News, World Cup

USA World Cup Roster Issues

Bob Bradley announced the US World Cup 23-man roster right after his club lost 4-2 to the Czech Republic.  So, who made the team?

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan, Marcus Hahnemann, Tim Howard

Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein, Steve Cherundolo, Jay DeMerit, Clarence Goodson, Oguchi Onyewu, Jonathan Spector

Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Ricardo Clark, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber, Stuart Holden, Jose Torres

Forwards: Jozy Altidore, Edson Buddle, Robbie Findley, Herculez Gomez

News, World Cup

US Looks Bad In Loss To Czechs

I know that the US national team is missing some folks, but the Czechs were too.  That also makes it hard to plan for an opponent in a match that REALLY doesn’t mean anything.  I can understand the issues there.  I really can.  However, what are we going to do come World Cup time?  You can’t lose 4-2 to a team that had just as many issues as you did–can you?

Europe, News, World Cup

England Wins World Cup Warmup

Peter CrouchEngland went into a warmup for the World Cup against Mexico without David Beckham and wondering if Darren Bent would be able to make the squad.  Well, even though there are all kinds of injuries and little problems the English still managed a 3-1 win over the Mexicans.  To me, this is a good victory because we know that the Mexicans can play and England is still searching for the right formula to make South Africa 2010 work.

At this point Fabio Capello is doing the right thing–giving credit to players who played well and keeping his plans to himself.  He’s got alot to deal with and he can’t reveal his hand this soon–maybe never at all:

Europe, News, Premier League, World Cup

Darren Bent Tries To Stay Healthy

When the English National Squad was announced earlier this year Darren Bent was on the team.  However, that was the 30-man provisional roster and Fabio Capello only takes 23 men to South Africa.  Now, the Sunderland striker is having issues because if he can’t stay healthy then he will probably not be travelling to the World Cup.  For some guys this could be a once in a lifetime chance to play for their homeland and Bent is trying to make the most of it.

He’s scored 25 goals in 2009-2010 and that put him behind only Wayne Rooney in scoring.  So, what’s the problem?

La Liga

Grand Slam For Mourinho?

When I hear Grand Slam I think–baseball, Denny’s and Tennis–not necessarily in that order.  However, that’s what I think about.  Now, when you start mentioning the Grand Slam in Soccer then I start thinking about winning perhaps your league title, an ancillary tournament in your league and the Champion’s League.  Like, if Chelsea won the Champs League, the FA Cup, and the EPL season.  For me, that’s a Grand Slam in Soccer.  Well, Jose Mourinho has a more selfish Grand Slam in mind.

La Liga

Mourinho To Real?

Manager of Blues UnitedI hate job-hoppers.  Larry Brown does it too.  Hey, I just did something good–ok, bye.  So, Jose Mourinho just won the Champion’s League in Milan and Inter is probably looking for a new coach.  Why?  Basically, I have no freaking idea.

Mourinho speaks in riddles–which makes him a great motivator–but it makes it hard to know what he’s thinking:

“The Champions League I won at Porto (2004) was my last game there and this time it will almost certainly be my last game for Inter.”

Europe, News

Ribery Re-Signs

Bayern and Franck Ribery have come to terms on a new contract after Munich lost the Champion’s League Final to Inter on Saturday.  The word was that he would leave Munich this summer, but now a new 5-year deal keeps him in place.  I guess this means that the allegations of Ribery being a client in a prostitution ring are not so bad for Bayern.

Frankly, I can’t blame them.  If he’s your guy–then he’s your guy.  That’s pretty much that.  You don’t look very hard when have good players right in front of you.  However, I still think there are problems with Ribery’s alleged link to underaged prostitution and that fact that he missed the Champion’s League final–even though it really wasn’t his fault–it’s still hard.

Champions League, Europe, News

Who Wins The Champion’s League?

Well, the funny part of this is that I’ve been on both sides of the fence during the Champion’s League and I certainly would not have picked either one of these clubs to be here–but here they are!

Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho are both incredible motivational coaches who have nothing you can say negative about them because they’re here–but we haven’t heard alot from Van Gaal and only snippets from Moruinho.  So, I guess they went into Super Bowl mode where they sequester themselves before the big game.

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Didn't We Just Talk About This? Villa Signs With Barca

Ladies and Gentlemen–your odds-on favorite to win the Spanish Primera Division and the Champion’s League next year–Barcelona!

I just wrote about their desire to sign David Villa and now he has been signed.  I know that Barca was moving fast–but I didn’t know they moved that fast!

Villa signed a 4-year contract for 34.2 million Euros.  That’s not bad for someone who is going to a team that has a superstar on it already.  Now, does this mean that Barca is trying to create a 2-or-3-headed-monster with people who can run alongside Leo Messi?  I think so.

La Liga

Barca Eyeing Villa and Fabregas

Celebración Triplete del FC BarcelonaBarcelona doesn’t waste much time–do they?  They’ve already won La Liga and after scoring a record 99 points on the table they are looking to upgrade an EXTREMELY good team for next season.

Well, how do you improve on near perfection in Spain?  Grab some more Spaniards.  Namely David Villa and Cesc Fabregas.  The duo of Spaniards who have starred for the Spanish National team–and probably will again at the World Cup–look to be in the sites of Barcelona management.

Can you blame them?  Cesc led Arsenal to 3rd place in the EPL and Villa is a star for a very good Valencia team.  So, how do they get them there?  They’ve got to pay them!