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congratulations to jones, lichaj, and brek shea on their callups

con suelo, Friday, 1 October 2010 02:10 (ten years ago) link

Oct. 9, 2010 U.S. Men vs. Poland 7 p.m. CT Soldier Field
Chicago, Ill. Fox Soccer Channel & Galavision
Oct. 12, 2010 U.S. Men vs. Colombia 8 p.m. ET PPL Park
Chester, Pa. ESPN2 & Galavision

con suelo, Friday, 1 October 2010 02:10 (ten years ago) link

Goin' to the Poland game w/ about 50 or so S8 folx including a bunch of Polish fans, should be fun.

dan m, Friday, 1 October 2010 02:41 (ten years ago) link

http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/news/newsid=1310662.html?cid=rssfeed&att=

Germany coach Joachim Low is concerned that next week's UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against Turkey in Berlin could be an away game for his side given the amount of Turks living in the German capital.

hi dere welcome to our world

con suelo, Friday, 1 October 2010 04:41 (ten years ago) link

That should be a terrific match - those are two fabulous attacking sides.

Ismael Klata, Friday, 1 October 2010 06:09 (ten years ago) link

lol thought u were talking abt us and poland for a sec and was like Whut

con suelo, Friday, 1 October 2010 06:47 (ten years ago) link

a 4-2-3-1 is intriguing, tho I don't know if they can play like that yet

dan m, Friday, 1 October 2010 16:25 (ten years ago) link

would be good to try and get more midfielders out there, our 1 strong suit

con suelo, Friday, 1 October 2010 16:34 (ten years ago) link

Ives had a 4-3-2-1 xmas tree posted with Jones, Bradley, and Edu as the 3... just call that one "the bone-cruncher"

dan m, Friday, 1 October 2010 16:42 (ten years ago) link

btw Bradley on the late run to goal is one of my favorite sights to see w/ these guys

dan m, Friday, 1 October 2010 16:42 (ten years ago) link

hi dere welcome to our world

yeah

also cosign on the potential of that game

progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Friday, 1 October 2010 16:43 (ten years ago) link

just learned Lichaj's from Chicago and his parents are Polish immigrants

dan m, Friday, 1 October 2010 18:15 (ten years ago) link

wish he would grow his hair back out
http://graphics.fansonly.com/photos/schools/unc/sports/m-soccer/auto_headshot/573906.jpeg

mizzell, Friday, 1 October 2010 18:18 (ten years ago) link

report on Charlie Davies' comeback and some o_O scar pics

http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/news/_/id/5655430/soccer-us-forward-charlie-davies-talks-recovery-espn-magazine

dan m, Thursday, 7 October 2010 14:45 (ten years ago) link

lineup
4-5-1 w/ edu at centerback huh

Howard;
Cherundolo, Onyewu, Edu, Bocanegra;
Jones, Bradley, Holden, Dempsey, Feilhaber;
Altidore.

i'll be curious to see how high dempsey plays. and gooch is really ready for this, is he? wanna see lichaj at some point

avinha, Saturday, 9 October 2010 23:05 (ten years ago) link

Does anyone else think the US goal was offside? I'm heavily medicated with Nyquil and my eyes are burning but F thought it was.

I've got ten bucks. SURPRISE ME. (Laurel), Sunday, 10 October 2010 00:33 (ten years ago) link

from that camera angle it sure seemed so.

avinha, Sunday, 10 October 2010 00:56 (ten years ago) link

gooch is driving me crazy, booting it out of the back

avinha, Sunday, 10 October 2010 01:08 (ten years ago) link

bedoya for feilhaber, is that all we've got as far as possible forward-looking changes?

avinha, Sunday, 10 October 2010 01:08 (ten years ago) link

^wrote at halftime but could have said it later tbh

huh. jones looked good, physical, except for his fuckup. same with holden, great except for his fuckup. so many chances, both jozy's and the set pieces. thank god for tim howard

avinha, Sunday, 10 October 2010 02:14 (ten years ago) link

fun times, good seats, lots and lots of poles

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs368.ash2/64641_444156571895_509986895_5400916_6674090_n.jpg

they looked like a team with a bunch of guys who don't quite know how to play together yet, and I still am not sure if 4-5-1 is something they can pull off. jones/holden were fun to watch tho.

dan m, Sunday, 10 October 2010 15:47 (ten years ago) link

What do you guys do with those things?

Ismael Klata, Monday, 11 October 2010 06:48 (ten years ago) link

nod sagely

avinha, Monday, 11 October 2010 12:10 (ten years ago) link

i'm still trying to learn how to watch the game. i want to understand a midfielder's most common passing locations. i want to see passing lanes before they develop. this was jones' first game with us. does the visual representation match what i saw on tv? what doesn't the chart tell me (in this case, about his physicality) ? if i look at enough of these what patterns will i see? i have so much trouble comparing two players against two different teams, could this help?

avinha, Monday, 11 October 2010 12:24 (ten years ago) link

where, how, and who did he link up with? (have to reach to remember the who) what was his average pass length?

i'm american, i love stats and charts, this chart may not tell me much but can we be so sure that the tenth or hundreth chart won't reveal something? we never know where tactical breakthroughs are going to come, who will see the game differently. i will stick to national type and hope it's us lol

avinha, Monday, 11 October 2010 12:31 (ten years ago) link

^ could totally get behind this level of analysis for spurs, tbh. the analysis of what players do that works during a game. i bet mourinho is up to his neck in this shit.

i dont love everything, i love football (darraghmac), Monday, 11 October 2010 13:32 (ten years ago) link

I assume you meant Allardyce

Ismael Klata, Monday, 11 October 2010 13:37 (ten years ago) link

easy mistake to make, that

i dont love everything, i love football (darraghmac), Monday, 11 October 2010 13:39 (ten years ago) link

I'm not knocking the concept either btw - if there's going to be some revolutionary development in the game (there only appears to ever have been two so far as I can tell) then I'm pretty persuaded that it'll come from some kind of synthesis of this and set-plays. I'm sure not going to be able to spot it though.

Ismael Klata, Monday, 11 October 2010 13:41 (ten years ago) link

i think it's fair to speculate that improvement on a systemic level can come from the analysis of repeated actions

i dont love everything, i love football (darraghmac), Monday, 11 October 2010 13:45 (ten years ago) link

/banaka

i dont love everything, i love football (darraghmac), Monday, 11 October 2010 13:46 (ten years ago) link

what were those two revolutionary developments ismael ?

Jibe, Monday, 11 October 2010 14:40 (ten years ago) link

442, sam allardyce

i dont love everything, i love football (darraghmac), Monday, 11 October 2010 14:44 (ten years ago) link

I've written about them before, but basically:

(i) the Scottish passing game taking over from kick-and-rush around the 1880s; and
(ii) the whole pressing/offside trap/possession system of Ajax in the 1960s.

We're basically still exploring the world invented by (ii). There's a terrific book (Inverting the Pyramid by Jonathan Wilson) looking at the development of tactics through the ages, not sure if it'll've reached your shores Jibe. There are lots of interesting innovations discussed in it, but those two seem to be the big ones. The others usually mostly happen every few years when one guy stands in a slightly different position, and everyone else gets confused

Ismael Klata, Monday, 11 October 2010 14:53 (ten years ago) link

And that's my 10,000th post. It's been a pleasure, I'd like to thank my agent, etc.

Ismael Klata, Monday, 11 October 2010 14:54 (ten years ago) link

congrats, it was worthy imo

i dont love everything, i love football (darraghmac), Monday, 11 October 2010 14:56 (ten years ago) link

ok thx. that book looks quite interesting, will try and get ahold of it as soon as my finances allow me to.

Jibe, Monday, 11 October 2010 16:13 (ten years ago) link

football finances thread

i dont love everything, i love football (darraghmac), Monday, 11 October 2010 16:16 (ten years ago) link

It's a great read, enlightened me to many things + helped me relate my hockey tactical knowledge to similarities on the pitch.

dan m, Monday, 11 October 2010 16:45 (ten years ago) link

apparently Spector is starting tonight, should be a lot of other changes too

dan m, Tuesday, 12 October 2010 17:36 (ten years ago) link

also lol @ < 10k tickets sold for this match, wtf

dan m, Tuesday, 12 October 2010 17:37 (ten years ago) link

apparently Spector is starting tonight

GAAHHHHHHHH

avinha, Tuesday, 12 October 2010 17:39 (ten years ago) link

we are mediocre huh. lucky for us colombia is so far too

i love edu's composure on the ball. he doesn't make me start drumming my fingers nervously in possession.
it seems like holden out wide takes away a lot of what's best about him: getting involved, cutting into passing lanes. you'd think the idea would be he'd send in crosses from out wide, but i don't think he's had a cross yet.

EJ for jozy? lichaj for spector (hey, he was only burned twice! not bad). any other changes?

avinha, Wednesday, 13 October 2010 01:16 (ten years ago) link

lichaj looked good
ummm, other positives?

(we need to put it down on record that our first shot on goal was in the 55th minute)

avinha, Wednesday, 13 October 2010 02:23 (ten years ago) link

I was at the Fire/KC game so I missed this. Doesn't sound like much of note. From the descriptions I've read/heard it sounded like a 4-3-3? Last time I saw that Costa Rica kicked their ass.

dan m, Wednesday, 13 October 2010 03:58 (ten years ago) link

yeah i guess it was a 4-3-3, in the first half. jozy was so marooned and alone i'm tempted to call it 4-3-2-1. but i'm bad with formations. brek shea looked okay, not totally outclassed at this level with his first cap, so that's something. EJ came in at HT and edu went out (i think, i missed some) so the formation changed but i'm not sure how. the second half was better, dempsey with some spark, but yeah, you didn't miss much.

avinha, Wednesday, 13 October 2010 05:58 (ten years ago) link

the pronunciation of Lichaj's name sounds exactly the same a "lihai" (厉害) which is a common slang word in Chinese that means "awesome."

avinha, Wednesday, 13 October 2010 19:39 (ten years ago) link

same for (Luis) Figo in Italian (actually 'fico', but close enough) - any other examples?

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 13 October 2010 19:51 (ten years ago) link

this is athleticism and speed combined with pinball.

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 02:51 (one month ago) link

can never tell how serious any of these injuries are

frogbs, Monday, 7 June 2021 03:02 (one month ago) link

this has turned into a fun match, even if I think all of Europe is sitting and laughing at this match

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 03:07 (one month ago) link

fuck

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 03:14 (one month ago) link

kind of seemed inevitable that the first good shot would get in

frogbs, Monday, 7 June 2021 03:15 (one month ago) link

LOL

frogbs, Monday, 7 June 2021 03:15 (one month ago) link

WOW.

weird, that was easier to save than other balls Ochoa has come up with

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 03:16 (one month ago) link

Horvath looks shook in goal. like I would not trust this dude with pens

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 03:23 (one month ago) link

i say that and then he makes a big save

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 03:24 (one month ago) link

yeah that was pretty nice

frogbs, Monday, 7 June 2021 03:24 (one month ago) link

7 minutes of stoppage. about right

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 03:25 (one month ago) link

ok ignore what I just said

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 03:25 (one month ago) link

and again!!!

frogbs, Monday, 7 June 2021 03:25 (one month ago) link

so much for me getting to bed by midnight

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 03:27 (one month ago) link

god I hate the way Mexico plays. lets beat these assholes

frogbs, Monday, 7 June 2021 03:27 (one month ago) link

yellow on Yedlin a total "both sides" card. bullshiiiit

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 03:28 (one month ago) link

lol this is gonna be more like 12 minutes of stoppage

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 03:29 (one month ago) link

fuckin hate that "puto" chant so much

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 03:29 (one month ago) link

wow they stopped the match for 3 minutes because of it. good on them.

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 03:30 (one month ago) link

wow I've never seen anything like that in any sport

frogbs, Monday, 7 June 2021 03:31 (one month ago) link

I like it tbh

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 03:32 (one month ago) link

this is a sport where slurs used to be thrown from the stands like candy in international play

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 03:32 (one month ago) link

lol so they just said fuck the stoppage then

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 03:34 (one month ago) link

i mean it'll probably work but damn I've never seen a league try something like that

frogbs, Monday, 7 June 2021 03:34 (one month ago) link

shoulda been a second yellow, come the fuck on

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 03:42 (one month ago) link

Horvath definitely isn't playing like a backup anymore

frogbs, Monday, 7 June 2021 03:53 (one month ago) link

US not looking like they're gonna get a shot off

frogbs, Monday, 7 June 2021 04:02 (one month ago) link

PULISIC

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 04:08 (one month ago) link

fucking classless Mexico fans throwing shit at the players

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 04:09 (one month ago) link

Theres no way they can call this

frogbs, Monday, 7 June 2021 04:14 (one month ago) link

oh just watch them

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 04:15 (one month ago) link

garbage call

Punster McPunisher, Monday, 7 June 2021 04:15 (one month ago) link

garbage official. Mexico should have been down to ten men for 20+ minutes

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 04:16 (one month ago) link

Where else was his hand supposed to go

frogbs, Monday, 7 June 2021 04:16 (one month ago) link

hope Horvath punks him

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 04:16 (one month ago) link

beautiful

Punster McPunisher, Monday, 7 June 2021 04:18 (one month ago) link

HAHAHAAHAHAHAHA

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 04:18 (one month ago) link

Fucking hero

frogbs, Monday, 7 June 2021 04:18 (one month ago) link

oh man that shot of the players patting him on the back

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 04:18 (one month ago) link

This is fucking parody

wanted a "fuck you" goal so bad

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 04:19 (one month ago) link

Can’t believe I wasn’t even gonna watch this

frogbs, Monday, 7 June 2021 04:22 (one month ago) link

there were too many good and/or entertaining matches on tonight lol

Punster McPunisher, Monday, 7 June 2021 04:24 (one month ago) link

man. hell yeah.

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 04:25 (one month ago) link

That extra time might have been the highest level Concacafing since Jack Warner scalped Trinidad and Tobago's tickets to the 2006 world cup

Horvath definitely isn't playing like a backup anymore

― frogbs, Sunday, June 6, 2021 10:53 PM (forty-six minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

I don't keep as close tabs on this shit as I used to, but iirc he has been much more consistent starter for his club team than Steffen has been for Man City, albeit Horvath plays in a much smaller league

Rewatching that missed penalty kick, was that encroachment from a player on the right? If he made it might it have been overturned? Mexico did so much dirty shit that game

frogbs, Monday, 7 June 2021 05:19 (one month ago) link

you will NEVER see that called in a CONCACAF match, lol

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 12:31 (one month ago) link

hey I thought the same about that handball but I guess I don't watch enough soccer

frogbs, Monday, 7 June 2021 13:59 (one month ago) link

Penalty decisions are always ludicrous in CONCACAF, such as the one in the Panama-Mexico 2015 Gold Cup Semifinal which almost lead the Panama team to rage quit (rightfully so)

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 14:02 (one month ago) link


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