Referee Influence on Style of Play

Javier Castrili a.k.a. "El Sherrif"

There has been plenty of talk as to referees essentially dictating style of play. Not just of one game, but on entire leagues and at all levels. The implication is that this has direct influence on a coach’s player selections and the style of play he implements. So generally: Spain has more possession, skill-based play […]

UCLA Bruins vs UCSB Gauchos: 3-2

Editor’s note: While this game occurred last week, we still find it worthwhile to publish. If anything to continue demonstrating what form a simple match breakdown/recap could take, what things to look for in a game, give praise or criticism to the coaches and players involved, and well … have a record of what went […]

Klinsmann’s Roster Decisions Leading up to World Cup Qualifying

Altidore Edu Shea

In his last post, Jacques posed an interesting question: Is it acceptable/effective to select experienced players with incomplete skill sets and little tactical malleability? Or, is the system Klinsmann seeks to implement better served by selecting players with less pedigree but with skill sets better suited to succeed in a possession based system? Experience or […]

USA vs Belgium: Dempseyfication

This is a guest post by Jacques Pelham. You can find more of his soccer writing at the Football Garden. Predictably, there are still many outstanding questions regarding Juergen Klinsmann and the US national team after Klinsmann’s second and third games as US coach. On Tuesday, the US demonstrated sustained effort for 90 minutes and […]

USA vs CRC: Turbulence

Back_4_Pelham

This is a guest post by Jacques Pelham. You can find more of his soccer writing at the Football Garden. On Friday, the US showed signs of progress and promise through its possession play and aggressive tactics without the ball. The revamped central midfield looked far superior as compared to the game against Mexico and […]