Going to the game tomorrow. Really excited!
Amazing. The roar after that goal was just crazy, the brickyard battalion was AWESOME. A lot of great things to build on I saw
The first goal was nuts. The Brickyard Batallion is a great time. We had a lot of chances. We were the better team, but the result doesn't show it.
It was entertaining to watch, from my couch unfortunately.
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There are two types of quarterbacks in the league: Those whom over time, the league figures out ... and those who figure out the league.
Kleberson is damn good. Kleberson, Ramirez, Nicht, and Frias stood out for me.
Ramirez was the best player on the pitch tonight (if he's 21). Very entertaining game, really glad I went. Fun atmosphere. Traffic sucked
Yes, he is. He was solid in San Antonio last year and is definitely keeping it up. He'll be a great asset.
Traffic was awful getting there. Once the season goes on I'm sure people will know what they are doing when it comes to getting there.
Hey, if this team is to succeed we need people both going to games and watching on TV.
I thought the two Hondurans (Ramirez(21) and Norales(5)) were our best two players, although Ramirez sometimes would get a little lazy.
The Railhawks were one of the best teams last year, so 1-1 tie I think is pretty good for an expansion team.
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Kleberson is also a very good player, and Ring and Hyland were surprisingly solid. The backline was shaky at times, but I think a lack of playing together can do that. We had a lot of passes that were just miscommunications. This team is very talented, and I think we will see them playing to their full potential very soon.
Kleberson is definitely the best player on the team even at his advanced age.
Also, Pedro Mendes is really good and will show it once he is back to 100%
This offense will be incredible when Ben Spencer gets back from US U20 duty and Mendes is 100%.
Ben Spencer is on U20 duty right now but I think he could be a huge factor in the offense.
I caught it on DVR late last night -- missed an opportunity to go because I had previous plans. But my impressions:
1. I temper everything with the fact that a lot of these guys have only been practicing, scrimmaging together for a few months, or even weeks in some cases. Soccer is as reliant on rhythm and chemistry as any game out there; I might argue it's the most reliant. You really have to make quick decisions and play to feet, and you need to know where those feet are and will be. Eleven looked like a squad who have just a very basic feel for each other, and that establishes necessary context for my opinions...
2. I TV coach soccer more than any other sport. I was going batty yelling at these guys to play it into or across the box once they got to the touchline or edge of the box. They did a lot of dancing and holding in the corner of the field. You just gotta play some of those in and hope for a bounce or two. They were dispossessed more than you want to see in those positions.
3. Seems like their spacing needs a lot of work too. But, new expansion team. "Spacing" is a trendy word with Pacers and Elevan, huh? But the way they would get their backline and mids clustered reminds me of the U12 boys I coach.
4. Need more enticing runs. Again, a timing issue. But nobody really made runs to make things interesting, free up space, free up attackers to take on defenders, or generally present themselves with good one-touch opportunities (vs those ridiculous one-touch volleys from 35' out that all went into the stands). Kleberson had a beautiful ball across face of goal that should have seen someone at far post, but no one was even running toward goal! Those are the kinds of things that will drive you bonkers as a coach.
5. I like Ring's aggressiveness on the defensive end, from what little I saw. For lack of a better comparison, reminds me of a Beckerman type. He's going to make the tough (but clean) tackle, cover for you on defense, so you can get the ball into your attack.
6. Mares had a nice give-and-go with someone whose name I forget (I'm still new to these guys!), but that was the kind of timing and understanding you're looking for from these guys. He dribbled a hair too far which essentially put him in a toe-tap scenario, but it was the bang-bang-bang passing rhythm you would like to see.
7. This is the first I've watched NASL. I usually only watch USMNT, MLS and Champions League probably in that order. I'm weird. But it struck me that decision-making is clearly third-tier at this level. Not to knock the NASL, and I love that the Eleven are here, will probably go to my fair share of matches. It's just weird watching soccer where players aren't making quick decisions, and often aren't making the right ones. Eleven at least figured out how to switch a few times, and how to get their backs involved in the attack to scream down the wings and give themselves a chance to play into the box or cut against the grain and try something. But overall, between both teams, it was a really messy display of possession and decision-making. Need to be able to control on a decisive first touch, pick your head up and know where you're going before your eyes really even see it.
Outside of World Cup I don't watch a lot of soccer. I'll catch a UEFA match here or there or Mexican games when I go to a Mexican Restaurant, but that is all.
That is kind of the thing though, if I don't have some kind of allegiance to the team (i.e. home town, college, etc.) then I am going to want to watch the best, not a second (or worse)tier league. I know there are a lot of players in the MLS that this doesn't describe, but the average player I have seen have superior skill and/or athleticism than a high school player but in my view their feel for the game is on par with a high school player.
Anyways, who is going to the game Saturday?
Tampa was a good team. The goal they scored left a sour taste in my mouth because of the extremely unsporting nature of it. They did deserve a goal though. We were lucky to get out with a point. Nicht, Frias, and Norales will keep us in most games.
We had a guy down in front of goal injured, and instead of kicking it out of bounds they continued to play and eventually scored a goal
I forget who had that whiff in front of open goal for the Eleven at the end, but that was U10 rec soccer-level bad. I get that guys were tired by that point but...ugh.
That said, so as not to be all negative, I'm really impressed with the Eleven crowd and how much it fueled the team when the team was running on fumes. Convinced Eleven almost came out with a victory on the urging of the crowd alone. Probably should have if Whiffer McGee doesn't miss that sitter.