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Anyone know a good spot in Tulsa to watch this game tonight?
If you're Latino, but an American citizen, raised in the US, living in the US, why would you ever root for Mexico? You think Jose Torres would be cool with your friends' decision? Very disrespectful to Latinos who came here to embrace the better opportunities available to themselves and their children. Unfortunately, I'm not shocked though.
I just don't understand why so many people have this sentiment either. And I get down voted for expressing it... People come to (or were born because their relatives came to) American to make a better life for themselves, yet don't take pride in the country that is allowing them to have a better life. You're basically fleeing a country for a better life, yet rooting for the country you left. Of course it's different if you're only here a short time or planning on going back over, but you should still be grateful and passionate about America for what it's giving you
Awesome to see a futbol thread on here--been playing my entire life.
The biggest complaint I have about the US team is not bringing in more fresh talent. We see the same guys every World Cup. Not sure who the US scouting team is, but it definitely needs a boost.
With that being said, I do believe we have a shot tonight. Mexico has tied their last 2 games and looked flat. And contrasting my last paragraph, experience is huge in soccer. Maybe more so than any other sport because of how fluid it is. We have big time experience on this roster, and we'll need it going into a place like Mexico City. Those fans make American football fans look like they're napping.
I'm calling a 2-1 victory with goals by Dempsey and Altidore. USA USA USA!
I thought that a few years ago, but there have been some young players making moves the last few years.
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Not as many as you would hope, though. With the way the sport is growing here, I'd hope for better. But again, experience is also good to have in the arsenal. No pun intended.
America has the athletes to compete in soccer, look at how we do in most every sport we compete in. Our problem with soccer is that our best athletes don't play soccer, they play football, basketball, baseball. I wish soccer was more popular in the inner cities. There are a lot of athletes that could be very successful on the soccer field, but are never exposed to the game as a kid. There are a ton of kids that are 5'10" 175lb highschool qb's or slot receivers that might not get many or any d-1 offers for football because of their size, but had they been playing soccer from JR high on up, they might have excelled. Especially now that Klinsmann is running the show. He's changing how US soccer has been done the past 20 years. We used to build our teams based on weight/height/speed more than soccer skills and game knowledge. You don't have to be Oguchi Onyewu anymore at 6'4" 220 to play defense.
I think Klinesmann is on the right track. I think he has this thing headed in the right direction. I hope we pull off the win tonight, but I'd be happy with a tie at Azteca.
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I dont watch a lot of soccer, but the difference in skill is apparent. They move the ball so much better than us.
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All I know is the more shots you can take, the better, and we're spending a lot of time on the ropes. Not good.
Late to the thread but tonight was a solid result. Gonzales played better than I expected in the center. Zusi is a grinder. Love that guy. Getting the draw with all the injuries we have is impressive.
The discussion about what the US ceiling for international soccer is interesting. I have to disagree with Aubrey and take the stance we are barely hitting our stride. Hiring Klinsmann sent the message that the federation is going to work to build a true youth academy system to develop our guys early. The system as it is now is plagued by politics. Too many good players get left out of the ODP pool because the guy making regional selections and running tryouts would rather put players from his own club through to the pool as opposed to the actual best players. It's a work in progress but as the system gets cleaned up and restructured things should improve. Also, the demographic shift in America will help the soccer team. More hispanics moving here and playing the game will help change the US style of play to being more technical. We just need some of those guys to actually play for the country they live in. *cough* giuseppe rossi *cough*
The other road block is the select system and its price tag. It's just too expensive for a lot of kids to play the premier level club stuff and get the top level coaching so they just stop playing or play at lower levels and don't get coached to potential. It's not like Pop Warner football where it's rare that a kid can't afford to play.
I do definitely think we're going to keep getting better, but I just don't think we'll ever be consistently one of the top three or four teams in the world. But thats okay, we don't have to be, if we can consistently be near the top fifteen then we might make a run every few World Cups or so and that would be great.
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