Quick Thoughts On MLS First Flinch & The EPL

No idea why we put flinch in the title.


• There is Moses; then there is David Moyes.

Tottenham might be reeling but it was Davey Moyes’s excellent game management that saw his Toffees snatch a 1-0 victory from the Spurs loose grasp.

That’s right, with the victory Everton took their goal differential up to an impressive goose egg. That’s right again, negative goal differential before Saturday’s affair!

The Goodisonettes now sit in 9th and within shouting distance of the Europa League. There was the parting of the Red Sea and now there is Everton 2011-2012. Amazing.

• Manchester City trip on Swansea City.

Let’s just call the Swansea the new Arsenal already, okay?

• Old Arsenal vs. Newcastle today

Kickoff shortly as Arsenal’s emotional campaign continues. Falling just short against Milan after a digging a whole is the exact oppositve to what Newcastle did to them last year. Someone take away Wenger’s water bottle.

• First kick; first impressions; first flops

Two names stick out for me after week one that bear watching; one TSG has told you about. That one of course is Dan Kennedy, TSG’s pick for best keeper this year AND TSG’s back-up pick for keeper of the year last year.

It was Kennedy (not Chivas USA) versus the Dynamo on Sunday in Carson, CA and the one man vacuum cleaner of goalie was pitching a shutout until he missed a spot in stoppage time. Tremendous effort.

Espinosa for Sporting KC

The other is Sporting KC outfield hoover Roger Espinosa. With Julio Cesar playing a very reactive and sleepy counterpart, the former Ohio State man was just about everywhere on the pitch Sunday, leading to TSG bestowing the nickname of “Norm.”

Espinosa was always around–whether playing a true holding role and keeping the ball in the attacking third or snuffing out a DC United winger gone errant (Matt Besler had a tough opener for the Verminators).

• Backe at it….

And about that flop.

It shouldn’t matter that Thierry Henry–he of the joyous offseason at the Emirates–was his typical curmudgeon himself during an interview after the Red Bulls 2-1 loss to FC Dallas on Sunday.

What should concern the MLS front office and New York fans is the obvious disconnect between Juan Agudelo and Thierry henry and that this is now a second burgeoning conflict what is supposed to be a marquee team for the league.

First henry (being interviewed by MLSSoccer.com’s Simon Borg).

Borg: When Cooper came on, you seemed to tell him go behind the defense…it seemed to work out better…you were able to play-make, he was able to run on balls.

Henry: “That’s what I tried to do all day–feed people.

And now Agudelo:

Agudelo as told to and transcribed by MLSSoccer.com: “I feel it’s tough being by myself at times because Henry likes to check in the middle,” Agudelo told MLSsoccer.com after the match. “I felt like it was great when there were actually two forwards and Henry was able to check in the middle.”

So it sounds like both players were pleased with the addition of Kenny Cooper. That either means that they were unhappy in their partnership or unhappy with the game plan. Either way, going to the press with it and having that sniping so early in the season is a major red flag on a New York Red Bulls club that doesn’t need it this year.

• Cream cheese & wood chips

Philadelphia versus Portland tonight. A major statement game early on from Portland if they can manufacture chances for Kris Boyd and see him him finishh them.

Conversely, what look is Peter Nowak and the Union going to show this year? No idea.

9 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by LandoCalrissovan on 2012/03/12 at 10:27 AM

    [obligatory credit to Lando Calrissovan for turning Goodison Park’s season around]

    *wipes hands*

    Now that’s done with, can I say that I hope the Union destroy Portlandia tonight (battle of the hipster meccas?)(the pbr derby?)(american outfitters cup?), but I have a sneaking suspicion they: (1) will not (2) will get carved up and destroyed by a very enviable looking offense and a questionmark d.

    Anticipating this, and a sour season to come, I blame Peter Nowak. If we do well, however, he will either be a genius or — like the Veljko Paunovic signing — an extremely lucky Pole.


  2. Posted by mbw on 2012/03/12 at 11:54 AM

    O/T: The Norwegian news story announcing the GATT’s release for Olympic qualifying refers to him as “The 20-year-old Batman.”


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2012/03/12 at 12:10 PM

      That’s fantastic And great he was released too.


    • Posted by dth on 2012/03/12 at 2:32 PM

      Although I don’t think it’s his best position, Gatt at right back would be too much fun for this team. Shea, Gyau, Gatt and Agudelo on the same team? That’s a hell of a lot of speed.


  3. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/03/12 at 5:34 PM

    Re. Walcott’s delivery that “led” to the winning goal wasn’t anything too special. But if that was Donovan, you guys would be waxing lyrical about how it was a great cross, match winner etc. #Stars&StripesTintedGlasses


    • Posted by John henry on 2012/03/12 at 8:23 PM

      George why so grumpy these days?


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/03/12 at 8:55 PM

        Grumpy? How so?

        I’m just calling it how I see it. It was a straightforward ball into the box. Not much pace or bend. He just ‘chucked it into the mixer’. I recall Donovan doing that, and the TSG community were making out as if he reinvented the wheel or something.


        • Posted by Jared on 2012/03/13 at 3:41 AM

          He reinvented the wheel for Everton. They were barely scoring before he showed up. He also routinely would make those crosses while that was probably Walcott’s first good cross all season.


  4. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/03/12 at 5:44 PM

    Liverpool are two points ahead of Everton, having played the same amount of games. How much have they spent in the last few transfer windows, and what is their wage bill? All those who were talking about “net spend” last year, and “moneyball this, moneyball that”. #ThirtyFiveMillionIs ThirtyFiveMillion. Liverpool are no longer a big club. Wake up!


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