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Weekend Commentary Thread
   February 22, 2013 (9:16 PM) by David     Email This Post Email This Post


Good Day and Welcome to the Weekend Thread.  The anticipation for US soccer fans is that Brek Shea (above) will make his EPL and Stoke debut today, lets hope so.

Following a week of European action, not a tremendous amount of matches going on Saturday, a good and promising Sunday follows. Saturday has 3 games of interest to US OT fans, the aforementioned (brit-speak) Stoke game against Fulham, Aston Villa visit Arsenal and Everton face off with Norwich. We will also be following a complete stack of lower English league matches, including Bolton hosting Hull, will we finally see Stu Holden? Felt rather confident he would play last weekend, so I’ll go with the coaches pick for Saturday.

In Germany, we have interest in 5 of the 6 games, with the Augsburg v Hoffenheim game being the game of most importance. Augsburg changed up during the winter break, new faces, including Michael Parkhurst, and a new strategy in place have seen a resurgence with only 1 loss in the last 5. Hoffenheim seem to be heading in the wrong direction and it is becoming more likely that Fabien Johnson and Danny Williams will see Bundesliga 2 next season. Other Bundesliga matches involve Schalke, Nurnberg, Mainz and maybe Hannover, so a busy day in Germany.

On Sunday Sasha Kljestan and Anderlecht in Belgium and Terence Boyd and Rapid in Austria and AZ and Jozy Altidore in Holland will top our follows. Not to shabby

As usual your chat, comments and opinions are encouraged, so stay with Socceroverthere and get all the updates and highlights over the weekend

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217 Responses to “Weekend Commentary Thread”

  1. David says:

    Salzburg retake the lead (86)

    Salzburg 3 – 2 Rapid (86)

    Hmmm wonder if there is enough time for Rapid Response!!

  2. David says:

    Luijckx (NAC Breda) still giving Jozy fits. The Belgian defender has had Jozy’s number all evening

  3. David says:

    OH WOW!!!!!! Rapid tie it up again – late in game (90)
    10 man Rapid, away from home fighting like crazy

    Salzburg 3 – 3 Rapid (90)

  4. David says:

    OK so I crapped all over coach Schottel for taking out Alar, so the sub Sabitzer scores the tying goal – guess that’s why I’m not a coach 🙂

  5. David says:

    That is a final now in Austria

    Salzburg 3 – 3 Rapid

    A goal by Terence Boyd 3 lead changes a 90th minute goal – come on this is soccer – what do you expect

    Well done Terrence

  6. David says:

    So, I’m calm again 🙂

    Terence went the 90, scored a goal, picked up a yellow, now leads Rapid in scoring with 10 goals/5th in the Bundesliga

    way to go Terence!!!

  7. David says:

    In Holland

    AZ 0 – 1 NAC Breda (71)

    Jozy still in the game, even though he has not figured out Luijckx. It would not surprize if he was pulled, lets hope not, I wanna see a Jozy goal!!!

  8. David says:

    Coach Verbeek (AZ) has used all his subs today, so Jozy will go the full 90 mins.

    still 1 – 0 NAC in min 82′

    come on Jozy!!!

  9. David says:

    Drat! all over in Holland

    AZ fall to NAC Breda 1 – 0

    AZ now in a bit of bother as they drop points at home and sink closer towards relegation (unthinkable)

    Jozy Altidore went the full 90 in this loss

  10. David says:

    OK, that’s it for me today, this weekend. Have had some good performances from our guy’s over there;
    Yesterday we had Tim Chandler and Jermaine Jones with assists
    Today we had Michael Bradley with an assist and Terence Boyd with a goal.

    Some pretty good chat this weekend, certainly some opinions given and even a small debate. Thanks for your participation. We can continue any discussion on twitter @USOT_Soccerbeat

    Be back next weekend to do it all over again :). Don’t forget Matt posts the video highlights of the important games so checkem’ out. Stay with socceroverthere for all the news and highlights about US Soccer players around the world.


  11. David says:

    Update on Kyle Scott.

    Kyle underwent surgery to repair a broken Tibia and Broken Fibia this morning. He is tweeting (so that’s good) that he will be in the hospital overnight and hopefully will be released tomorrow, he is waiting for the results of the surgery

    Just had Operation, everything is good

    Marc Pelosi left the hospital today, he will start his recovery process soon

    On my way out of the hospital today!!best feeling ever.— Marc Pelosi (@marcPelosi) February 24, 2013

    Will Packwood was the first of our young players to go down – he is in recovery mode and posted a tweet on Feb 15th

    Meeting with the surgeon went really well! Looks like the fractures are coming back together correctly. Huge relief I have to say!— William Packwood (@WPackwood) February 15, 2013

    So it seems that all three will hopefully return to the sport along with their considerable talents

  12. William says:

    It really sucks that none of these guys will be available this summer.

  13. Badwolfdc says:

    Hi William, yup all three were due to play for the US

    The primo mid-field for the U16 was to be Kyle Scott and Julian Green (Bayern Munich Academy) this summer

    Packwood and Pelosi were expected to be starters in the Sub20 WC for US (CONCACAF going on now) Packwood was the defacto starter until his injury (playing regularly for Middlesbrough 1st team) and Pelosi was already picked for this series of WCQ, But ironically Liverpool refused to let him leave as they feared injury (they had penciled him in to play in Europa League with the Liverpool 1st team)

    As international team players they will have to prove themselves all over again, once they recover. Bummer for them a loss for us.

  14. William says:

    I don’t know much about the Scott kid, but I have been aware of both Packwood and Pelosi for a few years now. I don’t really know the guys until they play for the u17’s WC.

    Packwood and Pelosi would’ve made the u20 a serious force this summer, but without those two guys I think the team is average to slightly above.

    Packwood is especially a terrible injury because of the lack of depth at CB for the full national squad. Playing in the Championship is nothing to scoff at.

  15. David says:

    William, you got it – “on the nose” putting aside the tragic circumstance – all three are really big loses to the US youth teams. The good news is that as soccer has grown, we have some awesome young players that can step up. We talk about, praise , criticize some times, but the fact is the US soccer future is brighter than its ever been – IMHO BOO THE HATERS!

  16. David says:

    William while I was writing Kyle Scott tweeted he is on his way home from the hospital, such good news

  17. William says:

    Great news!!! Thanks so much for all the updates.

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