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Postby bukie » Tue Mar 30, 2021 7:40 pm

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And then the following week we get back to the best competition on earth. That's right CONCACAF Champions League kicks off in just 7 days.

I do have to say I am not overly optimistic about the quality of MLS teams that are participating in this year's event. Columbus, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Portland aren't exactly the cream of the MLS crop, but hey, one of them might beat a Mexican team.


Columbus is definitely a Top 4 MLS team at the moment, maybe Portland too depending on your opinion of their offseason. Big problem is the draws are basically the opposite of what you'd hope for to maximize MLS advancement too. Best hopes are Atlanta gelling quickly and making it through the weaker quadrant of the bracket, and either Columbus or Portland outslugging a Mexican team or two and making a run.


I think LAFC/Seattle/NYCFC would probably fare better in this event, but yeah, Columbus was good at the end of last year for sure and should be good again. Portland might be good again, and Philly probably lost too much to pose too much of a threat. Once again, though, it's likely that at least 3 of the 4 best clubs in the event are Mexican again, and just hoping for a final that isn't just America/Monterrey.
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Postby stitchface » Tue Mar 30, 2021 7:51 pm

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stitchface wrote:Great return to club soccer this weekend:

Saturday is Bayern (sans Lewandowski) at Leipzig - love to see Leipzig make it a race.

At same time City is at Leicester.

In Spain, Athletico is at Sevilla.

Nice that the qualifiers mean something instead of friendlies, but too few of them are competitive to make it interesting.


And then the following week we get back to the best competition on earth. That's right CONCACAF Champions League kicks off in just 7 days.


lol. If only they played early in the morning while I'm drinking my coffee.
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Now here’s an intentional elbow I can support.
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Postby wolf stansson » Wed Mar 31, 2021 2:11 pm

Gareth Bale has always been cool (even tho he looks like a dragonball z character) and should’ve transferred back to Spurs while Poch was still there.


Everton have the most momentum in the Dike transfer sweepstakes, which I think is perfect. Get him on that young Lukaku trajectory.
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Postby stitchface » Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:59 pm

https://www.espn.com/soccer/united-stat ... r-aaronson

Not sure too much to argue about here. Aaronson for sure but anyone else left off you feel should be in? The first 6 are clear starters . . .
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Postby bukie » Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:09 pm

stitchface wrote:https://www.espn.com/soccer/united-states-usa/story/4349702/usmnt-world-cup-2022-big-board-pulisic-first-on-the-plane-to-qatarbut-is-there-room-for-aaronson

Not sure too much to argue about here. Aaronson for sure but anyone else left off you feel should be in? The first 6 are clear starters . . .

I don't see the point of Zardes on the squad in 2 years, he doesn't bring much of anything to the table they couldn't get in almost any other candidate.
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Postby Transmogrified Tiger » Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:13 pm

stitchface wrote:https://www.espn.com/soccer/united-states-usa/story/4349702/usmnt-world-cup-2022-big-board-pulisic-first-on-the-plane-to-qatarbut-is-there-room-for-aaronson

Not sure too much to argue about here. Aaronson for sure but anyone else left off you feel should be in? The first 6 are clear starters . . .


Outside of more general quibbles that boil down to personal preference, the only thing that seems really out of place is Horvath both being in the list and being so high. Feels like he doesn't have a leg up on the slew of other options(Turner, Johnson, Guzan, Hamid) even if he does have a legitimate shot.

The only name not mentioned that feels like it deserves mention is Sam Vines. He's had a few full team appearances, and Robinson is the only other true LB on the list. Maybe some other names you can say are in the conversation, like Acosta, Yedlin, Mueller, Cardoso, but they're in competition for the bottom of the rroster.
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Postby stitchface » Thu Apr 01, 2021 11:11 pm

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stitchface wrote:https://www.espn.com/soccer/united-states-usa/story/4349702/usmnt-world-cup-2022-big-board-pulisic-first-on-the-plane-to-qatarbut-is-there-room-for-aaronson

Not sure too much to argue about here. Aaronson for sure but anyone else left off you feel should be in? The first 6 are clear starters . . .


Outside of more general quibbles that boil down to personal preference, the only thing that seems really out of place is Horvath both being in the list and being so high. Feels like he doesn't have a leg up on the slew of other options(Turner, Johnson, Guzan, Hamid) even if he does have a legitimate shot.

The only name not mentioned that feels like it deserves mention is Sam Vines. He's had a few full team appearances, and Robinson is the only other true LB on the list. Maybe some other names you can say are in the conversation, like Acosta, Yedlin, Mueller, Cardoso, but they're in competition for the bottom of the rroster.


I guess a backup keeper has to be on the list so maybe it's the role not the person? Acosta for sure. I don't see Yedlin in there after two more years of sliding. I could see Konrad playing his way into a spot though it's speculative.
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Postby wolf stansson » Fri Apr 02, 2021 4:30 pm

Transmogrified Tiger wrote:The only name not mentioned that feels like it deserves mention is Sam Vines.

This is a great, MLS-head pick. I believe Sam Vines will be a starter candidate if Dest stays on the right, a year from now.

I also have a hard time seeing Jordan Morris holding off Aaronson as a winger. With the our forwards finding their feet in Europe, JMO as break glass in case of emergency forward is way less likely than even 6 months ago and Aaronson is developing at an incredibly quick rate in Europe. I expect him to be at RB Leipzig or another second tier big club a year from now. I wouldn't be surprised if he's a package deal with Marsch, wherever he ends up coaching next. Tough to see JMO come back from knee reconstruction and beat him out for that sparkplug attacker off the bench role. Aaronson just fits in so well with the style our center mids are playing. He's more horizontal than JMO.
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Postby Transmogrified Tiger » Fri Apr 02, 2021 4:50 pm

wolf stansson wrote:I also have a hard time seeing Jordan Morris holding off Aaronson as a winger. With the our forwards finding their feet in Europe, JMO as break glass in case of emergency forward is way less likely than even 6 months ago and Aaronson is developing at an incredibly quick rate in Europe. I expect him to be at RB Leipzig or another second tier big club a year from now. I wouldn't be surprised if he's a package deal with Marsch, wherever he ends up coaching next. Tough to see JMO come back from knee reconstruction and beat him out for that sparkplug attacker off the bench role. Aaronson just fits in so well with the style our center mids are playing. He's more horizontal than JMO.


If you assume that you're probably taking 4 or 5 wingers to a world cup, then you've got Pulisic, Reyna, Weah, and Aaronson all pretty easily in form and over Morris, and then you layer on the injury and any other contenders(Arriola? Mueller? Boyd? even Dest, etc) and it looks like a pretty uphill climb. The things working in Morris' favor would be that a lot can happen between now and next fall, players can get hurt(looking at you Weah, but really anyone can get hurt), roles could change(maybe in a post-Haaland world Reyna becomes more of a false 9 and seizes that role that no one else has), today's settled positions are tomorrow's question marks. Plus, Morris has experience with the team and has shown he can be productive at that level, and his skillset is a little unique and fits well with a roster you would build for tournament play. So at this point I wouldn't bank on it, but there's still a decent path for Jordan if he comes back strong.
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Postby wolf stansson » Sat Apr 03, 2021 3:22 pm

Not to mention Lletget clearly being to GGG what Kyle Beckerman was to Klinsy. Every coach has their one guy. A lot of attacking options.



Snake bit season. Feels like there’s something not meant to be with CP & Tuchel.
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Postby stitchface » Mon Apr 05, 2021 2:40 am

hard to say just this season. Seems like this has been going on for years now.
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Postby wolf stansson » Mon Apr 05, 2021 9:53 pm

BOOMER X2

Dike goals are “boomers” because he’s from Oklahoma, you see.
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wolf stansson wrote:BOOMER X2

Dike goals are “boomers” because he’s from Oklahoma, you see.


well im sold

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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Tue Apr 06, 2021 4:49 am

big ball chunky time wrote:
wolf stansson wrote:BOOMER X2

Dike goals are “boomers” because he’s from Oklahoma, you see.


well im sold

an american star from oklahoma who doesnt like instagram posts by white supremacists, friendship ended with christian


But how’s Dike’s brisket?
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Postby wolf stansson » Tue Apr 06, 2021 3:54 pm

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big ball chunky time wrote:
wolf stansson wrote:BOOMER X2

Dike goals are “boomers” because he’s from Oklahoma, you see.


well im sold

an american star from oklahoma who doesnt like instagram posts by white supremacists, friendship ended with christian


But how’s Dike’s brisket?

Doesn’t matter. This is the energy we need:




He put 2 soccer balls together so they look like a butt. We were here posting about Klinsy leaving Landon off the squad, but the future was sharpening his blade on a practice field in Oklahoma.
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Postby stitchface » Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:50 pm

Pulisic in squad for Porto . . . not a great day for EPL today.
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Postby stitchface » Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:59 pm

seems tough to take 31 shots with 12 on target and lose.
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Postby stitchface » Fri Apr 09, 2021 4:36 pm

https://www.espn.com/soccer/soccer-tran ... er-sources

Have to agree that playing first team in a top league is better than playing in 3rd division in Spain.
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Postby wolf stansson » Sat Apr 10, 2021 5:07 pm

Another Barnsley game, another boomer, another win. Barnsley play the worst soccer I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait until he gets an upgrade.




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Postby wolf stansson » Sat Apr 10, 2021 6:21 pm

International break woke CP up. He played with an edge today.
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Postby stitchface » Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:15 pm

wolf stansson wrote:International break woke CP up. He played with an edge today.



Perhaps it woke him up because he got minutes . . .
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I really hope they get to the promotion playoffs. That would be fun to watch, despite, and I can’t stress this enough, Barnsley playing the worst brand of soccer I’ve ever seen.
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