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Saturday, June 3

Bruce Arena = Drunk

The bottle of wine pictured here costs 52,121 Euros. It is a 1999 edition of a 1799 Chateau Lafite Rothschild. Of course, its value is nothing compared to the hero of Sam's Army. "Claudio's like a fine wine," Arena said. "He gets better with age. He'll be more prepared for this World Cup than the last one and he knows that this is one of his last great opportunities as a player." Well now, isn't that a comparison? It's bad enough that this bum stinks up the Eastlands AND the USMNT...but to have the mumbling midget say this really takes the cake. Can't wait for the drubbbings by the Czechs, Itals and Ghanjans!


  • Off to WC fantasy draft in a few. 442 actually has the US advancing to the second round instead of the Czechs but will give both teams a miss. Italy will go through in my opinion though Marcello Balboa thinks its the US and the Czechs so maybe I should just stay home.

    Having watched Latvia last weekend it reminded me of a conversation with a young kid at work who was in the regional whatever and played against Eddie Johnson and Beasely. I asked him why the US did not play more directly and run at players in the final third and shoot. He told me that at these camps they are taught to always pass and players who can actually run with the ball are weeded out. This would explain why the US kept passing sideways / backwards in the box when they had a step on the defender and could have had a go. It's the freakin eejit coaches in the US set-up.

    By Blogger Chris P, at 2:05 PM  

  • For those who were 'there'...

    "England does in fact make wine - but we know it's Shìt. Rather than bang on about how great English wine is, we ignore it, because we've tried the best wines in the word - this is why we know how poor English wine is. We maximize our pleasure by enjoying the best on offer, rather than having a glass of English plonk and a mouth like a cat's arse."

    By Blogger Rich Hughes, at 4:45 PM  

  • Just so the bhoys on this blog who are overseas understand, the best youth club coaches in the USA coach the girls. The female college players here - and those who matriculate to the women's national team from college or top youth clubs - actually do take on defenders 1v1 and shoot/attack in the final third of the pitch. The reasons are simple: the best female athletes in the USA are playing soccer and basketball as kids; the best boys play football, baseball and basketball before soccer. Thus, the developing female players face more intense competition (relative to skill level), more scrutiny from better coaches and, at the same time, they are encouraged to be creative. This doesn't happen for the men. Thus, the "results" on the world stage. I wish things were different here and, for a time, I thought I would be one of the coaches to change things. A bit like Sisyphus, frankly. Reality is reality. 100 years from now, maybe a Jules Rimet. Though still not likely...

    By Blogger George Cuddy, at 5:03 PM  

  • One of my chicago mates has a theory. He blames footy here being a middle class sport. He says you need to grow up hungry and impoverished to be truely motivated..

    By Blogger Rich Hughes, at 5:12 PM  

  • It's size too. Look at Beasley, Landy, Reyna, O'Brien, Cherundalo, Twellman, they're all midgets.

    Soccer loses it's athletes of size to other more lucrative sports here. Yeah, yeah, tell me all about Onyewu. But before you do, answer this? Why are they always banging on about what a huge guy he is? I say it's because it's such an anomaly.

    Sure we've got Ching and McBride as well, but the heart of our side are midgets.

    By Blogger gooner71, at 5:27 PM  

  • Tough to argue with someone who's a registered coach, but I didn't encounter weaker coaching along gender lines. Any chance, GAC, that this would be a regional thing? If we're looking for broader reasons for why we play the way we do, I'd say class has more to do with it, and as others have conceded elsewhere, that's beginning to change. Say what you will about IMG, but I think it was a necessary step in the game's evolution here, and I'm OK with it. Does it encourage individual play and taking people on? Clearly not given what we've seen, but what national academy does? Look, in the rest of the world, national academies serve to seek out and harness raw talent, in our case it serves to identify and nurture talent by way of putting people in a football-intensive environment. Everyone here knows pretty well that once kids (of all backgrounds and in all regions) in the USA start playing footie the way they've always basketball, things will look different. We're getting there, slowly but surely, and judging from what we looked like in 1990 I'd say we're doing well. If Reyna happens to be an effective player in our set-up, I really don't care what else is said. I'll let the results speak for themselves, and if he's shite come one week from today, I'll be the first to admit it. With any luck, I'll be able to post from an Internet cafe somewhere in Duesseldorf after downing a few celebratory beers in Gelsenkirchen.

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