Posts Tagged ‘Eddie Johnson’

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Saturday: The Ups And Downs

December 6, 2008

Michael Bradley is sadly back to the bench today for BMG as they face Bayer Leverkusen.  After 45 minutes, BMG are down 2 – nil.  God Moenchengladbach is a mess.  They currently sit second to last in the league table.  If they get relegated, the team is only gonna get worse, as you have to figure Marin (at least) will be sold.  Hopefully Bradley is just getting a rest this weekend, as earlier in the week the BMG manager expressed some disappointment in the young American’s fitness.

UPDATE: Match finished 3-1 and Bradley came on in the 63rd minute.

Clint Dempsey went the full 90 today in Fulham’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City at Craven Cottage.  A good result from Fulham, who is starting to remind me of their Coleman-era squad.  They are getting gritty draws and in a good mid table position.  Dempsey looked good today, staying active and positive in attack, although he did have a few chances at goal that he could have executed better (a few stray headers and at least one stray shot).

If anyone cares, Eddie Johnson isn’t part of the squad today for CFC’s match against Preston North End.  Sad stuff.  Who smells a move back to MLS for EJ?  I brought him back to FC Dallas in my Fifa 09 Manager Mode, and he’s done quite well for me. Har har.

Over in dreary Scotland, Damarcus Beasley is back in the first XI for Rangers as they battle Hamilton.  Maurice Edu (where the hell has he been?) is on the bench for the ‘Gers. The Beas has looked strong so far, playing some dangerous balls into the box from the wing. Hopefully he can grab an assist or goal, that’d be nice.

UPDATE: Wow. Rangers went on to win 7-1 behind a Boyd Hat Trick.  No assists or goals for Beas, and Edu STILL didn’t see the pitch. yikes.

Sheffield Wednesday returned Frank Simek to the starting lineup today in their 1-1 draw with Southampton.  Simek might’ve been a bit accountable for Southampton’s goal, but by all accounts played very well in his first full 90 minutes with the first team since injury.  He came forward and delivered dangerous crosses on multiple occassions. Great news for Simek and USMNT fans, hopefully he can stay in the squad and get back on Bob’s radar.

PREGAME: as we await the start of the Villarreal game, rumor is floating around that Jozy Altidore will start again this match with Rossi.  Apparently Pelligrini was very happy with Jozy’s play last week. Check out the deets here

More to come as the day wears on, Villarreal take on Getafe, blah blah. Go team.

What games are you watching?

–psc

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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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Eddie Johnson: Staying After School

November 21, 2008

Some encouraging news out of Wales yesterday, as we learn that Eddie Johnson is working one on one with forward coach Paul Wilkinson in some extra training sessions.  Wales Online tells us:

“The pair are staying out on the training ground at Vale of Glamorgan Hotel and Resort working on Johnson’s touch, finishing and more.

Florida-born Johnson works through team training each day and then stays for a one-on-one session with Bluebirds coach and former England Under-21 forward Wilkinson.”

This is very positive stuff to hear from Eddie Johnson, as USMNT fans have always questioned his work ethic and hunger for improvement.  It makes me happy that Eddie is putting in extra work to try and hone and focus his skill and physical talent.  I mentioned a long time ago in an entry that I didn’t think Eddie ever truly trained and developed his fundamental skills enough.  Instead he relied on his blistering speed and physical strength to get to the MLS and once he became a “star” he coasted, so to speak.  I think this kind of intricate training is just what he needs, and hopefully it’ll start showing in his matches.

We’ll have a chance to see as Cardiff take on Plymouth this weekend.  Eddie is expected to start up top again with Michael Chopra.

Huzzah.

What do you think?

–psc

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Could Eddie Johnson Be Showing Signs Of Life?

November 16, 2008

Now that I’ve made this posting, I’ve undoubtedly jinxed him forever (that’s the power I have), but EJ finally seems to be finding some form for Cardiff.  After EJ’s showing in today’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace, Manager Dave Jones was quick to praise the Grown Ass Man:

“I am very pleased for Eddie Johnson, who has received a lot of flack since coming to the club. Today we saw him lead the line superbly.

“He won a lot of balls in the air, made good runs and brought others into the play. He has needed time to get up to pace but now we may be able to see the best of him.”

Eddie grabbed an assist on Cardiff’s second goal today, and he also drew a penalty in the 90th minute that Chopra failed to convert.  It’s encouraging that Eddie appears to be settling in a bit and Cardiff’s injury woes at striker have given him a chance at solid minutes.  Still, until Eddie scores some goals for the Bluebirds, he remains on my shitlist.  If he wants back into the USMNT strikeforce, he needs to be able to score goals in the Colaship.  Cardiff face Plymouth next Saturday, so we can follow EJ once again and see if he continues his progress.

Let’s go buddy, get it together.

You think he can keep up the improvement?

–psc

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Eddie Johnson Speaks, Does Anyone Listen?

November 12, 2008
I just had to use this picure again. It cracks me up.

I just had to use this picure again. It cracks me up.

Walesonline.co.uk spoke to our Grown Ass Man and it looks like he is starting to like life as a Bluebird.  Seems like Eddie is enjoying the “family” atmosphere in Cardiff and thinks that the side has a real chance at promotion (Yeah Right).

“We don’t have any big-time players in the squad and it’s something special to be a part of what is happening. It’s like a family.

We have a good team and, yes, I think we can build a major challenge for promotion. And if that happens I really hope it works out that I can stay and play my part… A lot of the players with Cardiff City are of Premiership quality,” he said. “There’s a really good chance of this squad earning promotion.”

Okay, If Eddie can score 5 goals in the rest of the season for Cardiff City, THEN maybe we can talk about promotion.  Let’s be honest, the only way Cardiff are gonna make it to the Premier League is through the playoff system, and they’re gonna need to bring their A Plus game.  I don’t exactly think that Michael Chopra is gonna “lead the way.”  So if Eddie can find some goalscoring form, then we can talk, but what are the chances of that?

What do you think about Eddie?  I mean, hey, he DID finally have a shot on goal last game. That’s something, right?

–psc

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Carling Cup Tuesday: Dempsey goes 90

September 23, 2008

Carling Cup

FULHAM 0 BURNLEY 1

Dempsey had his chance today, going a full 90 minutes for Fulham as they fell to Burnley behind a late goal from Jay Rodriguez.  Despite the disappointing result, Dempsey looked strong in attack, and was praised mightily by Fulham’s Official Match Report:

“Clint Dempsey tried his luck on 41 minutes as Fulham attempted to force their way up the pitch. Dempsey, who had been looking good in possession and had played some wonderful one-touch passes, shot from 25 yards but pulled his effort wide…

…a strong run from Clint Dempsey on 55 minutes drove Fulham forward, the American striker ghosted past a couple of players before playing the ball out wide, the pass was returned but Dempsey’s shot was deflected wide.

The American attacker, who had put on a good show in the first half was becoming more of a central figure in Fulham’s attacks.

My Thoughts: A bad result for the team, but a strong showing for Dempsey. By all accounts, Clint played very well, but the result still stands and hopefully Hodgson saw enough in the American to keep including him. Fulham face West Ham this weekend and while I’m not confident Clint will feature after just playing a full match, hopefully this is the start of an upturn in form for the Texan.

CARDIFF CITY 0 SWANSEA 1

This might just be my last coverage of Eddie Johnson.  He started and played the first 45 minutes and put simply, he was atrocious.  I watched his minutes and nearly every time he touched the ball, he played a poor layoff pass that was oftentimes intercepted.  He never looked threatening and he always looked unsure of himself.  I was embarrassed for him as the announcers kept commenting on how poor he was performing.  I don’t think it will be long until we see EJ back in the MLS, because today I think he has played himself deeper onto the bench for Cardiff.  The Tale of Eddie Johnson will be a sad story some day.

German Cup

BORUSSIA M’GLADBACH 0 COTTBUS 3

Wow. Michael Bradley did not play today in a match that saw Energie Cottbus score 3 times from the Penalty Spot.  Now Gladbach is out of the DFB Cup and also firmly in the bottom 3 of the Bundesliga. What has Michael Bradley walked into? At this point it may be too early to say “what was his agent thinking sending him here?” but to be honest, I’m already thinking it.

Any other insights on these games today?

–psc

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The Woes of Dempsey and Other Saturday Action

September 20, 2008

English Premier League

FULHAM 0 BLACKBURN 1

In what has surely been a nightmare season so far for the Texan, Dempsey was left on the bench for Fulham’s 1-0 loss to Blackburn this morning.  Matt Derbyshire made the difference in the 84th minute after coming on for Treacy, shooting low and hard past Mark Schwarzer.  Fulham had the host of chances, but couldn’t find the net and it looked like the Cottagers could’ve used Dempsey’s pace as Gera looked invisible for the latter half of the match.

My Thoughts: Knowing Clint, he can’t be happy about being just a substitute, especially one who can’t get on the field.  If he continues to struggle for even scrap minutes, his position on the right wing for the USMNT could very well be under threat.  It could even provide a place for Adu to come in and shine, hell, that is IF Adu can start seeing more minutes himself!

Bundesliga

BORUSSIA M’GLADBACH 0 HERTHA BERLIN 1

Michael Bradley’s debut was spoiled by a 10th minute Hertha Berlin goal, as the young American came immediately into the starting lineup for his new side.  Bradley played a strong 65 minutes before being replaced, getting deep into the box on a number of occassions and having a few shots on goal.  He tackled well in the second half, showing some of the grit that has grown to define his game at the International level.  A good debut for the young American, but M’gladbach will be disappointed to not get a point after going close numerous times.

Eddie Johnson also played today for Cardiff, but I refuse to report on him until he scores a goal.  He needs to earn the attention.

Tomorrow has most of the action, with hopefully more minutes for Jozy.  Check back as games happen for video clips and straight talk!

-psc