Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Barcelona Has a Chink in Their Armour: No Free Kick Specialist

Barcelona need somebody who can take a free kick.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

MLS Gets $10 Million for Beckham Loan

That's a lot of money, shows how bad Beckham wanted to play for AC Milan and not play in the MLS:

Beckham is with Milan on a timeshare deal, but will rejoin the Los Angeles Galaxy on 1 July until Christmas.

"We asked for $10 million, we got our $10 million," said MLS commissioner Don Garber. We don't know where it's coming from, either."

"He can't get paid from Milan. Milan could pay us. He could pay them."

Read more...

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Richard Dunne: Worst Professional Soccer Player Ever?

I'm tired of seeing Manchester City lose games due to Richard Dunne. Sure, this UEFA loss wasn't entirely his fault, at least he didn't score an own goal, but he hurts his club a lot more than he helps.

Why in the world would you keep him on your team, and even name him captain, when you're going out and spending big money on players like Robinho. It defeats the whole purpose. You buy a player who can help create goal scoring chances but keep a player who scores own goals and gets red cards and repeatedly fouls player unnecessarily.

Today, as Manchester City battled with Hamburg, Dunne kept fouling players when their backs were turned to goal, they weren't going anywhere, and the referee continued to warn him. He was on a yellow card and still didn't stop.

City had a ton of chances in the game, Elano cracking both the cross bar and the post with impressive free kicks. And Felipe Caicedo scored a great goal but he also missed a few sitters. The point is though, for City to become a big time club they're going to have to get rid of some of their old time players, and they'll have to start with Dick Dunne.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Marta in the NY Times Magazine

I think Marta might be able to play in the MLS, or at least if she did you'd see a player go at a defender on the dribble. She has no fear and will take any player on. Read the article here.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Altidore Speaks

By way of Ives, Altidore talks about his situation in Spain:

Things can happen fast in football...
Yeah, I mean look at the kid [Federico Macheda] at Manchester United. Things changed really quickly for him. He went from the youth team to scoring a crucial winner [against Aston Villa] in no time. You have to be ready because things can change in the blink of an eye. I'm a hungry player, and I hope to be ready at all times.

Read the interview over at FIFA...

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Federico Macheda

This win could give Manchester United the bit of confidence they need to win the league and push back Liverpool. It is a goal for history - take a look. A lot of games to play but a young former Lazio youth player nets the winner against Aston Villa in a 3-2 thriller.

Formerly a member of Lazio's youth system, Federico Macheda joined United in September 2007, signing professional forms nearly a year later on 22 August 2008.

A powerful forward with a natural goal scorer's eye for goal, 'Kiko', as he is known to his team-mates, was born in Rome and was regarded as one of the most promising prospects of a generation in his homeland.

Having relocated to England to further his career, Macheda has quickly moved up the ranks at United. He started out in Paul McGuinness' Under-18s side, but has become a regular in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Reserves.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Soccer Is Ruining America?

What other game, to put it bluntly, is so boring to watch? Read the article over at the WSJ.