Saturday, September 15, 2007

Dempsey The Pirate?

That's right, according to Sky Sports Clint Dempsey has a "left peg" which he used to score yet again for Fulham. A peg? As in a peg leg? Is Deuce a pirate?

DCU Clinches A Play-Off Spot

Congrats to DC United in clinching a play-off spot with 5 games left in the 2007 season. Some may argue that the regular season doesn't matter. But how one goes about getting into the play-offs does. DC United now have the luxury of resting players or letting guys take their time coming back from an injury. That is if they're not gunning for the Supporters Shield. If they are, they'll be rooting for the Rapids on Sunday. Chivas USA has not only climbed into their division league but with 2 games in hand are close to being neck and neck with DCU for the Supporters Shield.

Thursday, September 13, 2007


Props to Clint Dempsey on being voted player of the month by Fulham supporters.

A Fool Speaks

I was surprised to see today a post full of vitriol by A Fool's Match at Football is for the Madman. He really gets his undies in a bunch of Tim Howard's recent comments about the US Mens National Team's backline and who should be playing there. The tone isn't warranted and the arguments are flawed.

The first problem is that A Fool's Match falls for the classic "anyone is better; the grass is greener elsewhere" argument. That's exactly what Howard is arguing against yet A Fool's Match offers nothing to show that DeMerit, Conrad and others would do better than Bocanegra and Gooch have done. Why is that? It could be an oversight on his part. I would argue because there is no proof that they would do a better job. Remember the Copa America this summer? DeMerit and Conrad were there. How did things go then for the US' defense? Like Bob Bradley, I saw nothing about the performances of those two (and Boswell) in the Copa that would lead me to conclude those guys will do a better job.

Worse is the argument that when a player defends his fellow players, that he somehow needs to "grow some balls". Why would anyone expect a player to publicly criticize his teammates? Had Howard done that we would be speculating that he's a locker room cancer. Howard does the right thing by stepping up and publicly defending his teammates. There is no reason to expect him to do otherwise nor would we want him to. It's too bad that A Fool's Match is too caught up in ranting and raving to see this.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Thunder To Join The MLS?

Thanks to Josh at for this bit of news. It looks like the Thunder are on the verge of new ownership. The new owners are not only looking to build the team their own stadium but to bring the team into Major League Soccer. It makes sense for the stadium and being an expansion team in the MLS to go along together. Why spend money on a soccer specific stadium if you're not going to play in the top tier of US soccer? The question is who exactly are these new owners and will they really be able to secure the funding and get the politicians on board to get it done?

Tottenham, Not Ready For The Top 4

In any one game, even the best of teams can fall apart. It doesn't happen often, but it can happen. But that is not the case for Tottenham. Going into their last league game against Fulham they only had 2 clean sheets in their previous 22 league games. And the letting Fulham come back from 3-1 to tie it up at 3-3 made it 2 of 23. If they really want to be a big team they need to tighten up their defense. Is Martin Jol the man to do it? Or is it time Spurs cut the cord and found a better manager?

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

UEFA Champions League Fantasy Team

My fantasy league team for UEFA's CL fantasy league :

1: Reina
2: Carragher
3: Puyol
4: Miguel
5: Clichy
6: Pirlo
7: Hleb
8: Kaká
9: Carrick
10: Saha
11: Morientes
12: Helton
13: Remy
14: Pedro Emanuel
15: Kobiashvili