"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."
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|2 weeks 1 day ago||Was really hoping that this was going to open with||
Michigan Soccer somehow. Oh well.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Apparently||
you got your wish.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Couple||
If you want some tactical background:
For entertaining stuff on USMNT:
Both of those are high quality. Shin Guardian guys are great. Zonal Marking will be a bit more global, and they'll look at top matches from around the world during the regular season.
For generic newsfeed of anything US/MLS soccer, plus big news from around the world:
It won't give you great insight, but it'll give you news and updates on US players every weekend.
There's about to be a slight lull in the soccer world. MLS is the only "major" league playing right now. Most European teams are starting training this week. The transfer market is about to get a bit busier after the World Cup. I will always suggest checking out SB Nation's soccer blogs as well. If you have a local MLS team, most are covered really well.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I don't disagree with you, but rather just noting:||
I'd argue that right back may not even be his best position. He played CDM (and even briefly CAM) at Houston before Stoke converted him to a right back full time.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Jan Vertonghen can roll forward with surprising skill||
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Not totally true.||
I spent a few days in Brussels in January. You're talking Belgian beer, waffles, and chocolates. It was fantastic.
t's a bit less traveled by tourist, but the history and open-ness was nice. I didn't have to wade through several hundred tourists to see the cathedral in town. They have nearly 2 dozen museums that are really cool.
Brussels is the home to the European Union, so it's west side has a bit more modern feel to it, but the downtown/central district was really rather cool.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Belgian Fullbacks.||
Despite going 4 centerbacks across, the Belgium wide centerbacks are much more adept to going forward. Vertohngen played left back for about half the season at Tottenham this year, and despite reportedly hating to play there, the guy can handel the ball on the dribble, the pass, and the cross.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||If that's the case||
Who took Altidore's replacements' spots?
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I've got a whole bowl for your face||
|3 weeks 6 days ago||No clue why you start Davis then not use him on corners||
Because if starting Davis isn't a gamble enough, not using him in the only way that he is valuable is also crazy.
Thank you Portugal, you gave us the breathing room we needed for this fixture.
Also, Omar Gonzalez, thank you for finally playing the way you did before your big pay raise. Those tackles in the box were fantastic. Best you've looked in a year at least.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I stepped up to the bar||
Ordered a drink. Asked the guy next to me how "we" scored the second goal as I missed in during my drive to the bar.
He turns out to be a Nigerian. Gives me shit (in a joking matter) about "we?"
Dammit I fail.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Have fun in Bolivia||
I hear they love soccer there!
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Here is the part where I'd||
The new ESPNFC site is the worst thing they could have possibly done heading to the World Cup. Nothing makes sense. There is no order. Just picture everywhere, many without a line of text to tell you what the picture or story's context is.
ARGH I HATES IT.
|7 weeks 12 hours ago||The first letters of every||
Sounds like "Sour Salty Bitter Sweet" is infiltrating other computers on the network! Speaking of which, official MGoWife hasn't posted in over a year. I've almost stopped following in the RSS feeder.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I would love to see Beckerman do well against a non-CONCACAF||
We haven't seen him tested there... maybe ever? Sure his speed doesn't keep up with the Jones, but the guy has been damn quality when he has played.
|8 weeks 8 hours ago||Allow me to clarify||
There's no way I'd see him as a CDM. I meant as a LM to replace Bedoya late in games.
Because yes, Davis as CDM would be retarded.
|8 weeks 10 hours ago||I'm not happy with the Jones experiment yet.||
It's easy to look good at CDM when the other team is parking the bus. Not enough solid data yet.
I think a lot of people give Brad Davis too little credit. He doesn't have the fast speed, but his positioning generally can make up for it. I don't think he's a great left winger for the international level, but he offers outstanding service and he works hard when on the field. I think we continue to see Bedoya on the left, then depending the style of game, either Johansson or Davis come in as a super sub. Johansson in flowing games, Davis as a set piece specialist in a slower game.
My biggest concern is playing out of the 4-4-2 with diamond midfield. This gets played narrow to clog the midfield with most teams playing 5 midfielders. From what I saw last night, they didn't play very narrow (partially due to the parked bus), and that hasn't really been our game during the Klinsmann era. So are we spacing out our formation to allow our own width to push forward while also exposing ourselves to the top quality wingers we'll be facing in Portugal and German? That seems dangerous enough.
|10 weeks 10 hours ago||Indiana baseball is #3(!) in RPI (via Boyd's World formula)||
That shit's crazy. Their ISR (schedule strength) is 5th, which explains most of their early losses.
Despite that, what's truly crazy is Indiana State is 17 in RPI right now. Forget basketball state. Indiana has turned into a surprise baseball state.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Have any Michigan sports team ever had Wovlerines on the chest?||
I mean other than the hockey jersey with the pictures. It just looks so weird. I'm 90% sure baseball wears Michigan on home and away jerseys, if not just the block M.
I'd probably even like them if they said "Michigan".
|22 weeks 2 days ago||That is sickening.||
That is sickening.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||I wasn't so good with the words while employeed here||
I was just in it for the benefits.
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|22 weeks 2 days ago||Worst employer ever||
Except for that whole working for him thing. That part was normally pretty good. Would work for again!
|23 weeks 4 days ago||FIRE EVERYONE!||
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|23 weeks 5 days ago||They are awesome. That's how.|
|23 weeks 5 days ago||I think we're getting into semantics re: format||
Because I agree they should go to the NCAA model as well. If we were a stronger league top to bottom, maybe an 8 team tourney would make sense as a middle table team could conceivable compete in a regional if they were to win (like a 4-6th place SEC team). A 4-6 seed in the B1G would likely be murdered.
I agree completely; you shouldn't be in the tournament unless you expect to compete in the NCAA.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||So they just foiled an attempted plane jacking||
Target was supposedly Sochi.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||I hate this format. They||
I hate this format. They have two 4 team brackets playing double elimination, EXCEPT, instead of facing the loser from your bracket possibly again, you get the loser from the other bracket, then a one off winner take all. If you lose in the first round, it's 6 games in 5 days to win it all. That's ludicrous for a college team.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Nationally, there area few||
Nationally, there area few big softball programs in the north, notably Michigan and Northwestern. Baseball is not so much. No team north of Tennessee and East of the Pacific Northwest tends to stay good long any more. Occasionally Louisville or Kentucky have a couple good seasons in a row, but in baseball, those are considered northern teams as well.
I can't explain it in great detail, but I would bet it has to do with quality of pitching. Because the way a baseball is thrown, cold weather is more detrimental. The same thing applies with softball starting pitchers throwing nearly every game where baseball is once a week. The best pitching stays in the south. You want to play where the best competition is to be drafted, so better hitters stay there. That and it's just warmer during the season down there. You also don't have to worry about hectic travel schedules during the school year, so academically, it could be beneficial to play at a place like LSU that only leaves the state of Louisiana when the SEC makes them play road games..
This is probably way over simplified though.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Affirmative,||
But, who's on first?
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Too Short; No Paragraphs||