US Soccer Catch-All

Prederick wrote:
Prederick wrote:

The USMNT's Brightest Dual National Is Suddenly On The Fence

Can't blame him in the slightest, the Oranje >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> USMNT.

Still though: :(

Well hot damn.

Guess we’ll see what it’s like to have a competent right back.

Prederick wrote:
Prederick wrote:

The USMNT's Brightest Dual National Is Suddenly On The Fence

Can't blame him in the slightest, the Oranje >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> USMNT.

Still though: :(

Well hot damn.

I was more than a little surprised to see that.

BlackSheep wrote:
Prederick wrote:
Prederick wrote:

The USMNT's Brightest Dual National Is Suddenly On The Fence

Can't blame him in the slightest, the Oranje >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> USMNT.

Still though: :(

Well hot damn.

Guess we’ll see what it’s like to have a competent right back.

I'll have you know DeAndre runs VERY fast.

(The kicking and tackling part, not so much but still!)

Heh, that's unexpected to say the least. Although I thought he looked adrift when he played for us a month or so ago.

Then again, the whole team looks adrift so he's fitting right in.

But yeah, good news I'd think?

Very nicely done Seattle. I'm interested to see how this ends (probably with back-to-back Atlanta titles but still).

@GrantWahl wrote:

If it’s the last thing I ever do, it will be to get them to officially change the name from “MLS Cup” to “MLS Cup final.” (The last games of the World Cup and FA Cup are not called “the World Cup” and “the FA Cup.”)

Agreed. Congrats to Seattle though!

Zlatan out, Thierry Henry in.

G'luck to Thierry, he walked into a sh*tstorm at Monaco and it did not work out (he wasn't great either) and I hope he makes it work here.

Prederick wrote:

Zlatan out

“Now go back to watch baseball.”

Hahaha. Like him or not, he definitely lives boldly.

Here we see the USMNT twitter account calling 2019 "a resurgent year" for the team.

That is definitely an adjective you can use.

Prederick wrote:

Here we see the USMNT twitter account calling 2019 "a resurgent year" for the team.

That is definitely an adjective you can use.

Hahahaha. The comments on that tweet tell the true story.

Prederick wrote:

Here we see the USMNT twitter account calling 2019 "a resurgent year" for the team.

That is definitely an adjective you can use.

Some have theorized that they meant it was a resurgent year for Zardes' national team output, but the text was ambiguous.

U.S. Soccer defends controversial hiring policy as numerous youth coaching jobs sit vacant

CHICAGO — On the third floor of U.S. Soccer House, an old mansion that serves as the headquarters for the U.S. Soccer Federation, there’s a bunch of clustered desks in one small room with whiteboards on the walls. This is where Gregg Berhalter and the coaching staff for the U.S. men’s national do their jobs: all together, face to face, in the same room.

Not only is the coaching staff working from the same office, which is new, but the USMNT staff is in the same building as most of the federation’s employees, having casual water cooler run-ins with U.S. Soccer’s press officers, legal counsel or social media gurus.

That’s exactly how Earnie Stewart, U.S. Soccer’s first sporting director, and president Carlos Cordeiro want it. It’s the result of the federation’s new “Chicago policy,” which asks everyone to move to Chicago and work at U.S. Soccer House or risk losing their job.

“In my mind, it’s unbelievable that our coaches are not together all the time,” Stewart told a small group of reporters Friday. “It’s one thing have formal conversations with each other, and these days you can do everything by computer and wifi, but we’ve now seen with myself, Kate (Markgraf) and the coaches, when you go to the coffee machine — and I know it sounds very simple — you’re talking about soccer once again.”

For Stewart, who vows the U.S. will build a cohesive style of play across every team at every age group, it’s a necessity. But the policy has been controversial within the American soccer community since it was implemented last year.

“It's ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous,” former USWNT coach Anson Dorrance told Soccer America this week. “Why narrow your coach hiring pool down by having all these ridiculous hurdles you have to clear?”

It may only exacerbate a problem where U.S. Soccer has more youth coach vacancies than coaches, critics say. These are the coaches responsible for developing the next players for the senior national teams, and it’s hard to build a style of play without any coaches to do it.

GNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRGH

@GrantWahl wrote:

The last 4 USMNT coaches pre-Berhalter lived in Southern California, Southern California, Southern California and Southern California. They all had USSF offices and training sites there. But now they’re all required to live in frigid Chicago without USSF training sites?

GNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHH

Is Chicago a hotbed of youth soccer? US Soccer House has been there for a while, longer than Cordeiro and Stewart, I believe.

I do understand that it's hard to coordinate remotely. We had a pipe break in my office and flood several floors this year, so we worked remotely for two and a half weeks. I worked from home. It sucked for teamwork, and productivity in general.

On the other hand, I'm not at all sure that US Soccer is better off than it was four years ago, to borrow a phrase from politics.