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  1. ninjacornelius

    The leagueth returneth

    Everton will be without Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who's got a hamstring injury. So Ancelotti's running out what looks like a 3-4-3 with Gylfi as a false nine? Maybe?
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    USMNT: Hold My Beer

    Welp, Berhalter's interest seems to have been rewarded. View: https://twitter.com/USMNT/status/1349069266532913153 FIFA has granted @andresperea06's one-time change of association request to represent the USMNT.
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    MLS 2020: A Quarter Century of Soccer

    View: https://twitter.com/tombogert/status/1341454487626670080 I'm sure that there is an explanation for this, and in the grand scheme of things it's probably a moot point because it sounds like Corona wants to go back to Liga MX, but this makes Austin FC look like fools. It also inadvertently...
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    Everton 20/21: The Little Girl With the Curl-o

    This is such a delightfully ridiculous accomplishment that I had to check fbref and yes, this is the first time in the Premier League era that Everton has beaten every London club on its schedule at least once in a season.
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    MLS 2020: A Quarter Century of Soccer

    As an inaugural Austin FC season ticket holder, I'm excited about this. Ring was mostly being played out of position as a winger last season and he was still able to put up 3.5 tackles and interceptions per 90, which are above average defensive numbers for any midfielder. If they give him the DM...
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    Americans Abroad, 2020-21: The Kids Are Alright

    Just this past week, the guys on the Total Soccer Show speculated that Mark McKenzie and Caden Clark could both get sold for more than Reynolds. This was before the Roma bid came out, but do you think that the transfer valuations of those three guys are roughly equal? And I guess more...
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    USMNT: Hold My Beer

    ESPN is reporting that Julian Araujo will be in the December camp too, though that’s a little less surprising since he was with the US U20s. He’s not eligible for Mexico as he doesn’t have a passport yet, but Tata Martino seems to want him pretty badly...
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    Americans Abroad, 2020-21: The Kids Are Alright

    Yeah, TB’s (invaluable and very much appreciated) yearly roundup always offers some choice “let’s remember some guys” candidates. I haven’t thought about Josh Gatt since the Obama administration. And somehow Haji Wright is still only 22 years old, even though it feels like I’ve been keeping tabs...
  9. ninjacornelius

    Bill Simmons: Valuing Trades More Than Friendships

    I would be shocked if Ringer employees don't have no-compete agreements in place, especially when it comes to podcasts.
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    Bill Simmons: Valuing Trades More Than Friendships

    Yep, you're right. I kind of conflated my "the union is pissed off at management" and "The Ringer is marginalizing the website and its stable of talent in favor of big-name podcasts" points. They're related, but I should have explained myself better.
  11. ninjacornelius

    Bill Simmons: Valuing Trades More Than Friendships

    I don't think that's the case. If these high-profile people were being brought in as employees, not contractors, and allowed to join the union, then I suspect the Ringer rank-and-file would be far more accommodating. I think the main gripe is that management is engaging in union-busting, won't...
  12. ninjacornelius

    USMNT: Hold My Beer

    Surprised and a little disappointed not to see Richards in for Brooks, but Ream is the only player in the XI over the age of 25, so I guess it couldn't hurt to have a veteran out there captaining the squad.
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    USMNT: Hold My Beer

    Thinking that everything about that match was good except for only having three shots on target is a very "how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?" kind of response, but I think it's true. If Josh Sargent was released by his club then this would have been a completely different ballgame.
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    USMNT: Hold My Beer

    Absent the option of putting together a cohesive team from the entire player pool, I'm very much here for this "just let the kids try some stuff" strategy. But it's only possible because McKennie and Adams have been absolutely everywhere on the pitch.
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    USMNT: Hold My Beer

    One of the TV commentators (didn't catch who) said that Lletget is the false 9. But no one seems to have any idea who's playing striker.
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    USMNT: Hold My Beer

    Yep. A really sweet tribute IMO.
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    2020 NFL: Wk.9 Game Thread

    2009, the year New Orleans won the Super Bowl.
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    Greatest not famous athlete you ever saw

    Anyone who remembers NFL player Brian Mitchell probably remembers him as a kick returner for Washington , but when I was a kid growing up in Lafayette, LA, I knew him as the greatest dual-threat QB in Ragin' Cajuns history. He was like a miniature Michael Vick, or Tommie Frazier with a better...
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    Americans Abroad, 2020-21: The Kids Are Alright

    My inclination is that A) must be the answer, but as much as I squint I still can't make sense of it. A player of his caliber wouldn't use the USMNT as a carrot to make England bite, would he? Ghana seems like more of a "come get me" choice if he's trying to force England's hand. Maybe it's...
  20. ninjacornelius

    The Ringer

    Hayley O'Shaughnessy also announced that she's leaving The Ringer today. It could just be that her and Concepcion's contracts were up a the same time, but I'm curious to know if there's more internal strife over there than what has been previously suggested. Edit: reading the tea leaves a bit...