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The Butcher, The Baker, the Quarterfinals maker?

On Thursday May 29th, Jurgen Klinsmann announced his 23 player roster for the World Cup and rocked the soccer world. The former is a normal duty of all national team coaches — all 32 teams must do likewise no later … Continue reading

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The Deuce is Loose in Manaus

The draw for our national team in the 2014 World Cup came out last Friday, and people are saying it will be harder to get out of Group G than the Red Wedding. JUNE 16: United States vs. Ghana in Natal. … Continue reading

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If you can look into the seeds of time, And say which grain will grow, and which will not, Speak.

It’s March, which around here means tryout time. Coach Toby Rappolt and I often talk about the futility of assessment. Take your roster and force-rank them from first to best. Take that list out a month later and won’t be … Continue reading

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The Mark of the Beast

I’ve never told anyone this story. I met a weird man once. In Madrid, when I was a Junior Year Abroad student. He was a little strange, somewhat creepy and had a thing for young boys. (Nothing happened, but it … Continue reading

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Will he stay or will he go now?

From the NYT: BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Diego Maradona could decide his future on Wednesday when he is expected to meet Argentine Football Association (AFA) president Julio Grondona. What do you think he’ll do? Take the poll.

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“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”

Yogi Berra had it right. Let’s pull up jimsakeeper’s WC10 predictions and see how we did: 1. The trickle of screwups, facility complaints, crime, weak security and other inefficiencies will only get worse. There will be at least one serious, … Continue reading

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He could go on “What’s My Line?” and stump the panel

Do you recognize this man? Height: 170 cm. (5′ 7″) Weight: 68 kg (150lbs.) He is: a) A waiter b) a taxi driver c) That guy at the corner market d) the best football player in the world Improbably the … Continue reading

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It’s not drama until there’s something to lose

It’s half time at USA v Slovenia, our boys are down 0-2. It’s almost certain that we will lose, putting tiny Slovenia on 6 points with England poised to get to 4 if they can get past Algeria. With that, … Continue reading

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Ten World Cup predictions

1. The trickle of screwups, facility complaints, crime, weak security and other inefficiencies will only get worse. There will be at least one serious, tragic story coming out of this. Not “if” but “how bad”. Germany was a tough act … Continue reading

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