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Since no one else got around to starting a 2020 thread, here it is:

Camp Cupcake "Newbies": https://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2020/01/usmnts-2020-january-camp-newbies

Some FC Dallas Shmo Added Late to Camp: https://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2020/01/usmnt-adds-fc-dallas-midfielder-brandon-servania-to-january-camp-roster

Brian McBride is hired to a powerless job so he'll stop criticizing US Soccer: https://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2020/01/brian-mcbride-named-general-manager-of-us-mens-national-team


First USMNT match of the year:  February 1st @ 2:55 CST vs Costa Rica in Carson, CA (Galaxy's stadium)

US Olympic Men's Qualifying:  https://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2020/01/u23-usmnt-face-costa-rica-dominican-republic-and-mexico-at-2020-concacaf-mens-olympic-qualifying
-March 20th- vs Costa Rica
-March 23rd- vs Dominican Republic
-March 26th- vs Mexico

 

The women will qualify for the Olympics and yada-yada-yada... lobster bisque.

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Did you just yada-yada scissoring?  That's the best part.

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Posrep for starting the 2020 thread, Nap. Apathy is at an all-time high.

Very weird to have a friendly with Costa Rica in February and then a qualifying match six or so weeks later.

 

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1 hour ago, Knoxtnhorn said:

F yeah!  I'm so out of it, I didn't even know we had a player named Indiana.  Sweet.

His parents emigrated from Bulgaria and he's supposedly named after Indiana Jones. 

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2 hours ago, ATLLonghorn said:

His parents emigrated from Bulgaria and he's supposedly named after Indiana Jones. 

Even cooler.  Indy!!!!

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17 yo Reyna goes in at 72nd minute for Dortmund. 


Really impressive seeing how fast he has progressed with Dortmund in 6 months.

On January 18, 2020, Reyna made his Bundesliga debut for Borussia Dortmund, coming on as a substitute in the 72nd minute, in a 5–3 win against FC Augsburg. Hence, he became the youngest American, aged 17 years and 66 days, to ever appear in the Bundesliga, a record previously set by Christian Pulisic.

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48 minutes ago, shnsajax said:

Really impressive seeing how fast he has progressed with Dortmund in 6 months.

"On January 18, 2020, Reyna made his Bundesliga debut for Borussia Dortmund, coming on as a substitute in the 72nd minute, in a 5–3 win against FC Augsburg. Hence, he became the youngest American, aged 17 years and 66 days, to ever appear in the Bundesliga, a record previously set by Christian Pulisic."

 

He is significantly better than Pulisic was at this point. You really can't even compare the two.

At this age, Pulisic was still wallowing away in the reserves/U-19 depths. 

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12 hours ago, dogbreath said:

17 yo Reyna goes in at 72nd minute for Dortmund. 

He has been killing it from all the stuff I’ve seen/read. I’m drinking kool aid again

Edited by Zepol87

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Yeah, but what are the chances we get all of our talent on the pitch at the same time with SoccerShaka? I think you know. 

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Barcelona make U.S. youth Konrad ultimatum over new deal - sources

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Barcelona have made United States youth international Konrad de la Fuente an ultimatum, sources have told ESPN, as negotiations continue over a new contract.

The Spanish club have made De la Fuente an improved offer, with his terms up in the summer, but have told him if he doesn't accept it he risks being sidelined for the rest of the season.

ESPN revealed last month that talks over a contract renewal had stalled with De la Fuente keen to move to Hertha Berlin, where he would link up with former U.S national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

There has also interest from other Bundesliga clubs.

Barca remain keen to hang on to the forward and have upped their offer to an initial salary of €450,000 annually rising to €600,000 over the course of a three-year deal, club sources said.

However, the latest offer comes with an ultimatum: sign the terms or risk not playing for the club again...

https://www.espn.com/soccer/soccer-transfers/story/4036704/barcelona-make-us-youth-konrad-ultimatum-over-new-deal-sources

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First off, fuck Barca for putting that ultimatum out there. Cracking into Barca’s first team as a forward is damn near impossible. On the other hand they increased there offer by 33% to keep him. Would he even make $600,000 a year at Hertha? Kid has some good options for an 18 year old.

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15 hours ago, Braff Zacklin said:

De la Fuente? More like De la Fuerte, amirite?

...meh...

The tournament I watched him in has me excited for the first 5 to 10 minutes he was in a match and then disappoint after I realized that he was a one trick pony whose trick was quickly figured out by the left back and after that he was completely neutralized. Considering he was playing against other U-17 players (I think... or maybe U-20), I didn't think that it was so great that nubes could quickly neutralize him.


But in much more exciting news, that will have everyone screaming "FUCK YEAH !!"...

Toronto FC's Bradley could miss months after ankle op

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Los Angeles (AFP) - Toronto FC captain and United States midfielder Michael Bradley will have ankle surgery and could miss up to four months, the Major League Soccer team said Monday.

Bradley was hurt in Toronto's loss to the Seattle Sounders in the MLS Cup final last November.

He is scheduled to have surgery on Tuesday, Toronto general manager Ali Curtis said, after attempts to rehabilitate the "very severe and complicated" injury without surgery failed.

"Ankles are finicky," Curtis said. "Sometimes they tend to take long to recover. You’ve got to be careful with those types of injuries and surgery is the last resort, typically, in terms of what you want to do."

But Bradley's Toronto and USA teammate Jozy Altidore said he thought the club had handled the situation "poorly."

"Two months have gone by and now he's having surgery and he'll be out until June."

Bradley played the full 90 minutes in the MLS Cup final, and it wasn't clear exactly when he suffered the injury.

Curtis indicated that he was hurt on a challenge with Seattle's Roman Torres around the half-hour mark.

Toronto FC open their MLS campaign on February 29 at San Jose.

https://sports.yahoo.com/toronto-fcs-bradley-could-miss-months-ankle-op-231559563--sow.html


...while you never want to see someone get hurt, if this is what it takes to get GGB to play Adams (or McKinney, when Adams is hurt) at the #6, then fucking BRING IT ON !!!!

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On 1/18/2020 at 10:33 AM, ATLLonghorn said:

18 year old Indiana Vassilev just came on for Aston Villa

... and he's back on again in the 77th minute today!  Sweet!

INDYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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On 1/21/2020 at 12:25 PM, Ted Lange said:

 

 

you didn't trumpet the big news in that article..... on saturday Gio Reyna at 66 days past his 17th birthday became by far the youngest USian to ever play in the bundesliga.

he's on the bench again today in one hour as BvB host Koln 1330c on fs2

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With the next cycle starting to ramp up, I need to refresh myself on the player pool.  I didn't even know who Ferreira  was.  10 years ago, I would have been able to tell you height, weight, dual-nationality status, skill set, etc... of every player possible for the US.  Between this and Shaka ball, I've really become apathetic towards 2 of my favorite teams.

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13 minutes ago, Braff Zacklin said:

Wtf is ESPNN? Didn't know it existed and can't find a stream for it anywhere.

You've never heard of ESPN News?

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Couple of quality chances at the end of the first half for the Nats. Also a surprising amount of possession for a young U.S. side against the more experienced Ticos, who only seem interested in the counter.

Decent match so far.

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Cannon draws a deserved PK.

In his first-ever start/cap, Ulysses Llanez calmly fires a low shot to the right post. 1-0, Nats.

Solid debut for the 18-year-old.

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2 hours ago, Braff Zacklin said:

Cannon draws a deserved PK.

In his first-ever start/cap, Ulysses Llanez calmly fires a low shot to the right post. 1-0, Nats.

Solid debut for the 18-year-old.

Llanez didn't play until the 3rd group stage game at the U20 World Cup and in the three games he played didn't play more than 45 minutes. He showed flashes in the limited action and I thought his energy completely changed the France game they won, but I am still floored that less than a year later he was playing for the USMNT. I know it's camp cupcake, but it's still wild. I'll give Berhalter credit for giving him a look.

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8 hours ago, ATLLonghorn said:

Llanez didn't play until the 3rd group stage game at the U20 World Cup and... less than a year later... I'll give Berhalter credit for giving him a look.

If Berhalter didn’t call him in, he risked losing him to Mexico. 

Mexico is a shoo-in to go to the Olympics, the USA is not. 

Giving him the PK also helps keep him in the fold until we can cap-tie him. 

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8 hours ago, ATLLonghorn said:

Llanez didn't play until the 3rd group stage game at the U20 World Cup and... less than a year later... I'll give Berhalter credit for giving him a look.

If Berhalter didn’t call him in, he risked losing him to Mexico. 

Mexico is a shoo-in to go to the Olympics, the USA is not. 

Giving him the PK also helps keep him in the fold until we can cap-tie him. 

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I thought the team did ok.  I could have done without seeing Lletgett and Nipple the entire game.  We already know what they bring to the table, which isn't much.

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19 hours ago, ATLLonghorn said:

Llanez didn't play until the 3rd group stage game at the U20 World Cup and in the three games he played didn't play more than 45 minutes. He showed flashes in the limited action and I thought his energy completely changed the France game they won, but I am still floored that less than a year later he was playing for the USMNT. I know it's camp cupcake, but it's still wild. I'll give Berhalter credit for giving him a look.

 

10 hours ago, Napoleon said:

If Berhalter didn’t call him in, he risked losing him to Mexico. 

Mexico is a shoo-in to go to the Olympics, the USA is not. 

Giving him the PK also helps keep him in the fold until we can cap-tie him. 


It turns out that I was a little presumptuous regarding Ulysses' willingness to jump ship for México. It turns out that he's already been there and kicked the tires and decided that El Tri wasn't really for him.

...Though only 18, Llanez has been a highly-regarded youth prospect for several years, and made headlines when he spent time in youth national team camps with Mexico. The dual national eventually returned to the U.S. youth setup where he has remained, even after being left off the 2017 U.S. Under-17 World Cup team.

“It was good but I wasn’t comfortable there,” Llanez told SBI in 2018 about his time with the Mexican youth national team program. “I just didn’t feel comfortable. I didn’t feel like one of them, you know? I liked it a lot, the facilities were great, the coaches were great, but I didn’t feel comfortable.

“At first I was like ‘Let me just give this a try. Let’s see how it works’,” Llanez said. “I was like ‘I kind of like it but I kind of don’t. My Spanish is not good. It was terrible back then. I’m starting to learn more Spanish. The second (camp) I just didn’t like it at all. At the same time I didn’t want to go back (with the United States) because I didn’t want to look bad. I felt like I was going to stay in Mexico forever, but I didn’t really feel comfortable there.

“Shaun Tsakiris invited him to a (U.S.) U-17 camp, I felt amazing because I knew this was where I wanted to be. It was a little awkward because everyone’s asking me “How was Mexico” and I was like ‘I didn’t want to talk about it’.”...


I didn't expect there to be a language issue nor a cultural issue, but it turns out that you can't judge a libro by its cover.

https://sbisoccer.com/2020/02/usmnt-spotlight-thriving-in-germany-after-tough-start-ulysses-llanez-sets-sights-on-olympics-and-beyond

Also, with Ulysses, Jesus Ferreira, Gio Reyna, Josh Sargent, and Tim Weah all about the same age, there are going to be scant minutes to join Pulisic in the attacking third even once the dead weight of the USMNT has been shed.

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On 2/5/2020 at 7:59 PM, Chico_SA said:

Can't stand the "Nike" above the swoosh, but will buy two like I always do every year. 

WTF?

I've bought one jersey once, and that's because it was on sale.

I bought a t-shirt imitation of the 2002 jersey right before the World Cup that year, but that was a cotton t-shirt.

1) Why would you annually buy the shit that NIKE puts out for the USMNT?
2) Why would you support such a shit-show of an organization?

Around 2010 or 2011, I decided not to buy another orange item from the Co-op until Mack Brown was fired. I just can't imagine dumping money on the USMNT jerseys on an annual basis.

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Jay Berhalter, who has had a huge influence on shaping American soccer over the last two decades, is leaving U.S. Soccer.

Berhalter, the older brother of U.S. men's national team coach Gregg Berhalter, advised U.S. Soccer senior staff he plans on stepping down from his position as chief commercial and strategy officer at the federation at the end of February.

On Tuesday, SI.com's Grant Wahl reported that Berhalter was not a candidate for the U.S. Soccer CEO position vacant since longtime CEO Dan Flynn stepped down last September. It was first reported in the Washington Post in October 2018 that Flynn planned to step down but a search firm had first been retained to work on the CEO succession in November 2017.

It once appeared Berhalter, Flynn's pick for the job, would be the new CEO, but U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said he halted the CEO job search in May because he was not satisfied with the short list of candidates. A new search firm came on board in September. An updated list of finalists for the CEO position -- interviewed for the first time in December  -- included men and women, and one person from outside the United States.

In June 2019, the federation was rocked by the publication of scathing postings by a small group of current and former federation employees about a "toxic" work environment at U.S. Soccer. The New York Times categorized reviewers as having "open disdain for Flynn and Berhalter." In December, Cordeiro dismissed the notion that the federation's working environment was "toxic" but he did say the Glassdoor reviews were a wake-up call.

Cordeiro's characterization of the reviews came after a presentation to U.S. Soccer's board of directors on Dec. 6 during which a good portion of the three-hour session was spent addressing workplace issues. It followed an engagement survey on workplace conditions -- a direct result of the Glassdoor reviews -- conducted by the Leadership Research Institute and "some pretty telling stories came out of this," said Cordeiro.

Berhalter, who has always played a very hands-on role in U.S. Soccer affairs, became a lightning rod as the uncertainty surrounding the CEO succession drew on. The publication of the Glassdoor reviews followed rumors at U.S. Soccer House that Berhalter would be named to the CEO position.

U.S. Soccer has been mired in litigation related to a host of issues, notably gender discrimination claims filed by members of the U.S. women's national team about how they have been compensated and the support they received during the tenure of Flynn and Berhalter.

Berhalter, 48, was on the committee that selected Earnie Stewart as the first U.S. men's national team general manager, and that drew considerable scrutiny when Stewart, now U.S. Soccer's sporting director, selected Gregg Berhalter to the fill the men's national team coaching position vacant for more than 13 months after the USA was eliminated from the 2018 World Cup and Bruce Arena stepped down.

Cosmos Country. The Berhalters are a product of the soccer boom of the late 1970s and early 1980s, growing up in the shadows of the Cosmos in Tenafly, New Jersey.

''We watched the Cosmos at Giants Stadium and Italian League highlights on Sunday morning on RAI,'' Jay Berhalter told Soccer America in a 2006 interview, ''and my brother and I played every day in any weather. New Jersey was an incredible place to experience the game and learn about many different styles of play because you had so many different backgrounds on the field at one time -- players who were from South America, Central America, Europe, Africa all had different ideas about the game, but ultimately had to play as a team. If you look at the players who have come from our area, it's pretty remarkable.''

Jay Berhalter played for the Union Lancers, one of the most successful youth teams ever assembled in the country, and later attended Notre Dame. He learned his soccer from legendary coach Manfred Schellscheidt and Schellscheidt's assistant, Bob Bradley, but said he ''had a rather disappointing career at Notre Dame.'' (Gregg, on the other hand, was selected to two World Cup teams and spent 15 seasons in European pro soccer and three more  in MLS with the LA Galaxy.)

Berhalter started out his career in soccer management as a volunteer with the 1994 World Cup organizing committee.

''I started as a volunteer and several months later was hired in transportation,'' he said. ''Because the business infrastructure in the sport was just starting to develop at the time, many of us got the opportunity to experience multiple aspects of the event and learn about overall event management in a very hands-on manner. Each day was really a chance to learn and to apply that towards managing a process to help the event succeed.''

After the launch of MLS, Berhalter joined the MetroStars, where he worked under Charlie Stillitano, the general manager, until moving to the U.S. Soccer Foundation in 1998. He joined U.S. Soccer in 2000 as chief operating officer when Flynn left the Foundation to become U.S. Soccer's CEO and general secretary.

Except for a five-year break when he worked at Kentaro Group, a now-defunct Swiss-headquartered company that handled media rights for many soccer federations -- including global rights for U.S. Soccer -- and also organized all friendly matches of the Brazil national team, Berhalter has worked at U.S. Soccer for the last two decades, holding such titles as chief operating officer and deputy executive director.

(Another longtime U.S. Soccer executive, Brian Remedi, holds the interim title of chief administrative officer, serving as the top-ranked executive since Flynn's departure in September.)

Berhalter's most recent title was chief commercial and strategy officer. While he worked on the business side, he had decades of experience with the workings on the soccer side, which contributed to his out-sized influence at the federation. Berhalter spearheaded the creation of the Boys’ Development Academy, which launched in 2007, and has overseen the federation's management of the NWSL, which launched in 2013.

No one with the possible exception of former U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati can rattle off the names of players that came through the U.S. national team programs, from youth to senior teams, for the last 35 years like Berhalter.

"Jay has a unique skill set," Gulati told Soccer America on Thursday, "that has been tremendously critical to U.S. Soccer on a number of initiatives and events, including the 2003 Women's World Cup and 2016 Copa America Centenario, which were organized in a very short time frame."

Berhalter played a key role as chief operating officer of the organizing committee when U.S. Soccer organized the 2003 Women's World Cup after China was forced to withdraw as host because of the SARS scare. The 2003 tournament didn't enjoy the critical acclaim that the 1999 Women's World Cup did -- for one thing, it didn't have the same happy ending -- but Berhalter and other staffers earned considerable respect for pulling it off with a lead time of less than four months.

The organization of another major tournament fell into the hands of U.S. Soccer in 2015 when the Copa Centenario, scheduled to be played in 2016, was thrown into chaos following the arrests of multiple Concacaf and Conmebol soccer leaders and marketing agents, who conspired to take millions of dollars in bribes as part of a widespread criminal enterprise involving international soccer events.

Berhalter served as CEO of the 2016 Copa Centenario. U.S. Soccer earned a $75 million windfall from the organization of the tournament. Its net assets doubled in a span of three years, from $83 million in 2015 to almost $167 million in 2018, in large part because of distributions from the tournament Berhalter organized. Those assets are now being spent down as U.S. Soccer is projecting deficits as high as $30 million a year over the next three years as its spending has grown to more than $140 million a year from less than $35 million in 2005.

“Having been involved in the sport since the 1994 World Cup and the start of Major League Soccer, working towards the mission of making soccer the preeminent sport in the U.S. has been a fantastic opportunity throughout my career,” said Berhalter in a prepared statement. “I am fortunate to have worked with so many passionate teammates and proud of what we have been able to accomplish together at all levels of the game. My decision to leave U.S. Soccer was not an easy one to make, but it’s the right one for my family and me at this time. Looking to the future, it is exciting to imagine the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Berhalter has certainly been a controversial figure at U.S. Soccer but above all his institutional knowledge will certainly be missed at a critical juncture for the federation that still remains with a CEO.

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Bayern is making a play for Sergino Dest.  Bayern is also likely to make a push for Erik ten Hag unless Flick can pull off a miracle and win the treble. I think either coach would work out great for a developing RB, but ETH would likely favor Dest just through familiarity.

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21 hours ago, Napoleon said:

WTF?

I've bought one jersey once, and that's because it was on sale.

I bought a t-shirt imitation of the 2002 jersey right before the World Cup that year, but that was a cotton t-shirt.

1) Why would you annually buy the shit that NIKE puts out for the USMNT?
2) Why would you support such a shit-show of an organization?

Around 2010 or 2011, I decided not to buy another orange item from the Co-op until Mack Brown was fired. I just can't imagine dumping money on the USMNT jerseys on an annual basis.

Well...Back in 2013 when my first son was born I was all in with the program.  I ordered the Centennial Jersey and when it arrived, I wore it once then decided to pack it up for my son.  Then I got this crazy idea to buy him an adult size jersey every year, pack them away, and then give them all to him when he is an adult.  He has the Centennial and 6 brand new jerseys at this point. My second son was born in 2015.  I'm fully invested in my plan now. So they are both going to be surprised with a  big box of brand new vintage and new jersey's in March 2033 when the younger one turns 18 and the older turns 20.  That's the plan. 

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