Wednesday, June 29, 2016


As always, we kick off the Clipboard in goal.

Tim Howard
Brad Guzan
Bill Hamid

Also in the frame: Ethan Horvath, William Yarbrough

Sure, Guzan had a decent enough Copa run, but his club situation (read: forthcoming PT) is quite up in the air. Howard looked good in the bronze medal match and now has returned home to walk the line for the MLS league leaders. Meanwhile, Hamid is quietly shining to move ahead of a couple other young bucks.

- Greg Seltzer


paul said...

Sorry to hijack the comments section to another topic, but I'm baffled by the positive press out of England that Kinsmann is getting. Applauding his tactical acumen and supporting him for their next manager.

Greg Seltzer said...

Yeah, it's weird, but kinda predictable at the same time. It shows 1) how little they actually watch what goes on outside England & 2) their dated tactical preferences.

Tony M said...

To continue the hijacking...

What I find really weird is that I think he's been a disaster for us, but might actually do them some good. His fitness focus would help and it is hard to imagine him not starting Vardy. Or maybe that's crazy talk? Nonetheless, he was never what we needed, but I would astually expect short term success for him there.

Unknown said...

In a vacuum it looks like Klinsmann has been very successful with us. For those who only casually follow international football I can see why he would be an attractive choice. I also kind of agree with Tony... I think Klinsmann is a better fit for England than he is for us. That said, I would hope they could do better (although I'm not positive they can, who would want that job???)

DaM said...

i find it kind of interesting. kind of ironic to see guys like carragher pushing to bring in a guy to motivate the team like Klinsi and just assuming they will be fine tactically.. you could argue pretty convincingly that part of england's problem in champion's league has been a certain rigidness of tactics. definitely a concept that will be tested when we see Pep coaching an english team in champion's league play. I guess we'll see how "english" they are.

I think it does go deeper than just good coach/bad coach but I see England's issue right now as not as much their players as their squad selection and tactical choices. Things I don't associate with Klinsman. Or at least, if you are willing to acknowledge he HAS shortcomings, then that's where they'd be.

As a homer I am obviously pulling for England to throw mountains of cash at Klinsi... though I wonder if post Brexit that exists anymore.

mark said...

Give me some Hamid

Jon said...

Greg, stop sleeping on the job over there in Russia and give us some juicy transfer tidbits god damnit!!

BTW, how's Russia? Never been but hope to be there for the WC to see Zardes carry us to a title.

Paul Poenicke said...

Continuing with the hijacking (or, in honor of our local hijacker, pulling a dikranovich). I don't think JK would be a good fit for England, but not because I believe he is bad manager. As he showed in Germany, if he hired a managerial team that can make up for his shortcomings (tactics being an obvious weakness), JK can be very successful. I doubt whether JK actually understands his own weaknesses, which is his greatest fault as a coach. Get a competent tactician in his team, and JK could help English players beat the psychological challenges set up by fans and the media since '66.

Contra Tony M, Klinsmann was a good hire for the US; his ability to instill radical change, particularly in the youth system, was and is still needed for the USMNT to develop. One of the biggest negative results from the Copa came from experts online and tv, who seemed to think that US success simply came from getting back to the good ol' USMNT strengths of cohesion, willpower, and dedication--as if those merits were sufficient to explain the good Copa results, or that JK, pigheaded Hun, could not encourage those features in his squad. When JK is replaced, braying former players will want another US coach, who will probably be another individual who has grown up within the limited US system.

Crystal prather said...

You are right the Copa successes were down to good ole will power dedication and cohesion. This team is no better thsn when they were under arena or bradley. Talent just isnt there, so to win we must have those ole traits which have been missing in quite a few of klinsi coached performances.

Tony M said...

Paul: One of the things JK's fans tend to do is give him far too much credit for changing the youth system then he deserves. In fact, the youth blueprint was written by Claudio Reyna before JK showed up. Virtually every change was already underway. There is no evidence that he "shook things" up and forced change. That said, the development of professional academies by MLS is far, far more important than US Soccer's youth guidelines.

I am baffled by your remark about "cohesion" being an American soccer value. It's a universal soccer value. (Watched Iceland or Wales in the Euros?) And has any US coach talked more about "will power" than JK? (Although he calls it "belief") And has any coach been more obsessed with fitness At the same time, he has almost completely ignored players with ball and possession skills. If he 'shook things up" to what end? I've been watching the US team for over 30 years, and to my eye, we look like the early 90s again. Strange how the future looks so much like the past.

Strip away the platitudes and there is no "there" there when it comes to the JK revolution

Paul Poenicke said...

Tony M: Klinsmann was hired to incite and/or continue change in the USMNT. Whatever has been done with the youth teams during his watch has not been successful. His lack of success with the youth is more concerning than what has occurred on the field, which has been middling, being successful and disastrous in equal measure.

The reason why I mentioned cohesion, willpower, and dedication as American soccer values is because those are the features Lalas et al. mention as the DNA of US soccer and the reason why US teams won. I agree with you that JK has emphasized those features as well under different names.

I do think there has been some changes when it comes to play on the field. In an ESPN interview now taken down from the website, Brian McBride agreed that the US first 50 minutes against Ecuador was the best, most assertive USMNT side he had ever seen. Sadly, this assertive, attacking performance has either been periodic in tournaments or only seen during friendlies (Germany, Netherlands).