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    USMNT: Soccer's Coming Home

    I'll just point out that Berhalter did go to a 4-4-2 against England, at least out-of-possession, and didn't have to sacrifice one of MMA to do it. He simply played McKennie at RM, which happens to be exactly his role for his club. And Pulisic has never been above doing some defensive work, so...
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    USMNT: Soccer's Coming Home

    That's a great post, teddy. Thanks.
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    World Cup Quarterfinal Day 1: Croatia/Brazil & Netherlands/Argentina

    Yeah, I'm not sure the Copa America is quite the prize that either side lusts for. I realize Messi hadn't won it, but honestly the stakes felt low. Maybe that's just my outside opinion and it was a huge fucking deal to both sides, but they'd met for that title plenty of times, right? Whereas...
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    2022 World Cup News Thread

    Right, the Belichickian coaching method works with players who aren't divas and have an urge to always get better that's bigger than their urge for self-glorification and ego. It fits some players very well, others tolerate, and some just can't and are better under a different coach. For some...
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    USMNT: Soccer's Coming Home

    Really? I'm only a beginner on tactical setups, but my impression is that in Gregg's system, the wingers are assumed to prefer inverting, the fullbacks are for width in attack, and the CF is depended on more for interchange and hold-up play than for chance creation or being a target man. And...
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    World Cup Quarterfinal Day 1: Croatia/Brazil & Netherlands/Argentina

    Yeah a lot has to do with the relative chances created. Look, say what you will about the relative tactics and how well-drilled both sides looked... basically all of the xG models had the match very close in terms of total chance quality created, and at least one I saw (@ The XG Philosophy on...
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    World Cup Quarterfinal Day 1: Croatia/Brazil & Netherlands/Argentina

    I gave us a 30% chance to advance over Netherlands. I still think if we play that game 10 times we win 2 or 3. I would give us <10% against Argentina. Totally different class of team, with them even more focused and motivated than when they clowned us in the Copa America in 2016. And as the...
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    USMNT: Soccer's Coming Home

    I would sign up for that. Give Gregg a few games to show improvement or else get tossed aside like the proverbial Daniel Lovitz. Bit like going month-to-month on your rent after your lease expires.
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    Poll: Grade the Xander to San Diego Contract

    Yeah I likewise have sympathy for the point of view that it's an overpay, so my mockery was overstated and I apologize for that. But what I've realized over the years is that: 1) The accelerating economics of baseball mean that something that looks like an overpay will look sensible in 5 years...
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    Poll: Grade the Xander to San Diego Contract

    We're gonna win the payroll efficiency championship, guys! Sensible flavored seltzers for everyone!
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    USMNT: Soccer's Coming Home

    I just can't lay the finishing at the proverbial feet of the manager. Some things are just down to the talent pool of the team and what level they're able to perform at for their clubs. Creating chances, and in particular adjusting to the tactical changes or wrinkles thrown at him by opposing...
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    12/7 - The team with the Great Eyelashes

    How soon do we pull the starters and put in the two-way contracts plus a couple fans from the stands?
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    12/7 - The team with the Great Eyelashes

    The feels of the first 10 games of that season, at any rate. Do you remember what it felt like to watch that team? Just an endless series of "stop, stop, he's already dead" and Randy Moss stunting on fools? This team can write its own ending, it doesn't have to all go down like the 2007 Pats...