

      Not only that, Boca nutmeg on the keeper on the header.

      Yeah I know how that sounds.


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