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EKneezy
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Post #1
Tuesday August 2, 2016 2:42am

Joined May 2013
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USSOCCER is finalizing a friendly vs Ghana in DC. Last friendly before the Hex in November.

http://www.espnfc.com/international-friendly/...

skangles
DC
Post #2
Tuesday August 2, 2016 2:49am

Joined Jan 2013
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Love it. Really looking forward to this one.

MSantoine
Post #3
Tuesday August 2, 2016 11:15am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 3,723
Perfect kind of opponent. Id love to see us play more of the top African teams. Ghana, Algeria, egypt, Zambia, Ivory Coast, Cameroon. Evenif the country national team is having a down cycle those teams always have a couple world class players. Great practice for when we go up against the Costa Ricas, Panamas, Honduras's, that usually only have 2-3 real good players and a bunch of nobodies.

Dave
Post #4
Tuesday August 2, 2016 2:11pm

Joined Jul 2014
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While I like scheduling quality opponents...especially ones from confederations we don't play often I would prefer that when 2 matches are scheduled that the opponents are of similar strength. Scheduling Cuba & Ghana within the same window creates a bit of a challenge when trying to select players for these matches.
Against Cuba the idea should be to bring a number of inexperienced young players and some fringe guys in order to determine who is ready to become integrated into the team. Players like Villafana, Lleget, Arriola, Gyau, Hyndman, etc....to evaluate what players are skilled enough and could add to the USMNT.
Against Ghana the idea would be to bring in the core players (Jones, Dempsey, Brooks, Fabian, Bradley, Cameron, Wood, etc...) to solidify our team for the Hex and beyond.
If both opponents were similar of quality it would be easier to select the squad to get the most out of both matches.

goods
Post #5
Tuesday August 2, 2016 3:29pm

Joined Mar 2014
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That Cuba game is to show off the Obama foreign policy. Like the stupid baseball game you will get Der leader on TV eating popcorn every 2 minutes, a halftime interview with him, and other pomp and circumstance for him and the Castros. We are in an election year and this gam is about his legacy. Poor decision on US Soccer to give in like that, wonder if ESPN paid them extra to go.

MSantoine
Post #6
Tuesday August 2, 2016 3:54pm

Joined Nov 2012
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Original post from goods

That Cuba game is to show off the Obama foreign policy. Like the stupid baseball game you will get Der leader on TV eating popcorn every 2 minutes, a halftime interview with him, and other pomp and circumstance for him and the Castros. We are in an election year and this gam is about his legacy. Poor decision on US Soccer to give in like that, wonder if ESPN paid them extra to go.


Part of what USSF needs to do is get viewership, social media, and people in general talking about them. The pomp and circumstance in Cuba checks off all those boxes. I guarentee the Cuba game highlights will be shown more, and sooner on Sportscenter then the Ghana highlights.

From a getting the team ready for the hex you are absolutely right. But sometimes you have to feed the monster to take a couple of steps forward

goods
Post #7
Tuesday August 2, 2016 6:03pm

Joined Mar 2014
Total Posts: 563
I do not disagree about the pomp and circumstance. Sportscenter ratings are a mess right now, and I doubt people will watch just to see pomp and circumstance. Ten years ago that might have worked, I doubt it does any longer. Still would have liked to have seen a stronger opponent. But I get your point.

MSantoine
Post #8
Tuesday August 2, 2016 8:02pm

Joined Nov 2012
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The whole goal is to catch some people tuned into ESPN to catch fantasy football news, NBA news, etc and end up seeing some highlights and thinking, that was amazing, etc. Then they can see that the next game is in 4 days and maybe they'll watch

USAGunner
West Palm Beach
Post #9
Tuesday August 2, 2016 9:44pm

Joined Jul 2013
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The hype for the Cuba game on the non-sports channels will be more than we have ever seen for a friendly (on the non-sports channels). Which will turn into a few extra viewers that arent traditionally soccer viewers. That is what the pomp and circumstance will be for.
If we can get a few political hacks that aren't Soccer fans to tune in and maybe make a few of them USMNT soccer fans. That's a win.
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Post #10
Tuesday August 2, 2016 9:49pm

Joined Nov 2012
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Original post from goods

That Cuba game is to show off the Obama foreign policy. Like the stupid baseball game you will get Der leader on TV eating popcorn every 2 minutes, a halftime interview with him, and other pomp and circumstance for him and the Castros. We are in an election year and this gam is about his legacy. Poor decision on US Soccer to give in like that, wonder if ESPN paid them extra to go.


Absolutely agree. I was furious when i saw the game get scheduled is all about Obama and his legacy trying to make people think US and Cuba have better relations but in reality is not. Cubans should protest the game.

stoked3
Ft Lauderdale, FL
Post #11
Wednesday August 3, 2016 5:40am

Joined Oct 2014
Total Posts: 327
Im all for ratings to an extent but this is not the way to get it, I live in South Florida, my cuban friends are pissed and offended. Shame on Obama for this stunt, some of my friends relatives died at the hands of the Cuban Gov, this is not the way to get attention-I would be all for this if the Cuban people had the some basic freedoms but they do not, once they do I am all for these types of games at it would be a good way to bring in younger or fringe players.

Now back to soccer, I love the idea of Ghana, should be a good test to get us ready for the hex.
Stoked
goods
Post #12
Wednesday August 3, 2016 6:57am

Joined Mar 2014
Total Posts: 563
Original post from stoked3

Im all for ratings to an extent but this is not the way to get it, I live in South Florida, my cuban friends are pissed and offended. Shame on Obama for this stunt, some of my friends relatives died at the hands of the Cuban Gov, this is not the way to get attention-I would be all for this if the Cuban people had the some basic freedoms but they do not, once they do I am all for these types of games at it would be a good way to bring in younger or fringe players.

Now back to soccer, I love the idea of Ghana, should be a good test to get us ready for the hex.

Could not agree more.

dunlopp9987
Post #13
Wednesday August 3, 2016 12:42pm

Joined Mar 2013
Total Posts: 2,642
Wait....all of a sudden, we have guys on here blaming Obama for the fact that the USMNT is going to be playing Cuba in a soccer match?? You guys....you guys realize how ridiculous that is....right? As commander in chief, he has a bajillion responsibilities. I highly doubt USMNT Scheduler is one of them.

As I've said, it's just like with Jurgen. People will try and find any and every excuse to bitch about Obama.
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kicksNgiggles10
Birmingham
Post #14
Wednesday August 3, 2016 8:22pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 572
Original post from dunlopp9987

Wait....all of a sudden, we have guys on here blaming Obama for the fact that the USMNT is going to be playing Cuba in a soccer match?? You guys....you guys realize how ridiculous that is....right? As commander in chief, he has a bajillion responsibilities. I highly doubt USMNT Scheduler is one of them.

As I've said, it's just like with Jurgen. People will try and find any and every excuse to bitch about Obama.

Yet he appears on late night TV shows, fills out march madness brackets and tweets all the damn time. Not saying he had anything to do with the game or not. Just making a point. Not sure that anyone has to really try very hard ever, to bitch about a politician.

stoked3
Ft Lauderdale, FL
Post #15
Thursday August 4, 2016 2:55am

Joined Oct 2014
Total Posts: 327
Original post from dunlopp9987

Wait....all of a sudden, we have guys on here blaming Obama for the fact that the USMNT is going to be playing Cuba in a soccer match?? You guys....you guys realize how ridiculous that is....right? As commander in chief, he has a bajillion responsibilities. I highly doubt USMNT Scheduler is one of them.

As I've said, it's just like with Jurgen. People will try and find any and every excuse to bitch about Obama.


I am not a republican or democrat rather an independent, and living in south florida we hear about Cuba all the time as you can imagine. It is no secret per Obama that he wants to be seen as the President that heals the US Cuba relations. He attended a baseball game in Cuba, he has opened up relations with the Cuban gov, eased tariffs etc so yes while he should be busy he has taken an active role in sports in Cuba, not to much of a stretch to think he had a hand in this decision.

Now,do I think Obama actually scheduled the game, Nope, do I think he has his people strong-arm the decision, absolutely. Why in the world would we play Cuba, we could probably field a starting 11 from this message board that would beat cuba.

So you understand: I am all for Obama bettering relations with Cuba, so long as the Cuban people become free, there is something wrong in my humble opinion with us playing a game there while the cuban people still do not have basic freedoms you and I enjoy in this great country.
Stoked
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