Great tournament finish but with Bradley that is the pinnacle

A lot of people are going to think that US Soccer has arrived and Bradley is king of coaches but yea sorry I’m not buying it… yea we beat Spain which was great.. we took it to Brazil for 45 min but from there on Bradley let this team down with his in ability to make adjustments and his blind love for certain players…

Sacha and Bornstein should have NEVER been subbed on the field… esp when you have Torres and Adu sitting there on the bench.. give me a friggin break.. it was right there and the coach let this team down…

i really like our back 4 esp with Carlos out on the right with Gooch and Demerit in the center and Spector played great this tournament. Our midfield and Strikers are questions. Can Donovan and Dempsey our two main stays from the last WC create chances outside that they normally would out wide? Dempsey scored twice from a striker role not a outside mid. Donovan had a great tournament and I really hope he gets a look overseas because it’s not too late. In the center Bradley is one of the only for sures but with a healthy Edu maybe he doesn’t play as many minutes so he doesn’t have a chance to make as many stupid tackles to get red cards? The other center mid spot should go to Torres, but Ricard Clark didn’t play horrible either just lacks in quality and experience.

Up top is our biggest question marks. Jozy has definitely earned his role but who plays with him? Sure Bradley is in love with Davis at the moment but what happens when Ching is healthy again? I also think Davis is a great runner but holds on to the ball way to long and makes poor decisions… too many times Donovan made runs that he never saw.. yes I know he hit Donovan for the 2nd goal but there were way too many he missed… You know who would be a great striker to pair with Jozy? Yep Rossi but we won’t go there.

Overall I loved our hustle and our “Can Do” mentality and I’m glad the boys fought back after two embarrassing performances. Is that enough? Klinsman is your phone ringing?

MLS needs to revamp the calendar, care more about fans

As an English Premiere league fan first, International fan second and MLS fan third I think that is how the MLS front office rates there own fans at times.

When I want to go see a game I want to see the best soccer possible and the best players possible. For this season in the MLS that just can’t be possible. Focusing in on just the Colorado Rapids right now you have Conor Casey who’s scored four goals of his eight goals in the last three games coming in, is with the United States at the Confederations Cup in South Africa. Pablo Mastroeni luckily for the Rapids was sent home and led the team to a surprisingly easy win vs a top team from the East in DC United 3-0.

The Colorado Rapids are one of the most consistent teams in the MLS right now although they are not blowing anyone away and regardless of who is in the lineup they will put on a good show of soccer. Credit Coach Gary Smith for bringing in a dynamic flowing team concept.

Conor Casey and Pablo Mastroeni will be missing for the Rapids again during the Gold Cup as will Davy Arnaud – Kansas City Wizards, Jonathan Bornstein – Chivas USA, Ricardo Clark – Houston Dynamo, Kenny Cooper – FC Dallas, Eddie Gaven – Columbus Crew, Stuart Holden – Houston Dynamo, Chad Marshall – Columbus Crew, Robbie Rogers – Columbus Crew and John Thorrington – Chicago Fire.

The possibility of losing Casey and Pablo from July 3rd to July 26 can be devastating to the Rapids chances of making the playoffs. Luckily for us Bradley is not pulling two other Rapids who need a look in Colin Clark and Medi Bellouchy. Losing our top striker for that long has caused the Rapids to bring in striker Pat Noonan and I’m sure we will survive.

The question remains when will the MLS get with the times and try to be a real soccer league? Let’s just focus on the schedule and letting players play for there Country pride without worrying about Club soccer at the moment and leave the single table debate for another day. Until this happens we will see Beckham situations arise when a player will want to go on international duty and those are the players the MLS should strive to get for the league.

United 1st Team squad Who Stays and Who Goes

GibsonYes it’s that time again the Transfer season is in full swing. You either hate it or you love it and that really all depends on which hour of the day it is. Thank you Gareth Barry for NOT making us drag through the summer wondering where you will go. At least he had the guts to make a quick bad decision. Kaka yep already on his way to Madrid. What will the English Champions who fell short in Europe do to strengthen there squad? Well let’s look at the current 1st team roster first.

Goalies:

1-Edwin van der Sar

VDS will stay another season. I do believe it’s Ben Foster time and Edwin will prove vital leadership.

29-Tomasz Kuszczak

– Sorry Tomas but your time has passed. Look for him to move on.

12-Ben Foster

It’s your time Ben. If Ben suffers another injury or confidence setback you will see Ben replaced but for now it’s his turn.

Defenders:

15-Nemanja Vidic

Contrary to rumors is going nowhere and has proven his worth.

3-Patrice Evra

Evra will be with us for another season. Has improved his offensive skills and overlaps well but has become injury prone. Will see more time going to young Fabio

22-John O’Shea

Yes I put Johnny here because that is where he mainly played for us this season. O’Shea is our strong ultilty player who won’t embarrasses us anywhere but I certainly hope he is not a starter. Will be back.

5-Rio Ferdinand

Rio is starting to show signs of wear and tear and I can see Jonny Evans playing even more next season. Out of Vidic and Rio I look for Rio to take more time off.

23-Jonathan Evans

Ahh Jonny is going to be our next great central back. Wants to break into the starting lineup within the first team and had many many chances last season. Look for those #s to go up.

2-Gary Neville

Sory Gary but anytime you see next season will be in the Carling Cup. Look for a farwell Gary season here.

21-Rafael
- Rafael is the closest of the youngsters to grabbing 1st team starting minutes in the right back spot. Going nowhere.

6-Wes Brown
- Can Wes show he is reliable and durable enough to come back? Will be back but may play in a more minor role.

20    Fabio
- Look for Fabio who is supposed to be better than his brother get more minutes this season with the top team.

Mids:

7-Cristiano Ronaldo:
- Would love to say he is going nowhere but I think CR7 may move onto Madrid this summer. Big summer for for Ronaldo and if he stays this summer it could be long term.

9-Dimitar Berbatov:
- Berby will get another season to prove he isn’t a bust but this is it for him.

24-Darren Fletcher:

CL loss showed our weakness in the middle and look for Fletcher to become more of a staple in the middle with Carrick.

16-Michael Carrick
- Best passer in the England. Going nowhere.

13-Ji-Sung Park:
Staying but I do hope he is used in a more minor role. Park got way too much time last yr.
11-Ryan Giggs:
- Created a new role as a central midfielder last year and if used sparingly can be useful. Will stay for 1-2 yrs tops.

18-Paul Scholes:
- Still has the offensive flair and still can’t tackle. Scholes like Giggs and Neville prove valuable leadership to the young lads. Could be Scholes last season.

8-Anderson:
- SAF loves Anderson and look for him to take the offensive role of Scholes. Eventually you have to imagine that he will score a goal. Going nowhere.

4-Owen Hargreaves:
- Will Owen ever be healthy? Rumors swirling that he is now out till January. This is Owen’s last chance to make a home in the midfield.

17-Nani:
- Was suprised Nani didn’t want to leave after his horrible season. Gets credit and one last season to prove his worth.

28-Darron Gibson:
- Just too crowded in the Midfield for the “Future Keane” and is on transfer list.

34-Rodrigo Possebon:
- Young enough to gain skill sin reserves isn’t going anywhere.

14    Zoran Tosic:
- Ciould go on loan if Ronaldo stays. Otherwise will see more 1st team minutes.

Strikers:

10- Wayne Rooney:
- Needs to play in the central striking role. Only way that will happen is if Tevez is gone.

32-Carlos Tevez:
- Fans want him to stay but management doesn’t. Sorry Tevez love ya but you have to go.

41- Federico Macheda
- Great young striker or a flash in the pan? We will see this season.

Fraizer Campbell

Great young striker just not great enough. Was on loan to Tott’ham and now looks set to be sold to Hull.

19- Danny Welbeck:
- Danny has a future with this club. Can play anywhere and has finishing ability. Look to a bigger role next season.

Manucho:
Was on loan to Hull and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them put a permanent bid on him.

It’s already been said that Manchester and Madrid both have bids in for Wigan winger Antonio Valencia and are signing Brazilian teenager Dodo. If Ronaldo leaves you can bet that either Ribery or Benzema will be wearing Red this summer.

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Relegation weekend in Spain. actually in Spain

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Back in Spain today and there’s a big relegation battle going on throughout la Liga as sporting Gijon playing Rhumancia and real Madrid play Osasuna. Both sporting , Osasuna, and real Betis are just minutes away from determining their fate next year in the liga, will they survive to play in the first division again next season, or fall to the second joining Recreativo Huelva and Numancia.

It’s the second half and sporting are down 0-1 against Rhumancia and are fighting for their live, putting everything on the line. Equally, Osasuna are trying to break a 1-1 deadlock against a real Madrid side that is attacking with attempts to finish the season off with a win.. likewise, Betis is playing Valladolid and the score lines are flashing all across the screen. Jobs are on the line.

Sporting are on the full attack, throwing everything they have on the offensive. Osasuna is a proud team that has been in the first division for a long time, but has been in this position before in recent years, fighting to stay in the Primera. Red card for Mitchel, and Osasuna’s hopes have just gotten huge, playing at home their fans are going nuts. Real don’t need a win or loss here to stay in 2nd place, but they never like to lose. And Osasuna almost capitalize on the next play. And less than a minute later, sporting get their equalizing gol! Huge result for them at home, salvation is near, Osasuna are now in the drop zone with 1-1 ties in both games.

But wait, a corner kick and volley shot from Osasuna and they’re back out of the drop zone, and with several points to spare, leaving Betis, Getafe and Valladolid. And what a strike, a side kick volley rocket into the real Madrid goal past a diving Casillas. Sporting are in the drop zone again, and real Betis are now next to drop if sporting can win. So much happening on the split screen play on the live TV here.

The Osasuna fans are going nuts after such a grand gol to put them up 2-1 against Madrid. Sporting Gijon are once again in the hot seat, there is no room to relax in the bottom of the table. Osasuna are safe for now, but anything can change. They continue their attack with Plasil the Czech international taking a corner for another attacking attempt.

Gol for sporting in the 66th minute! Their fans are going nuts, their coach looks to the heavens with huge looks of relief! Real Betis are now in the drop zone with Getafe clinging onto the last Primera spot. According to the commentator, sporting Gijon have never fallen out of the primera (will need to verify), and for now they are safe to stay. No hope for Numancia and Recreativo, as their fates were determined last weekend with too few points to survive.

Osasuna on the attack again, a breakaway and a great opportunity to go up 3-1 and secure their safety, but real Madrid snuff out the attack.

If Betis can get a gol here, it will be poor Getafe finding themselves out of the primera, such an intense final match day here in Spain, and still 20 minutes left to play as all games are going simultaneously. Getafe are tied 1-1 with racing.

(word on the streets here is that Real Madrid fans are unhappy with their team. Ya no vale, they are no longer any good, and Raul should retire, is the word on the streets. Tomorrow begins a new era for real Madrid, and you can bet they will be shaking things up with the players, as there are promises of another grand real revival and an injection of the worlds best players, such as kaka, and all of the Valencia stars such as Villa, Silva, et al.)

Only 6 minutes remaining in regular time and Osasuna continue attacking.

Btw, did I mention how much London sucks? Trash pop culture and public urination are the norm.

Last minute and the cards are flying in both games, 3 yellows and 1 red in a matter of minutes on both screens.

The final whistles blow, Osasuna and sporting are safe!! Real Betis fall. The Osasuna fans are rushing the stadium in Seville, and a huge crowd celebration breaks out on the field, with fans and players alike arm in arm cheering and dancing. Such is the beauty of this great sport. A mob of red shirts fill the middle of the pitch, fans and players and everyone in tears in Pamplona. Viva el futbol!

Post game scenes from Betis show fans in the streets protesting as mounted police move through to break up any trouble, while scores of other fans with anguish and tears on their face.

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