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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? Why is there only one player on Mexico in the EPL? They are clearly ahead of the US yet the US has more players there.
Everyone gives the US credit for having Michael Bradley as a major contributor on Roma. But he, Dempsey, and Howard are the only Americans contributing to winning clubs in top leagues.
If you look at the Mexican National Team roster, they play almost exclusively in Mexico, with a couple in Spain and Chicharito, of course, with United.
They can ask the Portuguese, Yugoslavs and Ivoriens for advice.
Frequent outages and crap internet put the lie to that.
EDIT: I disagree that England is better. I think they are even. England is overrated because they are England.
James Milner is a good example of how England gets overrated by being England. Milner is a nice player but nothing special. Dempsey is well above him. Dempsey has carried entire teams on his back, Milner hasn't. In 7 World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 games, he was taken off in 5 off them by the 60th or so minute (in the 31st against the US after beating beaten up and down the field by Cherundolo). That would never happen to Dempsey unless he was hurt.
England are better than us, for true, but they will never beat us in the World Cup. That is a ############# fact.
Come on. That's absurd.
Don't you think that has more to do with the depth of the squad than they ability of the player?
Not sure Joe Hart will E-6 next time we meet up...
"James Milner gets subbed off a lot for England" is perhaps an argument that Milner isn't that great, but it makes no sense as an argument that England aren't that great.
Damn, I thought SPURS THINK FACTORY would be much more complimentary of Dempsey.
It was only an argument that James Milner is overrated.
I think Altidore is much better than Gomez, but I can see the rationale here -- let Gomez do all the running in the heat and humidity, then bring on Altidore when the defense is tired.
But Klinsmann had to find a way to include both Jones and Williams in his midfield. Ugh.
That lineup will require lots of running by Johnson. I hope he's up to it.
Whatever happens tonight, I don't think we should forget that the senior team is only half of the job Klinsmann signed up for. He said he also wanted to revamp the way talent is developed domestically but, obviously, that's harder to judge in the short term.
I'm guessing Bradley will be lined up on the left with Johnson. He probably won't have to run that much. Timmy Chandler on the other hand ....
So is a draw a good result?
I'm not too keen on that Williams/Jones/Bradley midfield, but it's not like the other combinations look appreciably better.
My impression of Kljestan is a bit different than yours. I can't recall a performance of his that really 'wowed' me, and the one time I've seen him this year -- CL group stage game at San Siro(*) -- did nothing to change that opinion.
I recall that DA (I'm assuming) and I sided on this a few months back but "our" argument I think is mostly that he is starting and playing reasonably well for Anderlecht. It's worth seeing what he can do instead of putting Germans-with-American-Serviceman-father in an unnatural position.
It should be the opposite way. Gomez has a history of being a very good off the bench player, both for club and country, Altidore doesn't. I'd rather start the better and bigger Jozy and have him wear down the opposition for 60-75 minutes then bring in Gomez.
I'm guessing Bradley will be lined up on the left with Johnson.
That's not bad. I'm assuming that's more of a 4-3-1-2, though. Williams, Jones, and Bradley as the three midfielders. Dempsey as the trequartista. Altidore and Johnson up top.
That England lineup looks like a 4-3-3 to me. Extremely attacking.
The commentator for The Guardian has it as 4-1-2-3.
Fred isn't a very imaginative nickname.
You get points for expending less energy than the other team, right?
FPH, it's rather obvious.
The Greeks owe money on their safe deposit boxes in Zurich and the Swiss wanted to go somewhere warm for a couple of days.
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