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USMNT soccer team thread

Discussion in 'Other Sports' started by Alsacs, Jul 27, 2015.

  1. DeGrozz

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    Strong Rumors that the NASL will fold shortly -- has served as America's Division II soccer league for 6 seasons. Teams that survive will likely join the USL.

    While it hasn't produced a ton of talent, the more opportunities for Americans to develop, the better it will be for our national team. Hopefully smarter management will prevail when DII in the US is revamped with the new, merged league.
     
  2. DeGrozz

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    MLS Eastern Conference finals on FS1 right now. Jozy and Bradley featuring for Toronto. Lots of big non-US players in the game too.
     
  3. IthacaMatt

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    The real reason US soccer continues to disappoint is because of the pay-for-play youth system and poor coaching overall; too much focus on winning and not enough on skills development. US teams are way too impatient in possession. Soccer isn't basketball; you have to be able to control possession for spells of a game to take the pressure off your defense, and to wear the other team out a bit. You can't protect a lead without it.
     
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  4. cusefan88

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    I'm glad someone else knows the ridiculous farce that is pay for play. Kudos!
     
  5. CUSU

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    What a game last night eh?
     
  6. longislandcuse

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    Going to check out this MLS Cup game. Hopefully it lives up to the hype and wins some fans over.
     
  7. CUSU

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    Montreal vs. Toronto was a great series hopefully this game can be half as good
     
  8. creatorsgame

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    Great. Game. Nil-nil, second extra time.
     
  9. Alsacs

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    Michael Bradley's PK was so bad. The guy is not a world class player anymore. He has been bad since 2014. Take the armband from him.
     
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  10. longislandcuse

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    For the most part, those pk's were unsaveable. His was a joke.

    That save on Altidore's header was incredible.
     
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  11. CUSU

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    Didn't see it but I could've told you he would miss or be saved before he took it. He doesn't seem to have that killer instinct/final shot anymore.
     
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    He used to be a real weapon crashing the box (on set pieces too). I'm not sure the physical set backs (foot injured atSaprissa, moving to lesser league) were as bad as the psychological damage caused by Klinnsman playing him as a 10 for 3/4 years.
     
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  13. CUSU

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    USMNT forward Bobby Wood with a class strike to give Hamburg the 2-0 lead vs. Shalke

    Home of the Wood burger how may he take your order...

     
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  14. creatorsgame

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    Staying with Yanks in the Bundesliga, it looks like Bayern are loaning Julian Green to Stuttgart. Good move with a better chance to earn first-team football.
     
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  15. CUSU

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    I heard it wasnt a loan, but not sure if anything definitive has come out yet
     
  16. cusefan88

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    It's a permanent deal. 2 Bund is a good spot for him. Nobody has any clue what kind of player he is. Never has played regular club football ever.
     
  17. creatorsgame

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    Bob Bradley just sacked at Swansea. 11 games. Taking a 2-7-2 record with him. Disappointing.
     
  18. CUSU

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    Thought they would give him the transfer window at least..
     
  19. Capt. Tuttle

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    Also ( from others far more knowledgeable than me), too much structure too early. Also, our kids don't (in general) play a lot of sandlot games. As a result, our field players lack creativity.

    On the flip side, and good for my son, our goal keepers are generally well regarded.
     
  20. CUSU

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    January Camp roster announced. As you know this is basically all domestic players as it's not an international break.

    Key Note:

    • Zusi at RB
    • Dempsey hopeful for March return
    • Kekutah Manneh
    • Feilhaber back
    • Nagbe seen as a wing player or 10
    GOALKEEPERS (5): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders FC), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)

    DEFENDERS (10)DaMarcus Beasley (Unattached),Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Greg Garza (Atlanta United FC), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Taylor Kemp (D.C. United), Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders FC), Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia Union), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

    MIDFIELDERS (12):Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas),Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Jermaine Jones (Unattached), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Kekuta Manneh (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)

    FORWARDS (5):Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)


    Arena hinting that he wants better passing and more presence in the midfield, so I think that means three CMs. Leading to a 4-3-3, 4-5-1, or 4-2-3-1


    Here's what I would do for if we had our full pool

    Starter/Backup

    ------------------Wood/Altidore-----------------
    Pulisic/Manneh------------------Nagbe/Zardes
    -----------------Feilhaber/Kjlestan---------------
    --------Kjlestan/Jones----Bradley/Jones-------
    Johnson/Beasley---------------Yedlin/Chandler
    ---------Brooks/Besler--Cameron/Hedges------
    ------------------Howard/Hamid------------------

    Other options: Morris third man at wing or striker.
     
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