In a decision that surprised exactly no one, Edson Buddle was named MLS Player of the Month. The Galaxy striker has been in searing form since the season began, scoring seven goals through five games. It certainly doesn’t hurt to have Landon Donovan whipping balls into you, but the National team hopeful has managed to find the net in whatever form necessary, showing the instincts needed to succeed against higher level opponents. As Noah noted earlier, Bradley has taken notice, and is likely to bring Buddle into camp to see if he can continue his current form. Endorsements from Donovan shouldn’t hurt.
While announcing him for the thirty-man roster brings little risk, Bradley will have a lot of pressure on him to determine if Buddle can replicate his MLS abilities at the international level. If he can accelerate his decision making and maintain composure in a faster and more physical environment, then he could become an important part of the USMNT, especially if Charlie Davies can’t return in time.
Didier Drogba is Influential
In fact, according to Time Magazine, he’s one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In their annual edition of leaders, heroes, artists, and thinkers, Drogba was the only footballer to make the list. A blend of the Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker’s devastating abilities on the pitch and dedication to helping his homeland rise from the turmoil and destruction from years of civil war earned him a place among the world’s notables. He now donates every endorsement dollar he earns to his charity, the Didier Drogba Foundation, which builds hospitals in the Ivory Coast.
With the World Cup approaching and the Ivory Coast darkhorses for the trophy – assuming they can emerge from a group stage with both Brazil and Portugal – the world’s eyes will be on the Drogba, his country’s captain, to produce. Indeed, apparently Ivorians will be toasting the hulking, powerful striker with a beer glass called the Drogba – appropriately twice the size on a normal glass. No word on if this will be available in the U.S., but improvising is most definitely encouraged.
Among others, Drogba finds himself surrounded by Palin, Conan, and Lady Gaga… how’s that for influence?
Bale and Modric Staying Spurs
At least if Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has his way. Rumors have been swirling about the potential transfers of Luca Modric and Gareth Bale, each of whom have had breakout seasons with Spurs, who sit poised for a Champions League birth in next season’s campaign. Links with Manchester United have been the strongest, with reports of £20 and £25 Million being thrown around for the two. Redknapp, however, has made it clear that neither is for sale.
“I do not want to sell Modric or Bale, no way, absolutely no way. These young players are the future of the club and we should not be selling our best young players like Modric and Bale.”
While this could always just be routine posturing to drive up the price, if Tottenham are able to make the Champions League – and they are almost guaranteed to at least make Europa — Harry will need to consider the depth of his squad if he has ambitions of progressing in the tournaments and remaining competitive in the Premier League. He may wish to consult Roy Hodgson.
Football on Philosophers, or Philosophers on Football
The NY Times Goal Blog has an interesting and amusing piece on Mark Perryman’s book “Philosophy Football: Eleven Great Thinkers Play It Deep,” which links important thinkers in history to the pitch.