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Odds & Ends: Not a lot of good news Edition

Derek Smalls, Shrewsbury Town F.C.

Derek Smalls, Shrewsbury Town F.C.

  • Away matches in CONCACAF are never easy and a pre-game injury to Michael Bradley was certainly a factor, but even with those two things taken into consideration the USMNT pooped their shorts in front of dozens* of US television viewers last night.  It’s not the end of the world, but the U.S. lost a few more key players to yellow card accumulation so it will be interesting to see how they get on in their next match against Mexico.  (*it was on BeIN Sport after all)
  • Speaking of Mexico, tough day to be Jose Manuel de la Torre.  But as we know, only results count and El Tri haven’t been getting them lately, including last night’s loss to Honduras.  Care to take a guess who one of the goal scorers was for Honduras last night?
  • That’s right, it was the New England Revolution’s striker non grata Jerry Bengston.  That gives Bengston 17 goals in 34 matches for his country- exactly what you’d want from a striker (internationally or domestically), a goal every other game.  For the Revolution he has 3 goals in 26 matches.  This may be why he has only played in 13 of the club’s 26 matches and hasn’t even made the bench in most season.  I’ll have to think of something else that “D.P.” could stand for in his case.
  • Due to the international break Ross County F.C. did not play this weekend.  Ah hae sad.
  • Don’t let Scotland’s 2-0 to Belgium fool you- wee Strachan still has the side pointed in the right direction.  Scotland have already been eliminated from World Cup 2014, so the manager is trying new players, tactics, formations, etc..  Oh, and in case you haven’t noticed, Belgium are good.  Really good.
  • Portland Thorns F.C. won the inaugural National Women’s Soccer League championship- hopefully they didn’t win the last National Women’s Soccer League championship as well.
  • Don’t forget your Prime Minister’s Question Time submissions!

4 comments on “Odds & Ends: Not a lot of good news Edition

  1. jjf3
    September 7, 2013

    dozens* – hey, now, us AT&T U-verse people finally got BeIn yesterday around 3 pm, after more than a year. AND, we didn’t lose GolTV (& Bundesliga/Eredivisie matches) in the process…So it was possibly *scores* (dare I say, *hundreds*?) of people. And, yep, they shit the bed pretty bad. Michael Bradley – not only the best American player active right now; he’s apparently also the only thing separating the USNT from looking like a college team that doesn’t practice together much…

  2. weefuse
    September 7, 2013

    I have it too, so it probably is scores.

  3. Martinovich
    September 8, 2013

    I thought the team played pretty well after about the 20 minute mark. The timing of the injury I think stunned the team more than anything. If they had known they would be without Bradley for a at least a few hours, I think things would have been different. it was almost like “Damn Bradley’s hurt…who can we put in? Oh I see young Cameron over there….in he goes!” Also, try as he might, Beasley just isn’t the answer at the backline against anybody possessing above average speed.

  4. weefuse
    September 8, 2013

    Also not the answer to anything: Geoff Cameron.

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