The Shin Guardian Archives for January 2011

Saturday: Live Action, Your Analysis

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Lend your review...we won't be around.

Can Newcastle spin itsel back on track...


Quick Grades: MLS Montreal Impact Expansion Draft

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Some of this is recounting from Twitterisms some, you just couldn't make up:

Seattle Sounders: B+

Fucito, not cruising anywhere...

Good day to you Sounders fans. Two years ago Sebu Le Toux couldn't quite get on the field for Sigi Schmid's first team. Off he went to the Philly Union in their expansion draft and nearly captured an improbably MLS MVP award (of far from it, but you get the picture.

A Very Happy Thanksgiving To You From TSG

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A wonderful day to remember and thank everyone that cares about you, makes you better, helps you out.

A happy Thanksgiving to you. A few motion pics here that just seemed appropriate for the day and sentiment.

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Below is a list of just some great groups that many others are already thankful for.

Champion’s League Live: Milan vs. Barca..Rather Zlatan vs. Pep

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There are no undercards today, but despite but might be better quality soccer in Arsenal vs. Dortmund on the day, the main drama to watch is in Group H with Barcelona with only a short bus ride head to the San Siro, where Zlatan will again face off against his Spanish nemesis Pep Guardiola.

You wanted to follow along yesterday.

Video: The Beckham View From Across The Pond, Sort Of

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Dare I say the game is overtaking these lads?

An overseas video on how Beckham and MLS are viewed by dare we say xenophobic pundits.

Interesting here that the two ex-players involved in this exchange has interesting backgrounds:

Dion Dublin played some of his best ball at Coventry in partnership with none other than MLS star Darren Huckerby he featured for about 15 games at Manchester United but over 140 at Aston Villa as well.

Snippet: Warnock Yaps On Beckham

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How can you not love Queens Park Rangers this year (in a fantastic Premiership campaign nonetheless).

Huh?

They head up back to the top flight.

They procure the ever-docile Joey Barton.

Armand Traore behaves like Jose Boswingwa on mushrooms with a shaved unibrow he shares the assist lead with Barton for a grand total of.

EPL: Cracking The Code On Premiership Fantasy

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Author Devin Pleuler is miles ahead of you when it comes to fantasy "football" preparation...

Wenger's, Le Professeur...but he can't match this.....

It may come as no surprise that in the Fantasy Football competition hosted on the English Premier League's website, the more a player is worth doesn't necessarily mean that that player will produce more fantasy points.

MLS Protected Lists & Mock Draft

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This post by TSG staff

MLS continued it's full court marketing press by issuing it's unprotected list just a day after the MLS Cup final.

2012's Jack Jewsbury...

Some fascinating players on the take (for the take?). Here's a feasible team based upon a balance of "Don't get blown out" and "Priming for growth.

Eastbound & Up: MLS Men That Could Thrive In Serie A

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Eric Giardini takes a look at where some MLS players might fit in Serie A

Beckham, no surprise, leads the list...

With the end of the MLS playoffs and the beginning of the January transfer window upon us sooner than we realize, this seems as good a time as any to put together a list of current MLS players I think could play, and even flourish, with a move to Serie A.

Vote: David Beckham, Staying In The City of Angels?

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David Beckham, trophy in hand as well as contract conclusion.

What does Beckham do? Take our poll below.

Sweet victory...or sweet escape...

View This Poll


MLS Cup Final Live: The Los Angeles Galaxy vs. The Houston Dynamo

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Almost game time...

TSG's MLS Cup Final Preview, right here.

Still several hours away from tip off.

Toe-to-toe they go for the big price, Houston's Dynamo and the Los Angeles Galaxy for the season ultimate prize, the Supporter's Shield MLS Cup.

Rain is all over the forecast and you have to believe despite squirmy Calen Carr's ability to squirt through a backline that is favors Los Angeles.

US Ladies Embrace Future in Closing Sweden Draw

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USWNT almost atoned for it's group stage blemish on Saturday..

TSG's Maura Gladys brings us home on the USWNT in 2011. Thanks for hard work, Maura.

If she didn't prove it with her two goals and one in the 2011 World Cup, Alex Morgan proved last night that she deserves a spot in USWNT the starting lineup.

Saturday: Live Commentary: One Will Stand

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Club ball back in full effect.

Manchester City and Newcastle both look for the beatdown versus each other to remain unbeaten.

Tiote & Toure will battle in the middle for the right to remain on top...


USWNT Preview: Sweden…For Closure

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Welcome back, Maura Gladys

For a little more than three weeks, the possibilities seemed endless for the U.S. Women's National Team. On Oct. 27, Pia Sundhage named the 30 players headed into a two-week training camp in Arizona, to prepare for their upcoming match against Sweden.

MLS Cup: Preview & Pick: Didn’t See This One Coming…

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Different angle for a TSG preview here.

Today, we publish a discussion with Sporting KC assistant coach John Pascarella. Pascarella is responsible for much of the technical preparation and tactical work for the Livestronglies. He and head coach Peter Vermes played club ball together and KC front office media man Josh Wisenhunt comments Pascarella is revered by the team, especially goalkeeper Jimmy Neilsen (Pascarella has a big hand in training the goalkeepers during practice.

The Premiership: Newcastle Rises…

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Neil Blackmon reminds that the "BPL" returns to action this weekend.

"Can't See Nothing In Front of Me,

Can't See Nothing Coming Up Behind,

I make my way through this darkness,

I can't feel nothing but this chain that binds me.

Constants, Variables & Dreadlocks In Orbit Around Planet Klinsmann

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By John Nyen

Engels: Invariably

Friedrich Engel, Georg Cantor, Grete Hermann, and Jurgen Klinsmann are related in a very odd way. Of course they are all German.

However, this would miss the implicit point hidden in the Klinsmann way.

That is that they are all German mathematicians.

US Bests Slovenia 3-2, Becomes Belle Of The Ball For A Day

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Can't shake it.

Just can't shake it.

The US Men's team came under fire after Friday's loss to France for its inability to create attacking chances and it's failure to scintillate under new manager Jurgen Klinsmann. For a brief moment now, with a 3-2 victory on the road in Slovenia, the nervous fidgeting that was beginning to surround the team and it's new manager has quelled.

MLS: Twelve Points, Twelve Matches, One Left

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James Grossi gets us back into the swing of things by rewinding and pressing play on what happened in this year's MLS playoffs and the lead-up.

The first twelve matches of the 2011 MLS playoffs have been played; one remains to determine who will take the honours as Champions.

Live Commentary: USA vs. Slovenia

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Retribution? Probably not.

Improvement? Needed.

One overwhelming positive. Captain Carlos Bocanegra with his 100th cap as the United States tangles with Slovenia today.

Starting line-ups shortly.

Funny, still looks young...


Nostalgia: World Cup 2010: USA 2 (3) – Slovenia 2

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For TSG's USA Slovenia Preview, click here.

World Cup 2010 gave US fans four full games of drama. Group stage game two was of course against the relatively-unknown Slovenia. Charlie Brown put a hurt on the Yanks in the 1st half, but the States would storm back and make more than a game of it.

Another Take: TSG’s Tuesday Comes Full Circle On USA-France

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Tuesday with his take on what just happened in Paris

No surprise that this one should become a battle between revolutions.

Blanc's squad: Thumbs up effort...

Laurent Blanc came in to clean the French house after the 2010 World Cup, with the federation sending players like Nicolas Anelka to their international doom.

Extremely Mini USA vs. Slovenia Preview

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Setting expectations, time constraints prevent our customary official preview format.

The USA plays Slovenia Tuesday in a rematch of the US World Cup group stage second match. No doubt there will be review of that match in depth across the US soccer media outlets. Here's one piece from us back then.

Thoughts: France Teaches US A Lesson

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Tough one.

Can't call them "snap judgments" because they took way too long. TSG's Tuesday will be along shortly with the official review.

Here are some thoughts that I want to spill out on the screen. We'll give it the "Good, Bad, Ugly" treatment because it works well here.

Gloves?

Live Commentary: US vs. France

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For TSG's USA vs. France preview, go here.

The USA goes up against France today for the first time in international football in more than 30 years. That's amazing. The work of Jurgen Klinsmann...or?

Media coverage begins at 11:55 with the kickoff five minutes later.

For Those That Put On Uniforms….To Protect

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A moment of silence and thanks for all who gave to protect the freedoms and lives of their fellow citizens. My grandfather.

Thank you....and may solace come to those who lost loved ones in the name of the country.

Happy Veteran's Day.

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Video Primer: USA vs. France

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For TSG's USA vs. France preview, go here.

Starting line-ups just a few hours away.

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Video: Le Professeur On The Rooster

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Arsene Wenger chats Brek Shea

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More: TSG's Brek Shea Interview


USA vs. France Coverage: On Yohan Cabaye

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Newcastle resident Ronan Quinn on one of the eleven that may start versus the States

Cabaye's made a splash already this year by the Tyneside...

TSG's USA vs. France Preview

With the likes of Andy Carroll, Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan and José Enrique all sold since January, many worried about Newcastle's prospects of survival in the Premier League.

TSG’s Official USA vs. France Preview: The Germans Are Coming!

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Storm the beach!

Remember the span of time in 2009 and towards the end of 2010 World Cup qualifying when the United States had a home match at Rio Tinto against El Salavador before going on the road against a Trinidad & Tobago side whose quality in that game was going to be a crapshoot?

If you recall that match like I do a missed clearance by Jonathan Bornstein that led to an El Salvadorian goal, a few moments of attacking pressure at the end of the first half which scantily provided the winning difference than you are quite comfy with at least the notion of new US manager Jurgen Klinsmann attempting to implement a style of play here for the United States in the friendlies leading up to World Cup qualifying.

Your Lying Eyes: What Klinsmann Sees In Orozco-Fiscal

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TSG's Tuesday plays contrarian or does he on the maligned US centerback

Orozco-Fiscal, popping up at every Klinsmann camp. (Credit: Matt Mathai)

At TSG, we've tried to offer some explanation for Michael Orozco-Fiscal.

All the pundits, professional and armchair men alike seem to be in agreement.

Rumored: USA vs. Italy February 29th

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According to Greg Seltzer at MLS Soccer on his blog, the United States will play Italy in Genoa on February 29th.

Two conjoining notes:

That international side name will always, always bring up this clip on TSG below....

....and perhaps it should be Milan castoff and Zlatan opponent Oguchi Onyewu that enforces it.

Aspirations of the Premiership? Those Would Be Eyes of Disillusionment, MLS

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John Nyen on illusions of the Euro game

The guy on left easily carries the American Express Black card...and nothing can dent it.

"I am a fan of the American model. The European model cannot be sustained without new parameters, commercial parameters that allow competition, that allow revenue distribution, and that will allow talent to continue to prosper.

Mea Culpa: Dynamo To Face Galaxy For The Ultimate

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A little wrong...and very wrong. (Remember, we're all about accountability to predictions here.)

Becks playoff performance in Game 2 against Red Bulls the key to LA's Cup march...

The Los Angeles Galaxy (4 to 1) was one of TSG's odds-on favorites to win the MLS Cup. They trailed however the Sounders.

The Weekend: Live Commentary

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EPL first, MLS Playoffs later.

The Cottage welcomes the interlopers from White Hart Lane...


Jurgen Klinsmann’s Roster To Face France & Slovenia

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As Klinsmann's roster to face France & Slovenia

"Morales, where'd you learn to play son?"

G: Tim Howard, Bill Hamid

The skinny: Just calling this "Double H" from now on. By the way truth Bill Hamid's email address begins with "YoungTimHoward"

DEF: D: Carlos Bocanegra, Timmy Chandler, Steve Cherundolo, Clarence Goodson, Alfredo Morales, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Oguchi Onyewu

The skinny: Was a 1st team call-up part of Morales's deal to play for the US?

MLS Playoffs Live: HOU vs. PHI & LAG vs. NYRB

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Another fight card this evening:

The undercard showcases a Union team that out-thought rather than misplayed themselves on Sunday. The Dynamo probably just need a single goal to tget through on this one.

The main event is the matched hoped for at MLS headquarters for the Finals, only the team from New York failed to live up to their expectations.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s Roster To Face France & Slovenia

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As Klinsmann's roster to face France & Slovenia

"Morales, where'd you learn to play son?"

G: Tim Howard, Bill Hamid

The skinny: Just calling this "Double H" from now on. By the way truth Bill Hamid's email address begins with "YoungTimHoward"

DEF: D: Carlos Bocanegra, Timmy Chandler, Steve Cherundolo, Clarence Goodson, Alfredo Morales, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Oguchi Onyewu

The skinny: Was a 1st team call-up part of Morales's deal to play for the US?

France’s Roster To Face The States

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Via US Soccer:

Will it be Chandler's forehead vs. Ribery's....face?

France head coach Laurent Blanc has named a 22-man roster for the upcoming match against the U.S. Men's National Team on Nov. 11. Blanc calls in a formidable squad for the countries' first meeting since 1979, with Ballon d'Or nominees Eric Abidal and Karim Benzema among the headliners.

MLS Playoff Night: Sporting KC & Real Salt Lake Look To March On

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Game time.

Which team's got the best comeback chance? The injury-depleted Rapids or the home turf Sounders? Or neither.

Line-ups are in.

If you're answering if TSG choose this picture because of the goofy look on Sapong's face OR the fuzzy pose of a beaten Marvell Wynne in the background, the answer is.

Caleb Porter’s First US U-23 Roster: Gatt, Salgado, Andrew Wooten “Clan,” More…

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From US Soccer:

Conor Doyle will be in action for the US (not Ireland)

U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team head coach Caleb Porter has named 31 players to the roster for the upcoming training camp in Duisburg, Germany, which also features several players who are age-eligible for the U.

PSA: The RC Foxes, I Thought American Soccer Was Growing?

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Freddy Field in Texas: Built on a labor of love & life celebration and with dollars earned exclusively through donation..

TSG gets a lot of impassioned pleas to help out through publicity or promotion for one cause or another.

They all resonate (The Freddy Fund, Little Feet, Soccer Without Borders, Street Soccer USA, all.

Manchester City: On Vanquishing United & Redefining The Man In The Mirror

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The little brother slays...

Neil Blackmon on the how little brother became all growns up.

Manchester City should glide past an injury-riddled Villarreal Wednesday in the Champion's League. The success will pale in comparison to what was achieved across Manchester ten days ago.