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  1. Very entertaining post. The 2000 team was talented. Lack of depth on the bench will sink you everytime. Sorry for stealing Tomori although he could still change his mind and play for Canada
  2. Superstar is a bit of a stretch. He's talented but no superstar. He's on the bench as we speak against Monaco. 1 player is not enough to get you to the promise land
  3. Yes but as you must have seen already, Netherlands are having troubles of their own in the qualifying stage. Sure our 2nd division is strong but it's not strong enough to provide quality players capable to rival against France, Italy or Spain. The fact that we're giving Jermaine Defoe a chance says a lot about our team...
  4. Weather has nothing to do with it. Actually more Canadian kids are playing football than hockey. They're problem is that their players see little minutes at top level, hence their FA launching a top league. Also...their FA neglected the game for decades And tried to copy England in many regards but I think the worse is behind them now. They will improve faster than people realize and it already started.
  5. Where to begin here... unlike Bundesliga, the Premier League doesn't do that great of a job to develop homegrown elite talents....not nearly enough of them. The style of play needs to change... (can't stand the long ball play) Overhaul of the youth academies is needed Stability in management. We're a mess and we need to do what the German did to win a major tournament but our FA suits thinks they know better unfortunately Here's a example of what to do http://www.livemint.com/Specials/V9y68aRPPg2axLuhut5KiO/Five-reasons-why-Germany-won-the-World-Cup.html
  6. Thanks for your input to the coversation. Very helpful
  7. The US are a good team but it's realistic to write out the US of winning the World Cup 9 years from now. It's just fact but you should be proud of your team's accomplishments
  8. But the United States football is very different than the rest of the world, that's why no one believes it possible for the US to win it. You got to start from scratch and build the program from the ground up, from kids starting to kick the ball around all the way to Major League Soccer. By doing that, you instaure an identity and overall style of play. That's how Germany was able to completely rebuild their program. Injecting more money in MLS and attracting stars in the twilight of their career doesn't bring the US any closer to a World Cup. As a matter of fact, most of the US recent success is due to Klinsmann coming to the exact same conclusion. The talent in the United States isn't good or deep enough. So Klinsmann traveled the world and found as many footballers playing in top leagues that were eligible to a US passport or dual citizens as he could and signed them up. US born players performing in European league provided a solid base to support them. That's how the US we're able to ascend to the level they are now. Don't get me wrong, the USA is a good team but not an elite team. Pulisic is a jewel for the the US team and undeniably their best prospect for the near future, However, if Messi or Ronaldo, even Neymar can't win a World Cup for their country, it proves the importance of the whole team needing to be elite players. USA has an elite player in Pulisic and perhaps Bradley but not at the other positions. I have no doubt that the US can one day be a contender but it won't be in 9 years. If you saw the last world cup, Germany and Argentina were by far the better teams and I assure you they have elite superstars at every positions. For the United States to build such a team takes time and a great program, believe me, its still a work in progress in England. We have the superior league compared to France and Italy, but they've been consistently better in international tournaments than us. It's a source of frustration to us since tradition seems to overrides reasons in the minds of those running the English program. In regards to the Confederation cup, best not to take it that seriously. Countries don't always send their best players to that tournament, hence FIFA wanting to replace it with a 32 team Club World Cup. As for Leicester City, I apologize but we can't compare club level and national team. They function too differently.
  9. For a more accurate comparison, they'd be more like a third division team in England. Leicester has demonstrated that they could compete with Europe's top clubs
  10. As I'm currently watching "El Clasico", I have to agree that the US coach is just trying to get media attention. I doubt he believes what he's saying nor the players.
  11. A good article regarding Paris Paris says ready to host 2024 summer Olympics months before IOC decision http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/paris-says-ready-to-host-2024-summer-olympics-months-before-ioc-decision.aspx?pageID=238&nID=111938&NewsCatID=371
  12. .... moving on... Predictions on who gets the opening game?
  13. I don't care about your little feud. Be a big boy and stop this already
  14. I actually read most of the entire thread. I was convince the USA would win it, there was no doubt in my mind. I saw your case for Canada and despite making very good arguments, the US were still the clear favorites to get the tournament as soon as it got expanded. You made the case that Canada was capable of hosting a regular World Cup, but not the expanded version of the tournament, which is why I believe Canada took the 10 games. The next time should be Canada's turn as I doubt either Mexico and America will win a third World Cup. Mexicans should just be grateful to get 10 games to begin with. They were delusional to ever think they would get to host for a third time, and eventually, they came to their senses and took the 10 games. The logistics explains why America gets all the games past the round of 16. You can't expect a team winning a semi-final to be forced to fly 4+ hours to make it to the finals. If the opening ceremony is in the United States, then it should be a US World Cup and not a CONCACAF World Cup. Opening and closing Ceremonies should be split in my opinion. Should have been a US-Canada bid only as their cities are near the border. I don't get Mexico being part of it. I think 48 teams is a stupid idea, let alone 16 groups of 3 teams. It should have stayed at the current format. Yes we should bid for 2030 only if FIFA doesn't make a big deal about the Centennial, it's too soon to say
  15. What is it with you two? First of all, you two are clearly off topic and hijacking this thread to belittle another person regarding another topic from another thread. Why not messaging that person to join you on the other thread instead of having petty exchanges here in a thread that has nothing to do with the World Cup? Second, FYI made a very incomplete statement which is still wrong due to lack of context. Did Barcelona had to go through rougher parts of their history? Of course but which city didn't? Even London did. Was Barcelona always a touristic destination? No it wasn't. Did the Olympic changed Barcelona forever? Absolutely. This is what I mean by context which opens the door to people challenges if there are none. If Barcelona wasn't on the map then no one knew Atlanta before the Olympics out side of America. Barcelona might not have been on the map for Americans, but it was for Europe. So we established that FYI was right within the appropriate context and not in general. Is that good? Can we stop now and go back on topic? Thank you
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