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There’s only one piece of soccer news that really matters to American soccer fans today, and no, Eli, it’s not that Philadelphia Union signed a deal with Rosenberg’s Peanut Chews, which apparently are a source of some great conflict among the PSP staff.
Yep, it’s Landon Donovan going to Everton. Now, I know that you heard about this yesterday and that you might think I’m way too much of a Donovan-to-Everton proponent here, but hey, I’m the guy with today’s roundup. So here’s the day-after roundup of analysis on the move:
- Goal.com‘s Kyle McCarthy has a broader look at the move and asks what role Brad Friedel’s shot across the bow at Donovan may have had.
- Bleacher Report breaks down where Donovan fits in for Everton.
- SBNation argues it’s just a smoke-and-mirrors show for Everton’s cash-inept ownership.
- MLSSoccer.com lays out the with-or-without-Donovan statistical comparison for Everton.
- Here’s an interesting Donovan ramble from some web site I’ve never heard of.
- The Shin Guardian has a few quick hits at it.
For Union fans (ah, the eternal debate, club versus country), there are two things to celebrate (three if you count reports that Gabriel Gomez has signed with the club even though official confirmation has yet to come). First off, MLSsoccer.com turned its spotlight on PSP favorite Amobi Okugo on Friday and his hard work toward fulfilling his dream to play in the Olympics. Second, also from the league website, you can vote for the reunion of Freddy Adu and Peter Nowak as the best moment of the 2011 season.
Ed linked to this on Friday but, in case you missed it, here’s Champions League pairings, too. Ho hum. I guess that’s a bit of a story too, eh? Arsenal gets AC Milan, Barcelona gets Bayer Leverkusen, and Real Madrid gets CSKA Moscow, but how about Cypriot Cinderellas APOEL Nicosia getting a winnable draw against Lyon?
Same with the Europa League draw. Normally, you’d think that Manchester United – Ajax match would be in Champions League. The suits at GolTV are no doubt furiously negotiating with US holder of the rights to broadcast the Europa League DirecTV for some Manchester United or Manchester City action right now. Hope so, anyway—I’ve got cable.
Geoff Cameron wants a fair shot at the USMNT. Smart soccer fans want the same for him.
An interesting trade in Dallas, where they send off a good flank player for allocation money. Could be they’re trying to get Lee Nguyen from Vancouver.
The WTF? story of the day comes from Cameroon, which suspended Samuel E’to from the national team for 15 games.
Someone else has nasty things to say about Sepp Blatter: Bayern Munich’s chairman compared Blatter to an eel.