Wednesday, June 30, 2010

USA New look in 2014

Okay, so compared to the average American I am a soccer expert. But in the scheme if things I am far from one. One thing I know for sure is that the future of us soccer both on and off the field is bright. So knowing this I will try the impossible predicting the 23 players that will make the world cup roster four years from now. Hell I would be happy if I get 1/4 of the player right. I will do this based of the normal scheme of three goalies, eight defenders, eight midfielders and 4 strikers.

Goalies (3):

Tim Howard(Everton, English Primer League;31) ; goalies become good in soccer in there mid-thirties, Howard will be 35 next world cup meaning he could be better then he is now. Hard to belief because he is all ready one of the best in the world.

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, English Primer League; 25); a young up-in-comer tagged has the replacement for Howard in the future so unless he gets hurt he will be on the team.

Samir Badr (FC Porto, Portugal; 18); a much younger prospect then Guzan. He is over looked because of the slightly older aged prospect Bill Hamid (D.C united, MLS). But his European experience can only help his chances.

Defenders (8):

Oguchi Onyewu(AC Milan,Italy;28); he will be 32 which is a little but old for the world cup but he will be the only veteran on the back- line because the other 3 starter in this world cup will be well over 32 and are to old to make the team. And a veteran on the back-line during a world cup is almost a must.

Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles galaxy, MLS; 21); he is a young up-and-comer and could be looking for a move to Europe in the near future.

Gale Agbossoumonde (Sporting Braga, Portugal; 19); another young player European experience is priceless in this sport.

Tim Ream (New York RedBull, MLS; 22) currently in his rookie season with New York, he is also very likely to win the MLS rookie of the year this season. With 4 year to go he could easily spend a year or two in Europe playing before the world cup.

Eric Lichaj (Aston Villa, English premier league; 21) what can I say another young up-and-comer. His time in Europe will again be a huge advantage over his opposition.

Kevin Alston(New England Revolution,MLS;22) coming in to his rookie season last year he was expected to be a good average play but he has quickly become one of the best right backs in MLS.

Jonathan Bornstein(Chivas USA,MLS;25) after a good performance at Left back at this years world cup he is as close to a lock as you can get unless there is a complete break down. There are also many rumors about moves south of the border. A move which will be a good move because of the great attacking play in Mexico can only help a defender.

Jonathan Spector (West Ham United, English Premier League; 24) he can play either left or right back, but is much better on the right. His experience in Europe will be a big help to this young back line.

Midfielders (8): * this is the deepest hardest spots to pick

Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy, MLS; 28) while he will be 32 a little old. He is Landon Donovan enough said. There are also reports of moves to Everton and the richest club in the world Manchester City both in the English premiere league a move which can only help his chances

Clint Dempsey(Fulham, English Premier League;27) he will be 31 ageing for an international soccer player. He still will be a great player ahead of most other on the team.

Michael Bradley(Borussia Monchenglabac,germany;22) he has the brightest future of any us player. With rumors of move to arsenal and many other clubs in England. And was one if not the best player on the us team during this world cup.

Maurice Edu(ranger,Scotland;24) a player that is still young and has a good development curve. He will only get better with rangers. After this world cup he also might get interest from bigger European teams

Stuart Holden(Bolton, English Primer League;24) while he did not make a appearanceIn this world cup after making the roster the move to Bolton will greatly help his development.

Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarush;Denmark;25)his performance at this years world cup will certainly draw much attention from bigger European club. His attacking flare is a need Part of the us team.

Jose Fransisco Torres(Pachuca,Mexico,22) a great attacking player and a smart decision maker is a needed part of this team. I see a move to Spain in his near future a move which will only help his chances.

Sebastian Lletget(West Ham, English Primer League;18) this was my hardest decision. But being this young and coming form a team that has produced players like Joe Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and other great English players for bigger clubs is only a plus.


Jozy Altidore(Villarreal C.F.,Spain;20) he is only 20 and has a world cup under his belt. While he did not score in that world, ha played well in other parts of the field.

Charlie Davies(Sochaux,France;24) if he can return to his pre-crash world cup form, he could be the one to help jozy to get back on the scoring path.

Yura Movsisyan(Randers; Denmark;22) this is a stretch for most people and I know this but he has played and scored regularly in Europe something that can not be said about most us players.

Chris Pontius(D.C. United,MLS;23) this is again a very hard decision because of the lack of qualified forwards. But Pontius is a young up-in-comer that could use world cup experience


Jurgen Klinsmann; a German coach that took Germany to a third place finish in the 06World cup and was also the coach of Bayern Munich during the 08 09 season. This coaching resume is more then enough to make him the coach add to the fact he has lived in America for many years helps a lot. He was offered the job for the 2010 world cup cycle but turned down after a dispute over the power he would have. But I believe that both sides will work very hard to get a deal done this time around.

Most players are very young, but something that is not seen very often is despite there very young age most play in Europe. A new trend in American soccer, which will only help the national team. I believe that the future is very bright for this team and country.

Do you agree or disagree with my sections? Who do you think will be the coach?Will soccer ever catch on in this country?

Free Agency Signings

Check out this link from ESPN on Lebron's future.....
Amare offered max deal by Knicks. He has also spoken with Carmelo and Tony Parker about joining him next year when they are free agents.

Drew Gooden signs a five year deal with the Bucks, first big move of free agency.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

FIFA World Cup

I think we can all agree the World Cup is extremely interesting, but what about the terrible referees? The USA lost two goals to bad calls, and now England and Germany were hurt in the elimination round. That brings up the idea of instant replay in soccer. How about goal line technology? But what about offsides? If a review shows a offsides called that wasn't, what do you do? Reward a free kick? Share your opinions.

NBA Free Agency

The Summer of LeBron. What a summer it will be. With the plethora of high quality free agents set to sign with new teams, the days will be crazy. Here is a quick list of the free agents who are unrestricted: LeBron James, Joe Johnson, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Carlos Boozer, Ray Allen, and Amare Stoudamire. And this is to just name a few. Who knows where they will land. Any team who makes a move in free agency becomes an immediate contender. Some possible players in free agency include the Bulls, Knicks, Nets, Cavaliers, and Heat. The frenzy begins Thursday morning at 12:01 in the morning. Please post thought, predictions, or any updates on free agency. Enjoy!
New Update: Paul Pierce opts out of contract, becomes free agent.
New Update: Dirk Nowitzki opts out of contract, becomes free agent.