Posts Tagged ‘FC Twente’

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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

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Kljestan to FC Twente?

August 29, 2008
The boy's got skill, but he needs to EAT MORE PIES.

McClaren: The boy's got skill, but he needs to EAT MORE PIES!!!

Ives has a little gossip on the Dutch club interested in our man Sacha.  Apparently it’s none of than Steve McClaren’s FC Twente, who just crashed out of Champions League qualifying earlier this week to Arsenal. Ives reports:

“…the Chivas USA midfielder could join former England manager Steve McClaren at Twente if the Dutch club can make an offer MLS will consider accepting (in the $3 to $4 million range is what I am being told).”

Will Chivas and MLS let Sacha go? Would 4 million USD be enough?

My Thoughts: I make my fondness for Sacha no secret and I think the Eredivisie would be a great league for the 22 year old.  He’s a strong creative midfielder who can attack in a number of midfield positions, but it’s hard to see where he can fit in the future of our already crowded USMNT midfield.  I think he was strong in the Olympics but I think his fitness was a weakness as he often looked sloppy in the last 15-20 minutes (granted he did play each game for our squad).  As for Twente, I’m not such a believer in the quality of the club, nor the quality of McClaren, but it would be a step up from Chivas.  The Dutch League could be a terrific place for him to develop, but I’m not sure Chivas will be happy to let him leave; it would leave their roster very thin.

–psc