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re: Countdown to the real tournament now begins - Michael Stein
Not gonna lie, I’m kind of looking forward to the new Nations League (pretty sure that’s the name) format that’s coming into play this cycle. I think it’ll really help the CONCACAF teams that aren’t normal qualifiers to the Hex (like Canada, for example) to get more meaningful games that will help t...
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re: We finally get our Belgium vs England match. Do they care this time? - Michael Stein
Nah, I think we’ll see a real game this time. This isn’t the match these teams wanted to be in, but going home with bronze medals is still something to be very proud of....
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re: Reasons for Pickford not going into the box on that last kick? - Michael Stein
I don’t know why they didn’t have Pickford take the free kick himself and send the other nine players forward. That was their last chance. Croatia scoring on an empty net wouldn’t have changed the outcome, so England might has well have given themselves the best chance to score....
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re: AC Milan in desperate need of a buyer - Michael Stein
Yep. We’re seeing a similar thing in MLS right now with Precourt and the Columbus Crew debacle. These hedge fund managers generally don’t care one bit about the long-term stability of the club. They’re gonna try to make a quick buck then GTFO, future be damned. Hopefully they don’t have to go thr...
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re: Why isn't US men's soccer better than it is? - Michael Stein
Klinsmann’s reforms placed a huge emphasis on small-sided games for younger players. I can’t remember the exact specifications off the top of my head, but it’s definitely being implemented now. And that’s a good step in the right direction. Maximize those touches on the ball. Kids learn by playing....
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re: NYCFC vs. NY Red Bulls - Michael Stein
Yes, the team is looking at some sites in the Bronx/Manhattan areas. They actually had a site planned out a few years ago before the current mayor’s administration came in and those plans fell through. I think they’ll get a site at some point, but it takes forever to build a stadium in NYC. Hell, it...
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re: Casual fan question re flopping and writhing in pain - Michael Stein
Referees are definitely getting better at cracking down on embellishment with VAR. MLS and the Premier League are tough on divers, from what I’ve seen. I’ve even seen MLS issue retroactive fines if they miss it during the game....
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re: Is this generation of US Soccer players the softest we've had? - Michael Stein
Jermaine Jones was one of the hardest players we’ve ever had. The guy got a red card defending Bedoya in the Copa America Centerario. He’ll knuckle check anyone at the nearest Sonic....
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re: Is this generation of US Soccer players the softest we've had? - Michael Stein
I think the big problem with this cycle on the field was our player pool from ages 24-29 was terrible. With such little young talent pushing them for minutes and starting jobs, I do think many of our veteran players got complacent with earning their spots (and qualifying for the World Cup in general...
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re: Glorious Mother Russia vs Spain | Fox - Michael Stein
I actually like the way high school soccer handles the overtime periods. It’s two 10-minute periods of normal play (no golden goal), then if it’s still tied, two 5-minute periods of golden goal. Only goes to penalties if still tied after 110 minutes and no golden goal was scored. I also like the ...
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re: Maradona: A healthy Brazilian Ronaldo would have been the greatest player of all-time - Michael Stein
[quote]Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I feel like one of these is not like the others.[/quote] I presume you’re referring to Twellman. He’s definitely the weakest of the bunch, but he was really good from 04-07. Poor guy was just really unlucky with injuries that kept from becoming a mainst...
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re: Maradona: A healthy Brazilian Ronaldo would have been the greatest player of all-time - Michael Stein
He was amazing even with his health and weight problems. I can only imagine how good he could have been at 100% for his whole career. Such a natural talent. Speaking of injuries, it makes me sad thinking about how much better the US could have been in the mid to late 2000s if injuries hadn’t rui...
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re: Columbus Crew possibly moving to Austin, TX if a stadium deal can't be reached - Michael Stein
Yeah, I am extremely skeptical of his stadium plan, as well. I think McKalla Place is about as good of a stadium site as he could get in the Austin area, but the logistics of parking and getting people to games are sketchy. I think Precourt would have to invest a ton more money to make those aspects...
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re: Columbus Crew possibly moving to Austin, TX if a stadium deal can't be reached - Michael Stein
Nothing is a done deal yet, but this certainly a setback for Columbus and a victory for the Austin faction. Ultimately Austin wants a pro team, even if it’s MLS, and I think MLS sees Austin as a market it can have all to itself. The only thing I can see stopping the move at this point is if the ...
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re: England vs Belgium For the Group - FOX 2ET/1CT - Michael Stein
Sucks that this game and France vs. Denmark, which were great on paper, have turned into boring passing sessions with both teams content to draw. I get it, but it’s not fun for neutrals to watch bad soccer like this....
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re: Wazza to DC United is Official - Michael Stein
That’s good to hear. As much as I think DC United need to move on from Ben Olsen, giving him some time in Audi Field is the least he deserves for years of playing in crumbling RFK and assembling the team on a shoestring budget. Hope the rumors of incoming new ownership are true. DC have so much p...
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re: Wazza to DC United is Official - Michael Stein
Just hope DC uses the momentum and attention Rooney will bring to invest heavily and become a relevant team again. Their current youth team situation is a joke, and their front office is way understaffed. They’ve alienated two of the 3 traditional supporters’ groups. I’m not even sure Audi Field...
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re: Senegal vs. Colombia on Fox | Japan vs. Poland on FS1 - Michael Stein
To be fair, in the previous World Cup, this situation to seperate Japan and Senegal would have been decided by lots. At least Fair Play actually reflects an aspect of play on the field, while drawing of lots is just luck. It’s not perfect, but it was either this or drawing lots. I prefer this....
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re: Senegal vs. Colombia on Fox | Japan vs. Poland on FS1 - Michael Stein
Japan putting their captain Hasebe back on to help close things out. Worth the risk at this point....
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re: Senegal vs. Colombia on Fox | Japan vs. Poland on FS1 - Michael Stein
As it stands, Japan needs to either score, or hope Senegal don’t score....
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