Our pool probably isn't markedly better, but (outside of a couple of big names on the Costa Rican squad) it's not markedly worse, either. Admittedly I'm not an expert on Paraguayan soccer, but I wasn't blown away when I scanned through their squad and saw where their guys are playing their club soccer. I'm sure they'll be tough and defend well, like nearly every Paraguayan team in recent memory, but that's a game we should get 1 or 3 points from. Same goes for Costa Rica, who haven't taken three points off of us in a competitive game in the US in ages.The problem is that the US player pool isn't better than Costa Rica or Paraguay. I know many people don't want to accept this, but it's true. We have more players, but not better players. Joel Campbell would be the best CF on the US national team.
Agree completely. In 84 years' worth of World Cups, there have been nine countries that have made the final more than once, and nearly all of those countries have an unbroken history of having developed good talent and given a crap about the sport for half a century or more. It's extremely hard to get to a point where you're a consistent contender in international soccer, particularly when you were a backwater for the sport as recently as 30 years ago. People need to accept that it's going to take a decades-long series of small gains for us to get to that point, and just enjoy the ride, and the federation needs to operate with that goal in mind.I don't think the MLS vs big 3 European leagues debate is really about which place is better at developing players. It's really about whether the USA is a couple of players away from competing for a World Cup win, or if we are a couple of generations away. I think it's the latter, so I favor long term development through academies, improving the USSF, etc. If you think we are just one or two star players away from winning the World Cup then you probably think we should be sending as many guys to Europe as possible.
I expect, however, a whole lot of angst over the next six years or so for people who expect the USA to be a very strong team. Whether Klinsmann is fired or not.
I'm in Northern Virginia, so I'm in the same boat. My bet is that the Tuesday Chile v Panama ticket is going to be cheap on the secondary market. People will come in Thursday afternoon for Uruguay v Venezuela, hang around for the main event on Saturday (USA v Paraguay), then look to dump the third game.The venue passes are a brilliant, douchey scam. I'm in MD, so the closest games are Philly. There's no way I'm making that drive three separate times, nor am I staying in Philly. So it's either waste tickets or pray some single-game seats come available.
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I'd like to bring my Peruvian wife to the July 12 game vs Brasil at Gilette.
Do they do any sort of geographic seating? My last international soccer game was World Cup 94, S. Korea vs Bolivia (only scoreless draw of the tournament!) and they had "sides" for each nationality. I'd obviously like to be with the other Peruvians, regardless of how few there may be.
If they still do this - anyone know how to find out?
Also - any suggestions on best place to sit? For this game, as a gift to the wife, cost is no issue. But I also don't want to end up low/middle and have it be super snobby and stuffy.
And a big gain for our match vs them next Tuesday night. We'll (#29) probably need a result against either Costa Rica (#25) or Colombia (#4!) on Friday in order to make the breakout rounds over one of them, and you don't need to be a genius to know which is more likely. (latest rankings)Keylor Navas is out for Costa Rica. That's a big loss for them.
Osorio's record early on with Mexico inspires confidence. It has been almost perfect. Eight games in charge have produced eight wins, with just one goal conceded. It culminated with a largely convincing 3-1 victory over Uruguay in El Tri's crucial Group C opener last Sunday.
Yet, despite how positive the results have been, perhaps the biggest success for Osorio so far with Mexico has been the way he's won over the players. Many of them, according to whispers in the Mexican press, were unimpressed that a coach whose most successful period came in Colombia's first division had been hired. After all, his record in Mexico before taking the job was a spell with Liga MX minnow Puebla, with whom he won just two of the 11 games.
"We've found in him a very intelligent person and we have to extract everything and learn as much as possible because it is clear that he has very, very great knowledge," said left-back Miguel Layun after last Sunday's win.
Have they been doing the thing where they shrink the screen 25% to have a big thick border of extra advertising often, or was that just for the opener? It made me go damn near blind with irritation in the Colombia game, but I didn't see it in the Costa Rica game.Fox's coverage doesn't bode well for their World Cup coverage in 2 years.
The coverage has been awful. There were at least 5 instances in the last US game where the camera lingered on a play for way too long or they showed a replay and we weren't seeing what the announcer was talking about in live play. I think 2-3 of those times there was a scoring chance or at least something building where the announcer raised his voice and we couldn't see it because we had a close up of a face. Plus Lalas. I've been spoiled with NBCs near flawless broadcasts