US WNT has NO excuse to play boomball. Whenever Wambach is in, we play boomball. It is an issue of clinging to the past versus moving on with the future via players like Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, ARod, Casey Nogueira, etc.
I am glad you brought them up as an example of what is wrong with soccer in our country. We have the women to play a technical, expansive, free flowing style of pretty soccer. Instead we kick the ball long to Abby Wambach and let her run over people. I remember during the Women's World Cup I asked a huge WNT fan what he thought of her, and he responded with one word, "Clutch." For me that highlights what is wrong with our team. We play a style that fits around Abby instead of the team as a whole. It is just too inconsistent of a style when compared to one that is possession based.
If the USWNT continues to play as they did against Japan recently, your disappointment will continue. They played a lot of kickball to Alex Morgan. The close-ins to her were nice, but otherwise she was the target of long run-on balls more than Abby.
Originally Posted by ajdx1000
I think you missed my point too haha. I am saying that Spain and Barcelona were not always this good. It took years of training and developing players to fit that style of play to get where they are now. Years where they were not winning nearly as much, but now look at their quality. They win games consistently due to the nature of their play. Their style of play also happens to be extremely pleasing to watch. High pressure direct play is just too inconsistent. Sure you may get wins, but replicating those wins is the hard part since you are relying on the other team to make a mistake.
I would much rather see us adopt that style so that when our golden generation does come around, we will have a chance. Instead, relying on those special talents to be the catalyst to revamp our playstyle might just be too big of an ask.
Perhaps we did not miss each other's points after all. I am not convinced we will have a golden generation for, well, generations. I think our difference is that you are thinking in terms of "when", and I am thinking in terms of "if". Once Spain's current golden generation ages, I don't think they will continue to achieve results, just as Brazil is having trouble achieving results now that they don't have enough of the kind of players that Joga Bonito requires for success. Maybe I am being selfish, but I doubt I will be around in 40 or 50 years to see if we have had the luck of a golden generation.
Are the Geisterjagers over the top?
Well, let's just say "The Top" is barely a speck in our rear view mirror.
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Bibotelli. I remember that haha, funny stuff. I kind of like him because he drove around Manchester giving high fives in his super beast sports car to people wearing City jerseys after they beat United.
custa - Joga Bonito has been dead for over 20 years. Brazil has managed world cup success in the 1990s and onward thanks to some of the best players ever to play the game being, well...Brazilian. In fact, the Brazilian team that brought about the whole idea of joga bonito was the 1982 Brazil team that failed to win the world cup. Not to take away from what you were saying though.
Take a look at the top of the screen at 0:16 and watch the Liverpool and Blackburn player. I think that was Skrtel who held the Blackburn defender on the ground which in turn caused him to be slow in stepping out which kept everyone on.