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Couldn't resist a Ricardo Clark legacy pic today.

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  1. Posted by Gregorio on 2011/08/06 at 8:05 AM

    Bad Day for Americans in Europe, Derby vs Birningham, no Conor Doyle or Spector (although Spector just signed on). No Robbie Findley at Nottingham (they must’ve listened to the comments here).
    Cherundolo on the bench (is he hurt?) Bobby Wood doesn’t get off the bench in a blowout. At least Jermaine Jones gets the start. I’m hoping to see if Morales makes the bench for Hertha. Sam Petrone doesn’t make the bench for Mjalby. OMG I need at least 1 savior for the weekend to focus on, C’mon Herc! Beasely (did I just type that!)
    ok I’ll settle for a Charlie Davies dive

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    • Posted by Ufficio on 2011/08/06 at 8:26 AM

      No Danny Williams for Freiburg, either.

      The midweek was pretty good at least (goals from Gatt, Mix and Sacha).

      Surprised to see Jones go the distance. I thought he was pretty much out of favor at Schalke.

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      • Posted by dth on 2011/08/06 at 9:34 AM

        He’s not out of favor inasmuch as too expensive and crazy for their tastes. Rangnick wants funds to create the squad in his image after the excesses of the Magath regime and Jones was seen as a convenient place to get them. Wouldn’t be shocked if they ended up moving him, though age + injury history will make it tough.

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    • Posted by Jen on 2011/08/06 at 7:26 PM

      Dolo is still coming back from the ankle injury in the Gold Cup final.

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    • Posted by dth on 2011/08/07 at 8:04 AM

      One note: our youngin’ in the Championship have probably been screwed by the new rule that limits the bench to five from seven. Terrible rule.

      Also, official member of The Greatest Generation Ever In Any Country Pablo Barrera is on the bench for West Ham, continuing his trend from last season of not playing. Since all I’ve heard recently is how awesome Mexico is, I’ll fail to resolve this cognitive dissonance.

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      • Posted by Ufficio on 2011/08/07 at 3:59 PM

        Yeah, the hyperbole marches on. Brian Strauss on Extra Time Radio last week: “Mexico wins [the Gold Cup final] 99 times out of 100”. Seriously, dude?

        I just hope the Mexican players themselves are buying into this hype.

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  2. Posted by Gregorio on 2011/08/06 at 9:12 AM

    I read somewhere that daniel williams has a contract dispute with the club, so who knows, let him go somewhere else to gets minutes and he plays left back too!

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  3. Posted by dth on 2011/08/06 at 9:22 AM

    Yesterday BVB demolished Hamburg. Somehow they’re still underrated–I think they could do a lot of damage in the Champions League, and Mario Goetze is probably the best young player alive. Guess it proves the Germans don’t do hype well.

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    • Posted by dth on 2011/08/06 at 9:32 AM

      Also…Athletic Bilbao are looking slick in their preseason game versus Tottenham. Still wish we could’ve landed Bielsa.

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    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/08/06 at 10:03 AM

      They have so many promising young players coming through, it’s a full time job trying to keep up with their progress. Apparently, Sami Khedira’s younger brother Rani is supposed to be legit…

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      • Posted by dth on 2011/08/06 at 10:14 AM

        Yeah, all these Germans seem to have brothers–Sami’s got Rani, Mario’s got Fabian, and Toni (Kroos) has Felix.

        That said, I think the bigger prospect in Rani’s age group is Emre Can, who looks like a more athletic Schweinsteiger (at youth levels, natch, though Bayern has promoted him all the way to the reserves…)

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    • Posted by dth on 2011/08/06 at 8:32 PM

      • Posted by Wixson on 2011/08/07 at 4:50 PM

        Gotze is……ummmm….ummmmm……good. Thx for sending, never heard of him until now.

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  4. Posted by mbw on 2011/08/06 at 9:31 AM

    I’ll admit I’m annoyed that Chandler’s starting the day after he pulled out of the Mexico friendly. On the other hand, good to see that Morales made the 18 on opening day.

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    • Posted by Joamiq on 2011/08/06 at 10:54 AM

      I’m more than annoyed. There’s some straight up dishonesty somewhere along the line here. This needs to be cleared up.

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      • Posted by Martin on 2011/08/06 at 11:58 AM

        I guess that JK’s god like status and international cred really intimidated those Germans in a way BB never could have, huh?

        Klinsi knows the deal and I doubt he is much bothered by this.

        This sort of maneuvering is SOP for clubs in the club vs. national team battles. Many clubs pull this stuff all the time.

        To Nuremberg the US game is a badly timed (for them), meaningless friendly that wouldn’t cap tie him to the US anyway so why are the Americans so upset about it?

        If Chandler had the clout and the track record of a proven vet then maybe he they let him go but Chandler is a half season wonder and they want to make sure THEIR player (Nuremberg pay him, the US does not) gets off to a good start.

        In the long run it is in the US’ best interest that Chandler establishes himself as a regular.

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    • Posted by Ufficio on 2011/08/06 at 11:03 AM

      I wouldn’t read too much into it. He was probably a game-time decision today, and didn’t want to commit to flying across the Atlantic if he wasn’t sure he would be healthy. I’m just happy to see he’s recovered and in the starting lineup.

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    • Posted by Jared on 2011/08/06 at 11:20 AM

      I’m a little annoyed as well but I was more annoyed when he pulled out of the Gold Cup and it came back to screw us.

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    • If we don’t see Chandler in Belgium in September then I will start to be worried, unless of course he has some injury that has caused him to miss league matches

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  5. Posted by Gregorio on 2011/08/06 at 9:43 AM

    Nice to Morales make the 18, but Hmm, I’m starting to smell too many coinkydinks here, too tired for GC, knee hurts but plays today? hmm, well Klinsi should make this clear, soon enough or am I just an old doom saying fart!

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  6. Posted by Ufficio on 2011/08/06 at 11:46 AM

    Interesting quote from Carlos Reinoso in an mlssoccer.com piece on Edgar Castillo:

    “I would like that they play with the Mexican national team,” he said, “but they have double citizenship and they are going to play for the United States.”

    Apparently “they” refers to Castillo and Isaac Acuña.

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2011/08/06/after-tough-talk-castillo-gets-his-chance-us

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    • Posted by dth on 2011/08/06 at 12:24 PM

      Acuna and Joe Benny Corona are the Mexican players in some doubt that I want. (I’m not counting on youth players like Victor Garza, Moises Orozco or Juan Pablo Ocegueda.)

      Castillo is a good gamble on the part of Klinsmann, but I’m not expecting much tbh. Mexican fans don’t seem to rate him at all.

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      • Posted by BernieBernier on 2011/08/06 at 1:28 PM

        Is Acuna really inb doubt or is this a Timmy Chandler style thing? For the record I have 95% confidence that Timmy plays for the US.

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        • Posted by dth on 2011/08/06 at 2:26 PM

          Got called into a Mexico olympic team camp. Maybe on the fringes of their team (tbf probably on the fringes of ours too).

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    • Isn’t Castillo cap tied to the US already?

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      • Posted by Ufficio on 2011/08/06 at 3:07 PM

        It was only the bit about Acuña that was interesting. I hadn’t heard about him having any contact with USSF or making a decision about his international future before. Of course, this could just be a “lost in translation” kind of thing.

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        • Posted by dth on 2011/08/07 at 5:27 PM

          Even more strangely–Reinoso, apparently, is Chilean. Why should he give a sh*t which nation they play for?

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  7. Ok, looks like we can relax on Chandler:

    @SoccerInsider: Nothing to worry about on Timmy Chandler: In exchange for missing Mex friendly, he committed to both Sept friendlies.

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  8. Posted by matthewsf on 2011/08/06 at 2:14 PM

    The deal with Chandler is this — I’ve spoken with mostly journalists and US Soccer about his (though not today).

    Chandler would not have been discovered, in fact we was out of favor at Frankfurt when Dieter Hecking at FC Nurnberg picked him up.

    In short, he owes his entire bank account over the next 10 years to Hecking, who saw potential with Chandler on the flank.

    He certainly wasn’t going to come for the Gold Cup when he had been playing straight through–Chandler more deferred to Hecking and Nurnberg having not cemented his spot for this year.

    Same with this call-up and (what was known today through Steve Goff) is that Klinsmann–rarely poorly in my estimation given the brief history–put him on the roster without talking to him.

    And now he commits for Costa Rica and Belgium with is a lot easier in that everyone including the Bundesliga takes a break then.

    As another note, in my opinion and this is just my opinion, US Soccer wouldn’t have even found out about Chandler as soon as they did if not for US journalist Brian Sciaretti unearthed his potential connection to the US when he did.

    And I mean that as they would have learned of him eventually, but in my opinion it was the press by Sciaretti that moved USSF faster to trying to bring him in.

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    • Posted by Ufficio on 2011/08/06 at 3:09 PM

      Seriously, wtf was Klinsi thinking? Given the skittishness of the US fan base about the possibility of losing him, the one guy you don’t want to name without asking first is Chandler.

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      • Posted by Martin on 2011/08/06 at 8:07 PM

        “Seriously, wtf was Klinsi thinking? Given the skittishness of the US fan base about the possibility of losing him, the one guy you don’t want to name without asking first is Chandler.”

        Interesting how the tone and attitude of US fans hasn’t really changed at all. It’s as if BB is still here.

        Good to know some things never change.

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    • Posted by mbw on 2011/08/06 at 3:16 PM

      Thanks for setting it straight. The whole thing reeked of decent intentions and bad PR; sounds like most of the fault was on Klinsmann’s end rather than Nurnberg’s.

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      • Posted by Jared on 2011/08/07 at 4:03 AM

        I thought Chandler was added after discussions with him and the club. After the squad was named he supposedly picked up a slight injury that had him listed as a doubt for his first club game so he pulled out of the friendly. Not seeing why this is a big deal whether it’s Bradley or Klinsmann.

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        • Posted by Jared on 2011/08/07 at 4:28 AM

          Nevermind just read on Goff’s site that there weren’t discussions because Klinsi couldn’t get a hold of them.

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  9. Posted by ghettobooty on 2011/08/06 at 3:32 PM

    Love how you’re all snapping out at Klinnsman. Chandler has only played like one or two games for the USMNT and you think he’s the next big thing.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/08/06 at 3:40 PM

      Klinsmann probably should have called first. That’s not a snap–bet he would call if he had to do it over.

      That’s that.

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  10. Posted by ghettobooty on 2011/08/06 at 3:36 PM

    Plus if he did play today, then that’s straight up B.S.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/08/06 at 3:43 PM

      And this is way off.

      I’ll explain it this way. Let’s say you’re a radio reporter. You’re getting terrible ratings in Cincinnati and the station that you’re at fires you.

      You’ve just been fired from WKRP and yet lo and behold a bigger market, Boston calls and incredulously they want you!

      You jump on the 1st plane and you kill it the first year. Everyone loves you and is expecting you to move up to drive time the next year.

      But there is this Jerry Lewis telethon in NY and a chance to get a lot of exposure. This is NY too. You’re contract allows you to go, but your boss at WEEI asks you to stay because you’re just getting the drive time broadcast off the ground.

      He promises you can go next time once the program is humming along.

      Makes complete sense.

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  11. Posted by Gregorio on 2011/08/06 at 5:13 PM

    Ok he Tim Chandler story proferred can be true. I just wonder how it played out. He never got asked first? Poor PR, this is a minute example of how its possible to lose players (Ok some say no biggie but I ‘ve watched too much West Wing, its all about getting the narrative out there!) Tim has had 2 good games for US but we have lost out to Rossi and Subotic due to Coach/Organizational indifference or worse=arogance, so a little worry is understandable or Maybe I, like many others, are just reliving past bad memories being stood up by a date!

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  12. Posted by dth on 2011/08/06 at 5:53 PM

    BTW, NYRB-RSL is a high viewing priority for you USMNT fans: Agudelo’s starting (expected), Luis Gil is also starting (slightly surprising), and judging from the lineup card, he may be in the #10 position (very surprising, if true).

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    • Posted by dth on 2011/08/06 at 6:52 PM

      Gil Golazo.

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      • Posted by dth on 2011/08/06 at 6:53 PM

        Oh, and fellow teen Diego Fagundez (not American citizen, sadly) scored a goal, drew a PK and debuted a wonderful mohawk.

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        • Posted by dth on 2011/08/08 at 12:55 PM

          Footnote: Apparently the Uruguayan u-20 team scouted Fagundez, who claims US Soccer wasn’t interested in him. The latter seems highly unlikely, but, you know, go with it.

          He’s not a citizen anyway, which means a long wait to become eligible.

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          • Posted by Ufficio on 2011/08/08 at 1:13 PM

            Apparently the Uruguayan u-20 team scouted Fagundez, who claims US Soccer wasn’t interested in him. The latter seems highly unlikely

            Not only unlikely, but also provably false, unless there’s an egregious typo in this roster:

            http://www.ussoccer.com/News/U-17-MNT/2010/07/U17-MNT-Travels-to-Dallas-Monterrey-for-11-Day-Training-Camp.aspx

            Frustrating that he (and Nagbe while were at it) have each lived in the US for over a decade and don’t even have green cards.

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            • Posted by dth on 2011/08/08 at 1:26 PM

              Yeah. The last person, I think, to have gotten their citizenship after such a long wait and play for the U.S. was Pablo Mastroeni.

              Anyway, ultimately it’s up to the parents and the whims of the U.S. immigration people. There’s only so much the USSF can do.

      • Posted by mbw on 2011/08/06 at 7:01 PM

        For Gil, it was just a matter of time. For RSL, you get the impression that how far they go this year will be a product of how well they manage to integrate him.

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    • Posted by mbw on 2011/08/06 at 7:15 PM

      Blindfold test: Which one (Agudelo or Gil) is the USMNT player?

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      • Posted by dth on 2011/08/06 at 7:49 PM

        Hah–good point.

        Agudelo’s touch, in particular, let him down quite a bit tonight. He’s had trouble quite a bit lately with his touch, which I think is very strange–early in the season his touch was more than fine. It decayed. That said, I think it’s possible to overreact to Agudelo’s play today–it was below average, but certainly wasn’t awful.

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  13. Posted by Kevin on 2011/08/06 at 7:53 PM

    Is that picture 2009 playoffs? You know… back when Houston had an offense?

    For the sake of being remotely positive I guess I shouldn’t talk about playoffs though…

    Anyway, I’m more interested in why Lichaj isn’t in the lineup rather than Chandler.

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    • Posted by BernieBernier on 2011/08/06 at 8:10 PM

      Because its a meaningless friendly. The USMNT is much better off to have Lichaj doing all he can to try and get a starting spot at Aston Villa rather than play in a single meaningless friendly.

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      • Posted by Antonio H. on 2011/08/07 at 12:20 PM

        Nothing against Mexico is friendly

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        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/08/07 at 12:49 PM

          Bigger picture: the actual results in the friendlies over the next 12 months are not important. You need to look past this. The important thing is that you’re firing on all cylinders when WCQ starts. Obviously, it would be great if this happens straight away, but I think it will be a case of short term pain, long term gain. I hope so anyway!

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          • Posted by Antonio H. on 2011/08/07 at 3:31 PM

            George I think we all see the bigger picture here. But the fan in me(and everyone else) is saying otherwise especially since they have all of their big guns. I’m tired of not being healthy or not having all of our a-team be the excuse for everytime we lose to Mexico. It sucks that all of our potential gamebreaking players are fighting for a spot on their squads at the moment. But we need a Mexico victory now

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    • Posted by Ufficio on 2011/08/06 at 10:46 PM

      Lichaj picked up some kind of (apparently minor) hip injury in Villa’s preseason, and hence was unavailable for selection.

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      • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/08/07 at 10:23 AM

        I don’t think he was coming to begin with. Played the whole Gold Cup, trying to get club settled and with Chandler, Dolo, Castillo, Pearce that’s competition of four for two spots.

        I imagine you’ll see Lichaj in the going away friendly in Belgium though.

        I think Klinsmann is merely–true to what he said–creating competition at spots. That wasn’t there before.

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  14. Posted by dth on 2011/08/06 at 8:02 PM

    Who’s more nervous about the steely visage of one Robert Bradley: Frank Klopas or Hans Backe?

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    • Posted by BernieBernier on 2011/08/06 at 8:34 PM

      One big pet peeve (albeit its probably a personal quirk) is that the fact that many teams have played such a wide range of games.

      On one hand Backe has his team in 3rd and 4 points out. On the other hand if the teams were to win all their games in hand (probably not technically possible but used for illustrative purposes), Backe has his team in 6th place in a 9 team division

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    • Posted by Ufficio on 2011/08/06 at 10:49 PM

      Why would Klopas be nervous? He’d be the guy hiring Bradley.

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  15. Posted by KMac on 2011/08/07 at 5:01 AM

    Sunday AZ vs PSV on ESPN3. Jozy enters at minute 65…

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  16. Posted by KMac on 2011/08/07 at 5:09 AM

    Jozy scores header !

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  17. Posted by KMac on 2011/08/07 at 5:45 AM

    3-1 Final score AZ finishes with 10 men after a second yellow sends off a defender. Jozy comes in at 66’…has a couple early nervy touches, acclimates quickly. Good pressure chasing PSV in their half. He then follows with a nice run into the box and a hits a great header for a goal at 79′ served by 17yr old Maher from near the right end line. Great work Jozy!

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  18. Jozy did not look great for much of his time IMO. The speed change and timing on the run for the goal was good definitely. The fluidity of AZ possession and attack bodes well for his development along with an early goal to endear himself to coach and teammates while boosting confidence. Looking forward to following this story line this season (the other 2 are usa players in the mexican league..DMB esp as well as the return of Holden).

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    • Posted by Martin on 2011/08/07 at 8:27 AM

      What do you mean by “did not look great“? Jozy had about 25 minutes so how many opportunities did he have to look great?

      The eternal debate with a striker or any player actually, is does the team do better when he is on the field?

      Jozy scored, AZ won, so he did at least part of his job.

      Now it may be that he did not “look great” otherwise but I would submit that on the list of things forwards are supposed provide for their teams
      (serve as a good outlet option, hold up and then distribute the ball, beat up on defenders, make intelligent runs that draw defenders out of position , etc., etc.), scoring a goal is first on the list and should be weighted a little heavier than the other options on that list.

      As a newcomer it should be expected the other services on the list he is supposed to provide may come with time but it’s still good to see he remembers how to score.

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      • Posted by Soccernst on 2011/08/07 at 11:33 PM

        Fair enough. I do think this was a great start for him. The point I was getting at is there is much to improve. Specifically I think he could have dropped deeper to collect the ball and improve his passing game to participate in the fluid moves AZ was putting together. He was very isolated, and lost the balls that came dircect to him. It was only menace from the wing that brought him space to make his great run and finish. If he’s scores every game nobody will complain, I agree 🙂

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  19. Posted by dth on 2011/08/07 at 10:48 AM

    Small little thought: everyone compares Chicharito to Ole Gunnar Skolsjaer. Might he emulate him by becoming a super sub? The fluid style used by United today at the Community Shield…not sure that Hernandez fits in so well.

    United could still use a deep-lying playmaker though. It’s not too late to get Modric, Banega or Hernanes, Fergie!

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    • Posted by Martin on 2011/08/07 at 11:51 AM

      It may be, and is probably likely, that United have yet to see the best of Chicharito. Last season many of his scores came from crosses from the wings, something United do a lot of.

      But Chicharito is a bit like El Nino Torres in that he does really well utilizing his speed catching up with through balls hit into the inside channels.

      I did not get to see the Shield match but it will be interesting to see if United’s logjam of strikers stifles Hernandez’s development a bit.

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      • Posted by BernieBernier on 2011/08/07 at 1:18 PM

        Granted its one viewing but Welbeck surprised me in a positive way in comparison to last year. Lead me to think what Chicharito would be on someone like Sunderland. Obviously service is important to a striker but…

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        • Posted by Martin on 2011/08/07 at 2:28 PM

          It’s the EPL or more particularly Manchester United.

          I hope Chicharito remembers how he displaced a pretty productive guy in Berbatov. For his sake, he should not forget that any of the other strikers(including Wellbeck and Berbatov) could get hot and do the same to him this year.

          SAF is a pretty ruthless guy.

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          • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/08/07 at 6:08 PM

            Could you tell the difference between Smalling and Jones regarding their comfort level with the ball at their feet?

            Good to see many young English players in one game for a change. Hopefully Arsenal will pick up Cahill.

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            • Posted by dth on 2011/08/07 at 7:49 PM

              If you judge Smalling as a centerback playing right back and grade him on a curve that way, he was serviceable; if you judge him purely as a right back he was pretty mediocre. Wouldn’t bet on Ferguson preferring him often at that position to Rafael.

  20. Posted by dth on 2011/08/07 at 11:58 AM

    Looks like the USMNT will have an unwelcome visitor on Wednesday:

    [NancyKerrigan]WHY?????????[/NancyKerrigan]

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    • Posted by Jared on 2011/08/07 at 12:03 PM

      Really? What has he ever shown with the national team?

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      • Posted by Martin on 2011/08/07 at 2:22 PM

        Potential. Of course that is what gets coaches fired.

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        • Posted by Jared on 2011/08/07 at 7:29 PM

          He had potential. He’s now 24 years old and stagnant as a player. Average at best in MLS and very erratic in his play.

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    • Posted by BernieBernier on 2011/08/07 at 1:22 PM

      I am going to move into dangerous territory by disagreeing with Matt’s tweet here…. to me Brad Davis should have been called unless we have already decided that he can’t contribute. To me Davis is neither in the Dempsey camp (where he doesn’t need to come in) or the Chandler, Lichaj camp (where I am OK with them missing time to try to earn playing time with their club).

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      • Posted by Martin on 2011/08/07 at 2:20 PM

        There is a another “camp”.

        The “JK has only 22 slots and 90 minutes and can’t call everyone in for this Wednesday’s game” camp.

        You may not consider patience a virtue but Davis not being called up this time does not necessarily mean his USMNT career is terminated permanently.

        I’m sure you’ve been waiting years for Davis to get his shot but Klinsmann made it very clear that he rates MLS players:

        “Days before Wednesday’s US-Mexico friendly at Philly’s Lincoln Financial Field, Klinsmann decided to take in the Philadelphia Union-Houston Dynamo game, in part to scout players he admittedly doesn’t yet know very much about.
        Who in particular was he looking at?
        “I don’t want to give you the names,” Klinsmann told a group of reporters with a laugh, just prior to a 1-1 draw between the Eastern Conference rivals. “That’s my homework that I need to do, obviously. It’s not that I’ve followed all the MLS games the last couple of months. I’ve followed more international games.””

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        • Posted by BernieBernier on 2011/08/07 at 4:32 PM

          I have been preaching patience and roster slots should go to a large lot of people letting JK re-evaluate everyone.

          That said, this is the first one that I questioned being on the roster. I just don’t see the list of candidates no matter how long being long enough to include Rogers.

          I am not even pro Davis…. I am all for Chandler staying, Lichaj staying, Mixx coming later, etc.

          I just don’t see Rogers as a potential contributor.

          And the Brad Davis is more valuable to his team so he shouldn’t get a shot at this time makes no sense to me. Davis’ playing time is not at risk. If the idea is Davis is more valuable then the decision is for the benefit of one MLS team then I take issue with it being a criteria.

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          • Posted by Martin on 2011/08/07 at 4:44 PM

            Well I’m glad to see that Klinsmann is getting heat nearly equal to what Bradley got before he even plays the first game.

            It seems to me we don’t know why Klinsmann didn’t call in Davis just like we didn’t know how the whole Chandler thing went down.

            It would be interesting if he were fired before Wednesday for calling up RR. That would be a first. Imagine if he had called in Bornstein.

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            • Posted by BernieBernier on 2011/08/07 at 5:10 PM

              I wasn’t suggesting that Klinsi be fired.

              It was a response to Matt’s tweet that said “Davis too valuable to his team right now” I know it was Matt’s opinion but he generally has very educated/informed opinions. IMO Value to his team should not be a selection criteria.

              Donovan is valuable to the Galaxy, Shea is valuable his MLS team, etc. Is Davis more valuable to Dynamo than Agudelo is to the Red Bull? I don’t understand the criteria’s validity or its application.

            • Posted by Martin on 2011/08/07 at 9:26 PM

              BB,

              FWIW if I were Klinsmann and I thought Davis was my new Schweinsteiger, I’d call him up in a nano second. Houston would just have to deal with it. That’s what they pay Kinnear the big bucks for.

              I sincerely doubt JK thinks like Matt.

            • Posted by Kevin on 2011/08/07 at 10:02 PM

              @berniebernier

              In the case of Davis, he is too valuable for Houston. Right now, we just lost cruz to injury, so we would have no replacement for him unless we move our converted LB ashe back up the field.Without him we have ZERO percent chance of making the playoffs. TBH at 29 years of age it’s almost too late for him anyway. If I were him I would have considered declining the invite for the friendly.

              Without Donovan, I would assume there is a replacement I’m not incredibly sure. I will concede Shea, but he is many more times more valuable to Houston than Agudelo is to New York. Often times Agudelo isn’t a starter and they would still have one or two quality replacements if he was a starter. I don’t think they should touch Davis anyway. I don’t see how productive it is to build your team around someone who will be 32 in 2014. On the bright side speed isn’t so much a huge aspect of his game. Speed is also what worries me about Donovan’s 2014 campaign.

    • Posted by Martin on 2011/08/07 at 2:07 PM

      Maybe JK thinks he can screw Robbie’s head on properly. The man has the talent if not the “mindset”.

      What does Klinsmann have to lose by bringing him in to practice?

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      • Posted by dth on 2011/08/07 at 2:56 PM

        Rogers plays like a few too many coaches have screwed with his head. That and his natural disposition…

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  21. Posted by Gregorio on 2011/08/07 at 4:16 PM

    Robbie is the classic underachiever, all the size and skills but just underwhelms like a hot chick who is a log. Its time for him to step it up, looks fade. Maybe he needs a change of scenery, go back to europe and try his mettle again. Either he’ll step it up to the next level or be what he currently is. I’d like to see him in the Netherlands or Denmark. I think he’ll do good there.

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