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Soccer Report Extra Podcast: Episode 40 – Live And Let Die!

Written by on October 4, 2011 | 6 Comments »
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Hans Backe and MLS’ official draw specialists were at it again Vs TFC this past Saturday, and now they’re running out of winnable games to wriggle their way into the post season. Bobby & Eoin will go match-by-match through the remaining MLS schedule and outline which teams they think will make it to the playoffs (FYI: Bobby & Eoin’s predictions are below.  Feel free to submit your own in the comments section).  Our two pod-nosticators also play a little game of ‘word association’ to review the most important events of the latest round of Premier League action.  Martin Atkinson, Benoit Assou-Ekotto & Steve Kean are all in for some special treatment.  Plus, Bobby goes off on a bit of a George Harrison themed mini-rant… Here comes the pod (do-do-do-do)…

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Eoin’s Predictions
Eastern Conference
Sporting KC – 45 +
New York Red Bulls – 3
DC United – 1
Total – 49
 
Philadelphia Union – 44 +
Seattle Sounders – 0
Toronto FC – 3
New York Red Bulls – 1
Total – 48
 
Columbus Crew – 44 +
New England Revolution – 3
Chicago Fire -1
Total – 48
 
Wild Cards
FC Dallas – 46 +
Chicago Fire – 1
Vancouver Whitecaps -3
San Jose Earthquakes -1
Total – 51
 
Colorado Rapids – 45 +
Vancouver Whitecaps – 1
Real Salt Lake -1
Total – 47
 
Houston Dynamo – 43 +
Portland Timbers – 1
Los Angeles Galaxy – 3
Total – 47
 
DC United – 38 +
Vancouver Whitecaps – 3
Chicago Fire -3
Portland Timbers -0
Sporting KC – 1
Total – 45
 
Missing the Play-offs
Portland Timbers – 40 +
Houston Dynamo – 1
DC United – 3
Real Salt Lake – 0
Total – 44
 
New York Red Bulls – 40 +
Los Angeles Galaxy – 1
Sporting KC – 0
Philadelphia Union – 1
Total – 42
 
 
Bobby’s Predictions
Eastern Conference
Sporting KC – 45 +
New York Red Bulls – 3
DC United – 1
Total – 49
 
Columbus Crew – 44 +
New England Revolution – 1
Chicago Fire -3
Total – 48
 
Philadelphia Union – 44 +
Seattle Sounders – 0
Toronto FC – 3
New York Red Bulls – 0
Total – 47
 
Wild Cards
FC Dallas – 46 +
Chicago Fire – 3
Vancouver Whitecaps -3
San Jose Earthquakes -1 
Total – 53
 
Colorado Rapids – 45 +
Vancouver Whitecaps – 3
Real Salt Lake -1
Total – 49
 
Houston Dynamo – 43 +
Portland Timbers – 0
Los Angeles Galaxy – 3
Total – 46
 
DC United – 38 +
Vancouver Whitecaps – 3
Chicago Fire – 1
Portland Timbers -3
Sporting KC – 1
Total – 46
 
Missing the Play-offs
New York Red Bulls – 40 +
Los Angeles Galaxy – 0
Sporting KC – 0
Philadelphia Union – 3
Total – 43
 
Portland Timbers – 40 +
Houston Dynamo – 3
DC United – 0
Real Salt Lake – 0
Total – 43
 

6 responses to “Soccer Report Extra Podcast: Episode 40 – Live And Let Die!”

  1. Gus Keri says:

    Bobby:

    I disagree with the comparison between De Guzman and Marquez.

    De Gusman was and is an average player, in my opinion, and when Toronot signed him, many questions were raised because he was not at a level of DP.

    Marquez, on the other hand, was and still is an international superstar. He won every thing with the best team in the world, Barcelona. So, there was a lot of hope in the NYRB camp when he was signed. No body questioned his deserving of the DP status.

    De Guzman is an average player every where he played, including his clubs and country. He contributed to both sides almost similarly. He was blamed, unfairly I thought, for the misfortunes of Toronto. But for a defesive midfielder, he did what he could.

    Marquez, on the contrary, didn’t treat his club the same way he treated his country. He continues to play wonderfully for his country throughout the Gold Cup and in the following few friendlies. You could see his commitment and hard work for Mexico. But for his clubs, he was another person. He lacked inthusiasm and passion.

    There is no doubt that he is a superstar but unfortunately, he followed on the path of previous NY international flops that include the likes of Matheus and Branco. He didn’t come with the right attitude and this might have played major role in the friction that now exists between him and the rest of the team.

    finally, I have to give you and Eoin (A+) for bravely, for predicting NYRB results for the rest of the season.
    No one predicted a NY win against LA, although, they always played their best game against them.
    Look for the NYRB to play very well tonight and look for Henry to have a wonderful game. I hope I won’t be disappointed.

  2. Soccerlogical says:

    re: NYRB vs LA
    Considering LA have one eye on the CL and one eye on the playoffs and NYRB are at home, I would say Arena will throw Sven’s lap dog Backe a bone.

    PS Where else would a dolt like Backe still be the manager of a club which on paper is miles superior and more expensive then the rest of the league (except LA) yet are struggling to make a damn wild card?

    re: George Harrison
    Great Scorcese Documentary on Harrison coming to HBO this month!

  3. Lukasz says:

    Gus its spelled Matthäus.

  4. Suarez plays to the referee, the sad thing is that he is very talented but he really knows when players are coming in too hard and plays for these contacts.
    I am glad you mentioned Kuyt’s dummy:) it was really an awareness.

    Gervinho has been taking cues from drogba who does a similar hairplay. As I have always said, off pitch cultural differences and ways can not be contained on the pitch.

    Wilshire, and now Sagna’s injuries have made Arsenal worse off than my predictions. Without Sagna who to me is as underrated as assou-ekotto in the back.
    Sagna, Evra, Cole, Assou-Ekotto: the mandatories for each of their clubs, and the rosters dont have real replacements, especially in the defensive role.

    I have said from the beginning with the Redbulls, that they have no midfield. This is why Marquez can be in the back. But, I think the
    Mr McMahan, imposter:) I dont think MArquez is an imposter, I think Becke needs to change the form.
    Marquez wants to be on the backline but, Becke will not put thim there. I think Becke needs to emulate the serie a, when you look at cambiasso at Inter, that is the role Marquez needs to have. BUT, this also means, McCarty has to be on the field at the same time.
    4 defenders, fronted by marquez, with the pair of mccarty for his liveliness and Lindpere for his ability to go out to the wing 4123
    Then the top of Rodgers, Henry and Dane Richards.
    Lindpere will have to stay put in the midfield most times, but he can switch with henry in arrangements, but that seems to me a good form. Marquez is looking for the pass and is too slow for midfield battles, but if McCarty hovers around him he will find space.
    rodgers and Richards are lively but would need Henry a little reclined to help, like RVP is doing a lot of at Arsenal to get the quality passes from the forward midfield position.
    Being probable, I expect Marquez to follow Angel to Chivas, which would be part of Chivas’s goal of being the symbol of mexican or mestizo soccer in MLS. And, would alleviate the Redbulls of another player, but who would the Redbulls get? do you have any idea.

    I would love DC to make it but the pontius injury is the problem. Without him on the other side of najar, dc is imbalanced and teams now it.
    It has been a grind and DC has shown good fight but have not been able to overcome. If DC dont make it to the playoffs, I hope Ben keeps his job and the roster stays together. I think DC can do good, Pontius and Djakovic need to come back healthy.
    If DC can start next season healthy, then they can do very well, but untimely injuries have hurt them. Djakovic and McDonald work really well together but the injury bug is not giving them time and I like Olsen as the coach as he knows how hard injuries can be.
    Pontius has been injured hard twice in his DC career, I wonder if he is in the walcott zone.

    On the mls cup playoff page, someone made a point that when mls gets to 20 clubs, the league will be split into 2 divisions. With clubs playing home and away in division and only once out of division [how the once with each club out of division will be decided is a big question to me] but, It made me think, if that happens it justifies the current system as in my view the regular season form must change if the current playoff system will not change. In the system suggested, the supporters shield could be won by one match right after the end of season and before the mls cup playoffs, where the top clubs in each division by points against teams in their own division face each other.
    But, if mls keeps the home and away format, they should change the playoffs to accept all clubs and act as a more common league cup like the carling, but without the tie ins and play a system based on final SShield resultsMy link above explains some mechanics further, but what do you think Mr McCallahan or Mr Mcmahon.

  5. Gus Keri says:

    Lukasz:

    Your spelling is the German way. I used the English way which is used a lot in the internet. I did google search before I wrote it, by the way.

    Bobby and Eoin:

    How about those Red Bulls?

  6. LA says:

    I have never seen the big deal behind Marquez, even at Barcelona. To me he always just did just enough.

    Thanks for calling RBNY awful, but I don’t agree feeling sorry for Henry. He has not been as great as his salary differential by any measure. I think Donadoni, Becks, Djorkaeff, have really been the only, highly payed players that have come here over 30 hrs old. Older DP’sbare really questionable and should be examined.

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