No Short Corners Archives for January 2009

Your RDA transfer talk dosage

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
I know you guys and gals have been jonesin' and it really doesn't matter to your addiction that people are nearly impossible to get on the horn between December 23rd and January 2nd. In any event, a quick smattering, as I'm still knee deep in more scoop chases...I've been informed that free agent Jeremiah White has signed a short deal (plus player option) with Qatar side Al-Sailiya.

Video Tuesday

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
Sorry it took me a while to get to this. I've not only been double and triple-checking my latest Top 5 List, but I've also been up to some potentially interesting Euro-snooping. For now, we watchadatube...Let's kick off our viewing with the Boxing Day edition of MOTD2's 2 Good 2 Bad.We take a peak back at another holiday season benefit match pitting Friends Of Zico against Flamengo.

World Cup ticket info, yo.

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
I hate to double post on ya like this, but I'm guessing USMNT fans will want to see this ASAP.- Greg Seltzer

A few things...

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
The first of three Top 5 Lists for the week shows up at S365 tomorrow morning, followed by another here on Wednesday...#1 - Good ol' Mo Edu is listed in the squad for Rangers' Wednesday night visit from Dundee United, and he tells the club website his return is well-timed.Meanwhile, word has it that DaMarcus Beasley's thigh injury is not as bad as thought by the club, who apparently overreacted

Pittman the hitman

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
Wycombe forward Jon-Paul Pittman fired the opener against guests Brighton Hove & Albion, but things have turned for the worse with the visitors now up 4-2 with about 10 to go.I'll be back with this clip and any late American strikes in a spell...- Greg Seltzer

More Amsterdam hotel picks

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
I know several folks have reserved rooms in the four places I suggested before, so it seemed a good idea to drop more suggestions. As with earlier, do go double check if the rates are better at Hotels.nl.The hostel-ish one: Hotel Acro Amsterdam is close to Leidseplein, rents out bikes, offers free (somewhat slow) Wi-Fi and has rooms single (€40-ish) through quad (€80-ish).

Who likes goals?

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
Despite a lack of leagues in progress, we shan't let you down. We shall, however, talk like a butler from a Merchant/Ivory film...Let's begin with Anderlacht's Tom De Sutter, who apparently is not at all confident in his heading ability. I think I've suffered a groin strain watching it.We now go to a pair of free kicks: Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas does the deed righty and Bolton's Matty Taylor

Goals of Christmas past, and a present

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
Happy Holidays all. Santa, short of ideas again, brought me the inaugural FIFA World Football Records 2010tome. Regrettably designed like a kids' annual, it actually has a ton of fascinating facts and is edited by World Soccer's respected writer-in-chief Keir Radnedge. Nothing on our upcoming foes Algeria and Slovenia however.

Emerging from a self-induced holiday hibernation

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
Yep, I'm back. Rest was needed. I have a lot of things coming up for you this week, including three Top 5 Lists. But first, I am going to back it on up for a moment and hit one more Christmas note. NSC pal Adam Spangler asked me to take part in the latest Waiting For Gaetjens podcast in which they asked several folks to offer up the perfect gift to American soccer.

And so the indoctrination of your children begins...

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
The sooner I get your little ones hooked on NSC, the sooner soccer takes over the American sports landscape... or something like that. - Greg Seltzer

A few things...

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
Things will really slow down over the next two days, so I'll just go ahead and wish Christmas revelers fully safe travels and a happy time. Now, on with the show...#1 - Former Canada defender Jason de Vos echoes many of my concerns about Landon Donovan's Everton mini-loan. The reason I haven't written at length about it is because I'm intrigued by the added factor of his MLS extension a day or

Exhibition fun time

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
After finishing with my World Team of the Year, I taste-tested a couple of star-studded benefit matches for you.Friends of Ronaldinho (for needy children in Brazil)Champions for Africa (for UNICEF and to fight African poverty)- Greg Seltzer

Video Tuesday

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
Remember when I said my World Team of the Year would be up later this week at S365? Well, you can make that "up tomorrow" or my name isn't Jan Vennegoor of Redenbacher...Let's begin with the 10 goals nominated for FIFA's first Puskas Award. As you probably know by now, C. Ron won this prize.NSC pal Adam Spangler took to the streets of New York to test USMNT knowledge.

A few things...

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
If anyone is still out there scrambling for my Christmas gift, here's a hint: I'd like a teleportation machine. I think they have those at Brookstone or something...#1 - USMNT boss Bob Bradley has called 30 players to January camp. It's mostly an MLS roster (including a couple of head- scratchers), with a few Scandinavian-based guys.

Who likes goals?

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
Things at NSC will probably slow down just a bit this week, but I'm still always on the hunt for goodies...Let's begin with the FIFA World Club Cup extra time winner, chested home by Barcelona's Lionel Messi.For the second time in a few weeks, Bochum's Christian Fuchs earns our free kick nod of the week, this one a rally winner.

Lights out for Sparky as desert rats bite

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
Nobody likes working for a boss who has just fired them, but when you have to do it on camera...Mark Hughes' pain was manifest, which made for almost exploitative viewing. The soccer-schrizophrenic of tigerish player and placid coach was no more - Sparky was bitter and crestfallen, but tongue-tied for fear of losing his $5m compensation packet.

Barnburner of the Week

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
Manchester City extends its NSC season lead in this category by fighting off pesky Sunderland. Their prize for the win? A new manager.Manchester City v Sunderlandvon holdincellz110- Greg Seltzer

It's not an Americans Abroad goal, but...

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
We should claim it in the asterisk file anyway. Just after Leeds United's American striker Mike Grella goes close with his Soccer AM Crossbar Challenge attempt, midfielder Bradley Johnson (he of an American grandfather) does the deed. The "strike" broke a loooong drought in the weekly TV show feature.

Run DMB in effect

No Short Corners at related • 6 views
Resurgent Rangers attacker DaMarcus Beasley punctuated his 90 minutes by notching a late goal and assist in a 6-1 rout of poor Motherwell.While we wait for the clip, I should also mention that Clint Dempsey bagged an assist in Fulham's 3-0 destruction of Manchester United today.Back shortly with the video evidence, the resurrection has been televised.

A few things...

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
For those who have already emailed me for Amsterdam tips, I will go through and reply to those in just a bit. I had a interwebs outage stretch from last night to this morning and it's been a busy day...#1 - The Landon Donovan mini-loan to Everton is done. It's a terrible situation which I predict could soon be complicated by the Toffees not wanting to let him go.

Europa League knockouts drawn

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
The Europa League rounds of 32 and 16 were drawn this afternoon, with Clint Dempsey and Fulham staring directly into a tie against UEFA Cup holders Shakhtar Donetsk and Tim Howard's Everton squared off against Sporting Lisbon.As you may remember, I wildly predicted that an American would appear in the first Europa League final before the season began.

Celebrity sh** talking season has officially opened

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
If you're in a hurry, the World Cup portion of the interview begins at the 2.18 mark.The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cHugh Grantwww.thedailyshow.comDaily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorHealth Care Crisis- Greg Seltzer

Amsterdam tips for the appropriatly eager

No Short Corners at related • 1 view
As I promised a few weeks back, the USMNT has officially announced a March 3rd friendly with the Netherlands in Amsterdam. With many of you now scrambling to put together travel plans for this one, I have the first of a few posts offering help to travelers.- I have been informed that U.S. Soccer will indeed be selling a block of tickets for this game.

Donovan set for Everton cup of coffee

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
L.A. Galaxy star Landon Donovan is set to announce a loan move to Everton. The press conference is set to begin and you can watch here. There has also been speculation that either 1) the Galaxy will announce a sweetened contract for Donovan and/or 2) another player acquisition.Back after the presser with the details.

Da Beaze knees

No Short Corners at related • 1 view
Gosh... I could just swear that there was some voice out there in the mist warning people not to shovel dirt on DaMarcus Beasley's game. I will try to remember who that was while you check out Run DMB's sweet goal (and assist) from last night's Rangers cruise.- Greg Seltzer

Video Tuesday

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
As promised, my riff on the incredibly mobile USMNT expectations is up at S365. But, first, we have tuuuube..In case you missed it, the University of Virginia topped Akron on PK's to win the NCAA men's crown this weekend.Let's not even be coy; we all love MOTD2's 2 Good 2 Bad.CNN has an interesting report on Sheffield United business plans that suggest the club may soon seek ownership in

HDC Honduras seats on sale this week

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
It's hardly a secret that fellow World Cup 2010 invitees Honduras will invade the Home Depot Center to play the USMNT on January 23rd... but you still gotta have that ticket info, dontcha?- Greg Seltzer

A few things...

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
I will hook up some fine T programming later on, but I'm working on a column about the USMNT and the roller coaster that is our expectations for their World Cup 2010 fate. And in case you're wondering that is The Screaming Eagle at the Six Flags outside St. Louis, which was the fastest coaster in the world when I was a kid with a season pass every summer.

Who likes goals?

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
I am now a bakfiets expert. Moved a half-sized fridge on one just like that today, all by myself. And that thing has no proper brake, only one hand break. It is a major workout and a trip. I wanna do it again tomorrow...Let's begin with one of the funk-nastiest curlers I have ever seen, courtesy of Siena's Massimo Maccarone (who has one of the coolest names I have ever seen).

Barnburner of the Week

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
This one is a championship two-fer as underdogs Monterrey rallied to earn their third Primera División crown, and it was all capped with a fitting goal tribute from Aldo Di Negris.- Greg Seltzer

Mikey likes it!

No Short Corners at related • 1 view
The match still has about 10 minutes left, but 'Gladbach midfielder Michael Bradley just got finished applying a 4-1 coat of gloss to their lead over visiting Hannover 96 (who got one back moments later). The U.S. got his boot at the end of a free kick to re-direct home in the 68th minute. Clip to follow.

By Jove I think they've got it!

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
Walking to work yesterday I took one of the free rags being thrust into commuters' hands as they exit London's Waterloo Station, only because this had the World Cup on the cover.As I had never heard of the writers, I expected the sort of scissors 'n' paste previews I had found plenty of four years ago - the ones which put Chris Armas up front or Greg Vanney in the starting eleven for instance.

A few things...

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
I've been asked when the third promised Top 5 List will drop. This one requires a lot of research, so it will probably be a week, give or take. The good news is it will actually be two lists...#1 - Everton is close to winning the loan race for Landon Donovan. From what I can gather, there are at least two other mini-loan offers.

Champions League Video Thursday

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
A little late, mainly because the clips I expected to wake up to have yet to appear at all - so we improvise...In case you forgot, a quick visual rundown of the 16 survivors.After one of the night's crucial wins, The Special One gives his team a subtle knockout hint and talks about young striker Mario Balotelli.

Well... we know it's not just a rumour

No Short Corners at related • 1 view
Everton says, yes, they are trying to secure a three-month loan for L.A. star Landon Donovan.A couple of quick questions: why in the hell is MLS still playing this leash game with Donovan... and why the hell is Donovan apparently going along with it again?Good grief, has anyone involved at the American end bothered to notice that this is not a good situation (including, perhaps, for the USMNT,

I promised you Grella, you get Grella.

No Short Corners at related • 1 view
And I feel bonus points are in order because I did not do a Rihanna Umbrella joke. Eh?Leeds 5 v 1 Ketteringvon sparkyman2- Greg Seltzer

The sweet 16 (and the shipped over eight)

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
The group phase of the Champions League is now complete. I will be putting together some sort of video package for when you wake up, be it a Who likes midweek goals? or another concoction.For now, your 16 teams that will go into the first knockout round draw on December 18th are:AC Milan, Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Bordeaux, Chelsea, CSKA Moscow, Fiorentina, Inter Milan, Lyon, Manchester

A few things...

No Short Corners at related • 1 view
A new Modern Family is on tonight, and I cannot wait. I discovered this show two weeks ago, went through all nine episodes in two days and was left waiting all this excruciating time for another...#1 - While we wait for a proper highlights clip of Leeds United's FA Cup victory form last night, NSC pal Matty had a reader hook up an animated gif of Mike Grella's second goal, a super-deluxe curler.

Widespread British reports say Everton manager David Moyes has revisited and fur

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
Widespread British reports say Everton manager David Moyes has revisited and furthered previous Landon Donovan interest by making a January loan offer for the L.A. Galaxy star.I can't be sure, but it seems to have emanated from The Telegraph, one of three English papers with occasional transfer talk that is actually worth a damn - so it's hardly a de facto press release, but it's certainly far

Video Tuesday

No Short Corners at related • 2 views
Mike Grella has not only scored an extra time FA Cup winner for Leeds United, but he also added a last minute second (a real beauty, too). I will have those clips up in a separate post when they surface...As always, we check in with MOTD2's 2 Good 2 Bad.If you missed Live With Landon on World Cup draw day, ESPN supplies the full 40-minute goods for belated viewing.

Running the World Cup numbers (+1)

No Short Corners at related • 2 views
I'll have some Tuesday TV a little later, but first let's see how everyone is putting the USMNT's chances to advance from World Cup 2010 Group C play:- ESPN/Nate Silver (48%)- Castrol Index (73%)- The mighty, might Voros (64%)- BigSoccer poster NoSix (63%)And the "+1" comes in the form of Climbing the Ladder's MLS Plus/Minus season totals.

Who likes goals?

No Short Corners at related • 1 view
The FC Liège site had a clip of American Niko Gkionis' first league goal from last weekend, but now it's not working. I will keep an eye out for when that's fixed and get it posted later...We begin with Fiorentina ace Juan Vargas, who dials long distance rather casually.Montpellier's Karim Ait Fana hits a sick chip shot that would make Dennis Bergkamp proud.

A few things...

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
But just a quick few because it's a very busy day. I am fervently working on a monster USMNT Top 10 List (that's right, TEN) for over at S365, I still have Who likes goals? to come here and I am hoping to have another treat for you later. Oh, and I need to go buy a curtain. And, like, eat...#1 - The Out of Bounds blog says it was a dream World Cup draw for the USMNT.

Barnburner of the Week

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
We had some hot ones this weekend, but NEC giving Dutch leaders FC Twente just about all they can handle takes the prize.- Greg Seltzer

A few UK press things...

No Short Corners at related • 1 view
Oh, don't we all just love the British soccer media - even if we hate them? Who else can spectacular-ize every aspect of Frank Lampard's personal life, yet manages to fit at least one factual error in nearly every story about the USMNT or one of its players?Unlike a normal AFT, I'm just gonna roll out these English reactions to the World Cup Group C draw reading room-style:- The Sun hardly seems

Gut reactions

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
Over the moon, to use the oldest British football cliche in the book. England v USA was the one I wanted above all. We are "natural rivals" as Bob Bradley says, if not yet big ones: Americans want to beat England more than vice versa. That the clash comes first means there won't be quite as much tension as in a decider, so a defeat allows time for wounds to be licked.

World Cup Draw Video Saturday

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
And then some...But the big news is the long-awaited draw and we have all the reaction, starting with USMNT boss Bob Bradley and star man Landon Donovan.We go back to ESPN for Harkesy's take.Of course, we also check in on Fab Capello's 3 Lions reaction.Finally, representing the "and then some" guild, MLS Insider takes us behind the scenes at MLS Cup.

Three simple questions: Chicago Fire

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
We're getting near the end of the series, and as promised, Fire Confidential rookie of the year Sam Stejskal is here to explain the Chicago Fire. As you may remember, these guys were my preseason title pick, so I'd like some answers as well. Clearly, they did not follow my instructions.NSC: What went wrong?

World Cup Draw LIVE

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
The draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup is set to kick off in about 30 minutes and we will update the proceedings as the groups fill out. After they're done, I will attempt to make the fastest sweet 16 prediction in the world.Get your refresh button ready, the lottery basket starts spinning at 10 minutes before the top of the hour.

FIFA Prison Blues

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
Robben Island, famous for being Nelson Mandela's jail for 18 years has hosted a leper colony, quarantined animals and political prisoners of various hues over its 400-year history.It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site today, with a population of around 25,000 rabbits. The latest inmates were the FIFA Executive Committee, the 24 most powerful men in football, who dropped by today for a chat ahead of

Damn you, interwebs!!

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
Problem solved now. I'll be back tomorrow.- Greg Seltzer
NSC

Video Wednesday

No Short Corners at related • 1 view
I've been trying to find a good quality clip of Charlie Davies' ESPN Sunday interview, but no dice. However, a Du Nord reader hooked up a makeshift webcam version to fill the online void. We also have a brief interview with AGF attacker Jeremiah White about his future with the club.Today, I have so much stuff, I'm needing to be picky and make cuts.

Quick on the Draw

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
The groupings for Friday's World Cup Finals draw have been revealed, based on FIFA's World Rankings for October. Eight groups of four to be picked. How about the US with Brazil, Ivory Coast and France? Can't be much worse than last time can it?Pot 1 (Seeds): South Africa, Brazil, Spain, Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Argentina, England Pot 2 (AFC, OFC & CONCACAF): Japan, South Korea, North Korea,

It's scooping time again!

No Short Corners at related • 1 view
It's the most wonderful time of the year!I told you I'd start dispensing some holiday goodies this week, and here is what I hope to be the first of many: having been bought out of the final 2+ seasons of hs FC Midtjylland deal, Danny Califf is headed for Philly Union.It should all be official next week.

Three simple questions: Chivas USA

No Short Corners at related • 0 views
We return to our series of woe and hope to get through the last few clubs, starting with the first of two L.A. sides picking up the pieces. Really, I could have asked 100% Soccer/Daily Breeze all-star Nick Green to do either Home Depot Center side - but the Galaxy were still alive when I asked him, so here we are.

Top 5 First Half Euro-Lollygaggers

No Short Corners at related • 1 view
It's very simple. Some clubs in Europe simply aren't getting the expected job done. I believe Durham Bulls manager Joe Riggins said it best (with slight alterations by me):Skip: You guys. You lollygag the ball around the midfield. You lollygag your way down the wing. You lollygag in and out of the dugout.

A few things...

No Short Corners at related • 2 views
Busy, busy, busy...#1 - New Philly forward Alejandro Moreno doesn't sound too happy about leaving Columbus.Meanwhile, The Always Sunny Gang (I will be pushing this nickname for them, by the way) also officially has a new keeper in Chris Seitz.#2 - K.C. Wizard and Nebraska Furniture Mart celebrity Jimmy Conrad has a detailed and intriguing plan to move MLS forward.