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I Believe But Why Bother?

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I’ll say right off the bat that I know some people will disagree with this position but I’ll say it – the Gold Cup is really starting to become a tournament I really don’t give a damn about. On top of the ridiculousness of holding it every two years (can you say “ka-ching?”) the recent refereeing decisions in Mexico matches just leave a really bad taste in your mouth.

It’s always apparent that CONCACAF sets up their premier tournament in the hopes of a United States versus Mexico final but it’s hard not to believe they don’t outright rig it that way as well when Mexico gets such iffy penalty calls and in such late stages of the matches. I see some people say they would have given those penalties too. Yeah, you would have? Well, you would have been a terrible referee too then, guy.

It was hard enough to find motivation to watch this tournament after such a good Copa America tourney for me but the recent underwhelming USMNT performance coupled with blatant-looking CONCACAF corruption (yeah, because corruption is cured overnight, right, referee apologists?) are just more steps towards disliking international football more and more. I’m not against big money in sports but taking big money and kowtowing to big money and sponsors’ and television networks’ wishes are two different things. It’s similar to the people who complain about corporations buying politicians but they elect the same politicians over and over again. Well, somebody has to be taking the money. Corruption isn’t a one way crime.

I don’t want to get off into a political rant but just suffice to say I personally won’t be watching the United States’ third place match versus Panama or the final between Mexico and Jamaica. I would love it in fact if Panama boycotted and didn’t even show up and the US then proceeded to kick the ball around for 120 minutes not scoring just to show what a farce it all can be. And at the current moment I’m not even sure if I care about the Confederation’s playoff in October as well. It all smells like a giant farce right now. Sports bread and circuses, if you will. Wouldn’t you agree, Juvenal?

I believe.

I believe that.

I believe that CONCACAF is corrupt.

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USMNT Gold Cup Round Up

The USMNT has taken seven out of nine points in their group stage games finishing first in their group. Jim Hart from Year Zero Soccer joins Chad this week to take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly of the USMNT Gold Cup so far. On this week’s episode:

  • Reasons for concern and optimism
  • Is CONCACAF improving?
  • Klinsmann’s roster changes
  • What is Year Zero Soccer?
  • Raheem Sterling to Manchester City

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USMNT Gold Cup Round Up

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Copa Oro Preview

The Two Daft Yanks are back after a brief break with a brand new website just in time for a Copa Oro Preview (AKA: Gold Cup). So sit back and relax to see if the Yanks think the USMNT can win back to back Gold Cups for the second time. On this week’s episode:

  • USMNT beats Guatemala in a warm-up friendly.
  • What is the best USMNT starting XI?
  • Surprise team of 2015?
  • Group winners and knockout stage participant predictions
  • And more!

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Copa Oro Preview

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USMNT Copa Oro Roster Named

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Today US Soccer and manager Jurgen Klinsmann named the 2015 USMNT Copa Oro roster. The United States will be looking to defend their title from the 2013 edition of the tournament and earn an automatic berth to the Confederations Cup that will take place in the summer of 2017 in Russia.

There were no major surprises in the 23 man roster but there were several interesting developments. First Jozy Altidore was named to the group stage roster even though he has only played 40 minutes of first team football this month due to a hamstring injury. Second, 2013 Copa Ora captain DaMarcus Beasley who came out of international retirement to be considered this summer did not make the final roster. Finally, a few eyebrows were raised over the inclusion of striker Chris Wondolowski over two seemingly younger and better options in Juan Agudelo and Jordan Morris. The complete roster is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)


DEFENDERS : Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)


MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)


FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

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What Impact Do U-20 Players Have On The USMNT?

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The U-20 World Cup for US Soccer is over after the little Yanks were defeated in the quarter-finals on penalty kicks by Serbia. This competition is labeled as one where you can see the stars of the future today. With that in mind I thought it would be worthwhile to see if that has held true for US Soccer in the recent past. Below is a list of senior capped players who featured on US U-20 rosters since 1999 with their number of senior caps in parentheses.


1999

Bocanegra (110), Howard (104), Cherundolo (87), Twellman (30), Califf (23), Albright (22), Rimando (21), Gibbs (19), Thorrington (4)

2001

Donovan (157), Beasley (121), Gooch (69), Convey (46), Casey (19), Davis (17), Buddle (11)

2003

Dempsey (112), E. Johnson (63), Convey (46), Clark (34), Adu (17), Quaranta (15), Marshall (11)

2005

Kljestan (46), Feilhaber (41), Spector (34), Evans (19), Adu (17), Gaven (8), Wynne (5), Szetela (3)

2007

Bradley (98), Altidore (80), Rogers (18), Adu (17), McCarty (5), Beltran (3), Szetela (3)

2009

Shea (33), Diskerud (30), S. Johnson (5)

2011

Did Not Qualify

2013

Yedlin (17), Gil (2), Trapp (1)


Observations The United States has done a pretty good job of bringing through U-20 players into the senior team. Pretty much all the stars for US Soccer of the past three World Cups have been on a U-20 roster at some point with Donovan, Dempsey, Bradley, Bocanegra and Howard leading the way. The years 1999-2007 saw no less than 7 players make their way from the youth ranks into the senior team. This was a time where the US player pool was not as deep as it is today. This can been seen in the recent numbers where to date 2009 and 2013 have only seen 3 players each receive senior teams caps with the US not qualifying in 2011. Looking at the 2015 squad which just lost to Serbia, it looks like a group of players which should see an increase of players moving through the ranks. Two players (Rubio Rubin and Emerson Hyndman) have already been capped while players such as Zack Steffen, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Paul Arriola, Gedion Zelalem, Bradford Jamieson and Maki Tall look like they could all make an impact in the future as. That would put the senior team contribution of this roster somewhere around 9 or 10 in the future which would be quite impressive considering the improvements to the player pool. What U-20 players stood out to you?

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