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Weekend Thoughts: Transfers, US Men Action, Etc

August 30, 2008

MICHAEL BRADLEY TRANSFER SAGA

Nothing materializing yet as far as an actual bid, but Goal.com reported today that Bradley is “In Talks with Boro.” Conversely, Southgate is denying that he will make any moves before the window shuts.  BBC reported earlier today:

“Gareth Southgate says he will be expecting a hectic transfer deadline day, but only because he is taking his daughter horse riding. The Boro boss is not planning any additions to his squad before the window shuts.”

At this point, everything is still speculation until we hear something more substantial, like a bid.  I wouldn’t read too much into Southgate’s denial either, the transfer deadline is a tricky tightrope to walk.

SATURDAY SCORES

Ligue 1

MONACO 0 GRENOBLE 1

Freddy Adu again came on as a late sub, this time entering the match in the 83nd minute.  Adu couldnt inject any fire into the side, as he only touched the ball a few times before the Full Time whistle.

Still only very limited minutes for the young American and not enough time to analyze anything.  We can only hope Freddy stays positive and works hard in training to move up in coach’s eyes.

Colaship

READING 4 CRYSTAL PALACE 2

Convey sat on the bench for 90 minutes as a Kevin Doyle hat-trick secured the win for Reading.  Hahneman, as usual, played netminder for the match.

CARDIFF CITY 0 SHEFFIELD UNITED 0

Cardiff nicked a point at Bramall Lane and Eddie Johnson was late sub, coming on the 86th minute.  He only had a touch or two.  After going 90 minutes earlier in the week, hopefully Cardiff just wanted to give EJ a rest as he builds his fitness.  If Eddie can’t break into a Championship side, we’re in trouble.

Demerit also played today, but unfortunately I think his USMNT candle is flickering out so I didn’t report on it.  Just my opinion.

Bundesliga

DORTMUND 1 ENERGIE COTTBUS 0

Neven Subotic played a full match for Dortmund and also scored the winning goal in the 45th minute.  He continues to emerge as a strong force in the Bundesliga and I think this will be a great coming out year for him.  That said, his strong performances are definitely going to catch the eye of the German National Team and Serbia’s squad as well, I don’t have alot of hope that he’ll align himself with our USMNT unfortunately.

Catch highlights for a bunch of our yanks abroad over at Watch Soccer Online!

Here’s to the next two days of supposed tranfer madness! Hurrah!

We’ll be back tomorrow with some Sunday Recap, so stay tuned because Jozy is looking for his debut!  And of course the minute I catch wind of new transfer news, I’ll post it here. So don’t go far!

–psc

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