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US Soccer: Where do we go from here?
Posted 01 July 2010 - 03:18 PM
Jozy absolutely has the physical tools. But he needs to learn that "playing good defense/ripping balls away from defenders" and "passing to other attackers", while useful skills, are simply not going to cut it when we don't have a primary finisher. If we are to have any hope in 2014, he cannot become an American Emile Heskey. He absolutely has the ability to cause havoc and create opportunities with his strength and athleticism. What he needs to do is learn to finish with some sort of reliability.
If he gets that, I think it all falls into place--our midfield will likely still be very strong in 2014, and our keeper play will likely be decent to good as well. The defense won't be great, but when has it ever been? If we can control the middle of the field and finish our opportunities, we will be dangerous.
Posted 02 July 2010 - 09:18 PM
Ghana and Uruguay played a CLASSIC match today. The ending rivals the Music City Miracle, the snow game against the Raiders for the Pats, and several other non-finals endings in playoff history. Epic, really. That being said, the amount of flopping, acting, and general bitching was really frustrating to see.
The US, as someone stated in the Simmons thread, loves American Football, MMA, and generally speaking, people getting the crap kicked out of each other. The US soccer team in this WC had incredible resiliency, but also did minimal diving and was a scrappy bunch.
All I'm trying to get at is that maybe for soccer to gain popularity in this country, we need major success - both as a team in tournaments like the WC and individual success with players going to Europe and eventually thriving in an improved MLS, coupled with our own style that American fans can relate to.
Americans don't appreciate pussies and primadonnas. For soccer to take off in the US, it might not be enough to have international success, both for the team and individuals. We might have to define the sport on our own terms - physical, relentless, unforgiving, and not being soft.
Posted 03 July 2010 - 09:20 PM
Especially amusing after watching your boy Arjen Robben play-act, bitch, and prance his way through the quarterfinal. He made Cuauhtemoc look like a Corinthian.
Posted 04 July 2010 - 12:59 AM
Strawman. Where did I ever say Ghana sucked? I'm talking about the popularity of soccer in the US and how the USMNT and the individuals who are on it, might have to not only succeed on the international stage, but also play a brand of soccer the typical American can relate to and be proud of to make it more popular than it is today.
Posted 04 July 2010 - 01:37 PM
Posted 05 July 2010 - 04:07 PM
How England can learn lessons from German revolution
If we could define all of that, we thought we could lay out how we wanted to work and then, from there, sort out the training and paperwork behind the scenes.
What we ended up with amounted to 10 or 12 bullet points laying out our proposals. We then announced that it was our intention to play a fast-paced game, an attacking game and a proactive game.
That last term was something the Germans did not really like because they did not really understand what proactive meant. We just told them it meant we did not react to what our opponents did, we played the way that was right for us.
Once we had done all that, we created a curriculum for German football and presented it to the Bundesliga and DFB boards.
At that point, I told them I did not have the time to implement the strategy at all levels because I only had two years to prepare for the World Cup, so I asked for Germany's Under-21 team to adopt it and that was it.
I brought in a former international team-mate of mine, Dieter Eilts, to run the under-21s and said they had to play the same way as the senior team because they would be a feeder for it.
For example, we told the Bundesliga teams and coaches that their players needed to be fitter to play the kind of football we wanted to play.
That meant carrying out fitness tests every three months, which did not go down well with some clubs because I was able to prove that some of them were training their players properly and others were not.
Posted 05 July 2010 - 06:18 PM
or a healthy Davies and Gooch