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Weekend Stuff: The Important Junk

November 30, 2008

Wow.  Jozy Altidore started today for Villarreal against Recreativo Huelva and that is the nail in the potential-loan coffin.  Josmer is now unable to go on loan to another club this year and that means he will stick around with the Yellow Submarines for the rest of the season. Hopefully their striker injury woes can continue so Jozy can keep sniping minutes.

Freddy Adu. Once again, Adu did not get off the bench for Monaco.  At this point, you have to wonder, will anything happen in January?  It truly seems that Gomes does not plan to give Adu a chance in the lineup and it seems like poor Freddy can’t catch a break.  Will he ever be able to sign with a team who ACTUALLY intends on playing him (as opposed to just using him for marketing purposes?)  Sure, Adu isn’t the savior of soccer, but he is more than capable of playing football in Europe.  When is someone going to take him seriously?

And then there’s Michael Bradley. Just as it seemed he was settling in at BMG, he scores an own goal.  Yes that’s right, Bradley scored the first goal of the match in the 17th minute. Unfortunately it went into his own net.  It was more of a bad deflection than anything so I don’t think it will haunt him too much, but nonetheless, Bradley didn’t play his best.  By all accounts, the BMG defense was horrid as usual and so they once again drop points.

Over in London, Clint Dempsey went 90 minutes for Fulham in a 0-0 draw with Aston Villa on Saturday.  Dempsey battled the whole game and had some strong efforts in the attacking third.  Friedel made some excellent saves off a few Dempsey shots and hopefully Hodgson is liking what he sees from the Texan.

And finally, poor Eddie Johnson. He didn’t even make the bench today against Swansea in a match that saw Ross McCormack return from injury and score.  Things look bleak in Cardiff for the Grown Ass Man.

What did you think this weekend? TELL US!

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Dominic Cervi to Celtic?

September 24, 2008
When I see Dominic, I see Bat Boy.

When I see Dominic, I see Bat Boy.

News out of Scotland today is reporting that American 22 year old Dominic Cervi will sign with Celtic in the next 48 hours.  The Scottish Sun writes:

“The 6ft 6in ace then hopes to clinch a three-year deal by gaining the Italian passport he needs to meet UK visa requirements.

Cervi was put through his paces at Lennoxtown before watching the Co-op Cup clash with Livingston.

He is expected to challenge Mark Brown in a battle to be back-up to Artur Boruc, but Hoops boss Gordon Strachan sees him as a future No1 if the Polish keeper if sold.”

My Thoughts: Celtic must have a pretty high estimation of him if they already can see him as the future #1. Dominic has all the physical gifts to be a successful goalkeeper, but in past performances he has lacked some focus and still needs work on his decision making.  In any case, it’s never a bad thing to have a player get some much needed training from a big club like Celtic.  But this doesn’t change that Tim Howard is our man for 2010, with Guzan in line behind him.  I hope it all works out for Cervi, who’s been trying to find a contract for some time now.  Hopefully his work permit is easily sorted out.

What do you think?

–psc