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That's the referee from Mali right over there, officer.
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2011 on You Write the Caption is back at Soccer By Ives
He's not in BAD position at Villarreal, but I really thought I'd be seeing him head back to England. People get on him for his lack of goals, but the truth is the man-child ripped it up last year. English defenders couldn't handle him except to hack his legs out. There were so many games where he had half the opposing back four booked by halftime. And in not that many starts/minutes, he led Hull City in assists (and woulda had more if his club-mates could finish...I'm talking about YOU Richard Garcia). How many Americans have ever led a Premiership club in assists before? Whether for the USA, or for his club, Jozy generates goals for his team at a blistering pace. He was in the top 20 in the league in that category. I fully expected Blackpool or West Brom or somebody would try to get him on loan, esp after an impressive World Cup. After all, in South Africa he came about three feet in total from a hat trick. In truth, I'd be disappointed if he stays in Spain this year.
AND he led his club in assists.
Agree with the ratings basically except for Gooch. How does he get a 5 and not a 3. He was abused on both goals. Same as England really but Timmy bailed him out. Does Gooch start vs. Algeria? I don't think we can afford to take the chance.
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2010 on USA 2, Slovenia 2: A Look Back at Soccer By Ives
But as long as BB brings Torres, he can pick anyone he wants (even Bornstein...). Did you see the video where Torres called the Champions League final?!! The guy brings his ability to see the future to the pitch where he sees plays develop before they happen.
I'm not convinced Gooch is a problem. He was fouled on that goal big time. The more I think about it, the more I like Findley. Without Davies, we have the need for speed. Defense in general is the worry. We've basically gotten into the habit of shipping about three per game as of late. That's a lot to ask our front line to cover up. Brazil shoulda had four in a half and Honduras missed a PK or it would be worse.
Thought Ching showed me something last night with his hold-up play. Don't really understand why Findley was taken over him. Love seeing Gringo Torres, but he was always a lock I think. Bornstein apparently dates Bradley's daughter or something. I don't what he has to do to lose his spot. Extra dribbling cones would be a better use of space on the plane than bringing that guy.
Toggle Commented May 26, 2010 on USA World Cup Team Announced at Soccer By Ives
I think the copier should've shown him a second yellow first. Or was the copier saying that the second offense for dissent was a straight red?? If so, that was an overly harsh decision.
Toggle Commented May 26, 2010 on Donovan's new ESPN commercial at Soccer By Ives
Ives I think you're the only one left outside of ESPN that's "shock[ed]" when Bornstein doesn't play well. Sometimes I wonder, are you Peruvian or Honduran??
This is correct, this "one-goal" bashing of Jozy has to stop. When you consider the way Jozy manufactured goals for a team that only outscored Rooney by 8 goals on the season, it paints a much diff't picture. Jozy scored or assisted on 8 of Hull City's 34 goals (23.5%). Rooney scored or assisted 31 of Utd's 86 goals (36%). When you consider that teams can't just play Rooney since Utd has other options, but defenses can concentrate all their efforts on Jozy (lest they feel the wrath of Craig Fagan???), even this difference makes sense. Then, considering that Rooney started twice as many games as Altidore, it's not unrealistic to say that Jozy is the more productive player. Numbers don't lie.
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