Wednesday, April 16, 2014

To answer your questions...

Yes, Jozy Altidore is back in the traveling squad for the to trip to Manchester City tonight. Does he make the 18? We shall see. You already know what I think they should do, but Gus Poyet even got some stick for it in England when he entirely left the US striker out of the cup final loss to Citeh. Yeah, that was weird.

Meanwhile, Timothy Chandler has resumed training with the ball, but still on the side. May both he and all my dinged St. Louis Blues stars regain full fitness very soon. Amen.

Also, folks have been wondering what suddenly happened to Sacha Kljestan at Anderlecht. A mainstay for most of his time in Brussels, Inspector Kljouseau has started just four of 12 matches since returning from a winter injury, with a DNP in in six of them and another two in which he was pulled at halftime.

What has changed? Well, Cheikhou Kouyaté is now sliding into defensive midfield, but there is a much more pronounced reason. And that reason is a 16-year-old Belgium prodigy named Youri Tielemans. Here is a sample of what the kid can do, from a Champions League group phase match at Olympiakos.



YOURI TIELEMANS vs Olympiacos (Home) 2013/14 HD from Belgo TV on Vimeo.




- Greg Seltzer

15 comments:

DrewVT6 said...

We (USA) have 16 year olds playing for Champions League teams, too, right?

justinwkoehn said...

Glad I held off on buying my Sacha / Over There T-shirt!
http://www.socceroverthere.com/?page_id=6500

justinwkoehn said...

Altidore at least made the bench today. Wickham and Borini to start.

SleeStaxx said...

Yup... bench sub: http://www.thickaccent.com/2014/04/16/lineup-manchester-city-vs-sunderland-starting-xi-subs/

gratefulag said...

Scocco comes in over Altidore. Not sure what Poyet sees that everyone doesn't.

Greg Seltzer said...

Well, it worked out for him tonight. Then again, where has this Gia been all season?

andrés said...

Tielemans really puts Bradley's (and the entire US pool's) talents into perspective.

Greg Seltzer said...

Frankly, I do not think it speaks against our talent pool. I think it actually speaks against our playing mindset being too conservative or lacking confidence (not that I am referring to Bradley or anyone else in particular). We just don't look to operate in this manner, let alone from 16-year-olds in the youth system.

dikranovich said...

I wonder if player development in America gets stymied, in sort of the same way as commentary here and there on the blogs does.

Greg Seltzer said...

What are you on about now?

justinwkoehn said...

Reports are that JAB wasn't included in the 18 because he got a massive back tattoo. "During the stitching process the skin region should not be touched, and also any perspiration should be avoided."

What an idiot. See you in 2018.

Greg Seltzer said...

Yeah, I am checking in to that. However, I must say, I am unaware of this thing where one cannot sweat with a fresh tattoo. Never heard that one before.

justinwkoehn said...

I don't have any, so I wouldn't know either.

Greg Seltzer said...

I have one. Nobody said anything about it to me, played ice hockey (the sweatiest activity on Earth) twice the same week.

Jay said...

Anderlecht has a decent history of putting the young'ns right into the game. There was that Romelu Lukaku kid...