Posts Tagged ‘BMG’

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S-S-Saturday Stuff

November 15, 2008

Oh Hey Michael Bradley

BMG took on Bayern Munich today in the Bundesliga and Michael Bradley scored the tying goal for Moenchengladbach in the 80th minute.  The game finished 2-2 and Little Mikey went the full 90 and looked alright.  He seemed to be playing more offensively throughout the game and had a handful of attempts on goal, as well as a crucial tackle on Ribery in the 84th minute.. Americans will be happy to see Bradley get on the scoresheet as it helps his case in becoming a crucial member of Meyer’s First XI. Meyer seems to believe in Bradley and hopefully BMG can get some results over the next few games.  A tie at Bayern isn’t a bad start.

Dempsey Gets The Start

Dempsey started on the wing for Fulham today and played a strong 87 minutes before being brought off for Zoltan Gera.  Kudos to Dempsey for putting his head down and working his way back into the starting lineup.  He had some terrific chances on goal in this game and played a part in Fulham’s second goal.  In all, very bright stuff from the American who is making a strong case for his continued inclusion in the starting XI.

What’d you think of the matches?

–psc

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Bradley Goes 90, Gladbach See Victory

November 9, 2008

Michael B saw a full match from the central midfield yesterday and BMG walked away with a 2-0 victory over Arminia Bielefeld.  If you watch the highlights over at http://watchsocceronline.blogspot.com you’ll be surprised that BMG won at all.  Bielefeld had the host of chances throughout the game and had a handful of astonishing misses from point blank range.  BMG manager Meyer will be happy to walk away with 3 points, but I think he’ll still be concerned with the pretty atrocious defense played by his side.

Michael really didn’t seem to be too involved in any specific moments, but he did put in some tireless effort (something that’s been a hallmark of his play with the National Team: doing the little things).  I’m not sure that Bradley Jr is entirely settled in to life and football in the Bundesliga, but if he can stay in the manager’s favor and keep starting, his assimilation into Germany will be smooth.

No doubt, Mikey will be looking to build on this 90 minutes next weekend when Gladbach take on Bayern Munich.  Big game.

What do you think of Bradley’s performance?  Think he’ll help the team out?

–psc

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Midweek Action: Bradley Starts for BMG

October 28, 2008

Michael Bradley started today for Moenchengladbach against Wolfsburg and he did not perform well.  He saw little of the ball, and when he did have a chance to score he provided a poor finish.  To make matters worse, in the 54th minute Bradley’s lazy marking on a set piece led to Wolfsburg’s second goal as his man rose above him to head home.

Tough stuff for Bradley Jr, especially as this has been his chance to impress the new manager.  I’m not sure he’s done so, and I’m not sure that we’ll see much more of Michael in the BMG starting lineup.  In fact, the whole BMG squad looks quite poor in possession and attack and they have little composure (throughout the match they committed poor fouls and earned a few stupid cards by talking back too much).  While it is still very early in the season, I have a feeling they’re going to be steeped in the relegation battle for the coming months.

Though I may sound overdramatic, I have to ask: What was Michael Bradley thinking when he decided to join this club? And maybe it’s also appropriate to ask, what was his agent thinking when advising him??  Borussia Moenchengladbach is a mess.

Ah well, a little further west on the European continent, Maurice Edu started for Rangers today in the Co-operative Insurance cup.  Beasley isn’t in the squad but I’m glad that Maurice is getting minutes.  It’s nearly halftime there now, and Rangers are up 1-0.  Maurice hasn’t been mentioned much in the gamecast but hopefully he can regain some confidence and start to compete for a place in the side.

More games tomorrow and a potential chance for Dempsey to start for Fulham.  Keep tabs!

–psc

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Saturday: Bye Bye Luhukay, Helloooo Mikey B

October 18, 2008

Bundesliga

BOCHUM 2 BMG 2

Michael Bradley went 90 minutes in today’s 2-2 draw between BMG and Bochum and he looked alright!  He was guilty of some suspect marking in the 50th minute on Bochum’s first goal, as you can see below:

Cmon little Mike!

C'mon little Mike!

In any case, thank god he’s getting some minutes, and hopefully this is a sign of his new role at BMG.  Interestingly enough, he played pretty high up the pitch in today’s game, almost immediately behind the striker Rob Friend.  For a player who calls himself “most comfortable with a defensive midfield role” I wonder what Bradley thinks about his position today.

Serie B

BRESCIA 3 TRIESTINA 2

Danny Szetela came on in the second half and scored the gamewinner for Brescia in the 88th minute.  I’m foraging for highlights and as soon as I can find them I’ll post.  But great news for Danny as he continues to make his place in the squad at Brescia.

Premier League

FULHAM 0 SUNDERLAND 0

Dempsey came on in the 73rd minute as Fulham were held to a scoreless draw against Sunderland.  Clint was involved in some nice passing sequences after coming on, but Fulham never truly threatened the goal.  Sunderland will be most dissapointed with the draw after having a goal disallowed in the second half.

check back later on today and see if Jozy makes the bench for Villarreal and if Adu can get in the game against Nice for Monaco.

For all your International Yank highlights, head to watchsocceronline.blogspot.com

–psc

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Monday: Gladbach Coach Sacked

October 6, 2008

After six losses entrenched them at the bottom of the league table, Borussia Moenchengladbach fired their coach Jos Luhukay today. Reuters reports:

“We’re looking for a new coach but we’re going to do it calmly and carefully,” [Club Sporting Director] Ziege told http://www.borussia.de. “We’re not going to make a hasty decision and I’ve therefore agreed to train the team for now.”

This little quote is important because Ziege was directly responsible for the purchase of Michael Bradley from Heerenveen.  In the spirit of optimism, hopefully Ziege starts to play Bradley right away, because BMG are in desperate need of help in the midfield (hell, they could use some defenders too).  On the other hand, If I were a cynic, I might say that this sounds might similar to Freddy Adu at Benfica: Old coach fired, new coach comes in and ignores American player.  I have a feeling though that Bradley will get his chance now that Luhukay is out.  We’ll have to see how he performs against Cuba this weekend as well, as a strong showing could also help his case for inclusion.

What do you think? Worried about Bradley’s chances? Relieved that Luhukay is gone?

–psc