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MSantoine
Post #1
Wednesday March 20, 2013 7:14pm

Joined Nov 2012
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Not sure if anyone else regularly reads ESPN insider content but they have been extra horrendous the last couple if days.

Today Doug Mac says Bradley's breakout season has stalled due to Roma's mideseason slump. They've moved from 9th to 5th since the winter break.

The other day Carlisle says veterans need to step up and lea, especially a young squad like this one. Umm we have 2 players under 23. And none under 21.

Carlisle also mentions how Jones scored in Schalke's quaterfinal match in CL. Quaterfinals start in April.

Its not a deadline issue as they release maybe one small article every 3rd day about US soccer. Seriously ESPN just drop your charade and focus on EPL and Mexico because your US coverage is horrendous.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #2
Wednesday March 20, 2013 7:59pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,652
Original post from MSantoine

Not sure if anyone else regularly reads ESPN insider content but they have been extra horrendous the last couple if days.

Today Doug Mac says Bradley's breakout season has stalled due to Roma's mideseason slump. They've moved from 9th to 5th since the winter break.

The other day Carlisle says veterans need to step up and lea, especially a young squad like this one. Umm we have 2 players under 23. And none under 21.

Carlisle also mentions how Jones scored in Schalke's quaterfinal match in CL. Quaterfinals start in April.

Its not a deadline issue as they release maybe one small article every 3rd day about US soccer. Seriously ESPN just drop your charade and focus on EPL and Mexico because your US coverage is horrendous.


Yeah I read some of ESPN's soccer stuff, and truly their writers a pretty bad. Doug Mac is the best of them, but eveh he has some writing issues.

jy09er
Post #3
Wednesday March 20, 2013 8:01pm

Joined Dec 2012
Total Posts: 54
It's too bad really. I remember when was in college ('04-08), they had a great US Soccer section on the Soccernet website. Authors like Jen Chang, Andrea Canales, Ives Galarcep, Leader Sherlakens (sp), etc would regularly post really great stuff.

Loche Achles
Post #4
Wednesday March 20, 2013 8:01pm

Joined Feb 2013
Total Posts: 279
They need to stop making them insider reads. It really repels fans. And the above issues you mention... As well.

Not to mention Bradley is still playing very well this season and his been subbing a bit recently but its been more rotational. He's played great full 90 games for Roma since the coaching change.

As for the young squad charge, I think he means "young" by USA standards where we think soccer players mature at 26 and then go to Europe ha... smh

MSantoine
Post #5
Wednesday March 20, 2013 8:10pm

Joined Nov 2012
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Exactly. Roma hasnt slumped. They got healthy and have rotated midfielders to keep them all fresh and play tactics. And its working brilliantly. They are making a charge for a CL spot. How is that a slump. And I think some ESPN writers are too americanized and think 25-26 is young where soccer 19-20 is young.

@JY I just cried a little about all those guys I used to love reading

Loche Achles
Post #6
Wednesday March 20, 2013 8:23pm

Joined Feb 2013
Total Posts: 279
I loved those guys too. But hell... That's why I'm here posting and over at SBI. The quality and analysis is better generally. ESPN just doesn't care enough yet and relies on always calling people in to do stuff. In time... I have a love-hate relationship with Lalas for example... He's like that friend that always comes over but you really don't want to hang out but you do anyways and if he stopped coming around you'd actually feel weird about it.

I think Roma will grab the seed. I can just feel the momentum. And they have been underperforming for the past two years. That cycle is coming to an end... MB made a great move. And honestly, I think he has one of the highest ceilings of all our guys right now (with Jozy and Boyd I think but strikers are so shaky you never know). I could really see him getting that one step higher from Roma. He has really made me proud... I remembered him in his younger, inconsistent days... The ball control and talent really weren't that visible. He's truly grown and every time I see him play he is that much better.

MSantoine
Post #7
Wednesday March 20, 2013 8:53pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 3,723
Roma used to be my FIFA team back in 02, mainly because of Totti so Im glad they are back now. With him and Dempsey possibly in CL group stage next year thats a great thing going into Brazil. Throw in Corona in Copa and next year CCL and our compete level is definitely at an all time high

Desi
Philadelphia
Post #8
Wednesday March 20, 2013 9:22pm

Joined Aug 2011
Total Posts: 77
Original post from jy09er

Andrea Canales.


Canales is $hit. Always was.

She got her start on Yanks Abroad actually and they fired her for being awful and making up quotes. Then she went to Big Soccer back then and started thread after thread blasting them claiming sexism and what not...

She's since bounced around SI, ESPN, Goal and a bunch of other places...there's a reason for that.

That all said, yeah, ESPN's US coverage sucks, always has

blaise213
Post #9
Wednesday March 20, 2013 9:29pm

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 3,340
I gave up on ESPN because of the mexican trolls. I never had ESPN insider

Speaking about ESPN levels of Suck. I am beyond annoyed they cover mexico and liga mx now

Im telling you, if USSF and SUM didnt allow mexico to play friendlies in the US, the mexican program would regress. I know they make a % but hoping in the future they can find another way to replace that revenue and disallow Mexico from playing here. They do not need to play every single friendly here !

MSantoine
Post #10
Thursday March 21, 2013 2:40am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 3,723
Original post from blaise213

I gave up on ESPN because of the mexican trolls. I never had ESPN insider

Speaking about ESPN levels of Suck. I am beyond annoyed they cover mexico and liga mx now

Im telling you, if USSF and SUM didnt allow mexico to play friendlies in the US, the mexican program would regress. I know they make a % but hoping in the future they can find another way to replace that revenue and disallow Mexico from playing here. They do not need to play every single friendly here !


The only hope is that after 2014 Fox sports, who bought rights to 2018 and 2022 world cups also buys MLS and USNT games ( they already do youth games)

dolcem
Post #11
Thursday March 21, 2013 12:56pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,805
ESPN's USNT coverage is absolutely appalling. They don't even have a main page for the USNT news and analysis like they used to. If they do, I can't find it. That is absolutely unacceptable for the nation's biggest sports journalism entity. In no other country in the world would you have the main website/magazine/TV station give such poor coverage of the national team.

YA is great and goal.com is pretty good. I read them religiously. What else do you guys use?
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Loche Achles
Post #12
Thursday March 21, 2013 2:37pm

Joined Feb 2013
Total Posts: 279
I use soccerbyives, shin guardian as well... Just because the analysis is better. US Soccer has some interesting gems buried away, but likewise their site is atrocious and hard to use... But they have some really cool videos, like the American Abroad ones.

ESPN... smh... not to mention everything is an insider article, and they don't even have one coordinated place. The USMNT blog is insider but the "Soccer USA" blog covers half the same topics (with a lot of MLS talk)... You can find the Soccer USA blog at the bottom of the blog listing (no surprise) but I don't even know how to get to the USMNT one. I only get to it because they always post the articles at the bottom of the main list on the front page.

Besides, its the same tired old top 25 lists that are a load of hogwash. I still think Bradley should be number one... Clint made a good move and has been solid. But for a season abroad I think Jozy is better than him in terms of club play evolution.

Hunt Daddy
VA
Post #13
Thursday March 21, 2013 3:48pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 48
americansoccernow.com has some good USMNT stuff and cool features. Goal.com and skysports are pretty good for news but not always great for analysis. Sports Illustrated has some decent writers on staff. soccerbyives and shinguardian have far and away the best USMNT analysis I've come across. fourfourtwo is another site I visit a lot, as well. To be honest I get most of my news from twitter by following a combination of these sites and their contributing journalists.


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