The Weekend: Live Commentary

Stretch run MLS. Clint Dempsey is a Spur.

Corporal Cameron dons the Candy Cane Kit again and goes to work…

28 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/09/15 at 7:43 AM

    Classic South London derby. Great away win.
    Charlton Athletic 0 – 1 Crystal Palace


  2. Posted by Nelson on 2012/09/15 at 8:08 AM

    can’t wait for the Dempsey/Nash photos…


  3. Posted by s44 on 2012/09/15 at 9:02 AM

    Cameron only gets a few minutes. Guzan and Lichaj go the distance in a nice win for Villa. How much time is Dempsey really going to get tomorrow?


  4. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/09/15 at 9:58 AM

    The downside of Fantasy Football is that you watch the game through a different lens.


    • tell me about it. I think MLS fantasy league has something going with giving points for good attacking/defending displays, so every single DM in the league (like premier league(dot)com) isn’t worthless and cheap.


  5. Posted by mbw on 2012/09/15 at 1:53 PM

    Calling all armchair GMs: What move does Portland most need to make this offseason?


    • Posted by dth on 2012/09/15 at 1:59 PM

      All of them.

      That is: dump Jewsbury, Chara, Boyd, probably Horst, maybe Ricketts if you can find a good replacement, maybe Kimura, maybe Wallace. Other than that the Timbers are perfectly set up for Colin Porter!


      • Posted by mccul105 on 2012/09/15 at 6:20 PM

        The Houston Dynamo really dodged a bullet when they missed out on signing Boyd didn’t they?


        • Not necessarily. They might have dodged a bullet in so much that it appears that Boyd’s constitution doesn’t like playing in 100+ degrees.

          Other than that though, Portland was frenetically put together with pieces that don’t mesh and are now (after Spencer’s firing) moving towards a 4-3-3 in light of Porters hiring. Boyd doesn’t play extremely well within a 4-3-3 unless he has a player that can stick around up top and not play entirely as a wing player, who will work for him and draw other players away. (IE a Faux 4-3-3 or rather a 4-4-1-1/4-4-2) He is a poacher/finisher not a creator. Portland’s problems are the lack of ability to get him the ball where he needs it to finish.

          Much like Kenny Cooper before him, Boyd wasn’t given the service and weapons to finish effectively and will be discarded. Kenny now has 14 goals on the year.

          FTR: Boyd remains the Timbers leading scorer, even after now playing for the reserves and his last goal being July 15th. Spencer was fired the 9th, Boyd scored two on the 15th and then the Timbers officially moved to a system that doesn’t support him and then demoted him to the bench when he didn’t score.

          I would frankly be very surprised if Boyd plays a single minute in a Timbers uniform next year.


  6. Posted by Ufficio on 2012/09/15 at 5:12 PM

    I’m about to start the Give Fagundez Citizenship movement.


    • Posted by mbw on 2012/09/15 at 5:35 PM

      You do that, and I’ll start the movement to take Jose Villarreal’s Mexican citizenship away.


  7. Posted by mbw on 2012/09/15 at 5:58 PM

    Henry. . . . Good lord.


  8. Posted by Jared on 2012/09/16 at 6:45 AM

    Well, it looks like the staff at Hoffenheim must have been watching the US because Danny Williams is playing for only the second time this season.


    • Posted by mbw on 2012/09/16 at 8:06 AM

      Man, what a great goal to level at three. These super-talented Japanese youngsters keep popping up all over the place.


  9. Posted by Kampfers on 2012/09/16 at 12:43 PM

    Jozy! Three cheers for three goals (and an assist)


    • Posted by mccul105 on 2012/09/16 at 4:19 PM

    • Posted by Andrew M. on 2012/09/17 at 7:49 AM

      Jozy is currently the leading scorer in Eredivisie, by 3 goals. Hope he’s still there at the end of the year.


      • Posted by Jared on 2012/09/17 at 8:35 AM

        Where does this Jozy go when he puts on the USMNT shirt? I haven’t seen more than highlights of his goals. What should Klinsmann be taking from the style of AZ?


        • Posted by Crow on 2012/09/17 at 10:01 AM

          His goals and even touches and movement off the ball have been fantasitc (most of the time) for AZ this year. Hopefully, he can bring that full game on a consistent basis soon.


        • Posted by mbw on 2012/09/17 at 11:52 AM

          I’d like to hear from some of the more advanced tactical thinkers here on this question. But my guess is it boils down to two things. One is the presence of quick-passing, clever-moving wing players with whom to interchange. The other is the presence of a real, honest-to-goodness number ten as the fourth attacking player. JK can build a more Dutch-style attack if he’s willing to push Johnson forward. But there’s still the question of Dempsey, who doesn’t fit easily into any of the prescribed roles and has a tendency sometimes to dominate the ball, but who’s too good to play second fiddle.


          • Posted by Jared on 2012/09/17 at 12:08 PM

            I don’t think it’s as simple as that. I’ve read on a few sites and it appears in the highlights that Jozy is playing as one of the outside 3 on a 3 man front line. He’s not going to be in that position with the US due to formation and the players that would be more likely to play there such as LD and Dempsey.

            The number 10 is overblown at this point. How many teams/countries actually have a number 10? They barely exist at this point.


            • Posted by mbw on 2012/09/17 at 12:39 PM

              On the first point, I’ve seen mostly Martins on the left and Bereens on the right with Jozy centrally and Falkenburg behind, but of course things are fluid. When Jozy’s lined up centrally, he often drifts wide, usually to the left.

              All I meant by #10 was an attacking midfielder with good vision who looks to pass first. Dempsey can certainly make the final pass (witness the second goal against Mexico last summer), but he’s not really that type of player.

  10. Posted by Crow on 2012/09/17 at 10:02 AM

    Quality reporting:

    Stoke duo not impressive

    “Geoff Cameron was demoted to the bench on Saturday, coming on for the final 15 minutes against Manchester City. Given the fact that Stoke drew 1-1 with the defending champions, Cameron could remain a substitute staple going forward. Maurice Edu did not dress for the contest.”


  11. Posted by mbw on 2012/09/17 at 11:41 AM

    O/T-ish: I’m watching the progress of’s “24 under 24” countdown; there are four spots left, with the following still unaccounted for: Sanna Nyassi, Darren Mattocks, Jack McInerney, Matt Hedges, Brek Shea, C. J. Sapong, Austin Berry, Rafael Baca, Amobi Okugo, Ryan Meara, Zac Macmath, and I’m sure one or two others whom I’ve forgotten. Maybe a few questionable calls (one of Nyassi or Baca falls below Omar Salgado and Andy Rose? Really?), but mostly I’m impressed by the growing quantity of quality young talent in the league. Some pretty good players are going to be left off that list.


    • Posted by chris_thebassplayer on 2012/09/17 at 1:51 PM

      I saw Berry play against the Quakes…I was very impressed with his game. Strong and calm on the ball. The only CB I’ve seen play against Lenny that didn’t get caught up in the mind games and lose focus. Baca is a great distributor of the ball…he moves the ball quickly, always to the right player. He’s not flashy at all, nearly invisible to the casual fan, but he is one of the main reasons for the Quakes success, which started at the tail end of last season when Baca started playing CM.


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