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I wonder if the low quality of MLS has something do with this, if those guys were forced from a younger age to scrap for minutes on tougher teams, maybe they would have converted younger, like John O'Brien playing left back at Ajax and Spector moving back when he was young in Europe; my guess is both those guys would have reminded attackers if they came up through MLS.
I find bookmarking the threads to be quite useful.
There is a link in the penultimate line of the story post, and you can use the same link to delete bookmarks once they are no longer useful.
About a dozen ESPN analysts will rotate between games and the studio. Taylor Twellman will serve as Darke's partner on all U.S. games. Steve McManaman, who has partnered with Darke for years in England, will share the mic with Darke for the Brazil-Croatia opener and all of England's games. The other analysts include Michael Ballack (Germany), Efan Ekoku (Nigeria), Kasey Keller (US), Alexi Lalas (U.S.), Roberto Martinez (Spain), Alejandro Moreno (Venezuela), Gilberto Silva (Brazil), Santiago Solari (Argentina) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (Holland), who management is very high on. "We had been targeting Ruud for some time and he can be a breakout star for us," said Amy Rosenfeld, the network's senior coordinating producer for the World Cup.
I posted this on the May thread just before it petered out: Steam sale has FM 14 down to $12.99, which is by far the best entertainment to dollar ratio of anything I can think of in the world. Question though is it worth it to upgrade from 13 to 14? Thanks in advance.
Can someone explain what in god's name happened here
Slightly surprised at the absence of Schmelzer. I guess he was unable to reach full fitness in time.
Sticking with FM, I'm in my first off-season playing as a club (as opposed to country). I was given quite a small transfer budget. If I sell one of my players, will the money I get from the player's sale go into my transfer/payroll budget, or will the owner pocket the cash? Or is this dependent on the owner?
It can be very hard to play as a small market club but it's totally worth it IMO, much, much more rewarding. My favorite save is still taking Crewe to the EPL after a miraculous run in the playoffs of the Championship and then somehow on the last day of the following season we beat Everton to stay up by a single point. After that, because of the TV money, it was easy sledding.
Can someone explain what in god's name happened here: http://www.espnfc.com/scores?
Should we be excited as American soccer fans about Villa to NYCFC (another bad name IMO) or just another past his prime International bound to bring more hype than actual impact?
Actually I'm playing as Newscastle so I'm probably overstating my lack of transfer funds. But I'm trying to build my team into a Champions League-level club as opposed to my current Europa League-level team and that's hard to do with a $10 million transfer budget and 2 starting positions needing to be filled.
Which I'm sure is very exciting and an awesome sport. Just not one that I personally care for. Taste is taste.
The pay must be unbelievable.
I still maintain they should have offered the moon to Balotelli. He's the only one that gets them on the back page of the dailies in New York.
I think MLS pays really well on the top end since they pay the rest of the guys crap.
Also, oil money only goes so far in MLS. They can only pay three players.
Just judging from what I see on the UES, every kid under the age of 10 plays soccer and from my neighborhood it's an easy subway ride to NYS.
I don't think there are as many soccer loving hipsters in New York as you may think. NYC FC's bread and butter is going to be immigrants and families, both urban and suburban.
Villa is pretty much a 60 minute player at this point in his career.
Recall that Thierry Henry was expected by many to tear up MLS as soon as he arrived, which isn't quite what happened.
I find the hysteria over wages in the European leagues somewhat funny. Now, granted, rosters are larger than in the US Baseball (25/40) or US Football (53), but when people complain that someone is getting "200,000 pounds a week" that's ~$335,000 a week x 52 weeks = $17.5 million a season. Which--again, granted--is not chump change, but I'd argue is hardly "mad, crazy money." You'd expect the top 50-100 players in Europe to be getting paid that much, especially considering the TV money sloshing around.
SI's redesign is better than ESPN's.
A Greece game was a snooze fest? Who would have guessed?!
The redesigns aren't being done for people who access the sites on computers.
That's the kind of issue they are likely to take seriously if you let them know.
When will someone important in US Soccer bring up boycotting the 2022 Cup?
4000 deaths just from Nepalese and Indian workers. So we can probably double that number including workers from other countries.
It's not hyperbole to say that lives are at stake at this very moment.
Well, I tweeted Grant Wahl about when the USSF will start to be grilled about the deaths CURRENTLY HAPPENING in Qatar and now I feel like a particularly 21st century kind of impotent loser.
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