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  1. Titans Bastard

    Poor New England! So Far From Boston, So Close to the Kraft Family: The Revolution 2019

    The Revs nick a late home win against Chicago. That in and of itself is not all that impressive because the Fire aren't that great. However, it's three points on a night when NYRB, DCU, and Montreal all lost. The Revs consolidate sixth place and have a four point cushion in the playoff...
  2. Titans Bastard

    Major League Soccer 2019: Your Humble Local League (and a little USOC too)

    Carlos Vela is very good. View: https://twitter.com/MLS/status/1164376966318841856 MLS teams by GD: LAFC +46 Atlanta +15 NYC +14 Philly & Minnesota +8 Bob Bradley has this team playing so well. I can't remember any team running away with the Supporters Shield the way LAFC is doing this year.
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    Major League Soccer 2019: Your Humble Local League (and a little USOC too)

    This became official earlier this week. The league will run with 26 teams in 2020 (Miami + Nashville), 27 in 2021 (Austin), and St Louis will be #28 in 2022. It's been clear for a while that MLS has wanted to be in St. Louis pretty badly, and now that the ownership group has a solid stadium...
  4. Titans Bastard

    Americans Abroad 2019-20: A New Hope

    One of the reasons I'm optimistic about the USMNT in the medium- and long-term isn't just that there are good prospects doing good things in Europe, but there's also positive momentum in MLS. MLS clubs are competing to retain a growing number of academy prospects. They win some, they lose...
  5. Titans Bastard

    Major League Soccer 2019: Your Humble Local League (and a little USOC too)

    Rémi Garde gets the sack in Montreal, and will be replaced by Wilmer Cabrera, who hopefully enjoyed his eight days of unemployment after being fired in Houston. It feels a little harsh. My take on Montreal is that they simply aren't that good. In this league, you can be dominant if you sign...
  6. Titans Bastard

    Americans Abroad 2019-20: A New Hope

    I’m a high functioning addict. It’s good. I can handle it. Right?
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    Americans Abroad 2019-20: A New Hope

    I think you are allowed to be pretty excited before the level is deemed irrational. He’s amazing 1v1, both because of his technique and his athleticism. Things to watch out for: - has a bit of “street baller” to his game which I think is good to an extent, but he also needs to learn to...
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    Americans Abroad 2019-20: A New Hope

    German-American right back Ken Gipson '96 signed with Sonnenhof Großaspach of Germany's 3. Liga. He started in RB Leipzig's academy, then moved to Sandhausen in the 2.BL where rarely played, so hopefully he's found a level where he can play and improve. Doubtful that he'll ever be on the USMNT...
  9. Titans Bastard

    Americans Abroad 2019-20: A New Hope

    And now for academy/youth. It's an incomplete list because I'm still trying to track down if some players are still at their clubs, but I don't think I've missed any big prospects. Some young players are listed in the opening post if they play on reserve teams high enough in a pyramid, like...
  10. Titans Bastard

    Americans Abroad 2019-20: A New Hope

    They are in tough positions to switch. The other countries for which they are eligible are better than the US, which means two things: (1) the call to the USMNT will likely happen first and (2) if they end up in the range of USMNT-quality but not Dutch/Chilean NT quality, they've lost their...
  11. Titans Bastard

    Americans Abroad 2019-20: A New Hope

    I doubt any of the players there are full-time professionals.
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    Americans Abroad 2019-20: A New Hope

    Not sure. They've had good success with Sabbi and Cappis, so I guess they've decided to go back to the well for two more players. Also, some clubs are mindful about creating small cohorts of players from the same country if possible, to help mitigate against "failing to settle", i.e...
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    Americans Abroad 2019-20: A New Hope

    New season, new thread. As the Weak Generation ages into its late 20s, there are few veterans of USMNT note plying their trade in the top European leagues. On the bright side, there is a burgeoning group of youngsters who are breaking through at respectable clubs and starting to make a name...
  14. Titans Bastard

    Americans Abroad: Summer Window 2019

    Crazy fact I saw on Twitter: this was the first time an American GK started in a Big 5 league since Howard started a game late in the 2015-16 season.
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    Major League Soccer 2019: Your Humble Local League (and a little USOC too)

    In other news, St Louis appears to be in: View: https://twitter.com/Ben_Fred/status/1161777214641319937
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    Americans Abroad: Summer Window 2019

    That’s certainly been the book on Horvath but IMO he made some real strides in those areas last year and I hope he finds a place to play so he can continue to improve. It’s a shame it all went down so late that he couldn’t get out this summer.
  17. Titans Bastard

    Major League Soccer 2019: Your Humble Local League (and a little USOC too)

    Houston has fired Wilmer Cabrera. The Dynamo have sucked lately, so this isn't a surprise. He's the fifth managerial casualty of the season. I don't see too many more immediate hot seat managers except Veljko Paunovic in Chicago.
  18. Titans Bastard

    Americans Abroad: Summer Window 2019

    Opened the season with a hat trick for Arsenal U23, btw.
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    Alphabet Soup: the NASL/USL/CPL/NISA/PDL/NPSL/NCAA Soccer Thread

    Orange County SC signed a player so young, he's even younger than Freddy Adu was in November 2003. https://www.espn.com/soccer/united-soccer-leagues/story/3919297/usl-side-signs-youngest-american-male14 Not too many independent USL clubs can get youth players to sign. OCSC has been able to do...
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    Americans Abroad: Summer Window 2019

    I'll start a new thread for the 2019-20 season soon, but in the meantime it seems like it's going to be a fun year for this topic. Pulisic made his Chelsea debut, albeit off the bench. Weah started for Lille. Steffen and Sargent started for their clubs in the DFB Pokal. McKennie came off the...