Revisiting the Chris Wondolowski argument, now in a bigger and better context

The book on Chris Wondolowski has usually read like this: sensational striker in league play who may be stretched to make an impact internationally.

It’s really not an awful thing to pin on someone; nobody is accusing the man of drowning kittens here. Taylor Twellman and Jason Kries were other examples of terrific strikers in Major League Soccer who probably reached their top level in league soccer.

Only, with Wondolowski, a few fans and a selected bunch from the chattering class got caught up in the moment and lost some larger context recently. The Earthquakes’ forward did hit six goals in three matches – but the quality of competition was league level. Given international caliber service and backed by international level teammates, Wondolowski is certainly capable of doing the business against overmatched regional small fries.

But it always looked like typical sports overreaction, this flawed tendency to make big, sweeping judgments from every match. (Or, in this case, the false bottom of a short series of them.)

So a week ago, some people were already handing him a ticket to Brazil. Very prematurely so. I wrote as much six days ago.

Now here we are today with two more samples to study. Wondolowski went 77 minutes last week against Costa Rica and then 60 on Sunday against El Salvador. Total goals: zero.

(MORE: What we learned about the United States vs. El Salvador)

He wasn’t awful, not by any stretch. “Wondo” is just not the difference maker that Landon Donovan is. He’s not the athlete that Eddie Johnson is. He doesn’t have the ability to create on his own the way some others in the U.S. player pool can. Wondolowski’s game gets somewhat limited at international level.

Here’s what MLSSoccer.com’s player ratings had to say: “One simple assist pass aside, Wondo was often either stranding himself from the offense or slowing it down. It didn’t help his cause that Eddie Johnson replaced him with such a strong display.”

The New York Times was more harsh still in its ratings. “Never seemed to find a place in the quick-moving U.S. attack.”  Jeff Carlisle at ESPN FC did like the striker’s link-up play, offering that is “was miles better than it was against Costa Rica, as he set up Corona’s goal and sprung Donovan with a telling through ball.” But he also noted the struggle “with some of El Salvador’s physical antics.”

It’s not over; two matches remain. The problem is Johnson, the Seattle Sounders’ striker scored immediately upon coming on Sunday. He seems certain to start in Wednesday’s semifinal, which means the San Jose man’s minutes will dwindle fast.

As I also wrote last week, roster spots are always a zero-sum game; for every roster winner there is a roster loser, in other words. Wondolowski may or may not make the final 23 for Brazil, but you have to circle the man you want knocked aside.

Jurgen Klinsmann pattern of player selection says that Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Herculez Gomez and Eddie Johnson are all ahead of Wondolowski in the forward depth  pool. (Depending on how you want to count Dempsey, that is.) Landon Donovan is, too; we can probably all agree on that.

Today, Joe Corona looks more likely to make the roster than Wondolowski, even if he is  playing a slightly different position. Either way, it’s a roster spot, and that’s one more obstacle in a very good forward’s path to Brazil.

Madrid and Napoli Agree to Higuain

Real Madrid and Napoli rumored to have agreed on the transfer of striker Gonzalo Higuain. The official announcement from both camps will be issued as soon as possible.
As reported by Spanish media two based in Madrid, Marca and AS, Il Partenopei agreed to buy El Pipita with detailed price was 37 million euros plus 3 million euros in the form of bonuses.
At the San Paolo, 25-year-old players will get paid $ 6 million euros per season or 1 million euros more than his salary in El Real. With the value of this salary, Higuain will be one of the players with the biggest salary in Serie A.
Higuain true some time ago almost joined Arsenal, but the Gunners camp would not pay more than 28 million euros to ask for her hand.

Andik as RD Weapon Against Chelsea

Andik Vermansyah will be used as weapon BNI Indonesia All Star when host Chelsea on Thursday (25/7) tomorrow. Penggawa speed Persebaya expected 1927 will be a handful of the Blues defense.
“We will rely on Andik on this match. He has speed that can be troublesome opponent’s defense, “said Coach BNI Indonesia All Star, Rahmat Darmawan, in a news conference, Tuesday (23/7).
Furthermore, Rahmat himself admitted impatiently clashing against Jose Mourinho’s strategy. For RD, greeting Rahmat Darmawan, Mourinho is the figure of her idol. While, Chelsea is his favorite club.
“I’m really looking forward to this game. Chelsea is a club favorite. Mourinho is The Special Coach for me, “said RD.
“I will instruct the children to work hard in this fight. I would be very proud if I could make it difficult for them, “said coach Arema Indonesia.

Legendary Pole vaulter visit Indonesia

Pelompat Galah Legendaris Sambangi Indonesia

JAKARTA – pole vault world record holder from Ukraine, Sergey Bubka Nazarovich a visit to Indonesia on Tuesday (06/25/2013).
“I am delighted to be visiting Indonesia. It is a beautiful country, “he met at the office of Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI), Jakarta.
Bubka record 6.15 meters in Donetsk, Ukraine, on February 21, 1993. 20 years later, the record was not resolved.
Some pole vault athletes strive to surpass the record belongs Bubka, but until now there is no new record.
“It takes skill and technique surpassed the record high for that. Young athletes should do the analysis first and then to improvise in order to surpass my record, “he said.
Sergey Bubka is the Pole Vault gold medalist in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. He’s run for Presidential election exchanges Olympics.

Romain Grosjean Staring Positive Hungarian GP

Romain Grosjean Menatap Positif GP Hongaria

Lotus rider, Romain Grosjean, he headed Hungarian Grand Prix next week, with a positive feeling.
Formula 1 car racer the French failed to score points in Spain, Monaco, Canada, and the UK, but later he was able to climb the podium in Germany.
Currently he is sure to keep the momentum victory while competing in Budapest, Hungary, which will be the 10th in the series championship this season.
“The third position in Germany is a good result, so of course now I have a positive feeling that deal with race in Hungary. We live a great race at the Nuerburgring (Germany),” he said.
Last season, Grosjean finished third in Hungary and wanted to repeat the success.
“I like the circuit and one of the best experiences I have had. I scored pole position for the first time in the circuit while competing in GP2 in 2008, then finished first and third. In 2012 I was on the podium in F1,” he said.
To win the race in Hungary which has a narrow track and a lot of corners, Grosjean said, he should be able merasih kualifiasi fastest time in half.
“We showed last year when we could be in the first line and would be awesome if it was vacant again this year.

Fifa disabling boss the South African Football Association

asosiasi sepakbola afrika selatan

Kirsten Nematandani, Dennis Mumble and three others were suspended from their posts until immediately following the fourth investigation into the alleged involvement in the regulation four games ahead of the 2010 World Cup.
Fifa investigation found that brokers match Safa infiltrated by Wilson Perumal Singapore Football 4U hers and organizations.
Perumal set the referee in the match against Thailand, Bulgaria, Colombia and Guetamala. The match result is known is set to benefit a betting syndicate Asia.
Safa said the statement on the website of the organization “accept Fifa report is” and adds that “the commission of inquiry will be set up, under the leadership of a retired judge, to fully investigate the matter and the members whose names are mentioned in the report.”
The report also said, “Safa apologized to Fifa and take serious action to address them.”
Safa vice-president Mwelo Nonkonyana who has been asked to act as an officer while replacing Nematandani said, “This is a difficult situation for the association and for those whose names are mentioned in the report.
“We hope there will be no speculation as to whether they are guilty or not. We need to let the investigation take place quickly and fairly, so that they can separate the innocent from the guilty.”
South Africa’s 5-0 victory over Guetamala and 2-1 over Colombia in May 2010, two weeks before the World Cup starts has long been suspected.
Nigerian referee Ibrahim Chaibou gave three penalties for handball in the match with Guetamala and Fifa has tried to interrogate him for more than a year for his handling of a number of matches.
The third goal in a match against Colombia, which is overseen by a Kenyan official, came from a penalty kick.

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Strong promonition of Stoner Back to MotoGP

TOKYO – Signs of Casey Stoner will return to MotoGP stronger. It can be seen from the decision Stoner did four trials in Motegi, Japan. For Stoner, it was his first opportunity riding a special bike MotoGP since 2012.

The last time the Australian MotoGP struggling with a particular motor is in trials in Valencia in 2012 ago. Previously, after retirement from MotoGP in the 2011 season, Stoner decided struggled in the V8 Supercar Racing.

“It’s almost seven months since I tried in Valencia. I am very happy and comfortable with the decision to quit MotoGP. Sometimes I really miss the RCV race, “said Stoner as reported by Crash page on Tuesday (23/7).

Stoner decision to try at Motegi beruji joy greeted the Honda team. Honda HRC Excutive Vice President, Shuhei Nakamoto said, it always opens the door lebart-wide if Stoner back to Honda.

“We warmly welcome the return of Stoner to Honda. He knows a lot about the machine. I am sure, he will be able to help our engineers to develop the RC213V bike, “said Nakamoto.

Stoner holds two world titles in the iron horse races. Namely, in the 2007 season and 2009. He also still holds the record as the only Ducati rider who managed to become world champion. However, Stoner decided retirement from MotoGP when he was very young, 25 years old.

Warriors Beat Slingers

Jakarta – Indonesian Warriors again achieve positive results while competing in the competition continued Asean Basketball League (ABL). Warriors win over the Singapore Slingers with a score of 64-39.

In a match that took place at Mahaka Square, Jakarta, Friday (05/10/2013) night, the Warriors appeared dominant in the fourth quarter.

In the initial quarter, the defending champions were able to package 18 points and conceded 12 points. In the next quarter, the team dibesut John Todd Purves was successfully tighten up defense conceded only four points while generating 12 points.

Third quarter tight game back after the Warriors scored 19 points while the Slingers three points less. When the third quarter ended Warriors were ahead 49-32.

When the final quarter, scoring the Warriors were not overtaken after adding 15 points and conceding seven figures. They won with a final score of 64-39.

Shown as a top performer in this match is a power guard Warriors, Stanley Pringle, with a notch 16 points and eight rebounds.

With this result the Warriors already collected 15 wins from 21 matches and still menguni standings position just below the vice Philippines, San Miguel Beermen.

Can Science from Sir Alex, Murray Reluctant To-Share

London – Britain’s Andy Murray, had the opportunity to chat with legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson, after the match against Fernando Verdasco. He claimed to get precious knowledge.

Manchester United’s former manager was watching the match Murray in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, winning stage five sets: 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 victory over Verdasco. Sitting next to captain Manchester United, Nemanja Vidic, Fergie looks so enjoy the game.

Shortly after the match, Murray and Ferguson face to face and conduct a brief chat. On this occasion, the 26-year tennis player sermon was given by a man who had 26 years of poor across the world of football with Manchester United.

“I talked to him after the game for 15 or 20 minutes. We talked about many things, about his retirement, mostly about football. At the end of the conversation I told many things about the tournament, but I do not too much about the game itself,” said the Mirror quoted Murray and Sportsmole.

“He’s more of giving me advice about how to cope with the pressure and expectations, things like that.

“Getting advice like that from the figure seems very valuable. So I will not tell too much,” joked.

Domor two world players that advanced to the semifinals and will face the world ranking of 22, Jerzy Janowicz in the semifinals tonight.