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Jan 26, 2020 3 tweets 2 min read
According to @SkyKaveh, West Ham have made an offer for #RBNY and #USMNT CB Aaron Long.

The offer was $500k for a loan until the end of the season, with a $4.5m purchase option at the end of the season. Image
No where close to good enough for someone like Long.

If I were #RBNY, the minimum I’d take is $8 million clean.
The problem a lot of #RBNY fans have with selling players is not believing that that money will be poured back into the club. It all goes into the Red Bull pile and we’ve seen RBNY doesn’t get a big slice of that.

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May 21
I like the way they do sports in Europe and South America where a “club” is actually a club and represents multiple sports across men and women.

I wish we had something similar here in the US where some NWSL teams were the women’s arm of whatever club.

LA Galaxy women, etc.
San Lorenzo are a historic Argentine soccer club, but they also have a well-supported basketball team.

Luka Doncic played for Real Madrid.

Today’s women’s UEFA CL final is between Barcelona and Lyon.

I just like that “clubs” are actually clubs and represent multiple sports. ImageImage
It’s hilarious that we have a name like “Sporting KC” and it’s literally just a soccer team with no other sport.

College sports do it with great success - one team name, multiple sports.
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May 8
The more I read books about soccer cultures around the world, the more I realize 2 things..

1. Just how behind we are in terms of national soccer culture. 100+ years behind.

2. Just how quickly a nation can catapult itself to the top in the right conditions. It’s possible.
Every major soccer culture in the world built its self from the ground up. The biggest clubs in the world were started by working vlass people discovering the sport.

We’re building from the top-down and it’s given us distinct advantages and disadvantages. We’re very different
Advantages
• Progress isn’t stopped by “tradition”. We’re comparatively innovative
• Less power struggles. Clubs and our NT runs like a business. Very straight-forward
• the 20th century was violent, but for us it never happened in soccer stadiums so there’s no connotations
Read 4 tweets
May 6
I don’t understand why people would be so shocked if Stefan Frei got a chance with the USMNT

He’s in better form right now than Zack Steffen and has been a big game player for years. I get that he’s 36 but if Guzan was in the picture than Frei definitely should be.
I’m guaranteeing right now that if you put Stefan Frei in goal for that game in Costa Rica, at least one of those shots would have been saved.

There’s a lot of MLS players worth protesting to keep out of our national team but Frei is not one of them.
If you don’t think he’s a good player because you’ve watched him play a lot and that’s been your assessment, fine, I can respect that.

But if the only thing you are basing it on is his age and club, that’s narrow.
Read 4 tweets
Mar 30
The 2026 World Cup is going to be the best-attended World Cup in history and won’t be eclipsed for a long time.

The 1994 World Cup in the USA still holds the record for average attendance at 68,626, 15k more than the 2nd most.

It’s going to be an insane tournament.
Large international airports with a lot of flights, existing host infrastructure (hotels, general capacity), massive amount of North Americans have ties to other nations who are competing, etc.

We’re going to make a pretty big impression on the soccer world.
Canada will get 2 venues, Mexico 3, and the USA will get 11.

These are the remaining locations in the USA still in contention (NFL venues only, obviously). 6 of these will be cut.

Which would you cut?
Read 6 tweets
Mar 28
I'm amazed at how desperate influential soccer people seem to be to remove any and all critical thinking from the USMNT conversation.

It's alright for fan opinions to evolve with performances. It's okay for fans to share opinions at every stage, high and low.
"See 😏😏😏 _____ was right/good all along 😏😏😏 checkmate 😏😏😏"

We should be able to see these things in context and not assume fans have picked a side just because they criticized a player or coach after a bad game(s).

Critical ≠ 'side chosen'
"HA!! USMNT fans HATE to see ____ succeed!!"

Do they? Assuming someone's opinion of a player/coach can't or won't change.. dare I say it?... toxic. We should all be evolving and growing as we're exposed to more information and data points.
Read 5 tweets
Mar 9
Embarrassing for MLS, but not surprising.

Soccer has never been healthier in this country, but MLS continues to fail to capitalize on its growth like it should be @thesoccerdon Image
This isn't the NFL or NBA - people have choices as to which league they can watch.

Having systems that so strictly cap the quality of players clubs can sign and being the 10th best available league on American TV to watch each week isn't good enough.

LET TEAMS SPEND AND COMPETE
There are clubs in MLS who would explode and build the best rosters in all of the Americas if MLS would stop trying to pander to the Kraft's and Hunt's.

There is no shortage of players willing to come here, only a cap that keeps them out. The league deserves the ratings it gets.
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