Tag Archives: Angel Di Maria

USMNT draws with Argentina thanks to Agudela's second half goal

By Kevin Koczwara

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Juan Agudela has made a name for himself on the international stage for the U.S. Men’s National Team. Quickly. The 18-year-old striker again proved he was more than worthy of earning a spot on the team by scoring his second goal in three games with the USMNT.

Agudela’s goal sealed a 1-1 draw with Argentina, who scored in the 42nd minute when Esteban Cambiasso slammed a rebound from six yards out into the net. Anything less than a win for Argentina looked unlikely for much of the game as it controlled the tempo, almost all of the possession, and had the majority of the chances on net.

Argentina toyed with the USMNT at times in the first half, dominating the possession, forcing the U.S. deeper and deeper into it’s own end. Stretching play from one side to the other. Argentina forced Bob Bradley’s five-man midfield deep into its own end for much of the opening 45 minutes.

Angel di Maria had a great chance to open the scoring in the 34th minute when he found some space in the box after the U.S. was unable to clear the ball. Di Maria weaved around a few defenders but found himself to close to the touchline and had to shoot with no angle. Tim Howard made the easy save.

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Notes from a spaced out soccer fan, Feb. 22

By Jonathan Gold

(Note: I have officially banned myself from writing about Arsenal – Orient on the advice of my physician. I have absolutely nothing to say about a team that can go toe-to-toe with the best in the world one day and then draw with Leyton goddamn Orient, or why so many good players at Arsenal are out of form or…takes drugs)

Aah, fine. Away we go.

SPAIN

The mighty Sid Lowe over at the Guardian thinks the goal scored by goalkeeper (!) Dani Aranzubia to rescue a point for incredibly dull relegation candidates Deportivo is the biggest story of the La Liga weekend, and he might be right. It was the first scored by a goalkeeper from open play in the history of the league, after all. Personally, I like his name enough that I’ve been going around saying “Arrrranzubia!” to friends and co-workers and that’s the extent my my interest in the matter. Hats off to him, though, big goal.

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Top Transfers of the Summer, So Far

By Kevin Koczwara

David Villa — Before the World Cup Barcelona made one of the biggest splashes in the transfer market of the summer. Villa’s move to Barcelona could be the best deal of the summer for both player and club. Villa’s asking price would have sky-rocketed after he helped Spain win the World Cup with his team leading and competition-tying five goals, but the Catalans got him for a fair price from Valencia. Villa will fit into the Barcelona squad with ease — I mean it consists mostly of Spain’s World Cup and Euro 2008 winning side that he helped lead.

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Revs Lace Up Against Portuguese Champions Benfica

Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net

By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution could not have found a worst time to have an exhibition game against Portuguese side S.L. Benfica. Nevermind that the game has no bearing towards the outcome of the season, and that it is against one of the top clubs in Europe.

Let’s look at the timing of the game.

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Ah the Transfer Rumors Heat Up

By Kevin Koczwara

Let’s go over some transfer news shall we? Been a long time since the window has been open, and there is still plenty of time for rumors to come and go, but here are some recent ones that I really have enjoyed.

Riquelme to Leave Boca Juniors? Couldn’t Be. Or Maybe?

The Maestro could be leaving his stage for a new one if the rumors are true. (Courtesy July)

"The Maestro" could be leaving his stage for a new one if the rumors are true. (Courtesy July)

There is a lot to this story that makes sense. Corinthians is the biggest club in Brazil and they are on top of their game. Boca Juniors on the other hand is faltering, and Riquelme looks staggered in the Juniors attack. Watching a few matches has given me the impression that the “Maestro” isn’t in the flow of Boca’s game and he isn’t being used as the creator like he should be. He is a supply line with no supply and no line. He could be looking for a move for his own personal success, but that isn’t his way of business.

Riquelme is playing for free next year (imagine that) because he so badly wanted to get out of Spain. Riquelme signed a contract at Juniors that said in his third year he would play for free if he was bought from Villareal. Juniors went through with it and now have a world-class footballer playing on their side for free next season. And they need it because they are struggling financially (like the rest of the AFA) for the first time in a while.

The financial struggles could also be a reason to sell Riquelme to Corinthians–they have a lot of money, and Boca needs money, what could be easier. The money issue is important here because if Boca thinks they can win a title next year with a free superstar than they should try it, but if they can’t and see a move as necessary to open up some space, then they should sell the aging wonder for a good price and pick up their losses.

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