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Post Game Pod Questions

Our postgame podcast will be taped in a few hours. Guests will be Richard Farley of Inside the Six and World Soccer Reader, along with Jamie Trecker of FOX Sports.

What I plan to address on the pod.

  • Officiating at Azteca. Honduras lost on a pk.
  • Bob Bradley’s job performance: I rate him highly given the USSF’s constraints, but I am certain my guests will differ.
  • Why in the past some US player outperformed their club levels for the national team, but today we see the opposite.
  • The US’ failure to develop a true #10 replacement for Claudio Reyna.
  • Americanizing the talent pool with the Bradenton Academy: Has that cost the US dearly?
  • A hodgepoge of styles and personalities seeming to clash on the pitch for US
  • The collpase of Costa Rica
  • Empty seats at Rio Tinto

Any other questions can be asked by our listeners in the comments section.


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  1. Jake

    September 10, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    It seems like we finally have established Donovan in his proper position for the USA. I can not help wonder how long it will take Bradley to realize the same for Dempsy. Don’t you guys think it would all go better if we just started Dempsey up top with Davis and used Altidore as a sub. That way we can utilize Holden/Feilhaber/Torres better.

    Also, has any of the soccer reporters talked to the coaching staff about this long ball play out of the back? I am so tired of watching this. Would any of you agree that the last 20 minutes they finally decided to play possession soccer after they had the lead? They looked so much better when Feilhaber came in and someone else besides Donovan finally started controlling the mid field.

  2. Charles

    September 10, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    I agree. Trecker is great at complaining and I like the fact that he wants to win it all, not EPL satisfied, just be happy to make it six times in a row.
    But what is the solution ?
    I happen to think that until the top US league pays real money, you can forget being great at the national level. When they do, it is automatic that we will be.
    Article in the Seattle Times about why athletes play other sports….
    The Sounders are rolling in the money, hopefully the MLS will follow suit. Pay it and they will come….

  3. Kartik Krishnaiyer

    September 10, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Thanks for the input guys- the show is recorded and will be released shortly.

  4. francesco

    September 10, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    PS joey claims “claims” are correct, the BYU vs. OU game had to be a big reason the game wasn’t a sellout. Keep in mind that in the last world cup cycle over 40,000 were in attendance for a match that had no other games going on.

  5. francesco

    September 10, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    KARTICK! Please ask Mr. Trecker what he would do if he were in charge of the USMNT. though his complaints about USSF/USMNT are almost always warranted he NEVER says what should be done.

  6. Jay

    September 10, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Be sure to bring up the goal that was taken from Mexico on a wrongly called offside.

    Just to balance out the fact that you will go on a diatribe about how Mexico got a gift PK.

    Even the Hondurans think it was a penalty.

  7. eplnfl

    September 10, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Please ask:

    1. With so many Us and other Concacaf players coming from Europe is the performance being hurt by the travel requirements. Is that why mLS based players seem more energized during the matches?

    2. Should Concacaf adopt a new format for qualification. Kartik has pointed out how the UEFA qualification is so much easier. Should we have 3 final groups and then a take the best 2nd place team for the 4th spot.

    3. Why has the US defense and offensive seemed to improve, at least when everyone is playing, but the midfield has fallen apart all of a sudden?


  8. Andy

    September 10, 2009 at 11:43 am

    I was wondering whether you would agree with my father and I that the US looks too indecisive and disorganized, and whether it comes from the youth on the team or a lack of a defined style of play. Also, what can we do to stop teams from tearing us up on the wings?

  9. Joey Clams

    September 10, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Empty seats at Rio Tinto. Well, consider that last night I was tempted to watch Andy Griffith. I cheer for the national team but they’re both maddening and boring. Why go out of your way and come out of pocket for that? There’s a lot to do out there. Attending or even watching a match, now thankless experiences, at times can’t compete with a weekend at the beach or a night curled up with an old paperback. Seriously.

    • Kevin_Amold

      September 10, 2009 at 12:25 pm

      Those are all good points.

      Reason #1 why the stadium didn’t sell out- BYU-OU. Seriously. It was a story of really bad timing. It was a nationally televised game against a national powerhouse at the EXACT same time of the USA match. Not only were students watching BYU-OU, alumni were too, and that is a huge chunk of people in that area. Three of my friends went with me (all of us are BYU students) and all our friends that might have gone with us called us crazy for missing the BYU-OU game.

      • Kevin_Amold

        September 10, 2009 at 12:27 pm

        Although I certainly agree with your assessment that the US team is frequently maddening and occasionally boring.

  10. Kevin_Amold

    September 10, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Should Clint Dempsey continue to be capped if he’s going to be so listless, disinterested, and shockingly wasteful?

  11. Kartik Krishnaiyer

    September 10, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Good one JMB. If we don’t do it on this pod, we will in the very near future in a post.

  12. JMB321

    September 10, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Please provide some tangible, realistic and achievable actions that US Soccer can take to be more successful in the international game. I would appreciate multiple bullet points with timelines to determine when the US can realistically compete in the top tier and in the World Cup.

    If USSF is dysfunctional as you say, there needs to be an alternative game plan that can be presented to the next generation of US soccer leadership. They may not listen but lets start with some realistic talking points that can be achieved within the current sports environment.


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