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  1. Quintanariffic

    USMNT: Hold My Beer

    Shit. One more streaming platform I need to pay for.
  2. Quintanariffic

    USMNT: Hold My Beer

    But man alive, that isn’t the level we need to be facing in order to prep for the harder tests to come. I think we’ll come to find that the Nations League, and its elimination of a large % of opportunities to play strong non-CONCACAF sides in friendlies, will be the single biggest headwind to...
  3. Quintanariffic

    USMNT: Hold My Beer

    Agree with all of this. Wouldn’t qualifying for the AFCON Cup be an issue for the March window? It’s only 1 fixture per National team this window so maybe they can make that work based on schedules. USMNT would be a good warm up test for teams with games on 3/30 like Cameroon, Morocco or...
  4. Quintanariffic

    The Japanese government has privately concluded that the Olympics will be cancelled because of the coronavirus

    It's difficult to imagine something that would be more Florida than this "offer". It's as if the captain of the high school dance club reached out to the Coach of the varsity baseball team to offer her assistance upon hearing that the star of the team went down with an injury. They are...
  5. Quintanariffic

    Americans Abroad, 2020-21: The Kids Are Alright

    TB will know better, but I think that's right. I guess reinvesting the $$ into a DP would be the most visible way to spend that money, so maybe my point above is moot. Still, I would submit that until there is pressure from the fan base/media based on seeing how other clubs successfully...
  6. Quintanariffic

    The Japanese government has privately concluded that the Olympics will be cancelled because of the coronavirus

    It will cost Tokyo billions to extend staff for another year and re-negotiate venue/hospitality agreements. It will also kill the chances for hundreds of athletes to participate due to age or circumstance, which the IOC is loathe to do. Moreover, the entire Olympic Movement (the national...
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    Americans Abroad, 2020-21: The Kids Are Alright

    Not really though, b/c they can only put $1M of that fee back into the roster as GAM, right? Otherwise it’s just left pocket/right pocket for the RBNY and NYCFC owners. If MLS were to change their rules on reinvesting sale proceeds into the roster, then we’d have something.
  8. Quintanariffic

    The Japanese government has privately concluded that the Olympics will be cancelled because of the coronavirus

    This is well said. It’s the Intl Federations, who only get one time to shine every 4 years, that push the organizing committees to build these unsustainable, guilded palaces for obscure sports. FWIW, any talk of further postponement is poppycock. A further delay would cost billions of dollars...
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    Americans Abroad, 2020-21: The Kids Are Alright

    Depends if Hoppe remains one of the 2 forwards they play in their 3-5-2 (?) formation but he’s certainly not hurting his chances of seeing more playing time rt now.
  10. Quintanariffic

    USMNT: Hold My Beer

    So they have to beat Mexico to qualify right? Only the 2 finalists make the tournament IIRC.
  11. Quintanariffic

    Americans Abroad, 2020-21: The Kids Are Alright

    Speaking of rumors, CCV May finally be getting a permanent move to Bournemouth after a few years on the “annual loan to a Championship club” circuit. he needs a home and Bournemouth are in the promotion zone right now, so that would be a great move for him if true. Not the first CCV sale...
  12. Quintanariffic

    Curb Your Enthusiasm: US Youth National Teams, Prospect Hype, and Youth Development Thread [The DA is DEAD updates]

    And possibly (c) young enough with upside that they can potentially flip him to a Big 5 team in 1-2 years.
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    Americans Abroad, 2020-21: The Kids Are Alright

    To your ongoing point expressed here and on Twitter - yet another example of why development as a national team is a numbers game. However devastating this may end up being for Richie, the reality is that an injury to a CAM who is on the cusp of breaking through at PSV isn't all that impactful...
  14. Quintanariffic

    2020/21 UEFA Champions League: The Road to Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

    Is this really a must win game for either team? They've both qualified for the knockout stage already, yes?
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    Americans Abroad, 2020-21: The Kids Are Alright

    Worth noting that with Barça, Juve, Dortmund, Leipzig and Chelsea playing today, it’s almost certain that the record for Champions League minutes played by Americans will be broken today. On match day 6. In the group stage. It’s a new era, folks.
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    Americans Abroad, 2020-21: The Kids Are Alright

    Good catches re: Robert’s and Busio. So we have as many as 6 home grown moving this window, with at least 3-4 of those highly likely or already completed. Has there ever been another window with more than 1 such transfer? This may not be a deluge in global soccer market terms, but it’s a...
  17. Quintanariffic

    Americans Abroad, 2020-21: The Kids Are Alright

    Wow. So where does that leave us with homegrown MLS transfers in the winter window? Aaronson - $6m to Salzburg McKenzie - rumored for $2-3M to Celtic? Reynolds- rumored for $6-7M to Juve Edit: Joe Scally - sold to Gladbach for a reported $2M. Pretty sure there are others that are rumored who...
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    Americans Abroad, 2020-21: The Kids Are Alright

    I think the data tends to back this up. Here's the distribution of U-23 mins within the Big 5 Euro leagues by nationality: View: https://twitter.com/NatFan9/status/1330963521438420992?s=20 But to make for better comparability between the countries with the Big 5 (England, Germany, France...