Wednesday, July 29, 2009

On tap: MLS All-Stars v Everton

No need for a bunch of my analysis blather on this one. It's all for fun, so let's just head straight to the reading room:

- The updated MLS match roster
- Everton match roster
- MLSNet match notes
- Salt Lake Trib match preview
- The Edge: compare the sides
- MLS has toyed with formats
- S365's Pat Johnston checks out Rio Tinto
- Jack Bell's Q&A with Freddie Ljungberg
- Davy Arnaud's magic carpet ride
- Kasey Keller takes an F-18 ride
- Zach Thornton, worthy All-Star
- RSL All-Stars supporting Marcia Williams
- Moyes: MLS match will be tough
- Ljungberg: Everton can break Prem top four
- Pienaar rejects first extension offer
- Toffees braced for bigger Lescott bid
- Saha: We'll handle the heat
- Yakubu returns to training

- Greg Seltzer


Matt said...

Totally off-topic, but as a fan of Aston Villa, let me be the first to make the call for a full USMNT call-up for Eric Lichaj. I think his name was called earlier this summer (Gold Cup, maybe, can't recall), but he seems to be in danger of playing his way onto the first team and Villa, especially with Luke Young hurt.

With our defensive corps as thin as it is, I say let's give Lichaj a look!

Greg Seltzer said...

I'm sure Eric will get a look if he's excelling in the Prem.

I'll be honest, though. Other than left back, I don't think we're that thin. And even that is overplayed because Bocanegra can slide over and because Pearce will likely get back to 2006 form if he gets regular matches with his new club (not to mention the presumed addition of Castillo).

Right back, however, has Spector and two guys trying to get back from injuries ('Dolo & Simek). There's always the chance for a "Beasley" to force his way onto the roster late through circumstances.

Anyway, I'm working on a USMNT depth chart as-of-now column that will be up tomorrow. I'll be attempting to pick the coach's brain with this one, as opposed to going with my preferences (which I will, of course, do sometime later).

Matt said...

You holding out on us, Greg? I haven't seen anything on Pearce moving clubs yet, but hopefully it's in the works.

I think the overall pool looks decent, but Spector is injury-prone, and Simek still needs to get some more looks on the senior team, so I won't be surprised to see Lichaj get some looks as it seems like Martin O'Neill is giving him lots of looks so far this preseason.

Beasley would be total gravy, but man he needs to find a home to help him get his confidence back. This summer's performances were really hard to watch he looked...afraid out there.

Greg Seltzer said...

Not Beasley... "a Beasley" a ka someone who comes on very late to make the squad (as DMB did in '02).

KO said...

Greg--again, off-topic, but did you see any of the AC Milan-Bayern Audi Cup game? I only saw bad highlights, but it looked like Gooch may have gotten a schooling on Bayern's 3rd and 4th goals.