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dunlopp9987
Post #421
Saturday April 26, 2014 8:36pm

Joined Mar 2013
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Boyd with two goals today. I think he's a wild card for Brazil. I would love to see him there instead of Wondo or EJ, but I just don't see JK budging on his adoration for those two guys. Shame, too. I think Boyd offers so much more.
COYB!!
2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #422
Saturday April 26, 2014 8:49pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 5,122
4 most in form players right now: Boyd, Dempsey, Besler, and Brooks.

It would be awesome to see Boyd head back to the Bundesliga next season. There are quite a few Bundesliga clubs in need of a big, strong goal scoring #9, especially his former club Hertha Berlin.

Boyd is at 18 goals in all comps right now for the season..

Fraser31
Charleston, South Carolina
Post #423
Saturday April 26, 2014 11:50pm

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 1,010
Now if only Donovan could find some form and I'd feel a lot more confident. Glad a few of our guys are playing outstandingly.

mmee
Culver City, CA
Post #424
Sunday April 27, 2014 12:04am

Joined Mar 2014
Total Posts: 221
I think the fact that Boyd is the likeliest swap for Altidore, coupled with the fact that he's scoring amount to a ticket to Brazil with his name on it.
I can't imagine Klinsy seeing Johnson or Wondolowski as a better direct substitute for Altidore.
I also hope that Boyd challenges the hell out of Altidore.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #425
Sunday April 27, 2014 1:39am

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 5,122
Well EJ's World Cup hopes are dwindling game by game. Now he was pulled at the 51st minute today, and DC's offense has looked much better.

happytex
Post #426
Sunday April 27, 2014 6:41am

Joined Feb 2014
Total Posts: 12
EJ had a really good assist from a cross on the right in that game but he had tons of space to do it. He won't have that space in the World Cup against even the worst World Cup Teams.

EJ just doesn't have the technical ability or touch that he needs to play at a higher level than MLS. He's 2 dimensional, speedy bursts and strength. I prefer Wondo, Johansson, maybe even Agudelo or Boyd.

Altidore is still our best man for forward. Team him up with an on fire Dempsey up front maybe?

chris_thebassplayer
San Jose
Post #427
Sunday April 27, 2014 7:09am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 308
I'm still sticking with Jozy, Boyd, AJ and Wondo going to the WC.

happytex
Post #428
Sunday April 27, 2014 7:16am

Joined Feb 2014
Total Posts: 12
I watched the rest of that DC v Dallas game. Dallas fell apart due to 1 man down and Chris Rolfe opening up space with some great passes. EJ was pretty good in that game until his injury caused him to leave early.

DC has some real problems though. Outside of this game, DC hasn't been playing all that well and it has little to do with EJ's skill and more to do with the team not connecting well. DC was not connecting well and players don't seem to be positioned well to break down opposing defenses. That is, until today when DC had 1 more player on the field which opened things up for them.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #429
Sunday April 27, 2014 3:00pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 5,122
Personally I think Johannsson has earned his stripes to start with Deuce in at least a couple of the pre-WC friendlies. And form there Jurgen will determine who is better to start AJ or Altidore in the WC.

skangles
DC
Post #430
Sunday April 27, 2014 7:10pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 1,995
I had questions about the World Cup training camp and Steven Goff had all the answers and then some. I'm going to quote his entire article as its worth a read.

Really interesting that only 26-28 of the 30 players will report to training.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/soccer-in...


Things you should know about U.S. World Cup training camp at Stanford University:

*Players are due to report by May 14. Training will begin late-day on the 14th or early on May 15.

*By May 12, Juergen Klinsmann and the USSF must submit a provisional World Cup roster of 30 players to FIFA. Klinsmann is planning to invite between 26 and 28 players to camp, but that range could change slightly. There is a good chance the USSF will announce either the 30-man list or the camp roster before May 12.

*Although the delegation will spend the majority of each day on campus, utilizing athletic facilities and food services, the team will commute to and from a Bay Area hotel.

*Practices are closed to the public. (Don't bother trying to peek over the fences. You won't be able to see anything and security will chase you off.) The federation is exploring the possibility of at least one open session at Stanford during the two-week session leading to the May 27 friendly against Azerbaijan at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

*The team will train at both Stanford Stadium (football) and Cagan Stadium (soccer) and have access to gyms, weight rooms and pools. The USSF will convert one locker room into the players' lounge and provide temporary upgrades in other areas.

Why Stanford?

"I was totally amazed when I saw [the facilities] for the first time," Klinsmann said. "We have everything we need to do a good preparation there. This is going to be the foundation of the World Cup, so it's huge."

As for the mild climate ahead of warmer Brazil -

"The climate is ideal. We can really work the team hard and focus before we go into the more tropical areas, obviously Brazil, but our last step in our preparation will be Florida for six days. - It is a dry climate, it's fresh air. We can add more sessions into that period than we usually would do. - We can risk the guys will have some heavy legs, tired legs, because they can put their legs up in the evening. They also need to get that feeling that, ‘Okay, through a lot of work, I will benefit in Brazil. The more I do in that time period at Stanford, the more I will be stronger in Brazil.' It will be a lot of fun, it will be a lot of work in a positive environment, in a great energy environment such as a college campus."

In 2010, the U.S. team geared up for the World Cup at Princeton University in New Jersey. In 2002 and '06, the Americans were based at a Cary, N.C., complex, near Raleigh. In 1998, the USSF chose San Diego.

Friendlies

May 27: Azerbaijan at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, 10 p.m. ET (ESPN2, UniMas)

Tickets: Available for purchase now, no sales figures available.

June 1: Turkey at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., 2 p.m. ET (ESPN2, UniMas)

Tickets: Not on sale until probably late this month.

June 7: Nigeria at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., 6 p.m. ET (ESPN, UniMas)

Tickets: Available for purchase now, 20,000+ sold.


EKneezy
Post #431
Sunday April 27, 2014 8:07pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,901
So Klinsmann has a good base of the 23 guys chosen.

Maybe 3 or 4 spots are still up for grabs.

Gonna be fun

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #432
Sunday April 27, 2014 8:09pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 5,122
Original post from EKneezy

So Klinsmann has a good base of the 23 guys chosen.

Maybe 3 or 4 spots are still up for grabs.

Gonna be fun


I would say 6 to 7 spots are up for grabs.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #433
Monday April 28, 2014 8:04pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 5,122
Looks like Mix is back to his best. Going a full 90 minutes the past two weekends and notching an assist this past weekend.

navi8132
Post #434
Monday April 28, 2014 9:46pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 2,014
Rain would say: "playing 90 minutes in the Norweigan league and getting one assist constitutes 'his best'?"

Chrisou101
Post #435
Tuesday April 29, 2014 3:59am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 599
Original post from navi8132

Rain would say: "playing 90 minutes in the Norweigan league and getting one assist constitutes 'his best'?"
Spot on. Scoring and assisting in Norway is way better than someone sitting on the bench in Belgium who is always average.

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