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The Deuce faces Sir Alex this weekend...

Agudelo to Philly...

There are matches, there are games, and then there is dropping your educated opinion on TSG.

Thank you.

You’ve got three hours and change to kill. Which two games are you watching Saturday and Sunday.

Pick two.

38 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by EFG on 2011/04/08 at 6:15 AM

    Since I could only pick two, I went DC United v Galaxy (be there in person) and, obviously, Roma v Udinese (Thanks for making that an option, Matthew)


  2. Posted by Sed on 2011/04/08 at 7:12 AM

    Since my Toffees will actually be on ESPN2 tomorrow, I’ll be watching Everton v Wolves. From the choices given, though? Red Bull NY v Philly Union and Fulham V Man U. If I had GolTV, I’d be hitting up those Bundesliga matches though.


  3. Posted by dth on 2011/04/08 at 7:48 AM

    No Dortmund option?


  4. Posted by PinowskiAP on 2011/04/08 at 9:34 AM

    Clint Dempsey versus Chicharito?
    Charlie Davies versus Landon Donovan?

    For me, this is a no-brainer. It’s definitely Fulham/Man Utd and DC/LA.


  5. Hoping for really good atmosphere at RFK for DCU-LA. Over 21,000 seats sold already


    • Posted by EFG on 2011/04/08 at 10:08 AM

      I’m seeing there are talks of Landon being rested and coming off the bench. Bit of a disappointment.


      • Posted by dth on 2011/04/08 at 10:14 AM

        Is it not worrying that there are so many reports about Donovan being tired? He took the entire winter off, plays a few games and *bam* now his fatigue is apparently so much that he can’t practice or play.


  6. Posted by dth on 2011/04/08 at 10:45 AM

    Jolazo Golazo…just now. A header. Very good take.


    • Posted by John on 2011/04/08 at 10:54 AM

      vVery good. As much ink as “jozy is falling down the pecking order” has been getting recently, I don’t think anyone wants the kid to fail.

      Would love him to start getting his confidence back and really starting to bully people around, even if it is from the wing or the midfield.


      • Posted by dth on 2011/04/08 at 10:59 AM

        Honestly, I think the main missing ingredient with Jozy right now is confidence. He was playing with quite a bit in the first half besides the finish, so hopefully he’ll start to play with more confidence.


        • Posted by Alex on 2011/04/08 at 11:03 AM

          Confidence yes, but another part that is missing is hunger/drive. And hes shown a lot of that today. Last time I saw him play with this much hunger was against Costa Rica back in ’09 at RFK. This is fantastic for the kid.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/04/08 at 5:33 PM

      Relatively easy header for Jozy, though he hit it well. I would like to see him go after a header with a good run. (Sourpuss here)


      • Posted by Martin on 2011/04/10 at 11:54 AM

        That header was scored after a good run. Anytime you can score off of a cross coming from behind you I wouldn’t describe it as “relatively easy”.


    • Posted by dth on 2011/04/08 at 8:49 PM

      More interesting news: Houston almost acquired Mexican winger Edgar Pacheco as a DP:

      I’ve seen Pacheco play a few times and he looked like an exciting talent. Surprising he’d: a) be available and b) be available for a MLS team.


      • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/04/09 at 7:07 AM

        thanks for this.


      • Posted by Kevin on 2011/04/09 at 3:19 PM

        This surprised me when I saw it earlier because of all positions for a DP Kinnear decided to go for a winger. This just has me going through loops. I will stay loyal to Kinnear until he keeps his job as our manager, but sometimes I wonder what he is doing. What exactly does he attribute our issues to? Lack of good outside midfielders? Does he not believe Colin Clark is very good or did he just want to get rid of Brian Mullan for whatever reason. Cameron pretty clearly doesn’t cut it as our attacking midfield. At times it doesn’t even look like we’re trying to play a 4-1-2-1-2. Move him to a position more natural to him like RM or CB and find a good CAM.

        “…the Dynamo have been linked to alot of players including Gio Dos Santos, Daniel Luduena, David Suazo, Dwayne DeRosario and recently had a fundmental agreement in place with 21 year old Edgar Pacheco…”

        Dos Santos – a wide player. Of course he’d be a player everybody would want on the team, but do we need a wide midfielder?
        Daniel Ludueno – a little bit better because he is an attacking midfielder. However where is the rule that states that because we are Houston we need Mexican players?
        David Suazo – Really the only downside besides him not solving our attacking midfield issue is that hes 31, but still the most probable. He would provide a much needed speed option (that can finish).
        DeRosario – 2006-2008 enough said. I don’t think he’d be a DP though
        Edgar Pacheco – Good player, not a DP, don’t need an outside midfielder.


  7. Posted by Russell on 2011/04/08 at 3:23 PM

    Good poll. Throw it up each week. Interesting to get the perspective of the readers.

    * Dempsey v Man U with Hernandez is a no brainer.
    * I also picked Galaxy v DC United. Call it the Davies bump. MLS is holding my interest right now and this game seems to have the most story lines.


  8. Posted by Alex on 2011/04/09 at 2:58 AM

    bilbao -madrid
    barça – almeria


  9. Posted by Soccernst on 2011/04/09 at 2:10 PM

    Lichaj with an assist header direct from a long throw. This is an area where lichaj’s skills are best in the USMNT pool.


    • Lichaj also crossed the ball in on the first goal for leeds. Did not watch the game but have heard though he is better at RB, he showed ok at LB.

      Here are descriptions from the Guardian’s website:

      1st goal for Leeds…
      “And the visitors were right back in it within six minutes of the restart (2nd half) as Lichaj’s (low) cross was met by Somma, who applied the slightest of touches to play the ball into the path of Becchio and he simply couldn’t miss from close range.”

      2nd goal for Leeds…
      “O’Brien capitalised on some lapse Millwall defending to convert Eric Lichaj’s long throw (in stoppage time)…”


  10. Posted by dth on 2011/04/09 at 4:58 PM

    From the NYRB-Union game, first half: Agudelo hit the post and crossbar; we’ll say 0 of 1.5 chances. Other than that, made some nice runs and was generally good in passes.

    Okugo got an unexpected de facto start and performed really well: he showed off his range, broke up attacks and was good in his simple passing. He had a few ambitious passes that showed good vision but all of them were a bit too long. But a very good effort from a player I’ve felt was good for a long while now.


    • Posted by dth on 2011/04/09 at 6:31 PM

      With DC-LA you have a Davies goal, solid goalkeeping from Bill Hamid, a nice Dax McCarty performance, an intriguing debut from Ethan White (cleared the ball off of the line). Omar Gonzalez was OK.

      In the RSL game Luis Gil made his second garbage-time appearance with RSL up a man and consequently had a ton of space to do his thing: clever touches, smart passing with a hint of creativity as a central midfielder. Warrants more attention.


      • Posted by dth on 2011/04/09 at 6:32 PM

        btw I’m going to guess Luis Gil is on the Juan Agudelo plan: he’ll start to get significant substitutions near the end of the season.


        • Posted by Joe on 2011/04/09 at 9:56 PM

          Works for me. It isn’t like they need him to contribute right now after they just beat undefeated New England by two with a lineup of mostly subs.


      • Posted by Idaho Vandal on 2011/04/11 at 8:40 AM

        Nice dive by Davies to win the penalty. Very soft foul on Gonzalez.


        • Posted by dth on 2011/04/11 at 9:43 AM

          It was embellishment, to be sure. But you just don’t lunge at people with your arms stuck out like that and expect good things to happen. Better Gonzalez discovers this factoid now rather than at, say, a world cup qualifier in Saprissa.

          That did underscore my worry about Gonzalez, which is that his ability to “flip his hips” (in NFL parlance) is very limited.


          • Posted by Idaho Vandal on 2011/04/11 at 11:00 AM

            True, true!


          • Posted by Martin on 2011/04/11 at 5:10 PM

            I’m a little curious as to why so many seem to think Gonzo is a such lock for the USMNT. Perhaops it’s becuase he is 6’4″.

            So far,he’s a younger, healthier, considerably less savvy and far less experienced version of the “bad” Gooch. The game hasn’t “slowed down” for him yet. He could have used another year with Berhalter to tutor him.

            The “good” Gooch may never come back but I’d give the current Gooch more of a chance to get to that level than Gonzo, at least in the next year or two.

            Gonzo is going to have to be a lot more self assured before I feel comfortable with him manning one of the CB slots for the US.


            • Posted by dth on 2011/04/11 at 6:20 PM

              Oh, I don’t think he’s a lock at all. In fact, I’m relatively down on him; I greatly prefer Ream to him. I worry about his short-area speed, his defending (brainfarts, mostly), and his ability to pass.

              But still: Gonzalez is a 22-year-old guaranteed centerback starter for a pretty good MLS team. How many people his age or younger can we say that about? Ream, of course. George John, also. Not too many others. So I suspect we haven’t seen the last of Omar Gonzalez in a U.S. uniform, though I hope he either improves or goes down the depth chart, passed by better options.

  11. Posted by Joe on 2011/04/09 at 5:03 PM

    Watching the NYRB-Philly game and Agudelo is looking fantastic. Nice timely runs and a couple of shots that were inches from goals. Got an open turn and shoot in the box and beat Mondragon to the far corner with a nice low power shot that bounced off the far post. Later on takes on two defenders and gets past them and chips the ball over MD just as he leaves his line and hits the crossbar. Hopefully he can at least net one in the second half.


  12. Posted by hodey on 2011/04/10 at 12:38 PM

    Tiger! Woods! Beyaw!!!!!!


  13. Posted by dth on 2011/04/10 at 4:43 PM

    Danny Cruz looks fit to join the Marvell Wynne Team of American Players You Wished Picked Up Soccer Earlier.


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