Posts Tagged ‘Jay DeMerit’

Road To Recovery: USMNT Injury Updates

Never a fun thing to write about injuries, especially to five of your team’s (potential) starting eleven. However, there is a little good news in here as well.

Charlie Davies…His family issued a statement yesterday regarding his condition and thanking everyone for their support. We’ll be updating his status as new info emerges in our sidebar to the right.

Oguchi Onyewu…As mentioned in our US-CR recap piece, Gooch is looking at three to four months on the shelf after shredding his patellar tendon. Great to see that one of his club team’s first thoughts was to suggest that they would ask USSF to pick up his salary since the injury happened during national team duty. (Please note sarcasm.)

Jay DeMerit…Gooch’s starting mate in central defense will have his cornea replaced via surgery on Monday in London and is expected to be out of action for up to two months. Contrary to early reports, DeMerit said that he did not injure his eye removing a contact.

Maurice Edu…some (tempered) good news. Mo is “very close to fit,” but is not rushing things to ensure that he is ready for “probably the biggest [year] of [his] career.”

Clint Dempsey…the USMNT blog on writes that Dempsey “should be available” for Fulham’s match on Monday versus Hull City and (hopefully) Jozy Altidore. Fulham will be celebrating its 130th anniversary a part of the festivities and the game will be shown on ESPN2 starting at 11:55am Pacific. (The game will also feature the return of former Fulham man Jimmy Bullard following a knee injury and nine month layoff.)

An injury post deserves an upbeat picture...Boca and Howard on Wednesday night.

An injury post needs an upbeat picture...Boca and Howard on Wednesday.

Tuesday 09/29 One-Liners

• Nice job by Shaun on the a little pre-game preview of today’s Champion’s League “match-ups.” See the story below.

• Thanks to TSG commentator Antonio (and ESPN……THREE……SIXTY!…that’s how I feel about it) I will be watching even more soccer. About to take in the USMNTers against Cameroon’s Indominatable Lions on “the 360.”

Amazing DeMerit's eye injury didn't come on the pitch.

Amazingly, DeMerit's eye injury didn't come on the pitch.

• Speaking of the Indomitable Lions, TSG is working on our follow-up to our nickname piece.  Add more commentary here.

• USMNT’er and Confederation’s Cup stalwart Jay DeMerit is now a candidate for surgery as his contact-sliced eyeball is not healing. Good luck in getting back out their Jay; we miss the cover in the middle. Paging Goodison and Conrad.

Freddy Adu sleeps with a soccer ball and the Twitterati is giving him hell for it. Check it out here. Ah, the instant feedback of Twitter. Oh, and we’re again in Freddy’s corner–the kid is passionate.

• TSG crashed and burned hard on our EPL prognostications, no wins for Arsenal and Chelsea and we gave West Ham a chance on the road. We’ll be laying low for awhile. In other news, we see Honduras 10 – USA 0 — okay hopefully we reverse jinxed this.

• Hull City hopefully get an injury boost with a date set for the return of former Fulham middleman Jimmy Bullard. Any English nattie team fans want to tell us who’s fallen futher, Bullard or Bentley?

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Davies Update, DeMerit Out vs. T&T, Highlights

Davies Update

Charlie Davies continues to update folks on his injury via Twitter. Yesterday, he mentioned that it was stiff and sore and sought treatment three different times. And here’s the latest update from the man himself:

Davies Update

DeMerit & Casey Don’t Travel

According to the MNT blog as, Jay DeMerit (groin) and Connor Casey (wisdom teeth / removed from roster) did not travel with the squad to Port of Spain for Wednesday’s match versus Trinidad & Tobago.

We’ll have the full preview tomorrow, but let us know what you think the starting back four should look like in light of Saturday’s struggles and DeMerit’s continued absence. Obviously, Gooch and Boca will be in there somewhere. That would leave  all kinds of combos possible among the remaining pool of Spector (maybe his USMNT debut at LB?), Dolo, Marshall and even Goodson or…umm…Bornstein.

Official US Soccer highlight reel from the 2-1 victory over El Salvador

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EPL Week 3: Now We’re Rolling

"Hey TSG, if I get into the EPL can you throw some press my way?" Damn right Jay!

"Hey TSG, if I get into the EPL can you throw some love my way?" Sure Jay!

(As last week, each Thursday we’ll try to give you our insights on the English Premier League primarily and other global leagues with analogies and dialogue favoring Americans Abroad.)

Wow, we’re at week 3 already in the EPL. This is the week that you discover if data points from the first two week are part of a growing trend or if they are put out to pasture as isolated instances.

Let’s get right to it.

ESPN’s Saturday Game of the Week: Chelsea vs. Burnley

Chelsea is coming off a convincing away win against Fullham at Craven Cottage after clubbings of Hull and Sunderland to start the term. Nice segway here in that Burnley have proven to be 2009 version of 2008 Hull City Tigers who took the EPL by storm and we’re sitting in the top half of the Premiership through December of last year. Burnley can boast wins over two of last year’s top five teams in “Premiership champ” (they should just make that their official nickname now) Manchester United and Everton. Admittedly Everton was in disarray, but nonetheless impressive wins for the recently promoted squad.

I think Chelsea will keep the duo of Anelka and Drogba up top so they can continue forming their partnership, it’s possible you may see Kalou given a start though and also see munchkin Deco as well.

Here’s how I would watch this game. Tune in for the first 15 minutes and get a read on the game. If it’s back-and-forth, grab your oatmeal. If Chelsea looks dominant, check back in at the 30 minute mark of the 2nd half. If Chelsea are not on top by more than 1-0, you’ll know Burnley are for real and the next 15 minutes or so will merit a look-see.

The first heavyweight fight of the season: Manchester United vs. Arsenal (on FSC, 9:30 PST I believe)

Now, this is the game you want watch. Arsenal visiting Old Trafford. Arsene Wenger’s squad has been lights out to start the season, raking both Everton and Portsmouth over the coals the past two weeks. However, they are facing a renewed Red Devil squad after their 2nd half massacring of Wigan last week. If not for that 2nd half, I think you would have had a completely different storyline coming into this week of Man U’s season on the ropes or endless discussion on Ronaldo’s absence. (Alas, Rooney was near the equal of Ronaldo from a focal point perspective).

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