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Poll Results: Would you spend €100+ on Paul Pogba??

 
  • 48% (37)
    Yup, still very young and filled with potential...
  • 51% (39)
    Nah, no CM could be worth that much...
76 Total Votes  
post #19351 of 50776
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Originally Posted by 8PM at MSG View Post

So the folks at NBC have decided that the Monday game will be:

Chelsea vs Tottenham......U-21s to be specific.

Crazy right? Live match on NBCSN @ 2:30PM. Should be interesting....never though I'd see a live U-21 match broadcasted in the US.

i dont see it

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post #19352 of 50776
And on Yaya, like I said before his time at City is done. Should of let him go after he cried about his birthday last year. He had a great goal in the first game, at Arsenal and last weekend but when dude struggles he's a ghost. Worse than Ozil considering Yaya has defending and tracking back capabilities.

Its a grey area since I'm not African but he's won it 4 times and had a really poor season last year. He shouldn't be the one to speak on behalf of all Africans. Let the people of Africa voice their opinions. I can see why he thinks Aubameyang shouldn't qualify since he was born and raised in Europe but he shouldn't be that guy to say it. In the public eye it seems that he's voicing it out of jealousy.
post #19353 of 50776
Kobe just nutmegged KD
post #19354 of 50776
As an African, I'd be upset if someone like Benzema or Jerome Boateng won the award because they don't represent African countries. But PAB plays for Gabon, what's wrong with him winning the award? I'd prefer an African-born and raised player win the award, but anyone who plays for an African country is fine with me. Mahrez was born in France but I think he should have been a contender
CHELSEA F.C.
PHOENIX SUNS
ARIZONA WILDCATS
TENNESSEE TITANS
CHELSEA F.C.
PHOENIX SUNS
ARIZONA WILDCATS
TENNESSEE TITANS
post #19355 of 50776
Still can't hold back at throwing jabs at Ozil in a statement about Yaya Toure... Obsessed
Arsenal FC-Pats-Celtics-Bruins-Sox-UMass
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post #19356 of 50776
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Originally Posted by NomadicSole21 View Post

Will tune into it since there's been a lack of footy on TV. Any key players to look out for on both sides?

I know Cameron Carter Vickers is highly rated, I think he plays for the U21 team. He played in the Europa game against Monaco, I would imagine so. He's only 18...American as well.
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post #19357 of 50776
He's not even the first foreign born player to win it though laugh.gif. My Dad being African was also upset about it but he was giving me mostly reasons off the pitch why Yaya should've won along with winning the AFCON laugh.gif.

It's an award for best player on the pitch,let my man Aubemeyang cook pimp.gif. No one else was on his level last year
post #19358 of 50776
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Why are MLS players moving to Liga MX?
Financial considerations and structural issues create enticing opportunities for Mexican clubs to pounce.


LIGA MX CLAUSURA CLUB-BY-CLUB PREVIEW


Get ready for the upcoming Mexican season.
Consider the list of players who swapped MLS for Liga MX this offseason. Omar Gonzalez fell into a crack in the MLS salary structure because he did not qualify for TAM (his $1.2 million base salary in 2015 exceeded the $1 million limit, according to MLS regulations) and the Galaxy filled all three Designated Player spots. Gil and Luis Silva (Tigres UANL) left for presumably more lucrative deals under freedom of contract after featuring intermittently for Real Salt Lake last season. Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna) reached a point where his play warranted a salary increase that did not necessarily fit within Portland’s salary budget situation. Juninho slotted into that precarious position as a well-paid (by MLS standards) starter without much room for further growth in this ecosystem.

All five of those players are good enough to play and start regularly in MLS, but there are external circumstances to weigh. Their specific situations -- and particularly for players under contract like Gonzalez, Juninho and Villafaña -- create value judgments for both players and clubs within the MLS ecosystem. In the cases of Gonzalez, Juninho and Villafaña, the Galaxy and the Timbers boasted an incentive to sell those players to free up resources, generate allocation money and relieve salary budget stress.

Liga MX clubs possess the resources to take advantage of market opportunities

INSIDE MLS BLOG


Catch all the latest news and notes from USA's premier soccer competition.
Those league-specific foibles provide an opportunity for Liga MX to exploit opportunities in the marketplace. Mexican clubs grasp the level of play in MLS well and understand what sort of players could make the transitions. Their actions in the transfer market over the past several years reflect a desire to tap the American market when the time is right.

It is not a new trend. Several U.S. internationals -- including Dom Kinnear, Cle Kooiman, Tab Ramos and Mike Sorber -- played in Mexico during the 90s. MLS players decamped to Mexico over the past few years, too. They spanned the spectrum from leading scorers (Camilo Sanvezzo) to national team players (Jonathan Bornstein) to reliable squad players (Rafael Baca, Michael and Gabriel Farfan) to potential prospects (José Villarreal).

The rash of signings this winter highlights the ability of Mexican clubs to pounce when opportunities arise. There were good players available at a relative discount -- three players arrived by modest transfer fees, while Gil and Silva moved on free transfers -- to strengthen squads. These were not moves at the top end of the market, per se. They were simply ways to improve their teams at a reasonable price point due to the circumstances at hand.

Players eventually benefit by improving contracts and playing situations

It is left for agents and players to take full advantage of the situation at hand. Galaxy coach Bruce Arena noted that Gonzalez could have stayed with the club if he agreed to a new (and reduced) contract. The rest of the players could have seen out their current deals or signed new ones to stay in MLS, too

Many players in their positions have opted to stay in MLS. There is a comfort level for players who want to live in the United States and stay there for the foreseeable future. MLS clubs continue to reward players who perform well in domestic play, though the improved deals might fall below potential pacts elsewhere. Some of them simply do not boast the qualities to thrive in other leagues.

There is a reward for pursuing alternatives, though. Mexican teams participate in the Copa Libertadores and win the CONCACAF Champions League year after year. Mexican clubs play in one of the two or three strongest leagues in the Americas and provide a more lucrative path for most players in the short- and the long-term. They offer good salaries (particulary competitive outside of the DP wage bracket), but there are concerns about the adjustment to a new league and the potential loss of playing time, too.
Structural considerations play a part in creating the necessary conditions, but the final decisions ultimately rest with the players themselves. It is incumbent on them to follow their chosen course based on their own priorities. In this particular winter, the verdicts ultimately favored moves to Mexican sides.

MLS salary budget restrictions reduce flexibility to keep good players

The circumstances at hand this winter illustrate the complicated nature of trying to retain talent within a salary budget of $3.66 million. The salary budget number is soft by design -- allocation money, Designated Players and Targeted Allocation Money all increase spending considerably -- and yet it still restricts the latitude to players who fall outside targeted spending areas.



Get ready for the upcoming Mexican season.
Consider the list of players who swapped MLS for Liga MX this offseason. Omar Gonzalez fell into a crack in the MLS salary structure because he did not qualify for TAM (his $1.2 million base salary in 2015 exceeded the $1 million limit, according to MLS regulations) and the Galaxy filled all three Designated Player spots. Gil and Luis Silva (Tigres UANL) left for presumably more lucrative deals under freedom of contract after featuring intermittently for Real Salt Lake last season. Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna) reached a point where his play warranted a salary increase that did not necessarily fit within Portland’s salary budget situation. Juninho slotted into that precarious position as a well-paid (by MLS standards) starter without much room for further growth in this ecosystem.

All five of those players are good enough to play and start regularly in MLS, but there are external circumstances to weigh. Their specific situations -- and particularly for players under contract like Gonzalez, Juninho and Villafaña -- create value judgments for both players and clubs within the MLS ecosystem. In the cases of Gonzalez, Juninho and Villafaña, the Galaxy and the Timbers boasted an incentive to sell those players to free up resources, generate allocation money and relieve salary budget stress.

Liga MX clubs possess the resources to take advantage of market opportunities


Catch all the latest news and notes from USA's premier soccer competition.
Those league-specific foibles provide an opportunity for Liga MX to exploit opportunities in the marketplace. Mexican clubs grasp the level of play in MLS well and understand what sort of players could make the transitions. Their actions in the transfer market over the past several years reflect a desire to tap the American market when the time is right.

It is not a new trend. Several U.S. internationals -- including Dom Kinnear, Cle Kooiman, Tab Ramos and Mike Sorber -- played in Mexico during the 90s. MLS players decamped to Mexico over the past few years, too. They spanned the spectrum from leading scorers (Camilo Sanvezzo) to national team players (Jonathan Bornstein) to reliable squad players (Rafael Baca, Michael and Gabriel Farfan) to potential prospects (José Villarreal).

The rash of signings this winter highlights the ability of Mexican clubs to pounce when opportunities arise. There were good players available at a relative discount -- three players arrived by modest transfer fees, while Gil and Silva moved on free transfers -- to strengthen squads. These were not moves at the top end of the market, per se. They were simply ways to improve their teams at a reasonable price point due to the circumstances at hand.

Players eventually benefit by improving contracts and playing situations

It is left for agents and players to take full advantage of the situation at hand. Galaxy coach Bruce Arena noted that Gonzalez could have stayed with the club if he agreed to a new (and reduced) contract. The rest of the players could have seen out their current deals or signed new ones to stay in MLS, too

Many players in their positions have opted to stay in MLS. There is a comfort level for players who want to live in the United States and stay there for the foreseeable future. MLS clubs continue to reward players who perform well in domestic play, though the improved deals might fall below potential pacts elsewhere. Some of them simply do not boast the qualities to thrive in other leagues.

There is a reward for pursuing alternatives, though. Mexican teams participate in the Copa Libertadores and win the CONCACAF Champions League year after year. Mexican clubs play in one of the two or three strongest leagues in the Americas and provide a more lucrative path for most players in the short- and the long-term. They offer good salaries (particulary competitive outside of the DP wage bracket), but there are concerns about the adjustment to a new league and the potential loss of playing time, too.
Structural considerations play a part in creating the necessary conditions, but the final decisions ultimately rest with the players themselves. It is incumbent on them to follow their chosen course based on their own priorities. In this particular winter, the verdicts ultimately favored moves to Mexican sides.
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post #19360 of 50776
Yaya so mad he lost that award laugh.gif like cmon dude.
post #19361 of 50776
Sorry I ain't answer some of y'all I went out then knocked out but here's the article confirming the airing of the game

http://cartilagefreecaptain.sbnation.com/2016/1/8/10737394/spurs-u-21-chelsea-u-21-televised-united-states-nbcsn

Has a link featuring Tottenham's top prospects also. I'll add a link for Chelsea later on.
post #19362 of 50776


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Dat 4-4-2 doe
Edited by PRIME - 1/9/16 at 6:25am
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post #19363 of 50776

Can't believe I have to listen to this game on the radio :{

"If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression" - Jesse Williams

 

"Democracy isn't a spectator sport"

 

"If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression" - Jesse Williams

 

"Democracy isn't a spectator sport"

 

post #19364 of 50776
sick.gif Barca is just insane....
post #19365 of 50776
sick.gifsick.gif that MSN understanding of each other is crazy...
post #19366 of 50776

I knew this controversy would happen the day they named the team Atlanta United FC...Minnesota United is gonna be promoted to MLS and they have had the name much longer because they existed in a lower league, D.C United obviously has been around for a while in MLS and now they are saying they don't want 3 teams in MLS with "United" in the name and are considering making them drop the name but why they have had it longer than us?! If they knew they didn't want to many teams in MLS with the name "United" why let us be able to pick that name in the first place...

 

God I wish we didn't name the team that :{

"If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression" - Jesse Williams

 

"Democracy isn't a spectator sport"

 

"If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression" - Jesse Williams

 

"Democracy isn't a spectator sport"

 

post #19367 of 50776
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Originally Posted by Flyeed View Post

This has given me new hope and confidence. Thank you for this.

laugh.giflaugh.gif


I actually don't understand why it's a "bad decision" for Zidane. I don't think he has anything to lose. What's he supposed to say "No, I don't want to coach Real Madrid" laugh.gif

I'm excited for today's game tho, seeing Zizou. smokin.gif
post #19368 of 50776
Thread Starter 
I think @eiddyfouw should have been voted "African player of the Year"...








PS - Change your avy
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Originally Posted by CoupeIt88 View Post

I think @eiddyfouw should have been voted "African player of the Year"...








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post #19370 of 50776
Thread Starter 
To those who may know...

How long has the Premier League made it mandatory for clubs to wear the "official number font"? Has it been like that since 94? were the English doing it before the Premiere League?


It's such a crazy pet-peeve of mine, I hate it. Love it when teams have their own number font.
post #19371 of 50776
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Originally Posted by An Armada View Post

I knew this controversy would happen the day they named the team Atlanta United FC...Minnesota United is gonna be promoted to MLS and they have had the name much longer because they existed in a lower league, D.C United obviously has been around for a while in MLS and now they are saying they don't want 3 teams in MLS with "United" in the name and are considering making them drop the name but why they have had it longer than us?! If they knew they didn't want to many teams in MLS with the name "United" why let us be able to pick that name in the first place...

God I wish we didn't name the team that mean.gif
https://ca.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110205065628AAUMHc8

Y'all should have just been Atlanta F.C. tho
post #19372 of 50776
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Originally Posted by getrichquik1987 View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by An Armada View Post

I knew this controversy would happen the day they named the team Atlanta United FC...Minnesota United is gonna be promoted to MLS and they have had the name much longer because they existed in a lower league, D.C United obviously has been around for a while in MLS and now they are saying they don't want 3 teams in MLS with "United" in the name and are considering making them drop the name but why they have had it longer than us?! If they knew they didn't want to many teams in MLS with the name "United" why let us be able to pick that name in the first place...

God I wish we didn't name the team that mean.gif
https://ca.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110205065628AAUMHc8

Y'all should have just been Atlanta F.C. tho

I know there are tons of United's in England so the number of teams with the name isn't the problem the problem to me is with these names I feel MLS and the people in charge of naming these teams try to be to much like England/Europe. And I do wish we where just Atlanta F.C. or Atlanta Black Harts which was a name some fans where throwing around which would have been perfect to me. I don't know anyone here that likes "Atlanta United" except a couple Man U fans I know. Oh well at least our team name doesn't have an animal in it thats the only thing that could have been worse to me.

"If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression" - Jesse Williams

 

"Democracy isn't a spectator sport"

 

"If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression" - Jesse Williams

 

"Democracy isn't a spectator sport"

 

post #19373 of 50776
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by eiddyfouw View Post


Oops forgot, you were born and raised here.... Yaya wouldn't like that.


When you coming back to the states Eiddy? Let's open up a Nando's here in America and make a **** load of money, then I'll buy a winter house in SA. It's difficult to open up a Nando's tho, so maybe we should build a variant. Be the BK to their McDonalds.

We'd have a Portchop and a South African, it'd be legitimate.
post #19374 of 50776

@ManUtd
#mufc: De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson, Schweinsteiger, Fellaini, Herrera, Mata, Martial, Rooney 

 

#mufc subs: Romero, McNair, Varela, Lingard, Pereira, Memphis, Keane.

 

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post #19375 of 50776
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Originally Posted by SinnerP View Post

@ManUtd

#mufc: De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson, Schweinsteiger, Fellaini, Herrera, Mata, Martial, Rooney 

#mufc subs: Romero, McNair, Varela, Lingard, Pereira, Memphis, Keane.

looks like a loss on paper

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post #19376 of 50776
Repped for the Nando's shoutout,that chicken is god tier pimp.gif

LVG isn't taking chances with that lineup laugh.gif. Thought we'd see Lingard/Pereira get the start.
post #19377 of 50776
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rolaholic View Post

Repped for the Nando's shoutout,that chicken is god tier pimp.gif

LVG isn't taking chances with that lineup laugh.gif. Thought we'd see Lingard/Pereira get the start.

They have a Nando's in Montreal?

btw I thought you were Asian, you said your dad is African tho, this is just a surprising as the day I found out you were a Canadien.
post #19378 of 50776
Naa there's a Nando's knockoff called Grillados Peri Peri here that also sells some pretty damn good grilled chicken but nothing beats the OG laugh.gif. Think they might have one in Toronto though.

I had Nando's almost religiously back when I was living in Africa for a bit smokin.gif. I've had it in a few other places though. Naa not Asian laugh.gif,I'm half West African/half Caribbean
post #19379 of 50776
Thread Starter 
Should I watch this United game as an appetizer before the Madrid Zizou debut?

I'm really, really scared to watch United games. There have been so many occasions this season, (watching United play) where I've been borderline close to hanging myself. That's how ugly and boring United games have been.
post #19380 of 50776
All the top clubs expectedly won their games rather easily,expect a struggle to the end in our case laugh.gifmean.gif
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