Thursday, August 7, 2008

Jog Through the Park

Barcelona jogged through Central Park before they played the Red Bulls in New York, but the jog through the park wasn’t much different than the actual match. It was a game of keep away and a few darting runs here and there that resulted in goals. The conceded goals were more out of laziness and boredom.

Samuel Etoo came off at half time and was sitting on the bench all showered and changed. He wore a gold watch that was probably worth more than most of the Red Bulls player’s salaries. And remember, this is a game where Barcelona was without Messi, as he’s in China scoring goals for Argentina. Etoo is still on the fence it sounds like, will he stay or will he go? I just can’t see how Barcelona will let him leave. He notched two goals in the last two pre-season friendlies. Sure, it’s not like scoring again top La Liga sides, but they’re goals nonetheless. He has to be one of my favorite players. He’s plays with such energy and enthusiasm yet is clinical in his finishes.

New Barca signing Alexander Hleb looks like he will fit in well to the Barcelona side. He was constantly turning Red Bull defenders inside and out. Is he as good as Deco? He’s a different type of player, perhaps a bit more dynamic although less of a laser precise type of passer. But with Iniesta continuing to play better and better, Barcelona can live with out Deco. Asked what the Red Bulls could take away from this game, John Harkes side a lot of good fitness work, he’s right. The ball doesn’t get tired remember, and Barcelona had it the whole time.