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  • #16
    FreeBird, enlighten me on what happened to Jozy Altidore, why is he not playing? This Wood person is actually not doing a bad job, I was just wondering.

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    • #17
      I think he pulled a Reus... Picked up an injury.

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      • #18
        Wood doesn't have Altidore strength in the box, but he is certainly terrorizing their defense with his pure speed., but this second half he's not followed through in the box as much. He's focusing on being in position to help defend the counter. Wish he'd do back to crashing the box, he could have helped on a couple of the attacks. After all its 10 v 10...

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        • #19
          Originally posted by FreeBird View Post
          Wood doesn't have Altidore strength in the box, but he is certainly terrorizing their defense with his pure speed., but this second half he's not followed through in the box as much. He's focusing on being in position to help defend the counter. Wish he'd do back to crashing the box, he could have helped on a couple of the attacks. After all its 10 v 10...


          Yeah, they have to recompose the midfield, maybe taking Zardes for Beckerman.

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          • #20
            Like right there! Give Dempsey a target and to to the center of the box when he goes wide. Like Zardes JUST DID!

            Slam the door!


            BTW, I appreciate the volume and energy of the Outlaws, but FFS they have got to come up with better chants, and not just steal cadences from other supporter groups.

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            • #21
              Fuck yeah!

              Fuck Ecuador.

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              • #22
                Ecuador lost all of its firepower without Valencia.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by FreeBird View Post
                  All kidding aside can someone, who doesn't have a sarcastic answer, enlighten me as to why in 22 years the US's strategy is still "long ball". Where they get the ball somewhere just outside their defensive box then lob a hail mary over the defense for a CF/winger to race to it before the keeper beats him to it in hopes for a 1 v 1.

                  That has been their primary offensive strategy since I started actively following them in 94, and through all the personnel, coaches, and formations is been the main form of "attack" and it is so annoying there has been no evolution...
                  Because the American college sports system is not conductive to the nurturing of truly talented players, thus USA doesn't have many (technically) talented players, thus they have to play rudimentary football

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                  • #24
                    Howard aged. He has a legit excuse. Guzan is just pathetic. I get we just broke a massive record for consecutive minutes with no goal, but almost none of that was due to Guzan. He looks like a frightened child more often than not. All of his outward emotion is after being relieved from a miss /easy shot. 0 confidence in him. It's time after this competition to find the next great US keeper. There has to be one somewhere!

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                    • #25
                      The last 20 minutes of the USA v Ecuador game were total chaos and dispicable on both sides. USA looked scared as shit.

                      I think I now know what is like to be a Chelsea fan against pressing teams

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by FreeBird View Post
                        Like right there! Give Dempsey a target and to to the center of the box when he goes wide. Like Zardes JUST DID!

                        Slam the door!


                        BTW, I appreciate the volume and energy of the Outlaws, but FFS they have got to come up with better chants, and not just steal cadences from other supporter groups.
                        The Outlaws are a thoroughly embarrassing group, another result of (most) Americans and soccer I guess...


                        Credit to the US as they did their absolute best, special commendation to Guzan, to screw this up in the dying minutes. Nonetheless they prevailed anyway. I really had no idea they hadnt been to at least a Copa semifinal in 20 years.

                        I also enjoyed the manager of Ecuador not actually leaving after being ejected.

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                        • #27
                          IMO the refs lost complete control in the final 25ish minutes

                          Allowed play with 2 balls on the field (seen others be VERY strict on that.)

                          Allowed play with a red-carded player still walking around on the field

                          Throws multiple weak yellows after the double red. Some were deserved, but like 3 were weak ass cards to hand out.

                          Sends the Ecuador manager off, but not a single official actually enforced it. Like Stansfield I found that comical, but still...

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by PCapitalist View Post
                            Because the American college sports system is not conductive to the nurturing of truly talented players, thus USA doesn't have many (technically) talented players, thus they have to play rudimentary football

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                            The biggest problem lies in the most talented American prospects prefers to play Baseball, Basketball, American Football and Hockey before Football because in those they will earn big money.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by PCapitalist View Post
                              Because the American college sports system is not conductive to the nurturing of truly talented players, thus USA doesn't have many (technically) talented players, thus they have to play rudimentary football

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                              True 10 years ago, partially true 6 years ago, but how many of our current starting 11 played extensive college ball compared to semi - pro /low division instead of spending a large portion of time in college?


                              Originally posted by L4nd3r View Post
                              The biggest problem lies in the most talented American prospects prefers to play Baseball, Basketball, American Football and Hockey before Football because in those they will earn big money.
                              This doesn't require our primary form of attack to be entirely based on speed and luck. Through multiple coaching regimes, and given the more recent talent pool we have more technically gifted players yet they still play patty cake headers in the middle of the field and seem to fear actually controlling the ball in neutral territory. It's like they are an NASL team. It's still their tend of just launching the ball as far down the field as possible and play "go get it" soccer. As if they don't know any other way. Even though many play in Europe and know how to build/hold possession, yet when they put on the national team jersey is like their 12yo again.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by FreeBird View Post
                                True 10 years ago, partially true 6 years ago, but how many of our current starting 11 played extensive college ball compared to semi - pro /low division instead of spending a large portion of time in college?




                                This doesn't require our primary form of attack to be entirely based on speed and luck. Through multiple coaching regimes, and given the more recent talent pool we have more technically gifted players yet they still play patty cake headers in the middle of the field and seem to fear actually controlling the ball in neutral territory. It's like they are an NASL team. It's still their tend of just launching the ball as far down the field as possible and play "go get it" soccer. As if they don't know any other way. Even though many play in Europe and know how to build/hold possession, yet when they put on the national team jersey is like their 12yo again.
                                Klinsmann is a shitty coach.

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