Posts Tagged ‘Fulham’

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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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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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Clint Dempsey: “I’m Back”

October 27, 2008

Clinton Dempsey scored the leveling goal today in a 1-1 draw with Portsmouth.  He came on in the 77th minute and found the back of the net 9 minutes later off of a Nevland cross.  Fuck Yea. It’s about time Clint is seeing the fruit of his hardwork pay off, and you could definitely sense relief after he scored.  He ran to the fans and was clearly saying “I’m Back!” repeatedly as he celebrated.

I hope he is back, and I hope that Hodgson sees that Dempsey can bring some valuable skill to the squad. Clint’s goal capped off an otherwise dissappointing weekend among American’s in Europe and beyond.  Adu didn’t get in the game for Monaco, and the French team failed to win yet again.  Jozy didn’t make the bench for Villarreal, but with the Copa del Rey about to start, I’m hoping he gets a strong chance at those matches.   Edu sadly didn’t make the bench for Rangers, but Beasley did go 73 minutes and had some really strong effort in attack; he kicked off the buildup that led to the ‘Ger’s second goal.

This is a double gameweek for England, so we’ll have another chance to check in on Dempsey on Wednesday.  And since AJ went 90 minutes today, who knows, Clint might even get the start.

–psc

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Dempsey to QPR? Huh?

October 10, 2008

A little rumor popped up on the web today from a QPR fansite, and it spoke of their potential interest in Dempsey.  Apparently their was almost a loan to QPR back in August, but it fell through with the injuries to AJ and some other niggles at Fulham.  They report:

American international Clint Dempsey was the subject of interest once more, for a possible loan spell, but according to the Hounslow Chronicle the deal was shelved due to the injury woes of the R`s West London rivals.

So would Dempsey get loaned out to QPR? No way, I really don’t think this will happen.  But it’s fun to entertain all the little rumors!  Keep your eye on Dempsey tomorrow against Cuba, and maybe he can play his way into Fulham’s starting XI.

What do you think? Can you see Dempsey saying yes to spending some time in the Colaship?

–psc

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Saturday With The Big Boys: Dempsey Gets His Chance

October 4, 2008
Don't Suck.

Don't Suck.

Dempsey is listed to start up front with Zamora for Fulham today, as they take on WBA.  Amidst rumors of Clint’s unhappiness on the bench, Hodgson has given the Texan a chance to prove himself and hopefully he’ll seize it by the collar and put in a good performance.

UPDATE: Dempsey didn’t suck (but Fulham did lose 1-0 to WBA)! By all accounts, Clint took advantage of his inclusion and through most of the game looked very dangerous.  He seemed central to Fulham’s attack and went close on a number of nice drives; he also set up Zolton Gera beautifully after a nice bit of hustle, but the former WBA man failed to finish.  Hodgson seemed happy with Dempsey’s play, saying after the match:

“…Clint dempsey who came in for the first time this year, had a very good game and that’s good to know, that there are players who haven’t featured so much so far, who are capable of going in and playing well.”

Good work from Dempsey in Andy Johnson’s absence, but I don’t think it was enough to keep him in the starting XI.  Still, his effort wasn’t all in vain methinks, as he definitely proved to Hodgson that he can be a valuable asset to the team and a viable offensive threat.  Clint needs to keep up the work in training, and really look to grab a goal or assist in his next chance if he wants to further raise his stock.

Over in Germany, Michael Bradly is on the bench for BMG’s game against Cologne.  It’s currently about the 65th minute and the score is locked at 1-1.  Doesn’t look good for Bradley getting in the game. Blah.

UPDATE: BMG lost 2-1 and Bradley did not get off the bench.  Tick tock BMG, time to get Bradley in the squad, looks like you need him.

In other Saturday Matchday news, Altidore is in the squad for Villarreals match against Real Betis, since Nihat is once again out with injury.  I don’t expect Jozy to see the pitch, but who can tell.

UPDATE: Altidore WAS named in the provisional 8 man bench for Villarreal, but he was dropped from the bench when they trimmed down to 7.  Unfortunate.  Hopefully we see Jozy versus Cuba next Saturday.

Check back in as the day moves on for updates! And for all Yanks video highlights, head over to http://watchsocceronline.blogspot.com

–psc

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Sunday Stuff: Dempsey Rumors and More

September 28, 2008
Will work for...work?

Will work for...work?

In more fun with new gossip and flighty rumors, News of the World reports today that Clint Dempsey may be planning an escape from Fulham:

“…Clint Dempsey is looking to leave Craven Cottage after being frozen out of the first team by Roy Hodgson.”

COULD IT BE TRUE?! WHAT!? Who the hell knows, at this point publishing a rumor like this is hardly groundbreaking.  Every USMNT fan is wondering about Dempsey’s future at Fulham and his inability to see the pitch under Roy Hodgson.  Not to mention, it doesn’t help his case that the Cottagers haven’t had a horrible start without him in the lineup.  It could very well be true that Dempsey is not in the plans of Hodgson this season, and it’s only natural that Clint would want to find a home where he COULD feature (he’s not one to be satisfied with a sub role).

My Thoughts: Much too early to tell.  In my opinion, this rumor has probably just been stirred up by Dempsey’s camp to see what kind of interest is out there.  Unfortunately, I’m not convinced Clint would garner much attention from other quality EPL clubs, so a move abroad could materialize (I don’t think he’d join a Prem club fighting relegation, but who knows).  Despite it all, it’s important to remember that Dempsey is certainly not one to give up, and he is sure to continue fighting for a first team spot.  If he can continue to produce for the USMNT in upcoming qualifiers, I don’t think Hodgson will be able to ignore him.

Ah well, what do you all think? Will Dempsey earn back a regular role for Fulham? Is it time for him to move on? Chime in and let’s hear it. Also, check back later today and we can see if Freddy make’s the Monaco squad!

UPDATE:

Freddy Adu came on as a 79 minute substitution in the midfield as Monaco fell 2-0 to Lille.  Another disappointing result and more meager minutes for Adu. I think Adu touched ball about once after he came on, which isn’t exactly his fault.  The Monaco link up play is atrocious.  Bottom line: Adu needs to see major minutes if he’s gonna impact the game and help rescue Monaco.  He could provide the midfield to forward link up play that they desperately need.  Also worth notin, Park played another 90 minutes, and failed to produce.

Neither Maurice Edu and Damarcus Beasley even made the bench today in the Rangers 3-0 win over Hibernian.  No reason to be worried about it yet.  If they don’t make the bench again next weekend, then we can think about worrying.

–psc

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Saturday Action: Bradley Hits The Bench

September 27, 2008
A Settling Jewel

Michael Bradley: A Settling Jewel

M’gladbach fell further in the league table today, dropping a 1-0 result to Hamburg SV (they now are second to last in the table).  Michael Bradley was an unused substitute, and you have to wonder what the manager is thinking.  Gladbach is disastrous in possession and also has shown really poor tackling in the midfield, so it seems that Bradley would be a perfect injection of quality.  As I did some internet digging, I found this article, which after some translation, consoled me a little:

…But because of Patrick Paauwe’s injury [Bradley] was tested again on Tuesday in the German cup second-round game against Energie Cottbus, after his unplanned Bundesliga debut against Hertha BSC Berlin (0:1) last Saturday.

The son of US national team coach Bob Bradley couldn’t help the Borussians with his already enormous strength in on on one situations and his astonishing maturity yet, but coach Jos Luhukay first wants to give his new jewel time to settle in anyway. “Michael tried. For a first game that was ok” – the coach attests at least that he had a good debut. But the threshold for Bradley is much higher – as he wants to take the next step in his already meteoric career.

So hopefully there is some truth to Luhukay’s implied desire to let Bradley settle in slowly.  But to be honest, can M’gladbach afford to do so?  They need help, and fast, before they find themselves even more mired in the relegation swamp.

Ah well, at the end of all this speculation, only one thing will ACTUALLY get Bradley into the lineup, and that’s performances in training.  So let’s cross our fingers that Mikey can adjust to the German air and seem settled enough to feature next week.  God knows M’gladbach needs him.

In other Saturday developments, Dempsey was an unused sub in Fulham’s loss to West Ham.  Not too surprising there, as he went 90 in midweek Carling Cup action.  Later on today Villarreal will take on Sporting de Gijon, but early word is that Jozy is left out of the squad (now that Rossi and Nihat are back, I don’t think we’ll see Jozy until Copa del Rey kicks up).

How’s Saturday going for everyone?

Remember to head to Watch Soccer Online for all your Yanks Abroad weekend highlights.

–psc