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22 hours ago, encaitar said:

Gio with an assist to Halaand... who scores a golazo!

 

good trivia I read this morning:  Halaand born in Leeds when his dad was playing there for United.  Reyna was born in Sunderland a couple years later when his dad was playing for Sunderland. 

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1 hour ago, CletiusMaximus said:

 

good trivia I read this morning:  Halaand born in Leeds when his dad was playing there for United.  Reyna was born in Sunderland a couple years later when his dad was playing for Sunderland. 

Just wait till they both file their papers for the switch to the 3 Lions.

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46 minutes ago, The Z Machine said:

Just wait till they both file their papers for the switch to the 3 Lions.

Haaland is already capped tied.  Lets hope we can say the same about Gio this summer. :)

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I absolutely dread seeing this thread bumped now.

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24 minutes ago, El Floppo said:

I absolutely dread seeing this thread bumped now.

we should just rename the thread Gio and Injury updates

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Speaking of Gio, I think his coach wants to adopt him more than even Tyler's coach loves Adams.

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#Favre : "We observed @Gioreyna10 for a long time. If you don't see his quality, you're blind. He is very clever and has big plans at the age of 17. "

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1 hour ago, NewlyRetired said:

Morris picked up right where he left off last season.  Opens the new year with a pretty assist down in Honduras in the CCL

https://twitter.com/BrianSciaretta/status/1230694423018790912?s=20

Morris follows it up with a goal putting Seattle up 2-0 against the run of play.

https://streamable.com/hoxgr

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38 minutes ago, NewlyRetired said:

Morris follows it up with a goal putting Seattle up 2-0 against the run of play.

Ended up 2-2.  Morris had a great chance to put Seattle up by three but was too unselfish and passed when he should have just buried it.

Like the rest of Seattle (and pretty much every MLS team this week) Morris lost his legs.

16 year old Danny Leyva got his CCL debut tonight for Seattle and looked solid in a hard spot subbing in the second half.  He looks to have had a growth spurt as he appears 2-3 inches taller than he was in the U17 world cup.

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FC Dallas prez Dan Hunt tells me that signing rising #USMNT fullback Reggie Cannon to a "big deal" of a new contract is a priority for the club; talks in process. Cannon has drawn ample interest overseas but FCD want him to have "security" in the meantime

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Frank Lampard: "Christian Pulisic is still not fit. I can’t give you an exact date. It’s a difficult injury and we’re working on that."

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26 minutes ago, NewlyRetired said:

Frank Lampard: "Christian Pulisic is still not fit. I can’t give you an exact date. It’s a difficult injury and we’re working on that."

Adductor injuries are the hardest to predict.  You really can't play until you feel good enough to run and that can be different for every person when dealing with the hip/groin region.  Hope it's soon though.

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6 minutes ago, encaitar said:

Adductor injuries are the hardest to predict.  You really can't play until you feel good enough to run and that can be different for every person when dealing with the hip/groin region.  Hope it's soon though.

I went running last night with a sore groin region area.

Suck it up Pulisic. :boxing:

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No definitive timetable yet on Paul Arriola's ACL recovery but looking increasingly as though he will be out long term (6-9 months). Should know more today or tomorrow.

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Given our lack of strikers, I would love to see baby Crouch get another look.  His team is second in Serie B so maybe might see him in Serie A next season....

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@FutureUsmnt

Andrija Novakovich vs. Cosenza:

90 Minutes Played

74% Passing Accuracy

45 Touches

7 Duels Won

4 Key Passes

4 Shots

2 Dribbles Completed

1 Foul Drawn

1 Goal

1 Assist

Excellent performance from the Wisconsin native, still only 23

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Uly with another goal and assist in the Wolfsburg U19 2-1 win.

I am unsure what more he needs to do to get into the first team to at least dress.  His U19 numbers are significantly better than both Pulisic's and Reyna's were at the same level.

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Anyone have a handle on whether there's a generation behind the 17-21 year olds?  Pulisic, Adams, McKennie, Dest, Reyna, Uly seem unlikely to be a fluke, but I'm curious who's out there in the 14-16 year old world.  Is it a known thing that we have a great pipeline in those age groups today?

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11 minutes ago, Dinsy Ejotuz said:

Anyone have a handle on whether there's a generation behind the 17-21 year olds?  Pulisic, Adams, McKennie, Dest, Reyna, Uly seem unlikely to be a fluke, but I'm curious who's out there in the 14-16 year old world.  Is it a known thing that we have a great pipeline in those age groups today?

I.would think the success rate at identifying great talents at that age isn't very good. I think you still need a big population of players to find the Dests and Ulys out there.  The better the academies and youth training is, the more likely that success rate goes up.

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52 minutes ago, Dinsy Ejotuz said:

Anyone have a handle on whether there's a generation behind the 17-21 year olds?  Pulisic, Adams, McKennie, Dest, Reyna, Uly seem unlikely to be a fluke, but I'm curious who's out there in the 14-16 year old world.  Is it a known thing that we have a great pipeline in those age groups today?

I know of a few but that age group (14-16) is really hard to judge.   I like what I have seen from some though.  The kid in DC's academy Moses Neyman (who is actually with the first team right now in preseason) has jumped off the screen for me in the highlights I have seen.

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Just now, NewlyRetired said:

I know of a few but that age group (14-16) is really hard to judge.   I like what I have seen from some though.  The kid in DC's academy Moses Neyman (who is actually with the first team right now in preseason) has jumped off the screen for me in the highlights I have seen.

There was an article in The Post yesterday on him and two others in the United academy that are skipping the last year of HS to become pros.  16-16-17 year olds IIRC.  They'll be getting minutes for Loudoun and Olsen says he'll play all three of them if they earn it.

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Reyna with another very solid sub performance for Dortmund today.  He was the first sub off bench (even ahead of Brandt) and he looked extremely confident again, touches, his dribbles etc.  He beat three players in one move that drew the phrase "magical" from the announcer.

On the other side of the field, I don't blame Bremen's coach for not playing Sargent much lately as he has been not been effective but the entire Bremen offense with or with out Sargent is awful.  They have all the look of being relegated this year.

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If the current crop of great young players turns out to be the top wedge of the pyramid, with an expanding pool of similar players in each subsequent generation, we're going to have a very good team in 6-8 years.

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Wrong thread and all, but seeing that he will be linked with Reyna for a few years I am ok talking about him in here.

Do you guys remember in the MCU movie Captain America where they take the smart and clever but physically lacking solider and put him in the machine that turns him in a genetic freak of a super soldier?

I was using that analogy in my brain today while watching Haaland.   It feels like some one took Chicharito and put him in one of those machines and out popped Haaland.

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I’m no scout or anything, but I think we need one more cycle before things really start to gain traction with the MLS academies. The depth of talent I’ve seen in the north east academies in the 2006-08 age groups is fn awesome.

Just from the Union side, their 2008 group is ridiculously deep.  NYRB is equally as good.  We will get to see DC and NYCFC this spring.

2026 could be good times.

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3 minutes ago, McBokonon said:

McKennie in the starting XI vs. Leipzig today.

This is great because he missed time in practice this week with a thigh issue.

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7 minutes ago, Ned said:

I’m no scout or anything, but I think we need one more cycle before things really start to gain traction with the MLS academies. The depth of talent I’ve seen in the north east academies in the 2006-08 age groups is fn awesome..

This is fantastic.  The north east has typically lagged well behind Texas and California in producing talent.  

If we can get the North East corridor (Boston to DC) to start producing players and for Florida to finally wake the sleeping giant of talent that has to be in that state, we should have a lot more chances to find good players.

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2 hours ago, Ned said:

I’m no scout or anything, but I think we need one more cycle before things really start to gain traction with the MLS academies. The depth of talent I’ve seen in the north east academies in the 2006-08 age groups is fn awesome.

Just from the Union side, their 2008 group is ridiculously deep.  NYRB is equally as good.  We will get to see DC and NYCFC this spring.

2026 could be good times.

Would love to hear your thoughts on this age bracket as you see them.

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6 hours ago, NewlyRetired said:

The Sunderland legend continues to grow :)

https://streamable.com/c3g8w

 

Really liked his recognition that his teammate made the same initial run as him, so peeled off and then exploded the next couple steps to gain the space needed to get on goal. Plus, the pass wrong footed him, or morrised him, and was still able to alter his stride and pop it in. Another nice goal for the Californian Messi.

6 hours ago, NewlyRetired said:

This is fantastic.  The north east has typically lagged well behind Texas and California in producing talent.  

If we can get the North East corridor (Boston to DC) to start producing players and for Florida to finally wake the sleeping giant of talent that has to be in that state, we should have a lot more chances to find good players.

I recall NyRB having a pretty solid pipeline almost from the giddy-up. No?

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18 minutes ago, El Floppo said:

I recall NyRB having a pretty solid pipeline almost from the giddy-up. No?

Yes they have been solid, but the NY/NJ area is enormous in both population and diverse demographics.  We need both NY teams to produce at the quantity of Dallas.

For me this is all about quantity.  So few of these prospects (in all countries) make it all the way to international level so I want to see an ever increasing base of quality players to hopefully chose from.

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17 minutes ago, El Floppo said:

SIXTEEN!!

I think we could have a chance to qualify with just those 16 players (this is not a bad line up at all IMO)

.......................................Steffen

Lichaj..............Miazga..............M. Robinson.........A. Robinson

.......................Adams.................Pomykal

Holmes.......................Pulisic........................Nips

.............................Weah

 

Subs: Bradley/Servania (DM), Green (any of the 3 midfielders), Ebobisse (striker), Taitigue (offensive midfielder)

Bradley would serve as a emergency CB and Nips would have to serve as an emergency fullback.

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6 hours ago, Dinsy Ejotuz said:

There was an article in The Post yesterday on him and two others in the United academy that are skipping the last year of HS to become pros.  16-16-17 year olds IIRC.  They'll be getting minutes for Loudoun and Olsen says he'll play all three of them if they earn it.

Was Paredes one of the kids?

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Paredes for Gressel in 60th, Sorga coming on soon for Kamara

Man, Paredes is something special: 16 and highly skilled.

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2 hours ago, NewlyRetired said:

Yes they have been solid, but the NY/NJ area is enormous in both population and diverse demographics.  We need both NY teams to produce at the quantity of Dallas.

For me this is all about quantity.  So few of these prospects (in all countries) make it all the way to international level so I want to see an ever increasing base of quality players to hopefully chose from.

I mean 2 of 3 academies that got out of both U15 and U17 GA qualifying are NYRB and NYCFC.  Plus they each produced guys that are arguably the 2nd and 3rd most valuable in the transfer market today (Adams and Reyna).  

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19 hours ago, Sammy3469 said:

I mean 2 of 3 academies that got out of both U15 and U17 GA qualifying are NYRB and NYCFC.  Plus they each produced guys that are arguably the 2nd and 3rd most valuable in the transfer market today (Adams and Reyna).  

@Dinsy Ejotuz I’m apprehensive to say too much since I’m far from an eye for the game vs the likes of some of you in here.  I’m out of my depth. With that caveat out of the way...

Quoting Sammy’s post because NYRB really stood out to me when my son played them this fall.  There’s a clear structure in place. They all play the same high press from the Sr team down to the youngest groups. Each kid dominated with just a clean no nonsense style that was a joy to watch (even if my son was on the receiving end).  Predicting success from this age is so volatile it’s foolish to try to guess, but it’s clear the right setup is there to produce some fine players.

We know Union well - they’re arguably one of the best at the 2008 age group from what our coaches say (their also Union scouts). That clip of them in Brazil is not an outlier.  The one kid at the beginning of that clip is actually a 2009.  Side note: not sure I’m OK with them traveling like that at that age.  They went to Portugal last year and won the whole thing.

Our academy is a step below Union. Their tentacles are firmly wrapped around our club and the surrounding area - all the top kids get siphoned off.  I’m excited about a 2005 of ours that’s with Union’s academy.  Kid has ‘it’ in my humble opinion. 

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Didn’t watch the game, but I see Brooks started in a 4-0 win and was rated 7.6 on Fotmob. 🤞

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Would it kill NYRB to update the rosters for their academies?  Website is still showing 2018 rosters. 

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Lots of convoluted information coming out regarding the story today that England is now tracking Gio Reyna.   This stuff will continue until we cap tie him for good (which I put in the 99.999% chance category of happening this summer if he is healthy) but here is what we know:

 

1) Gio was born in Sunderland but he is not an English Citizen nor is he currently eligible for England at this moment

2) Gio's grandparent was from Portugal.  Gio has a Portuguese passport and is eligible for Portugal using the one time switch rule (see #4)

3) Gio's grandparent was from Argentina.  It is said his is not eligible for Argentina right now but that could change quickly according to the Argentine rules

4) Gio is youth cap tied to the US (and this is where the confusion comes in)

 

Since Gio is youth cap tied, the rule from FIFA (which is not the most well written rule) seems to indicate that if you are a dual/multi national when cap tied by one country, you can then decide to issue a One Time Switch to change to a different country that you were eligible for when youth cap tied.

The confusion seems to be that since Gio was not eligible for either Argentina or England when he was youth cap tied, he would not be able to switch to them should he choose.  He could only switch to Portugal.

Most seem to agree that this is the correct interpretation of the rule but it flies in the face of the reports that England and Argentina are watching him.

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I don't see any way that the son of a former USMNT captain and USWNT player won't also join the USMNT.

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Just now, The Z Machine said:

I don't see any way that the son of a former USMNT captain and USWNT player won't also join the USMNT.

I agree. It is all just noise to me but we can't shut the noise out until he is cap tied.

The Bradley news from earlier this week is not helping the paranoia either :(

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1 minute ago, NewlyRetired said:

The Bradley news from earlier this week is not helping the paranoia either :(

I missed that.  What happened?

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3 minutes ago, The Z Machine said:

I missed that.  What happened?

The Toronto FC president was speaking in front of a few hundred people.

He told them that Michael is applying for Canadian citizenship and that he expects that his children will represent Canada if good enough.

So of course the paranoia was translated to Gio thinking that if Bradley's kids could make the switch away from the US with his families deep ties, any one could.

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FIFA themselves with a shout out to one of the best US stories ever

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FIFA.com

Jay DeMerit was, as a 23-year-old, earning £40 per week for playing in the English 9th tier & working as a bartender. He went on to play in the @premierleague & mark @WayneRooney in the @FIFAWorldCup

#BartenderDay

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