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5 hours ago, NewlyRetired said:

Everyone is reporting the Dest to Barca deal is done.  He is going to be presented on Monday from reports.

City, BM, Juve, Chels, Barca.

US players at all and getting minutes. Heady times we live in.

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Saief took a knock last game or training..

sk is already behind

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Why didn't Kenny Saief play against Podbeskidzie?

 TOMASZ GALIŃSKI

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  SEPTEMBER 26, 2020

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It was quite a surprise that Kenny Saief was not even on the bench in the match against Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała. Already on Thursday, coach Łukasz Smolarow (assistant to Piotr Stokowiec) argued that the American is ready to play and that there is nothing to prevent him from appearing in the Saturday game. Why was it decided otherwise?

It does not matter much, of course, because Lechia handled Podbeskidzie without any problems (victory 4-0), but we decided to ask coach Piotr Stokowiec what has changed since Thursday that Saief was missing in the national team.

- It wasn't a bluff on our part. We took it into account all the time in the context of the match against Podbeskidzie. Kenny, however, did not train 100%, he felt a little pain. We decided to conduct additional tests, which revealed that there was a high risk of worsening the injury. We have to be careful. Kenny could play tonight, maybe he could do it for 45 minutes, but the risk was too great. We would not like to lose him for a month or two - explained the coach Stokowiec.

There is one more match ahead of Lechia before the break for the national teams. Next Sunday, the white and greens will play against Wisła Kraków (12.30). - It is not said that Kenny will be ready for the match against Wisła. We will see - summed up Stokowiec.

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On 9/25/2020 at 11:56 PM, El Floppo said:

Belgium
FIRST DIVISION
Chris Durkin and Sint-Truiden face Mechelen on Saturday.

 

Switzerland
SUPER LEAGUE
Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu and Young Boys face Sion on Saturday.

Durkin played 84 as LM in a 3 man MF loss.

Sieb got last a minute sub in up front...maybe his first feature for this team? I didn't remember him transferring.

Eta...and Lederman was an unused sub.

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Bacon scored again this morning, that is 7 in 9 games.  I think he has played more games this year than the last 4 combined.

Haji had his first brace as he came off the bench to score 2 in a 3-1 win.

Richards is again on Munich's bench. 

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ok now we see if he plays

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Barcelona and Ajax are now signing paperworks/contracts for Sergiño Dest. The deal is 100% done and confirmed. Sergiño will be in Barcelona to have medicals and sign his contract until June 2025. Agents also told to Bayern Münich board that Dest will play for Barça.

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1 hour ago, NewlyRetired said:

Bacon scored again this morning, that is 7 in 9 games.  I think he has played more games this year than the last 4 combined.

picked up a second on a pk.  8 goals in 9 games.  Fantastic run of form for him now that he appears to be fit for the first time in forever.

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Despite only playing 8 professional games for Internacional, DM Johnny Cardoso is already drawing interest from Ligue 1 and Champions League club Marseille. He is 1 of 6 players from the Brazilian Serie A that the club is currently monitoring, according to Globo Esporte.

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6 hours ago, El Floppo said:

City, BM, Juve, Chels, Barca.

US players at all and getting minutes. Heady times we live in.

Dortmund

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30 minutes ago, gianmarco said:

Dortmund

I'm talking about annually top o the world rated teams. Dortmund's right behind those.

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Weah didn't dress on Friday, and Jonathan David started.

CAN 1: US 0

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15 minutes ago, El Floppo said:

I'm talking about annually top o the world rated teams. Dortmund's right behind those.

Will just have to agree to disagree. Especially if you are listing Chelsea. 

Germany is one of the top 2-3 leagues in Europe (Spain and EPL). Dortmund has consistently been the 2nd best team in that league for the last few years. 

I pulled up a few lists of European club rankings and Dortmund is higher than Chelsea (and even Juventus in a couple of them). Here's one example.

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Just now, gianmarco said:

Will just have to agree to disagree. Especially if you are listing Chelsea. 

Germany is one of the top 2-3 leagues in Europe (Spain and EPL). Dortmund has consistently been the 2nd best team in that league for the last few years

I pulled up a few lists of European club rankings and Dortmund is higher than Chelsea (and even Juventus in a couple of them). Here's one example.

That's the crux for me- I'm going back longer.

And hardware. Plus, I don't think- who's gonna win the champions league - and ever come up with Dortmund. Or Chelsea (lately), to your point. 

But this is a quibble of small proportions...they're a top team and it's still great to have our kid featuring as a lynchpin of their offense.

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23 minutes ago, El Floppo said:

I'm talking about annually top o the world rated teams. Dortmund's right behind those.

I put Dortmund in the top 10 easily in terms of offense the last couple of years.  Since Reyna is a key component of that offense (at just 17),  I think it is fine to include them with the big boys.

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Swag on the right of the MF... starting again!

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17 minutes ago, El Floppo said:

Weah didn't dress on Friday, and Jonathan David started.

CAN 1: US 0

I think Weah did dress, but he did not sub in.

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1 hour ago, encaitar said:

Looks like McKennie is getting the start again.  This is surreal.

 

1 minute ago, El Floppo said:

Swag on the right of the MF... starting again!

In a big match against Roma, no less. 

If he can do something today, can't see him getting pulled anytime soon.

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Just now, gianmarco said:

 

In a big match against Roma, no less. 

If he can do something today, can't see him getting pulled anytime soon.

and for a real club like Juve too- not one of those Newcastle, Fulham, Dortmund minnows.

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first time watching them for me... hearing swag's name called, and then Ronaldo... :wub: 

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Just now, NewlyRetired said:

Nice to have a reason to watch Serie A again.

except for the whole icky Juve thing

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Just now, El Floppo said:

except for the whole icky Juve thing

I watch Euro soccer for the name on the back of the jersey, not he front :)

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Just now, NewlyRetired said:

I watch Euro soccer for the name on the back of the jersey, not he front :)

I hear you. we're cheering on Chelsea these days fer chrissakes.

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It must be what Pirlo wants him to do, but swag is consistently over-committing to double on the ball. Ends up leaving space for roma behind him if they break it...which they have quite a few times 

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1 hour ago, NewlyRetired said:

I think Weah did dress, but he did not sub in.

You're right...unused sub.

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Thought swag looked sloppy in the second half...some really lazy passes setting up his teammates to kill themselves on the 50-50 result. And then an early sub for Artur, which might be a troubling sign.

I'll be honest...I don't see any tactical shape to juve on either side of the ball. Wonder if Pirlo is in over his head.

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7 minutes ago, El Floppo said:

Thought swag looked sloppy in the second half...some really lazy passes setting up his teammates to kill themselves on the 50-50 result. And then an early sub for Artur, which might be a troubling sign.

I'll be honest...I don't see any tactical shape to juve on either side of the ball. Wonder if Pirlo is in over his head.

Certainly a legit concern after 2 games ;)

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4 minutes ago, gianmarco said:

Certainly a legit concern after 2 games ;)

:lol:

but still... It's basically chase the ball on D, hope somebody gives CRO a good pass in the box on offense. 

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2 hours ago, El Floppo said:

Thought swag looked sloppy in the second half...some really lazy passes setting up his teammates to kill themselves on the 50-50 result. And then an early sub for Artur, which might be a troubling sign.

I'll be honest...I don't see any tactical shape to juve on either side of the ball. Wonder if Pirlo is in over his head.

I think anyone that is a regular in this thread could coach Juve to a league title. 

Let's see how they do in the CL before we start trying to judge Pirlo as a coach.  

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1 hour ago, Ted Lange as your Bartender said:

Feel like when I check NYCs highlights, keaton is usually in there with a nice pass. How's he looking?

Eta....duh. you're not @Sammy3469

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Jody with a couple scores...one in the goal, and one at the supermarket where he's apparently loaded up on lil Debbie snack cakes. 

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13 minutes ago, El Floppo said:

Jody with a couple scores...one in the goal, and one at the supermarket where he's apparently loaded up on lil Debbie snack cakes. 

Am I nuts or are our top 3 choices at striker right now Sargent, Bacon and Zardes?

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1 minute ago, NewlyRetired said:

Am I nuts or are our top 3 choices at striker right now Sargent, Bacon and Zardes?

Not nuts.

But Jozy still has a little to give based on tonight... his movement looked pretty much in decline, but he was finally using that even bigger body to win balls. Would really love to see Bacon make a comeback. 

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Jozy is not the only long term National Team striker struggling this year

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On top of that the Galaxy are 4-1-1 without Chicharito and 0-5-2 with Chicharito.

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The Lille-Boavista connection continues to be interesting.

If Cannon is sold to Lille, Dallas retains their sell on fee and can then cash in, if and when Lille sell.  The general idea is that Cannon will stay at Boavista for one year and the move to Lille next season.

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Just now, NewlyRetired said:

Robinson made the bench for Fulham in the EPL game for the first time today.

 

Beating that dead horse...he's a very similar player to their established starter and star, Bryan. As long as Bryan's there, I'm not sure how he's supposed to integrate into the starting 11.

 

Ok...checked the cup game where robo started at LB. Bryan subbed in late for the RB...maybe that's the future?

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1 minute ago, El Floppo said:

Ok...checked the cup game where robo started at LB. Bryan subbed in late for the RB...maybe that's the future?

Frustrating because Robo was MOTM in the cup match he started.  

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1 minute ago, Poke_4_Life said:

Frustrating because Robo was MOTM in the cup match he started.  

He was obviously highly rated, and they payed some decent money for him to only play cup games...so they must have a plan. I'm hoping it's switching him or Bryan to RB so they can both play epl games.

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On 9/27/2020 at 12:31 PM, NewlyRetired said:

Future USMNT

@FutureUsmnt

Despite only playing 8 professional games for Internacional, DM Johnny Cardoso is already drawing interest from Ligue 1 and Champions League club Marseille. He is 1 of 6 players from the Brazilian Serie A that the club is currently monitoring, according to Globo Esporte.

Refresh my memory, does he have an EU passport?

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2 minutes ago, The Z Machine said:

Refresh my memory, does he have an EU passport?

I don't know but my guess would be no.

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1 minute ago, The Z Machine said:

It also highlights the gap in talent for that "veteran" generation.

some of that is due to MLS overpaying players like Jozy, Bradley and others which causes those veteran minutes to drop in Europe.

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