21 March, 2012

US Olympic Roster Set

US Olympic qualifying starts tomorrow, the 22nd, against Cuba. They face Canada on Saturday and then El Salvador on Monday (all to be played in Nashville). Top 2 teams move to Kansas City March 31st to take on the top two teams (1st in Group A v 2nd Group B and vice versa) with the finalists both qualifying for the Olympics. Group B is currently comprised of Mexico, T&T, Panama, and Honduras.

US Olympic Roster:
Goalkeepers: Bill Hamid (D.C.), Sean Johnson (Chicago)

Defenders: Perry Kitchen (D.C.), Ike Opara (San Jose), Kofi Sarkodie (Houston), Zarek Valentin (Montreal), Jorge Villafana (Chivas USA), Sheanon Williams (Philadelphia)*

Midfielders: Freddy Adu (Philadelphia), Joe Corona (Tijuana, Mexico), Mix Diskerud (Ghent, Belgium), Jared Jeffrey (Mainz, Germany), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia), Michael Stephens (Los Angeles)

Forwards: Juan Agudelo (New York), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Teal Bunbury (Kansas City), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim, Germany), Brek Shea (Dallas), Tony Taylor (Estoril Praia, Portugal)

* Sheanon was just added to replace Josh Gatt who was recalled by his Norwegian club Molde because of injuries to their roster and lack of depth.

So what do you think? No Gil, Adu somehow is still "under 23", and we've got the Chicago Fire starting keeper on the roster...


20 March, 2012

Just Messi'n Round

Damn son.

57 years.

13 Seasons.

231 goals.

For 57 years, Cesar Rodriguez's 231 goal total for Barcelona stood unassailed. It was 13 years in the making. From 1942-1955, Cesar terrorized the Spanish first division on his way to becoming Barca's most prolific scorer.

49 years later, Barcelona embarked on a new climb. One that would see a miniscule Argentinean score 234 goals for them, at a rate of 1.004 goals per game played. Ridiculous. And he did it in 5 fewer years than it took Cesar.

Lionel Messi.

His hat-trick today versus Grenada put him on a new level of renown. This season, Messi has 54 goals in all matches, 34 in league play, and 2 ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo. He's scored a miraculous 6 hat-tricks this season.

While we're not sure if it is the disparity in quality of players between top 4 in Spain versus everyone else, it cannot be argued that Messi has done something amazing.

Our boots off to you, Lionel.

The first 222 of Lionel Messi's goals for Barca:

And the legend he just surpassed:

Video: Jackmcrobert, mesqueunclub1899

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