May 23rd, 2014, 03:43 PM #111
Not going to defend his son, but anyway I see nothing wrong with sending a message that it doesn't matter who you are, you're not entitled to **** and to do whatever the **** you want even if it hurts the national team. They get a little more leeway since they're younger (which happens in a lot of other areas of life, not just football) but I guarantee you if they pull this **** when they're closer to Landon's age they'd get sacked too. I certainly wouldn't want my players to think that even if you're in a leadership role you can decide to abandon the team during stretches of time where important games are being played and not have any repercussions. Why should the team be loyal to him when he did something extremely disloyal to the team? It's not a one way street. If the US had not qualified for the World Cup because of Landon's absence I doubt he'd have as many defenders as he does right now.
Originally Posted by Dawdler
May 23rd, 2014, 05:18 PM #112
It's a four year commitment, for every player, of every team, of every country, in the world.
That's what makes it the World Cup.
May 26th, 2014, 09:29 AM #113
Now Goodson and Evans are making a bit of noise about perplexing lack of communication from the coaching staff, yikes. I like Klinnsy, his German bluntness is quite refreshing, but maybe he should brush up on those people skills a bit.
Personally, I'm pretty satisfied with the roster. Let's face it, the US isn't going to be using incisive passing to carve up anyone in their insane group so speed and crossing ability off the bench (Green, Yedlin, Davis) is probably the way to go. Parkhurst and Evans have been mildly serviceable in their careers, they're just not good enough for this team, especially with the murderers row opponents they'll be facing.
I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but Ghana is obviously a must win. It'll be interesting how much Klinnsman lets it rip offensively for that one.
May 28th, 2014, 08:42 AM #114
pretty unimpressive win last night, although Azerbaijan made Johannsson look like a star. Upcoming games against Turkey and Nigeria should be stiffer tests
May 28th, 2014, 08:43 AM #115
Thanks for the report. I forgot to record yesterday, so I was wondering.
May 28th, 2014, 08:48 AM #116
that was the kind of game where if you made someone who dislikes soccer to watch, they're going to still really dislike soccer.
Originally Posted by LetTigerIn
Dempsey apparently pulled up lame in warm-ups so Wondo got the start. A few bright flashes from the team here and there, but mostly I didn't see anything to instill much confidence against Ghana, Germany or Portugal.
May 30th, 2014, 03:52 PM #117
Terrible decision to play that game at Candlestick. The wind ripping through made for a sloppy game....the 2/3 empty stadium looked really bad too, it reminded me of USMNT games from the 90's. Friendlies against non sexy opponents should always be in a SSS.
Originally Posted by ucsdguy1
June 5th, 2014, 12:11 PM #118
My expectations are pretty low for the US, but I'll be watching and rooting hard never the less.
Is it just me or has Bradley regressed? Is it the MLS move that Jurgen despised? He's been turning the ball over a lot the last 2 games. We need him to stand on his head for us to get out of the group stage.
USA USA USA!!!
June 5th, 2014, 01:49 PM #119
I think a lot of times it's the product of who he's playing with, what positioning he's being used in, and where he gravitates too. There were lots of times in the past where I've seen him spend a good portion of the game trying to cover when Jones was out of position.
Sometimes if he's got a holding midfielder behind him (perhaps a beckerman type) and he can push forward more he can easily look like the best player on the field.
June 6th, 2014, 11:00 AM #120
Good point. He could use a seasoned vet like Donovan to link up with too, smh...
Originally Posted by ucsdguy1