Tag: Giuseppe Rossi

Week in Review April 18-22, 2011

For your viewing pleasure, above is the video of Juan Agudelo scoring the goal of the year so far in Major League Soccer. Every time there is a story or interview saying Americans should temper their enthusiasm for him and hold off on predicting greatness, he does stuff like this. Enjoy him while you can MLS fans. Now for the roundup of what else happened this week: The Benny Feilhaber drama has ended for now with the midfielder claimed by New England after Chivas and Philadelphia passed on his rights. He was not traded to Houston, as was the rumor, ... Read more

Andy Najar Chooses Honduras Over The U.S.

Photo by thepeculiarcat The United States lost a promising national team player today when Andy Najar officially announced he would represent Honduras in the 2011 Gold Cup and thus be eligible to play for their national team.  Najar, the 2010 Rookie of the Year in MLS, comes from the Central American country but has lived the past few years in Alexandria as he came up through the DC United youth system and attended Edison High School. Despite the hope that Najar would eventually join Bob Bradley’s team, this decision made sense on multiple levels.  Despite living in Virginia the past ... Read more

Americans Caught Up in Transfer Whirlwind

Can Jozy's move help his USMNT career? While the MLS transfer window is still open for another three months, the international transfer window closed Monday.  If you are a fan of an international league, you know how crazy this January transfer window was with money and players being tossed about in a dizzying fashion.  And while no American got over £70 million like Fernando Torres did, some name American players moved to a new location that could alter their club and international careers. Rather than do a plain list, I divided the transfer and thoughts into a couple of different ... Read more

What Major League Euro Clubs Do You Want to See on a U.S. Tour?

Would you want to see Guiseppe Rossi this summer? Earlier this offseason, I posted a poll and question about what EPL teams you would like to see do a tour of the United States.  Since then we have seen Barcelona confirm a three-stop tour of the U.S., where they will be playing both Manchester United (DC) and AC Milan (Miami).  But with as large a country as ours, there is plenty of space and a diverse enough fan base in the United States for other European clubs to pay a visit this year . Today’s question will expand the original ... Read more

La Liga Jornada 11 Review: Barcelona Produces a Complete Team Performance In Their Defeat of Villarreal

Barcelona's second goal, scored by Lionel Messi, typified the creativity displayed throughout the match by both Barcelona and Villarreal. A select few matches each season define the league in terms of pecking order and/or overall footballing ability.  Obviously, the two editions of El Clásico between Real Madrid and Barcelona usually determine the fate of La Liga’s crown.  More specifically, in the past five seasons, the team that won the most points in El Clásico has gone on to win the league.  There are thirty-six other matches, however, that both teams have to play that shape their seasons, and Barcelona hosting ... Read more

Is the US Finally Winning the Foreign Player Battle?

Bob Bradley went against conventional wisdom with his squad for the South Africa match next week and picked a good number of young players to make the squad.  Three young MLS players and three international professionals will have the chance to earn their first international cap next week in Cape Town.  What’s interesting about the Rookie Six is that most of them are dual internationals the U.S. has been chasing to join the U.S. National Team. The most surprising call-up was Teal Bunbury, the first-year striker for the Kansas City Wizards.  Bunbury’s father was a Canadian national team star, but ... Read more

La Liga Jornada 8 Review: Villarreal Announces Their Intentions For La Liga’s Crown

The first year of the post-Manuel Pellegrini era commenced with a startling thud, as through seven rounds last season, Villarreal propped every other Primera División team up at the bottom of the table.  This smooth, plucky team from the Valencian Community had not felt such futility since they made their maiden voyage to La Liga in the 1998/99 season.  In that campaign, Villarreal was relegated to the Segunda División after losing a relegation playoff to Sevilla, the last year that La Liga had a relegation playoff. Staving off relegation never entered the mind Ernesto Valverde’s team, and they steadily improved ... Read more

Azzurri: Cesare Prandelli Picks Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli announced his 23 man squad for the friendly against the Ivory Coast which will take place on Tuesday in England. Many of the names chosen by Marcello Lippi were dropped. Prandelli made some expected changes following the World Cup disappointment with Fabio Quagliarella the only striker remaining from the team selected by Lippi for South Africa 2010. Prandelli selected five strikers who were not part of the disappointing experience in the World Cup: Mario Balotelli, Antonio Cassano, Marco Borriello, Amauri and Giuseppe Rossi. Lippi was urged and asked on more than one occasion why he would ... Read more