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  1. AUDub

    Denmark's Eriksen collapses on pitch against Finland

    I hope he can find a way back on to the field. ICDs are highly effective and it's not unknown for top level soccer players to continue their careers with them (Anthony van Loo off the top of my head).
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    News Article: Roundtable hosts leaving JOX ...

    Pretty much the last good thing the station had going for it. Oh well. I'll give the podcast a go and see how they do.
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    What About Those Auburn Tigers?

    If his offensive development continues he's basically Jimmy Butler, and he showed flashes this year.
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    Question: Do you think the USMNT will qualify for the World Cup?

    Mexico fans are a special kind of awful though. You saw the Nations' League Final. That was just a normal day at the office. They throw crap and make asses of themselves all of the time. Just wish Mexico's federation would step up and do something about it. Gonna be really funny if getting...
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    Question: Do you think the USMNT will qualify for the World Cup?

    Preliminary Gold Cup roster finally released. As expected it's MLS heavy but there's a smattering of Europe in there.
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    Question: Do you think the USMNT will qualify for the World Cup?

    Mexico is eating a sanction because of the behavior of their fans. Seems FIFA has had enough of the "PUTO!" chant. They'll play their first 2 home WCQ matches in an empty stadium as a result. If fans return and the chant still happens, FIFA may very well dock points. But FIFA is being...
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    How good is Borussia Dortmund?

    Parents are the hardest thing about coaching. I mean everyone wants to see their kid succeed, yeah, but winning at this age shouldn't be the be-all-end-all. It's about growth. Too many parents out there trying to relive past glories (or failures) vicariously through their kids. You don't end up...
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    How good is Borussia Dortmund?

    Main problem with big league travel soccer is that it's viewed as a business rather than an investment. Tournaments are the crowning achievement, which makes the main incentive winning rather than development. This encourages bad habits among the kids and the coaches. You know, just boom it to...
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    How good is Borussia Dortmund?

    Oh trust me I'm very familiar with poaching at this point. Sadie's team has had 3 players poached by BUSA, er, Alabama FC, the ECNL team. Hell they're actively trying to recruit her. She's that good in goal. She prefers to stick with her friends, though, and thank goodness because ECNL would...
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    Question: Do you think the USMNT will qualify for the World Cup?

    Hopefully it's all academic for us before the March fixtures. Don't like going down to the wire.
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    Question: Do you think the USMNT will qualify for the World Cup?

    Not uncommon these days for people with heart issues that could lead to sudden cardiac arrest. One of my daughter's friends has one at 14 and it's allowed her to live a normal life, including playing soccer.
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    Question: Do you think the USMNT will qualify for the World Cup?

    Good draw, especially early. Lot of points on the table. A trip to Canada in January is going to be a new experience for the boys though.
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    How good is Borussia Dortmund?

    Have their place but we need to do more to ensure access.
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    Higuain Thought he could play MLS smoking a cigarette

    MLS is a good but unbalanced league. Attacking rules the day.
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    How good is Borussia Dortmund?

    I have major issues with US youth soccer, though. Pay to play still rules the day. Getting your kid on a club with proper coaching and all that costs a lot of money. It's kind of an inherent problem with how sports are structured in this country vs across the pond. Major league sports here are...
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    How good is Borussia Dortmund?

    A lot of it is on us too. There've been a lot of changes in the organizational structure of US soccer and now you're finally starting to see those changes bearing fruit. MLS and USL are finally becoming a respectable leagues and the scouting structure and developmental academies are coming into...
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    How good is Borussia Dortmund?

    Another problem is that they want to be seen as a destination club rather than a developmental or stepping stone club.
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    How good is Borussia Dortmund?

    Not to derail but on the Bundesliga in general Bayern Munich is really serious about signing Justin Che from FC Dallas. He played in Germany earlier this year on a loan for Bayern's reserve side and pulled major first team minutes.. Yet another fast rising American prospect looking to go...
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    How good is Borussia Dortmund?

    Historically they're a top 2 club in Germany's top flight. Klopp cut his teeth there in fact and there most recent win of the Bundesliga came under his watch. But there's a huge gap between Bayern Munich and the rest of the field. It's a "bird in the hand" type of situation. Haaland and Sancho...
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    Question: Do you think the USMNT will qualify for the World Cup?

    Newly promoted Watford is taking a long look at Daryl Dike.