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Discussion in 'Breakfast with Gazza (with Sachmoneious Bullcrap)' started by Titans Bastard, Sep 10, 2017.
I'd say someone should lose their job over this, but...
Hey, maybe he actually sucks.
I'm so pissed about this.
This is extremely frustrating. Gonzalez is undoubtedly under pressure from club, fans, media, parents, etc. But the USSF did not put their best foot forward with him. Dual nationals like Gonzalez like both the US and Mexico. It doesn't necessarily take much to sway him from one option that he likes to another option that he likes. There are factors that are working against the US (parents probably pro-El Tri, plays in Mexico) so you have to play this recruiting game of inches well. The USSF did not. Fuck this.
Sometimes these recruiting battles feel like a huge win or huge loss and don't amount to anything. I have a bad feeling about this one. We're not just talking about some academy kid like Green or Zelalem, this is a player who is getting business done in a good league at age 18. At a position where we desperately need help.
This is bad.
Stories confirming are starting to pop up online. The Mexican Federation are being a bit coy, only saying that things are progressing but nothing signed yet.
Steve Goff confirmed the report. That's the dagger, he's very reliable.
It sucks, but you know what, whatever. We're not winning the World Cup during his career. He would've been nice to have, but maybe they'll learn from this and come correct with future prospects. I think it's important that we not live and die too much with US Soccer - because generally, it'll be more death than life.
And hey, maybe he turns out like Rossi and we end up not caring that much.
From a respected poster on BigSoccer:
Gonzalez tweets out a statement announcing the switch.
I’m sure USSF didn’t do a great job but that Big Soccer post reads like a lot of spin to me. The biggest problem / f up is the USMNT didn’t qualify for the World Cup and Mexico did, not that a couple interim coaches didn’t reach out enough. With no WC, the US was the underdog especially considering he plays professionally in Mexico.
Tedesco is experimenting with Weston McKennie at CB during the winter break.
Christian Lucatero is reported to be signing with Necaxa in Liga MX. He was the Dynamo's most celebrated prospect, but he didn't get much playing time for their USL affiliate Rio Grande Valley over the last two years. They declined his option and offered him a USL contract. Understandably, he walked. I'll be really curious to see how he does south of the border - I don't have a feel for whether this is the Dynamo mishandling his development or whether he's just not that good.
DC United prospect Eryk Williamson is expected to sign overseas. DCU's central midfield situation is crowded and Ben Olsen is somehow still the coach; I'd look abroad too. There has been a rumor that Schalke is interested, which I am taking with a large grain of salt. I don't think Williamson is good enough for that move to make sense for either party. Scandinavia or maybe 2.Bundesliga would make more sense.
Rubio Rubin's career is a ruin, but he still has interest per Goff:
Jake Rozhansky signs for Maccabi Netanya in Israel. He's a central midfielder who spent two years at UVA and two at Maryland.
Mission accomplished, Tab Ramos has confirmed to Ives that Timothy Tillman will join the U.S. U-20 team for a training camp in March.
Since my original post last winter, Tillman has played in official games for Germany's U19s (last October). The U19s advanced to the next phase of U19 Euro qualifiers in March, so it's interesting that he's switching now. Tillman was a bench player for that squad, so perhaps he understands that he probably doesn't have a long-term future with Germany.
Tillman spent some time training with the first team during preseason and even got into a game or two, but from the chatter gleaned from Bayern fan boards, he's stagnated this year. While he's been playing regularly for Bayern II, he doesn't seem to be viewed as a player who could potentially have a future at the club. It's hardly damning if Bayern is above his ceiling, but we also don't have a good sense of his floor, either.
I certainly welcome his addition to the U20 pool if he follows through with switching to the US, but I'm not to excited just yet. Possibly because I'm too bitter from losing the guy who might have been our starting DM for the next decade.
Things can be two things. They were behind the 8 ball by missing the WC but then proceeded not to call him or otherwise try to keep him in the US program. I’m shocked, SHOCKED that the 3 visits from bow tie wearing Dutch guy (aka USMNT lead scout Thomas Rongen) to an 18 year old Mexican American kid from California wasn’t enough.
An update on how Pulisic is getting on this season, and some analysis about his EPL future, how he's focusing, what he's working on.
Friday night news dump.
Is this real?
It is. Was always surprised he didn’t try at least one season in Mexico.
Joel Soñora has gone on a year-long loan from Stuttgart to Talleres in the Argentine Primera.
He's attacking midfielder who was once on the US U17 team back in 2013. Now he's 21 and seemingly going nowhere for Stuttgart II.
Hopefully he finds a new loan before the end of the window. CCV started well, but his form has dipped lately and I think he was likely to play less in the second half of the season.
And he's on loan again, this time antagonizing @Smiling Joe Hesketh instead of @Dummy Hoy:
He looks THRILLED.
Eh, I'd only give CCV's expression a 7 on the Danny Szetela Scale.
Pulisic has looked dangerous more than a few times vs Berlin but they're down 1-0. I know they're announcers for a US network but they've been hyping him up a lot too.
McKennie was subbed in on Sunday, then came out with a knee injury. Schalke now says he's out six weeks.
Could be worse.