Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The 22-Man Show

Seeing as how Christian Pulisic was named Man of the Matchday by the official Bundesliga website after notching a goal and an assist on the league's opening weekend, it seemed only fitting to pass along his individual highlight reel for Borussia Dortmund's win over Wolfsburg.





- Greg Seltzer

Saturday, August 19, 2017

He's at it again.

It's fair to say that Christian Pulisic is off to a potent start to the new term. After hitting in the German Super Cup, he's now netted Borussia Dortmund's first goal of the Bundesliga season. Me thinks a monster breakout campaign is underway.









- Greg Seltzer

The Wright stuff

After coming on in the 53rd minute to make his Sandhausen debut, Schalke loan item  Haji Wright needed just 26 minutes to bag his first pro goal. I am waiting for the clip to surface, shouldn't be too terribly long, I think.

UPDATE: Ka-blam. The home side made this rather easy for the youngster, and he obliged.






- Greg Seltzer

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Ouch.

Well, the news just got worse for John Anthony Brooks, Wolfsburg, the USMNT and anyone who knows what a torn thigh tendon feels like. Sweet Moses, that sounds extraordinarily painful.

So, yeah, he will definitely miss the last four World Cup qualifiers. Big fat blerg.


Is it Besler time? Does Gonzo slide over to the left? Will we finally see Opara? Does this increase the likelihood that Arena returns to a three-man back line? All of the above?

Stay tuned...



- Greg Seltzer

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Cup Life

We've had a handful of American light the lamp in domestic cup play this week, but most stateside observers may look past that to the (thigh?) injury suffered by Wolfsburg debutant John Anthony Brooks in their DfB-Pokal victory today.

While we get our fingers crossed on that note, let's go to the video on those goals. Bobby Wood opened his season account with a late consolation strike from the spot in Hamburg's loss today, but that clip has yet to surface. So we'll start with Timothy Chandler's opener/winner for 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt from yesterday...





Next, we'll rewind to Wednesday, when Gboly Ariyibi fired the lone goal decider in MK Dons' EFL Cup win over the team with possibly the most garishly hideous uniforms of all-time (goal play starts at about 1:12).





Finally,on the same night in the same competition, Duane Holmes helped Scunthorpe reach spot kicks against Notts County with his first of the campaign (goal play begins around the 0:56 mark), and then buried the winning penalty for good measure.





- Greg Seltzer

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Up Top

We close this edition of the Clipboard with the cobra's head. And I remain baffled at how anyone could prefer a different starter.

Jozy Altidore
Bobby Wood
C.J. Sapong

In the frame: Juan Agudelo, Dom Dwyer

Please find PT... somewhere: Aron Jóhannsson

Due to his all-around game, Altidore remains the main man up front. Wood is a terrific bench piece/understudy, and I look forward to his continued growth in the Bundesliga this season.

Sapong nudges ahead of Agudelo for the third slot because of his muscular hold-up play, improved passing game and consistent form. More than any other position, one must respect a hot hand and the confidence they carry. Dwyer provides depth at this point.

As for Jóhannsson, it can be easy to forget how technically skilled he is. And because he's hardly played for 22 months, it's as easy to forget that he has notched three goals and a helper in his seven Bundesliga starts. I'm hoping he can either find his way back into the Werder Bremen line-up or get rescued by a decent club.






- Greg Seltzer