No Short Corners Archives for January 2009
St. Pat's attacker Ryan Guy fired an early second half decider for a 2-1 win at Drogheda United.The
proud new papa celebrated with his fifth goal of the season, giving the Saints a shot at avoiding
the relegation playoff in next Friday's closing day visit from Shamrock Rovers.As always, we cross
our fingers hoping that the St.
Loose-lipped AC Milan exec Adriano Galliani has boasted that the club are on the verge of
officially announcing a completed deal to bring L.A. Galaxy star David Beckham back for another
January-to-June loan spell. He would then return (presumably for good) to MLS after appearing for
England at World Cup 2010.
Former USWNT superstar Mia Hamm has pulled a Chili Palmer, becoming a movie producer to adapt
Harvey Araton's Alive and Kicking: When Soccer Moms Take the Field for the big screen.That's all
fine and good... but I still wanna see her throw a stuntman down restaurant stairs.What can I say?
I'm just like that.
Real Madrid's 0-4 calamity at Alcorcan, a wee club from the suburbs of the same city, is my
highlight of the week. Oh to have been an ADA fan that night! Here's the awesome fortress of the
Santo Domingo (cap. 4,000) and the Real lineup that made history: Dudek; Arbeloa, Albiol,
Metzelder, Drenthe; Diarra, Guti (Gago 46'), Van der Vaart, Granero (Marcelo 63'); RaÃºl (Van
It was a 54th minute Alex Shinsky that the keeper should have done better on that won the day for
the U.S. Under-17's.The World Cup group win moved our boys level on points with second place UAE,
their closing day opponent. Here are the highlights.- Greg Seltzer
Thanks to an NSC reader's diligence (and Spanish), we have a proper video report of ambitious Aston
Villa keeper Brad Guzan's lights out display on Wednesday night. I thought it deserved it's own
post.- Greg Seltzer
Tonight on 30 Rock, Liz and jack visit Kenneth's hometown. Oh my, this should be good...#1 - Via
Columbus Dispatch all-star Shawn Mitchell, Crew defender Chad Marshall has been suddenly upgraded
all the way to probable. Meanwhile, Real Salt Lake have picked up a few small knocks here and
there.An upset course diverted?
Yesterday, we had the good side of this coin go up at S365. Today, we flip it to the ugly side.
Yep, several MLS field players just didn't fit the billing in 2009 and now it's time to pick on
them. But just a little. I promise.And just as the "nice list" was made completely of playoff
participants, the "naughty list" is full of players watching 'em on TV like the rest of us.
Isn't awful how work always gets in the way of TV viewing? Bastards...We start this week with
MOTD2's "2 Good 2 Bad" - a little later than usual, but it still counts.Our ESPN friends run down
their Top 10 MLS Goals of the Season, and then John Harkes answers JPD's burning questions about
At the least, Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill hinted that #2 keeper Brad Guzan may be set to
challenge #1 Brad Friedel after last night's dominant Carling Cup display. The former Chivas USA
saw off a penalty in regulation and three more in the shootout to completely foil Sunderland.I'm on
the lookout for any highlights, but for now, you can just bask in O'Neill's Guzan fawning.
I was waiting to do this until I finished Top 5 List #1 - and then I just copied after cutting it
without pasting. It's gone. I friggin' just flat lost it. I have to do it all over again. Right
now, the way I feel about having to do it all over again, I would punch a baby unicorn in the
eye...#1 - I somehow, idiot that I am, managed to post up my MLS playoff preview without deleting
it like an
It's gotta be Schalke v Hamburg.Link: - Greg Seltzer
No LIVE today for our U-17 World Cup kickoff, but I will come back at halftime with an update and a
few words, naturally followed by all the roundup regalia after the final whistle.Here is your USA
line-up, we start this one off at the top of the hour:Edwards; Kitchen, Herold, Watts, Polak; Gil,
Palodichuk, Duran, Shinsky; Jerome, McInerneyAs always, you can follow along at US Soccer's
Well, USMNT coach Bob Bradley is now 2-for-2 in World Cup tune-up friendly foes after setting up a
November 14th match at fellow South Africa travelers Slovakia.As you can see, this side - led by
Napoli ace Marek HamÅ¡Ãk - is no joke.- Greg Seltzer
It's gonna be a couple of really heavy content days from me in both usual places, so let's kick
that izzle off early...We begin with Dutch leaders FC Twente who tear Groningen apart with three
fine goals - so let's just see them all.Everton's Louis Saha gets his side back in with a properly
blistering drive (WARNING: Mind your volume, the audio is a bit crackly at the start).
Well, folks, the road to MLS Cup has now been fully paved. Here are your first round two-leg
match-ups, the underdogs host first:Columbus v Real Salt LakeLos Angeles v Chivas USAHouston v
SeattleChicago v New EnglandThe fun starts Thursday night at the same building where the road ends,
Qwest Field.I have a pair of MLS season Top 5 Lists in the works, one each for S365 and NSC.
Fulham attacker Clint Dempsey has just nodded home to knot things all up 2-2 at Manchester City.
Still about six minutes to go, video clip to come...- Greg Seltzer
Yes, sir. When Helmond Sport handyman Charles Kazlauskas finally ties it (video link) up 3-3 midway
through the second half, he runs to grab the ball and bring it back to the center spot in search of
a winner.Of course, AGOVV Apeldoorn scored to reclaim the lead two minutes later, requiring another
HS equalizer - which they got for a 4-4 draw.
Yup. It'll run ya five bucks.- Greg Seltzer
Better late then never, right? Enjoy some TV...Let's begin an overstuffed edition with Harkesy and
JPD breaking down the MLS awards races. As usual, I skip all such clips and articles for several
weeks ahead of the voting. Right or wrong, I'm gonna go with my brain's output on that
ballot.Sticking with ESPN, Revs coach and Liverpool man Steve Nicol offers no quarter in laying the
I knew Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco was supposed to be a heckuva soccer player, but now
he's claimed on Twitter that he could actually go join pal Ronaldinho at AC Milan if the NFL
experiences a work stoppage.Is this possible? Has anyone seen him play at a charity event or
something?Watch... if he goes, suddenly everyone will be making "if they played soccer" XI's of
guys playing other
I don't care what about anyone says, Phil Collins had some cuts. But that's not what this is about.
Nor is it about the Video Friday coming later.It's about me missing one the other night. And in
case you did as well, here it is: Houston keeper Tally Hall scoring a Champions League goal.None of
that was a typo/error.
In dress shoes, even. With a wet ball.- Greg Seltzer
U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu has come through surgery with flying colors... but AC Milan says he is
expected back in six months, not the four originally thought. That would mean an April comeback.All
the best in recovery, big guy.- Greg Seltzer
While USS S365 is on the fritz, I'll drop some bits. A few may be a little behind, but I'll include
them just in case somebody missed one...#1 - ESPN ace Steve Davis looks at the state of the USMNT
defense. And if you're unaware, Jay DeMerit needed eye surgery for an infection.Both owww and ewww.
Get well, JayD!
And there are some very puzzling absences from first glance (forgive if I've missed an injury, I
haven't been on the computer at all). In any event, here is your 2009 U.S. U-17 World Cup squad.G:
Keith Cardona (NY Red Bulls; Glen Rock, N.J.), Earl Edwards (La Jolla Nomads; San Diego, Calif.),
Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier; Seattle, Wash.
Remember when I said how the #1 pick on my Honda ballot so often isn't even a finalist (as was the
case this year with Oguchi Onyewu)? Well, my second place choice tends to do far better.For the
third year in a row, Landon Donovan has picked up the Honda Player of the Year prize. It was the
third time, and second in three years, that he did so with a runners-up nod from me.
Quoth Dr. Frankenstein: It is alive!! I'm gonna try to get A few things up later, but the monster
needs to meet with his pillow for a spell...Let's begin with the Catania's Daniele Dessena, who
like Buster Bluth before him, has 'built the most bitchingly fast bike'.Our free kick master of the
week is Valenciennes' Fahid Ben Khalfallah.
I have a few things coming, both here and S365... but I'm movin' sloooow, so bear with me.As for
here, Who likes goals? will come first and it will come in about an hour.- Greg Seltzer
Mighty looooooow. I am under the weather and his brother Vinnie AND his other brother Vinnie. I'll
get Who likes goals? up when I can.- Greg Seltzer
The game swill be played November 14th & 18th. Should be some tense battles.Ireland v France
Portugal v Bosnia Greece v Ukraine Russia v Slovenia- Greg Seltzer
This weekend, we've had 'Gladbach's Michael Bradley give his team a late shot with a fine
shot...... Matthew Dallman bag another pair for Sportfreunde Siegen (in red) in Germany and Ryan
Guy ring the bell for St. Pat's (video to come... we hope).- Greg Seltzer
Courtesy of ussoccer.com- Greg Seltzer
A: The Distracter loves balloons.And while this may seem bizarre and random, it was not too long
ago that another English club was doomed by their own balloon...- Greg Seltzer
Congratulations to Ghana for getting to spot kicks after going down a man late in the first half
and rallying there to defeat Brazil for the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup title.I have to admit,
Black Satellites, you fooled me. I didn't think you could lock it down, I thought you'd resort to a
I think I've found someone who can solve the country's fiscal woes. Just one primary question: are
you at all concerned about an uprising?#1 - Get this. Well, maybe sit down first. You aren't ready
for it, no matter how tough you think you are. Please table any glass ewers you may be holding.
Your knees will wobble.
On Sunday at 5:00 PM, the Centroamerican TV network will be showing a replay of last weekend's
USMNT v Honduras match.Best get to those phones now! Cancel all plans!!- Greg Seltzer
[Photo: AP]Zelaya is dancing it up at the Brazilian embassy, Micheletti wants a Bay Island summit
and talks are continuing as the nation rejoices.A qwiki general summary of the Honduras hubbub and
the national radio call of JB's 95th minute equalizer that sent them to the World Cup for the first
time since 1982.
I'm in such a random mood. Why not share?#5 - If I was the manager of France, Greece, Portugal or
Russia, which UEFA WCQ playoff Pot B team would I be most hoping to avoid in the draw? Bosnia.
Frankly, the trio of DÅ¾eko, MisimoviÄ‡ and PjaniÄ‡ would give me nightmares.#4 - Just heard via
NSC pal Adam Spangler that an Italian report claims the Azzurri FA will petition to have U.
(click photo for desktop size)First, the bad news from last night's 2-2 rally draw for the USMNT:
Oguchi Onyewu is expected to miss about 3-4 months with a torn tendon in his knee.And now, the
better news: My U.S. Player Ratings will go up in a while and we have videos...- Greg Seltzer
No shock after all as Argentina made it to the Finals after downing Uruguay 1-0 in Montivideo
thanks to an 84th minute goal from Mario Balotti. Emotional scenes followed the final whistle as
Diego Maradona and old Carlos Bilardo hugged each other in ecstatic relief. The albiceleste's task
had been made easier by Chile eliminating Ecuador, ensuring at least a play-off spot, Uruguay's
No LIVE tonight, but we have a preview look from ESPN and I'll be back in about 30 with the
line-ups (as well as the usual wrap bits after).UPDATE:Howard; Cherundolo, Onyewu, Bocanegra,
Bornstein, Feilhaber, Bradley, Holden, Donovan, Altidore, CaseyBench: Guzan, Conrad, Torres,
Rogers, Cooper, Spector, Clark- Greg Seltzer
Debutant-elect Slovakia and Switzerland have become the latest countries to clinch a berth at next
summer's World Cup in South Africa.The first-timers did the historic deed with a 1-0 win at Poland,
while the Swiss nudged in thanks to a scoreless draw at Israel.The new pair of qualifiers from
Europe brings our invite total to 21, with one more each from CONCACAF and CONMEBOL set to be
It's just as well that the World Cup invite is in pocket because it will be a U.S. Men's National
team playing Costa Rica with a lot on their minds at RFK tonight.Due to the nature of the day and
of the game's qualification irrelevance, I won't do a big breakdown.I will say I expect to see
several line-up changes.
While I slept, US Soccer released a full account of the injuries suffered by Charlie Davies in
Tuesday's fatal car accident outside Washington D.C. and his recovery prognosis.For those of you
going to the U.S. v Costa Rica game at RFK tonight, the American Outlaws supporters group and Shin
Guardian blog are teaming up to construct a get well gesture to Charlie: a 9th minute salute to our
I know some folks like to find a little distraction when waiting and worrying takes over.
Therefore, I've decided to continue with this bit of regularly scheduled NSC programming.However,
my promised S365 column can wait until tomorrow. I was about to publish it when the Davies news got
around, and obviously put it to the side.
I'm afraid there is more bad news from the USMNT pool, and this time it's even scarier. I've
confirmed with the 'Nats that forward Charlie Davies was in a D.C.-area one-car accident at 3.15 AM
this morning. He is in surgery, but he is in stable condition.We don't have all the details yet,
but the car was literally ripped in half, leaving one person dead and two in serious condition.
The first confirmed foe? Fellow South Africa travelers Denmark in Aarhus on November 18th.The good
news is both Michael Bradley and Benny Feilhaber can give an advanced scouting report on their
qualification hero (video link).Obviously, I will hope to be there.- Greg Seltzer
Hannover 96 attacker Sal Zizzo suffered both an ACL and an MCL tear in training yesterday. He is
expected to be out for 6-9 months, with the team fearing the worst end of that range. Even so, he
would (fingers crossed tight) be able to begin preseason camp with his teammates next July.This is
the part of the job I hate.
Who knew Christian Slater was such a caviar hog? And is it just me or does Larry David look exactly
like former Boca Juniors boss Carlos Bianchi? Hmm...#1 - Kicking off some post-clincher coverage:
since I haven't seen the first 75 minutes of the game and am losing hope that I will anytime soon,
let's throw this USMNT player ratings over to Ridge Mahoney.
... that, when considering levels Under-20 and above, the U.S. Men's National Teams have
surrendered three penalty kick goals and seen eight men sent off in their last 19 FIFA cup
matches?That includes World Cup 2006, the 2007 Under-20 World Cup, the 2008 Summer Olympics,
Confederations Cup and the ongoing 2009 Under-20 World Cup.
As everybody's search for a USMNT v Honduras video continues, let's soak in some awesome...It also
started so well for Ireland, with Glenn Whelan doing the ice-breaking honors in style.In the
Under-20 World Cup, Italy's Giacomo Bonaventura single-handedly staves off the Hungary upset for a
bit.Spain's Xavi and Cesc Fabregas play a two-man game where nobody else knows the rules.
And all it took was a second half rally, a Conor Casey double, a Landon Donovan free kick, a whole
lot of Tim Howard and a late Honduras penalty miss!The USMNT scored a lively 3-2 win at Honduras,
repeating their qualification feat of eight years ago.Of course, wouldn't ya know it, I had a
perfect stream for the final 15 minutes.
I'm still sweating whether my feed will hold up all the way through, but it's about 98% that I'll
have one.I'll be back around 8.30 PM ET with my thoughts, with the line-ups and a prediction to
follow at around 9 PM. This is what I expect will be the line-up:Howard; Cherundolo, Onyewu,
Bocanegra, Hejduk, Bradley, Clark, Holden, Donovan, Davies, AltidoreSee ya in a while.
We've had two more teams clinching their place in South Africa today, with the Ivory Coast and
Germany nudging the number of qualified up to 13.Die Mannschaft did the deed with a 1-0 tabletop
showdown victory at Russia, despite going down a man for the final 25 minutes. Germany will be
making their 15th consecutive finals appearance next summer.
I will come back tomorrow with my thoughts on the contest tomorrow, kicking off either a standard
prediction/line-ups/recap post or a LIVE if I can swing a home feed. I'm working on it.So off we go
to the Reading Room:- USMNT match notes- Coach Bradley's conference call quote sheet- FIFA match
preview- Michael C.
What happened in the ninth inning last night has harmed me. And I'm very angry at the world.So now
you too must suffer, as I am...Now, if you want me to act my age and be nice, you go tell Ryan
Franklin to pull his head out!(holds breath)- Greg Seltzer
[Photo: Reuter] Our scheduled Cardinals boasting has been postponed until Game 2. They don't really
drop playoff openers, so it's very weird for me. I'm not sure what to do. Never mind, I'm confident
Adam will set things Wainwright...#1 - I had no idea someone did an MLS computer ranking! Why
didn't someone tell me?
As defined by NSC reader Mike, for our purposes, a "dark horse" is basically anyone outside the 23
guys that USMNT coach Bob Bradley would choose if the roster deadline was tomorrow.At this late
stage, he my well be right about that. However, it wasn't that long ago that a youngster came
seemingly from almost nowhere to win a World Cup place.
I'm gonna riff a Top 5 List. Now, I just need to decide the topic. If you have a suggestion for
one, you know what to do. I'll let you know when I make the call.- Greg Seltzer
Let's begin with ESPN's Derek Rae and Janusz Michalik with their weekly Americans Abroad two
cents.Also from ESPN, Tommy Smyth busts out with his world Top 25. As you might imagine, I have a
laundry list of complaints with his list.The British Special Olympics have taken to an unusual
I have a non-soccer question for my regulars: what was the best comedy movie you've seen so far
this calendar year? Is it just me or do they not make enough comedies anymore? I think that is the
fact, Jack...#1 - Today I called Fulham. Then I called the 'Nats. Then then 'Nats ran their own
I have a quick look at how my pre-tourney Under-20 World Cup predictions have done so far, plus my
second chance knockout predictions.If you recall, this is what I had for the round of 16 match-ups
(correct bracket slot = blue, correct knockout qualifier = green & big fat oops = red):Paraguay
over USA (extra time)Ghana over Costa RicaSpain over Korea RepublicCzech Republic over Hungary
Instead of hopping the pond this week, we head south for Argentina, where Boca Juniors used some
persistence and a little Martin Palermo magic to score a badly needed win against derby rivals and
defending champs VÃ©lez SÃ¡rsfield.- Greg Seltzer
Sorry it took me so long to change the Cut...Let's begin with the week's finest from MLS.Nicklas
Bendtner caps Arsenal's thrashing of Blackburn with a wicked drive.I'm sorry... how does
Ronal-flippin-dinho get the space to do this 10 meters from goal when Atalanta are protecting a 1-0
lead in the late going?
Did you notice how I capitalized the whole title, as if it was some sore of official organ, and not
just literally what this post was doing? Wicked.Okay, so it all comes down to Group E, and the
Czech Republic v Costa Rica game in particular. MladÃ¡ Boleslav strike sensation Jan Chramosta put
the Czechs up 1-0 in the 11th minute, and we are now just past the half hour.
Again, pardon my sudden departure. We had something of a "broken glass oops" here which required
attention. Everything is fine, though, and thanks for the concern notes. Didn't mean to frighten
anyone. Since you all were still chatting on the comments, I'll leave that post up and get by to
answer your questions when I get a chance.
South Korea, that is.Coach Thomas Rongen runs the same eleven:Perk; Williams, Opara, Agbossoumonde,
Flores, Arguez, Jeffrey, Duka, Cruz, Shea, TaylorWe're under an hour from kickoff, back in a
spell...--- Greg Seltzer
Sadly, I am beyond swamped with work, so I won't go into great detail explaining my prediction for
today's game. I will keep it simple.The Baby 'Nats will win a tough scrap and finish second in the
group. Bam.The reading room awaits:- U.S. U-20 match notes- FIFA match preview- FIFA profiles So.
Korea F Cho Young Cheol- Cameroon v Germany match preview- U.
While we have our eyes fixed on the U-20 World Cup, let's not forget that the U.S. Under-17
National Team is also preparing for their World Cup, which begins later this month in Nigeria. On
Wednesday, that prep took the form of a 3-1 friendly victory over Chelsea's U-17 team. Enjoy the
highlights...- Greg Seltzer
This is a special birthday edition as my wonderful grandmother is 96 years young today!Let's begin
with a pinpoint drive from Ghana U-20 skipper Andrew Ayew lashing home the second goal (at the :40
mark) in a rout of England.Also in the U-20 World Cup, Hungary's Adam Presinger curls home a beauty
to cap Hungary's blasting of South Africa.
And just when I post that stall so you didn't think I'd forgotten about you all, news has come
in... classic.U.S. coach Bob Bradley has named 22 for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against
Honduras and Costa Rica.G: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 5/3 SO), Tim Howard (Everton: 14/8 SO)D: Carlos
Bocanegra (Rennes: 24/3), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA, 4/0), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96:
Actually, I'm gonna do a midweek Who likes goals? after tonight's games finish because it would be
a crime to miss some of the beauties scored during European play and the U-20 World Cup. I'm also
busy cranking out my first Euro-Top 10 of the season for S365. On top of that, me and a few pals
are now working on a fun Premier League supporters post for you, should take a handful of days.