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Braff Zacklin

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  1. Rankings and ratings are merely conversational fodder at this stage. Don't get too worked up over them one way or the other. Seeding will take care of itself if this team stays healthy and continues to improve. On that note, the cohesiveness is what surprises me most of all. Mitchell, Hunter and Rice have mixed in like they've been playing with their teammates for years, not months. It's also apparent that everyone worked on their shooting in the offseason. Our 'Horns might not be lighting it up from outside, but their jumpers and moves inside the arc seem more polished. The lockdown defense we all expected, but this offense is a revelation. These guys are fun to watch.
  2. Edward Waters is probably the name of that excessively intense benchwarmer from Abilene Christian.
  3. The least they could do is spell Tristan's name correctly. He went the extra mile to make that list--he impregnated a Kardashian!
  4. Eight free throws with five coming at the end, a la "hack a 'Horn." Only three free throws the previous 39 or so minutes.
  5. Congrats, @Napoleon. I'm unashamedly rooting for Messi. It'd be nice to see the La Pulga, aka the greatest player of this generation, hoisting the World Cup just once.
  6. Braff Zacklin

    USMNT 2023

    Oh, c'mon. What's wrong with rolling out an entirely new formation--one the players haven't even deployed in a friendly--in an away World Cup qualifier, only to find yourself down 1-0 at the half before switching ack to what the players are familiar with on your way to winning 4-1? In Gergg's eye, he's brilliant because he recognized his mistake and made the change. But a smart--or at least halfway decent manager--would not resort to a fuckup of that magnitude in the first place.
  7. Braff Zacklin

    USMNT 2023

    Herdman is rightfully catching a lot of flak for his pre- and post-match actions versus Croatia ... but in the run up to the WC, he was nothing short of brilliant. Canada is in good hands. The USMNT, unfortunately, is not. @Captain Ron is making some great points. We don't necessarily need to clean house every cycle. It just needs to happen here because Gergg has proven, time and time again, that he is not tactically or strategically sound. And I hope @ztejas is right about it being a foregone conclusion that Gergg won't be renewed.
  8. Braff Zacklin

    USMNT 2023

    Or Landon Donovan...
  9. Braff Zacklin

    USMNT 2023

    Is this where we start the soccer credentials thread? If you played, then you should realize good players have bad plays ... and bad days. Your original comment was colossally stupid and you should walk it back. Antonee lost his man. So did Dest. So did Adams. Holland capitalized on all three. Guess we gotta cut 'em loose, though, right? Not his best day, no arguing that. But you do this with guys, just harp on them endlessly, when you know better. A bad day does not equal a bad career. You and Hank are only this angry because your team lost ... and you're looking for players/posters to take it out on. Do better. No, as stated before, he has a system and our players don't fit it. It's idiotic to propose he'd be the right man for the job, and borderline delusional to think he'd even consider it.
  10. Braff Zacklin

    USMNT 2023

    Since they each led to goals taken by unmarked shooters, they really weren't. How much soccer do you watch, Hank?
  11. Haha, thanks, amigo. This Cup was not CONCACAF's best showing. Seems like both our sides (El Tri and USMNT) get the yips in the final third. Some of the US's problems can be fixed by hiring a manager who isn't a narcissistic idiot. I thought Tata was a decent manager and not the problem for y'all but I guess we'll see.
  12. Braff Zacklin

    USMNT 2023

    So you also want to get rid of Adams and Dest then, right? They failed to follow their runners on Holland's first two goals. All you need to see. Inexcusable. Gotta cut them, right?
  13. Hats off to the Netherlands. Definitely the better team. We got schooled. Hope this is the last of Gergg. Have my doubts, but fingers crossed.
  14. Braff Zacklin

    USMNT 2023

    Completely disagree on Robinson, but you do this with players, like your relentless criticism of Carr. What's funny is, despite his shortcomings, Antonee is one of the best left backs the US has ever fielded. Doesn't say much because there haven't been many of quality. But ... you get binge-angry and need a scapegoat for your disappointment, so carry on, I guess. As for managers, Pep would be a bad choice. He has a system and our players don't fit it.
  15. LoL @ Jordan Morris. Well, he'll run around a lot, much like Jesus, so I guess there's that.
  16. All three goals for the Dutch, the shooter was unmarked. Really, really, REALLY terrible marking. Credit Holland for being so ruthless. Meanwhile, we can't finish gilt-edged opportunities and score accidentally.
  17. Most accidental goal ever? LMAO that goes down as a goal for Wright.
  18. LoL @ Haji's first touch. That's three terrible mistakes from the Dutch, but no score for the US. And, again, we fucked up hugely twice ... and Holland made us play. Yedlin on for Dest. He's not as good with his feet, but he is superb crossing the ball into the box.
  19. Say what you want about this team, but Matt Turner is one of the best shotstoppers in the world.
  20. Aaronson's on for 1 minute and he's already being a pest.
  21. LoL @ Wright warming up. Aaronson will be coming on. Dutch seem tired, so LVG will have to respond to Brenden's energy with a couple of subs, as well.
  22. Indeed. He's the Next Big Thing and that is no joke.
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