Friday, July 31, 2009

A few things...

Oh my sweet, buttery lord, you simply would not believe how good this croissant is. Why is this bakery all the way out by Olympic Stadium???

Let's move this along, I have a bike ride I suddenly forgot to have made...

#1 - Grant Wahl comes back from his book sabbatical/whirlwind and straight away knocks an Oguchi Onyewu interview out of the park.

On an unrelated note, I've decided to change my name to "Grant Wahl" because I just like the way it sounds when said to a press officer.

#2 - I found out a couple of days ago that Kenny Cooper was close to joining 1860 Munich and finally got my confirm this morning (and just in time because ze Germans hafvwayyyys of mekking you talk).

I'm still hoping to speak with an 1860 exec later, so there may be an update with more specifics.

UPDATE: It's official already.

#3 - David Moyes likes having Tim Howard in goal. The MLS All-Star Game MVP also speaks.

#4 - In case you missed my note on believing Italian reports yesterday, let's sum up briefly after my quick word with Livorno CEO Roberto Spinelli:

The club does not have an agreement for Landon Donovan to arrive in January and does not have a pre-deal agreement with Ricardo Clark. The Dynamo midfielder is holding a pre-deal offer from Livorno, but has told them he wants to focus on the remainder of the MLS season.

That's what we know. On top of that, I've been told by a birdie that he has more interest now, which could certainly explain how the move cooled so quickly. I have no idea who the new suitor is (or even if they actually exist), but rest assured that I will try to find out.

And so we stay tuned...

#5 - I have posted my promised "where we stand now" Bob Bradley brain pick depth chart for World Cup 2010 over at S365. This bit displays what I perceive to be from monitoring the coach's moves. There is no personal opinion on these players from me here... that, I will do in a couple few months.

Meanwhile, in case you missed it, four USMNT players were named to the Gold Cup XI and Mexico unveiled their squad for the August 12th Azteca showdown.

#6 - The San Jose Quakes are crossing their fingers over both Ryan Johnson's injury and completing a deal to sign former Brazil center back Andre Luiz.

#7 - Has Toronto FC finally found a backline marshal in 18-year old Emmanuel Gomez? We shall see.

#8 - RSL midfielder Andy Williams reports that is wife Marcia is doing much better and thanks all for helping them out in her fight against a rare form of leukemia. Onward and upward, Marcia!

#9 - S365 teammate Brian Jennings talks with Colorado midfield mauler Pablo Mastroeni on succeeding down the stretch this season.

Sticking with my day job colleagues, Lars Lifrak interviews Sky Blue FC forward Kerri Hanks. It has not been a dream WPS debut season for one of only four ladies to win the Hermann Trophy twice (Mia Hamm, Cindy Parlow and Christine Sinclair are the others).

#10 - Soccer America's Paul Kennedy has a quick word with Aston Villa first team hopeful Eric Lichaj, who is making the most of Luke Young's injury this preseason.

On that same note of promise, I chatted up Alejandro Bedoya earlier this week after he hopped off the bench with a game-tying double for Swedish battlers Örebro on Monday.

#11 - Soccernet's Justin Rodriguez talks with U.S. U-17 strike Jack McInerney, who is set to begin an academy trial in the Netherlands this weekend.

Yes, I'm trying to find out which club. You know me, always nosing around.

#12 - I'm sorry... does this say Ronaldo had liposuction? I can't read it because my head is in my hands.

- Greg Seltzer


Max Zeger said...

I really hope lichaj starts getting some time..., but i expect Carlos Cuellar to play rb cuz he did last year when luke young was hurt.

chowie said...

Nice work on the Cooper thing, what was the deal with Bristol City?

SleeStaxx said...

Greg- Any chance you could track down J-Jones and get an update on his shin splint injury?? Curious to know when he might be able to joining the squad for his cap... Thx.

bhamhawker said...

I think some of the sleuths at Big Soccer are saying McInerny is trialing with Vitesse Arndhem. I think that'd be a great move for him as they have a pretty outstanding youth academy. I wish it were Ajax, but not everyone can move there.

bhamhawker said...

Also, good article over on the Wall Street Journal on American soccer fans.

WhereEaglesDare said...

Good stuff brother. Always come here first to get my American soccer news fix.

bhamhawker said...

Eric Lichaj is starting again for villa right now on GolTV. They are getting ready to take on Porto in the "Peace Cup" semifinals.

Why is the stadium empty?

Matt said...

@bhamhawker: With the loss of Martin Laurssen, I expect that Cuellar will be playing center half like he has in the Peace Cup. Villa is thin on defenders, unless they bring some folks in during the transfer window (which I'm sure they're working on), so Lichaj certainly has a chance.

He looks pretty good so far. Got turned around a few times so far, but looks composed enough otherwise..