Wednesday, August 6, 2008

A few things...

Another busy day, gotta do a hit-n-run for now...

#1 - The U.S. Women opened their Olympic tourney by falling to Norway 2-0. A pair of early goals did the trick and our shorthanded ladies were unable to rally.

This will be an uphill battle for the USWNT with no Cat Whitehill, no Abby Wambach, no Kristine Lilly, no Leslie Osborne... you get the idea. Still, I wouldn't be surprised if this young team turns it around, and neither should anyone else.

#2 - Speaking of the Summer games, my USMNT v. Japan preview is up.

#3 - Having spent the last few days perusing Hamburg fan forums and speaking briefly with an HSV die-hard pal, I can report that most of the team's supporters would love to have Michael Bradley, but he would seem to be the third priority behind a new #10 and a power forward.

I could list players linked to Hamburg at those positions all day, but I'll just rip off a notable, recent and reasonable few: Juan Roman Riqeulme (Boca Juniors) and Lincoln (Galatasaray) for the playmaker role & Valeri Bojinov (Man City) and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (Celtic).

And no, still no Beiersdofer contact. That guys moves fast.

#4 - My buddy Bruce over at Du Nord unearthed a great Time article about the economics of European football compared to the rest of the business world... because that's what he does.

And yes, NSC Cut of the Day is a little homage to his priceless blog.

- Greg Seltzer

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