04 September, 2010
So, get your netflix on, or swing by Blockbuster if you still have one of those in your neighborhood and pick this up.
Looking for Eric directed by Ken Loach.
It's a British release and follows a guy who idolizes Man U and Eric Cantona. Now personally, I can't support a guy who wants to pump up Man U and the Red Devils, but it's Eric "The Pimp" Cantona. In case you were wondering, here's a little clip:
Gotta love a guy who remembers not one of his famous goals, but rather an assist to a fellow teammate. To all of you kids out there, game on.
03 September, 2010
The two time All-American out of St. Louis University (72G/40A in 4 yrs) leaves as the all time leading scorer for St. Louis University, is #3 on the US all time scoring list with 30 goals in 95 matches, has Fulham FC's club bar named after him, was the first American to score in two world cups, and managed to get a bloody face in at least a handful of games I attended with him playing.
Sit back, enjoy some highlights of his time on the USMNT and if you haven't already, head down to Toyota Park to give the man a proper send off before this season comes to a close.
Photo: US Soccer
Now, granted, some people are going to freak when they read this list. There is a caveat though. If the player is not 21 as of the beginning of the season, then they may not actually be on the list as they do not count towards the Home Grown Rule, nor against the 25 man roster limit, as that only applies to players over the age of 21. Man City fans, you can now relax that you don't see Mario Baloletti on the list (provided by Sky Sports).
Manuel Almunia, Andrey Arshavin, Nicklas Bendtner, Marouane Chamakh, Gael Clichy, Pereka Neves Denilson, Vassiriki Abou Diaby, Johan Danon Djourou-Gbadjere, Emmanuel Eboue, Lukasz Fabianski, Cesc Fabregas, Laurent Koscielny, Vito Mannone, Samir Nasri, Tomas Rosicky, Bacary Sagna, Bilong Song, Dimitri Alexandre, Robin Van Persie, Thomas Vermaelen, Sebastien Squillaci.
As Arsenal have only 20 senior players over the age 21 they were able to make up their 'home-grown' quota through youth players.
Referee Carlos Batres of Guatemala was injured and replaced at halftime by fourth official Elmar Rodas, also of Guatemala. Rodas was soon involved in second half controversy in the 65th minute as he called a penalty kick against Darrius Barnes for what was actually a foul by Luis Gabriel Rey of Colombia. Rey knocked down Barnes from behind, which should have been a foul against Rey. On his way down after being shoved from behind, Barnes got tangled up in Rey's feet and pulled down Rey with him. A penalty kick for Morelia was the wrong call. Miguel Sabah put the ensuing bogus penalty kick right down the middle past a diving Matt Reis for a 1-0 Morelia lead.
01 September, 2010
After hearing about "technical difficulties" in the Real Madrid fire sale on Van der Vaart yesterday (he dropped from ~£18 to £8million in the matter of hours), I was fearing the worst.
Apparently, the difficulties were server issues and after the EPL checked into it, they confirmed that was the apparent holdup, and have since rubber stamped the move.
So what do you think? Scary midfield with Bale, Van der Vaart, Modric, and Lennon, ain't it? And that's just in the 4-4-2. Add in Copa Liberadores champ Sandros or England national Huddlestone, with Defoe and either Keane or Crouch up top and you have a solid lineup.
"In the specific context of South Africa, the vuvuzela adds a touch of local flavour and folklore, but Uefa feels that the instrument's widespread use would not be appropriate in Europe, where a continuous loud background noise would be emphasised. Uefa is of the view that the vuvuzelas would completely change the atmosphere, drowning supporter emotions and detracting from the experience of the game. To avoid the risk of these negative effects in the stadiums where Uefa competitions are played and to protect the culture and tradition of football in Europe ... Uefa has decided with immediate effect that vuvuzelas will not be allowed in the stadiums where Uefa competitions matches are played."
So, that whole thing with the World Cup and being "fun and bringing character to the game" was absolute crap. Any way you color this, UEFA is admitting that the vuvuzela is annoying as heck and took away from the game, as well as ticks off quite a few fans in the stands and home.
Glad we can all agree then. UEFA is duplicitous and people blowing vuvuzelas at games should be taken out back and ritually beaten.
Then there is the whole Man City roster size problem. They had to take drop numbers down to get to the 25 man roster maximum by today. Now, technically, they can use an unlimited number of foreign U21 players to supplement that 25, but that's going to be tough for any team to find that good a player at that age that can step in ready to play.
So let's look... They started with 33 possible first teamers.
Out on Loan:
32- Craig Bellamy (Cardiff)
31- Caicedo (Levante)
30- Vladimir Weiss (Rangers)
29- Onuoha (Sunderland)
28- Kieran Trippier (Barnsley- probably wasn't going top 25 roster though)
But then you have Usain Bolt. Undoubtedly quick, he claims to have played defensive mid back in high school. He wants to play for Man U. Consider also that Man U picked up Bebe on just the words of a few scouts and have yet to even let the kid play with the reserves (just to get him caught up on his fitness and all... yeah, that's the ticket).
Who knows, I've heard sillier things. While you're at it Man U, why don't you pick up Michael Phelps as your dietitian.
31 August, 2010
It's down to the last day. 25 man rosters don't need to be officially set until tonight at midnight GMT (about 12pm EST, of course I may be off by an hour cause I haven't been to London for a few years and as long as the paperwork is in, the teams have time to negotiate terms...). That said this may be a little wild this afternoon, so be ready.
Harry Redknapp and Tottenham have already stated it will "be a quiet end to the transfer period" for them, which, knowing 'Arry, means that they finally finished the season long loan of Croatian keeper Pletikosa so don't call him a "wheeler dealer", may loan out Keane (the latest rumor is Besiktas) and the most surprising rumor being that they may pick up Liverpudian forward Ryan Babel for £10 million as he can play up top or on the wing (since denied by Babel himself). There is even talk of picking up SA defender Khumalo who recently trialed with Spurs.
Holloway and Blackpool are looking to seal up a move for 3-4 more players although Holloway admits that these will probably be foreign U21 players as they don't affect the roster for homegrown players or size limitations of 25 players.
Sorry about the lateness. Seems Gulati likes to sneak stuff by me when I'm out coaching my team to a win, but better late than never. By the looks of it, it'll be through the next World Cup cycle, and hopefully not any longer. We'll get to see the "great" Bob Bradley give up early goals yet again to Poland in Chicago on Sept 3rd at 7pm CST and then again to Colombia on Oct. 12th at 7pm CST in Philly.
So where does this leave Aston Villa? Well, they came out yesterday and said they want a EPL experienced coach (uh oh, one of the few on that list available is Sven...) so that pretty much discounted Bob, but who knows who turned down the other first. Either way, I expect another qualification followed by yet another early bow out in Cup action...
Damn, I hate the status quo.
Photo: Hanna Barbara
30 August, 2010
Yeah, confused yet? I didn't want to reinvent the wheel and Jason Davis over at Matchfit USA did as good a job explaining it without breaking out Stephen Hawkins and reanimating Albert Einstein.
Basically, same number of games, just this time "possibly" making it easier for a team other than Mexico and the US to qualify. What's not apparent is that in the final round of qualifying, no mention is made if World Rankings will be a factor so in theory Mexico and the US could be in the same group of 4 on one side of the bracket and theoretically, Jamaica, T&T, Canada and Honduras in the other with the 2nd place teams of each bracket playing each other to determine 3rd place and "if" a 4th spot goes the way of CONCACAF, then "maybe" we'll see both 2nd place teams qualify sans playoff.
Not liking the look of this very much. That's just my opinion, and not that of the Money Grubbing Thieves of CONCACAF™ (aka Chuck "Fat Santa" Blazer or Jack "Klepto" Warner).
Photo: faniq and Parker Brothers
Look, where else would you see a 2nd div. team have a Supporters Cup between themselves and a MLS team? I'm sure one's out there, but I haven't found it yet. And don't give me the Timbers/Sounders thing, Timbers are going big time next year, so that doesn't matter.
29 August, 2010
Finally here.. Jus landed in HANNOVER, germany.. Its been a long day/night.. Goin to the hotel, get some rest and food.. Big day tmrw!! about 7 hours ago via UberTwitterWell, bout time. Was getting worried about the boy just practicing and not playing. He should be ready to get some playing time in next week, whether it's with the reserves or off the bench till he gets his feet under him. By the looks of it, he should be introduced tomorrow morning.
So what do you think? Smart move to be playing left wing for Captain Cherundolo's Hannover?
Yeah, looks official. 2yrs, #16 on the kit. Get on with yourself Beasley.
Photo: Herald Scotland
Wait, what? This is a guy who made 4 appearances for Stoke since his move in January. He actually previously played for Portsmouth and after moving to Tottenham, Harry Redknapp sought to bring him to Spurs, even paying approximately £1mil to Portsmouth, who now has to repay it.
Asmir turned down a move to Spurs as he wouldn't be a clear number one starter.
So now comes word that Chelsea offered in the range of £4.5mil (he transfered to Stoke for just under £4mil) to bring him in as a back up to Cech. A backup...
Granted Cech is getting up there, but really? He played 11 games for the U20 Canada team before returning to Bosnia to make 3 appearances for their national team.
I don't know... the guy hasn't shown much for a 23yo. Anyways, here is a compilation from one of his admirers so you judge (with obvious bias not withstanding).
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