Thursday, June 24, 2010
Tim Howard- 10- My first ever perfect score for a player, but Tim kept the shutout, controlled the back line, and flung the pass that led to the winner. Can't ask for any more from Howard on the day.
Steve Cherundolo- 8- Another massive performance from the diminutive right back. Ziani and Belhadj were non-factors for the majority of the match, and we have Cherundolo to thank for that.
Jay DeMerit- 8- Newcastle and West Ham take notice. Another great day at the office for DeMerit, who stood tall in the back, even after losing their midfield cover.
Carlos Bocangrea- 6.5- Had some shaky moments early, but picked it up and helped maintain the clean sheet with some fine aerial defending.
Jonathan Bornstein- 5.5- Not his worst game ever, but he should really learn how to clear a ball. There were at least two or three times his clearances went straight to the Algerian side. That said, he did make some solid tackles and his speed helped.
Landon Donovan- 7- Did disappear for some stretches, but was very dangerous several times. And of course, he scored the goal, probably the most important of his career.
Michael Bradley- 8- Yet again, a massive performance from Bradley Jr. He is definitely looking at a big money transfer this summer if he continues at this pace.
Maurice Edu- 6.5- Finally, an Edu-Bradley combo in the midfield and it worked wonders. Edu was deployed in the holding position, allowing Bradley to push forward into the attack. Expect another start from Edu against Ghana.
Clint Dempsey- 7- So many chances, but just couldn't capitalize. He played very well though and caused the spill from the keeper that led to the goal. His early goal should've counted though.
Herculez Gomez- 6.5- I was very impressed with Gomez. He tested the keeper on every chance he got. Really hope he gets another start against Ghana.
Jozy Altidore- 8- Huge FULL game from Altidore today. Great 90 minutes, showed a nice first touch, and attacked with fervor.
Benny Feilhaber- 7- Has got his touch back and probably should've had an assist if not for a "save" by the keeper.
Edson Buddle- 5.5- One good chance from 5 yards which probably should've been converted. Played physical up top.
DaMarcus Beasley- NA- Nothing more than his WC 2010 cameo.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
On the rumor side, Jonathan Bornstein is rumored to be on his way to Atlante in the Mexican Premier League. Again, another move I like. He could play against better attackers and thus improve his game. Also, Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel are rumored to be in the market again.
Aris Thessaloniki are continuing to try to extend the loan for Eddie Johnson. After a mildly successful tail end of the season in Greece, Johnson apparently made enough of an impression to warrant another go around. Should he remain at Fulham, he probably won't see much action.
Also, just a couple hours ago, Ives tweeted about having a chat with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and undoubtedly talked about the American players, then Ives guaranteed an American transfer to Arsenal. Howard, Bradley, Dempsey, and Donovan are all on the radar.
More to come...