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I think Bradley was offsides. Glad to see him score, but I think he got away with one.
Toggle Commented Oct 8, 2012 on Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind at Soccer By Ives
How on earth do you call out Jones and Edu and ignore the train wreck of a game Beckerman had?
Predictably mediocre.
Here here! Thank you for callling bs on that nonsense.
Sorry Sacha's dad, but I stand by what I said. It's absolutely factual that the announcer made the disparaging remark about Klejstan. He did play 90, but he had zero involvement on either goal and now you're just making stuff up. Talk about a crock. He played back passes and square balls all game long, not a dangerous pass to even be sniffed anywhere near the man.
Did you see him in Champion's league qualifier? He was terrible. He did absolutely nothing. Even the TV commentator made the same remark about Klejstan.
It think it would be a drag if he ended up at Sunderland because IMO they lack the talent to push for anything more than Europa. O'Neil is a fantastic coach so it wouldn't be the end of the world. I just don't see how Dempsey could mentally continue to push himself on a club that is satisfied with just staying in Premier league. I think Liverpool isn't that far talent-wise from a CL spot, certainly closer than Fulham. I wish he would go to Everton or Tottenham but I don't think it's in the cards.
You're assuming the God he is referring to is your God. The vanity is yours alone. I for one won't be censored by the likes of you. Save your admonishments for your particular religious website. This is a soccer website.
Toggle Commented Aug 25, 2012 on Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead at Soccer By Ives
Go to a religious site if you want to starting bossing people around. This is a soccer website.
Toggle Commented Aug 25, 2012 on Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead at Soccer By Ives
First goal defenders are running at full speed. They get caught out by the poor defending on the initial pass to Jozy. The cross is pinpoint from his teammate. Sorry, I disagree on the first goal. The second goal, the marking should have been tighter. It looked like the defenders were playing him to pass.
Agree somewhat. He definitely fluffed a clearance. I'm not sure he deserves all the blame when there was virtually no pressure on the wide players as they crossed the ball. Chicharito did get loose, but I don't think he is particularly easy to mark and the service from out wide was spot on.
Why are you a Fulham fan? Not speaking on behalf of all American fans, but the US player would be our most logical connection to a club. I grew up a Cincinnati Reds fan because I was born near there and went to some games as a kid. It's impossible to have that home town connection for an American born Yank supporting an EPL club. Even with Dempsey last year, to be honest Fulham's games were frequently boring. I like Danny Murphy a lot but he is past his prime, as is Duff. I doubt I will be watching many Fulham games this season. Fickle it is I guess.
All he has to do is play perfect. Got it. The best defenders in the world get beat to the ball on occasion by the best attackers in the world. It happens. Players that survive and thrive in the EPL win their fair share and apply pressure when they don't. The standard isn't perfection. As much as I hate the man, John Terry is a terrific CB. But he still gets beat on occasion.
30 is kinda like a magic number for players traditional decline. A season in turmoil isn't a great way to approach the game to try and exceed what you had done previously either. It kinda feels like now or never.
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2012 on Reports: Dempsey fined by Fulham at Soccer By Ives
I kind of agree, although Liverpool played without arguably their best player in Suarez for 8 games last season (Gerrard isn't the player he used to be). I think Liverpool could have been a few places higher with the talent they have.
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2012 on Reports: Dempsey fined by Fulham at Soccer By Ives
I think you are naive to think Dempsey has much if any goodwill left with the Fulham fans. I wouldn't want to be in his shoes if he is forced to stay at Fulham. My guess is he would prefer road games.
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2012 on Reports: Dempsey fined by Fulham at Soccer By Ives
You shouldn't be. He asked to leave months ago and now just because the season is starting he is supposed to pretend he wants to stay?
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2012 on Reports: Dempsey fined by Fulham at Soccer By Ives
Totally 100% agree. Dempsey already showed, months ago, he wasn't interested in returning to Fulham by not signing an extension. The game is played by the teams in the transfer market. This is Fulham's best and almost last chance to get anything in the transfer market for Dempsey (they would get next to nothing in January window). They (Fulham) are playing other clubs desire to have Dempsey on their squad against the possibility of getting zero for him in a year. Dempsey is now in the untenable position of having to play for a club he has publically stated he no longer wishes to play for. I am always amazed how quickly folks jump on ownerships side in this game.
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2012 on Reports: Dempsey fined by Fulham at Soccer By Ives
Wow, way to debate and win an argument I never made, congrats. Of course MLS is important. Brek Shea had a good outing, first one in a while. Again not anything to do with my post. Jones had a rough game, yep, nothing to do with my post. Torres didn't defend well, ok, so what, it as nothing to do with my pst. I disagree that Beckerman passed well out of the back. His passes were Inaccurate, leaving other mids lunging to just get a foot on the ball. He basically trapped the ball out of bounds for a corner. Beckerman is a destroyer. He doesn't pass particularly well or help with possession as a real strong DM should. That is why he hasn't drawn much interest from clubs in higher paying leagues. You should stop with the straw man arguments and quit claiming other people are ignorant because they disagree with your position.
His job is also to connect the defense with the other mids and forwards. He did not do this well at all in my opinion. I disagree with "d"s comment that I don't know soccer. DM's that prove to be invaluable do more than break up the other teams play. They also consistently help the defense move the ball out of the back without turning it over. To me, that is the real weakness of Beckerman's game. Under pressure, Beckerman turns the ball over way to much.
DM's also connect the back line with the other mids. It's equally important to get some distribution from the DM. The fact that Beckerman is one dimensional keeps him solidly in the MLS.
Pretty astute regarding Chicharito. I think it affected him also.
You rock Brian. You're wife will immortalize you with that story.
WOW, way to use a statistic in a way that completely distorts Cameron's performance. His positioning was excellent most of the game. He headed away multiple crosses. MOTM is awarded strangely enough to the MOTM not MOTP6M. Cameron had a good outing, not flawless, but it was good. Give credit where it's due.
Your acting a bit like one. Do you not delegate any of your duties? Should JK stop by an run a few U11 clinics in the neighborhood? If you are in fact a college coach you sound like the pompous know it all that continuously let's his players know he is in charge. If i recall correctly... JK hired Claudio Reyna as the youth technical director. A good coach (any manager for that matter) needs to be flexible in his approach changing a massive program. So what if He is trying to implement a 4-3-3 and doesn't always stick with it. I imagine if he did and lost with it you would fillet him for being tactically inflexible.
Toggle Commented Aug 6, 2012 on Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind at Soccer By Ives