The Weekend: All About The Derby

Monday really is the big day this weekend.

Manchester United vs. Manchester City for two neighbors that definitely both need the title this year.

One more in them?

31 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Antonio Henry on 2012/04/27 at 10:00 PM

    Holy shit Alex McLeish sure does know how to lead a team to relegation Jesus Christ. Derby Day at the Hawthorns as well. Not looking good for the Villains.


  2. Posted by dth on 2012/04/27 at 10:16 PM

    Most interesting underreported news is that the top Mexican division is doing an EPL-style breakaway. They were already the richest league in the Western Hemisphere and surely this would accelerate matters (though apparently attendance isn’t particularly high?)


    • Posted by KickinNames... on 2012/04/30 at 5:51 AM

      Hmmmmm….They might want to take a look at the ESPN 30 for 30 on the 1994 Colombian National Team for a little background on unusually rapid soccer league growth and spending. I seem to hear that they may have a bit of a drug cartel problem down those parts as well….


  3. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/04/28 at 8:02 AM

    For those of you in the NYC area, LivingSocial has a deal for NYRBs.


  4. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/04/28 at 9:08 AM

    Southampton fans must be very happy – not only did they get promoted to the PL, but Portsmouth got relegated to the 3rd tier.

    Keep an eye out for Luke Shaw over the next few seasons. Future England LB.


  5. Posted by dth on 2012/04/28 at 1:53 PM

    Apparently Terrence Boyd made neither the starting lineup nor the bench in today’s meaningless game. That’s a problem. Hard on Boyd’s heels (if not past him already) is German youth star Marvin Ducksch, and from what I’ve heard Dortmund fans are excited about him. Boyd is certainly too good to be playing in the fourth division of German soccer–imagine it’s time for a loan.

    (Alternatively–if you’re an MLS squad, why not make a Young DP offer for Boyd and Dortmund? You get an athletic, natural finisher who’s an American as well as a fair bit of positive press coverage.)


    • Posted by ernj on 2012/04/29 at 3:32 AM

      Why would Boyd come to MLS? Even if he thinks he can develop here better, because he has a national team cap he will go through the allocation process, so he will have very limited say here he ends up. This silly rule has stopped several Americans from joining the league, most recently Luis Robles.


      • Posted by ernj on 2012/04/29 at 3:33 AM

        Sorry. My grammar is pretty poor early in the morning. better here.


      • Posted by dth on 2012/04/29 at 7:30 AM

        Not if someone makes a young DP offer to him–just like Freddy Adu.

        An MLS offer might be more attractive than a 2.Bundesliga offer to him. It’s certainly not obvious to me which one is better from a development perspective (on average; that said, the best 2.Bundesliga opportunities are better than the best MLS ones.) I have no idea whether Boyd is interested; I’m just speculating.


        • Posted by ernj on 2012/04/29 at 8:33 AM

          Adu was not signed as a DP and I do no think he is one currently. As far as I know there is no exception to the allocation process for designated players. MLS rules are often amorphous, but I can’t think if any examples where a capped player did not go through allocation. Vancouver was at the top of the allocation order when they signed Demerit.


          • Posted by dth on 2012/04/29 at 3:35 PM

            He’s a young DP. There’s no way Philly was on top of the allocation board when Adu was signed, and he would’ve been allocated otherwise.


            • Posted by ernj on 2012/04/30 at 5:41 PM

              You are right. Chivas was first on the allocation list and they passed. Philly was second and signed him. He is not a DP currently (MLS has apparently reserved the right to retroactively make him one though that has not been done — another ridiculous MLS rule) and he went through allocation.

  6. Posted by mbw on 2012/04/28 at 6:26 PM

    (1) Lee Young-Pyo was a terrific pickup by Vancouver.

    (2) Where would RSL’s second team place in a hypothetical single MLS table?


  7. Posted by dude on 2012/04/28 at 9:12 PM

    DC United is becoming a very dangerous opponent. Loving it.


    • Posted by dth on 2012/04/28 at 9:39 PM

      Yeah, love Olsen’s putting attacking players all over the field. Even someone like Dudar is an attacking-oriented CB.

      Their main problem is at the fullbacks–they need better, more aggressive ones. That would free their wingers even more.


      • Posted by Jim on 2012/04/30 at 8:31 AM

        I agree. The only place where United lack depth is at both outside back slots. That’s our biggest obstacle aside from losing CB’s to injury. 3/4 CBs on United’s roster are out of practice at the moment. Robbie Russel is forced to play in the center and Perry Kitchen at right back. But even with everyone healthy, I agree. They need more forward-thinking outside backs.


  8. Posted by dth on 2012/04/28 at 9:34 PM

    Two things from FCD-LAG:

    1) If Adam Cristman, Chad Barrett and Pat Noonan are your offensive sparks off of the bench…you have a youth development problem.

    2) Schellas Hyndman pays for his sudden switch to a weak-tight mentality. Between US u-23s and occasional FCD games, I’ve seen enough weak-tight play to last a lifetime, thanks much.


    • Posted by AdamFromMich on 2012/04/30 at 11:34 AM

      What is a “weak-tight” mentality? A quick Google search only pulled up a few poker-related links, where they referred to the phrase without defining it.


      • Posted by Andrew M. on 2012/04/30 at 1:04 PM

        I’m pretty sure he’s talking about pulling out a winger or attacking midfielder for Herman Petruz (one of our CBs) in the final minutes of the last few games and bunkering down in our half and staying tight. I don’t like it either, but it wouldn’t be such a problem if someone would still try to step to the ball instead of only concentrating on maintaining defensive shape. He pulled Shea last time because he was pain, and Noonan just happened to be in the right place at the right time to put it away.


      • Posted by dth on 2012/04/30 at 6:35 PM

        Yeah, I’m taking it from the poker term. Basically it’s someone who plays scared and conservatively and loses because of it.


  9. Posted by dth on 2012/04/29 at 3:36 PM

    England going after Roy Hodgson? They basically ruined Tottenham’s season…for nothing. High amusement.


    • Posted by Antonio Henry on 2012/04/29 at 6:04 PM

      how’d they run Tottenham’s season? By putting the thought of managing England into Rednknapp’s head which distracted him enough to cause him to forget to rotate his squad, causing fatigue and minimal execution on the offensive end which led to dropped points?


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/04/29 at 8:18 PM

      They would have gone after the tactical genius that is Bob Bradley, but he’s under contract. And the buy out clause is too expensive. #DoubleDipRecession


      • Posted by Sarcastic Yank on 2012/04/30 at 5:06 PM

        George, now that’s a bit excessive, isn’t it? We all know, after watching Manchester United today, the hapless, incoherence in attack, the bunkering defensive play, that Sir Alex gave Bob a chance to direct the Red Devils for an game, to see if Bob could replace Ferguson as gaffer.


        • Posted by Antonio Henry on 2012/04/30 at 9:18 PM

          SAF is Scottish if you didn’t know. If I’m not mistaken Georgecross hails from the depths of a not so crystal clear palace.


      • Posted by AdamFromMich on 2012/05/01 at 10:09 AM

        So George, are you saying that Roy Hodgson is the English Bob Bradley?


  10. Posted by KickinNames... on 2012/05/01 at 5:54 AM

    is this now an MLS only site or what? Hardly any comments on” THE GREATEST FOOTBALL MATCH EVER PLAYED!!!
    Cracking good match in spite of Manu U’s negativity and Man City may have learned something about themselves in the process. Sort of felt like one of those cocoon games when a side figures out that they really are good enough even when they are not at their best.

    One of the few times that I’ve seen Fergie miss the plot on both tactics and selections. Valencia is just a better option than Nani at this stage IMO and Nani’s me first head down approach when Rooney is already not getting service just infuriates the newly crowned Ginger Ninny. His ref whining is really getting old BTW. Carrick is a midtable DMF and not much more and I guarantee that will be an off season priority to fill with Scholes re-retiring and Carrick moving on to the Island of John O’Shea…..

    I thought G Barry either…a)was fantastic or b) exposed just how fragile, old and lacking in talent MU’s midfield is. Thinking it s a mix of both but he was forceful and surprisingly impactful on the game overall.

    Silva is injured. Has to be as he looks like he’s running from the ball most of the time. Ya Ya Toure is a beast plain in simple. Reminds you of Viera in his heyday with how he dominates that CMF and bosses the game in both directions.

    Enjoyed it as a neutral and look forward to how the campaign finishes out.

    BTW….Chelsea Football Club!!


  11. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/05/04 at 9:49 PM

    What’s up TSG? Dempsey chat has cooled? Still think he’s off to a Champions’ League level club (not talking Motherwell either, chaps)? The hoopla 4 months ago would have suggested he moved to Real Madrid or Barcelona – he was *that* good.
    No mention of the easy chance he had against Liverpool, that he should have buried?
    And all the pro Demsey peeps who said he was *this* good five years ago. Settle down. Premature ejaculation! He’s very good now, but wasn’t then.

    This is not an anti Dempsey rant. More of a “don’t give credit before it is due rant”. Peace.


    • Posted by KickinNames... on 2012/05/07 at 10:16 AM

      Hands down here’s my vote for BEST out of context/out of the blue Clint Dempsey rant! Andy Rooney would be proud!
      Oh, probably want to relook at the free kick from over the weekend….


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