No Short Corners Archives for January 2008

Bradley names January camp squad

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USMNT boss Bob Bradley has tabbed the 25 players he will gather at the Home Depot Center on Sunday to begin prep for a January 25th friendly against Sweden, as well as the opening match of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying hexagonal against Mexico. I will probably return later with a bit of commentary, but am busy chasing more transfer stories at the moment.

Transfers, yo.

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Still working on some things here, but I'll get you started with what I know so far... The wishful thinking talk that DaMarcus Beasley could leave Rangers for MLS is just that. According to his agent, Lyle Yorks, coming home is not an option for him at this time - nor should it be, says I.The rumours linking Standard Liège backline cop Oguchi Onyewu with Fulham (again) are just that (again).

Boswell in Antalyaspor talks

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Out-of contract Houston defender Bobby Boswell is in currently in negotiaions with Turkish Super League strugglers Antalyaspor. The 2006 MLS Defender of the Year is currently in Antalya, and manager Mehmet Özdilek is hoping they can strike a deal quickly to get the American in uniform for their winter break friendlies.

Who likes goals?

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Anybody ready to get back to work yet? No? Well, here's a few moments more of delay... Celtic's Scott McDonald decides the Old Firm derby on the turn. Man City's Daniel Sturridge and Robinho help set up each other with fine passes as tthe Citizens score twice in the waning moments to grab a draw.

Seriously... what the hell was he thinking?

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Shortly after watching skipper Andy Griffin flop around like a fish as West Ham's Carlton Cole screwed home the equalizer, Stoke City forward Ricardo Fuller sauntered away from the ensuing kickoff at the center spot, taking just a brief moment to slap his teammate in the face. Yes, I said he slapped his own teammate in the face on the field of play during a match.

Deuce²

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And the West London derby scoreboard shall read: Chelsea 2, Clint Dempsey 2 That's right, ol' Deuce has done it again - only this time twice as nice. The U.S. international scored an easy opener against nearby rivals Chelsea, then eventually nodded home the last gasp equalizer to gain Fulham a home share on Sunday.

Crew locks down Marshall

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Columbus defender Chad Marshall has bucked a few growing trends by signing a multi-year extension with the MLS champs. The center back rejected an offer to join 2.Bundesliga leaders Mainz 05 in order to stay with the Crew. To be blunt, I like Marshall's call here. Aside from Mainz, he seemed to have only mild interest from Denmark and Germany, despite being available on a free transfer.

Who likes goals on Boxing Day?

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Hey... they laced 'em up, so we will too. Before we head to the Prem, let's take a quick detour through De Kuip, where F-word's Diego Biseswar showed he can dial loooooong distance. Now on the England, where Newcastle-killer Ryan Taylor of Wigan added another count to his charges - this time dedicating his strike to a sick little kid he'd visited at the hospital this week.

Top 5 Players Produced By MLS So Far

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With MLS up to a baker's dozen in seasons, it seemed like as good a time as any to see how much and how well the domestic league has manufactured players. With more and more league products heading to foreign soil, there's been a lot of talk the last few years over whether players are better or worse off developmentally for going abroad - much of which ends up being too broad and filled with

Subotić, Serbia file for FIFA switch

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I have a bad news confirmation for USMNT fans: as recently boasted by coach Raddy Antic, Borussia Dortmund backline sensation Neven Subotić has decided to play his international soccer for Serbia. It appears, after several false leads, we got the real story this time. I have learned that the former U.

A few holiday things...

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Things will get quiet around here for a couple of days, so I will round up some stuff for you now and drop that promised third Top 5 List on Friday. As for the Americans-to-Europe transfer article I mentioned... I had lost the quotes... and now I've found them. That will also go up Friday, but at S365.

Who likes goals?

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You know the drill... Seriously, who doesn't love Robbie Keane? And who said Thierry Henry was finished? Nice work from Xavi to set this one up. I'm not sure I'd be legally allowed to continue this feature if I didn't include this backheel job from Man City's Felipe Caideco. Mohammed Ali Kurtulus keeps Sivasspoor tops in Turkey with a blistered late road winner.

Deeeuce!

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Watch as Clint Dempsey ably caps Fulham's 3-0 win over Middlesbrough with his second league goal of the term. Surprisingly, the 10th place Cottagers are now unbeaten in seven and have only lost once since October 4th. - Greg Seltzer

Knockouts, knockouts!

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The Champions League and UEFA Cup knockouts draws have been done, and a few Americans have interesting tests ahead. There are also a stunning number of super showdowns. These rounds should be fun. The clubs with Americans are in bold, and my picks for the mega-clashes to watch have an asterisk. The full Champions League round of 16 draw: Atlético Madrid v Porto Lyon v Barcelona* Arsenal v Roma

A few things...

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[Photo: Hannover 96] I will add quite a bit as the day goes, but wanted to get these early notes up fast, so... #1 - Hansa Rostock have made an offer to Hannover 96 for Sal Zizzo, and the Reds are willing to talk deal. I do not yet know whether this is a loan offer or a transfer offer, but I am busy trying to chase down a vacationing German to find out.

Subotić-to-Napoli report binned

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A report is making the rounds suggesting that Napoli have clinched a deal to acquire Borussia Dortmund center back Neven Subotić in January, so I asked his agent about it. Said Steve Kelly: "100% rubbish." That is all. - Greg Seltzer

Top 5 Recent Artists/Shows America Really Missed The Boat On

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I've decided to stretch my fingers on a non-soccer Top 5'er because... well, basically 'coz I can do whatever I want. It's my blog. In this out of the ordinary ranking, I will politely chastise my fellow countryman for letting some truly outstanding artistic endeavors sink into the mire, presumably while swilling Ace of Base CD's and viewing 2.

Gooch speaks (a little)

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Standard defender and headline transfer topic Oguchi Onyewu has made what could be construed as a subtle wink to his two Ligue 1 suitors, Olympique Marseille and Paris St. Germain. Talking with Sport 10, Gooch said, "I'm leaving the door open. I need to see what opportunites are offered to me." "(Marseille and PSG) are two large clubs.

A few things...

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I've changed my mind; I'll do one of these now, the next Top 5 will come tomorrow... #1 - A quick note from Friday: West Ham defender Jonathan Spector made a second team return in an exhibition win over the Generation adidas team sent by MLS. The U.S. international, on the last leg of a long recovery from hip troubles, served as captain and scored a goal.

Who likes goals?

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I'm gonna do an early WLG?, then drop a Top 5 tomorrow. So let's go ahead and ring those bells... Mickey Owen goes heel over head on the Newcastle opener. Mohamed Zidan fires Dortmund ahead to stay. And Johannes van den Bergh with some picturesque 'Gladbach consolation. 2-1 van den Bergh BVB vs.

Gooch in L'OM transfer showdown?

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According to multiple reports from France (such as this one), Olympique Marseille have reduced the candidates for their winter defense expense down to Standard's Oguchi Onyewu and Galatasaray's Turkey center back Servet Çetin. After taking in Gala's 3-1 win at Gençlerbirliği on Friday night, L'OM scouts were on hand to see Gooch & Co.

Coz I said so...

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A double Cut of the Day, video style... - Greg Seltzer

Top 5 "Next Big Things" From Brazil

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Rallying from the wanton destruction of my last Top 5 List, I bring you a peek at some young Brazilian wizards sure to make the leap to Europe before long. You may not have heard their names and/or seen them in action, but that is temporary. For the purpose of this ranking, I have excluded big talents who have a fair share of European experience, such as Internacional striker Nilmar.

Stuff 'n stuff

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Welcome to Friday's running transfer watch post. Please take off your shoes, help yourself to some juice and a saucijzenbroodje. According to Radio Monte Carlo's website, Standard are asking €3 million from Marseille for Oguchi Onyewu - sounds more than fair to me. Footy Blog reports that Toronto FC are in hot pursuit of Trinidad & Tobago ace Keon Daniel.

A few things...

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Sorry for the delay on this one. I'm superb at technical difficulties. #1 - Mainz trialist Chad Marshall will return to Columbus Saturday to await a contract offer, says German daily Allgemeine Zeitung. My German is mediocre, but from the quotes one can infer that coach Jörn Andersen is over the moon with Marshall's aerial ability and overall performance and that the player has his heart set

Third verse, same as the first...

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Okay... I have a few transfer bits, but I need to sort it all out and write up a couple items. I will slowly build this post up as I go. Here is the Cliff Notes version: Davies is, in fact, in deep talks with a Ligue 1 team, believed to be Sochaux (but not confirmed)... Onyewu has two tabled offers and wider interest from several teams.

Transfer daze

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I hope to have much more on several interesting bits later in the day, but thought I'd drop morsels as I go. Blackburn have been mentioned in the Belgian press as a new suitor for Standard defender Oguchi Onyewu. Apparently, 'Gladbach have also stepped up their chase - but a scan of their fan forum shows the supporters are extremely pessimistic over their chances of landing the U.

Who likes goals?

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I'm chasing transfer bits everywhere, so let's not stand on ceremony... Fener's Emre gets the four-angle treatment for this strike. Lecce's Daniele Cacia puts a low boot to high lob. Check out De Graafschap's Geert den Ouden with a tidy double to bump off F-Word in their own house (at the 3:45 & 5:40 marks).

U-20 USWNT claims World Cup

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The U.S. Under-20 ladies topped North Korea 2-1 in Santiago, Chile on Sunday to net the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup title. Thanks to strikes from Golden Ball/Golden Boot winner Sydney Leroux and Alex Morgan, the Americans became the second USSF outfit to win a world championship (following, of course, the women's senior side).

Kaz rings the bell

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TOP Oss handyman Charles Kazlauskas bagged his second goal of the season on Friday night. Unfortunately, it did not stand up as winner, with hosts Veendam grabbing a late 1-1 equalizer. Full match highlights are here. - Greg Seltzer

More transfer buzzzzzz

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Dr. Kelso: Buzzy, buzz, buzz... Dr. Cox: I... beg your pardon? Dr. Kelso: Oh, uh, that's the sound of all the bees in your bonnet. And, Perry, even though I could give a rat's ass, I still think it's a pretty sound. Since I know you do all give a rat's ass (and my attempts to capture some exclusive quotes are momentarily snagged due to time zone differences), I thought it best to drop a few

Erm...

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It was just a little weird until Drew Carey showed us his catwalk moves, but that brought it back down to normal. At least, he didn't unleash Blue Steel on us... - Greg Seltzer

A few things...

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I'm clearly too excited to sleep past 7 now. Excellent. Super. #1 - Okay... here's the deal. My Euro-silly season Top 5 List has been chopped up three days in a row by a news item. It's pissing me off. So I'm tossing this one out and shall come up with a fresh new unmolested topic. And yes, it would have been fine had I posted it on Monday - although I would have only gone 50/50 on a pair of

Da Bease on da move?

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I've gotten birdie word that Rangers winger DaMarcus Beasley is being sought by Wolfsburg, and a report out of Scotland suggests that Espanyol are also interested. I was hoping to get something on this today, but alas... I must return to the trail in the morning. With any luck, I should have a story up at Soccer 365 before lunchtime in New York.

Goooooooooch

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[Photo by the always fantastic Robert Absolonne - click for full size] Mr. Onyewu scored the middle goal in Standard's 3-0 UEFA Cup rout of Samdoria on Wednesday night. The Belgian champs are perfect through three group matches and assured of a place in the knockouts. Their European form could play a part in whether "Guchi" (as he is called around Sclessin) accepts the team's contract renewal

A few things...

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Shuck and jive and all that jazz... #1 - Don't expect Michael Parkhurst to be unveiled at FC Nordsjælland until next week, but fear not. The deal is completely done, just shhhh don't tell anybody yet. The Wild Tigers head into the winter break after Monday's visit from Aarhus GF, and then we will see the erstwhile New England Rev presented by his new employers.

Top 5 Crappy Danish Stadiums

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When we need to talk Danes, we go to the great Dane. I'm not exactly sure why, but... so sayeth, The Worm: About two years ago, I wrote a piece on a website which shall remain unnamed in which I argued for relegation and promotion from and to MLS. Quite a few of the responses I received then and one of the first counter-arguments I still meet today when I raise the issue with American soccer

Who likes goals?

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Let's do this damned thang... Let's start in the Eredivisie, where Stefan Nijland put a daft capper on a well-crafted PSV attack. Sulley Muntari caps a fine Inter Milan move. Apparently, some kid named Ronaldinho at AC Milan can hit free kicks pretty well. Also in UEFA Cup play from Thursday, Racing Santander's Gonzalo Colsa rings up PSG.

'Tis the season... again

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And no, I'm not referring to that infernal early Christmas Muzak at the mall. I don't have a mall, so why would it be that? I am referring to the silly season. Ho ho ho. Soon, girls and boys, clubs will unwrap their fancy new transfer presents - several of which are bound to be American-made. Since it's a busy day and I have someone distracting me like a distracting distracter from