Some random, settled-in thoughts as the Argentina friendly is left behind.
• Edson Buddle back to Germany is interesting. Is it me or do you feel he’s just not given his shot for some reason?
Then again, I’m not watching at practice like George Vecsey.
• So little in a scoreline, fair to say that if Argentina finishes their chances the outcome and reception for the Yanks efforts is very different. That said, a poor pinball effect had Cambiasso finishing the lone goal.
• If Argentina was the CONMEBOL equivalent of Mexico, then Paraguay is the equivalent of Honduras. Almost missed that US Soccer; nice job on the friendlies.
Horrible job on the pitch–unless the patchwork pitch actually played to the Yanks advantage. Conspiracy theorists unite!
• Those making comparisons between Juan Agudelo and Eddie Johnson don’t watch a lot of soccer, do they.
The most impressive part of Agudelo’s game Saturday night wasn’t his goal. It was his feel for the game and his temperament on the ball.
Eddie Johnson has all the skill in the world and he’s probably still faster than Agudelo, but he’s never been able to compete because he gets caught offsides all the time, I mean, because his mental game hasn’t progressed.
Measure Agudelo on his entire game, not his scoring numbers.
• Our preview out in a little bit today. Paraguay’s game is easy enough to dissect. What will be difficult will be who Bradley feels he needs to give a rest to after Saturday night.
I do expect to see Jermaine Jones for that counter attack downfield volley Poland-game style.
From the fan forum:
TSG reader “Crow” was kind enough to drop some dialogue from the fan forum in the comment section. Thanks. Selected thoughts republished below:….
Some notes from the “fan forum”:
I used a question someone had posted about whether recent “dual-nationals” such as Teal Bunbury, Timmy Chandler, etc. committing to The National Team was a coincidence or part of a “better effort” to target dual nationals or part of a different strategy. Sunil basically said that I had it in my question- just comes down to a personal decision.
He did open up a bit, though, telling a few interesting specific stories. For instance, he told a story about how while he was at the Confed Cup in 2009, he told a FIFA official the story of Giuseppi Rossi (shortly before he entered the game) and shortly after he scored that brace. More interesting- he talked about about private discussions he and other members of USSF/coaching staff had with Subotic and others .
Apparently, in some cases the players didn’t want to play for the US because it was easier to play in Europe travel-wise. He commented that he did not agree with the FIFA rule to allow players to change nationalities after playing at any level for a certain country (Subotic leaving and Jermaine Jones coming to the USA). I mentioned how Timothy Chandler had said in an interview this week about the fact that he liked the American program over the German program because it was “different” in a good way. I asked if this could be highlighted to potential dual-nationals or if in the long run it just comes down to a personal decision and he went with personal decision.
An older man and his son from Las Cruces, New Mexico came to the game and commented how there was barely any advertising/marketing for the game nationwide or in New York City.
Sunil vehemently disagreed saying their was a “buzz” about the game along with a big billboard he had seen after leaving JFK airport.
Sunil acknowledge that more can be done to promote the team. The man made an interesting point how when these games come it is almost that the message is: ARGENTINA is coming, BRAZIL is coming, SPAIN is coming and not that the USA is playing. I thought this was a good point but Sunil didn’t really address it.
Someone asked about a Technical Director and Sunil was actually very open saying it was discussed and different candidates have been interviewed and Bob knows about it.
He made the point how the women’s program has a Technical Director and Coach and it works well. He acknowledged that the coach and technical director would obviously have to work together and cooperate for it to work.
A question was asked about the pay-to-play setup in the USA, but he just talked glowingly about the US Developmental Academies. I’m not sure how they are set up exactly but who can actually attend? A man in the crowd originally from Southern California and now living in Balitmore, MD mentioned about how many inner-city youth aren’t exposed to soccer but apparently these academies are the solution according to Sunil.
A few light hearted questions were asked as well.