Footy News Roundup
This is something new I’m going to be doing whenever there’s a string of consistent news coming in the footy world (which there almost always is), and if I have the time. Mostly the second one will prevent me writing these, but if you’re not into all the news that happens across the pond (or here on U.S. soil) then this is your one-stop shop.
So let’s get right into it…
USMNT’s Youthful Roster Selection for Friendly v Portugal
FINALLY. With the United States not in that tournament that’s supposedly/allegedly happening in Russia next summer, they now have a chance to pull in the best group of young talent into the roster selection without the obligation of including veterans. Why is this good you say? Because instead of only pulling in some of the youngsters for that tournament that’s supposedly/allegedly happening in Russia next summer, they can now go all out with bringing in the new guard of American soccer. This includes nine players (NINE!!) under the age of 22 years. The list of youngsters (to which you should start to know their names) includes; Weston McKennie (19, starter for German club Schalke Fc), Tyler Adams (18, best young talent at New York Red Bulls), Cristian Roldan (22, Seattle Sounders star player), Kellyn Acosta (22, starter and star player for FC Dallas w/ USMNT experience), Ethan Horvath (22, Goalie for Belgian team Club Brugge), Emerson Hyndmann (21, on Premier League team Bournemouth), Cameron Cater-Vickers (19, on Premier League team Tottenham), Matt Miazga (22, on Premier League team Chelsea), and Josh Sargaent (17, joining German team Werder Bremen in January). Folks that’s 3 Premier League teams, 2 Bundesliga teams and 1 Belgian team (ALL 22 AND UNDER) and this list of course doesn’t include Christian Pulisic, who is getting a rest/vacation. The future looks bright for the U S of A.
Antonio Conte, the manager for reigning champs Chelsea, seems to somehow find himself on the hot seat even after a 1-0 triumph against Manchester United. Conte left star defender David Luiz out of the squad after a supposed scuffle at practice. Conte denied the ‘rumors’ of course, citing a tactical decision, but there are confirmed reports of a training dust-up between the two. The tumultuous buildup to the game on Sunday wasn’t limited to the David Luiz saga. Roman Abramovich, Chelsea’s billionare owner, said he wanted more day-to-day oversight of the club. This should concern Conte, as former manager Jose Mourinho (current Man U manager) was fired by Abromovich over conflict with players only a few years ago. Added to the drama was the longtime technical director (essentially director of player personnel) Michael Emenalo’s step-down from his position. Could this be the beginning of the end for Conte? History says so, but I think they should let the season ride and see how things go; winning cures everything.
Slaven Bilic Sacked as West Ham Manager
The third firing of the season took place this past weekend, as West Ham cleaned house of Slaven Bilic after their club slipped into the relegation zone. After getting throttled by Liverpool at home this weekend 4-1, West Ham have only won 2 of their first 11 matches this season. Although Bilic led the Hammers to their best point total and goals in a season after being appointed in 2015, he has only regressed from there. Since their move from their famed ground of Upton Park at the start of last season, they have conceded 3 goals or more 10 times in a home game. That, my friends, is baaaaad. They have since appointed another boring and useless manager David Moyes, who has yet to prove himself over the last few years as a manager in the Premier League. “Time will tell”, – Bob Marley.
Is Jose Mourinho Not ‘The Chosen One” Anymore?
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United lost this weekend 1-0 at Chelsea, a result which normally wouldn’t signal the end of the world. But if you take a look at what he’s done against the top 6 clubs in his career in the Premier League, it makes you worry. He is has 0 Wins, 3 Draws, and 4 Losses in his 7 games away at the top 6 sides, with only 2 goals scored in those matches. I harped on it before on this site; the style of play he implements in these key games are not conducive to good results. Long balls, a defensive mindset and boring footy with the lineup he puts out doesn’t help you get results. If they can’t get results in big games then they will fall out of the title race, and more importantly my coveted power rankings.
That’s all for the news roundup, I probably missed some stuff but I really don’t care cause this Yuengling I’m drinking is delicious. I will have another Power Rankings out (HERE) this week to show you who’s so hot right now and who’s falling out.
Stay Kickin’ It. Peace.