The Shin Guardian Archives for January 2011

If Tim Ream Goes Bolton…

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Smoldering kindle around a possible sale of the New York Red Bulls' Tim Ream to Bolton.

Wandering?

While nothing is confirmed and Ream's wedding to a US bride, not to a new team has been cited as the reason he is not in Jurgen Klinsmann's January Camp, the move would seem to make a lot of sense and offers the opportunity to investigate a few things around both the teams and leagues:

• First, it would seem the Red Bulls are selling at a valley in Ream's value.

Happy Holidays from The Shin Guardian!

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Our 3rd year with a holiday card in fact, we may actually have two!

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This one a popular play on the original "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" was done, superbly, by Robert Kammel of kammel+morgan design group. Great work, Robert. Thank you.

....and, of course, Happy Holidays and and a very Merry Christmas from The Shin Guardian!

Jurgen Klinsmann With 20 Names For Camp Cupcake

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And the invites are in...or out rather.

Geoff Cameron gets his long-deserved invite...

Jurgen Klinsmann will undoubtedly run a different January camp than his predecessor Bob Bradley did. That, and the US goes on the road for not one but two matches against Venezuela and Panama. (Really looking forward to that Panama affair.

For Man United: What Happens When Ryan Giggs Retires?

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Not the president of Kramerica Enterprises....

This time the chalkboards do tell the tale.

Fulham played a 4-2-4 defense and engaged Manchester United's "back-six" with their "front-six." It was a good strategy despite the ending scoreline of 5-0. Sir Alex Ferguson recognized it as such, pulling off a woozy Phil Jones (from an early Clint Dempsey elbow) and adding in another attacker in Ashley Young to provide central linking while moving Antonio Valencia to rightback.

Live Commentary: Wednesday, Almost Boxing Time…

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Lots of games today. You talk.

Guzan The Villian? Is he back? (Courtesy The Offsides Rules)


Part II of II: On The US Foreign Services With Greg Seltzer

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This is Part II of TSG's discussion with Amsterdam-based Greg Seltzer of MLSSoccer.com and No Short Corners. You can find Part I, here.

Gatt and a legend...

Matthew: So who are the key Americans abroad that US fans should truly be excited by? So many times one goal is enough to chop a forest worth's of timber to power the hype machine.

Report: David Beckham Gonzo, Headed To PSG For Hefty Price Tag

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(Lot of news snippets today).

Oui Paris for Beckham

Reports out of Paris today that's Le Parisien's (a Paris daily) on the left that David Beckham will at long last make his way to Paris Saint-Germain for the tidy fee of $18.7M over 18-months.

Ligue1 will represent the fourth league that Beckham will attempt to win a championship in (The Premiership, La Liga, MLS); his legacy of a nomadic footballer championship-seeking footballer will be cemented with a win in Paris.

Luis Suarez Banned 8 Matches by FA

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Suarez...

Liverpool striker and Uruguayan national Luis Suarez was banned 8 games today by England's Football Association for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra, cited for calling him a "Negro" on multiple occasions in a game in October. Suarez will also be fined £40,000.

Suárez has 14 days to appeal the ruling and sentence.

Amen: Luis Suarez Banned 8 Matches by FA

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Suarez...

Liverpool striker and Uruguayan national Luis Suarez was banned 8 games today by England's Football Association for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra, by calling him a "Negro" on multiple occasions in a game in October. Suarez will also be fined £40,000.

Suárez was found guilty Tuesday evening; he has 14 days to appeal the ruling and sentence.

Happy Holidays from The Shin Guardian!

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Our 3rd year with a holiday card in fact, we may actually have two!

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This one a popular play on the original "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" was done, superbly, by Robert Kammel of kammel+morgan design group. Great work, Robert. Thank you.

....and, of course, Happy Holidays and and a very Merry Christmas from The Shin Guardian!

Part I of II: On The US Foreign Services With Greg Seltzer

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Amsterdam-based Greg Seltzer is certainly a unique cat.

Seltzer

Greg decided long ago to make his name and career in soccer reporting and found himself relocated over to the Netherlands reporting for Soccer America.

With the re-vamp, or re-start if you prefer, of MLSSoccer.com and the need for a qualitative reporter on player movement became clear, Seltzer fit the bill.

Video: Camp Junior Mint: Day One for U-23′s

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Day One at the U-23 camp in Florida....


Ode To The Great One, Mr. Constant, George Vecsey

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Perhaps it only fitting that I learned about it on Twitter, the preferred destination of choice today for breaking sports news and story distribution.

The Great George Vecsey....

The great and incomparable New York Times sports reporter and event recorder George Vecsey retiring his weekly column.

The Messi Cam at El Clasico

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Interesting slo-mo replay of El Clasico earlier this week. Now, a camera focused solely on Lionel Messi.

Thought it interesting enough to post.


The Weekend: Les Grossman, More Landon, Tim McDreamy & More

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Let's get right to it:

Back at it in Candyland...

• Everton welcomes Norwich City to it's Really Goodison

The Premiership world was shocked when Everton announced that American Landon Donovan will come on loan to the Land of Toffee starting January 4th.

Okay, not shocked actually at all except for the fact that Everton actually got a quality player to help them in a battle with Father Relegation, even if only for two months.

Landon Donovan Loan Everton: Music To Toffee Fans Ears

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The news just broke.

Liverpool here I come!

Landon Donovan going on loan to Everton this winter. Precisely what the Toffees need and frankly probably all they could afford. Everton are not awash in cash. There certainly not awash in goals.

The LA Galaxy announced on Thursday that Donovan will venture over to Everton on a two-month loan kicking off on on Jan.

Europa League Wednesday: Fulham vs. Odense

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A big one in Europa League today for Americans to watch.

No, not Tottenham.

Wisla Krakow is nipping at the Cottagers heals. A win for Krakow and loss for Fulham rules Damien Duff's dudes out of Europa.

While American media will be all over Dempsey playing at home after eating at the Swansea gaffe-ateria, Nigerian Peter Utaka is a proficient "B movie" European striker with 99 goals in 246 club matches in his career.

Oreo Prose: The Maturation Of Zarek Valentin

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Former LA Galaxy player, NCAA Champion & brother Julian Valentin writing for TSG
You can follow Julian on Twitter here

January 13, 2011.

Sponsored by Men's Warehouse...twice...

Zarek and I certainly didn't plan it that day, but we ended up wearing the same black suit the buy one, get one half off special from Men's Warehouse.

(Video) El Clasico Reviewed In Slow Motion

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Camp Cupcake: Please RVSP This Week

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As Camp Junior Mint (U-23) gets underway in Florida this week, Jurgen Klinsmann should be shortly submitting his roster for who gets an Evite to the annual Camp Cupcake in Carson, CA.

This will of course be Klinsmann's first time selecting for the camp that normally sees predominant enrollment of fringe US and Nordic domestic league players.

Chelsea Vs. Man City; Rome vs. Juve: Preview, Live Action

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We excavate this snippet and republish this from our Friday piece as today's action is about to get underway.

The saga continues...

• Chelski vs. Europa's Elite: Man City

Man City now have a but the Premiership trophy to focus on as they, too, departed the Champion's League brackets this week and headed to Europa's minor leagues.

Flash Poll: Van Persie, Messi, Silva: The Three Best Right Now?

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Best?

Flash poll. Messi, David Silva, Ronaldo?

Who are the three best players in the world right now? Vote [add a candidate]; defend your answer in the comment section.

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Be Patient Kop Faithful: Old Red Dalglish Will Deliver New Reds to Europe

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John Henry's promise to restore Liverpool to former glory placed great faith in an old legend. He's beginning to deliver.

Neil Blackmon examines why the skeptics about Dalglish's tactics and managerial ability are likely wrong.

A year ago, as  Liverpool stumbled out of the gate to a mid-table Christmas position, dark clouds swirled around Anfield and more than one commentator uttered the frightening "end of an era" cliché about England's "other" most storied club.

El Clasico Time: Messi Don’t Dive

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A repub a video that has finally reappeared on YouTube. Busquets may hit the deck today. Alves may tumble.

But "Messi Don't Dive:"


The Weekend: Follow Along With Live Commentary

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Our weekend preview is here. Enjoy the games.

El Clasico Showdown


Confirmed: Hérculez Gomez Headed To Santos Laguna

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If only Bob Bradley knew...

Onward...

With Estudiantes Tecos about to wrap up there season and facing a budget-balancing puzzle, the US's prodigal poacher south of the border is headed north out of town.

TSG has confirmed that the 2010 World Cup vet will join Club Santos Laguna (where former US coach Bob Bradley was said to be in talks about their head role before taking the Egypt job) after the conclusion of Mexican Apertura playoff final series Sunday.

The Weekend: What Are You Watching

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Just about every league except MLS in full swing this weekend. Some match-ups to watch. What will you be hdtv'ing?

• The Ray Hudson Bowl

El Clasico.

Main dwarf...

Real Madrid and Barcelona. Lately this match has become more like a Catholic elementary school game of tag at recess than a soccer match.

Brek Shea, Indicted! The Day Soccer Made It In America….

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This is the first piece for TSG by Miriti Murungi's Nutmeg Radio; oops, Nutmeg Radio's Miriti Murungi. Murungi also hosts a rather, make that The Confidential podcast, here. In his spare time, he tutors budding archery proteges in his sleep.

Clean cut no more. MLS & Brek Shea, 2018?

Caleb Porter With 28 Names For December Training

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While the USMNT has their January "Camp Cupcake" coming up, the US U-23s will head to Florida under the direction of new coach Caleb Porter on December 15th, to participate in their own camp ("Camp Junior Mint?") in advance of next year's Olympic tournament.

The Dynamo's Danny Cruz, an unheralded name in the mix.

Clint, His Haul, & The American Now Caretaking At The Cottage

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Heartbreaker, Record-breaker...

Once again Monday, it was Liverpool.

And given that Liverpool in some ways now represents the "English" hope as the home country Premiership super club, perhaps it was again appropriate.

And again, the conductor was Clint Dempsey with the symphonic high note on a little flick of his be-cleated baton.

The Last Laugh On Manchester?

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Wow, Kia Joorabchian sure works fast.

Too soon?


Champion’s League Live: What Will The Papers Say in Manchester Tomorrow?

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Manchester City versus Bayern Munich. Basel with an exposition at Old Trafford against United.

Can Basel be hero's today?

(New content coming today; apologies for the delays)

Which team emphatically stands tallest tomorrow?


Euro 2012 Draw: Reflections Of The Forthcoming Madness

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Poor corporate oversight here. Meant to get this up on Saturday.

TSG's celebrated peanut gallery: Waldorf, Statler, and...I don't know Beauregard got together via email on Friday to toss out one-liners and multi-liners from the balcony on the Euro 2012 draw. It was TSG's Serie A expert and Italian national team expert Eric Giardini, joined by Ronan Quinn writing from Newcastle on Ireland.

US U-17s Send Twelve Foot Walls Of Water & Wash Out Brazil 3-1

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The U-17ers moved as one on Sunday...

A surfing nod in that title.

As you become older, wiser and more experienced in surfing, you learn that Mother Ocean always wins. So when sets of 12-foot waves are hurdling towards you, you wait until the set of waves subside or you sort of stick-and-move your way out to the line-up, prodding for the little channel that way exist.

Saturday Live Commentary: Get Some..

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Back in full effect next week.

In fact a piece on the Euro 2012 draw out later today.

Best game to watch today? Newcastle vs. Chelsea? Close. Barca vs. top-table wannabee Levante? Not quite.

Inter vs. Udinese? Not bad, but...

The correct answer? Stateside...UCLA battle Lousville for the right to move on to the semis of the College Cup.

The AVB Doomsday Syndrome

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So much promise....

At some point you just have to feel sorry for a coach.... regardless of team affiliation. The execution time is quickly approaching with bated breath and grim reaper fingerprints. This is the time where Roman Abramovich gets itchy on the trigger finger, picks up a cell phone from Moscow and calls the front office of Chelsea Football Club to let them know that Chelsea will no longer be requiring the service of Andre Villas-Boas.

(Corp) Just A Little Longer; Thanks For Your Patience

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By our watch, longest TSG has gone without a fresh piece of content was three days.

We just beat that!

Dubious!

Apologies, TSG is dealing with some severe family (pet) responsibilities; we currently don't have a back-up editor and we've had a few pieces that the stork was supposed to deliver this week but couldn't.