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US Men's Soccermickey-mac
Jan 18, 2004 4:49 PM
I went to the US-Denmark friendly at the Home Depot Center today and was pleased with the US performance: a 1-1 draw. With some of the young players wearing the US uniform these days, I'm holding out hope that the US will be competetive internationally in the next 8-12 years.

As for today's game, the atmosphere was terrific despite a somewhat disappointing turnout: just over 10,000 in a stadium holding 27,000. The Danish fans made quite a boisterous turnout-clad in red and white. Their boys are towering giants, but the US's quickness helped to make up for lack of size. DaMarcus Beasley had a terrific game, creating opportunities throughout the game. Unfortunately, Landon Donovan made a mess of a few golden opportunities or the score would have been at least 3-1 rather than 1-1.

Anyhow with a beatiful new stadium here in LA and youngsters like Donovan, Beasley, and Freddy Adu, things are looking up for US soccer. I meant to post some photos of the stadium but forgot the digicam in the glove box. If you get a chance to see the stadium, don't miss it.
How's the velodrome construction coming along? (nm)TJeanloz
Jan 19, 2004 6:30 AM
Supposed to be finished this Spring.
I don't knowmickey-mac
Jan 19, 2004 6:59 AM
To be honest, I'm not even sure exactly where it's being constructed on the campus.

However, on the way to Home Depot yesterday, I noticed that the old Olympic Velodrome directional sign is still posted at the freeway offramp and wondered how many people see the sign and spend a good part of the day looking for the velodrome.
I agree, the US has a chance to make an impact in the nextchopper
Jan 19, 2004 8:56 AM
8-10 years with its current crop of youngsters. I think if more of them play in European leagues the better US chances will be. I don't think the MLS has enough quality yet. Interestingly, the US has some of the best goalkeepers in the world. Tim Howard currently plays for Man U. Brad Friedel for Blackburn and I think Kasey Keller plays for Tottenham. Three superb goalkeepers.
don't knock the US team's competitivenessMJ
Jan 19, 2004 9:32 AM
the World Cup should have dispelled any poor perception of US soccer - the Portugal game was a fantastic result against a world class side - the South Korea game was an event

AND - if that handball on the goal line had been called against the Germans the result would have been different in that game - who knows maybe it would have been the US facing Brazil in the final?

US soccer has great resources, most of which are deployed abroad in Europe, but the US public's sports radar just don't register it as a real sport
It was a good game, and things are looking better every year.dr hoo
Jan 19, 2004 9:59 AM
I remember in the 70s watching "Soccer made in Germany" on PBS, so I have been into the game as a fan for longer than most of my generation. I think the big difference I have seen in the US compared to more advanced teams is in the smoothness of passes. That is the last piece that needs to fall into place, and it is getting there. It seems that in the past 2 WC years, other teams just had that foot-to-foot passing while the US had a bit of roughness on passes and pass reception. It's a small things, but those fractions of a second can make a huge difference at that level of play.

Well, that and the ability to finish. But there we are starting to get some world class people too.

I have hopes for the next time around.
It was a good game, and things are looking better every year.mickey-mac
Jan 19, 2004 7:29 PM
I agree. One of the real weak points of the US play yesterday was its midfield passing. The passing was usually slow and off target, allowing the Danes to steal the ball and counter-attack on occasion. However, once the ball was moved well into the Danish end of the field Beasley usually found a way to move it into the goal box. I also agree that once some of the US players who are currently with their European club teams return to the national team, things will look even better. I'm looking forward to see how things develop over the next few years. Even 2006 should be interesting.
re: US Men's SoccerFender
Jan 19, 2004 2:44 PM
As long as the US keeps importing players to it's national team, they will continue improving.

I must agree with some other posters, the US team does seem a little rough around the edges. Seems like the other teams have more finesse than the US. While the US does have speed, it lacks in skill. I don't think the US will make it to a final in the next 8-12 years because of lack of experience, I do think they'll start being considered as a real threat.