Get a good look at Eric Lichaj right now on GolTV

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The young American defender is getting his 3rd start of the preseason for Aston Villa as they take on Porto. The game is just about set for kickoff (it’s 1:30 CT right now). Lichaj is playing RB for the Villains.

(EDIT: Guzan is starting in goal for Villa as well)

Kenny Cooper headed to Germany

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FC Dallas has informed its season ticket-holders and the media that Kenny Cooper has been sold to 1860 Munich of the 2.Bundesliga in Germany.

The physical and tactical style of play in Germany  suits Cooper well, but it will also help him develop his strength on the ball and abilities in the air.

While 1860 Munich’s captain is a starting striker, it stands to reason that Cooper will step in as a starter alongside him. Munich’s coach is reportedly trying to get Cooper’s papers finished in time for their game next weekend against Koblenz. FC Dallas was supposedly holding out for a fairly high price and 1860 Munich’s financial situation is less-than-stellar, so it’s a good bet that Cooper is being brought in to be a main goal-scorer.

Hopefully Cooper will help lead this team to the first division.

Who should the US call up for the Mexico game?

Javier Aguirre has made the first move before the USA\Mexico clash on Aug. 12, showing his hand early. He has called in a very strong, offensive-minded Mexican squad with players riding a wave of confidence following their Gold Cup thrashing of the US.

Here’s there squad:

GOALKEEPERS: Guillermo Ochoa (América), José de Jesús Corona (Cruz Azul).

DEFENDERS: Efraín Juárez (Pumas), José Antonio Castro (Tigres), Ricardo Osorio (Stuttgart, Alemania), Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven, Holanda), Oscar Rojas (América), Rafael Márquez (Barcelona, España), Jonny Magallón (Chivas), Aarón Galindo (Chivas).

MIDFIELDERS: Israel Castro (Pumas), Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Cuauhtémoc Blanco (Chicago Fire), Andrés Guardado (Deportivo La Coruña, España), Alberto Medina (Chivas).

FORWARDS: Miguel Sabah (Morelia), Giovani Dos Santos (Ipswich, Inglaterra), Carlos Vela (Arsenal, Inglaterra), Guillermo Franco (sin equipo), Nery Castillo (Shakhtar Donetsk).

Seeing such a strong collection of talent for Mexico, who do you think the US should call in?

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The Gold Cup, A Player by Player Review, Pt. 2

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The Defenders

The Gold Cup was a good chance for American fans to get a look at some fresh faces across the backline, led by two familiar ones – Steve Cherundolo and Heath Pearce.

(Note: Brad Evans will not be included in the defender reviews, nor in the midfielder reviews. He’s a natural midfielder, so I will refrain from judging based on his Gold Cup performances.)

(Note #2: Given Jimmy Conrad’s lack of time on the field, I’ll also refrain from a review of his play.)

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The Gold Cup – A Player by Player Review, Pt. 1

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The Keepers

In Pt. 1 of my 4-part series reviewing the players at the Gold Cup, I’m going to examine the play of the two goalkeepers that saw action – Troy Perkins and Luis Robles.

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USA v. Mexico – The Ratings

I’m warning you now, it’s not pretty. Most of you think I’m harsh on a good day, so this might be NC-17 today.

First of all, the whole “the US played well in the first half and until the PK” mantra is just wrong. We were in the game, but Mexico largely outplayed us from start to finish. Bradley’s decision to play extreme low-pressure gave Mexico a great deal of possession, and they never let the US get in the game. It was apparent from the start that Mexico was going to threaten on goal and the US weren’t.

Anyways, on to the ratings…

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USA v. Mexico – The Final

The lineup is the same for the US:

Arnaud     Ching

Rogers                                   Holden

Pause   Beckerman

Pearce                                               Heaps

Goodson   Marshall

Perkins

I understand that Bradley prefers to go with what got him there, but he needs to have a quick trigger on a few players if they don’t show up, particularly Arnaud, Pause, and Rogers.

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