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07/16/2018 - 2:06pm I don't know how it works…

I don't know how it works world wide, but in Europe, if you have an EU passport, you can work in the EU before 18.  That's why a lot of young Europeans train outside of their home countries, and also why dual nationals will get EU passports if they live abroad.  Like Pulisic got his Croatian passport when he was like 16 or something so he could move and train with Dortmund before 18.  Matt Miazga got his Polish passport to do the same.  

I think in most of the world, the domestic leagues's business models involve selling players to bigger clubs when young.  Like Brazil's domestic league trains and develops a ton of talent that they will sell to bigger clubs around the world when able, even if after 18.  They're good enough that European countries will buy a guy they didn't develop from like 15.  That's the model MLS needs to embrace if US soccer as a whole is to take the next step forward.

07/16/2018 - 1:33pm I was really surprised Amon…

I was really surprised Amon didn't get a call up for those friendlies the US played earlier this summer.  Not the highest league he's playing in, but he put some impressive performances in a legit pro league a young age.  Hopefully we see him for the next round of friendlies.  And it's crazy to think about, but if the qualifying schedule follows past cycles, WC qualifying will start in little over a year, in fall of 2019.  So even some of those older guys, if they're not in for the next WC in 2022, the US is going to need them (like Altidore and Johansson).  

And speaking of Johansson, I doubt he regrets choosing US over Iceland.  Remember, he's already played and started in a World Cup.  And got further than Iceland did!  And with his injuries lately, he probably wouldn't have gotten called up to the Iceland squad anyway.  So he's still ahead with the US so far.  And since he's a Bremen also, it would be awesome to see a Johansson/Sargent strike force do well there.

06/28/2018 - 11:34am Also, I think Panama and…

Also, I think Panama and Tunisa might be a more interesting game than Belgium/England.  Not as good soccer, but both teams have nothing to lose and will be looking to salvage some good memories out of the world cup.  It might be quite interesting actually.

06/28/2018 - 11:29am I mean, England and Belgium…

I mean, England and Belgium shouldn't try to lose...but it would be adventageous to maybe rest your starters, but your B team out there, avoid yellows, etc, and if you end up losing and end up in a much easier bracket, well then that's a bonus.

06/22/2018 - 11:27am Yeah, that dive was bad.  He…

Yeah, that dive was bad.  He should have gotten a yellow.  I'm hoping VAR cuts down on that.  4 years ago that penalty would have stood.

06/22/2018 - 10:10am Brazil haven't look great so…

Brazil haven't look great so far and it probably doesn't help starting an 80% Neymar, but this is also just what Costa Rica does.  For like the last 8 years they've devised and drilled a system of heavy deep defending with efficient low volume counter attacks that has worked wonders.  Brazil is not the first big time team they've made look worse than they actually are.

06/22/2018 - 10:10am Brazil haven't look great so…

Brazil haven't look great so far and it probably doesn't help starting an 80% Neymar, but this is also just what Costa Rica does.  For like the last 8 years they've devised and drilled a system of heavy deep defending with efficient low volume counter attacks that has worked wonders.  Brazil is not the first big time team they've made look worse than they actually are.

06/22/2018 - 10:07am Man, if casual fans hate…

Man, if casual fans hate theatrics and time wasting, then casual fans must also hate every other sport in existance.  No wonder no sports teams can make money in America.

Personally I love to watch Costa Rica play at the World Cup.  We as USMNT know their game, but it's hilarious to see other big national teams get Concacaf'd and not understand what is happening, nor expect it.  It was awesome to see Costa Rica do this exact same thing to Italy, England, Uruguay, the Netherlands and they never see it coming

 

06/19/2018 - 2:11pm It's not just you. …

It's not just you.  Sometimes when I listen to him on podcasts, he says some genuinely insightful things, and to here him talk about preparing to be on air, he does a lot of research.  Then by the time he distills everything into the few minutes he has to talk on air, it ends up being just another Hot Take with no insight.

06/19/2018 - 12:47pm I mean, in theory I agree. …

I mean, in theory I agree.  But I think the problem, at least historically, is that you didn't get the call without theatrics.  I mean why does Jay Wright and Tom Izzo constantly berate the refs no matter what happens?  I mean I hate that, but it works.  They get the calls with no repercussions, so they do it.  Same principle.  I don't think this applies to you, but I also get annoyed with people who complain about flopping and why it's the reason they don't like soccer without applying that same logic to other sports they enjoy.  But that's like just my opinion man.

06/19/2018 - 12:47pm I mean, in theory I agree. …

I mean, in theory I agree.  But I think the problem, at least historically, is that you didn't get the call without theatrics.  I mean why does Jay Wright and Tom Izzo constantly berate the refs no matter what happens?  I mean I hate that, but it works.  They get the calls with no repercussions, so they do it.  Same principle.  I don't think this applies to you, but I also get annoyed with people who complain about flopping and why it's the reason they don't like soccer without applying that same logic to other sports they enjoy.  But that's like just my opinion man.

06/19/2018 - 12:37pm If Japan and Senegal get out…

If Japan and Senegal get out of the group with Columbia and Poland...well that would be very entertaining in a chaos way.  Probably less entertaining in quality soccer way at least if Columbia is eliminated.  But with the US not even making it, I just want chaos.  And for Mexico to lose badly.

06/19/2018 - 12:35pm I personally don't get all…

I personally don't get all the hate about flopping.  I mean, I laugh at the over the top rolls, but whatever.  A player is under no obligation to act tough after getting fouled.  And with how difficult it is to see fouls, I don't have a problem with a player calling attention to getting fouled.  What I really hate is the diving.  At least VAR might take a big bite out of that, especially the dives that try and get a player red carded or a penalty called.

06/19/2018 - 12:33pm Yes, they do look better…

Yes, they do look better today.  Historically according to the FIFA rankings the past two years is the only time Poland has been in the top 10.  Most of this decade they were 50-70, until this past cycle when the started gaming the rankings and vaulted way up.  With the new ranking system FIFA is going to use I think Poland is low teens in rankings.  Senegal is like mid-low 20s in the same ranking (about the same as the US).

06/19/2018 - 12:30pm Total mismanagement by the…

Total mismanagement by the referee there for sure.  But also a really bad back pass by Poland there.  And the Senegal guy even bent his run to stay onside.  Not that I think it mattered with Poland back passing.

06/19/2018 - 11:57am As far as Poland, I don't…

As far as Poland, I don't think it's too surprising.  Mostly because it's a bit difficult to actually know how good Poland is.  They totally gamed the rankings this past cycle to get into Pot 1 and get an easier draw.  They just decided not to play friendlies, so they have limited evidence to say exactly how good they are.  They're good, but probably closer to Senegal than one might think.

06/18/2018 - 1:36pm I mean, yes, I've been…

I mean, yes, I've been watching soccer since like 2012 closely.  Hence why I qualified it with recent years.  But even in the early part of this decade, Belgium had some really nice players on the roster used for Euro qualifying; Hazard, Kompany, De Bruyne, Dembele, Mertens, Fillaini, Benteke, Lukaku.  Granted, they were all younger and not in current form, but still, that's a lot of talent to lose to not qualify for Euros over Turkey.  Kind of fits the narrative that they have a lot of talent, but the national team can't quite put it together.

06/18/2018 - 12:28pm Hasn't that been pretty much…

Hasn't that been pretty much the story with Belgium in recent years though?  On paper as much talent to seemingly go toe to toe on the biggest stages with the global powers, but just never can seem to put it together.  I feel like they're the perennial 'dark horse' to win at every big tournament since I've been watching soccer.

At least they still make great beer.

06/18/2018 - 11:12am I mean, of course, the only…

I mean, of course, the only reason to dislike Mexico is because they're the US's main rival.  I mean otherwise, they're just a bunch of regular ol' people from a fine country.  But this is sports.  I need no other reason than that they're a rival to hate them with the fire of the sun.  I see them as OSU because they're the main regional power that stands in the US's way from dominance of the conference if only the US could get out of it's own way.  Just like UM.  But either way, all that matter is that Mexico lose so bad they decide to dismantle the whole program and all the dual nationals declare to play for the US.

06/18/2018 - 9:49am Since the USMNT didn't make…

Since the USMNT didn't make it, my rooting interest is for everyone to loose and every fanbase to have a terrible time.  Especially Mexico.  They're the Ohio State of the soccer world, in that their fan base is terrible and they are terrible and should cease to exist.  Can't believe they beat Germany.  

06/15/2018 - 1:11pm This is what the program has…

This is what the program has been missing.  Now UM can win a championship!

But seriously....meh, they're fine.  Look good.  Looked good without them too.

06/14/2018 - 4:00pm Ummm, I mean Brian is a huge…

Ummm, I mean Brian is a huge USMNT and soccer fan.  Every four years with the US in the World Cup MGoBlog turns to world cup content.  And promptly pisses of a handful of die hard soccer haterz.  But I personally love it.  

06/14/2018 - 2:43pm So, even though the US shat…

So, even though the US shat the bed for the World Cup this cycle, I'm really missing the every 4 years WC coverage that usually is in this blog.  Any chance you can dry your tears and give some coverage?  Or if the apathy is just too much, any chance for a post-WC US preview for the coming cycle after our nightmare is in the rear view and US Soccer tries not to utterly implode over the next few years?

06/13/2018 - 11:50am Old easily.  Finding the…

Old easily.  Finding the quickly looking at the message board was far easier in my phone with the old.  I need four clicks and  multiple pages to load to get to it on mobile now.  Plus I felt the old was much cleaner design.  I never understood why people complained about the old one.

05/31/2018 - 2:40pm Yes, that's the guy.  I

Yes, that's the guy.  I believe when the violations started getting reported, Godfrey basically parroted the Ole Miss coaching staff in some articles/interivews and 'reported' that the vioaltions and such didn't concern football and weren't a big deal and nothing would happen.  Basically didn't do any due diligence in his reporting.  Contributed to why guys like Patterson even went there in the first place because Ole Miss convinced a lot of people there were no real violations and it was all nothing.  Godfrey contributed to that.  Pretty sure Brian calls him out on that and Godfrey doesn't like to be reminded about it.

05/24/2018 - 2:16pm No crap we're not peaches. 

No crap we're not peaches.  We're human beings.  Not fruit.  Typical woman; doesn't even know the difference between a person and a fruit.

05/24/2018 - 2:08pm He partied too much.  I

He partied too much.  I remember reading an article that about when Messi started at Barca and the Barca higher ups were worried that Messi was hanging out with Ronaldinho too much.  They were afraid that Messi would follow Ronaldinho down the hole of not applying himself and achieving his full potential.

05/24/2018 - 2:02pm Wait, wait, wait...you think

Wait, wait, wait...you think it's bonkers that rich, famous man is doting on and banging two women at the same time?  Or that even said two women are aware of each other?  Or is the bonkers part just that such an arrangement is happening under one roof instead of two seperate ones?  Frankly, nothing about this seems very unusual to me, except the label 'marriage' he's applying to it.

05/02/2018 - 2:04pm I don't know, I can see how

I don't know, I can see how it may help.  I'm probably a small demographic here, but I have boy/girl twins, I am an Eagle Scout any my wife has her Gold Award, we both want our kids to do scouting, but in our discussions about scouting, it's pretty clear the infrastructue to offer greater experiences is, or at least was, much higher in the BSA.  My wife says she wishes she could have been in my troop.  We both had well run troops (mine was probably extrememly well run), but I had easier access to all the high adventure camps and jamborees that my wife just didn't.  I know Ventures in co-ed, but that's not until your older and getting in a troop and enviornment that fostors growth toward those high adventure experiences is important for retention and growth. 

And secondly, man, it makes it a hell of a lot easier on us parents to juggle one troop instead of two.  I know that's a bit selfish, but man, we already got a lot going on in life.  

My wife and I acknowledge there are definiate advantages, at least in our opinion, to single-gender spaces at times, so it would be a big change for a co-ed troop, but I can also see a lot of advantages.  In the end, how this turns out will probably have to do with how well individual troops are run.

04/12/2018 - 1:36pm I mean, thanks for the off

I mean, thanks for the off season content, but this offseason is going to be brutal.  I was really looking forward to reading all the world cup content we get once very 4 years, but instead it looks like content on the most boring, flopping-est league in the world, the NBA.  Ugh.

03/30/2018 - 10:30am This feels like typical

This feels like typical offseason stuff and trying to rationalize sub-par performance last year.  Maybe S&C had something to do with it.  But the defense was still dominate.  It was just poor QB play, uninspired offensive strategy/playcalling (until the OSU game), bad luck, and above all, poor OL play (and that's technique and learning how to pick up a damn stunt).  Last year didn't feel like they got overpowered.

03/28/2018 - 11:28am Kind of my thoughts exactly. 

Kind of my thoughts exactly.  He never seemed like a bad dude, but he is the embodiment of a recent Izzo team: athletic marvel that plays an old style of basketball and thinks toughness is yelling a lot and flexing after getting an open dunk.  Has no idea what true toughness is, as do none of Izzo's recent teams as far as I can remember.

03/27/2018 - 8:35am In the little bit I was able

In the little bit I was able to catch from his highlight packages in the tournement, seems like he got a lot/most of his baskets off pick-and roll.  Man, this team really does remind me of an older Jordan Morgan led Beilein team.  Great ball movement, passing, 4 out offense, non-athletic 5 that finishes at the rim assisted with a high clip.  They're really gonna have to work on that pick and roll D this week, as that seems like how the Jackson scores and he's gonna be like 50%ish of the minutes at the 5.

03/26/2018 - 10:46am Yeah, I forgot about that

Yeah, I forgot about that goaltend, and then I believe they turned that into a fast break and Wagner got called for a teerrrrible block that was pretty clearly a charge, they hit both free throws, and it was a 4 point swing.  UM had the chance to put the hammer down so many times in that game.  

Also, but FSU is a pretty bad three throw team and they hit 90% in that game.  Normalize UM's three shooting and FSU's FTs and UM wins by like 20.

03/26/2018 - 10:10am Yeah, I'm really interested

Yeah, I'm really interested to see how they do.  This year felt a little flukly, i.e won games, but not in great fasion, bouyed by 1) the B1G POY, who was legit really really good, and 2) the unbalanced schedules.  I think they played MSU, Purdue only once, lost to Penn State twice, split with UM, played Nebraska once at home.  What kind of recruiting classes are they bringing in?

03/26/2018 - 10:03am When Krutwig is on the bench,

When Krutwig is on the bench, what does the line-up look like?  Who is the replacement center?

03/26/2018 - 10:00am Didn't Beilein put in Livers

Didn't Beilein put in Livers at the 5 for a short period at some point this weekend?  I imagine that would be the move if needed.

03/26/2018 - 9:59am Wouldn't the best strategy be

Wouldn't the best strategy be not let Krutwig pass out of the post?  I've only watched a little bit of them, but they move the ball great and get a lot of good looks from 3 it seems.  I would just say 'screw it' and stick on the perimeter with your guys and let Krutwig drive the offense with post-up baskets.  Don't leave anyone open to pass to.

03/26/2018 - 9:50am Is it just me, or did FSU

Is it just me, or did FSU play an amazingly un-sound defensive game?  They may have disrupted the offense early, but it was pretty clear pretty quickly that their defensive game was to have all those ents go battle of Isengard at the hoop with weakside help.  UM, was 1) slow to notice/do anything about it, and 2) just missed those wiiiide open shots.  I remember one late block were Z had it swatted out of bounds late in the 1st half, there were literally 4 FSU players under the hoops with Wagner, Robinson, Matthews all at the 3 pt line without a defender within 20 ft.  And Z tried the lay-up.  I felt like I was taking crazy pills.  IF UM just hits 3 more 3pts which is still below their season ave, it's a 12 pt comfortable win that people prbobably call 'dominant'.

03/26/2018 - 9:25am Eye test confirms this. 

Eye test confirms this.  Didn't they win their first 3 tourney games on buzzer beaters in each game?  Then dropped the hammer on a short handed and already outmanned KSU team.  I hope that streak does not continue.  They gotta be due for a clunker/unlucky game soon, right?

03/26/2018 - 8:28am I can't get a real great read

I can't get a real great read on them.  They really do remind me of a Beilein team we've seen in the past.  Slow, shoot really well, don't foul, don't rebound great.  Their center, Krutwig is their highest usage guy (by a slim margin), and also their highest ORTG guy.  However, he absolutely does not shoot threes.  He shoots 60% on twos which is how I guess he makes up for it, but he does not seem like an superior athlete.  Appears nimble, but a below the rim player.  Almost like a less athletic Jorgan Morgan?  I don't know what to make of that. 

I kind of think just stick on perimeter players and don't give them open looks from 3; don't help off.  They get a lot of good shots getting the defense over-rotating and sagging off it looks like.  Try and make Krutwig beat you with twos.  Moe will have a great opportunity to have a big game offensively.  But if he's not bring it, put Teske is and see if Krutwig can still score down low against a 7'1" guy who it turns out is a pretty damn good post defender.

03/22/2018 - 10:28pm I dunno, did you see the 2nd

I dunno, did you see the 2nd half performance out of the D?  Fell apart.

03/22/2018 - 9:37pm Fine, I'll say it.  The

Fine, I'll say it.  The defense fucking fell apart in the second half.

03/21/2018 - 1:47pm You can't just as 3/5th of a

You can't just as 3/5th of a 5 out offense to not take 3s.  I mean, they shouldn't be the bulk of the offense, but man, they need to take 3s and need to make them.  I noticed against Houston that they were really sagging of Simpson.  He's a great driver to the basket and they dared to take 3s and he didn't punish them.  Having that help defender sag off Simpson really hurts the ability of other players to take it to the lane.  The fact that Matthews and Simpson can't hit 3s consistantly is really what limits this offense.

03/20/2018 - 2:02pm I mean Irvin was getting 15

I mean Irvin was getting 15 mintues a game with a team that had Stauskas, GRIII, Levert and Walton all getting starters minutes.  And had sophomore Albrecht getting 15 minutes per game.  That's like the same mintues Livers gets.  

What's the deal with dieing on the Watson hill here?  I don't think many here want Watson to leave; we'll all take raw athleticism and experience on the team.  But come one, he hasn't shown anything yet to suggest he's ready to break out into a siginicant role at all.  Just seems like the usual senarios where someone may want to find a pasture with a bigger role for them.  

03/20/2018 - 12:31pm Huh, why would you say

Huh, why would you say DeJulius has passed Brooks?  Both were prolific scorers at PG at smaller schools I thought.  Brooks had a legit Nova offer which is a good sign.  Simmons leaves so there is plenty of minutes at back up PG, plus there's mintues at the 2 for some scorers.  Belien has often pushed a PG to the two and run two PG line-ups.  I just don't think they have the personel to do it this year.

03/20/2018 - 12:27pm Need to absoutley keep

Need to absoutley keep Davis.  Because then in the 2019-2020 season you love Wagner and have Senior Teske (provided he stays, which I'm guessing he does), sophomore or RS frosh Castleton, and then a true freshman.  That is not enough depth at center to weather an injury and be OK.  Plus, bigs take time to develop.  But, heck if Mo comes back, maybe Davis decides he can get more PT somewhere else and wants to transfer.  

03/20/2018 - 12:24pm Maybe because of the similar

Maybe because of the similar hair to Poole they were trying to confuse the defense?

03/20/2018 - 12:23pm This isn't after a freshman

This isn't after a freshman season.  It's now been two years.  And it's not like there are some lights out shooters keeping him on the bench.  MAAR, Dawkins, LeVert, Albrecht, Chatman, Walton, Irvin...all managed a heck of a lot more contribution in their first two years.  Watson's contribution is more in line with Dakich his first two years.

03/20/2018 - 12:18pm I mean, Caris Levert played

I mean, Caris Levert played more and put up much better stats as a young freshman on a loaded team than Watson ever has.  Watson's minutes and stats look more like Bundridge's before he tranfered.  I mean, we've heard that Watson is crazy athletic, but what have you seen on the floor that makes you think he's anywhere close to being a major contributor?  There are still minutes to be had on this team.  It basically only has 3 rotational players for the 2 and 3, MAAR, Matthews, and Poole.  And they don't have a PG that can spot up shoot really well to take up some of those 2 minutes like Beilein has had with Burke, Albrecht and Walton.  There's room for Watson, but he hasn't sniffed meaningful playing time yet.  

I mean, I hope I'm wrong.  I prefer players to stay and develop, and there will be plenty of room for minutes next year, and freshman have their limitations.  But I'm just being realistic based on what we've actually seen with our own eyes.  They'll need some more 2-3 mintues for sure with Rahk leaving.  I personally was wondering if we'd see more minutes at the 2 go to Brooks or DeJulius if they can be good shooters.