No Short Corners Archives for January 2010

Spector-vision

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Seldom used these days, West Ham United defender Jonathan Spector was given a start in midfield against Carling Cup quarterfinal guests Manchester United, his former employers. The U.S. international has scored, not once, but twice in the first half to put the Irons up 2-0.Spector opened with a diving header on 22 minutes, then had a little luck to help his solo run into a fine goal closer to the

Here's something interesting... perhaps

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While rooting around as I compiled a report on new transfer interest for AGF playmaker Benny Feilhaber, I learned two interesting things from this Brazilian outlet interview with the U.S. international:- He wants to one day play for his beloved Botafogo (although probably not as soon as the Rio club hope).

Who likes goals?

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Sorry it took me so long, the transfer season scoop hunt has officially begun for me...Let's kick it off with a nasty finish by NAC Breda's Ali Boussaboun.Our free kick salute of the week goes to West Brom's Chris Brunt, who made Tim Howard feel short with this one.Villarreal's Marcos Senna buries a guided missile against Zaragoza.

USWNT secures WC place

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It was a bit more involved than usual, but a second 1-0 win over Italy on Saturday in Chicago did the trick. - Greg Seltzer

Deuce = On the loose

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Fulham ace Clint Dempsey climbed his battering ram ladder to rescue a 1-1 draw with visiting Birmingham.- Greg Seltzer

The Freddinho Chronicles

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I have a bit of an update on Freddy Adu's Randers visit, plus a brief look at him in training action.- Greg Seltzer

U.S. ladies set for Italy return

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Let's go to Studio 90 for the preview of the USWNT's World Cup qualifying playoff with Italy, which they lead 1-0 from the away leg.- Greg Seltzer

Seriously... what the hell are they thinking?

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He beat me to it.. On MLS raising the playoff party to 10, well, Steve Davis = money. I've been too busy to squeeze this rant in, but he says it all well enough here.And somehow, Don Garber can't see how this devalues the regular season. Ummmm yeah.- Greg Seltzer

It's day like this I want to be a GM.

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Portland and Vancouver will be setting their phasers on "EXPAND" in just over an hour. You can listen LIVE to all the MLS Expansion Draft picks, along with commentary from the Extra Time crew.- Greg Seltzer

A few things...

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This will be all MLS Expansion Draft and Americans abroad stuff, so dig in...#1 - Here is the browsing list for tomorrow's MLS Expansion Draft and here is my stab at noting the wheat. If Dax McCarty isn't taken, I'll eat a hat.#2 - Like the injured Mo Edu, Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones is not likely to take part in Wednesday's key Champions League clash with Lyon.

Who likes goals?

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You've now reached flavor country...We begin with Saturday stroller Marcelo Perreira of Xanthi, who with near-consent from pathetic Panserraikos, makes this look far too easy.We move now to Schalke veteran Raúl, who has been the subject of greatly exaggerated demise reports.Monaco's Adriano hops on the bike of opportunity to bury this ill-advised back flick (or to be fair, ill-performed front

Rapids raise first MLS Cup

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And that's a wrap on the 2010 season!- Greg Seltzer

Barnburner of the Week

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If you missed Arsenal v Tottenham, well then shame on you... and here ya go.arsnlsprs GoalTube.orgGeüpload door BozWolf. - Ontdek de laatste en beste sport fragmenten.- Greg Seltzer

Video Sunday

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Much of this will help set up tonight's MLS Cup clash between FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids, but I added a couple of other items as well...Let's begin with a saunter down memory lane with the Top 10 MLS Cup Goals.My match-up of the game? Pablo Mastroeni talks about it: facing MLS MVP David Ferreira.

The (loan) Bluebird sings

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There probably won't be video on this until late tonight or tomorrow, but Carlisle's Mike Grella has cashed in on a Frank Simek rebound to put the visitors up 1-0 at Walsall on 26 minutes.That clip and those of any other American scorers on the day will be added here...- Greg Seltzer

NEWSFLASH: FIFA actually punishes corruption!

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The decision handed down leaves me with three thoughts:#1 - Despite the proper banning, FIFA fines are still a complete joke.#2 - Andrew Jennings must be in one heckuva celebratory mood.#3 - Most importantly: does this affect the December 2nd vote on World Cups 2018 and U.S. Soccer target 2022? My guess?

Arsene on the Rapids' big chance

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- Greg Seltzer

Checkpoint Charlie

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As we like to do, let's highlight another comeback road chat with Sochaux forward Charlie Davies. He says he hopes to dress as early as tomorrow against Lorient, though the club is thinking more along the lines of January.Meanwhile, the driver in his fateful October 2009 accident is in a lot of trouble for it.

England's French un-dressing

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England 1:2 France - International Friendly, LondonOnce more the national team with the highest-paid coach trips over its laces. 'Help for Heroes!' hollered the chugger (charity-mugger) to the fans on Wembley Way.His cause was noble - raising funds for injured servicemen, and many gave generously, but the heroes inside the stadium needed aid of a different type, and the supporters could not

The Aftermath

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Sadly, this post is in no way affiliated with Dr. Dre. It's just my USMNT Player Ratings, full highlights, some reaction and a celebratory Juan Agudelo reel...- Greg Seltzer

Pack warm, JayD.

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Unless something completely crazy has happened, he is your new Whitecaps backline marshal.- Greg Seltzer

Juan Agudonedidit.

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Rudely, The Worldwide Leader has not allowed embedding for the quickest highlight reel. I'll add all the requisite reaction clips as they surface.- Greg Seltzer

On Tap: USMNT v South Africa

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Of course, I will have my U.S. Player Ratings after the match, and it will be good to have some new faces to grade and discuss. USMNT boss Bob Bradley talked about the game and a few of the players weighed in to Studio 90...- Greg Seltzer

Adiós?

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When the league fires up the Expansion Draft next week, it appears there will be former MLS Cup MVP available; the Crew have opted not to make an extension offer to Guille Schelotto and or protect him from being taken by Portland or Vancouver.I'm not surprised. After struggling to season's end for the second straight time, Columbus is now in a needed transition phase.

Who likes goals?

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Ya know what? We should all have a monkey like Annie's Boobs...We begin with last year's WLG? champ, Leo Messi, so we can watch him and Xavi toy with Villarreal.While we're still marveling at the possibilities of a two-man game, let's check in with Porto's Walter for further examination.The secret is now out; Bolton's Johan Elmander took tap as a child.

Ladies and gentleman, I offer you... collective pain. (updated)

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I love that the editors let me title this one (and saved me by remembering the right midfielder I'd forgotten). I'm already working on an idea for my next themed XI, but wanted to share this one - in part because you all rule and in part because one of you will surely be able to tell me if I missed anyone.

In case you missed it...

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For the third straight season and fourth in five, there will be a first-time MLS Cup champ this year after FC Dallas stunned Los Angeles at the HDC. I am still searching for some reactions.And then there were two...- Greg Seltzer

Benny = Winner

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Aarhus GF spot kick technician Benny Feilhaber did the business just before time to see the second flight leaders past Viborg 1-0.- Greg Seltzer

In case you missed it...

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After Colorado and San Jose decided matters by the slimmest of margins, we were down to three and the Rapids had their first MLS Cup invite since 1997...- Greg Seltzer

Eugene/Evgeny/Yevgeni = one guy

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Since you are still learning about Tom Tomsk forward Eugene Starikov, why not have a look at him winning the early penalty for his side's goal in a 1-1 home draw.It's not a goal, but... why not?- Greg Seltzer

WARNING: Mikey is currently in the act of liking it.

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Michael Bradley has just rung the bell to put 'Gladbach up 2-0 at arch rivals FC Cologne with 20 minutes left. Clip to come...- Greg Seltzer

Harsh.

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Dude (or Dudette). Seattle attacker Steve Zakuani has opted to suit up for his native Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly known as Zaire and not to be confused with Congo) instead of waiting on U.S. citizenship and a 'Nats chance. Well, there went a speedy, tricky left winger type with a high ceiling.

Bradley's 18 for South Africa

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I was at my game when the roster was unveiled, but in case you missed it, here is the USMNT squad for next Wednesday's friendly in South Africa.I will have some reaction to the roster... but I'm not sure yet in what form or where it will surface.G - Dominic Cervi (Celtic), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)D - Gale Agbossoumonde (Estoril), Nat Borchers (Real Salt Lake), Jonathan Bornstein (Tigres),

"I'm not the enemy... the real enemy is poachers."

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Three Twizzlers and a Tootsie Roll to whoever can name the sitcom character that said that title quote, but that's not why we're here. It turns out that MLS and the USMNT has really arrived, and I can say that because Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni is plotting an international headhunt in America.Now, seriously.

Ringing The Bell - Part Deux

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As he did in the first leg, Villarreal forward Jozy Altidore scored a 90th minute insurance tally in leg two to help his side advance in the Copa del Rey. Naturally, I'll get the clip to you ASAP...- Greg Seltzer

Checkpoint Charlie

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As always, we try to keep tabs with Charlie Davies. On that note, The Original Winger paid a visit to the Sochaux forward and I wanted to share along their chat.- Greg Seltzer

Ladies night

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Following a 3-0 win over Costa Rica on Monday, the USWNT will now duel Italy over two legs for a place at World Cup 2011. Disaster averted... for now.- Greg Seltzer

Who likes goals?

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A day late, but never a cracker short...We begin with Bayer Leverkusen's Sidney Sam, who executes a perfect Medusa volley.FC Utrecht's Frank Demouge proves that if first you don't succeed, try again.How does one say "the target is lazed" in Spanish? Perhaps we should ask Espanyol's Javi Márquez.Our weekly free kick salute goes to this taunting, teasing effort from Ergotelis' Michalis

Friday night Latin American action is my blind spot.

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Yes, I sleep in bigtime on Saturday. Well, this week, I neglected to notice that Estudiantes midfielder Michael Hoyos bagged the middle goal in the league leaders' 3-0 win over Lanus. It was the youngster's first league strike and the play that contains it begins just shy of the minute mark...- Greg Seltzer

In case you missed it...

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The new math: Seattle Sounders + L.A. Galaxy = And then there were four...I've yet to find any reaction videos, but did unearth this clip of a 12-year old David Beckham on a ThamesTV talk show.- Greg Seltzer

What year is this?

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I've yet to be able to unearth a video clip of the Oguchi Onyewu v Zlatan Ibrahimovic bout from Friday's AC Milan training session, but Gazzetta dello Sport was kind enough to do up a "courtroom artist" comic strip of the tussle. Click the pic for full size.- Greg Seltzer

In case you missed it...

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Up to watch RSL v FC Dallas, I'm here to drop the highlights of another crazy first round finish, this one between Columbus and Colorado. I'll add the RSL/FCD clip here later, hopefully one as good as this...- Greg Seltzer

In case you missed it...

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We had a bit of a wild second leg between hosts New York and San Jose last night. Heh... I turned this on in the 70th minute.And then... there were seven.- Greg Seltzer

Who likes goals?

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I know this is well overdue. Sorry, it's been crazy busy around here this week...We start with FC Midtjylland's Mikkel Thygesen, who asks the question: David who?Ajax ace Mounir El Hamdaoui simply cannot stop scoring, and thankfully, he cannot stop scoring them in this manner of quality.It's hard to top Edson Buddle's playoff leg winner for the Galaxy.

Football in a Soccer Land

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Last night the San Francisco 49ers beat the Denver Broncos in the fourth annual NFL clash to be held in London.These once-a-year gridiron shows quickly sell-out and pass off successfully in the excellent surroundings of the rebuilt Wembley stadium. The previous day's warm-up rally in Trafalgar Square also attracted thousands of devoted US sports fans to the heart of the capital.