The smart patooties in professional soccer understand one essential rule where high-profile personnel signings are concerned:
When you make a mistake, just cop to it, fix it and move on. And by “fix it,” we mean “get rid of it.” Don’t let it sit around and rot, which tends to make the locker room smell.
Don’t let ego get in the way. Don’t keep trying to pound the round peg into the square hole just to save face, to prove to everyone that you were right and that everyone else is wrong, because you are smart or rich or whatever and cannot possibly make a mistake.
We all see it! That’s the thing about professional sports. You can keep telling us that so-and-so is getting the job done. You can keep telling yourself that so-and-so is about to turn the corner, vindicating your choice to sign the big name and validating your place as a personnel guru of withering insight.
But we all see the games, and we know better.
I give you Carlo Cudicini. Some of you argued, but I am telling you that the Italian vet has been just this side of a disaster. He simply is not getting the job done for the Galaxy.
Just because he came from Tottenham in the venerable Premier League, that does not make him Kasey Keller, Gianluigi Buffon and Gordon freakin’ Banks all rolled into one. I’m sorry; Cudicini just has not been very good with the gloves.
And today, the Galaxy are copping to it. They have signed Panamanian international Jaime Penedo, who has experience in Europe and a whopping 89 appearances for his country.
I suppose an optimist might say Cudicini now has competition. Frankly, it looks more like a case of “moving on.”
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.