Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Goodie sprinkles

A few notes to get you in the know...

  • Eintracht Frankfurt outcast Ricardo Clark is currently doing well on trial at Stabæk, who plan to give him all 90 minutes in tomorrow's friendly with Valencia. This is, for the moment, looking good for a loan move.
  • It's been asked and I can now confirm: Yes, Mikkel Diskerud has the same Olympic release agreement during his Gent loan. He will always be available to coach Caleb Porter for London 2012 prep.
  • I was not able to divulge last time, but now I can: Kevin Burns was all set to sign with Blokhuis when he suffered an ACL injury. What garbage luck that is!!




- Greg Seltzer

48 comments:

SeaOtter said...

Knowing Mix, I never doubted he'd carry that caveat forward with his new club. Kid is bound and determined to be in the Olympics.

Nice to know for sure though. :)

jon said...

Olympic prep as in CONCACAF qualifying or the period directly leading up to and including the olympic tournament?

Are Stabæk still struggling financially?

Greg Seltzer said...

#1 - All of it.

#2 - Yes, but not quite as badly as before.

dikranovich said...

same day usa mens play italy, usa/23 play mexico, on univision. the game is 10pm east coast time. tell me this is not freaking awesome? its just an exhibition, its obviously not a friendly.

Greg Seltzer said...

It's great timing for most everybody, but sadly I'm probably going to be relegated to watching an U23 replay the next night after I've traveled.

dikranovich said...

greg, fortunately this is a game where you dont need to know the score, you just want to see what these players look like together, so watching the game delayed works pretty well. believe me, when jack mac crushes it, you will know.

Grant said...

Why Gooch Why?!! It's because I started believing again!!! AH!

Jacob Klinger said...

On the bright side, the Italy game might just be perfect for Ream to really step in with the big boys. They're not a particularly physical team and they will give us some space to play with.

Greg Seltzer said...

Only Ream and Gooch play different sides.

Jacob Klinger said...

They certainly do. Damn.

dikranovich said...

might be nice to see chandler, williams, boca, and johnson. it would be about as athletic a back four as we have ever had.

Greg Seltzer said...

"might be nice to see chandler, williams, boca, and johnson. it would be about as athletic a back four as we have ever had."


Do you really want me to give my opinion on that suggestion? I think you all already know what I'll say.

dikranovich said...

this could be the backline for italy AND the olympics, and beyond.

Greg Seltzer said...

You, my friend, are on the crack rock.

No no no no no no no no no no NO.

NO more moving players away from their best position. I shall never waver from this stance.

Jay Eychaner said...

"One of these days dikranovich... BANG! ZOOM! Straight to the moon!"

Greg Seltzer said...

And in case that wasn't obvious, I was not actually saying you're on the crack rock - it was a joke because you're crazy.

:)

dikranovich said...

riddle me this batman, and boy wonder, if you want to chime in also, feel free. tell me if tim chandlers best position is not right back, then what is it?

Greg Seltzer said...

I was more referring to Johnson and Williams, but while we're at it, there is a major possibility that Chandler is best as a player on right wing - which just happens to be where he both started and plays currently for his club. He was developed as a winger, and clearly he struggles with back post marking and offside line holding.

Of course, sliding Chandler along the flank is not quite such a drastic move as would be flipping Johnson to his off side to play a position he's not particularly good at.

As for Williams, haven't we already done enough "trying him" where he does not belong? Maybe we should at least let him play his actual position once before we send him all around the formation.

dikranovich said...

im sorry, greg, are you saying fabian johnson is a right footed player?

Jay Eychaner said...

Oh, I've got nothing to add -- I'm just encouraging the slapstick.

dikranovich said...

so basically, tim chandler is a right sided player and greg is going to pontificate about him maybe being more of an attacker, then a defender. and johnson is a left sided player, who plays a little defense in the bundas league, but he should be in the attack also, because he is so potent.

we got two defenders in these germaricans who can whip in crosses like gangbusters, i dont know, it sort of seems like this is the type of players that americans have been begging for and now they are not right?

at least bocanegra is in the right spot.

Greg Seltzer said...

Neither of those players is a natural defender. Johnson is right-footed and among the Bundesliga leaders in assists. He is sparingly played in defense in times of great selection crisis, to not the greatest effect.

And as I said, FCN raised Chandler a winger and he's back to playing there now. Why? Because sometimes he doesn't defend so well.

You need to be able to determine the difference between facts and "my pontification".

dikranovich said...

greg, no offense, but you will be pretty hard pressed to find to many world class wing back who are natural defenders.

ill stand corrected if fabian johnson is a right footed player. and the facts will be determined next week. he did take a nice right footed shot against slovenia.

Greg Seltzer said...

Where do you get this notion? I hear people say this, but have no idea how they determined it.

I suppose it would be fair-enough to call Johnson two-footed - but he favors his natural right, both with shooting/crossing and in how he sets up his runs. It's hardly a secret.

dikranovich said...

is gianluca zambrotta a natural defender?

Greg Seltzer said...

Did Wim Suurbier or Philipp Lahm start as wingers? No.

Now, I lead 2-1.

Jay Eychaner said...

*popcorn*

Bryan said...

Hahahahaha @ Jay

This one's at least more appealing than a KNVB Cup argument

Jacob Klinger said...

I'm fine with Chandler at RB, but let's not kid around, Fab's as much of a fullback as Brek Shea is.

@dikranovich Did you just call me "boy wonder?"

Will Parchman said...

I'm convinced Greg is spicing up NSC himself with this dikranovich character.

Greg Seltzer said...

Bite your rotten tongue. I hate when people do that, so so much. Ugh. Besides, who has the time for such games?

dikranovich said...

wait just one second greg. 2-1, how do you figure? my guy has a world cup to his name and the title of most bad ass fullback. your guys, they write books about former coaches and such. oh yeah, im sure philip lamb will one day be coach of munich.

its funny also that we have this conversation, when it was an ajax player from the usa who was pretty famous for playing several different positions. "hes a left back, no a defensive mid, no he is just the most creative player on the team, he is an attacker."

Greg Seltzer said...

Quite obviously, it's 2-1 in number of players mentioned - my point being we can each name lots and lots of players to fit either category, just more that weren't converted wingers.

As for John O'Brien, here's the key difference: he was every bit as good at one position as he was at another. Players like this do not grow on trees.

dikranovich said...

lol. you are sweet greg.

boy wonder, oh boy wonder, fabian johnson is a certified defender in the bundas league, for gods sake. brek shea was mentioned by some coach from spain as being a prospect at center half. so really there is a big difference there.

fabian johnson would do himself very well to learn the left back position the best he can. i dont know why thats not freaking obvious to some people, but i guess it is not.

am i the only one that gets ridiculously hard please prove your not a robot codes?

Greg Seltzer said...

By what conceivable logic is Johnson a "certified Bundesliga defender"?

Apparently, you haven't watched Hoffenheim much this season. Go check their record in games where Johnson and Williams play in defense compared to when they play their proper positions.

Matt said...

Based on the fact that there are 31 comments in this thread, and counting, it's clear people have time for debating.

That interesting angle, to me, is that this conversation seems to have started on a different blog -- TSG, if I recall.

All I know is that as of three weeks ago, I'd never heard seen dikranovish in the comments section here, but now he's commenting on almost every post.

Matt said...

And by "conversation" I don't mean this specific thread, but, rather the ongoing conversation between Greg and dikranovich that plays out each day in the comments section here.

dikranovich said...

and greg, it might help your case to include players from an era within the past twenty five years.

no, you wanna know the difference between greg and i, it is like holland to italy. holland has style, but not so much silverware. italy, they just win. club teams, azurri, it doesnt matter, because they know a good defense in the long run will prevail over a good offense.

i love the recent junior bradley interview. he basically says, all the other stuff is BS,and all that matters is winning. thats a not to far off in the future captain right there.

dikranovich said...

matt, what do you want, no comments in the comment section. come on now. besides, i got barred from tsg.

"so i threw my watered down drink right in the fat pit bosses face, and they barred me" anyone can guess that movie quote for extra credit?

Greg Seltzer said...

Dude, I practically know Night Shift by heart.

dikranovich said...

michael keaton, for a little guy, he sure does have presence. nice one greg. im an idea guy myself.

dikranovich said...

let me go check in on the twirps over at tsg

Bryan said...

Yeah, one of the perks of NSC has been its small stable of non-idiots - that doesn't exist other places. Not saying dikranovich is an idiot (or a non-idiot!), but let's let other sites have the pedantic comments on their site and let Greg do his thing like always.

Greg Seltzer said...

"im an idea guy myself."


Yes, we gathered. Just don't try feeding mayonnaise to live tuna.

Jacob Klinger said...

The coach from Spain was hardly the first or the last to suggest that Shea could play CH. The point of my comparison though was that neither Shea nor Fab's skill set particularly lends itself to a career as fullback. Yeah, they could play the position, but it wouldn't be their best and, as I think Greg has stated, harms their development.

And I like "boy wonder." I'm owning it. Any NSC-BMS fans?

Matt said...

@Dikranovich: I second what Bryan said. All I want is for the comments to add value.

dikranovich said...

just go to imdb and check out the cast of night shift, it is very impressive. and i think marvell wynnes mother was in the movie also. but definately someone related to the hungry beast.

Jay Eychaner said...

Value? Comments have value? You must live in a pre-YouTube world.