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    I can't wait to see Deadspin's article claiming that this is somehow MLS' fault.
    Surprised it isn't up yet. I figured Haisley had that kind of stuff ready made.

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    Re: World Soccer XXVII: The REAL Football

    I'm listening to a replay of yesterday's Counterattack on SiriusXM and one of the commentators threw out a lineup saying that that current pool screams 3-5-2.

    -----------Dempsey-------Wood-------------
    ----------Jones---Bradley---Nagbe----------
    --Johnson---------------------------Yedlin---
    --------Besler-----Brooks----Cameron------

    Thoughts?
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    Re: World Soccer XXVII: The REAL Football

    Quote Originally Posted by Shirtless Guy View Post
    I'm listening to a replay of yesterday's Counterattack on SiriusXM and one of the commentators threw out a lineup saying that that current pool screams 3-5-2.

    -----------Dempsey-------Wood-------------
    ----------Jones---Bradley---Nagbe----------
    --Johnson---------------------------Yedlin---
    --------Besler-----Brooks----Cameron------

    Thoughts?
    That would open things up for Bradley and allow him to be more offensively minded. Combine that with Nagbe and it gives us more striking capability... Downside is that it could open us up to a liability in transitional play/fast break possibilities... At this point might as well start Frankenstiening things...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shirtless Guy View Post
    I'm listening to a replay of yesterday's Counterattack on SiriusXM and one of the commentators threw out a lineup saying that that current pool screams 3-5-2.

    -----------Dempsey-------Wood-------------
    ----------Jones---Bradley---Nagbe----------
    --Johnson---------------------------Yedlin---
    --------Besler-----Brooks----Cameron------

    Thoughts?
    So basically Nagbe for Zardes and Besler for Bedoya, then move the new guys back a bit to allow Fabian and Yedlin to play up?

    I like that this pushes Yedlin and Johnson forward into positions that they've played well for their clubs. My memory of Besler's defending isn't great, though. I was more impressed with Zardes than I was with Bedoya, but otherwise I see this as a good improvement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExileOnDaytonStreet View Post
    So basically Nagbe for Zardes and Besler for Bedoya, then move the new guys back a bit to allow Fabian and Yedlin to play up?

    I like that this pushes Yedlin and Johnson forward into positions that they've played well for their clubs. My memory of Besler's defending isn't great, though. I was more impressed with Zardes than I was with Bedoya, but otherwise I see this as a good improvement.
    Yeah, I'm not sure who the best would be at "left back" in this formation but overall, I think it fits this team better...giving more chances for Yedlin and Johnson to trade off getting involved in the offense.
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    Yeah, I'm not sure who the best would be at "left back" in this formation but overall, I think it fits this team better...giving more chances for Yedlin and Johnson to trade off getting involved in the offense.
    I don't know enough about these guys to say who's best in the left/right back position vs. central defense, and I have to confess that I don't know the rest of the bench very well (hadn't really even heard of Castillo or Birnbaum before, and only vaguely recognize Orozco's name, despite those three having nearly 50 caps between them), so I'm a bit at a loss to know who would be the right people to fill the job.

    Looking through the "recent call-ups" list on Wikipedia and I see some curious omissions. Some of them are retired and/or probably past their prime (Beasley, Spector, Evans), some are injured (Chandler might have otherwise been a shoo-in, yes?), and some probably aren't as good as I thought they are/were/could be (Lichaj, Ream). But I had thought Gonzalez and Miazga would've been locks to be on this roster over some of the others. It's likely that I simply don't recall who exactly were the weak links in Brazil and the 2015 Gold Cup, and maybe I'm guilty of believing the hype for Miazga when he's still a work in progress.

    I figure either Klinsmann is a mystery or "he saw something in training" or one of you more knowledgable followers of the USMNT can shed some light as to the makeup of the squad when one of our biggest weaknesses seems to be leaving off (to my less knowledgeable eye) potentially better players.
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    Re: World Soccer XXVII: The REAL Football

    One glaring thing in this first half: It's Jones going forward and not Bradley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimjamesak View Post
    One glaring thing in this first half: It's Jones going forward and not Bradley.
    I guess the boys want Jurgen as coach.

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    Great half, hideous uniforms. Black? And the red is more like purple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shirtless Guy View Post
    I'm listening to a replay of yesterday's Counterattack on SiriusXM and one of the commentators threw out a lineup saying that that current pool screams 3-5-2.

    -----------Dempsey-------Wood-------------
    ----------Jones---Bradley---Nagbe----------
    --Johnson---------------------------Yedlin---
    --------Besler-----Brooks----Cameron------

    Thoughts?
    I read a great comment somewhere today to the effect of "unfortunately the positives of Zardes almost doing something good are offset by the negatives of him almost doing something bad." That nails how I've been feeling about that guy, constantly looking like he's about to do something, and then never doing it.

    I loved his work rate last night. I couldn't believe how many times I said "how is he there when he was just all the way up there." So I love him for that and even hesitate to take him off and lose that but he just outright doesn't have the skill to play at this level - wasted multiple, glaring scoring chances, dribbles to nowhere, constantly gets knocked down or dispossessed in the slightest traffic. I'm not sure I'd even have him on the bench let alone in the starting lineup going 90 minutes.

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    Re: World Soccer XXVII: The REAL Football

    Pretty simple now. Just tie and advance. Unless Costa Rica comes out and beats Colombia by 6.

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    Re: World Soccer XXVII: The REAL Football

    I really don't know anything about Paraguay. Will a clear and defining result (positive or negative) against them do anything to Jurgens position?

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    Re: World Soccer XXVII: The REAL Football

    Reading about things the referee crew for the Mexico - Jamaica game tonight is a crew thrown together of the reserve referees and ARs from different countries. *show potential is very high.

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    Ah the well behaved English and French football fans. It must be time for Euro 2016!

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016...e-ahead-of-eu/

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    Mexico is going to * around and win this tournament...

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    England just England'd. Lol.

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    Come on Clint, need to put that one on net.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slap Shot View Post
    Come on Clint, need to put that one on net.
    From your mouth to Clint's ears to the twine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hockeyplayer1015 View Post
    From your mouth to Clint's ears to the twine.

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    John Brooks had a pretty good game.
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