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

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.

Throwing colored Urine, Martin Wins Stage Eleventh

Throwing colored Urine, Martin Wins Stage Eleventh

 

Mont-Saint-Michel – German rider Tony Martin became the fastest rider at the eleventh stage. Unpleasant incidents experienced rider Mark Cavendish Great Britain is thrown when the urine is in a race.

Martin, who defended the Omega Pharma-Quick Step at the forefront finish time trial with a time of 36 minutes 29 seconds within which stretches along 33 km from Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Rider 28-year-old is to appear dominant and far superior to the 12 seconds from Christopher Froome and more than a minute of the third occupant Thomas De Gendt.

Froome is still retained the yellow jersey with a lead three minutes 25 seconds from his nearest rival Alejandro Valverde and three minutes 37 seconds of Bauke Mollema.

While it is accepted that the misfortune of Cavendish. Teammate Martin was ill-treated with urine thrown by one of the spectators.

“I regret this. I have always felt that cycling fans are manly men, men with a sense of enthusiasm,” said team manager Patrick Lafere who told Sky Sports.

“Mark was sad. He was not angry – just sad. I can not blame anyone. Approximately 100 thousand or 200 thousand people watching on the street, and one person decided to do bad things.”

Ogled Red Bull, Ricciardo Performance Gear

Ogled Red Bull, Ricciardo Performance Gear

Daniel Ricciardo. (Foto: Reuters)

SILVERSTONE – Daniel Ricciardo back teeth on the second day of testing at Silverstone. Toro Rosso managed to become the fastest driver of the 15 riders who fell in this test.

Having had time to become the fastest driver on the first day of testing at Silverstone on Friday (19/07/2013), Ricciardo is being ogled by Red Bull back was fastest with a record time of 1 minute 32,972 seconds.

Toro Rosso actually dominate in this test. Young drivers Carlos Sainz, who became his teammate this time, also ranks second. Interestingly, the third best time also achieved success Ricciardo Championship with 1 minute 33 187 seconds.

Pastor Maldonado again disappointing. The Williams driver had to settle for ninth position by making 1-minute 34 116 seconds. Maldonado was lost quickly from Davide Valsecchi, Oliver Turvey, James Calado and Antonio Felix da Costa.

Keep in mind, this time the test is one of the advanced program of the FIA ​​and Pirelli tires are trying to solve a problem that had plagued riders broke at Silverstone.

Crutchlow: This Season Worst

Crutchlow: This Season Worst

CALIFORNIA – Cal Crutchlow still regrets the MotoGP series raihannya in the United States, last week. In fact, the Tech 3 Yamaha rider feel this as his worst season.

In the last race at Laguna Seca, Sunday (07/21/2013), Crutchlow was only able to finish in seventh place. Drivers who are rumored to be moving to the Ducati was sorry to have to throw away the useless points.

“This is a very difficult situation. I feel really happy because I had to give up valuable points. This really is the worst season for me, “said Crutchlow as reported by the official MotoGP website.

The result leaves British rider finishing fifth MotoGP standings, which stood at 116 points. Therefore, Crutchlow will again focus on the race at Indianapolis after the break vacation.

“Now I have to look forward, one month is enough to rest before heading to Indianapolis” he concluded.

Java runner seize Bob Hasan Sprint

Java runner seize Bob Hasan Sprint

East Java runners dominated the numbers ran 60 yards teenage girls in National Championship Athletics’ Bob Hasan Sprint “after passing four runners to the semifinals in Madya Stadium, Senayan, Jakarta.
In the preliminary round held Wednesday, from seven series passed 16 runners who competed for the semifinals which consists of the champions and runners-up of each series plus two runners with the best record.
Java passed four runners, each series champion Nia Fatul Aini 1, Febi Ulfa 4 series champion, and Eka Cahya 5 series champion and runner-up Sri Wahyu 7 series.
Other runners who qualified for the semifinals include Anisa Aprilia (Sulawesi), Agustina Mardika (North Sumatra), Barkah Sekar (DKI Jakarta), Mira Maryanti (Jabar), Habibah Amalia (Jabar), Deni Syahputri (West Sumatra), Neng Arisma ( Jabar), Brima Pramesti (DIY Yogyakarta), Austien Velicia Mofu (DKI Jakarta), Sri Mayasari (South Sumatra), Irene Alisjahbana (DKI Jakarta), and Yuni Eka (Central Java).
The surprise was the failure of runners from North Sulawesi, Anggreina Rorong to the semifinals for only ranked 30th with a time of 8.48 seconds.
The best record of 60 meters preliminary round girls recorded by Hasruni with time of 7.73 seconds, followed by Mira Maryanti 7.86 seconds, and 7.98 seconds Eka Cahya.
Rekornas this number is owned by Nurul Imaniar (NTB) with a time of 7.61 seconds recorded 2009.
According to the schedule, the semifinals will be played on Thursday (8/12) at 14.15 pm, followed by the finals at 16:30 pm.
Besides the rarely run 60 yards young women, the first day Wednesday also play preliminary round junior daughter ran 60 yards, 60 yards young men, junior men’s 60 meter, 1,000 meter teenage sons, 4 x 1,000 meter relay juniors and young men and women.
The first day of National Championship “Bob Hasan Sprint” is characterized by the presence of the Chairman of the new KONI Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Tono. The newly elected leaders last week in KONI National Conference Center in Lombok, NTB, said they were proud of what has been done by PB.PASI dipimpinan Bob Hasan.
“This should be followed by a parent-the parent organizations. Despite success in the SEA Games, PB.PASI still did not stop coaching, especially for junior athletes, “said Tono.

Champion Philippines, Indonesia Fails Translucent Big 3

Champion Philippines, Indonesia Fails Translucent Big 3

Yogyakarta – Philippines managed to come out as champions in the SEABA U-16 Championship held in Yogyakarta. Meanwhile, Indonesia has failed to meet its target to penetrate the top three.

In the last match against Singapore in GOR Among Rogo, Thursday (07/18/2013) evening local time, the Philippines won a landslide victory 84-44.

With this victory, the Philippines maintain perfection by winning four matches are skipped. Michael Ray Jarin landing team was also featured as a champion after the final standings.

Thus, the right to represent the Philippines in Southeast Asia Championship FIBA ​​Asia U-16 to be held in Tehran, Iran, at the end of September to early October 2013. Also qualified with the Philippines is Thailand and Malaysia respectively finished second and third in the standings.

Philippines completes her title with the MVP award disabet by players, Jose Lorenzo Mendoza. He was entitled to receive the trophy from the King of Yogyakarta lane X.

Philippines coach, Michael Jay Jarin, said he was happy with the results achieved in the championship in Indonesia. However, he would still instruct young students to train hard in order to face the FIBA ​​U-16 Championship in Tehran later.

“After this we will train harder and improve all the time lacked the match in Indonesia. Skill players will be increased again, especially when defense and offense,” said Michael.

“There are still about 3 months to train better and harder. Banga And we become one of the country’s representative in Southeast Asia for the next championship,” he added.

Meanwhile, Indonesia failed to meet predetermined targets, which qualified for the big three. In the last match against Thailand, Indonesia was forced to give up 59-67.

Thus, Indonesia had to settle for fourth place. Team ‘Red and White’ recorded one win and three defeats. While the caretaker position occupied by Singapore.

Herbalife is New Official Nutrition Partner of 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup

Herbalife is New Official Nutrition Partner of 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup

Global nutrition company, Herbalife (HLF), has announced that it will become the Official Nutrition Partner of the 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup. This eight-team tournament, which features some of the world’s best and most prestigious football clubs from Spain, Italy, England and the United States, begins on July 27 and culminates with the championship final in Miami on August 7, 2013.

Herbalife will activate around this sports marketing platform with promotional opportunities in and around participating venues. As the Official Nutrition Partner of the event, Herbalife will also provide teams with a range of nutrition products, including its sports drink, Herbalife24 Hydrate.

The Guinness International Champions Cup, organized by Relevent Sports, a division of RSE Ventures, and broadcast by FOX, is the first-of-its-kind football tournament taking place across the globe with contests in Phoenix, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York, Miami and Valencia, Spain.

This agreement is part of Herbalife’s broader sponsorship program aimed at promoting healthy and active lifestyles. Herbalife sponsors more than 150 events, teams and athletes around the world, including international football star, Cristiano Ronaldo; LA Galaxy in the U.S.; FC Pumas in Mexico; Brazilian team, Botafogo; Spartak-Moscow in Russia; and the national teams of Belgium and Venezuela.

Ten greatest athletes in Kansas City sports history

Ten greatest athletes in Kansas City sports history

While the history of sports in Kansas City is largely tied to the Chiefs (NFL) and the Royals (MLB), the narration is threaded much deeper than the names on the front of the jerseys. The “team first” mantra will always ring true, however, there are some athletes that are Considered the anchors for their colleagues, Organizations, cities and even generations.
Though not as vast as some of the bigger cities of the – oftentimes resulting in an astronomical popularity – Kansas City has seen some of the best call it home.

Here are the 10 most beloved athletes of professional sports in Kansas City history.
Who sits atop this list for you?
* List is in alphabetical order
* List includes only athletes; no coaches or owners INVOLVED
Nate “Tiny” Archibald (Kings, 1972-76)
His nickname may be “Tiny,” but he had a big game. With the Kings / Omaha Kings, Archibald enjoyed some of his best years in the NBA.

In the 1972-73 season, his first year with the Kings, the point guard averaged 34 points and 11.4 assists per game – leading the league in both categories. In fact, Archibald Became one of the rare players to lead the NBA in both assists and points in one season.
With the Kings, Archibald was a three-time All-Star, and he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991.

George Brett (Royals, 1973-93)

The unequivocal leader of the Royals during their glory days of the 1970s and 1980s, Brett’s name is synonymous with Kansas City sports – even leading the team to its lone World Series title over cross-state rival, the St.. Louis Cardinals, in 1985.
Having played his entire career with the Royals, the Hall-of-Fame third baseman is also the franchise leader in most major statistical categories.

Brett stayed in the Kansas City area following his playing days and has always been closely tied to the organization. He was named the team’s interim hitting coach Earlier this season.

Len Dawson (Chiefs, 1963-75)

Not originally a member of the Chiefs, Dawson’s career did not really get going until joining the Dallas Texans five years into his professional football days. The franchise moved to Kansas City one year later, and the rest is history.
Dawson led the Chiefs to two Super Bowl appearances, losing the very first one to the Green Bay Packers and winning the franchise’s lone Super Bowl title three years later against the Minnesota Vikings. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.
His close connection to the organization and the city after his player career keeps Dawson’s name among Kansas City’s elite.

Tony Gonzalez (Chiefs, 1997-2008)

Though Gonzalez is now a member of the Atlanta Falcons, he will be best remembered for his days donning Chiefs’ red at Arrowhead Stadium – at least in the eyes of Kansas Citians.
Gonzalez has made the best-tight-end-ever argument an open-and-shut case, having tallied 1,242 receptions for 14.268 yards and 103 touchdowns – all records for his position. These numbers, however, make it imperative to include his name among the greatest pass-Catchers of all time, Regardless of position. The 16-year veteran ranks second in catches, seventh in receiving yards and sixth in touchdown receptions in NFL history.
Even though he did not get a postseason victory until joining the Falcons, Gonzalez will forever be a part of the Chiefs’ family.

Maurice Greene, the Olympians (Track and Field)

Born and raised in the Kansas City area, Greene took the entire world by storm by being Anointed the world’s fastest man back in 1999. The speedster would go on to take gold in both the 100m and 4x100m relay at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
Greene’s stretch of dominance from 1997-2001 is one that will not soon be forgotten. He has been an avid participant at the Kansas Relays and is now a track and field coach at UCLA.

Bo Jackson (Royals, 1986-90)

Bo Jackson hit 109 HRs in four-plus seasons with the Royals. (USA Today Sports)
Though it may have seemed like a flash in the pan, it is debatable that no other Kansas City athlete’s Stardom and fame shined brighter than that of Jackson’s.
One of the greatest pure athletes that we will ever see, Jackson’s football career with the Los Angeles Raiders was cut all too short after he sustained a freak hip injury in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals in January of 1991. He would never be the same either on the baseball field.

An example of just how well he is Regarded in Kansas City was during MLB’s 2012 All-Star Game festivities. Jackson was the coach of the American League celebrity softball squad that also featured Brett, among other greats and big names in the world of pop culture; but it was Bo who stole the show.

It was late in the game with his team way down on the scoreboard when the fans started chanting his name relentlessly. They wanted Bo to take one final at bat in Kansas City as if to signify what they had missed out on over a decade before.
It was supposed to be Joe Carter’s turn at the plate – who also has ties to the Kansas City area – but he INSISTED that Bo do the honors. It was the most breathtaking infield pop-out that the game has ever seen.

Buck O’Neil (Monarchs, 1938-43, 46-48)

O’Neil on coming to Kansas City: “I knew I was coming to the Heart of America … I did not know I was coming to the center of the universe!”
“O’Neil loved Kansas City and Kansas City loved him back. You’d be hard-pressed to find any one individual who did more to raise the profile of our great city and he did so unassumingly and selflessly. The barbecue baron, Ollie Gates, has Often said that the two most important people in Kansas City history were H. Roe Bartle and John ‘Buck’ O’Neil.: I could not agree more! ” – Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City’s historic 18th and Vine District.

Derrick Thomas (Chiefs, 1989-99)

Though his time with the Chiefs and on this Earth were abruptly cut short back in the winter of 2000 after a tragic car accident, Thomas will certainly never be forgotten for what he meant to this organization and to this city.
On the field, the nine-time Pro-Bowler was one of the most feared pass rushers the game has ever seen – tallying 126 1/2 career sacks and an NFL-record seven sacks in one game against the Seattle Seahawks during the 1990 season. Off the field, Thomas planted himself in the Kansas City community early in his career by starting the Third and Long Foundation.
The Chiefs organization has since named its player of the year award after Thomas and a charter school opened in his name (Derrick Thomas Academy) in 2002.

Tom Watson, Professional Golfer

Born in Kansas City, Watson paved a career during the 1970s and 1980s that saw him Become one of the greatest golfers of all time. He won eight Majors from 1975-1983, Including the British Open five times.
Watson has tacked on another six Major tournament on the Champions Tour Victories.
While his hometown is not Regularly featured on the Tour, Watson’s name is peppered all over the golfing community in Kansas City – Including his involvement in designing the new Loch Lloyd Country Club and also The National Golf Club of Kansas City, located on Route 45 , or better known as Tom Watson Parkway.

Frank White (Royals, 1973-90)

One of only four jersey numbers retired by the Royals (Brett, Dick Howser and, of course, Jackie Robinson), White played his entire 18-year baseball career in Kansas City.
Though born in Mississippi, White’s story really Began in Missouri.
In 1970, then owner Ewing Kauffman started the Royals Baseball Academy Essentially which was designed to develop inner-city athletes into baseball players. White spent 18 months in the program before being signed to one of the organization’s minor league affiliates.
White played by Brett’s side during the Royals’ glory days, winning one World Series title (1985), an ALCS MVP (1980), a Silver Slugger Award (1986), eight Gold Gloves, and was named to five All-Star teams. The slick-fielding second baseman has stayed close to the game, most recently as a coach for the Kansas City T-Bones who play in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.

Target NPC Athletics 40 Gold APG Myanmar

Target NPC Athletics 40 Gold APG Myanmar

Solo (Reuters) – National Paralympic Committee (NPC) Indonesia expects to win 40 gold medals in athletics at the ASEAN Para Games (APG) VII/2014 in Myanmar.
National Training Coordinator of Disability Athletics Indonesian sports, Waluyo, in Solo on Thursday, said it has set up as many as 56 athletes both men’s and women for athletic sports at APG Pelatnas in Solo.
According Waluyo, of the number of athletes expected target of 40 captured the gold medal at APG Myanmar next year can be met.
In addition, it is also hoped APG athletic sports in Myanmar all numbers remain contested. In the previous APG Athletic sports in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia athletes won 34 gold.
“We saw the potential of athletes with disabilities in Indonesia today there is increasing to win gold in Myanmar,” said Waluyo.
He explained that the state has the ability or the arch-rivals Indonesia Thailand. Country, it also has a potential athlete to win gold.
“Our athletes have a chance at the gold medal number F 20 women are expected to win three gold, while TF 20 son tunagrahita likely five to six gold,” he said.
However, Indonesian athletes are usually inferior to the outside when using a tool such as running wheelchair. Because, Indonesian athletes have adequate equipment.
He explains, for the preparation of national training athletic sports held in Myanmar APG Sriwedari Solo Stadium.
According to him, during the fasting month this time, the athletes undergo joint exercises for endurance, especially regarding the perception, after that, a new technique toward improvement.

“We’re in this fasting month, boost endurance exercises for the same perception. Afterwards, they exercise towards new techniques,” he said.
According to the Chairman of the NPC Indonesia, Senny Marbun, that pelatnas APG VII Myanmar, which was centered in Solo, during the month of fasting go ahead smoothly, and a total of 150 athletes from around the region.
“The athletes ahead of the holiday is not returned to the region, but we give you a day off. However, athletes who want to return to the region allowed by transport costs alone,” said Senny Marbun.

Spanish trio Possible First game Absent in Chelsea

Spanish trio Possible First game Absent in Chelsea

Spanish-owned three Chelsea players, likely will miss their first game in the Premier League. Fernando Torres, Juan Mata, and Cesar Azpilicueta, its power will be used by the Spanish national team to face Ecuador on 14 August 2013.

All three will be flown to London 24 hours before the first match against Hull City Blues held on August 18, 2013. Highly unlikely if all three matches to play after passing an international level adjacent and fly in a relatively long journey time.

“For a list of players that will be deployed against Hull, I will specify in the two days before the opening match was held. Due to their list of players to rely on the defense of the national team,” said the Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho as reported by the Guardian.

“I’m not going to let them play with the physical condition is not good. They will do the grueling trip from Ecuador for 15 hours,” he continued.

Currently they also are not included in Chelsea’s pre-season tour in Thailand and Indonesia. Three players are still going off after defending Spain in the 2013 Confederations Cup.