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hamsamwich
Post #106
Thursday December 26, 2013 6:31pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 534
Original post from 2tone

Yep Duane chipped it over the defense for the striker.

I wonder if he has a chance to be called up in March?
There will surely be surprises in the next year before the world cup, but I think its too soon for Duane, although he has been playing about 30 mins a game, and when I've seen him, he is unlike anyone yet to feature in a USMNT shirt. I've played sports all my life and was always impressed by people like Duane, who is literally five foot nothing and a little over 100lbs, but his play is bigger than people with "ideal" size. Good luck to the kid, and we keep saying it, but the 2018 WC player pool is ridiculously deep.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #107
Thursday December 26, 2013 6:40pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 5,052
From match reports it sounds like Duane was vastly superior to anyone else on the field in the second half.

I really hope he can garner a starting 11 spot heading into the second half of the Championship season.

All I have to say is the 2018 WC cycle is going to have attacking middies/wide FWDS galore, and very talented ones at that. Gil(I still think he will be more of an 8 with the USMNT), Holmes, Hoyos, Nagbe, Rowe, Junior Flores, Romain Gall, Paul Arriola, Zach Pfeffer, Bedoya, Fabian Johnson, Lynden Gooch, Omar Salgado, Ariyibi, Zardes, Villarreal and many more. Klinsmann is literally going to be spoiled with young talented attacking options.

CS10
Post #108
Thursday December 26, 2013 9:36pm

Joined Feb 2013
Total Posts: 94
What Belgium is right now is what I hope the US will be in 2018. Deep in attacking talent like never before.

blaise213
San Francisco CA
Post #109
Thursday December 26, 2013 10:00pm

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 1,351
Original post from CS10

What Belgium is right now is what I hope the US will be in 2018. Deep in attacking talent like never before.


For some reason thats the one team I'm worried about facing in the WC.

And based on our stupid WC draw, if we get out of the group, its almost a sure possibility!

admsghs27
Post #110
Thursday December 26, 2013 10:00pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 3,197
Original post from CS10

What Belgium is right now is what I hope the US will be in 2018. Deep in attacking talent like never before.

Maybe by 2022 but who knows. Belgium has players starting in all the top clubs, leagues in the world. And they are all key players to their clubs. Also they have a huge amount of young prospects coming up in the top teams in the world. But even with all that talent it doesn't mean it will transfer on the field. If they don't get out of group stage it will be a complete failure.

rjw77
Post #111
Thursday December 26, 2013 11:42pm

Joined Jul 2013
Total Posts: 265
Original post from CS10

What Belgium is right now is what I hope the US will be in 2018. Deep in attacking talent like never before.


We definitely won't have that kind of talent by 2018, maybe 2022.

navi8132
Post #112
Friday December 27, 2013 12:44am

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 1,955
These are stellar comments from his coach (I can't copy and paste them). Really worth reading, wow.

http://mobile.htafc.com/news/article/first-te...

CS10
Post #113
Friday December 27, 2013 3:08am

Joined Feb 2013
Total Posts: 94
Ok I might've jumped the gun a tad. Its conceivable to say more like a Colombia or Japan (Probably the best comparison bc of when soccer started to become popular there around the same time. And started to become serious about youth development few years before we did). Its important to note those countries dont have as many players in CL clubs as Belgium but they are more or less the same in quality if you look at how they did when each played Belgium. By 2018 its certainly possible if you look at all the attacking talent by then if you count its about 20 players

Red
NY
Post #114
Friday December 27, 2013 3:52am

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 417
Japan isn't that good, even Mexico beat them in the Conf. Cup. US is the best in CONCACAF and AFC.

blaise213
San Francisco CA
Post #115
Friday December 27, 2013 4:14am

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 1,351
Every single time I hear duane holmes name, i think of tab ramos and his stupid U-20 roster selection.

dolcem
Post #116
Friday December 27, 2013 5:33am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,045
I've never seen him play, so I'm not going to act like I know one way or another, but why are you guys so hyped about him? Have you seen him play? Or is it because he is getting PT in the Championship as a teenager? While that is a big accomplishment, how many good players have come out of the Championship this decade? There was Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain, but they were prodigies who were out of there by 17. Not saying it can't happen, I'm just saying if his club situation is what we're getting excited about, maybe we're getting ahead of ourselves.
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blaise213
San Francisco CA
Post #117
Friday December 27, 2013 6:09am

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 1,351
@ dolcem

I will agree with that. I watched leeds vs blackpool today. It was god aweful.

It was almost exciting as watching a home match of chivas usa vs columbus crew

CS10
Post #118
Friday December 27, 2013 7:20am

Joined Feb 2013
Total Posts: 94
Original post from Red

Japan isn't that good, even Mexico beat them in the Conf. Cup. US is the best in CONCACAF and AFC.


Do you know how much of a change both teams have gone through since then? No? I'll fill you in. Japan coach has added new players and dropped the players who were error prone. As a result they've gotten a win against Belgium and a tie vs Holland. When the US played the same Belgium they got spanked that game. Like it or not Japan are a more quick/creative and attacking side than usa atm. But that'll change after this cycle trust me. One of those Jap players is Kakitani the next star out of Japan. That Mexico win over Japan was more of a fluke than a convincing win. I follow the Mex team too and they still played like sh*t. Now with Herrera they finally look to be recapturing 2012 form. Watch out for that.

CS10
Post #119
Friday December 27, 2013 7:25am

Joined Feb 2013
Total Posts: 94
Original post from blaise213

For some reason thats the one team I'm worried about facing in the WC.

And based on our stupid WC draw, if we get out of the group, its almost a sure possibility!


Taking the spanking we got from them last time we faced em aside, IF we get out of the group, and thats a big if, I see us matching up well with them if we can get past the kind of teams that are already in our group. USA has more experience in tourneys like these and that counts. I only see this happening if we get a fast explosive guy on our team between now and the WC(NOT Brek-definitely not ready yet) Along the lines of Gatt, Arriola, or Holmes but its unlikely unfortunately.

hamsamwich
Post #120
Friday December 27, 2013 3:54pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 534
Original post from dolcem

I've never seen him play, so I'm not going to act like I know one way or another, but why are you guys so hyped about him? Have you seen him play? Or is it because he is getting PT in the Championship as a teenager? While that is a big accomplishment, how many good players have come out of the Championship this decade? There was Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain, but they were prodigies who were out of there by 17. Not saying it can't happen, I'm just saying if his club situation is what we're getting excited about, maybe we're getting ahead of ourselves.
I have seen him play twice, and I doubt we have any players like Holmes, if we do, I haven't seen them. The kid has the "it" factor, something that we all know when we see it. Vision, speed, touch on the ball, but its about his confidence going at defenders with the ball. The Huddersfield crowd, coach, and fellow players have all proclaimed the future greatness of young Duane Holmes. Keep an eye for the next Huddersfield game on BeinSport, and tell me that you dont agree.

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