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skangles
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Post #1
Wednesday September 4, 2013 1:48am

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Looks like we are planning on playing Scotland at Hampden Park in November. I assume the lack of official announcement is to avoid a potentially embarrassing scheduling conflict should we actually need to face New Zealand on that day in a slightly more significant match.

I haven't heard anything about Austria lately, I would imagine that this game replaces the rumored friendly against Austria unless they are planning two back-to-back friendlies in November.

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2013/09...

EKneezy
Post #2
Wednesday September 4, 2013 1:59am

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Hopefully we arent 4th and lock up a top 3 spot. Of course the no.1 spot is preferred.

Scotland will want revenge due to the beatdown from last year.

chillguy1992
Post #3
Wednesday September 4, 2013 2:24am

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This would be one of the two potential friendlies during the international date. The scotland one willl deffinetly happen there is no way we dont end up in the top 3 for WCQ. We would have to drop so many points and those behind us would have to make up a bunch of points. Austria one will only be in doubt because austria might be in european playoffs for WCQ spot if they finish in second place in their group.

skangles
DC
Post #4
Wednesday September 4, 2013 2:33am

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Good call chillguy on the UEFA playoffs in November. With that in mind, Scotland is one of a handful of European sides that has already been eliminated and is an ok test but I cannot help but wonder why we aren't venturing down to South America for two tough friendlies on the road for a region that will have completed its qualification (with the exception of the 5th place team)?

Sure it's more convenient for our European based players to only have to travel a short distance but this close to a World Cup travel should not be our main factor in scheduling decisions.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #5
Wednesday September 4, 2013 5:49am

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Could be a good game for some on the fringe players. Assuming Donovan, EJ, Dempsey, Zusi etc.. are all in the MLS play-offs.

MSantoine
Post #6
Wednesday September 4, 2013 1:20pm

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Original post from chillguy1992

The scotland one willl deffinetly happen there is no way we dont end up in the top 3 for WCQ. We would have to drop so many points and those behind us would have to make up a bunch of points. .


If we lose both these games we will most likely be in 3rd place going into the final qualies, and have a game vs Panama, who will likely be 4th. Seeing as how we've never won in CR and Mexico is always tough to beat (even at our best when we both send A teams the games are close) I wouldnt say we are out of the woods yet

admsghs27
Post #7
Wednesday September 4, 2013 8:02pm

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If this game is true is a waste of time.. Scotland sucks might as well take a sub 20 squad.. Seeing that the world cup is in south America we should schedule a friendly at either Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, ext... A great opponent and test.

recycledhumans
DFWTX
Post #8
Wednesday September 4, 2013 8:34pm

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Agreed, we need to be going against Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, etc. in the run up to the WC

LET'S DO THIS THANG!

dolcem
Post #9
Wednesday September 4, 2013 8:45pm

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I really want to see friendlies against South American teams but we do not want to fly all of our European-based players out of Europe unless it's absolutely necessary. The flight time and jet-lag messes up their condition and will only hurt their chances of keeping their starting places. A friendly against a South American team with European based players would be great (would have to be Argentina, Brazil, or maybe Uruguay) if they could play it in Europe. They might want to do the same.
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admsghs27
Post #10
Wednesday September 4, 2013 9:10pm

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I cant remember the last time USA went down to south America to play a friendly or something other than the Copa America years back.. I think is tougher to win in south America than in Europe. I think our federation is scared to get embarrassed or something. We need to play games in south America that's where the world cup will be.

@ Dolcem that's an excuse, Almost every south American teams have all the players fly from Europe and play.. All of their best players play in Europe.

MSantoine
Post #11
Thursday September 5, 2013 12:17pm

Joined Nov 2012
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Original post from admsghs27

I cant remember the last time USA went down to south America to play a friendly or something other than the Copa America years back.. I think is tougher to win in south America than in Europe. I think our federation is scared to get embarrassed or something. We need to play games in south America that's where the world cup will be.

@ Dolcem that's an excuse, Almost every south American teams have all the players fly from Europe and play.. All of their best players play in Europe.


I think it comes down to money. Look at Fifa.com any time theres friendlys very rarely do euro teams go to south america for friendlys (I know England just went to Brazil but that was part of the confed cup warmup try out new stadiums). My guess is US is getting a nice payday from Scotland FA to come over and play


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