Hey, it’s Germany coach Joachim Low’s choice of word, not ours. Rhythm and the World Cup normally suggests a team that isn’t Germany. Well, unless you mean this. Hey, look. Isn’t that? Yep, and don’t ever question USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s level of commitment then or now. The man can uhm… dance, sing, and predict the future.
Back to the point. Low has the right idea when it comes to finding meaning in World Cup warm-up games. It’s not about putting tactics on display, making real time roster adjustments, or anything else that fits in nicely with a statistical model. It’s about getting the squad ready.
“We want to win with a good performance, so we can leave Germany with a smile and to get in a good rhythm for the World Cup.” Germany coach Joachim Low.
- Is it really a day with no international friendlies on US television?
- Montreal ruins Toronto FC’s plans for a CONCACAF Champions League run.
- The final weekend of MLS before the World Cup break.
- Mexico – Portugal from Gillette Stadium on Friday night.
- A week away from the 2014 World Cup.
The Kids of the World Cup – from Grantland’s Bill Barnwell: but to succeed while trying to remain frugal, clubs need to do the best job possible of scouting talent.
Michael Bradley Wanted a Shot With Arsenal. Should the Club Have Given Him a Deal? – from Slate.com’s Jeremy Stahl: “I think American players and coaches have to fight really hard for respect,” Bob Bradley said.
32 Teams in 32 Days: United States – from ESPN FC’s Doug McIntyre: “We basically start with a World Cup final against Ghana,” the coach said back in February.
Davis, Wondolowski relish their first World Cup experience together – from Fox Soccer’s Kyle McCarthy: Their bonds extend from Wondolowski’s arrival in San Jose as a developmental player nearly a decade ago all the way through to the present day.
Giggs: I cried in car after last game – from The Manchester Evening News’ Paul Handler: “and I’m not an emotional… well, I didn’t think I was.”
Liverpool FC submit planning application to redevelop Anfield stadium – from The Liverpool Echo’s Mark Johnson: the proposals would see the capacity of the new Main Stand rise by 8,500, taking it to nearly 21,000.
Platini backs 2022 in the Middle East but distances himself from Qatari influencers – from Inside World Football’s Andrew Warshaw: “I woke up in the morning and read Platini corrupt?” in all the newspapers, news agency feeds and blogs. Honestly, that hurts.
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