Posts Tagged ‘Monaco’

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20-Man Roster For Guatemala Game

November 17, 2008

Bob Bradley released the roster for the Guatemala game this Wednesday and Jozy and Freddy are the only boys to venture over from Europe.  John Thorrington (Why Gody Why) and Chris Role (Kill Me Now) are the new domestic additions.  Take a peek:

GOALKEEPERS

Brad Guzan, Troy Perkins, Matt Pickens

DEFENDERS

Jonathan Bornstein, Sean Franklin, Cory Gibbs, Clarence Goodson, Drew Moor, Michael Parkhurst

MIDFIELDERS

Freddy Adu, Davy Arnaud, Ricardo Clark, Sacha Kljestan, Pablo Mastroeni, John Thorrington

FORWARDS

Jozy Altidore, Conor Casey, Brian Ching, Kenny Cooper, Chris Rolfe

Alright, so despite the inclusion of Chris Rolfe and Papa John Thorrington, there are some things to be excited about.  First off, Corey Gibbs makes his return to the National Team and there’s a chance he might sneak a start (I suspect he’ll be fighting with Drew Moor for the RB spot).  On first glance, my gut tells me that the starting defense will be Bornstein, Goodson, Parkhurst, Moor. But Gibbs could slide in for Moor.  And Franklin could be a late sub, just to give him a taste of the Senior crest.

In the midfield, my gut reaction is that we’ll see Adu, Clark, Mastroeni, Kljestan lining up.  I’m surprised that US Soccer lists Davy Arnaud as a midfieler, but I don’t expect him to see the pitch anyway (but I suppose you never know).  Some people may be sad to see Freddy on the wing, but where else would we put him in this squad? I don’t think he’d slide into the center because that would push Pablo or Clark out, and I just don’t see that happening.

Up top, the forwards pose an interesting dilemma.  First, I have to figure that Jozy will start.  Why else would we bring him over from Villarreal?  That implies that Brian Ching and Kenny Cooper will be fighting for the other spot, and that makes me extremely worried.  Because knowing Bob Bradley and the US Soccer contingent, Brian Ching will start.  Which breaks my cold, black heart.  This game means nothing and we really need to see what Kenny Cooper can do in a strong runout.  Cooper has been much more productive in the MLS, but because Ching is a “USMNT veteran” he will get the nod?  There is a chance that Cooper will start, but given the traditional and safe ways of Bradley, I don’t have much confidence in that possibility.  Hey, there’s always the chance that Cooper and Ching would start up top together, although that would be mind boggling.

What do you all think of the roster?  Who do you figure will get the start?  Are you sad not to see Danny Szetela in this lineup? Because I am. I have some more in depth thoughts, but I’ll post those later.

–psc

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Gomes Might Hate Adu, But His Teammates Are Impressed!

November 12, 2008

Goal.com has a little blurb from veteran Monaco midfielder Camel Meriem in regards to our very own Fredua Adu. Check it:

“He is a super player, very strong with a very good left foot,” said Meriem of the 19-year-old American. “For the moment, he is discovering that the French championship is not easy for him. It takes time to adapt, but with time, everything will be better for him. In any case, he has the potential to become a player of very high standard.”

Okay, so how much did US Soccer pay Meriem to spread some positive talk about Freddy?  Hopefully Gomes feels the same way, because Freddy needs First Team minutes like I need a million dollars.  I expect Freddy to get called in for our Guatemala game on the 19th so hopefully he can use that stage to show some skill and usefulness.  But since Freddy hasn’t played much since the LAST qualifier, is it really fair to expect him to be effective against Guatemala? Freddy Adu: stuck in a spiral of doom.  Can’t get minutes for his club, which makes him rusty and inneffective when he CAN get minutes at the National level. Oh the irony.

2 posts already by 10am? Boom.

–psc

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What’s Freddy Adu To Do?

November 9, 2008
From JoJo to Hilary?

From JoJo to Hilary?

Monaco lost 1-0 to Lyon yesterday and Freddy was an unused sub.  This has to be a nightmare for the young american.  I hate to say it, but this club situation is going to be a huge obstacle between him and a regular USMNT place.  He has not played at all in the last couple games and if I was Freddy, I’d be pissed.  Monaco is an underperforming mid table French club who is struggling for goals and Freddy is a creative offensive player who can score.  So what gives?  I’m not about to start calling for the firing of Ricardo Gomes because he’s not playing Freddy, BUT he’s not getting results and as far as I’m concerned that IS a potential grounds for termination.  Freddy it seems, is saying all the right things, as Tribal Football reports:

“Training over the past two weeks has been crisp. There is a new energy around the team. It is exciting to be a part of ! Coach Ricardo has made some changes and experimented with some different lineups as of late. He has given guys like Mollo, Licata, and Pokrivac a chance to prove their value to the team. They have responded well. My hope is that I will find my way into the plans of our coaching staff soon. Obviously, I am disappointed after being left off the eighteen man roster this past weekend, but I know I bring something to club. I am not discouraged. It only makes me work harder to earn my spot.”

Well shit Freddy, you SHOULD be discouraged, because everyone else following you in America is discouraged. I’m discouraged, Bob Bradley is probably discouraged, Momma Adu is probably discouraged.  Seriously though, if I’m Freddy Adu, being an unused sub on a poor team is unacceptable, and Freddy is better than that.

What do you think about Adu’s situation? Are you worried? What should he do?

–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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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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Sunday Sadness: No Jozy, No Freddy

September 22, 2008

Neither Freddy Adu or Jozy Altidore saw the pitch as an overhyped Sunday matchday came and went without a peep.  I don’t have much to say about it, because I’m crippled with sadness, but let’s see…

Park started and went 90 for Monaco, and to be honest, he looked very very poor.  I was surprised that Freddy didn’t see the field as a sub, and it makes me wonder what’s going on with the manager.  While I’m not really into conspiracy theories, the truth is that it wasn’t Gomes decision to sign Adu, it was decided by the team president. So does Ricardo Gomes just not think Freddy has what it takes? Park missed two silver platter tap-ins and looked sluggish for the entire second half.  At this point, Monaco isn’t looking any better than Benfica.

In La Liga, Jozy never left the bench as Nihat was the striker who came on for the Yellow Submarine.  Disappointing for American fans everywhere who hoped we’d see the young forward again, but it looks like we’ll have to wait. Nihat combined with Llorente on the game winner, so that doesn’t bode well for Jozy’s inclusion either.  I’m not too concerned here, as Jozy definitely will continue to develop in training with these great players, and surely he’ll see minutes in the Copa del Rey.

In all, not a great soccer weekend for our USMNT players abroad, and not a great weekend for fans either. Neither Dempsey, Adu, Edu, or Jozy saw the field.  Weak.

For video highlights of the Yanks who DID see the pitch, head over to http://watchsocceronline.blogspot.com

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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