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Is there any chance that Bradley lines up on the left?
Gus Johnson is the new Voice of Soccer in the US (at least on Fox).
Oh ####### kill me now. I really don't like Gus Johnson. I'll trust DA's viewpoint and hopefully I'll be proven wrong but I'd rather Joe Buck than Gus Johnson but (obviously) I'm a fan of the less is more style of broadcaster.
I'd rather Joe Buck than Gus Johnson
The 45-year-old broadcaster will call his first match for Fox Soccer on Feb. 13 (2 p.m. ET) from Madrid's Estadio Santiago Bernabéu when Real Madrid faces Manchester United in a mouthwatering Champions League Round of 16 match. The assignment is the first in a series of high-profile soccer matches for Johnson, including a second Champions League match between Arsenal and Bayern Munich in London on Feb. 19 and a Premier League game between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on Feb. 24. Johnson will call additional Premier League and Champions League matches and is scheduled to call the FA Cup final on Fox on May 11 and the Champions League final on Fox on May 25. Johnson will be on site for each of the games.
I got interested in soccer largely through DirecTV, but have been living without satellite or cable for almost a year. I'm ready to sign up again, but I'm wondering how the TV landscape has changed? I usually catch an EPL match on Saturday morning, but also like interesting matches from virtually anywhere. I'll usually record one or two matches on Champions/Europa League days. I'll probably just re-up with DirecTV, but is there anything tricky about the new distribution agreements that should make me look in another direction? Cox is my local cable company. That seems hopeless, so that my choices are DirecTV and FIOS. Thanks for opinions!
The announcers are as bad as Gol TV's
Like most announcers, Gus Johnson was fine until his schtick became popular. Now, he's overly excited about everything.
The 45-year-old broadcaster will call his first match for Fox Soccer on Feb. 13 (2 p.m. ET) from Madrid's Estadio Santiago Bernabéu when Real Madrid faces Manchester United in a mouthwatering Champions League Round of 16 match.
BeIN is only on the highest level directtv package, unfortunately.
It looks, though, like GolTV has been consigned to the Spanish packages? I guess it got muscled out by GolfTV and GodTV.
It's a roster tailored to play negative, defend and clear, long-ball and hope and poach football. They might actually be pretty ok at playing like a Stoke City, with the relatively weak central defense being protected by solid midfield holders and good fullbacks, but it's hard to see this roster being more than that.
I recommend their service to any Chicagoans who have it available.
Yeah, the US doesn't have much depth when it comes to 1st rate players. So I have tended to find it a bit much when people would complain about the US not making the quarterfinals of World Cup's.
But they should be good enough to qualify out of CONCACAF.
This team should, barring a "group of death" draw, make it out of the group stage. After that it really is about the matchup. No shame in losing to Spain or Germany in the first round.
Should they? I'm not seeing the talent there that says "definitely top eight in the world".
Spain, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, England, France, Portugal, Russia, Belgium
It seems we actually agree much more than we disagree on the objective question. So it's really about the language you use to talk about possible outcomes. In which case I don't want to belabor the point.
I disagree that England is better. I think they are even. England is overrated because they are England.
all their players are regulars on Premier League teams in the top half of the table
Did someone mention international goalkeeper kits? Jorge Campos, best ever. Ever.
There's some selection bias in there. Fulham, Newcastle, Reading and Wigan have only a handful of English players. About half of QPR, Aston Villa and Sunderland's rosters are foreigners. When you only have 3 English players, odds are they aren't on the national team. There's a chicken and the egg thing at work with most of those teams not being good, but not having English players hasn't hurt Arsenal, Manchester City or Chelsea.
I think we can agree that this is amazing.
For me, the real failure is in talent development.
them having, or not, English players doesn't really matter.
That's the point. If you took some of them and put them on other teams, the teams would still stink (although they would be better), but the players would still be international caliber players. What team they play for is largely irrelevant. They play for the top EPL teams because they are internationals, they are not internationals because they play for those teams. Donovan is a great example: he was a difference maker at Everton. That he plays in a lesser league didn't matter.
I'm glad they don't own my team. The racial stuff is bad enough, but the remarks about girls considering Silvio's history is just gross.
Ugly 90's kits.
Words escape me.
We could just as easily be #35 as #16 in the world.
It's kind of forgotten now, but the Sharks really changed the way sports teams marketed themselves as a fashion brand.
But we'll be watching the NLD which is so mainstream and played out.
When bottom-tier clubs have guys who are that good, they get sold to better clubs.
If you consider Dempsey a wide midfielder, he's probably about level with Milner.
Of course. And that's why what team a player plays for doesn't matter. They're still the same player if they're on Chelsea or if they are on QPR. The top teams in the EPL have the best English players because they're the top teams, they're not the top teams because they have the best English players.
It's an 11 am start so Kinsale's is probably a viable option, too.
Also, just a reminder, the Shooty 2013 World Tour will be at the Football Factory this afternoon for the Honduras-USA fun. It's on W. 33rd street between 5th and 6th avenue.
I'm more interested in Ghost Cat.
Yeah but the point was that the big teams want those players, to a degree they don't want the American ones. They are starting for top teams on merit, and Americans are not able to crack those teams.
Argentina and the Netherlands are better than England (and obviously the US), yet only a handful of Argentinians and Dutch nationals are on EPL teams. Why is that?
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