In one of the strangest news stories of the weekend, Landon Donovan has announced that he would like to end his career in Argentina, playing for Boca Juniors.
In an interview with ESPN Deportes, Landon said...
"At the end of my contract, I could possibly play for Boca."
I'm not exactly sure why Donovan wants to end his career in Argentina and specifically with Boca Juniors besides for the fact that Argentina would be a cool place to live. Boca Juniors is a highly respected club, but it still seems like an odd choice. You would figure Landon would just finish out his club career in the MLS.
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Charlie Davies scored an MLS leading 6th goal of the season in a 2-1 DC United win over the Seattle Sounders last night.
Charlie delivered a beautiful pass to set up United's first goal of the game and then scored what would be the game-winner in the 52nd minute, putting his club up 2-0 at the time. Brad Evans later scored on a penalty shot to make the game interesting, but without Zakuani, Seattle did not have the firepower to complete the comeback.
Here is Charlie's Assist (31st minute)...
Here is Charlie's Goal (52nd minute)...
I know Charlie isn't scoring the prettiest goals you've ever seen, but he is getting them in. It's remarkable that he leads the league in goals, especially when he's on a club that does not have great midfield play. Yes, Davies is still nowhere near the old Charlie, most evident by his lack of explosion on and off the ball, but what he has accomplished so far this season shouldn't go unnoticed.no comments
After Pachuca's disappointing finish to the 2nd half of the Mexican season, which saw them fail to qualify for the Clausura championship quarter-finals, management has decided to put the whole team on the transfer market. This includes US internationals, Jose Torres and Herculez Gomez.
Pachuca's board said...
"After a meeting, we decided to make all the first team players transferable."
"This doesn't mean they will go, but that they have the option of leaving the club if that suits their interests and those of the club."
This isn't as big of a deal as you may think. Even though every player is available, it doesn't mean that anything is going to actually happen. Pachuca is basically saying, nobody is untouchable and we need to make some changes moving forward. So the question of who is going to move is still left unanswered.
Will Torres or Gomez move? If I had to pick one, it would be Gomez. Just because Gomez is the older player, who doesn't have that much mileage left. However, Gomez was on a goal scoring tear before Pachuca got eliminated from league competition. Therefore it's tough to say what's going to happen from here.
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Marcus Hahnemann's career with the Wolverhampton Wanderers and the EPL may be over sooner rather than later. Hahnemann came into the 2010-2011 campaign as Wolverhampton's #1 keeper, after an impressive season in helping Wolves avoid relegation. However, Marcus was benched in late November after a horrible 2-1 loss to Blackpool, with Wolves struggling immensely.
Hahnemann's contract expires this summer and with no sign of a contract extension it seems as if his days are numbered. This is especially true if Wolves get relegated this season. They currently are in the relegation zone, but are only one point from safety. However, both Wigan and Blackpool are ahead of Wolves, so they would have to jump two teams to secure an EPL position for next year.
Marcus is in a weird situation right now. He is 38-years-old so his career is clearly coming to an end, but at the same time he still is a pretty darn good keeper. He wants to stay in the EPL, but that probably won't be possible unless he is a #2 somewhere or if he plays in the Championship. Also, Marcus says he wants to end his career in the MLS with Seattle, his hometown, but is not yet ready to make the move.
As a result, he has two options. Marcus could either grind it out as a back-up in England, getting minimal playing time in cup competition unless somebody goes down with an injury or he could accept his fate and come to the MLS early. Option 2 sounds a lot more attractive to me. First off, there is an opening as Kasey Keller is set to retire and the Sounders would love to have another experienced keeper to fill Keller's shoes. Especially since the Sounders have an up-and-coming team with a huge fan base to please. Second, the MLS is coming on strong and trust me this is a league you want to be a part of. The only negative to an MLS move is that Marcus would be paid about half as much, maybe less.
Should Hahnemann come to the MLS? Share your comments below...
Ricardo Clark was taken out 21 minutes into Eintracht Frankfurt's loss to Mainz over the weekend with a leg injury, which is now being diagnosed as a left calf strain. It is unclear whether or not Clark will be available to play on Saturday when Frankfurt takes on FC Koln.
Eintracht Press Officer, Carsten Koop, said this about the injury...
"It happened without another player or the ball [nearby]. Our doctor said maybe it is possible for him to be back Saturday [vs. FC Köln]. We hope so."
Eintracht Frankfurt is fighting for their Bundesliga life, as they currently sit in a relegation playoff spot, 2 points from safety with two matches to play.
It's a shame. Rico has been dealing with injuries all year long and as a result never could really get regular playing time. Every time you think Rico is a fixture of Frankfurt's starting eleven, he gets hurt. This lack of consistent form will hurt his Gold Cup chances immensely. With the depth in the midfield, Clark better be back next week if he wants to make the Gold Cup team.no comments
Mexico has released a provisional 30-man roster for the Gold Cup, which will start on June 5th. Headlining the squad is Manchester United's Chicharito, Carlos Vela who is on loan from Arsenal and currently playing for West Brom, and Red Bulls man Rafa Marquez.
Here is Mexico's 30-man Roster:
Goalkeepers: Jesús Corona (Cruz Azul), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Guillermo Ochoa (Club América), Jonathan Orozco (Monterrey)
Defenders: Ricardo Osorio (Monterrey), Paul Aguilar (Pachuca), Édgar Dueñas (Toluca), Jonny Magallón (Chivas Guadalajara), Jorge Torres (Tigres UANL), Rafa Márquez (New York Red Bulls), Francisco Rodríguez (PSV Eindhoven), Héctor Moreno (AZ Alkmaar), Carlos Salcido (Fulham)
Midfielders: Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Israel Castro (Pumas UNAM), Luis Pérez (Monterrey), Jesús Zavala (Monterrey), Antonio Naelson "Sinha" (Toluca), Efraín Juárez (Celtic), Jonathan dos Santos (Barcelona), Andrés Guardado (Deportivo La Coruna), Pablo Barrera (West Ham)
Forwards: Elias Hernández (Morelia), Christian Bermúdez (Atlante), Ángel Reyna (America), Aldo de Nigris (Monterrey), Oribe Peralta (Santos Laguna), Giovani dos Santos (Real Santander), Javier “Chicharito” Hernández (Manchester United), Carlos Vela (West Bromwich Albion)
This is a strong roster. Chicharito is by the far the biggest offensive weapon on this squad. He's in unbelievable form at the moment, as the young forward has scored 12 EPL goals this season. What really impresses me though is the countless clutch Champions League goals he has scored. Chicharito has been a menace for any defense he has faced this season, always at the doorstep, finishing all available opportunities.
Carlos Vela and Giovani dos Santos also will pose problems for opposing teams at the Gold Cup. Although both players have uncertain club situations*, they have plenty of creativity and experience at the international level to be very dangerous in this tournament.
My player to watch on this roster is Andres Guardado. Guardado is a dynamic left winger, who does a great job stretching out an opponent's defense with his pace and ball skills. The quality of his service to Chicharito and dos Santos will be a critical factor in Mexico's Gold Cup success.
*Vela is playing for West Brom, loaned out by Arsenal....dos Santos is playing for Real Santander, loaned out by Tottenham
Amidst horrible weather conditions, the LA Galaxy lost to FC Dallas 2-1 in a heart-wrenching game for the Galaxy. FC Dallas went ahead in the 47th minute with a nice volley goal from Fabian Castillo. However, Donovan and company quickly leveled the game 4 minutes later. Juninho played a wonderful ball to the pack post to Landon, who made a streaking run and was able to nudge the ball into the open net. Donovan paid for the goal though, as his run propelled his body into the post.
Despite Donovan's goal, Brek Shea stole the show with his game winning strike in the 88th minute. Shea had the ball on the left wing when it looked like he was attempting to make a cross. Instead, Shea's shot/cross found the back of the net. Galaxy keeper, Donovan Ricketts, had no chance to save the ball, as it curved over his head and into the right side netting.
Here is Shea's remarkable goal...
I'm going to side with Shea and say he meant to shoot. You can see Shea open up his body a little a bit and change his foot angle towards goal. I think Shea realized nothing was on, so he took a chance and kicked the ball towards goal to see if he could get a lucky break. Somehow it went in and as a result FC Dallas beat arguably the best team in the West.
Side Note- the game was postponed in the 83rd minute because of the heavy rain and thunderno comments
A lot of US players saw minutes abroad this weekend, while others sat out with injuries. Here's a quick breakdown of some storylines that affected US players....
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover lost 1-0 to Borussia Moenchengladbach and as a result no longer hold a Champions League qualifying spot, dropping to 4th place in the Bundesliga table. Bayern Munich now sit in 3rd place after defeating Schalke over the weekend. Hannover has 2 games left to make up a 2 point difference.
In other Bundesliga news, Timothy Chandler missed Nurnberg's match with a foot injury, who lost to Borussia Dortmund 2-0. Dortmund clinched the Bundesliga title with the win and Nurnberg are now 5 points out of a Europa League spot.
Ricardo Clark started for Eintracht Frankfurt, but got taken out in the 21st minute because of an injury. Frankfurt lost to Mainz 3-0 and as a result currently sit in a relegation playoff spot.
Clint Dempsey missed Fulham's 3-0 win over Sunderland, as he sat out with a hamstring injury. The win lifts Fulham to 9th place in the league.
Michael Bradley made the 18-man game day roster for Aston Villa, but once again did not see the field. Bradley has seen basically zero playing time since making the move to Villa.
1. LIG- Turkey
Freddy Adu scored a goal for Rizespor in the 60th minute, but Rizespor lost the match 2-1 to Adanaspor. Rizespor sit in the middle of Turkey's 2nd tier division and thus will not be promoted to Super Lig (Turkey's first division) next season. Adu scored from about 8 yards out after receiving a beautiful pass, which allowed him the space to calmly place the ball into the left side of the net. Here is the link to Adu's goal.
2. BUNDESLIGA- Germany
Edson Buddle and Ingolstadt avoided relegation from Germany's 2nd tier league with a 0-0 draw vs. FC Erzgebirge Aue. Buddle played the last 45 minutes for Ingolstadt, who are unbeaten in their last 9 matches.no comments
In another wild weekend of MLS action, Kenny Cooper notched his 3rd goal of the season to lead the Timbers past Real Salt Lake. Cooper scored in the 21st minute by volleying home a cross from close range. Cooper then celebrated in front of a wild home crowd by doing a pull-up on the crossbar.
Check out Cooper's goal...
I'm loving the atmosphere in Portland. If you told me that this was an EPL match, I would have totally believed it. The fans were going wild from start to finish. Now, if every MLS park can have this type of intensity then you will really have something special.
I have to talk about Cooper's celebration, it was awesome. He looked like a kid, who just scored the game-winning goal playing in the back yard with his friends. Cooper just fed off the crowd's energy and got lost in the moment with a purely emotional celebration. You can't beat that.
In other news, Omar Salgado scored his first goal in his first MLS start. The 17-year old US youth international, scored on a header in the 69th minute to bring Vancouver within one goal of the Crew. However, Columbus ended up winning the match 2-1 thanks to a brace from Emilio Renteria.
Here is Salgado's goal...
All the analysts were tearing the Whitecaps apart when they drafted Salgado first overall in the MLS SuperDraft, but I always supported the move. Yes, Salgado is a long term project but he's going to be worth the investment. Omar has all the tools to become an elite striker with his combination of height, technical ability, and finishing skills. Watch Salgado become a top MLS striker in 2-3 years.no comments
Following Clint Dempsey's record setting brace for Fulham on Wednesday, he has now scored a remarkable 30% of Fulham's goals this year (Soccer Over There). This is the 2nd highest percentage of a team's goals that any player has scored this season. Dempsey is also tied for 8th in the EPL for goals scored.
Here is the % breakdown...
Carlos Tevez (Manchester City) – 37.3%
Clint Dempsey (Fulham) – 30.0% (12/40)
Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United) – 29.6%
Peter Odemwingie (West Brom) – 26.5%
Asamoah Gyan (Sunderland) – 25.6%
This is a remarkable stat. It just shows how much Fulham relies on Dempsey to succeed. Without Clint, Fulham would definitely be in the relegation zone right now, fighting to stay in the EPL.
It's just amazing how every year Dempsey gets better and better and not only that but every year he ends up scoring HUGE goals. His accomplishments at Fulham cannot go unnoticed. From his wonder goal last year in the Europa League against Juventus to his relegation saving goal vs. Liverpool, Dempsey has made his stamp on Fulham history.
Here was that clutch goal vs. Liverpool that saved Fulham from relegation...
Also, check out this SI article talking about how Clint is undervalued....no comments