Saturday, February 10, 2018

And away we go...

As you've likely heard by now, US Soccer got a new president on Saturday, with Carlos Cordeiro winning on the third ballot. I'm sure everyone and their mother will jump in with a take on what that means as far as upsetting the status quo (which I thought was the game all along) over the coming days and weeks and years.

When thinking foremost about the immediate needs/current state/impending direction of the USMNT, these are the two most important instant ripples:

It's not any kind of hot take or anything, but I definitely approve of the US ladies also getting their own GM in a timely fashion. A key transition phase is coming for them before long, and want to see all grounds covered when it can be so easy to laser-focus on the side that just missed World Cup for the first time in yadayadayada.

As for the election result, I'm not feeling much of anything at the moment. I'm not cautiously optimistic, I'm not politely skeptical, I'm just.... here in "show me" mode.

- Greg Seltzer

The one that got away... with one.

Yeah, well, sometimes the officials don't catch everything. Jann George was obviously offside before bagging the opener (and snapping a 16-game personal drought) to send promotion chasers Jahn Regensburg on their way to a 2-0 win over guests Heidenheim on Saturday. The goal play starts at the 0:44 mark.

- Greg Seltzer

One For The Thumb

I nearly missed this one from Thursday night, when Wilsterman defender Alejandro Meleán became (if my count is correct) the fifth American to score a goal in Copa Libertadores play. His second leg header stood up as the tie winner that advanced his club to the third qualifying round.

- Greg Seltzer

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

I smell Bacon.

Ladies and gentlemen, Aron Jóhannsson is back among the scoring. His early ice cream scoop of a goal put Werder Bremen up two on DfB-Pokal quarterfinal hosts Bayer Leverkusen (who have since come back to level matters near the hour mark).

Well, gosh... whaddyaknow. Bremen can barely hit the broad side of a barn from 10 paces all season, and then they score four times in a 41-minute span (including a 34-minute weekend sub appearance) with our man Aron on the field.

- Greg Seltzer

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Alfredo sauce, extra pepper

Don't look now, but Ingolstadt midfielder Alfredo Morales has now scored in consecutive games to take the season lead in our Americans Abroad goal chart in the right column. Not sure I've ever seen him bag one from distance like that before. As with a few other guys overseas, it's probably time we get him back in to US camp.

Pre-video side note: One flight up in the Bundesliga, Aron Jóhannsson came off the bench first to help Werder Bremen rally for a road win by setting up the equalizer. Good to see him back in the swing of things over there.

- Greg Seltzer

Friday, February 2, 2018

Miazga rings the bell

Vitesse defender Matt Miazga got the home side off to a quick start in Friday night's Eredivisie tilt against Groningen. After going about a year without one, the Chelsea loan item now has two goals in his last eight league outings.

- Greg Seltzer