Showing posts with label A stand-up guy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label A stand-up guy. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Life in our bubble

First of all, let me say that I can't even imagine the horror and anxiety of what American Soccer Now editor John Godfrey went through while in Mexico to report on last week's Dos a Cero, and I am quite relieved to know that his son is recovering nicely. The reason I'm here, though, is to give a stand-up guy ovation to the three USMNT officials that helped him get home quickly, two of whom I've known and dealt with for over a decade now. That's how we want to roll in our bubble: classy and together.

Kudos, gentleman. I hope no one else needs such a generosity from you in the future.

- Greg Seltzer

Friday, March 1, 2013

Passing the band

Brøndby's Clarence Goodson has voluntarily handed his captaincy to teammate Dennis Rommedahl, as he has fallen out of the line-up. It's not headline news, but you must give the defender props for being a team-first guy.

- Greg Seltzer

Monday, December 10, 2012

A stand up guy

As you all know, I'm a big fan of brave honesty. Monday kudos and "mad respect" hand signs go out to Wolfgang Stark.

- Greg Seltzer

Friday, October 26, 2012

A few things...

Random boast: I now own the t-shirt pictured. Now it doesn't look so strange when I jump at the sudden sight of a mouse...

- I'm not sure if it's the first time (mainly because I'm not sure how long they've been doing this), but it's worth noting that Michael Parkhurst made the fans' UEFA Champions League Team of the Round.

#2 - The large amount of understandable hubbub about a 2016 "Copa Americas" tourney in the States has been quickly cooled by Sunil Gulati.

- Landon Donovan gives a very candid interview to ESPN's Roger Bennett, with several notable USMNT-related comments.

- Continuing the top- shelf interview theme, Grant Wahl got a good word with Brad Friedel about such topics as waving goodbye to his streak and how Clint Dempsey is doing at White Hart Lane.

#5 - I am curious to see if AJ Delagarza's switch to play for Guam will cause any uproar. I certainly hope not. That sort of vitriol really bugs me.

#6 - San Jose's plans for a new stadium are finally moving along. Footie Business has the details, including a PDF link to see the actual blueprints.

#7 - Finally.... Chris Seitz is the man. Wow.

- Greg Seltzer

Friday, April 13, 2012

What doesn't she do?

Christie Rampone may very well be playing World Cup soccer into her fifth decade on this earth. In the mean time she's doing work for US Olympians not backed by an independent multi-million dollar federation.

Teaming up with various current and former Olympians and Para-Olympians as well as Citi Bank, Rampone launched "Every Step of the Way." The program is aimed at raising money for future Olympians and Para-Olympians.

Check out Rampone and the rest of Team Citi doing their thing:

- Jacob Klinger

Thursday, April 12, 2012


A quick look around Planet Soccer shows just how classy our guys are in an industry full of clinical narcissists, but man does Stuart Holden stick out even in that bunch! The guy's had struggle after struggle off the pitch and when you consider his gut-wrenching injuries you gotta just stand up in front of your computer and clap your hands for him simply for keeping on.

That said, he's back with his fourth episode of 'No Holden Back.' Though this one's dedicated to the fans, he also talks bunnies, movies and Fabrice Muamba.

- Jacob Klinger

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Extra Time: Eddie Pope

Eddie Pope was kind enough to contribute mightily to the long-promised Top 5 List of transfers that weren't for Americans, so I'm going to air his full comments on the relevant matter contained within unedited. If you haven't seen it yet, you may wish to read that before the following text.


"At a couple points throughout my career, I had a lot of interest from many European teams. This was particularly true right after the 1998 World Cup. I had a number of very flattering offers, and a lot of teams were involved, including, at some level, AC Milan. To be honest, the team that I was closest to going to was Borussia Dortmund. They had just won the European Championship, Julio Cesar had left, and they were interested in bringing me in. MLS agreed to a deal with them, and they offered me a very good amount of money.

It was very flattering, but I chose not to do it. From very early in my career, I have had a strong desire to build the sport of soccer in the US. I thought long and hard about it, discussed it with my family, and decided that my priority was here. I have heard people say since that perhaps I should have gone abroad in order to pursue a new challenge or to test how good I really was at that time, but I didn't see it that way. I already felt that I could play at that level and I had coaches and other players who actually battled day in and out in Europe constantly telling me that I didn't belong in the MLS and that I needed to go to abroad as soon as possible. So, it was coming from all sides. Many even said that I would be helping the sport in the US even more if I went abroad. I didn't think so. At the time, MLS was a couple of years old and some guys were actually even moving in the opposite direction by leaving leagues in Europe and coming home. I felt then and feel now that those moves were paramount to the existence of this league. I do think I would've enjoyed a career in Europe as much as I did here. However, I was very lucky to have had such a wonderful career here in the US and I would be downright greedy to ask for anything more!

I'm proud of the decisions that many made, including myself, by becoming a part (even if it was just a small one) of helping to grow this league. And today, even after my playing career, I am still working toward the same ends, just now with the MLS Players Union."

- Greg Seltzer

Friday, January 21, 2011

Video Friday

We've got US camp stuff, as usual, but also quite a bit more. Tomorrow night, you can look for my U.S. Player Ratings after the Chile friendly, which I will be watching at the local 4 a.m. start time with Greg Lalas, in town for the Amsterdam Kicking & Screening Film Festival. And Sunday, I'll have another sitcom video Top 5'er...

Studio 90 sits down with Alejandro Bedoya about being the "old man" on campus.

Then they go back Inside The Lines for another close-up look at training. Personally, I love this particular drill. Ajax does a ton of this in training.

Finally, we shift to USWNT camp to look at the ladies attempting to stand in for the absent Abby Wambach at Four Nations.

I meant to post this a few days ago and forgot. Tim Howard talks Everton and more with the FSC gang.

<a href="" target="_new" title="">Super Sunday Plus: Tim Howard</a>

NSC pal Kyle Rogers sent this over. It's Sporting KC (still getting used to that name) taking Kei Kamara out to play in his first proper snow.

Now it's time for The Bullshit Show starring Sepp Blatter! Geez... CNN will give air time to anybody.

BREAKING NEWS!! Chelsea's Florent Malouda has become a teammate of Jozy Altidore! Yes, it's true... he's joined up with Wyclef Jean's Haiti efforts in a big way. It's always nice to see a story about an EPL that isn;t a major d-bag.

Finally, why not? Let's catch up with Tommy's latest world Top 25. Pssst... buddy! You have Dortmund, PSV, Roma and Atlas far too high.

- Greg Seltzer

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Video Tuesday

I'll have A few things later and the other two fellas are probably whipping up something World Cup-related - but as I keep saying, there's too much tube to watch these days...

It's always great to see the USMNT taking time for visits with schoolkids like this - but can I add that Edwin Moses is one of the all-time badasses in my book? Pure class, that man, and not just for the way he runs hurdles.

At the same event, Sky was producing a report on the growing USMNT confidence for the English clash.

Gabriele Marcotti and Paul Mariner join ESPN to talk World Cup injuries.

USMNT boss Bob Bradley discusses the group in a radio interview.

NSC readers already knew that Americans snapped up the most foreign-bought tickets in the world. Now, NBC shows it to you in effect.

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

We all remember the airport Brazil ad from 2002. Nike is back with another World Cup gem of a completely different kind this time.

CNN shows us the humble soccer origins that produced West Africa's biggest names (in other words, from whence they came).

We have MLS Goal of the week nominees.

Get Microsoft Silverlight

Finally, enjoy the Soccer Aid penalty shootout. Benefit organizer Robbie Williams missed his kick for England, while good ol' Woody bagged the winner.

- Greg Seltzer

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bridge walks out on England

And he did so for the good of the team. He gave up playing in World Cup for his teammates.

This is a sickening, shameful episode right down the line. The only guy interested in doing the right thing is the innocent victim.

Dear sweet Moses, I really want the 'Nats to smash England on June 12th.

- Greg Seltzer

Friday, February 5, 2010

A few things...

So much going on and I take a little holiday. Sheesh, the nerve of this guy...

#1 - Guess what? More USMNT-section World Cup tickets will be available.

- I'm really not sure how anyone can fault Daily Soccer Fix ace Steve Davis for not outing the real reason John Harkes was booted from the '98 World Cup team - but he explains it well enough anyway.

For me, who obviously knows many things that are never shared, I would feel pretty low for going to post on it if put in that particular position. It's just not the story I'd want to break.

I'd also like to honor former U.S. coach Steve Sampson as a stand-up guy for making the tough decision and taking all the heat for this episode on his back all these years.
Gotta give it up for that prolonged show of integrity.

- Speaking such things, one of my Random Thoughts from yesterday's S365 column was to rip the England bubble for acting as if questioning John Terry's captaincy somehow made it so that they were taking the bond of a squad and a sense of decency seriously.

Pffft. If they wanted to be real, he'd be kicked off the team. We all know that won't happen. So then let's not all pretend anyone really cares that he might of slept with a teammate's partner. It's quite unseemly after the fact (if the story is true, that is).

Oh, and while we're on this sad subject; a recent survey shows that approximately 59% of female England fans are wildly full of sh** (and/or are currently in affairs with Terry).

Ladies... if you'd vote to take his armband for cheating on you, then you have to vote to take it for cheating on his wife. C'mon now, fair is fair. Sisterhood, and like... traveling pants and stuff.

#4 -
Another day, another injured 'Nat. This time it was Señor Torres in the Pachuca with a hammy strain.

- While quiet here the last couple of days, I did have a good word with Orebro attacker Alejandro Bedoya and a quick one with Aves loan item Kamani Hill.

As promised, I will have a fresh Top 5 List up here later today.
Also... urgh... with several people bugging me to Twitter-ize somehow, I've decided to start dropping little nuggets at the S365 page. Obviously, this will come most in handy during a transfer window, but I did drop one about Danny Szetela's knee surgery early yesterday and now we've had the full story come out today.

So go follow that one, that's as close to joining Twitter as I get (until they pay me for it, of course). Yays all around, indeed.

- Stuart Holden has had a couple of chats with The Bolton News, one about joining the team and one about Davide Beccemano's impact on MLS.

By the way, you'll see in those Random Thoughts, I guessed Holden would debut at Blackburn on the 22nd. From the sound of Owen Coyle's talk, I may have been too conservative. We shall see, but I'm told he is doubtful to dress this weekend against Fulham.

- Since the last Waiting for Gaetjens podcast on young American players in Mexico had some sound troubles, Adam Spangler took the time to type up the two interviews from that bit over at This Is American Soccer.

#8 -
Italian reports claim AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini could come out of retirement to play a season for the New York Red Bulls. Interesting.

- Togo is not taking this ridiculous African Nations Cup ban lying down. Good on them.

- Greg Seltzer

Monday, December 7, 2009

A few things... (updated)

But just a quick few because it's a very busy day. I am fervently working on a monster USMNT Top 10 List for over at S365 (UPDATE: now up), I still have Who likes goals? to come here and I am hoping to have another treat for you later. Oh, and I need to go buy a curtain. And, like, eat...

#1 - The Out of Bounds blog says it was a dream World Cup draw for the USMNT... and, of course, that means they are now doomed. Great bit.

#2 - Was it just me or did anyone else note the potential significance of Everton's Tim Howard stopping a weak-ass Jermain Defoe penalty on Sunday? As for his part of the draw-saving, added time stop, Timmay says watching TV is fundamental.

#3 - Speaking of England, guess who they want to play in their final tune-up friendly this summer... I'll give you a hint, it rhymes with "Plexico".

#4 - The Independent's Sam Wallace looks at the vagaries of selecting Davide Beccamano to the Three Lions World Cup squad.

#5 - In case you hadn't heard, Marco Pappa is back for the Fire. They have made his transfer permanent, which is doubly good news for them as the 21-year old will soon likely be a player European clubs come after. Now, if he leaves, the cash (or at least the MLS-mandated portion of the cash) goes here.

#6 - The Generation adidas trip to South Africa has concluded, and Michael Lewis talks with the players about their experience.

#7 - Finally, and just because, I direct you to the With Wells Thompson blog. I found this recently. It's a hoot.

UPDATE: Almost forgot one!

#8 - Forget stand-up guy, how about stand-up club? This weekend, Serie B side Ascoli scored the opener against Reggina while the visitors were attempting to put out for an injured player.
Duly embarrassed by the way the goal was bagged, the home side promptly allowed a free equalizer before resuming normal competition.

What reward did they get for the gesture? They got beaten 3-1. But still, those are some stand-up guys and we can't take that away from them.


#9 - It seems the USMNT are talking friendly with Honduras for January and Northern Ireland for spring.

- Greg Seltzer

Friday, November 6, 2009

A few things...

I've lifted the F-bomb ban on Cut of the Day because it's Friday and I wanna...

- In the aftermath of last night's Real Salt Lake upset of the champs, James Edward pops the surprise cork and Shawn Mitchell does the Crew autopsy.

- After another loss to Benfica at home last night, Everton keeper Tim Howard knows his side is in a real scrap for the Europa League knockouts.

- For those who noticed my obvious brainus interruptus in the MLS Top 5 List at S365 yesterday, I've fixed the problem.

Ya know how sometimes you just get your mind set that it's Wednesday when it's really Thursday and you don't catch on too quick and just roll along on the Thursday plan? I'm gonna claim this flub was like that. Stupid brain.

Also, my teased feature with a U.S. player I'd never interviewed before is going to be held until Monday unless I can finally get a quick word with his club coach in the next hour or two. He normally responds right away, but hasn't yet in this instance.

- NSC pal Jared Montz continues his excellent podcast series by talking with Chivas USA vet Jesse Marsch ahead of their crunch playoff derby decider with Los Angeles.

#5 - K.C. Wizard Jimmy Conrad and Chicago's Logan Pause share the MLS/USSF Humanitarian of the Year award. Let's give it up for these stand up guys.

- Houston Chronicle ace Bernardo Fallas looks at the Dynamo impact made by Geoff Cameron & Stuart Holden.

#7 - The Daily Herald's Orrin Scwarz reports that the Chicago Fire still have plenty of fight left in them.

- Over in Spain, La Liga is getting ready to do away with their own "Beckham Rule". By the name alone, you can tell it has to do with money.

Seems to me this decision could make things difficult over the next couple transfer windows for most teams in that division not named Barcelona or Real Madrid.

- The Seattle Times runs some numbers on the Sounders' expansion campaign.

- Find yourself wondering about the state of USL? Well, the honchos have issued a press release to tell you what's goin' on.

- If you dare, go check out the last NCAA women's defender you should ever want to face on the field... or in a dark alley... or in, say, a thunderdome. This was sent in by an NSC reader, and sweet Moses, she's gonna give me nightmares.

#12 - Finally, the ESPN crew surveys the MLS playoff road ahead with the champs out of the way...

- Greg Seltzer

Friday, July 31, 2009

Sir Bobby, the man who loved football forever

"The best thing about him is his personality, his character - which is brilliant...and he has the ability to put a smile on your face. He was like a father to me." Ronaldo, speaking in 2003

"He is immortal because he leaves in everybody who knows him a mark of his personality. A great coach but, more than that, a great person,"
- Jose Mourinho, today

Funny things, obituaries -they bring out the best in good and bad people. While Bobby Robson's ex-players are pouring out tributes, the same newspapers who did their best to make his life a misery are now falling over themselves to say what a man has just died, a hero who fought cancer five times.

I salute Robson as the man who came closer than anyone in my lifetime to bringing the World Cup back to England and who maintained his decency and joy of living to counter the maxim that nice guys finish last. My first images of Robson are of him striking gold with Ipswich in the UEFA Cup in the days when that competition's caliber matched that of the Champions Cup. From then on his eight years in charge of England dominate my memories of him, a formative time for me as a fan and a boy.

Robson's England losing to the Hand of God in Mexico '86 was painful enough, but the semi-final penalty defeat to Germany four years later remains the most devastating moment in my, and all living Englishmen's soccer lives, as I have never before or since seen every male I know cry simultaneously. That near miss in Italy will forever make Robson a legend here, as the general consensus, sober or drunk, is that England would have beaten the ragged Argentinians in the final. Robson returned to a hero's welcome at Luton Airport, though the FA were less than sweet as he made his way to the Netherlands.

Two titles with PSV followed, although the collectivism of the Dutch dressing room came as a culture shock to the dyed-in-the-wool Geordie, whose previous Holland experience had been limited to the mercurial duo of Arnold Muhren and Frans Thijssen at Ipswich. Simon Kuper entitled one of the chapters in his classic book Football Against the Enemy, 'Why Bobby Robson failed at PSV' to explain this clash of mentalities. Muhren went further in calling Robson tactically confused.

It was a shock for us in 1992 to see him embarking on a Southern European coaching odyssey while pushing 60, leading Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Barcelona over the next five years and bagging as many trophies, including the Cup Winners Cup with Barça in 1997. Then another season with PSV before 11th, 4th, 3rd and 5th placed finishes with Newcastle (how they must pine for those days now) followed.

But what flack he took for those achievements. His spell in charge of England from 1982-'90 saw him suffer an unprecedented barrage of abuse from domestic tabloids, a sustained hate campaign which no previous manager had undergone. It began the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun printing 'Robson Out!' pins when England failed to make it to Euro '84, before the serious vitriol flowed as they crashed out of the Euro '88 finals 0 and 3. "Plonker!" screamed one headline, "In the name of God, Go!" cried another, as the Geordie gentleman's reputation was savaged and his private life thrown to the wolves.

Robson was still being remorselessly pilloried as England stumbled into Italia '90 by the grace of a Polish crossbar and began ineptly with a dreadful 1-1 tie with Eire in a stormy Cagliari. But he had the last laugh as his team came within inches of the final. His stock had soared, but the memory of too many stifling England performances and his bumbling diction ("It argues well for the future" etc) was strong.

Robson was considered tactically stubborn in England, underusing a dazzling array of attacking talent (Gary Lineker, John Barnes, Glenn Hoddle, Chris Waddle and Peter Beardsley) and it was only after a senior player revolt in Italy that England fielded a sweeper and progressed. But 2-1 down against Cameroon in the quarter-final in Naples, Robson threw his new system away and claimed after England's 3-2 win that "a flat back four saved us."

He was no tactical genius or great communicator but he never deserved the opprobrium, which he took hard, visibly suffering from the media onslaught. I recall him on TV in 1988 pleading with the newspapers to "Support the team!" such was his despair in the jaws of the press.

Robson's generosity of spirit always shone and his book of courteousness his former pupil at Sporting, Porto and Barça, Jose Mourinho, would do well to take a leaf out of. In his memoir written after Italia '90 Against the Odds, Robson took great exception to former England coach Alf Ramsey slamming his team selections, and to prove he was made of better moral fiber, promised never to comment on his successors; he kept his word.

When he coached Barcelona I queued at dawn outside Atletico Madrid to grab tickets for their visit, which culminated in a Ronaldo hat-trick, the besuited Bobby anxiously shooting his strike ace orders from the touchline as they cruised to a sleek victory.

But as his Catalan calling wore on it seemed clear the club were packing his bags behind his back and did little to prevent Newcastle trying to tap him up. Add to that Johan Cruyff's predictable attacks in the press and Robson was again being denied respect.

He kept a brave face through it all. When waylaid by a daft FIFA hack within minutes of the 1990 World Cup semi-final, he was close to tears but did his best to raise a smile and wished the Germans the best in the final. What a gentleman.

In his final autobiography, 2005's Farewell but not goodbye Robson complains bitterly how the Newcastle board disrespected him and some of his players disobeyed him on and off the field, their millionaire lifestyle hard for a man who had lived through World War Two to understand. Coaching Newcastle had been his dream but it ended sourly.

He always was, as David Beckham would put it, 'professional'. The private Robson described by embedded journalist Pete Davies in his extraordinary 1990 book All Played Out was a man as angry as the rest of us with life's frustrations. Bobby felt the same way we do, but kept it hidden. But he suffered far more abuse than any of us are likely to ever see.

Players did not always rate his tactical acumen but found it impossible to dislike him. He was a parent as well as a real motivator to them, and always seemed enthralled by the game and its challenges, a football man from cradle to grave. Robson's wife once complained he ate, slept and breathed football when he was not working.

Alex Ferguson could not have put it better tonight:

"No-one in my time has shown such great passion and love for the game as Bobby."

I will remember a man of generous warmth, culturally from a different era than the one he inhabited, a victim of the media whose decency was too often mocked. He could seem to be muddling through but he silenced his enemies in the end and never stopped loving life and football.

His coaching feats overshadow his playing days: 133 goals in 583 appearances for Fulham and West Brom and four goals and 20 caps for England, including the 1958 World Cup. He was selected for the 1962 finals in Chile but inury kept him out.

- Sean O'Conor

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A few things...

I wish I had a smooth computerized lady voice to announce when activation sequences are initiated around my house...

#1 - Hertha Berlin midfielder Pál Dárdai treated some supporters to a beer this weekend... all 74,000 of them.

- Hammarby forward Charlie Davies has been suspended for five game for a thrown elbow last week. The club may appeal for a shorter sentence, but there can be no hearing until June, so he has seen his last action before the Allsvenskan takes a spring break in a few weeks.

UPDATE: The Swedish FA has decided to hear Hammarby's appeal this evening just before their match at
Brommapojkarna. I should be able to post the decision here shortly thereafter. From what I gather, Davies and the club are hoping to get the ban knocked down to two games.

UPDATE UPDATE: No dice on the appeal.

#3 - Also at S365, I've posted this week's MLS Club Ladder. Everyone needs to cut out all the draws, makes the ranking much harder.

- MLS commish Don Garber addresses officiating in his latest blog post.

- Could Boca Juniors 35-year old striker Martin Palermo actually make Argentina's World Cup 2010 team? And could he make it as an MLS player? All TBD, says the ace in a talk with SI's Gregory Sica.

- U.S. U-17 standout Luis Gil is auditioning to join Arsenal's academy.

Meanwhile, FC Twente academy trialist Jordan Palmer checks back in over at The Original Winger.

- Is it just me or does anyone else find it odd how long USMNT boss Bob Bradley waits to announce upcoming squads? Don't feel too bad, though... the players aren't told much sooner than we all are. Sorry, I just don't get it.

#8 - As if things couldn't get any worse this month for RSL, they've now lost #2 keeper Chris Seitz.

Kyle Reynish
, you are on.

#9 - A bit of Glenn Davis buzz says Philly Union are considering a move for AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf.

Let me say this as clearly as I can: DO. NOT.

Unless, of course, you want someone who will bring a disruptive attitude into your team. Somehow, Milan and Real Madrid have managed to be star-studded enough to keep him humble and working hard.

Everyone else, including the Dutch national team, have gotten someone who acts like he's God's gift and plays like he's Don Rickles.

#10 - It's the times we live in (sigh)... now, Kansas City is having a stadium struggle.

#11 - Javier Aguirre is back in the El Tri saddle and Goal inspects his surprise-filled first squad call-ups.

#12 - Fanhouse scribe Brian Strauss has a superb suggestion for MLS bigwigs: try to be more like St. Pauli.

Side note: on two occasions, I stayed within earshot of the Millerntor for about 2-3 months. I definitely recommend a visit if you find yourself in Hamburg (it's near the Sternschanze train stop).

- Greg Seltzer

Monday, May 4, 2009

A few things...

I have a Hawaiian pizza in the oven right now and I'm extremely excited about it...

- Paging Dr. Seitz! Fresh from a weekend Portland loan that saw him notch twin shutouts, the aforementioned Chris may be proper medicine for Real Salt Lake. Starting netminder Nick Rimando is out for a few weeks after suffering a deep cut on his finger during their weekend loss.

And so you say RSL are a totally different team at home than on the road? Well, next week they have one of each - host Los Angeles Wednesday, visit Chivas USA on Saturday. You'd best scrub up, doctor.

- For those, who refuse to admit women's soccer can be exciting, I offer the highlight reel from St. Louis at Washington from Sunday. That game had everything.

- NSC pal Andrea Canales wonders if Bruce Arena's rep hasn't been coasting for nearly seven years.

- It seems the choice of non-Canadian Chris Cummins to take the reins at Toronto FC rankled a few feathers in the great white north.

- The Bleacher Report's Travis Clarks picks out the Top 5 MLS Rookies to date. I like lists in general, and this one's hard to argue with... though I might have nudged Pontius and Zakuani up into a first place tie myself.

- Over the weekend, Everton revealed they had signed teen American midfielder Anton Peterlin to a pre-deal for summer. This may one day look curious to Chicago and San Jose, who passed on him, but he wowed Davey Moyes on trial.

How can he sign with the Toffees? Yes, he has an EU passport from a Danish parent. And yes, that means he still could go either way internationally.

- In case you missed it, stand-up guy Andrei Arshavin of Arsenal tried to insist to the ref that no penalty should be called on Pompey's Sean Davis after going down in the area at an angle that could have confused.

Naturally, whistleblower Lee Mason ignored and gave the spot kick, which Nicolas Bendtner promptly bagged.

Match of the Day viewers got to see a clip with the same exact circumstances centering around Robbie Fowler from years back. I tried to find that clip also, but we must settle for Arshavin's gesture...

- Greg Seltzer

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Harangue the DJ

My father used to travel to Charlton games on the same bus as the players, but these days footballers are remote from their fans, secure within luxury cars and behind high gates of exclusive residences.

So when one of these demi-gods descends from Mount Olympus to talk to Joe Public in the street, it makes headlines. Yesterday, Chelsea star Frank Lampard took the unusual step of ringing up a talk-radio station in London to attack the host, who had labeled him 'scum' for leaving his girlfriend and children, who recently moved out of their family home into an apartment.

I support ABC (Anyone But Chelsea) on the field, but like most fans, was touched by Lampard's candor, proof that those overpaid scoundrels we love and hate in equal measure are still human beings.

- Sean O'Conor

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

If you see Cory Gibbs today...

Sing "Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you!"

That is all.

- Greg Seltzer

Thursday, October 16, 2008

A few things...

Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee, a great man once said...

#1 - The MLS expansion bid deadline has passed, with seven cities filing in time.

Being a St. Louis boy, obviously I will be rooting for their inclusion in the league, which many observers will agree is overdue. MLS Talk scribe Kartik Krishnaiyer makes his plea (dig that sweet stadium rendering!), while the STL Business Journal breaks the bid down.

Lest anyone think I'm a total homer, here is some background on the other bids: Atlanta, Portland and the three Canadian entrants Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver (check the last A few things... post for the Miami 411).

As you can see, the hot rumour Las Vegas and New York II applications did not happen.

Programming note: there will be a guest Top 5 List handicapping this situation coming soon.

#2 - NSC friend (and part-time tech rescue worker) Sara DeWitt has her Everton USA supporters club site up and running. If you're a Toffee or thinking about becoming a Toffee or know a Toffee, be sure to check it out. The new prez is planning some very cool things for American fans and is a popular figure around Goodison Park offices.

#3 - I was unable to watch the U.S. lose to Trinidad & Tobago for the first time in a competitive match last night (apparently, some providers don't realize that they are supposed to show the match on their broadcast schedule). I will go on a quest for the video or a replay and work up my USMNT Player Ratings as fast as I can.

Blërg. No... double blërg.

#4 - Ever wondered how the USMNT shows such great conditioning in today's crazy game? Well, Goal has asked the man who would have the answers, Pierre Barrieu.

#5 - Speaking of U.S. internationals and fitness concerns, West Ham defender Jonathan Spector told me yesterday he expects to be back in training next week.

#6 - From the "I can see this coming down the Lincoln Tunnel" file: it seems England has included a woman with strong ties in the Caribbean on their 2018 World Cup bid organizing committee - as if Jack Warner needed another reason to sell CONCACAF out.

Frankly, I don't care how crazy cool this lady's name is; all I can see is the United States being shoved off 'til 2022 in favor of a third European World Cup since 1994. Oh well... this one is essentially a lost cause.

Go 2022!!

#7 - D.C. United keeper and Stand-up Guy Louis Crayton has posted an open letter to thank Houston Dynamo fans for shouting down a racist Robertson Stadium patron en masse. The netminder also revealed that he has talked with and forgiven the man who used slurs to his face after last week's meeting between the clubs.

LC... you are a class act, sir.

#8 - If you missed the final U.S. Presidential Debate due to the USMNT game (and any resultant sorrows drowning), grab a seat and enjoy it right here.

By the way, I'm not going to endorse anyone on NSC, but I will say this: no matter who you support, it is essential that you all get out and vote on Election Day, even if your state will be a landslide. We need to show Washington that we mean business, and whoever wins will need all the political capital they can get to affect positive change. That comes from you... yes, you.

Okay, speech over, debate on...

- Greg Seltzer