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Football

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.

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Badminton

China Grab Originally Asian Champion Match Under 19 Years

China emerged champion tournaments Badminton Asia Under 19 Years 100plus after defeating South Korea 3-1 in Kota Kinabalu Sport Complex here on Wednesday.

China make up for the disappointment with Japan as the final year off to seize the championship for the sixth time since the event was introduced in 2006 teamwork.

China first gained currency menerusi mixed team Chen Kai Qing Chen and Huang Xiang is overcome Choi Sol Kyu-Jung Chae Yoo 21-18, 21-9.

However, South Korea equalized when Jeon Jin Hyuk berhempas slumbering forced to subdue Gui Pu Lin 22-20, 21-17 in the boys individual event.

Team man Liu Yu Chen / Li Jun Hui put China predates beat 2-1 when Sol Kyu / Se Woong Park 18-21, 21-16 and 21-8.

Female individual players Qin Jin Jing China passed heyday when killing Kim Hyo Min with a 22-20 and 21-12 decision.

And Japan as Indonesia emerged the winner with a third place.

“The results of our efforts since two years finally paid off,” said China’s head coaches, Su Cheng Hua majlis after delivering gifts.

He said their standard teenager dropped off a little since two years but was restored in the year successful.

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Athletic and Swimming Sport Equipments

“Related to Doping, Time Athletes Be Knight”

Asafa Powell (Foto: Ist)

MIAMI – Asafa Powell, Sherone Simpson, and Tyson Gray is still denied doping being twisted them. The world Sprinter compact answer did not understand why their results showed a positive doping test.

Powell, Gay and Simpson are three of the six runners who shocked the athletics world, because of doping problems that ensnare them. All three tested positive in a doping test conducted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) when appearing in Jamaican National Championships in June.

However, the three did not admit it. They argue that it is a positive doping results because they do not know any illicit substances contained in the food, beverage or supplement them.

Athletes above statement echoed by Paul Doyle, an agent of Asafa Powell. He even accused Chris Xuereb, coach of Powell and Simpson deserve to be blamed for the incident.

However, immediately denied the accusation Xuereb, who hope the athletes can be a gentleman to confess. As in the case of Powell, where the Italian police investigators found a number of drugs (supplements) in the former hotel rooms in the world’s fastest runner.

“It is time the athlete is responsible for doping cases they do. This is better than making people surrounding dis scapegoat, whether it be a therapist, bartender or whoever, “Xuereb said as quoted by Super Sport.

“I’m very disappointed they are blaming me for this. WADA and the public should stop receiving a story like this, “he continued.

Further, during his stint as a therapist, Xuereb never give medications or supplements that violates the rules. “Most importantly, I’ve never given a substance that is illegal or prohibited to Asafa Powell or Sherone Simpson,” he added.

“When recommending vitamins, all vitamins that I recommend is the famous brand and everything is bought over the counter in the store leading nutrition. I bought vitamins are also under instructions from agents and athletes, “he concluded. (Acf)