Friday, October 24, 2014

All The Chips On The Table

Less than an hour from now, the USWNT will kick off against Mexico for a berth in Women's World Cup 2015. Even with Alex Morgan out injured, it is not quite the line-up one might expect.

- Greg Seltzer

Prognosis Negative

For a little longer, anyway. Some folks thought Aron Jóhannsson could return to AZ action this weekend after his reserve comeback on Monday, but I can tell you he is not on the submitted team sheet for their match against Groningen. As the club noted, he will likely have another one or two appearances with Jong AZ before getting back into the Eredivisie swing.

- Greg Seltzer

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Bob Squad

First, check out the banners hung by the Stabæk ultras this past weekend to celebrate clinching Tippeligaen survival. Then, you too can learn how to make your own intimidating Bob Bradley t-shirt, as instructed by a creative Blue Ones fan. Then, go check out this long form article about the coach, written by NSC pal Joe Prince-Wright. 

- Greg Seltzer

Friday, October 17, 2014

Here We Go! - Part Deux: The Embarassening

Yeah, so I have had time to think about the Don Garber response to what I would consider Klinsi's fairly obvious remarks about the potential form issues that occur when a top USMNT player goes back to MLS (and other such matters). Calling a press conference to essentially launch a fit finished with a threat toward the national team coach looks extremely childish and actually may be damaging to the league rep he was trying to protect. Of course, Klinsmann has also occasionally done the same type of hyper-defensive thing when his kingdom has taken on criticism.

Long story short: A certain segment of our bubble really needs to stop being so hyper-sensitive about slights, perceived or otherwise, MLS or Nats. If one absolutely must be stirred over a single quote in this media treadmill we exist on, then light a quiet belly fire to rise up. Do not extend the life of the story by gathering everyone to watch a finger-wag. Fair or not, doing so just does not look good when aiming to be taken seriously.

- Greg Seltzer

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Your line-up v. Honduras

All kinds of weird going on here, by my eye. This should be peculiar, however it goes. Of course, USMNT player ratings will follow the game at MLSS.

- Greg Seltzer

Here we go! (grabs popcorn)

First of all, Ives killed this little interview with Klinsi, which will surely sting MLS and some of its most ardent backers.  He beat it with a stick. But I also love Jurgen Klinsmann freely saying the stuff that he knows will not be popular. And then doing it again to MLSS the same day.

Side note life tip: If/when you want to be popular, lie a lot. Being totally honest will not make ya too many friends, but at least they will be good, valuable and/or highly interesting ones.

I continue to have great difficulty figuring out the USMNT boss (which I can only assume he enjoys). Sometimes, he says things I jump up and rally behind with all my might, and sometimes he says things that make me feel like he knows he is having a laugh. But why? Dunno.

To steal from Zlatan: He is Klinsi.

- Greg Seltzer