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|2 weeks 17 hours ago||brian||
please dont leave for four years!
i know i am not alone in that i would love to keep up with the USMNT players you've mentioned, especially during some of the bigger tournaments that are on the docket before russia 2018. i've followed a few USMNT blogs but none compare to what you're put out during this world cup run.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||how would you have liked||
to have brought on LD instead of wondo at the end of yesterdays game? someone who had been there before, a finisher, composed, etc. not saying he would have made the difference (i think the injury to altidore hurt more than LD not being on the team) but we really missed his spark.
to brians main point, i am conflicted this morning. very proud of the team and ill continue to support them but i just cant come away thinking - what others have mentioned - that we're getting closer to the end goal. we're a good team - top 10 maybe - but there is a huge gap between elite and good, and we're not quite closing it. but thats a conversation for another day...
|2 weeks 6 days ago||National team soccer||
Similar to college sports in a way--- a player may be im his prime but you may never see him suit up for your team again. Timmy just had his best game in a us jersey, but more likely than not we won't see him don the colors again...(at least certainly not in another World Cup)
|3 weeks 4 days ago||All things considered||
Our corner of the bracket isn't as dominating as it could be. Argentina is the best team (?) and they haven't looked great at all. I would take our theoretical route into the semis over any other team, especially second place teams.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||brad davis||
starting too is even more WTF
|4 weeks 17 hours ago||look||
at that screenschot posted above. there are 6 american defenders level with 3 portugal attackers. and, without rewatching the goal (because i cant bring myself to do that), i think there was only one portugal attacker in the box to our 3 or 4 defenders.
we were not compressed up the field, we had numbers back to defend. your audible oh noes was probably more a result of the time on the clock as opposed to any serious threat. bradley shouldnt have turned it over - he shoulders a % of the blame, sure - but this is a play that could have and shoud have easily been defended.
|4 weeks 17 hours ago||also||
the extra day of rest, not to mention playing in manaus, is going to make ghana much more fresh. that, along with portugals predisposition of being mentally weak, i dont see us getting the result from ghana that we want -- which means we HAVE to at least tie...one of the best teams in the tournament...
i dont think it can be understated what that last goal may have cost us.
|4 weeks 17 hours ago||not the same||
there are literally hundreds of turnovers in soccer. almost all goals in the history of goals are caused because one team turned over the ball somewhere on the pitch. football turnovers are rare - thats why its tracked.
|4 weeks 17 hours ago||thanks||
for your optimistic take on our chances, brian, but i cant but help feeling a bit nervous at the prospect that portugal has all but given up (see their lack of emotion on the tying goal). with portugal having effectively nothing to play for and ghana needing a big win, i can see gahana steamrolling a team that is well-known as being mentally weak.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||This is||
He group stage... There are no ties in the next rounds...
And sure there are ties, but you can't exactly sit here and tell me the regular season for basketball, baseball, or hockey are all that thrilling, regardless of ties.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Yes||
Isn't this what they called against Brian mcbride back in 2002?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Also||
Where we really miss LD. No one is talking about brining in brad Davis....
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||Bedoya||
Was great tonight. Loved what I've seen from him this WC cycle.
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||The us||
Is better than what they are showing. And despite everything Ghana has had what 2 real chances? Whether you agree or not US is in defend first, what's killing them is Bradley's poor play tonight.
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||Honest||
Have you watched all the games?
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||first half||
the early goal helped the US play exactly how they want: make ghana put together passes to score, take your chances on the counterattack, and play defense. unfortunately, the US passes were not crisp at all, and you didnt see much counterattack. apart from a couple 1/2 chances from ghana it worked, but the lazy US passes on the counterattack made it seem worse than what it was.
the jozy injury is a huge kick in the nuts. i like aron, but i dont think hes a starting world cup striker.
what do we see in the second half? would love to push the tempo a bit more - im not confident in our defense pitching a shutout - but we need michael bradley to take charge.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||THANK YOU BRIAN||
i wasnt the only one refreshing mgoblog all day yesterday waiting for this write up instead of offseason michigan news, right?
|6 weeks 6 days ago||yes,||
it is. i noticed that during a live viewing. THERE is your Michigan reference, MGOBRONCO.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I've really liked||
what i've seen out of Johannsson. I thought going into the game last night, Wondo would be the first striker off the bench. But now, I really hope he's been passed by Aron.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||i thought davis was meh||
im not one to get excited about "should have drawn a penalty" - just because a player falls in the box doesn't mean hes playing well. the cross was great, but i stlil come away thinking that goal was more perfect finishing / terrible marking than anything that davis did.
fair or not, anything davis does moving forward will be compared to what LD could have done - and last night i didnt go away thinking that davis outplayed hypothetical LD.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||And that's the difference||
And that's the difference between a finisher and wondolowski...
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Bradley||
Touch has been off all night.
Gonzo looks a step slow...against Azerbijan...I wonder if he's a candidate to be left off for injury.
Brad Davis... Still confused about that one.
Jones hasn't looked bad as a defensive mid. If he can stay disciplined that's a huge upgrade in athleticism.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||He||
May not start but he will get a run at the World Cup-- he's the first guy off the bench up top.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Creates||
... but doesn't score....
Snark aside wondo had two uncontested point blank headers. One was a nice save, the other was right to the keeper. He needed to have put one of those in the back of the net...
|8 weeks 3 days ago||i was i had your optimism||
but there is no way i see hypothetical matchup between ballon d'or winner ronaldo and 18 year old mls defender Yedlin being anything but doom.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||i'm no recruitnik||
and not to be "that guy" (who says we don't really want em after they commit elsewhere), but im curious to know how commitable is this offer to tyriq thompson. he's ranked as a generic three star recruit. sure, MSU has made a living off these players, but its not exactly jabrill peppers here either.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||F*ck the NCAA||
What a cluster. Or as Dan wetzel tweeted out "that a player could fail one drug test and be suspended for a year is why a union is needed." Couldn't agree more ...
Feel bad for Mitch but also come away thinking more highly of him from this article. It didn't necessarily work out for him in Ann Arbor but I'll always look back positively on his time here. Best of luck - here's hoping he blows up during the NBA combine and goes in the first round
|12 weeks 4 days ago||wow||
just clicked that link and didnt realize that larry brown at SMU got himself the second highest rated recruit in the country after apparently getting a five star last year. good for him.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||meh||
i have to disagree with you here. i thought the defender slowed down for the ball after he pushed bale out of bounds. and pinto is a backup goalie for a reason. he let an easy goal in early in the game and comes out with his legs wayyy to open. there was no way he wasn't getting nutmegged.
bale, to his credit, didnt stop, but this is more of a case of poor defense and goal keeping versus an "insane" goal. to put it another way, sometimes a guy just makes the shot - nothing can be done about that (a la harrison's three over levert). other times, it feels like you've given the shot up. as a barca fan, this was way more the latter.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||working from home today...||
which means working in the backyard under the umbrella.
will avoid golf all weekend -- my hatred of that sport is probably what many of you feel for soccer. i just dont get it. "lets watch people hit a tiny ball and then walk"