I don't know much about Soccer but it seemed to me that there is no one on the USA that would strike terror in our opponents. Like Gyan from Ghana, or Ronaldo, Messi, Neyemar, Suarez, red-headed dude on Belgium, etc. Do you think it is because all our top athletes play other sports? Just wondering.
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Jul 2, 2014, 02:34 PM #91
Jul 2, 2014, 02:37 PM #92
Jul 2, 2014, 02:42 PM #93
You can't 'park the bus' and hope to strike on the counter if you have no one to counter with. Case in point:
Chelsea vs. Barca in the Champions League semis a few years back. Chelsea kept 10 in the box and Barca couln't get through. But Chelsea had Drogba. USA had a guy from Texas with a broken nose.
Jul 2, 2014, 03:36 PM #94
So, no, I don't think that if we streamlined NBA, MLB, NFL players into soccer, we would be any better. It is that our NATION does not consider soccer a big enough deal to dedicate 4 years of training to it....
I mean, about a month before the games began, we still didn't even have our ROSTER! We cut the most successful player EVER in our history about a month out. I don't know all the "rules", but in countries like Mexico, or Belgium or ANYWHERE, they have spent the last 4 years grooming their team. Getting a game plan. If you think that politicians in Mexico haven't been greasing the players pockets, making sure they have been practices and talking strategy for YEARS, that is crazy....
Countries like the US and England (which is strange) just don't take it seriously enough. You can't get together a month ahead of time and think you are going to compete with the best in the world.
Poor coaching. Poor training. That is why we didn't stand a chance. The top 18 athletes in US soccer, ALL HAD FITNESS ISSUES. Everyone one of them was out of shape by international futbol standards. Every game, our mid field had their hands on their hips with 30 minutes left. Our fullbacks couldn't keep up. They held their line to close to midfield and got smoked when it was off to the races. We didn't even have a true striker. Dempsey, god bless him, did his best, but he looked like he could have fallen over dead at any moment.
The truth is, we should have decided who was playing on our squad two years ago. Bradely, Dempsey, Donnovan, I hate to say it even Howard, CAN'T be the best any more. They have the most experience, but they all (Howard not included) got out classed.
All of our decent players are overseas getting that paper. They come home for a month, try and throw together a hodge podge team... There were SO many mistakes that were clearly from lack of time together. Confusion on the back line. The Portugal cross and header is a perfect example. We got beat to the corners on every overlapping play. There were consistent passes that breached our lines integrity basically every time anyone brought an attack....
Our fitness levels are so busted that we couldn't even throw an extra striker, or even 3 at a times to apply some pressure. It would have been 4 on 1 by the time the counter got back....
With all the high hopes I had for the US, at the end of the day, I was disappointing in Klinmann and his choice of guys and the over all fitness levels they had going. My college team was better prepared and in better shape than those guys....
It truly shows how much HARDER the rest of the world trains for this. You think Germany just got together a month ago to figure out their roster? I doubt it... You think the German's lack fitness and discipline? Doubtful.
Jul 3, 2014, 02:50 PM #95Senior Member
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If you look at Wondo's face on the last shot in regulation he is clearly looking at the goal as he strikes the ball. He should be aware of his position on the field in relation to the where the goal is (the goal doesn't move the ball does). Look at Green's face when he strikes the loan goal. His eyes are on the ball. Yeah USA were outclassed by a very strong Belgium squad. Difference between USA and Belgium is, the USA have maybe 3 or 4 world class players on the squad and Belgium was able to bring 3 world class players off their bench. USA were clearly 2nd best and Howard had to stand on his head to keep them close, however they came up with an excellent chance extremely late in regulation, and had Wondo kept his eye on the ball and struck it true they would have had an excellent chance to pull off the upset.
Jul 8, 2014, 10:12 PM #96
Did anyone else just watch Germany embarrass Brazil? I mean, that was inhumane. Should have been 10 nil.
I have NEVER witnessed a beat down like that so late in the WC.
I picked Germany to win the whole thing from the jump, but I am from German ancestry, so I had Bias.
But hot damn, that was just demoralizing.
Wiki "OUTCLASSED" and it reads: See Germany Vs. Brazil, 2014 World Cup with a link....
That was just an absolute, Deutsche BEATDOWN
Grown men and children alike, draped in yellow and green, sobbing in the stands before the first half was over. It was like watching a funeral.
Jul 8, 2014, 10:22 PM #97
That was brutal. They were actually trying not to score at the end but couldn't help it.
Jul 8, 2014, 10:28 PM #98
Jul 8, 2014, 10:40 PM #99
That was the "we don't want to get shot on the way out so let them score" goal
saw it. It was entertaining and embarrassing all at the same time....good sh!t