Sunday, October 11, 2015

Ouch.

Not that I blame them or find this out of bounds razzing, but Mexico is certainly enjoying their CONCACAF Cup win and Under-23 success in Olympic qualifying. Fair enough, I guess they had to wait a while for a victory over us.





- Greg Seltzer

12 comments:

Dr.Jon said...

It burns.... :(

Greg Seltzer said...

Yup. And in the scheme of life, it is supposed to. We need to make sure there are no repeats, not lose the upper hand for long.

dikranovich said...

It should be rapidly becoming apparent that the next two world cups are going to be about as important a World Cups as the USA have ever played in.

Russia, and the Middle East.

Is it possible for people to understand soccer, but not understand US soccer? It's kind of like when a good foreign coach goes to another country and has a tough time with a different culture and style of play in a league different from what they might be use to. An inability to adapt will lead to failure.

You almost can't talk about soccer over the next eight years and not talk geo-politics. I might be forced to move to another soccer site.

dikranovich said...

Dr Jon, it is entirely possible that this back door to rio might have the same effect that Mexicos 4 th place finish in the hex had on Mexico, and their subsequent run at the World Cup. They were so close, and they also had a strong record against Argentina. We have to wait and see what kind of attitude these players bring tomorrow against Canada. What kind of attitude, and what kind of game.

Dr.Jon said...

I hope so, @dikranovich

Greg Seltzer said...

Frankly, I am more concerned with right now.

Matt said...

Things haven't looked so good for Mexico domination over the U.S. and in the region since they came back from two goals down to annihilate the U.S. in the 2011 Gold Cup, the same year they finished 3rd at the U-20 World Cup and a year before winning the Olympic gold. Of course it took 11 games to get their next win against the U.S. - in the 118th minute.

Probably best not to read too much into a summer of transition for the USMNT.

Matt said...

to add a point...I've read some apocalyptic articles in the last day or 2 and I think it is important to recognize that considering the improved level of play in MLS, there are literally hundreds of U.S. players competing at a higher level than all but a handful of U.S. players in 2002, for example.

Now if MLS could just figure out how to develop a few 18-22 year old players...I'm convinced that we don't need more Argentine players in the league but we could sure use a few coaches. It's mystifying that in a league with such a forgiving regular season coaches won't take a chance on young talent.

dikranovich said...

greg, youre more concerned with the right now? maybe you haven't noticed, but Russia qualifying is the right now.

Dr.Jon said...

Really good points regarding youth, matt...

Dany Tzvi said...

on the one hand, klinsmann lived in the US for like 10 years before taking the job so i think he has a pretty good understanding

on the other hand, the german idea of "there is an optimal way to do everything"... there are times it seems that JK thinks this way and it can have a negative impact

soccer boy said...

Don't ever say good coach and jurgen in the same sentence! They won in spit of him at germany and bayern! He sucks.