Archive for the ‘UEFA Cup’ Category

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The Gooch Rockin’ The Mic

December 4, 2008

Onyewu showed up in today’s UEFA Cup match and scored the first goal of the game for Standard Liege.  Looks like the little American has some fire in him and wants to be taken seriously in this transfer window.  Hey, Marseille might have to pay 7 million to secure the big man. Jokes aside, a great showing from Gooch as Liege romped to a 3-0 victory over Sampdoria. You can check out the hightlights over at Yanks Abroad Highlights and see Gooch’s goal in clip number one.

My Thoughts: This is awesome for Onyewu and continued strong showings through December will up his value going into the transfer window.  Who knows, a few more goals and clean sheets and an EPL team might come calling.  Arsenal, you hear that? Replace Gallassssss…… har har.

You think Gooch’s stock has increased enough to garner some Premier League attention?

–psc

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UEFA Cup Thursday: Gooch and Liege onward!

October 2, 2008

Gooch put in a strong 90 minutes as Liege advanced to the UEFA Group Stage at the expense of Tim Howard and the Toffees.  The American matched up very strongly against Louis Saha and Yakubu and fought through a nose bleed in the final minutes to secure his teams win.

My Thoughts: Great result for Onyewu who needs all the Euro games he can get if he plans to make a move in the January window.  Hopefully Liege can get a nice draw for the next Stage, and Gooch can continue to assert himself as a top centre back.  I think it’s a lock that we’ll see him back in the states on the 11th for Cuba, so I look forward to that as well!  Sad news for Tim Howard and Everton, but I don’t think the UEFA exit will affect Tim’s game or international stock that much.  The main problem at Everton is pretty clearly the defense, not goalkeeping.

In other UEFA news, Carlos Bocanegra and Rennes were eliminated after losing 1-0 today to Twente.  Carlos took up his familiar spot at left back for the French side and a 67th minute goal for FC Twente gave them the away goals advantage.  Not great for Carlos.

–psc

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Bocanegra Scores Winner for Rennes in UEFA Cup Action

September 18, 2008

RENNES 2 FC TWENTE 1

Before you watch the video over at Yanks Abroad Highlights, just take a guess how Bocanegra scored.  Actually, I don’t care if you guess. Carlos scored the matchwinner in the 50th minute off a header from a Rennes set piece. Typical stuff for the American International.  He went the full 90 as Rennes squeaked out a 2-1 victory. An all around strong performance from Carlos.  Poor Steve McClaren.

EVERTON 2 STANDARD 2

Oguchi went 90 minutes as well, as Liege scored two potentially crucial away goals to tie at Goodison Park.  Onyewu will be disappointed that his team could not do better defensively, but Liege played quite well in offense for a team who recently lost their star midfielder (Fellaini made a 15m move to Everton, but couldn’t play today since he was cup-tied).

Liege now head back to Belgium and only need a draw to advance.  Onyewu played well today dominating aerially as he normally does.  Tim Howard also saw a full match of action from between the posts, but will disappointed that a Yobo own goal will have made the difference between a tie and a win.  There seemed some miscommunication between the Everton defender and Timmy.  Everton have had a tough start to their 2008 campaign, but will look to set things right this weekend as they face Hull City.

More match highlights at Yanks Abroad Highlights.

Did you catch the matches? Any Thoughts?

–psc

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American’s in UEFA Cup Action

September 18, 2008

Just a quick update as UEFA action kicks off today.

Gooch gets back up on the European stage today, as Standard face Everton at Goodison Park.  Gooch has lined up in his familiar central defensive role as the Belgian side looks to get a win on the road.

Carlos Bocanegra and Rennes also are in UEFA action today, taking on McClaren’s FC Twente.  Bocanegra started the match playing outside left back, the position he started out playing back in his MLS days.

My Thoughts: A strong run of performanes in the UEFA Cup would only help to boost Onyewu’s foreign interest, so keeping clean sheet away from home will be foremost on the American’s mind.  Meanwhile, Bocanegra looks to help Rennes advance, but I don’t think he has much at stake in terms of European interest (sorry to say an undersized American center back isn’t that sought after).

–psc