>Monday Lunch: Rock Me Amadeus

Posted: March 1, 2010 in Uncategorized
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>   You may be asking yourself what this title has to do with anything that has happened recently in soccer. And you would be right to ask; I will say nothing more.

Weekend Thoughts:

   Stuart Holden got his second start for Bolton and has continued his fine performance with another 90-minute game in a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton. Holden played great and was deservedly among the discussions for man of the match at the end of the game ultimately losing out to Zat Knight. The Iceman was great in keeping possession and made a few key tackles in the defensive third. It should also be noted that he was starting his second game in the central midfield; something that many questioned if he could do at this high of a level. Holden quite honestly looks fantastic even earning rave reviews from the Bolton message boards; one fan recalling, “One bloke sat behind me was referring to Holden when he uttered, ‘That lad is too good for our team!’” I had to have a sly chuckle to myself.” This is great news for USA fans as an EPL hardened Stu will be a great asset to have in South Africa.
   I was thinking about Holden’s deal and if he keeps playing well, since his contract runs out after the season is over, he may sign with a bigger club after the World Cup. I couldn’t think of a better scenario for the man many (including myself) have singled out to be the future star of the USMNT.

   Ricardo Clark made his first appearance in the 18 for Frankfurt this weekend. Although he didn’t play, look for him to challenge for a spot when he gets back to full fitness.

   Landon Donovan was on the bench for the first time in his short Everton career apparently because of the flu. Donovan did come on in the second half for a short stint, however according to the match reports he missed an easy tap in that would have tied the game against Spurs. Hopefully he can rebound this Wednesday against the Netherlands.

   Herculez Gomez of Puebla scored for the third straight game and has four goals overall in seven games in the Mexican First Division. At first I thought maybe this guy deserves another look, but now after coming to my senses, I am just questioning the so called “superiority” of the Mexican league to MLS. How does a guy who has 23 MLS goals in 7 years make such a big impact so fast? I honestly have no idea but I really hope he never gets another call into the USMNT.

   Lastly, probably the biggest story of the weekend was Maurice Edu’s 93rd minute game winning goal in the Old Firm derby against Celtic. The goal essentially clinched the SPL title for Rangers who are 10 points ahead of Celtic with a game in hand with just 12 matches left to play. Yes, anything can happen, but considering that Rangers have lost just 4 times in 26 games and have a goal differential of +49, I think it’s safe to say that the title race is over. Check out his goal here:

Not the nicest of goals, but just look at the crowd’s reaction when he scores it. Amazing stuff.

USA – Netherlands preview:

   The man who I sometimes admit to being related to already told you the USA roster for the game, but here is the Netherlands roster:

GOALKEEPERS: Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax), Piet Velthuizen (Vitesse Arnhem), Michel Vorm (Utrecht).
DEFENDERS: Edson Braafheid (Celtic), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Feyenoord), John Heitinga (Everton), Joris Mathijsen (Hamburg), Andre Ooijer (PSV Eindhoven), Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord), Gregory van der Wiel (Ajax).
MIDFIELDERS: Ibrahim Afellay (PSV Eindhoven), Mark van Bommel (Bayern Munich), Orlando Engelaar (PSV Eindhoven), Nigel de Jong (Manchester City), Stijn Schaars (Alkmaar), Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan), Rafael van der Vaart (Real Madrid), Demy de Zeeuw (Ajax).
FORWARDS: Ryan Babel (Liverpool), Eljero Elia (Hamburg), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (AC Milan), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich).
This experienced group should give USA trouble. In particular, look for Arjen Robben to make an impact as he is on great form right now. There isn’t really much I can say about this game that my brother hasn’t said except for a few things. There is no way Beasley is starting this game like he said. The only way I can imagine him playing is if Stuart Holden plays in the center with Bradley, but that will not happen. Look for the lineup to look like this





Look for Eddie Johnson to be extremely hesitant in the final third and miss either an easy chance or pass when he should have shot. Honestly, I am excited for this group other than the forward that isn’t Altidore. The Netherlands should dominate possession but hopefully USA can do well on counter attacks and set pieces. The Dutch apparently haven’t scored in their last three friendlies so I am confident that USA can get something out of this game.

Prediction: USA 2 Netherlands 2

That’s all for me today I will be back on Thursday for the USA – Netherlands recap and the top 10 reason to like the New York Red Bulls!

  1. Flyingoose says:

    >dude, i really think beasley has a good chance of starting. bradley will probably want to take one last look at him before the world cup.

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