Thursday, October 29, 2015

Weekend Schedule / Preview (Oct 30) + Midweek Recap (Oct 28)

Sadly, Korea U17 were knocked out last night, losing 0-2 to Belgium.  I don't really have much to say as a family situation prevented my viewing last night (I hope to catch up in next couple days) but it was good tournament, surpassing the low expectations going in, and with a lot of promise shown by the players.  Kim Jin Ya and Park Sang Hyeok were the stars of the group stages and it will be interesting to track their careers going forward.

On the other hand, it was a good midweek for the less-used players and so hopefully there's some positive momentum going into next couple weeks.

DayTime (ET)PlayerClubOpponentTV
Friday3:45 PMYun Suk YoungQPR@BrentfordBeIn Play
Saturday10:30 AMHong Jeong HoAugsburgMainzFox Soccer 2 Go
Saturday10:30 AMJi Dong WonAugsburgMainzFox Soccer 2 Go
Saturday10:30 AMKoo Ja CheolAugsburgMainzFox Soccer 2 Go
Saturday10:30 AMPark Joo HoDortmund@Werder BremenFox Sports 2
Saturday10:30 AMKim Jin SuHoffenheim@KolnFox Soccer 2 Go
Saturday11:00 AMLee Chung YongCrystal PalaceMan UtdNBCSN
Saturday11:00 AMKi Sung YuengSwanseaArsenalUSA
Saturday1:30 PMRyu Seung WooBayer Leverkusen@WolfsburgFox Sports 2
Sunday11:00 AMSuk Hyun JunVitoria SetubalAroucaNone
Monday3:00 PMSon Heung MinTottenhamAston VillaNBCSN

Yun Suk Young -- Played with reserves so maybe a very small chance to make squad but don't expect him to do so.

Hong Jeong Ho -- He started for first time in a while and looked ok midweek, having an easy pass to Esswein turn into an assist.  Given Augsburg's defensive problems, I think that he gets a start though he did fidget awkwardly, bending over for a second, as if in discomfort, late in the match.  If he doesn't start, he should be on the bench if healthy.

Ji Dong Won -- Finally, Ji gets a goal, and it was a nice one, aggressively taking the ball up the pitch and shooting a nice shot into the corner.  He changed roles a number of times in the match, starting off in CAM, then moving to the CM, LW and late in the match RW positions.  I'm not sure that he did enough to earn a start but hopefully he's in the squad and gets on as sub.  That said, Augsburg needs goals and that might have been enough to force Weinzierl's hand and get Ji on from the start.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Koo was rested and wasn't even listed in the squad in order to protect him after logging so many minutes.  I think that he will start.

Park Joo Ho -- An unused sub.  I expect him to be on the bench again.

Kim Jin Su -- New manager in Huub Stevens means that I have no idea what KJS' role will be but I expect him to at least be in the squad.

Lee Chung Yong -- Made the bench and played really well, with some quality passes as he worked the middle of the pitch.  Unfortunately, he did have an opportunity on the edge of the penalty box that was wasted as he wasn't aggressive enough to take it in himself and his poor was poor.  Was it enough to get onto the bench for the weekend?  I'm not sure but given a few knocks in Crystal Palace's squad, he has a decent chance.

Ki Sung Yueng -- He should start against a weakened Arsenal side.  I suspect that he'll be in the DM role though.

Ryu Seung Woo -- Injured?  Unclear with lack of updates but he's not been in squad and a moot point as he'd not make it anyway.

Suk Hyun Jun -- He should start.

Son Heung Min -- Still no updates and wasn't visible in what Tottenham has released on social media, so I'm assuming that he's out.  Given late matchday, perhaps he squeezes in. UPDATE: Son still out of weekend squad.