Since rumors broke that San Jose would be acquiring an Argentine playmaker, we’ve done our bit of speculating how Matías Pérez García would fit with Chris Wondolowski at the top of the Earthquakes’ formation. At Friday’s introductory press conference, San Jose gave us a “not so fast,” with `Quakes head coach Mark Watson saying the new Designated Player would likely provide a wide-to-in presence on the right.
“He’s primarily been playing on the right-hand side, coming in and adding numbers to midfield,” Watson said, according to the league’s web site. “The one thing that is pretty reassuring is that, tactically, the way we do things is exactly how it was [for Perez Garcia] in Argentina. So I think there’s a level of comfort there and familiarity, that tactically there’s not a huge change.”
It provides a pretty clear picture of how San Jose will set up. Wondolowski and Yannick Djaló will persist up top, with Steven Lenhart and Alan Gordon (when healthy) mixed in. Shea Salinas will continue on the left, while Pérez García will come in from the right, likely doing much of his damage through the middle of the park.
When that damage starts is a different matter. As of yesterday, Pérez García’s availability was in doubt, with the death of Argentine federation president Julio Grondona slowing down operations in the AFA office. Until Pérez García’s international transfer certificate is received, he can’t play for San Jose.
Even if he is available, it’s a big ask to expect a huge contribution tonight against visiting Seattle, but in front of what’s expected to be a huge crowd at Levi’s Stadium, Mark Watson may be able to provide a brief glimpse of what his team will look like going forward.
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.