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|1 week 3 days ago||Nice work. I've been playing||
I've been playing in the league since 2006. I think I've averaged 2 sessions per year (I usually skip summer).
For anyone here that likes to talk soccer, and is athletic in the slightest....you should come join the AASA (Ann Arbor Soccer Association). It's a great league that is extremely diverse (nationalities and skill levels). If anyone is interested let me know.
|1 week 3 days ago||AASA?||
|1 week 3 days ago||Perhaps you'll grow a liking||
Perhaps you'll grow a liking to soccer in your new home, Bolivia. I think it's the only sport they play there.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||My bad on the spelling. I||
My bad on the spelling.
I did find this from an article on the topic:
Klinsmann provided only murky details about his decision Friday, saying other players were 'a little step ahead of Landon in certain areas.'
'I don’t agree with that assessment,' Donovan said. 'I think I was at least as good as everybody else in camp. ... I think I was one of the better players, so that’s why it stings a little. If I had gone in and didn’t feel like I deserved it, I could live with that. But that’s not the case here.'
It's not the cockiest thing an athlete has said, but not exactly being modest. I realize Landon is upset for not making the team, but anyone who is "trying out" or asking to be judged on their ability had better be willing to hear bad news.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Klinsmann =||
Klinsmann = RichRod............sure why not. I can't speak to the rest of it. I have no idea if the US Soccer Federation will try to pull a Michigan fanbase/alumni/regent/athletic department on Klinsmann. At least US soccer doesn't have a glorious past full of incredible wins and championships. Most US soccer fans are realistic in their expectations, if not downright pessimistic. So we have that going for us.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Ohh maybe I didn't catch his||
Ohh maybe I didn't catch his sarcasm correctly then. I thought the talk about Beasley was saying that he leaves too much room and allows too many crosses. I'll have to read it again.
Edit: just re-read what ws mentioned about Beasley. I take back what I said. I agree wholeheartedly. Beasley is being leaned on heavily in this tournament, and he's done a fine job.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Depends on what "personal"||
Depends on what "personal" means. If Donovan has an attitude and is acting conceded, Klinsmann might think of him as a cancer.
It's possible that Klinsmann is preparing this team for 2018 moreso than the current World Cup. Probably why he comes out and says "We're not going to win this World Cup." He's pulling a RichRod (i.e. revamping team philosophy and cleaning out the closets), and by getting through the group stage he's probably bought himself another 4 years to do what he wants to do.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||You're listening to the ESPN||
You're listening to the ESPN announcers too much. Those guys will never throw an individual player under the bus.
That final goal by Portugal was all on Cameron in my opinion. He's the biggest guy back there, and he had the best position of anyone to get to the ball. If he wasn't in the best position, then the goal scorer would've been flagged offsides. So clearly he was at least even with the goal scorer, and he's a giant, relatively speaking. Cameron needs to be the first to touch that ball.
Cameron and Gonzalez may have had similar starts to their games, but not similar finishes. Gonzalez essentially came onto the field cold for the start of a game in a monsoon against arguably the best team in the tournament. After early mis-hits and jitters, he played extremely aggressive and effectively. Case in point is the late cross that Brian mentions from Germany. Gonzalez had that intangible ability to win the ball when he needed to. Those two plays (Ronaldo cross, and Boateng cross) tell me all I need to know about those 2 players as center defenders.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Rest isn't a big deal.||
Rest isn't a big deal. Injuries however, that's another story.
I like our chances from a fitness standpoint. We basically only have one injured player, Altidore, and everyone else is healthy and ready to go. Besler was a question mark early on, but clearly his hamstring is fine, and the other injuries that I've heard of are all non-muscular (broken noses). 2-3 days rest is enough for a healthy player.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I'm not convinced that having||
I'm not convinced that having Jozy Altidore back on the field is a plus, but it's clear that Klinsmann is a great coach when he has options from which to choose. Altidore probably won't start, but throwing him in there in the 2nd half if we need a goal could make all the difference. Some guys just love coming off the bench with something to prove. I think Altidore could make a huge impact on offense if he comes on the field in the 2nd half after it seems like eveyrone has settled in for a certain type of game. Like when a pitcher lures a batter by throwing off-speed stuff, then blows a fastball right by them for a strikeout. I'd love to see Altidore come on and figuratively punch Belgium right in the mouth.
I caught a little flack from a couple people for being critical of Cameron after your last post. Well I think you're wrong again. I don't believe Cameron should start, and I don't think he will. He's just not "heady" enough to take on the responsibility of a starting center-defender at the beginning of the game. Cameron is better suited to coming on later in the game if we have a 1 goal lead and we just want to dig in and grind out a win.
Your criticism of Beasley is a little misguided as well. Live ball crosses are usually not much to worry about. It's rare when one of the best players in the world kicks a perfect cross that connects just right through a sea of defense in the middle of the field. That's why I'm so annoyed with Geoff Cameron. That cross from Ronaldo should've never amounted to anything. Crosses rarely do. It's clear that Klinsmann is more worried about through balls and fancy footwork up the middle. Beasley can concede all the crosses he wants in my opinion.... just don't let that guy get inside of you.
I do agree about Bradley though. It seems clear that he's also not able to handle the pressure very well, but I think Klinsmann keeps him out there because of the work ethic. Also, I wouldn't be surprised if Klinsmann was thinking that Bradley just flat-out needs to be out there for his potential to be a star at any minute. It's a gamble keeping someone out there that isn't playing well, but I bet Klinsmann figures that we're totally screwed if Bradley's backup has to come in so we might as well stick with him and hope for the best.
Let's just hope the field is dry on Tuesday.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Don't you feel like a dumbass||
Don't you feel like a dumbass for giving me crap about saying Cameron is not ready for this much pressure? Obviously Klinsmann agreed with me.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Well well well. Look who||
Well well well. Look who Klinsmann decided to bench for the game? Do you think he'd bench a guy who was a regular starter and had confidence to play at a high level in his position going further? Cameron was a liability out there at a position that cannot have liability. You could throw an unconfident Jozy Altidore out there and not have a detrimental effect on the game, but you can't do that with a center defender.
You have NO IDEA if my comments were ignorant or not. Trust me I know soccer. I've been playing it my whole life.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||whoa. I had no idea that||
whoa. I had no idea that comment would get such attention. I was just joking because of all of the Nazi references being made in the media lately because a few crazy people have been showing up at the World Cup (e.g. the guy who rushed onto the field during a game, and the black painted face dudes). Get a grip people.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Doesn't matter. We're gonna||
Doesn't matter. We're gonna beat those nazi bastards anyway.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I disagree with Cameron.||
I disagree about Cameron. Some people are built for pressure, and some are not. He can't handle this stage. I highly doubt he gains focus and motivation. I think his confidence is shot.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||As a motocrosser myself||
As a motocrosser myself (well, before I got married and had a kid), all I can do is shake my head. The gene pool almost got a little smarter right there.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||John Brooks' reaction to his||
John Brooks' reaction to his goal is priceless. I love it. He literally can't comprehend what just happened. I really believe his reaction is genuine and not just some weird act/celebration. This is what I love about soccer in the US. It's essentially in its infancy so the fans and the players are far less pretentious. If the sport ever does take off and become mainstream, it'll be flooded with marketing and destroyed.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||(No subject)||
|5 weeks 3 days ago||For me it's November 22,||
For me it's November 22, 2003. We beat OSU and the students rushed the field. I was a senior so my seats were fairly close to the field (I think around row 16). So of course I jumped the wall and joined the fun.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Packing a lot in there eh||
Packing a lot in there eh sport?
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Ohh I am a married guy. I||
Ohh I am a married guy. I just saw an excuse to post that picture. Believe me, the thought of 2 wives horrifies me.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||2 wives at the same time||
2 wives at the same time trumps 44 years with 1 any day.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Has your wife by any chance||
Has your wife by any chance ever had any procedures up in that area? My wife had pre-cancerous cells removed a long time ago. Fast forward to a couple years ago, she goes into labor. We go to the hospital, they admit her, then wait for several hours with no progress (with regard to dialation). Then one of the doctors decides to help things along by making a small incision into the scar tissue leftover from the procedure done to her years back. Then boom, water breaks, dialates to full within an hour or so, baby comes out about an hour later.
The scar tissue was holding everything back from stretching like it's supposed to, and my wife was adamant about not having a c-section so things got pretty tense for a little while.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||This has nothing to do with||
This has nothing to do with Friday or a posbang, but I just had to find this gif and laugh at my desk for awhile this morning.
Whoever made this gif could be elected president.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||It's all Obama's fault.||
It's all Obama's fault.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||This is the absolute minimum||
This is the absolute minimum cost projector I'd recommend for a room with a lot of ambient light:
Also, I'l get yourself a quart of Behr silverscreen paint from Home Depot for the wall. It's marketed towards people in your position.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||(No subject)||
|10 weeks 2 days ago||I'll bet you could've spent||
I'll bet you could've spent less time finding the answer for him than typing your curt response.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||"You want the pitcher to||
"You want the pitcher to pitch from 2nd base?" Rube Baker
|10 weeks 2 days ago||That red trace line of his||
That red trace line of his spectacular run looks like someone spelling "Nnuutrreww" with Swype.