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  1. I'd like to see us not spend any of the money on Zaha. Best case scenario, we get relief from the transfer ban in time for winter and Icardi's value will be so low we can get him on the cheap. That would allow us a half season to evaluate him without impacting the youth (who we need to see play for evaluation purposes). Then we would know even better what our needs are by summer. As it stands right now, I'd be willing to spend every dollar on a striker.
  2. I'm hoping CP learns to play as hard as Pedro does. Just, you know, better.
  3. Chelsea v Liverpool in mid-September is not being televised by NBC (or its myriad of channels). They have pushed that one to the NBC Sports Gold subscription. They've only listed the TV schedule through September, but I'm assuming that NBC is going to push some key matchups there to force people to pay extra. Very frustrating, but I'm a sucker who subscribes anyway. Champions League is far worse. UEFA made a truly horrible deal with TNT. Immediate dollars over actual exposure. Fox Sports showed pretty much every interesting CL game. TNT shows very few and forces you to pay for matches on B/R Live. Add to that, their coverage is awful.
  4. Report out there that Fiorentina is interested in Miazga (b/c they are now American-owned) and Chelsea wants 20M euros for him. If this gambit works for Chelsea, I've got a lot of wild demands I'm going to make of my wife. :fingerscrossed:
  5. As long as they don't rush him back too quickly just so he can start the season on time.
  6. His skill set reminds of Hazard but he's not nearly at that level yet, and probably never will be (no shame in that, Hazard is a top 5 player in the world). Biggest difference to me is that Hazard is able to play very physically for a guy with his skill level. That's my biggest concern for CP right now. He's going to struggle to handle the physical play of the premier league.
  7. US played well in the first half and should have been ahead going into the half. CP couldn't convert on one really good opportunity, Altidore bungled a beautiful chance (that he created). The 2nd half was a bloodbath. Mexico completely dominated.
  8. Pulisic was excellent Wednesday night, as was McKennie. Jamaica isn't a strong squad, but they were a step up in competition and they have some dangerous players like Leon Bailey. Nice to see our stars play like stars. Sunday is going to be a real test. Berhhalter has played a lot of different guys, will be interesting to see who he trots out there vs. Mexico. Really hoping Miazga isn't one of them. He was terrible again vs. Jamaica. He's behind, at least, Brooks, Aaron Long and Walker Zimmerman in the pecking order and he's going to get past by a few of the U-20s as well. He's still young enough to improve, but he's never playing for Chelsea and he's likely to fade from USMNT consideration.
  9. Another opportunity to see Pulisic in the semifinals of the Gold Cup vs. Jamaica tonight. Can't imagine this is televised in the UK, but it's on FS1 here in the states.
  10. Ah, I knew he was on the provisional roster and a part of the team for the pre-cup friendlies. Thought he got left off the final roster. Missed opportunity for him, Adams and Brooks.
  11. USMNT was dreadful last night. OK in the first half, could have had another goal or two and never was in any danger on the defensive end. McKennie was brilliant in the first half. Then the 2nd half started and it was pathetic. The effort was abysmal. Team definitely played like the game was over. Jamaica will be a tougher challenge, but even with stiffs like Zardes, Arriola, Bradley and Ream out there, we should be able to get by them relatively easily. Doesn't change the fact that any success that group has is relatively meaningless. Those guys (and a lot of the others on this squad) are not and never will be good enough to compete at a serious international level. Boyd and Zimmerman have impressed, but it sure would be nice to see Pulisic playing with some potential talent around him (like Holmes, Weah, Sargent and a few of the under 20s) and building some rapport rather than the hacks Berhhalter insists on running out there. I still can't believe Sargent and Holmes aren't on this squad. I really believe the development of the national team is being held back by US Soccer's emphasis on the MLS. The quality of play there is poor. Our better players need to be challenging themselves in Europe. That's happening a lot now but some of these guys are being punished for it in terms of the national team. There is absolutely no reason at all for Jonathan Lewis to have spent a single minute on the national team. He's never done anything, even at the MLS level. Other guys are doing something on the actual field (in Europe) but they get left off in favor of MLS guys. Not good MLS players, mind you, b/c very few of the better players in MLS are Americans. Develop the league, but not at the expense of the success of the national team.
  12. I hope that dude is right. If there is one thing that will get me excited about the season, it's a 3 headed striker monster of Giroud, Morata and Batshuayi. The last thing I want to happen is to have some hope in a young striker. Better to stick with guys we know aren't worth a sh*t. God, if Morata comes back I'll shoot myself.
  13. Hope you are right. As I said before, I'd like to have him back at a reasonable value. I think that you are in pretty good shape if you are bringing guys like Kovacic in off the bench.
  14. I disagree. Overpaying b/c you think you have no choice is a bad habit and sets a bad precedent (not that we haven't already done that). Also, money spent now is money that can't be spent later (and better). Again, I don't think there was going to be any real interest in Kovacic for 50M and Kovacic is not a clearly necessary player for us. 20-30M? OK. 50M? Hell no. My other concern is that players you spend 50M on play b/c you spent 50M on them. He's a solid player that would be an asset to the team in the right role but if he's starting over younger players because the club and manager feel the need to justify the expenditure, it doubles the problem. That's not the kind of box I want to put Lampard in. The one benefit of the transfer ban would be the opportunity to give young players a legit chance with lowered expectations. 50M for Kovacic could undermine that.
  15. I disagree. Overpaying b/c you think you have no choice is a bad habit and sets a bad precedent (not that we haven't already done that). Also, money spent now is money that can't be spent later (and better). Again, I don't think there was going to be any real interest in Kovacic for 50M and Kovacic is not a clearly necessary player for us. 20-30M? OK. 50M? Hell no. My other concern is that players you spend 50M on play b/c you spent 50M on them. He's a solid player that would be an asset to the team in the right role but if he's starting over younger players because the club and manager feel the need to justify the expenditure, it doubles the problem. That's not the kind of box I want to put Lampard in. The one benefit of the transfer ban would be the opportunity to give young players a legit chance with lowered expectations. 50M for Kovacic could undermine that.

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