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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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Unscripted

The Two Daft Yanks are back after the USMNT 6-0 win over Cuba to reach the semi-finals of the Golf Cup. This is an “unscripted” edition of the podcast with both the Yanks enjoying all the summer has to offer there was no pre-show production meeting. Proceed with caution! On this week’s episode:

  • What did we learn in the Cuba match?
  • State of the US defense
  • Dempsey climbing the scoring chart
  • USSMNT vs Jamaica predictions
  • And more!

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TDY: Unscripted 

 

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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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