US Soccer Catch-All

3-0. Will take it.

I thought we looked fantastic. McKennie, Acosta, LDLT were all excellent. Weah had a ton of energy and was unlucky not to find the net. Honestly, there were too many good performances to mention. Naturally, you consider how the conditions and being already eliminated affected Honduras, but still, a very good performance.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

Naturally, you consider how the conditions and being already eliminated affected Honduras, but still, a very good performance.

Apparently multiple players got yanked for hypothermia, which, I mean, if we're rejiggering the WC in Qatar due to extreme heat....

...still taking the points though.

Damn… Panama got stomped. A questionable pk, but holy hell - I was watching the Mexico/Honduras game and the Panama/US game at the same time in a Mexican bar and got some ugly looks like it was Germany /Brazil all over again.

BlackSheep wrote:

Damn… Panama got stomped. A questionable pk, but holy hell - I was watching the Mexico/Honduras game and the Panama/US game at the same time in a Mexican bar and got some ugly looks like it was Germany /Brazil all over again.

Glad you got out of there

Too bad Canada lost to CR last week or we'd already be qualified.

BTW congrats to Canada for qualifying today!

Hrdina wrote:
BlackSheep wrote:

Damn… Panama got stomped. A questionable pk, but holy hell - I was watching the Mexico/Honduras game and the Panama/US game at the same time in a Mexican bar and got some ugly looks like it was Germany /Brazil all over again.

Glad you got out of there

Too bad Canada lost to CR last week or we'd already be qualified.

BTW congrats to Canada for qualifying today!

Honestly, I'd love to see the US go in fighting and scrapping for important wins, especially with the rash of injuries to some of the starting core and allowing some of the players in-depth behind guys like Reyna and McKinnie to get some do-or-die time on the pitch.

Big congrats to the boys up north in their impressive qualifying play throughout. Canada will be a fun team to watch during the WC for sure, no matter who the end up drawn with. My hope is that they're a bit of an unknown so they get stuck in the 'easy' group that will have the host nation in it.

BlackSheep wrote:

Honestly, I'd love to see the US go in fighting and scrapping for important wins, especially with the rash of injuries to some of the starting core and allowing some of the players in-depth behind guys like Reyna and McKinnie to get some do-or-die time on the pitch.

Well, after the Debacle at T&T last time around I would have preferred to go into this match with no pressure.

That said, CR has to win by a lot, which will theoretically give us counterattack opportunities.

Well, good enough I suppose.

Not wasting any time, the Group Stage Draw will be on Friday 1 April at 1200 EDT.

FSU’s women soccer head coach (and 3 time national champion) Mark Krikorian just suddenly resigned. No word as to why and he is still young enough to keep coaching.

I think it’s a sign of the times that I hope he resigned due to internal politics as opposed to other reasons

Why does the US and Mexico get higher pot draws if Canada won the table?

Based on Fifa world rankings I believe.

Medmey wrote:

Based on Fifa world rankings I believe.

Indeed! And the FIFA rankings have a lot of inertia. I was just reading a thread about how they don't take goal differentials into account, just wins, draws, and losses.

Fedaykin98 wrote:
Medmey wrote:

Based on Fifa world rankings I believe.

Indeed! And the FIFA rankings have a lot of inertia. I was just reading a thread about how they don't take goal differentials into account, just wins, draws, and losses.

What about quality losses Fed?

(sorry see you in the NCAA thread in a few months)

Carlbear95 wrote:
Fedaykin98 wrote:
Medmey wrote:

Based on Fifa world rankings I believe.

Indeed! And the FIFA rankings have a lot of inertia. I was just reading a thread about how they don't take goal differentials into account, just wins, draws, and losses.

What about quality losses Fed?

(sorry see you in the NCAA thread in a few months)

I just want to know who Liked this before I did. Ego Man?

I do like having competitive matches this summer to keep the squad sharp, although the format of this tournament is such that we're playing teams where we absolutely should dominate - not anything that tests us.

Is New York City FC’s stay at Yankee Stadium really an insult to soccer?

Since joining Major League Soccer in 2015, NYC FC has played the majority of its home games in the Bronx-based Yankee Stadium, home to Major League Baseball’s Yankees whose owners, Yankee Global Enterprises, also have a 20% stake in the soccer club. It was supposed to be a temporary measure while NYC FC worked on finding a site for a permanent, soccer-specific home, but eight seasons later the club is still there, playing on a baseball field.

And it’s still seen as a stopgap. The search continues for a site to develop a new facility, but there have been roadblocks at every turn. Many see the situation as an embarrassment for the club, and indeed, MLS. But many NYC FC fans genuinely enjoy elements of the Yankee Stadium experience, especially the supporters’ sections.

The Guardian spoke to a number of NYC FC fans, online and in person, who are keen on Yankee Stadium. For many, it’s simply easier to get to than other venues where the team has played – Yankee Stadium can be reached on a number of subway lines and is near the Metro North line for fans coming into the city. And the fact that the team has now been in the area for a number of years, means many of its most loyal fans live nearby (the Bronx also has the highest proportion of Hispanic people among New York’s five boroughs, a demographic with a strong soccer following). Moving to another venue would mean a longer journey for many of the club’s fans.

Citi Field, the Queens-based home of the New York Mets, has been a secondary home venue for NYC FC in recent years. Many enjoy watching games there, but those who are part of a supporters’ group tend to prefer Yankee Stadium as the bleachers make for an ideal place to congregate behind the goal.

“Yankee Stadium looks a lot worse on TV than in person, in my opinion, and I love my seats there in section 135 below the supporters’ section,” says Brooklyn-based NYC FC fan Björn Bellenbaum. “I take my kids to the games, they’re teenagers now but for the first few years standing room/general admission wasn’t really an option. But we do get into it so we like to be close to the supporters’ section, so that area of seats below the bleachers is perfect and obviously wouldn’t exist in that way in a soccer stadium.”

I've been, and I admit, I thought it was chintzy and weird. And let's not even discuss that hilariously pathetic banner that really sells the whole "second-class citizens" vibe.

But I hadn't heard the opinions of fans who like it, since most of the criticisms (as the article notes) have come from non-NYCFC fans. Plus, to be fair, there's literally almost nowhere in NYC to put a new stadium.

The Dynamo winning the Open Cup a few years ago remains the only time I've attended a game where my team won a championship of whatever kind. Wanted to tune in last night to follow the feel-good David and Goliath story to its conclusion but couldn't; I guess I didn't miss anything.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

The Dynamo winning the Open Cup a few years ago remains the only time I've attended a game where my team won a championship of whatever kind. Wanted to tune in last night to follow the feel-good David and Goliath story to its conclusion but couldn't; I guess I didn't miss anything.

I got to watch NYRB lose the Open Cup final to Chicago (a long time ago now, so they were still Metro at the time).

Other than that.... I saw the NJ Devils win the Eastern Conference against the Flyers in 1995.

Hadn't noticed Philly's been beating the living daylights out of everyone this season.

A +46 GD in 31 games? Daaaaaaaaaaaaamn.

Prederick wrote:

Hadn't noticed Philly's been beating the living daylights out of everyone this season.

A +46 GD in 31 games? Daaaaaaaaaaaaamn.

They are +21 just over their last five matches:
5:1 Orlando
2:0 RBNY
4:1 Atlanta
6:0 Colorado
6:0 DC

It really is the year of the Union!

Mixolyde wrote:

It really is the year of the Union!

After all that discussion, they ended up 0:0 today at Atlanta.

Well!

That sucked.

*gawks*

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Seems like GWJ doesn't support the :barf: emoji.

0-0. Outshot by Saudi Arabia.

Are we punching the panic button? My hand is hovering over it now.

I know the result sucked, but I thought we looked pretty good at times. Supposedly this wasn't the full strength Saudi squad, though...