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|1 week 1 day ago||isn't he in for Beckerman, just slotting into his||
isn't he in for Beckerman, just slotting into his role?
|1 week 2 days ago||When chipping the keeper goes||
When chipping the keeper goes wrong...
|1 week 2 days ago||I think the call you're||
I think the call you're thinking of in the first game was Fred, not Neymar.
FWIW, I thought Marquez fouled Robben both on his plant foot and his trailing leg, but there's no doubt Robben responded by flopping like a swordfish. I could see not giving the call if the ref judged that Robben had lost control of the ball before the foul, but I do think he was fouled.
|1 week 2 days ago||Thanks, don't know where I||
Thanks, don't know where I got the idea the US was playing in Recife again. Point still kind of holds..
|1 week 2 days ago||Yep. Tell them to look on the||
Yep. Tell them to look on the northern end of the old west side. Places like Spring and Fountain Streets north of Miller. Close enough to walk to campus (20 minute or so walk), Main Street and Kerrytown, out of the student area so you feel like adults, but still affordable enough that you can live there on a post-doc + additional working adult salary.
|1 week 2 days ago||There are two real reasons||
There are two real reasons why flopping is so prevalent.
1. Set pieces near the box are very valuable, not to even mention penalties. This kind of tactical diving is what you see Robben doing a lot (and I thought he was fouled at the end, though he did exaggerate the contact in search of a call).
2. It's a way to stall momentum and get a rest in what is a very physically exhausting game.
The best way to eliminate it is by the players not putting the ball into touch as a courtesy, and I've seen this a lot in this cup. Increasingly, it seems that teams on a break will finish their offensive move, even if the defense is signalling to put the ball out. When this happens, you'll see guys get up behind the ball and chase if they're not truly hurt.
That said, there's contact that happens on the pitch that truly hurts for a couple minutes. Getting cleated in the foot hurts like crazy, because the upper of soccer cleats are very thin. Getting kicked in the back of the leg or the ankle is similar. But you can work that pain out after a minute. This is stuff that we don't notice in American football because guys go out for a play and then return.
|1 week 2 days ago||Potential small advantage for||
Potential small advantage for the US: this is the first game Belgium will have played in the north of Brazil while the US has played all its games there. Temps tomorrow in Recife aren't supposed to be particularly warm, but it looks like the humidity will be high.
|1 week 6 days ago||When was the last time||
When was the last time Detroit had a white mayor? Um, today?
|1 week 6 days ago||Algeria will finally get a||
Algeria will finally get a chance at revenge for 1982. Great matchup.
|1 week 6 days ago||I was terrified by both of||
I was terrified by both of them. Turned out that Gonzalez played a terrific game. And thank god Klinnsman told Zusi and Davis to switch sides. Think that's the last we see of Davis.
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||Assuming you mean 2015, but I||
Assuming you mean 2015, but I think this is right. Though CONMEBOL hasn't scheduled anything yet, based on this past qualifying round, looks like they begin in the fall after the Copa that follows the World Cup.
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||Cameron was bad, no doubt.||
Cameron was bad, no doubt. But Gonzalez has looked off the pace since his knee injury early this year. And he was strangely MIA on that goal for a guy brought in to provide defensive stability at the end of the game.
Agree that Bedoya's probably just run into the ground. Davis's failure to put in a defensive shift against Turkey is what worries me. Would prefer to see Yedlin in game where our best chances are going to be on the break.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||I really hope I'm wrong but||
I really hope I'm wrong but have the same feeling at seeing both Davis and Gonzalez as when I saw "Clark" on the team sheet four years ago.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||LINE-UP: Howard, Gonzalez,||
LINE-UP: Howard, Gonzalez, Bradley, Besler, Beasley, Dempsey (c), Jones, Davis, Beckerman, Zusi, Johnson
Ugh. Gonzalez and Davis. Nightmare fuel
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||This likely puts him out for||
This likely puts him out for next year's Copa and then the hemispheric Copa to be played in the US in 2016 (assuming that's considered a FIFA event).
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||Grant Wahl and Ives both||
Grant Wahl and Ives both report game will be played as scheduled. No standing water on field but pictures of flooding in Recife are crazy.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||And that coach, according to||
And that coach, according to a preponderance of the evidence, was pretending to be Indian.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||http://www.washingtonpost.co||
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Mentioned this down the||
Mentioned this down the thread, but most evidence suggests that the coach the team is named after was passing as Indian to try to take advantage of the post Jim Thorpe noteriety of Indian athletes.*
*For those who are curious, Philip Deloria, who teaches in History and American Culture at Michigan has written extensively about both Indian athletes and whites who play Indian.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||For what it's worth, the||
For what it's worth, the coach the team was named after had no ancestors that were recorded on the Dawes Act roles of any tribe and was born in Rice Lake, Wisconsin to two people of German heritage.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||The Onion pretty much went||
The Onion pretty much went there (in a somewhat different direction) last October:
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||Mueller?||
Any chance Mueller is held out with that nasty cut he suffered against Ghana?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Greece up 1-0 on mistake by||
Greece up 1-0 on mistake by Tiote for CIV. They're through if results hold. Greece about to park the bus.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||That's the end of Suarez in||
That's the end of Suarez in this tournament
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Will be shocked if there's||
Will be shocked if there's not another red in this game
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Wow. Cannibal Suarez returns||
Wow. Cannibal Suarez returns and then Uruguay scores
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The clubs pick up the costs,||
The clubs pick up the costs, with the idea that they can cash in if one in 50 players ends up garnering a sizable transfer fee. The other element is that they do some pretty intensive weeding out of young players who aren't progressing to their liking.
Good description in an article from the Times magazine four years ago:
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I wonder whether you're||
I wonder whether you're seeing a decrease in kids playing for their high schools but playing for clubs since its generally at a higher level and gets more scouting attention?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||It would be great for||
It would be great for technical development if futsal replaced indoor soccer as the winter training option. The indoor played on converted hockey rinks really rewards banging the ball against the boards and other things that aren't valuable in developing technical control.
And what you say about futsal holds for playing outdoors at an early age too. The small sided games 3v3, 4v4, on small fields is the way that all kids under 8 or 9 should play. Anything with more players on a team just robs them of opportunities to get touches on the ball and to learn to make quick decisions, which is what they should start with.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Italy doesn't have to push forward too hard here.||
Italy doesn't have to push forward too hard here. because of the goal difference tie breaker, they'd still go through with a.tie in.their last game if they only lose by one goal