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Odds & Ends: Nicht Gut Ausgabe

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  • My “hot take” on Jamaica’s 2-1 victory over the United States in the Gold Cup semi-final match is this:  both teams got exactly what they deserved from this match.
  • On a related note, while those around you dissect the minutiae of USMNT’s problems, look into your heart and consider this question:  With the exception of Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey was there a player on the Gold Cup roster during this tournament who would be a regular selection (never mind “starter”) for any nation ranked above the U.S. by FIFA?
  • Jermaine Jones will travel to Chicago with the New England Revolution for Saturday’s match against the Fire.  Whether he will play or not remains in question.  If you are a Revolution supporter there’s really only one answer you want to hear.
  • The fact that Diego Fagundez dominated the Revolution’s 1-0 over New York F.C. last Saturday is great news for both the player and the Revolution.
  • Also from that match, I’ve never felt worse for a player than I did for David Villa as I did on Saturday. He made the runs, he made the passes, etc. and the rest of his teammates just kind of ran around in circles with dumb looks on their faces.  Were he a less classy player he might well have just walked off the pitch in the middle of play to see if anyone even noticed.
  • Sheffield Wednesday are charging away supporters £39 (roughly $61) for the “privilege” of seeing their club play at Hillsborough.  They know they are still in the Championship, right?
  • Aberdeen have progressed in the Europa League and Inverness Caledonian Thistle have not.  Works for me!
  • In troubling news for my wallet, Ross County F.C. have opened a new, expanded, club shop which will house a larger range of merchandise.  The previous “club shop” was essentially a disused utility room with replica kits and not much else.  Looks like I’ll need to start saving early for 2017!
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2 comments on “Odds & Ends: Nicht Gut Ausgabe

  1. Martinovich
    July 23, 2015

    What I’ve loved most is article after article about how the US defense couldn’t handle the Jamaican counter attack and that the team lost because of Jurgen’s lack of tactical prowess. Both goals were scored off set pieces, one of which happened because Guzan made a boneheaded play. Almost none of the writers have mentioned “Hmmm. Maybe a regular lineup, and not switching it around like it’s the Labor Day Socceroo Festival each game?” I’m not sure that Jurgen thought this tourney was all that important. His weird lineups and constant tinkering sure didn’t reflet that attitude.

    • weefuse
      July 23, 2015

      We are not yet- and may never be- good enough to get by on “star power” alone, even against teams that are, in theory, far inferior to us. There needs to be a system that makes the most of the players and into which players can be plugged/unplugged. Gordon Strachan is doing WONDERS with far less “talent” than Klinsmann is working with because they are playing as a team- especially defensively- and working to create chances rather than waiting for Dempsey (or whomever) to bail them out with a piece of individual brilliance.

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