No Short Corners Archives for January 2009
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.
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.
I hate to double post on ya like this, but I'm guessing USMNT fans will want to see this ASAP.-
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
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
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 (â‚¬40-ish) through quad (â‚¬80-ish).
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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).
This one is a championship two-fer as underdogs Monterrey rallied to earn their third Primera
DivisiÃ³n crown, and it was all capped with a fitting goal tribute from Aldo Di Negris.- Greg
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.
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
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.
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
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
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 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,
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
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
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.
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.
The FC LiÃ¨ge 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
Problem solved now. I'll be back tomorrow.- Greg Seltzer
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.