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EPL Quarter Pole

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It’s already November folks and the EPL season is screaming along like a stiff mountain breeze. The Two Daft Yanks are back to break down all the action from this last weekend as we pass the EPL quarter pole in true daft style. On this week’s episode:

  • MLS Playoff winners and losers
  • Red card Sunday in the EPL
  • Quarter Pole analysis
  • Qatar 2022 update
  • And much more!

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TDY: EPL Quarter Pole

 

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The MLS Driven Anti-Klinsmann Agenda

Yesterday, USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann was short listed for FIFA’s world coach of the year award. In normal circumstances this would be a cause for celebration for the American media and fans alike but unfortunately the domestic soccer scene has been poisoned. Who has tainted the US Soccer waters you ask? That would be coaches, players, front office personnel, media members and fans who are heavily connected to MLS. They have hijacked mainstream American soccer thought and do not look favorably on anything or anyone that isn’t a water carrier for the MLS. Klinsmann has been very outspoken on the problems he perceives the MLS to have and this has caused him to receive more criticism than the last two USMNT coaches (Bradley and Arena) combined.

Klinsmann’s criticism about the MLS although harsh and uncomfortable at times is often correct. He was brought in to change the culture of the USMNT and it’s development system and instead of working to improve our talent pool; the MLS and Don Garber would rather hold press conference saying Klinsmann has “disrespected’ the league. MLS thinks they are the be all and end all of American soccer but he truth is the game has a much deeper history in this country than a league that started waaaaaaaay back in 1996. Hey, how ya doing New York Cosmos?

Instead of celebrating a coach who got the USMNT out of the group of death with a squad made up of less talented (mostly MLS based) players (sorry the truth hurts), the MLS driven anti-Klinsmann agenda would rather proclaim he doesn’t deserve the honor and if he does then Bradley should have received the same nomination in 2010 and Arena in 2002. These are the types of arguments that get you nowhere and shows that there is nothing Klinsmann can do to win the vocal and media based hardcore MLS zealots over. It’s okay though because when/if MLS reaches their goals to be an elite league, there is no doubt in my mind it will be because US Soccer finally embraces the ideals Klinsmann is preaching and not the cold marketing based perspective preached by Commissar Garber.

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Garber Strikes Back

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The Two Daft Yanks are back after a short break forced by the international break and Chad’s relocation to the Rocky Mountains. The TDY Mile High Studios are now up and running along with the TDY Polar Studios so that means the one and only TDY podcast can crank back up again (many hoorays). Now be sure to keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle and fasten your safety belt. On this week’s episode:

  • A TDY Warning!
  • Klinsmann vs Garber
  • Europe 2016 Qualifying
  • A look ahead to this weekend’s Prem action

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TDY: Garber Strikes Back

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Never Say Promotion and Relegation Again

According to Sports Illustrated soccer reporter Grant Wahl, MLS President (who knew such a person existed) Mark Abbott has stated promotion and relegation will “never happen” in MLS. Now we do not know the context of how or why these words were uttered but we do know the very words themselves are a slap to the face of every lower league soccer club in the United States.

Promotion and relegation is the lifeblood of European soccer providing joy and pain to all our friends with accents across the Atlantic but it seems that if MLS has its way we will never truly know these emotions here in America. Throughout the history of European leagues you can find stories of small and minnow like clubs earning the right to be on the same field of history rich and money flush clubs like Manchester United and Bayern Munich. One current example is Basque club SD Eibar who has made it to La Liga the Spanish top division for the first time since their founding in 1940. Even though they have a modest stadium that seats just 5,250 people (Ipurua Municipal Stadium) and a small budget that forced them to launch a crowd sourcing fundraising drive just to keep their place in La Liga; the club has earned the right to face heavy weights Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, and Barcelona on the playing field. This is what makes the beautiful game even more beautiful no matter how much money you spend and no matter how many big name players are in your clubs squad your status must be earned on the pitch. That is not true in the United States of course thanks to people like Don Garber and Mark Abbott who only serve the heavily NFL influenced MLS owners.

The United States will never see a club like Eibar or Swansea in the English league climb the club ladder of success because such a ladder does not exist. Instead franchises pay their way into top flight status and what they have done on the field does not matter. The only thing that does matter is how much money you can put in the MLS coffers. This is the sad and cold reality until we see real leadership not only in the MLS but also at the top of the US Soccer Federation.

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The MLS Fundamentalist Cometh

Have you fellow soccer snobs repented and accepted MLS into your life? Hark! The Priests of MLS have spoken yet again and have set forth the fundamentalism of American soccer fandom. And as per usual, their pride is wounded by us admitted soccer snobs and our dislike of MLS. This schism is tiresome even in the best of times, but it is all the more so when MLS bots refuse to accept one pertinent point- the simple fact of freedom of choice and a little something called free will.

MLS bots, pay attention. Regardless of what you may think, there is simply not one reason why I have to like MLS. Just because it is the United States’ top league is frankly, irrelevant. I know this may come as a shock to an MLS bot. Make all the arguments you like about how much quality is actually in MLS. It is completely irrelevant to why certain soccer snobs such as myself support the clubs we do.

I don’t watch sports, or certain leagues or support clubs or teams because of their popularity, their star power, the players that play for them. I began supporting Arsenal back when they “Boring, Boring Arsenal,” so save the Arsenal sexy football comebacks or attempted gotcha! comebacks.

MLS ever going to have North London’s Arsenal FC in it? I doubt it. Good luck with trying to convince me to devote the majority of my soccer attention to MLS. I began supporting Arsenal at a time when England’s first division and subsequent Premier League was arguably the fourth best league in Europe behind Serie A, La Liga and the Bundesliga. So, the MLS bots’ argument about league quality should hold my attention is a fallacy (Ligue 1 is actually the league I watch the second most of and it will never be confused with the best league in Europe). I’m not the kind of supporter or fan that is swayed by marketing campaigns and star player synergy and all that pop culture and sports marketing crap that is frankly ruining or has ruined most American professional sports for me (I’m looking at you NBA & MLB).

But let’s argue that quality point just for a second. I’ve seen Diego Maradona, Marco Van Basten, Dennis Bergkamp, Roberto Baggio, etc. in their prime. I hate to break it to you, MLS bots but MLS isn’t even close to reaching that sort of quality yet. Budweiser drinkers really think it is the king of beers too.

And that last paragraph is the sort of snob info drop trying to pull rank that Kyle Martino makes reference to in his blog post. Hate to break it you, Kyle, but you’re darn right I feel justified in my snobbery. When as a teenager in the late 80s and early 90s I had to scour newsstands throughout New Orleans looking for soccer magazines or sports papers only to be forced to settle on Italian and French magazines and newspapers for information on soccer, you’re darn right I feel justified in my snobbery. When this dearth of information on soccer forces you to self teach yourself enough of a foreign language so as to keep up on all the ongoings of top leagues at the time in said magazines and newspapers, you’re darn right I feel justified in my snobbery. When you beg your parents to pop for the extra sports cable package just so you can catch two weekly shows that come on at hours when you’re in school which then forces you to work extra chores to be able to buy the extra VCR to tape subsequent shows to inform yourself, you’re darn right I feel justified in my snobbery. When you grow up in an era when ethnic minorities or kids from the wrong schools or playgrounds are shunned from select and ODP programs because they weren’t American enough, you’re darn right I feel justified in my snobbery.

The not-American-enough argument brings me to my next point- this moronic concept that just because you’re American and you like soccer, it is your duty to support the MLS. This is so simplistic and jingoistic I’m not sure where to begin. But I think I’ll start with the fallacy of that not supporting MLS somehow means you’re helping stunt the growth of American soccer or whatever an MLS bot’s actual point is with that sort of charge. Again, wrong. I support the New Orleans Jesters because I am originally from the New Orleans area. Last time I checked New Orleans is in the United States. You MLS bots should know this. We freaking gave you a quintessential American musical genre in jazz and helped heavily in the development of three others (rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm & blues, & blues). So, if the MLS ever puts a team in New Orleans or Louisiana, I’ll watch every damn game, unless of course they are related to the Glazers like the once rumored NOLA FC. What I won’t do is throw my support to the nearest geographic team just because of their proximity and just because they’re MLS and they’re on tv and because, American club! F*ck yeah!

So, I’m plenty on board with wanting soccer to develop in the United States but I’m not under the delusion that it has to be strictly done in the MLS. Which leads to the other fallacy of the “you should support the MLS” argument- most American players should eventually play and develop in MLS to strengthen future USMNTs. Again, this is such a specious argument because it denies the reality of world football and player development throughout the world. As I’ve stated on several occasions on the Two Daft Yanks podcast and much to the chagrin of the mythos that MLS bots try to paint, weakened or inferior domestic leagues (either real or perceived) such as those that exist in Brazil, Argentina, Holland, Belgium, etc. have not or do not affect the quality of their national teams as much as people would have you believe. If anything having both domestic and foreign based players has only strengthened sides like Holland, Germany, Brazil, etc. or do you MLS bots think Lionel Messi is actually Spanish? Or that he should play for Boca Juniors or River Plate? Maybe send Cristiano Ronaldo back to Sporting so he can quit hurting the Portuguese national team while playing at Real? Zinedine Zidane sure made the French team a pile of crap when he was at Real Madrid and Sweden must only be average because Zlatan Ibrahimovic has chosen to play his career in places like Holland, Spain, Italy and France. Players such as this have developed to the heights they have because they have played in better leagues than their given countries’ domestic leagues. Reality. It sucks for delusional people.

Now the last point I’ll make is a response to the MLS bots cries of why don’t Euro/soccer snobs like the MLS. If we are such the douche snobs you say, why does our opinion matter so much to you? Never mind that all you’re really trying to do is shove some sort of fan orthodoxy that has to be adhered. Although it is humorous to watch MLS bots pander for our snobs’ attention. Perhaps MLS bots should ponder why that is. I couldn’t care less if an MLS bot only watches MLS or also watches La Liga or the Kerplockestani third division or whatever league or leagues it is that you like. If you like it, go for it. Who cares what other people think?

And that final point speaks a lot more about an aspect of humanity than it does any fandom. People end up creating a rule of commandments and then try to force all people of a particular endeavor to obey the stone tablets!, as it were. People can’t just live and let live. Thus, the MLS zealots have decreed American soccer fans, from uninitiated acolyte to heretical snob, must attend the church of MLS like a good little American soccer fan and be part of the Chosen Soccer People and get into American soccer Paradise. Can you bots just excommunicate me already and be done with it so I can go back to living in Euro snob sin and wandering the Nod of the EPL ? Thanks, and enjoy your zealotry.

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