Americans Abroad

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  1. ZooCougar

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    http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/spor...manager-maintains-neither-manchester-10744706

    Hyndman has been targeted in this window but Fulham's manager won't let him go even though he's available on a free transfer in the summer.

    Bedoya, Brooks and Johnson are still playing well. Bedoya has scored two goals in his last two appearances.

    Nice picture of Brooks in this article.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...rs-in-europe-and-mexico-fared-this-weekend-2/

    Ventura Alvarado is stinking up the show in Mexico. Hopefully Jurgen stops calling him up.
     
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    Imagine Jurgen making good decisions.
     
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    Calling in Yedlin, Morris, Wood and recruiting Zelalem were good decisions.
     
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    Benny is my second favorite player to watch in MLS. My favorite was just sold to Qatar.. bummer. Benny is really abrasive, I think Jurgen hates his temperament on the field.

    Not defending Alvarado because I can't stand him. But he was coming on really strong last year with Club America so he warranted a look. Sticking with him for so long was a major mistake.

    BTW, Yedlin is basically becoming the new Brek Shea, only without the bizarre behavior. He'll be back in MLS this summer. Sunderland has little use for him so you can't see how he would figure in to Tottenham.
     
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    Pulisic made his first team debut today.
     
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    Thanks for the link! Good to see his progress!
     
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    I like what I saw. Good motor. Good first touch with the ball and seems to have the nose to find the open space.

    Two questions? First, why do US players seem to have better 'luck' developing in the Bundesliga than the Premiership? Second, where on the pitch do people see Pulisic playing on the USMNT?
     
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    I think he would be suited as a Left midfielder in a Diamond formation. But knowing Jurgen he'll play him at left back:) Only half kidding.
     
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    Maybe with Kiesewetter om the right? Where does Fabian Johnson slot in as he is a natural midfield even though JK likes playing him in a back. A lot of questions to be answered by 2018.
     
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    He plays him there because he is dissatisfied with the fullbacks. Which is why he keeps calling in Brad Evans; I guess he just trusts those two.
     
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    Hopefully the up-and-coming fullbacks change that. I've been a big fan of Kellyn Acosta's for a while. Hope to see him take off with the national team.
     
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    Another guy to look out for is Desevio Payne. He's been getting minutes in the Netherlands.
     
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    Anyone besides Ace Ventura...
     
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    Not that it helps us on the outside, but have to like Pochettino saying CCV will get bumped up to the senior squad at Spurs soon.
     
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    Love Ale (even though he's a BC Eagle)! Wonder if he's going to eventually end up in MLS at some point soon. Apparently been talking about coming back to the U.S. Linked with the Rapids last month, but that never looked close to happening. Have to wonder, though. Has a couple really young kids. Move home could be good.

    Met him and a few of the other guys during the Gold Cup this summer. Really, really nice guy.
     
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    Bedoya is super critical of MLS. I think he'll stay in Europe for as long as he can until MLS overpays for him to come back.
     
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    Perhaps not so much in KC, but bouncing around a fair amount any truth to rumors or a report suggesting Feilhaber's viewed as a locker room cancer polar opposite to Stu Holden's all around positive, great guy spirit? The linked article has some funny commentary from Jay DeMerit.
     
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    I think he was expecting the red carpet and didn't get it. He subtweeted MLS a few weeks ago after the Colorado rumors emerged. I agree it probably won't be soon. He did just extend with Nantes last season. We'll see.

    Honestly, if he leave Nantes, I'd love to see him join Le Havre if they get promoted. Probably unrealistic, but it'd be cool to see him team up with Bob Bradley again. Bradley have him his first big USMNT chance after the 2010 World Cup.
     
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    Part of me buys this. More of me wants to not believe it. All I know is I suddenly want to watch "The Jay DeMerit Story."
     
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    In KC he was humbled at first. Vermes wouldn't start him because he couldn't go 90 minutes in his system. Which is probably another gig in Jurgen's book. He needed a year to fully adjust. But now he's basically the other Captain on the team. Besler and Benny run the show.

    One of the nice things about going to games in person is that you can really see the players communicating out there. Benny is hilarious to watch in this aspect because of his facial expressions. Last season when we often had three rookies on the field at once he spent a good amount of time "mentoring" those guys on the field. Other than that, his ability to dribble in traffic and his downfield vision is something to watch. I wish we had more technical players like that on the team.
     
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    He doesn't like the watered down free agency, the lack of promotion and relegation and the crappy deal that the player's union made. Nantes really likes him and he has a been a producer for him. His situation must be really stable. Colorado would have had to pay a big transfer fee plus a few million a year. They are owned by cheap Kroenke, so fat chance that will never happen.
     
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    Oh, I completely agree with this. I'm really happy with the situation he landed in post-Rangers. Was worried about his career for a quick second back then.

    Colorado is one of the reasons pro-rel will (for the foreseeable future) not happen. Cheap owners of struggling teams like Colorado and Chicago benefit too much from the current status of the league.
     
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    Colorado, New England, Dallas and soon Atlanta. Too many NFL owners who want another revenue stream on the cheap.
     
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    At least Colorado and Dallas have their own stadiums, unlike New England. It's miserable going to Gillette. I'll only go for a game there now if I'm going to see Orlando City.

    I'm thrilled Minnesota United, with collaboration from the Twins and Timberwolves, defeated the Vikings in the Battle for MLS in the North. Sacramento Republic would be an amazing addition to the league. They have support from the 49ers, but nothing that threatens its independence from the NFL franchise. Atlanta seems to be the last in line with worrisome NFL ties. Love the attempts from San Antonio, Charlotte, etc. to make it on their own.
     
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    I'm not feeling good about Beckham United in the black hole of sports towns, Miami, nor a second LA team, either.

    St Louis, San Antonio, and Sacramento would be my choices for the next round of MLS team after Minnesota as they have proven fan bases and potential owners who are not looking for a new revenue stream (Atlanta, LA) or a new marketing toy to play with (Miami).

    Also have concern surrounding the stadium issues for 2 of the 'big' MLS teams. At least DC United's stadium issue has finally been resolved after over a decade. It would actually ironic once they do leave JFK for Buzzard Point, if the NFL Redskins build a new stadium where RFK sits today.

    As for the two big teams, NYC FC actually sent a survey to fans with respect to their opinions as to where a stadium should be built and what it should include. I am not sure if that is good or bad. All I do know is that Yankee Stadium is not the solution for them.

    http://www.empireofsoccer.com/nycfc...fan-survey-populous-move-adds-intrigue-44284/

    Not surprisingly, talk of the New England Revolution getting a new soccer only stadium just south of downtown Boston disappeared as soon as Boston's Olympic bid met an early death. No one will say it; but, Kraft looks to have been involved in the bid so that someone else would foot the bill for his soccer stadium (a downsized main post-Olympic venue). For those who say Kraft is not like that, just ask about his reaction when the town of Foxborough torpedoed his attempt to win one of the stat's casino license for a complex at Patriot's place, or when the state back-off giving him Federal Tiger funds to build a private pedestrian bridge over Route 1 to link the properties his owns, or the city of Hartford. I feel bad for the Revs, they may never get a stadium until they get a new owner.