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Grantland takes a stab at explaining soccer tactics. It mixes too many sports but its a decent enough try to explain the basics. They did miss an opportunity to link to MCoA's analysis in the "Shot Selection" part.
I think the Grantland piece is a decent one for someone who knows the other sports but doesn't really know soccer.
It seems that a lot of teams are playing fairly unimpressive soccer in these final friendlies. Is that uncommon?
The espnfc site actually seems to have gotten a bit better since the last time I looked a couple of days ago. However, they claim to be displaying game times in ET, but the times listed are in PT (for me at least).
it suggests that even in CONCACAF Klinsmann wasn't confident in his team's ability to break down defenses with technical skill and the passing game.
The man who hired him, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati, once told me one of the reasons he hired Klinsmann was so that he wouldn’t say the U.S. had no chance of winning a World Cup.
France handling adversity? That sounds highly optimistic, I'm sure they could totally implode if their toast got burnt one morning.
I think deferring to a team's stars is more like a "the entire world except Germany and Holland" thing.
and Fabergas skies the penalty into the stands.
Will this be the lineup Klinsmann uses?
####### do we have so few people with a good touch.
I have a bad feeling that this is what the World Cup is going to look like for the US
It looks like that the US has shifted to a lopsided diamond with Jones on the left but sort of tucked in.
Appiah’s biggest problem is at full-back. His best left-back is a right-back by trade who spends his regular season playing in midfield at Esperance, Harrison Afful, while his other options, Samuel Inkoom and Daniel Opare are nothing if not inconsistent.
Taylor Twellman is going to drive me crazy. It took him 25 minutes to figure out that Jones was not "sitting in front of the back 4" along with Beckerman.
is this false hope or actual hope?
Really never a problem with fitness.
Omar Gonzalez seemed like a new Onyewu in most of the qualifying games.
And, of course, Klinsmann won't write out a lineup without Jones's name in it. This is an interesting compromise to play this way, but I'll leave it to others to say how effective it might be.
I'd swap him for Donovan in a heartbeat.
Doesn't matter, he wears the armband, he's not getting benched.
Yeah, Gonzalez looked poor. I thought Dempsey did too. In my view he's been poor all 3 games.
That's exactly when Altidore looks his best. We've been waiting a long time for that.
FIFA's decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar came under further scrutiny as The Sunday Times published new allegations that Mohamed Bin Hammam used his wealth and top level contacts to buy support for the oil-rich country's successful bid.
The newspaper, which last week claimed that the former FIFA Executive Committee member made payments totaling $5 million to senior football officials to seal support for Qatar, also accused Bin Hammam of using $1.7 million to secure key Asian votes.
It alleged that Bin Hammam arranged government level talks for Thailand's FIFA executive Worawi Makudi to discuss a gas sale "potentially worth tens of millions of dollars to Thailand'' and that he was invited to visit Vladimir Putin before Russia and Qatar's victories in the votes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Tbh, though, I can't see our offense threatening Portugal much at this rate. We're devoting a lot of resources to defense. Oh well, cross that bridge if we get there.
i'm not a fan, and i don't follow this stuff at all
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