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06/22/2018 - 2:04pm Absolutely. Every country…

Absolutely. Every country has players who will dive... Arjen Robben is much more likely to throw himself to the ground than Robin van Persie (both Dutch players). And if you get hit, tripped, or shouldered in the box to the point it throws you off just enough to make your attempt at goal more difficult, often times it's best to go down because referees will do anything to avoid calling a penalty and if you get a weak shot off they won't blow whistle. Showing the referee you were fouled (or "embellishing contact" as you phrased it) is a part of every sport, from basketball players throwing their heads back to wide receivers throwing their arms up as they are being grabbed by the cornerback. 

However, I'm speaking to the cultural hatred of diving (when there is little-to-no contact). Generally, the public reaction when players from England, United States, Germany, Italy, and others around the world dive, there's a consensus of disdain for those actions and those players are labeled "soft." That culture of disdain is simply not there for many South American countries.

Even then, everything is on a sliding scale. A player from Iceland seems less likely to dive than a player from Spain. A player from Argentina seems less likely to dive than a player from Columbia. 

06/22/2018 - 10:54am The issue with South/Central…

The issue with South/Central American teams/players is that there is no real stigma against diving in their cultures. If you can sell the referee on a dive, you helped your team win and that's all that matters. Diving is a skill that's rewarded, and while specifically not encouraged, definitely not discouraged. It's gamesmanship. 

What makes this so infuriating, as others have pointed out, is that they are among some of the most creatively gifted players in the world. 

However, VAR has made this tournament so much more enjoyable for reasons like the Neymar dive today. Long live this implementation of VAR. 

06/22/2018 - 10:31am Sigur Ros / Jonsi is awesome…

Sigur Ros / Jonsi is awesome though.

06/19/2018 - 12:57pm The officiating this…

The officiating this tournament has been so good and then this Senegal/Poland game is a complete clown show. 

05/25/2018 - 6:52pm For starters

The MLS isn’t an “open” league like the top European league with promotion/relegation, meaning that a team from the third or fourth division could feasibly make the majors. Rather, the MLS is set up like the NHL or NBA with franchises, clubs officially licensed by the league. If you had an agreement with the MLS, sure... but you’d be better off just simply buying a franchise than trying to square peg an existing club into the MLS’ financial system.

Also, while improving the talent level across the league is an important step, the MLS has limited the amount of money teams can spend on players to keep the league competitive and on good financial footing. Letting the LA Galaxy assemble a world class side doesn’t do much if they win the league every season and ends up hurting the league because other franchises suffer and the Galaxy lose money.

05/25/2018 - 5:05pm Who knows?

...they seem to be a reasonable and open-minded group about the MLS.

An MLS team is never getting the Northern Guard (which is fine, other supporter groups would be created) and there aren't enough non-NGS supporters to "win" by giving lip service or a slice of the pie to DCFC. Those casual fans who are open to the MLS will come over regardless. 


05/25/2018 - 2:58pm Sacramento is dead

I have a friend who works for the Republic as their equipment manager and he's adamant that the MLS bridge is burned for Sacramento. This was their one shot and they brought in outside investors who ruined their chances. 

05/25/2018 - 2:55pm Other than the name fisaco

How did Gilbert and Gores "spit in the face" of DCFC? And what exactly does DCFC as a club have to offer G+G other than their one supporter group (that, by the way, would never support an MLS team to begin with)? 

The truth is that the Utica Unicorns bring just as much to the Tigers as DCFC would bring to an MLS team. G+G were right to never try and appease those knuckleheads in the first place

05/25/2018 - 2:43pm Atlanta has been a home run,

Atlanta has been a home run, for sure. Seattle does a great job filling Century Link. Newer clubs like Minnesota, NYCFC, and LAFC are all sold out and are at capacity of 22,000 of their season tickets. Portland is looking to expand their stadium.

What I'm trying to say is that a 20,000-25,000 seat stadium may not be big enough anymore. It might be better to move into a new franchise into a place that has a 66,000 seat capacity, even if you only fill half of it.   

05/25/2018 - 2:34pm To summarize

Basically, the Crew were sold in 2013 to Anthony Precourt in a deal that included an escape clause for moving the franchise. Columbus Crew have a rich history, devoted fanbase, and an SSS (soccer-specific stadium); but that stadium was one of the first ones built and doesn't have great amenities, isn't ideally located (not downtown), and generally speaking, the third biggest city in Ohio isn't exactly a hotbed for franchise value like teams in New York, Miami, or Los Angeles would be. So Precourt basically demanded a new, downtown stadium, strong-armed with the threat to move the club.

Now where it gets really interesting is the idea that Precourt intended to move the team from the very beginning, made unrealistic stadium demands while refusing to negotiate, and has been sabotaging certain metrics to point to the idea that it's simply a bad market. All the while, the MLS has remained distant because deep down they know that there are greener pastures elsewhere.    

It's a long story that if you're interested you should read up on.

As a soccer fan, it's sad to see. But as someone who desperately wants an MLS team in Detroit and holds no love for Columbus, Ohio... Their loss is our gain. 

05/25/2018 - 2:09pm Not surprising

Not surprising as Cincinnati was the presumptive favorite from the beginning (it was just a matter of if they could secure the land for the stadium). Once the Sacramento bid went supernova, it was down to Nashville and Detroit for that last spot.

However, there's still a very good chance MLS wants to expand right away again. With Columbus trying to move to Austin and the Miami franchise being held up indefinitely, there's a good chance MLS is going to try to expand again and soon... and Detroit is at the top of the list of feasible bids/market/ownership. Plus, with the success of Atlanta United in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, I don't think the MLS is as opposed to the idea of Ford Field as they once were. 

If you want MLS in Detroit, you should root for:

  • Columbus to move to Austin.
  • Miami continue to be unable to find a stadium site.
  • Nashville (or another franchise) being moved to the Western Conference.


05/22/2018 - 9:52am Your ceiling for Arsenal is probably accurate

...but that doesn't necessarily mean that's what they should aim for. At the time they hired Klopp, Liverpool was in a similar position to where Arsenal find themselves now (6th in the League, Europa League regulars, sold off their best player).  Three years later, they now find themselves in a Champions League Final and looking poised to contend for a Premier League title next season. 

Liverpool took a risk on Klopp (it was either going to work and be great or it was going to fail spectacularly in flames) and it looks to have paid off in spades. 

If your hope for an Arsenal manager is to win the Europa League and get the team back into the Champions League, then Emery is a fine hire and he certainly has the resume for it. But if you have bigger aspirations like making a deep run in the Champions League or winning the Premier League, I don't see that potential in him. While unlikely, I could see that potential in Arteta. 

05/21/2018 - 8:48pm "We Do What We Want" would be

"We Do What We Want" would be a great motto for a soccer club.

05/21/2018 - 8:09pm Not sure how much of his work

Not sure how much of his work at Sevilla was Emery's doing vs. the strong track record of player development + technical director. Sevilla appear to be keeping on quite well without Emery. 

Arteta would have been a risk, sure, but when was the last time Arsenal rolled the dice on anything? It would have at least been exciting and interesting to watch... Emery seems like a great hire for a club with ambitions to compete in the Europa League over the next five years. 

05/21/2018 - 7:52pm Uninspiring

Sure feels like they paraded Arteta out in front of the media as "the guy" and then got cold feet. I hope they didn't burn that bridge with Mikel, but it's hard to imagine this development as anything but a slap in the face.

05/07/2018 - 4:08pm Pistons aren't going to surpass Boston and Philly for a while... I'm down for THE PROCESS and SAM HINKIE. 2024 NBA Champs here we go!

04/26/2018 - 11:53am We have the same three

We have the same three targets.

04/20/2018 - 4:42pm DANNY WELBE... hahaha.

DANNY WELBE... hahaha. I'll try to be serious.

The problem (for me) wasn't that they brought in a striker. They absolutely needed to and I actually really like Aubameyang; it was the allocation of those resources. The unfortunate fact is that he's 28 years old. He's going to lose a step of that speed sooner rather than later and he isn't the natural finisher to continue producing into his 30s. Lacazette's decent (not 60 million decent), but he's 26.  You spent 130 million euros on those two players... take whatever you could have gotten for Sanchez last summer (instead of a Man U cast-off and Ozil-redundant Mkhitaryan) and you have enough to get a Mbappe, who is only 19 years old...  

Which is important because most players reach their ceiling and stop developing at the age of 22-23. Let's check in on the Arsenal roster:

  • Cech -35
  • Koscielny - 32
  • Monreal - 32
  • Mkhitaryan - 29
  • Ozil - 29
  • Aubameyang - 28
  • Welbeck - 27
  • Ramsey - 27
  • Mustafi - 26
  • Wilshere - 26
  • Lacazette - 26

And that's not counting basically retired players like Mertesacker (33) or Cazorla (33). In soccer, that's an ancient roster. I would go as far to suggest that the ONLY current Arsenal player under the age of 25 that other big clubs actually want is Hector Bellerin. I don't see other clubs trying to break down the door for Alex Song or Mohammed Eleny. 

04/20/2018 - 4:38pm I was speaking from the

I was speaking from the Wenger point of view, but I think the Invincibles is somewhat equivalent to two national championships. Wenger also took Arsenal regularly deep into the Champions League in the 00s, before becoming annual exit-ers in the Round of 16 this decade. 

04/20/2018 - 2:31pm Like I said, Vieria be my pick

Like I said, Vieria be my pick if you made me reach. You're correct, he's not ready at this moment for the Arsenal job... but like a Harbaugh or Scott Frost, I'd rather be a year or two early than spend 3-4 years under a Brady Hoke or Mike Riley and trend even further downwards (we know how slow Arsenal management is on the trigger in being that they never fired or forced Wenger out these last 4-5 years). 

I love Mikel Arteta. He would be another great future candidate... but he's a few years behind Vieria on the coaching track and needs to take on a head managerial job before he can get serious consideration.


04/20/2018 - 2:29pm I'll back you up on this.

I'll back you up on this. Arsenal is not prepared to contend now or in the future. This is a veteran club with almost no young players to get excited about. We don't have a Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Mousa or Ousmane Dembélé, Leroy Sané or Gabriel Jesus... a 21-24 year old whose future is very, very bright and can be the face of the club in 4-5 years. And when we were presented with the opportunity to get a young player of that caliber (Mbappe), we whiffed on the first pass and then balked at the price on the second pass. Instead, we spent nearly the same amount of money on two older and underwhelming strikers in Lacazette and Aubameyang.

It's not 2009 anymore with a young, promising roster consisting of players such as Walcott, Wilshere, Ramsey... We're an old, worn-down team consisting of far too many almost-great-but-flawed veterans. 
04/20/2018 - 1:57pm Upon reflection

I think Red Berenson is probably the better comparison with Arsenal/Michigan. Always strong teams, a great system of play, one magical season, always close but falling short, and the wheels fell off at the end. 

04/20/2018 - 10:42am Arsenal Manager Brendan

Arsenal Manager Brendan Rogers would rank only slightly higher than Arsenal Manager Jose Mourinho in my personal Arsenal hellscape.

Diego Simeone would be the dream for me. Joachim Low is also unlikely but a nice thought. Out of the realistic candidates, Tuchel would be my preference. I would like to see what he could do with the budget Arsenal has, compared to Dortmund.

If I have to reach, I'd rather see Patrick Viera get the nod over Eddie Howe or Sean Dyche... I just don't have a lot of faith in mid-level Premier League managers. Not that Howe or Dyche are poor managers, just that doesn't feel like a move an elite club (in name and resources, at least) would make. 

04/20/2018 - 9:50am Lloyd Carr-like

As an Arsenal fan, this is the ultimate "Thank you for everything and that one memorable season, but the game passed you by years ago" retirements.

Just hope the club actually spends the money needed to bring in a top manager. I'm not holding my breath.

04/13/2018 - 11:52am Once you tweak a hamstring,

Once you tweak a hamstring, you're done and the only thing that can help is rest. A tweak will keep you out 2 weeks. A full blown pull of the hamstring will keep you out 2 months. A tear will sideline you for a long time. 

I doubt Zordich is upset that Vert and BSJ are resting their hamstrings and far more upset that they let them become an issue in the first place.

04/13/2018 - 11:48am Exactly. I would speculate

Exactly. I would speculate that the majority of hamstring injuries are avoidable through proper stretching and warm-up/activation. But (as anyone who has been a teenager and played sports knows) many players just go through the motions during stretch/warm-ups and don't take it seriously. They'll do the stretches but won't push or focus on the muscle being worked...  If they feel a muscle get tight, they'll try to push through rather than seeing the trainer.   

That's not trying to throw those kids under the bus or say that you have to be dead serious during stretching and warm-ups (nothing wrong with keeping the mood light and joking around with your teammates), but athletes need to know their body and how to care for themselves. If you know your hamstrings are tight, spend the extra 5 minutes or take a trip to the trainer's table to get them loose and do what's necessary to stay on the field.

03/27/2018 - 12:34pm Expectations

I don't think Michigan will ever attract a Zion Williamson-like uber-prospect over schools like UK or Duke... However, I also think that it's possible that Michigan starts to get a little more pull with a prospect like Joe Girard III, who will probably end up a high 4-star and will still be Duke's lowest-rated offer (out of 10) in 2019 and would probably not be a one-and-done.  

You could go to Duke and come off the bench for your first two years and hope that no super-recruit steals your spot when you carve out a starting gig... Or, you could come to Michigan where 3/4 star guys develop into first-round NBA picks, play for a great coach, and get a bunch of clean looks (especially if you're a shooter) and likely declare as a sophomore or junior. 

No inside information or anything... it just seems logical to me that Michigan would be an attractive school for the mid-to-high four-star prospect.  

03/25/2018 - 12:25pm Avatar checks out

Avatar checks out

02/20/2018 - 4:09pm They are all bad...

but this specific uniform is a crime against humanity.

02/16/2018 - 1:48pm How can you trust someone

who wears their pants this high?

01/28/2018 - 7:54pm (No subject)

11/06/2017 - 3:10pm Perhaps

But this coming NFL draft class will (probably) be well-stocked at RB:

  • Saquon Barkley
  • Derrius Guice
  • Ronald Jones
  • Royce Freeman
  • Nick Chubb
  • Sony Michel
  • Bryce Love
  • Damien Harris
  • Bo Scarbrough
  • John Kelly
  • Akrum Wadley
  • Justin Jackson
  • LJ Scott
  • Rashaad Penny

I mean, you can make an argument that this RB class could be even better than last year's class... If Higdon were to enter, he'd probably be a Day 3 pick. 


11/03/2017 - 8:56am You understand very little.

You understand very little. You’re saying that our players’ FORM is responsible for our lack of development as a country... that if only we had a better domestic league with more competition, our players would be better players... and there’s some truth to that.

The problem with the current crop of USMNT players is not that they are so out of form from playing in the MLS that they “got soft.” Did they show any sort of passion or fire? Not really, so I can understand your frustration. The real problem is that so few of those players had any sort of CAPACITY to be more than they are right now, and the seeds of that problem were rooted in their development as young players 10-15 years ago. Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey, and Michael Bradley (fine, Guzman too) were the only players out of the old guard to put together anything that resembled a career in Europe, and even then, both Bradley and Dempsey were little more than niche players for their clubs.

The problem is all about capacity. Let’s say Jozy Altidore was playing at 75% of his potential for the final World Cup qualifiers. That’s not great, and let’s say that hypothetically, the MLS cost him that last 25% of form. While that’s bad, what’s worse is that he only has the ceiling to be a part-time, bottom of the table striker in the Premier League... that’s not good enough.

So much that goes into raising a player’s ceiling happens before they hit the age of 18, and often much earlier than that. This is where the MLS is helping us, and it’s only going to get better with time. Is the league itself great at the moment? Not really. But in 10-15 years, as they are getting kids into their academies earlier and building better caliber players, we’ll eventually see the fruits of it. In fact, we’re probably seeing the first glimpses of it with all the current 15-19 year old crop of USMNT players.

10/19/2017 - 2:48pm Exactly. He's not Lalas, but

Exactly. He's not Lalas, but he does enjoy the sound of his own voice; and honestly, that trait is near the bottom of what you should look when electing someone to the highest power. However, he just may be passionate about what's broken and be better suited to fix it. 

Add Claudio Reyna as another person I would like to see run. His comments this week hit home: 

"Our approach and our behavior to the sport here — to coaching, to everything, is just wrong," Reyna told Goal on Tuesday. "We’re far too arrogant. We’re far too obnoxious. We are egotistical having never won anything or done anything, and that’s not the case around the world."

"You travel to Spain, Argentina, Germany and you run into coaches and sporting directors and there’s a humility about their work that doesn’t exist here, and that’s, for me, seeing it, is (to me) a big concern.
"You go to a U-14 and U-15 coach in Spain, and they are 10 times more humble than a U-14 or U-15 coach in Connecticut, New Jersey or New York, who thinks they’re the next Pep Guardiola or Patrick Vieira.
"Until we realize that  — that we’re not as good as we think we are at all levels — then I think we’re going to continue being what we are, which is mediocre."
10/19/2017 - 12:20pm Julie Foudy or Kyle Martino

Julie Foudy or Kyle Martino would be my two top "former player/current talking-head" choices. Both seem like high-character individuals who can check their egos at the door, listen to the problems that are embedded in the US Soccer system, and simply hire the best people to solve those problems. They could be the "Jim Hackett" that US Soccer desperately need.

Between Landon Donovan and Eric Wynalda, I think I would lean toward Wynalda. Donovan has heavy ties with the Bruce Arena/MLS camp (not that I'm anti-MLS, but rather it would just be more of the same), he was always flighty about soccer in general with his retirements/comebacks, and I always have concerns about hiring your most gifted players and putting them in charge of development (Klinsmann all over again). Wynalda has some red flags for me as well (a little Alexi Lalas vibe to him), but he's getting backed by some people whose opinions I trust.

10/15/2017 - 3:54pm This is objectively untrue.

This is objectively untrue.

08/06/2017 - 4:31pm I hope you're right! But 2

I hope you're right! But 2 books in 10 years as the author swears he's writing but is also working heavily on the adaptations feels like a GRRM special.

08/06/2017 - 4:01pm As for the GOT show vs books...

I think they are both great and each has their own strengths and weaknesses.

The books contain so much more history and complexity and fun side-plots like Young Griff, Dragonbinder, and Quentyn Martell that the show never touches upon, but they do slog down in the later books and have so much going on it's hard to keep track of it all. 

The TV show does a great job at streamlining the story from the books and centralizing the narrative. The writing, acting, and cinematography are obviously top-notch. However, because of the budget and time commitment required to produce the show, the show is starting to feel a little rushed in terms of plot and we're starting to miss a lot of those little scenes that made the show great (like where everyone drinks wine and make thinly-veiled threats at one another). 

If you enjoy Game of Thrones books or TV show, I'd suggest looking into The Expanse (the books or the show on SyFy, which does not feel like a SyFy show if that worries you), The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson (movie in development by DMG), or the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss (movies and video games are in development by Lionsgate, but Rothfuss is very much in the GRRM writing speed school).

08/06/2017 - 3:30pm +1. The Expanse is a great

+1. The Expanse is a great book/TV series. If it was on HBO or AMC instead of SYFY it would have a much larger following. The twists in Books 2 and 5 are "Red Wedding" level game-changers. 

08/04/2017 - 3:08pm As a graphic designer

As a graphic designer speaking from experience, please don't use 99designs or Fiverr. 99designs is a cutthroat deathmatch for logo designers (you wouldn't ask 80 plumbers to fix your toilet and only pay the one who did it best... that kills an entire industry) and you get the quality you pay for at Fiverr (if the price looks too good to be true, it is). And that doesn't even include the incredible amount of stolen or ripped work passed off by "designers" on either site looking to make a quick buck (neither site regulates this well).

If you're doing something for your business, better to pay a little extra and do it right from the start than to get hit with an infringement lawsuit later on.

I'd suggest working with a freelance artist or a graphic design student, especially if you're on a limited budget. 

02/10/2017 - 6:33pm +/- is not a great metric for

+/- is not a great metric for me because it's so dependent on who you're on the ice with. You could have a great shift and hit the post three times only to have a defenseman turn the puck over at the blue liner and give up a breakaway goal... -1. But even so, those numbers aren't great.

What bothers me the most is that young players like Athanasiou, Mantha, and Jurco are routinely held to this anchor of playing defensively sound, 200 ft. hockey, even though that's not their skill set. It would be like dinging Messi or Ronaldo because they're not defensive strengths. THAT'S NOT THEIR JOB. Don't get me wrong, effort is critical, but young players have to learn and they learn through mistakes. But every time the mess up, they get their ass scratched for 2 games and return with the same short lease.

Meanwhile, you have defensively sound players like Glendenning and Sheahan who absolutely suck at the offensive end but never get called out on it. The "200ft game" bar has to go both ways. If you are going to knock the young kids for not playing defense, then you have to knock the vets for not playing offense either.

The real problem with this team is the bulging gut of mediocre veterans who have been saddled with long term deals. Abdelkader, Helm, Glendenning, Sheahan, Dekeyser, Ericsson, Miller, Kronwall, Nielsen (who is better than I expected him to be)... that's like two full lines of mediocrity with zero ceiling. BTW, Abby has 1 goal in his last 24 games. Think about that the next time you hear someone criticize Nyquist for not scoring.

02/10/2017 - 12:03pm Play the kids, Blash.
This is

Play the kids, Blash.

This is an unpopular opinion (probably because he's a Michigan kid), but Danny Dekeyser is atrocious. He can't skate, has zero the offensive instincts, and routinely gets manhandled in the defensive zone. For as much hate that Kyle Quincey earned over the last few years, I'd take him in a heartbeat over DD right now.

02/10/2017 - 11:57am Half the populace is under

Half the populace is under 40.

01/31/2017 - 5:41pm A true Detroit MLS academy

A true Detroit MLS academy program would do wonders for local youth player development to counter the pay-to-play model because of the support from the MLS team. The academy would also have their pick of every player at Vardar, Michigan Wolves, Michigan Rush, Kingdom Reserve and every other club in Michigan. 

01/31/2017 - 3:21pm I love soccer and hate DCFC

I love soccer and hate DCFC because of the Northern Guard. I don't want DCFC anywhere near the MLS team and it sounds like they're happy staying away.

01/31/2017 - 2:44pm I'll be honest

It's hard to cheer for Columbus in anything.

01/31/2017 - 2:21pm Hopefully it gets done. Would

Hopefully it gets done. Would love to see a MLS team in Detroit.

01/04/2017 - 9:47am Exactly. This roster is not

Exactly. This roster is not good and the Lions had to catch several breaks to make the playoffs. When their luck reverts next season and they go 6-10 next season but with more talent, then we can fire Caldwell and get the jump on hiring our next coach.

Besides, who do Lions fans even want coaching this team? Patricia? McDaniels? I don't think either of those guys are slam-dunk hires. This offseason's coaching pool isn't nearly as strong as last year's (with Gase, Mularkey, Koetter, McAdoo, and Pederson all achieving varying degrees of success in their first year).  

01/04/2017 - 9:37am Both Warford and Reiff are

Both Warford and Reiff are free agents this offseason, so the entire right side of the line could be gone come next year.

Oh, and Abdullah hadn't missed a game since high school before this injury and now all of a sudden he "cannot stay healthy"? Is this like how Stafford was a "injury prone" QB for a while but now he's closing in on 100 consecutive starts?

12/28/2016 - 1:09pm I'm with sorta with you on

I'm with sorta with you on that hot take. If we could get them both (Harris with his flip and Samuels with his grades/ACT score) I think they could make an amazing thunder/lightning combo at RB... Probably not Reggie Bush/Lendale White good, but perhaps our own Ronnie Brown/Carnell Williams or James Davis/CJ Spiller pairing.