Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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This weekend marks the opening of the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 seasons overseas, with U.S. men's national team midfielder Jermaine Jones seeking a fresh start with Schalke and American goalkeeper Quentin Westberg getting a chance to start in Evian Thonon Gaillard's first match since being promoted to France's top flight.

Barcelona is also in action, as it looks to close out the World Football Challenge in style with a friendly against Club America at Cowboys Stadium in Texas.

MLS rounds out the day with a full slate of crucial matches, including Dwayne De Rosario's first game against Toronto FC since being traded earlier this season and Los Angeles and FC Dallas vying for first place in the Western Conference and pole position in the race for the Supporters' Shield.

If you will be watching any of Saturday's matches, please feel free to share any thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below. Enjoy the action (TV schedule after the jump):


9:30 a.m. – GOLTV – Stuttgart vs. Schalke

10 a.m. – Fox Soccer Plus/ – Brighton vs. Doncaster Rovers

12:20 p.m. – Fox Soccer – Southampton vs. Leeds United

12:30 p.m. – Fox Soccer Channel – Liverpool vs. Valencia (Friendly)

12:30 p.m. – – Hertha Berlin vs. FC Nuremberg

1 p.m. – – Benfica vs. Arsenal (Friendly)

3 p.m. – – Brest vs. Evian Thonon Gaillard

3 p.m. – – Ajaccio vs. Toulouse

3 p.m. – – Caen vs. Valenciennes

3 p.m. – – Marseille vs. Sochaux

3 p.m. – – Montpellier vs. Auxerre

3 p.m. – – Nancy vs. Lille

3 p.m. – – Nice vs. Lyon

3 p.m. – Fox Soccer Channel – Paris-St. Germain vs. Lorient

4 p.m. – ESPN/ Deportes – Barcelona vs. America (WFC)

5:30 p.m. – GOLTV – Flamengo vs. Coritiba

6 p.m. – Azteca America – Cruz Azul vs. Atlante

6 p.m. – Telefutura – Queretaro vs. Pachuca

6 p.m. – – Ecuador vs. Costa Rica (U-20 World Cup)

6 p.m. – – Spain vs. Australia (U-20 World Cup)

7:30 p.m. – MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live – New England Revolution vs. Chivas USA

7:30 p.m. – MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live – D.C. United vs. Toronto FC

8 p.m. – MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live – Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo

8 p.m. – Telefutura – Santos Laguna vs. Tijuana

8 p.m. – Telemundo – Chivas de Guadalajara vs. Pumas UNAM

8:30 p.m. – MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live – Sporting Kansas City vs. Seattle Sounders

9 p.m. – MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live – Real Salt Lake vs. New York Red Bulls

9 p.m. – – Saudi Arabia vs. Nigeria (U-20 World Cup)

9 p.m. – – Croatia vs. Guatemala (U-20 World Cup)

10 p.m. – Telemundo – Monterrey vs. Morelia

10:30 p.m. – MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live – Los Angeles Galaxy vs. FC Dallas

10:30 p.m. – MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live – San Jose Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers

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146 Responses to Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

  1. Steve says:

    Jones in the starting lineup for Schalke

  2. Jon says:

    JJ starts for Schalke. Promptly fouls someone from behind and gets lectured within 3 minutes. Love that guy.

  3. ACS says:

    Cherundolo is out of the lineup, kind of strange considering he is the Captain.

  4. RS says:

    He may not be up to full fitness yet after missing most of the pre-season.

  5. ACS says:

    It’s a wonder he is going to play in the Mexico game then?

  6. ACS says:

    Or is he retiring like the things said in the rumour mill, and this is kind of his testimonial?

  7. ACS says:

    *retiring from international duty

  8. MC Pharaoh says:

    Good 1st half from JJ and extremely happy he is starting for Schalke. Hope he is a mainstay this season.

  9. markothebeast says:

    Jones invisible in 2nd half as Schalke gets spanked in opener 0-3 Stuttgart.

  10. markothebeast says:

    Ray Hudson calling the Dortmund/Hamburg game! What’s he gonna do with his lifesize Messi tattoo if he has to spend the winter in Germany?

  11. ACS says:

    Ummm….Chandler is starting for Nurnberg, Morales on bench for Hertha.

  12. NE Matt says:

    VERY surprised by this as well. He’s hurt alright, my @ss. I don’t think he is having a chage of heart, but this is the club flexing their muscles (again). No excuse why he shouldn’t be in camp if he’s starting today

  13. marco says:

    All the spin about injury and form are just that spin. Fool me twice, shame on you Timmy.

  14. ACS says:

    Agree with the club sentiment, and it’s strange that Dolo doesn’t play due to not being full strength but will play against Mexico, yet Chandler is starting and will not be playing against Mexico.

  15. Citronomics says:

    A bit of yesterday’s (good) news that Mixx and Klesjtan scored in league play. Hoping that both will be called in for the Belgium friendly – yes would like to see how Klesjtan performs under Klinsi.

  16. Soccer Steve says:

    I think its a club thing too. Its not like any of these matches would cap tie him anyhow.

  17. Lorenzo says:

    Loew v Klinsmann in a battle over Chandler.

    I won’t get worried. I’ll just smile and think about how we have Gatt or Gil.

  18. NE Matt says:

    +1 for their call up for belgium. Not much of a hike fox mix and next to no trip for sascha. Would love to see them both

  19. markothebeast says:

    I think “Bradley’s boys” (Bornstein, Klesjtan, Bradley) are gonna face a much tougher road to the USMNT now.

  20. ACS says:

    Not to worried over this battle, but Boyd, Kisseweiter, Brooks and a few of the others, might be this….”I’ll give you ? for ?” I’m guessing Loew and Klinsmann talk on a regular basis so I wouldn’t be surprised by them talking about these players.

  21. Dinho says:

    Who are Boyd, Kissewieter and Brooks? Can you give more detail please?

  22. ThaDeuce says:


  23. Jeff Awesome says:

    This is outrageous, especially after he was kept out of the Gold Cup when the US needed him.

  24. primoone says:

    Im Calling BS on Chandler being injured…He is in the starting 11

  25. ACS says:

    U18, Boyd on Dortmund II, Brooks on Hertha Berlin first team, Kisseweiter Hertha II

  26. bryan says:

    he’s recovering from his injury still. im surprised he was called up.

  27. ACS says:

    That stadium is huge, loud, and full

  28. biff says:

    Not fricking cool at all. I like the kid and think he has potential to be a force, but this injury BS is starting to kind of pi$$ me off. Probably the coach, Dieter Hecking, who is an intense sort of guy, is the one blocking the USMNT call-ups. But at some point Chandler is going to have to assert himself.

    By the way, the Bundesliga web site has a good English version that you can see starting line-ups and goals. Use the link below, and then right side of the Web site click on “liveticker”

    link to

  29. ACS says:

    Dieter Hecking looks scary as $%&#.

  30. Marshmallow says:

    Sounds like my peniz

  31. biff says:

    Interesting you say that, because I saw him a week ago on TV and he did not look half so crazed as last season, actually looked half-way sane. Made me think he might have changed his diet, if you catch my drift. But last year those eyes, they looked like (I hate to use this word again so soon) but they looked like pi$$-holes in the snow, we used to call it…but he is a good coach, has done good stuff at Nurnberg.

  32. ACS says:

    Did Dieter let Cherundolo go as much as he is able to go now to friendlies when he was in charge of Hannover?

  33. ACS says:

    Just read he has finished a training course for the police force.

  34. Justin says:

    How the f is Chandler gonna get excluded form NATS for an injury then START for his club??? This is real fishy…

  35. ACS says:

    Oh wow, I had that one coming :0

  36. sandtrout says:

    It seems a little premature for him to retire from the USMNT, considering he was the most consistent player during the Gold Cup. Of course, he could be sick of it and see the need for the next generation to take over.

  37. nice says:

    relax we have more friendlies coming up. He said wouuldnt change countries. He’ll probably play the Beligum(spell check) game.

  38. primoone says:

    Thats what she said…

  39. Justin says:

    Relax, really? Either this is his club manager being a total d’bag or him showing a crummy commitment to the national team. Either way it sucks for our national team.

  40. Citronomics says:

    Liverpool v Valencia ‘friendly’ getting a bit chippy. Carroll with a stupid challenge draws a yellow and then gets clattered himself for a wee bit of retribution.

    For Liverpool fans (and count me in this camp), here’s my observations based on this first half Downing looking quite lively which is a terrific sign. Aquilani showing decent movement too but needs a sharper final ball when leading the break. Johnson went out early but not sure if its precautionary? Kelly looks like he belongs on the backline – very composed. Not terribly impressed with Adam or Henderson so far, not sure if it’s positioning or cohesion but don’t seem involved positively.

  41. ACS says:

    Terrance Boyd started and scored in his first match for Dortmund II in their win in the Regionalliga West match over Kaiserslautern II.

  42. MicahK says:

    Why does no one ever talk about jorge and he has never been called up to any usa youth tam friendlies or tournaments to get a look at. He is at nurnberg with chandler and he has a german mother and an africa american military father. He is in the nurnberg youth team and he is a forward he is much younger then chandler and has expressed he wants to play for the usa.

  43. primoone says:

    so listening to the spanish broadcasters during the hertha game…they were implying that they could really use the German born Alfredo Morales on their national team…Chilean national team. I didnt know he had chilean parents…

    Morales…German born…Klinsi…german legend…Morales…German-American…Klinsi…Wanna-be-American…Klinsi…American Coach…Morales…Skilled Center mid…USMNT…Needs Talented Midfielders…Im just sayin…

  44. Joamiq says:

    Bornstein was going to be dropped regardless of whether or not Bob stayed in charge.

    I don’t see how Kljestan is one of “Bradley’s boys” when he dropped him for a very long time, and only called him back in when his play improved. That seems like the prudent move for any manager.

    Michael Bradley is one of the team’s best players and is going to be there regardless of who’s in charge, unless he starts playing like crap. Which is why Klinsi picked him for Mexico.

  45. Hank says:

    What about Morales?

  46. ACS says:

    No idea I just forgot about him even though I read about him earlier today.

  47. ACS says:

    Morales still could but he is already 21 and not getting a whole lot of minutes with Hertha which after watching this first half I think some changes are needed.

  48. Pete says:

    Any idea what the deal is with Gol Tv? Plenty of German games to show today, and they go with the match from yesterday. Same deal Sunday – they’re showing today’s Schalke game tomorrow and not showing any live games.

  49. Alex says:

    Thanks for replying to that intelligently. I had a nasty comment written out but chose against pressing the submit button. You made all the points I did, without the unnecessary venom.

  50. Ben says:

    Chandler doesn’t look quite at one hundred percent so I understand the reluctance to let him travel across the ocean for a friendly, but Bob shouldn’t have backed down from the Gold Cup, maybe he would still have a job. It’s a pretty ugly game in Berlin; neither team is showing much in the way of successful attacking, no imagination and some awful wayward passing, bad touches, etc.

  51. Alex says:

    Probably because he has yet to prove anything. When he gets first team minutes, we’ll talk about him.

  52. Alex says:

    Wouldn’t hurt to give the kid a look.

  53. This Guy says:

    I don’t think Brooks is available to play for Germany yet. I know a lot of people have said he has dual citizenship but I read that both his parents are Americans. The kid is solid though and I hope he stays with the US choice.

  54. MicahK says:

    No i am not talking to the senior team. I am saying he should get youth team looks like. U-20’S or U-18’S

  55. MicahK says:

    morales is a spanish last name so i am not suprised. Klinsi said latin players so usa better call him up.

  56. ACS says:

    Don’t worry to much about getting called up Kisseweiter, Boyd, and Brooks didn’t get called up until recently after the WC qualifying and wasn’t even on the radar until recently, Klinsmann will probably use these guys in the near future.

  57. This Guy says:

    2nd most supported team in the World’s highest attendance league. Do the math.

  58. abc says:

    Yeah I turned it on and saw it was Schalke… but not today’s game, WTF!

  59. abc says:

    The Chandler conspiracy theories are hilarious (if you find idiocy hilarious).

  60. nice says:

    excatly my point

  61. Oranje Mike says:

    I’m not faulting Chandler. The injury was a smokescreen created by his club and country just went with it.

  62. Ben says:

    Chandler has had a couple good moments in a pitiful game.

  63. rory says:

    Lifesized, not to worry, a nice scarf should cover it.

  64. Overreaction says:

    So where’s all the people who fervently said that Klinsmann would never had allowed the club to strongarm the US like they did Bradley? Come on folks, lets have some equal opportunity coach bashing here.

  65. GW says:

    “But at some point Chandler is going to have to assert himself.”

    I guess you frequently tell your boss to piss off every chance you get as well correct?

    Maybe once Chandler proves himself to be anything more than a half season wonder.

    The USMNT does not pay Chandler his salary.

    This game does not cap tie him anyway and if he is going to hurt his knee further, better he do it for his club than for the US.

    So much for the theory that JK’s enormous prestige, clout and god like status would give him an advantage over BB in these sorts of situations.

    one year wonder

  66. Justin says:

    Just gonna throw this in, for not being 100% Chandler played 90 minutes for his club.

  67. Ricky B. Free says:

    Oh shut the hell up. Jurgen just got the job you expect him to burn some bridges on the first call up.

  68. Ricky B. Free says:

    And quit spamming comments with different user names.

  69. MC Pharaoh says:

    uhhh… The Schalke game this morning on GolTV was live.

  70. MC Pharaoh says:

    imho, you play 90 minutes… your nothing less than 100%

    No excuse as to why he shouldnt be with the US team to play Mexico other than Nurnberg just needing him

  71. GW says:

    “Morales…German born…Klinsi…german legend…Morales…German-American…Klinsi…Wanna-be-American…Klinsi…American Coach…Morales…Skilled Center mid…USMNT…Needs Talented Midfielders…Im just sayin…”

    Interesting how the overall tone of the commentary hasn’t really changed at all since Klinsi took over.

    It’s as if BB never left.

  72. Overreaction says:

    No I don’t expect Juergen to burn bridges, but instead like to point out the hypocrisy of people on this board that expected Bradley to burn a bridge with Nurmberg, a club that the US had just started to deal with. And that was my first comment on this board today. I don’t know who you think I am, but you can go suck a fat one with you attitude.

  73. ACS says:

    Nurnberg only has 3 outfield players above the age of 23. At one point their was only 2 on the field, extremely young team especially when you compare it to Hertha’s

  74. DrewROC says:

    Chandler just beat his forward down the field on a breakaway when the fwd had a 30yd head start. How anyone can say the guy doesn’t look 100% is beyond anything you can see on TV today. He was very assertive. Had the pass that led up to Nurembug’s best scoring chance before the goal. He played solid D and made good confident passes out of the back. Did I mention his speed is phenomenal?

    Something doesn’t smell right to me either.

  75. GW says:

    All you outraged patriots should remember that it wasn’t that long ago that the US didn’t have too many players worth a club vs country struggle.

    And also that the clubs pay these guys their salary not the US. Chandler is a Nuremberg player who occasionally plays for the US not the other way around.

    Where I’m from you are very careful about telling your boss to **** off.

  76. Ricky B. Free says:

    Its funny you call them conspiracy theories. The very next day after he got the call for the nats he got hurt.

    I do think Chandler wants to play for the US, but the team management is acting like dirtbags.

    The us could file a complaint against them for not releasing a player on a Fifa date and lying about a players health.

    Portugal almost did it once when Real Madrid did the smae thing with Ronaldo a few years ago.

    Chandler better make it to the next call up or we will know for sure that his team´s management is full of it.

  77. Ricky B. Free says:

    Stop insulting people. There is no need of that. You have your opinion and they have theirs.

  78. ACS says:

    Only 2 above 30 on their entire 18 the GK Schafer and Simons. Oldest guys on the team 23, 23 (bench), 24(bench), 29, 28, 32 (GK), 34.

  79. This Guy says:

    The idiocy lies in your assertion that a viewpoint supported by the facts is a conspiracy theory. Troll along my friend.

  80. marco says:

    agree very backwards spin from ussf

  81. marco says:

    ‘Bornstein was going to be dropped regardless of whether or not Bob stayed in charge.’

    There was nothing in B. Bradley’s actions to suggest this. Letting him f.up the gold cup says the opposite.

  82. marco says:

    exactly, the argument that he’s not is silly

  83. Overreaction says:

    And what, you think one group of people should be able to voice their opinion and the other shouldn’t? And where did he insult anyone in particular? As far as I can tell abc is insulting the very idea.

  84. MicahK says:

    Yeah, true that.

  85. GW says:

    “Something doesn’t smell right to me either. ”

    It’s just the odor coming from the Chandler conspiracy theorists.

    I guess that JK’s god like status and international cred really intimidated those Germans in a way BB never could have, huh?

    Klinsi knows the deal and I doubt he is much bothered by this.

    This sort of maneuvering is SOP for clubs in the club vs. national team battles. Many clubs pull this stuff all the time.

    To Nuremberg the US game is a badly timed (for them), meaningless friendly that wouldn’t cap tie him to the US anyway so why are the Americans so upset about it?

    If Chandler had the clout and the track record of a proven vet then maybe he they let him go but Chandler is a half season wonder and they want to make sure THEIR player (Nuremberg pay him, the US does not) gets off to a good start.

    In the long run it is in the US’ best interest that Chandler establishes himself as a regular.

  86. Ben says:

    And he looked a bit ginger at a few moments as well, but that could be due to the fact that I look at my TV, not beyond it. You talk about beyond, then go an intimate something we for which no proof whatsoever exists.

  87. Joamiq says:

    Bradley did not exactly put Bornstein into his starting XI. He was brought in an emergency situation. He did not “let him f.up the gold cup.” He was working without much in the way of alternatives. And if you think Bornstein wasn’t going to be dropped either way after that performance, you’re clueless.

  88. ThaDeuce says:

    Gold cup is more prestigious than a friendly. This proves nothing, either way.

  89. ACS says:

    Yeah surprised they can’t put a consistent team together with the support and having a monopoly in Berlin. Do they still have financial issues? They haven’t been a contender for the title in a long long time.

  90. hogatroge says:

    There are legitimate reasons for not letting Chandler come to the Mexico friendly, even if the team went about it in a lousy manner.

    If they block him from the Belgium friendly, though, that would warrant a FIFA injunction.

  91. montana matt says:

    Squillaci is atrocious. So bad.

  92. Lance says:

    This is a quote just now from Steven Goff (SoccerInsider twitter) ..

    “Nothing to worry about on Timmy Chandler front: In exchange for missing Mex friendly, he committed to both Sept friendlies. Details to come”

  93. Patrick says:

    In case some of you are unaware, clubs HATE having their players go on National team duty, especially if they’re friendlies.

  94. Scott A says:

    Ever since Dax’s arrival, New York’s midfield has looked a bit ginger too.


  95. Nick says:

    It was the Supercup. GolTV is a little weird.

  96. Overreaction says:

    I think your wrong. It comes down to what your priorities are and how well you think a club team will get along with you. Do you force their hand for the Gold Cup, which has the potential to get you to the Confed Cup, or do you wait and push them when it really matters, like say in a year’s time for WC qualifying. Yeah, it sucks he wasn’t there, but I’d rather fight for him for the big dance, not the dress rehearsal. And I can’t tell you how many comments I read from an overwhelming amount of idiots here who stated that no German club would ever think to do something like what they’re doing now to a fellow German like Klinsmann. I’m not advocating that JK force them into releasing him for a friendly, so much as I’m calling out posters for their blind hatred of a coach without putting two seconds into some reasoned thought.

  97. ACS says:

    From Stephan Goff:

    In assembling his first roster on short notice, new coach Juergen Klinsmann attempted to speak to each player. He didn’t make contact with Chandler or his manager, Dieter Hecking, until after the roster was made public early Thursday afternoon. By that evening, after conversing with Chandler and Hecking, Klinsmann decided to call in FC Dallas’s Zach Loyd instead.

    “With the understanding that this was the start of the Bundesliga season and Timmy is trying to secure a starting job in his first full season, the [three] agreed he wouldn’t come in for this game,” USSF spokesman Michael Kammarman told the Insider.

    Instead, Chandler and Hecking committed to both U.S. friendlies next month: against Costa Rica Sept. 2 in Carson, Calif., and four days later against Belgium in Brussels.

  98. ACS says:


  99. Tony in Quakeland says:

    But don’t let this stop anyone from assuming the German National team is controlled from Al Qudia operatives hiding in Area 51, plotting to destroy our democracy by denying up our right back of the future.

  100. Tony in Quakeland says:

    On a more serious note, this has to be the best of both worlds for Chandler. He gets to play for the US (his stated wish) AND play for the greatest German player of his generation.

  101. Thorpinski says:

    Not to worry about Chandler, Brooks, Boyd, Huerzeller etc.. because none of these guy are anywhere close to being good enough to make the German NT

    and these guys are damn good’s just that Germany is F’n loaded

  102. Thorpinski says:

    MLB teams HATE the world championships, especially when it involves their SP’s

  103. Thorpinski says:

    I won’t if you can explain the LB conspiracy

  104. ACS says:

    Castillo moved back from LM to LB against Barcelona cause the LB in there before was non existent.

  105. Francois says:

    Edgar Castillo actually looks really good on the ball, nice nutmeg in the second half.

  106. Francois says:

    Good slide rule pass from Castillo frees Benetiz but he’s called offsides.

  107. adrian says:

    Edgar castillo looking impressive against Barcelona. And US fans would have you believe he’s not good enough for the USMNT.

  108. marco says:

    You’re clueless for not accepting he was selected by Bradley, and put into the game by Bradley. Nothing suggests anything else. I apologize ‘you’re clueless’ is juvenile.

  109. marco says:

    But is his manager committed?

  110. marco says:

    Thanks, but that doesn’t explain the USSF release claiming injury.

  111. marco says:

    They would have you believe Mexico didn’t want him, which may be true.

  112. Joamiq says:

    He was selected to the team because we don’t have many options at left back (and because, frankly, he hadn’t had a bad US performance in a while, especially after his solid World Cup). He was put into the game because Bradley judged him to be the least of the various evils available. Had I been coaching, I might have done things differently. Nevertheless, the fact of the matter is that making this judgment off of a contingency situation is foolish. Anyway, the assertion I was responding to was that Bornstein was going to face a tougher road to selection now that Klinsi is in charge. The simple truth of the matter is that after that performance, he was going to face a tougher road regardless of who was in charge. That’s mere common sense. And sorry, but I couldn’t care less what you think is juvenile.

  113. This Guy says:

    Besides being called up to their national team?
    Mexico wanted him but he didn’t want them anymore.

  114. shao2007 says:

    Well Done
    Those funny looking gingers

  115. adrian says:

    If this is typical play of Castillo it is a tragedy that he works has been given almost no chances under Bradley.

  116. ACS says:

    I didn’t post the whole article, but USSF said they messed up in saying it was an injury.

  117. Nick says:

    I just turned on the CA and Barca game. Who is the guy they said is eligible to play for the USA?

  118. Francois says:

    Edgar Castillo and Issac Acuna. Two good, young players.

  119. ACS says:

    Acuna looked pretty good, but he seems determined to play for Mexico based on his call ups to the U-22’s this year.

  120. Nick says:

    Thanks man, what’s the deal on Acuna?

  121. marco says:

    CHICAGO (AP)—Timmy Chandler will miss the U.S. game against Mexico next week with a knee injury, and Dallas defender Zach Loyd is taking his spot on the soccer roster.

    Did some of the people here invent this release?
    Conspiracy? Perhaps just poor media release by USSF? I don’t know.

  122. ACS says:

    USSF said it was a poor media release, evidently they didn’t think anybody would pay attention

  123. ACS says:

    Played this year with the U-22’s for Mexico

  124. marco says:

    Past poor performances from Bornstein didn’t keep him off the roster. There’s absolutely no evidence to back up your claim. And you didn’t say ‘tougher road’ you said,’going to be dropped’ Careless revisionist also goodbye, waste.

  125. salgado says:

    Her Klinsi,

    Please call Isaac Acuna now!!!!! His coach says both he and Castillo want to play for the U.S. Both played very well against Barca today.


  126. ACS says:

    I saw that and I think the Coaches exact words were “….THEY are going to play for the United States”, after talking about how he would like them to play for the Mexican National team

  127. Didier Deschamps says:

    anyone get to see Q. Westerbergs debut in Ligue 1???? heard he was very very good expect for a real bad error on a free kick that slipped through his hands. people said it was very Barthez esque for the young american who is a bit undersized yet a very combative keeper.

  128. PetedeLA says:

    Ehmmm.. Lothar Mathaeus.

  129. biff says:

    Also @Overreaction=Mrs. Bradley: News out now that Timmy Chandler has committed to Klinsmann to play in the two (count ’em, two) September friendlies on two continents separated by an ocean, after he declined Bob Bradley’s invitation in the off-season to play in a major tournament that could have earned the USMNT a spot in the Confederation Cup. I disagree that it is only a theory that Klinsmann has a lot more international prestige and clout than BB. I think it is a scientific fact and I am so happy he is now coach. But I do agree that Klinsmann is not god.

  130. VinceN says:

    if Dolo is injured and still coming to the US camp, then it seems awfully strange that Chandler would skip camp for just a little nick…hmmmmmm….starting to think that Chandler is still waiting for an opportunity with the Germ Nats

  131. ACS says:

    You need to read the rest of this thread.

  132. VinceN says:

    no Bornstein would have not been dropped…there were 10 other poor performaces by Borns where he should have been dropped but no…Borns woulda been called back into camp a few months later by Bradley once all the steam blew over from the Mexico game.

  133. biabia1305 says:

    any links out there for Seattle/kc?

  134. GW says:

    This may come as a shock to you but players sometimes improve.

    I saw Castillo play before and he did not look as good as he did in the Barca game. The Castillo I saw was pretty inconsistent.

  135. Travis says:

    way to show your true colors bravo. cheap tackle on noonan (probably shouldn’t have been a red card IMO) followed by standing over him/yelling at him as he was standing up, then faking a headbutt.

  136. 20 says:

    holy diego fagundez

  137. sammysounder says:

    LEGENDARY finish to Seattle vs. KC. Although Sporting fans might call it infamous.

  138. Brice says:

    Cooper makes it 1-0 Timbers in San Jose.

  139. Joamiq says:

    No, past performances didn’t keep him off the roster. That’s because his past performances weren’t disasters of this magnitude. I don’t need any evidence other than common sense. Tougher road = going to be dropped = no chance he gets called up anytime soon, no matter who’s coaching. Also, try composing sentences in proper English syntax if you want to be understood.

  140. Joamiq says:

    Bornstein never had a performance like that one. Only completely delusional “fans” determined to hate Bradley against all logic would think that Bradley would have kept him in the team after that performance.

  141. SuperChivo says:

    I agree, it couldn’t hurt to ask Acuna into camp. He has potential.

  142. Kenny_B says:

    That’s the third time I’ve read virtually the exact same thing from you. I hope I don’t get to four.

  143. GW says:

    “Also @Overreaction=Mrs. Bradley: News out now that Timmy Chandler has committed to Klinsmann to play in the two (count ’em, two) September friendlies on two continents separated by an ocean, ”

    So was that supposed to be some kind of coup?

    Bradley would have gotten the same deal. Its a deal on Hecking’s terms. One of the games is in Belgium , which is not an Ocean away.

    From Goff:

    “Instead, Chandler and Hecking committed to both U.S. friendlies next month: against Costa Rica Sept. 2 in Carson, Calif., and four days later against Belgium in Brussels.

    Although Chandler has been recovering from an injury, Klinsmann was told by Hecking that he would probably play today.

    Inevitably, the sudden roster change led to speculation that Chandler was considering switching allegiances and playing for Germany. However, he has not said that, no one at the USSF is aware of it, and the commitment to both September friendlies is a strong indication that he is fully intent on playing for the Americans.

    My take: Chandler, just 21, is worried about jeopardizing his starting status with Nuremberg, and with the Bundesliga season just getting under way, he didn’t want to fall out of favor. The USSF erred in emphasizing the injury when it announced Chandler had been dropped from the roster. In reality, a young player and his club coach thought he was better off staying with Nuremberg at this time instead of traveling a long distance for a friendly. Even though clubs are obligated to release players for matches on FIFA fixture dates, such as this one, Klinsmann agreed.”

    Chandler will have had time to get into form by then.

    Those two friendlies still don’t cap tie Chandler. Clubs want their players to play internationally on the club’s terms and everyone has agreed that Chandler needed the break during the Gold Cup. From your point of view Bradley’s decision was a win since , if Chandler had been able to play, maybe we don’t lose to Mexico and maybe Bradley is still employed. Remember, Bradley could probably have forced the issue but chose to respect the wishes of the player and Hecking on this matter.

    As for Klinsmann had he talked to Hecking before he announced his roster this little tempest in a teapot would have been avoided. That was a mistake on Klinsmann’s part.

    What makes you think Chandler, who clearly wants to play for the US but also is very mindful he owes much of his entire career to the chance Hecking gave him(look it up)would have lied to either Bradley or Klinsmann ?

  144. GW says:

    Germnay isn’t overly worried about losing players to the US.

    When asked about Chandler Loew made it clear he wants players who want to play for Germany not the US.

    I have read many public statements by Chandler and his agent that playing for the US is his desire and have read nothing anywhere from Chandler to the contrary.

    Do you have any quotes to that effect?

    Everyone will just have to wait for the first WC qualifier or maybe the Olympics.

  145. GW says:

    I reply to individuals not the entire board.

    Thanks for reading!