OT: Who in the World Cup do you root for now?

OT: Who in the World Cup do you root for now?

Submitted by Helloheisman on October 11th, 2017 at 9:44 PM
With the United States being out of the World Cup, does anyone have an alternative option at hand? Do you go based on family lineage, favorite player(s), or favorite style of play? Of course if you're a citizen or dual citizen of another country it goes without saying. This is really weird for me, as my whole life the USMNT has been in every World Cup. Me? I'm hoping my boys from the Emerald Isle can pull off an upset of epic proportions to make it through the Euro playoff. Being Irish-German, it feels to cheap to throw my hat in for Germany.

OT: The Klinsmann Experiment

OT: The Klinsmann Experiment

Submitted by MGlobules on March 28th, 2016 at 7:42 PM

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

Go Away Jose! Mourinho sacked by Chelsea

Go Away Jose! Mourinho sacked by Chelsea

Submitted by shawnducati on December 17th, 2015 at 10:20 AM

Mourinho sacked by Chelsea:

http://www.espnfc.us/chelsea/story/2685417/chelsea-sack-jose-mourinho-a…

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.

 
Once they get rid of Costa and Terry I think they can move on from the massive douche image.

OT: MLS Cup Final

OT: MLS Cup Final

Submitted by steviebrownfor… on November 20th, 2011 at 9:08 PM

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!

OT: US Futbol advances to Gold Cup Final

OT: US Futbol advances to Gold Cup Final

Submitted by lakeside on June 22nd, 2011 at 10:13 PM

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

OT: Bradley Announces Gold Cup Roster (USMNT)

OT: Bradley Announces Gold Cup Roster (USMNT)

Submitted by steviebrownfor… on May 23rd, 2011 at 6:52 PM

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.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hSm1XgA1MelLBCXD9LZI…

 

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?

OT: English Premier League Streaming?

OT: English Premier League Streaming?

Submitted by BlueintheBlood on March 21st, 2010 at 10:26 AM

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 Beats Mexico

Michigan Striker Beats Mexico

Submitted by Zaqataq on July 12th, 2008 at 2:02 PM

Michigan Striker Peri Marosevic scores twice in USA Under 20s 3-0 win over Mexico:

http://www.ussoccer.com/articles/viewArticle.jsp_7733249.html

U-20 MNT
U.S. U-20 MNT Tops Mexico, 3-0, as Marosevic Nets Two Goals in Rivalry Match  
 
LAREDO, Texas (July 11, 2008) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated rival Mexico in front of a raucous pro-Mexico crowd in the Laredo, Texas. Defender Sheanon Williams scored the game-winning goal in the 25th minute and forward Peri Marosevic added a brace in the first half in front of a sold-out crowd of 4,000.

“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.