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Old 06-05-2019, 08:28 AM
 
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Its U20's, not much to get excited over.
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Old 06-05-2019, 08:45 AM
 
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Its U20's, not much to get excited over.
I agree - there is much more concern about our MNT after failing to even qualify last year (and the subsequent decline in attendance/support). I’m cautiously optimistic about Berhalter.
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Old 06-05-2019, 09:32 AM
 
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Try to think strategically. If you want a MNT that can have success in future World Cups, you'll need more talent in the development pipeline. That's where the youth performance comes in, and the success of the soccer academies. It's true that U20 success doesn't always translate to World Cup performance, but it's a start. Especially if we can maintain some consistent success over time.
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Old 06-05-2019, 09:57 AM
 
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Try to think strategically. If you want a MNT that can have success in future World Cups, you'll need more talent in the development pipeline. That's where the youth performance comes in, and the success of the soccer academies. It's true that U20 success doesn't always translate to World Cup performance, but it's a start. Especially if we can maintain some consistent success over time.
I’m not trying to downplay the U-20 WC or USA’s upset over France - but they still need two more wins to make the final (they have made the semi-finals previously). And, that said, it doesn’t make up for the devastating blow last year (MNT) - though I’d love to see our U-20 team advance further, of course.

Now that a permanent coach has finally been named, the focus is on the MNT to perform well as qualifiers begin for Qatar 2022; we must do well to pull in more interest for the sport (and increase attendance/support on all levels).
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Old 06-05-2019, 02:08 PM
 
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Giants like Serbia and Ghana have won the U20, it has pretty much no affect when it translates to senior squads. Mbappe could have played for the U20's but if youre really good youre already in the senior team.
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Old 06-05-2019, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Ugh, that friendly vs. Jamaica was painful. A few US players were decent (maybe 4-5), but the overall quality wasn't even up to MLS standards, never mind international play. They were sloppy, slow, lackadaisical, and rarely looked threatening. At least it was mostly second stringers.
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Old 06-05-2019, 07:21 PM
 
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"...why..."?
soccer sucks.
USA knows it.
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Old 06-06-2019, 07:29 AM
 
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"...why..."?
soccer sucks.
USA knows it.
*yawn*

Cool story, needs dragons.
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Old 06-06-2019, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Some people just like sports where the players spend most of the game standing around. What are you going to do?
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Old 06-08-2019, 11:32 AM
 
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In the men's U20, the U.S. lost to Equador 2-1. It was a fun match though -- attacking soccer played at a fast pace with multiple near misses.
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