Posted by Paul Nasta
on 01 October 2018 - 02:37 PM
As a Barcelona fan, my memory of Tata's year as head coach was him being intimidated by the locker room, insisting on a bad lineup with like 4CMs, failing to beat Simeone's Atlético Madrid on the last day of the season and winning no hardware.
I read him as a soft and too self-impressed relative to his actual quality back then, and he confirmed it yesterday.
In his defense, he most likely was a reason why they were able to recruit Almiron, Martinez and a few others. Even if his actual coaching is overrated, don't underestimate his importance as someone who good SA players want to play for.
Thanks. Stop the video at 2:38, he's offsides. MSG showed a bunch of replays that weren't good for showing offsides; I think they showed one replay from the side angle where you can see the offsides, but they didn't slow it down or stop it. In real time, it's almost impossible to see it.
We spent the entire game attacking from the wings and creating nothing, sub out Kaku for some reason put Rza in who scores two from the middle of the park from outside the box. This was a ugly game. I saw alot of last year where nobody wanted to take the ball and win. Alot of trying to walk the ball into the net again.
To be fair, Rza's first goal was the product of a wide attack and a perfect ball into the middle by Adams.
IIRC, not too long ago 16 of the 26 starting MLB shortstops were from one city in the DR. https://en.m.wikiped...dro_de_Macorís
The story is told that one successful MLBer returned and wanted to build beautifully manicured ballfields like those he saw across the USA. The legendary reply was that, if he did so, there would never be another star ballplayer from that city.
That story brings to mind Bruce Arena's complaining about the field in Trinidad before we lost and bombed out of the WC.
It's not necessarily a problem that's specific to soccer. In baseball, the Dominican Republic can field a national team that's at least competitive with, if not better than, the USA. Same in hockey, where Canada is equal to/stronger than the USA despite having a tenth of the population.
There may be some correlation between the population of a country and how strong that country is in any given sport, but there are so many other factors that go into it that are much more significant than population. Culture is probably the biggest factor; how many of the 24 million (or whatever the number is) who play soccer in this country are really passionate about the sport, vs. how many play because their parents signed them up or because their friends play? How many are kicking a ball as soon as they can walk, and how many watch games religiously? How many soccer players in the US view the sport as a potential career, where they can make it as a professional? If you were to compare Croatia to the USA in these terms, you see why they're playing in the WC final and we didn't qualify. I think that we're making slow progress in becoming more of a soccer country; comparing the soccer "culture" in the USA in 2018 to when I was a teenager (1970s/1980s) is like night and day. But it is slow progress.
There are other issues that explain why a small country like Croatia can crank out so many great players and we can't. As others have said, the pay to play system and subpar scouting/talent identification are also factors.
Having said all of that, I'll add this: USA wins the World Cup, in 2026.
Check the 4-minute recap. On the live feed, you can see Parker hunching/kneeling and stopping the ball with his left arm (why?? makes no sense). Then he gets pushed down and falls and never touches the ball again. PK given for the initial contact, obviously. 2:50-2:51. The replays showed slow-mos from every other angle, and they were all inconclusive or showed the push/fall, not the initial handball.
VAR ends up making the correct decision (maybe accidentally, maybe thanks to the live feed?), and terrible directing/replay work from Fox.
Thanks. I see what you're saying there. It looks like Parker reaches down and touches the ball with his left hand. Of course, the focus on the telecast was on what happened a second or two later, when Parker is falling to the ground and braces his fall with his right arm.
First of all, much respect to both teams, if the weather in Toronto was anything near to what it was in New York, it must have been brutal playing for 90 minutes. It wasn't the greatest game, but I'll chalk that up to the weather.
I'm not a big VAR fan. because in a lot of cases looking at the replay doesn't settle anything. There's been a lot of comments here that Parker touched the ball but that it couldn't have been intentional; I didn't even see Parker touch it with his hand. Maybe he did, maybe he didn't, but you couldn't tell from the replays. It looked to me like Robles clearly hit the ball with his hand, though. Maybe in the VAR booth they have replays that FOX didn't show, but I don't know how you can possibly award a PK based on the replays that FOX showed.
I have seen the VAR used a lot more effectively in the WC.
Robles MOTM, obviously. I thought Parker played pretty well, too. Especially given that he played for a while with a yellow.
I'm only excited about this move, from a USMNT perspective, if Adams is in the 18 every game for Leipzig from the second he gets there. I'm not sure what their depth chart looks like, so I'm not clear if this will actually be the case.
But if he's not then the move will become another bust like Miazga. If Matt's goal was to play in the Premier League, he probably could have been doing that now had he joined a lower-table side or maybe a championship team and slowly worked his way up like Yedlin. Instead he is currently wasting his time in the Dutch league and probably never will become a regular fixture with Chelsea's first team because there will always be another 'flavor of the month' new signing coming in each summer from Serie A or Ligue 1 to push him back down.
Miazga's doing pretty much exactly what you say is the best way to do it - start at a lower level team and slowly work your way up. He's just doing it with a Chelsea contract, making Chelsea money.
It adds juice to the rivalry. Adds more butts in seats. Adds more interest / chatter in MLS.
And most importantly.... it doesn't put DC in a place where they are going to challenge for the league. We are still significantly better than they are.
We all want this league to continue to grow in interest and popularity. You need players like Rooney here to make that happen.
Agree. It will be fun having Rooney in MLS, but I'm glad it's not RBNY that's signing him. Same for Ibra.
As for the retirement league thing, I'm not too worried about that. Almost every league in the world outside of the top 5 or 6 could be called a retirement league. Superstar Brazilians, Dutch, Argentinians etc go back to their domestic leagues for the last few years of their careers. Donovan went to Mexico, Iniesta's going to Japan or Australia or somewhere. There are tons of examples.
When MLS players carry their national teams far in the World Cup, or maybe when an MLS team knocks off ManU or Real Madrid in the CWC, people who think it is a retirement league might change their view.