Daily Archives: August 8, 2009

Andrea Canales agrees on Wynne!

SOCCER/Update: The play can be seen on the ESPN360 replay at 1hour 9 min than a replay 40 seconds later.  There is no timer shown on the ESPN360 replay so I cant tell you when it was, but it feels around the 60th min…

So Andrea Canales of Goal.com has an article out that made made solely because of the run Marvell Wynne had when he burned the shocked Christiano Ronaldo. He recounts a conversation with a typical European biased soccer fan:

“But although Marvell can’t match up in technique with a lot of skilled players, I’d put his speed on par with anyone out there.”
I didn’t realize I’d made such an earth-shattering statement, but my companion stared at me, agape.
“You mean anyone in MLS, right?” He clarified for me.
I shook my head. “No, I think Marvell is up there with any soccer player in the world, speed-wise.”
The look on the face of this press box acquaintance changed from surprise to one of pity.
“Well,” he said carefully, “You haven’t covered enough games abroad, then. You don’t get a sense of how fast these top European players are from the television. They’re incredible. Cristiano Ronaldo is amazingly fast. He’d leave Marvell in the dust.”
Now it was my turn to be skeptical. “Really? I mean, of course Cristiano Ronaldo is faster with the ball at his feet than Marvell in the same situation. Ronaldo’s ball control is awesome. But in a game, if Ronaldo has the ball at his feet, Marvell doesn’t, so he can catch him, or at least stay with him.”
Even as I spoke, I suddenly had the feeling that by starting to lean on unprovable hypotheticals, our debate was sinking to “My dad can beat up your dad” territory.
Yet my opponent wasn’t averse to that. “Let me tell you,” he stated. “If they ran a fifty-yard dash, Cristiano Ronaldo would beat Marvell Wynne by five yards. You think Wynne’s really fast because all you see him against is MLS competition. You just haven’t seen enough of what top soccer is really about.”

He then goes on to mention how that common perception was shattered in front of the entire world last night:

But the odds that I’d feel any vindication depended on either those timed runs, or Wynne and Ronaldo playing against each other, which didn’t look to happen any time soon.
Except it did last night.
Sure, I watched the friendly between Real Madrid and Toronto FC for many of the reasons that thousands of others did – to see how the new galacticos were meshing. Kaka, Karim Benzema, Raul, Cristiano Ronaldo and others on the Madrid squad were amazing to view. Their technique was far above that of the Toronto squad, as their combination passes befuddled the defense repeatedly. Especially for preseason, the athleticism of the Real Madrid players was also impressive.
However, I had my eye on one match-up in particular. Again and again, Wynne defended against Ronaldo.
If anyone who watched the game last night believes he’d ever be left behind by five yards in a short sprint race between the two, they are absolutely blinded by MLS hatred.
Ronaldo has an impressive bag of tricks in his arsenal, and versus Wynne, he had to rely on the ones other than speed, because he simply couldn’t use that to shake Wynne.

Its little things like this that can help break the MLS steroytype and help make it into a top league.  This is also great exposure for Wynne who may get looks from Eurpoean teams after seeing his speed and considering his youth.  Wynee has a chance to make the US world cup team for next year having already made an appearnce in qualifying. Check out the rest of the article here.

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EPL Americans

epl_logo_2Aston Villa 1- Fiorentina 0

Americans Brad Friedel and young Eirc Lichaj both started for Villa and Frieldel combined with American Brad Guzan who stopped (with help from the post) a PK seen below, for the clean sheet. From EPL site:

Villa victory

Aston Villa’s pre-season preparations concluded on a high note with a 1-0 victory over Serie A side Fiorentina at Villa Park.

Villa boss Martin O’Neill handed a debut to new £6million signing Fabian Delph but it was experienced campaigner Emile Heskey who hit winner for the hosts after 14 minutes, the striker reacting quickest to Ashley Young’s cross to prod home at the near post.

Fiorentina spurned a great chance to pull level with 15 minutes remaining when Curtis Davies handled in the area, Alberto Gilardino crashing the resulting penalty against the upright.

West Ham 0- Napoli 1

Johnathan Spector came in as a sub for West Ham.

West Ham woe

A late goal from Fabio Quagliarella condemned West Ham United to a 1-0 defeat in their Bobby Moore Cup match against Napoli.

A keenly-contested encounter at Upton Park ultimately went the way of the Italians after Quagliarella looped home a superb flicked header over Hammers goalkeeper Robert Green after 78 minutes.

The visitors were on the back foot moments later, however, when Manuele Blasi was sent off for a second yellow card just 26 minutes after entering the fray as a substitute.

The hosts pushed for an equalizer in the final minutes and came close through Junior Stanislas in stoppage time, but Napoli’s 10 men held on for the win.

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Sochaux 1 v Auxerre 0

50796_newsUpdate: Video on Charlie Davies with pretty much all of his plays in the 20 min.  Its in French so I don’t know what it says but they seem to be excited by him, and he is wearing number 9 which is awesome, with the way he is featured with out doing anything too big… If anyone knows what they are saying please let us know!

Charlie Davies played today but did not start in his first game for Sochaux of Ligue 1 due to “muscle spasms” although it seems to be more of a day off to rest for Mexico and should not affect his actions on Wednesday. He came on in the 70th min and had a chance to score but did not convert.

Courtesy Ligue 1 Official Website
After battling relegation and finishing in 14th place last season, Francis Gillot’s Sochaux side got season 2009-2010 off to the best possible start with a spirited and accomplished display agsint last season’s 8th-placed club Auxerre.
Gillot opted to include several Sochaux youth academy products in his starting line-up and the tactic paid off as Sochaux’s pace and movement dazzled an Auxerre side missing the precision of injured star striker Ireneusz Jelen and the playmaking skills of Dane Thomas Kahlenberg, who left for German Champions Wolfsburg in the off-season.
Five minutes from half time, it was a mixture of age and experience that gave Sochaux the only goal of the game. Despite losing Turkey international Mevlut Erding to Paris Saint-Germain during the summer, the other half of Sochaux’s fearsome strike partnership, eight-goal Czech Vaclav Sverkos, picked up where he left off last season.
Sochaux youth academy product Vincent Nogueira produced a dazzling individual move on the right before cutting back a pass for the unmarked Czech, who easily powered his shot home from the edge of the area.
The other highlight of the night was the Sochaux debut of US international Charlie Davies, signed from Swedish side Hammarby, who replaced Sverkos with 20 minutes to go. The young American’s blistering pace and tight ball control earned him several chances in the dying minutes and showed that he could well be one of L1’s most promising foreign stars.

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Benfica 1-AC Milan 1 (5-4pks)

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Oguchi Onyewu and AC Milan had a preseason game vs Freddy Adu’s former team Benfica.  Onyewu did not start, although he was projected to do so by goal.com, but he did enter in the 78th min.  While in Onyewu was easily the best defender on the pitch for Milan, including making a great tackle, and from what it seems he should be starting once he has more time to practice with the squad.  We should also expect a few goals from him, probably out of the air and from set pieces as he had another chance today that just missed. Here are the goals for each team, the second, an own goal after a great move by Pato happened soon after Onyewu entered the game:

and then the penalties:

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Trinidad and Tobago Stronger!

fullfront855backTrinidad and Tobago have just added two English Premier League players to there team Bobby Zamora of Fulham and Jlloyd Samuel of Bolton.  Both players have just received their passports and will be playing for T&T in their qualifier vs El Salvador reports Trinidad’s Newsday:

FULHAM striker Bobby Zamora received his Trinidad and Tobago passport on Wednesday and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel will receive his today, as they are poised to arrive along with the majority of the overseas players on Sunday in preparation for the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier against El Salvador next Wednesday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo.

Zamora and Samuel could be very big additions to this T&T team that currently sits in last place in the World Cup qualifying.  They probably still do not have a shot of making the WC next year but they can still have a big effect on the teams they play for the rest of qualifying.  For those of you wondering, the U.S. national team travels to Trinidad & Tobago on Sept. 9, having beat them at home earlier this year 3-0 thanks to a Jozy Altidore Hat Trick.

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Nicol of NE Revolution Suspeneded

cover_artSteve Nicol, the coach of the New England Revolution, has been fined and suspended for actions he made vs Toronto FC per ESPN:

NEW YORK — New England Revolution coach Steve Nicol was suspended one game and fined $1,000 for conduct during the game against Toronto FC.

MLS made the announcement on Saturday, saying Nicol will miss the game that day against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The fine and suspension are in addition to the automatic $500 fine and one-game suspension received for a coach’s dismissal from a match. Nicol was dismissed in the Revolution’s 1-1 tie against Toronto on Aug. 1.

He will serve the other game suspension on Aug. 20 against the Seattle Sounders FC.

So two games and $1500, but niether should affect the team very much as its just the coach.  Maybe this can bring some publicity to the MLS…

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Today On Twitter

twitter_logo_headerHere are recent updates from all the US soccer players that I can find on Twitter:

JozyAltidore17: training went well the boys look sharp! Best of luck to Chuck D as he is going to set the french league on fire!!
JozyAltidore17: I like hull its a very peaceful place and the people are very friendly. happy to be here.

stuholden22RT: @MauriceEdu: Good luck to my boy @CharlieDavies9 as he makes his debut in the French league 2day! (Gonna try and watch u online my broda)

MauriceEdu: Good luck to my boy @CharlieDavies9 as he makes his debut in the French league 2day! Do work son, we all behind u!

CharlieDavies9: Today is game day folks! My debut in the French League. I’m real excited. Str8 Amped lol! Thanks for all the love! Greatly appreciated.

FreddyAdu11: training. getting it done. always working. attitude is everything

Everyone is wishing luck to Charlie Davies in his first game, hope he does well. Jozy is liking Hull already, can’t wait to watch him (hopefully) debut on ESPN next week. Edu twitters a ton.

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