No Short Corners Archives for January 2010

Goals, Goals, Goals!!

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Just imagine "Yankovic-ed" Mötley Crüe music blaring in the background.These games are not final yet, but we already have a hat trick of goals to show you; two from Clint Dempsey for Fulham and one from Rangers' Mo Edu. An update will come with any others, plus the final scores.Rangers Edu Goal v Inverness CT Oct 30th 2010Geüpload door chiper54.

US NT Video Friday

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I absolutely love Michael Cera and he makes incredible choices for projects, but I'd now like to see him play a character a lot less... bewildered. Let's see him play a confident asshole...Ladies first, so let's begin with USWNT highlights from their rout of Haiti.Next, we go Behind The Scenes of the USMNT's Poland draw.

Some food for thought...

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The MLS playoffs are underway, which means half the league's clubs and their fans is sitting around thinking of next year. We will have the usual Top 5 MLS Summer Freebies list in a couple of months, after shopping for the 2011 season has already begun. Who of European reknown might be had during preseason?

Jozy snaps Villarreal drought

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[Photo: Villarreal]It had been three days short of two years since Jozy Altidore last scored a competitive match goal for Villareal until he supplied their marker in a 1-1 Copa del Rey first leg draw at Poli Ejido on Wednesday night.- Greg Seltzer

Who likes goals?

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Is it just me or are all the best sitcoms off to subpar starts this season? Hmm...Let's kick it off with the best of four Jonathan Reis strikes from a 10-0 PSV rout of 10-man F-word. No, that is not a typo.We don't often feature headers here, but check out this optical illusion job by Manchester United's Mexico ace Javier Hernandez.

A lower league double

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Another pair of Americans working below the top flight opened club accounts this weekend, giving us a hat trick of guys performing the feat this weekend.Carlisle loan striker Mike Grella did the deed in a League One loss to Charlton, while Altach newbie Josh Gatt made the scoresheet in an Austrian second flight win at Grödig.

Starikov opens pro account

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Tom Tomsk's young American, Yevgeni Starikov, bagged his first Russian Premier League goal in his fourth appearance on Saturday. The forward, on loan from Zenit St. Petersburg, fired the opening salvo in a 2-1 loss at Spartak Nalchik.- Greg Seltzer

Who likes UEFA goals?

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There were simply too many delicious Champions League and Europa League to ignore...Let's begin with hat trick hero Hulk working Route One for Porto - because if made to wait, he gets MAD.Another hat trick ace, Spurs' Gareth Bale, puts the pedal to the metal for his first in defeat against Inter.Barcelona's Leo Messi uses both the screen and the screwball to perfection against FC Copenhagen.

Quinella, yo.

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We had two Americans ring the bell on Wednesday, with Benny Feilhaber hitting the buried free kick winner in AGF's 4-1 win over Fyn (clip to come) and Maurice Edu went up the ladder for this corner kick strike in a 1-1 Champions League draw with Valencia...- Greg Seltzer

National anthems lose their tune

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Last week I traveled to Wembley and watched England (pop. 51 million) fail to beat Montenegro (pop. 650,000), a country many of us would struggle to place on a map.Using Kuper & Szyminski's formula for international soccer success (population, GDP and 'football experience'), England should have won by a canter.

Video Tuesday

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See if you can guess which TV show I've recently discovered...Let's begin with the MLS Goal of the Week nominees. Must it be the goalie? No, it must be Steve Zakuani.Unless you are a Manchester United fan, you should enjoy the press conference where Sir Alex Ferguson announced yesterday that Wayne Rooney does in fact want to leave the club.

Who likes goals?

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It's that time wonderful time again...Let's begin with some matzo ball soup for Ajax ace Mounir El Hamdaoui, whose clearly caught Bergkamp fever.Manchester City's David Silva toys with Blackpool.Ignacio Scocco of AEK Athens dials swervy long distance to help beat Aris.The monster free kick of the week nod goes to Sampdoria's Reto Ziegler, a player sure to turn up on the summer 2011 Euro-freebies

It was Sammy O. In the area. With a crashing header.

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I often sleep late on Saturdays, and I forget Mexico has one Friday night match and the weekend games start and... eventually, I get a clue. It turns out Tecos forward Sammy Ochoa banged home the 80th minute winner against Atlas!His goal play starts at about the 2:25 mark.- Greg Seltzer

Top 5 Early Season Euro-Darlings

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Sorry this took so long, I'm still trying to get everything caught up after my visit to the land of the lost interwebs. And I knew I forgot to do something yesterday: update this shelf sitter to the present. In any event, it's another annual NSC Top 5'er, celebrating the mites off to the best starts in Europe.

Nerp-Nerp

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- Greg Seltzer

Who likes goals?

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Finally!! The interwebs are back in my house!! That was truly interminable. Let's begin with one of these bad boys, then later a USMNT catch-up before tonight's match with Colombia. I still have a Top 5'er in the can, but we can get to that on Friday...Before we get into the Euro 2012 qualifying gems from the weekend and yesterday, let's run through the MLS Goal of the Week candidates.

Net loss = Sleep gain

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Yes, my interwebs are down since Thursday, and won't be back until Monday. I still have a Top 5'er stuck in the chute, but I've gone McGyver to ensure I'll be able to see the USMNT match and submit my Player Ratings at MLSS later tonight.- Greg Seltzer

Boys camp, girls camp.

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Attention. Here's an update on tonight's dinner. It was veal. I repeat, veal. The winner of tonight's mystery meat contest is Jeffrey Corbin, who guessed "some kind of meat." autoplay=0&width=400&deepLinkEmbedCode=ZkcDFyMTqmC0yd7vk-1ntBMCfk6ObSBY&height=300&embedCode=lucDFyMTrTXvFuZ5FI7JSWwfJWl8aMiI">- Greg Seltzer

Seatle repears as Open Cup champs

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- Greg Seltzer

Who likes goals?

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I'm working on a pair of Top 5'ers, one for here and one for S365. Expect those later in the week...We begin with the free kick of the weekend, Alex's booming London derby capper.che20vj0w3rgGeüpload door arsenalist. - Nieuwscontent direct van de pers.CSKA Moscow's Vagner Love fills our rocket quota (goal play starts at about 1:07).

The girls are back in town

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Guess who just got back yesterday?- Greg Seltzer

Video Saturday

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A little late, but folks, I'm mega-tired these days...To kick off, Studio 90 checks in with Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden.Over on the USWNT side, NSC favorite Carli Lloyd talks about coming back from a nasty injury - which she will officially do today against friendly foe China.MLS Matchday Experience 360 takes us to the Red Bulls' win at Los Angeles.

Deuce = Loose

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Clint Dempsey had Fulham up just past the haf hour, but they'd eventually settle for a 1-1 draw at West Ham.- Greg Seltzer

Love Plus One

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Don't worry, I am searching for the Haircut 100 tune now... I will get together a Video Friday for you later, but for now just a quick recap of my latest works elsewhere, plus one from Grant Wahl on the changes to the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying set-up. You probably recall I bitched and moaned about this a couple weeks back, and now, as he so often does (bastard!