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33,369 posts 117 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Oct 16, 2019 8:31 AM

They want to play out of the back...fine. I’ll live with the mistakes we have seen. But what the fuck is their plan going forward? I’ve yet to see one. Berhalter is not the guy. Let’s not fuck this up by keeping him around too long.

like_that 1st Team All-PWN
29,228 posts 308 reps Joined Apr 2010
Wed, Oct 16, 2019 8:57 AM
posted by Laley23

They want to play out of the back...fine. I’ll live with the mistakes we have seen. But what the fuck is their plan going forward? I’ve yet to see one. Berhalter is not the guy. Let’s not fuck this up by keeping him around too long.

They can't keep him thru the WC cycle at this rate.  He shouldn't even be coaching any WCQ matches.  

33,369 posts 117 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Oct 16, 2019 1:48 PM
posted by like_that

They can't keep him thru the WC cycle at this rate.  He shouldn't even be coaching any WCQ matches.  

It’s awful. Even last night they had solid movement with Yedlin down the right side. Then??? Nothing. Just random crosses, pull backs, etc. No consistent approach of attack. And we haven’t seen one yet. Sargent appears to be good on the ball with back to goal, why don’t we play into him and work forward that way? Why don’t we try ANYTHING?

33,369 posts 117 reps Joined Nov 2009
Mon, Oct 28, 2019 11:32 AM

Sergino Dest chooses USA over Netherlands. Huge win. I’d argue he is our 2nd best player and plays a position of extreme need (outside back).

like_that 1st Team All-PWN
29,228 posts 308 reps Joined Apr 2010
Sun, Aug 16, 2020 7:00 AM

It’s been awhile since we bumped this thread.

When was the last time the champions league semis didn’t have an English, Spanish, or Italian team participating?

Also, is just me or does the US have a lot of young talent coming up?  It seems like a lot of younger guys are doing relatively well in Europe.




33,369 posts 117 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sun, Aug 16, 2020 9:27 AM
posted by like_that

Also, is just me or does the US have a lot of young talent coming up?  It seems like a lot of younger guys are doing relatively well in Europe.

The generation of Americans is developing at a rate we haven’t seen before. It’s pretty exciting.

Adams and McKennie has tremendous seasons in Germany and Pulisic is up for young player of the year in England after an up and down, but overall tremendous season at Chelsea.

I cannot fathom how Reyna got so good so fast. I expected to see him making an impact in like 2-3 years. Instead, he may be in our top-3 players overall.

Would be really nice if Richards can break in with Bayern and solidify a first team spot next season. Same for Dest at Barcelona, if they have the complete turnover you’d expect. If not, I’d hope both are loaned out for the year so they can play top league minutes

33,369 posts 117 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sun, Aug 16, 2020 11:21 AM

Speaking of Reyna, goals in back to back friendlies for Bayern 

EDIT: Ended up with 2 today and was subbed off at HT.

sportchampps Senior Member
7,527 posts 30 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sun, Aug 16, 2020 3:27 PM

If US develops a true striker in the next 5 years (maybe Sargent) we will be a power with the midfielders and defenders we are developing. Our Central mids are going to be ridiculous.

33,369 posts 117 reps Joined Nov 2009
Tue, Aug 25, 2020 11:08 PM

Messi chooses Man City. This whole situation is crazy and far from over. As the saying goes, there will be lawyers. 

like_that 1st Team All-PWN
29,228 posts 308 reps Joined Apr 2010
Wed, Aug 26, 2020 4:18 AM
posted by Laley23

Messi chooses Man City. This whole situation is crazy and far from over. As the saying goes, there will be lawyers. 

There are no tampering rules in UEFA? Wtf? 


33,369 posts 117 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Aug 26, 2020 9:09 AM
posted by like_that

There are no tampering rules in UEFA? Wtf? 

He was exercised a clause in his contract for a free transfer (his release clause is $700M) which he could do by the end of the last month of season. However, Barça is claiming that the contract states that month to be June. Messi and his agent saying Fifa delayed the season, so June becomes August. Barça claiming the month doesn’t change because the month was hard coded so to speak, and last month of season was an adjective in contract, not a qualifier.

The whole situation is fucking wild. If Barca gets nothing for him, it will be one of the most disastrous fuck ups of all time.

Automatik Senior Member
15,737 posts 93 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Aug 26, 2020 9:14 AM

Reports is three years at City then a move to NYCFC. Weird.

I'm happy if he moves to the EPL albeit Man City. I can never really get into La Liga unless it's CL play.

like_that 1st Team All-PWN
29,228 posts 308 reps Joined Apr 2010
Wed, Aug 26, 2020 9:20 AM
posted by Laley23

He was exercised a clause in his contract for a free transfer (his release clause is $700M) which he could do by the end of the last month of season. However, Barça is claiming that the contract states that month to be June. Messi and his agent saying Fifa delayed the season, so June becomes August. Barça claiming the month doesn’t change because the month was hard coded so to speak, and last month of season was an adjective in contract, not a qualifier.

The whole situation is fucking wild. If Barca gets nothing for him, it will be one of the most disastrous fuck ups of all time.

Why the fuck would Barca have a free transfer clause for him to begin with?!?

33,369 posts 117 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Aug 26, 2020 10:27 AM
posted by like_that

Why the fuck would Barca have a free transfer clause for him to begin with?!?

That’s the shocking part. But I guess the same type of reason LeBron was able to start the 1 year contracts.


33,369 posts 117 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Aug 26, 2020 11:25 AM

Weston McKennie moving on from Shalke...heading to Juve??? Whoa. 

Gonna have some Americans playing major minutes for some huge clubs next season.

McKennie at Juve. Reyna at Dortmund. Adams for Leipzig. Id expect Richard to be a first team regular for Bayern next year. And of course, Pulisic at Chelsea. Hell, if Barca continues down the rebuild road, Konrad might be making some first team appearances for them lol.

OSH Kosh B'Gosh
4,424 posts 18 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Aug 26, 2020 2:05 PM

McKennie potentially has 5 other midfielders he'll have to compete with. It sounds as if 2 could be leaving though.

justincredible Honorable Admin
37,969 posts 190 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Aug 26, 2020 2:53 PM
posted by Automatik

Reports is three years at City then a move to NYCFC. Weird.

I know nothing of how soccer works on any sort of league level, but this means he spends 3 years with ManU and then comes to the MLS?

OSH Kosh B'Gosh
4,424 posts 18 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Aug 26, 2020 3:03 PM
posted by justincredible

I know nothing of how soccer works on any sort of league level, but this means he spends 3 years with ManU and then comes to the MLS?

No, Manchester City...not Manchester United.

Manchester City share an ownership group (City Football Group) as NYCFC. That's how they work it into the contract. They'd make some okay money off people buying Messi NYCFC shirts if he comes to the US. Even if he'd be 36+ then.

justincredible Honorable Admin
37,969 posts 190 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Aug 26, 2020 3:06 PM

Gotcha. I misspoke on the Manchester team. So the same group owns a team in the EPL and MLS. That makes sense, I think.

33,369 posts 117 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Aug 26, 2020 3:21 PM
posted by OSH

McKennie potentially has 5 other midfielders he'll have to compete with. It sounds as if 2 could be leaving though.

He will have competition every year at a club like Juve, but I doubt they are spending money on a 21 year old just to loan him elsewhere/not give him a shot. If that was the case, they’d simply wait until he proved himself for another year or 2 and sign him then.

McKennie had some tremendous stretches for Shalke. Granted they weren’t very good, but he was the best player on both sides in a few of his UCL and Bundesliga games.

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