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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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re: Klinsmann's next task as USA coach. - Tiger Phil
[quote]In high school the coaches and insurance are paid by the school, the field is provided by the school, the buses for away games are provided by the school (for the kids - parents still have to travel of course), the gate usually covers the ref fees (at least for us), concessions make enough to...


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re: Klinsmann's next task as USA coach. - Tiger Phil
[quote]The ones who care for soccer will. [/quote] I disagree. As a father, I don't really care what the supposed payoff would be, I value keeping my family together over just about anything. I would not want to trade away my child's time at home with our family for some promise of "maybe th...


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re: Klinsmann's next task as USA coach. - Tiger Phil
Right, and where would the funding come from?...


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re: Klinsmann's next task as USA coach. - Tiger Phil
[quote]This is what the French do. They have 12 regional academies which take players from ages 12-15. They are mostly finishing schools.[/quote] I think that this would be a very tough sell culturally for American families. We just don't - for the most part - ship our kids off to boarding schoo...


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re: Klinsmann's next task as USA coach. - Tiger Phil
We can't even get the two regions in Texas to do youth soccer the same. North Texas plays 11v11 starting at U10, while South Texas plays 8v8 through U12. How do you convince each region in the nation to do things the same? For example, North Texas does it that way because that is how the club...


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re: Klinsmann's next task as USA coach. - Tiger Phil
The author seems to want to change over to a promotion/relegation system and that will breed the competition to spark the growth of soccer here. The trouble on changing over to this European model is twofold in my mind: 1) The USA is much more vast than any European country. If Germany or Belg...


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re: This guy makes an excellent point about our talent pool - Tiger Phil
[quote]The guys we need to win the World Cup with wouldn't be playing in MLS. It's not realistic now or in the foreseeable future.[/quote] This is a classic case of treating the symptom, not the disease. Yes, currently to have better players on the USMNT, we need Americans to be playing in Eur...


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re: If you are a sub in a WC match, can someone sub in for you? - Tiger Phil
High school has open substitutions. I would advocate some type of limits on subs but no way the 3 subs per game limit. [quote]most the kids its the end of the road and you are not developing them to become pro's[/quote]There is more to life as a soccer nation than developing kids to become profess...


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re: If you are a sub in a WC match, can someone sub in for you? - Tiger Phil
No re-entry...


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re: 3 things preventing soccer from gaining mainstream U.S. popularity - Tiger Phil
Absolutely. They are even restricted from working with their players with a ball for certain parts of the year! The very nature of college soccer needs to change! But I maintain that if we could make a few changes, then it could be a key advantage for us in developing players....


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re: The Times-Picayune Article on Soccer/World Cup - Tiger Phil
[quote]I think you have this backwards. It's the failures of coaching at the youth level that are holding us back.[/quote]It's a question of supply and demand. If we increase the participation, then coaches will earn more. If coaches earn more, more people will want to coach, etc. [quote]However, ...


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re: 3 things preventing soccer from gaining mainstream U.S. popularity - Tiger Phil
[quote]it works great for american sports the coaching, training etc is lacking in college. You have 12/13 year olds in europe and some MLS set ups getting better coaching.[/quote] Perhaps. But there are also many great coaches in the college ranks. We need to get better coaching acro...


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re: 3 things preventing soccer from gaining mainstream U.S. popularity - Tiger Phil
[quote]meh not really. College is basically now a maybe we get luck with a Cameron. These kids need to be in Europe or an MLS academy not aiming to play in college. They need to learn to be professionals with pro coaching not college/HS level. [/quote] You guys are looking at it through the f...


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