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About time for Tab but it does also remove an obvious replacement for Berhalter should the face planting continue

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@KristianRDyer

Per source, hearing that @RamosTab will be named the next head coach of the Houston Dynamo. Deal completed.

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32 minutes ago, NewlyRetired said:

About time for Tab but it does also remove an obvious replacement for Berhalter should the face planting continue

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@KristianRDyer

Per source, hearing that @RamosTab will be named the next head coach of the Houston Dynamo. Deal completed.

Dammit.

But yeah...about time for tab, but....dammit.

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4 minutes ago, El Floppo said:

Dammit.

But yeah...about time for tab, but....dammit.

Brian brings up an interesting point here.  It is striking that Dallas has one of the best academies and Houston has one of the worst.

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@BrianSciaretta

If Tab Ramos can get the Houston Dynamo academy going and take advantage of opportunity in developing talent in that area, it would be huge. As @_jameshill would tell you, Houston is one of the most under-performing cities in terms of developing pro-level talent.

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I try to limit the bashing, but seriously, what is Earnie doing every day?

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Paul Kennedy

With Tab Ramos’ impending move to Houston, he’s going to need to make sure he locks the door behind him. The MNT youth program that two years ago had full-time coaches at every age U-14 to U-20 now has one: Rafa Wicky, who’s in Brazil with U-17s.

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C'mon!  you can't expect him to hire new youth coaches AND contact young dual-nats.   Geesh.   It's one "youth" thing at a time.  Hopefully, re-runs of My Cousin Vinny don't show up on TNT or he'll get nothing done watching all those utes.  

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Looks like Kreis is being interviewed for a GM job in Salt Lake.    That could be yet another opening as he is the U23 coach right now.

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27 minutes ago, blend said:

C'mon!  you can't expect him to hire new youth coaches AND contact young dual-nats.   Geesh.   It's one "youth" thing at a time.  Hopefully, re-runs of My Cousin Vinny don't show up on TNT or he'll get nothing done watching all those utes.  

"The Utes!! Who's gonna coach da Utes???!!"

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43 minutes ago, NewlyRetired said:

Dest continuing to give everyone blue balls.  If this continues, he can start his own pronhub channel

https://www.cbssports.com/soccer/news/sergino-dest-could-make-usa-netherlands-decision-soon-heres-what-he-said-about-both-teams/

I'm down to 0.03%

Not sure what the game this weekend is going to tell him. Have to figure his mind is made up already...and if the dutch federation has given him any hope at making the squad he'd be a maroon not to go with them.

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7 minutes ago, El Floppo said:

I'm down to 0.03%

Not sure what the game this weekend is going to tell him. Have to figure his mind is made up already...and if the dutch federation has given him any hope at making the squad he'd be a maroon not to go with them.

here is my guess.

The fact that he keeps delaying the date at which he will announce makes me think he has already filed his papers and is simply waiting for them to be approved.   On the extreme off chance they are rejected by FIFA, he probably does not want to announce before he finds out.

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@cboehm

Couple thoughts on Tab Ramos to Dynamo: *Sources tell me USSF removed youth tech dir title & all of Tab's other duties save U-20s HC in recent months; the writing was on the wall

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If Twellman is right, it sounds like Dome will be out of work this winter.  Twellman also mentioned Reyna may be let go.  Seems harsh after a very good season and one sub par playoff game.

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7 hours ago, NewlyRetired said:

If Twellman is right, it sounds like Dome will be out of work this winter.  Twellman also mentioned Reyna may be let go.  Seems harsh after a very good season and one sub par playoff game.

Wow. NYC completely flipped their approach, going without stars...and put together a fantastic season, albeit with miserable end. Harsh indeed.

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@ChelseaFC

Lampard says Pulisic's recent performances have put him in contention for a start at Burnley but he reiterates that he has plenty of options in that area of the team

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37 minutes ago, NewlyRetired said:

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Lampard says Pulisic's recent performances have put him in contention for a start at Burnley but he reiterates that he has plenty of options in that area of the team

Not that I have a clue, but I'm kind of digging this 65th minute impact sub role.  Starting a game at Turf Moor is no joke.  I know he's played in many bigger games that that, but its a huge deal if he gets a start this weekend imo.

 

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45 minutes ago, NewlyRetired said:

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Lampard says Pulisic's recent performances have put him in contention for a start at Burnley but he reiterates that he has plenty of options in that area of the team

Unless there's injury concern, no reason for lamps to change what's working. CP will get minutes if a spark is needed. If they're up, not sure you add CPs spark to the mix... Go with bolt down the hatches type of player instead.

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3 hours ago, El Floppo said:

Unless there's injury concern, no reason for lamps to change what's working. CP will get minutes if a spark is needed. If they're up, not sure you add CPs spark to the mix... Go with bolt down the hatches type of player instead.

Mount is 20.  CHO is 18 and coming off an injury.  They both looked to have tired legs against Ajax by the end.  I think Pulisic will get a start this weekend, but for sure against United if he doesn't this weekend.  If he can perform similarly in a starting role as he did in the last three sub appearances, it's going to be hard for Frank to keep him on the bench.

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7 hours ago, El Floppo said:
8 hours ago, NewlyRetired said:

Lampard says Pulisic's recent performances have put him in contention for a start at Burnley but he reiterates that he has plenty of options in that area of the team

Unless there's injury concern, no reason for lamps to change what's working. CP will get minutes if a spark is needed. If they're up, not sure you add CPs spark to the mix... Go with bolt down the hatches type of player instead.

 

4 hours ago, encaitar said:

Mount is 20.  CHO is 18 and coming off an injury.  They both looked to have tired legs against Ajax by the end.  I think Pulisic will get a start this weekend, but for sure against United if he doesn't this weekend.  If he can perform similarly in a starting role as he did in the last three sub appearances, it's going to be hard for Frank to keep him on the bench.

Good stuff encaitar- you're absolutely right. It's a long season and everybody will need to chip in.

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Metro Sport ReporterFriday 25 Oct 2019 1:35 pm

Frank Lampard has confirmed Chelsea will be without N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen for their trip to Burnley

have to figure CP sees time or likelystarts with those two out.

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26 minutes ago, El Floppo said:

 

Good stuff encaitar- you're absolutely right. It's a long season and everybody will need to chip in.

Fwiw..

Metro Sport ReporterFriday 25 Oct 2019 1:35 pm

Frank Lampard has confirmed Chelsea will be without N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen for their trip to Burnley

have to figure CP sees time or likely starts with those two out.

My impression is that Kante has more to do with Pulisic's time than either of those two. RLC hasn't played yet this season, and when he does it will likely be in the midfield, competing with Barkley, Kova, Kante, Jorginho.  I think Pulisic is in the attacking group with CHO, Mount, Willian and Pedro.  When Kante is healthy, Lampard seems more likely to play a 4-2-3-1.  This is good for Pulisic because it involves 4 attacking players - 3 playing behind the 9 (Abraham/Batshuyai/Giroud).  When Kante is not available, Lampard seems more likely to play a 4-3-3, which means only two attacking wingers playing with the 9. So the numbers are tighter for CP in that formation.

I've got no idea what is going on with Pedro. He is healthy as far as I know, but has not made the team sheet the past few games.  Pedro seemed to be preferred to CP on the wing early in the season.  He was the preferred sub for Mount against Valencia and I think for Willian at Lille.

Massive grain of salt with all my musings on this - its really just guesswork, and my have-cocked observations from the handful of games so far this season.  My personal hope/expectation is that the team gravitates more toward that 4-2-3-1, giving him a better chance to start or sub.  With only two, its going to be a rotation and he's in that mix but the competition is tight.

Its going to get more difficult when RLC is healthy.  He was the best of all the young players on the team for a while last season before he wrecked his achilles in that ill-timed game against the Revs.  Although not in direct competition with Pulisic position-wise, if he gets back to form, I think Lampard might be more likely to go with the 4-3-3.

 

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https://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2019/10/gregg-berhalter-on-sergino-dest-usmnt-learning-experience-in-canada

“We had a long conversation – Sergiño, myself, Earnie, and his father, over lunch today,” Berhalter said via a phone interview from Amsterdam with former U.S. internationals Tony Meola and Brian Dunseth on Sirius XM FC’s “Counter Attack” on Thursday. 

“I think the important point is just reiterating him being part of our program, what he’s done in our program and how he’s performed at the U-17 level and the U-20 level. He’s played in a couple World Cups for us. To him there’s a comfort to that, and it’s nice to hear that from him and for him to appreciate how we’ve been there for him.”

Should Dest choose to continue with the United States, he could officially tie himself to the USMNT with an appearance in either of next month’s Concacaf Nations League matches against Canada and Cuba. Describing the meeting as a “good conversation,” Berhalter hit home what having the crafty fullback’s future tied to the U.S. would mean for its opponents.

“He’s a good kid, he’s a pleasure to watch. When you talk about teams trying to scout for him, he’s very difficult because he’s good defensively – he has good quickness defensively, but also offensively he’s always getting forward and he’s a handful there so he’s a really interesting combination playing as a full back.”

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Hearing there is a strong chance American midfielder Richie Ledezma will be on the bench for PSV’s first team tomorrow vs AZ Alkmaar

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And another!!!

Deflection, but it still counts

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Well #### yes.

Love how he's going at the game...so positive and aggressive. Anything and everything that's worked for Chelsea going forward today has gone through CP

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The best part for me is even ignoring the brace, he has been the best player for Chelsea this half.  So involved

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From Paul Carr

Two goals for Christian Pulisic! He's the sixth U.S. international with two goals in a Premier League game, and the first since Clint Dempsey in 2012.

Clint Dempsey (9)

Brian McBride (5)

Claudio Reyna

Roy Wegerle

Joe-Max Moore

Christian Pulisic

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He's been very attack oriented today.  I feel like earlier this season, he would've looked to pass both of those off, but he's been going at goal all game.  He had a couple of other good shot attempts already too.

Like NewlyRetired mentioned, Pulisic's been Chelsea's only real threat today.  Making great runs.  Taking guys on at the right time.  We all knew he had the ability, he just needed the confidence..... today he has that.

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1 minute ago, encaitar said:

He's been very attack oriented today.  I feel like earlier this season, he would've looked to pass both of those off, but he's been going at goal all game. 

I was saying the same to my son just now.  So happy he didn't try to squeeze a pass in to Abraham on that first goal, which is what I expected in the moment.

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2 minutes ago, encaitar said:

He's been very attack oriented today.  I feel like earlier this season, he would've looked to pass both of those off, but he's been going at goal all game.  He had a couple of other good shot attempts already too.

Like NewlyRetired mentioned, Pulisic's been Chelsea's only real threat today.  Making great runs.  Taking guys on at the right time.  We all knew he had the ability, he just needed the confidence..... today he has that.

I've wanted a little better movement, tbh- some of it is the formation that doesn't allow him room for bigger diagonal runs, but I think he could be more aggressive attacking spaces with his runs...seems to be ceding them to his teammates too much. But all the rest, yes

 

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Chelsea has 8 shots in the half.  Pulisic has been involved in 7 of them either by shooting or directly setting up the shot.

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And the first 20 mins Chelsea were completely overrun. Couldn't win many first balls, and didn't win a single second ball.

Mount has been off today. Jorginho a bit too.

But they started to get it sorted moving the ball around quicker and getting it to CP

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18 minutes ago, El Floppo said:

Well #### yes.

Love how he's going at the game...so positive and aggressive. Anything and everything that's worked for Chelsea going forward today has gone through CP

 

2 minutes ago, NewlyRetired said:

Chelsea has 8 shots in the half.  Pulisic has been involved in 7 of them either by shooting or directly setting up the shot.

 

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By the way, this is setting up nicely for Pulisic. 

Playing really well in consecutive sub appearances, which causes coach to give a him start and then coach is rewarded immediately for starting him.  Perfect feedback loop.

This is the type of thing that starts a bond between a player and coach in terms of trust.

Three pionts on the day to top this off is important now.

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Wow.

So unfair to Burnley, who have been good today

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Btw... Got a little teary eyed with CPs first goal. I've gotten weirdly paternal and emotional in my old age

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1 minute ago, El Floppo said:

Wow.

So unfair to Burnley, who have been good today

Honestly, their defense has been almost perfect..... except Chelsea has Captain America.

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Not watching the game but sounds like Sargent is having a good game.  He also just setup the go ahead goal in second half.

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3 minutes ago, TripItUp said:

Last American player to score an epl hattrick?

Deuce, according to some guy on twitter.

 

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Just now, CletiusMaximus said:

Deuce, according to some guy on twitter.

 

It was him or McBride, don’t recall deuce’s

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