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Archives: U-23 Team

Hubris

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Marco Etcheverry is the type of creative player MLS lacks today/MLSNET.com The CONCACAF Champions league was built up as Major League Soccer’s opportunity to show how well it sides perform while in season. The complaint about the now retired Champions … Continue reading

US 1-Nigeria 2: Valiant Effort but the US Eliminated

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Post Match: Sure the US is eliminated but they can hold their heads high for a gutsy effort down a man for almost the entire match. The biggest disappointment is that Holland, completely undeserving to advance does so because of … Continue reading

Who Should Peter Nowak Start Against Nigeria?

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Marvell Wynne will feature on an unchanged backline for the US, but the rest of the team sheet faces questions going into tomorrow’s match/photo from FIFA.com With Michael Bradley and Freddy Adu suspended but the US needing a draw to … Continue reading

Nigeria Preview

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Victor Obina celebrates a goal against Japan/Foto.net The United States enters the third and final group match of the Olympic Football Tournament needing a draw to guarantee advancement to the knock out stages of the competition. Sunday’s heartbreaking turn of … Continue reading

David Beckham’s MLS Becoming a Galactic Mess

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He was supposed to change MLS and soccer in America forever. David Beckham’s signing in January 2007 with the LA Galaxy was supposed to elevate his new club and by extension its league to heights never experienced before. Eighteen months … Continue reading

US Collapses: Is MLS to Blame?

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Freddy Adu did not develop well in MLS We’re constantly hammered with one side of the coin including Sunday at the conclusion of the US-Netherlands match on NBC by Marcelo Balboa: we hear constantly that Major League Soccer is responsible … Continue reading

US 2 Holland 2

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Jozy’s goal appeared to win the game for US/foto.net PRE GAME (4-4-1-1) Guzan Wynne – Edu – Parkhurst – Orozco Rogers – Bradley – Kljestan – Holden Adu McBride Rogers and Holden swap flanks to play on owing itself to … Continue reading

Matchday (Almost): Who Should Nowak Start

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As our readers and listeners to the American Soccer Show are aware, I have advocated the use of a 4-5-1 formation for the US Olympic side. I see no reason to change the setup now, but perhaps a change or … Continue reading

Holland Preview

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Ryan Babel has World Cup and Champions League experience/photo from the BBC The Netherlands entered the Olympic Men’s Football Tournament as the favorite in Group B. However, following a scoreless draw against Nigeria, the other highly touted side in this … Continue reading

A New Day for American Coaches?

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Bradley and Nowak before last year’s Gold Cup Peter Nowak’s decision to adjust his tactics (ironically enough in line with what most American Soccer Spot readers suggested the other day) shows a tactical savvy and willingness to take chances that … Continue reading

USA 1 : Japan 0

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Adu showed some immaturity and selfishness today/from FIFA.com Well the US gets three valuable points today. A few observations: For the third major tournament in a row (2006 World Cup, 2007 U-20 World Cup, 2008 Olympics) the US has come … Continue reading

Project the US Lineup for Japan

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We are less than 24 hours away from Team USA’s Olympic opener versus Japan tomorrow. What lineup would you like to see? I know I’m dreaming but I’d like to see a 4-5-1 where Jozy Altidore becomes a reserve and … Continue reading

Japan’s Olympic Team

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The first opponent for the United States in group play will be the Japanese. The US defeated Japan in the 2000 Quarterfinals of this same event, a match which the Japanese still feel hard done by. Peter Vagenas converted a … Continue reading

US 0-1 Cameroon: Post Match Thoughts

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Across the internet I see the panic button being pushed after this match. Sure both the performance and result were not encouraging, but the back line thought to be the weakness of this side when the squad was named over … Continue reading

US-Ivory Coast Post Match Thoughts

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Let me first apologize for the delinquency of this post. I slept through this morning’s match and then caught the match later on the internet. The match today showed some weakness for the US at the back early in the … Continue reading

McCarty Replaces Sturgis: US Olympic Team Thoughts (Updated Friday)

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Dax McCarty from USSoccer.com Peter Nowak swapped one Floridian for another as Dax McCarty replaces the injured Nathan Sturgis on the US squad. This leaves Nowak with only four natural defenders on the squad which leaves for Hong Kong and … Continue reading

Thoughts About the Olympic Selection

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Peter Nowak’s selections for the 2008 US Men’s Olympic Team where fairly straight forward. However I was somewhat surprised by a few decisions. However none of these decisions can be filed away as shockers. With only 15 available U-23 spots … Continue reading

Olympic Team Thoughts

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Charlie Davies Hat Trick vs Gais Can Davies produce this again?/You Tube Video US U-23 Manager Peter Nowak will choose the squad for this Summer’s Olympic games on Thursday. Here are the possible U-23 players to be selected: Players I … Continue reading