USMNT: Hold My Beer

Titans Bastard

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I am generally much more patient with teams than most people, but I'm patient until I'm not. For me, the Panama result and the Panama performance were very deflating, especially coming after three solid halves of soccer against Honduras and Jamaica. It can be hard, in the moment, to get a truly solid sense if we are heading somewhere or not because there is so much noise and so many distractions and so few apples-to-apples comparisons given wildly different conditions, rosters, and opponents. But if we don't get three tonight against Costa Rica, it's time for the USSF to ask some tough questions.
 

ThePrideofShiner

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My biggest problem with the Panama game was that the rotated players should have been filled with energy and a desire to perform and instead they played super sluggish and scared. They had no reason to have tired legs. Just a head-scratching performance throughout.
 

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Glad to see Dest in there. His dribbling and just willingness to run at guys adds a key dynamic. This is a front foot line up. I worry about the lack of experience on the backline. But this group can move the ball and cover ground. This could be a thriller.
 

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Is Lalas joking or being serious (obvs joking on the overlord mandate)?
I always assume Lalas is being a dick and I’m never left disappointed.

Adams has to be huge tonight. I know this is not the CR team of a few years ago, but it’s easy to imagine the fullbacks getting caught way upfield and the CBs being a half step tentative in a new partnership.
 

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Lalas' media persona has always been someone who is a provocateur, trolling for reactions. It's tedious and tiresome. In this case, he's mocking the Norwich City manager's suggestion that Sargent wasn't called up due to an "MLS quota", a quotation that excited fringe elements of USMNT Twitter who believe that such a thing is real.
 

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Of the 22 players starting in this game, the eleven oldest are all Costa Ricans and the eleven youngest are all USMNT.
 

Senator Donut

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These orchestrated fan chants are getting a little too close to a Duke basketball game for my liking.

(Old man yells at cloud).
Great comparison, Sam’s Army/American Outlaws are the cringiest American soccer fans. National team crowds are definitely the more pale than your average MLS game, which is probably part of it.

The tifo/choreography still being up during Steffen’s howler was also pretty bad.
 

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I can’t tell if the audio mix is awful for this broadcast or if it’s my pounding headache. The announcers are speaking softer than the crowd for some reason.