• March 28, 2017 /  Football, Uncategorized

    The book on Chris Wondolowski has usually read like this: sensational striker in league play who may be stretched to make an impact internationally.

    It’s really not an awful thing to pin on someone; nobody is accusing the man of drowning kittens here. Taylor Twellman and Jason Kries were other examples of terrific strikers in Major League Soccer who probably reached their top level in league soccer.

    Only, with Wondolowski, a few fans and a selected bunch from the chattering class got caught up in the moment and lost some larger context recently. The Earthquakes’ forward did hit six goals in three matches – but the quality of competition was league level. Given international caliber service and backed by international level teammates, Wondolowski is certainly capable of doing the business against overmatched regional small fries.

    But it always looked like typical sports overreaction, this flawed tendency to make big, sweeping judgments from every match. (Or, in this case, the false bottom of a short series of them.)

    So a week ago, some people were already handing him a ticket to Brazil. Very prematurely so. I wrote as much six days ago.

    Now here we are today with two more samples to study. Wondolowski went 77 minutes last week against Costa Rica and then 60 on Sunday against El Salvador. Total goals: zero.

    (MORE: What we learned about the United States vs. El Salvador)

    He wasn’t awful, not by any stretch. “Wondo” is just not the difference maker that Landon Donovan is. He’s not the athlete that Eddie Johnson is. He doesn’t have the ability to create on his own the way some others in the U.S. player pool can. Wondolowski’s game gets somewhat limited at international level.

    Here’s what MLSSoccer.com’s player ratings had to say: “One simple assist pass aside, Wondo was often either stranding himself from the offense or slowing it down. It didn’t help his cause that Eddie Johnson replaced him with such a strong display.”

    The New York Times was more harsh still in its ratings. “Never seemed to find a place in the quick-moving U.S. attack.”  Jeff Carlisle at ESPN FC did like the striker’s link-up play, offering that is “was miles better than it was against Costa Rica, as he set up Corona’s goal and sprung Donovan with a telling through ball.” But he also noted the struggle “with some of El Salvador’s physical antics.”

    It’s not over; two matches remain. The problem is Johnson, the Seattle Sounders’ striker scored immediately upon coming on Sunday. He seems certain to start in Wednesday’s semifinal, which means the San Jose man’s minutes will dwindle fast.

    As I also wrote last week, roster spots are always a zero-sum game; for every roster winner there is a roster loser, in other words. Wondolowski may or may not make the final 23 for Brazil, but you have to circle the man you want knocked aside.

    Jurgen Klinsmann pattern of player selection says that Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Herculez Gomez and Eddie Johnson are all ahead of Wondolowski in the forward depth  pool. (Depending on how you want to count Dempsey, that is.) Landon Donovan is, too; we can probably all agree on that.

    Today, Joe Corona looks more likely to make the roster than Wondolowski, even if he is  playing a slightly different position. Either way, it’s a roster spot, and that’s one more obstacle in a very good forward’s path to Brazil.

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  • March 26, 2017 /  Football, Uncategorized

    It may be the height of the baseball season, but for 40 high school football teams and 800 skilled position players, Oliver Ames High School in Easton, was ground zero last Sunday, for the Under Armour 7v7 Northeast Regional (South section) passing competition.

    The tournament, which was formally known as the Swampscott/Lynnfield 7 on 7 Shootout, has been sponsored by the popular sports clothing and equipment giant, Under Armour, for the last eight years and has grown to include 120 high school teams in the Northeast Region.

    The other venues in the North East are Exeter (N.H).High School and Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody.

    Tournament Director, Steve Dembowski, believes the partnership with Under Armour has taken the tournament to a whole new level.

    “This passing tournament is incredibly popular in the South,” said Dembowski. “It has really started to take off in the North East. We were completely sold out this year.

    “The tournament began as a way to get high school teammates together in the summer to compete.  Our mission is to help all involved; players get to work on team concepts, coaches get to see the development of their players and everybody has a blast!”

    A number of local area teams were well represented including teams from Braintree, Marshfield, Duxbury, Whitman-Hanson, Cardinal Spellman, Catholic Memorial and last summer’s champs from Franklin High School.

    “This was an easy sell for our guys,” said Braintree head coach Brian Chamberlain, who is only an observer at the competition. Volunteers coach the teams and each team has a 20-man rosters. Each player pays $20 to participate in the competition.

    And best of all, Under Armour provides two compression shirts, a pair of black shorts and other surprises for each athlete.

    “The competition is excellent and for myself and our coaching staff, we get a chance to see the guys in competition. It’s a great environment.”

    The Wamps were competing for the first time and impressed the third-year coach in their opening game against Framingham High School.

    “I believe we have significantly upgraded our team at the skilled positions. Our tight end, Derek Anson, is looking really good,” said Chamberlain. “Anson has put a lot of time and effort in the off- season and it is paying huge dividends. He is poised for a big season.”

    The Sectional finalists (South, North and East) along with the wild card selections will compete for the North East Regional title on Tuesday, July 30 at Bishop Fenwick High School. The competition begins at 5 p.m., and continues until completion around 10 p.m.

    “I love the competition,” said Rockland resident and Cardinal Spellman senior Austin Joseph.

     

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  • March 23, 2017 /  Football, Uncategorized

    Andik Vermansah ruled out defending Indonesia XI in a match against Liverpool at the Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Saturday (20/7).
    Persebaya winger was forced to set aside in 1927 because of injury after the defending U-23 national team in test matches against the Under-23 Singapore, at the Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore on Saturday (13/7).
    Indonesian senior national team coach who also was in charge of Indonesia XI Jacksen Tiago Ferreira has previously been confirmed will not be able to use the services of striker Greg Nwokolo Arema Indonesia are also being injured. Greg and Andik initially included in the list of 21 players who Jacksen prepared to face Liverpool.
    “There is a change in the name of the player. Andik and Greg can not join because of injuries, “the statement Agency National Team through release to reporters, Tuesday (16/7) evening.
    To fill the vacancy. Jacksen through BTN call the two players Persisam Putra Samarinda. Andik position was replaced by Bayu Slot, while Greg Nwokolo replaced by Ferdinand Sinaga

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  • March 21, 2017 /  Football, Uncategorized

    Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis insists Juan Camilo Zuniga is not in the list of selling in this summer.
    Affirmation of the president associated with linking spekulai 27-year player with the interest of Juventus winning the Scudetto.
    The Colombian player contracts that apply STAYED next season, until now there has been no sign about a new contract for a player who has strengthened the Napoli in 144 games.
    “Zuniga is a Napoli player. He has given so much to the team and will continue to do so, “chirping De Laurentiis via his Twitter account.

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  • Allegri: Milan Will Difficulty in Big Three

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    March 16, 2017 /  Football, Uncategorized

    Allenatore AC Milan, Massimiliano Allegri predicting Serie A season 2013/2014 will be tough. In fact not denied opportunities Rossoneri Allegri again perched in the top three will be very difficult.

    Allegri prediction is not without reason. Rival Milan clubs are now clean up by bringing in new players. Inter Milan, Juventus, Fiorentina and Napoli strengthen the ranks in the transfer market this summer.

    Last season Milan managed to finish third after a stumbling start to the season. Milan is under Juventus and Napoli to make sure to appear in the Champions League.

    “Every year is different but Juventus still the favorites in my opinion. They bring in quality players sorts [Carlos] Tevez, [Fernando] Llorente and [Angelo] Ogbonna,” said Allegri reported by Soccerway.

    Therefore, Allegri confident competition in the top three will be tight this season. “It would be more difficult for Milan than last season because Juve and also six other teams will fight for the top three,” said Allegri.

    “Inter Milan became stronger with the arrival of [Walter] Mazzarri and they will play once a week. Romans brought [Kevin] Strootman, a player with vast experience, although still young,” said Allegri.

    “So also with Napoli, Lazio and Fiorentina will be increasingly difficult to be conquered so the competition will be tougher,” he continued.
    For Allegri, this season will be the fourth season after being appointed coach of the Rossoneri in the summer of 2010.

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  • Surviving Fabregas, Neymar Shines

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    March 14, 2017 /  Football, Uncategorized

    FC Barcelona captain, Carles Puyol, feel confident if his team midfielder, Cesc Fabregas will stay at the Nou Camp, as bersinarnya new striker, Neymar.
    Reports emerged later if Manchester United continue to pursue Fabregas, although two of them have rejected bid Blaugrana. With known circumstances, Puyol assess if 26-year-old midfielder will not leave.
    “I do not think Fabregas will leave Barcelona,” said the Spanish international defender was brief.
    In addition, it also supports Neymar so quickly impressed with his new club. Insistence smelling support was expressed, after assessing the ability of the 21-year-old Brazilian was outstanding.
    “Neymar is an exceptional player. He was young, just have not gotten a lot of experience. But he was ready to play for Barcelona. “

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  • Manchester United bid Bale with Fantastic Price

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    March 11, 2017 /  Football, Uncategorized

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    In the transfer market this season Manchester United were very active. After Thiago now failing to get the team made David Moyes wants to bring Tottenham winger Gareth Bale.

    As reported by the Daily Mirror, Manchester United Bale daring bid for a price of £ 60 million or around Rp 927 billion to bring the players from Wales.

    By bringing Bale is expected to replace the current Manchester United striker who wants to leave Old Trafford, Wayne Rooney.

    Bale’s move to Manchester United’s Premier League will finish before rolling on August 17. This is because the amount of bids submitted by Manchester United to the Tottenham Hotspurs.

    Tottenham previously always rejected bids submitted by the top clubs and one of them is Real Madrid, to buy Gareth Bale. Bale purchase is also believed to be a request from the New Manager of Manchester United, David Moyes.

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  • Ibra Denies Leave PSG

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    March 9, 2017 /  Football, Uncategorized

    Was rumored to want to leave Paris Saint-Germain, Zlatan Ibrahimovic finally spoke up and brushed away rumors.
    Swedish giant striker was widely rumored to want to lift the foot from the Parc des Princes this summer. Especially with the arrival of a new striker Edinson Cavani of Napoli, Ibra called seriously weighing the option to join Real Madrid or Manchester City.
    But former Juventus striker, Internazionale and AC Milan was denied this by saying on Eurosport: “There’s no reason for me to change clubs. I belong to PSG. I do not think about my future. ”
    Many people believe Ibra is not happy with the arrival of Cavani in the Ligue 1 champions, but he brushed it off to reveal a warm welcome to the Uruguayan striker.
    “He’s the perfect buildup. He welcomed at PSG, “he said briefly.

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  • Free kicks CR7 Break 11 Years Boy’s Arm

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    March 4, 2017 /  Football, Uncategorized

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    Bournemouth – you really never know when it comes up to you and the lucky one as experienced boy named Charlie Silverwood 11 years old when he watched his favorite team, Bournemouth.

    Charlie along with thousands of other Bournemouth supporters present at Goldsands Stadium on Sunday (21/07/2013) evening hrs to watch his team action against Spanish giants Real Madrid.

    For Charlie and other support is certainly a matter of pride that his team is caste residents could Championship duel with a team like Madrid.

    Unfortunately the day did not go smoothly for Charlie when in the middle of the first round, a tight ball hurtling towards him and had no time to dodge, Charlie was trying to protect his face with his left hand.

    Immediately Charlie also left hand on the wrist and a fractured right however indirectly Charlie went and sought help pertana, but continued to watch the game until the finish.

    Investigate a investigate Charlie turns the ball when it is exposed to Cristiano Ronaldo free kick that floated over the bar as he was sitting right behind the goal Bournemouth in the first round.

    After the match the players of Madrid and Bournemouth was told about the incident that happened to Charlie. Instantly it was also Ronaldo and his colleagues give a gift to Charlie the form containing the signature jersey all player El Real, while Bournemouth gave the ball which has also been signed by hand.

    The two gifts were no doubt make Charlie happy and can momentarily forget the tragedy that happened to him.

    “Finding your arm broken in this way was spectacular,” said Charlie as reported by Football Espana.

    “I want to say that I prefer this way than falling from a tree as my father had ever experienced,” he continued.

    “You never think it can happen. If I do not lift my left hand, and let the ball hit my face, I could be missing front teeth,” said he.

     

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  • Play Anywhere, Syamsir Alam Ready

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    March 4, 2017 /  Football, Uncategorized

    Natural Syamsir hope to get a chance to play in the Indonesian All Star game against Chelsea at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Senayan, Jakarta, Thursday (25/7). Conscious has many rivals, players who now play in the U.S. competition with DC United’s claim is ready to play in any position.
    Nature is one of 22 players called up coach Rahmat Darmawan to strengthen Indonesia All Star. As a striker, he has to contend with a number of senior players such as Titus Bonai, Ferdinand Sinaga, and Greg Nwokolo.
    “I’m ready to be placed anywhere. Of course I will give you the best when it gets a chance to play, “said Alam.
    Nature is a striker. But he was also able to play as a winger. At DC United, he was placed as a left winger. Players from Agam, West Sumatra was claimed to be ready for combat against Chelsea. He said the condition is very fit to play. “Thank God, 100 percent fit. There were no injuries, “he said.
    Currently, she is following training camp with Indonesia All Star. He looks quite enthusiastic when following initial training in Gran Futsal Brass, Monday (22/7) evening. Although only rejoined the squad and has tight rehearsal time, he claimed to have no problem in terms of adaptation.
    “Very pleased to have the opportunity to join with senior players. I think there is no problem

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