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I agree with you, and this is what I was getting at. CB with Gonzo remains to be seen, but It will be interesting to watch. Agree whole heartedly on the creativity discussion. LD is obviously the missing link. But I will be interested to see if any young players step up. There is over a year to go. Who knows.
WE ARE! And we will always be...
I can't see Landon staying away from the national team, especially if he's still watching qualifiers (which he is, he said so on Facebook) and he has to see Omar every day. Don't forget that JK lives in LA, so I can see many conversations happening between them in the next two months. I don't know if you guys are big MLS fans or not, but Jermaine Jones has stated he wants to come play here once his contract with Schalke is done next year.
I'm not sure if any of you follow the younger teams either, but we have a really hard draw for the U-20 WC with France, Spain, and a TBD African team. If we don't make it out of the group stage, then the last game will be play June 27th. However, there is an upside to this. The Gold Cup starts July 7th, and that is an official FIFA sanctioned event, one that we could use to cap tie our young dual nationals (such as John Anthony Brooks, Jose Villareal, and the other Mexican-Americans on the U-20 team). This would be the chance to get an extended look at rmj's buddy Corona, along with the big names like Mix, Boyd, Gatt, and maybe Holden, if he's in form. Lot's of potential in this tournament to set us up for the future (with the dual nationals) as well as getting a look at some fringe guys that may contribute in Brazil.
Well that's exciting.
Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain't come to play SCHOOL, classes are POINTLESS
Donovan update for you guys, today he said "This week was pretty difficult watching the US in those games when you want to be a part of it." He wants back in.
I want him back in too. He's absolutely dire to the success at Brazil.
This PSG crowd might be the loudest I've heard in Europe this year. PSG looks very strong and threatening.
Bayern with an early break.
Bayern beat Juve 2-0 with an early goal from Alaba (26 seconds in) and another from Muller in the 63rd. Didn't get to watch the game but I was nervous because I could have seen Juve beating Bayern for sure. Definitely feeling confident going into the 2nd leg and it helps to have Vidal out for it as well. The refereeing was terrible with many weak calls for yellows and then a few clearly bookable offenses going unpunished
I Lichsteiner is out as well.
Meyer4Prez "This is wut happens when ur team site analyst are huge homers glad Bill K+Alex G keep it real instead of getting our hopes up."
Wasn't able to see the game today, but the result is disheartening to me. I thought Juve would have come out stronger. Some questionable starts as well with Peluso, Quags, and Matri. I was hoping for Vuc and Pogba to get in there. Chances aren't great obviously.
I was surprised to see PSG hang in there too, but Barca is in a good spot with 2 away goals.
I wasn't able to catch any of the games today. Was the PK for Barca in the 89th minute deserved?
Yes, the keeper clearly clipped Sanchez. I'm glad he was just given yellow...Barca was clammering for red.
Just saw that Mascherano is out 6-8 weeks. Huge problems for Barca now...no Puyol or Mascherano. Will be Pique and Song for a while on that back line...keeps getting thinner. Messi hamstring prognosis will be out tomorrow, but those are typically a minimum of 2-3 weeks. PSG will have their best shot ever to pull a result. Barca's MF better dominate possession, because Ibra physically dominated Pique and they ate Mascherano for dinner. Song won't be any better.
Very sad performance from Juve. The early fluke goal put them on the back foot, but they simply couldn't generate anything going forward. They have no spark on the front line. Pogba would've been a good call, but their wing backs were the main issue...couldn't sustain the pressure of Robben/Ribery.
Interested to see how tomorrow shakes out. I'm expecting Real and Dortmund to win, but Gala is the sleeper team in this tourney and is also very feisty on the road. Drogba makes anything possible.
Kroos is out for the season for Bayern. Arjen Robben's response is selfless as usual:
"It does not look so good for Kroos, but then that is better for me. It happens in football," Robben told NOS. "I was sick that I had to start on the bench. On Saturday I played a great game (in the 9-2 victory over Hamburg) and I wanted to continue that form, but the coach decided otherwise. I ended up playing tonight so I have to be happy."
That was an amazing last goal. Kudos to both teams, tough for PSG to go through.
Malaga playong well, iPhone keypad, sorry. Dortmond with many quality chances, but Malaga had best chance which brought great save from DM keeper. Gotze is due 6 chances so far.
Malaga did play well. I still think Dortmund prevails at home, but they squandered several good chances. Real is on cruise control. I do believe the 2 German clubs and the 2 Spanish clubs are the best in Europe this year...would hope to see them comprise the final 4.
holy crap Dortmund.
Wow what a game, two sloppy goals in nach speile zeit, Commentators on Swiss say last was offside, hard to say. They domonated possession, but Malaga played pnenominal. Lewandowski missed couple chances, Gotze got robbed twice.. Glad to see them through!!
Malaga's keeper played out of this world. Their 2nd goal was also offside. I think Dortmund got the deserved result. Their fans are clinically insane that tifo they unveiled before the match was awesome.
My knowlwdge of the young players is poor. But watching Germany develope the team for past 6 years has been interesting. A guy like LD gets inserted immediately depending on fitness, younger guys may make team but would get limited PT. Germany has used a lot of combinations in qualifying to get best players, the switch to youth has taken time and has been a process. Love to see altidore get s a shot, he is one of top 5 goal scorers in Dutch league and plays fir middle of pack team. Wonder if someone takes a shot at him?
Wow missed that, was part of one of hhe first such at the Beav, Bama game in 1990, a loss but good game.
I took Malaga at +800. Not a fun ending (not that bet all that much).
Dortmund is the better side, but it was sad to see Malaga go out under such circumstances. Valiant effort.
Messi is available for selection tomorrow...2 more good games on tap.
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