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us soccer development academy started in 2007 for boys. So we should start seeing kids coming through to the national team... but the national team is absolute **** right now... on the other hand, there are a lot more young Americans playing for better european clubs than in the past.
 

Kinda reinforces that Klinsi wasn't really the problem.

 

A lot of these european talents I mentioned are teens and early 20s, so hopefully the next five years is brighter but it may not matter for this WC cycle. 

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8 minutes ago, Elessar78 said:
us soccer development academy started in 2007 for boys. So we should start seeing kids coming through to the national team... but the national team is absolute **** right now... on the other hand, there are a lot more young Americans playing for better european clubs than in the past.
 

Kinda reinforces that Klinsi wasn't really the problem.

 

A lot of these european talents I mentioned are teens and early 20s, so hopefully the next five years is brighter but it may not matter for this WC cycle. 

This is very true, but Berhalter is not inspiring much confidence in me right now.

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3 hours ago, Long n Left said:

This is very true, but Berhalter is not inspiring much confidence in me right now.

Also know that USMNT program is not doing a fantastic job bringing American players of Hispanic/Mexican descent into the fold. We've already lost some talented duals to MEX and maybe a few more to come. It would be a shame. Federation is **** too. 

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1 hour ago, Elessar78 said:

Also know that USMNT program is not doing a fantastic job bringing American players of Hispanic/Mexican descent into the fold. We've already lost some talented duals to MEX and maybe a few more. It would be a shame. Federation is **** too. 

Nailed it again. US soccer’s decision a few years ago to push kids into certain academies, to make it easier for them to go to regional academy tournaments and jamborees, has alienated a large part of the Hispanic community in the US. Many of these families cannot afford academy fees, and the travel, and prefer their children to play close to home, and for their local schools. ODP teams are recruited almost exclusively through academies, guaranteeing that they are not getting ALL the best talent in their development programs.

 

Instead of taking a lesson from Germany, who revamped almost their entire development program, US soccer continues on their own path, like they think they’re smarter than everybody. We are getting better young players, but, as you pointed out, most of these kids are developing their game outside of the United States. Until the US can open paths for all their most talented kids to develop properly through a nationally based system, they will continue to trail the top European and South American powers.

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Most pathetic all around performance by a USMNT I can remember in ages. Much worse than the loss to T&T in qualifying in my eyes. Players don’t seem to understand what the coach is asking of them, and coach seems utterly clueless. Playing undeserving players, playing guys out of their accustomed positions, and playing a system (I use that term quite loosely) that doesn’t suit the talent. Add to this the disorganization that is US Soccer, and this federation is closing in on reaching Redskins level of ineptitude. Shocking really.

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hey guys,

 

i'm not totally up to speed on all things USSF, but i know a lot of you all are.  my daughter is doing some research into USSF/FIFA/equal pay and had some questions that I wasn't totally sure of.  most of this is just so that she can wrap her head around the issue and better understand it herself.  so, can anyone help out with the relationship between FIFA/USSF and who sets policy for the USMNT/USWNT.  are there any other "players" that she should be looking at in regards to the equal pay issue?

 

thanks for your help gents!  stay healthy...

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Just watched the USMNT on the pitch for the first time in months, and leave it to Berhalter to screw up a good thing. No Pulisic, no Sargent, but lots of other young talent on this iteration of the team, and a number of them got their debuts. They looked good from the off, and controlled play most of the first half.

 

Instead of making some halftime substitutions, Berhalter let the first XI play until after the 70th minute before making his first change. He started Lletget at false 9, instead of giving Soto or Llanez, truer 9’s, a shot, and play was sloppy a good bunch of the second, mainly due to the inclement weather.

 

Some promising talent coming through, Konrad and Musah both looked lively. Without their (arguably) two biggest scoring threats, though, finding the net was not to be. 
 

I really believe this group of youngsters has a chance to do some special things, but I don’t believe that Gregg Berhalter will be the one to get it out of them.

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As exciting as a soccer match can get tonight.  I accidently jumped in around 60'.  There were a couple corners where Ochoa had to make some fantastic saves prior to US 2nd goal.  The winger who scored for Mexico right after coming on looks really talented.  Felt the ref was favoring Mexico all night... Herrera should have gotten a 2nd yellow for hands to neck of midfielder McKennie, and then a few minutes later a reckless and late challenge.  US defender McKenzie should have gotten a 2nd yellow for a similar challenge.  

 

Pulisic got a penalty on VAR, it seemed pretty clear hockey move... and he promptly buried the PK into the upper right.  Mexico got a penalty from VAR due to handball in the box. With the new handball rule, I get defenders need their arms out for balance, but you gotta know a ball could be kicked directly into it.  

 

Guardado did not have a good penalty kick.  Mexican fans were pretty ugly but it must have felt good for the USMNT to win... 

 

This team didn't look too bad.  The ref tonight was awful.  

 

I take that back... the USMNT still lacks high quality defenders.   It's a heart attack when the other team is in their third. 

23 minutes ago, abdcskins said:

Nice win tonight. Didn't watch but looks like they tied it late to send it to etra time, then Pulisic scores a penalty kick.

You missed a classic... I mean USMNT seems to never put up more than one against Mexico.  

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Bruh I was dying at fans throwing cans and them hitting hit their own team. Crowded looked to be full of Mexican fans. 
 

Pulsic is dope, I still didn’t see a hand ball on the penalty but he saved so as Rasheed Wallace said 

 

Ball don’t lie. 

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They changed the rule so that the ball touching a hand in unnatural position is a handball vs. "intentionally handling of the ball".  

 

Yes, to me it was a clear handball.  

 

Gio Reyna got hit during the US goal celebration.  US was owning corner kicks.  

 

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Mexican soccer fans are the worst. It always angers me how they fill up every stadium in the United States, no homefield advantage for us. Then they proceed to act like barbarians. They really are a bunch of foul people.

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That was a great game.  Despite the D looking entirely suspect, especially moving the ball around in our half, that was the best I have seen the team look in years.  This team was the first I thought was a threat to score instead of merely "sometimes possessing the ball in the opponent's half."  

 

Reyna makes me feel old.  I remember when his dad was one of the best players on the U.S. team.  Worse, I remember playing with some of the people when his dad was on the team.  That means I am officially in a previous generation.  His dad looked old too...

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10 hours ago, Fergasun said:

They changed the rule so that the ball touching a hand in unnatural position is a handball vs. "intentionally handling of the ball".  

 

Yes, to me it was a clear handball.  

 

Gio Reyna got hit during the US goal celebration.  US was owning corner kicks.  

 

As fantastic as a BIG USA v Mexico game can get. 
 

First I’ll address the “hand ball.” Not a pen for me, but then, neither was Pulisic’s. Fair dinkum the end. Arm not truly in unnatural position, it was down, not outright, and the new rules also state that no handling should be called for kicking or heading directly into a hand/arm from close proximity, so that defender has no chance to move.

 

As to the game. Horrid mistake by McKenzie for first Mexico goal, and Ream and Brooks both got beat way too often. Not sure why Berhalter went 3 at back, as this is only the second time they’ve played it. Didn’t look comfortable with it. Richards and Carter-Vickers need to be in the Gold Cup side.

 

Sargent is not taking advantage of his opportunities. Work rate is good, but seems to be all over the place, when they need him in the box knocking in goals more. Siebatchu, or however it’s spelled, did very little as well, but was better positioned. Really like to see Dike get more time at 9. He killed it in Championship the second half of season, and has set records wherever he’s gone.

 

McKennie is a monster, and leader of this side. I know they are rotating the arm band, but HE IS the leader.

 

Very good win, and another stepping stone. Shout out to Acosta, who played well, and in three different positions over the 120’ plus, and Weah put in a positive performance for the first time in a while. 

 

 

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Good game here US v Jamaica Gold Cup quarterfinal. US finally gets the 83rd minute goal from Matthew Hoppe, who has been really active in his first senior team action. 
 

Big game from Kellyn Acosta, who has absolutely run the midfield for the US. Nice to see from a guy who was supposed to be one of the young studs 5 years ago, then fell off the radar. Played well in the Nation’s Cup championship run, and has been the best player for the US in this Gold Cup. 
 

Some good, young talent on this “B” team, headed by Hoppe, Daryl Dike, and  Gianluca Busio. Think those three, and Miles Robinson will get a long look with the “A” team for WC qualifying. Acosta is a must now, IMO.

 

Good win. Qatar on Thursday in the semifinals.

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