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Page 2 of Originally Posted by dolamite Either way it looks as if the squad will be in good hands without Howard manning the backline. We're the USA. If nothing ... 2322 comments | 87917 Views | Go to page 1 →

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    Its ok guys were American, were supposed to suck at soccer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wireman View Post
    Clint Dempseym, Tim Howard and Landon Donovan are the only world class players the U.S. has at the moment. Altidore hasn't been impressive for a long time and Agudelo has a ways to go before he is ready to be a star.
    I don't follow soccer but I find it quite depressing that a country the size of the US has only three world class soccer players. How is this possible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NEERFAN View Post
    I don't follow soccer but I find it quite depressing that a country the size of the US has only three world class soccer players. How is this possible?
    They're all in the NFL, NBA and MLB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AverageJoesGym View Post
    They're all in the NFL, NBA and MLB.
    I agree that many of our top athletes take a different path, but with all the youth soccer leagues, Major League Soccer and even minor leagues - the United States has talent, IMO.

    As for last night's game, it was another pathetic display. The U.S. could've and should've scored 3-4 goals. They were very, very fortunate on the other end, as well. Guadeloupe hit the crossbar early and had 2-3 other golden opportunities.

    The Americans play Jamaica on Sunday and unless something dramatically changes, I'm afraid it will be a disappointing day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wireman View Post
    I agree that many of our top athletes take a different path, but with all the youth soccer leagues, Major League Soccer and even minor leagues - the United States has talent, IMO.
    It is a totally different socio-economic background that our soccer guys are compared to most of our elite caliber athletes. Not that all of our guys are privileged growing up, but soccer is seen more as a white suburbia sport. Could you image if guys like Revis, LeBron, Paul, etc. grew up playing this sport? I have no doubt we would dominate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugatti View Post
    It is a totally different socio-economic background that our soccer guys are compared to most of our elite caliber athletes. Not that all of our guys are privileged growing up, but soccer is seen more as a white suburbia sport. Could you image if guys like Revis, LeBron, Paul, etc. grew up playing this sport? I have no doubt we would dominate.
    It's an interesting theory that people always toss around, but on a global level, large, big-footed super athletes aren't generally seen. World class players tend to be small and nimble. Now Iverson, there's a guy that maybe could have been a world class soccer player.

    We're just starting to see the fruits of the academy system that's been in place for the last decade or so. Give it another 10 years and I think it will really start to pay dividends and we'll see a real crop of American soccer talent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Getslow View Post
    It's an interesting theory that people always toss around, but on a global level, large, big-footed super athletes aren't generally seen. World class players tend to be small and nimble. Now Iverson, there's a guy that maybe could have been a world class soccer player.

    We're just starting to see the fruits of the academy system that's been in place for the last decade or so. Give it another 10 years and I think it will really start to pay dividends and we'll see a real crop of American soccer talent.
    That's something I've always thought as well. And Canada probably rues the day Steve Nash was given a basketball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Getslow View Post
    It's an interesting theory that people always toss around, but on a global level, large, big-footed super athletes aren't generally seen. World class players tend to be small and nimble. Now Iverson, there's a guy that maybe could have been a world class soccer player.

    We're just starting to see the fruits of the academy system that's been in place for the last decade or so. Give it another 10 years and I think it will really start to pay dividends and we'll see a real crop of American soccer talent.
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    Terrible performance against Panama, lackluster performance against Guadeloupe featuring a countless number of missed chances to take that game to 3-0 or 4-0...

    What are our odds against the Caribbean champions, Jamaica, in today's quarterfinal given the shape of things in the first three games? The Reggae Boys are playing very good soccer recently.

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    The odds are not good today. I'm hopeful but worried.

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    USA dominates possession in the first half and has numerous scoring chances that players fail to capitalize on. Our guys had the better of that half by a mile and yet we have nothing to show for it. I don't know what can be done about it, but there just aren't any real finishers on this team. Other than Dempsey, who just keeps missing by inches, everyone else seems to be hopeless inside the 6-yard box.

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    USA had a much better effort today. They still should've put up 3-4 goals, but I'm happy that they played with a little urgency.

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    Looked a lot better. Still not anywhere close to being on the same level as the squad that showed out and made the finals of the Confederations Cup but looked a lot better than what they have.

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    Main comment tonight: I was NOT happy with Jermaine Jones' dive coming down the field in the second half. He had an opportunity to go 1-on-1 with only Donovan Ricketts in goal to beat and he went to ground after taking almost no contact. Now, I'll grant that the ref bought it and it ultimately put Jamaica down a man for the rest of the match, but how do you pass up a clear breakaway situation to take a dive? How little confidence do you have in your finishing ability to take a dive like that? Made me furious.

    Otherwise, the team looked much better. Interesting that we came out with only one striker; definitely not Bradley's MO but considering how thin we were at forward and how much more talent we have in the midfield, a 4-5-1 seems like it might look good for us. It'll be interesting to see if Bradley keeps this formation or reverts back for the rematch with Panama on Wednesday night.

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    US gets revenge against Panama, wins 1-0.


    Looked pretty good tonight IMO, especially on the defensive side of things. There also was a Freddy Adu sighting so you got to be satisfied with that. The deep ball he sent to Donovan that set up Dempsey for the goal was nice. I think this team is capable of scoring more, but what I liked about tonight was it got deep in the match and the US just wanted it more and went and took it. I loved the initiative they took to attack and get the goal for the win, but loved all the effort they put on the defensive end afterward even more.

    Should be a good match with likely arch nemesis Mexico this weekend. Good thing its in the Rose Bowl, wouldn't want to see Donovan get puked on again.

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