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June 4, 2013Posted by on
Pressure Released From Jozy
It has been hard to watch Jozy Altidore struggle to score consistently for the past few months as news and highlights of his scoring for AZ Alkmaar make it’s way over the pond. Coming off of a season where he scored the most goals by any American in Europe, it was USMNT fans’ hope that his scoring form would continue for this set of friendlies. Although he struggled during the friendly against Belgium, it seemed Altidore’s National team form finally began to improve with his performance against Germany. With credit also due to Graham Zusi’s fantastic one-time cross, Jozy was able put an impressive volley into the back of the net for the US Men’s National Team’s first goal of the day.
Not only was Altidore’s finishing and runs off the ball impressive, but Jozy’s hold up play was some of the best we have seen from the player for sometime. This hold up play eventually lead to Dempsey’s first goal of the match. After receiving a nice ball in Germany’s third of the field, Altidore was able to hold off the German defender long enough to allow multiple other American’s to flood into the box. Jozy then played a lobbed pass to Dempsey who finished it cleanly.
With this play from the previously struggling player, it will be interesting if Jozy can match the performances he has been putting in over seas and continue to find the back of the net for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
National Teams’ Defense Still Is Not There
The German attack was bound to be a major test for the defense for the National team and the backline’s inexperience shined through. Beasley, although looking good going forward, struggled to consistently make defensive plays. This can be chalked up to the fact that he is being played out of position, but DeMarcus will need to step up his game in order to help the USMNT qualify for Brazil 2014.
The young central defensive pair of Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler had multiple struggles when it came to man marking and set piece defending. Gonzalez was essentially the main cause of Germany’s first goal by not marking Germany’s Westermann closely enough on a corner kick. Matt Besler arguably looked better then Gonzalez but still needs much more work to shore up the United States’ defense.
The shining star of the defense in yesterday’s game was the performance put in by Sounder’s Brad Evans. Evans made a name for himself with both his offensive and defensive workrate. Evans tracked back multiple times to help his CB’s out and put pressure on Germany’s defense with his spot on long balls. Coupled with the help from Jermaine Jones, Evans’ performance could be one of the main reasons the USMNT did not tie or lose.
I have to say, I was impressed with the environment the U.S. Soccer Federation created at RFK. It was a pleasant sight to see the stadium full unlike the usual spotty spectatorship that you get at a normal DC United game. Despite the occasional wave, the fans were awesome and supported the national team strongly. This was one of the first USMNT games I have been to where the majority of the fans actually supported the national team. I am a strong believer that you need to support the team where you live and it was a sight for sore eyes to see that support present. Now if we can only get that kind of support at every national team game.
March 30, 2012Posted by on
After reading of the relationship between the Colin Clark issue and MLS relationship with the Boy Scouts on Dunord.blogspot.com, I began thinking more about it.
For those who don’t know Colin Clark was given a 3 game suspension and required to attend sensitivity training for calling a ball-boy at the Houston Seattle game this past week a faggot. A very serious punishment WAS laid down, and a fitting one. An adult who is representing the league should not be yelling epithets at children. A mature adult shouldn’t be using epithets such as these as an unabashed attack on anyone. A mature adult should not be encouraging this kind of behavior and as a league MLS made a big statement support of these points. They went much farther than when Kobe Bryant was merely fined, although fined a lot, for yelling the same kinds of things at a referee.
On the other hand, while making a e about these issue, MLS still has a standing, and recently announced, relationship with the Boy Scouts of America. While the Boy Scouts are almost ubiquitous in some areas, they’re statements sound fairly similar to Colin Clarks to a lot of people. It’s a noteworthy issue that people aren’t quite recognizing, in part because people aren’t aware of the extent of the issues with the Boy Scouts.
If MLS wants to be involved with the community, which is a great thing to do, they could look to other groups with less controversial issues behind their curtain. The Girl Scouts, The Boys and Girls Club, and Big Brother, Big Sister are a few examples, who as far as I know, serve very similar functions and don’t have any issues with discrimination.
December 29, 2011Posted by on
Preston Zimmerman is a 23 year old American playing with 3rd division German club SV Darmstadt 98. He also hates that Jurgen Klinsmann has used dual nationals. Based on a few tweets he put up it seems that he believes only “real americans”desere to play for the USA. It’s really not even worth mentioning, but it got me all hyped up so I figured I’d post it.
“I thought it would be cool getting Klinsmann as US National team coach, but I think it’s actually worse than when Bradley was coach….
“Requirements to get on US National team under Klinsmann: Be a fake American, be born outside the US, have one US distant relative
“I see the team is calling in guys who are really germans who know they’ve got no chance of playing for germany so they’ll settle with the US
“Thats embarrassing when a good friend of mine says he met one of the guys @ the airport & he couldnt reply back in English as US Natl player
“I try my hardest not to tweet US soccer stuff but there are some stuff out there that drive me crazy
“Don’t mistake any of my tweets for jealousy, I never expect to be called in or involved with anything and it doesn’t hurt my feelings
“I would just like to see true, real Americans who would live and die for this country representing our country
“But when the olympic team holds mini-camps in Germany with all ‘european players’ then something is wrong
“The kids in college are just as good, if not better, than some of the kids from the reserve teams getting invited to camp
“But the college kids don’t speak German and they don’t have ties outside the US so they don’t qualify for the US under Klinsmann
“Am I the only one here who thinks this or are there others? People have to speak up when they don’t like what’s going on
“If Klinsmann was winning and very successful with his approach then my words would carry no weight, but I don’t see any success
“squeaking out 1-0 wins against CONCACAF villages isn’t success…..
“People can bash me for whatever reason, but I hate seeing my country’s national team being misused and disrespected
“I know plenty of guys who are in the MLS and know what it’s like to play for their country who deserve a look for the US team
“I hope the US team wins and dominates just as much as anybody else because it’s my country and I want my country to be #1 and dominate
“Don’t want anybody to take my tweets negatively or as criticism to make somebody look bad, I just have passion and interest in the US team”
Just to note a few things, Tim Howard is Hungarian, Bocanegra’s Mexican, Onyewu’s Nigerian, Spector’s German, Klejstan is Bosnian, Edu’s Nigerian,Jozy’s Haitian, Stu Holden is Scottish,Landon’s Canadian and the list goes on and on. Global soccer is all about dual nationals, and if anyone should be able to understand that it should be the USA. They had these same arguments in Europe years ago and it was nothing but pure racism. We don’t need to go down that path.
Hating Giusseppi Rossi because he is arguably the best American player ever, and would fill is different from hating all dual-nationals.
Complaining about Neven Subotoc because he left the USa over a somewhat petty fight with Thomas Rongen is different.
Calling a military father a distant relative is a moronic stretch.And saying that only those willing to fight and die for the USA should be able to play really sounds pretty dumb when you recognize the military lineage.
Most importantly though, here’s a quote from Danny Williams on USsoccer.com. Think about it the next time anyone tries to say who is and isn’t an American. Their all citizens, they’re all eligible.
ussoccer.com: Have you watched U.S. National Team games in the past?
DW: “Not many because they don’t show that many games in Germany, but I always watch in the World Cup. I will never forget the game against Germany in the 2002 World Cup in the quarterfinal. This was the time that I started loving the USA. I watched the game, and normally I would support Germany. After the U.S. lost that match, I started crying. My dad asked what was going on. I didn’t know what to say, but I wanted the U.S. to win.”
August 13, 2011Posted by on
I planned on attending two games this week a while ago and didn’t realize how significant they would be. The first game was the recent USA vs Mexico game, which was obviously a big deal in itself, but pumped up a lot more due to Jurgen Klinsmann joining the team. Of course Sunil and the gang still managed to screw things up by setting the game for a Wednesday night at 9 o clock; a bit off of prime time as far as most people are concerned. The support was fairly weak from both sides. Presumably a game on the weekend would have seen crowds coming in from out-of-town to attend. Even a 7 or 8 o’clock start would have made the game a ton more accessible. Never the less the game was played and players looked good and players looked bad. WE’ll start with the bad.
It was fairly obvious that Edgar Castillo was not the best player on the field; especially after he got hit in the back of the head surrendering a corner. If we had any kind of depth at the left back position he would be out of the team for a while. Although looking at who else we have available, I wouldn’t be shocked if he shows up pretty soon again unless things fall apart for him at his club. Also he looks like an alien.
Jermaine Jones absolutely disappeared from the game and we totally forgot he was on the field. We saw Brek Shea and another light-skinned player warming up on the sideline. Everyone in my group assumed it was Jermaine until they announced that he was being subbed out and Juan Agudelo was being subbed in. He was that unnoticeable.
The good side of it, as has been reported everywhere was from a bunch of MLS players. Brek Shea, Robbie Rogers, and Juan Agudelo all put in pretty solid performances. I was personally very impressed with Brek Shea, and not quite as impressed with the other two. Neither did anything much wrong, but they both put in good games at a time when they are midseason and most of the other players competing were in preseason. It is a factor for sure. So while they looked good, they should have looked good considering that fact. Shea looked great though. He looked better than almost everyone on the field in the entire second half. I understand Mexico’s team had been a bit depleted by pulling subs, but Dos Santos didn’t make quite the quality or quantity of plays that Shea made in the time he was in. Again consider his form a factor, but Shea impressed a lot of people and earned more of a look.
That’s only part of why this is Brek Shea week here in Philadelphia. The other game I was supposed to be attending that also became a much more prominent one than I had first expected was Saturdays game against Brek Shea and FC Dallas. Dallas has looked nothing short of spectacular for most of the season, in no small part thanks to Shea. On second thought, imagine what this team will be able to do if David Ferraira comes back the way he was last year. As we have seen first hand an MVP season can be hard to replicate but it would be very interesting to see that teams attack.
After impressing for country Shea is back to impressing for club; who will be facing off with the Philadelphia Union tomorrow night. Obviously the Union saw how many headlines Shea was grabbing and felt a need to grab a few of their own from their next competitor. Those headlines all came in the form of very bad puns. “Much Adu About Nothing”,”Just Adu It” “Adoop.” Freddy Adu was welcomed back to MLS as Chivas was no longer an option. As all the headlines told you, he was reunited with his former coach and mortal enemy Piotr Nowak. Apparently things were exaggerated a bit and Adu actually came back, in large part, for the opportunity to play with Nowak again. Interesting, but what I find more interesting is what this means tactically.
Presumably (read:hopefully) this means that Justin Mapp will be pushed to the sideline, while it also likely means that Roger Torres has lost a few rungs on the ladder of this team. As much as I would love to see Freddy and Roger creating in the middle of the field, I can’t imagine Nowak doing it and not having the two of them get beat up on every single ball in the air. We can’t have two players in one midfield standing under 5 foot. There’s a rule against that somewhere I’m sure. I don’t expect Adu to come in and start tomorrow, although I would assume he gets his first appearance this weekend as the team is on the road after that, but I would say I do expect him to be a pretty significant player for the Union by the end of the season. If we don’t get any one else added to this team (the only name I’ve heard is Juan Pablo Angel, who doesn’t really piqué my interest anymore and definitely not for his price tag. Maybe short-term till Nowak decides Mwanga can go 90, we’ll see), this is the lineup I would expect to see come out from here on out, with a few notes on key subs.
Williams Valdes Callif GFarfan
Le Toux Daniel
Obviously Mwanga playing the same super-sub role he has lately. Torres or Mapp coming in for Paunovic or Daniel, with Le Toux filling in any adjustments necessary.
What I’d really like to see happen by the end of the season, at least at some point, purely for excitement. I do think it could realistically be an occasional lineup for the coming seasons as Jack, Danny and Roger grow up a bit, although the odds of this are pretty low seeing what it would do to our ability to win the ball back in the midfield. Of course if you don’t ever give it up in the first place…
Williams Valdes Calliff G Farfan
Torres Adu Le Toux
We’ll see what Piotr does this week.
March 25, 2011Posted by on
Most of the news this week is about the upcoming games, Union and USMNT. In case you somehow missed it the Union home-opener is this weekend against Vancouver and the USMNT is taking on Argentina on Saturday (and Paraguay next week.)
For starters here is a video put together by USSoccer of past games against Argentina, including goals from names like Wynalda, Lalas and Johnson, and big saves by Keller Of course there’s the same from Messi, Riquelme and Crespo.
And of course Tim Howard’s absolutely dominating performance against Argentina in the Meadowlands in 2008.
For starters a few links on US players you might not know too much about who got called up for this game
Chandler and fellow German-American David Yelldell
A few articles on other players you may know a bit more about, or just other things related to the USMNT-Argentina game in any way.
Jay Demerit on the game and a few other things, along with an article on Lionel Messi
Brad Guzan, who won’t be playing at all for the US this summer
A look at how Bob Bradley makes these selections
Tim Howard talks about the 2008 game he played against Argentina in Jersey (highlights up top)
Maurice Edu: The Last Action Hero
Jozy’s from Jersey in case you forgot
The go-to Soccer By Ives piece (and comments) on who should start
A little eye into Cary Camp
A look at German-American soccer players, in light of Yelldell and Chandler
And a look at the Union Vancouver Game,
Nowak says the lineup is still changing
A “keys to the game” style preview of the game. I think these things are almost worthless but I know someone will want to read it.
Valdes is eager to please
A little bit of DOOP-troversy the Union have trademarked the word DOOP and its causing quite a scare around the supporter base. They’re very anxious to see how it turns out and what it means in practice.
Video of Chad Ochocinco’s practice with Sporting Kansas Cityhttp://www.nfl.com/videos/cincinnati-bengals/09000d5d81eea388/Kickin-it-with-Ochocinco
March 19, 2011Posted by on
Hey sorry this is a little late, my power’s been out most of the day so I couldn’t get online, but here’s a list of articles I recommend reading to hold you over to Monday. Of course tomorrow’s the first Doop of the season so I’m sure you’ll find something to keep you busy till my next post. I decided that I’m going to try to do a Monday write up for all the weekend games. I know I’d said before that I’d try to get one during the weekend, if we can get a playoff game I’ll promise you a live post or something along those lines but until then this is the best you’ll get. Anyway here’s your links..
How Jay DeMerit got to Vancouver
US Soccer is taking input on a new motto. You’ve got till 12pm on the 23rd to submit your ideas.
Bin Hammam is running, for real
USWNT “How I Make Myself”
A different kind of look at Juan Agudelo’s call-up and the state of the US youth programs.
Spain to play USMNT at Gillete in June?
The driver in Charlie Davies infamous car accident is headed to jail
A bit of information on recent USMNT call-up David Yelldell
Keon Daniel, Gabriel Farfan and Levi Houapeu are no longer just trialists. All three signed.
March 11, 2011Posted by on
Putting this up again because it’s a good cause, Stache-Bash on March 26th. The Union gave it their full support from players to front office, and you should do so to.
All matches in Japan were cancelled due to the Tsunami and Earthquake. Obviously there are bigger things going on there.
What if the Gold Cup winners advanced to the Copa America? Obviously this would give the US better competition, but it would also require admitting how bad CONCAF is.
German-American Right Back Timothy Chandler playing well for FC Nurnberg wants to play for the US so should Bradley call him up for a game to lock him in?
Michael Platini and Jack Warner’s importance for Sepp Blatter and Mohamed Bin Hammam
Gooch speaks (Also he’s playing Left Back for Twente, obviously not a long term solution, but putting him out there might be better than whatever else we’ve got.)
One of the many reasons that if the Cosmos want in no one else will keep them out
A piece projecting the USMNT squad that’ll play in the Gold Cup
I’ve said before how much I hate putting these types of soccer-hating-hating posts up, but this one was good and Union specific so I put it up. Also for its suggestion of following The Free Beer Movement (links on the sidebar I believe, if not it should be) the only real answer to any of these arguments.
A piece on Diego Chavarri a Queens-born winger playing in Peru’s first league, he’s turning up his play and wants to play for the US if given a look.
March 10, 2011Posted by on
Sunil Gulati talked to US Soccer about a few stereotypes of soccer, along with the “reasons the US will never get soccer” that you get to see on every internet forum. I hate posting these kinds of things because I purely think they’re absolutely moronic things to say. Is soccer a men’s game? Isn’t soccer an immigrants game? Also this might be a little old (it seems to be pre-world cup), but I feel almost obligated to put up anything I can from someone in Sunil Gulati’s position.
March 5, 2011Posted by on
This isn’t gonna be a regular feature like Friday Football Links, but seeing as I have more allegiance to alliteration than to the term football or soccer and I had a pile of articles i read last night, I figured I could find a way to get some of them off my hands. I don’t plan on doing this every week, but when theres enough new information coming out on a Friday and I have enough time to throw the links up for you I will do so.
Taylor Twellman, often noted as the best US soccer player on Twitter, has joined the Union booth. He’ll be doing color-commentary. He’ll be alongside Dellacamera and will have former NASL GK Bob Rigby on the sidelines.
19 games will be broadcast by Comcast. Another 7 will be broadcast by ABC. Also Bob Rigby will be a main guest on a new half hour Union-centric show on Comcast.
The full Union broadcast schedule
Carlos Ruiz is not Alejandro Moreno
Le Toux in Red,White and Blue. Apparently it’s a more legitimate thing than the last time I discussed it.
The importance of FC Delco
Union Summer Camp!
The mess that Nowak and the Union make by not letting any information out and getting mad at us for it
Jermaine Jones fitting in at Blackburn as easy as we expected Michael Bradley to fit in at Aston Villa
USMNT Alum are getting into coaching
March 4, 2011Posted by on
An article on Grant Wahl
An Article on Bradenton
A bunch of Union notes, especially the Orozco Fiscal part at the bottom
Alfonso Mondelo on The Technical State of MLS
A player by player analysis of the Union, by the Union (so maybe a bit overly positive)
Why we need a technical director for the mens team (Marcelo Bielsa)
Another Union pre-season analysis
Whether or not its good for the US Chuck Blazer is angry
Apparently FIFA hasn’t settled on a goal-line technology, but they are still looking
Portugal could be suspended for failing to conform to FIFA rules, which would mean a few less times we have to hear about the wonderful Cristiano Ronaldo