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ASN’s MLS Best XI, Week 8: Rookie takes honors after big performance for the Reds

Posted on 11 May 2011 by Breton Bonnette

It was an odd week in Major League Soccer. Defenders continue to snuff out the impact of the league’s attacking all-stars (Marcos Mondaini of Chivas USA took out Javier Morales of RSL this past week) and it feels like the league as a whole was punished. On Saturday, when Morales went down with a broken ankle, five out of seven games that day finished in a tie of the 0-0, 1-1 variety. The best game of the week – a tie between Los Angeles and New York – could only muster two goals between the star-studded casts of each side. Regardless, new attacking talent still made itself known in a 5’3″ rookie, inserted to help a struggling Toronto FC squad find the net and he delivered.

ASN’s MLS Best XI, Week 8

GK: Kevin Hartman, FC Dallas

Hartman delivered when called upon and for Dallas that was the second half. The veteran netminder – remember all that drama between Kansas City seasons ago? – stonewalled Charlie Davies not once, but twice, to keep a clean sheet at RFK Stadium. His shot stopping ability, never disputed, made sure the Hoops could leave the Nation’s Capital with their unbeaten streak intact (2-0-1).

DEF: Josip Mikulic, Chicago

Helped to limit Vancouver’s target man Eric Hassli and the whole Whitecaps attack to only one attempt on goal. In the process, the Fire’s back line secured their first shutout of the season only to watch to their attack squander chance after chance. The Fire settled for a tie but Mikulic is showing signs of being the consistent defensive presence they need to build a long-term solid defense off of.

DEF: Mamadou “Futty” Danso, Portland

Danso, a standout last year in USL Division 2 play, supplied the Timbers only goal late in their tilt against Philadelphia. It proved to be the only goal Portland would need as they won their fourth consecutive regular season home game, 1-0. The big Gambian got on the end of a Jack Jewsbury set piece to make sure the Union left JELD-WEN without a point. This is his first selection on the Best XI.

DEF: Heath Pearce, Chivas USA

His move to centerback has done wonders for a Chivas USA backline that was leaking goals early in the season. Faced with a little less than 60 minutes of 9-man soccer against Real Salt Lake of all teams, Pearce held the Goats’ defense together only conceding with three minutes to go. It’s Pearce’s second selection in the Best XI since his move to centerback.

DEF: Tim Ream, New York

Made key plays in the back against a strong Los Angeles side. His most important, however, was a goal-saving, line clearance on Landon Donovan that kept the Galaxy from winning all three points. Ream’s partnership with Marquez is quickly becoming one of the best in the league and the prospect of Ream allows Marquez to take more chances in the tackle.

MID: Will Johnson, Real Salt Lake

Johnson gets the nod for finally punishing a 9 -man Chivas USA squad that, in losing to Mondaini and Boyens through red cards, thought they could escape with a point. Johnson did much more than just scoring the gamewinner but after watching Javier Morales lose his whole 2011 season to an atrocious Mondaini tackle, the home crowd wanted punishment and Johnson delivered.

MID: Andy Najar, DC United

It was the Josh Wolff/Charlie Davies show midweek against Seattle but they cooled off during the weekend encore vs. FC Dallas. Najar was effective in both games and starting to show signs of a return to 2010 season form. He was more than just two secondary assists against Seattle. Early on, things weren’t working and the youngster adapted. Against Dallas, he was the most dangerous person on the field.

MID: David Beckham, Los Angeles

Go through it all again – pinpoint long balls, great vision, tireless work ethic. Beckham’s move to central midfield has been the best move Bruce Arena has made all season and it showed against the Red Bulls. It was Beckham’s corner kick that found the head of Landon Donovan – of all people – to equalize for the Galaxy. Gave Juan Pablo Angel quite a few chances to put the Galaxy ahead and end his scoring slump but the Colombian wasn’t able to convert. Surprisingly, this is Beckham’s first selection in the Best XI so far this season.

Courtesy of MLSSoccer.com

FWD: Joao Plata, Toronto FC *ASN’s PLAYER OF THE WEEK*

‘Carpe diem’ must be Plata’s mantra as the diminutive forward was given a chance and  hewasted no time in making his mark on Toronto FC’s starting eleven. One start, one goal, one assist. Not bad for a young Major League Soccer career. Plata scored in the 50th minute on a penalty kick and supplied the through ball that iced the win for the Reds. He’s technically gifted, pacy, and creative – a combination that Toronto FC only really had in DeRosario. Can Plata keep it up?

FWD: Thierry Henry, New York

Scored the first goal of the game – his fourth of the season – and was dangerous throughout. Henry didn’t waste any time announcing himself to the Galaxy faithful, scoring a goal in the fourth minute. The Frenchman started slow this season but he has since started chipping away at the expectations that all Red Bull fans have for his time in New York. This is Thierry’s third selection in the Best XI this season.

FWD: Charlie Davies, DC United

A budding partnership is developing between MLS vet Josh Wolff and Charlie Davies as they connected to sink Seattle midweek. Davies, however, could have walked away with more than just one tally – missing on several opportunities to add to the scoreline. He slowed down a bit against FC Dallas but his showing against Seattle was enough to warrant his 2nd appearance on ASN’s Best XI.

Bench: Kasey Keller (Seattle), Juninho (Los Angeles), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles), Bouna Coundoul (RBNY), Nick LaBrocca (Chivas USA), Julian De Guzman (Toronto FC), Servando Carrasco (Seattle), Perry Kitchen (DC United), Josh Wolff (DC United), Ugo Ihemelu (FC Dallas)

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Open Cup Primer: Union look to get at least one step further in 2011

Posted on 04 April 2011 by Breton Bonnette

It’s a double dose of DOOP in the week ahead as the Union will test their depth in both Open Cup and regular season play. Both teams are coming off of losses and on short rest so you can expect to see blend of starters and reserves. Nowak hasn’t been as vocal as last season about how he is going to treat the Open Cup in 2011 but hopefully, however he decides to go about it, the outcome is different.

Philadelphia Union at DC United
Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 7:30PM
Maryland SoccerPlex, Boyds, MD

Game Notes:

The Union are looking to bounce back after a 1-0 loss to Los Angeles. The Galaxy were coming off a 4-1 loss to Real Salt Lake and DC United on Sunday will be coming off a similar result as they were punished by the Colorado Rapids (defending MLS champs) for a second half defensive lapse.

The Union have only given up one goal in their first three games of the season but the offense has only produced two. Despite their lack of production, the Union still sit atop the Eastern Conference with six points. Their attacking performance in Los Angeles, however, was anemic to say the least. No shots. Not a good habit to get into. 

United’s Open Cup luck worked for them yet again, scoring “homefield” advantage at Maryland SoccerPlex after an early March coin toss. DC hasn’t played a road game in Open Cup qualification or the tournament proper in almost four years.  

Last season, in their first Open Cup qualifying match vs. the Red Bulls, the Union failed to show up on all ends losing 2-1 in a lackluster affair. Rookie Conor Chinn, no longer with New York, scored two goals before the end of the first half to give the Red Bulls enough of a lead to hold on to. An injury scare to Sebastien Le Toux was the biggest event of the match for the Union as he was stretchered off late in the game.  

A win over DC would be the first of three possible Open Cup qualifiers. The next match, however, would be played at PPL Park (or a smaller local venue) vs. the New England Revolution. The last and final qualifier would be against the winner of Kansas City or Houston.  

United has won the Open Cup title twice, most recently in 2008.

Personnel Notes:

The Union should be particularly aware of Blake Brettschneider, a rookie that earned his first MLS minutes after an impressive reserve league appearance. He wasn’t outmatched and created United’s best chance in their 4-1 loss to the Rapids. If given the chance, he could be this season’s Conor Chinn. Fellow rookie Chris Korb, an Akron product, had a decent showing at fullback for United as well.

Everybody’s favorite American striker (and sadly, a United player) Charlie Davies sat out Sunday’s loss to Colorado due to a groin injury but the club is confident he’ll be ready for the Open Cup match up. He could play a big part if healthy.

An unlikely Man of the Match came out of Saturday’s loss to Los Angeles for the Union. Trinidad and Tobago international Keon Daniel was a huge bright spot on the wing for the Union after coming in for Danny Mwanga early in the second half. Daniel should see a start in Wednesday night’s match-up, as should another Saturday substitute standout Roger Torres. Despite the late ejection of Jack McInerney on Saturday, the suspension doesn’t carry over into Open Cup play. Jack Mac should get the start, especially if Sebastien Le Toux and his nagging ankle injury are rested ahead of this coming Saturday’s showdown with the Red Bulls.

Amobi Okugo and Zac MacMath will miss their third club match as the US U-20 MNT continue their quest for a World Cup berth. DC United will be missing Perry Kitchen, a starter early on, for the same reason. The U-20s play Guatemala in Guatemala City in the Quarterfinals at 10:00PM EST on April 6th. If won, the semifinal will fall on April 8th with the final scheduled for the 10th. It’s a long stretch for the youngsters. In their group clinching win, a 2-0 result over Panama, MacMath grabbed the shutout while Amobi Okugo was tethered to the bench, preventative care as Okugo – having picked up a yellow card in the last match – didn’t want to risk suspension for the quarterfinals and beyond.

Former Union player Fred should see an extended run vs. his former team on Wednesday night. He was a second-half sub in United’s 4-1 loss to Colorado after most of the damage had already been done.

Quote of the week goes to United’s stand-in goalkeeper Pat Onstad when asked about the 4-1 loss to Colorado: “It was an absolute full kick in the nards”. Hopefully the traveling Union supporters (a whole slew of them we hear) and the Union can deliver another “kick in the nards” come Wednesday night.

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ASN’s Best XI, Week 1: Goalkeeper takes first Player of the Week honors

Posted on 22 March 2011 by Breton Bonnette

It was a goal-filled opening weekend to the 2011 Major League Soccer season and numerous impressive debuts. All three forwards named to the ASN Best XI hit for a brace, pushing other worthy candidates out of the XI. In the end, however, it was a veteran goalkeeper, well accustomed to the jitters and excitement of the start of a new season, that took away Player of the Week honors. We’ll be putting these together all season (with as little Union bias as possible) so you can keep track of who to watch out for in MLS.

GK: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) – *ASN’s PLAYER OF THE WEEK*

ASN Philly’s Player of the Week for sure and Real Salt Lake fans would definitely agree. In almost every match report, it was Rimando’s play that allowed for RSL to walk away with their first three points of the season in a 1-0 shutout of San Jose. The Earthquakes pressed, unleashing a barrage in the last 15 minutes, but couldn’t beat the veteran keeper (although Chris Wondolowski helped, missing a sitter or two).

DEF: Zach Loyd (FC Dallas)

Loyd was a presence on both the offensive and defensive ends, especially as the Hoops were forced to bunker down after Brek Shea was ejected. Loyd provided a great feed to goalscorer Milton Rodriguez, one of several impressive crosses that the second year player out of UNC dished out on the day. Also had a goal disallowed in the 10th minute. Starting in place of a suspended Jair Benitez, Loyd may have made a case for a permanent starting spot on the left side.

DEF: Danny Califf (Philadelphia)

Last year’s captain showed no signs of indignation or dejection at his “demotion” and Faryd Mondragon’s ascension to the captaincy.  Showing his belief that the team comes first, Califf not  only scored his first goal as a member of the Union in just the season’s 5th minute, but played as solid a game at the back as we’ve seen from any defender since the Philadelphia side’s inception.  The goal itself was a product of chance as well as opportunity, with Califf cleaning up a loose ball at the goal mouth after Sebastien Le Toux’s strike clanged off the crossbar.  More important, however, was Danny’s multiple blocked shots and important clearances.  His performance in the opener went a long way towards showing that there is room for more than one leader on the pitch and in the locker room. – Sam Toma, ASN Philly

DEF: Jan Gunnar Solli (RBNY)

Solli was impressive in his debut – as Red Bulls fans expected him to be – making key runs on the wing. Nursing a hamstring strain, the Norwegian vet had no desire to sit out in the Red Bulls home opener and his play at right back bolstered a decent performance from New York as they handed Seattle their second loss of the week.

MID: Marcos Mondaini (Chivas USA)

Club owner Jorge Vergara was in the crowd and he wasn’t too pleased with the scoreline but the Argentine winger and Boca Juniors youth product certainly showed in his debut that he was going to play a big role in Robin Fraser’s re-tooled 2011 lineup. Mondaini kept the left flank open for traffic most of the game even as Sporting KC had their way with the Goats’ backline, winning 3-2.

MID: Teemu Tainio (RBNY)

Tainio and Lindpere could wind up being a dangerous duo in the midfield for the Red Bulls this season. Tainio, according to OptaStats, completed 88% of his passes and provided the long assist that led to Juan Agudelo’s gamewinner. Agudelo had to finish up the gamewinner but it was Tainio that switched things up (short passing in a cluttered midfield) and had the vision/precision to hit the long ball.

MID: Juninho (Los Angeles)

The Galaxy as a whole didn’t look much like their 2010 counterparts but Brazilian midfielder Juninho at least made sure they came out of their first week of the new season with four points. Two rockets for two goals should give him a couple nominations for Goal of the Week and steady play in the midfield, some key tackles, and a tireless work ethic were an added bonus.

MID: Davide Chiumento (Vancouver)

Possibly the best player on the pitch in the Canadian clash between Vancouver and Toronto FC. Made several pinpoint passes that if consistent throughout games this season, Chiumento should find himself on this list many times. Part of a Swiss duo that also includes defender Alain Rochat. Many are already predicting Chiumento to wind up as one of the top newcomers of the 2011 season.

FWD: Eric Hassli (Vancouver)

His DP status was questioned but the big French striker didn’t take long to cement himself in Whitecaps history. Hassli scored the first goal in ‘Caps Major League Soccer history and added another for good measure to help secure a 4-2 win over Canadian rivals Toronto FC. The question for all ‘Caps fans will surely be – can he keep it going?

FWD: Charlie Davies (DC United)

After 17 months and a brush with death, Davies is back doing the Stanky Leg. In fact, United fans should have had to pay extra – they got to see the Stanky Leg show twice. Dubbed the “best night of his life”, Davies registered a two-goal return to first-tier soccer. His post-match quote says it all: “You couldn’t even write a book about this. I mean, everything I’ve gone through, to come out and score two goals on the debut, after a year and a half of waiting …. It’s overwhelming.”

FWD: Omar Bravo (Sporting KC)

This week’s Major League Soccer “Player of the Week” misses out on the American Soccer News honor of the same name but that doesn’t mean his performance wasn’t less impressive. It’s fitting that it was Bravo that spoiled the home opener of the sister club to his former team, Chivas de Guadalajara, as he netted a crafty brace in what probably was one of the better DP debuts of recent history.

Bench: Greg Sutton (RBNY), Carlos Valdes (PHL), Juan Agudelo (RBNY), Dax McCarty (DCU), Jay DeMerit (VAN), Kei Kamara (KC), Omar Cummings (COL), Faryd Mondragon (PHL), Josip Mikulic (CHI)

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Tuesday audio news update

Posted on 18 May 2010 by ASN Staff

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Friday audio update

Posted on 14 May 2010 by ASN Staff

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Quote of the week: Bob Bradley

Posted on 12 May 2010 by ASN Staff

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“FC Sochaux notified us that at this point Charlie has not been given medical clearance, and that they would not grant his full release to join the camp. Given that status and our own evaluation of his progress, we feel it is Charlie’s best interest to continue his rehabilitation and focus on getting fully prepared to resume his professional and international career.”–Bob Bradley on why Charlie Davies was not included in the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 30-man squad for its World Cup training camp.

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Wednesday audio update

Posted on 12 May 2010 by ASN Staff

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Sorry Charlie! Davies left off World Cup roster

Posted on 11 May 2010 by ASN Staff

Davies will not even get a chance to make the team ©Julie Harper/ASN

Charlie Davies’ World Cup hopes have officially been dashed. U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley today announced the team’s 30-man preliminary roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and Davies name was not on it. The other notable omission was Freddy Adu. Surprise inclusions include Sacha Kljestan, Robbie Rogers and Eddie Johnson. From this list, a squad of 23 players must be chosen by June 1 for the final roster that will travel to South Africa. More on our USMNT page.

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Wednesday audio update

Posted on 05 May 2010 by ASN Staff

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Friday audio news update

Posted on 30 April 2010 by ASN Staff

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