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  1. Ale has never really understood how to use social media to help himself over the years.
  2. Bedoya continuing to light bridges on fire in his ongoing quest to to sign with MLS ===================================== Alejandro Bedoya ✔ @AleBedoya17 Just watched that performance by Seattle vs KC. Still remember them telling me my value & they signed Valdez for double that! 5:28 PM - 24 Jul 2016
  3. There is ongoing speculation about what this would mean for his citizenship should he go. =============== Goal USA @GoalUSA Sources: Olympiakos makes $3 million offer for Sporting KC's Dom Dwyer http://dlvr.it/Lt0Jth 11:57 PM - 24 Jul 2016
  4. The Man City Man United game today in China has been cancelled. The pitch was infected with fungus, and although the affected areas were dug up, recent torrential rain in Beijing has washed away the replacement turf. This would have been the first Manchester derby to be played abroad ever.
  5. *That was a fun NY derby on Fox today. Sacha and Dax might be the two of the best values in the league for Red Bull. The ending was funny when Strong had to keep saying "and now he is suspended for the next game". NYCFC really lost their composure lead by Lampard actions on Sacha. *I have a feeling if Seattle loses today against KC, Sigi might get sacked.
  6. Alexi Lalas ✔@AlexiLalas I'm told last month @Trabzonspor offered $2.5 mil for @LAGalaxy striker @gyasinho. LA said no and had no interest in selling him. 10:54 AM - 23 Jul 2016
  7. * Drogba and Giovinco both with hat tricks tonight as the Canadian teams win big in MLS. * On the FAR opposite end of the entertainment scale, I went to a dreadful Revs game tonight. They played like absolute crap all night. Luckily their opponent just happened to be the Fire and Sean Johnson thought it made more sense to swat flies than the ball on a late corner which gave the Revs a 1-0 win. Chicago did hold up to their normal high offensive standards with 0 shots on goal.
  8. My whole family enjoyed the movie. I had to remove a speck of dust from my eye when
  9. They dominate their qualifying groups but any time they seem to come up against countries that rise above a Euro minnow or Euro mid table type team, they seem to find various ways to lose. And this is not one coach or one generation of players, we are talking numerous coaches and numerous generations of players. I think I read a stat that stated starting from the 1992 Euro's, England have only won 3 knockout round games in the WC and Euro's. Which is the exact same number of knock out round games the US has won in the WC and Copa. That is a pretty telling stat over such a long time period and numerous tournaments which helps remove a bit of variance in the stats.
  10. Many people, including most importantly JK, feel that the weakness of MLS hurts the national team. On the flip side Big Sam thinks the strength of the EPL hurts the English team. The annoying part is that you can see both sides of the coin and makes you wonder what the best solution is......... http://www.espnfc.com/england/story/2916072/sam-allardyce-biggest-problem-for-england-is-the-premier-league
  11. each post being read about ten times is consistent with the US thread and is consistent with the original monster thread that was archived if memory serves.
  12. Interesting perspective from the Arsenal CEO on MLS. He left MLS just as the league started to wake up financially. ======================== MLS' future depends on developing players - Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis called the rise of MLS in the last five or six years "quite extraordinary," but noted that further growth will depend on the league's ability to develop players. Gazidis has a unique perspective on MLS and the growth of the game in North America. In 1996, he joined MLS as part of the league's first management team. He went on to serve as MLS deputy commissioner from 2001 until 2008, when he left to join Arsenal's executive ranks. Next week he'll get to see the league's progress up close when Arsenal takes part in the MLS All-Star game in San Jose, California. But from his perch in London, he likes what he sees out of the league he helped build. "The globalization of the world, and the increasingly multicultural diverse population of the U.S., all of these things created a really fertile ground for soccer to grow," said Gazidis. "We're seeing that in every single way that you can imagine. "Soccer in the U.S. is now absolutely a part of the global conversation, it's also a part of the sports conversation in the U.S., and it's also a part of the cultural part of the conversation in the U.S." Gazidis said he felt the ownership group in MLS is as strong as any league in the world, and he's been impressed with the investment in facilities and stadiums, support from sponsors and broadcast partners, the development of the game on the field, and investments in youth. "All of these things mean that MLS is developing at a rate I think nobody could have anticipated," he said. Gazidis stressed that while the league has benefited from signing high-priced players like David Villa, Frank Lampard, and Steven Gerrard, he feels the aforementioned investment in academies and youth players will fuel the next growth phase for the league. "I think a lot of the story is around the big-name signings that come into the league, and I think they've certainly added a really nice sprinkling of star power, " he said. "It's no longer just one or two teams. Every team has players that you pay money to watch. I think that's fantastic. "But the real foundations for growth are going to be in the development of American players, the domestic talent. I think MLS there is doing the right thing in investing in youth development, the academy system. "That's a long-term investment. It's not going to happen overnight. But we're beginning to see these young players that have come through as a product of that system. That has to be the future." As for the current level of American players, Gazidis felt like progress has been made, but the development of the top-end player is still missing. "I think the talent pool is certainly deeper, and more consistently at a high level when you look across the league," he said. "I still think there is room to have some truly world-class players coming through the development system, and I think we're beginning to see that. "They've certainly got some young players that, without naming names, have the potential to be truly world-class. That's there to be developed and I think it will be developed." MLS commissioner Don Garber has laid out an agenda that includes MLS being one of the top leagues in the world by 2022, and a league of choice for the world's best players. While that might seem ambitious, Gazidis applauded Garber's approach. He noted that MLS is the world's seventh-best attended league. "I think there are so many pieces in place," said Gazidis. "It's about the environment that a player has. In terms of everything around the player environment -- stadiums, fans, television coverage, ownership, cultural environment -- those are incredibly attractive and the U.S. is the equal of anywhere in the world in all of these areas. "The two remaining parts of the environment are obviously money, and MLS is prepared to pay market value for top players and top American players. "The key element, and what MLS really needs to focus on over the next decade is how they can develop the level of play, how they can develop a league that for the world of football, people acknowledge as one of the best leagues in the world. That's just the final piece of the puzzle, and they're moving in the right direction." Gazidis added that the growth of the sport in the U.S. isn't just about MLS. The Premier League has benefited as well from increased attention with its games being broadcast in the U.S.. "The increasing level of the sophistication about soccer and the knowledge and passion and commitment the fan base has to the Premier League, mirrors that of the growth of MLS," he said. "So this is really good for everybody that is involved in soccer."
  13. I would say it is better to stay with the Dortmund's U19's but only because he would always have the chance to be brought up (like he was last year when he bounced back and forth). If you were to tell me the chances of being brought to the first team were identical no matter where he played, then I believe playing against full professionals in MLS would likely be better for his growth than playing at the U19 level.
  14. Dortmund is so strong this year that I just posted in the US thread that I fear Pulisic might not even be on the squad to start the season. If he can make that squad at the beginning of this year, that really will say a lot about him even if he does not play much.
  15. Hopefully but with Columbus not in any cup competitions, chances to play might be limited this season. Hopefully if and when he gets a chance he can impress. I loved what I saw of him at the youth level.