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Old 07-01-2014, 02:43 PM   #1801
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Believe what you want, but there are some things you can't teach and can't gain through practice, like being 6'5", 270 and still being able to run a 4.5. I do not believe EVERY SINGLE athlete that made it in this sport would make it in another, I am saying that if you had guys with that ceiling of athletic ability in an environment that promoted soccer above everything else, you would see more of them go that route and do very well. It's my opinion, but not one that several others don't share:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/josephbernst...ccer-wed-win-e

That is a fun little take on the starting lineup of some of our best athletes. He makes a good point about Calvin Johnson being a goalie. Check out his SportsScience video:

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=7636597

"...from a standing start, Megatron can cover an area of about 4000 cubic feet, that's the largest range we've ever analyzed and the space of a typical 2 car garage." (Basically he can cover more than cover an entire soccer goal from a standing position)

Of course you can argue that his hand eye coordination, jumping ability, etc. etc. etc. would only help him on a football field and on no other sports surface, but I consider that to be, well, sheer nonsense as you put it. That doesn't mean he can play ALL sports, and I'm not saying that. Maybe he can't swing a club or a bat. But if your job is to stop a ball from getting past you, he's got ALL of the physical tools to be the absolute best at that and there isn't even a close second.
Little warning about the eagle-rection spewing patriotism would have been nice.

Funny thing is we have a tendency to produce top tier GK's already. I'm sticking with Deion, no man on this planet could stay in step with that cat. He would only require mediocre ball skills with his speed, same requirement in the NFL.
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Argentina looking pedestrian again vs the Swiss. If you can contain messi you can contain Argentina (much like Portugal).


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Old 07-01-2014, 02:47 PM   #1803
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Argentina looking pedestrian again vs the Swiss. If you can contain messi you can contain Argentina (much like Portugal).


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Old 07-01-2014, 02:49 PM   #1804
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Little warning about the eagle-rection spewing patriotism would have been nice.

Funny thing is we have a tendency to produce top tier GK's already. I'm sticking with Deion, no man on this planet could stay in step with that cat. He would only require mediocre ball skills with his speed, same requirement in the NFL.
I am not sure what you are referring to, I didn't see anything that was NSFW. If you did I apologize as I certainly try not to look at that stuff myself, much less link it to others.
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And THIS is why Ronaldo can't even hold Messi's jockstrap. Messi makes his team better and he scores. Assist in stoppage time - Argentina leads the Swiss 1-0!
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Old 07-01-2014, 03:17 PM   #1807
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Swiss goalkeeper tries a bicycle kick. Swiss have a header off the post, crashing the goal in desperation!
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Knockout Stage
Round of 16QuartersSemisFinalSemisQuartersRound of 16
Brazil     Netherlands
6/28  Final  6/29
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4 of 7 knockout round matches have gone to extra time, 2 to penalty kicks!

#1 seed from each group has advanced to the quarters in all 7 matches. Will it happen again or will the US break that streak?
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4 of 7 knockout round matches have gone to extra time, 2 to penalty kicks!

#1 seed from each group has advanced to the quarters in all 7 matches. Will it happen again or will the US break that streak?
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Old 07-01-2014, 03:28 PM   #1811
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From JK, Altidore will not start.
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Thanks for that info, Jeremy.

I hope we score first and often and allow Altidore to get more rest. However, I expect to see him at the beginning of the second half.
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If we play really well today, we'll get the opportunity to let Messi do that to us on the 5th. He's absurd.
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We're running a 4-3-3 today

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Old 07-01-2014, 03:44 PM   #1815
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I know i am in the minority, but zusi and Jones should not start
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More aggressive attacking formation. Be interesting to see how this turns out
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Really this is a lineup designed to attack and then defend. Cameron in at midfield? I hate that. I hope I'm wrong.

IN essence we're going to look like a 4-2-1-3 again....but with 2 CDMs---Jones and Cameron and a CAM in Bradley letting Johnson make constant attacking runs.



With Zusi, Johnson and Bedoya making runs up and down the sidelines I HOPE we get an early goal or two

Hazard has yet to show out...I hope he continues to disappoint...

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And THIS is why Ronaldo can't even hold Messi's jockstrap. Messi makes his team better and he scores. Assist in stoppage time - Argentina leads the Swiss 1-0!
Didn't Ronaldo end their final game on an assist?
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Old 07-01-2014, 04:02 PM   #1819
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I just saw that Cameron and Gonzalez are starting. Here's what I think we are doing.

Cameron will serve as a defensive midfielder. Why Cameron over Beckerman? I can only guess it's due to the size of Belgium. They have some guys that are just giants. I'm sure Cameron will drop back and we will crowd and the box and put big men in there when they have headers.

I don't really see this as an attacking formation. Just because it shows as a 4-3-3 doesn't mean it will run like one. I expect Zusi or Bedoya to drop back a little to a midfield role as Cameron drops back to create 5 in the back line. I think Bradley may push up a little to try and create more. I see creating chances through the midfield but I don't see Zusi or Bedoya attacking.

This is a defensive formation with a counter attacking front set which will be set up with passing.
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Hope I'm wrong but that personnel grouping is looking alot like a 5-4-1, defend, defend, defend and hope to hit them on a counter.
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