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unitedfc6
Post #1
Friday May 17, 2013 8:37am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 91
The Belgian roster roster looks very impressive and while Germany is bringing mainly a B-team. The U.S. will have to be on A game if they don't want to get whipped off the field

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2013/05...

nskarie
Post #2
Friday May 17, 2013 4:14pm

Joined Dec 2012
Total Posts: 42
Would love to see both Thorgan and Eden Hazard play against the U.S.

Congrats to Thorgan on his first call up as well!

ktbffhTXac
Post #3
Friday May 17, 2013 4:55pm

Joined Dec 2012
Total Posts: 124
Both games are in the US so that should help I think. Not saying we'll win, but if nothing else it'll help our guys get used to playing against top sides and should prepare them for the 3 WCQs, which is more important than the friendlies.

I think Belgium will be the toughest of the two matches for sure, especially since it's the first one. But with Germany's B-team and having played a quality Belgium side prior, I don't think it's entirely out of the question to beat Germany in that friendly. It'd be a huge boost going in to the WCQ against Jamaica.

Mark WNY
Post #4
Friday May 17, 2013 7:12pm

Joined Jun 2012
Total Posts: 33
I see troubles in the horizon with the 2 friendlies. Specially the Belgium one. I hope that Tim Howard and Sacha can talk their club mates into lowering the intesity. Not going to happen.

The Germany one is more like it for JK's team - which support his decision to bring Danny W and the other Bundes players.

Regardless, the games that count are the WC Qualfiers.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #5
Friday May 17, 2013 7:16pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 5,134
Who cares if they win or lose they are friendlies. It's time to see some depth players for those games. Whats important is the WCQ.

admsghs27
Post #6
Friday May 17, 2013 7:56pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 3,299
Original post from 2tone

Who cares if they win or lose they are friendlies. It's time to see some depth players for those games. Whats important is the WCQ.


These friendlies with strong teams matter because it gives a sense of how much we have improved as a soccer nation, unless is friendlies with bad teams then it doesnt matter, but playing against Germany, Belgium, Italy, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Holland those are pretty meaningful games, not that is a must win but to show that we could hang toe to toe with them. Is not often we get these opportunities... As for qualifying im not worried at all because WE ALL KNOW USA is gonna qualify one way or another...

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #7
Friday May 17, 2013 8:24pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 5,134
Original post from admsghs27

These friendlies with strong teams matter because it gives a sense of how much we have improved as a soccer nation, unless is friendlies with bad teams then it doesnt matter, but playing against Germany, Belgium, Italy, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Holland those are pretty meaningful games, not that is a must win but to show that we could hang toe to toe with them. Is not often we get these opportunities... As for qualifying im not worried at all because WE ALL KNOW USA is gonna qualify one way or another...


Not sold on that argument for friendly games.

GD10
Post #8
Friday May 17, 2013 8:47pm

Joined Dec 2012
Total Posts: 242
I'm still not sold we will for-sure qualify, I think these next 5 games will show us what type of team we really are.

ktbffhTXac
Post #9
Friday May 17, 2013 11:27pm

Joined Dec 2012
Total Posts: 124
Original post from 2tone

Who cares if they win or lose they are friendlies. It's time to see some depth players for those games. Whats important is the WCQ.


I agree that the WCQs are more important short term, but don't discount the importance/value of friendlies against top sides in the long-term. It'll help prepare us for the difficult environments the USMNT will have to play in during the WCQs, and there's a possibility we see one of those teams in the knockout stages of the World Cup.

MSantoine
Post #10
Saturday May 18, 2013 6:38pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 2,205
Ugh. These kinds of comments are whats wrong with US Soccer. It doesnt matter if we win friendlys. They are exhibition matches. They should be for experimenting, bringing new players in, trying new tactics, etc. They should not be for scraping out a 1-0 victory. Look at the new faces on Belgium and Germany. Where's are new faces?

navi8132
Post #11
Saturday May 18, 2013 7:48pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 2,019
Under Bob Bradley freindlies were for experimenting. Jurgen uses them as a crutch to keep his job. His only worthwhile results have come from freindlies.

Riggity
Atlanta
Post #12
Sunday May 19, 2013 5:54am

Joined Apr 2013
Total Posts: 66
Our last result was pretty worthwhile considering we had never done it...


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