- Jermaine Jones cannot start. – If anything was clear in the first half, it was that Jermaine Jones had, to quote Brian, “literally done nothing positive and several things negative.” He was slower than his Colombian counter parts, he missed passes that Nagbe would have gotten to, and, as always, he gave up the ball multiple times when pressing the attack. We all know Klinsmann is loyal to his boys, but Jones’ performance has to be taken as an indicator that the 34 year old cannot start in a serious international competition.
- Michael Bradley looked a step slow. – We love Bradley’s smarts and know he’s been a major contributor to the rise of USMNT, but last night he looked slow, his passes weren’t crisp and he always seemed two steps behind the Colombian attackers. The problem is, we don’t have a player on this squad that can do what Bradley has done in the past. Of course, maybe this is one game and on Tuesday we’ll be back to praising him or, more likely, this is the beginning of the end of Bradley’s international success.
- Play the young guys. – Everyone is trying to tell Klinsmann who to play and, as we all know, Klinsmann could give two fucks what you think. However, the young kids looked capable against a powerful Colombian team. Pulisic and Nagbe came on in the 60th minute and looked solid, Nagbe less though. Brooks and Johnson were solid on the back line all night. All this says, let them play. If anything good could come from this competition, let it be the establishment of fresh blood in this program. Maybe we continue to allow Deuce to start (the best of the older players last night), but aside from him, get the kids on the pitch and let them create something lasting for the upcoming World Cup.
Other Notes: Guzan, though he gave up a PK and a set piece goal, looked solid in the net…James Rodriguez hurt his shoulder while diving, slightly amusing…Set piece goal was all on Cameron, luckily he played better the rest of the match…Yedlin looked a bit lost on defense, giving up multiple chances to Colombia…That handball call was bullshit…Pre-match entertainment was horrible…Duece’s set piece, barely saved by Ospina, shows he’s still got it…Considering we lost 2-0, our defense didn’t look that bad.
Image from the Guardian.
Yesterday, when we sat down to record Episode 5 of our podcasts, I went nuts on the USMNT, Clint Dempsey in particular. “He’s got no heart. He’s not running out long balls. He looks like he doesn’t care.” Thankfully, we didn’t attempt to predict what the result would be of tonight’s match in Columbus. I’m sure I would have continued to heap on the team and predict another loss. And we both know, I would be very wrong.
Tension was high before kickoff in Twitter and in Columbus, people everywhere were calling for Klinsmann’s head left and right. And then instead of the lackluster performance of the 25th, a renewed US team showed up and attacked from minute number one. And of course, Deuce scored the first goal. After a lopsided match that could have ended 10-0, the US claimed a 4-0 win and all is well in Klinsmann land. Continue reading “Klinsmann knows Best”
MLS.com is posting a running list of players being called into international duty. Biggest name so far is Robbie Keane. No word yet on Sebastian Giovinco.
This is all important, of course, because these players will leave their teams without their services for several days. Also, don’t forget this is extra miles on all those legs, which some of these guys don’t have a lot of room for them (here’s looking at you, Keane).
I’m not a shill, nor am I getting paid to say this, but I think that a fan of any league has the right to complain or praise aspects of the way the league runs its business. I will be the first to criticize MLS for its lack of relegation. Without it, clubs have no pressure to maintain success consistently. Consider Chicago Fire and their underperformance the last three years. Two of those years (2014 and 15) Fire would have been shipped off to tier 2, replaced by a hungry team who worked their asses off to make it to MLS.
Continue reading “MLS Live Reviewed and Recommended”
Just as Brian predicted in podcast number 1, the veteran (aka old as fuck has-beens) players that MLS clubs keep dropping money on are already beginning to suffer injury. The first to fall is ex-Chelsea midfielder (though he has played for several other clubs), Frank Lampard. Not even a game into the season, Lampard is already suffering from a calf strain, something he struggled with all last season as well. According to MLS.com, NYFC Head Coach Patrick Vieira seems willing to wait it out: “He missed a few days in the preseason and obviously he will need to spend some time training because when he is back we want him to be back for the rest of the season if he can.” Basically, NYFC is going to sit and wait until Lampard is good and ready to play.
Lampard makes 6 fucking million dollars a year “playing” for NYFC. Will they ever learn? Until they do, this league will continue to throw money away on old guys who are constantly going limp.
Obviously the image is from the Jackass logo.
According to multiple sources, MLS will be mic’ing up the coaches on both sidelines for their nationally televised games. The best summation of the information was put together by Jonathan Tannenwald, at Philly.com. Week one will premier the feature, with Portland taking on Columbus. What will fans hear from these mics? Mostly “the coaches giving orders to their players, as well as enhanced sound from the benches and technical areas.” Of course, MLS will be overseeing the whole thing so we don’t hear too much (profanity).
I cannot think of anything more boring than listening to a coach during a soccer match. So much of the prep is done before hand and so much of the play is instinctual, call me a moron, but I think this is a worthless idea.
Do follow Jonathan at @thegoalkeeper. He knows his shit. Image of Caleb Porter from www.topdrawersoccer.com.