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Entries from December 2008

A quick victory lap

December 31, 2008 · No Comments

If Aaron ever did a victory dance, this might be what it would look like.

If Aaron ever did a victory dance, this might be what it would look like.

I’d like a brief moment to take a quick victory strut in celebration that Fighting Talker was first with any news of Chad Marshall’s re-signing with the Crew. I am the first person around here to admit that we don’t break a lot of news on this site. But, that said, when I do say that I’ve got a nugget, understand that it’s not a rumor. I don’t print rumors and call them news, I call them rumors.

So Bill, next time I print news that turns out to be absolutely and unequivocally correct, and you want to challenge me on it… you better come with something better than calling me “cheesy” and “disreputable.”

Categories: MLS · Soccer

A taste of our 2008 Awards Show to come

December 31, 2008 · 1 Comment

Even Jamie Foxx is excited for the 2008 Fighting Talker Awards

Coming next week, Ed and I return on the Fighting Talk Podcast to give out some of the bests and worsts of the 2008 year in soccer. As a preview, let me now present my awards for the some of the best and worst in soccer journalism.

Rather like those “technical Oscars,” these were awarded last night at a separate ceremony. (more…)

Categories: MLS · Media · Soccer

One Shot, One Shot … One Shot is All Ya Got

December 29, 2008 · 1 Comment

United celebrated yet another 1-0 victory today vs. Boro

United celebrated yet another 1-0 victory today vs. Boro

Ed here.

… And one shot was all Manchester United needed today, a lone goal from Dimitar Berbatov was enough to beat back Middlesbrough and give the Red Devils a 1-0 win. The victory left the defending champions 7 points behind leaders Liverpool, despite having the ever popular 2 games in hand. United controlled most of the play, and their patchwork back line of O’Shea-Evans-Vidic-Rafael wasn’t put to the test too much by a Boro side that got a bit of good early work from Afonso Alves, and decent play (as usual vs. United) from Stewie Downing, but not much else.

It was a game that a team with championship aspirations has to win, but it’s not a performance that would be acceptable to a championship side. And in watching the Premier League this season, that seems to be the story with all four teams at times this season and I think to some extent, it’s made the campaign less interesting. Liverpool seems to have broken out of that malaise a little bit with their 5-1 win over Newcastle on Sunday - and while I’d always take a shot at Liverpool where possible - United only drew with Newcastle this season, so I’ll keep my mouth shut. (more…)

Categories: Arsenal · English Premier League · Soccer · Sports · Transfer Rumors

Now Arsenal has to sign TWO new midfielders

December 23, 2008 · 1 Comment

Can we get it done without Cesc both on the field and in the transfer market? I don’t really know. But, as usual, Arseblogger sums it up far better than I am able to… primarily because I get halfway through the first Arsenal-related paragraph and then want to throw my laptop through the wall. (more…)

Categories: Arsenal · Soccer

Allow me

December 23, 2008 · No Comments

Regarding Almeria’s move to hire Hugo Sanchez as manager, a commenter on Soccer by Ives says:

How can you post a Hugo Sanchez story without putting up an embarrassing and/or lame-assed picture of him as well? I call that a lost opportunity.

Allow me, my friend.  (more…)

Categories: International Soccer · Soccer

More than you ever wanted to know about the “Polish Rifle”

December 22, 2008 · No Comments

In case you missed it, the Crew introduced Robert “Polish Rifle” Warzycha today as their new coach. I haven’t had too much contact with him, but during the dark days of Andrulis, he was often seen as the bad cop to Andrulis’ good cop. I suspect he’ll be a good coach in the league, but that’s just a hunch.

If you want more than a hunch, take a look at Mateo319’s recent post on the man as he attempts to redefine the word exhaustive with his analysis of the move. Does this hire require 3,488 words? (Yes, I counted) No, but parts of it are quite informative.

Categories: MLS · Soccer

In case you’re ever in San Diego

December 22, 2008 · 2 Comments

and you need a place to watch the big match, I can recommend the Shakespeare Pub very highly.

I watched the Arsenal-Liverpool match there Saturday with a crowd of about 40-50, a nice glass of Fullers ESB (which, to their credit, they have on draft) and a decent breakfast. Additionally, it’s easy to get to off the 5 freeway or Washington St.

Categories: Drinking · Food · Soccer

The Appiah Situation

December 22, 2008 · 2 Comments

Well, assuming what Steve wrote is true, it’s beginning to look like those deals for Gallardo and Emilio are slowly strangling United’s ability to do much of anything.

I have always been slightly concerned that having two DPs ties up too much cash to allow for enough flexibility, and it looks like we might have some proof of that. Like many DC fans, I was slightly nauseated when I read this, but if I were a Dallas fan, I’d lose my mind when I read this.

At least United showed some ambition in attempting to sign him. Dallas meanwhile is attempting to emulate the “model” of “Deadly” Doug Ellis’ Aston Villa teams of the last 10 years, squandering a big market for no reason other than their own cheapness.

Categories: DC United · MLS · Soccer

DC United to play… Ghana?

December 22, 2008 · No Comments

Maybe, if you believe this story:

On February 11, next year, Ghana’s Black Stars are expected to clash with America’s top notch side, DC United, in an international friendly in the United States, Washington DC.

Indications are that plans are far advanced, regarding the friendly match expected to offer the two sides the opportunity to put their houses in order, ahead of their future engagements.

I am not so sure I believe this.

Categories: DC United · International Soccer · Soccer

And I’m supposed to feel good about this result?

December 22, 2008 · 2 Comments

Of course, that outraged tone could only mean one thing… I’m talking about Arsenal again. (more…)

Categories: Arsenal · Soccer