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re: Outside of the US... what qualifier are you most interested in today? - thenry712
William Carvalho looks like a journeyman NBA shooting guard from the 1990s. He probably played for the Magic, Suns, and Blazers, before winning a championship as an 11th man on the 1999 Spurs....
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re: After Christian Pulisic, who is the most important player to the USMNT? - thenry712
I understand your criticisms. Players have giveaways. It's very rare to see a central midfielder complete 100% of his passes, even seemingly easy ones. Again, Bradley shouldn't have cheaply given away possession like that, but he's the only central midfielder in that formation. Giveaways will happen...
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re: After Christian Pulisic, who is the most important player to the USMNT? - thenry712
The "I only watch USMNT games" crowd are obnoxiously harsh on Michael Bradley. He's been our best player not named Christian Pulisic this year. Take last night for example. He should have been overrun in the midfield last night. Yet, aside from a brief period after the second goal when Panama tri...
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re: It needs to be said re: USMNT. Fabian Johnson needs to start at LB. - thenry712
Cameron is recovering from a light injury and had to travel from England for this game. He also hasn't played alongside Besler or Gonzalez during this qualification round. Despite being our second-choice pairing, Besler and Gonzalez have played alongside each other multiple times during qualifying....
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re: United States of F#ck Yeah We Need 3 Points v. Pananananana | The Hex | 6:30pm CT (ESPN2) - thenry712
Yedlin is the best rightback we've had since Steve Cherundolo. He has really improved as a defender since his debut with the Sounders as a teenager. He used to be kind of an awkward tweener, who didn't have a true position. Although, I guess lots of young rightbacks look like that prior to their mid...
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re: United States of F#ck Yeah We Need 3 Points v. Pananananana | The Hex | 6:30pm CT (ESPN2) - thenry712
South Korea, Japan and Australia are quality teams. Iran plays a very defensive, pragmatic system that works against their qualification opponents. Outside of that, it's a pretty dire confederation....
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re: United States of F#ck Yeah We Need 3 Points v. Pananananana | The Hex | 6:30pm CT (ESPN2) - thenry712
STFU Twellman. Asian qualification is as bad, if not worse than CONCACAF, and African qualifying is a corrupt system....
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re: United States of F#ck Yeah We Need 3 Points v. Pananananana | The Hex | 6:30pm CT (ESPN2) - thenry712
[img]https://i.pinimg.com/736x/a5/24/d9/a524d9a2db9fb81846c58a5aae31d412--bobby-hill-the-hill.jpg[/img]...
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re: United States of F#ck Yeah We Need 3 Points v. Pananananana | The Hex | 6:30pm CT (ESPN2) - thenry712
Twellman is really, really stupid sometimes. Pulisic got hammered on a dirty tackle, while trying to pivot. He wasn't trying to "show up" his opponent....
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re: United States of F#ck Yeah We Need 3 Points v. Pananananana | The Hex | 6:30pm CT (ESPN2) - thenry712
It'll be interesting to see how much support Bradley gets in the midfield. Nagbe will track back enough to give him an easy outlet. I just hope that our defenders don't just start hoofing up long balls to our forwards when Bradley is being man-marked. Michael Bradley is the most important player ...
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re: Leagues where the best players are foreign born - thenry712
Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Luis Suarez Antoine Griezemann Toni Kroos Gareth Bale etc. All great Spanish players plying their trade in Spain's La Liga....
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re: The 26 players called in for WCQ - thenry712
Howard Yedlin-Besler-Cameron-Villafaña ---Bradely---Acosta------ Arriola--Pulisic----Nagbe -------Altidore--------- I'm concerned about our depth, but this lineup looks feasible. My worry is that Arena plays it conservatively and opts for someone like Bedoya or Nagbe in the middle. Na...
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re: 2018 WC Seeding - thenry712
Can't have two Asian teams in the same group....
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re: 2018 WC Seeding - thenry712
Switzerland Peru (Low probability of qualifying) USA South Korea Probably my preferred group. I wouldn't want to play a host country, even if Russia is pretty lousy right now. Peru probably isn't going to qualify, and I'd like our chances against them, versus against a team like Wales. Sout...
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re: 2018 WC Seeding - thenry712
If Wales manages to qualify and get in Pot 1 or 2, their federation deserves an award for gaming the system by not scheduling friendlies which artificially boosted their FIFA ranking. ETA: I'm glad FIFA is changing this system. The old system punished CONCACAF and the Asian teams who couldn't dra...
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re: Jozy Altidore and the MNT - thenry712
Just for research sake I looked up Jozy's goalscoring record compared to other marquee strikers: Jozy: 39 goals in 108 caps, a goal every 2.76 games. Thomas Mueller: 37 in 87, 2.35 Lionel Messi, 58 in 120, 2.06 Wayne Rooney: 53 in 119, 2.2 Cristiano: 78 in 145, 1.86 Before the bu...
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re: United States of F#ck Yeah v. Does Carlos Pavon Still Play? | The Hex | 4:30pm CT (beIN) - thenry712
We've also tied Panama 1-1 the past four times we've played them. We can't beat a team whose best player is Blas Perez....
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re: A few thoughts from today's draw - thenry712
I can't fathom how Arena rates Zusi higher than Eric Lichaj, other than one error Lichaj made in the Gold Cup that led to a goal. Also, again Fabian Johnson should probably just play in defense if Yedlin isn't healthy....
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re: A few thoughts from today's draw - thenry712
[quote]We really need some breakout central midfielders to help us this year. Acosta is unconvincing in his positioning, and I still don't get how midfielders playing in a midfield two can't figure out that both have to support each other. I see it at the club level and it doesn't make any sense. [...
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A few thoughts from today's draw - thenry712
Squad Rotation: Arena seems to prefer to rotate his lineup after every game. He did this during the Gold Cup, and has done it several times during qualifying. I'm not sure, it's the right move for continuity's sake. I understand the environmental conditions that need to be taken into account for som...
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