USMNT - Gold Cup

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  1. HatterDon

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    I'm going to start the rumors that Joe Corona and Dom Dwyer are on their way to Fulham. They've got the team penalty taking ethic already.
     
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  3. FulhamDC

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    @CoachK No need for a disclaimer, you raise a number of very valid points. In your second post you mention the AO bar in NOLA, I never even mentioned the one in DC, because I never go. It's a dump, the kind of place you can use a firehose to clean, and I'm guessing they often do.

    I paid some more attention to the costume show on Saturday in Cleveland. The folks dressed as an eagle, or George Washington or whatever, are clearly there to get noticed. This week there was one guy, dressed in Blue pants, with white stars, a red and white striped jacket, stars and stripes tie - he looked like a refugee from the Republican National Convention. This guy spent the entire match mugging for cameras and posing with people. If he saw 5 minutes of the match I'd be shocked. It's more than a little annoying.

    As for the game, I love Dwyer. Not that he's a great player, but he's the one guy out there with the proper CONCACAF attitude. Take advantage whenever possible, and hit right back when necessary.
     
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    I like Dwyer as well - he's a pain in the ass to my Quakes and I've seen him play many times, but he just busts his ass like it's the last game he'll ever play. There's a tad bit of McBride in him, and to that, I like him.
     
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    After the three matches just played the mystery in the roster changes for me is why keep Arriola, Zardes and Pontius and release Kelyn Rowe? Of the four Rowe was easily the biggest threat going forward. I know the press said Arena was yelling at Rowe on the pitch during the first match so I'm wondering if there was some part of the game plan that Rowe was not executing.
     
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    Totally agree about Rowe, that's a head-scratcher. Also would've liked Dwyer coming off the bench. Obviously with some of the vets on board there's a better chance of winning it, but without Geoff Cameron, John Brooks, and Fabian Johnson it's still only the B team.
     
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    I don't think there's anything sinister in the MLS players released. It's probably following through on a promise from BA not to penalize the same teams all summer.
     
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    This is not something that I had previously thought of. Each of the 3 field players (not named Bedoya) play for an MLS team that had multiple players involved with the Gold Cup. One might actually look at the decision being based not on the player's competition at their position, but rather with regards to the other players from their club team. I.E. Besler and Zusi are more important to the US squad (at this time) than Dwyer.
     
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    And a certain Dortmund player?

    The issue with Rowe was defensive in nature, from what I read. But from what I could see on tv, it didn't jump out at me, so I don't know what specifically Arena was upset with.
     
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    I loved seeing the pic of Bradley with the flowing locks in his US debut.

    Hoping for a solid performance tonight. I saw the first half of El Salvador v Mexico and they were better than I expected going forward, but were susceptible to crosses on the defensive end. They rolled around whenever touched so hoping we can score early in the proceedings to minimize their time wasting.
     
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  13. HatterDon

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    Not a solid performance, but t'will serve. Glad to see Lichaj bail his own ass out with the second goal.

    I thought our attack looked more threatening with Deuce out there, but thought Jozy was just a large impediment. The connective tissue between forwards and midfielders and between midfielders and defenders is broken.

    Yes, this is a weak squad, but we still should be a bit more professional out there.
     
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