What Is World Class?

It has been quite the busy week in terms of news on and off the pitch. The transfer market is about to come to a close, leagues throughout Europe are starting up their campaigns, a chairman has leaked texts and emails to the press to get back at a Read more

Manchester United Schadenfreude Lives

The joy and wonder that is the English Premier League is back and the Two Daft Yanks return to the podcasting airwaves to break down the weekend's opening action. On this week's episode: Manchester United vs Swansea, Manchester United Schadenfreude Lives LVG and Harry strike post-match interview gold North London Pandemonium Liverpool vs Southampton, Read more

EPL Preview

The Two Daft Yanks are on location in Corey's hometown of New Orleans for a very special edition of the podcast to preview the upcoming EPL season. Many daft predictions will be made so do your best to follow out logic but even in our daft state we will Read more

Close The Transfer Window Before The Season Starts

Posted on by Chad in Blog, Controversy, Transfers | Leave a comment

We are just a few days away from the transfer window coming to a close in the four major European leagues (England, Germany, Italy and Spain). By the time transfer season is over though clubs from each of the four leagues will have started their domestic campaigns with English clubs already playing three league matches plus some playing cup matches as well. This is a huge distraction from what should be the main focus at this point in time, the matches them-self. With that in mind, it is time to close the transfer window before the season starts.

As conditions currently stand, social media, the newspapers, magazines, pre-game shows, match commentary and post game shows are filled with transfer talk. It seems everybody wants to focus on what might happen based on rumors (so and so was spotted on the tube, in a helicopter, or at Heathrow) in order to maximize their viewership and readership during this transfer crazy time of the year. The media may be giving the fans exactly what they want as who doesn’t want to speculate about which new shiny toy will be joining your club? Yet, this comes at the cost of devaluing the actual games being played and ruins the celebration of the start of a new league campaign. If it was up to me the transfer window for each league would close before a single league match is played in order to make each competition as fair as possible and to put the focus on what is really important, the actual football!

A single Europe wide transfer window date ending before the league matches start up would be preferable but there are just too many moving parts and different stakeholders to make this possible. England tried to organize and gain support for this idea a few years back but failed due to the complexity of the problem. Perhaps a single European transfer window ending at the end of July would make sense for all parties involved. A window lasting through June and July would give clubs plenty of time to get their business done and would spare us from these un-needed transfer sagas. Artificial deadlines only bring out the natural human act of procrastination into the mix and a shorter transfer window would be good for all those involved starting with boardroom members clear down to the supporters.

This is a big task I know and movement on this front should not be expected any time soon but it would be great to see the focus put back on the actual football come August and not what player is rumored to be going where in some dodgy tabloid.

What do you think, how would you alter the transfer window?

 

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What Is World Class?

Posted on by Chad in EPL, Podcast, Serie A, Transfers, USMNT | Leave a comment

It has been quite the busy week in terms of news on and off the pitch. The transfer market is about to come to a close, leagues throughout Europe are starting up their campaigns, a chairman has leaked texts and emails to the press to get back at a former manager and there is some USMNT player news. The Two Daft Yanks are here to talk about it all, on this week’s episode:

  • Highlights from this weekend’s action in the EPL.
  • Ice bucket banter! Levy Style. 
  • The return of Mario Balotelli to England
  • With the transfer market open one more week, we ask: What is world class?
  • Tim Howard takes a break from USMNT play

Listen to or download the podcast below, or listen on your mobile device via StitcherTuneIn or iTunes

 

Two Daft Yanks: What Is World Class? 

 

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Viva Eibar!

Posted on by Corey in Blog, Controversy, Daftness | Leave a comment

The subject of promotion/relegation is one of the major sticking points in the current landscape of US soccer. To us long-time aficionados of the beautiful game, it’s one of the key components of the foreign game which makes it endlessly interesting. I don’t want to rehash the subject of pro/rel in this article but only to point out the club at the moment which best exemplifies the beauty of the pro/rel system- Sociedad Deportiva Eibar, S.A.D. The Spanish minnows play their first La Liga match today against Real Sociedad.

Ignorant and unwitting elitists will try to dismiss and downplay a tiny club like Eibar. They’ll moan about everything from Eibar’s stadium size to the inherent competitive imbalance of their current league, La Liga, as excuses for why clubs like Eibar shouldn’t be allowed to compete with the big boys. The notion that the likes of MLS bots are somehow trying to protect Eibar from competitive humilliation is both laughable and denies the very nature of competition. Competition isn’t about score margin, it’s about, get this- Competing to the best of your ability. Novel concept.

Regardless of whatever excuse from the closed league bible water carriers want to trot out, there is simply no getting around the fact that Eibar earned their entry into Spain’s top league by earning it on the field by virtue of winning the Spanish second division (Liga Adelante) title last year. As sports should be. Not with a buy-in fee. Not with being the son of an investment banker who needs a play toy. Not with being some hand picked legacy by the self-anointed priests of sport. Granted their spot in La Liga was only guaranteed after raising funds from a crowd sourcing campaign drive but the spot was earned on the field.

Will Eibar remain in La Liga? Will they be competitive all season long? Only time will tell but if they achieve enough results, they certainly will (barring administrative types of relegation which would neither be unique nor unheard of). Here’s to hoping they can achieve the results and at the very least give their fans a season of memories going against the big boys and the European heavyweights of Real Madrid and Barcelona.

What kind of odds can I get for a 2-1 Eibar win, bots and haters? ¡Viva Eibar!

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Manchester United Schadenfreude Lives

Posted on by Chad in EPL, Podcast | Leave a comment

The joy and wonder that is the English Premier League is back and the Two Daft Yanks return to the podcasting airwaves to break down the weekend’s opening action. On this week’s episode:

  • Manchester United vs Swansea, Manchester United Schadenfreude Lives
  • LVG and Harry strike post-match interview gold
  • North London Pandemonium
  • Liverpool vs Southampton, cool your jets Arlo and NBC
  • World Cup player hangover, why are so many players sitting out early portion of the season?
  • Plus much more including daft moments of the opening weekend

Listen to or download the podcast below, or listen on your mobile device via StitcherTuneIn or iTunes

TWO DAFT YANKS: MAN U SCHAD

 

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Liverpool vs Southampton Preview

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During the 2014/15 Premier League season we here at TDY hope to bring you a self selected match of the week preview each Friday to get your footy weekend kick-started. With the opening games now just less than 24 hours away there is excitement in the air and it’s time for a Liverpool vs Southampton Preview. One could also view this opening match-up as Southampton A versus Southampton B with Liverpool’s swoop of three regular starters for the Saints last season. Jokes aside, on to the preview:

Team News:

Both sides have a high profile player out due to injury. Adam Lallana will not make his Liverpool debut against his former club due to a knee injury and Southampton will not have Jay Rodriguez at their disposal as he recovers from his knee injury and operation suffered last season. The status of French international Morgan Schneiderlin is also up in the air as he has not played or trained very much with the club in preseason, as he was looking to get a transfer to Tottenham. I suppose he could feature on the bench but a start looks very doubtful at this point.

Tactics:

It will be interesting to see how new manager Ronald Koeman sets up his side in his league debut for Southampton. He favored a 4-3-3 formation at Feyenoord last season and one would expect him to utilize it again this year in England as that formation and style meshes well with the new look Southampton squad. Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers plays a 4-3-3 as well and will look for their attacking trio upfront to provide the same goal scoring threat that the club had last year with Luis Suarez who has since transferred to Barcelona. The question now is can Sturridge lead the line consistently for an entire season?

Prediction:

Being at home and having a more settled side look for Liverpool to provide the same type of entertainment and action they often showed last season while breaking in up to three new players into their starting XI. Southampton will have to play much like they did last year (on the counter with quick direct passing) if they are to get any points at Anfield. There are probably too many new players in Southampton’s side to get a result this weekend but it would not surprise me if they continue to be plucky and scrape out a draw. In the end I think Liverpool will be able to comfortably beat the new look Southampton with the home support and a talented roster on their side.

Liverpool 3   Southampton 1 

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