Daily Archives: August 9, 2009

Guardado Gaurentee’s 3-0 Win

Likes to talk Trash

Likes to talk Trash

So Ives Galarcep of ESPN is reporting that Guardado of Mexico has confidently guaranteed a 3-0 win for Mexico in Wednesday’s qualifying match vs the US.

“Of course we will win, 3-0,” Guardado said. “We have players of high quality and you can see that the team has prepared well, now there is only the question of showing it on the field on Wednesday.”

Also he reports that Guillermo Ochoa has said that Mexico is better both physically and soccer-wise.

“(The United States) is a rival of respect, that you must be careful of, but it is a rival we know, whose style we know,” Ochoa said. “We know that physically, and soccer-wise, we are better, so we just have to apply that on the field and do our talking on the field.”

These statements are both very offensive and shows the lack of class that the Mexican players seem to have.  This only makes me want to beat them that much worse. What do you think? Were those statements out of line, or are they right in saying that the 30th ranked Mexico team is really better than the 12th ranked US team.  I think we can only have an idea after the game on Wednesday  but more so after the qualifying ends.


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Tim Howard: Best in the World

Howard205Ken Lawrence has written a feature piece for ESPN about Tim Howard the USMNT goalie, and current Everton keeper.  In it he and multiple other people talk about how Horward either is, or has all the potential to be the best goalkeeper in the world:

Everton manager David Moyes already insists the American is as good as it gets in the Premier League. “Tim is now on the same level as Pepe Reina and Petr Cech,” Moyes said. “They are considered to be the two best in England. I would not swap either for my man.”

I personally was very happy when Howard was able to avenge himself and show Man U what they gave up, when he beat them in the Semi’s last year on PK’s by saving 2.  I think it was horrible how English media was blaming and insulting the fact that he has tourettes as a reason for his struggles.

“some newspapers even cruelly suggested that as a sufferer of Tourette syndrome who refused to medicate himself against the neurological disease, he had lost Ferguson’s confidence.”

Hopefully he keeps playing as well as he has been, and I give him a lot of credit for making the American defenders, especially Onyewu who seems to really work well with Howard, into better players even when hes not around.


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Landon Donovan Amazing Goal

Last night Landon Donovan scored an incredible goal vs the NE Revs:

He really seems to be on his form right now and I think he has been incredible this summer.  Also, a little unrelated but, dosen’t it seem like Landon Donovan never misses a PK. In the MLS all-star game and then Confed Cup he had them and I never even considered that he would miss.  He treats it like a free throw in basketball and hits with the same accuracy.  Could he be the best in the world at the PK?


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Mexico City Altitude: Problem?

Oh the Pollution

Oh the Pollution

So Grant Wahl of SI thinks that the high altitude of Mexico City could cause major issues for the US team.  He cites Argentina’s 6-1 loss to Bolivia this year as what can happen when a team does not properly prepare for altitude.

The Altitude Question. I’m surprised the U.S. will arrive in Mexico City (altitude: 7,200 feet) on Tuesday afternoon, just 24 hours before gametime after flying in from Miami (where training camp begins on Sunday). Mexico City’s altitude has bedeviled visiting teams for years, and I was curious about whether it would be advantageous for the U.S. to arrive even a day earlier than Tuesday to acclimatize. So I called Dr. Aaron Baggish, a cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital who studies athletes and high-altitude physiology.
His response: even a day or two more at altitude could help the U.S. players. “I’m not the coach, so I can’t make a definitive conclusion about what’s smart for the players, but from a physiology perspective having a couple days to acclimatize makes good sense,” Baggish told me. “There’s a pretty rapid response when the body goes from sea level to high altitude over the course of even the first 48 hours, and that can make a big difference in terms of the way people feel and their ability to perform. I know these decisions are always based on a lot of factors, but if all things were created equal it would certainly be better to show up a couple days beforehand than to roll in the night before.”

You can read the whole thing at SI.com.

Whal also mentions altitude at the World Cup next year and add some great news about the US team in regards to altitude:

* Altitude could come into play at next year’s World Cup in South Africa. Not many people realize that Johannesburg (at 5,600 feet) is higher than Denver. The U.S. is clearly aware of the altitude issue for 2010. According to federation sources, the U.S. was able to ace out Italy, among other teams, for a prized World Cup training facility near Pretoria (5,751 feet), the better for the U.S. to acclimatize itself.

I’m not a gambler, but if I were, I know exactly which teams I would bet against in South Africa: those with training camps near sea level (like, say, Cape Town) which have to play World Cup games at altitude in Jo’burg, Pretoria or Rustenburg.

To get a spot like this could be a great advantage, and it definitly can’t hurt.  I just hope our preperations for wednesday are sufficent.

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Kenny Cooper Debut Goal!

24soccer.1.190Kenny Cooper debuted for 1860 Munchen against TuS Koblenz with a 17th min goal in the 2-0 win.

Kenny Cooper 1-0 vs TuS Koblenz

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(cant figure out how to link the video here yet as the only one I found is in German, I think)


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Jozy does not play in Hull Game

0,,10338~6844710,00Jozy Altidore did not play in Hull City’s game today because he does not yet have his work visa, he is supposed to receive it Monday. From the EPL website:

“Lee Miller’s strike late in the first half was enough for Aberdeen to claim a 1-0 win over Hull City in Dean Windass’ benefit match at the KC Stadium.

Hull handed a debut to Seyi Olofinjana and brought trialist Henri Camara off the bench, but could not find a way past Aberdeen goalkeeper Stuart Nelson.

Windass, 40, lined up for both teams, starting the first half in a Hull shirt before being replaced by Daniel Cousin, and then appearing for Aberdeen after the break.”

Good for Jozy I guess that Hull could not score a goal agianst a team they were expected to beat, but I still want him to play for a good team that is competitive with best. Hopefully we will see him next weekend agianst Chelsea.

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Ref for Mexico Game

joel-aguilar-300x350So http://www.televisadeportes.com is reporting that the ref for the US v Mexico game on Wednesday will be Joel Aguilar Chicas of El Salvadore who was last seen as the official for the Mexcio v Panama game where Javier Aguirre kicked the Panamanian player during the game. Sadly the only report I found was in Spanish but the article doesn’t reveal anything that isn’t obvious:

“El salvadoreño Joel Aguilar, quien expulsara a Javier Aguirre ante Panamá en la Copa Oro, será el árbitro del Tri ante Estados Unidos en el Azteca”

I can’t really decide if this if this helps or hurts the US… On the positive side he has probably doesn’t feel too highly of Mexico after what Aguirre did in the Gold Cup.  Also he is from El Salvador who’s best chance to get into the WC is through the 4th spot, which they would get by passing Mexico. On the negative side he didn’t really control that game too well, although it would have been tough for anyone, so he might allow Mexico to play dirty and try and rough up the more skill based American team.  Also because he is from El Salvador he might have the normal everywhere else in the Americas’ anti-USA bias…

What do you think? Is this going to help or hurt the US?

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