- Jun 15, 2002
Strong weekend for US goals so far.
That's too bad for him, but I think it's good for the USMNT. I like him a lot as a manager, and it was clear that despite their results, his players were most certainly not giving up on him and still performing as best they could. They were the recipients of bad luck -- their GD puts them 10th instead of 14th, where they are. I like him and would feel better with him than GB.Hadn't seen this elsewhere and it's not brand new news, but Pelligrino Matarazzo was relieved of his duties at Stuttgart. They were winless in nine matches so it makes sense. It was clear in that statement that there was a degree of respect for Matarrazo still at the club. Another name in the hat of potential USMNT managers post WC22. I'd prefer someone with experience managing a national team, but if US Soccer is prioritizing American coaches than he's a solid option.
Also, Josh Sargent scored again and is tied for the lead in goals scored in the Championship.
As a Union fan, I was very surprised to see him move to Frankfurt. He played very limited minutes for the Union this year and seemed to feature only in the "fresh legs to run at tired defenses" role. Jack McGlynn more than doubled his minutes and looked way more dangerous (and versatile) when he was on the field. I agree with @InstaFace that he flashed at the U20 World Cup but it seemed like he needed to take a role in MLS before moving to Europe.Brenden Aaronson’s younger brother Paxton moving to Eintracht Frankfurt. Brenden is one of my favorites to watch on USMNT and Leeds. Any Philadelphia fans or someone who watches under-20s have a scouting report? Comparable to his brother? Possibly a future USMNT player?
A lot of that is contextual though, Paxton has Gazdag in his position at an MVP level and Brendan didn’t.As a Union fan, I was very surprised to see him move to Frankfurt. He played very limited minutes for the Union this year and seemed to feature only in the "fresh legs to run at tired defenses" role. Jack McGlynn more than doubled his minutes and looked way more dangerous (and versatile) when he was on the field. I agree with @InstaFace that he flashed at the U20 World Cup but it seemed like he needed to take a role in MLS before moving to Europe.
Of course, I also said that his brother should have dominated games in MLS before going to Europe and I couldn't have been more wrong when he was better at Salzburg than he was in Philly. They do both share that "sure I can dribble through 3 guys and try to curl the ball into the corner with the outside of my foot" gene.
The fun part is that there is a sister who is well regarded too. She's an '06 so we'll have to wait a bit on her.
These are his 2020 highlights for Orlando City, when he was a 19yo rookie drafted out of college. They made my eyes bug out a bit, especially at the power of his full-effort shot:I still say he has a real nose for space. There’s a lot here to work with.
I don't see any comp to Jozy at all. Dike understands space in a way Jozy can't even pretend to process.I’m certain I’ve said this before but the most eye-popping thing for me was when I first said something like “oh it’ll be great to have a big striker again, we haven’t had anyone with legit size since Jozy” only to go back and discover that Dike has about 3 stone on Jozy. Guy could play free safety.
3 stone = 42 pounds, for those of us who don't speak British. And don't ask me why the plural of "stone" isn't "stones", because I don't know. Maybe ask John Stones.I’m certain I’ve said this before but the most eye-popping thing for me was when I first said something like “oh it’ll be great to have a big striker again, we haven’t had anyone with legit size since Jozy” only to go back and discover that Dike has about 3 stone on Jozy. Guy could play free safety.
(the rest of the article is good stuff, too)He looks like a linebacker. As a kid from Edmond, an Oklahoma City suburb, it’s almost shocking he isn’t one. But Dike, the youngest of five, had no choice. His parents, both Nigerian immigrants, played soccer. They also play a little tennis and badminton as well. And even though the alternate universe where Daryl is lodging a shuttlecock into an opponent’s thigh off a volley out of sheer force sounds amazing, soccer was always the focus. Matches were always on the living room TV in the Dikes' apartment.
He also literally had no choice. His parents wouldn’t let him on a football field despite pleas from local coaches. Too dangerous. Sometimes that even applied to soccer. At 16, Daryl’s club team went to play a USL League Two team made up of college players. His mom requested that he not play out of safety concerns. Daryl was already a giant on the field, and at the same age his brother Bright broke the arm of an opposing goalkeeper in the Oklahoma state tournament ... on a shot. To everyone else, it was unclear who the safety concerns should actually be for.
The only alternative to Scuffed that I think deserves mention is Total Soccer Show with Taylor Rockwell and Joe Lowery. They'll cover MLS and other soccer goings-on as well as the USMNT. They're a little more rah-rah and a little less contemplative than Scuffed (Belz and Greg have a McCartney-Lennon dynamic going on where the latter is the cheeky pessimist and the former is the optimistic ex-journalist who always sees the good in everyone), but TSS does have a wider, non-american perspective through Graham Ruthven. The other reason I don't like them is that they're part of The Athletic podcast network and this means lots and lots of in-show ad reads which are annoying to skip if you're, say, listening while out for a run, but I put up with that for some other podcasts so it's not fatal (and, hell, I still subscribe to TSS on my podcast feed) - just go in knowing that you'll be annoyed by it every episode.
There are also some podcasts hosted by, or with, USMNT players themselves, and they'll often have other players on as guests and do long-form interviews with them. Those can be real good supplements to the two analytical podcasts. In order of preference:
The Crack Podcast (DaMarcus Beasley and Oguchi Onyewu)
Orange Slices (Mark McKenzie and Heath Pierce)
Chum Chat (Tanner Tessmann and Jon Gomez's brother)
Indirect (Tim Ream)
Awesome, thanks! Thinking I may have to join the Patreon. With my first couple listens to Scuffed I realized it gave me the same kinds of feelings I get reading TB's awesome work here and that I want more of it in my life.I'll also throw out In Soccer We Trust. I don't necessarily always agree with their takes, but the opinion of three former USMNTers does carry some weight- Jimmy Conrad, Heath Pierce (again), and old friend Charlie Davies. The Conrad schtick can grate on me at times, but they do have some nice insight into the process of being on the team, qualifying, selection and so on.
A bunch of us here are part of the Scuffed Patreon which is like $2 a month and gets you 2-3 times the content. You can also get on their Discord, though it's a bit much for me. Well worth it overall. They have instructions on subscribing on every episode.