Wednesday: DeRo, Stu, Bielsa, More


Stu Holden: Tackling with abandon in 2010....

• Wanderlust in EPL Land

Bolton Stu Holden takes to Stamford Bridge today as the Owen Coyle’s surprising crew has a big one against the Blues. Nicolas Anelka is due back for Chelsea.

Elsewhere, Wigan will lose at home to a rejuvenated Arsenal and Liverpool will eek out a boring home win against Wolves.

• DeRosario & The Art of War

The oft-quoted Sun Tzu book tells us all we need to know about the DeWayne DeRosario sneaking out the window of his Toronto FC home for a secret rendezvous with the training pitch of Celtic. If you’re not familiar with the latest on the situation, you can check it out here.

No, the quote is not “All war is based upon deception.”

The following is spot-on: “Every battle is won before it is fought.”

DeRo: Cheque-ing out Celtic...

First, how did Toronto FC not see this coming. The much publicized check-writing goal celebration in season should have been the final, not first, inclination that a malcontent DeWayne DeRosario was starting–perhaps rightly or wrongly–to put his own well-being and future before the team.

Now this week, DeRosario goes to Celtic. Is that surprising? Be clear on this notion: The whole TFC-DeRo mess began long before this Celtic training row.

The point? Toronto FC should have addressed its star player predicament long before even that negative goal celebration. They had two actions they could take: (1) Work with the player to understand his concerns and try to reach an amicable outcome, that likely would have lea to a Celtic training approval or (2) Accept the player is disgruntled and keep tabs on him as well as look at possibilities for movement…that would have possibly led to a Celtic training approval.

They did neither. Poor move Toronto FC. A reap-what-you-sow sort of thing. And don’t blame it’s

• No Dotted Line Yet

An MLS Soccer report seems to corroborate what a friend (a player actually) told TSG late Sunday: Benny Feilhaber has serious interest from Cruz Azul…and it would appear a few other clubs.

My bet is that Feilhaber–who is currently on holiday in California–heads south to Bornstein country and a solid payday.


• You Should Get a Honda, Now a VW

Via BBC, Man City’s long-standing love affair with Edin Dzeko is about to be satisfied. Baffling why no one is prying away CSKA’s Honda. Honda would real nice right now anywhere in that Manchester United midfield-forward area or really anywhere else.

• Just Chillin’

Resigned WC 2010 head coach Marcelo Bielsa makes nice with Chile’s FA and will butt heads with Bob Bradley in Home Depot Land in January as interim steward of Chile.

17 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by John on 2010/12/29 at 10:52 AM

    Mannnnnn city don’t want none unless it’s Edin Dzeko son!

    So CSKA rolls a Honda, playin’ transfer papes by Alex songa
    But Dzeko ain’t got a motor in the back of him like Honda


  2. Posted by dth on 2010/12/29 at 11:49 AM

    Obviously, not a super-tip-top source, but it looks like Manchester United is trying to pull Cesc Part II:


  3. Posted by John on 2010/12/29 at 1:52 PM

    A Liverpool v Wolves Haiku

    Two really bad Teams
    Space Time will end from Boredom
    Is Fulham in Red?


  4. Posted by John on 2010/12/29 at 2:37 PM

    This might be one of the worst team performances and positioning I have ever seen Liverpool play.


  5. Posted by sidereal on 2010/12/29 at 2:53 PM

    “Elsewhere, Wigan will lose at home to a rejuvenated Arsenal and Liverpool will eek out a boring home win against Wolves.”

    Nostradamus reborn!


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/12/29 at 3:08 PM

      Here’s one I won’t get wrong, “I’ll be wrong many more times in the future!”

      I cling to my calling the West Brom victory over Arsenal earlier in the season and claim Eric Lichaj…but other than that I may be drowing. :>


  6. Posted by Dave on 2010/12/29 at 10:05 PM

    The Feilhaber to Cruz Azul thing doesn’t seem to have any play in Mexican media. Didn’t happen to come out on December 28, did it? (Día de los Inocentes, like April Fools Day in Hispanic culture).
    My Google search led me to a fan blog( that referred to the Shinguardian as the source of the rumor.
    Or were you folks just in the day’s spirit yesterday?


    • Posted by Dave on 2010/12/29 at 10:38 PM

      It looks like Cruz Azul has signed Waldo Ponce, a Chilean central defender, filling the last of the five foreign player slots, so Feilhaber won’t be going there for Clausura 2011.


      • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/12/29 at 11:18 PM

        I saw that transfer Dave…why does that rule out Feilhaber?


        • Posted by Dave on 2010/12/30 at 7:26 PM

          Because Mexican league rules only allow 5 foreign players per team; Ponce makes 5: Emanuel Villa (Argentina), “Chaco” Giménez (Argentina), Marcelo Palau (Uruguay), Hugo Droguett and Waldo Ponce of Chile–from Graciela Resendiz at It will be awhile before Femexfut gets the paperwork to list all the rosters on their website.
          Also, the Mexican transfer window ended today(from Femexfut’s website). I’ll admit that, to me, the rulebook(also Femexfut’s website) for the Primera División, makes it seem that they could sign players until the end of January, but I’m probably misunderstanding something about getting a player’s documentation in by then.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/12/29 at 11:20 PM

      We have few sources–anywhere–at TSG. This comes from a friend of Benny’s that we happen to know through a non-soccer relationship.

      The report of Benny-to-Cruz Azul was also confirmed by Benny’s agent through an MLS Soccer report the day afterward. So it’s possible…not sure how that Ponce deals impacts it.

      And further, I’ve been very careful on the reporting here to call it a rumor.

      What are your sources that say otherwise?


      • Posted by Dave on 2010/12/30 at 7:41 PM

        Not so much sources that say otherwise as no credible report from the Mexican press. Given the concentration of the press in Mexico City and their hunger for soccer news I figured they would have latched on to it if there were something to it. (I Googled Benny Feilhaber Cruz Azul, Spanish language pages, and got almost nothing).
        It is possible there were behind the scenes talks with him and the club decided to go in a different direction.


        • Posted by Dave on 2010/12/30 at 7:58 PM

          I owe you all an apology. I limited my web search to the past week instead of the past month and did find some indication that Cruz Azul may have been talking with Feilhaber earlier on, though they didn’t want to admit it publicly.
          It appears Palau ended up taking the holding mid spot; might have won it because he was a better fit for Cruz Azul’s budget.


  7. Posted by Dave on 2010/12/30 at 8:41 PM

    To expand on my apology, I accused you all of being careless in your research when it was I who was careless, worse yet my careless comment was also rude.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/12/30 at 9:28 PM

      Dave…just catching up here.

      Don’t worry about it all. We try to be both impersonal, but more importantly a community here….

      ….and it works….


  8. Posted by Chris on 2010/12/31 at 7:37 PM

    Good to see Biesla come back for Chile makes camp cupcake that much more watchable


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