Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Finally, someone with the courage to say it.

Oh yeah, and if you follow the link on Caitlin's tweet, you can find my latest chat with Lord V- ... erm... coach Bradley. Always a pleasure. Not at all Voldemort-y.

- Greg Seltzer


J.D. Springer said...

I haven't always agreed with his coaching decisions, but Bob's a good man. That's something that can't be said about many of the world's top managers.

Bryan said...

Nice article, Greg. I'm a big admirer of Bradley's and am rooting for him every step of the way.

Unknown said...

Hurry up and post your thoughts on the US lineup for today's friendly!! Personally I love the aggressive formation.

Greg Seltzer said...

Actually, I am off tonight. Going to a Mos Def concert, 15th anniversary for Black On Both Sides party in a small club. :)

I will speak on it this weekend, though.

Unknown said...

"agressive formation"
its 4-2-3-1 / 4-4-1-1
its always 4-2-3-1
it hasnt changed
klinsmann announces the formation differently, but it has not changed in the past 3.5 years.

dikranovich said...

Hey, let's try and keep it on topic here. Mos def isn't even mos def anymore. He is Yasmin bleep or something.

Unknown said...

US released lineup as a 4-1-3-2, which in my book is pretty aggressive. Not my fault if they end up playing a 9-0-1.

dikranovich said...

Maybe we could say it was a diamond midfield, in the rough, with two strikers, usually to close to each other.

It's interesting that people can rate players over such a broad spectrum, all the while, everyone is watching the same game. Beckerman is the perfect example from this game.

Is it possible that when you don't have more of a consensus on these types of things that maybe it is harder to formulate a style that can be preached and passed on? Is it harder to find an identity?

I'm not sure if the hardest thing about today was seeing USA give up a lead, or the lack of USA support in attendance. Apparently 6 out of 100 people in the Chelsea neighborhood are American, and 5 out of 100 in kinnsington, another suburb near Fulham, are American. This is indifference at work. I'm at fault as well. They do have planes that fly into London from America.

I feel like mixed signals are being sent and it is disruptive to the overall productivity. On one hand, I'm hearing we are striving for semi finals in 2018, or we might boycott. But then to win a World Cup is many, many years away.

Then, this stigma of having to play in the best leagues in the world, or bust, and of course everyone might start using the disclaimer that each case is different.

It's interesting to hear bob Bradley talk about his team in Norway being a selling club. It's just a different mind set, and it's not just about the big clubs v selling clubs mentality.

dikranovich said...

This game was after all, just a friendly. The hopes of man kind don't rest on the shoulders of a game like this.

Unknown said...

but it was still a 4-2-3-1. klinsmann can releases it as whatever he wants. its still a 4-4-1-1. i find it kind of hilarious, really. everyone goes crazy whenver theres a diamond or 2 holders or 2 strikers or whatever when really kinsmann is announcing it differently but its the exact same system.

Unknown said...

@dik i think the big picture of this game is that we have a lot of new players in the team who are still gelling to themselves and this level of play. for garza, rubin, and maybe mix this was the strongest opponent of their careers.

colombia's team last night was almost the same squad that they ran through the world cup with. they had a lot more chemistry than us. can't take too much from the game. semis is still a realistic goal.

dikranovich said...

Well it does sound like German football is not playing with FIFA. It's going to get real interesting.

Let's just try and make a point of not losing a lead when we get it