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07 October, 2011

US v Honduras Preview

Just as a recap, the announced roster for this match against Honduras (Sat. 8th at 5pm CST on FSC and Univision) and Ecuador (Mon. 11th at 6pm CST on ESPN2):

GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt)

Buddle is replacing Landycakes who pulled out with calf issues. With the adjusted lineup, I expect we'll see the following 4-2-3-1:
------------------Howard------------------
'Dolo*----Onyewu---Bocanegra--Chandler*
-------Beckerman-------Edu---------------
------Dempsey---Bradley----Shea*--------
-----------------Altidore-------------------

I expect to see Cherundolo and Chandler make way for Spector and Fiscal with Gooch or Bocanegra coming off for Ream (whoever gets tired first). Beckerman may come off for Williams (his first cap) and Shea making way for Beasley as he seems to burn out quickly like Dempsey used to do. Altidore will make way for Bunbury late or if need be, they'll pull Bradley and replace him with Agudelo and push him forward into a more traditional 4-4-2.

This is the US's 17th matchup with Honduras and the US currently holds a 11-3-3 record against them. We are expecting Klinsi to see his first win in the Red, White and Blue. 2-1.

Photo: US Soccer

06 October, 2011

Bye Bye, Santa's Evil Twin

Now, forgive me if I'm wrong here, but I'm happy to see Chucky Blazer retiring at the end of this year from CONCACAF (and FIFA in 2013 after the WC).

Some of you may wonder why though. See, Chucky, can I call him Chucky, good. Well, Chucky, he's still a little tainted from that whole bribery before the bribery in CONCACAF that led to the "resignation" of Jack Warner and firing of Mohammad bin Hammam. For a span of nearly 10 years, Chucky was grafting his way around the Caribbean like the best of them. Yet, unlike most of the others, he did a pretty damn good job of keeping all his skeletons in the closet. If someone wanted to open that door up just a bit, they would also be incriminating themselves, so it was a sort of mutual destruction reassurance that he had going.

03 October, 2011

EPL: Fulham v QPR Highlights

Clinic... Wow. 6-0. Wow... How do you come back from something that bad? I mean, Taarbat got subbed off the pitch and then left the game, catching a bus before the final whistle? wow... Johnson with the hat-trick. Dempsey, Zamora and Murphy also chip in this route.



Video: Fox Sports

EPL: Arsenal v Spurs Highlights

Hey Arsenal fans. You calling for Arsene's head now? Or do you just want to ride this "bump" out? 4th loss in 7 and just 2pts clear of the relegation zone. I know it's early, but you just lost to Spurs... Van der Vaart and Ramsey score and Walker notches his first for Spurs in this 2-1 win at White Hart Lane.



Video: Fox Sports

EPL: Bolton v Chelsea Highlights

Damn son. Lampard pulls a hat-trick on Bolton while Sturridge ONLY nets 2. Boyata saves some modicum of respect for Bolton as he keeps the score line from being a shut-out.



Video: Fox Sports

02 October, 2011

EPL: Manchester United v Norwich Highlights

Anderson and Walbeck score in the 2nd half of this snoozer of a match. Well, can't win all games like Chelsea and Fulham did. Don't worry, I consider this an off week for the Red Devils.



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EPL: Blackburn v Manchester City Highlights

Blackburn stinks up the pitch again as Man City rolls with goals by Balotelli, Johnson, Nasri and Savic all coming in the 2nd half.



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EPL: Everton v Liverpool Highlights

Don't look now, but Andy Carroll finally decided to show up for a game and score. That's his first goal in 7 appearances while Suarez nets his 4th in 7 as Liverpool takes down 10 man Everton.



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