Clyde Simms put in a solid performance in the Revs loss. (Photo: Kari Heistad)
After each match the contributors to New England Soccer Today will rate the performances of
the New England Revolution players who made an appearance on a 1 to 10 scale (1 horrendous, 5
average, 10 perfection).
NUREMBERG, Germany â€” Nuremberg extended its winning run in the Bundesliga to four games on
Friday, when goals from Julian Schieber, Robert Mak and Almog Cohen earned a 3-0 home win over
Eintracht Frankfurt. Frankfurt has yet to win in the Bundesliga in 2011, and has been outscored by
11 goals to none since the [.
He went to the 2006 World Cup as a teenager but came back without getting on the pitch. Let's
just forget Euro 2008. They didn't take him to the 2010 World Cup. So it's now, in 2012, over six
years after his debut for the senior side that Theo Walcott is finally seeing some action in the
major tournaments for his country.
A family event at a nearby city took me out of town for the last couple of days and is the cause
for the lateness of this post. It really was unavoidable but I don't want to trouble you with the
The result of the game, more so the manner in which the goals were conceded, was quite upsetting
but after having a day to think it over I find there were a lot of talking points from the
Gervinho's Arsenal debut ended in disgrace as he was sent off in a goalless Premier League draw
at Newcastle United.
With a quarter of an hour left the striker, bought for Â£12 million from Lille and Arsenal's
only major summer signing so far, was shown a straight red card for a slap on Joey Barton, who had
become incensed with the Ivorian after he took a blatant dive in the box.
That goal-scoring has been one of Liverpool's greatest problems is no great secret. But Liverpool's
first two goals last night â€“ more specifically, how Liverpool scored those goals with quick
transitions from defense to attack â€“ shows the promise in this side. If Liverpool play a certain
For many, there has been a belief that in order to get the most out of Charlie Adam he must be
played as part of a three-man midfield, alongside players who will be able to cover for his
shortcomings and in doing so allow him to do what he does bestâ€”break down tough opponents and
create scoring opportunities.
It's easy to trot out cliches about yesterday's game - it was a great advert for the premier
league, etc. - but the fact of the matter is that we lost. We may have lost heroically, and we can
be proud of the performance, but we're still three further behind in terms of the race for
Champions League spots.
Fresh out of the title race and with the handbrake well and truly off, Arsenal put in the kind
of shift and performance that had they happened more frequently this season would have been the
That our benchmark has in fact been drawing or losing from winning positions, or not taking our
chance to edge ahead even when the opportunity is presented to us on a silver salver, makes
yesterday all the more frustrating.
Seems like it was a bit of a rough old night for Sergio Aguero at the DW. Not only was he robbed
of a clear goal-scoringÂ opportunity by a flailing Honduran, Kun also saw a bobbing, weaving solo
wondergoal nipped in the bud ten minutes from time.
After flitting his way past three Wigan defenders, Aguero finally set himself to pull the
trigger before the crucial block was made, courtesy of a last-ditch interception by a big, awkward
Bosnian lummox by the name of Edin Dzeko a man, it should be pointed out, who is also employed by
Just four guys. Having a bunch of skyward moments together.What's a Major League Soccer player to
do now that it's the off-season? Well if Jurgen's not sending you abroad then you've got some time
For the Philadelphia Union's Danny Califf and Sebastian Le Toux it was hanging out with the other
football's Eagles and their punter and kicker for "Eagle's Confidential".
Two small pieces of news before we get on with the Player Of The Year discussion:
*Steve Nicol turned down the Rapids interview request. There was some talk about him being
uncomfortable with the environment here, but all along I thought getting Nicol out of Boston, where
he's been for 13 years, would be a long shot.
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.Â 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.
The first time Sporting Kansas City walked off the field after a match at Livestrong Sporting
Park, back on June 9th, the club was mired in a ten-match winless streak and buried in last place
in the Eastern Conference.
On Tuesday night, with those rough early days firmly in the rearview mirror, Sporting KC
completed a 15-week climb up the standings, into sole possession of first place.
An MRI showed good news and bad news for Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys. The good news: he has
only one broken rib (it was originally thought he had two broken ribs). The bad news: Romo has a
While a punctured lung is nothing to joke about, it sounds as if the Cowboys expect Romo to play
in Week 3.
With the greatest respect to Manchester United's US tour opponents, it would difficult to draw
any incisive conclusions from theirÂ fourÂ successiveÂ wins pre-Barcelona friendly where they
tallied an impressive 18 goals because the opposition were simply abject and below standard.Â
However, a match up against the side that they had been routinely beaten by in the Wembley final in
May would be far more educative and despite both teams not opting for full-strength,Â the level of
quality on the pitch would have considerably improved to United's previous games.