Post #91
Thursday June 12, 2014 2:51am

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I feel duped by ESPN. "Did you Roger Bennett's six brilliant episodes of Inside: US Soccer's March to Brazil? Then don't miss the Live series Epilogue tonight where Twelllman and Lalas will sit around a table spewing nonsense."

Post #92
Thursday June 12, 2014 4:46am

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Original post from skangles

Here's the scoop: Starting in 45 minutes (6pm Eastern) ESPN2 will air ALL episodes of Inside: US Soccer's March to Brazil.

This will culminate with a live Epilogue episode at 9:30pm Eastern and will be followed by the Timbers vs FC Dallas game.

It's a good evening of programming on ESPN2 for anybody who missed any of the episodes.

All of the episodes are on youtube as well in good quality

West Palm Beach
Post #93
Thursday June 12, 2014 1:18pm

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The more I see and listen to Alexi Lalas, the more I am convinced he is an idiot.

So he doesn't want Michael Bradley to play forward because he is more of a defensive midfielder and can't create much on his own. But acknowledges that he is our best player.

BUT YET he won't be satisfied with Jurgen if we win by playing defense and countering, because JK said we would take it to opponents.

So we don't have the creative players to be on the attack, but we shouldn't play defense and counter.

Also he said what is so different than us winning that way and before Jurgen. He must not remember those games (like 1-0 win against Spain). Just because you are countering doesn't mean you aren't taking it to the other team. We defended and countered against Nigeria, but it was vastly different from what we used to do.

We use to have almost no possession and wouldn't actually create anything on the counter, it would just be a long ball, and a one on one situation with the GK, long streaking runs and a goal. Now we keep possession and counter with 1-2 touch quick passes down the field and actually set chances up on the counter with good soccer. Vastly different than just using our speed to get behind everyone else with long runs 3-4 times a game and hoping you score on one of those.

Also our defending isn't parking the bus like it used to be. We defend all over the field and pressure, get numbers into the counter attack, etc.
Post #94
Thursday June 12, 2014 4:50pm

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He also made some comment about the way we play being more important than the result because Juergen was paid millions to change the way we play. Twellman ripped into him for that comment.

I want us to play well but if we get 3 pts off of a 2-1 victory with 2 own goals, I'll take it.

I've not lost any sleep over Dempsey's goal against England in 2010.

West Palm Beach
Post #95
Thursday June 12, 2014 6:05pm

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Yeah, Part of being a great coach is having a vision, but knowing when to adjust that vision to the people you have. Especially on a National team when your choices are limited. It's not like being the coach of a club team where you can mold and shape the roster to get the kind of players you want. You don't really get to choose your players for the most part. You get your XI and mold your team to try and fit your vision and what your players can do.

Personally our style of pressure defending all over the field (including with the forwards), and trying to maintain possession by getting forward and running (using our speed), not tiki-taka type possession, but a counter-attacking possession where we break down the defense with 1-2 touch passes, etc. Is a good blend of his vision and what these players are good at.

This isn't 2009 when Spain had possession for almost 60% of the game, and we were just content with sitting back with 10 guys back, and when we happened to get the ball, loobing long passes to Altidore or Dempsey or Donovan and hoping that their speed would catch Spain too far forward. Countering with a Wish and a prayer long ball.

This is 2014 when we aren't content with letting the opposing team just possess the ball for most of the game. We'll try and take the ball from them and once we dispossess the ball we hit them quick with a counter attack and some good build up play. We may not always win the possession battle persay, but we aren't just sitting back and letting them control the ball.
Post #96
Thursday July 10, 2014 10:17pm

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Final episode. About 9 mins long

Post #97
Thursday July 10, 2014 11:11pm

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Good stuff loved this series. Jurgen seems to sound like he has become realistic about the national team in which it will take time to progress but the potential is huge

Post #98
Thursday July 10, 2014 11:35pm

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Original post from EKneezy

Final episode. About 9 mins long

Great find EKneezy. I would have missed this!

Post #99
Friday July 11, 2014 7:27am

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Total Posts: 3,184
Great Post !! Seriously

My jaw dropped again watching the Wondolowski miss! I still cant get over that #$%^

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