no worries - I shall raise my glass to you anyways btw what do you think about Freddie Montero joining Da 'caps? Montero has done one thing Messi has never done.....
Well looks like some International Champions Cup information was leaked and Spurs are coming to the US in July, looks like a weekend match in Orlando against PSG, a weeknight in Jersey against AS Roma, and a weekend in Nashville against Manchester City. Looks we're driving down to Nashville (Jersey is preferable but the timing is poor).
Unfortunately I won't make it back to White Hart Lane before it's torn down for the new grounds, but hopefully going for a visit back home this fall and hit a home match at Wembley while there.
Schweinsteiger is one of those Chicago Fire roster choices that makes no sense to me. He's not likely to put many more butts in seats or eyes on TVs and they don't really need a left or center midfielder.Rooney to Everton (allegedly) and Schweinsteiger to Chicago Fire (seems pretty much a done deal).
They don't need a central midfielder, but Bastian Schweinsteiger is probably one of the 40 best central midfielders in the world. Possessing Juninho or Dax isn't enough to pass up Schweinsteiger, this does make the Dax trade silly. That 400K in GAM could be used elsewhere.Schweinsteiger is one of those Chicago Fire roster choices that makes no sense to me. He's not likely to put many more butts in seats or eyes on TVs and they don't really need a left or center midfielder.
I agree on pumping the brakes on Arena. We should have won the game. Playing at Panama will be a better test. Even then, we should beat them.Halfway to 6 points, though I have to say that I think folks need to pump the breaks a bit on the hype train for both Arena and Pulisic. Panama in Panama is a different beast by a long shot than Honduras in the US; Panama has excellent defense and a good counter-attack, I expect to see them try to catch the US on the counter.
The US should beat Panama. A draw is a disappointing result. For comparison, it would be like last year in the NFL the Patriots losing to the Jaguars. Sure they're an NFL team, but the Pats are expected to beat a team like the Jaguars comfortably.hoppy? I think you're making the assumption that all the central American teams are the same. No they're not. Panama is a defensive team with quality CBs and the team as a group plays a very physical style. It was a rough game where the ref kept his whistle in his pocket. The US actually played pretty well considering the style of play the game gave them. Hard to be a finesse team when you're constantly getting knocked down.
The US did pretty well actually. They got and gave on par with the Panama side. The only thing was the long throw ins were confusing them. Howard almost saved the Panama goal. If the soccer gods were with us, an inch more, it's a wonderful Howard save.
Pulisic and Nagle give our outside some threats and Pulisic did play well in both games. It is also great to have Dempsey out there because he reads the game so well. Notice how Dempsey positioned himself to finish. Dempsey is good at sitting in the holes and finishing the opportunities.
Anyway glad to see the coaching change and the change away from being the German C team.
Slight defense of Roman Torres here:he's really good. I mean, he's maybe not top of the heap good, but it's astounding to me that the Sounders got him as cheaply as they did. He's not really fast, but his positioning is usually top-notch and he's amazing on headers, plus he's pretty good on long balls ervice. I think if Torres played for a major soccer power like Brazil or Argentina he would have a big European contract.The US should beat Panama. A draw is a disappointing result. For comparison, it would be like last year in the NFL the Patriots losing to the Jaguars. Sure they're an NFL team, but the Pats are expected to beat a team like the Jaguars comfortably.
Only brightside is at least we didn't draw at home vs. them like Mexico. That was funny.
But we're leagues ahead of them. WE were missing more European palyers than they have, with the majority (2 out of 4) with Senior team callups recently being for Sporting CP's second team. They don't have players who play on teams like Hertha, Dortmund, or Monchengladbach. They have players who play primarily in South/Central American leagues. ANd not Brazil or Argentina and few in Mexico.
Their quality CB's are a guy who is 36 and plied his trade in Mexico at his peak, and a guy who's 31 who spent most of his career in Columbia. 3 of 4 of our CBs played in either the Premier League or Bundesliga.
Absolute dagger of a way for Dallas to lose that game, and a screw up by the veteran Figueroa.Semi important MLS related thing from me. Second leg of CCL is to take place Tues and Wednesday featuring Vancouver hosting Tigres and FC Dallas travelling to Pachuca. FIrst leg had Vancouver losing 2-0 and FC Dallas winning 2-1. So Dallas is basically playing for a draw, I expect them to curl into a shell ready to break out when they get a chance.
Vancouver has a much harder task needing a 2-0 regular time result to just get a chance at extra time. Won't be easy. Handful of USMNT called players who could be featured including Acosta, Hedges, Zimmerman, and Omar.