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    Quote Originally Posted by improbus View Post
    I just heard that the national team will play Belgium in May. That is really exciting, because Belgium might be a top ten team in the world. They have some superb talent.
    Eden Hazard
    Dembele
    Fellaini
    Vertonghen
    Lukaku
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    Kompany

    That is a massive back line.
    Rumor is that match is in Cleveland

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    Re: USMNT: The March to Brazil - World Cup 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by 5TimeWSChamps View Post
    Rumor is that match is in Cleveland
    That is correct. At least according to Ian Darke, and I believe any and everything Sir Ian says.
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    Re: USMNT: The March to Brazil - World Cup 2014

    Debating going up for it, I love this Belgium team. You didn't even mention

    Benteke
    Witzel
    De Bruyne

    They are absolutely stacked.

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    Re: USMNT: The March to Brazil - World Cup 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by 5TimeWSChamps View Post
    Rumor is that match is in Cleveland
    Definitely have to get tickets for me and the boys if true. Not often that they play in my backyard.
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    Re: USMNT: The March to Brazil - World Cup 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by 5TimeWSChamps View Post
    Debating going up for it, I love this Belgium team. You didn't even mention

    Benteke
    Witzel
    De Bruyne

    They are absolutely stacked.
    Or

    Van Buyten
    Mirallas
    Defour
    Lukaku
    Alderweireld
    Courtois

    Amazing how much talent is flowing out of Belgium these days.
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    Re: USMNT: The March to Brazil - World Cup 2014

    Bought my tickets today.
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    Re: USMNT: The March to Brazil - World Cup 2014

    Roster out for the next set of games.

    I think leaving off Donovan is a huge mistake. Donovan isn't 100% yet, but he is already better than Brad Davis and some of the other mids. He is also one of the only mids that plays wide.

    Rest of the roster looks to be fine. Holden's call up is more for the Gold Cup probably, but I hope he can make it back, he's one of my favorites.

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    Re: USMNT: The March to Brazil - World Cup 2014

    You may be proven correct, but I'd say there's definitely a little value in the team learning to play without Donovan.
    When/If he comes back to the US team, he should be a part of the team and not be responsible for all the responsibilities he has been forced to shoulder over the past 8+ years or so.

    I've always thought part of the problem with the US is that Donovan was the best player. This isn't to diminish his skills, I believe that he'd be a starter on pretty much any national team(minus maybe the absolute top of the top) but when he's the best player on the team, it shows how far the US was behind. When he's not only the best player, but pretty much designated the sole playmaker, as he was too often in Bradley's tenure, then it becomes far too easy for good and elite squads to shut the US down.
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    Re: USMNT: The March to Brazil - World Cup 2014

    The US just waffling out there.....

    Pretty ugly and worse undisciplined from the US tonight. Didn't move the ball well. Didn't anticipate anything. Terrible to embarrassing defense at times. I know it's a friendly and they haven't played together for a while and some guys are missing, but ugh.

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    Re: USMNT: The March to Brazil - World Cup 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by BuckeyeRed27 View Post
    The US just waffling out there.....

    Pretty ugly and worse undisciplined from the US tonight. Didn't move the ball well. Didn't anticipate anything. Terrible to embarrassing defense at times. I know it's a friendly and they haven't played together for a while and some guys are missing, but ugh.
    I caught about 20 minutes of the game. And granted my comparisons are the EPL as well as the most recent Champions League games. But the US team looked awful. They didn't control the ball well, they didn't possess the ball well, they didn't pass the ball well, they didn't move well without the ball. It looked like the first touch on a lot of the balls were poor and caused a loss of possession. Hopefully it will get better when they play more and get some of their better players in the lineup, but when guys like Altidore and Dempsey fail to make an impact your going to have problems.

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    Re: USMNT: The March to Brazil - World Cup 2014

    The US has a lot of work to do if they want to challenge for a spot among the elite. The roster is extremely thin and the coaching is suspect.

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    Re: USMNT: The March to Brazil - World Cup 2014

    Unfortunately, the only conclusion to this point is that the Klinsmann experiment has been a complete failure.

    Apparently Low was the true genius, just like we all feared.

    Klinsmann shows a poor eye towards tactics and an equally poor eye towards roster development and player selection.

    A complete misfire.
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    Re: USMNT: The March to Brazil - World Cup 2014

    Poor first touches and lack of possession-play has been a problem that has plagued the US side for decades throughout multiple regimes at the top.

    At what point do you recognize that there's a deeper problem with how we develop talent in this country beyond just who is running the USMNT?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor View Post
    Poor first touches and lack of possession-play has been a problem that has plagued the US side for decades throughout multiple regimes at the top.

    At what point do you recognize that there's a deeper problem with how we develop talent in this country beyond just who is running the USMNT?
    This squad is severely underperforming.

    The US needs a complete overhaul of our youth system, but the previous point stands.
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    Re: USMNT: The March to Brazil - World Cup 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by WMR View Post
    This squad is severely underperforming.

    The US needs a complete overhaul of our youth system, but the previous point stands.
    That is certainly a long term need, but isn't going to help us for 2014.

    I think a big issue now is that no one has any idea what the starting 11 is. It changes so often for a variety of reasons and there is very little consistency and I think that really showed on the field on Wednesday. The back four didn't have any idea what the others were doing and in the attack their were turnovers and hesitation for the same reason. Maybe that was just a first game back together thing and it will work itself out, but at this point I would hope there would be a better idea about who we are starting and what everyone's role is on the team.


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