Gold Cups and Catch-Ups

Photo via AP

Hello everyone.

Sorry for the delay between posts.  I was lucky enough to catch the extremely exciting Championship Premier League play in match last week between Reading and Swansea City.  It was a spirited, momentous match in front of an amazing (as always) Wembley crowd that made me vow to start following the Championship a lot more closely.

Congrats to Swansea and their Welsh ascendance to the top-flight!  It should be interesting.

Initial thoughts on the U.S. Men’s team and their 2-0 victory over Canada in Detroit last night:

  • Joze Altidore showed flashes of brilliance.  His frame and athleticism have always been impressive, but he has rarely imposed himself on a match in such a decisive, comprehensive manner.  The announcers commented on the fact that Altidore is still only 21 years old, which is striking because he does already seem like a gnarled vet.  Impressive performance from the much-maligned striker who is slowly building a corrosive chemistry with RedBulls’ phenom Juan Agudelo.
  • Michael Bradley’s workrate and effectiveness last night were amazing to behold.  He defended and distributed the ball with a sustained level of speed and focused intensity that proved crucial to the midfield’s overall thrust and shape.  I hope he can actually get some playing time for Aston Villa next year, or at least catch on with an EPL or Bundesliga club that will give him a chance to shine.  This is the second match in a row (the friendly against Argentina a few months back was the other) where Bradley turned in an eye-catching performance.
  • Tim Howard is a great goaltender, but an even better leader.  His feistiness and intangibles are off the charts, as were the spectacular saves he made during a frantic sequence in the 85th minute of the match, which prompted this amazing quote from Canadian coach Stephen Hart: ”Howard was absolute magic. I almost clapped.”

Here is the Fullback Files’ (an excellent site for U.S. National Team insight) take on the match.

More soon.

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This blog is and will be written by 2 passionate, recently converted fans of the world's game, football, or soccer as it's known to Americans. We will be writing primarily about European club soccer and we hope for this site to be a living compendium of informed fandom as we seek to learn and appreciate more about the legacies, rivalries and cultural significance of the 'Beautiful Game."
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