Rey Regicide
Post #166
Friday March 20, 2015 12:51pm

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Original post from TheTruth

I'll take any chance to shower disdain to a faulty post. And since you explicitly invited it. . . The USMNT (and even the U23s & U20s if he gets dropped down) is a much higher level than the German U18 team.

That is all good, this is what we are here for. And you were polite about it.

US and German 18's team are there for how many weeks total? compared to domestic clubs, and their competitions.

I don't know how people take this, but I honestly don't feel it's the job of ANY national team coach, be it u 20 u 17's to develop a player individually, the youth national teams should not be a place where you learn your touch or learn your technique, it's where you get a glimpse of what the national team coach is doing so that when there are people go down to injury or loss of form due to age, the supplement is right there ready to receive instructions to seamlessly fit into the mold that is created by the prior corps. That is explicitly defining it to be centric to the national team. So what he's getting at the national level, be it youth, is instructions on how to be a good soldier for the full MNT. not competition to develop him further. Which is why alot of us don't mind if we see struggles in the u 20 and u 17, so long as we crank out the Luis Gil's and Yedlin's and Trapp's now on a more consistent basis from the academies of the respective club teams.

What do you think?

Post #167
Friday March 20, 2015 2:15pm

Joined Dec 2013
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Well, I think the main reason Z is picking the US is that he feels American and likes the US. But of course I can only speculate; I have no idea what's in the guy's head.

Just saying from a soccer career point of view the US also seems like a no brainer for him since he's getting called up to the full Nats vs. a call up the German U18s. I think anyone who thinks he's "settling" by taking this deal is crazy. The biggest problem w/ the Nats is that the WC qualifiers are a long commute for the Euro players.

West Palm Beach
Post #168
Friday March 20, 2015 3:30pm

Joined Jul 2013
Total Posts: 1,322
Since when do national teams "develop" players and not clubs? Suddenly it's the USMNT's job to develop Julian Green who they see for oh maybe 5 weeks out of the year (if that), and not his clubs responsibility? You know the place where he is at for 40+ weeks of the year...

Terrible reasoning there idiot.

Sorry but in terms of developing, he is in one of the best positions in the entire Soccer world to develop as a young player. Arsenal. SMH.
Post #169
Friday March 20, 2015 5:02pm

Joined Jul 2012
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I think we all agree that Leander's reasoning is pathetic and comical.

Post #170
Friday March 20, 2015 6:15pm

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Sounds like Leander didn't bother to read Zelalem's wikipedia before writing the article. I'm hoping the rest is just clickbait but it probably was written in earnest.

But the sad thing is that this isn't that bad by the standards of the US soccer micromedia. It is a bunch of amateur hacks who come from other countries, normally cover other sports, or are just plain bad. So few people over thirty were exposed to soccer as kids (it wasn't really on TV back then) and until very, very recently, US soccer journalism was a nonexistent career path. Our journalist pool is almost nonexistent, so people like Leander end of with a job. And TV is just as bad...someone like Alexi Lalas becomes the face of the American soccer media. It's scary.
West Palm Beach
Post #171
Friday March 20, 2015 9:13pm

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Total Posts: 1,322
Lalas...what a joke.
Rey Regicide
Post #172
Monday March 23, 2015 12:52pm

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I give a crap a bout what lineup you use in fifa =(

Post #173
Tuesday March 24, 2015 1:17am

Joined Jan 2013
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It was refreshing to hear Lalas refer to Harry Shipp as Chicago's "real DP"multiple times during last night's broadcast. I actually like Lalas on color commentary. He still needs to grow into the role but he doesn't take the extreme stances that he takes in the studio.

Post #174
Tuesday March 24, 2015 2:12am

Joined Oct 2013
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When he said: "it's almost like he's too good for his team" referencing Harry and my beloved yet awkwardly bad Fire, I had to give him credit. Lalas is and always has been provocative in a good way. I find him entertaining, even if he is wrong, like all of us, some of the time. He was spot on about Harry though.

Gedion is worth the hype don't worry everybody even if he's not-like the guy above said, having someone at a development academy like Arsenal can only be a good thing.

Post #175
Tuesday March 24, 2015 4:49am

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I have always enjoyed Lalas. He has opinions and he doesn't back down to trolls.

Post #176
Tuesday March 24, 2015 7:34am

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Honestly Lalas is the best American commentator we ever had. He knows what he's doing and does it colorful.

West Palm Beach
Post #177
Tuesday March 24, 2015 1:51pm

Joined Jul 2013
Total Posts: 1,322
Lalas is a troll.

He became a troll the minute he said we don't have the personnel to play the way JK wants to play, then in the next sentence said he would be upset if we don't play the way JK wants to play even if we advance out of the group stage.

Cleveland, Ohio
Post #178
Tuesday March 24, 2015 4:07pm

Joined Jul 2013
Total Posts: 894
I agree with Gunner. Lalas is the definition of a troll. About 6 months ago he also said the MLS was the best league in the world on ESPN FC. Moreno and them thought he was joking.. He wasn't.
If you don't love it, leave it, USA #1
Post #179
Tuesday March 24, 2015 4:33pm

Joined Apr 2014
Total Posts: 162
Don't shoot the messenger but can we post the Lalas commentary in a separate thread and keep this one to Gedion.

West Palm Beach
Post #180
Tuesday March 24, 2015 6:54pm

Joined Jul 2013
Total Posts: 1,322
One thing I'd like to see moving forward is Bradley paired with Zalelem in the midfield. Bradley in the role many of us like him in coming from the back as a DM.
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