Red Bulls Postseason Update

Despite a bunch of Red Bulls players left unprotected during the expansion draft, the Montreal Impact decided against selecting any of them.  Carlos Mendes or Tyler Lassiter would have been a good defensive pick, but Montreal Impact head coach Jesse Marsch (seen here kicking David Beckham, lol).  Apparently Marsch and the Montreal back office didn’t think any Red Bulls’ bench players were worth taking north of the border.

The Red Bulls opted to protect the 12 players who usually made up the 2011 starting line-up:  Stephen Keel, Tim Ream, Roy Miller, Jan Gunnar Solli, Joel Lindpere, Dax McCarty, Rafael Marquez, Teemu Tainio, Dane Richards, Luke Rodgers and Thierry Henry.

This left most of the Red Bulls exposed for the expansion draft Continue reading

Rhinos Postseason Update: November 29

On 11/21/2011 the team announced that it had re-signed Tyler Rosenlund.  With experience in Europe and with Toronto FC in MLS, 25 year old Canadian Rosenlund is a young veteran presence in the Rhinos’ midfield.  2011 team MVP, “Rosie” is the driver of Rochester’s attack and a great addition to the 2012 squad.

“Signing Tyler was an important objective when I took the position because he is the engine in our midfield.” Rhinos Head Coach Jesse Myers said to Democrat and Chronicle’s Jeff DiVeronica.  “Tyler is a very good player with MLS and international experience.” Continue reading

Tottenham at the Hawthorns; Luka and Rafa Both Out

On Saturday, Spurs traveled to play West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.  WBA isn’t necessarily a good team, sitting in the middle of the Premier League table, but they do have a few attacking options.  Tottenham are certainly riding high, winning 8 of 9 unbeaten going into the match.

Shane Long has pace that always put pressure on our center back pairing of Ledley King and Younes Kaboul.  Kyle Walker also struggled defensively and could have given away a penalty or two.  As odd as it is to say given his track record in the past, Benoit Assou-Ekotto was the most consistent player defensively for Spurs and sent a number of dangerous crosses into the box at the opposite end.

Luka Modric traveled with the team, but was sent home from the team’s hotel with illness.  That meant first of all that he couldn’t push up the field into van der Vaart’s role, but also that he couldn’t hold his position.  Sandro came into midfield to pair for Scott Parker while Defoe partnered Adebayor in a 4-4-2.  Two hard tackling midfielders meant that Tottenham had no substantive possession in the middle of the park. Continue reading

Red Bulls Season Ends with a Roar

Honestly, I’m not as upset as I thought I would be at the Red Bulls elimination from the 2011 MLS Playoffs.  Going into the two-leg playoff series against Los Angeles Galaxy, New York Red Bulls were the clear underdog. This was the match-up MLS was hoping for at the beginning of the season, but Don Garber would have rather seen these two teams in the final rather then the conference semifinal.

Yet again New York  didn’t have a full bench, which is off for a professional franchise. We decided to only fly 6 substitutes to Carson, California, instead of the normal 7.  That’s a tad bit embarrassing and only adds insult to the injury that was the 2011 season. Continue reading

A Few Head-scratchers in Klinsmann’s Latest Roster

The roster released today by US Soccer today for the friendlies against France on November 11 and Slovenia on the 15.  Many of the players called in are familiar faces, though a couple are rather confusing.  21 year old Alfredo Morales is only player receiving his first call up this month.
Goalkeepers (2): Tim Howard, Bill Hamid;
Defenders (7): Steve Cherundolo, Oguchi Onyewu, Carlos Bocanegra, Timmy Chandler, Clarence Goodson, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Alfredo Morales;
Midfielders (9): Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, Clint Dempsey, Brek Shea, Danny Williams, Fabian Johnson, Kyle Beckerman, Jermaine Jones, Robbie Rogers;
Forwards (4): Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley, Jozy Altidore, Edson Buddle Continue reading

From Russia with Love: Spurs Edition

Today Tottenham Hotspur traveled to Kazan to take on FC Rubin Kazan in Europa League action.  Spurs entered the day on 7 points, with PAOK on 5, Rubin Kazan on 4 and Shamrock Rovers rounding out Group A with 0 points.  In the parallel game of the group, PAOK defeated Rovers 2-1 in Greece which was the expected outcome.  This meant that Spurs would have to get a result in Russia to keep pace at the top of the group. Continue reading

Rhinos Postseason Update

At the end of the 2011 season, after that disastrous playoff debacle, the Rhinos back office began the contract negotiations and tinkering with the squad.  After signing forward Isaac Kissi to a one year contract, the club picked up extension options on Andrew Hoxie (forward), Tyler Bellamy (defender), and rookie midfielders Drew Cost, Michael Tanke and mah boy J.C. Banks on October 11.

At that time, the players whose options were declined were midfielders: Tony Donatelli, Alfonso Motagalvan, Max Ferdinand, Anthony Hamilton, Frank Alesci, Brad Stisser, Kenold Versailles; defenders: Connor Tobin, TJ Gore, Will Trainor, Rich Costanzo, Troy Roberts; goalkeepers: Joe Marino, Ryan Kenny. Continue reading