Friday, October 09, 2015

USA vs. Mexico, Ireland Shock the Germans, Scottish Despair, Northern Irish Glory, Chile Beat Brazil, Agüero Injured as Argentina Lose

There goes yet another one, folks. Did you know that we've been doing this in some form or fashion since 1997? Yes, right next to the water cooler at SSN Headquarters there is a cane. Speaking of needing a cane, you know what we hate about the international break? Injuries.

Now, then. Before we look back to last night's Euro 2016 Qualifiers, let's look forward to tomorrow night's clash in Pasadena, Caaaaaaaalifornia. Go!

USA vs. Mexico: Preview
USA vs. Mexico: Tactical Preview
Brian Straus: How important is it?
Ives Galarcelp: Three Keys for the USA
Tom Marshall: Mexico in chaos

And...back across the pond to the Euro stuff!

Who has already qualified for Euro 2016?
Hosts: France
Others: Austria, Czech Republic, England, Iceland, Northern Ireland, Portugal

Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Germany: Paul Doyle at the Aviva Stadium
Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Germany: Three Thoughts
Northern Ireland 3 - 1 Greece: Phil McNulty at Windsor Park
Northern Ireland 3 - 1 Greece: Julian Taylor at Windsor Park
Scotland 2 - 2 Poland: Ewan Murray at Hampden Park
Scotland 2 - 2 Poland: Three Thoughts

And...back down south to the South American stuff...besides the injury to Kun, Ecuador beat Argentina and Chile beat Brazil! Tim Vickery is there and brings us up to speed here.

Who likes Klopp? Barney Ronay, that's who! Barney says this: Jürgen Klopp is a modernising force in the mould of Arsène Wenger. That's high praise.

The regular season in ending in Major League Soccer. Who will make the playoffs? Better yet, who will not make the playoffs? Sticking with MLS, let's go Inside the Life of an MLS Journeyman.

We posted about Victor Valdes's shitty situation at Manchester United yesterday. Today, El Sid takes a look.

We out!



Thursday, October 08, 2015

Klopp, FIFA Freakshow, Euro 2016 Action, Jordan Morris, Grant Wahl on USA vs. Mexico

Thursday, yo! Off we go!

Well, it's finally official. Jurgen Klopp is the new Liverpool gaffer. Good luck to you, sir.

Meanwhile, SPECTRE FIFA continues to fall apart while the world watches and cheers. Yay! Fuck FIFA. Here's your lot on the evildoers...

Gabriele Marcotti: FIFA continues to unravel

Matches that matter today during our Interlull. Countries from Europe attempting to make the tourny in France this summer. Here's your lot on all of that...

Euro 2016 Qualifying: How teams can make it to France
Euro 2016 Qualifiers: 10 Things To Look Out For
Euro 2016 Qualifiers: Four Teams To Watch
Ireland vs. Germany: Preview
Scotland vs. Poland: Not all about Lewandowski
Albania vs. Serbia: Nick Ames in Elbasan
Northern Ireland vs. Greece: Preview

Meanwhile, down in South America, they're already beginning the process of trying to get to the World Cup in wherever the fuck it is in 2018. James Young checks in and tells us that a lot of the stars of CONMEBOL are hurt.

Yikes. Not fun being Víctor Valdés these days, is it? Dude used to be Barcelona's starting keeper. Now he's not even allowed to see his ManU teammates.

Great article here about Jordan Morris, as well as the college vs. pro set-up. Morris is an up and comer on the USMNT who has decided to play for Stanford instead of going pro.

Jonathan Wilson is talking about the Premier League and how its crazy start only adds to the intrigue. We agree.

USA vs. Mexico! Bring it! It is a complex rivalry, of course.

That'll do it for today!



Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Klopp to the Kop?, Euro 2016, Villarreal, Insigne, USA vs. Mexico Buildup Begins

Friends! Good day to you. It would appear that everyone's favorite German photobomber photobomber football manager Juergen Klopp is on his way to Liverpool. By the end of the week! Or, so they say. A quick poll around SSN Headquarters reveals that most think Brenda deserved a bit more time to get over some key departures and injuries. But we're not Fenway, now are we? If it is Klopp, he'll face some massive challenges, according to Phil McNulty. And the Premier League will get photobombs and great quotes. And great celebrations.

It's Tuesday and that means it's time to go IN DEPTH and get to the heart of the matter. It's...Scribes!

Where? Germany. Who? Raphael Honigstein. What? Bayern Munich’s rule the one constant in a Bundesliga stuck on shuffle

Where? South America. Who? Tim Vickery. What? Loss of key player a blow for Chile ahead of Brazil test

Where? South America. Who? Tim Vickery. What? Vasco da Gama can avoid relegation with attack-minded boss Jorginho

'Tis Tuesday and that means it's the day we check in with Gabrielle Marcotti. This week, Gab is gabbing about Arsenal's title credentials, unstoppable Bayern, Madrid's derby draw.

Just in case you weren't privy, there's a MEGA-MATCH coming up on Saturday in the Rose Bowl. USA vs. Mexico. CONCACAF will make a lot of money on the affair and one of the countries will go to the Confederations Cup. Mainly, though, as fans, it's about bragging rights. Bird's got a piece today on tactical choices in the midfield. Start to get excited, why don't you?

We've got to get in on Major League Soccer. Power Rankings, Reviews, Team of the Week, it's all HERE! The Best? New York Energy Drink. The Worst? Colorado Rapids.

We out!



Monday, October 05, 2015

Rodgers Sacked, Arsenal Stomp United, Bayern Stomp Dortmund, Honors Even in Madrid, Barcelona Lose, Chelsea Lose

Wow. We were excited going into the weekend and it turns out our excitement was justified. So many big stories to tackle today, but the biggest has to be the sacking of Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool. He got the dreaded phone call after the derby draw at Goodison. David Conn is on the case and has his usual astute assessment of the situation at Anfield: Liverpool still suffering from an identity crisis in Premier League era...Brendan Rodgers was the latest manager to fail to emulate Anfield’s glorious past, but FSG must recognise that the infrastructure is not yet in place to return them to the highest level. Right! Let's get going, beginning with the Premier League...

Everton 1 - 1 Liverpool: Andy Hunter at Goodison Park
Manchester City 6 - 1 Newcastle: Paul Wilson at the Etihad Stadium
Chelsea 1 - 3 Southampton: Dominic Fifield at Stamford Bridge
Arsenal 3 - 0 Manchester United: Barney Ronay at Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 3 - 0 Manchester United: Three Thoughts
Arsenal 3 - 0 Manchester United: Five Things We Learned

Down in Spain, the Madrid Derby finished 1 - 1. Here are Three Things about that match. More questions than answers, really. Anyhoo, we'll go in-depth tomorrow with El Sid. Here's your Weekend Review for La Liga.

Over in Italy, Fiorentina are on top thanks to an easy win over Atalanta. Here's your Weekend Review for Serie A. We'll go in-depth tomorrow with Paolo.

Here are Five Things We Learned in Major League Soccer over the weekend.

USA Roster For The Mexico Match

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders: Ventura Alvarado (Club America), DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Danny Williams (Reading), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

And finally...Spanish clubs based in Morocco.