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re: Do formations exist? - Tiger Phil
Formations are more for defending. I always tell my players that when we defend, we want to be compact and predictable. The formation we are playing should dictate to the CB where his RB is, or how many CM's he has to boss around. When we attack, we want width, creativity and chaos, so formatio...


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re: College Soccer considers longer season split between fall and spring - Tiger Phil
Players who could play professionally in a productive environment should do so. College soccer is for players who are A) not quite ready for that or 2) want to get an education during the same time. The elite prospects, such as Julian Green, John Brooks, and their US-based counterparts, will still...


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re: College Soccer considers longer season split between fall and spring - Tiger Phil
I have long said that the US could leverage it's support for college athletics in order to better utilize college soccer for our development as a soccer nation. Men's college soccer could be an asset for us, and we don't fully use it! Hopefully, this is a step in the right direction. Particular...


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re: Besler and Zusi sign contracts as Designated Players - Tiger Phil
MLS has no obligation to the national team. None whatsoever. SKC is doing what is best for SKC, without regard to its implications on the national team, as they should....


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re: Arsenal 2014/15 Season Long Thread - Tiger Phil
[quote]I don't post often but I want in on the first page. [/quote] Me too......


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re: 2014 Summer Transfer Thread - Tiger Phil
@Arsenal: It's official! Alexis Sanchez has agreed to join @Arsenal! http://t.co/EL64o0m3j7 http://t.co/gbDWNgdo2y...


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re: Arsenal 2013/2014 Season Long Thread - Tiger Phil
That moment is now. @Arsenal: It's official! Alexis Sanchez has agreed to join @Arsenal! http://t.co/EL64o0m3j7 http://t.co/gbDWNgdo2y...


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re: How did you become a fan of whatever club team you root for? - Tiger Phil
[quote]It's amazing how many people just happened to choose Man City, PSG, even Chelsea right before they happened to get really good. Dumb luck I guess...[/quote] Exact opposite for me with Arsenal. They won a ton right before I picked them, then nothing for 9 years......


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re: When soccer was first conceived, invented, codified, whatever... - Tiger Phil
[quote]Well American Football could be more popular, it isn't. It has never spread like wild fire around the world despite having the power of the american media behind it. Moot point. Every sport could be more popular, you don't see sports changing their rules around just to appeal to certain popul...


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re: How did you become a fan of whatever club team you root for? - Tiger Phil
I picked Arsenal back in 2005. They had won the BPL in 2004 while not losing a game, and had just won the FA Cup. I picked them because I wanted a team near the top, so they'd be on Fox Soccer Channel enough, and I wasn't gonna pick Man U because it felt like picking the Yankees, and didn't pick C...


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re: When soccer was first conceived, invented, codified, whatever... - Tiger Phil
I think what the OP is not grasping is that defending in soccer does not have a set ending. In football, if you tackle and stop the ball carrier three times in a row, your defense trots off the field. Now, let's ignore for a moment the athletic skills necessary in defending in soccer, which admi...


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re: When soccer was first conceived, invented, codified, whatever... - Tiger Phil
[quote]If by "practice them up a bit" you mean spend a decade of intense training, then you might have a valid point of discussion worth pondering. If you mean spend two or three months, then you do not understand the differences in balance and movement skills needed to perform well in the sport as ...


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re: When soccer was first conceived, invented, codified, whatever... - Tiger Phil
[quote]It is my true belief that you could take America's best athletes who have never previously played soccer, practice them up for a bit, send them out on the soccer field, and they'd be lights out on defense. They may not score, and probably wouldn't, but they'd be just about as good as anybody ...


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re: Freddy Adu Trial with AZ Alkmaar - Tiger Phil
[quote]That would have been a terrible business decision for the MLS. [/quote] Exactly. It may have been unfortunate that he took the path that he did, but the real culprit was that professional soccer teams in the USA did not have adequate players to keep him out of first-team senior-level socce...


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re: When soccer was first conceived, invented, codified, whatever... - Tiger Phil
Soccer has undergone some notable changes in it's structure, notably [link=(http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2010/apr/13/the-question-why-is-offside-law-genius)]it used to be illegal to pass the ball forward[/link]. The most recent of these tweaks happened in 2005, when the offside law was c...


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re: Freddy Adu Trial with AZ Alkmaar - Tiger Phil
[quote]I guess it was hard to pass up whatever D.C. was willing to pay for Adu. The perils of being a young soccer nation was that we didn't know how to handle our exception youth talent.[/quote] US Soccer could not have stepped in and said, "Wait a second, Adu family, he's too young to be playin...


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re: Yellow Card Suspension - Tiger Phil
[quote]2 yellows in 1 match = player suspended for the rest of that match.[/quote] And the entirety of the next match as well. But I agree. They used to reset after group stages, but that left it possible that someone could miss the final after receiving a 2nd yellow in the 3rd knockout g...


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re: Who the f&&k are you kicking it to? (long) - Tiger Phil
[quote]Back to the US - do we need to defend with 9? I think part of the problem, especially with Jozy down, was that we only had one up top (and that one being nowhere near Jozy's ability to do this part of the job) Thats a lot of potential ground to cover for all clearences.[/quote] The trouble...


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re: Klinsmann's next task as USA coach. - Tiger Phil
[quote]What percentage of jr. and hs. Coaches have coaching licenses? I know quite a few people who quit playing at this stage because their coach was a football or baseball coach primarily. How many coaches on this board have them? [/quote] I have a D, and many high school coaches do have lice...


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re: Klinsmann's next task as USA coach. - Tiger Phil
[quote] The rule was just that you couldn't have more than 6 players from one high school on the same club team. In louisiana, you can't play club and high school at the same time. Meaning that if club season ends in November 10th, you can't play high school ball until november 11th. We also ha...


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