Saturday, January 15, 2022

Getting Lost In Plain Sight

Boy, I'll tell ya, at least two Udinese defenders were caught napping on Weston McKennie on Saturday. Following up on his midweek strike in a losing Supercoppa cause, the US midfielder ghosted in with 11 minutes to play to nod home the capper in a 2-0 Juventus victory. How is it anyone still lets him just mosey into the box for crosses unchecked?

- Greg Seltzer

Friday, January 7, 2022

Move On Up

Of course, I'm late. And though I have lots of things saved up on the notepad and a few unrealized ideas ready to go with, we're gonna jump the line with a mid-term update on some AA goals stuff because one particular player has shot up a few charts over the season's front nine. I'm talking about Jordan Siebatcheu Pefok, who has an outside shot at becoming the second American to reach the 30-goal mark in a single overseas campaign (I say "outside" because Young Boys are unfortunately all done with cup extracurriculars).

Apart from the first list, the guys who are active in Europe are sporting an asterisk. On the first one, we have asterisks in the main top 15 list, and then an additional list with only active players who are creeping toward that top 15 (so such gaudiness obviously isn't necessary).


When this season started, Siebatcheu Pefok wasn't in this top 15. He's now seventh all-time, and at his going rate should reach fourth place early next season. Look out above.

96 Earnie Stewart
83 Aron Jóhannsson
72 Clint Dempsey
62 Kyrian Nwabueze
60 Jozy Altidore
57 Roy Wegerle   
45 Jordan Siebatcheu*
42 DaMarcus Beasley
     Brian McBride
39 Terrence Boyd
     Christian Pulisic*
34 Alejandro Bedoya
32 Michael Bradley
     Nrmin Crnkic
     César Romero

Also active:
31 Mix Diskerud
29 Kenny Saief
27 Emmanuel Sabbi
21 Romain Gall
19 Haji Wright
15 Josh Sargent
13 Weston McKennie
11 Andrija Novakovich
     Christian Ramirez
     Timothy Weah
10 Brenden Aaronson
     Giovanni Reyna
6  Christian Cappis
    Ian Harkes
5  Sergiño Dest

TOTAL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GOALS (including qualifying)

Along with a certain Chelsea man, today's topic is bearing down on the all-time leader in this category. Of course, he's likely to play fewer Champions League matches than Pulisic over the foreseeable future. Probably a whooole lot fewer, if we're being honest.

6 DaMarcus Beasley
5 Christian Pulisic*
5 Jordan Siebatcheu Pefok*
2 Brenden Aaronson*
2 Bryan Gerzicich
3 Sacha Kljestan
2 Fabian Johnson
2 Jermaine Jones
2 Weston McKennie*

Tied w/1: Tyler Adams*, Sergiño Dest*, Maurice Edu, Jovan Kirovski, César Romero, Claudio Reyna


Finally, we arrive a pretty, pretty, pretty good chart to top This covers everything from Champions League to Europa Conference League to Cup Winners Cup. All of that goes on and went on in UEFA cup play. It also means the tournaments proper and qualifying. And folks, in this category, we have a brand new leader and he plays in Bern.

9 Jordan Siebatcheu Pefok*
8 Terrence Boyd
7 Clint Dempsey
6 DaMarcus Beasley
5 Christian Pulisic*
4 Jozy Altidore
   Sacha Kljestan
3 Christian Ramirez*

Tied w/ 2: Brenden Aaronson*, Alejandro Bedoya, Carlos Bocanegra, Michael Bradley, John Caufield, Mix Diskerud*, Thomas Dooley, Maurice Edu, Bryan Gerzicich, Aron Jóhannsson, Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Weston McKennie*, Oguchi Onyewu, Timothy Weah*

Tied w/ 1: Tyler Adams*, Jonathan Amon*, Tyler Boyd*, John Anthony Brooks*, Sergiño Dest*, Romain Gall*, Bryan Gerzicich, Jermaine Jones, Jovan Kirovski, Ilija Mitic, David Regis, Claudio Reyna, César Romero, Kenny Saief*, Jordan Seabrook, David Wagner, Henry Wingo, Julie Veee

- Greg Seltzer

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Maybe try an APB?

First of all, Liverpool completely lost track of Christian Pulisic right before he bagged the 2-2 equalizer on Sunday. His strike capped Chelsea's comeback from two goals down at home to keep hold of second place on the Prem.

Secondly, this elbow thing has been far more trouble than I expected... but it seems there mat be some light at the end of the tunnel. Working on something, gonna try to get it tomorrow, but we'll see how well it behaves. I did try the voice recognition program, but I don't have any  sort of external mic along with me and it was more trouble typing out edits than it was worth. So yeah, slowly getting fit here (as it were).

And now to the clip...

- Greg Seltzer

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Connect Four

Ya know, Jordan Siebatcheu Pefok had been a rather quiet since the November international break, but he was loud as hay-ell on Sunday. The US striker's dominating performance resulted in four goals as Young Boys cruised through Lugano 5-zip. We may need to strike up debate over whether he can become the second American to reach 30 in a single campaign, as he is now up to 16 across all competitions.

Usually, I skip to the good part, but this highlight package is mostly good parts, so let's just roll from start to finish. After all, Siebatcheu Pefok did.

- Greg Seltzer

Saturday, December 18, 2021

A Quick Programming Note

Because today's USMNT friendly vs. Bosnia is about as January camp as a December friendly gets (welcome, young newbies!), in a window with no World Cup qualifiers, I will be doing player ratings over at MLSS. And you get this post. I'll be honest, I wish there was another one or two of the kids in the line-up, but hopefully we'll get some of interesting debutants.

- Greg Seltzer

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Yunus Musah's Guide to Getting The Ball Rolling

Yep, the USMNT youngster needed just 30 seconds to get Valencia on the board with a nifty back heel deposit in their 3-1 extra time win over Copa del Rey second round hosts Arenteiro. Musah has now scored in three of his five career cup games, including both this term.

UPDATE: Holy crap, I put the wrong code here. Fixed.

- Greg Seltzer