Your Questions Answered (Part 2 of 4)

Your Questions Answered (Part 2 of 4)

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Your Questions Answered (Part 2 of 4)



Good afternoon all. It is time for another section of answers to your most recent questions. There were some popular subjects that kept popping up in this group, including potential young players who could and should get national team looks in upcoming qualifiers (like the four players pictured above), the looming end to the MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement as well as two different mentions of John O’Brien (seriously people, let it go).

Now, here they are, the second of four sections of answers to your most recent Q&A. Enjoy:

Altidore, Adu, Cooper, Szetela
Ching, Clark, Johnson, Lewis

who wins?

i say the kids win every time!

what gives?

And could you get in your time machine and tell us what REALLY happened to John O’Brien?


MATT– I have a friend who works in marketing for one of the MLS teams. She told me that upcoming expansion has already been decided and that St. Louis and Las Vegas are getting the teams. She said the MLS is just going through the motions of accepting applications from other cities so as to seem fair. Any truth to this?

BOB– When are you going to do another "you write the caption" I miss them. Plus will you still pick out the best 5?

SUSHANT RAO– With the US up 5 points on the 3rd place team in our qualifying group, a win versus Cuba ensures that we’re through (we’ll be up either 7 or 8 points with only 6 points remaining).

If we win versus Cuba, it presents BB with a unique opportunity to see who else in the player pool is capable of playing at this level.

1) For the away game vs T&T & the home game vs Guat (assuming we beat Cuba) – who would you take based on a focus of developing / checking out our up ‘n coming players (no current US starters or main subs) to see if they can play at this level?

2) To avoid the grief that comes with every post of American Abroad due to Rossi, Padilla, etc., would you consider having a section titled "Americans Playing for a Different Nation" or something like that so we can move on?

ANDREW KARL– What are your thoughts on the Revs new center back, Gabriel Badilla?
First, how do you rate him as a player?
Second, how does he fit in with this New England team? Do you see him as a complement to Parkhurst or more of a replacement for Parkies potential move abroad.

IVES– I haven’t seen enough of him to offer a strong opinion. I do know that he didn’t look good against Joe Public. I believe he was brought in to be a solid starter alongside Parkhurst in a 4-4-2 and a potential replacement if Parkhurst leaves this winter, which is possible considering he will be out of contract.

KUNG FU SOCCER– Ives, love your site. This may be too big of an issue for your quick q & a, but anyway… Sometimes I am astounded by the ability of players to endlessly sprint up and down the field for 90 minutes. Especially in the Euros I thought some teams were superhuman.

I recall in a cycling scandal (operation puerto in Spain) numerous soccer players were implicated as well, however, I don’t believe the names were released. Before there was regular and constant testing in cycling blood doping was rampant. The stamina boost would be a huge advantage in soccer. Is blood doping a problem in Int’l football? Does anyone even know? Is there an international protocol for drug testing for substances such as EPO, or other methods of blood doping?

RYAN– Now that we have a pretty good idea who will be in the hex with only Guatemala and T&T up for grabs, where do you think the US hosts each home qualifier?

MICHAEL– Do you have any info on what is going on with a new stadium for the dynamo? they have talked about it but i don’t know if there are any plans yet.

Second, can an American team (Nats or MLS) be successful offensively playing a 4-4-2 (or a 4-5-1, I guess) with two defensive midfielders? Would we done as well against Cuba with Edu or Clark instead of Sacha? That seems to be a common thread with American teams who have trouble finding the back of the net, in that you’ve got only four players truly committed to getting forward.

And is the current crop of guys (Bradley, Edu and Sacha) starting to break that mold of pure "destroyers" or more conservative holding mids in the central midfield?

If Donovan goes up top or stays in the middle (as he should) who are the up and coming options at right mid?

(I’m wholly uninterested in the opinion of fans who have not seen the training sessions).

MATT– Yours is the best soccer site on the interweb, keep up the good work. Anyway, I was wondering why Suriname plays its WC qualifiers in CONCACAF instead of in CONEMBOL since it’s the group in which all the other South American teams play their qualifiers?

Altidore v. Vela
Adu v. Dos Santos
Rogers v. Guardado

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