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I don't mean to be negative, but would a U.S. boycott do anything?
I wonder whether anyone has tried to get the American Outlaws or Sam's Army to take a stand on this?
I would like to think that the inaction thus far is due to ignorance.
Belgium's manager used too many substitutes and so yesterday's game against Luxembourg has been taken off the books. Whoops.
[Klinsmann] has never understood the American coaching custom of deferring to a team’s stars.
Diego Costa completes his medical at Chelsea, according to the Guardian.
Is this really an American thing? I had always thought this was rather universal.
Obviously the USA is extremely unlikely to win, but at the same time, he needs to get the team motivated to believe they can win any given game, which they can, even if winning all them is unlikely. For guy who is down on Donovan for lacking warrior spirit or whatever, admitting defeat before stepping on the field sounds much worse to me than taking off a few mostly meaningless games to rest or whatever offended Klinsmann so much.
He basically sounds like your basic American player hating Eurosnob you're find an internet board. Our players don't win big events because they aren't that good, not because mental weakness. If anything mental fortitude has been a strength for the team, a lot of biggest wins for the team have been hard fought come from behind victories, often led by Donovan.
American players will play for a Football Conference side if they get guaranteed PT over pushing themselves to beat out an established player at, say, a Europa League-quality side.
would it be possible for the mens national team to create a soviet-era red army style program within the MLS? that way, the team could practice and play year round, which would help in a couple ways. it would ensure playing time, it would increase cohesiveness and familiarity, it would allow players to develop alongside similarly talented players.
It's one thing to know when it's over, but American players will play for a Football Conference side if they get guaranteed PT over pushing themselves to beat out an established player at, say, a Europa League-quality side. It's frustrating - much smaller and worse countries have had many more players play in the last 16 of the Champions League than us because our guys would rather play week in, week out for a mid-table team than fight to get on the bench for a CL game.
We're not winning the World Cup.
I can't think of any UNMNT members who ever played in the Conference, while he is the one picking guys from the 3. Liga.
“We cannot win this World Cup, because we are not at that level yet,”
It was time do what their German-born coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, had been exhorting them to do for months: It was time to play soccer like Americans.
Before Mr. Klinsmann took the reins of the American team three years ago, playing like an American meant, for the most part, sticking to an assigned position and reacting to the other team's attack. To Mr. Klinsmann, a former German star and national-team coach who moved to the U.S. in 1998, the strategy struck him as wholly un-American.
Mr. Klinsmann, soccer's Alexis de Tocqueville, wanted to build a winner, but he wasn't interested in teaching Americans how to play like anyone else. He wanted to create a squad that represented what he sees as the defining American characteristic—a visceral hatred of being dictated to.
The seemingly defeatist attitude a lot of teams and coaches carry into matches was also stunning.
The team I mentioned remains my favorite I've ever coached despite being the least talented.
Maybe its just the way I'm built, but my attitude toward playing and my opinions about the likely outcome of a game never have anything to do with each other. I can routinely say "jesus, we're gonna get killed" and go out and give everything I have all the same. I would imagine most professionals are similar.
The World Cup means many things for Brazilians. It's a business opportunity. It's a party. It's a stage for protesting. It's a chance for redemption, for those who remember the 1950 loss to Uruguay. It's a logistical nuisance. And it's a chance to mingle in a swarm of soccer fanatics from 31 other parts of the world.
For this one part of the world, the story of soccer is the story of freedom. The English introduced soccer to Brazil, but when slavery was abolished on May 13, 1888, making the slaves the last in the West to be freed, Brazilians claimed the sport for themselves.
On the anniversary, Daniel and I drink cans of beer in the sun while watching a concert to celebrate the freedom of the slaves. It's a modest event — a handful of families relaxing on a concrete soccer court. Many of them wear T-shirts that show dark hands breaking free from chains. Behind those hands is a World Cup stadium with Brazil's team competing in front of thousands of make-believe fans. In the run up to the Cup, there is a tie in to everything.
That night Joao, Daniel and I walk through Vila Kennedy.
"Don't step in the water," Joao advises — but it's not water. Stepping around the sewage trickling down the curbs is like playing "lava" as a kid, trying not to step on certain colors on the ground. Except here you never win.
Except when you do. At the end of our lava-hop, we stop at the most exciting soccer game I've ever seen.
do you think the complaints about Green stop if Donovan is on the team instead of Wondolowski or Davis?
Green has that potential.
Even if there is a "deal" in place, if you're the powers that be in the US (or Klinsmann who made the decision) don't you have to take that chance?
Get ready for the Qatar World Cup in the winter of 2021!
FIFA does not care.
Do people really spend a lot of time surfing the web on tablets?
As of three months ago, we now have a campus-wide directive that whenever possible there should not be separate layouts for desktops and mobile. And I'm not sure if it was explicit, but the takeaway was to make the site designed for mobile users. In the end it was decided that the preference for a uniform experience for navigating the site regardless of the device being used trumped everything else.
Whoever made that decision was an idiot.
Jack Colback moves from Sunderland to Newcastle.
Here is another way to rank the WC teams, based solely upon an aggregate of each player on the roster's club rankings.
Making the Nasri snub a real disaster for them.
Klinsmann claims to have told every player in the national set-up from the under-14s upwards that they can reach out to any of the coaching staff, including Klinsmann himself, to clarify the expectations for them. “By email, by text, by Twitter, by Facebook, whatever, you want to do we’ll be there. So you can’t say a couple of years down the road, ‘Oh if I’d known that’.”
Sounds like Cesc to Chelsea, and Rakitic to Barcelona are close to happening. Blah. Surely Arsenal will try and block the Cesc transfer?
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