Posts Tagged ‘Maurice Edu’

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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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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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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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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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More Cup Action: Adu starts for Monaco

September 24, 2008

Freddy got a start today and went 69 minutes for Monaco as they lost 1-0 to PSG in the French League Cup.  He played as a striker and by all accounts looked strong in attack.  He made sharp runs in the offensive third that unfortunately often went unrewarded by his teammates, as he was caught offsides a few times due to late passes.  The announcers also seemed impressed with his contributions and we can only hope that Gomes felt the same way.  Park replaced him up top as Monaco searched for the equalizing goal, but he could not provide any scoring either.  I’d be curious to see Park and Freddy up top together and see if they can combine for anythng promising.  Hopefully can still feature this weekend for Monaco, and let’s pray that Gomes sees the promise that we all do in the American youngster.

In other Tuesday developments, Villarreal will take on Racing Santandar today, but Altidore did not make the bench.  Both Nihat and Rossi are back from injury, so Jozy has been pushed further down the chart.  I’m curious if Villarreal will keep him simply for the Copa del Rey or if they will more seriously consider loaning him out.  It’s a little frightening to think Jozy might not see any first team action until January, but at least he is still training with the best.

Rennes and Carlos are in French League Cup action later today, so we’ll talk about that later on!  Also, the Rangers play today in a Cup game, so hopefully Edu and Beasley will see some time.  This could be an important game for Maurice to prove his stuff if he can get on the pitch.  Last but not least, Howard and Everton line up against Blackburn in Carling Cup play.  Also in CC today is Aston Villa, and maybe even Guzan will get to play?

UPDATE:

Carling Cup

ASTON VILLA 0 QPR 1

Brad Guzan started in net for Villa, but ultimately he was the one to blame after a poor clearance resulted in the only goal of the match. Guzan was called into action on only a few occasions, but did make a some nice saves.

Scottish Co-operative Insurance Cup

RANGERS 2 PARTICK 1

Beasley came on in the 70th minute and assisted on the gamewinner in Extra Time.  Edu was on the bench for the match, but did not see the pitch and will hope to play a part this weekend.  Beasley still looked a bit rusty, but he did provide a spark and I have a feeling he’ll stay as a super sub for the Rangers for the forseeable future.

–psc

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Edu Starts for Rangers: Saturday Action

September 13, 2008
What Up Scotland?

What Up Scotland?

SPL

RANGERS 2 KILMARNOCK 1

Both Maurice Edu and Damarcus Beasley started tonight for Rangers in a 2-1 win over Kilmarnock. Edu played the first 60 minutes of the match and left a good impression, passing well and winning a number of tackles in the midfield.  By contrast, Beasley (who was replaced at halftime) saw a lot of the ball, but had trouble posing a threat as he was dispossessed often on offense.  He did win a number of fouls for the Gers, but he needs to start beating defenders if he wants to stay in the lineup.

My Thoughts: Sweet stuff for Maurice Edu, who was gifted a starting spot after Kevin Thomson failed a late fitness test.  He played well and hopefully he continues to impress in his chances, although I think he’ll go back to being a substitute once Thomson returns.  Beasley looks to be in a small rut right now, unable to really attack with confidence. Hopefully he can work the kinks out.

Ligue 1

MONACO 2 LORIENTE 0

Freddy Adu came on in the 79th minute as Monaco posted a victory against Loriente today.  He had a few nice touches on the ball but really wasn’t involved much, but at least he came on sooner than the 85th minute.  It probably doesn’t bode well that Monaco’s new signing Park started up top and scored a goal.

you can watch video of Adu’s 12 minutes HERE

Check in tomorrow to see if Michael Bradley debuts for ‘Gladbach and if Jozy sees the pitch for Villarreal!

–psc

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Post-Tranfer Depression and the Cuba Match

September 3, 2008
Wait, Ching is Hawaiin right? Or am I making that up. Eh whatever.

Wait, Ching is Hawaiin right? Or am I making that up. Eh whatever.

Now that it’s all over, what are we supposed to do? I feel empty inside.  Where do I turn? What can I entertain myself with next?  My barren soccer womb aches with sadness.

Well the good news is, that in 4 days time, the USMNT takes on Cuba in their next WCQ.  The unfortunate thing about this upcoming game however, is that we’re likely to see another uninspiring lineup from Bob Bradley which could very well feature Frankie Hejduk at starting Right Back (whyyyyyy god whhhyyy).

As we look forward to that Cuba, I would expect we will see a very similar lineup to last game, with Edu stepping in for Mastroeni, and Hejduk coming in for Cherundolo.  Hopefully, Wynne will replace Hejduk at some point and he will showcase his speed that we saw flashes of during the Olympics.  I also hope that Beasley will play a larger part this time around, but that will depend on his fitness, as he missed the last Rangers match (on the optimistic side, that should make him very fresh for Saturday!). Let’s break down our setup.

THE FORWARD CRISIS

Even though the lineup lacks the Cooper connection, something that I wouldn’t mind seeing is Landon Donovan up top, playing as a striker.  Dempsey has been poor lately, both for club and country, and I think it’s time to mix things up with him.  I say we should deploy Dempsey on the right wing and let him run forward with the ball, and let Landon play forward.  Donovan has been strong for the Galaxy at the position, and with our weak striker pool right now, I’d rather see Donovan using his pace and vision as opposed to the same old EJ.  I think we can count on Brian Ching getting the start again, as he is the only true target man on the roster, and we all know Bob Bradley is attached to the notion of forward play.

Obviously, I’m 90% convinced Bradley will go with Dempsey and Ching up top again; it’s merely my opinion that Landon would fare better as a forward given our current squad.  Plus, I don’t think we’d lose anything from putting someone else at right wing.  It’s no secret that Donovan doesn’t bring much to the position (which isn’t his fault).

MIDFIELD MAESTROS

I also hope that we get to see good minutes given to a Bradley/Edu combo in the central midfield.  This tandem could very well be a USMNT mainstay for a good while to come, so it’s important that these two work together.  A potential problem with this however, is that both of them are very similar midfielders.  As much as we would love Mikey to be a playmaker and offensive dynamo, he just isnt that tricky or creative, and is much more the tireless worker.  In addition, Mo Edu isn’t a defensive midfielder by his own admission.  Granted, he can play the position and play it well (his versatility is certainly a strength), but the boy loves to get forward and score goals too.  In essence, they both are box-to-box midfielders, and I’m not sure that’s the best chemical reaction we want in our midfield generals.  To make matters worse, Ricardo Clark is a pretty traditional box-to-box midfielder too and I’m not too eager on seeing him feature for us ( I can’t see him having a strong place in the USMNT of the future).  We are midfield heavy, and while Clark is strong, he will never be more than a sub and role player for the team.

NOTE:  I don’t think Michael Bradley’s transfer to ‘gladbach will affect his inclusion in these qualifiers, but I suppose it is possible.

DEFENSIVE FORTRESS

Gooch and Boca are back to start in central defense, with Heath Pearce and Frankie Hejduk most likely lining up on the left and right.  It goes without saying that our defensive line should be capable of containing the Cuba attack, but one thing both our outside defenders lack is pace.  So if we’re going to be in danger during this game, I think it’s going to come from the flanks.  If Wynne can get in the match, his speed will help a great deal, but in all, I don’t think its unreasonable to expect a shutout from our backline.

My Thoughts: At the end of the day, as much as we want to see certain lineups and tweaks, the only thing that truly matters is that we win.  Or at least that’s what all the pundits and professional analysts will say.  And while they’re right to some degree, where does it end?  The longer we wait to give big minutes to our upcoming stars, the fewer games they’ll have to adjust and mesh before the big show in 2010.  If we wait until late 2009 to really include the likes of Freddy Adu, Jozy Altidore and Kenny Cooper (optimistic, I know) I think it’s going to be too late for them to really take control of the team.  It’s never going to be that one day, during one game, Freddy/Jozy and company will all the sudden be ready to start and beat Brazil.  They’re gonna need to fail and learn to play together first and just playing big minutes with u-20 and u-23 teams doesn’t count.  So, fine, I’m not MAD that they didn’t get called up for these qualifiers, but I am wondering WHEN will their time come? WHEN will Bob Bradley, Nowak, and Sunil decide to really make our youngsters the heart of the Senior Team? Because in my opinion, it has to happen for our program to jump to the next level.  Just my two cents. Blah.

What do you all think as we look to these upcoming games?  You think Bob Bradley will try anything different?  Do you WANT him to?

–psc