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 on: Today at 07:57:33 PM 
Started by EWSoccer64 - Last post by EWSoccer64
Free fall? Oh come on give us all a break. Here's what Klinsmann achieved:

2013: Won Gold Cup.
2012-13: Won at least 12 consecutive matches
2014: 2nd in WC group to EVERYONE's surprise
2016: Won their Copa group ahead of Colombia! and beat Ecuador (this is a big result, don't kid yourself)

They then lost consecutive matches to CR and Mexico. CR had a superb World Cup 2016, they are a strong team no doubt about it. They will beat USA from time to time.

USA was not in freefall. I think there were issues with you guys not wanting a foreign manager.
Klinnsman inherited a program with a long record of improvement. And the damage he did to US Soccer will persist indefinitely (things like moving to the inferior birth year calendar) It wasn't just losing to Mexico and CR, it was that they lost with no fight. And Copa was the result of home field advantage.

JK said everything right to impress the ignorant American soccer bureaucracy, but his grasp of soccer on the field and the broader issues facing soccer were minimal to non-existent. He is basically a dumb jock. Being foreign didn't help - for example he didn't understand that in the US, soccer is a minor sport which gives it completely different characteristics than you find in countries where it is the major sport, such as Germany.

TP once again shows his ignorance.   Klinsmann married an American, lived in the USA for years before becoming a coach here, his kids grew up here (playing soccer), and he guest played on a PDL team more than once.  He is fluent in both English and German, and was a proponent of the German revolution in soccer development.  But because he is a non-English foreigner, TP considers him a dumb jock who knows nothing about soccer.

Jurgen's reign was a bumpy one, but thanks to him we survived the group of death and came within a Wondo's WonderScrewUp of possibly advancing past the much fancied Belgians.  He had the courage to bring in Yedlin, Green and the like.   He had the stature to get Brooks and co to commit to the USA.     He had the balls to cut an icon like Landon.   While we may not agree with all his decisions,  any reasonable person has to understand that every revolution has its ups and downs.   No one is ever going to accuse Arena of being revolutionary.   Or innovative.  But he is an American, so critters like TP applaud him.

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 on: Today at 01:57:08 PM 
Started by Independent - Last post by DirtDigger
YESers and coaches there so Bernie will put their kids on an Academy team.

And, you really don't want your dk coached by someone with a kid in the club same age and position. Same for board member kids.

Some stuff never changes.... or a large donator  :D

That's why its called Cro$$fire....

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 on: Today at 11:21:55 AM 
Started by ThiKuBC - Last post by sounderfan
Sounders have worn this combo at every league home match this year.


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 on: Today at 11:11:46 AM 
Started by Sidelinechatter - Last post by Sidelinechatter
She's 13. Technical skills are pretty solid, although I agree it is always an area to be developed. She's not really looking to get "huge", but her long balls and shots are a bit weak in comparison to peers (form is good). Quickness is solid, but she has yet to find 5th gear.

I've been in contact with Chochi, so thanks all for the recommendation.


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 on: Today at 09:40:03 AM 
Started by HockeyDad - Last post by tripleplay
Good points. What I was noting is that ref dissatisfaction doesn't stem from anything remotely abusive, but from the fact that refs have an unfulfilled sense of entitlement (to constant positive feedback)

And if you have a reffing pool seeded with soccer Dads (because that's who other soccer-Dads-turned-ref want to recruit) and survival determined dominantly by how thick your skin is, it's not a formula for creating a highly-esteemed group.

I don't think the once-per-career events are the issue.

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 on: Today at 09:18:25 AM 
Started by EWSoccer64 - Last post by tripleplay
Free fall? Oh come on give us all a break. Here's what Klinsmann achieved:

2013: Won Gold Cup.
2012-13: Won at least 12 consecutive matches
2014: 2nd in WC group to EVERYONE's surprise
2016: Won their Copa group ahead of Colombia! and beat Ecuador (this is a big result, don't kid yourself)

They then lost consecutive matches to CR and Mexico. CR had a superb World Cup 2016, they are a strong team no doubt about it. They will beat USA from time to time.

USA was not in freefall. I think there were issues with you guys not wanting a foreign manager.
Klinnsman inherited a program with a long record of improvement. And the damage he did to US Soccer will persist indefinitely (things like moving to the inferior birth year calendar) It wasn't just losing to Mexico and CR, it was that they lost with no fight. And Copa was the result of home field advantage.

JK said everything right to impress the ignorant American soccer bureaucracy, but his grasp of soccer on the field and the broader issues facing soccer were minimal to non-existent. He is basically a dumb jock. Being foreign didn't help - for example he didn't understand that in the US, soccer is a minor sport which gives it completely different characteristics than you find in countries where it is the major sport, such as Germany.

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 on: Today at 08:17:46 AM 
Started by ThiKuBC - Last post by NKSoccerFan
need more quarters for the laundry.

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 on: Today at 07:51:23 AM 
Started by Sidelinechatter - Last post by ThiKuBC
Anyone have any positive/successful experiences with a speed and strength program? DD could use a bit more zip moving down the field and a bit more "umph" in her shots and long balls.

Thanks

How old is this kid?

I'll suggest to you she doesn't need speed/strength training - she needs technical training.

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 on: Today at 07:50:21 AM 
Started by KloppFan - Last post by ThiKuBC
...In the end, develop your child on your own in addition to club training. Stay in Div 2 or find a new team where you think your child will actually develop in some way...

Yeah, yeah, yeah, all the above posts are right, but morrisson66 nails it (except for the development part, you're past that stage) you are missing the whole philosophy of the RCL.  It's the top of the pyramid, RCL 1 the pinnacle of a player oriented system, not a team system.
Your team isn't supposed to stay up, just your best players, especially by HS age.  They're expected to move on to a remaining RCL 1 club.  That's the way the system is built to work.  Its the only way WYS can justify a league like the RCL.
Thanks for playing, but we only want these three girls.  Enjoy your experience.

At least partly why the BCSPL has a fixed number of clubs (8) and only those clubs field teams in the top league in the province. The intent is to have the kids (not teams) move to those 8 clubs if they want to make their way up the ladder. And only players at those 8 clubs are eligible for the Provincial teams (like EPD in WA). It's a player pyramid, not a team pyramid.

All for One is correct - having an elite tier closed here is to pool the best players, not promote "teams". This is a theory I agree with.

Just a note - players at Division 1/MSL can also play for the provincial teams. Don't drink that kool aid fella :) Whitecaps also sign players from outside BCSPL (go look at their u18 and u16 roster on their web site - shows previous teams) :) Having spoke with Craig Dalrymple, he will promote BCSPL (as he should, he's correct to do so) but he will not turn away a player from outside BCSPL if they are good enough (nor should he!).

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 on: Today at 07:46:13 AM 
Started by KloppFan - Last post by ThiKuBC
Is staying in RCL 1 really "best for the kids?"  What do you want them to learn from this experience?  That their parents or coaches will always swoop in and save them from ignominy? That as long as you are affiliated with power (ie "big club") you don't have to play by the rules that everyone else does?

As a "big club" team, they surely will still be able to play in out of state tournaments to get high level competition and make it into the state cup out of RCL2.  Wouldn't it be a great college essay to write about going down a division and coming back from adversity to advance into late state cup rounds due to their own hard work instead of because parents and club pulled strings?

very well said - a great argument to relegate them regardless of their on-field performance in the beginning of the season.

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