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USMNT: Watching From Outside The Arena

Discussion in 'Breakfast with Gazza (with Sachmoneious Bullcrap)' started by Titans Bastard, Oct 16, 2017.

  1. SoxFanInCali

    SoxFanInCali has the rich, deep voice of a god and the penis of Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Hahaha Miazga. That's great.
     
  2. Kliq

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    Lol becoming a big Miazga fan.
     
  3. Jimy Hendrix

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    A fun cameo from the Miazga who might grab some nuts.
     
  4. DrewDawg

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    And then Mexico retaliates. Ha.

    I mean, we need *something* here with no World Cup.
     
  5. SoxFanInCali

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    That's studs up on both feet over the ball. Red all day.
     
  6. Titans Bastard

    Titans Bastard has sunil gulati in his sights Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    We have enough good forward prospects that I feel decent about where we'll be at that position in a couple of years.

    Agree that AM is a bigger concern. It's bad after Pulisic. There are some real prospects, but they are younger than and/or not as far along as some of our CM young guns like Adams and McKennie. All that being said, it's hard to evaluate whether some of the mediocre types like Arriola and Green can be somewhat useful role players when there's basically no tactical scheme at all.
     
  7. DrewDawg

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    Yeah, I mean, if this was a qualifier or something, I'd think differently if he's sitting on a yellow. But now? We need attitude. We need a new Clint Dempsey.
     
  8. Mr. Wednesday

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    On replay, I don't think he was trying for it, looked like he slipped a little bit and it sent his foot over the ball. (Still a red every day of the week and twice on Sunday, of course.)
     
  9. DrewDawg

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  10. Kliq

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    Ian Darke really reaching with that 9/11 line. Deserved goal from the US though.
     
  11. DrewDawg

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    Julian Green having a good few minutes.
     
  12. Titans Bastard

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    Love the late run into the box from Adams. It reminds me of the time Bradley scored a zillion goals for Heerenveen that way.
     
  13. thehitcat

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    Miazga has looked a little like Lackey out there tonight. He just stared down Yedlin after earlier doing it to Robinson. Maybe, like Lackey, they love the guy, but I'd personally tell him to mind his own patch.
     
  14. SoxFanInCali

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    Ugly wins are still wins. Especially against Mexico.
     
  15. Titans Bastard

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    With Delgado on for Weah, we're back to four CM territory! Sarachan feeling good now.
     
  16. Titans Bastard

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    Ugly, red card-aided win.

    1) Hire a coach please. I want to see the team build towards something and under Sarachan it feels like random tryouts for CMs sometimes.
    2) Stay healthy, Christian
    3) I liked what I've seen from Miazga as a defender and as a leader
    4) Adams is going to get 100+ caps before it's over
    5) Robinson at LB is worth investing more playing time
    6) I think Trapp may have a place in the player pool, but I don't understand why he's used as an indispensible midfield fulcrum. He's not good enough for that.
    7) A clear tactical plan will do wonders for the US midfield and will help the attack on the margins. We'll need to be patient for more AMs and wingers to come through.
     
  17. InstaFace

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    Needs to be logged here:

     
  18. Jed Zeppelin

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    A couple years ago when I saw Miazga—maybe during his brief time at Chelsea before being loaned—I remember not liking some of the passivity I was seeing in terms of winning balls in the air and that sort of thing. Glad to see some grit and swagger. There has been such a shit stagnant attitude permeating everything for the last few years and it continues with the MLS waiting game otherwise known as our managerial search, so you need the players at this point to be able to just say fuck it and play.
     
  19. DrewDawg

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    Jermaine Jones moves into coaching.

     
  20. Titans Bastard

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    I wholeheartedly agree with Jones. Youth coaching is by far the largest obstacle between the US and being a true WC contender.

    In other news, the draw for the CONCACAF U20 Championship has been made. This tournament serves as qualifying for the 2019 U20 World Cup.

    First stage group:

    USA
    Trinidad & Tobago
    Suriname
    Puerto Rico
    Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
    US Virgin Islands

    All five group stage games will be hosted in Bradenton, FL played every other day on November 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9. Only the top team advances, so given the competition the US will basically just need to beat T&T to move on. No problem.....right?!?!?

    T&T is the third match, so the backups will surely get a nice runout two days prior against USVI.


    The second stage consists of six group winners, who are divided into two groups of three. Group A (US group) is paired with Group C (Honduras or Cuba) and Group E (Costa Rica or Haiti). The US would just need to not finish last in this group to advance to the WC. However, you have to win the group to advance to the CONCACAF final.

    The timing of this tournament is TERRIBLE for the US. While MLS clubs are very accommodating to YNTs for official tournaments, this CONCACAF U20 is being held in November. That means it coincides not just with the European season and the MLS playoffs, but also with the NCAA tournament. Player availability will be dicey and we'll likely have to go a ways down the depth chart at some positions. The second part of the tournament occurs during a FIFA window, so perhaps Ramos will be able to get a couple of players just for that section of the tournament, but he can't afford to go too short-handed during the 5 games/9 days first group stage.
     
  21. Titans Bastard

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    I missed this from the pregame of one of the recent friendlies. It's good stuff from Twellman.

     
  22. Cellar-Door

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    It's the same thing as always with USSF, they know that there isn't real pressure from media coverage, so they will always make decisions the same way.... what helps me and my buddies, what benefits the people who got me this job, and how do I make sure they keep money and power. They made superficial changes because there was brief outcry, and now it's back to business as usual. If anything it looks like the Garber/MLS block is looking to even more solidly consolidate power on the argument that a foreign coach failed. There will be no fixes attempted with youth development, it will be a DA doubledown. An MLS based coach, and the same old people in the youth side.
     
  23. Titans Bastard

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    I'm pretty sure they will hire an MLS coach, but I'm not convinced it's because of lobbying by people like Garber. I don't think that's even necessary — as you point out, the USSF is an extremely insular, old boys network type organization. They ventured out of the network with Klinsmann, got burned, and will probably get even more risk-averse in the future.

    But yeah, an insiders' club: the CEO of USSF Dan Flynn has been working with the organization since at least the Bora Milutinovic era. Many USSF personnel and YNT coaches have strange resumes that make it look like that relied on personal connections to find their jobs.

    My big-picture view is that a lot of people who run the USSF and the state associations are people who were the only ones willing to put in the thankless work in the 90s when there was much less support, interest, money, and attention. They kept the home fires burning when no one else cared, but now they are old, static thinkers, and get extremely defensive when questioned. The problem is that the game has grown considerably, the needs of US soccer have evolved, and new skills, energy, and vision are required.

    The ego-to-production ratio among many US soccer administrators and coaches (especially youth coaches!) has never been good.

    Flynn is now in his mid-60s and recently had a heart transplant. I have to imagine that retirement beckons soon. The identity of his replacement will be far more consequential than the USSF presidential election, IMO.
     
  24. Titans Bastard

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    This is very good news for the U20s. It would be difficult to secure releases of many top players for a relatively long tournament at an inconvenient time. The key second group stage games fall during an international window, so clubs may be more likely to release players for that smaller set of games
     

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