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|6 hours 41 min ago||Dempsey and Wondo are||
Dempsey and Wondo are radically different strikers. Dempsey can drop deep into the midfield to facilitate attacks, possess the ball and link up play. Wondo's a pure penalty box poacher who was used properly in the WC (coming in late when a goal is needed or you want someone to run around and harass the back line while up) but he can play for a full 90 at this level. He just can't do enough of the hold up or build up work that you need someone to do up top for the whole game. The US would have been even more overrun in the midfield if they had two guys up the field.
If the Germany-Brazil game shows nothing else, it's that you can't allow the Germans to have space to play in the midfield. A nation of our talent-level has to play them the way Algeria and Ghana did, putting guys around and behind the ball and trying to hit them up the wings on the break when the ball turns over.
|6 hours 49 min ago||The problem with Edu is that||
The problem with Edu is that he can no longer play at a middling professional level. He's been bad in MLS after two years of being awful or riding the bench overseas. Having four guys who can slot in at defensive mid (Beckerman, Jones, Bradley, and Cameron) is plenty of cover. Cameron just shat the bed against Belgium. Edu would have, most likely, been far worse. He just can't play at a level that significantly below the world cup.
The real mistake was not bringing Boyd to back up Altidore as a hold up striker. Boyd had been in good form for his club team in exactly the same role as Altidore was to play and having him would have allowed Dempsey to play as a withdrawn striker where he's much more effective. When Klinsmann chose his 23, though, I don't think he planned to play Jones tucked in on the left. Had he planned for that, he should have left Davis at home for Boyd.
|6 hours 59 min ago||So you think Brandon went in||
So you think Brandon went in and told him, "Hey John, we really need to bring in coaches to teach man-to-man to compete in the Big 10 and to achieve better player development and recruiting connections." I think it's far more likely that Beilein, whom almost everyone ackowledges is one of the smartest coaches in college bball examined his staff after the season and saw serious shortcomings that he thought were insurmountable.
|1 week 3 days ago||isn't he in for Beckerman, just slotting into his||
isn't he in for Beckerman, just slotting into his role?
|1 week 3 days ago||When chipping the keeper goes||
When chipping the keeper goes wrong...
|1 week 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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.
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||When was the last time||
When was the last time Detroit had a white mayor? Um, today?
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||Algeria will finally get a||
Algeria will finally get a chance at revenge for 1982. Great matchup.
|2 weeks 23 hours 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 1 day 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 1 day 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 1 day 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 1 day 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 1 day 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 1 day 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 1 day ago||And that coach, according to||
And that coach, according to a preponderance of the evidence, was pretending to be Indian.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||http://www.washingtonpost.co||
|2 weeks 1 day 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 1 day 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 1 day ago||The Onion pretty much went||
The Onion pretty much went there (in a somewhat different direction) last October:
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Mueller?||
Any chance Mueller is held out with that nasty cut he suffered against Ghana?
|2 weeks 3 days 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 3 days ago||That's the end of Suarez in||
That's the end of Suarez in this tournament
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Will be shocked if there's||
Will be shocked if there's not another red in this game
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Wow. Cannibal Suarez returns||
Wow. Cannibal Suarez returns and then Uruguay scores
|2 weeks 3 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: