06 August, 2011

Joe Cole Brochure

After reading this, I think I need to go out and buy myself a Joe Cole. He had me at "not that c*nt Ashley..."

Check the full brochure out here:

Photo: scribd

Man U v New York Cosmos Highlights

Wasn't even close... but what do you expect for a Paul Scholes testimonial where the opponent has a handful of out of shape legends and a smattering of college players versus a 1st team of Man U?

Video: HDfootbal

04 August, 2011

US Roster v Mexico Announced

For the US v Mexico match coming up next week, Klinsi has announced the players called up:

Goalkeepers: Bill Hamid, Tim Howard

Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra, Edgar Castillo, Timothy Chandler, Steve Cherundolo, Clarence Goodson, Michael Orozco, Heath Pearce, Tim Ream

Midfielders: Freddy Adu, Kyle Beckerman, DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Ricardo Clark, Landon Donovan, Maurice Edu, Jermaine Jones, Break Shea, Jose Torres

Forwards: Juan Agudelo, Edson Buddle

Not quite sure I like the limited looks up top with two forwards, and that would hint to us running a 4-2-3-1, which I am not opposed to but... this'll be interesting and we did call up some new youth like Hamid.

Freddy finally got his twitter/calls returned by the USSF after a good showing in his few games back. Gooch is getting time in Porto to bond with his new team, so his absence is excused. No Dempsey callup either which would have been nice to see.

I'm expecting to see the midfield looking like Run DMB on the left, Clark and Edu (Jones) in a holding position, Bradley/Adu floating behind the lone forward and Donovan on the right wing. While I am not surprised by the slightly more defensive look, but I would have liked a few more strikers called in like Charlie, but it does look like we are going for more speed up top and in the midfield rather than the big hulks we had like Ching, Cooper and noticeably absent is Altidore...

Photo: USSF

03 August, 2011

Spector to Birmingham City

After his release from West Ham at the end of last season, several followers of the future of the USMNT wondered what was happening. Gooch was in limbo at Milan (although later made his way to Porto), Bocanegra was on his last legs, and most of the rest of the back line for the US was playing in MLS where hacking seems to take precedence over finesse.

Now, another piece has fallen into place. Jonathan Spector has landed with England Championship's Birmingham City on a 2yr contract. The fact that he played some time at left back as well as his more natural position at right back aside, his versatility should prove helpful and he should see more playing time than he did with West Ham.

At 25yo, he still has youth on his side and with a few more seasons of 1st team experience under his belt, he should turn out to be the strong right back we expected him to be.

Photo: 1000goals

01 August, 2011

US Takes 3rd At Milk Cup

The 2011 Milk Cup wasn't as nice to the US U18 team this time around. Returning to the Cup after walking away Cup winners last year in stunning fashion, the US finished 3rd.

The BBC and NI Milk Cup were also less than helpful this year by not posting live match viewing and making many of the results and lineups for each match difficult to find unlike last year where several sites, including our own, were able to show matches live.

That said, the US did a respectable job

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