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Which of the four USMNT players in the Champions League is most worth watching — Jermaine Jones of Schalke, Michael Parkhurst of FC Nordsjaelland, Sacha Kljestan or Oguchi Onyewu of Injury FC Malaga? We answer that question on this show using our patented scientific method.
We also analyze the goals from Dempsey and Altidore this weekend, which were both magnificent, but for very different reasons.
And we close with a Ryder Cup-themed round of everyone’s favorite soccer trivia showdown, the Wikipedia Game.
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We review the FA Cup 3rd Round Manchester Derby, in which United beat City 3-2 at Etihad Stadium.
Wayne Rooney playing in the hole
The relative skills of Danny Wellbeck
Should Vincent Kompany have been sent off?
Should Joe Hart have been rested?
The slow decline of Rio Ferdinand
Paul Scholes return–was it real or did we dream it?
Also on the show: We review Clint Dempsey’s hattrick for Fulham, Landon Donovan’s assist for Everton and review Oguchi Onyewu’s performance for Sporting versus Porto in the Portuguese Liga. We close with a round of the Wikipedia Game, the category being FA Cup winners 1984 to present.
We name our most impressive and most disappointing American soccer players currently picking up a paycheck overseas, based on their performance so far this season. Listen above for the full discussion, or be a lazy bones and read our picks below:
Most Impressive Goalkeeper: Brad Friedel (still representing America, in his own way)
Most Disappointing Goalkeeper: David Yelldell (the American Jerzy Dudek)
Most Impressive Defender: Oguchi Onyewu (he’s back!)
Most Disappointing Defender: Steve Cherundolo (captaining the Hannover bench?)
Most Impressive Midfielder: Michael Bradley (Serie A starter)
Most Disappointing Midfielder: Stuart Holden (endless injuries)
Most Impressive Attacker: Clint Dempsey (scored too many EPL goals for Albert to count)
Most Disappointing Attacker: Eddie Johnson (“did not meet our physical expectations”)
Some obvious names maybe, but plenty of USMNT fringe players are also discussed (think Zak Whitbread, Josh Gatt etcetera) and Daryl makes a compelling (if ultimately unsuccessful) case for … Read More »
…but without numbers. Because the only numbers I trust are Pete’s Opta numbers.
Tim Howard – The usual. Shouty and superhuman… yet still somehow beaten.
Steve Cherundolo – Got burned for pace a couple of times and didn’t offer as much attacking threat as usual.
Oguchi Onyewu – Is the man. Strong, decisive, positionally sound and all of a suddengreat with the ball at his feet. Plus he weaponized the USMNT attack when we were chasing the game.
Carlos Bocanegra – Distribution was better than against Honduras but overshadowed by Gooch. Tim Ream reminded us why Boca is still valuable though.
Timmy Chandler – Contained first Antonio Valencia and then Christian Suarez, and still found time to swing in some Ashley Young-esque right footed crosses from left flank. Sorry Eric Lichaj.
Kyle Beckerman – Held that DM position like a champ but too many missed tackles, … Read More »
Taylor is off to Turkey, Albert is still somewhere in Maine, and Josh does not know how to operate a calendar. So Daryl is joined in studio by Peyton, who makes makes his debut as co-host to discuss Liverpool’s disappointing draw with Sunderland–and what we think went wrong for Liverpool in the second half.
Also on the agenda: Manchester United’s defensive problems (or potential defensive problems), Wolves Champions League aspirations (table don’t lie), the madness that is Joey Barton, potential strikes in Italy and Spain, Cesc Fabregas’ move to Barcelona, Robbie Keane to LA Galaxy and Freddy Adu to Chivas USA. Did we say Chivas USA? We meant Philadelphia Union. Last on the show but first in our hearts, we recap Americans in Europe and who did what this weekend.
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Taylor had a worktastrophe and Albert is still in Maine, leaving just Josh and Daryl in studio to discuss the USA’s 2-0 win over North Korea in their first Women’s World Cup 2011 game. Goals from Lauren Cheney and Rachel Buehler did the trick and Megan Rapinoe was unlucky to have one disallowed.
Also discussed: The Richmond Kickers beat Columbus Crew 2-1 in Columbus to book a spot in the US Open Cup quarterfinals, where Leigh Cowlishaw’s team will face Sporting Kansas City.
Taylor joins in via telephone to discuss the headscratching but exciting Dwayne DeRosario/Dax McCarty swapsy deal between New York Red Bulls and DC United. Say what you like about MLS, but you can’t call it dull.
Also, Americans abroad are on the move, with Oguchi Onyewu signing for Sporting in Portugal and Jozy Altidore looking thisclose to signing for … Read More »
We review the performances of American players playing abroad in the 2010/11 season, mostly in Europe by giving out the (entirely theoretical) Total Soccer Show Americans Abroad Awards.
It’s a triple-headed game of the week show: FC Twente’s 2-0 win over PSV, Milan’s 3-0 win over Inter, and TSS’s heartbreaking 3-2 defeat in the CVSA.
Checking in with US players in Europe