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re: Countdown to the real tournament now begins - Michael Stein on 7/15/18 at 11:28 pm
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...Jump to Post - View Topic - Replies (2)
re: We finally get our Belgium vs England match. Do they care this time? - Michael Stein on 7/11/18 at 5:24 pm
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....Jump to Post - View Topic - Replies (1)
re: Reasons for Pickford not going into the box on that last kick? - Michael Stein on 7/11/18 at 5:21 pm
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....Jump to Post - View Topic - Replies (0)
re: AC Milan in desperate need of a buyer - Michael Stein on 7/11/18 at 9:11 am
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...Jump to Post - View Topic - Replies (0)
re: Why isn't US men's soccer better than it is? - Michael Stein on 7/9/18 at 4:05 pm
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....Jump to Post - View Topic - Replies (0)
re: NYCFC vs. NY Red Bulls - Michael Stein on 7/9/18 at 7:19 am
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...Jump to Post - View Topic - Replies (0)
re: Casual fan question re flopping and writhing in pain - Michael Stein on 7/1/18 at 7:14 pm
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....Jump to Post - View Topic - Replies (0)
re: Is this generation of US Soccer players the softest we've had? - Michael Stein on 7/1/18 at 7:10 pm
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....Jump to Post - View Topic - Replies (1)
re: Is this generation of US Soccer players the softest we've had? - Michael Stein on 7/1/18 at 6:58 pm
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...Jump to Post - View Topic - Replies (1)
re: Glorious Mother Russia vs Spain | Fox - Michael Stein on 7/1/18 at 12:50 pm
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 ...Jump to Post - View Topic - Replies (1)
re: Maradona: A healthy Brazilian Ronaldo would have been the greatest player of all-time - Michael Stein on 6/29/18 at 11:23 pm
[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...Jump to Post - View Topic - Replies (1)
re: Maradona: A healthy Brazilian Ronaldo would have been the greatest player of all-time - Michael Stein on 6/29/18 at 8:13 pm
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...Jump to Post - View Topic - Replies (1)
re: Columbus Crew possibly moving to Austin, TX if a stadium deal can't be reached - Michael Stein on 6/29/18 at 3:11 pm
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...Jump to Post - View Topic - Replies (2)
re: Columbus Crew possibly moving to Austin, TX if a stadium deal can't be reached - Michael Stein on 6/29/18 at 1:45 pm
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 ...Jump to Post - View Topic - Replies (2)
re: England vs Belgium For the Group - FOX 2ET/1CT - Michael Stein on 6/28/18 at 1:51 pm
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....Jump to Post - View Topic - Replies (0)
re: Wazza to DC United is Official - Michael Stein on 6/28/18 at 11:42 am
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...Jump to Post - View Topic - Replies (1)
re: Wazza to DC United is Official - Michael Stein on 6/28/18 at 11:31 am
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...Jump to Post - View Topic - Replies (1)
re: Senegal vs. Colombia on Fox | Japan vs. Poland on FS1 - Michael Stein on 6/28/18 at 11:00 am
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....Jump to Post - View Topic - Replies (1)
re: Senegal vs. Colombia on Fox | Japan vs. Poland on FS1 - Michael Stein on 6/28/18 at 10:40 am
As it stands, Japan needs to either score, or hope Senegal don’t score....Jump to Post - View Topic - Replies (0)
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