In a drab and boring game on Tuesday night (in England, afternoon in the States), a very youthful Spurs side ran out against Stoke City in what could possibly be described by some as resembling a football match. We didn’t have the luxury, or punishment, or watching this cup tie on television because it was only broadcast on BBC London Sports radio. But the final whistle (after the final whistle of regulation and extra time) blew after Spurs failed to convert in the eighth round of a penalty shoot-out, at which Tottenham were eliminated from the Carling Cup. But let’s ponder a second, is that actually a bad thing?
Tottenham Hotspur won big this week. It was a tremendous match that Spurs controlled from the outset. The only blemish on the day was an offside goal Liverpool ‘scored’ right after Modric’s wondergoal.
The Liverpool defense looked hapless against the surging runs of Bale on the left, Niko on the right, and the wonderful pairing of Modric and Parker in the middle. Adebayor looked strong and could have finished a chance early on a great service from Krancjar, but he scuffed the shot wide off his shin. Continue reading
Apparently the impetus for the New York Red Bulls to finally win a game is the absence of the two best field players. With Rafa Marquez suspended and Thierry Henry nursing a niggling injury, Red Bulls needed some luck on Saturday night. That’s exactly what they got.
FC Dallas nearly controlled the entire game at home in Pizza Hut Park. New York’s back line was makeshift best, with Stephen Keel playing centrally and (my boy) Carlos Mendes playing left back where he hasn’t really played since his first year in Rochester back in 2003. Frank Rost proved me wrong in this game and I’m afraid I have to eat my words of scathing criticism of the German goalkeeper. The speedy wingers of FC Dallas exposed huge gaps in the defense (even though Keel and Mendes had the pace to close down after getting beat) and without Rost coming up huge on a number of occasions, the game could have quickly gotten out of hand. Highlights after the jump. Continue reading
This week saw the New York fail to impress yet again but Tottenham got the job done through great debut performances from Emmanuel Adebayor and Scott Parker. Do Henry and the Red Bulls have any hope of making the MLS playoffs at this point? Was the game against Wolves a sign of the offensive output we can expect from Defoe and Adebayor up top?
I’ve been casually following soccer in Mexico for a few years and in that time I became enthralled by an attractive and highly competitive league. A lot of my friends were (and still are) supporters of Club América, a giant club from the nation’s capital which holds the second most domestic titles and the most international titles of any team in Mexico. Though their form in recent seasons has not lived up to their legacy, América remains a dangerous team in attack.
Summer acquisition Christian “Chucho” Benítez has been threatening, scoring 5 goals despite the team only amassing 8 points from 7 games. Continue reading
So I don’t know how to voice my frustration with the New York Red Bulls anymore. The match on Saturday was their easiest fixture for the rest of the season and definitely written up as a must-win affair. Vancouver was (and still is) the absolute worst team in MLS but they managed to come into the Cathedral of Football and outplay one of two marquee franchises in the league. Here are the highlights for you. A little analysis after the jump.
The Cuban National Assembly recently approved a package of reforms to reshape emigration and economic policies. A million government workers will be laid off, while average Cubans will now have the chance to start and operate their own small businesses. In addition, the government will initiate an overhaul of the restrictions on travel off of the island. Raul Castro has said that he wants to modernize the country and establish ties to Cuban communities living elsewhere. All of this is good, but what does it have to do with soccer? Continue reading
FIFA Transfer Matching System – What is it and how will it affect the future of youth clubs in America?
Hopefully the same as clubs around the world. As FIFA’s new Transfer Matching System is implemented, the way in which unaffiliated American youth clubs focus their resources will undoubtedly shift. I first read this article shortly after it was published in late December but found it poignant with the recent new wave of American youth signing in Europe; Seth Moses, Sean Cunningham, Dzenan Catic, Oskar Gasecki and most notably, Villyan Bijev.
This past week was one of FIFA’s international dates, periods when players leave their clubs to practice and play with their respective national teams. This period lasted from September 3 to September 7. There is another international date lasting from October 8 to October 12 and from November 12 to November 16. You can argue the greater merits and faults of the FIFA calendar, but my problem is that it made the weekend very boring. There were a few highlights in Euro Qualifying, Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers and international friendlies.
The overall display today playing in Belgium against a very capable side was.. promising. That seems to be the buzzword surrounding Jurgen Klinsmann’s team. According to players, pundits and the sports press, no one should jump to judgment yet. All these games are about “the greater mission,” and gaining experience under the new regime. The match ended just a few minutes ago and I’m still pretty heated about the affair. I had class from until 3:45 so I could only catch the second half.
The biggest observation I take away from this game (and every game since the World Cup) is that the porcelain veneer on Tim Howard’s untouchable status is cracking. Continue reading