Newcastle and West Brom...Welcome to the Premier League! You did so well last season you were promoted to play with the Big Boys, and what's your reward? a 6-0 thumping by Chelsea for West Brom (hat trick by Drogba) and a 3-0 beating by Manchester United for Newcastle. (Goals by Giggs, Fletcher and Berbatov)
Tough to open against the big-money clubs...
Taking predictions here on who will win Premier League this year...Chelsea? Man U? Arsenal? Who's your pick..and why? Let's go...
Internet rumors that Bob Bradley resigned from US Soccer to take the Aston Villa job in England are not true, according to US Soccer officials, Bradley's agent, and a source close to negotiations.
US Soccer spokesman Neil Buethe said: “The reports that Bob Bradley has resigned are not true. U.S Soccer officials plan to continue discussions with Bob in the near future.''
Bradley, whose contract with US Soccer expires at the end of December, is a leading candidate to replace Martin O'Neill at Aston Villa. The club is owned by American Randy Lerner, owner of the Cleveland Browns, which has fueled rumors on both sides of the pond that the American coach would get the job.
Michelle's Musings the morning after USA thumped by Brazil 2-0....
1. The US still has no prospects the likes of Neymar, an 18-year-old kid, who looks even younger, and toyed with the US defense. Wow, that kid is good. I now see why everyone in Brazil, including Pele and Romario, wanted him in South Africa. Bet Dunga is second-guessing that decision. Pato is very good, too. US doesn't have guys with that kind of speed, touch and guile.
2. Why is it that every time the US team seems to take a step forward, it is followed by a step back? Yes, this was only an exhibition, but it was in front of 77,223 fans (!!) and a national TV audience, and it was a great chance to do something special. Instead, Brazil's young and untested players were the ones who shined. Were it not for great goalkeeping from Tim Howard and Brad Guzan, score could have been even more lopsided.
3. Jogo Bonito is back, and that is good for soccer.
4. The good news for US: Crowd of 77,223 at the Meadowlands was the 18th crowd of 50,000 plus for a game on US soil since May 2009. The sport is catching on here, for sure. Now, we need our best athletes to consider playing it instead of football and basketball, need more outreach to Hispanic and black youth, and then, maybe then, we find an American Neymar.
US World Cup coach Bob Bradley's name has surfaced as a candidate for the vacant Aston Villa manager's job. He and Sven Goran Eriksson reportedly are interested. It would be a HUGE move for a US-born coach. American coaches have never been wanted at top-flight foreign clubs.
But first things first...USA plays Brazil tonight at 8 p.m. in a friendly at the new Meadowlands Stadium. ESPN2 and Univision. Most US World Cup players on the roster.
Do you think Bob Bradley would make a good EPL coach? Why? Why not? Let's get this conversation started!