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Did he hilariously misread the initial ball, or did it take some kind of insane bounce?
I really don't want to see Edu, Jones and Bradley playing together again. It's just ####### torture.
Very strange to have the USMNT on beIN Wednesday, but whatever.
I wonder if Klinsmann might take a page from Stoke's playbook and put Cameron at left back.
What happened there?
They might actually be pretty ok at playing like a Stoke City, with the relatively weak central defense being protected by solid midfield holders and good fullbacks, but it's hard to see this roster being more than that.
Well, since I don't get BeIn and the game starts at an odd time, I'm thinking about cutting out work a little early and taking in the game at a bar in lower Manhattan. Anyone interested in meeting up?
But here is the problem for players such as Henderson, and Walcott before him: English clubs aren't very clever at developing players in their situation. Their first-team chances come quickly, and they're expected to adapt immediately.
Other countries do it differently. Spain's top clubs have established reserve teams that compete within the main footballing pyramid -- Real Madrid and Barcelona's B teams both compete in the second tier. Barcelona have played this system superbly: Sergio Busquets and Pedro Rodriguez made their first-team debuts at 20 and 21 -- relatively late, compared with Walcott (16) and Henderson (17) -- but had developed in quieter, calmer surroundings and weren't forced to 'grow up' in the first team. When they got there, they were immediately ready for league success, Champions League success and World Cup success.
Germany have a more co-operative, intelligent loan system. Look at the example of Toni Kroos, who might have been a valuable backup for Bayern Munich a couple of seasons ago but was instead loaned out to Leverkusen (a title challenger, no less) to develop for 18 months. He returned and was immediately a key first-team player, a similar experience to Philipp Lahm, who was loaned out to Stuttgart. Young English players only seem to join bottom-half clubs on loan.
Italy, meanwhile, has the complex but useful world of co-ownership, where big clubs can attempt to buy a 'stake' in a player without necessarily forcing him away from his current club.
I've watched Gonzalez a lot because I live in LA. I think he's going to disappoint a lot of people. He has zero ability to distribute the ball, and he's not quick enough to play a high line. If you pair him with Boca, look forward to Stoke-style games.
Michael Cox uses Jordan Henderson and Theo Walcott as touchstones for a discussion of the different approaches to developing young players in England and the continent:
Gus Johnson is the new Voice of Soccer in the US (at least on Fox).
Came here to post that. In all seriousness I think this might be even worse than ESPN trying to make Dave O'Brien a soccer announcer.
My first thought was the over-the-top Gus Johnson that does basketball and football going absolutely ballistic after a team earned a corner kick. I'm ok if he tries to be that guy on goals (more power to him if he wants to try to top Ray Hudson), but I was fearing he'd be that way on things that are rather pedestrian.
Spiegel reporting that Lewandowski has agreed terms with Bayern over a move this summer.
The Spiegel report says that Bayern will now open negotiations with Dortmund, having agreed terms with the player.
Didn't realize US game was at four. Is Honduras trying to take advantage of the heat and humidity?
Is Honduras trying to take advantage of the heat and humidity?
Is there any chance that Bradley lines up on the left?
Oh ####### kill me now. I really don't like Gus Johnson. I'll trust DA's viewpoint and hopefully I'll be proven wrong but I'd rather Joe Buck than Gus Johnson but (obviously) I'm a fan of the less is more style of broadcaster.
I'd rather Joe Buck than Gus Johnson
The 45-year-old broadcaster will call his first match for Fox Soccer on Feb. 13 (2 p.m. ET) from Madrid's Estadio Santiago Bernabéu when Real Madrid faces Manchester United in a mouthwatering Champions League Round of 16 match. The assignment is the first in a series of high-profile soccer matches for Johnson, including a second Champions League match between Arsenal and Bayern Munich in London on Feb. 19 and a Premier League game between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on Feb. 24. Johnson will call additional Premier League and Champions League matches and is scheduled to call the FA Cup final on Fox on May 11 and the Champions League final on Fox on May 25. Johnson will be on site for each of the games.
I got interested in soccer largely through DirecTV, but have been living without satellite or cable for almost a year. I'm ready to sign up again, but I'm wondering how the TV landscape has changed? I usually catch an EPL match on Saturday morning, but also like interesting matches from virtually anywhere. I'll usually record one or two matches on Champions/Europa League days. I'll probably just re-up with DirecTV, but is there anything tricky about the new distribution agreements that should make me look in another direction? Cox is my local cable company. That seems hopeless, so that my choices are DirecTV and FIOS. Thanks for opinions!
The announcers are as bad as Gol TV's
Like most announcers, Gus Johnson was fine until his schtick became popular. Now, he's overly excited about everything.
The 45-year-old broadcaster will call his first match for Fox Soccer on Feb. 13 (2 p.m. ET) from Madrid's Estadio Santiago Bernabéu when Real Madrid faces Manchester United in a mouthwatering Champions League Round of 16 match.
BeIN is only on the highest level directtv package, unfortunately.
It looks, though, like GolTV has been consigned to the Spanish packages? I guess it got muscled out by GolfTV and GodTV.
It's a roster tailored to play negative, defend and clear, long-ball and hope and poach football. They might actually be pretty ok at playing like a Stoke City, with the relatively weak central defense being protected by solid midfield holders and good fullbacks, but it's hard to see this roster being more than that.
I recommend their service to any Chicagoans who have it available.
Yeah, the US doesn't have much depth when it comes to 1st rate players. So I have tended to find it a bit much when people would complain about the US not making the quarterfinals of World Cup's.
But they should be good enough to qualify out of CONCACAF.
This team should, barring a "group of death" draw, make it out of the group stage. After that it really is about the matchup. No shame in losing to Spain or Germany in the first round.
Should they? I'm not seeing the talent there that says "definitely top eight in the world".
Spain, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, England, France, Portugal, Russia, Belgium
It seems we actually agree much more than we disagree on the objective question. So it's really about the language you use to talk about possible outcomes. In which case I don't want to belabor the point.
I disagree that England is better. I think they are even. England is overrated because they are England.
all their players are regulars on Premier League teams in the top half of the table
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