Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Lynden Be Heroic

On Tuesday night, Lynden Gooch put the exclamation point on his Man of the Match display with his first pro goal. firing the 80h minute winner in Sunderland's 2-1 Carabao Cup (yep, they've re-branded the English League Cup again) victory at Carlisle United. He also set up their first and buzzed throughout the contest. Let's hope they've wised up and won't bury him on the bench all year.

- Greg Seltzer

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


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