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Week in Review: February 8-13, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  With the Egyptian friendly canceled, it was a slow week in American soccer.  MLS clubs are playing pre-season matches against youth clubs, colleges, and each other, and the season is less than one month away.  Besides the schedule release last week, here are some other news items flying under the radar:

  • Real Salt Lake were the big winners this weekend as they acquired former Wake Forest striker Cody Arnoux in an MLS weighted lottery.  Arnoux scored over 30 goals in his collegiate career and went overseas after graduation, playing for the Everton youth team and a bit in Scotland before spending last season with Vancouver.  Because he was previously approached by MLS to sign before leaving for Europe, the contract he signed with Vancouver this offseason was voided, and he was placed in a weighted lottery.  RSL may try and trade him to Vancouver, but if they keep him they could have a nice steal as Arnoux has some potential.
  • American international Eric Lichaj, who has not played for Aston Villa since December, was sent on a four-month loan to historic Leeds United in the English second division.  Leeds is battling for promotion and the chance to receive regular playing time on a good club can only help the rising American star.
  • Speaking of American internationals, Stuart Holden continues to impress in England.  His free kick in the tenth minute led to Bolton’s first goal and he had a goal  wrongly waived off at the end of the match.  Holden is really asserting himself in England and making the case for playing time on the national team.
  • Fellow American international Jozy Altidore looked good in his Turkish debut; check out his moves in the video above.  Bursaspor grabbed a 1-1 draw with Eskisehispor K.
  • In sad news, former first round draft pick Bright Dike will likely miss most of the season with a torn Achilles.  The 23 year-old had signed with Portland and hurt himself in a preseason match.  Too bad for a guy trying to live up to his draft status.

12 Responses to Week in Review: February 8-13, 2011

  1. Alan says:

    Its good to see Jozy Altidore playing. Now he just needs to start scoring some goals.

  2. Charles says:

    That is too bad about Dike. I haven’t given up on him. I watched him play in the Portland games last year. He had flashes where you think, yes, moments where you say, no.

    In other news the Whitecaps have a better sponsors base than any team in the league already.
    TSN announced a 6 year deal with MLS, 24 games this year and 30 next year.
    Hurry up season, start.

  3. Dave C says:

    Bright Dike? Who would name their son that?

  4. Dan says:

    So we still have no news on TV deal for USA? PLEASE be Versus! I hate hate hate FSC and they have horrible coverage and most people don’t even get the freaking channel!

    As for Holden. I don’t think he makes the case to be on the USMNT, I think he is a freaking lock. I can’t think of another creative mid we have! Him and Bradley/Jones in the middle would be fantastic! We just need a sure fire RM or ST and we are solid.

  5. Robert says:

    Altidore should of taken a page from Davies. Should of come back on loan to MLS. Could of been loaned to Red Bulls and get some quality touches.

  6. ExtraMedium says:

    I’d play Jozy as an attacking mid/winger. He’s very creative, he could be America’s Gareth Bale…Throw in Najar on the right-side. Some combo of Holden/Bradley/Torres/Edu in the middle. We’re going to pwn CONCACAF.

  7. Charles says:

    9 comments on actually soccer news. 150+ on comparing MLS to a snake exhibit…the latest from MickeyMouseLeague.
    This article even talks about 3 different national team members, so even if they hated MLS, but join the site because they liked soccer, they would have something to say….but no. THEY DON’T WATCH SOCCER. ooops, did I say that outloud ?

    Anyone ever read the Sports Guy on ESPN ?
    To paraphrase:

    “yep, these are the MLS Talk readers…” ;-)

    • Dave C says:

      Opinion pieces nearly always draw more comments/responses than simple factual reports. It’s not hard to see why – an opinion piece invites further opinionated comments, which attract further comments arguing back and forth, ad infinitum.

      A factual piece like this, on the other hand, doesn’t really give you much to discuss. Apart from funny-sounding names.

      I’m sure if someone expanded any of these bullet points into full-blown opinion pieces or analytical articles, there would be a lot more response. eg maybe an article on Jozy could explore whether going to Turkey is the right thing for him, whether he seems to be stagnating, whether he got where he is because of or despite his background in MLS/college/generation adidas or wherever he came from, whether he really has any potential beyond being a big oaf, etc etc. (I’m not saying such an article would necessarily be a good article, but it would certainly draw more responses).

      • Charles says:

        yeah right.
        You really believe all of the MLS haters COULD discuss soccer too ?

        I won’t believe you, even if you answer yes.

        You post this on the other sites I go to, where they actually talk about soccer, there isn’t the dropoff like here.

        There is nothing to discuss about Dike besides his name, he was the number pick in the draft…then was cut, now is given another chance.

        There would be some disagreement on where he ends up…if the MLS haters actually watched soccer. Ditto with everyone else listed in this article.

        They DONT and there WONT be.

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