I'm all for letting teams get their chances to play in the World Cup, but with the way it is now, every year there are garbage teams that make it to the competition at the expense of mainstays who get punished too severely for a run of bad form.
I don't think anyone can make a valid argument that teams like Panama, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Australia and Egypt deserve to be there ahead of Italy, Netherlands, Chile, and the USA. The current structure focuses too much on regional allocation of spots which repeatedly allows these low-quality Middle Eastern and Asia/Oceania sides to get in. They can't play or just park the bus and are boring to watch.
How can you possibly make an argument of USA over Panama? They played in the same qualification group for Pete's sake and finished ahead of USA. That's the shame and embarrassment of USA soccer - to lose a spot to the worst team in the WC. You can't blame the system for that. If your soccer federation fires the coach who has just taken the team into round of 16 in the last Cup over Portugal (Euro champ two years later) after 2 losses against Mexico and Costa Rica, in the middle of the cycle, then new (old) coach loses to T&T, to allow Panama and Honduras ahead, how can you possibly complain about the system and not about USA soccer's federation stupidity? And complete idiot Arena.
This is correct. Murillo's screw up made Robles look terrible to anyone who didn't know Murillo blew it (and nobody in the crowd knew it until after the game).
Robles WAS terrible in that entire series, Murillo mistake or not. He was practically hugging the post opposite to the one SG shot at, absolute terrible positioning. Could have avoided first goal too by not giving up rebound right in front of him. Scared shitless of Giovinko and was afraid to parry the ball to the side like he should have because SG was in the area. Let's not defend the guy when he royally fucks up, like he did against Toronto, and yes, on that long strike yesterday, where at least could have attempted to do something other than watching the goal highlight. This wasn't quite the Tim Howard blunder against T&T, but close.
Well, that was by some margin the lowest quality play I've seen out of two MLS teams in a long time. Most of it looked like my Sunday rec league and that's not too much of an exaggeration.
Etienne is a huge step down from Veron in the super sub role.
You hit the nail in the head here. The team has been getting results, and this covers up a lot of weaknesses, and even Ettienne has stepped up, but we are missing that one on one ability that Veron brought to the table off the bench. He was truly the super sub, and right now we don't have one. Rivas was brought on to play that role and failed. Ettienne so far has been up and down. We'll see what happens but I wish we just picked up Veron's option. Seemed like a pretty obvious decision at the time - you know keep a good player you have rights to rather than lose him for nothing. Perhaps Jesse thought we could get someone cheaper, but so far that sup sub option we've grown accustomed to is not there any longer. Sacha's trade didn't help either with Rivas playing like a pile of shit. And all they had to do is just pick up Veron's option.