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Old 07-14-2014, 10:24 AM
 
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Yes, I'm sure it's busy there...which is great.

The MLS academies are real positive too. The other day I kind of reflected on a picture I saw of Brazilian kids playing on a raft man. A raft! The other picture was me driving through my area's soccer fields the other day last week and not seeing anybody out there....practicing or playing. I guess the ghosts were there in spirit. Only thing is 'ghosts' can't learn to play the game well if they're not there!...;-)....
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Old 07-17-2014, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles County, CA
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The last time the U.S. mens national soccer team made the World Cup quarterfinals, Landon Donovan was on the team.
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Old 07-17-2014, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Castlederp
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Donovan is a cry baby. He didn't get picked but went on a rage against the manager.. I think he should have gone as a sub possibly, but I can see why Jurgen did not take him.

Either way, Jurgen did an amazing job with the set of players that he had, so nobody can complain at him, he made a bunch of players that are not individually amazing play well as a team, so his decision was justified.
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Old 07-17-2014, 08:59 PM
 
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I thought the overal performance of the US team was just OK at the best. Ghana played better and the head goal in the end for the US was luck. They played well against Portugal but allowed that goal in the end by a defensive mistake on the right. They barely touched the ball agsinst Germany. Belgium massacred them, if it weren't for not the record saves from Howard, that game could have easily finished 4-0 or more for Belgium. They were also second to worst on ball possession in the tournament, that's really bad.
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Old 07-17-2014, 09:42 PM
 
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Totally agree. This team is still the same team from 2010. I really didn't see anything stunning. We had few gems for plays. We clearly lack world class players. We were determined and we had an amazing fan-base that carried this team. That's what kept us alive was the hard determination to score. I think we caught Ghana off guard, and Portugal had a weak team. Germany and Belgium brought us back to reality.

We still have a long way to go.
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Old 07-18-2014, 06:38 AM
 
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I just read a brief on Germany's road to the Cup. They came in last at Euro 2000 and didn't win a game. After that they started a 10 year development program. In 02 they started a talent program for children 8-14 with academies set up with coaches who scouted and trained the players. Klinsmann was part of that development program. Recently, Germany put in about 130 million into their academies. Seems like the results worked. Maybe we can do this too. Where there's a will there's a way.

And just as an aside, Germany won with 'substitutes' coming on '...they know it's a team game and everybody had to be ready. Gotze did show he was better than Messi...;-)......what words can do by the coach before he went in!
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Old 07-18-2014, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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I thought the overal performance of the US team was just OK at the best. Ghana played better and the head goal in the end for the US was luck. They played well against Portugal but allowed that goal in the end by a defensive mistake on the right. They barely touched the ball agsinst Germany. Belgium massacred them, if it weren't for not the record saves from Howard, that game could have easily finished 4-0 or more for Belgium. They were also second to worst on ball possession in the tournament, that's really bad.
I agree, if people look beyond blind patriotism theyll see we werent as good as people think. We cant move on and build for the future if you think we played well in the game against Belgium ... which some people think we did. We just couldnt hold onto the ball and do much a majority of all the games. Thank God for Howard. I do think the future is bright, we have some very good young players in MLS.
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Old 07-18-2014, 07:06 AM
 
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I agree, the US soccer as a whole have to build a plan to recruit and keep the young players well trained and motivated to represent the country at the iternational level, sort like what Germany did in 2000 after the big EuroCup fiasco. But I also thought that the US in this WC was better than they played. They respected too much the opponents, they should have taken more risks.
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Old 07-18-2014, 12:23 PM
 
Location: IL
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I agree, the US soccer as a whole have to build a plan to recruit and keep the young players well trained and motivated to represent the country at the iternational level, sort like what Germany did in 2000 after the big EuroCup fiasco. But I also thought that the US in this WC was better than they played. They respected too much the opponents, they should have taken more risks.
I think that's what they were trying to do against Belgium, which led to 16 saves by Howard. They need better attacking midfielders and finishers, though. They do well on attacking from the wings, but can't capitalize on that at this point.
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Old 07-18-2014, 12:28 PM
 
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I think that's what they were trying to do against Belgium, which led to 16 saves by Howard. They need better attacking midfielders and finishers, though. They do well on attacking from the wings, but can't capitalize on that at this point.
True. They definitively could use a midfielder with not only attacking skills but also great talent maintaining possession and creating. Someone like Zidane was for France or Pirlo is for Italy.
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