Friday, February 10, 2006
First half thoughts ...
Thoughts from the first 36 or so minutes of the U.S. - Japan friendly.

  • Not as much of a pro-Japanese crowd as I would have thought.

  • After suriving a blitz in the first 6 or so minutes, the Fighting Gazelles have really taken it to the Japanese.

  • Clint M'f'in Dempsey. Who knew he had a left foot!?! How is he not starting for us on the right in Germany? I don't know the answer to that question.

  • Eddie Pope looks like he's 22, not 32. Really well done for the pride of Greensboro, North Carolina, to come back from his dismal performance last year against Germany England to where he is now.

  • Taylor Twellman with two assists in the first half ... does that book his ticket to Deutchland? I think he's well on his way.

  • I'm really impressed with our tenacity. After the first six minutes, the U.S. has really done an excellent job of taking it to Japan and, in general, being more fired up than Japan.

  • The Japanese goalkeeper is the only thing standing between the U.S. and a 4-0 lead.

  • I'm hoping Eddie Johnson gets in for Josh Wolff in the second half. I want to see how EJ is progressing this year.

  • Todd Dunivant. Okay, so I know it's the Norwegian Beer-Gutted U-23's and Japan but, well, he gives us a natural left-sided defender in a place where we've lacked depth.

  • Twellman reminds me of Steve Woje Wojo that Duke guard who was a real pest Wojciechowski. A real pest, a hard worker, a gnat, as we'd call them with the higest praise in Georgia ... someone who pisses off a defense so much but is really effective and makes things happen.
  • Good Call
    According to the Mirror, England has removed Guus Hiddink from consideration for the post of manager of England.
    The new England manager will be either Martin O'Neill, Stuart Pearce or Alan Curbishley. FA chief executive Brian Barwick wants O'Neill to replace Sven Goran Eriksson in the summer, but now has his three man short-list for the £3million-a-year job. He has ruled out early favorite Sam Allardyce, and also the foreign contenders Guus Hiddink and Luis Felipe Scolari.
    Which is fine by me since I'd really like to see Hiddink replace Il Bruce if the U.S. manager decides to leave after this World Cup.
    Wednesday, February 01, 2006
    Player Ratings
    In a previous post the question of player ratings has been raised.

    Here's how I see them (influenced greatly by Championship Football Manager).

    4 - Crapped the bed.
    5 - Crapped the bed but at least had the sense to get out of it.
    6 - Not the greatest game in the world but at least he held his cheeks together.
    7 - A standard game. Nothing great, nothing horrible.
    8 - Fantastic performance.
    9 - Only have a few of these types of games per year, truly in the zone.
    10 - Fans will be talking about this for ages.

    What's your rating scale?