On Buddle, Rosey On Neymar & Yes To Pastries


•More for Moyes

A budding Prem player?

Edson Buddle set for a trial with Everton. Good move all around.

Buddle was going nowhere with Ingolstadt and neither was Ingolstadt. In fact, he was a liability in the compensation department.

The former Galaxy man didn’t get secured at West ham and now moves on to Everton looking to go for a ride (either on the pine or the pitch) until the end of the campaign.

Good moves. One may question why a player not picked up by a Championship side can be helpful a league up but Buddle’s skillset is precisely what the Toffees need and can afford–someone to take a beating up top and allow players like Landon, Tim Cahill, and Royston Drenthe to play off of him. Liverpool’s other team has sorely lacked that all season, diminishing the impact that the seemingly evergreen Cahill can have by moving up top where he gets banged by on by 175-200lbs centerbacks. Ouch.

Buddle–even if his goal scoring prowess doesn’t translate to the Prem–can take a beating. Just two seasons ago, Bruce Arena nearly ran the striker into the ground because he had no capable back-up. how did Buddle respond in a season where he was often called on to hold the ball by his lonesome and with some World Cup mileage? By scoring the first goal against Seattle in the playoffs that year and generally looking up to the task despite some wear-and-tear.

Again, good move if it goes through.

•Neymar’s Rose Ceremony


Yes the Bachelor was on at TSG headquarters last night. Ghastly!

here’s a solid idea for an award-winning footie reality show. have a little fun with it. Start with say 10 suitors (front office men) all dolled up and pining for the services of a Neymar or Mario Goetze. Each week, one or two get expunged because they don’t secure that dastardly rose–maybe it a jock strap, that would just be funny.

The GMs so to speak talk shit about one another, get in cat-or-dog fights, and have one-on-one dates with said youth sensation all attempting to win the heart of The Sensation (okay, that’s what we’re calling.) The teams even get to bring in player for challenges. Really want that Sensation, maybe Rooney has to shave his new rug or Frank Lampard has to go on a cleanse. Love it.

Okay, just told you that the Bachelor was emanating from TSG’s TV last night. Moving on….

• Say “Yes” To Pastries

First of all, ain’t nothing wrong with cupcakes. Ask Kyle Martino.

Our friend Steve Davis with a rant against the moniker “Camp Cupcake” for the USMNT’s January Camp.

C’mon Steve–that is more upsetting to you then say Sepp Blatter still in charge or violence at the African Cup of Nations? Just giving you a hard time Steve, but the players are comfortable and openly refer to Camp Cupcake as such and really soccer in the US of A needs more spice–and sweetness–rather than less.

• Good On This: Active, Not Reactive from Jurgy K

El Capitan...

Jurgen Klinsmann in an interview with FIFA and his first piece of commentary was….symphonic.

Klinsmann with a “We are moving away from a reactive style of play to a proactive style.”

If you remember, this was TSG’s biggest point of (negative) contention with previous regime. While the excuse was often made that bringing players together quickly for a camp was the reasons that play was uneven, the reality is–with the exception of Mexico–the US has too much talent against other CONCACAF foes not to dismantle and dictate play to the weaker ones.

In fact, if you recall, TSG made it one of Bob Bradley’s key questions to answer at Gold Cup 2012. Bob didn’t fare well. And it was a hallmark of Jurgen Klinsann’s opening moments.

An interesting interview with the Kaiser, though I disagree with Klinsmann’s second statement that the US is training harder. Really? Prove it.

• Miscellaneous

Eric Lichaj–remember him–back for the Aston Villa reserves.

Robbie Rogers gets his first action for Leeds.

MLS supplemental draft today.



11 responses to this post.

  1. lichaj doesnt get back to a start for villa right? i mean unless villa sees him as an upgrade over hutton…which, i like to think he is, but doubtful english soccer minds would agree.
    in MNT, chandler is the heir to RB spot post dolo.
    so does lichaj slot back in LB where he played so well in the gold cup?


    • Posted by Antonio H. on 2012/01/17 at 2:52 PM

      Carlos Cuellar has been McLeish’s choice over Alan Hutton of late, so that says something about Villa’s RB availability. AV also brought in Enda Stevens from Shamrock to be some sort of heir to the Stephen Warnock throne at LB, although I think it’s more of a warning than a “Hey buddy you’re gettin kinda green” even though I think warnock is only 29/30.

      In the end, I have no idea where that leaves Lichaj. But it is definitely safe to say that none of the outside back slots are pure locks(especially RB).


  2. Posted by evan on 2012/01/17 at 2:03 PM

    don’t think ‘the Kaiser’ is a good nickname for Klinsi. Franz Beckenbauer is the Kaiser, and i don’t think he and Klinsmann get along so well…
    also, the original Kaiser was a war criminal, wasn’t he?


    • Posted by dth on 2012/01/17 at 4:57 PM

      If the original Kaiser was a war criminal, all of the rulers of Europe at the time were. German responsibility for WWI totally overstated.


      • Posted by rage on 2012/01/17 at 8:19 PM

        I consider most rulers of any continent at any time war criminals.


      • Posted by yeah on 2012/01/18 at 2:05 AM

        Kaiser Wilhelm II was not the “original” Kaiser. Julius Caesar was the original Kaiser. Or Kaiser Wilhelm I, but definitely not the guy with the “II” after his name.


  3. Posted by kaya on 2012/01/17 at 3:13 PM

    I’d watch your version of the bachelor… I’ve never seen the real one and probably never will. Good for you on coming clean.
    Al-Asad was also called Camp Cupcake. It’s a term of endearment, so I agree any rant is misplaced. I’ve always imagined it’s so-called because it’s a way to ease back after the holidays and it’s in So Cal so the boys don’t get too cold… and of course they’re being called for friendlies, not major competition. Sounds like someone needs to chill and eat a cupcake.


  4. Posted by SamT on 2012/01/17 at 3:22 PM

    I agree with Davis and have never liked the Camp Cupcake moniker, but it’s news to me that the players themselves refer to it by that name. Like it or not, it appears the term is here to stay.


    • Posted by Gregorio on 2012/01/18 at 7:08 AM

      If the players refere to it themelves, then the Klins must address it. In the spirit of the stereotype of SoCal, its a term of self-actualization or vision work. In other words the players will view the camp as easy or not too serious. The Klnis must change the culture and do it by making name change. Lets assist him, submit your ideas!!
      DREAM CAMP? Space camp? The Bachelor Camp? who gets the Rose to make the 1st team!!!!


  5. Posted by DarrellMcG on 2012/01/18 at 11:01 AM

    i actually asked heath pearce on twitter “do you actually get cupcakes at camp cupcake or is it some weird german dessert nowadays?” his response “milche reis”


  6. Posted by amh on 2012/01/18 at 11:49 AM

    from the fifa.com interview:

    “When I was a player, there were countless times when a team-mate had more skill than anyone out on the training pitch, but you just knew that he wouldn’t make it because his mentality was wrong.”

    talking about any US players in particular here?


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