Wednesday, June 10, 2015

How does one say "Put **that** in your pipe and smoke it!" in German?








- Greg Seltzer

6 comments:

The Streetsweeper said...

Greg,

Curious if you have a sense of the Dutch/German media's reaction to Bradley's play over the past two games?

justinwkoehn said...

I'd like to see that as well. Roma wanted to keep him, so he was well regarded by a top European club already.

It looks like Klinsmann has the team drinking the Koolaid now, especially after listening to some post game interviews. I don't think its a coincidence that these awesome results were with a very young team, and a lot of veterans were missing. The newcomers are buying in.

JJO said...

Kicker's match report has Bradley as Man of the Match

The Streetsweeper said...

Justin,

You comment has me wondering…

Obviously a fair amount has been written about how difficult it is for Michael to really do his thing when perennial wild-card Jermaine Jones is on the field. That said, I wonder if the real culprit the past couple of years has been a 30+ year old Clint Dempsey empowered by the captain's armband?

justinwkoehn said...

I never thought of that. As a second striker, I don't think it affects him positionally, but you could be right about it being Bradley's team, and unleashing him.

The Streetsweeper said...

I guess I'm curious about a few things:

1. How does Dempsey's apparent lack of defensive consistency (I'm not basing this on data, just observations) affect where Bradley feels he can roam on the field.

2. How does Dempsey's tendency to gravitate towards the middle of the field (as opposed to Jozy's tendency to drift wide) affect the channels that Bradley likes to both occupy and pass through?

3. Most of all, how does the team's general deference to Dempsey's demands for the ball affect how often Bradley receives the ball? This for me is the big one. Over the past couple of years, it seems to be that Dempsey fancies himself the field general of this team, cycling back into the midfield when he feels he's not getting enough of the ball, slowing the play down when things didn't seem to suit him, and receiving passes from teammates that don't necessarily appear to be advancing the play (rather, they just seem to be a default decision). I'm thinking about Thierry Henry with the Red Bulls the past few seasons, the way the ball always seemed to move his way regardless of whether or not it really made sense. I just feel that the team is better when it's Bradley who is the field general.

Speaking of… I wonder if anyone has the stats on how many Dempsey goals have been set up by Bradley. I have a weird feeling the answer is not many.