Squeeeeakk!!

by Coltrane

The U.S. defeated Algeria 1-0 to advance in the World Cup.  Landon Donavon scored the winning goal in stoppage time.

With the U.S. perhaps three minutes from elimination Wednesday, Donovan brought the ball upfield on a counterattack and Jozy Altidore’s shot on the breakaway was tipped by Clint Dempsey into goalkeeper Rais Bolihi. The rebound went to Donovan, who kicked it in from about 8 yards for one of the biggest goals in U.S. soccer history.

Nothing to see here, move along..

Stars of the World Cup

by Coltrane

ESPN profiles the top 50 players in the upcoming World Cup. 

#1-25

#26-50

Spain is stacked.  Here it is broken it down by team:

Argentina (5)
 
#1 – Lionel Messi, F
 
#23 – Carlos Tevez, F
 
#26 – Gonzalo Higuain, F
 
#29 – Sergio Aguero, F
 
#36 – Javier Mascherano, M
 
Brazil (6)
#4 – Kaka, M
#14 – Luis Fabiano, F

#18 – Dani Alves, D

#21 – Maicon, D

#31 – Julio Cesar, G

#35 – Lucio, D

Cameroon (1)

#13 – Samuel Eto’o, F

England (5)

#3 – Wayne Rooney, F

#9 – Steven Gerrard, M

#22 – Frank Lampard, M

#37 – John Terry, D

#41 – Ashley Cole, D

France (6)

#12 – Franck Ribery, M

#28 – Thierry Henry, F

#40 – Nicolas Anelka, F

#42 – Patrice Evra, D

#44 – Karim Benzema, F

#45 – Yoann Gourcuff, M

Germany (3)

#30 – Michael Ballack, M

#34 – Miroslav Klose, F

#47 – Philipp Lahm, D

Ghana (1)

#10 – Michael Essien, M

Italy (4)

#17 – Gianluigi Buffon, G

#24 – Andrea Pirlo, M

#46 – Daniele de Rossi

#49 – Giorgio Cheillini

Ivory Coast (2)

#6 – Didier Drogba, F

#48 – Yaya Toure, M

Netherlands (3)

#20 – Wesley Sneijder, M

#25 – Robin van Persie, F

#32 – Arjen Robben, M

Portugal (1)

#2 – Critiano Renaldo, M

Serbia (1)

#19 – Nemanja Vidic, D

Slovakia (1)

#43- Marek Hamsik, M

Spain (9)

#5 – Xavi, M

#7 – Andreas Iniesta, M

#8 – Fernando Torres, F

#11 – David Villa, F

#15 – Iker Casillas, G

#16 – Cesc Fabregas, M

#33 – Gerard Pique, D

#38 – David Silva, M

#39 – Carles Puyol, D

United States (1)

#50 – Landon Donovan, M

Uruguay (1)

#27 – Diego Forlan, F

There are only 3 keepers in the top 50.  There are almost no defenders in the top 25, period.  Check out Argentina.  The squad has five of the top 50 players.  Of those, four are Forwards.

It seems that when youth coaches find a guy that can really play they don’t waste his talent on defense – they use him to put the ball in the goal.