Spring In Our Step

Spring is here and the Two Daft Yanks have a spring in our step. As usual there is much to get to this week so sit back relax and listen to what spring has to offer. On this week's episode: Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham win in this week's pick Read more

Conversation With Atlanta Silverbacks Alliance Council

In this midweek podcast the Two Daft Yanks have a conversation with Jasun Cohen, President of the Atlanta Silverbacks Alliance Council. Topics covered include: Background on the Atlanta Silverbacks Alliance Council The clubs current ownership situation Thoughts on soon becoming a two team town Expectations for the current season And more! Listen to/download the podcast below Read more

Beware The Ides Of March

The Two Daft Yanks are back and we urge you to beware the ides of March. Jose Mourinho didn't and the "campaign against Chelsea" is in full swing...et tu Mike Dean? There is much to talk about this week so enjoy the show and be on the lookout for Read more

USMNT Second Half Woes

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Since the conclusion of the World Cup in Brazil the USMNT has struggled in the second half of friendlies. The numbers are quite ugly and in ten matches the USMNT has been outscored eleven to one in the second half of games. Ten of those eleven goals have been scored after the sixty minute mark and the question now is, how concerned should we be about these USMNT second half woes?

Given the fact that we are in the transition to a new World Cup cycle Klinsmann has called in quite a few new players into the squad as he gauges his talent pool for this Summer’s Gold Cup and beyond. These second half struggles are directly related to the fact that mass substitutions have been made and the USMNT falls apart from winning positions after less experienced players have taken their place on the pitch.

While this is a troubling trend I don’t think it’s time to sound the alarm bells quite yet and the level of concern should be mild at best. Klinsmann throws many of these younger players with few or zero caps onto the pitch late in games to see how they react (as most other international managers across the world do at this time). It is safe to say that most of them have not reacted particularly well and there’s a very good chance these players will not be on the pitch late in games or be featured in the squad at all once meaningful games resume again in the build up to the Gold Cup.

The only thing that I hope doesn’t happen as result of these second half collapses is a dip in confidence or a seed of doubt by the players late in games with a lead when competitive action resumes. Perhaps it would be wise of Klinsmann to limit his substitutions in the next friendly the USMNT has a lead in order to break out of this funk and boost morale. This is a double edge sword though and the purpose of these friendlies is to get a look at new players so limiting his subs would impact Klinsmann’s player pool development and evaluation process.

What do you think, how concerned should we be?

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Spring In Our Step

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Spring is here and the Two Daft Yanks have a spring in our step. As usual there is much to get to this week so sit back relax and listen to what spring has to offer. On this week’s episode:

  • Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham win in this week’s pick of the litter matches.
  • Bristol City win Football league Cup
  • El Clasico
  • Premier league European failure, what does it mean?
  • Champions League quarter-final draw
  • Klinsmann names this week’s USMNT roster.
  • And More!

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TDY: Spring In Our Step

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Conversation With Atlanta Silverbacks Alliance Council

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In this midweek podcast the Two Daft Yanks have a conversation with Jasun Cohen, President of the Atlanta Silverbacks Alliance Council. Topics covered include:

  • Background on the Atlanta Silverbacks Alliance Council
  • The clubs current ownership situation
  • Thoughts on soon becoming a two team town
  • Expectations for the current season
  • And more!

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

TDY: Atlanta Silverbacks

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Beware The Ides Of March

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The Two Daft Yanks are back and we urge you to beware the ides of March. Jose Mourinho didn’t and the “campaign against Chelsea” is in full swing…et tu Mike Dean? There is much to talk about this week so enjoy the show and be on the lookout for people in togas with knives. On this week’s episode:

  • Quick recap of this weekend’s EPL action
  • Is the title race close to being over?
  • Zimbabwe banned from 2018 World Cup
  • This Week In Daftness
  • The surrounding the ref epidemic
  • 2015 Gold Cup groups
  • And more!

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TDY: Ides Of March 

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EPL Remaining Fixtures Strength Of Schedule

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With the all-important run in upon us where the future of clubs, managers and players will be decided based on where clubs finish this 14/15 league campaign, it’s time to see what clubs have the hardest and most favorable fixtures left. As I have done in the past, these calculations are based on the individual tallies of home and away goal differentials for each clubs opponents on their schedules. This is a popular and proven way to measure the strength of schedule a given club has left. Here are the results for each clubs final 10 matches (except Chelsea who have 11 matches left due to the postponement of their league match the weekend of the league Cup Final):

 

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EPL Remaining Fixtures Strength Of Schedule

 

As you can see, West Brom have the hardest remaining schedule mainly due to the fact that the opponents they will face away from home have a combined +51 goal differential (GD). This is the 2nd hardest slate of away fixtures only behind Sunderland’s daunting +54 GD. The easiest remaining schedule falls to Leicester City who will need to take advantage of their schedule as the only side whose schedule matches them against opponents with a negative GD both home and away if they wish to maintain their premier league status for next season.

 

In terms of the title race, Chelsea is firmly in control and 5 points up on Manchester City with a game in hand but Chelsea does have the 5th hardest schedule whereas Manchester city have the 3rd easiest schedule left. A repeat of last year’s City comeback against Chelsea to take the title is not completely out of question if the Citizens can take advantage of a weaker fixture list and take 25 to 27 of the last 30 points possible.

 

In the race to avoid relegation as mentioned above Leicester City has the easiest remaining schedule. Other sides in the thick of the relegation battle including Burnley, QPR, and Aston Villa all have middle of the road schedules so no real advantage can be seen there. Hull and Everton who are on the outer edges of the relegation fight, find themselves in different positions, the Tigers have the 3rd hardest remaining schedule and the Toffees have the 2nd easiest set of fixtures left. This could see Hull sink down the table and Everton break out of their spurt of bad domestic form.

 

All in all the remaining fixtures should provide a very entertaining run in that as always will have a few twist and turns along the way. Do these strength of schedule numbers change your thoughts on any of the battles for European places or the fight to avoid relegation?

 

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