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  1. 67YAZ

    Women's World Cup 2019

    I coach a U10 team, and I spent more time working with goal keepers to "play it wide, don't pass it to the middle - always go to the sides" than any other tactical point.
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    Newcastle 2018-19: Perpetually "For Sale"

    I poked around and couldn’t find any updates on the proposed sale, either...
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    Women's World Cup 2019

    It’s been a hard year for the Cameroon federation. In November they lost the right to host this current Cup of Nations tournament because they weren’t going to be ready to host & an armed rebel group was plaguing a section of the country not far from some tournament sites. Then this week the...
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    VAR: What is it good for?

    There’s noting charming about blown calls or mistakes by refs. We should be working to call the most accurate and fair game possible. Fair acknowledges that there will also be some element of judgement involved. But we should explore all the avenues that tech opens up to call more accurate...
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    USMNT: Hold My Beer

    Great match from McKennie. He was engaged and maintained intensity throughout. Moved the ball very well, got forward, defended nicely. Not the toughest opponent, but the first complete 90 minutes he’s put in for the national team.
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    Africa Cup of Nations

    Yep, they moved it from its historical Jan-Feb to the summer. Edit: it’s also the first time they expanded to 24 teams, which is why some true minnows like TZ & Uganda are in the mix.
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    Offseason Thread - Betty when you call me, you can call me Al

    Since they nabbed Coby White last night, I doubt they're still in the Brogdon market. If the 3 top PGs had gone off the board and the Bulls were looking at Culver or Hunter at #7, then Brogdon made a ton of sense. But with Paxson & Forman running things...you just never, ever know.
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    Women's World Cup 2019

    That’s cool, but a tough corner of Africa in which to work. A few years ago (a decade maybe?), I had a student spend a semester in TZ studying professional football organizations for his thesis. The deep poverty of the region plus the continual flow of refugees from regional conflicts and...
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    Women's World Cup 2019

    It’s great for African football. On the men’s side, no team advanced to the knockout rounds last year. That hasn’t happened since 1982. And the way Senegal went out - on yellow card accumulation - irked a lot of folks who feel that refs stereotype African players as overly-physical and...
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    USMNT: Hold My Beer

    All the mentions of Jonathan Gonzalez made me sad. Would have been great to have him in the midfield mix with Pomykal and McKennie going forward.
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    USMNT: Hold My Beer

    At this point, Pulisic isn’t a string puller or play maker against quality competition. He’s a run at you attacker with an good finishing touch. Another match alongside Arriola & Boyd ain’t gonna make our boy into Claudio Reyna. Put another way, I don’t want to see 90 minutes of Pulisic...
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    USMNT: Hold My Beer

    Last night was fine - the line up and tactics were good given the opponent and who is healthy. It’s been nice to see what Boyd can offer now and how he might develop. McKennie’s unevenness is still disconcerting - great going forward last night, but about a half dozen fouls, too. Greggg...
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    Women's World Cup 2019

    But after the restart, Jamaica comes out guns blazing, They just put in their first ever World Cup goal and look poised for another. Edit: Kerr picks up the first hat trick ever by an Aussie - man or woman - at a World Cup. Jamaica looked feisty for the first 15 minutes of the half, but this...
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    Women's World Cup 2019

    Best I can tell, all 3 from this group should go on, but each team will want to win to jockey for seeding.
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    USMNT: Hold My Beer

    I'm sure CONMEBOL didn't put up too much of a fight. The total population of those 3 countries is about the same as the city of Recife (~1.6m).
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    WCQ 2022: Qualifiers for Qatar's Questionable Quagmire

    The Saudis already tried that by pushing for the expanded WC in 2022 with a bunch of games to played in SA. But they couldn’t push it through. Look, history shows that FIFA is nimble enough to take cash from all sides of a conflict, selling the vision that buying football is buying...
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    USMNT: Hold My Beer

    Good question. A friend & colleague of mine is a political scientist from Guyana who studies Caribbean national & regional governance. So I asked the same. The basic answer all points back to history - Guyana was colonized first by the Dutch. The interior of the country - crisscrossed by various...
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    WCQ 2022: Qualifiers for Qatar's Questionable Quagmire

    The World Cup ain’t moving. The Gulf States are pumping huge cash into the game now - buying clubs, the Saudi bankrolling a redesigned Club World Cup, Qatar 2022...this is where the money is. And FIFA is always where the money is.
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    2019 Gronk Watch: NFL? WWE? PG13?

    When he tells the nurses “They taste just like me.”