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skangles
DC
Post #1
Thursday July 16, 2015 12:56am

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I absolutely did not expect it to be Cuba. Hopefully we can put on a Mexico-esque showing against Cuba.

MSantoine
Post #2
Thursday July 16, 2015 12:01pm

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Cant believe how the group stage shook out. We get three caribbean island nations in our half. We should beat Cuba at least 3-0. Same as Haiti/Jamaica. Only concern is now do we build false confidence for the finals as neither team can really take it to us

db707
Post #3
Thursday July 16, 2015 12:13pm

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Original post from MSantoine

Cant believe how the group stage shook out. We get three caribbean island nations in our half. We should beat Cuba at least 3-0. Same as Haiti/Jamaica. Only concern is now do we build false confidence for the finals as neither team can really take it to us


Didn't Haiti already take it to us?

cleancutimage
Post #4
Thursday July 16, 2015 2:13pm

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Great for our region that the Caribbean teams are doing well. That has always been the sleeping part of our region. They have shown signs of growth only to have set backs. If they can be more consistent, our region can be that much more formidable. I would say besides Canada, Jamaica, Haiti & T&T could be countries that could lead to this confederation getting more recognition if they can perform more consistently on the international stage. Cuba has the population but with the state of their government and baseball clearly being the sport of choice it is hard to say where they will be from year to year.

stone88
Post #5
Thursday July 16, 2015 5:27pm

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Against Cuba I'd go with this.


hamsamwich
Post #6
Thursday July 16, 2015 6:38pm

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@stone- now that's a lineup and graphic I can get behind.

@clearcutimage- I can tell you I saw just as many kids playing streetball with a soccer ball as I did them playing stickball with a broom. The young people are drawn to soccer just like now in USA because it's a global game. There were also many soccer goals at the state run sports schools that used to be reserved for track and baseball. Politics aside they have a solid foundation of athletic soccer players.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #7
Thursday July 16, 2015 6:46pm

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Yeah stones starting 11 is what I would like to see.

EKneezy
Atlanta
Post #8
Thursday July 16, 2015 7:05pm

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I know you should never underestimate an opponent but Yedlin at RB is something I wouldn't mind.

MSantoine
Post #9
Thursday July 16, 2015 7:23pm

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Original post from db707

Didn't Haiti already take it to us?


That was our backup XI. Jurgen was letting everyone get a game to show what they could do. With our full lineup we should have no problem

db707
Post #10
Thursday July 16, 2015 7:32pm

Joined Oct 2013
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Original post from MSantoine

That was our backup XI. Jurgen was letting everyone get a game to show what they could do. With our full lineup we should have no problem


It was a mix (with Mix), we started Bradley, Dempsey, Guzan, Altidore, Johannsson (who's now likely to be a regular starter), etc. And it's not as if the guys who would have been starting showed much better against the teams that finished third (Panama) and fourth (Honduras) in the group. Maybe it will be moot with Haiti but I am not taking a game with either them or Jamaica for granted in our current form.

tjknowsall
Post #11
Thursday July 16, 2015 7:47pm

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cuba is going to be tougher than u guys think... i think we will win maybe 2 possibly 3-0 but mentally they are going to come in with nothing to lose, while we will come out tense, since we have been playing so poorly. The team that played mexico is NOT the team we will face. should we dispatch of them easily? yes. Will there be some nervy moments? yes.

Also i love the line up but what i think klinsy will end up doing is johnson and rb and zardes at lm even though i think urs is better. and then yedlin subs in for bedoya arond the 60th min just cuz 1) yedlin is a beast and 2) bedoya cant go 90 right now

cleancutimage
Post #12
Thursday July 16, 2015 8:20pm

Joined Oct 2013
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Original post from hamsamwich

@stone- now that's a lineup and graphic I can get behind.

@clearcutimage- I can tell you I saw just as many kids playing streetball with a soccer ball as I did them playing stickball with a broom. The young people are drawn to soccer just like now in USA because it's a global game. There were also many soccer goals at the state run sports schools that used to be reserved for track and baseball. Politics aside they have a solid foundation of athletic soccer players.


Thanks for sharing that, good to hear. Cuba has the largest population in the Caribbean. Around 11 million, they have the bodies to become a good national side. Hopefully the state run sports program puts the development into the national side. I know they made the U-20 WC a couple of years ago.

Speed Elf
El Paso
Post #13
Thursday July 16, 2015 8:25pm

Joined Jan 2013
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You all are forgetting JK can make up to six player changes from the initial 35 man GC Roster. Who goes home and who stays? Does JK run with the defenders he has, or does he bring in some from the list? That is going to be the question I am looking to have answered.
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kicksNgiggles10
Birmingham
Post #14
Thursday July 16, 2015 9:32pm

Joined Oct 2012
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Original post from Speed Elf

You all are forgetting JK can make up to six player changes from the initial 35 man GC Roster. Who goes home and who stays? Does JK run with the defenders he has, or does he bring in some from the list? That is going to be the question I am looking to have answered.


Uhhhh, wait...what? Didn't he already make his changes? Did I make that up? Was I drunk?! He made 3 changes right?

snipes87
Cleveland, Ohio
Post #15
Thursday July 16, 2015 9:32pm

Joined Jul 2013
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Jurgen doesn't see Yedlin as a RB. I don't think he's all of a sudden going to play there on Saturday.
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