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Sunday Sadness: No Jozy, No Freddy

September 22, 2008

Neither Freddy Adu or Jozy Altidore saw the pitch as an overhyped Sunday matchday came and went without a peep.  I don’t have much to say about it, because I’m crippled with sadness, but let’s see…

Park started and went 90 for Monaco, and to be honest, he looked very very poor.  I was surprised that Freddy didn’t see the field as a sub, and it makes me wonder what’s going on with the manager.  While I’m not really into conspiracy theories, the truth is that it wasn’t Gomes decision to sign Adu, it was decided by the team president. So does Ricardo Gomes just not think Freddy has what it takes? Park missed two silver platter tap-ins and looked sluggish for the entire second half.  At this point, Monaco isn’t looking any better than Benfica.

In La Liga, Jozy never left the bench as Nihat was the striker who came on for the Yellow Submarine.  Disappointing for American fans everywhere who hoped we’d see the young forward again, but it looks like we’ll have to wait. Nihat combined with Llorente on the game winner, so that doesn’t bode well for Jozy’s inclusion either.  I’m not too concerned here, as Jozy definitely will continue to develop in training with these great players, and surely he’ll see minutes in the Copa del Rey.

In all, not a great soccer weekend for our USMNT players abroad, and not a great weekend for fans either. Neither Dempsey, Adu, Edu, or Jozy saw the field.  Weak.

For video highlights of the Yanks who DID see the pitch, head over to http://watchsocceronline.blogspot.com

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