August 7th, 2008, 08:05 AM #421
And he was playing well... anyway as a Barca fan I have to be happy withe the outcome:
Originally Posted by Mr. Irreverent
- Messi is happy
- Messi will not play ANY friendly match for Argentina in the upcoming season.
August 7th, 2008, 08:17 AM #422
guinness and soccer at 2 a.m. with work the next day - like the world cup revisited
Nice opening win for the US.
Some simplistic thoughts:
- Very sketchy on Maurice Edu at the back. Nowak experimented with him at center back. Probably got a way with a foul or two that could've been called PK's late in the game. Wynne was beaten on the sidelines a few times, and while his speed allowed him to compensate and get back, I fear that teams better than Japan will punish him for it.
Orozco left various gaping holes.
- McBride: no goals but a lot of heart. He was getting clipped and jabbed the entire game but kept pushing forward. Thought he opened up space for frontal attacks well.
- Adu has speed and is dangerous in the counter attack. While his foot skills are good, I thought he tried to much 1 on 1, 1 on 2, and 1 on 3 dribbling. Japan was marking him with multiple backs to slow his pace. Yet often he tried to push through on his own.
Playing with the boys more should have him recognizing overlapping runs and when to lead balls or go on his own.
He did have one heck of a volley to himself and shot in the 1st that just went over the crossbar.
- The goal: Holden lucky to have the ricochet come right to him, but credit for blasting the shot on frame. Marvell Wynne made a great run down the right to center the ball.
- Altidore: so much speed. Really hope the stay in Spain will help him grow.
- Fell back to the long ball play in the 2nd half. Not nearly enough midfield control or one-touch passing. Kljestan and Bradley didn't add much.
- Thought the US sat back a little too much in the final 20. Japan sent lots of bodies forward and had some dangerous opportunities that weren't closed.
The US is able to defend corner kicks fairly well, but were beaten often with sideline runs. Let the Netherlands have that much room and they'll destroy us. Nevertheless, 3 points!
On to the next match.
Last edited by ucsdguy1; August 7th, 2008 at 08:48 AM.
August 7th, 2008, 10:17 AM #423
August 7th, 2008, 10:48 AM #424
Hahaha. True, no?
Originally Posted by redxalonso
August 7th, 2008, 10:54 AM #425
Goal.com - Spain - Guardiola To Keep Eto'o
August 7th, 2008, 12:47 PM #426
Chelsea's silly season has started.
BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Chelsea | Chelsea make £19.7m Robinho bid
"Chelsea have made a £19.7m bid for Real Madrid's Brazilian striker Robinho, BBC Sport understands.
The 24-year-old former Santos star played a key role in helping Real secure the Spanish title last season.
But he is believed to be keen to join fellow countryman Luiz Felipe Scolari at Stamford Bridge."
August 7th, 2008, 12:49 PM #427
Chelsea has been surprisingly quiet thus far. Other than Deco I don't think they have done anything of note.
Originally Posted by Crazy_Ivan
August 7th, 2008, 06:24 PM #428
The £16 million for Bosingwa was pretty noteworthy.
The US was lucky to get a win. Japan missed two great chances in the first half. Uchida tore them up down the right.
Argentina/Ivory Coast was a fun game. Great ball from Riquelme and a nice run from Messi on the first goal. Di Maria looked good when he came on. Gervinho looked very good in the first half. Great pace. Looking forward to watching him.
Pato was unimpressive. I haven't seen him play much for club or country but every time I have he has not had a good game.
That channel dedicated to soccer is pretty awesome. 14 straight hours of action today. HD to boot.
August 7th, 2008, 06:39 PM #429
Forgot about that one, so long ago, that one was even before Euro 2008.
Originally Posted by VEGASKING
August 7th, 2008, 07:25 PM #430
What is this channel that you speak of?
Originally Posted by VEGASKING