Had high hopes for Klinsmann, but US men's soccer is clearly at a low point; I don't think the lack of gifted ("technical") players helps. Has he gambled on a style of football we couldn't manage and simply lost? Might the gamble pay off soon? (That is, are better players on the way?)
It's curious to me that the criticism from all quarters is so muted--no one really calling for Klinsmann's head, just saying we've got to win. Maybe this amounts to a tacit collective admission that the talent just isn't there, yet?
MOD EDIT - Moved to board - LSA
Jose made Chelsea the most hated soccer team in the world. He lost his players ages ago. Him recently saying he was 'betrayed' by them was last straw.
MLS Cup Final Tonight!
Who ya got? Is this is it for Becks/Juninho?
Personally if Davis doesn't play, I really can't see Galaxy losing; and to be honest I think it's great for MLS and US soccer to have a dominant, recognizable team. I really don't think Becks is coming back, but I'm hoping Keane can be all like "C'MON MAN!!!" and talk him into staying.
I know there's alot of soccer fans on this board but i don't know how many watch MLS. Anyways, cheers and enjoy the game!
I realize the open thread for the game is below this, but the win and the video justify (in my mind) a new post. Dempsey wins it with an assist from Donovan -> what a classy bunch of guys.
Full write-up: http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/43503719/ns/sports-soccer
The Men's National Team announced the roster for the 2011 Gold Cup today, and one of the surprises is that Freddy Adu was named to the team.
Those left off include Bunbury, Gomez, and Davies.
I'm going to the game in Detroit and am really excited to get to see some of the younger guys like Lichaj & Agudelo in person. Thoughts?
Loved reading the thread yesterday. Wanted to make sure it happened again.
This is the second leg in the Champion's League Quarterfinal. Bayern is up 2-1.
Any lucky bastards out there actually get to watch it while some of us are at work?
Being an avid EPL soccer, it has been hard to go on without my Fox Soccer Channel here at U of M. Does anyone have a good streaming site for both EPL matches and/or Champions league matches? Also, why the hell did ESPN drop the Champions league? That makes absolutely no sense to me.
I currently use: http://iraqgoals.net/ but that site has awful quality and constantly freezes. Any help would be much appreciated.
Michigan Striker Peri Marosevic scores twice in USA Under 20s 3-0 win over Mexico:
U.S. U-20 MNT Tops Mexico, 3-0, as Marosevic Nets Two Goals in Rivalry Match
“Games like this are the best way to evaluate players,” said head coach Thomas Rongen. “I thought we took our chances well and that’s important. Another very positive thing for us is that we really didn’t give Mexico any good looks at the goal. I’m very happy with the way we played defensively and maybe we could be a little better with the ball, but we want to continue to do well on set pieces. That was obviously one of our strengths tonight.”
Two corner kicks from midfielder Brandon Manzonelli, who was making his first appearance with the U-20s, led directly to two U.S. goals. The first, in the 25th minute, was driven in from the right, and deflected off a couple of players in front of the goal. The ball found its way to Williams’ feet, and the defender powered it in for what would prove to be the game-winner.
Less than two minutes later, hometown star Felix Garcia streaked upfield, out-pacing several Mexican defenders with the ball at his feet. Once he got into the box, he struck a low shot at a tough angle that Mexican goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez did well to get a hand on, but the ball caromed right to Marosevic, who was making a hard run to the far post. The deflected shot went right into Marosevic’s path, and he hammered it home from close range to double the USA lead.
The teams exchanged possessions throughout the majority of the half, but there was a shortage of many quality chances for either side. The best chance for Mexico came from Alberto Soto, who was Mexico’s most dangerous attacker. In the 22nd minute, he received the ball 20 yards from goal, looked up and saw an opening before ripping a shot that went just over the crossbar.
Seconds before the halftime whistle, the U.S. put a dagger in Mexico’s chance for a comeback. Manzonelli whipped in another corner that skidded past a defender to Marosevic, who once again scored from close range. This time he slotted into the side netting of the far post to round out the scoring on the night.
The second half, despite being scoreless, was just as action packed as Mexico battled for every inch, and the U.S. refused to go down without a fight. Some chippy play from both sides led to three ejections in the half, including a player from each team in the 66th minute. By the 72nd minute, the game was nine against 10, as Mexico’s Daniel Montes was also ejected.
Despite the open field, neither team was able to string together an attack, as Mexico relied mostly on counter-attacks that were broken up by the U.S. back line. The Americans were content to possess the ball by passing it around Mexico’s high-pressure defense.