We All Dream of a Team of Charlie Davies

We All Dream of a Team of Charlie Davies

Monday, February 15, 2010

MLS Preview:Columbus Crew

Columbus are coming off a great season,however when playoffs began they were upset by Real Salt Lake and the great play of Robbie Findley and Javier Morales.The Crew finished the season first in MLS,so many people were when a team that barely snuck in the playoffs (and ended up winning MLS Cup) beat them in the second leg in Columbus.Columbus have had a decent offseason,picking up U.S U-20 and Rutgers standout midfielders Dilly Duka in the MLS Draft,and also picking up Colombian foward Sergio Herrera from Deportivo Cali.However,one loss going into the 2010 season for the Crew will be the loss of Venezuelan international foward Alejandro Moreno,the forward provided more than just goals,he also heckles defenders for 90 minutes and makes himself a pest.My prediction is Columbus will take first again in the east,and it will be up to these five factors if my prediction is right:

1.Can Guille still do it?-Each year he gets older but still leads this team perfectly by example.Expect Columbus to rest him a couple more games this year as his legs get tired more easily the older he gets.

2.Start the season running-Last season Columbus started the season awful,which almost led to Robert Warzycha getting fired.

3.Lenhart and Garey stepping up-Both fowards will be given more responsibity this year with Alejandro Moreno off to the Union.

4.The outside mids-Stacked with talented outside mids (Rogers,Ekpo,Gaven,Duka)Players like Emmanuel Ekpo will have to step it up ore if Rogers is away on international duty.(When Ekpo is on his game he is of the best wingers in MLS)

5.Chad Marshall-With Frankie Hejduk and Gino Padula getting older more goes on the shoulders of Chad Marshall,who is a great MLS defender but has had his struggles internationally with the U.S.

Kasabian Football Hero-Where the hell do you get this game?

This is straight up amazing.My favorite sport with one of my favorite bands?I like.

Taylor Twellman:The Forgotten One

Does that name ring a bell to anyone else?One of the most dangerous strikers in the history of MLS,the reason you haven't heard his name is because he has missed the last two years due to injury with the Revs.With recent injuries still hurting the U.S attack (Charlies Davies and Clint Dempsey) spots are up for grabs.I'm not saying Twellman is the man but if he gets healthy and starts scoring goals he should get a call-up.

If Connor Casey keeps on getting called up (with all respect to Casey) I think TT deserves a shot.Twellman has good pace,is great in the air for his heights,and a proven finisher.
If it's going to happen this is the year for Twellman,who will be 30 when the MLS season starts.For all we know,if he stayed healthy and MLS allowed him to go to Preston North End(English Championship side) he could have been tallying up tons of goals.Here's to you Taylor Twellman,you are not forgotten.Good luck in 2010.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

MLS Preview:Colorado Rapids

Garry Smith's team are coming off of a disappointing 2009 campaign,which saw the Rapids get 6th place in the Western Conference and not qualify for the playoffs.However,the Rapids have had a great offseason and made a great change with the Revs,getting midfielders Jeff Larentowicz and Well Thompson while sending inury-plagued defender Corey Gibbs,goalie Preston Burpo,a draft pick,and allocation money to the other way.Also good picks in the draft with former U.S U-20 international Andre Akpan and Cal State Northride standout defender Chad Borak give Rapids fans a good reason to be happy.The team is led up top by a mix of power and pace, with the strength and positioning of Connor Casey tallying up 16 goals last season,much due to the pacy off the ball running of strike partner Omar Cummings.Here are the 5 determining factors in where this team ends up in the 2010 season.

1.Will the injury plagued players get fit?-Foward Pat Noonan and Scottish winger Jamie Smith can provide a spark off the bench when fully fit.

2.The duo in the center of the park-Captain Pablo Mastreoni and Jeff Larentowicz will both have to dictate the game and provide charisma away from home to help take away points from tough games.

3.Colin Clark-One of the most underated players in MLS,the left winger has good pace and a great set of moves to leave defenders standing still.

4.Playing for the full 90 minutes-One of the downfalls of the Rapids last season was not playing until the end,which led to wins becoming draws and draws becoming losses.

5.Star Power-Who's turn is it to lead this squad?Connor Casey did last year with 16 goals,but I think this is the year of Omar Cummings.The quick foward is a constant threat up top with Casey.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Landon Donovan:All 42 U.S Goals

US all-time leading scorer Landon Donovan tearing it up,my favorite is either the third goal he scored vs. Ecuador or the goal where he dribbled Sanchez to make it dos a cero.Great Stuff.Shout out to Rob for the video.

Phoenix- "Everything is Everything"

Phoenix is a Grammy Award-winning French alternative rock band founded by Thomas Mars, Deck D'Arcy, Christian Mazzalai and Laurent Brancowitz in the suburb of Versailles, in the same culture that produced late-'90s bands such as Air and Daft Punk.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

MLS Preview:Chivas USA

The goats will be looking to build on last years campaign, which ended in the Quarterfinals at the hands of their rivals the Galaxy.The man in charge now is Martin Vasquez,who was Jurgen Klinsmann's assistant at Bayern Munich.Vasquez is taking over the team after Preki left the team by "mutual consent" and heading over to Toronto FC.Chivas USA come back with for the most part the same core of players,however with the retirement of Jesse Marsch(Now assistant of the National Team with former coach Bob Bradley) and losing Shavar Thomas to the new Philadelphia Union,there will be some holes to fill.Keeping Yamith Cuesta (Expresso Rojo),Maicon Santos (Bonsucesso),and Jesus Padilla (Chivas De Guadalajara)for next season though will be a big boost,with players like Ante Razov and Ante Jazic constantly plagued with injuries.Here are five keys determining the faith of this team.

1.Sacha Kljestan-The U.S international has had his ups and downs recently,it's time for Sacha K to be the full-time leader of this team.

2.Will the highly rated young players fulfill their potential?Chivas USA have some very young underated players such as Yamith Cuesta,Gerson Mayen,Michael Lahoud and recently invited to national team camp Justin Braun.

3.Zach Thorton-One year wonder?Big Zach Thorton was a huge reason this team played so well last year,now at age 36 can he still do it?

4.The former Mexican League players-On- loan Jesus Padilla,Mariano Trujilo,and Eduardo Lillingston all did well last year,but can they take it to the next level?

5.Third time a charm?-After two consecutive playoff appearences,Chivas USA lost both in the quaterfinals,First to Real Salt Lake,then last year to the L.A Galaxy.

Monday, February 8, 2010

MLS Preview:Chicago Fire

2010 will be a very interesting year for the Chicago Fire.Chris Rolfe (Aalborg) and Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Veracruz) will be huge losses for this offense,who never really lit the league up in scoring to begin with.However, signing Marco Pappa to a permanent deal,taking Polish left-back Krzystof Krol and Salvadorian international midfielder Juilo Martinez on loan for the season will help Section 8 and the rest of Chicago's fans sleep better at night.Mexican-born former El Salvador coach Carlos de los Cabo is the new man in charge,after Chicago fired Denis Hamlett after failing to make the MLS Cup.While Chicago has a good team,these are five questions that will determine where this team finishes:

1.Which Justin Mapp will we see this year?Will we see the one that tore Denmark apart,or the Mapp known around MLS as an overpaid player not making the most of his talent?

2.Can this team stay healthy?Last year Chicago was decimated all year with injuries all across the pitch.

3.The development of the youngsters- Patrick Nyarko,Baggio Husidic,Tim Ward and Corben Bone need to all have solid years if this team has a shot at the title.

4.Will Brian McBride stay healthy?If so,will he get the service he needs?

5.Can he do it at 34?Center-back C.J Brown is a Fire original and has been with the team for 12 years.This team will need his leadership and charisma.

"Sunny Days" By Kid British

Kid British are a British hip-hop band from Manchester,composed of Adio Marchant, James Mayer, Sean Mbaya, and Simeon Mclean.Adio is the only City fan in the group,while the rest of the boys support United.One of my favorite songs at the moment,check out Adio sneaking the Man City scarve in the video at 0:30 :D

'Sunny Days'

Kid British | MySpace Music Videos

Friday, February 5, 2010

Keano goes on loan to Celtic for rest of the season

Robbie Keane is finally after all the talk back with the team he supported as a boy,Celtic.Look at the reaction on this chilly night in Glasgow,thousands of fans piled to see the new signing.Keane takes the #7 (which makes all Celtic fans first say,"Henrik"!)